There are two types of trout fishermen: those that have to be there for the March 1 opener, standing shoulder to shoulder with fellow fishermen, fingers numb from the cold, line frozen in their rod guides; and those that won’t have anything to do with it.

I started trout fishing about the time I started driving a car and have only missed a handful of opening days or opening weekends over the years.

The Missouri Department of Conservation manages four trout parks throughout the state: Roaring River, west of Branson; Bennett Spring, near Lebanon; Montauk, south of Salem; and Maramec Spring, south of St. James.

Every evening during the season these four parks are stocked with rainbow trout. There is a formula for determining the number of trout stocked in the stream for the next day’s fishing. It is based on how many fishermen they believe will show up.

With the push of a button Don Bauer (D&D Baits) fires a cannon that starts the opening of the 2015 trout season at Maramec Spring. From left to right, Chance Moore (MDC), St. James Mayor Dennis Wilson, Don Bauer, Ron Moreland, and Wesley Swee ( MDC).

With the push of a button Don Bauer (D&D Baits) fires a cannon that starts the opening of the 2015 trout season at Maramec Spring. From left to right, Chance Moore (MDC), St. James Mayor Dennis Wilson, Don Bauer, Ron Moreland, and Wesley Swee (MDC).

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