Fishing Events

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Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each family member attending (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 presnted at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. 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 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/.

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

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 6:30am to 8:30pm

Location: Roaring River State Park

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, May 18th, 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 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 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 May 17 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 May 13

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 7:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Catclaws Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Registration required (adults) Fishing is a terrific pastime that can provide for some delicious meals. Learn all you need to know about fishing, cleaning fish and cooking fish in this program. We'll meet at a local public lake to wet our lines, fish until late morning, learn how to clean our catch and then have a bank-side fish lunch for all to share. All equipment will be provided, but participants are encouraged to have a valid Missouri fishing permit to attend.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 12+)
Hop in the van and join us for a driving tour of fishing spots near Cape Girardeau to learn about new places to fish this season. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, etc.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

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!

Lesson 3: Five common Missouri fish – their anatomy, habitats and life cycles

Lesson 4: Fishing with lures, fishing regulations

Register by May 16

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. 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: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. 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 20

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. 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 20

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. 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 23

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

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 22

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Everyday Pond, MWSU Campus

Register by May 25

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

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!

Lesson 3: Five common Missouri fish – their anatomy, habitats and life cycles

Lesson 4: Fishing with lures, fishing regulations

Register by May 27

Date: Thursday, May 30, 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/.

Register by May 30

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

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

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

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Tilles Park Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. Discover Nature Fishing program is put on by the MDC urban fishing program partners. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. TO REGISTER CALL THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT AT 314-615-8911.

Register by June 1

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

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!

Lesson 3: Five common Missouri fish – their anatomy, habitats and life cycles

Lesson 4: Fishing with lures, fishing regulations

Register by May 30

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. 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.

Register by May 30

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #1

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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. 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.

Register by June 1

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 12+)
Gar are among the largest and most ancient fish to swim Missouri waters but are wildly misunderstood. Join us to learn about these fascinating fish and how they are managed in Missouri. Participants will learn the basics of bowfishing, make lures specific to gar, learn how to clean these armored fish, and taste something that very few anglers know, just how delicious they are!

Date: Monday, June 3, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. Discover Nature Fishing Program is put on by the MDC Urban Fishing Partners. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. TO REGISTER CALL THE ST. LOUIS CITY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 314-367-2292.

Register by May 31

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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/.

Register by June 3

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. 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.

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