Sunday, November 29, 2015

MDC stocks rainbow trout at Kansas City area lakes

Stocked trout give anglers an additional winter outdoor option in the metro area
Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) annual winter trout fishing season is underway in the Kansas City metro area. Trout were stocked at four locations on Nov. 18.
   Three lakes were stocked at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area at Lee’s Summit. Coot Lake and Plover Lake each received 2,000 trout. Plus 14 lunker trout from the MDC Fish Hatchery at Bennett Spring were stocked in each lake. Also, 200 trout were stocked in Honker Pond, which is open for youth fishing only.
   Lakes at the Fountain Bluff Sports Complex in Liberty were stocked with 1,000 pan-sized rainbow trout and 14 lunkers. The complex is at 2200 E. Old 210 Highway in Liberty, east of Missouri 291.
   MDC stocked 1,000 trout in Chaumiere Lake, which is in the Kansas City park system. Chaumiere Lake is near Interstate 35 and the intersection of North Cleveland Avenue and Northeast 43rd Terrace.
   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.
   MDC will also be re-stocking the lakes with trout at intervals throughout the winter. A winter trout fishing hotline for the Kansas City metro area with updates on stocking is available at816-525-0300, ext. 4001.
   For information on winter trout fishing in Missouri, visit http://on.mo.gov/1k87SOk.