Stocked Regularly

Premier Trout Fishing

Roaring River is known for its premier trout fishing. The river is stocked regularly by the park’s hatchery, which is managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Fishing licenses and tags are available in the Park Store (located at the intersection of Misouri 112 and State Highway F), which also sells fishing equipment, tackle, camping supplies, groceries and souvinirs. The park also has a cleaning station for the convenience of the anglers.

The Fishing Permits, Seasons and Regulations and Fishing Report are provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. In the Fishing Report, Roaring River is listed under Trout Areas.

Three Zones to Choose From

Trout Fishing Regulations

Roaring River State Park is divided into three zones each with the following bait or lure and creel restrictions.

Zone 1

From the hatchery to the posted sign at the mouth of Dry Hollow Creek, only artificial lures, soft plastic baits and flies are permitted. An artificial lure is defined as a manufactured lure. Soft plastic lures include synthetic eggs, worms or grubs. Flies are a lure constructed on a single point hook of feathers, tinsel, chenille, yarn, fur, silk, rayon or nylon thread or floss, with or without a spinner. No putty-dough baits, other natural baits or foods may be used in this area.

Zone 2

From the posted sign at the mouth of Dry Hollow Creek to the old dam in the lower end of Campground 3, only flies are permitted. In the area of Zone 2 designated as catch-and-release only (from the posted sign at the mouth of Dry Hollow Creek to the posted sign below the bridge on State Highway F) trout may not be possessed and must be returned to the water unharmed immediately. This portion of Zone 2 is designated as a multiple-use area with wading and swimming allowed.

Zone 3

From the old dam to the park boundary, artificial lures, soft plastic baits, flies and natural or scented baits may be used. Natural and scented baits include live bait or any other substance designed to attract fish by taste or smell including dough, putty or paste-type baits.

Trout Fishing Hours

Beginning Time

Ending Time


6:30 a.m.*/7:30 a.m.**

6 p.m.*/7 p.m.**


7 a.m.

7:30 p.m.


6:30 a.m.

8:15 p.m.

June and July

6:30 a.m.

8:30 p.m.


7 a.m.

8 p.m.


7:30 a.m.

7:15 p.m.


7:30 a.m.

6:30 p.m.

* Central Standard Time
** Central Daylight Time

Catch-and-Release Season

Beginning Time

Ending Time

2nd Friday in Nov. through the 2nd Monday in February (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only)

8 a.m.

4 p.m.

For additional information, please call the park hatchery at 417-847-2430.

Trout Fishing Rules and Regulations

The Hatchery

Stream Stocked Daily

Managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the hatchery at Roaring River State Park is one of Missouri's oldest hatcheries, producing and stocking over 250,000 trout each year in the 1.6 miles of stream located in the park. Over 100,000 adults and children come to fish and enjoy the beauty of the daily stocked stream each year.

The Conservation Department stocks trout every evening from the day before the March 1 opener through Oct. 30. Tag sale estimates determine a daily stocking rate average of 2.25 fish per expected angler. Except on opening day, three fish are stocked for every expected angler. From March 1 to Oct. 31, the parks will collectively sell more than 400,000 tags and stock more than 900,000 fish. These fish will average about 12 inches long over the season, but some variation occurs. Dozens of lunkers weighing upwards of 3 pounds are stocked each year. A few tip the scales at more than 10 pounds!

Tipping the Scales

Lunker Board & Fishing Videos

These are only a few of the beautiful fish weighing in at 3lbs or more at Roaring River State Park!