Roaring River State Park


Driving directions: Seven miles south of Cassville on Highway 112.

Annual Prospects Report

Driving Directions:

Seven miles south of Cassville on Highway 112.

Anglers can look forward to good fishing at Roaring River for both rainbow trout and limited numbers of brown trout. The park is divided into three zones: Zone 1 from the hatchery to the mouth of Dry Hollow Creek is flies, artificial lures, and soft plastic (scented or unscented) bait only; Zone 2 from the mouth of Dry Hollow Creek to the old dam in the lower campground is flies only; Zone 3 is from the old dam in the lower campground to the park boundary and flies, artificial lures, soft plastic bait, and natural or scented bait may be used. The winter catch-and-release season will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday through Monday from the second Friday in November through the second Monday in February. Trout will be stocked periodically throughout the winter catch-and-release season. Winter catch-and-release fishing is open from the first hole adjacent to the hatchery to the bridge below the old dam in the lower campground. Roaring River State Park will host two Kid's Fishing Days during this year. These will be on Saturday, May 14 and Saturday, August 20. These events are free to children age 15 and younger. An area of the stream will be reserved for kids, and numerous trout will be stocked throughout the day. Volunteers will be on hand to assist kids with rigging, baits, tackle, etc. There will be various contests and drawings for prizes. Free classes related to fishing and the outdoors will be offered, and prizes will be awarded by a large drawing to kids who attend at least three classes during the event. Free hot dogs, chips, and soda will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Downstream of the park, Roaring River Conservation Area provides additional opportunity for anglers to pursue trout. There is a good population of trout in the lower section of Roaring River below the park, with a density of about seventy trout per mile. Look for pools and current breaks such as boulders, trees/rootwads, and outside bends where trout tend to congregate. The water is usually very shallow and clear and the trout are very wary. Light line and approaching good habitats carefully is usually necessary for success.

Latest Report

Kids Fishing Day is this Saturday August 20th; Cracklebacks, Adams, beetles, ants, hoppers, and caddis flies are all good right now; leaders are 9' with 6X or 7X tippets; fish are still being caught on nymphs, pheasant tails, copper johns, black, brown, and gray zebra midges, sow bugs, burlaps, hares ears, and small prince nymphs; glo balls, San Juan worms, black, brown, olive, and tan buggers and leeches work well most of the day, fish are still being caught on the baby buggers in the same colors; plastic eggs and worms are still catching lots of fish, orange, orange/white, cheese, white, and fluorescent yellow have all been good; spinnerbaits are still working in the early mornings black, brown, white, olive, and skunk have all been working well; jig fisherman are really doing well right now, the water is good for sight fishing and the jig fisherman are catching trout on olive, black, brown, white, and tan; if you are using Micro Jigs, tan, olive, and black/yellow have been the best colors; Zone 3 is fishing good on white or orange Power Bait paste; corn, nightcrawlers, and natural eggs have also been working.

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Roaring River State Park


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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.

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.