Wet a line with MDC at kid’s fishing clinic in Jefferson City

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Fishing helps kids discover nature, and conserve it too. Help kids in your life get hooked on the thrill of fishing. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites kids (up to age 15) to a day of free fishing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, at MDC headquarters in Jefferson City.

MDC staff and volunteers will be available to teach participants about fish, fish habitat, fishing techniques, and the event will include plenty of catch-and-release fishing at the MDC fishing ponds. Fishing gear and bait will be available, or bring your own fishing equipment. A free hot-dog lunch will be provided for all participants. All you have to do is bring your kids and plenty of energy!

According to MDC Fisheries Program Specialist Andrew Branson, fishing is a great pastime that all ages can participate in.

"Fishing is a great way for kids and families to have fun, discover nature, and make happy memories together," said Branson. "Don't let inexperience keep you and your kids from enjoying Missouri's great outdoors. The MDC kids fishing days are designed to help introduce fishing to kids and youth groups."

MDC headquarters is located at 2901 West Truman Blvd., near the intersection of Truman and Hwy. 179.

For more information or to register contact Branson at Andrew.Brason@mdc.mo.gov or 573-522-4115, ext. 3501.

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