Strong turnout for annual Kidís Trout Fishing Derby at Stone Mill Spring
Wednesday, 01 March 2017
By Daphne Kampinga
Special to GUIDON

Saturday started off chilly but ended up being a perfect day for kicking off this year’s trout fishing season.

The annual Kid’s Trout Fishing Derby was held at Stone Mill Spring Recreation Area, located on the Mark Twain National Forest, adjacent to Fort Leonard Wood.

A young angler looks to an adult for advice as he fishes for trout Saturday during the annual Kidís Trout Fishing Derby at the Stone Mill Spring Recreation Area.
Boys and girls ages 2 to 15 lined the banks of the spring branch, focused on catching at least one of the more than 750 rainbow trout that had been stocked by the Missouri Department of Conservation prior to the event. Many of these kids had never fished at Stone Mill Spring before, and many had a fishing pole in their hands for the very first time.

Fishing started at 11 a.m. with the sound of a horn, followed by hundreds of baited hooks sailing through the air, cast by the kids from the shore into the water. It didn’t take long before the first few trout were hooked and landed with a big splash.

Even with the brisk weather, turnout was fantastic, and almost half of the anglers caught at least one or more trout, catching a total of approximately 200 trout.

Participants fish Saturday during the annual Kidís Trout Fishing Derby.
Orange tags had been attached to 20 of the stocked trout the day prior to the event. Six lucky participants caught one of these specially marked fish and turned the tag in for their choice of nearly two dozen special prizes, including games, T-shirts, and miscellaneous items necessary to stock a tackle box.

This annual, community event cannot be successfully organized and held without the help of many people, organizations and agencies. Among those contributing to this year’s derby were volunteers from the Air Force Detachment 1, 364th Training Squadron, as well as members of The Fallen Outdoors, who generously offered their time by helping to set up event facilities, help with the cooking and distribution of food, and most importantly, assisting and teaching young participants to be successful in their fishing endeavors. The derby was staffed by members of the U.S. Forest Service, the Missouri Department of Conservation; Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation and the Fort Leonard Wood Natural Resources Branch.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 March 2017 )