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Trout Opening 2019

The opening of the catch-and-keep trout fishing season on March 1 is an important Missouri tradition, marking the beginning of a season that runs until Oct. 31. The season officially begins at 6:30 a.m. at Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Salem, and Roaring River State Park near Cassville. In addition to premier trout fishing, visitors to the state’s trout parks can enjoy miles of hiking trails, lodging and camping options and on-site dining facilities.

Last year, there were more than 4,600 tags sold. With opening day being on a Friday, the parks expect even more tag sales. Visitors will likely make it a three-day weekend to get the most out of their time trying to get the big one.

Trout Cam

Click here for a current photo from Bennett Spring State Park.

Opening Day Tag Sales


Past Tag Sales

Bennett Spring State Park
Montauk State Park
Roaring River State Park

Opening Day Photo Galleries

Link to Bennett Spring photos Link to photos of Montauk Link to photos of Roaring River

Media Coverage:

General Coverage:
It's looking real trout-y Daily Journal Online, Park Hills
Annual catch-and-keep season at trout parks coming up March 1 Ozark Radio News
Trout season kicks off March 1 in Missouri Guidon, Fort Leonard Wood
Annual catch-and-keep season at trout parks coming up March 1 Boonville Daily News, Boonville
Annual Catch-and-Keep Season at Trout Parks Coming Up March 1 Douglas County Harold, Ava
Missouri trout parks prepare for opening day Friday KY3, Springfield
Governor Parson to Kick Off Trout Season Ozarks First, Springfield
Trout opener kicks off with MO Governor in attendance KFVS12, Cape Girardeau
Missouri trout season off to a roaring success KTVO, Kirksville
Bennett Spring State Park Coverage:
Governor Mike Parson will kick off trout season at Bennett Spring State Park Missouri State Parks
Southwest Missouri couple who operated popular tackle shop to sound siren Friday at Bennett Spring Missourinet
Trout cam brings live action to opening day Leader Publications, Festus
Cold weather greets fisherman on opening day of trout season KY3, Springfield
Bennett Spring SP redirects traffic to park's main entrance Buffalo Reflex, Buffalo
On Opening Day of Trout Season, 89-Year-Old Angler Recalls 1946 Schoolboy Adventure St. Louis Public Radio
Gallery: Trout Season Opening Day at Bennett Spring State Park KSMU, Ozarks public radio, Springfield
Montauk State Park Coverage:
Master on Montauk Houston Herald, Houston
Trout Season begins Friday at Montauk, other state parks Houston Herald, Houston
Roaring River State Park Coverage:
Trout Times 2019 Cassville Democrat
Opening-day trout angler gets his birthday wish at Roaring River Springfield News Leader
Cold weather dampens opening day turnout Joplin Globe