Missouri Trout Management Areas

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Blue Ribbon Trout Areas include parts of large, cold rivers with excellent trout habitat and smaller streams that support naturally reproducing rainbow trout populations. Harvest is limited to maintain the maximum density of adult trout, create excellent catch-n-release fishing and provide the occasional chance to harvest a trophy. Blue Ribbon Trout Areas on the Current and North Fork of the White rivers are stocked with brown trout. The Blue Ribbon Area on the Eleven Point River is stocked with rainbow trout.

Red Ribbon Trout Areas have high-quality trout habitat stocked primarily with brown trout. They provide good catch-n-release fishing and a chance to harvest quality-size trout.

White Ribbon Trout Areas are coldwater streams capable of supporting trout populations year' round. All receive periodic stockings of rainbow trout, and some also receive brown trout. They provide great opportunities for catching and harvesting trout and the occasional chance to harvest a large trout.

Fly of the Month

Month 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
January Rowley's Balanced Leech Mercury Cased Caddis Olive Tungsten Torpedo Y2K Bug Pettis Unreal Egg Bloody Mary Nymph Primrose & Pearl Midge Little Black X-Caddis
February Soft Hackle Carrot Nymph none none Frank Sawyer's Killer Bug Two-Biot BWO none Bob's Fly Winter Midge Rene' Harrops' Baetis Nymph
March Devin Olsen's Blowtorch Blue Blood Perdigon Jiggy Prince Nymph Flymph Landon Mayer's Tube Midge Wotton's SLF Emerger Caddis Hot Wired P &O Chickabou Stone Nymph
April Bob Clousers's Foxee Minnow none John Barr's BWO Emerger Snowshoe Caddis Muddler Minnow Randy Hanner's Laser Minnow Polish PT Nymph Bronze Goddess
May Quilldigon-Nymph.jpg Griffith's Gnat Emerger Depth Charge Bird's Nest Nymph The Mackie Bug Boot Pierce's Honey Leach Euro Squirrel Nymph “Biscuit” PT Nymph Ralph Cutter's E/H Caddis
June Pat Dorsey's Top Secret Midge none Cheech's La Bomba Bluegill Bomber Coffey's Sparkle Minnow none Twenty-Incher Stone Shimmer Fringe Clouser Minnow John Berry's Turkey Tail Emerger
July none X-Caddis Lance Egan's Tungsten Surveyor none Pink Squirrel Nymph Evil Weevil Halo Fox Squirrel Nymph Bobo's Magic Scud
August none none Modified Hopper Juan's Kryptonite Caddis Andrew Grillo’s Hippie Stomper Chubby Chernobyl None Sculpin Helmet Bunny Sculpin Tungsten Green Soft Hackle
September none Duracell Jig Nymph My Green Hare's Ear Variant The Ginny Midge Jigged Red-But Nymph Defective Duns Craig Mathews' Wired $3 DIP Orange Stimulator
October none Classic Nymph Emergers none The Dust Mop Purple Prince Nymph White Marabou Jig Mark Crawford's Mayfly Nymph HMG Scud
Nov - Dec none Bloody Mary Nymph Ray Schmidt's Rattlesnake Peacock Wooley Bugger None Trip Saver Nymph None Para BWO

Month 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
January Chewee Stonefly WD-40 none Stonefly 4 All Seasons none
February Two-Biot BWO Nymph Red Fox Squirrel Nymph Cream Parachute Foam Hopper none
March Rusty CDC & Elk Caddis Bed Spread Eagan's Frenchie Sowbug Pattern none
April Kelly Galloup's Zoo Cougar Green Hornet Sunken Stone Corn Woolly worm none
May Joe Aimonette's "Christmas Tree" Mohair Soft Hackle Pat's Nymph Red Quill Dry Fly none
June Rubber-Leg Lightening Bug Fat Head Beetle The Frog Weapon of Mass Destruction none
July What's old is new again - Classic Wet Flies Renegade none Joe's Christmas Tree none
August Bold New Ideas-European Style Nymphs POP Emerger Simple Hopper Elk Hair Caddis Dunn Imitation
September Ed Story's November Peacock Brillard's Pupae The San Juan Worm JuJuBee BWO Midge C.R.Gold
October Charlie Craven's Poison Tung San Juan Worm Dry Woolly Russell Fly November Peacock WetFly
Nov - Dec none Basic Gray Scud Malcolm's Scud none Dave's Hopper


