Weekend Angler: St. Louis
Maramec Spring Park is one of four state trout parks in Missouri. Lying just a couple of hours west of St. Louis, this spring creek offers antsy anglers a quick fix.
The park is owned by the James Foundation but the trout fishery is managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, which stocks 170,000 10- to 14-inch rainbows every year. Maramec Spring is Missouri's fifth largest, and a major tributary of the Meramec River.
The creek pumps an average 100 million gallons water of per day down its mile-long course before flowing into the main branch of the Meramec River. The spring also maintains a constant temperature of 56 degrees, creating an ideal trout habitat.
Maramec Spring is open daily from March 1 through October 31. There are no tackle restrictions. The spring gets hit hard every weekend from opening day through the summer, so wiser anglers should wait until the special winter season.
The winter catch-and-release season is restricted to artificial flies and i sopen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning second Sunday of February.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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