Fishing Season: March 1 through October 31; Winter catch and release,weekends, Nov through Feb

Roaring River State Park - MO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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River Run Outfitters's Tip of the Week

Midges, copper Johns, hare's ear, mop fly will be some good choices. Ruby 2 midge, Lightning bug, and cerise San Juan worm.

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Map of Roaring River State Park

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River Run Outfitters

5-Day Outlook as of 10/4/22

Water is clear and low. Fishing is good

Techniques & Tips as of 10/4/22

Nymph fishing with copper Johns, pheasant tails, sow bugs, hare's ears and on the off colored days, the cerise worm will all work. With the sun out, try the Lightning bug or strip a holographic green crackleback

Local Species Available March 1 through October 31; Winter catch and release,weekends, Nov through Feb

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River Run Outfitters's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Cracklebacks green 12-16
Wooly Buggers olive, black 14-10
Adams N/A 20


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River Run Outfitters's Recommended Gear

Description: About Roaring River State Park

By the early 1900s, Roaring River had been discovered as an ideal place for fishing retreats. In 1928, Thomas Sayman, a St. Louis businessman, bought 2,400 acres surrounding the river and, within a month, donated the land to the state. Many of the park's existing facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, including some of the buildings that make up Camp Smokey, the park's organized group camp. Today, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources administers the park. Roaring River Spring originates in a deep canyon like gorge beneath a high cliff. A trickling flow of water falls from the bluff into a deep blue pool below, and an average of 20 million gallons of water gush from the spring daily. Young and old alike enjoy feeding and watching the fish in the spring pool. Roaring River, stocked regularly by the park's hatchery, which is managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, is known for its premier trout fishing. Fishing licenses and tags are available in the park store, which also sells fishing equipment, tackle, camping supplies and groceries. A daily tag is required and the stream is zoned in areas for legal fishing fishing tackle, i.e. flies, lures, and bait.

Nearest Airport:

Springfield Branson Regional, Springfield, MO


Blue winged olive, mayflies, caddis, tricos.

Best Time to Fish:

7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Best Stretch:

Any place in the park since the fishery is stocked daily in the spring, summer, and fall season. Winter season is catch and release only with artificial lures and fflies.

Best Access:

Most points along Roaring River are bank accessible. Handicapped areas are available in several places. A short section between the fish cleaning station and the bridge on Hwy F is designated for catch and release and wading. Wading is not allowed in some sections.