Catch-and-Keep Trout Season Begins February 1 at Two St. Joseph Lakes

Get the skillet and the side dishes ready.

Starting Thursday, February 1, anglers with the proper permits can keep the rainbow trout they catch from Krug Park Lagoon and Everyday Pond in St. Joseph.

The Missouri Department of Conservation stocked the trout last autumn.

Anglers have fished for them on a catch-and-release basis since the stocking.

Now, they can bring a stringer and put tasty trout on the dinner table.

Starting February 1, anglers may use scented lures, natural baits, and unscented artificial lures to catch trout.

Anglers with the proper permits can keep up to four trout daily.

MDC stocked trout in Krug Park in partnership with the St. Joseph Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities Department.

The trout in Everyday Pond were stocked in partnership with Missouri Western State University.

Anglers are reminded that fishing for warm-water species such as catfish and bluegill is on a catch-and-release basis year-round at Krug Park Lagoon and Everyday Pond.

All Missouri residents over age 15 and under 65 must have a valid fishing permit, and all non-residents over age 15 must have a Missouri fishing permit.

Anglers who wish to keep trout must also have a valid Missouri Trout Permit.

For information about winter trout fishing at Krug Park Lagoon and Everyday Pond, call MDC’s St. Joseph office at 816-271-3100.