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story.lead_photo.caption Blue-Ribbon Trout Slam awards anglers who catch trout in Missouri's blue-ribbon trout streams. (Courtesy photo)

The Missouri Department of Conservation 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.

Missouri's blue-ribbon trout streams are areas in the state where trout reproduce naturally, said Andrew Branson, the department's fisheries programs specialist. "The fish are wary of predators, which makes for an authentic and challenging experience for anglers," he said.

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

The streams are 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 and Spring Creek in Phelps County.

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 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.

For more information on the program visit https://mdc.mo.gov/troutslam.

Sports on 02/11/2020

Print Headline: Missouri creates blue-ribbon 'trout slam'

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