Do you have a passion for fishing? Are you willing to pass that passion on to someone new?
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is looking for volunteer instructors for its new angler recruitment program, an effort to get more people fishing. These local volunteer instructors will teach anglers of all ages how to fish for a variety of fish species and how to use different types of fishing equipment.
Through the program, MDC will work with the volunteers to host a variety of Discover Nature Fishing events in local communities throughout the state.
“As our society has changed, there are more activities that take up people’s time. We want to introduce young people to something they may not have done, and remind adults that fishing is a great way to spend family time, relieve stress, and enjoy the outdoors,” says MDC Fisheries Management Biologist Travis Moore. “We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about fishing and willing to share that passion with others.”
Northeast Missouri has fantastic fishing opportunities throughout the region. According to Moore, sometimes the barrier to fishing is lack of fishing knowledge, where to find fish, or what kind of equipment to use.
“We want to help remove those barriers,” Moore said. MDC fishing volunteers will help set-up special fishing events, identify local fishing waters and teach fishing courses, all free to the public.
The MDC manages and stocks public lakes and ponds on conservation areas and community lakes throughout Northeast Missouri. They also maintain fishing accesses on many of the small streams, large rivers, and the Mississippi River. These waters provide ‘close to home’ fishing for every community in the region.
In addition to the volunteers, Moore will supervise one part-time staff person who will help identify and train the volunteer instructors throughout the 15-county Northeast Region. Moore is currently accepting applications from anyone interested in either the paid or volunteer positions.
“If you enjoy fishing and want to introduce others to this activity, we would love to hear from you,” Moore said.
In the Mark Twain Lake area, fishing adds over $20 million dollars to the local economy annually. Across Missouri, fishing generates $665 million dollars in local economic benefit each year.