Bring the family and learn how to fish with MDC June 21 at Busch Conservation Area

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St. CHARLES, Mo.—Summer and fishing go together like . . . rods and reels, or hooks and lines.  Fishing is an excellent way to spend time outdoors during the warmer days ahead.  For those new to fishing, both youth and adult, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering an ideal gateway to get into angling.

MDC will hold at Family Fishing program Wednesday, June 21 from 9-10 a.m. at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles.  The event is free and open to ages six years and up. 

This beginning fishing program will cover all the basics of the sport.  These include proper rod and reel casting technique, bait choices, how to identify the fish a new angler might find on their line, and the best way to handle a fish.

Families should come away from the class equipped and confident to take the next steps in fishing on their own.  Fishing is an activity that doesn’t cost a lot of money and can be done at almost any age.  And MDC offers many opportunities for close to home fishing experiences that don’t require a long drive. The Busch Conservation Area itself has nearly 30 lakes open to public fishing.  Fishing is also a great way to promote family bonding.

Family Fishing is a free class, however advanced online registration is required at  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Those 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased at

The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located at 2360 Highway D, about two miles west of Highway 94.  Participants should meet at Lake 15, which can be reached by turning left after entering the main gate off Highway D. 

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