News & Announcements

Announcements from Smithville Marine and the boating industry

In support of Ranger’s 2018 Retail Sales Programs for the boat show season, Smithville Marine is celebrating its second year under new ownership with expanded rigging options for tournament anglers purchasing high-end, high-performance bass boats. According to Kent Hinz who owns Smithville Marine with his wife Stacie, “This year we’ve brought our high-end Rangers into the dealership with rigging that allows us to customize the electronics, trolling motor and the outboard options. We are working closely this year with Lowrance […]
As they enter their second year as the new owners of Smithville Marine, Kent and Stacie Hinz are expanding the boat line-up to include a broader selection of recreational boats. According to Kent, “Smithville Marine was founded on supporting the tournament and pleasure angler with high-performance bass and fishing boats, and we’ll always support that legacy. However, Smithville Marine has a unique role in serving the boating community in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. We want to be a destination […]
The Department of the Interior has named the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City, Missouri, as one of the top 20 public lands to explore this winter. Known as a major bird refuge the site also hosts large otter populations. “One of nature’s most social and playful creatures, river otters have big personalities and even bigger appetites. Often seen in groups, they can be observed hunting and frolicking year-round at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge. In winter, you […]
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Geary State Fishing Lake in Geary County. Zebra mussel larvae, also called veligers, were detected in routine samples collected by KDWPT staff. With this discovery, staff returned to the lake and located an established population of adult zebra mussels. Zebra mussels are just one of the non-native aquatic nuisance species (ANS) that threaten our waters and native wildlife. To monitor their occurrence, […]
Remaining Units (Updated 15 December 2017) Save 50% on in-stock display and used model Humminbird, Lowrance and Minnkota electronics while supplies last. See the flyer below for a list of all available sale items. All items on this list are subject to prior sale, so please call to confirm availability. Sale prices do not include shipping or installation and the sale is limited to in-stock display and used inventory.  
From December through February, Missouri’s winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through Eagle Days events around the state, or enjoy eagle viewing on your own. Because of the state’s big rivers, many lakes, and abundant wetlands, Missouri is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these great birds migrate south from their nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes states to hunt in […]
Pleasure boating is coming to an end for the season, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors, including some timely reading from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Kansas City Nature & You provides information for four Missouri Department of Conservation locations in the Kansas City area and the free programs each have scheduled. Some of the programs require registration; you will find the contact phone number on the […]
MDC staff will stock more than 75,000 of the cold-water-loving fish when Missouri winter trout fishing kicks off in November. KDWPT-managed trout waters will receive two extra stockings and 22-percent more trout will be stocked this year statewide. (Trout image above: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism) The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is stocking more than 75,000 rainbow trout plus 193 lunkers in 32 urban-area lakes around the state for winter trout fishing beginning in early November. Many […]
The Missouri Department of Conservation hosts an 80th anniversary openhouse Thursday, October 26 at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City, and a Fish-or-Treat family event at Everyday Pond on the MWSU campus in St. Joseph on Saturday, October 28. MDC to host 80th anniversary open house Oct. 26 in KC MDC will host an 80th anniversary open house for the public to get information and provide feedback on conservation programs 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. […]