Maramec Spring Park


Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass are proven stocking combination that provides both food and sport-fishing. When stocked in this order and properly managed, these species provide great fishing and good eating.

Area Information

Driving directions: Six miles southeast of St. James on Highway 8.

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The Maramec Spring Park 2024 trout season will provide good fishing opportunities with the daily stockings of rainbow trout from March 1 through October 31. 

Fishing is allowed in the Maramec Spring Branch downstream from the fish sanctuary to the Meramec Red Ribbon Trout Management Area.  All artificial and natural baits are permitted in this zone. The daily limit at Maramec Spring Park is four trout with a fifteen-inch length limit on brown trout.  The statewide possession limit is 8 trout.

Every year Maramec Spring Park will host special events that provide anglers the opportunity to experience trout fishing. Kid’s Free Fishing Day will be held on May 18th.  This is a great opportunity for kids to come out and spend the day fishing at Maramec Spring Park. All children aged 15 and under fish for free.  A portion of the spring branch will be reserved as a special kid’s only fishing area.   This area will be marked with signs and will be patrolled to make sure that children are the only anglers fishing in that area. Children need to observe the zone regulations, length limits for brown trout, and daily limits. There will be volunteers to assist the kids and other activities for the children.

Other fishing events at Maramec Spring Park include the Statewide Free Fishing Days which are on June 8th and 9th. On these two days, no daily tag or fishing license is required to fish in the park.  Veteran's Fishing Day will be on Saturday, June 1st and Women’s Fishing Day will be on Saturday, September 7th.  Contact the hatchery for more information about these events. 

Anglers can catch and release trout during the winter fishing season.  Maramec Spring Park is open for catch-and-release fishing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the second Friday in November thru the second Monday in February seven days a week.  During the catch-and-release season, only flies may be used, and all fish must be released unharmed immediately.  Fishing is only allowed in the Maramec Spring Branch downstream from the fish sanctuary to the Meramec Red Ribbon Trout Management Area.

Driving Directions

6 miles SE of Saint James on Highway 8

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Maramec Spring Park in east-central Missouri

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