NEOSHO, Mo. — Monday, March 1, 6:30 AM the Neosho Fire Siren sounded on the Spring Street Bridge in Morse Park, marking the official kickoff of the Missouri trout, catch-and-keep season in Newton County. March 1 is also unofficially the beginning of Spring for many outdoors folks. 

This is the second annual event on Hickory Creek in Neosho, 1 of 7 events in Missouri. Other locations comparable that are in Missouri state parks are; Bennett Spring State Park 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 according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

A valid Missouri Fishing License and Missouri Trout Stamp are required to Trout fish in Hickory Creek. Both can be purchased online from the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website. Each angler can keep four trout.

Don’t worry about bringing lunch. Beginning at 10:30 AM there will be hamburgers and hot dogs for sale.

Missouri’s catch-and-keep trout fishing season officially begins at 6:30 a.m. Monday, March 1. To learn more click here to their Q&A on the web.

Missouri State Parks and the Missouri Department of Conservation are encouraging trout anglers to buy their fishing permits ahead of time. Permits can be purchased from numerous vendors around the state, online at or through the MDC free mobile app — MO Fishing — available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices.


Monday morning on the Spring Street Bridge over Hickory Creek at 6:30 AM Neosho Mayor Carmen Allen will welcome everyone as the Neosho Fire Department will sound a siren at Morse Park, opening trout fishing season!

Click here for Google Map directions from your location to Morse Park where they will sound the horn Monday.

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.

What makes it special is just upstream is the historic Neosho Fish Hatchery. It is the oldest fish hatchery in the United States operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, established in 1888.

By John J. Brice – Brice, John J. (1898) Manual of Fish-Culture, Based on the Methods of the United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries, Report of the Commissioner (United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries), 1896/1897, Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, Public Domain,

Here are some important links!