Discover nature with MDC at catfish camp in Hannibal

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HANNIBAL, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages families to discover nature by catfishing. Families are invited to a two-day catfish camp at Ted Shanks Conservation Area (CA). The camp begins at 1 p.m. on Aug. 22 with presentations on catfish biology and regulations. Participants will spend Saturday evening on the Mississippi River setting lines, and will check the lines Sunday morning. Camping and fishing are available Saturday evening for those who are interested.

"This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors together," said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver. "Parents will learn right alongside their kids the ins and outs of river fishing for big cats. Biologist will be there to help the participants understand the life of the catfish and MDC conservation agents will be there to help them understand the rules and regulations of catfishing. With expert advice and a little luck, families should go home with plenty of fish that's ready to cook."

Discover Nature programs are designed to help adults and children explore nature and master outdoor skills together. The Discover Nature Catfish Camp is free and open to all ages. A valid fishing permit is required for anglers under 65 years of age and participants 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

To register for catfish camp contact or (660)-785-2420. For more information about Discover Nature—Fishing events visit MDC's website at