Trout tag sales down slightly this year

By: 
STEVE SMITH SSMITH@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Trout fishing season came to end for the year Tuesday at Bennett Spring State Park. 
This year’s season was busy, but numbers were down some from the previous year, according to Bennett Spring Hatchery manager Ben Havens.
On Tuesday, the last day of the season, Havens said the season was shaping up to be a big one, with about 135,500 tags issued.
“That numbers down just a little from last year,” he said. “We had 139,000 last year, that was best year we’ve had in tag sales since 2010. This year was still one of the better years we’ve had in recent history.”
Havens said the numbers may have declined because of the spring flooding in the area.
“We had a flood in May and the Ozarks took a beating in that rainstorm we had,” he said. “Bennett Spring was spared as far as having any damage, fish loss or anything like that, but we did have off-color water for quite a while after that, and people’s lives were kind of disrupted. I wouldn’t say that event led to us being down solely, that was just one of many contributing factors.”
Havens said Weather also plays a big role in getting people to come out and fish.

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