Class to teach how to clean, cook carp

A family is seen fishing at McKay Park Lake in Jefferson City. (Undated photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation)

The Missouri Department of Conservation is holding a pond-to-plate event to educate participants in proper fish preparation techniques early next month.

Attendees will be able to catch carp at McKay Park Lake in Jefferson City, and then learn how to clean and cook the fish they caught.

Conservation educator Jenna Stiek said fish preparation is an important topic for education so anglers can "prepare fish correctly."

The program will focus on "knowing which parts to harvest" when preparing a fish, Stiek said. Preparation includes identifying red and white meat and if the fish has bones.

Registration is required on the MDC website. Participants must be at least 15 years old but do not need a fishing license.

Fishing permits are not required because Stiek registers for a special use permit, ensuring there are "no barriers" for those wanting to participate.

Stiek hopes that participants of the pond-to-plate program will learn the "whole process" of proper fish preparation and gain the "confidence to go out and do it on your own."

The event will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at McKay Park Lake, 1700 Southridge Drive.

Fishing gear and cooking supplies will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and sunscreen.