Fishing Events

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Register by July 7

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 4:30pm to Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

Location: Mississippi River Alexandria

MDC staff and volunteers will instruct participants on the basics of setline fishing on Missouri’s rivers and lakes. Participants will attend a seminar on fisheries management, with information on the recent catfish survey led by an MDC Fisheries Management biologist. The program will then become a hands-on tutorial of how to safely set trot-lines and bank poles, properly label equipment, and boat operation. These tactics can be used in streams and some lakes of Missouri. Saturday morning participants will be given the opportunity to go back out on the river to check lines. Once off the river a fish cleaning demonstration will be held. Following the river outing, a Conservation Agent will present fishing regulations, and staff will give a how-to presentation on using gear and equipment. Sign up is limited to anglers that are new to setline fishing (You will be contacted about your experience to ensure new anglers are given priority). Fishing equipment will be provided. All participants should bring face masks. Please have each person in your party sign up separate. For Questions contact Rob at (660)785-2420 or rob.garver@mdc.mo.gov

Register by July 17

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach anglers 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.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Program is limited to ages 5 and above. All children ages 5 -15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are NOT required to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

Register by July 16

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM. IT WILL TAKE PLACE ON CISCO WEBEX VIRTUAL MEETINGS. This program can be attended from your home using your computer or mobile device.
Tune in to learn about what to consider before your first fishing outing. We'll be discussing gear, regulations, permits and more. A virtual meeting invitation will be sent to the email address you provide during registration.

Register by July 17

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Learn how to catch channel, flathead and blue catfish in Missouri's farm ponds, lakes and rivers, then try your luck with a fishing opportunity at the Burr Oaks Woods educational pond. Afterwards, learn how to clean a catfish and sample a couple of catfish recipes during a cooking demonstration.

This event will take place at the Burr Oaks Woods educational pond and pavilion. Do not go to the nature center.

No fishing permit required to fish at this event.

Participants must be 7 years or older and participants under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
souri's farm ponds, lakes and rivers, then try your luck with a fishing opportunity at the Burr Oaks Woods educational pond. Afterwards, learn how to clean a catfish and sample a couple of catfish recipes during a cooking demonstration.

This event will take place at the Burr Oaks Woods educational pond and pavilion. Do not go to the nature center.

No fishing permit required to fish at this event.

Participants must be 7 years or older and participants under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by July 20

Date: Monday, July 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This virtual program will provide an opportunity to learn and ask questions about Urban Fishing in the St. Louis area. During the 45-minute program we will discuss the following topics: What lakes are part of the urban fishing program, where, when, and how many fish were stocked, where to borrow fishing equipment, and who needs a fishing permit. An e-mail will be sent out to all registered participants the morning of the program with the link to join in virtually

Register by July 20

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Headquarters

Lesson 1:
This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish.
Lesson 2:
Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills as well as hands-on fishing. 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 4 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a bass pro gift card (children and parents that participated).
We will start out in the basement of the Credit Union at MDC Headquarters for the "classroom portion".

Register by July 21

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult)
Teaching your young child to fish will give them a lifetime of enjoyment and allow them to discover nature all around them at the same time. Join us for this fun-filled event as we learn how to tie on a hook, bait a worm, cast and care for a fishing pole. Now let’s go fishing! There will be ribbons and prizes for all! Meet at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by July 21

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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 anglers 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. Program limited to ages 5 and above. All children ages 5-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are NOT required to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

Register by July 20

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

Location: MDC Headquarters

Lesson 3:
Lesson 1&2 must be taken before any of other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 3-4.
In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout as well as hands-on fishing. 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.
Lesson 4:
In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions as well as hands-on fishing. 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 4 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a bass pro gift card (children and parents that participated).
We will start out in the basement of the Credit Union at MDC Headquarters for the "classroom portion".

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.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Register by July 21

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Northeast Virtual Classroom

MDC invites participants to enjoy nature by learning the basics of bow fishing though a virtual classroom. Bow fishing offers an exciting way to pursue these fish that typically draw little interest with the traditional pole-and-line or setline methods. Topics will include types of bows, reels, lines, and arrows; as well as fish identification, places to go, and rules and regulations.
This program will be presented via a live presentation webinar, where participants will have opportunities to ask questions. Recorded videos and presentations will also be sent to registered participants for viewing before the live meetings. Links for each webinar will be emailed to participants prior to the meeting.

Register by July 28

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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.
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 5-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4. Participants do not need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family membersembers during this program.

Register by July 30

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

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 pole, parts of a fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

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 a variety of baits to various types of hooks. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

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.

Participants do not need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Register by July 31

Date: Friday, July 31, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Want to get the most out of using spincast fishing equipment to catch more trout? If so, join this informative virtual program: Spincast Fishing for Trout. Topics will include selecting the right reel, rod, line, and tackle.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by July 31

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

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. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161. For more information.

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 are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161.

Register by August 4

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

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.

Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. For additional information or questions contact Reva Dow at (573) 325-1381.

Register by August 5

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

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.

Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lessons 3 & 4. Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a $25 Bass Pro gift card (children and parents that participated). For additional information or questions contact Reva Dow at (573) 325-1381.

Register by August 7

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 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. Program is at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 7:00am to 8:00pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, August 15th, 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 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 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 August 14 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 August 2

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Participants will be making a Balsa crankbait at location of their choice through the convenience of Web-Ex programming. Materials and instructions will be sent to you prior to the on-line clinic. Some additional supplies will be needed. A list will be included in the packet. To participate in this clinic a device with internet capabilities to run the Web-Ex application is necessary .

Register by August 19

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8-11)
Fishing is a great way to spend time in nature, and Missouri has lots of great places to go fishing and lots of cool fish to catch. Join us at our Education pond for a morning of fishing fun. We will go over the basics of rod-and-reel fishing then head down to the water to see how many we can catch. Fish on! Program is at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by August 19

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

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.

Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. For additional information or questions contact Dwight Warnke at (573) 368-2225 ext. 1584.

Register by August 21

Date: Friday, August 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Want to learn more about catfishing using alternative methods? If so, join this informative virtual program. Topics will include methods, commonly used baits, as well as rules and regulations.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 21

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

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.

Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lessons 3 & 4. Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a $25 Bass Pro gift card (children and parents that participated). For additional information or questions contact Dwight Warnke at (573) 368-2225 ext. 1584.

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