Montauk State Park will host a free fishing day for kids on May 4.

Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Montauk State Park’s Kids’ Fishing Day.

The event is 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Montauk State Park. It is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation in cooperation with Missouri Department of Natural Resources

At Kids’ Fishing Day, children age 15 and under can pick up their free trout tag at the registration tent by the fish cleaning station from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 3, or on the day of the event.

The spring branch from the CCC Spillway to the Social Hole will be reserved for the youth anglers and stocked with trout all day. Volunteers will be on hand to help out. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to help the kids, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves.

Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day, where seminars will be held on topics related to trout fishing, fly tying, fly casting and other topics. A stream table exhibit will also be on display.

There will be drawings for door prizes throughout the day. Individuals must be present to win. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be free hot dogs and sodas for the kids.

Volunteers are needed to help. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. Persons who would like to volunteer or donate to Kids Fishing Day, or for more information, call Montauk Hatchery at 573-548-2585 or Tom.Whelan@mdc.mo.gov.

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