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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.

Additional Information:

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 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 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 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

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.
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: April 5 - June 2
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 2, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach anglers 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. 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 & 4.

Equipment, bait and fishing coaches will be provided.

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

Each participant must register for this program individually on the Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Fishing website. For assistance with registration please email the program instructor.

Lesson 3 & 4 are part of the Discover Nature-Fishing Lesson series. Lesson 3 & 4 are appropriate for adults and families with children ages 7 and older.

Registration period: March 15 - June 1
Date: Friday, June 3, 2022 4:00 pm - Friday, June 3, 2022 6:30 pm
Location: Roby Lake

Lesson 1: Learn the parts and function of a spin cast fishing rod and reel. How to cast safely and and successfully. How to fasten basic tackle to a fishing line. Learn techniques to catch fish and handle it properly.

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 will be able to take what they learned and go fishing.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Each participant must register for this program individually.
Date: Friday, June 3, 2022 5:00 pm - Friday, June 3, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spend a fun evening fishing with your family at the Cape Nature Center. The Kid’s Pond will be available for those 15 years old and younger and the lake in Cape County Park North will be available for adults and families. A fishing permit is not required for people fishing at this event. We will have fishing poles and bait available to checkout. IF you are fishin’ but not catchin’, we will also have some other “fishy” activities. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a blue aquatics bead.

Registration period: April 4 - May 29
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022 6:30 am - Saturday, June 4, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Montauk State Park

Missouri Disabled Sportsmen be hosting six (6) mobility impaired participants at Montauk for a day of trout fishing and camaraderie.

The selected participants will be notified of their inclusion to the event approximately 2-weeks prior.

We'll be partnering with the Missouri Department of Conservation to provide all the required fishing gear, bait, four track chairs, and lunch for the event.
Registration period: May 2 - June 2
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022 9:30 am - Saturday, June 4, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lesson 2:

*Discover Nature Fishing Lesson 1 is required before attending this program*

Discover Nature Fishing Lesson 2

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 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 1 at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area

Registration period: May 16 - June 3
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Wheelchair Accessible

Join a catch and release fishing program for children and adults who have disabilities. Spend a late summer morning in beautiful Forest Park learning to cast, catch, and remove fish from the hook. All fishing poles and bait will be provided, as well as some adaptive equipment. A group permit has been obtained for this program, so fishing licenses will not be required for this event.

Registration period: May 16 - June 3
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 4, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Wheelchair Accessible

Join a catch and release fishing program for children and adults who have disabilities. Spend an afternoon learning to cast, catch, and remove fish from the hook. All fishing poles and bait will be provided, as well as some adaptive equipment. A group permit has been obtained for this program, so fishing licenses will not be required.

Registration period: March 16 - June 1
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022 4:30 pm - Saturday, June 4, 2022 6:30 pm
Location: Roby Lake

DETAILS

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.

Additional Information:

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.