Warsaw, Mo. – Rain or shine, kids will be fishing for free, learning angling tips and perhaps taking home some new gear at Lost Valley Hatchery’s 16th annual Kids Fishing Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at the hatchery in Warsaw. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff and volunteers will be on hand to teach young people how to fish or gain new skills.
Youngsters age 15 and under are welcome to participate. Registration for participants starts at 9 a.m. at the hatchery, 28232 Hatchery Way. Fishing will begin at 10 a.m. in the youth fishing pond in front of the hatchery. The event concludes at 2 p.m. Channel catfish and hybrid sunfish are stocked in the pond. Participants may keep two fish. They will need to bring a bucket or bag to take them home, as no fish cleaning station will be available at the pond.
MDC provides fishing poles and tackle for participants to try angling. Youngsters may also bring their own fishing rods, but only one per participant. Only bait not carried in water is allowed. The pond is accessible for those with mobility challenges.
A gift bag will be provided while supplies last. A free lunch will be served. Lost Valley’s visitor center will be open during the event. The center has fishing and conservation displays, and a large aquarium with native fish. This event will also offer target archery, a casting area, fish cleaning demonstrations, and a craft area. Younger anglers can get photos taken of their first fish.
MDC’s Lost Valley Hatchery produces sport fish such as walleye for stocking in Missouri’s lakes. But the hatchery also provides a year-round angling opportunity for youngsters. The kid’s pond is open to youth fishing year round. Channel catfish and hybrid sunfish are caught in warmer months. Rainbow trout are stocked in winter. Visitors can buy books or fishing permits in the Nature Shop.
For more information on Kids Fishing Day, call 660-438-4465. Information and maps for Lost Valley Fish Hatchery is available at http://on.mo.gov/2owHdBy. Missouri is a great place to fish and more information is available at http://mdc.mo.gov/fishing.