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Fishing is a great way to spend time with family and friends, creating memories that will last a lifetime. For a vacation or a quiet Saturday morning, fishing gets you away from it all. All you need is a pole, a line, a hook, some bait and a permit.

No matter where you live in Missouri, a great fishing trip is close to home. 

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Registration period: April 26 - May 16
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, May 17, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Has your little one ever been fishing? Well, cane pole fishing is a great way to start! You and your youngster will learn about fish, their aquatic habitat and enjoy some catch and release fishing down at our education pond.

Bring hydration, sunscreen bug repellant, come prepared to be outside in the sun! Fishing Permit not required.
Registration period: April 26 - May 16
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 1:00 pm - Tuesday, May 17, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Has your little one ever been fishing? Well, cane pole fishing is a great way to start! You and your youngster will learn about fish, their aquatic habitat and enjoy some catch and release fishing down at our education pond.

Bring hydration, sunscreen bug repellant, come prepared to be outside in the sun! Fishing Permit not required.
Registration period: May 6 - May 17
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 4:00 pm - Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:30 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

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.

Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. For additional information or questions contact LuAnn Conway at (573) 325-1381 ext. 6031.
Registration period: April 1 - May 18
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 2:30 pm - Wednesday, May 18, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
This session will focus on grilling fish. We will discuss different methods, techniques, and ingredients to grill or bake fish.
Registration period: May 6 - May 19
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022 4:00 pm - Thursday, May 19, 2022 6:30 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Five Common Missouri Fish - Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle. Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations. You must take Discover Nature - Fishing Lesson 1 and 2 before you can take this class.

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Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. 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.

Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lessons 3 & 4. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. For additional information or questions contact LuAnn Conway at (573) 325-1381 ext. 6031.
Registration period: February 25 - May 19
Date: Friday, May 20, 2022 11:00 am - Friday, May 20, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Forest Park Hatchery
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/ .
Registration period: February 25 - May 19
Date: Friday, May 20, 2022 3:00 pm - Friday, May 20, 2022 4:30 pm
Location: Forest Park Hatchery
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/ .
Registration period: March 18 - May 20
Date: Friday, May 20, 2022 5:00 pm - Friday, May 20, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
In this clinic we will teach the basics of fly fishing; and what you need and how to use the equipment. We will go over the differences between flies and lures. We will also go outside to practice casting on the lawn. If you like fishing but have never fly fished this is a great way to learn. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center's "A Year in Color" this program earns a blue aquatics bead.
Registration period: April 27 - May 20
Date: Friday, May 20, 2022 6:00 pm - Friday, May 20, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

While commonly associated with trout, fly-fishing is a great way to relax and test your angling skills against any kind of fish.

Casting for different kinds of fish in different kinds of water at different times of the year can help you get more out of your gear, and it can help you hone your fly-fishing skills.

We encourage you to discover for yourself that fly rodding is not just for trout. Remember, trout are just one species of fish that are fair game for a well-placed fly.

Those interested must be 12 years of age or older to participate..
Registration period: March 18 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
In this clinic we will teach the basics of fly fishing; and what you need and how to use the equipment. We will go over the differences between flies and lures. We will also go outside to practice casting on the lawn. If you like fishing but have never fly fished this is a great way to learn. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center's "A Year in Color" this program earns a blue aquatics bead.
Registration period: April 11 - May 19
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:30 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Discover Nature Fishing Lesson 1

Lesson 1 is required for anyone wanting to take Lessons 2-4.

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 and Families of all ages! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To register your child, you may need to make a family account, or add them to an existing family account. You can also make you child their own, separate account.

Please Meet at Lake 2 at August A Busch Memorial Conservation Area.
Registration period: April 5 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach anglers basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spin cast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. 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 do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. All participants must register for this program separately. Email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Lesson 1 is part of the four lesson Discover Nature-Fishing series. Lesson 1 is appropriate for adults and families with children 7 years of age and older.

Registration period: April 14 - May 20
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Registration required. Limited spots available.

Please join us at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery to learn all about how to cast a fly rod. 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 or email Shepherd@mdc.mo.gov.
Registration period: May 3 - May 23
Date: Monday, May 23, 2022 5:00 pm - Monday, May 23, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Krug Park Lagoon
Registration period: April 28 - May 22
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, May 24, 2022 9:00 pm
Location: Eiserman Park

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.

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

Participants DO NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Each participant will need to register for this program individually on the Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Fishing website. Email instructor for assistance with registering for this program.

Jeanell Stockton

jeanell.stockton@mdc.mo.gov

Registration period: April 1 - May 25
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 2:30 pm - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
This session will focus on other methods of cooking fish. We will discuss smoking, canning, pickling, and salting to name a few.
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 5:00 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: MDC Headquarters
Fishing is a fun, exciting, and a great way to get outdoors! And wouldn’t it be awesome if we could use our own lure to do it? Join us for an opportunity to paint your own fishing lure any color you’d like, or even paint 2 or 3! Then while we let the paint dry, we will head out to the kid’s pond and spend some time fishing with worms for sunfish, bass, and catfish.
Registration period: April 5 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

All participants must register separately. Please email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Lesson 2 is part of the Discover Nature-Fishing Lesson series. Lesson 2 is appropriate for adults and families with children ages 7 and older.

Registration period: February 25 - May 19
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 11:00 am - Friday, May 27, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Forest Park Hatchery
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/ .
Registration period: February 25 - May 19
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 3:00 pm - Friday, May 27, 2022 4:30 pm
Location: Forest Park Hatchery
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/ .
Registration period: April 11 - May 26
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, May 28, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Discover Nature Fishing Lesson 1

*Lesson 1 is required for anyone wanting to take Lessons 2-4*

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.

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 and Families of all ages! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To register your child, you may need to make a family account, or add them to an existing family account. You can also make you child their own, separate account.

Please Meet at Forest Park Hatchery in Forest Park.
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 28, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Registration period: April 12 - May 30
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 9:00 am - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Tywappity Community Lake

What better way to spend time with your grandkids than fishing and canoeing? This camp is part of our “Grand Adventure” Series targeted at students aged 6-12 and their grandparents. Activities will be at a beginner level and all instruction and supplies will be provided; you are welcome to sign up for any number of these half day adventures. Please make sure to register everyone that will be attending.

For this program participants will meet at Tywappity Community Lake near Chaffee, Missouri. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and water, with quick drying clothes or swimwear and a water bottle. A more detailed itinerary and packing list will be provided prior to the event. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a blue aquatics bead.
Registration period: April 29 - May 31
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 5:30 pm - Wednesday, June 1, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Belcher Branch Lake Conservation Area
We will be learning about the basics of catfishing with rod and reel. The class will include types of bait for catching catfish, types of catfish and their habitat, and styles of rigging. Once the learning portion ends we will begin the hands on portion where we will go fishing for catfish from the bank. This is a free class where all bait and tackle will be provided. We do ask that all participants older than the age of 15 have an up to date fishing permit.
Registration period: May 3 - May 27
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:30 pm - Thursday, June 2, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

If you love to have fun outdoors, and would like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety, and leadership are stressed. Join us in June as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills: fishing, orienteering and atlatl.

Each child may only sign up to attend each block one time. Participants must dress to be outside the full length of program, wear sturdy shoes (no flip flops or flimsy sandals) and bring a water bottle that can be refilled. Bug spray, sunscreen and a hat are recommended. If attending both am & pm in the same day they need to bring a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration.