Cane pole fishing? Yup, it was a thing, and will be again at Missouri youth pole building and fishing workshop

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Before there were spin-casting reels, graphite rods, and all the other technology-enhanced tools of today’s angler, there was the cane pole and a bobber – a simple but effective way of catching fish.

Young anglers can learn more about this method of fishing from 9-11 a.m. Central Time on June 29 at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s “Cane Pole Building and Fishing Clinic For Youth.” The free workshop, which is for kids ages 8-15, will be held at MDC’s Ozark Regional Office in West Plains, 551 Joe Jones Blvd.

According to an MDC news release, participants will learn how to build and fish with a cane pole. Kids will have a chance to test the cane pole they built in the educational fishing pond at the Ozark Regional Office and will take home the pole they built at the end of the workshop. An adult guardian is recommended, but not required. Old shoes or rubber boots are recommended for fishing at the educational pond.

To register or for more information, call the Ozark Regional Office, 417-256-7161. More info may also be obtained by emailing MDC Fisheries Management Biologist Nathan Recktenwald at

— Missouri Department of Conservation

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