Fishing Events

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Register by January 31

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Ice fishing is a fun way to get outdoors and enjoy a cold winter day. Join us for an ice fishing lesson and a couple hours out on the ice catching fish.

We'll start the morning off at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we will learn about ice fishing equipment and techniques as well as ice fishing and winter fishing safety. Then we'll head down to Prairie Hollow Lake for a fishing opportunity out on the ice.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide equipment, bait, and fishing coaches. Dress warm and bring your own snacks and drinks to help you keep warm.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

Safe ice will be necessary for this program. In the event that weather and ice conditions are not acceptable for this program participant will be contacted.

Register by January 31

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

Always wanted to explore fly fishing but didn’t know who to ask for help? This workshop is designed for individuals who want to learn how to properly cast under various environmental conditions or simply improve their skills. All instruction and equipment is provided at no cost by Missouri Department of Conservation during the workshop. Space is limited to 10 participants and all participants must be 16 years or older. This workshop will be held at Bray Conservation Area located just three miles south of Rolla, MO, on February 1st from 1 – 3:30 PM.

Register by January 31

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Hunnewell Hatchery

Come join us for a morning of fun learning about ice fishing! Participants will learn about ice fishing during a classroom portion followed by a hands on skills portion outside. Participants will need to dress in layers to accommodate the change in temperatures. In the event that there is not ice on the lake we will still hold the class. Participants are encouraged to purchase permits prior to the class, however they are not required for the duration of the workshop. Bring a sacked lunch as there are no local options, ice cleats are recommended and bring a bucket or chair to sit on while on the ice. Fishing supplies are available but limited, including bait. This class is open to all ages, however anyone 15 years of age or younger needs to be accompanied by an adult. This is a free class open to the public. Registration is required. The class will only be canceled in the event of inclement weather such as freezing rain or blizzard like conditions.

Register by February 7

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Maramec Spring Hatchery

Ever been on the river and no one is catching except for that one lone fisherman? This workshop helps you figure out what is going on in the water so you can match the lure to macroinvertebrates present in the environment. All instruction and equipment is provided at no cost by Missouri Department of Conservation during the workshop; but individuals may bring their own fly fishing equipment if they wish. Individuals will fly fish in the morning followed by macroinvertebrate sampling and comparison to standard flies in the afternoon. Space is limited to 10 participants and all participants must be 16 years or older. This workshop will be held at Maramec Spring Park located just six miles south of St. James, MO, on Hwy. 8, on February 8th from 10 AM – 3:30 PM. Participants will meet at the museum within the park. Participants need to bring their own lunch and be prepared to be outside all day.

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 11:00am to Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:30am

Location: Fountain Buffs Sports Complex

Come out and learn all about winter trout fishing.

This will be a two part program with a trout fishing lesson at the Liberty Mid Continent Library 1000 Kent St, Liberty, MO 64068, and a trout fishing opportunity at one of the Fountain Bluff Sports Complex fishing ponds, 2200 Old State Hwy 210, Liberty, MO 64068.

The library lesson will begin at 11:00 am, Saturday February 8th in the Liberty
Mid Continent Library meeting area. Lesson instructors will share information about trout fishing equipment, methods, favorite techniques and winter fishing safety.

The second part of this program will be a fishing opportunity at Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, (Saturday February 15th, 8:00am - 10:30am) where
we will try our hands a catching some winter trout.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide all necessary equipment, bait, tackle and fishing coaches.

Dress for the current weather conditions.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program as long as participants DO NOT plan to keep fish. If participants DO plans to keep their fish they will need a valid Missouri trout fishing permit.

The library trout fishing lesson will take place regardless of weather conditions but in the event of bad weather on the day of the fishing opportunity at Fountain Bluff that part of the program may be postponed. Participants will be contacted if changes are made.

