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A father, son, and daughter pose with a catfish caught at a Missouri lake.
Learn the ins and outs of catching big catfish on Missouri waters at MDC’s Discover Nature -- Fishing alternative methods catfishing clinic, July 19-20, now moved to Mark Twain Lake. Registration has been extended to July 7.

UPDATE: Catfish clinic in northeast Missouri moved to Mark Twain Lake

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Jul 02, 2019

PERRY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free catfish clinic scheduled for July 19-20 at Wakonda State Park has been moved to Mark Twain Lake due to flood conditions along the Mississippi River.

The clinic will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19 with basic instruction on setline fishing techniques, including a hands-on, on-the-water tutorial on how to safely set trotlines, bank poles, jugs and limblines, as well as how to properly label equipment, and safely handle and release fish. Following a boat outing, participants will attend seminars on catfish biology led by an MDC biologist, fishing gear, tactics, and regulations led by a conservation agent, including a presentation on using equipment.

MDC has partnered with the US Army Corps of Engineers to provide a new location for this clinic, and participants may now camp for free at Mark Twain Lake, if they choose. The workshop will continue at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning as participants learn how to retrieve fish from a boat. A fish cleaning demonstration will follow, upon return to the park.

“Fishing using these alternative methods is often quite rewarding and is a great opportunity to spend valuable time on the water with family and friends,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver.

For this two-day course, participants will need to provide their own food, drinks, sunscreen, and other personal items. Fishing equipment will be provided.  This workshop is free and open to participants ages 14 and older, but space is limited, and preregistration is required. Each participant must register individually. Registration has been extended until July 7. Register for this unique outdoor learning opportunity at For more information, contact Garver at (660) 785-2420, or

MDC offers Discover Nature programs to help adults and children explore nature and master outdoor skills together. All participants age 16 - 65 years old must possess a valid fishing permit, and participants ages 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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