Kids invited to free fishing day 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 Kids’ Fishing Day and Nature Festival on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Roaring River State Park.

This event is co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The Kids’ Fishing Day and Nature Festival will be held from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. At 5 p.m., a large drawing will be held and many prizes will be given away.

Families enjoy some late summer trout fishing at Roaring River State Park.

At this event, 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. 18 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 kids, 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 soda will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of this event. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, Dutch oven cooking, Mexican cuisine, outdoor survival, target shooting, 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 these drawings. There will also be a parent-appreciation drawing.

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 MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at (417) 847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov.

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