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Columbia Missouri Ecological ServicesField Office: Reel Kid's Fishing Clinic
Midwest Region, May 31, 2008
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Paul McKenzie, Missouri ES biologist, helps Zander reel one in at Bass Pro Shop's 2008 Fishing Clinic. FWS photo
Paul McKenzie, Missouri ES biologist, helps Zander reel one in at Bass Pro Shop's 2008 Fishing Clinic. FWS photo - Photo Credit: n/a
Becky Clearwater, Missouri ES administrative officer, chatted with Jason, 6 years old, after he caught a 12 inch bass. FWS photo
Becky Clearwater, Missouri ES administrative officer, chatted with Jason, 6 years old, after he caught a 12 inch bass. FWS photo - Photo Credit: n/a

Becky Clearwater, Paul McKenzie, and Hilary Shaw from the Missouri Ecological Services office attended the 2008 Bass Pro Shops Reel Kids Fishing Clinic in Columbia, Mo., this May.  The fishing clinic was another way for the Columbia ES office to make a contribution to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s children and nature initiative.  More than 300 people from the mid-Missouri area attended.  Bass Pro Shops and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) provided fishing poles and bait for the kids to use. 

Children lined the banks of the Bass Pro Shops lake, for some of these kids it was their first fishing trip.  With the help of employees of Bass Pro, MDC, the Service and other organizations, children and parents learned about baiting, casting and other useful fishing techniques.  One mom explained, “I’m from an east coast city, I have never been fishing and my kids were begging me to take them.”   This mom and her family gained some valuable knowledge to hopefully use at future fishing trips.

Becky Clearwater chatted with one of the children, Jason Nelson, 6 years old of Sturgeon, who caught a 12-inch bass.  Jason proudly held up his certificate that he got with his picture after catching a fish.  Jason’s mom revealed that this was their second year at the fishing clinic; they had to come back because last year Jason did not catch a fish.  However, Zander Sutherland, of Columbia had no problems catching a fish.  With Paul McKenzie’s help Zander reeled in several lunkers.  Zander, 9years old, was thrilled with the assistance from our biologist, Paul, who taught him the difficult skill of properly setting the hook.


Contact Info: Hilary Shaw, 573-234-2132 ext. 174, Hilary_Shaw@fws.gov



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