Kids Fishing Day to be held at RRSP on May 19

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Roaring River State Park will hold its annual spring Kids Fishing Day from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.

Free youth fishing tags for kids 15 and under will be available at the Roaring River Hatchery office throughout the day on Friday, May 18 and during the event on Saturday. Participating children will also receive a goody bag.

Nearly two dozen outdoor education classes are planned for the youth fishing event. Children who attend three classes will receive a choice of small prizes and be entered into a drawing for larger prizes that will be held at 5 p.m. on May 19.

Prizes will be also be awarded throughout the day through a tag number drawing and awarded to young anglers who reel in tagged fish. Kids must be present to receive prizes.

Outdoor conservation workshops, which are open to all family members, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This year's classes are listed below.

* Fly Casting, 9 a.m. David Waugh, who is certified by the national Fly Fishing Federation as a fly fishing instructor and serves as Roaring River Concessions manager, will teach basic casting techniques.

* Tree identification, 9 to 10 a.m. Instructor Julie Fraley, who works at the Roaring River Hatchery, will teach children how to identify different Missouri trees.

* Fish Cleaning, 9:30 a.m. Instructors Ron Moffet and Chuck Knapp will give a hands-on demonstration on preparing trout for cooking.

* Macroinvertebrates, 9:30 a.m. Rick Horton, of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), will teach students about the function and importance of macroinvertebrates in the Roaring River stream.

* Stream Table Display, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Rick Horton, who works as a fisheries biologist for MDC in Neosho, will conduct an ongoing display to illustrate the hydraulics of a stream. The effects of channeling and digging will be shown, and bank stabilization methods will be demonstrated.

* Critter Stamp Headbands, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children will have the opportunity to make and decorate their own headbands.

*Air Rifle Target Shooting, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Instructor Dan Nelson will show students how to safely handle a rifle. Youngsters will also have the opportunity to sharpen their shooting skills during the class.

* Archery, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Chris Berry, who works for the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, and serves as a hunting guide and is known as a world class competitor, will offer a hands-on lesson in basic archery. Berry is sponsored by Alpine Bows.

* Furs and Skulls, 10 to 11 a.m. Shannon Ostertag, a taxidermist from Monett, will share his fur and skull collection with youngsters attending the workshop.

* Your Watershed, 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Instructor Tammy Yelden will share information on how people impact surface water and watershed. A model will be available that displays how point source and non-point source pollution affects water bodies.

* Snakes Alive, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Roaring River Assistant Naturalist Cheyne Matzenbacher will teach students about the natural history of snakes. Live specimens will be available.

* Fly Tying and Casting, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MAKO Fly Fishing Club members will perform fly-tying demonstrations and work with kids one on one to teach fly casting.

* Fisheries Biology, 10:30 a.m. Rick Horton will share information on the unique characteristics of many different species of Missouri fish, their habits, where they live and their physiology.

* Fish Cleaning, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Ron Moffet and Charles Knapp will hold hands-on demonstrations on preparing trout, bluegill and catfish for cooking.

* Fish Cooking, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Instructor Rod May, Neosho National Fish Hatchery assistant manager, will demonstrate frying and grilling methods for cooking trout and catfish.

* How to Fish Roaring River, 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Instructor Marvin Farwell, who is an experienced fisherman, will teach students about baits that are legal for each fishing zone in Roaring River. He will also show kids what type of knot to use to tie on a hook, how to rig a pole and how to fish with various types of bait and lures.

* Fly Tying, 2 to 3 p.m. Charlie Stock, who is a professional fly tyer and owner of Mid-West Flies, will work with kids one on one to help them tie their own flies.

* Hatchery Tour, 2:30 p.m. Cheyne Matzenbacher will teach students about the geology of Missouri's 20th largest spring, the history of Roaring River State Park and hatchery, the life cycle of the trout and how the fish are raised and stocked in the stream.

* Knot Tying, 2:30 p.m. Instructor Caleb Beuterbaugh will teach students how to tie the fisherman's knot and the Palomar knot.

* Fly Casting, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Charlie Stock will teach basic casting techniques.

Volunteers are needed for the spring kids fishing event. Angling experience is not required.

For more information or to volunteer, call the Roaring River Hatchery at 847-2430 or email

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