MDC invites young anglers to Kids' Fishing Day June 11 at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

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BRANSON, Mo. – Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Kids’ Fishing Day on June 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at a specially stocked pond at MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery near Branson. The event is open to anglers ages 15 and under.

Sunfish and channel catfish will be the fish anglers will be trying to catch at the Belladonna Pond, which is next to the hatchery buildings. A few loaner fishing poles will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment.  MDC staff will be providing worms for bait, but participants can bring their own, too. No registration is required for this event. More information can be found at:

This event is being held in conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend, the annual event in June through which fishing permits are not required at any state-managed fishing location. It should be noted that all other fishing regulations (length limits, possession limits, etc.) still apply for Free Fishing Weekend.

For more information about the June 11 Kids' Fishing Day event, call 417-334-4865, ext. 0. Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is located at 483 Hatchery Road in Branson.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding in-person and virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at