Winter fishing open at RRSP

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Even though the catch-and-keep trout season at Roaring River State Park has concluded, anglers can continue to enjoy the tranquility of fishing at the park. Catch-and-release fishing season will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays through Feb. 11, 2013.

"The winter season is a great time to visit the park when it is not crowded," said Paul Spurgeon, hatchery manager. "Eagles can be seen flying around over the winter and when the leaves are off the trees the park looks very different."

Anglers interested in participating in the winter fishing season must obtain a Missouri fishing permit and a trout permit, which are both available at area stores and at the Roaring River State Park Hatchery office.

No daily tag is required.

"Fishing has been good and the weather cooperated for the start of the catch-and-release season," said Spurgeon. "We stocked 1,000 12 and a half inch fish to start the season, and also 150 lunkers were stocked. Additional fish will be stocked throughout the season."

Anglers can fish the Roaring River stream from the hatchery to the bridge below the old dam in campground three, said Spurgeon.

"All trout shall be returned unharmed immediately after being caught," said Spurgeon. "Only flies may be used. A fly is defined as an artificial lure constructed on a single-point hook, using any material except soft plastic bait and natural and scented bait that is tied, glued or otherwise permanently attached."

Spurgeon said that anglers have reported successfully catching trout using blue wing olives, small Griffiths, gnats, San Juan worms and Glo-balls.

"The stream conditions are still low and very clear," added Spurgeon.

For more information on winter catch-and-release season, call Spurgeon at 847-2430.

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