Missourians choose Roaring River State Park as favorite state park for trout fishing, Gov. Nixon announces

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that Roaring River State Park near Cassville has been selected by Missourians, through an online poll on Missouri's state website, MO.gov, as their favorite state park for trout fishing. Out of more than 150,000 votes cast, Roaring River received 73,344, or 46 percent, edging out Bennett Spring State Park for first place.

"Missouri has three spectacular state parks for trout fishing, and each offers unique opportunities to create lasting memories," said Gov. Nixon. "Whether you're an experienced angler or a first time fisher, this is the year to get out and enjoy the beauty of Missouri's state parks."

The online poll asked visitors to choose between Roaring River State Park, Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon or Montauk State Park near Salem as their favorite state park to catch rainbow trout. Roaring River State Park received 46 percent of the vote, Bennett Spring State Park received 44 percent and Montauk State Park received 10 percent of the vote.

"Anglers of all ages and experience levels will be able to engage in a variety of activities focused on this valuable outdoor activity," said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. "We want Missourians throughout the state to have every opportunity to enjoy the trout fishing season to its fullest."

A lifelong trout fisherman, the Governor also signed a proclamation naming 2013 as Missouri's Year of the Trout, encouraging Missourians to take advantage of the opportunities to enjoy premier trout fishing in Missouri State Parks. Missouri State Parks will commemorate the year with Troutapalooza, a series of events designed to engage experienced anglers and introduce new participants to the activity.

Troutapalooza will take place until the end of trout season on Oct. 31 and feature activities to promote fishing for all ages and skill levels. Activities include a passport program, fishing clinics, weekly drawings, tournaments, coloring contests and special programs.

For more information about Missouri's three state trout parks and Troutapalooza, go to www.mostateparks.com, or on Facebook at facebook.com/troutapalooza.

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