MDC invites kids to free fishing day May 4 at Bennett Spring State Park

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LEBANON, Mo. – Young anglers will have opportunities to experience the fun of catching fish and will also have chances to learn about the outdoors at Bennett Spring State Park’s Kids’ Fishing Day 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4. It’s sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Bennett Spring Park Store.

Kids ages 15 and under can pick up free trout tags at the park store on May 3 from 5-9:15 p.m. and all day on May 4. A section of Zone 2 and Zone 3 from the hatchery outlet to just downstream of the Suzy Hole will be reserved for the youth anglers. Volunteers will be on hand to help. Kids are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to help kids, but adults are also asked to let children fish by themselves as much as possible. Only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish in the designated kids’ fishing zone.

Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. To help with Kids’ Fishing Day or for more information please call the Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418 or Assistant Hatchery Manager Mike Perry at People can also get more information about this event at:

Bennett Spring State Park is located approximately 12 miles west of Lebanon on Missouri Highway 64.