Main species present: rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass, suckers
The Roaring River in southwestern Missouri is a good trout stream in every way. It has its beginnings in Roaring River State Park, which is designated by the state as Trout Park. The first stretch of water, or zone 1, is supplied with rainbows daily from March 1 to October 31, and only artificial lures and flies are allowed. The second beat of the water, or zone two, is designated as a fly only, but the Missouri definition of a fly is fairly liberal, and some single-hook spinning lures are allowed, including single-hooked rooster tail spinners. hook and marabou insoles. Zone two is divided into a daily stored catch and catch section and a catch and release section. This catch and release section is well known for producing giant brown trout. The third section of water in Roaring River State Park is stored twice a week during the spring, summer, and fall, and is open to catch and hold all baits, lures, and flies. In total, Roaring River State Park has about two miles of streams, all of which contain trout.
Trout habitat doesn’t end at the lower end of the Trout Park. It then becomes a white ribbon trout area, which means it is stocked about once a month. Access to this section is from Trout Park and from the Roaring River Conservation Area. The White Ribbon area is known for having a lot of shallow water and no fish, but any good ponds and riffles you find will be home to plenty of rainbow trout, as well as some brown trout, and even the occasional killer or brook trout that may have migrated. from the tail water of Beaver Lake. Year-round trout water only extends about two miles below the park, but during the winter trout can be fished as far as the Roaring River is confined by Table Rock Lake, and even into the reservoir itself. The lower river is a good trout fishery at the beginning and end of the season, and offers good bass fishing in the summer. The Roaring River is a small stream, fifteen to twenty feet wide in most places. It is beautiful and productive even by the highest standards.