Fishing Events

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Register by April 5

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

This program is for ages 6 and up. 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 April 6

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 15 (ages 7+)
Do you want to learn how to fish? This class is a pre-requisite of a four-part program that will teach you the basics of fishing. Come by the Nature Center and you will get to learn about fishing equipment, casting, and proper fish handling techniques.
To learn more visit:
https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-...

Register by April 6

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 15 (ages 7+)
Have you taken DNF: 1 before? This is the second of a four-part program that will teach you the basics of fishing.* You will learn how to properly tie a knot, bait a hook, and what you need to stock a basic tackle box.
*DNF: 1 is a required prerequisite for this class.
To learn more visit:
https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-...

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 5. 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

Register by April 12

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

This program is for ages 6 and up.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 April 12

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

This beginners clinic will help you get started fishing for one of Missouri’s favorite game fish! Topics will include species identification of catfish, strategies, rules and regulations, equipment, and cleaning and cooking your catch. Fishing equipment will be provided but you may also bring your own. All students 16 years of age and older needs to have a valid Missouri fishing license.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 5. 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 27, 2019 - 7:00am to 4:00pm

Location:

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

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: O'Fallon Park Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Carondelet Park - Boathouse Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Jefferson Lake - Forest Park

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 1 (ages 7-15)
Before the rod and reel came along, cane pole fishing was the way to go. Join us as we go back in time and you can learn how to make your very own cane pole, then try it out at the kid’s pond!

Register by May 3

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 15 (ages 16+)
Learn the basics of flyfishing or pick up a few new technical skills. We’ll cover equipment selection and use, reading the water, matching the hatch, fly casting, fishing techniques, and essential knots. Flyfishing equipment available for loan.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30am to 8:15pm

Location:

Annual Kid's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. For More information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Suson Park - Carp Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Bellefontaine Park - Fountain Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Suson Park - Island Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 15 (ages 16+)
Learn the basics of flyfishing or pick up a few new technical skills. We’ll cover equipment selection and use, reading the water, matching the hatch, fly casting, fishing techniques, and essential knots. Flyfishing equipment available for loan.

Register by May 6

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

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 spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. 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.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Vlasis Park Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Registration required. Please join us to learn the basics of fly fishing. We have several fly fishing rigs available, but students are encouraged to bring their own gear, if possible. Dress for the weather. A brimmed hat and polarized sunglasses are recommended. We will not be wading, so waders are not needed. For more information call (417) 334-4865 ext 0.

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Southwest Missouri offers lots of opportunities to fish and enjoy the outdoors. This river fishing clinic will focus on fishing for bass species in our local waterways! We will talk about locations to fish, strategies, equipment, rules and regulations, and how to catch different species of bass. We will meet at Shoal Creek Conservation Center and after the classroom portion go down to shoal creek and fish. All students 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. All equipment will be provided buy you may bring your own!

Register by May 13

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by May 16

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

This series of four instructional lessons will assist children and families to gain skills and confidence to enjoy fishing. All classes are free and opened to youth ages 7-15, but the focus isn’t solely on kids. To be eligible to participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult or better yet bring entire family. All kids who complete all four classes will receive a 25$ gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops.
Bait, tackle and pole will be provided for the class, all we need is YOU!

The topics of the lessons include:
Lesson 1: Equipment, casting, proper fish handling
Lesson 2: How to tie a knot and bait a hook

Register by May 13

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This fishing program will include all the basics of cane pole fishing including proper fish handling. Please meet at Lake 15 at the August A Busch Conservation Area. Ages 6 and up, participants under 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/.

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