Where to Fish for Trout
in Missouri This page was updated 1/20/08
Through this page, you'll find links to every public trout fishery in the state.
The links are arranged in a variety of ways to help you find what you're looking for.
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Missouri Trout Finder
Going to be in the Ozarks and would like to sneak away for a
bit of fishing? Click on your destination below for a quick run-down of
nearby trout-fishing opportunities.
There are four Trout Parks in the State of Missouri, three of
which are state Parks, one of which is privately owned and managed in
cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation. The conditions
are typically crowded, and there are additional fees, but the fishing is
usually very good.
There are nine White Ribbon trout waters in Missouri,
and they are largely managed as put-and-take fisheries. Some receive a lot of
fishing pressure, but others do not. Most will provide some secluded fishing
within a week or two of the stocking truck leaving the scene.
There are three Red Ribbon trout waters in Missouri,
which are managed to provide larger numbers of trophy fish. They are generally
stocked annually with brown trout, but they all have strong populations of rainbow trout
present as well. Regulations are more strict than regular management areas, but they
are generally less crowded and more wild in nature. A good trade-off.
There are nine Blue Ribbon trout waters in Missouri. Wild
the Blue Ribbon waters vary in size and quality of fishing, they all have one thing in
common. Every Blue Ribbon water in the state is home to wildly reproducing rainbow trout.
The smaller creeks generally are not stocked, relying on nature to keep the trout population
strong. The larger rivers, however, may also receive intermittant stockings and offer
a better opportunity for trophy trout. At one time, some of the small wild creeks were strictly
catch and release only, however, you are now permitted to keep one trout daily of at
least 18" in length on all Blue Ribbon waters.
The state's Winter Trout programs have expanded notably over the last few years.
There are now Winter Trout Fishing opportunities available in
29 lakes in ninr urban areas around the state. Many locations have a catch-and-release
season. These areas are typically stocked between November and March each winter.
There are a number of privately owned Trout Ranches located in
Missouri. Although they are not public waters and are not stocked or managed by the Department of
Conservation, they are quite popular. Expect to pay for the privilege of fishing.