RAYMORE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the city of Raymore are offering trout anglers a new option this winter. MDC on Jan. 18 stocked more than 1,300 rainbow trout in the city’s Johnston Lake.
MDC and Raymore recently signed a new Community Assistance Program contract to split costs for winter trout stocking. Under the program, MDC will also assist with future improvements at the lake including a fishing dock, restroom and fishing pier. Johnston Lake is located in Raymore on Johnston Parkway one-half mile north of Missouri 58 in northern Cass County.
MDC’s Community Assistance Program helps provide close-to-home fishing opportunities in public lakes managed by cities and counties. Expertise is also provided for improving fish habitat and managing fish populations. Fish are stocked at some lakes.
Also on Jan. 18, MDC stocked trout at Kansas City’s Chaumiere Lake in the Northland and at Liberty’s Fountain Bluff Sports Complex. Trout are also stocked during winter in some lakes at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit.
Trout require cold, clear water and are not native to the Kansas City area. But winter temperatures cool lakes and enable them to support trout. MDC stocks trout in urban lakes to give anglers additional opportunities to catch a fun, good-eating fish close to home.
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.
The most up-to-date information on MDC’s winter trout stockings in the KC Metro Area is available by calling the trout hotline at 816-525-0300, ext. 4001.