So in the last year I have found several spring creeks and rivers that are supporting trout. These places won't be found on a mo con list or in a book. They are hold overs from bygone era trout hatcheries and "failed" stockings of years long past. They surprise you at first then you begin to catch them fairly consistently. Small ones at first then by and by they start getting bigger and begin to peak interest. So you continue to pursue them through systematically breaking down the areas you firs find them. Then its a secret trout cache that only you know about. Then you begin adventuring further and further in search of the small pockets the reside in.
I have found a considerable concentration of rainbow trout ranging sizes in some places I wouldnt have thought. So I dug into why and how they got there. Its interesting to hear people and their recollections of how they showed up. Some say old hatcheries others that they were stocked by conservation in the sixties or before. Missouri is a wondrous place filled with surprise after surprise. . .