Wet a line with MDC at family fishing clinic at Mark Twain Lake

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MONROE, Mo. — Fishing is a great way for kids and families to have fun outdoors, discover nature, and make happy memories together. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites families to a day of fishing on Saturday, June 6, at Ray Behrens Recreation Area located at Mark Twain Lake.

There is no cost for the program, but registration is required by May 27.

A morning clinic will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. that will cover basic fishing skills. During the morning clinic, participants will learn proper fishing techniques, rules and regulations, different methods of fishing (pole and line, jugs, lines), as well as the various types of bait and tackle to use on Missouri's large impoundments. Plus, there will be a presentation on fish biology and management.

Beginning at 9 a.m., participants will head to the lake and be taken out by guides on boats to try out their new skills for a day of fishing. Fishing gear will be available for the day, or bring your own fishing equipment. Bait will be provided. All participants are responsible for their meals.

"For more than a million anglers, conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish," said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver. "Fishing is a wonderful pastime that all ages can participate in and best of all, there are places to wet a line all over the state."

Ray Behrens Recreation Area is located in Monroe County From Hannibal, travel west on Highway 36 for 17 miles, turn south onto Route J and go 12 miles to the campground.

For information or to register for this clinic, e-mail Rob.Garver@mdc.mo.gov or call 660-785-2420.

To learn about other Discover Nature programs in Northeast Missouri, visit mdc.mo.gov/regions/northeast.