Public can get catfish-catching tips at April 13 MDC clinic

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Fishing for catfish has long been an activity that has provided angling excitement and excellent table fare.

Individuals interested in learning more about how to catch these popular sport fish should plan to attend the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) program “Catfishing for Beginners” April 13 at the Walter Woods Conservation Area near Joplin. This free program will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To get to Walter Woods Conservation Area, take Newton County Highway NN south from Redings Mill for 1.25 miles, then turn west on Dutch Elm Drive, which leads to the area.

Topics that will be covered include catfish biology and habits, fishing methods and regulations. Information will also be provided on how to clean and prepare catfish.

A portion of this program will consist of fishing for catfish at the pond located on the Walter Woods Area. Those 16 years of age and older must possess a valid Missouri fishing permit. Individuals can bring their own fishing gear or use equipment provided by MDC staff.

People must register online for this program at