Kids’ Fishing Day from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday

Young anglers will have opportunities to experience the fun of catching fish and will also have chances to learn about the outdoors at Bennett Spring State Park’s Kids’ Fishing Day from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday. It’s sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Bennett Spring Park Store. Kids ages 15 and under can pick up free trout tags at the park store on May 3rd from 5-9:15 p.m. and all day on May 4th. A section of Zone 2 and Zone 3 from the hatchery outlet to just downstream of the Suzy Hole will be reserved for the youth anglers. Volunteers will be on hand to help. Kids are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to help kids, but adults are also asked to let children fish by themselves as much as possible. Only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish in the designated kids’ fishing zone. Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. To help with Kids’ Fishing Day or for more information please call the Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418 or Assistant Hatchery Manager Mike Perry at [email protected]. Kids’ Fishing Day also will be held at Montauk State Park near Licking on Saturday. Hours will be from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be drawings for door prizes throughout the day. Free hotdogs and soda will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children aged 15 and under can pick up their free trout tags at the registration booth at the park on Friday afternoon from 2 to 5 o’clock or on Saturday. Fishing isn’t the only attraction of Montauk State Park’s Kids’ Fishing Day. There will also be free tree seedlings available, a fishing simulator, a mobile aquarium, and an invertebrate table.