Missouri Trout Hunter

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Friday, March 24, 2006

One Year After the New Trout Regulations

It's been a year since the new trout regulations have gone into effect. Judging from the fishing reports that have been submitted recently, it sounds as if the fishing has changed somewhat in response.

The regulations were changed in order to spread the harvest among more fishermen and to improve the chances of catching true trophies, but the instigator of regulation changes was most certainly drought conditions adversely effecting the state's hatchery output. The Missouri Department of Conservation found itself fighting a losing battle, and they needed to ensure that a higher percentage of the state's trout would be caught more than once.

We're anxious to hear your opinions about how the new regulations have changed things. Better, worse, same, or just different. Time for you to sound off.


Anonymous Michael said...

The change did not affect me. I rarely keep a fish anyway.

If conditions improve for the hatcheries, I'de like to see them keep the limit to four.

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

I'd say the only ones upset by the regulations are the meat hunters. They have five clips on their stringer and that last one always looks so lonely!!!

7:20 AM  
Blogger Mark Frederick said...

With three new zones, I believe the regulations are more user friendly. The conservation department has posted many many signs along the waterways identifying the zone regulations. The signs are color coded and very well aranged to educate fisherman. Any first time fisherman to the area has everything they need know before they step into the water. Good Work. I do believe this will and is producing larger fish.

As far as the trout parks, I have not fished them yet, but I did go to the current river below montauk. After the fishing trip, me and my fishing buddy checked out the hatcheries. I'm 21 and its still fun to feed some giant trout in the hatcheries.(is that sad??) There was a conservation worker their and we asked him which pool was the stocking pool for the next day. He pointed to a run that contained some very nice fish averaging at least 14 in. If he was telling the truth, I do think that the new regulations have given the Park fisherman an almost guaranteed catch of a large fish. This is really great especcially for a first timer. In fact, I have planned a Montauk trip when school get out. I can't can't to test my theory.

If I had to grade the effects after 1 year, I would rate the zones (RED,Blue,White) a "B" only because I think they need more time to really produce. I would rate the trout parks an "A" because larger fish apeal to all fisherman, and new commers having their first trout being a large one will definitly "hook" them into joining the trout fishing sceen.

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew! Stop picking on your brother! I will turn this blog around right now!

Edgy comment, but still funny. Definitely, the first effects are felt on those that like to take home their limit of fish. After a year, though, I'm wondering if the average weight of a limit of fish has increased proportionately. If 5 fish weight 5 pounds last year, how much do 4 fish weight today?

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

A+ for effort so far, only because I haven't been out on the current since october.

As far as in the parks go, I think it's gotten better, but I'm not sure the limit has as much to do with it as allowing the stream to be a bit more natural, and not dredging a bunch of big slow holes. My experience in the parks is pretty much the flywater at Montauk.

4:05 PM  

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