Stocked Regularly

Premier Trout Fishing

Fishing enthusiasts will be found casting their lines along the spring branch, while others visit the exhibits interpreting Missouri's springs and natural environment at the nature center. Now, at 3,338 acres, the state park that arose around Peter Bennett's spring continues to delight all comers.

Here inside the park we stock the stream nightly with rainbow trout raised locally in our hatchery. The number of fish stocked changes from night to night depending on the number of people fishing the previous day.

Three Zones to Choose From

Trout Fishing Regulations

Zone areas are marked in the park and maps are also available.

Zone 1

From the hatchery dam upstream to the end of the area. Only flies are permitted.

Zone 2

From the hatchery dam to the whistle bridge. Only flies and artificial lures are permitted.

Zone 3

From the whistle bridge to the Niangua River. Only soft plastic bait (unscented), natural and scented bait are permitted. All flies and artificial lures are prohibited, even if natural bait or scent has been added.

Trout Fishing Hours

Beginning Time

Ending Time


6:30 a.m.*/7:30 a.m.**

6 p.m.*/7 p.m.**


7 a.m.

7:30 p.m.


6:30 a.m.

8:15 p.m.

June and July

6:30 a.m.

8:30 p.m.


7 a.m.

8 p.m.


7:30 a.m.

7:15 p.m.


7:30 a.m.

6:30 p.m.

* Central Standard Time
** Central Daylight Time

Catch-and-Release Season

Beginning Time

Ending Time

2nd Friday in Nov. through the 2nd Monday in February (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only)

8 a.m.

4 p.m.

For additional information, please call 417-532-4418 or 417-532-7612.

Trout Fishing Rules and Regulations

The Hatchery

Stream Stocked Daily

Managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the hatchery at Roaring River State Park is one of Missouri's oldest hatcheries, producing and stocking over 250,000 trout each year in the 1.6 miles of stream located in the park. Over 100,000 adults and children come to fish and enjoy the beauty of the daily stocked stream each year.

The Conservation Department stocks trout every evening from the day before the March 1 opener through Oct. 30. Tag sale estimates determine a daily stocking rate average of 2.25 fish per expected angler. Except on opening day, three fish are stocked for every expected angler. From March 1 to Oct. 31, the parks will collectively sell more than 400,000 tags and stock more than 900,000 fish. These fish will average about 12 inches long over the season, but some variation occurs. Dozens of lunkers weighing upwards of 3 pounds are stocked each year. A few tip the scales at more than 10 pounds!

Tipping the Scales

Lunker Board & Fishing Videos

These are only a few of the beautiful fish weighing in at 3lbs or more at Roaring River State Park!