MDC Hosts Women’s Free Trout Fishing at Maramec Spring Park

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St. James, Mo. – Missouri is a great place to fish . . . especially for free in the crystal waters of one of the state's largest springs. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women of all ages to a free trout fishing event at Maramec Spring Park on Saturday, Sept. 12. Fishing will start at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 7:15 p.m. There is no fishing license or daily trout tag required for women during this free event.

A special area of the spring branch will be roped off for use by female anglers only.
Not only is the event free, but there will be 100 tagged prize fish stocked into the fishing area.

"It means 100 of the fish we stock will have a tag or mark," said MDC Maramec Spring Hatchery Manager Wesley Swee. When an angler catches one of these fish they can win an assortment of prizes, like a fishing rod, vest, t-shirt, coupons, and nets. "It's just an added bonus for the attendees," Swee explained.

To help newcomers discover the joys of trout fishing, fishing instruction will be provided. Informal instruction will be offered including basic trout fishing tactics, casting, cleaning and cooking your catch.

Men are welcome to fish the rest of the park below the women's fishing area, with the purchase of a daily tag. MDC encourages the whole family to come.

The Maramec Spring Hatchery is operated by MDC. Maramec Spring Park, which is owned and operated by The James Foundation, and can be reached by taking the I-44 "MO-8" exit at St. James, then travelling about six miles east on Highway 8. The park—just an hour-and-a-half drive from the metro St. Louis area—contains the fifth largest spring in the state, with an average water flow of 100 million gallons per day.

For more information, call (573) 265-7801 or on the web at