Fresh AfieldMore posts

Shoulder to Shoulder at Trout Opener

Feb 19, 2008

When I picture “trout fishing,” it’s often an image of a person alone in a remote stream. But when I picture “trout opener” it’s a whole different scene. March 1 is trout openerthe opening day of Missouri’s main trout-fishing season, and you can be sure that it’s more like a festival of fishing than a silent retreat as people line the edges of the streams at Missouri’s four trout parks to catch their limits.

Years ago, I did a TV story on the opener. It was quite a scene. Mist rose from the icy water on that 20-degree morning. People gathered quietly with their gear. Then the governor sounded the siren and the fishing began with astounding action. For some people it was an annual family event, while others took the day for themselves—and had done so for decades.

If you haven’t experienced this uniquely social fishing celebration, you should check out the possibility at one of the trout parks near you. The right fishing permit and trout park tag—and decent weather—are all you need. This year March 1 is a Saturday, so it just might beat the attendee record of just under 15,000 for the four trout parks that day.

Recent Posts

Blue-winged Teal In Flight

Testing the Waters

Sep 09, 2016

Have you ever been interested in duck hunting, but the idea of weathering the cold has kept you from taking that extra step out into the marsh?  Or perhaps you do duck hunt, but have that friend who tried it once, had leaky waders in the dead of winter, and swore he or she would never go back.  Well, it just so happens ... 


Busy Bees

Sep 05, 2016

Their sight and sound might bring panic at a picnic, but our need for bees is crucial.

Closeup of yellow garden spider on web

The Itsy-Bitsy Garden Spider

Aug 29, 2016

It’s a shame that little Miss Muffett was too frightened to meet the spider that sat down beside her. She would have discovered that spiders are exceptional creatures.