Kids Fishing Days


A young girl and her dad show off a great catch.
Conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish for more than 1.1 million anglers and is a fun family activity and tradition for many.

Fishing helps kids discover nature and conserve it, too. Help the kids (up to age 15) in your life get hooked on the thrill of fishing. Bring them to a Kids Fishing Days program scheduled at a conservation area or participating location near you.

Kids Fishing Days events are designed to help families and youth groups learn about fish, fish habitat, and fishing techniques. Each program event provides fishing equipment and instruction. All you have to do is bring your kids and plenty of energy!

Check the events calendar below for Kids Fishing Days events scheduled around the state.

Kids Fishing Day Events

Location: Roaring River State Park

Date: Aug 15, 2015 07:00 am - Aug 15, 2015 08:00 pm

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day, August 15, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Roaring River State Park?s Kids? Fishing Day. At Kids? Fishing Day, children age 15 and under will be able to pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on the Friday before the event or all day on Saturday. A portion of the fishing area of the park will be reserved for youths age 15 and under. Volunteers will be on hand to help out. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to help kids, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips, and soda will be available 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Education is also part of Kids? Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, knife sharpening, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will be held to show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri Snakes will be given using live specimens. Activities such as critter stamp head bands will also be available. If kids attend three classes they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5:00 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings. Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids Fishing Day, or for more information, please call the Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or email at
Fishing starts at 7:00 A.M. and will continue until 8:00 P.M. Come out and enjoy beautiful Roaring River State Park and let the youngsters catch a fish. This event will be held rain or shine. Roaring River State Park is located on Highway112 about seven miles south of Cassville, Missouri.

Location: MDC Central Office Jefferson City MO

Date: Aug 29, 2015 08:30 am - Aug 29, 2015 12:00 pm

Discover Nature Fishing Classes targeting youth ages 7 through 15 and families Lesson 4. Lesson 4 will cover fishing with lures and Fishing Regulations with actual hands on fishing in the available ponds. All fishing equipment will be provided.
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Reserve by Aug 27, 2015

Location: Maramec Spring Trout Park near St. James

Date: Sep 12, 2015 07:30 am - Sep 12, 2015 07:15 pm

Women of all ages will have a chance to trout fish for free at Maramec Spring Park on Saturday, September 12th. Fishing will start at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 7:15 p.m. There is no fishing license or daily trout tag required for women during this free event. A special area of the spring branch will be roped off for use by female anglers only.

Not only is the event free, but there will be 100 tagged prize fish stocked into the fishing area.

To help newcomers discover the joys of trout fishing, there will be plenty of fishing instruction offered as well. Informal instruction will be offered including basic trout fishing tactics, casting, cleaning and cooking your catch.

Men are welcome to fish the rest of the park below the women’s fishing area, with the purchase of a daily tag. Bring the whole family to enjoy the day!

The Maramec Spring Hatchery is operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Maramec Spring Park, which is owned and operated by The James Foundation, and can be reached by taking the I-44 “MO-8” exit at St. James, then travelling about six miles southeast on Highway 8.

For more information, call (573) 265-7801 or on the web at