MDC seeks volunteers for FISH habitat project March 30

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Smithville, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and partners will be dropping large trees into Smithville Lake March 30 to create habitat for fish and better fishing for anglers. Volunteers are welcome to help with the work. A perk is they will see where new underwater structure is located.

This is the 6th annual FISH Day, which stands for Friends Involved with Smithville Habitat. The project is a partnership between MDC, volunteers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Clay County Parks and Recreation Department.

Large trees will be loaded onto barges and then sunk at specified locations to create underwater brush piles. The brush piles attract sport fish and the food fish that crappie, bass and catfish feed on. This year’s event will start at 9 a.m. at the Sailboat Cove parking lot. Lunch and door prizes will be provided.

Registration is required to participate. To register or for more information, call 816-271-3100 or