KANSAS CITY, Mo. –- Just because we are headed into the winter season, that doesn’t mean that Missouri anglers have to put away their gear. If you don’t mind cooler weather, you can try your luck at area lakes that have a fresh supply of rainbow trout.
On Nov. 14, the Missouri Department of Conservation hatchery trucks delivered trout to several lakes in the Kansas City metro area.
The trout were raised at the Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery. Among the pan-sized rainbows stocked at each lake, there are a few lunker trout that were culled from brood stock no longer needed at the hatchery.
The KC metro lakes that were stocked include:
- Coot and Plover lakes, and Honker Pond at James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife area in Lee’s Summit
- Chaumiere Lake, Kansas City Parks and Recreation
- Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, Liberty
- Johnston Lake, Raymore
- Jesse James Park Lake, Kearney
Trout are not a native Missouri fish, but the species have been introduced to the cold, spring-fed, streams of southern Missouri. However, when the air temperature drops during the winter, the water temperature can support the rainbows.
“You can catch them on bait, fished on the bottom, and you can catch them on jigs and lures on the top,” Danny Griffin, a Kansas City angler who watched the trout stocking at Chaumiere Lake, said. “Sometimes, I catch them pretty good, and sometimes I don’t. It just depends on the weather.”
Griffen has fished for winter trout at Chaumiere Lake and at James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife area since 2012.
Some of the lakes will be stocked again in the later winter months.