Fishing Events

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Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Sterling Price Lake

Register by May 22

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

Lesson 4 covers fishing with lures and participants get fish with various types of lure, and State fishing regulations. Hands on fishing will be available during this class.

Register by May 22

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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 May 25

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 7+; ages 7–15 must be accompanied by a participating adult)
Trotlines, jug lines, bows and gigs have been used to catch fish in Missouri throughout the generations. But what are they and how do you use them? Join us as we explore some of these different methods of catching fish. We will learn how to set and run checks on lines that have been set in the education pond. I wonder what we will catch. Program participants: arrive at the Educational Pond 10 minutes prior to the program start time to get checked in.

Register by May 29

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Fishing
May 30 • Wednesday • 10 a.m.–noon
(Ages 8-12)
Reservations begin May 1.
Spend the morning in Forest Park learning the basics of fishing. All equipment will be provided as we fish for catfish, bass or sunfish. Meets at the Educational Fishing Lakes and Hatchery in Forest Park. Although fishing is permitted in the park with a license, the Forest Park Educational Fishing Lakes are not open to public fishing unless registered for a program. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather, rain or shine!

Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake 1

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 May 31

Date: Saturday, June 2, 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

Register by June 4

Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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 June 4

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Lake Jacomo Marina

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. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Register by June 7

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Join us for the first fishing event at Krug Park this summer! Bring your pole or bring a friend and fish with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Poles will be available, as will bait.

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

- Join us for casting, knot tying, free fishing and more! We will also have goody bags for the kids! We will have bait available for everyone. Please bring your own pole. We will have a very limited supply of poles to lend out. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
No registration is required for this FREE program!

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

NO Reservations Requited (Families – Only Ages 15 and under will fish)
Come join us at Belladonna Pond for our annual FREE event where kids get to fish in a stocked pond and learn more about how to be a better angler. In addition to being able to go fishing (children 15 and under), several learning stations will help you learn to: tie knots, bait and fly casting, fish maze, ethical fishing, and how to rig up a pole. Free ‘goodie bags’ will be given to every kid and there will be a drawing for a free rod/reel combo at the end of the day. There will be a limited number of loaner fishing poles, but you will have no waiting if you bring your own pole and cooler. The “My First Fish” station is for anyone who catches their very first fish to get their photo taken. At noon there will be a special performance by the “Fishin Magicians”. They will introduce you and your family to the importance of water resources and amaze you with their fun magic

Register by June 7

Date: Saturday, June 9, 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 June 7

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

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake 2

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. 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.

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

The Department of Conservation will have 32 poles available for anyone wanting to participate in this Free Fishing Event. Everyone is welcome regardless of age, skill or permits carried. Department staff will be onsite to assist fishermen and provide some bait and tackle. This is a free event.

Register by June 8

Date: Monday, June 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

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. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Register by June 11

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 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 Tuesday evening classes closes 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.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by June 13

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: A. Perry Phillips Park

Kids 10 and up are invited to join MDC staff to learn outdoor skills during three days of educational activities. The first day (06/07/18) will focus on archery. The second day (06/14/18) will focus on fishing. The third day (06/21/18) will focus on kayaking. Kids are welcome to sign up for any or all of the events. All equipment will be provided and the events are free of charge. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen and plenty of beverage to stay hydrated.

Register by June 11

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Cane pole fishing is an easy, affordable, non-mechanical way to get back to the basics of fishing. Please join us for an evening of leisurely fishing. We will provide instruction, poles and bait. Open to all ages.

Date: Friday, June 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration reguired. All ages. Have you ever wondered what types of fish inhabit our Runge pond? Here's your chance to find out! Join us for an evening of catch-and-release while relaxing and enjoying the warm summer air. Follow the signs along Raccoon Run trail to find the pond (0.4 miles). Fishing poles and bait are provided. Ages 16 and older will need a valid fishing license.

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 6:30am to 8:30pm

Location: Maramec Spring Hatchery

Veteran Free Fishing day. All veterans will be admitted to the park for free and can fish without purchase of a daily trout tag. Please pick up your free fishing tag at the Mill Field shelter.

Register by June 14

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Bowfishing Basics
June 16 • Saturday • 8 a.m.–noon
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin June 1.
Learn the basics of bowfishing, regulations, fish ID, and bow safety/operation. Then try your hand at our Naturalist-led clinic. Participants must attend the mandatory classroom session on Thursday, June 14, from 6-8 p.m. to participate in the clinic.

Register by June 11

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park

Graduate from DNF Camp by attending all 4 Lessons. Equipment is provided.

Register by June 18

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Big Fish, Little Fish
June 19 • Tuesday • 10–11:30 a.m.
(Ages 4-6)
Reservations begin May 21.
Parents, bring your child to learn all about fish and fishing. Although more than one child can come, please make sure that the adult/child ratio is 1:1 to ensure the whole fishing experience. Meet at the Educational Fishing Lakes and Hatchery in Forest Park. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather, rain or shine!

Register by June 18

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:00am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Big Fish, Little Fish
June 19 • Tuesday • 10–11:30 a.m.
(Ages 4-6)
Reservations begin May 21.
Parents, bring your child to learn all about fish and fishing. Although more than one child can come, please make sure that the adult/child ratio is 1:1 to ensure the whole fishing experience. Meet at the Educational Fishing Lakes and Hatchery in Forest Park. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather, rain or shine!

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