From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
February 2014 Issue

I Am Conservation

Tony Rodak, of Independence, pauses from fishing with his 9-year-old grandson, Cameron Rieder, to pose for a picture with the rainbow trout that Rieder had just caught. The pair were fishing at James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area near Lee’s Summit. Certain lakes at the Reed area are part of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s urban winter trout stocking program. This program stocks trout throughout the state during the winter months, when warm water species are less active and harder to catch but cold-water species, such as trout, do very well. Rodak said he grew up fishing in Missouri. I Am Conservation 02-2014“I love the sport and hope it will always be available for my grandson and future generations,” He says he enjoys winter trout fishing because it allows him to get outdoors and see the changes in nature during the winter months. His grandson likes the excitement of fighting a fish on his line the best. He also likes spending time with his grandpa. Rodak said Rieder’s favorite fishing is for catfish. Rodak spends a lot of time fishing at the Reed area because it is near his house, but he also enjoys hunting for deer and waterfowl at Fountain Grove Conservation Area and Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge. “I’ve been in the woods and near the water since I was a kid,” said Rodak. “That’s where I feel most relaxed and at home.” —photo by Noppadol Paothong

Also in this issue

Walleye

Show Me Walleye

Learn the tricks to landing this elusive fish.

Winter walk

Winter Walk

Don't stay cooped up! Adventure out with the family, and experience nature's splendor in a different light.

2014 Regulations Update

Missourians care about forests, fish, and wildlife. To ensure these resources are protected, the Conservation Department reviews the Wildlife Code of Missouri each year.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler