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 trout.

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.

White Ribbon 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 large trout.


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 available.
  • 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 areas.
  • 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 & Tying Journal

Fishing Reports

Bennett Springs - Weaver's Report
Phone - 417.532.4618USGS
e-mail - Weaver's Fly Shop

Missouri Department of Conservation Report
Tight Lines Guide Service Report
Phone - 573.364.7633

Taneycomo - Ozark Anglers Report
Lilley's Landing (OFF Corporate Sponsor) - 1.888.Lilleys



Water Generation
White River System:

Three Day Prediction -
Beaver - 417.336.5083
Table Rock - 417.336.5083
Bull Shoals - 870.431.5311
Norfork - 870.431.5311
Greers Ferry - 501.362.5150