MDC helps families learn fishing skills with free class April 9 at Blue Springs

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Kansas City, Mo. – Fishing is a great way for people to connect with nature in the springtime. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free fishing lesson from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 9, at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs. This class is Lesson 1 from MDC’s Discover Nature — Fishing series, which offers classroom instruction followed by fishing with an instructor’s help. MDC provides all the equipment needed and no fishing permit is required.

Participants will learn how to properly cast lures or bait with a spin casting rod and reel. Instructor John Rittel, MDC community education assistant, will talk about the various equipment types used in fishing and how to use them. Rittel will cover how to properly handle and release a fish. Participants will then go fishing at a pond at Burr Oak Woods.

This class is for participants ages 7 and older. All youths under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed. Registration for each participant is required. To register, visit

MDC’s Discover Nature — Fishing program is offered in a free four-lesson series that teaches and coaches new anglers. Participants gain the skills and confidence to go fishing on their own. MDC will offer lessons throughout the state from now into autumn. To learn more about the program and to find lessons offered near you, visit