Spring Trout Tips

  • Fish the Edges: Big trout sit in prime lies with cover, structure and easy food. Often these fish are on the edges of current seams, riffles, drop-offs and overhanging grass and trees.
  • Wade Carefully: When fishing in close be sure not to wade through the fish. Often early season rainbows will be tight to the bank out of the high-water flows of spring run-off.
  • Match the Hatch: Be sure you are fishing with the right flies by doing some research. Look at shore side vegetation to see which bugs have been hatching. Turn over a few rocks and see what is about to hatch. Imitate the natural that is most prevalent and the largest available.
  • Cast to Shade: Often by mid-day wary trout will be hunkered down under the shade of banks and overhanging trees. Increase your lunchtime success by working these areas.
  • Fish Small Flies Too: Don't miss out on great fishing, use the mini snacks that trout love - midges. Midges are one of the most prolific hatches on many river systems. These tiny insects can make up a major portion of a trout's diet. Try using midges when your standard fare of caddis, mayflies and stoneflies are providing limited resulted.
  • Double Rigs Double Results: Try using double-fly rigs both with dry flies and nymphs or a combination of both. It is easier t dial-in which nymph trout are keying on when you use two at a time. Also, you may be fishing at a time between hatch phases. Try an emerger or nymph below a dry fly.
  • Watch Out or Spawning Beds: Spring is the time that trout spawn. Redds, or spawing beds, are easy to spot as clean gravel areas that are lighter colored than the rest of the bottom. Often found on gravel bars. Avoid wading through redds or anchoring on these areas.
  • Nymphing Deep: Getting your fly down deep is important when dry flies are not producing. Be careful not to over-weight your riggings balancing the weight required with split shot or weighted flies matched to the type of water you are fishing.
  • Keep Your Fly Floating: Dry flies should be visible, if you can't see your fly you are not fishing as effectively as you could be. Try some floatant to help keep your fly afloat. Press the water out of the fly before applying floatant.

Information taken from the April 2011 copy of Flyfishing & Tying Journal

Stonefly species (Plecoptera) found in Missouri trout waters

Name Emergence Period Nymph Color Adult Color Hook Sizes
Midwestern Salmonfly
(Pteronarcys pictettii)
April Black to dark brown body,white or yellow belly Black body & wings with yellow or orange trim 4-8
Embossed Stone
(Paragnetina media)
Late May to early June Brown with cream belly Brown wings with yellow body 6-8
Sable Stripetail
(Isoperla dicala)
May to early June Olive with yellow markings and belly Light brown wings with yellow body 10-12
Northern Stone
(Agnetina capitata)
Late May thru early Aug Dark brown and yellow with cream belly Black wings, black and yellow body 8-12
Narrow-Lobed Needlefly
(Leuctra tenuis)
Sept. to Oct. Light brown Black wings and body 14-16

Posted with the permission of Dr. Barry C. Poulton, Research Ecologist / Aquatic Entomologist Columbia Environmental Research Center
as presented at the July 2014 OFF WQM / Outing.

Fishing Reports

Bennett Springs - Weaver's Report
Phone - 417.532.4618USGS
e-mail - Weaver's Fly Shop

Missouri Department of Conservation Report
Tight Lines Guide Service Report
Phone - 573.364.7633

Taneycomo - Ozark Anglers Report
Lilley's Landing (OFF Corporate Sponsor) - 1.888.Lilleys



Water Generation
White River System:

Three Day Prediction -
Beaver - 417.336.5083
Table Rock - 417.336.5083
Bull Shoals - 870.431.5311
Norfork - 870.431.5311
Greers Ferry - 501.362.5150