MDC invites youth, families to free fishing workshop in Kirksville

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites kids and their families to a free fishing workshop in Kirksville this April. MDC’s Discover Nature – Fishing program offers a four-part series of workshops on the basics of fishing, from tackle to knot-tying, designed to teach participants the skills and confidence they need to go fishing on their own.

Lesson 1 will cover equipment, casting, and proper fish handling. The workshop will take place from 1-3 p.m., April 15, at the Adair County Public Library, 1 Library Lane in Kirksville. MDC will provide all needed equipment and supplies. Future workshops in the series will build on this base of knowledge and will cover knot-tying, fish anatomy, habitat, and lifecycle, fishing with lures, and fishing regulations.

“This workshop will offer kids and families a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience and education about fishing in Missouri,” said MDC Angler Education Assistant Chelsea Clever. “These Discover Nature – Fishing workshops will help enable new anglers to enjoy a lifetime of fishing fun as they grow older.”

Discover Nature – Fishing focuses primarily on reaching kids 7-15 years of age, and emphasizes family involvement. However, this workshop is free and open to anyone who would like to learn about fishing. All kids must be accompanied by an adult and all participants must preregister by 5 p.m. on April 14, by calling the MDC office in Hannibal at (573) 248-2530.

For more information on Discover Nature Fishing programs, visit