MDC invites youth, families to free fishing clinics in Kirksville

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites kids and their families to a series of free fishing workshops in Kirksville. The Discover Nature – Fishing (DNF) workshops will cover the basics of fishing equipment, casting, and proper fish handling, and participants will gain the skills and confidence to go fishing on their own. 

Each of 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

Participants can choose to attend lessons 1 & 2, covered together on one evening, by registering for either of these two offerings:

  • July 20, 4–6 p.m.
  • July 22, 4–6 p.m.

Participants can choose to attend lessons 3 & 4, covered together on one evening, by registering for either of these two offerings:

  • July 27, 4–6 p.m.
  • July 29, 4–6 p.m.

All courses will take place at the MDC Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore St. in Kirksville.

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 all participants must preregister online.

Families now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own accounts which will streamline the program registration process.  Once a group account is setup parents will be able to register their children to an event without having to logoff and login for each individual.  This functionality will allow parents to register their entire family or select family members to an event at the same time.  First, users will log into their account and click “My Group Profile,” then add family members to their account.  Setting up a group account today will make program registration quicker and easier for all MDC programs.

To help ensure public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, MDC asks all participants to observe current, local guidelines regarding physical distancing and masking. MDC encourages participants to bring and wear face coverings when appropriate.

All DNF classes are free for registered participants and MDC will provide all needed fishing equipment and supplies.  Participants should wear solid-bottomed shoes capable of getting wet or muddy, and bring their own drinking water, bug repellent, and sunscreen if they wish.

For more information about DNF classes, contact MDC Community Education Assistant Matthew Schwend at, or (660) 785-2420