Maramec Spring Park once again invites the children of the area to enjoy Kids’ Fishing Day on Saturday, May 18. Held at the park from 6:30 a.m. until 8:15 p.m., kids get to fish for free, while winning prizes, getting free goodies, and having a fun day at the park. Kids 15 and under get in free and there will be no parking fee for cars with kids.
Kids may fish for free and prizes will be given out for things such as biggest fish, fastest limit, and many more. Maramec Spring Park, The James Foundation and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Phelps County Bank, St. James Chamber of Commerce, The Trout Fraternity, and community sponsors provide the event, offering a wide variety of activities throughout the day. The upper half of the spring branch will be reserved for kids’ fishing. Rainbow trout will be stocked throughout the day to ensure kids have a chance of fishing success. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fishing, including teaching opportunities to help kids learn the proper ways of fishing. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, but there will be some loaner fishing poles available for those who need one.
Kids’ fishing day is always a popular event at the park and this year looks to be no different. It provides a great opportunity for new or younger fish catchers to learn more about the craft, receive instruction on how to be a better fisherman, and to earn prizes while doing so. Along with the fishing opportunities, exhibits will also be set up highlighting different fishing-related materials, such as aquatic invertebrates and others. The day is used to educate kids on fishing and proper fishing habits and it is a fun day for the whole family.
There will also be free hot dogs and soda, a free raffle for kids, $5 fish t-shirts will be available for sale, and there will be a casting contest throughout the day.
There will be free parking for cars with children age 15 and younger.
For more information, call MDC’s Maramec Hatchery at 573-265-7801. The event will be held rain or shine. The park will open at 5:30 a.m. and fishing will start at 6:30 a.m. Tag pickup will be available at the Mill Field Shelter, located right next to the fishing area, on May 17 and 18.
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