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Maramec Spring Hatchery

Have you ever had the experience to catch a fish on a fly you tied? This workshop will provide the tools and expert coaching to create up to three different fly fishing flies and take home about nine total flies. Individuals will be allowed to try their flies within a stream the final hours of the workshop. Space is limited to 10 participants and all participants must be 16 years or older. This workshop will be held at Maramec Spring Park located just six miles south of St. James, MO, on Hwy. 8, on February 8th from 10 AM – 3:30 PM. Participants will meet at the museum within the park. Participants should bring their own lunch, knee/hip boots, and be prepared to be outside in the afternoon.

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Neosho National Fish Hatchery

Join MDC staff, Neosho National Fish Hatchery staff, and the MAKO fly fishers, for a free clinic designed to help the beginner and expert alike. We will cover basic fly casting skills, simple fly tying patterns, and river strategies for many different species in southwest MO and beyond. All supplies will be provided and please register so we know how many to expect. All are welcome!

Register by February 20

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ozarks streams offer excellent smallmouth bass fishing. Learn what type of tackle to use, places to go, and the current research and management activities surrounding this strong fighting fish. All ages.

Register by February 21

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Join us for a fly fishing trip to Walter Woods! This program is to help all skills levels get ready for the opening of trout park season March 1st and more! we will cover casting, fly presentation, hooking and landing fish of all types from the Walter Woods Aquatic Education pond. No fee for the program, but dress for the weather, supplies will be provided and you may bring your own equipment.

Register by February 25

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Have you ever wanted to go trout fishing but didn’t know what to use or where to go? We will discuss locations to fish, essential equipment, basic fishing methods and lure selection. You’ll be ready to wet a hook on opening day, March 1st.

Register by February 28

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Army National Guard

The basics of fly tying workshop will provide the tools and expert coaching to create up to three different fly fishing flies. Learn how to use each of the tools, and what you need to get started. All equipment is provided, and you will keep the flies you tie! Space is limited to 20 participants and all participants must be 16 years or older. Workshop will be held at the National Guard Armory at 29614 Jaguar St. Macon, MO 63552 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Learn everything you need to know about catching winter trout.

Join us for a winter trout fishing lesson at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we'll learn how to catch and clean winter trout. After the lesson we'll head down to Plover Lake and spend a couple hours trying our luck at catching some hungry trout.

Dress for the weather and bring your own snacks and drinks. Missouri Department of Conservation will provide equipment, tackle, bait and fishing coaches.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this event as long as participants DO NOT plan to keep the trout that they catch. If participants would like to keep their trout they WILL need a trout permit.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

In the event of bad weather on the day of this program we will go ahead with the inside fishing lesson but the outdoor fishing opportunity may be postponed. Participants will be contacted if changes are necessary.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: MDC Northwest Regional Office

Learn the basics of fly tying and you can catch panfish, bass, and of course trout on your own flies! Students will learn how to tie their own flies in classroom setting. This is not a fishing event, all equipment is provided and you get to keep the flies you tie! Feel free to bring snacks or a lunch. Event will be held at Rothwell Park in Moberly. 100 Holman Rd. Moberly, MO 65270 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 10 at 8am. Participants 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Only open to first time participants.
Participants will learn about conservation efforts with paddlefish, techniques for snagging and go out snagging on Lake of the Ozarks for 2-hours. For more information email Trish.Yasger@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 10 at 8am. Participants 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Only open to first time participants.
Participants will learn about conservation efforts with paddlefish, techniques for snagging and go out snagging on Lake of the Ozarks for 2-hours. For more information email Trish.Yasger@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 6:30am to 8:30pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, May 16th, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish, connect with nature and have fun participating in the many activities offered to parents and children. At 5:00 pm, a large drawing will be held and many prizes will be given away!

Kids’ Fishing Day will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.

At Kids’ Fishing Day, an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths age 15 and under. Children in that age range can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on May 15 or all day on the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist the young anglers. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to assist kids, too, 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 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, Dutch oven cooking, Mexican cuisine, outdoor survival, target shooting, taxidermy, watersheds, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri snakes will be given using live specimens. If kids attend three classes, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5 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 out 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 you want to get more information, call MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov

Register by July 22

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Register by July 29

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4.

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