I am Conservation

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I Am Conservation

Brian and Tina Bernskoetter and their son Trent enjoy an evening of fishing at McKay Park in Jefferson City. “Urban lakes are a very convenient and easily accessible option for family entertainment. We always have fun, even when the fish aren't biting. Plus, it is a great way to introduce kids to the outdoors in a familiar setting in town,“ says Bernskoetter. “We make a game of looking for turtles poking their noses out of the water, and Trent loves to listen to the frogs croaking at sundown while the birds hunt insects on the lake. Fishing is a perfect way to spend time together on summer evenings and not a lot of planning is required.” Last year the Conservation Department stocked more than 144,000 keeper-size fish in 53 urban lakes and ponds. Conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish. To find a spot to fish near you, visit our online conservation atlas at

—Photo by David Stonner

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