I compare it to giving a farmer 4 bucks to go shoot a few of his chickens.... but I have to admit, it's a great place to get kids into fishing. They get an opportunity to learn a few life lessons there too...
I see, it's kinda like Black Friday trout fishin'.
Kinda, however Im usually at that park ON the real black Friday and there usually aren't more then a dozen people in the whole park haha.
Trout fishing in MO is two completely different scenes. The first is the shoulder to shoulder trout park, powerbait catch 4 to eat then go back to sleep crowd ( which is a BUNCH of people ). the second is the much smaller group who use the trout parks for the camp grounds, then venture out to the waters surrounding and outside of the parks for "Western" ( ie. decent sized water, boat is helpful but wading works, you see maybe another person all day...maybe ) styled trout fishing, which also has a even smaller sub category of waters that don't have camp grounds close and are tiny pocket waters with wild reproducing rainbows that are tiny little jewels. Im the latter of the 2.
I wasn't knocking your state's trout fishing Geoff. Not at all as I know you have some nice streams down there. The folks in the park look like they are having fun, and they are kinda outdoors lol. That's what fishing is about, no matter how you find your pleasure in it. I don't know about MO, but Iowa's urban stocking program is what keeps the stocking program somewhat solvent. They dump a thousand trout is some of or lakes (big ponds) and its shoulder to shoulder. Not my thing, but what a great idea to get kids catchin a few rainbows on the ol snoopy pole. If Iowa had to depend on fly fishermen's trout stamp sales alone, it would be game over for the stocking program in a season.
I know you weren't, but its ok if you do, I mock it constantly! haha
we do the same thing here, stock trout in the urban lakes/ponds in the winter. The opening day crowd is something.....some have fun, some are very bitter/angry about getting "their" spot. The wild areas are where its at.
...some are very bitter/angry about getting "their" spot. The wild areas are where its at....
Hey the guy has been fishing in "his spot" for 40 years. How hard is that for you to understand lol. Same thing goes on in Iowa. When I fish stocked streams (which is usually), I usually come a few days later and pick up their leftovers on the fly.
When I was down in Missouri a fellow down there wanted to take me fishing down on the meramec... He goes "you can start fishing when the horn sounds" I was like "wtf.. what horn"... It's like a race or something down there... *shakes head*
Needless to say... I went somewhere that didn't involve horns...
Due to the weather forecast, I decided not to go this year, but have been probably 20 out of the past 30 years. Opening day for me is more for the event itself than to catch fish. It's a great time to catch up with anglers who may only come down 1-2 times a year, but always make it for opening. Can't tell you the last time I was actually in the water for the opening whistle, or for any whistle for that matter, but it a pretty cool event to take in..
He goes "you can start fishing when the horn sounds" I was like "wtf.. what horn"...
There's a phenomena at the parks called a "whistle fish" or a "buzzer fish." A lot of people will catch a fish on the first cast when the whistle sounds. I haven't done it myself, normally because that little thing called a doze button means I'm still putting waders on or tying a fly on when the horn sounds.
I understand that they try to ween them from pellets with a diet of beetles and so forth, but they still are very much cued in on things hitting the water especially at first.
Another quirk: Trout park fish learn very fast. You'll often catch a few fish right in a row, and then it goes dead. Switch to a different fly, and you'll get the same thing.
A real challenge is trying to locate a lunker and getting him to hit. That fish has seen a huge number of flies and managed to make it to old age. There's some people who do it seriously and they are very skilled.