Trout Fest: Celebrating Trout and Trout Fishing

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Trout Fest HeaderEnjoy free fishing at Bennett Spring State Park while taking in the Inaugural Trout Fest event.

Bennett Springs, Mo | May 21 – The inaugural Trout Fest is being held during Missouri’s Free Fishing Weekend (June 6 & 7) at Bennett Spring State Park. The purpose of the event is to celebrate trout fishing opportunities at Missouri State Parks, while highlighting the importance of conservation. 

The Department of Conservation is tagging 100 trout per day (200 total) and releasing them into the spring creek. Anglers who catch a tagged trout may bring their tag to the CFM booth to collect the prize attributed to that tag. We will have a large board outlining the prizes.

 Activities, Tents & Events

  • CFM Tent – The CFM tent will host the prizes to be given away for free to the anglers who catch tagged trout.
  • CFM Grill – CFM will be BBQing and selling sandwiches
  • Fly Tying Tent – The fly tying tent will host tiers working throughout the event for attendees to watch.
  • Seminar Stage – A series of seminars will be conducted throughout the weekend. A full seminar schedule will be released next week.
  • Outdoor Cooking Demonstrations – Cooks will be showcasing outdoor cooking techniques.
  • Fly Rod Casting Competition – A sponsored, competitive fly rod casting competition will occur Saturday. Prizes will be awarded to the best casters??
  • Movie Screening – An inflatable movie screen will show A River Runs Through It. A Trout Unlimited and CFM video will be screened prior to the movie.
  • Mark Van Patten Seminar – Mark Van Patten is offering a special, limited entry seminar.
  • Bluegrass Music – A live string band will be playing music throughout the weekend.

There is no cost to participate in any of the events for Trout Fest, including a limited space presentation by famed fly fisherman, Mark Van Patten.

Final details, including the seminar schedule, will be released next week. For more information, visit the event page at or email Emma

So bring your friends and family and get ready for a weekend of trout fishing, educational opportunities and an all around good time.


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