MDC, DNR to host Kids’ Free Fishing Day on April 30 at Montauk State Park in Salem

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SALEM, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has joined forces with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to present Kids’ Free Fishing Day from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. on April 30 at Montauk State Park in Salem.

The spring branch from the CCC Spillway to the Social Hole will be reserved and fully stocked with trout for children aged 15 and younger. Children can get a free trout tag at the event registration booth from 2 – 5 p.m. on April 29, or on event day.

“We’ll have seminars related to trout fishing, fly tying, and fly casting,” said Montauk Hatchery Manager Tom Whelan. “And be sure to check out the archery range, and our mobile aquarium.”

Door prizes and free hotdogs and soda also will be available. Individuals must be present to win door prizes.

Parents are welcome to help the children, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child; adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Volunteers and MDC staff will also be on-site.

If you would like to volunteer or find out more information, contact the Montauk Hatchery at 573-548-2585. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers.

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