MDC’s first Blue-Ribbon Trout Slam underway, includes North Fork in Ozark County

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Trout Unlimited encourage anglers to test their fishing skills and pursue a Blue-Ribbon Trout Slam from Missouri’s nine blue-ribbon trout streams, including the North Fork of the White River in Ozark County.

“Missouri’s blue-ribbon trout streams are areas in the state where trout reproduce naturally,” explains MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson. “The fish are wary of predators, which makes for an authentic and challenging experience for anglers.”

The Blue-Ribbon Trout Slam honors anglers who catch a trout in at least five of MDC’s nine blue-ribbon trout streams:

Barren Fork Creek in Shannon County
Blue Springs Creek in Crawford County
Crane Creek in Lawrence County
Current River in Dent County
Eleven Point River in Oregon County
Little Piney Creek in Phelps County
Mill Creek in Phelps County
North Fork of the White River in Ozark County
Spring Creek in Phelps County

The Blue-Ribbon Trout Slam is divided into three levels:

Bronze: Catch a trout from five of the nine blue-ribbon trout areas and receive a certificate and bronze pin.
Silver: Catch a trout from seven of the nine blue-ribbon trout areas and receive a certificate and silver pin.
Gold: Catch a trout from all nine blue-ribbon trout areas and received a certificate, gold pin, and medallion.

All pins and medallions awarded to participants have been provided by Trout Unlimited.

Anglers need to possess a trout permit if they want to keep their trout. Trout of any size will qualify for the Blue-Ribbon Trout Slam, but trout under 18 inches must be released.

Anglers can complete a Blue-Ribbon Trout Slam entry form each time they catch a trout. They may also submit a picture of their trout if they wish, but it is not required.

Once participants accomplish one of the three Trout-Slam levels, MDC will verify their submissions and mail them their award. Additionally, anglers can have their successes listed on the MDC website.

Branson says, “This Trout Slam is a great new program that will encourage anglers to get outside and discover nature throughout the year.”

For more information on the Blue-Ribbon Trout Slam, click here.

To learn more about Missouri’s trout fishing areas, click here.

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