MDC hosts “Fool a Fish” fishing clinic for kids Oct. 30, costumes welcome

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) fisheries employees invite children, ages two to 15, to “Fool a Fish” at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center’s kid’s only fishing pond, Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m. Caleb Jansen, a MDC angler recruitment technician, said children are invited to wear a costume to the fishing clinic.

“This will be a fun opportunity for the kids to dress up as a fish, or maybe a fish predator or a nocturnal species and then get some tips on their fishing technique,” Jansen said.

Guests are asked not to wear scary or gruesome costumes. Jansen said all fishing equipment will be provided and MDC fisheries staff will be present to show the children how to bait a hook and teach about Missouri’s native fish species.

Jansen said parents or guardians must attend with the children and advance registration is required at The first step in registering for a program is creating a profile, then signing up for programs is simple. Events at the nature center are free, thanks to the 1/8th of 1 percent Conservation State Sales Tax. The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature is located inside Cape County Park North, just east of I-55 exit 99.