SEDALIA, Mo. – Rainbow trout fishing is a winter tradition in Sedalia. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on Nov. 1 stocked 1,300 trout in the city’s Liberty Park Pond. This angling opportunity is a partnership between MDC and the Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department.
The trout were raised at MDC’s Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery. A few lunkers are added from brood stock no longer needed at the hatchery. The winter trout program offers MDC a chance to partner with cities and counties to offer anglers close-to-home fishing opportunities.
Trout are not native to Missouri. But in winter, when the water is cold enough and holds sufficient oxygen to support trout, selected lakes and ponds in urban areas are stocked to provide close-to-home trout fishing.
Anglers with a valid Missouri fishing permit can fish for the trout on a catch-and-release basis at Liberty Park Pond until Feb. 1. Starting Feb. 1, anglers with valid fishing permits and a trout permit may keep up to four trout. 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.
Information about fishing at Liberty Park Pond is available by calling MDC’s Sedalia Office, 660-530-5500. For more information on trout fishing throughout Missouri, visit http://mdc.mo.gov.