Liberty lakes added to winter trout fishing


Liberty lakes added to winter trout fishing

Liberty Winter Trout

MDC Fisheries Biologist Jake Allman stocks rainbow trout at one of two lakes at Liberty’s Fountain Bluff Sports Complex.

Please Credit “Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation”

News from the Kansas City region

Published on: Nov. 18, 2010

Posted by Bill Graham

KANSAS CITY Mo – For the first time, winter trout fishing is available at the Fountain Bluff Sports Complex in Liberty.

Two large lakes near the park entrance were stocked with 500 rainbow trout each on Wednesday. The trout fishing is a cooperative effort between the Liberty Parks and Recreation Department and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

Each winter the MDC stocks selected Kansas City area lakes with rainbow trout to provide additional fishing opportunities in urban areas. Trout are not native to Missouri and cannot survive warm-water temperatures in the summer. But winter brings cooler temperature that enable the fish to survive. Those stocked at Liberty were raised at a department hatchery at Bennett Spring State Park.

“They’re a fun fish to catch,” said MDC Fisheries Biologist Jake Allman. “These are nice-size trout. They’re good for someone who enjoys a rainbow-trout meal.”

Chaumiere Lake in Kansas City, North, and two lakes at the James A. Reed Memorial Conservation Area in Lee’s Summit were also stocked with trout on Wednesday. Those lakes have been stocked in past years, too.

But this is the first year for Liberty parks to participate in the program. Both lakes at Fountain Bluff are near the entrance close to the park headquarters, 2200 E. Old 210 Highway, one-half-mile east of Missouri 291. Anglers can tell which lakes are stocked by brown signs posted on shore that provide information on limits.

Both lakes will be stocked again with more trout in January, February and March. Fountain Bluff will be open to anglers daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anglers are asked to park vehicles in designated parking lots and not along park roadways. A telephone hotline is available for stocking updates for all Kansas City area lakes in the winter trout program at 816-655-6254, ext. 401.

All anglers wishing to keep trout they catch must have a $7 Missouri trout fishing permit. Trout permits are half-price for anglers less than 16 years of age. All anglers 16 to 65 years of age must also have a valid fishing license. Anglers from out of state who are over 65 must also have a valid fishing license. The daily limit for trout is four fish. Once an angler has harvested their fourth trout, they may continue fishing as long as all other trout are released. No culling of trout is allowed and there are no length limits on trout.

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Reducing the fish hatcheries in the Southeast Region

Members and friends. We have received some alarming news that we need to pass on to you. In the proposed budget that will be on President Obama’s desk Monday there will be suggested budget cuts. This is not a bad idea. However one of the suggested cuts is for 7 million dollars from the Department of the Interior and we are also told that the Dept of the Interior plans to help meet those cuts by reducing the fish hatcheries in the Southeast Region. This would in effect close down the Greers Ferry Hatchery and perhaps the Norfork and others. We are not against budget cuts, however the trout fishing industry in Arkansas returns a great deal more economically than the costs of operation. If we lose these hatcheries, trout fishing in Arkansas will be devasted and the impact to our economy will be huge. It does not make sense to cut out funding for programs that return far more than they cost. Whether or not you fish or not, this is not a good decision.


Please contact your Senators and representatives and let them know how you feel about this issue asap.


John Boozman – 202-224-4843


Mark Pryor – 202-224-2353


Rep. Rick Crawford (R-1st) *
1408 Longworth House Office Building
(202) 225-4076; 225-5602
Jonesboro: (870) 972-4600
Web Site


Rep. Tim Griffin (R-2nd) *
1232 Longworth House Office Building
(202) 225-2506; 225-5903
Little Rock: (501) 324-5941
Web Site


Rep. Steve Womack (R-3rd) *
1508 Longworth House Office Building
(202) 225-4301; 225-5713
Fort Smith: (479) 424-1146
Web Site


Rep. Michael Ross (D-4th)
314 Cannon House Office Building
(202) 225-3772; 225-1314
Pine Bluff: (870) 536-3376
Web Site

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All of our members bring to the table a wide array of talent and experience that we share with each other. That includes not only what lakes and streams conditions and the hot flies are, but fly tying, rod building, equipment information, boat building (yes one of our members built his own drift boat) and the fellowship that like minded individuals bring to each other.

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