Bennett Spring to hold Kids' Fishing Day May 2

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LEBANON, Mo. – Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Bennett Spring State Park's Kids' Fishing Day. This event will be held 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on May 2 at Bennett Spring State Park. The event is being sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other sponsors.

At Kids' Fishing Day, children age 15 and under can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery shop on May 1 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. or at the registration tent across from the park store on the day of the event. A section of Zone 2 and Zone 3 at the park will be reserved for youth anglers. Volunteers will be on hand to help. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to help kids, but adults are also asked to let children fish by themselves as much as possible. Only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish in the designated kids' fishing zone. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Educational events will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids' Fishing Day, or if you'd like more information about the event, please call the Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-44178or e-mail Hatchery Manager Mike Mitchell at