MDC stocks trout for winter fishing at Sedalia

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SEDALIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in cooperation with the Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department stocked 1,300 rainbow trout at Sedalia’s Liberty Park Pond on Nov. 1. The pan-sized trout are part of MDC’s urban winter trout fishing program, which gives anglers close-to-home fishing opportunities.

The trout stocked for winter fishing are 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 fishing in community lakes.

Trout are not native to Missouri. They have been introduced to the cold, spring-fed, streams of southern Missouri. 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