Montauk State Park, Salem, MO

Not only is Montauk peaceful but, did you know Montauk State Park produces over 1 million trout a year to release into the Current River? Production doubled as soon as they figured out a way to oxygenate the water more efficiently!

I love visiting the hatchery. It becomes a feeding frenzy when they think you have something for them.  I always saw strange boxes in the canals but there was never anyone around to ask about them until this year. 

Turns out they were sorting boxes. Scoop fish up. Put fish in. Little fish slide through the bars. Big fish get put in holding box for release into the wild.

I get my fishing pole and catch a brown trout two inches long………