Fishing for catfish has long been an activity that has provided angling excitement and excellent table fare.

Individuals interested in learning more about how to catch these popular sportfish should plan to attend the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) program “Discover Nature: Catfishing for Beginners.” This free two-day program will be taught from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 18 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 19 at Stockton Lake’s Ruark Bluff Boat Launch in Dade County. This boat launch is located on Route H near Greenfield.

Topics that will be covered include catfish biology and habits, fishing methods and regulations. Information will also be provided on how to clean and prepare catfish.

A portion of this program will consist of fishing for catfish on Stockton Lake. Participants will be fishing from MDC boats. Those 16 years of age and older must possess a valid Missouri fishing permit. Individuals can bring their own fishing gear or use equipment provided by MDC staff. Personal flotation devices will be provided and must be worn while on the boats.

Registration is required for this program. To register, call 417-895-6880.