Missouri Fly Fishing
Where to Fly Fish in Missouri
Missouri boasts some of the finest trophy brown and wild, stream-bred rainbow fishing found anywhere in the country. And fishing stays open year-round. Trout anglers, regardless of their expertise, can find super trout fishing. If you want to fish for large trophy brown trout; or hatchery fish released the day before; or test your skill against trout that see hundreds of flies annually in a popular catch-and-release fishery; Missouri’s trout program provides this opportunity.
Trout Parks – Missouri’s four trout parks:Bennett Spring, Montauk, Roaring River and Maramec Springs’provide anglers the opportunity to fish for stocked rainbows during most of the year; however, now they reopen for weekend catch-and-release trout fishing from mid-November to mid-February. Many anglers report catching and releasing 100 trout or more during a day’s fishing.
Trophy Trout Areas – Today the Current River is one of four streams that have special regulations restricting the harvesting of trout until they reach 15 inches in length. Those fisheries include the Meramec River from Highway 8 to Scott’s Ford access; Current River from Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove Access; North Fork of the White River from Blair Bridge to Dawt Mill; and Roubidoux Creek from Waynesville City Park to Gasconade River. Some of the rivers have bait restrictions, others do not. All provide some of the finest “big trout” stream fishing found anywhere in the Midwest. Anglers catch brown trout as large as 10 pounds regularly. Larger trout up to 15 pounds have been reported.
In addition to the stream fishing for trophy trout, anglers can fish for trophy browns in Lake Taneycomo, one of the finest tailwater trout fisheries in the nation. Brown trout must be 20 inches long before they can be harvested. All current state record brown trout (the record now is 23 pounds 3 ounces) have come from the tailwater, with larger trout, maybe even a new world record a future possibility.
Wild Trout Areas – Arguably, Missouri has some of the finest wild trout fishing found anywhere in the United States. Missouri has six streams:Mill Creek, Spring Creek, Blue Spring Creek, Eleven Point River from Greer Access to Turner’s Access; North Fork of the White River from Rainbow Spring to Blair Bridge; and the upper 6 miles for Crane Creek, managed for wild, self-sustaining, rainbow trout populations. These are the only such populations east of the Rocky Mountains or south of Minnesota. Regulations are strict. An 18-inch- length limit or catch and release and restrictions on the use of natural bait protects these unique populations.
In addition to the trophy brown trout fishery, Lake Taneycomo supports excellent year-round fishing for stocked rainbow trout, as does Capps Creek, Little Piney River, Current River, Eleven and Roubidoux Creek outside special management areas. These are stocked eight to ten times each year and anglers can keep five trout daily with no restriction on bait. And finally, scattered throughout The Ozarks are private spring branches that support trout fishing opportunities.
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- Winter Trout Fishing on Taneycomo
Missouri Trout fishing guide services and guided trips on the North Fork River, Missouri Ozarks, at the ROLF Outfitters.
Capps Creek is a typical small stream fishery in Missouri, with the exception of trout added by the Missouri Department of Conservation’s periodic stocking program.
Bennett Springs, near Lebanon, Missouri
Missouri’s Bennett Spring State Park offers you excellent trout fishing in the beautiful Ozarks
A trout park located in the Missouri Ozark Mountains.
Bennett Spring State Park information and photos
Bennett Spring is Missouri’s third-largest spring. Bennett’s spring branch is a mile and a half long, and is divided into three separate fishing zones.
Eastern Missouri smallmouth anglers are a fortunate lot.
It’s a well-known fact that many of the rivers that drain the Missouri Ozarks support trophy smallmouth bass.
Blue Spring Creek in Crawford County is spring-fed, and 5 to 20 feet wide.
Under a cooperative agreement, the Missouri Department of Conservation, Columbia Parks & Recreation, and the Mid-Missouri Chapter of Trout Unlimited will stock trout into Cosmo-Bethel Lake to create a
The Current River has both a Trophy Trout Management area and Regular Trout Management Area.
Every once in a while, you might find the only opportunity to get some fishing in is at night.
Flyfishing tips for float fishing on the North Fork River by canoe
Lake Taneycomo offers unique opportunities for the fly fisherman.
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The best advice that anyone can give someone who has not fly fished Lake Taneycomo for trout, water running heavy or not, is to get advice from those who have.
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a really great website – “The Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas offer some of the finest trout fishing in the world, yet it is greatly overlooked as a fly fishing destination.”
complete Missouri hatch chart
Game & Fish brings you the latest hotspots, tactics & outdoor news, no matter where you hunt or fish.
An Angler’s Guide to an Ozark Gem
Whether you want rainbows for the table or just a good fight with a big brown, these destinations can satisfy any Show Me State trout angler
North Fork Flyfishing Tips and Tactics.
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These three streams take a back seat to no others when it comes to great trout fishing
Hundreds of miles of trout water cater to anglers of all types.
Guide to fishing Bennett Spring State Park, Maramec Spring Park, Montauk State Park, and Roaring River State Park
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Year after year, Truman Lake serves up some of the Show Me State’s most rewarding bass fishing.
A trout fishing adventure on the North Fork River
Fly fishing tips for the North Fork River canoeist.
The Missouri Department of Conservation stocks four Kansas City Area Lakes and 13 lakes in the St. Louis area with trout during the winter months.
White River, Missouri and Arkansas, information for fishing White River, Missouri and Arkansas. Premiere OnLine Magazine for the Fly Fishing Enthusiast.
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All round great fishing site covering southwest Missouri lakes- Tabel Rock, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals with information and lots of it. Kept very current and interesting, its fresh, honest approach has
The Ozarks abound with cold weather fly fishing opportunities and all it takes is some good, warm gear and a little information
Our mission is to educate people about the philosophies, ethics and history of fly fishing, and to conserve and protect the fisheries of our state.
The Kansas City Northland Fly Fishers located in Kansas City Missouri. We are members of the Federation of Fly Fishers who enojoy teaching others how to fish while enjoying it ourselves.
Ozark Fly Fishers is a St. Louis Missouri based fly fishing and conservation organization affiliated with the Federation of Fly Fishers whose primary objective is to improve fisheries and promote the
Waynesville, Missouri fly fishing club
The Southwest Missouri Fly Fishers is a local affiliate of Federation of Flyfishers
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Fishing report for Bennett Spring State Park, brought to you by Weaver’s Tackle Store
A comprehensive fishing report from Chartered Waters, fishing and guiding on Lake Taneycomo and area Ozark trout fishing destinations.
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Ozark fly fishing guide reports
Tim Homesley has been fishing Roaring River State Park for over 30 years, and has fished an average of 300 days per year for the last 23 years.
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3801 Eminence Avenue Berkeley Missouri 63134-3539 1 877 426 2934
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