Families can attend ‘Discover Nature Fishing’ Tuesday at Roby Lake Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 July 2017
Special to GUIDON

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The Missouri Department of Conservation and Mark Twain National Forest will hold a Discover Nature Fishing event from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Roby Lake.

The Discover Nature Fishing is an outdoor, fishing curriculum taught by the Missouri Department of Conservation, at which youth and Families can learn the basics of fishing. The event is free and open to the public.

Children ages 7 to 15 accompanied by at least one adult, as well as entire Families can register. The adult can simply be a chaperone for the participant, or can register to participate in the class, as well. Discover Nature Fishing events are not limited to children; the whole Family is welcome.

Lessons take about 90 minutes, and will be followed by hands-on fishing until noon.

Participants should feel free to bring a picnic lunch and some chairs or a blanket to sit on while fishing.  The lessons will include information about fishing equipment, casting, proper fish handling, knot tying and baiting a hook.

Conservation Department staff will provide all of the equipment, teaching tools and bait needed for the program.

No fishing license is necessary for participants ages 15 and younger; however, participants ages 16 and older will need to bring their fishing license. You can learn more at the MDC Discover Nature Fishing webpage at https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/ discover-nature-fishing.

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To get to Roby Lake from Fort Leonard Wood, proceed south on FLW 1 and leave Fort Leonard Wood through the South Gate. Continue south on State Hwy. AW for 5.5 miles. At the stop sign, turn south (left) on HWY 17 for 2.5 miles. At Forest Road 274 turn east (left) and proceed down the gravel road for a half-mile to Roby Lake Recreation Area.

More information is available online on the Mark Twain National Forest Roby Lake webpage: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mtnf/recarea/?recid=21796.

Registration is required by July 10 for this event.

For more information or to register, call the Missouri Department of Conservation Regional Office in West Plains, Missouri, at 417.256.7161.
Last Updated ( Monday, 10 July 2017 )