(Bennett Springs Park, Mo.--03/01/18) A parade of anglers waited at Bennett Springs State Fish Hatchery this morning as trout season kicked off.
The wait is finally over for fishermen as they gathered their buckets, ready to take them out for the start of Missouri's opening day which kicked off at 6:30 this morning.
Ben Havens, Manager, Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery, Missouri Department of Conservation. She tells FOX5,"Part of the elore is that we’ve waited all winter and it’s like first ripe of Spring to get out and to get outdoors.
Havens says there is a daily limit of four trout with a minimum length of 15 inches for a brown trout but there is no length restriction for rainbow trout.
"We as a hatchery work all season all 12 months of the year to raise these fish but the fisherman there’s a lot of times honor, traditions, and memories that they can make out here."
All along Bennett Springs Park, anglers waited patiently to catch some of the 5,000 fresh trout stocked for the event. And despite having heart issues this week, Mark McAdams didn't want to miss this opportunity.
"I had an event, incident where I had some heart issues so I go to the hospital Monday, Tuesday they put a stint in cause I told the doctor I got to get down here for March 1st cause there’s only one March 1st in a year so we made sure we got that done so we get down here and get to fishing," adds McAdams.
For McAdams, catching that prize winning trout isn't what fishing is about.
"It's just good times and we enjoy meeting all the other people also. And the fishing if you catch em that's just bonus part of it. Just being in the river, being outdoors."
While the competition is no doubt fierce, trout fishing on opening day is a much about family and tradition as anything.
Troy Henderson tells FOX5 "My dad brought me down as a kid and I’ve been coming down here ever sense and bringing my friend out there fishing and grandchildren."
Organizers say if you plan on trout fishing this season you have until October 31st.
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