Unique Catfish Class Is Coming To Warsaw

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a Discover Nature Family Catfishing Clinic on Saturday, September 19, at Truman Lake State Park. MDC staff Mark Miller, Conservation Educator, and Chris Brooke, Fishery Biologist for Truman Lake, will be presenters of the event. 
“This clinic is currently filled, but anyone still interested in participating can call me at 660-530-5500 to check on any new openings due to cancellations from those presently registered,” said Miller.”We will have 10 boats and from 25 to 30 people taking part in the clinic. Because of COVID-19, we will be practicing social distancing by sending out boats at different time intervals. The first boat will go out at 7 AM, and the last one at 10 AM. Some boats will have members of one family and others only a number that allows for the social distancing. MDC agents will wear masks, but participants are not required to do so. We are trying to be conservative and aware, and being outside helps with the distancing.”
The clinic is open to all ages, and participants must have fishing permits unless they are exempt. Participants will check previously set trot lines and jug lines and help remove catfish caught on the lines. MDC staff will demonstrate how to properly clean catfish to prepare for cooking. After all boats are in, the staff will discuss equipment, fishing tips, techniques and regulations related to alternative methods. Hopefully, there will be fish to take home.
In case of inclement weather, the MDC agents will still need to go out by boat to check lines as they do every 24 hours. Registered participants may still opt to go out with the agents. They would back off a bit if there is lightning.
“There will be other MDC events periodically, and some of them will be virtual,” said Miller. “A list of future events can be found at www.mdc.mo.gov.”