MDC invites young anglers to Roaring River State Park's Kids' Fishing Day on May 14

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CASSVILLE, Mo. – Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish at Roaring River State Park’s Kids’ Fishing Day on May 14. This event, which will be from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., is a joint effort of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and several local sponsors.

At Kids’ Fishing Day, an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths age 15 and under. Children in that age range can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time the day prior to the event on May 13 or all day on the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist the young anglers. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. 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. Free hotdogs, chips, and soda will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. From 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., programs will be given on fish cleaning, fish cooking, streams table, archery, critter stamp headbands, and Dutch oven cooking. If kids attend three classes, they can be entered into a prize drawing at 4 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. People wanting to help with Kids’ Fishing Day or looking for more information can call MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail Hatchery Manager Brad Farwell at