Missouri Trout Management Areas
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Blue Ribbon Trout Areas include parts of
large, cold rivers with excellent trout habitat and smaller
streams that support naturally reproducing rainbow trout
populations. Harvest is limited to maintain the maximum
density of adult trout, create excellent catch-n-release
fishing and provide the occasional chance to harvest a trophy.
Blue Ribbon Trout Areas on the Current and North Fork of
the White rivers are stocked with brown trout. The Blue
Ribbon Area on the Eleven Point River is stocked with rainbow
Red Ribbon Trout Areas have
high-quality trout habitat stocked primarily with brown
trout. They provide good catch-n-release fishing and a chance
to harvest quality-size trout.
Trout Areas are coldwater streams capable of supporting
trout populations year' round. All receive periodic
stockings of rainbow trout, and some also receive brown
trout. They provide great opportunities for catching and
harvesting trout and the occasional chance to harvest a
Spring Trout Tips
- Fish the Edges: Big trout sit in prime lies
with cover, structure and easy food. Often these fish
are on the edges of current seams, riffles, drop-offs
and overhanging grass and trees.
- Wade Carefully: When fishing in close be
sure not to wade through the fish. Often early season
rainbows will be tight to the bank out of the high-water
flows of spring run-off.
- Match the Hatch: Be sure you are fishing
with the right flies by doing some research. Look at
shore side vegetation to see which bugs have been hatching.
Turn over a few rocks and see what is about to hatch.
Imitate the natural that is most prevalent and the largest
- Cast to Shade: Often by mid-day wary trout
will be hunkered down under the shade of banks and overhanging
trees. Increase your lunchtime success by working these
- Fish Small Flies Too: Don't miss out
on great fishing, use the mini snacks that trout love
- midges. Midges are one of the most prolific hatches
on many river systems. These tiny insects can make up
a major portion of a trout's diet. Try using midges
when your standard fare of caddis, mayflies and stoneflies
are providing limited resulted.
- Double Rigs Double Results: Try using double-fly
rigs both with dry flies and nymphs or a combination
of both. It is easier t dial-in which nymph trout are
keying on when you use two at a time. Also, you may
be fishing at a time between hatch phases. Try an emerger
or nymph below a dry fly.
- Watch Out or Spawning Beds: Spring is the
time that trout spawn. Redds, or spawing beds, are easy
to spot as clean gravel areas that are lighter colored
than the rest of the bottom. Often found on gravel bars.
Avoid wading through redds or anchoring on these areas.
- Nymphing Deep: Getting your fly down deep
is important when dry flies are not producing. Be careful
not to over-weight your riggings balancing the weight
required with split shot or weighted flies matched to
the type of water you are fishing.
- Keep Your Fly Floating: Dry flies should
be visible, if you can't see your fly you are not
fishing as effectively as you could be. Try some floatant
to help keep your fly afloat. Press the water out of
the fly before applying floatant.
Information taken from the April 2011 copy of Flyfishing &
Stonefly species (Plecoptera) found in Missouri trout waters
||Black to dark brown body,white or yellow belly
||Black body & wings with yellow or orange trim
|Late May to early June
||Brown with cream belly
||Brown wings with yellow body
|May to early June
||Olive with yellow markings and belly
||Light brown wings with yellow body
|Late May thru early Aug
||Dark brown and yellow with cream belly
||Black wings, black and yellow body
|Sept. to Oct.
||Black wings and body
Posted with the permission of Dr. Barry C. Poulton, Research Ecologist / Aquatic Entomologist Columbia Environmental Research Center
as presented at the July 2014 OFF WQM / Outing.