Discover nature at family crappie clinic at Mark Twain Lake

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites families to discover nature with a crappie clinic from 7 a.m. to noon on May 4 at Mark Twain Lake State Park. This program is open to youths with a parent or adult mentor. All participants must attend a mandatory classroom session from 6–8 p.m. on May 3 at M.W Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center at Mark Twain Lake. The clinic is free, but pre-registration is required by May 2.

The clinic will cover basic crappie fishing skills including casting, tying knots, and proper bait and tackle. There will also be a presentation on fish biology and management. On Saturday, participants will be taken out by guides on boats to try out their skills first hand. There is no cost for the program and all equipment and bait will be provided. Participants are also welcome to bring their own fishing gear.

“With some good weather, we will be fishing on one of Missouri’s great crappie lakes during the best time of year,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver. “With a little luck, families should go home with plenty of fish that’s ready to cook.”

Discover Nature Families programs are designed to help adults and children explore nature and master outdoor skills together. A valid fishing permit is required for anglers ages 16 to 65 and participants 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. To register, or for more information, contact Rob Garver at or 660-785-2420.

The M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center is located on Rt. J, just south of the Clarence Cannon Dam.

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