Bennett Spring to host Kids' Fishing Day on May 3

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BENNETT SPRINGS, 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 3 at Bennett Spring State Park. The event is being sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources and other sponsors.

At Kids’ Fishing Day, children age 15 and under can pick up free trout tags at the Bennett Spring Hatchery office on Friday, May 2, or on the day of the event. A section of the park will be reserved for the youth anglers. Volunteers will be on hand to help out. 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 by themselves. A free lunch for children age 15 and under will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free educational events will also 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. To help out with Kids' Fishing Day, or for more information, call the Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.