March 13 program at Springfield Nature Center offers tips for hooking this popular fish.

In Missouri, crappie fishing is an activity that’s as near and dear to many anglers as any other outdoors pastime. Angler surveys show crappie are among the most fished-for sportfish in the state.

People can learn more about how to hook this popular fish at the free Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) program “Crappie Fishing For Beginners” on March 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. at MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way.

MDC Fisheries Biologist Shane Bush, Naturalist Alan Reed and Outdoor Skills Specialist Greg Collier will discuss crappie characteristics, lure options and fishing techniques for different seasons of the year. The program is for ages 10-adult. Online registration begins March 1 at

People can also get information on crappie fishing in Missouri at

Crappie are popular with many anglers. People can get tips on how to catch crappie March 13 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s “Crappie Fishing for Beginners” program.

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