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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.