Beginners of all ages are welcome, but participants younger than 16-years old must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16-years old and older are encouraged to have their fishing permits.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer its fourth annual ice fishing workshop in Hunnewell, 8 a.m. – noon, on Jan. 13. This free workshop will take place at the Hunnewell Lake Conservation Area, located at 6503 Highway Z in Shelby County.

This ice fishing workshop will address basic ice safety, equipment instruction, fish identification, and hands-on experience fishing on the ice. MDC will provide bait and tackle, but participants are encouraged to bring their own gear, including clothes for cold weather, a chair or bucket to sit on, and a packed lunch as there are no local dining options.

A classroom portion will precede the fishing trip on the lake, ice permitting. In the event of insufficient ice on the lake, the clinic will continue with participants fishing from the ADA dock and catwalk. The class will be canceled in the event of hazardous weather, including freezing rain or heavy snow.

Beginners of all ages are welcome, but participants younger than 16-years old must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16-years old and older are encouraged to have their fishing permits.

Space is limited for this popular event, and participants must preregister by Jan. 12 to attend. To register, visit the online event registration page: mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/152357.

MDC works with Missourians to provide educational opportunities and enriching outdoor experiences all year long. Ice fishing allows anglers to extend their fishing season and continue to harvest legal game fish species using unique methods.

For more information about this event, call the MDC office in Hannibal at 573-248-2530. Learn more about MDC’s Discover Nature Fishing programs at short.mdc.mo.gov/Z4y.