Flooding force trout into southwest Missouri river
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Recent flooding in southwest Missouri has resulted in a boom for anglers.
The flooding forced trout out of a large hatchery pool site into areas along a popular trout stream.
The Springfield News-Leader reports flooding closed the Roaring River State Park in Barry County for two days earlier this month.
Roaring River trout hatchery manager Paul Spurgeon said when the flood hit, some of the big trout at the hatchery pool, which is off limits to anglers, were washed out of the pool into the river, where fishing is permitted.
Spurgeon said several thousand trout likely washed into the river. But no fish were lost from the hatchery pens.
Roaring River is where the Missouri record rainbow trout - an 18-pound, 1-ounce fish - was caught in 2004.