NEOSHO, Mo. (Morse Park) — Sunday morning, 6:30 AM, the horn sounded! Marking the official kickoff of the Missouri trout catch and keep season. March 1 is unofficially the beginning of Spring for many outdoors folks.
This is the inaugural event along Hickory Creek in Neosho, 1 of 7 events in Missouri. Other locations comparable that are in state parks are; Bennett Spring near Lebanon, Roaring River State Park near Cassville and Montauk State Park near Salem. Hickory Creek is just like the others, stocked with rainbow trout. See in our live video as anglers are already reeling them in.
“Tomorrow (Monday) they will be restocking the creek with rainbow trout,” Kenny Balls of Neosho Parks tells us. He also showed us along Hickory Creek in Morse Park all the work that has been done since summer 2019 extensive flooding.
“We are clearing out all the low hanging trees and brush from along the banks to it’s more accessible to fishing. Fly fishermen really need that space. But we’ll be sure to keep these large shade trees along the creek. Rainbow trout need the water to be about 78 degrees.”
A $10 trout permit is also needed if you want to keep any trout. An additional trout permit is not needed for catch-and-release trout fishing.
According to the City of Neosho; “Neosho Mayor Bill Doubek will mark the occasion from a Neosho Fire Department Engine Siren at the Spring Street Bridge [over Hickory Creek] at Morse Park (Helicopter Location).
Anglers of all ages are welcomed. Any Missouri resident age 16-64 must purchase a fishing permit unless they qualify for any of the exemptions. Click here for the exemptions.“
Here are some important links!
- Click here for FISHING PERMIT information and online purchasing.
- Make it easy and download the MO FISHING APP. Click here for details and how to download.