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The Carthage Press
  • Youth fishing event set at Roaring River

  • The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, August 18.
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  • The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, August 18, at Roaring River State Park. At this event, young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Roaring River State Park. Children age 15 and under will be able to pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on Friday, August 17 or on the day of the event. With their free tags, youths will also receive a goody bag. A portion of the fishing area of the park will be reserved for youths age 15 and under. Volunteers will be on hand to help out. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to help kids, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips, and soda will be available 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bluegrass music will be performed on the prize stage throughout the day. Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Seminar topics for the day include fish cleaning, fish cooking, knife sharpening, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting and how to fish Roaring River. A hatchery tour will be held to show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri Snakes will be given using live specimens. Activities such as critter stamp head bands will also be available. Kids attending three classes will receive a choice of prizes and will be entered into a drawing for other prizes. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Random tag numbers will be drawn throughout the day that will be redeemable for prizes. Other prizes will be awarded for catching specially tagged trout. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings. Volunteers are needed to help 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 get more information, call Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov Fishing starts at 7 a.m. and will continue until 8 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine. Roaring River State Park is located on Highway112 about seven miles south of Cassville, Missouri.
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