Today is the day trout anglers have been anticipating for months, the opening of the 2010 Missouri Trout season.


One of the largest attractions for area fly fishermen is Maramec Spring Park, the scenic park run by the James Foundation just east of St. James on Missouri Route 8.


Today is the day trout anglers have been anticipating for months, the opening of the 2010 Missouri Trout season.

One of the largest attractions for area fly fishermen is Maramec Spring Park, the scenic park run by the James Foundation just east of St. James on Missouri Route 8.

Come sunrise today, the park will be a gathering place for anglers from all over Missouri and neighboring states. Maramec Park, in addition to being a great place to bring the family, also features a hatchery that raises hundreds of thousands of rainbow trout each year that not only stock for the park but other areas throughout Missouri.

“We’re expecting a good season,” said Maramec Spring Park Hatchery Director Paul Spurgeon. “We’re figuring 1,100 to 1,200 people, and we’ll be ready. We’ll probably put out about 3,600 fish.”

Spurgeon, who has been the director for six-plus years, said usually the hatchery puts out 2.25 fish per tag sold, or anticipated sold, but today there will be additional fish.

“We’ll put out three fish per person, and we’ll also stock some lunkers, because it’s opening day,” he said of the 50 trophy-size rainbows that will be added to the mix.

While there is not a designated fly-fishing area, Spurgeon said anglers should have good luck just about anywhere.

“I’d tell the kids to try PowerBaits, and the fly fishermen may just want to try their favorite flies. It’ll be a great day,” Spurgeon said.
Parking at Maramec Spring is $5 per car. Daily tags are $3 for adults and $2 for children.

“Daily tags are staying the same as last year,” he said.
Maramec Spring Park is just one of many places anglers will have the opportunity to try their skills today.

Among other parks include nearby Montauk State Park at Salem, Roaring River State Park near Cassville and Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon.