Winter Trout Season
For many anglers, the dead of winter
is the ideal time to go fishing. Catch-and-release season at Missouri’s
trout parks offers a chance to improve skills and enjoy the beauty
of an Ozark stream without the crowds normally found during regular
The fishermen on our cover took advantage of a brisk winter day to
fish Montauk State Park near Licking. At left, Fred Schmidt of St.
Louis ties a fly onto his line while standing in Current River, which
begins within the park. Besides Montauk, two other state parks — Bennett
Spring, near Lebanon, and Roaring River, near Cassville — also
offer trout fishing opportunities during winter months.
Winter fishing is also allowed at Maramec Spring Park, operated by
the James Foundation near St. James and in Missouri’s wild trout
During winter months fishing is limited to Friday through Sunday in
Missouri’s trout parks. Only flies and artificial lures may be
used and all fish caught must be released back into the stream.
Winter catch-and-release season runs through Feb. 13. Regular trout
season resumes March 1.
For more information about Missouri’s
trout parks log onto www.mostateparks.com or call 1-800-334-6946. Information
about Missouri’s fishing seasons is
available at wherever fishing licenses are sold.