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MDC will offer a four-part Discover Nature – Fishing series over two evenings this month in Columbia. These free clinics will cover an introduction to equipment and hands-on skills practice. Register today to attend these workshops for ages 6 and older.

MDC invites youth, families to free fishing classes in Columbia

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Sep 10, 2020

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites kids and their families to a free, four-class series of fishing workshops in Columbia.  The Discover Nature – Fishing (DNF) 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     
         * Participants must attend lessons 1 & 2 in order to attend lessons 3 & 4
  • Lesson 3 – Five common Missouri fish: anatomy, habitat, and lifecycle
  • Lesson 4 – Fishing with lures and fishing regulations

Lessons 1 and 2 will take place from 6–8 p.m., on Sept. 22, at Bass Pro Lake, 3101 Bass Pro Drive in Columbia. Lessons 1 and 2 are prerequisites for attending lessons 3 and 4, which will be offered at the same time and location on Sept. 24

“This is a great way for kids and their parents to learn the basics of fishing,” said MDC Angler Education Assistant Ashley Edwards. “Fishing is a great way to get outdoors and have some fun! I encourage anyone who has enjoyed fishing but never really learned how to fish, and also people who have no idea what they are doing at all, to come join me at the Bass Pro Shops in Columbia for these DNF programs. We will have lots of fun, there will be lots of learning and fishing and even some prizes at the end.”

DNF programs focus primarily on reaching kids 6 – 15 years of age and emphasize family involvement.  All children must be accompanied by an adult and participants age 16 and older must possess a valid fishing license.

To ensure public health amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all participants must practice physical distancing and wear a mask covering their mouth and nose when unable to maintain at least six feet between each other.

Space is limited for these classes, and all participants must preregister by Sept. 22. Register for lessons 1 & 2 at Register for lessons 3 & 4 at

All DNF classes are free for registered participants and MDC will provide all needed fishing equipment and supplies.  Participants should bring their own bug repellant and sunscreen if they wish.

For more information about these classes, contact Edwards at, or (573) 815-7901, ext. 2968.

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