Where to go

Discussion in 'Trout & Fly Fishing' started by riverbottomhunter, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. riverbottomhunter

    riverbottomhunter Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Chariton Co.
    I haven't been trout fishing for probably 13 or 14 years. I was wanting to get away sometime this summer and go, but I don't really know where. Before I have been to Bennit Springs & Roaring River. Bennit Springs was a little too crowded for my liking b/c I am not a very good trout fisherman and Roaring River is a pretty long drive from where I live. I will probably be going during the week & would like a place shere I could camp close to the stream and not be crowded. Any suggestions.
     
  2. Keith

    Keith New Member

    Dec 13, 2002
    Springfield, MO.
    It has been even longer for me. Last time I went we used canned corn and we all limited out. Think that is a no no know. I want to go again too.
     

  3. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    Buford lodge on the white river, 15 miles east of Meeker Colorado. j/k

    Yea.. I havent been for some time in missouri. Last time I went I went to Montauk and did fairly well.
     
  4. BIG OL AL

    BIG OL AL New Member

    Oct 1, 2003
    High Ridge MO
    I always wanted to float the 11 point river. Heard there is some good native trout in that river. I do not know much about it, I really never looked in to it.
    There is a place in Arkansas that is supposed to be really good but can not remember the name of it. But that would be a long drive too. Then you would also have to fork out the $$$ for out of state fishing licsense. Buford Lodge sounds familiar.
    You could camp on the Current river and fish the trophy trout area. Cedar grove used to have some camping sites, but you would probably only find a spot during the middle of the week. The weekends will be crowded no matter where you end up. Good luck on your quest. Sorry I couldn't be anymore help.
     
  5. doepee

    doepee Senior Member

    744
    Sep 17, 2004
    STL
    If you are going during the week the crowds are usually not too bad. Montauk has some nice campsites very close to the stream.
     
  6. riverbottomhunter

    riverbottomhunter Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Chariton Co.
    Where is Montauk located in the state? Are you allowed to wade in the stream? I know you are are bennit, but when I went to roaring river they didn't allow it.
     
  7. Roscoe Dog

    Roscoe Dog Active Member

    Apr 15, 2003
    Maryland Heights,Mo
    Montauk is just south of Salem. It's a nice place to camp. The weekends it gets a little crowded but during the week its not bad. You can wade it.
     
  8. oneshot 1

    oneshot 1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    Ozarks
    If you don't mind a bit of a drive you could camp at Lead Mine CA.Then drive over to Barclay CA.Fish on the river.Or pay to Camp on down the river and fish it.

    oneshot
    :D The Big Grin likes the Arkansas River in Colorado
     
  9. Hannibal

    Hannibal Senior Member

    Dec 30, 2004
    Greene county
    if it was me riverbottom i would go rent a canoe at Jadwin canoe rentals and float the trophy trout stretch from below mantauk to cedargrove, easily floated in a day, float a few hours, pick a nice gravel bar and camp, wade fish all you want, no bait, lure restrictions are in place also. go durring the week and the river will be yours. get in the water as early as you can, small crank baits, black rooster tails with gold blades, 4 pound test, light rod, and be quite while you float, pull over and fish the fast water dont just float on through. these are tried and true recommendations
     
  10. riverbottomhunter

    riverbottomhunter Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Chariton Co.
    Would it be possible to fish mantauk without getting a canoe? Ever thing I had heard about this place is it is great fishing and very few people during the week. Would it be possible to get into some good fishing near a campsite along the river?
    Thanks for everyones help.:wave:
     
  11. 90acres

    90acres Senior Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    Wardsville
    RBH, Montauk is a park. No canoe's are allowed. You can wade the entire park in several hours. Trout tag required, no stamp. Stocked daily, few fishermen during the week. Limit of 4 fish, only 1 can be brown and it must be 15" or bigger. Fly, lure, and bait sections. Camp in the park and start anywhere.
    The Current River runs through Montauk. Fishing below the state park requires a trout stamp. You could camp at Montauk and wade the Current River for a stretch. Canoe not necessary.
     
  12. Hannibal

    Hannibal Senior Member

    Dec 30, 2004
    Greene county
    you can camp in the park, and fish 2 miles of river, alot of folks go just below the park and wade the river. no canoe necessary. in the park you will need their tag, in the river just a trout stamp. make sure you know the regs in the park and the river. dont go from the park carryin a stringer with 10 inch trout into the river where you would be illegal with that small of fish ect.
     
  13. riverbottomhunter

    riverbottomhunter Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Chariton Co.
    Does anyone know how crowded Bennet Springs is during the week?
    So far it looks like Montauk would be the best bet for me. Like I said before I'm just looking for a place that won't be too crowded during the week to do a little camping and fishing before I go off and get married in August.
     
  14. riverbottomhunter

    riverbottomhunter Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Chariton Co.
    I just heard of another place. Has anyone ever fished Maramec St Park? If so how was the fishing, camping and crowds?
     
  15. BIG OL AL

    BIG OL AL New Member

    Oct 1, 2003
    High Ridge MO
    Meramac Springs (not to be confused with Meramac State Park) is a smaller park compared to Montauk & Bennett springs. It is located in St. Jmaes MO. It also is normaly crowded. Most of the parks will be crowded on the weekends. And as the weather gets better the crowds will increase.
    I have never been to Wind Rush farms, but I have heard it is the place to catch BIG trout. I knew a guy that had a shadow box with two 7lb rainbows in it that he caught from Wind Rush. That was years ago so I can not tell you how good the fishing is now days. I will also tell you that it is very expensive!

    "There are two ways to fish here and that is what our fee structure is based upon. If you want to fish for fun and release what you catch we charge $35.00 for the day. If you want to keep what you catch we charge $3.95 per pound with a $35.00 minimum fee. We clean and package the fish for you. Tasty. Prices subject to change without notice. "

    Here is a link. WindRush Trout Stream
     
  16. stocker

    stocker New Member

    307
    Feb 7, 2006
    Montgomery City, MO
    Bennett is not to crowd during the week right now, it will pick up around the end of april to middle of may. June and July are crowded all week. The weekends will always be crowded.
    For the last 10 yrs I take vacation the last week of March and go to bennett. The crowd is not bad on weekends and very few people during the week then. Plus the stream is ussually in good shape and the big ones are still there and not shy. Bad part is the weather is so unpredictable then.

    I think I will set up camp next saturday in warm weather and wake up to snow sunday. lol
     
  17. riverbottomhunter

    riverbottomhunter Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Chariton Co.
    I think we finally decided to go to Bennit the week before Memorial Day in May. Just hopefully the weather will cooperate with us. Do they have a camping area for tents or do they have cheap cabins to stay in. If I rember right the only time I was there ( probably 12 years ago) we stayed in some type of cabin.
     
  18. RB.

    RB. Senior Member

    May 16, 2003
    warren county
  19. riverbottomhunter

    riverbottomhunter Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Chariton Co.
    It is still a coin flip as to where I will end up going. Are there any cheap cabins to stay in at Montauk, or do I get to go buy a new tent?
     
  20. Roscoe Dog

    Roscoe Dog Active Member

    Apr 15, 2003
    Maryland Heights,Mo
    There is Reeds cabins just out of the park. Also there are cabins at Montauk. Call first because they can fill up but during the week it should be ok.