St. LOUIS, MO (STL.News) Have you been yearning for trout with bowtie pasta and spring vegetables? Or perhaps crispy golden trout stuffed with crabmeat and finished with oregano? Maybe you just want the plain smoked variety.
The good news is, you can bring rainbow trout to your table in any form you like starting February 1, 2021.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds St. Louis area anglers that the start of February also begins catch and keep trout fishing season at MDC Winter Trout Fishing Lakes.
MDC normally stocks almost 40,000 rainbow trout each November through January in 12 St. Louis City and County lakes, as well as in five lakes at the MDC August A. Busch Conservation Area on Route D in St. Charles. MDC also adds several brood stock lunker trout—some as large as 10 lbs.—into the mix at its winter trout lakes.
Between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31, some lakes are catch-and-release only, and some are catch-and-keep. However, beginning Feb. 1, trout may be taken from all winter trout lakes. Rainbow trout are not native to the area but in winter the water is cold enough to support them.