Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free trout fishing clinic for youths ages 5 to 15 from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 4, at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. MDC will provide gear and instruction. MDC stocks rainbow trout for winter fishing opportunities in select waters, including at the Reed Area.
Participants will start the lesson indoors at the classroom at MDC’s Kansas City Regional Office at the Reed Area, 12405 S.E. Ranson Road in Lee’s Summit. Experts will offer tips on tackle and techniques for catching trout.
The fishing lesson will then move to Honker Pond at the Reed Area and participants will fish for trout with help from class instructors. Only children can fish at Honker Pond. But parents and family are welcome to attend, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. MDC will provide all necessary gear and bait, plus hot chocolate and a warm fire.
Children do not need a trout permit to fish at this event if they plan to release their fish. If they would like to keep fish, they will need a Missouri Trout Permit. Participants should dress warm for winter weather.
Registration is required before Jan. 4. In case of a severe weather forecast, participants will be notified in advance of a postponement. To register for this class, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZPu.