Fishing

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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. 

Great Places For Fishing

Platte
This area offers a boat ramp with access to the lower Platte River and the Missouri River, less
Saint Louis
Allenton Access is located on the Meramec River 3.80 river miles up-river from the junction wit

Events

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Registration period: September 14 - October 18
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, October 19, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lesson 3&4

Lessons 1 & 2 MUST be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons.

Lesson 3: Participants will learn about aquatic habitats, food webs, and the basic biology of common Missouri fish species.

Lesson 4: Participants will learn about various fishing lures techniques, as well as identify and understand Missouri fishing regulations.

All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. We will be following local mask and social distancing guidelines. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered.

Class at Lake 15
Registration period: September 17 - October 21
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, October 21, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Whether you are backpacking, camping, or at a backyard cookout, food just tastes better when it’s cooked outside! We will learn how to cook outside safely and practice a variety of different techniques before tasting our hard-earned rewards.
Registration period: October 1 - October 21
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, October 22, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
The trees are changing color and the breeze is cool. Join us for a kayaking program at Ashland Lake located by Ashland, MO; a short drive from both Columbia and Jefferson City. Bring a water bottle, snacks, and fishing equipment (optional). If fishing, you will need a valid permit. Dress for the weather. All kayaking equipment is provided, including PFD's. Meet at the Ashland Lake parking lot or meet at Runge and follow the presenters. Registration required. Ages 13 and up.
Registration period: September 17 - October 21
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 23, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Union Ridge Conservation Area

This event is oriented toward young hunters and anglers, and is open to the public. All participants will earn free membership to JAKES, in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation, and area sponsors. Youth are welcome to bring their own shotgun, but firearms, ammunition, fishing equipment, and bait are all provided. Lunch will include hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks.

For questions or assistance with preregistration, please contact Conservation Agent Sean Ernst, at (573) 673-7588, or sean.ernst@mdc.mo.gov
Registration period: September 29 - October 23
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 23, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area
Celebrate Fall by taking the kids outside and discover the basics of family fishing. Learn the basics of fishing to get any angler catching fish. You will learn about the basic gear and how to use it as well as fish identification, strategies, rules and regulations, and cleaning and cooking your catch. Fishing equipment will be provided, but you may bring your own. All participants 16 years of age and older must have a valid Missouri fishing license. All participants must register separately.
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Everyday Pond, MWSU Campus
Registration period: September 29 - October 23
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:00 pm - Saturday, October 23, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area
Celebrate Fall by taking the kids outside and discover the basics of family fishing. Learn the basics of fishing to get any angler catching fish. You will learn about the basic gear and how to use it as well as fish identification, strategies, rules and regulations, and cleaning and cooking your catch. Fishing equipment will be provided, but you may bring your own. All participants 16 years of age and older must have a valid Missouri fishing license. All participants must register separately.
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, October 23, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Union Ridge Conservation Area

Kayak fishing is a fun and adventurous sport

that offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. Join us for a fun time

learning how to use kayaks to fish! Kayaks, life jackets and fishing poles/tackle will be

provided. Participants must be 8 years of age or older. Participants 15 and younger must be

accompanied by an adult. Class is limited to 20 participants. You MUST REGISTER at

mdc.mo.gov/events by 5pm, October 21st.
Registration period: August 16 - October 16
Date: Friday, October 29, 2021 3:30 pm - Sunday, October 31, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Rest Inn Him Lodge and Retreat Center

This event is a partnership between The Missouri Department of

Conservation (MDC), The Outdoor Dream Foundation (ODF), Missouri

Disabled Sportsmen (MDS), Dead end Game Calls, and Rest Inn Him Lodge. Applicants will be sent

formal application paperwork following their registration on MDC’s site.

