OPENING DAY: Anglers flocked to Bennett Spring for a chance to catch a lunker

Opening Day of trout season

LDR photo/Kelly Morgan
The dam at Bennett Spring State Park was a prime spot for trout fishing on Opening Day Wednesday. Anglers lined the dam throughout the day as they tried to catch the elusive lunkers.


Following on the heels of a mild February, Wednesday proved to be a warm, sunny day  for anglers to kick off the start of trout season at Bennett Spring State Park.
By about noon on Opening Day the park store had sold 1,235 adult tags and 75 children’s tags.
Near the dam, a mix of anglers from across Missouri — and from out of state — were plying their fishing skills.
George Tiffany, 15, of Florissant, said that he has been coming to Bennett Spring with his father since he was two years old, but this was his first time to be present for the opening whistle.
“It was awesome,” Tiffany said. “I’ve always been wanting to do it. My dad told me all the stories. He went with his dad. So... it was fun.”
Tiffany admitted that it was a little cold earlier in the morning, but he said that the experience was “definitely” worth it. 
“Trout fishing is always worth it,” he stated.
Tiffany said that he likes being outside, meeting new people and hearing their stories, and catching fish.
“Bennett Spring State Park is the best park there is for trout fishing,” he said.
Centralia resident Leslie Creel is another veteran angler who was experiencing Opening Day for the first time. Creel said that her husband had always wanted to fish on Opening Day, and they decided to try it this year because the forecast called for mild weather.
“We got out here about 6 a.m. this morning,” she stated. “We were sitting in the water waiting, and we had our spots picked out and (were) waiting for the whistle at 6:30 a.m.”
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