MDC plans Discover Nature - Fishing event in Branson on May 24

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BRANSON, Mo. – Fishing is a great way to connect families with the outdoors. It’s a great tool to introduce children to healthier lifestyles and it’s a good activity for strengthening family bonds. These are some of the many benefits of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Discover Nature – Fishing Program.

This program provides free lessons to help kids and families gain skills and confidence to enjoy fishing through a series of four instructional sessions:

  • Lesson 1: Equipment, casting, proper fish handling
  • Lesson 2: How to tie a knot and bait a hook
  • Lesson 3: Five common Missouri fish – their anatomy, habitats and life cycles
  • Lesson 4: Fishing with lures, fishing regulations

Interested families will have a chance to take Lessons 1 and 2 of MDC’s Discover Nature – Fishing program at Eiserman Park in Branson from 6-9 p.m. on May 24. Eiserman Park, one of Branson’s city parks, is located at 201 Compton Drive. At this program, MDC Community Education Assistant Jeanell Stockton will show participants how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod. She will also talk about the parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. All fishing equipment needed for these sessions will be provided. This event is open to ages 7 and up.

These instructional sessions are designed for families, but it's important to note that each participant must register individually. People can register for this program at:

People can get information about other upcoming Discover Nature Fishing classes at