Neosho National Fish Hatchery Conserving the nature of America

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Conserving the Nature of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Alert

Kids Fishing Day and Senior Fishing Day have been postponed as of May 20, 2020.

In keeping with guidance from CDC and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are joining other community organizations in postponing the Kids Fishing Day scheduled for June 5, 2020 and Senior Fishing Day scheduled for June 12, 2020. We know many people across the community will miss these events, but we are committed to doing our part to ensure public safety and slow the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and all relevant guidance and will reschedule when it is prudent to do so.

Get Involved

Youth Conservation Corps members working with hatchery staff
Youth Conservation Corps members working with hatchery staff. Photo by USFWS.

Volunteer Information

Our volunteers are individuals who want to give back to their communities: parents who want to be good stewards of the land and set examples for their children, retired people willing to share their wealth of knowledge, concerned citizens of all ages who want to learn more about conservation and passionate people who enjoy the outdoors and want to spread the word about America's greatest natural treasures. Please call or email Neosho National Fish Hatchery to learn about future volunteer opportunities.

An important part of the hatchery’s success is directly related to its volunteers. Our volunteers include folks from many walks of life who are interested in making an impact. Something is going on all year round that will interest volunteers from ages 14 to 100!


Annual Events

Participants in the kids fishing day event
Youth fishing participants. Photo by USFWS.

Veteran's Fishing Derby

A fishing event to honor our veterans occurs the third Saturday in March every year. The event features free fishing for active and retired military complete with a free lunch and live music. No outside bait or tackle allowed, poles and bait provided. A fishing license is not required to participate. NO catch and release. All caught fish are cleaned and bagged for convenience.

Next event: This event has been postponed.

Annual Open House

Our annual open house is held on a Sunday in mid-April each year. Free lunch, live music, exhibits and free trees from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Next event: This event has been postponed.

Kids Fishing Day

Kids Fishing Day is always held the first Friday in June for ages 7 to 12. No outside bait or tackle allowed, poles and bait provided. A fishing license is not required to participate. NO catch and release. All caught fish are cleaned and bagged for convenience. Groups and families, consider bringing a cooler to transport your fish home in. Call or stop by the hatchery during May to pre-register for this popular event.

Next event: This event has been postponed.

Senior Fishing Derby

For adults 62 and older, plus individuals of any age with a permanent disability. Takes place the second Friday in June from 9:00 a.m. to noon with free lunch provided. No outside bait or tackle allowed, poles and bait provided. A fishing license is not required to participate. NO catch and release. All caught fish are cleaned and bagged for convenience.

Next event: This event has been postponed.


Friends Group Information

Volunteers have been an important part of many of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries facilities throughout the country for some time. In the past several years, volunteers began forming "friends" organizations throughout the country in support of National Fish Hatcheries, Fish Health and Technology Centers and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices. In 2006, Congress formalized these Fisheries Friends and other volunteer efforts in support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fisheries Program by passing the National Fish Hatchery Volunteer Act.

Become part of the future by helping to preserve our fishing resources. Join the Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, a nonprofit citizens’ organization dedicated to conserving fishery resources and providing support for activities conducted by the hatchery. Such activities, whether independent or in cooperation with other organizations or parties, will benefit fish and other aquatic wildlife. For information, contact Friends president Susan Carlston at 417-439-7757.


Partner Information

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. In turn, the Fisheries Program routinely collaborates with tribal, federal, state, local and non-profit groups forming partnerships to implement on-the-ground conservation projects that protect and enhance fish and other aquatic resources and provide angling opportunities to the public.