NEWSMAKER — Kids can cast a line at the North Missouri Sportsman fishing derby

| June 20, 2018
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NORTHWEST MISSOURI — Summer is here and many people are searching for ways to get outdoors and maybe try something new in the process.

In Wednesday’s Newsmaker, KMZU’s Rocco Scarcello was able to talk with Steve Shoot, President of the North Missouri Sportsman Alliance, about getting out and casing a line and why fishing is so popular among outdoor enthusiasts in Missouri.

Click below to hear their conversation, which aired Wednesday on KMZU.


“[Fishing] gives folks an opportunity to be outside and to share bonding experiences with family and friends,” Shoot said. “And also if somebody just wants to get away and be by themselves for a time, it is an opportunity to do that while enjoying mother nature.”

There are dozens of public ponds, lakes and conservation areas across the KMZU listening area which provide ample opportunity for fishermen and women to get out and cast their lines.

If someone wants to fish and doesn’t know of any public areas, there are other options, according to Shoot.

“Most people know someone who has a pond, and you can just ask permission to fish there,” Shoot explained.

The North Missouri Sportsman Alliance will host a fishing derby will be sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation in association with the Chillicothe Hunting & Fishing Club. It will be held Saturday, June 23 at The Baptist Home in Chillicothe.

“This is the third annual event. It is for kids 15 years of age and under,” Shoot said. “. . . If the family doesn’t have fishing equipment, the Missouri Department of Conservation will provide free fishing equipment and bait for use that day, so kids will have an opportunity to catch fish.”

The free event gets underway at 9:00 a.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The event will wrap up at 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by a free lunch for participants.

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Brian Lock is the News Director for KMZU News. He is a resident of Carrollton and attended the University of Missouri - Columbia.