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Trout fishing in Missouri

Missouri offers some surprising opportunities for trout fishing, with several species of trout inhabiting its lakes and rivers. The most common trout species in Missouri include rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout. Anglers can enjoy pursuing these prized fish in a variety of scenic locations throughout the state. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about trout fishing and identify trout fishing waters in the state.

Rainbow trout are highly sought after by anglers in Missouri. They are known for their acrobatic jumps and strong fights. Many of Missouri's rivers and streams are stocked with rainbow trout, offering excellent fly fishing and spin fishing opportunities. Popular trout fishing destinations include the North Fork of the White River, Meramec River, Current River, and Roaring River. These waterways provide ample access for anglers and offer stunning natural beauty.

Brown trout are another popular trout species found in Missouri's waters. Known for their wily nature and elusive behavior, brown trout provide a challenging fishing experience. The North Fork of the White River, Lake Taneycomo, and several other tailwater areas are renowned for their brown trout populations. Anglers can test their skills by casting flies, using spinners, or employing live bait to entice these cunning fish.

Missouri boasts several state records for trout, showcasing the potential for trophy-sized catches. The state record for rainbow trout stands at over 18 pounds. For brown trout, the state record exceeds 40 pounds. These impressive records highlight the quality of Missouri's trout fisheries and the opportunity for anglers to land truly remarkable fish.

Whether fishing in a pristine river or a picturesque lake, Missouri offers a diverse range of trout fishing experiences. Anglers can enjoy the tranquility of casting a fly on a crystal-clear stream or testing their skills in a challenging tailwater fishery. With its variety of trout species, scenic locations, and the possibility of record-breaking catches, Missouri is a must-visit destination for trout fishing enthusiasts.

Trout Fishing Waters

Bull Shoals Lake and Lake Taneycomo are the only major lakes with a significant population of trout. Some MO streams, rivers and smaller lakes also have trout. This is primarily a bass fishing state but as you can see some very nice trout are caught here.

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Trout Species In The State

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 18 lbs 1 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 40 lbs 6 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Select the best trout lures and baits

Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.

Missouri Record Trout

The state record rainbow trout was pulled from the Roaring River.

The state record brown trout was caught from Lake Taneycomo.

Visit the Missouri Department of Conservation for information on trout and trout stocking in Missouri.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Additional trout information

Trout Conservation
Trout Unlimited

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Trout locations and info, by state.

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Learn the habits of trout

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Missouri waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.