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 18 and Saturday, August 17. 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

the river is low for this time of year; the water is clear and visibility is good, the dry fly fishing is great; right now we are fishing dark wooly buggers, prince nymphs, copper johns, lightning bugs, small gold jigs, small thread jigs and brassies; large dry flies will take a few here and there; the fish are still reacting to a hopper or beetle; glo balls and the San Juan worms, in bright orange and red are also working; the water is normal and the use of Power Bait is recommended if you just want to catch a fast limit of trout, the orange, brown and white are all good in the eggs; if you are using the worms, the orange peel, black/yellow, John Deere green, electric chicken and cheese are all working; small gold spoons are really good if you fish them deep and slow; small spinners still work fine; jigs are catching fish, 1/32 and smaller are best, a few people have been catching trout on the white and olive micro jig; larger jigs are working best, in the darker colors, olive, black, black/yellow and dark brown have all been working well; in the clear water the use of 2-lb line is recommended; if you go into zone 3 nightcrawlers and minnows would be good choices, or any of the bright colored Power Baits should work.

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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.