Rainbow trout restocked at Johnston Lake in Hawk Ridge Park Tuesday, Nov. 7
The City of Raymore and the Missouri Department of Conservation restocked more than 1,000 rainbow trout Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Johnston Lake in Hawk Ridge Park.
The lake was first stocked in January 2017 as part of an ongoing Community Assistance Program between the City and the State. Under the partnership, MDC and Raymore's Parks & Recreation Department will split the costs for winter trout stocking and future improvements at the lake — including an ADA accessible fishing dock, restrooms and fishing pier.
Hawk Ridge Park was already slated for a number of improvements, through a voter-approved bond issue in 2016. This new partnership will only bolster those amenities offered to residents at this 79-acre park in central Raymore.
"This valuable partnership brings an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the fun of fishing in your own community," Parks Director Nathan Musteen said.
MDC’s Community Assistance Program helps provide close-to-home fishing opportunities in public lakes managed by cities and counties. Expertise is also provided for improving fish habitat and managing fish populations.
Trout require cold, clear water and are not native to the Kansas City area. But winter temperatures cool lakes and enable them to support trout. MDC stocks trout in urban lakes to give anglers additional opportunities to catch a fun, good-eating fish close to home.
Statewide trout fishing regulations apply. 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 fishing permit. The daily limit is four trout. To keep trout, all anglers must have a Missouri trout permit.
The most up-to-date information on MDC’s winter trout stockings in the KC Metro Area is available by calling the trout hotline at 816-525-0300, ext. 4001.
For more information about future plans at Hawk Ridge Park, visit our website at www.Raymore.com/BondProjects. For information about fishing at Hawk Ridge Park, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 816-322-2791.