MDC Family Fishing Fair set for Shepherd of Hills Hatchery

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BRANSON, Mo. – Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Family Fishing Fair June 10 at a specially stocked pool at the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery near Branson. The event, which is aimed at anglers ages 15 and under, will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Sunfish and channel catfish will be the fish anglers will be trying to catch, but the event is about more than hooking fish. Educational stations at the event will help young anglers learn to tie knots, filet and cook fish, rig up and cast a fishing pole, cast a fly rod and other fish-related activities. Free goodie bags will be given to all youth participants and there will be a drawing for a rod and reel at the end of the day.

Also at the event will be MDC’s “My First Fish” station. Young anglers who make their first catch can bring their fish to this station to have a photo and information taken for a certificate that will be mailed to the family.

The “Fishin’ Magicians” will also perform at noon. This local magic act will entertain with fun magic and, at the same time, pass on educational messages about the importance of caring for our water resources.

A limited number of loaner fishing poles will be available, but it’s suggested that all anglers bring their own fishing equipment (and cooler, if they plan to keep fish).

No reservations are required for this event. For more information, call 417-334-4865, ext. 0.

This event is another example of how the Missouri Department of Conservation helps people discover nature. For more information about fishing in Missouri, go to