It marks the opening of trout season in Missouri, a long-standing tradition. Trout-rearing at Roaring River has a history dating back to 1910 when the first hatchery (a privately owned facility) was built. Operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the hatchery is located in Roaring River State Park, seven miles south of Cassville, on Highway 112. "We've been dealing with a lot of wet weather which has really slowed us down," explained Paul Spurgeon, the hatchery's manager. Some of those coming to the event have already arrived. "This will insure we actually have filtered water coming in from the spring that's not contaiminated.". "Every year there's some people who drank too much the night before and you have to fish them out," he said. The hatchery is at the head of Roaring River, adjacent to scenic Roaring River Spring. Currently, MDC manages the hatchery and trout fishing at Roaring River; the state park facilities are managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. And if you're looking to catch that big one and are wondering what to use? There will still be plenty of fish ready to catch at the opening of trout season at Roaring River State Park near Cassville. Many improvements have been made to the hatchery since original construction. In 1987 and 1996 new raceway ponds were constructed to replace the original raceways. "Only if you don't get caught," he replied. This 3,403 acre state park features rugged and scenic terrain. And at Roaring River State Park near Cassville the delayed renovation of the hatchery has not affected the much-anticipated event. "They lean over a little bit too far. Sunday March 1 is always a red-letter day for fishing fans in the Ozarks. In the meantime the park is getting 7,000 trout from Montauk Park near Salem to stock the river. More than 20 million gallons of water gush daily from Roaring River … "Any hatchery has to have clean water in order to operate," he said. Roaring River Hatchery was constructed in 1924. Sunday March 1 is always a red-letter day for fishing fans in the Ozarks. "The best thing to catch trout with is a net," Spurgeon said with a sly smile. "We call it combat fishing," he said with a laugh about the elbow-to-elbow crowd. Roaring River State Park preparing for beginning of trout season, Springfield Public Schools responds to Missouri’s new school quarantine guidance, Betsy Fogle projected as winner of Missouri’s 135th House District after recount Thursday, OTC celebrates groundbreaking of new Advanced Manufacturing building. It marks the opening of trout season in Missouri, a long-standing tradition. The hatchery has been closed for $2 million worth of renovations for over a year-and-a-half, much to the disappointment of many of the half-million visitors who come to the park each year. There are three state parks for trout fishing in the Ozarks. And while Roaring River has produced the largest rainbow trout ever caught in the state at 18 pounds, 1 once, Mark says it's what else you may fish out of the river that makes for good stories. They include Roaring River, Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon and Montauk near Salem (Mo.). The hatchery is a mixed-stock facility, … Take the scenic drive north to MO — less than a half hour to beautiful Roaring River State Park and the MO Dept of Conservation Trout Hatchery. ", Opening day coming on a Sunday with nice weather should produce a huge turnout although Spurgeon said, "If it was 20 below zero, there will be people here.". Roaring River Hatchery, constructed in 1910, is one of the oldest trout hatcheries in the state. And at Roaring River … But the project to replace the plumbing supply that feeds the century-old hatchery from the cave entrance spring is "critical" according to Spurgeon. He arrived on Tuesday, five days early for the chance to stand side-by-side with other enthusiasts who share his love for this tradition. Mark Rockwell of Rogers, Arkansas has been coming to the opening of trout season for 17 years.

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