Discover Nature - Fishing

Free Hands-on Instruction

Fishing is a great way for everyone to have fun outdoors, learn about conservation, and make happy memories together. Our Discover Nature — Fishing Program helps Missourians gain the skills and confidence to go fishing on their own.

  • Classes are free.
  • No special equipment needed — we’ll provide all the gear.

More advanced classes can be found on the list below and on the Fishing Events page.

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Fishing Classes

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Register by February 2

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: Northeast Region Virtual Classroom

Participants will attend a live online training that goes over rules and regulations, gear, basic tactics, and safety. Following the presentation we will meet the pros out on the ice where they will show some of their gear and tactics live (pending ice).


Register by February 5

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Ice fishing is a fun way to get outdoors and enjoy a cold winter day. Join us for an ice fishing lesson and a couple hours out on the ice catching some fish.

We'll start the morning off at Prairie Hollow Educational Lake with a short ice fishing lesson where we will learn about ice fishing equipment and techniques as well as ice fishing and winter fishing safety. Then we'll head out on the ice for a fishing opportunity.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide equipment, bait, and fishing coaches. Dress warm and bring your own snacks and drinks to help you keep warm.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

This clinic will be entirely outside so please dress accordingly.

Please plan to wear a mask when we are close together and to practice responsible social distance at all times.

Safe ice will be necessary for this program. In the event that weather and ice conditions are not acceptable for this program participant will be contacted with postponement dates.


Register by February 16

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever walk down the fishing aisle looking at all the equipment and just not know where to begin? Watch from your home computer or smartphone as Discover Nature-Fishing instructor Colt Wahl gives you some helpful tips on choosing the right equipment for you without breaking the bank. Beginner anglers will learn about the different rod styles, what type of reel will work best for them, and some basic information on fishing gear to catch a wide variety of common fish. All ages are welcome, though this program will be more appropriate for ages 16 and up. Sign up and join us to help you be better prepared for the upcoming fishing season!


Register by February 25

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center Virtual Classroom

The world of fly fishing is just a cast away! Join us virtually for the basics on gear, casting, flies, presentation, and more! A link to the program will be sent out 24 hours and 30 mins before the program. Please call the Runge Nature Center if you have questions.