Missouri anglers flood Roaring River for trout season kickoff

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CASSVILLE, Mo. — Monday morning kicked off catch-and-keep trout season in Missouri, and several anglers flocked to Roaring River for some trout.

According to the Missouri State Park’s website, over 4,600 anglers have been permitted a tag to allow trout fishing this season at Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Salem, and Roaring River State Park near Cassville.

Video of the first fish after the gun goes off

Ozarks First reporter Jacob Blout was at the river and said dozens of anglers were trying to keep their distance along the shore while catching trout.

The season lasts through October. If you plan on fishing for trout during the season, you must have a fishing license and a trout tag.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe was also trout fishing at Roaring River Monday morning.

“It’s a great part of the Missouri tradition,” Kehoe said. “You’ll see families here who have been coming for generations. Grandfathers with sons, sons with daughters… you get the whole mix out here. So it’s great to see so many people out here this morning. Roaring River does a fantastic job accommodating folks, and we’re just happy to see Missourians out and about and enjoying the great outdoors.

Video of a woman who just reeled in a trout

Some families have attended this event for decades, like J.D. and Tammy Payden. They said what started as a fishing trip over 20 years ago to Roaring River, has led them to lifelong friendships.

“Making memories that you never forget being on the river,” Tammy said. “You see people every year. You come down, see the same people, fish. People that you only see once a year.”

Paul Spurgeon is the Hatchery Manager for the Roaring River State Park. He said schools in Cassville close every year on March 1 just for the start of trout season.

“It’s really special. The community stands behind us,” Spurgeon said. “Around here, it’s officially called the first day of spring.”

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