The City of Columbia Opens Up Trout Fishing Program
COLUMBIA — Columbia Parks and Recreation, along with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Mid-Missouri Chapter of Trout Unlimited (MMTU) will co-sponsor the 2012-13 winter trout fishing program at Cosmo-Bethel Park lake.
A press release from the City of Columbia stated the goal of the program is to increase fishing opportunities and species diversity in urban lakes. The lake at Cosmo-Bethel is stocked with about 2,400 trout.
All trout must be released, unharmed from November 1-January 31. Only artificial baits (no natural or scented baits) can be used from November 1-January 31. After January 31, anglers can harvest trout under statewide regulations. A valid Missouri fishing permit is required.
The total cost of the winter trout fishing program ranges from $5,000-$6,000 depending on the number and size of trout stocked.
For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 573-874-7460 or the Missouri Department of Conservation at 573-884-6862.