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(Salem)- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is working to teach families and youth the skills needed to have a successful fishing trip through its Discover Nature Fishing educational classes.

These classes are divided into four two-hour sessions that cover topics such as how to bait hooks, use lures, cast and locate fish. You must take Lesson One before you can take the other three.

Lessons are being taught at select sites state-wide. In this area, upcoming lessons will be taught July 16, August 2, and August 13, at Montauk State Park near Salem. The July 16, and August 13, set of classes will start at 1PM, and the August 2, lessons will start at 9AM. All classes will meet at the MDC’s Montauk Fish Hatchery Building in Salem.

The classes are free and are open to youths ages 7-15 who are accompanied by an adult and also for families, adults registering along with their children. Individuals age 16 and older cannot register by themselves; they must be part of a family registration. No fishing equipment is needed; MDC staff will supply the gear, instruction and bait. Participants should wear clothing and footwear suitable for outdoor and water activities.

Pre-registration is required. To register or to get more information, call the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Ozark Regional Office at 417-256-7161.

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