Outdoor Dream will review applications, and provided any necessary

hunting gear for successful applicants. Rest Inn Him will provide lodging and

activities for participants during the weekend. Missouri Disabled Sportsmen

will provide funding for meals. MDC will supply track chairs, equipment &

supplies, as well as necessary staff. Participants will attend a deer hunting

clinic, be taken on a Mentored deer hunt in some of Missouri’s best deer

country, and have some time for fishing and other activities around deer

camp. Those applicants 16 years of age or older will hunt using archery methods

Registration period: September 28 - October 28
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for all attending (adults and families with children of all ages)

Everyone is welcome, wear your Halloween costume if you like and spend a little family time fishing this Halloween season. Everyone gets to fish but we'll also have fishing themed games and prizes for the biggest fish of the day and scariest costume.
Registration period: October 8 - November 4
Date: Friday, November 5, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, November 5, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Come learn the basics of Dutch Oven cooking! You will learn about the history of Dutch Oven cooking, and how easy it is to make anything you would cook in your home oven in a Dutch Oven. All participants will have the opportunity to help prepare one of the dishes we will be making and try all the dishes at the end. Part of this program will be outside, so dress according to the weather.

We are strongly encouraging masks when indoors, and outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

This program is for individuals who are 18 years and older. Anyone who will be present must register.
Registration period: October 15 - November 5
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
While known for trout fishing, Roaring River State Park also has an array of hiking trails. Volunteer naturalist Sandy Vaughn will help you become familiar with their trail system. Meet at the CCC Lodge at Roaring River State Park, near Cassville. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five to six miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult.
Registration period: September 17 - November 5
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, November 6, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area
Join us on scenic Lake Girardeau as we watch the final blaze of autumn reflect in the water. This program is an opportunity to simply borrow a boat and go at your own pace. Staff will be on hand to monitor safety and give instruction but you spend your time doing whatever you choose. Binoculars, a fishing pole and permit, or a camera might all make good companions as your drift across this medium sized lake. Lifejackets, kayaks (weight limit 300lbs), paddles and other safety equipment will all be provided. Participants should bring water, snacks, and shoes which can get wet for entering and exiting the kayak. This program is open to ages 10 and up. Participants ages 10-15 require an adult to accompany them. Meet at the main boat launch off of county road 383
Registration period: October 9 - November 18
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 20, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Boathouse Lake - Carondelet Park

We’re out for trout! Come and join us for a winter urban fishing program perfect for all experience levels. Whether you’re a novice fisher or an experienced angler, this program aims to connect participants with the winter fishing areas of Saint Louis city and provide a lively time as the holidays approach.

This will be a rainbow trout catch-and-release program. Poles and bait will be provided. Experienced anglers are welcome to bring their own poles and bait, regulations apply.

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/

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Registration period: October 15 - November 20
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, November 20, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving by cooking wild turkey. Sometimes people are a little intimidated by wild game but there is no reason to be. We will cover how to prepare a wild turkey for cooking and share some recipes.

We will have a Dutch oven roasted turkey for tasting to encourage you to try this recipe out at home. This program is intended for adults, youth 12 years old and older may attend with an adult. Both must register.

Registration period: October 9 - November 25
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 27, 2021 11:00 am
Location: O'Fallon Park Lake

We’re out for trout! Come and join us for a winter urban fishing program perfect for all experience levels. Whether you’re a novice fisher or an experienced angler, this program aims to connect participants with the winter fishing areas of Saint Louis city and provide a lively time as the holidays approach.

This will be a rainbow trout catch-and-release program. Poles and bait will be provided. Experienced anglers are welcome to bring their own poles and bait, regulations apply.

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/

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Registration period: October 15 - November 30
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:00 pm - Tuesday, November 30, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
While bass, catfish and bluegill get sluggish in the cold winter water, trout are in peak season. Join us for an overview of all things Missouri trout. Topics will include gearing up, techniques, regulations, and where MDC may stock trout in streams and ponds near you. This program is open to all ages but is most appropriate for ages 10+. Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive the link to the virtual program.
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, December 9, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Participants will be carving a Balsa crankbait. Materials will be provided for you to carve a blank during class. Some additional supplies will be needed for finishing your lure following class. A list of materials and instructions will be provided.
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022 7:00 am - Saturday, April 23, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, May 7, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
Annual Kid's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. For More information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022 7:00 am - Saturday, September 24, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
Women's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. Girls of all ages fish for free! For more information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov or call the hatchery at 417-532-4418