MDC hosts Fishing Ozarks Rivers program in West Plains April 12

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WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Fisheries biologists with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a workshop on fishing Ozark rivers Thursday, April 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at MDC’s Ozark Regional Office in West Plains. Fisheries Biologist Blake Stephens said fishing is different depending on if it’s in a lake, pond or river and this workshop will focus on river fishing skills specific to the Ozark region.

“Our Ozarks rivers offer amazing fishing opportunity,” Stephens said. “There’s nothing like enjoying the serenity of our local rivers while fishing with family and friends, or even on your own.”

Stephens said experienced anglers will share their expertise at the workshop, teaching attendees how to catch a variety of sought-after stream fish such as goggle-eye, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout and walleye.

“We’ll talk about fish biology, feeding habits, seasonal movement patterns and what kind of tackle you need to be successful,” he said.

Learning about the fish you’re trying to catch can lead to greater success in fishing. The workshop will include special information about each species mentioned including when to fish for them, where to fish for them and what methods and tackle are best suited for each type of fish.

Light refreshments will be provided and space is limited, so reservations are required by April 6. For more information, or to register, call the Ozark Regional Office at (417)256-7161. For general information on fishing permits and where to fish in Missouri, go to