MDC, DNR, James Foundation host free fishing days for kids 15 and under May 2 and 16.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)  will offer FREE FISHING FOR KIDS ages 15 years and younger at Missouri’s four trout parks on two days in May. This is the 35th year for this free event to help kids discover fishing.

At Maramec Spring Park on Highway 8, about six miles east of St. James, the park will open at 5:30 a.m. with fishing from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 16.

There will be free parking for cars with kids age 15 and under. Kids who want to fish must pick up a free fishing tag at the Mill Field Shelter, located right next to the fishing area. Tag pickup will be available the Friday before and all day Saturday.

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The entire upper half of the spring branch will be reserved for kids ages 15 years and younger. Rainbow trout will be stocked throughout the day. Volunteers and MDC staff will be on hand to assist kids with fishing.

Fishing demonstrations and advice will also be available along the stream. A limited number of loaner fishing poles will be available, but kids are encouraged to bring their own poles and equipment.

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