Montauk State Park


Driving directions: Montauk Fish Hatchery/Trout Park is inside Montauk State Park, southeast of Licking. From Highway 137 turn east on Route VV and go 10 miles to Highway 119. Turn right on Highway 119 and watch for signs.

Annual Prospects Report

Driving Directions:

Montauk State Park is located in Dent County, 22 miles southwest of Salem MO and 13 miles southeast of Licking MO.  From Salem, take Highway 32 west, 11 miles to Highway 119.  Take Highway 119 south, 11 miles to Montauk State Park.  From Licking MO, take Highway 32 east, 11 miles to Highway 119.  Take Highway 119 south, 11 miles to Montauk State Park.  

Anglers should experience good trout fishing at Montauk State Park during the 2016 March 1st through October 31st season due to the daily stocking of rainbow trout. The fish cleaning station continues to be very popular with anglers. This building is located on Hwy 119 between the parking lots along the spring branch, across from the Social Hole. Anglers can clean their catch and discard fish waste at the station. Fish waste is ground up and collected in underground tanks. The tanks are pumped out periodically and the fish slurry is applied as fertilizer for trees at the George O. White State Nursery in Licking, Mo. Although it is not required, it is provided as another option in addition to cleaning your fish in the stream.

The park is divided into three different zones: The catch-and -release area includes Montauk Lake and the section of stream below the lake raceways to the CCC spillway; the flies-only area includes the stream from Montauk Springs to the CCC Mill Dam on the main channel; and the natural and artificial bait area includes all of the spring branch below the CCC Spillway and the main channel below the CCC Mill Dam to the lower park boundary.

Anglers also have the opportunity to fish during the winter catch-and-release season from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, from the second Friday in November to the second Monday in February. Fishing is only permitted upstream from the old lower water bridge just below the handicap fishing pier in the campground.  Only flies may be used during the catch-and-release season.

There are several fishing events throughout the year. Tuesday, March 1st is Opening Day of the regular trout fishing season. March is also when the Men's and Ladies Trout Fishing Tournaments are held. Saturday, April 30th is the Spring Kid's Free Fishing Day. The Senior Citizen's Trout Fishing Tournament is held in May. Saturday and Sunday, June 11th and 12th are Free Fishing Days. In August is the Summer's End Kid's Free Fishing Day. Also in August is the Kid's Trout Fishing Tournament. September holds the Missouri Trout Fishermen's Association Tournament. In October is the 53nd Annual Rose Holland Trout Derby. Friday, November 11th is the opening of the winter catch-and-release trout season.

Latest Report

the river is running clear and normal for this time of year; the level is the same as last week and is currently at 1.35'; 4 lb. test fishing line or lighter is recommended; all colors of scented doughbaits work well in the bait zones; single hook Rooster Tails in olive, black, black and yellow, and black and white colors are good choices in all zones; cream thread jig, olive woolly bugger, root beer midge, and tube midges are good choices in the fly-only zone; the morning hours are the best times to fish but with the cooler temperatures fish can be caught throughout the day; September fishing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.; for up-to-date stream conditions check USGS water data website at

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Montauk State Park


Trout Parks


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Best Bets

From annual prospecting surveys

The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.

Due to the record number of flood events (six total) in spring, rainbow trout growth-rates at Department’s Montauk Hatchery near Licking have slowed during the late spring and early summer. Reduced growth rates are a response to the warmer, more turbid water conditions associated with flooding. As a result, anglers will notice a small and temporary reduction in the length of fish stocked at Montauk State Park and at Maramec Trout Park near St. James. With improving conditions, the size of fish stocked should return to normal lengths during August. Thanks to recent hatchery improvements and the hard work and dedication of staff at Montauk, the impacts to anglers will be minimal and short term.

The Conservation Department stocks trout in each of the trout parks 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.