Fall Kidsí Fishing Day returns to Roaring River

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Young anglers offered free fishing, activities, prizes

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources will host Kidsí Fishing Day and Nature Festival on Aug. 18 at Roaring River State Park.

Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish, connect with nature and have fun participating in the many activities offered to parents and children. At 5 pm, a large drawing will be held and many prizes will be given away. Kidsí Fishing Day will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At Kidsí Fishing Day, an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths age 15 and under. Children in that age range can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on Aug. 17 or all day on the day of the event.

Volunteers will be available to assist the young anglers. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to assist children, too, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hot dogs, chips and lemonade will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of Kidsí Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, Dutch oven cooking, Mexican cuisine, outdoor survival, target shooting, insects and plants, raptors, mammals, flintknapping, 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 children 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. Anyone who would like to help out with Kidsí Fishing Day or wants to get more information may call MDCís Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov.

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