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Cold Temperatures Keep Some at Home on Trout Day

Avid anglers woke up early Sunday morning to take part in Missouri Tradition. With opening day of trout season falling on a Sunday this year, officials at one state trout park had hoped for a near-record turnout. KSMU's Benjamin Fry reports.

Roaring River State Park near Cassville is one of four hotspots for reeling in the lunkers in Missouri.

Park officials were hoping that a weekend kickoff this year would draw over 3000, close to the record set back in 1981.

But Roaring River hatchery manager Jerry Dean says cold temperatures kept that number closer to 2000.

"The snow kind of changed things for us, and I think held people back, but fishing was terrific and it turned out to be a really good opener," Dean said.

But that didn't stop the trout from coming out.

Dean says the water temperature there is regulated, so the temperature above the surface does not affect how much the fish bite.

Trout season in Missouri lasts through the end of October.

For KSMU News, I'm Benjamin Fry.

Junior and Clarice Stephens officially start the trout season at 6:30 at Roaring River State Park. The couple from Olathe, Kansas were also honored with the first fishing tages. They've been coming to opening day since 1974. Many staked out a spot by the river well before the season officially opened. Beth Brown rings up a fishing tag. With the season opener on a Sunday, park officials expected near record turnout. But cold temperatures and snow cover kept many at bay. Ahead of opening day, the river was stocked with about 10,000 trout.