Free fishing on Saturday at Bass Pro in Columbia.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in partnership with Bass Pro Shop and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invites families to discover nature at a free fishing event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at Bass Pro Shop Sportsman’s Center in Columbia, 3101 Bass Pro Drive.

Bait will be provided, as well as fishing poles for those who do not own their own. The event will also have educational displays, food and drawings for prizes, which include a grand prize of camping gear for two.

“This is a great opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to fishing,” said MDC Fisheries Specialist Brian McKeage. “Fishing is a great sport, and a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors. More than 1.3 million Missourians take part in the sport each year.”

“Reel” time fishing for kids is taking place during Great Outdoors Month, a state and national recognition of the benefits of active fun outdoors, as well as the annual free fishing days in Missouri. Each year, MDC designates the weekend after the first Monday in June as Free Fishing Days. The idea is to encourage people to explore the state’s fishing opportunities without having to purchase permits, trout stamps or trout park daily tags.

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