For the 35th year, kids across the state can fish for free on a designated day.
The 2015 event is 6:30 a.m. until 8:15 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Montauk State Park. Children ages 15 and younger are eligible to participate.
The Spring Branch will be reserved for young anglers and will be 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 kids, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child, and adults are not allowed to fish by themselves in the special area.
Kids and adults are also invited to presentations and exhibits on various topics related to trout fishing such as fly tying and casting. There will also be drawings for door prizes throughout the day, and kids must be present to win. A free lunch of hot dogs and soda will be served 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Young anglers can get their free trout tags at the registration booth from 3-8 p.m. Friday, May 1, and all day Saturday.
Volunteers are needed and do not need to be experienced anglers. To volunteer, donate to the event, or for more information, call 573-548-2585 or email Tom Whelan, hatchery manager, at Tom.Whelan@mdc.mo.gov.