Trout Areas

Winter Catch-and-Release Trout Season

Missouri has a wealth of trout waters, including red, white, and blue ribbon areas. Use this page to find great trout fishing around the state and throughout the year.

Blue Ribbon Trout Areas

  • Range from small creeks to large rivers
  • Less crowded than trout parks and winter trout areas
  • Small streams are not stocked, but depend on self-sustaining populations of rainbow trout
  • North Fork of the White, Eleven Point and Current rivers is stocked periodically
  • Only artificial lures and flies may be used. Natural, soft plastic and scented baits are prohibited.
  • The daily limit is one trout of 18 inches or greater length.
  • A Missouri fishing permit is required, and a trout permit also is required if trout are harvested.

Red Ribbon Trout Areas

  • Less crowded than trout parks and winter trout areas
  • Stocked less intensively than white-ribbon trout areas. Browns are stocked once a year. Rainbows are either stocked, escape from other areas, or reproduce.
  • Special regulations may include length limits, reduced creel limits, and tackle restrictions. See Fishing Regulations page under Related Information below.
  • A Missouri fishing permit is required, and a trout permit also is required if trout are harvested.

White Ribbon Trout Areas

  • Less crowded than trout parks and winter trout areas
  • Stocked less intensively than trout parks
  • Fishing is permitted year-round.
  • The daily limit is four trout with no length limit on rainbows. Brown trout must be 15 inches or greater. Further seasonal restrictions may apply. See Fishing Regulations page under Related Information below.
  • A Missouri fishing permit is required, and a trout permit also is required if trout are harvested.

Winter Trout Areas

The daily limit is four trout with no length limit, except for the following:

  • Koeneman Park, Walker, Jefferson, Wild Acres, Busch 21 and 28, and Tilles lakes in the St. Louis Region
  • Cosmo-Bethel Lake in Columbia
  • Rotary Lake in Jackson
  • Liberty Park Pond in Sedalia
  • McKay Park Lake in Jefferson City
  • Spur Pond in Kirksville
  • Kiwanis Lake in Mexico
  • Everyday Pond on the Missouri Western State University Campus in St. Joseph, where catch-and-release with artificial flies and lures is the only legal method for most of the season. See the Fishing Regulations page under Related Information below.

A Missouri fishing permit is required, and a trout permit also is required if trout are harvested.

Trout Lakes and Streams Map

Large Trout Lake
Area Region
Lake Taneycomo Southwest Region
Trout Park
Area Region
Maramec Spring Park Ozark Region
Montauk State Park Ozark Region
Bennett Spring State Park Southwest Region
Roaring River State Park Southwest Region
Blue-Ribbon Trout Area
Area Region
Barren Fork Creek Ozark Region
Current River Ozark Region
Eleven Point River Ozark Region
Little Piney Creek Ozark Region
Mill Creek Ozark Region
North Fork of the White River Ozark Region
Spring Creek Ozark Region
Crane Creek Southwest Region
Blue Springs Creek St. Louis Region
Red-Ribbon Trout Area
Area Region
Meramec River Ozark Region
North Fork of the White River Ozark Region
Roubidoux Creek Ozark Region
Meramec River St. Louis Region
White-Ribbon Trout Area
Area Region
Eleven Point River Ozark Region
Little Piney Creek Ozark Region
Roubidoux Creek Ozark Region
Stone Mill Spring Ozark Region
Capps Creek Southwest Region
Crane Creek Southwest Region
Hickory Creek Southwest Region
Niangua River Southwest Region
Roaring River Southwest Region
Winter Trout Area
Area Region
Cosmo-Bethel Lake Central Region
(Columbia)
Kiwanis Lake Central Region
(Mexico)
McKay Park Lake Central Region
(Jefferson City)
Chaumiere Lake Kansas City Region
(Kansas City)
Coot Lake Kansas City Region
(James A. Reed Memorial WA)
Fountain Bluff Sports Complex Kansas City Region
(Liberty)
Liberty Park Pond Kansas City Region
(Sedalia)
Plover Lake Kansas City Region
(James A. Reed Memorial WA)
Spur Pond Northeast Region
(Kirksville)
Everyday Pond Northwest Region
(MO Western State University, St. Joseph)
Rotary Lake Southeast Region
(Jackson)
Boathouse Lake St. Louis Region
(St. Louis)
Carp Lake St. Louis Region
(St. Louis County)
Island Lake St. Louis Region
(St. Louis County)
January-Wabash Park Lake St. Louis Region
(Ferguson)
Jefferson Lake St. Louis Region
(St. Louis)
Koeneman Park Lake St. Louis Region
(Jennings)
Lakes 21 and 28 (August A. Busch CA) St. Louis Region
(St. Charles County)
Lakes 3, 22 and 23 (August A. Busch CA) St. Louis Region
(St. Charles County)
O'Fallon Park Lake St. Louis Region
(St. Louis)
Tilles Park Lake St. Louis Region
(St. Louis County)
Vlasis Park Lake St. Louis Region
(Ballwin)
Walker Lake St. Louis Region
(Kirkwood)
Wild Acres Park Lake St. Louis Region
(Overland)

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Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

Barren Fork Creek Map

A map of the Barren Fork Creek area. More

Bennett Spring Trout Park and the Niangua River Map

Area map of the Bennett Spring Trout Park and the Niangua River. More

Blue Springs Creek Map

A map of of the Blue Springs Creek area. More

Capps and Crane Creeks Map

Maps of Capps Creek and Crane Creek areas. More

Eleven Point River Map

A map of the Eleven Point river area. More

Hickory Creek and Roubidoux Creek Map

Downloadable maps of the Hickory Creek and Roubidoux Creek areas. More

Lake Taneycomo Map

A map of the Lake Taneycomo area. More

Maramec Spring Park and the Maramec River Map

An area map of Maramec Spring Park and the Maramec River. More

Mill Creek, Little Piney Creek, Spring Creek and Stone Mill Spring Branch Map

Area map of Mill Creek, Little Piney Creek, Spring Creek and Stone Mill Spring Branch. More

Montauk Trout Park and Current River Map

Map of Montauk Trout Park and the Current River area. More

North Fork of the White River Map

A map of the North Fork of the White River area in .pdf format. More

Roaring River Trout Park and Roaring River Map

A map of the Roaring River Trout Park and the Roaring River areas. More

St. Louis Winter Trout Program

Including rules and regulations, this handy, print-and-carry brochure shows you when and where to find the best winter trout fishing in the St. Louis area. More

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