Photos: Ice fishing can be a fun and productive way to catch panfish. MDC offers a free ice fishing clinic on Feb. 10 at Lake Mozingo near Maryville. But advance registration is required, and the even will be held only if cold weather creates safe ice.
St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has rescheduled a free ice fishing clinic at Mozingo Lake near Maryville for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. But pre-registration is necessary, in part to help staff notify anglers if unsafe ice causes a cancellation. A similar workshop scheduled in January had good ice two weeks before the event but warm conditions in the days preceding prompted a cancellation.
Ice fishing in Missouri can be a fun and productive way to catch panfish in ponds and lakes. But the Midwest’s variable weather patterns make it challenging to schedule ice fishing workshops on advance. If safe ice conditions exist on Feb. 10, MDC staff will teach participants ice fishing tips and techniques. Staff will also pre-drill holes in the ice. Bait and tackle will be provided, or participants can bring their own. This event is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is curious about ice fishing to have equipment, bait, and technique demonstrations provided for free.
If the workshop is cancelled due to unsafe ice, those who pre-register will be contacted in advance. To register, call MDC’s Northwest Regional Office at St. Joseph, 816-271-3100. Please be prepared to provide your name, telephone number, and the number of participants in your fishing party.