Youth fishing event set for Roaring River

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CASSVILLE, Mo. – Young people experiencing the fun of catching fish will be the focus of Kids' Fishing Day on May 16 at Roaring River State Park. This event, which is from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and a number of businesses and local organizations.

At Kids' Fishing Day, children age 15 and under can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on May 15 or all day on the day of the event. A portion of the park's fishing area will be reserved for youths age 15 and under. Volunteers will be available to assist the youth. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to assist kids, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves in the area designated for youth fishing. Free hotdogs, chips and soda will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of Kids' Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, Dutch oven cooking, taxidermy, watersheds, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects.

A hatchery tour will show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri snakes will be given using live specimens. If kids attend three classes, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings.

Volunteers are needed to help out with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids' Fishing Day or you want to get more information, call Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail More information about the state's fish hatcheries and trout parks can be found at