Women who want to experience the fun of trout fishing should plan to attend Women’s Fishing Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Bennett Spring State Park.

The event, which will be from 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. and will be free to female anglers of all ages, is a joint effort of the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The first 250 girls to pick up their tag will receive a free fishing day hat courtesy of Jim Rogers, Bennett Spring Park Store.

A portion of the fishing area in Zone 2 at Bennett Spring will be reserved for female anglers of all ages. It will be designated as a “girls-only fishing area.”

Women will be able to pick up their free trout tags at the park store on Sept. 28 or on the day of the event. Women are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment; however, there will be a limited number of loaner equipment available. 

Education also will be part of this event. Many volunteers, including the Capital City Fly Fishing Club will be on hand for “how to” seminars about fishing, fly casting, cleaning and cooking fish. Activities are scheduled between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

For more information about this event, call Bennett Spring Hatchery manager Ben Havens at (417) 532-4418, ext. 1062, or email Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov.

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