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MDC Family Fishing Fair set for Shepherd of the Hills on June 11

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BRANSON, Mo. – Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Family Fishing Fair on Saturday, June 11, at a specially stocked pool at MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery near Branson. This free event, which is aimed at anglers up to 15 and under, will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Discover Nature Families fishing clinic at the ponds at the Central Office in Jefferson City.

A young woman experiences the feeling of excitement at catching a fish. During the Family Fishing Fair on June 11 at Shepherd of the Hills in Branson, young people will be able to learning how to catch, clean and even prepared fish for eating, and pose for a photo of their catch.

Bluegill and channel catfish will be the fish anglers will be trying to catch, but the event is about more than hooking fish. Educational stations at the event will help young anglers learn to tie knots, filet and cook fish, rig up and cast a fishing pole, cast a fly rod and other fish-related activities. Free goodie bags will be given to all youth participants and there will be a drawing for a rod and reel at the end of the day.

Also at the event will be MDC’s “My First Fish” station where young anglers who make their first catch can bring their fish to have a photo and information taken for a certificate that will be mailed to the family.

Steve Craig and Amy Short, The “Fishin’ Magicians,” will also perform. This local magic act will entertain with fun magic and, at the same time, pass on educational messages about the importance of caring for our water resources.

A limited number of loaner fishing poles will be available, but it’s suggested that all anglers bring their own fishing equipment, bait and cooler, if they plan to keep fish.

No reservations are required for this event. This event is another example of how the Missouri Department of Conservation helps people discover nature. For more information, call 417-334-4865, ext. 0 or go to http://mdc.mo.gov/fishing.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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