I agree that we should make the Blue Ribbon areas C&R and the areas below could be Trophy areas. Sadly, I think a lot of the big browns run up into the park and get caught by someone fishing with minnows and then they are gone.C&R.... It's not black and white. "Most" of the responders on this thread who are adamant about c&r are referring to trout. I applaud this. I'm 100% c&r on trout. Here in MO our "blue ribbon" waters limit anglers to the harvesting of 1 trout that is greater than 18" per day. This... I don't get. I try to tell people if you want to catch a 20" trout you have to let that 18" fish go.
I think that we are rather fortunate here in MO. We have four trout parks (three State run) that cater to those who want to harvest fish on a regular basis. They grow them, they release them, u can catch them then eat them. Me? I avoid fishing in the parks. There is too much better water to fish.
I also don't understand why treble hooks are allowed on the Blue Ribbon water.
Once in a while I go into the park to catch a few stockers when I get a hankering for some trout but that isn't very often.