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Get hooked on fishing with Missouri Department of Conservation free fishing events.

MDC offers free Discover Nature Fishing events in West Plains, Rolla, Winona

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Ozark
Jul 20, 2017

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host free Discover Nature – Fishing events throughout the Missouri Ozarks. These free, hands-on fishing programs will cover all the basics of fishing including the following four lessons:

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- Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations

MDC’s Discover Nature – Fishing program is geared toward youth ages 7 to 15 and families. Adults may simply accompany their child or they may register to participate in the class with their children.

“We hope parents will participate in the classes with their children,” said Anna Fernow, a MDC angler education assistant. “Fishing is a wonderful way to make solid family memories together.”

Fernow also said everyone who completes all sessions will earn a $25 gift card to Bass Pro Shops.

Events are scheduled in West Plains, Rolla and Winona.

West Plains:

July 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Ozark Regional Office, Discover Nature – Fishing Lessons 1 and 2

July 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Ozark Regional Office, Discover Nature – Fishing Lessons 3 and 4

Rolla

Aug. 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Bray Conservation Area, Discover Nature – Fishing Lessons 1 and 2

Aug. 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Bray Conservation Area, Discover Nature – Fishing Lessons 3 and 4

Winona

Aug. 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Twin Pines Education Center, Discover Nature – Fishing Lessons 1 and 2

Aug. 10, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Twin Pines Education Center, Discover Nature – Fishing Lessons 3 and 4

MDC will provide instruction and assistance, as well as all the equipment and bait. Adults must accompany their child at all times. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (417) 256-7161. Participants must complete lessons in subsequent order starting with lesson 1. For more information on Discover Nature-Fishing, go online to http://on.mo.gov/1HWUast.

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