Legislative Column for the Week of October 19, 2015
Making Fishing More Accessible

As a child, fishing was one of my favorite activities. I credit it with teaching me patience, perseverance, and how to relax.  From a more practical standpoint, it helped put food on the table as well.  I have many fond memories of lazy summer days spent at my favorite fishing hole, and it saddens me that so many of our youth today are missing out on experiencing some of life’s simple pleasures. That is why I am among the most outspoken proponents for introducing children to outdoor activities that get them off the couch, away from video games and out and about, exploring and enjoying nature.

While public libraries have long been known for making books and other media available to the public, many are expanding their offerings to include some new items that may surprise you. In addition to the various books, DVDs, music and many other items available to borrow, now, public libraries in several communities in the Missouri Ozarks have teamed up with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to make fishing more accessible to kids. Fishing poles, rods, reels and tackle boxes are now available in select libraries through the MDC’s “Rod and Reel Loaner Program.” All the basic fishing supplies (except the bait) are included and, like books, there is no cost to the public. This simple, yet innovative program is a win-win for everyone.

For more information, as well as a list of participating public libraries, visit huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing and click on the Rod and Reel Loaner Programs link. There are many other informative links on the page to get you and your kids on the way to a fishing or outdoor adventure.


As always, I encourage my constituents to contact me throughout the year with comments, questions or suggestions by calling my office at (573) 751-5713. To find more information about the bills I sponsor, visit www.senate.mo.gov/brown.

Thank you for reading this and for your participation in state government.