MDC Cape Nature Center offers fishing lessons – Daily Journal Online

MDC’s Discover Nature – Fishing program offers families with children ages 7-15 a hands-on introduction to fly fishing. (Movement for Democratic Change)

Fishing is a great way for families to have fun outdoors

Missouri Department of Conservation

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s “Discover Nature – Fishing” program offers families with children ages 7 to 15 a hands-on introduction to fly fishing. The following are open for registration:

Learn How to Fish: Catching Large Bass (Virtual) | 1 – 2 pm on September 23 | Register online at

Fishing is an excellent way to connect with nature and have fun in a more active way than bait fishing. You’ll learn about popular southeast Missouri fishing holes, artificial lures, fish forecasting, and much more. Whether you’re an experienced angler or new to fishing, largemouth bass are an interesting and fun target species, so join us and get involved with nature. This virtual program is open to all ages and experience levels, but fishing experience is recommended to fully understand some of the concepts.

Learn to Fish: How to Catch and Release a Trout (Virtual) | 1 – 2 pm on October 31 | Register online at

Trout catch and release season will come on November 10. This means that your local pond may be stocked, so how can you get involved in the trout fishing operation? Join us to learn all about fishing rods, lures, lures, and the conservation areas in the Southeast region where trout will be stocked.

Wild around the water

Join us this year for a guided kayak or canoe experience, wander across a stream in search of creatures that call the streams home or explore the secrets of southeast Missouri’s swamp. To whet your appetite further, each program you attend will give you a chance to win the “Wild About Water” grand prize that will be drawn next December.


Check out details for all our free online MDC events at

Pre-registration is required for most programs and can be completed online at All family members who plan to attend in-person and virtual events must be registered. First, create a profile. Once your profile is created and event registration is complete, additional details about the programs will be sent via email. If you are having difficulty registering online, you can call the Cape Girardeau Nature Center at (573) 290-5218.

stay connected

Questions about the events can be emailed to MDC Cape Nature Center Director Laci Prucinsky at

Cape Nature Center sends program registration reminders and updates to those who have registered by texting “MDC Nature” to 468311. An online sign-up to “Sign Up for Updates” is also available at A variety of updates are available in this option, but Cape Girardeau-specific updates are available under Facility Updates and Southeast News.

The Cape Girardeau Nature Center is located at 2289 County Park Dr. in Cape Girardeau, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The White Oak Trace Trails are open daily from sunrise to 10 p.m.

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