Fishing is a popular pastime at Kellogg Lake, but on Saturday, the fishing will come with all kinds of amenities.
Free hot dogs, drinks, and frozen treats, drawings for prizes and tents and displays designed to educate children about the environment will be scattered across the park from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday for the 11th annual Kids Fishing Day.
It’s an event that, in recent years, has brought between 500 and 700 children and their family to the park.
This year, the Kellogg Lake Board and the Missouri Department of Conservation are adding more fish to the lake than in the past. Together, the groups stocked Kellogg Lake with 500 hungry 10-inch to 12-inch catfish just waiting for bait to be dropped close by.
“Catfish will bite on just about anything,” said Gary Pinson, with Osage Catfish, the company that delivered the Department of Conservation’s quota of fish.
“You can use grasshoppers, crickets, worms, they’ll even hit on artificial lures that are dragged by,” Pinson said. “They’re predators, but also scavengers. Sometimes they’ll eat small fish, but not very often.”
Pinson said the fish he delivered haven’t eaten in a couple of days, so they should be hungry. He dumped them in the lake at the boat ramp on the southeast side of the lake, but he said by Saturday, those fish should have scattered across the lake.
The event is meant for children under 15 years old. Kellogg Lake was closed to fishing at the beginning of the week to allow the lake to rest for the event.
Kevin Badgley, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, said people should bring their own fishing equipment, although they do have a limited number of rods to lend out.
Stations featuring different environmental education topics will be scattered around the lawn to the west of the pavilion on the west bank of Kellogg Lake.
Children who register at the pavilion and go to two stations will be eligible for a drawing for prizes.
The conservation education stations will feature Missouri fish, forest and wildlife, as well as the water cycle and other topics.
Refreshments will be available while they last.