MDC invites youth, families to free fishing classes in central Missouri

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites kids and their families to a free, four-class series of fishing workshops in Columbia or Osage Beach.  The Discover Nature – Fishing workshops will cover the basics of fishing from tackle to knot-tying, and participants will gain the skills and confidence to go fishing on their own. 

Each of the four lessons will focus on a different topic:

  • Lesson 1 – Equipment, casting, and proper fish handling
  • Lesson 2 – How to tie a knot and bait a hook
  • Lesson 3 – Five common Missouri fish: anatomy, habitat, and lifecycle
  • Lesson 4 – Fishing with lures and fishing regulations

In Columbia, the Discover Nature – Fishing classes will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings, April 19 – May 10, at Bass Pro Lake, 3101 Bass Pro Drive. 

In Osage Beach, the Discover Nature – Fishing classes will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, May 1 – 22, at Osage Beach City Park, 950 Hatchery Rd.

All Discover Nature – Fishing classes are free, and MDC will provide all needed equipment and supplies. 

“Conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish and these classes will offer kids and families unique opportunities to get a hands-on education about fishing in Missouri.  They will also help enable young anglers to enjoy a lifetime of fishing fun as they grow older,” said MDC Angler Education Assistant Don Rahm. 

Discover Nature – Fishing focuses primarily on reaching kids 7 – 15 years of age and emphasizes family involvement.  All kids must be accompanied by an adult and all participants must preregister by visiting, or emailing