Elbow To Elbow
Weather could keep anglers from setting Missouri trout opener record
Sunday, March 1, 2009
SALEM, Mo. — When catch-and-keep fishing season opens at Missouri's four trout parks Sunday, anglers will have some new things and some old ones to celebrate.
March 1 always marks the start of the fishing year for thousands of anglers. This year's turnout is likely to be heavy because the opener falls on a Sunday, but snow on Saturday and a high in the upper 30s on Sunday could keep some away.
"Historically, Sunday openers have been our biggest days," said Hatchery Systems Manager James Civiello, with the Missouri Department of Conservation. "We have opening-day attendance records going back 50 years, and turnouts always are bigger when opening day falls on a weekend."
Weekend or not, weather also plays an important role in determining crowd size on opening day. The trout park attendance record occurred in 1992, when 14,947 anglers descended on the parks for a Sunday opener with beautiful weather.
"With good weather, I would expect to see upwards of 11,000 anglers at the four parks on opening day," said Civiello. "On the other hand, if it turns cold and rainy, that could hold down attendance."To read the rest of this article, please visit ESPN.com: