Outdoors

MDC encourages anglers to test skills through Smallmouth Slam

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Smallmouth Alliance (MSA) invite anglers to test their fishing skills and pursue a “Smallmouth Slam” by fishing MDC’s 12 Special Management Areas for bass to receive related pins and medallions.

Summer recreational swimming season kicks off at Missouri State Parks

From hanging out in a quiet cove to exploring one of Missouri’s pristine Ozark rivers, Missouri state parks offer swimming experiences the whole family can enjoy.
Beaches at Missouri state parks open for the season on Friday, May 27. There are designated swimming beaches throughout the state for guests to cool off and enjoy time with family and friends during the recreational season.

Get hooked with Free Fishing Days in Missouri June 11 and 12

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to get hooked on fishing through its Free Fishing Days June 11 and 12. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag.

Giant redear sunfish can be caught at Towell Lake

By Bill Cooper
    Redear sunfish, or shellcrackers as southern folks like to call them, are like bluegills on steroids. They are thick, beautifully colored sunfish and they grow big in Towell Lake, or Little Prairie Lake in Phelps County near Rolla.