Meramec River - Red Ribbon Area (Hwy 8 to Scott's Fd)


Annual Prospects Report

Trout fishing in the Meramec River should be fair to good in 2019, depending on flood occurrence.  A dry, hot early summer in 2018 reduced water levels in the river, but a fair number of browns survived and are of legal size.  Brown trout stocking is scheduled for fall 2018 and early winter of 2019, and with normal water conditions, anglers can expect to catch good numbers and sizes of browns. Rainbow sizes remain similar to past years, with most fish being in the 11 to 15-inch range. Rainbow trout numbers will likely be higher in 2019 compared to the relative low seen in 2018. Trout of either species greater than 18 inches in length will remain rare. Trout numbers are typically greatest in the three miles of stream below the Maramec Spring confluence.  Most larger trout seek the overhead cover in runs or deeper pools with downed trees, boulders, and other structure that offer a resting place or forage base. When the river is crystal clear, using light fishing line is helpful to inducing a strike. Anglers can also expect to encounter fair numbers of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and rock bass in this area, around the numerous rootwads, submerged timber, and bluff faces.

Meramec River (Hwy 8 to Scott's Fd)


St. Louis



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From annual prospecting surveys