April 24, 2018

I Released a Lunker Award

Catching and releasing big trout takes skill and dedication. That's why the Conservation Department's "I Released a Lunker" program recognizes anglers who release big trout to fight another day. Here's how to earn a patch: Catch a trout by legal methods that is at least 18 inches long. Release it in the presence of a witness (a photo really helps). Do it between March 1 and Oct. 31 in the trout parks located at Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk State Park, Roaring River State Park and The James Foundation’s Maramec Spring Park. Find a Missouri Department of Conservation staff person at the fish hatchery located at the trout park and ask for an "I Released a Lunker" program application. Once you and your witness have signed the application, the MDC staff person will present your patch. Win the Grand Slam patch! Why be satisfied with releasing lunkers at just one of Missouri's trout parks? Catch and release a lunker at all four parks and win the Grand Slam patch. … [Read more...]

Felt Sole Ban – Bennett Spring State Park – Effective March 1st 2012

The Missouri Conservation Commission has approved a regulation change banning the use of porous-soled waders or footwear incorporating or having attached a porous sole of felted, matted, or woven fibrous material when fishing in trout parks and other specific trout waters. Pending public comment through the Secretary of State's office, the new regulation will go into effect March 1, 2012, the opening day of catch-and-keep fishing at Missouri's four trout parks. To help reduce the spread of didymo, MDC encourages anglers to remember: Check, then Clean or Dry. *        Check all gear and equipment and remove any visible algae. Dispose of algae by placing it in the trash, not by putting it down a drain or into bodies of water. *        Then Clean all gear and equipment with a solution of 2-percent bleach, 5-percent saltwater, or dishwashing detergent. Allow all equipment to stay in contact with the solution for at least three minutes. Soak all soft items, such as felt-soled … [Read more...]

Bennett Spring Hatchery Renovations

Trout fishing lures thousands of anglers annually to Bennett Spring State Park in Dallas and Laclede counties and provides a vital economic boost to the area. Thanks to recently completed renovations at the Bennett Spring Hatchery, a good thing is about to get even better. At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a dedication ceremony to highlight recent improvements at the facility. MDC operates the hatchery and manages fishing operations at Bennett Spring. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the state park. Among the new features to be unveiled is a 4,000-square-foot production building, which will replace the old 1,200-square-foot structure. This new building will house 12 egg jars, 20 troughs and 10 rearing tanks. The former production building had six egg jars, 12 troughs and four tanks. At present, Bennett Spring Hatchery produces approximately 300,000 trout annually. The renovation is expected to … [Read more...]

Niangua River Stocked with 4500+ Brown Trout

4500+ ten-inch brown trout were stocked in the Niangua River near the first public access below the Hwy 64 bridge on Thursday evening. Anglers have reported sessions of catch and release of 40+ brown trout. Please be informed this stocking size of 10 inch fish requires catch and release only and also a current trout stamp.  Please stop by the store for more information and the latest news. … [Read more...]

Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation

Help MCHF raise $45,000 to build a fishing/viewing platform near the Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery. Bennett Spring is one of the most popular trout fishing areas in Missouri, attracting as many as 180,000 anglers each year. Bennett Spring State Park and the Department of Conservation Hatchery are two of the most popular attractions in southwest Missouri.   One of the most popular fishing and viewing areas is the site directly below the scenic dam and waterfall. Anglers and tourists access this area by walking down a steep hill next to the Department Hatchery Office to a rough concrete surface next to the spring branch. The rough concrete pad is in need of replacement.   The renovated fishing access will provide improved public access and reduce safety concerns. If we provide the funds, the Department will construct a new 72-foot concrete platform that will have anglers inches from the water. This structure will also enhance the stability of the bank below the dam and … [Read more...]