Fishing Events

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Register by September 24

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Fountain Buffs Sports Complex

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish - Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle.

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.

Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Meet at the Fountain Bluff shelter house, located at the back of the Fountain Bluff Park.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

Participants receive a 25.00 gift card to Bass Pro Shop after completing all four Discover Nature - Fishing lessons.

Register by September 25

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Brookfield City Lake

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Brookfield City Lake

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Register by September 25

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

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 or 4.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 7:30am to 7:15pm

Location:

Women's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. Girls of all ages fish for free! For more information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov or call the hatchery at 417-532-4418

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Free fishing event hosted by Missouri Department of Conservation, Cape Girardeau Police Department, and Fishing League Worldwide. This event will take place at the Cape County Park North Lake. Bring the kids (ages 1-15) out and join us for a fun-filled day where they can learn check out a fishing pole to fish at the lake, shoot archery, and meet some special guests that will be attending the event. There will other activities for the kids to participate in throughout the duration of the event. There will be prizes given away towards the end of the event. Participants must register at the event. Registration begins at 12:00pm. All registered anglers will be provided with a free lunch by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Food will also be available for purchase.

Register by September 30

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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. Equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 5 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

Register by October 2

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Register by October 3

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Register by October 2

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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 October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Cane poles are primitive but they are also fun and easy for anyone to use. Especially young children who aren't sure of rod and reel combos yet. Almost anyone can master a cane pole in just a few minutes.

Come out to Prairie Hollow Educational Lake and try your luck with this trusty old equipment that's been catching big fish for thousands of years. All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to grab a pole and fish along with kids.

We'll help every child build their own cane pole then they can take it home for more fishing adventures after the program.

Poles, tackle, bait, coaches and a basic cane pole fishing lesson will be provided.

Fishing permits are not required for anyone fishing during this program.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 15 (ages 7-15)
Come on out to the Cape Nature Center Kid’s Pond and get the chance to learn the basics of catfishing. Participants will learn all about catfish, which includes their basic biology, their habitat, and what kind of bait to use when fishing for them.
All equipment will be provided for the participants to use.

Register by October 8

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Register by October 7

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

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 October 10

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Register by October 8

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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 or 4.

Register by October 12

Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This event is a chance for your little guppy (4-6) to come try out fishing at Lake # 15 which is one of our stocked education only lakes. This is a free event and all equipment/bait will be provided. Discover Nature Fishing volunteers will be present to assist and no experience is required. All participants must have a parent/guardian with them at all times. Adults are expected to help the little ones and should not fish on their own. If dangerous weather conditions are present or develop during the event it will be immediately canceled.

Register by October 15

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an

Register by October 17

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an

Register by October 19

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Fish or Treat - Halloween Fishing for Families - wear your Halloween costume and spend a little family time fishing this Halloween season. Fishing, games and prizes for biggest fish of the day and scariest costume.

Rods, tackle, bait and fishing coaches will be provided.

No fishing permit required to fish during this event.

Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by October 23

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an

Register by October 24

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an

Register by October 30

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 1 (ages 2-15)
Get the chance to wear your Halloween costume one extra day while you fish for several different species at the Cape Nature Center Kid’s Pond. Dress up as your favorite superhero, princess, or other characters, but please no scary/gruesome costumes.
All equipment will be provided for the participants to use.

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cosmo-Bethel Lake

Come on out to Cosmo Bethel Lake and join us for some fly fishing! In this clinic we will teach the basics of fly fishing. There will be an intro to fly fish portion where we will go over some of the history behind it, then go into what all you need to get started with fly fishing and how to use all these things. We will also be going over the difference between using flies and using lures. To finish it all out you will learn how to cast and then get to do some fishing! This is a great way to try something new with the family! If you like fishing but have been looking for more of a challenge I offer you to come on out and see just what fly fishing is all about. Again, this is a beginner’s course, so no experience is need, this is definitely a great way to get together and have lots of fun! Make sure to wear the appropriate clothing, and bring a water or something to drink if you would like. Also if you are 16 or older you must have a fishing license. This will be catch and release only.

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This is NOT a legal document. Regulations are subject to revision during the current year.
Refer to the Wildlife Code.