Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently stocked rainbow trout at a Liberty park, a Kansas City park and in three lakes at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit. Rainbow trout require cool water year round and are not native to the metro area. But in winter, water temperatures drop and stocking trout provides a close-to-home opportunity for anglers.
At MDC’s Reed Area, Coot Lake and Plover lakes each received 2,000 pan-sized rainbow trout. Honker Pond, open to youth fishing only, received 200 trout. Anglers should be aware that these lakes will be closed to all activities including trout fishing during managed deer hunts Nov. 12-15 and Nov. 18-22.
A lake at the Fountain Bluffs Sports Complex in Liberty received 1,000 trout. The park is at is at 2200 E. Old 210 Highway, east of Missouri 291.
In Kansas City’s park system, MDC stocked 875 rainbows in Chaumiere Lake. That park and is near Interstate 35 and the intersection of North Cleveland Avenue and Northeast 43rd Terrace in Kansas City, North.
Anglers can catch rainbow trout with spinning, spin casting or fly fishing tackle. Small spinners, flies or scented baits are all effective lures for catching trout. But if a large fish breaks your line, don’t be surprised. A few lunker-sized trout were also stocked along with the pan-sized fish. The trout were raised at the MDC hatchery at Bennett Springs State Park.
Statewide trout fishing regulations apply. All Missouri residents over age 15 and under 65 must have a valid fishing permit, and all non-residents over age 15 must have a fishing permit. The daily limit is four trout. To keep trout, all anglers must have a Missouri trout permit.
Some lakes may be restocked with trout at future dates during winter.
A winter trout fishing hotline for the Kansas City metro area with updates on stocking is available at 816-525-0300, ext. 4001.
More information about trout fishing in Missouri is available at mdc.mo.gov.