News & Announcements

Announcements from Smithville Marine and the boating industry

If you’ve looked at Kansas’ 2018 Fishing Forecast or followed the Weekly Fishing Reports at, you know that Kansas anglers have enjoyed amazing fishing this year. But have you ever wondered how this happens? The revenue from the fishing license you purchase, along with funding from the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR), pays for the operation of four fish hatcheries operated by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). Kansas hatcheries at Meade, Pratt, […]
Peregrine falcons once dive-bombed Ulises Perez and Joaquin Sosa as they dangled among Kansas City’s downtown skyscrapers as professional window washers. So, they know falcons perch and fly in high places. On June 14, they paid falcons a friendly visit in an assist to conservation. Sosa stepped off the top of 30-story Commerce Tower, and Perez lowered him on a rope seat to a historic falcon nest site. Photos:  (Left) Professional window washers reached a peregrine falcon nest on a […]
May Boating News It’s Boating Season . . . Don’t Be Left On The Shore! Announcing our Annual Garage Sale May 11 and 12, 2018 Save 10%* On All In-Stock Parts, Propellers, Oil/Lube Watersports Equipment, Accessories* *10% Sale valid only during Garage Sale, May 11 – 12, 2018. Sale price not available on special order items, selected marine electronics, service, boats, outboards, trailers, service contracts, or previous purchases Free Humminbird Seminar — Reservations Required You’re invited to a free seminar […]
In recognition and appreciation of the thousands of service men and women across the country, Ranger Boats is offering engine horsepower rebates and other exclusive items to current and former military personnel through the 2018 “Operation Troop Salute” sales program. The retail promotion, available on qualifying new boat purchases made from authorized Ranger dealers, runs April 1 to December 31, 2018. Through the program, any current or former member of the U.S. Armed Forces is eligible for the incentive package. […]
From bats to bugs or fly fishing, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the city of St. Joseph will partner for a series of free Discover Nature — Fishing and nature programs this summer at Krug Park. The series will start on May 24 and ending on Sept. 20. This is the second year MDC has partnered with St. Joseph parks to offer the series. All of the events will be at the parks amphitheater and Krug Park Lagoon, […]
Here’s a deal for anyone who loves to fish, is competitive and wants to contribute to a good cause. Special Olympics Kansas is hosting a crappie fishing tournament April 28-29, 2018 at Clinton Lake, near Lawrence. Proceeds from a portion of entry fees will benefit Special Olympics Kansas. The event is open to two-person teams who must fish from boats. Tournament sign-in will be open from 5:30-6:30 a.m. on both days, and the registration fee is $100 per two-person team. […]
They’re back! Peregrine falcons are laying eggs and preparing to rear young, and people who enjoy watching wildlife can see them online. The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) falcon restoration program and partners are providing live views of two nests in the Kansas City area via internet links. The falcons that are viewable online began tending eggs in recent days at the American Century Investments building and at the Iatan Power Plant, said Joe DeBold, MDC urban wildlife biologist. Biologists […]
If blue skies and sunshine have your family thinking about getting on the water, it’s time to think about boating education, too. It won’t be long before you’re enjoying a day of boating, and your teen asks to take the wheel. To ensure everyone is happy and safe, sign your teenagers up for a boating education class now, so they can get straight to the good times with you this summer. To encourage boaters to sign up for a boating […]
Want to fish, or teach a kid to fish, but don’t have the gear? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) can help through its free Rod and Reel Loaner Program. MDC’s Rod and Reel Loaner Program offers free “loaner” fishing gear at more than 100 locations around the state, including many libraries, MDC offices and nature centers, some state parks, and several marinas. For a list of MDC Rod and Reel Loaner locations, visit MDC online at In addition […]
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free Discover Nature — Girls Camp June 26-28 at the Heit’s Point Lutheran Camp near Lincoln in Benton County. MDC is now accepting registrations for the camp, with a March 31 deadline for applying. The three-day, two-night camp introduces girls ages 11-15 to outdoor skills such as fishing, firearm safety, target shooting, and water safety. Experts provide a supportive learning environment and the chance to actively participate in activities such as […]