national organization with about 400 chapters, totaling 140,000 members. More than 1,900 members in three Missouri chapters work to enhance trout fishing and cold-water habitat throughout the state.
“Trout Unlimited was one of the stakeholder groups the Department worked with to create a trout-fishing management plan,” says Mike Kruse, MDC Resource Science Division chief, and past Department trout plan coordinator. “Trout Unlimited has played a key role in helping to implement that plan, particularly in leading a group of partners that pooled their resources to make some important land acquisitions along our trout streams possible. Those partners included the Ozark Fly Fishers and fishing clubs affiliated with the Federation of Fly Fishers and the Missouri Trout Fishermen’s Association. The contributions of these groups really make Missouri trout fishing what it is today.”
Trout Unlimited, along with help from other organizations and individuals dedicated to trout fishing, helped MDC create winter trout fishing opportunities in lakes near Missouri’s urban centers, established a coldwater conservation fund with the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation dedicated to conserving key cold-water habitats, and improved access to Missouri’s trout streams, such as Mill Creek, Little Piney River, Capps Creek, Current River, North Fork of the White River and Lake Taneycomo.
“Currently, the Mid-Missouri chapter of Trout Unlimited is working with MDC to provide wader wash stations to help reduce the invasive spread of didymo (rock snot) found just south of Missouri,” says Michael Riley, president of the Mid-Missouri chapter. Missouri’s Trout Unlimited members also have helped create disabled-accessible fishing accesses and promote trout fishing with numerous fishing programs and events. Learn more at www.tu.org.
Regulations are tailor-made for individual fisheries
Each pond, stream, river and reservoir is unique and often requires specific regulations in order to best manage its fish populations. Fishing regulations are based upon data collected from fish sampling, creel surveys and public input.
Before heading out, review the fishing regulations for your destination. The time you invest will help protect the fisheries and keep you from violating the Wildlife Code. Pick up A Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations at permit vendors or review fishing regulations online at mdc.mo.gov/fishing/regulations.
First in Science
Since it was established in 1937, the Department has been a national leader in science-based fisheries management. Many fisheries management techniques, now widely adopted throughout the country, were developed by the Department.
- Artificially hatched channel catfish eggs (1939).
- Developed device to measure