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.
  • Take one class, or complete the entire program of four, two-hour classes.
  • No special equipment needed — we’ll provide all the gear.
  • Select one of the classes listed below to register.

Discover Nature — Fishing Classes

Each class is two hours long. You need to take lesson one before registering for any one of the other three. 

  • Lesson one: Equipment, Casting, and Proper Fish Handling
  • Lesson two: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook
  • Lesson three: Five Common Missouri Fish - Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle
  • Lesson four: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations

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

Volunteers Needed

If you're an experienced angler who loves sharing your hobby with others, please volunteer to teach fishing skills through our Discover Nature - Fishing Program. Learn how to become an instructor.

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Fishing Classes

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Register by September 27

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

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 September 27

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

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

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

**Adults must accompany youth**

Lesson 3: five common Missouri fish-- their anatomy, habitat, and life cycle

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

**Adults must accompany youth.**

Lesson 1: Parts of a fishing rod and reel, casting, basic tackle, and how to catch and release fish

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

**Adults must accompany youth**

Lesson 2: tying an improved clinch knot, attaching hooks, baiting a hook and unhooking a fish, and stocking a basic tackle box

Date: Monday, October 8, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

**Adults must accompany youth**

Lesson 4: Fishing with lures and fishing regulations

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

**Adults must accompany youth**

Lesson 3: Five common Missouri fish-- their anatomy, habitat, and life cycle

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

**Adults must accompany youth**

Lesson 4: Fishing with lures and fishing regulations