MDC invites kids to free fishing day May 18 at Roaring River State Park

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CASSVILLE, Mo. – Young anglers will have opportunities to fish for free at Kids’ Fishing Day, May 18 at Roaring River State Park. This event is co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Roaring River Adventures.

Kids' Fishing Day will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. At this event, an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths ages 15 and under. Children in that age range can pick up free trout tags at the Roaring River Hatchery any time on May 17 and all day on the day of the event at the large tent across from the falls.

MDC staff and volunteers will be available to assist the young anglers. There will be a limited number of poles and bait available, but anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. Parents are welcome to assist kids too, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves.

Information about Roaring River’s Kids’ Fishing Day can be found at:

Information about this event can also be obtained by calling MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430. People can also e-mail or