Learn how to catch and handle fish with free MDC classes in April at Blue Springs

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Kansas City, Mo. – Learn how to go fishing or sharpen your skills with the free Discover Nature — Fishing series offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). In the Kansas City area, all four lessons in the series will be offered during April at MDC’s Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs. Lessons will be followed by actual fishing at the nature center pond. All gear is provided, or participants can bring their own. Fishing permits are not required during the lessons.

John Rittel, MDC community education assistant, will start each lesson with a discussion about fishing tackle and methods. He will also cover popular sport fish, regulations, how to handle fish, and places to go fishing. The lessons will delve into advanced tackle and methods. Anglers must take Lesson One before taking the final three lessons.

These lessons are open to adults and families with children ages 7 and older. All youths under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Coaches will assist when participants go fishing. COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed as necessary. Registration is required.

  • Openings remain for a Lesson One session from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. To register, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/4JW.
  • Lesson Two will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. To register, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/43X.
  • Lesson Three and Lesson Four will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. Participants must complete Lesson One and Lesson Two prior to these sessions. To register, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/43B

MDC’s Discover Nature — Fishing program will be offered at various locations throughout the state from now into autumn. To learn more about the program and to find lessons offered near you, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Zty.