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February 21, 2014

More than 2,500 anglers expected for Opening Day

CASSVILLE, Mo. — As has been the tradition for decades, trout season will kick off at 6:30 a.m. March 1 at Roaring River State Park with a shot fired from a starter’s pistol.

Longtime volunteer Leo Steinbrecher has been awarded the honor of firing the shot, according to assistant hatchery manager Brad Farwell.

Steinbrecher, who has fished for 50 years, including 35 at Roaring River State Park near Cassville, has volunteered for 20 years at Kids Fishing Day and has been active in helping youths learn to fly fish.

He also was born on March 1 and will turn 93 on Saturday.

Hatchery manager Paul Spurgeon anticipates a field of 2,500 to 2,600 anglers turning out to fish Saturday — a larger than normal Opening Day crowd because March 1 falls on a weekend this year. Hatchery personnel will stock the river in advance with 8,000 trout, including 100 lunkers.

The first tag will be awarded to the winner of an essay contest being held for area youths, who were asked to answer the question, “What does Roaring River State Park mean to you?”

The Globe will be covering the event on opening day with live coverage online at, and via social media at and on Twitter @JoplinGlobe, and in the March 2 print edition.


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