2/6/17

MDC and anglers getting ready for March 1 trout opener

MDC hatcheries will stock about three trout per angler for opening day.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As winter winds down, anglers throughout the Show-Me State are beginning to show some signs of trout fever. Symptoms include: tying flies, putting new fishing line on reels, checking waders for holes, and practicing casting. Most anglers who get trout fever get rid of it by doing one thing — visiting one of Missouri's four trout parks to participate in the catch-and-keep trout season.


Thursday, March 1, marks the opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing at Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, Roaring River State Park near Cassville, and Maramec Spring Park near St. James. The catch-and-keep season at the trout parks runs through Oct. 31.


The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) operates trout hatcheries at all four parks. To help predict angler turnout on opening day, hatchery staff rely on permit records going back more than 70 years. Montauk, Bennett Spring, and Roaring River hatchery staff expect crowds of about 2,000 anglers at each location and Maramec Spring staff are planning for a crowd of about 1,000. Based on these predictions, hatchery staff will stock three trout per expected angler on opening day for a total of more than 21,000 fish averaging around a foot in length. The hatcheries will also stock a mix of "lunkers" ranging in three to 10 pounds.


"We have plenty of fish for this year's trout season," said MDC Fisheries Division Chief Brian Canaday.


Trout anglers will need a daily trout tag to fish in Missouri's trout parks. Daily trout tags can only be purchased at each of the four trout parks. Missouri residents 16 through 64 need a fishing permit in addition to the daily tag. 


Nonresidents 16 and older also need a fishing permit.


Buy Missouri fishing permits from numerous vendors around the state, online at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, or through MDC’s free mobile apps, Mo Hunting and Mo Fishing, available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices.


Trout hatcheries are just one way that conservation pays in Missouri. MDC stocks more than 800,000 trout annually at the state's four trout parks and approximately 1.5 million annually statewide. Trout anglers' spend more than $100 million each year in the Show-Me-State, which generates more than $180 million in business activity, supports more than 2,300 jobs and creates more than $70 million dollars in wages. About 30 percent of Missouri trout anglers come from other states, so a substantial portion of trout fishing expenditures is "new money" for the state's economy.


For more information on trout fishing in Missouri, visit huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/where-fish/trout-areas.


REMINDER TO TROUT ANGLERS: To prevent the spread of the invasive alga called didymo or "rock snot," the use of shoes, boots or waders with porous soles of felt, matted or woven fibrous material is prohibited at all trout parks, trout streams, Lake Taneycomo, and buffer areas.

10/10/16

Crayfish Regulation Discussions Continue Conservation officials will use the time to address concerns of bait shops and fish farms.



2012-06-15

By: Jim Low

JEFFERSON CITY-The Department of Conservation continues to gather information to make an informed scientific decision on invasive crayfish. The Department has listened and consulted with bait producers and dealers on invasive crayfish. Education efforts have worked to inform anglers and bait sellers about how to prevent invasive crayfish from damaging the state's sport-fishing industry.

10/6/16

MDC bans porous-soled waders to help protect trout waters from invasive algae Porous-soled waders are prime suspects in human transport of "didymo," or "rock snot."



2011-09-30

By Joe Jerek

JEFFERSON CITY Mo - In anticipation of winter trout fishing, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages trout anglers to help prevent the spread of a new threat to Missouri's cold-water streams and rivers. Called "didymo" (Didymosphenia geminata) or "rock snot," this invasive alga forms large, thick mats on the bottoms of cold-water streams and rivers, reducing the quality and quantity of food vital to fish such as trout.

Runge to host renowned artist and world angler Bob White



2011-09-21

By: Joe Jerek

Missouri Department of Conservation NEWS: Sept. 21, 2011

Runge to host renowned artist and world angler Bob White
Join global fly fisher, artist, columnist and fly-fishing guide at MDC Nature Center in Jeff City Oct. 15

Maramec Spring Fish Hatchery is raising brook trout to protect rainbow trout from parasitic copepods



2011-06-02

Maramec Spring Fish Hatchery is raising brook trout to protect rainbow trout from parasitic copepods

By Rebecca Maples

ST. JAMES, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Maramec Spring Fish Hatchery is protecting its trout with more trout. The hatchery, which raises rainbow trout, is trying a new way of preventing parasitic infestation using brook trout.

No more standing in line or waiting for permits to arrive in the mail.



2011-02-21

E-Permits available March 1

By Jim Low

No more standing in line or waiting for permits to arrive in the mail.

JEFFERSON CITY - Starting March 1, Missourians will be able to buy most hunting and fishing permits at home, using the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) new e-Permits system. The system will allow hunters, anglers and trappers to print permits on regular computer printers and have them in hand them immediately.

Up to 8,000 anglers expected at trout park opener



2011-02-18

Up to 8,000 anglers expected at trout park opener

y Jim Low

Up to 8,000 anglers expected at trout park opener
Missouri's trout parks will be well -- stocked on opening day.

JEFFERSON CITY -- You can't see it now, but a trout--fishing tide is rising. Missourians are rummaging around in basements and garages, patching waders, tying flies and checking fishing reels and lines. The wave will continue to swell throughout the remainder of February. When it breaks on March 1, Missouri's four trout parks will be awash in anglers, and the anglers will be up to their bellybuttons in rainbow trout.

MDC to hold public forums on preventing invasive "rock snot"



2011-02-16

MDC to hold public forums on preventing invasive "rock snot"

By Joe Jerek

Missouri Department of Conservation NEWS: Feb. 16, 2011

MDC to hold public forums on preventing invasive "rock snot"
This invasive alga smothers aquatic life vital to the food chain that supports fish such as trout.