Share your fishing skills by volunteering with MDC to teach others

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Fishing is a great way for kids and families to have fun outdoors, discover nature, and make happy memories together. For more than a million anglers, conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) needs experienced anglers from all around the state to help others learn to fish through its free Discover Nature — Fishing Program. The statewide program provides a series of four separate lessons to help kids and families gain skills and confidence to go fishing on their own. Each of the four, two-hour lessons is followed by hands-on fishing for participants to put their newly learned skills to work. Equipment and bait are provided for participant use. Class size is limited and classes are offered throughout the fishing season from April through October.

  • Lesson One: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling
  • Lesson Two: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook
  • Lesson Three: Five Common Missouri Fish - Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle
  • Lesson Four: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations

Volunteers can teach a single lesson or multiple lessons and training will be provided. The Conservation Department encourages families interested in participating and experienced anglers interested in volunteering to call their regional Department office for more information. Browse our Regions section to find the phone number for your regional office.