Fewer fish. But more peace and quiet.
Three of Missouri’s trout parks are still open. And the crowds are gone.
The parks open are Bennett Spring State Park in Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, and Roaring River State Park near Cassville. These are perfect places for a fly fisher to get some practice and maybe catch a fish or two. The Missouri Department of Conservation has suspended daily trout stocking because of COVID, but they have also done away with the daily permit requirements. You still need a fishing license unless you fit into an exemption.
There are some other rules you’ll need to follow for the parks – the type of bait that can be used (although flies are generally okay everywhere), where you can wade, catch limits, etc.
You get the great infrastructure of the trout parks, granted not as natural as a wild stream, but a lot more accessible. Usually that means crowded fishing. But not now.
You can read more at the Missouri Department of Conservation: mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-temporarily-waive-fishing-permits-starting-friday.