Rainbow trout caught at Maramec Trout Park near St. James and Montauk State Park in Dent County may be smaller than usual for a short time, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).
This is because of a record number of flood events, six this spring, impacting the department’s Montauk Hatchery near Licking.
The department has noted that growth rates of rainbow trout have slowed during the late spring and early summer of 2013.
According to the MDC, reduced growth rates are a response to the warmer, more turbid water conditions associated with flooding.
“With improving conditions, the size of fish stocked should return to normal lengths in August,” said Brian Canaday, MDC’s fisheries field operations chief for the Ozarks.
MDC staff have worked throughout the spring to avoid losing fish during the flooding and have minimal and short-term impacts to anglers.
For more information on fishing opportunities in Missouri, go online to www.mdc.mo.gov or call the Licking MDC office at 573-674-3229.