COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in partnership with Bass Pro Shops, Mexico Bassmasters, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invites families to discover nature at the 14th annual “Reel” Time with kids free fishing event, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., on Saturday, June 8 at Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Center, 3101 Bass Pro Drive in Columbia.
Bait will be provided, as well as fishing poles for those who do not have their own. The event will also offer educational displays, food, and drawings for prizes.
“This is a great way to get kids outdoors and to have some fun with the family,” said MDC Angler Recruitment Technician Ashley Edwards.
“Reel” Time fishing for kids takes place during Great Outdoors Month, a state and national recognition of the benefits of active fun outdoors, as well as the annual free fishing days in Missouri. Each year, MDC designates the weekend after the first Monday in June as Free Fishing Days in Missouri to encourage people to sample the state’s abundant fishing opportunities.
During Free Fishing Days, June 8-9, anyone can fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout stamp, or trout park daily tag. Normal regulations, such as limits on size and number of fish an angler can keep, remain in effect during Free Fishing Days. Some private fishing areas still require permits on Free Fishing Days, and trespass laws remain in effect on private property. Public fishing areas are available in every county in Missouri. Many state-owned fishing areas also have special facilities for anglers with disabilities.
For more information about the “reel” time fishing for kids event, contact Edwards at (573) 815-7900, ext. 2968.