MDC Cape Nature Center hosts Women’s Trout Fishing event Feb. 20

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center invites women to learn how to fish for trout Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

"This is a chance to experience camaraderie with other women while learning a new outdoor skill," said Michelle Randecker, a naturalist at the center. "Trout fishing can be very exciting, as the fish will sometimes put up a good fight on the line."

Registrations for this event are required and may be made beginning Feb. 2. The event is designed for ages 12 and up. Ages 16 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Participants must have a valid Missouri fishing permit and anyone interested in keeping their trout must also have a trout permit. Both permits may be purchased at the Nature Center or anywhere hunting and fishing permits are sold. Randecker said all necessary equipment will be provided at the event, although attendees may bring their own trout poles. Participants are encouraged to dress in layers and be prepared for cold weather.

Randecker said knowing how to fish for trout opens up an opportunity to spend time outdoors during winter, when other activities might not be possible.

MDC stocks 24 winter trout areas in cities across the state. Anglers may harvest rainbow trout at Missouri's stocked trout areas beginning Feb. 1. Rainbow trout, the "king of sport fish," are cold-water fish.

To register for this event, call (573)290-5730. For more information on this and other programs at the Cape Nature Center, go online to To find more information on trout fishing, go online to