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All about fishing for rainbow and brown trout in Missouri lakes and streams.

Trout fishing in Missouri

MO Trout Fishing Waters

Bull Shoals Lake and Lake Taneycomo are the only major lakes with a significant population of trout. Some MO streams, rivers and smaller lakes also have trout. This is primarily a bass fishing state but as you can see some very nice trout are caught out of Missouri waters.

Visit the Missouri Department of Conservation for information on trout and trout stocking in Missouri.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Missouri Record Trout

The Missouri state record brown trout was caught from Bull Shoals Lake and the state record rainbow trout was pulled from the Roaring River.

Additional trout fishing information

Trout Conservation

Fishing for trout in Missouri

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

MO State Record: 18 lbs 1 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

MO State Record: 28 lbs 12 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.


Learn the habits of trout

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Missouri waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

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