LEBANON, Mo. – Rain forced a change of schedule for this year’s Bennett Springs Kids’ Fishing Day, but it hasn’t dampened the fun young anglers will have at this popular annual event.
Bennett Spring’s Kids' Fishing Day, which is usually held in May, will be 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. June 10 at Bennett Spring State Park. Initially it was slated for May 6, but had to be postponed due to high water caused by heavy rain that fell earlier in the week. The event is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Bennett Spring Park Store.
At the upcoming event, children age 15 and under can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery shop on June 9 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 the 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 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. People wanting to help out with Kids’ Fishing Day or individuals wanting more information about the event can call the Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-44178 or e-mail Hatchery Manager Ben Havens Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov.