BRANSON, Mo. – Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at the Family Fishing Fair event Saturday (June 7) at a specially stocked pool at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery. The event, which is aimed at anglers ages 15 years and under, will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Rainbow trout will be the species anglers will be fishing for, but the event is about more than catching fish. Educational stations at the event will help young anglers learn to tie knots, filet and cook fish, rig up a fishing pole, cast a fly rod and other fish-related activities. Free gift bags will be given to all youth participants and there will be a drawing for a rod and reel at the end of the day.
Also at the event will be the Missouri Department of Conservation’s “My First Fish” station. Young anglers who make their first catch can bring their fish to this station to have their photos taken and information taken for a certificate that will be mailed to the family.
The “Fishin’ Magicians” will also perform. This locally based magic act entertains with fun magic and, at the same time, passes on educational messages about the importance of caring for our water resources.
A limited number of loaner fishing poles will be available, but it’s suggested that all anglers bring their own fishing equipment (and cooler, if they plan to keep fish).
No reservations are required for this event. For more information, call 417-334-4865, ext. 0. This event is another example of how the Missouri Department of Conservation helps people discover nature.