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Fish of the Big Muddy make a big splash with Columbia Cub and Boy Scouts
Midwest Region, September 25, 2009
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Scouts and leaders of Boy Scout Troop 6 were able to get up close and personal with various fish species of the lower Missouri River while conducting a family camp out near Columbia, Missouri on September 25. The scouts, many for the first time, were able to see and touch several fish including: freshwater drum, grass carp, shovelnose sturgeon, channel and flathead catfish, and smallmouth buffalo. The scouts were able to learn about the many kinds of fishing nets that are used to conduct fisheries work on the river. Other topics related to river ecology and natural resource concerns of the lower Missouri River were also addressed by fish biologist Andy Starostka, Wyatt Doyle and Tracy Hill of the Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. As always, the live fish including a large common carp that splashed the crowd several times were the stars of the presentation.


These scouts live a short distance from the Big Muddy yet many have never been to the banks of this unique and threatened resource. The general public continues to perceive the lower Missouri River as dangerous, dirty, and polluted. This outreach event gave these young outsdoorsmen and their parents an opportunity to learn about and appreciate the Missouri River’s rich recreational potential and diverse fish community.

Contact Info: Andrew Starostka, 5732342132 x119, andy_starostka@fws.gov
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