MDC invites youth, families to free fishing classes in Columbia

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Apr 22, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation invites kids and their families to a free, four-class series of fishing workshops in May. 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.

The free Discover Nature – Fishing classes will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings in May at Bass Pro Lake, 3101 Bass Pro Drive in Columbia. MDC will provide all needed equipment and supplies. Each of the four lessons will focus on a different topic:

  • Lesson 1 – Equipment, casting, and proper fish handling (May 3)
  • Lesson 2 – How to tie a knot and bait a hook (May 10)
  • Lesson 3 – Five common Missouri fish: anatomy, habitat, and lifecycle (May 17)
  • Lesson 4 – Fishing with lures and fishing regulations (May 24)

"These classes will offer kids and families unique opportunities to get a hands-on education about fishing in Missouri, and will 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 register by May 2. To register, visit, or email

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