The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently stocked rainbow trout in KC Parks Chaumiere Lake. Rainbow trout require cool water year round and are not native to the metro area. But in winter, water temperatures drop and stocking trout provides a close-to-home opportunity for anglers.
MDC stocked 875 rainbows in Chaumiere Lake in Chaumiere Woods Park, near Interstate 35 and the intersection of North Cleveland Avenue and Northeast 43rd Terrace in Kansas City, North.
Anglers can catch rainbow trout with spinning, spin casting or fly fishing tackle. Small spinners, flies or scented baits are all effective lures for catching trout. But if a large fish breaks your line, don’t be surprised. A few lunker-sized trout were also stocked along with the pan-sized fish. The trout were raised at the MDC hatchery at Bennett Springs State Park.
Statewide trout fishing regulations apply. All Missouri residents under age 15 and over 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, anglers must have a Missouri trout permit.
Lakes in Liberty and Lee’s Summit were also stocked. Some lakes may be restocked with trout at future dates during winter.
A winter trout fishing hotline for the Kansas City metro area with updates on stocking is available at 816-525-0300, ext. 4001.