Fishing Events

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Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

We will be teaching:
Lesson 1 – Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling Techniques
Lesson 2 – How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook
All bait and equipment will be provided.

Register by July 18

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Northwest Regional Office

Register by July 18

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12-18)
Do you like to go fishing? How about canoeing? Have you ever tried both at the same time? Join us for an exciting adventure on the pond at Burr Oak Woods! We will get into canoes and have some fun paddling around, then get the fishing poles and try to land a lunker in our boat. Participants meet at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by July 17

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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. 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 or 4.

Register by July 19

Date: Friday, July 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9-11)
Come down to the education pond and learn how to cast, bob and reel in fish using worms as your bait. You are sure to have a ‘reel’ good time during this catch and release program. Participants meet at the W. Robert Alyward Educational Pond.

Register by July 20

Date: Friday, July 20, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

We will be teaching:
Lesson 3 - Five Common Missouri Fishes – Anatomy, Habitat and Life Cycles
Lesson 4 – Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations
All equipment and bait will be provided.

Register by July 19

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake 15

Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various types of hooks. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by July 19

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Pond 3 Fountain Grove Conservation Area

FREE Fishing Event. MDC will provide fishing poles and worms for bait. Feel free to bring your own equipment as well.

Register by July 23

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake 15

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by July 24

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Whether you’re a seasoned bowhunter or new archer, summertime is a great time to try bowfishing! This presentation will help you learn what you need to know to get started bowfishing. Topics will include bowfishing equipment, fish identification, and rules & regulations. This is a classroom presentation only and intended as a beginner level program. Online registration is required.

Register by July 25

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Northwest Regional Office

Register by July 26

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake 15

In this final lesson you will learn 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. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by July 26

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

In this final lesson you will learn 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. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by July 31

Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

We will be teaching:
Lesson 1 – Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling Techniques
Lesson 2 – How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook
We will provide all bait and equipment.

Register by July 30

Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Did you miss one of our DNF lessons due to a scheduling conflict or the event being rained out?

Here's your chance to finish the lesson you missed! We will be offering instruction from DNF lessons 2-4 at separate stations culminating in fishing practice at the lake. While you can learn about any of the lessons, participants will get credit for ONE and ONLY ONE lesson of their choice to help them complete the lesson series. Please make sure you have decided which lesson 2-4 you are "making up" before arriving for the lesson, as each participant can only get credit for one lesson. Once lesson 1 has been taken, lessons 2-4 may be taken out of order, so don’t worry if it’s not chronological

All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances. You will be notified of any cancellations at least an hour ahead of time, assuming you have provided both forms of contact information.

Lesson 2: Tying a Knot and Baiting a Hook
Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish
Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations

******Lesson 1 (Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling) is a prerequisite for all other lessons, and MUST be completed prior to registering for this class*******

Register by July 30

Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This fishing lesson will include all the basics of cane pole fishing including proper fish handling. Please meet at Lake 2 at the August A Busch Conservation Area. Ages 6 and up. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/ .

Register by August 1

Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

This cane pole fishing lesson will include all of the basics including proper fish handling. This program meets at the Educational Fishing Lakes and Hatchery in Forest Park. We will provide instruction, poles and bait. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/ .

Register by August 2

Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

We will be teaching:
Lesson 3 - Five Common Missouri Fishes – Anatomy, Habitat and Life Cycles
Lesson 4 – Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations
We will provide all bait and equipment.

Register by August 2

Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

This event will teach the public how to clean their catch, prepare it, and taste a few different types of fish. Space is limited to the first 30 registered!

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

We will be teaching:
o Lesson 1 – Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling Techniques
o Lesson 2 – How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook
All equipment, bait, and instruction will be provided by MDC. Please remember to wear appropriate clothes and shoes for fishing.

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

We will be teaching:
o Lesson 3 - Five Common Missouri Fishes – Anatomy, Habitat and Life Cycles
o Lesson 4 – Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations
All equipment, bait, and instruction will be provided by MDC. Please remember to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for fishing and to bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Register by August 9

Date: Friday, August 10, 2018 - 5:00pm to Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: Ruark Bluff Day Use Area

Join MDC staff to experience firsthand catfishing on beautiful Stockton Lake. Topics will include catfish biology and habits, fishing rules & regulations, fishing methods, and fish cleaning and preparation. Participants will be fishing from MDC boats. Minimum age is 11. Those 16 years of age and older must possess a valid Missouri fishing license. Personal floatation devices will be provided and must be worn while on the boats. Participants will meet at the Ruark Bluff Shelter, located in Ruark Bluff Day Use Area on H Highway north of Greenfield, Missouri. Any questions about the program may be directed to Greg Collier at Greg.Collier@mdc.mo.gov

Register by August 10

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Kids will have the chance to catch and release fish and register for prizes. Awards and prizes will be given away at the Shoal Creek Water Festival following the derby. All equipment, tackle, and bait will be provided. Fishing slot times are limited. Call 417-629-3423 to register for the derby.

Register by August 10

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box.

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