Rainbows & Browns
Getting to Know Missouri's Trout
The Missouri Department of Conservation stocks rainbow trout and brown trout in suitable areas. Rainbow trout are native to mountain streams on the Pacific slope of North America, whereas brown trout are native to Europe. About 2 million rainbow and brown trout are stocked in Missouri waters each year.
Trout thrive in water that is both cold and highly oxygenated. This is why four of our hatcheries are established near large coldwater springs, and the fifth, Shepherd of the Hills, receives cold water from the bottom of Table Rock Lake.
Missouri's rainbow trout population includes two different genetic strains. The Missouri strain spawns in the early fall and originates from fish brought to Missouri in 1880 from California's McCloud River. Another strain spawns in late winter to early spring. Compared to rainbows, brown trout are relatively wild and hard to raise. Brown trout broodstock are collected every fall from Lake Taneycomo and spawned at Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery.
Erected by Missouri Department of Conservation.
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Location. 37° 57.338′ N, 91° 31.934′ W. Marker is near St. James, Missouri, in Phelps County. Marker is on Maramec Spring Drive, on the right when traveling west. Marker is in Maramec Spring Park, off Missouri Highway 8. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21880 Maramec Spring Drive, Saint James MO 65559, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Paying for Trout (a few steps from this marker); Suspension Railroad Drop Bucket (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Anchony-Chaffery Hammer (about 300 feet away); Wagon Rim Shaper (about 400 feet away); Bloomery Forge Trip Hammer (about 400 feet away); "Dunmoor" Lintels (about 400 feet away); Two-Wheeled Charcoal Barrow (about 400 feet away); Furnace Shelter (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. James.
Also see . . .
1. Maramec Spring Fish Hatchery. (Submitted on October 15, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Maramec Spring Park. (Submitted on October 15, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 15, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on October 13, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.