Trout harvest begins Feb. 1 in Jackson, Farmington, Perryville & Sikeston

(KBSI) – Trout may be harvested from Rotary Lake in Jackson, Giessing Lake in Farmington, Legion Lake in Perryville, and Recreation Complex Pond in Sikeston starting Feb. 1.

Cooler than average temperatures caused a reduction in fishing activity in November and December, said MDC Fisheries Management Biologist Salvador Mondragon.

MDC stocked trout in November at the start of the catch-and-release season.

Anglers must release trout caught now through January 31. Starting Feb. 1, any bait may be used, and four trout may be kept regardless of size. All anglers between the ages of 16 and 64 must have a valid Missouri fishing permit, and any angler harvesting trout must also possess a trout permit.

Based on years past, many trout can be typically caught during the first week of trout harvest season, according to MDC MDC Fisheries Management Biologist Salvador Mondragon.

Many anglers frequently catch limits of trout using light weight or ultra-lite fishing tackle or fly tackle, he said.

Mondragon recommends anglers use 2-4 lb. test line, small hooks and little or no added weight to their line.

He says baits include almost any type of small spinner, small crank baits, and natural baits such as worms, cheese, and commercially produced dough baits.

Anglers can get a free map from MDC that shows all managed trout waters in Missouri, stocked winter trout fishing areas around the state, regulations, permit and tag information, and MDC local phone numbers by emailing pubstaff@mdc.mo.gov and requesting “FIS210 – MAP TROUT FISHING IN MO.”

Tap here to find winter trout fishing areas online.

Contact the MDC’s Southeast Regional Office at (573) 290-5730 or visit mdc.mo.gov/fishing for more information.

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