Fishing at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – It’s definitely one of the Ozarks’ favorite pastimes, fishing. Now that the World Fishing Fair is over at Bass Pro Shops, many may be eager to try out their new gear. For the young anglers in your family, look no further than the pond at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park.

“We have river catfish, largemouth bass and hybrid bluegill stocked in the pond. Fishing has been open at the park since it opened in December 2007,” said Jennifer Penning, Recreation Coordinator at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park.

This is where I took my family of novice anglers.

“We see everyone here, from rookies to veterans, trying out their new gigs, hooks and new bait. It’s pretty much everyone,” Penning said.

There’s a lot to learn in the beginning, but all the patience pays off when you finally get a bite out of the line.

“From the gift shop we can hear quite a bit of screaming as the kids catch their first fish,” Penning said. “They don’t want to touch it or maybe they get excited and scream and then we see the parents stepping in to help get the hook out.”

Penning says if the kids get hooked on the new hobby, it’s about the time spent together.

“We’re here to educate, so we hope people learn and then we’re here for families to create memories,” Penning said.

It’s $2 to fish the pond if you bring your own gear, $5 if you use theirs. There is no fishing license required. Check their website for updates on family fishing nights this summer and other events at the park.

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