Anglers, take note: Autumn in Missouri offers some of the best fishing around. Thanks to our many creeks, rivers, streams and lakes, Missouri offers countless fishing opportunities. Whether you’re seeking that massive bass or just want to spend a relaxing day on the water, you’ll find your perfect fishing trip in the Show-Me State.
NOTE: Some Missouri State Parks have restrictions on campfires and open burning. Contained charcoal fires used for cooking, as well as gas and cook-top stoves, are allowed. Check the State Parks camping webpage or call ahead for updates.
Fall is spawning season for brown trout, and you’ll find plenty of these fish in the clear waters of Lake Taneycomo. Brown trout and rainbow trout make their home in this lovely lake, which borders the eastern and southern edges of Branson. Cast your line into the crisp water and get ready to brag about your amazing catch.
At Maramec Spring Park, abundant trout populate the cool waters of the Meramec River. Located six miles east of St. James, the park contains the fifth largest spring in Missouri. Facilities include a store, a cafe, shelters, campgrounds, and the ruins of the 1826 Maramec Iron Works. Although the park is privately owned, the trout area is administered and stocked by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Downstream from Meramec Spring Park, outside the park’s boundary, a favorite destination for avid trout fishermen (and women) is the designated Red Ribbon Trout Area on the Meramec River.
About eight miles west of Warsaw, Harry S Truman State Park welcomes park-goers with beautiful fall colors. The park’s location on a peninsula makes it a great fishing destination. Cast your line from the shore or set sail from the marina. In addition to fishing, Truman State Park provides a lovely place to hike, camp, nature watch and savor a picnic.
Graham Cave State Park, three miles outside the township of Danville, serves as a wonderful fishing destination and a fascinating trip back in time. People made their home in Graham Cave more than 10,000 years ago. Today, you can learn about these early inhabitants, thanks to the park’s excellent historical exhibits. Take a peaceful hike through the park and explore the mouth of the cave. The 386-acre park includes access to the Loutre River, for excellent fishing.
You know Branson features tons of world-class entertainment – but did you know this Missouri city is home to a world-class park? Find out for yourself when you visit Table Rock State Park. Take your camping gear, because you’ll want to spend plenty of time at this great natural getaway. The fishing is always exciting on Table Rock Lake. Also, this is an excellent lake to explore on a scuba dive. Everyone finds something to love at Table Rock State Park.