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MDC stocks urban lunkers

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https://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-celebrates-50-years-urban-fishing-stocking-10lb-rainbow-trout-select-st-louis-lakes

There's an abundance of nice trout in my backyard and it has me intrigued. Some of the lakes stocked are open till as late as 11pm I've learned, so I'm going to target the lakes listed with browns/lunkers after work. January-Wabash was listed as stocked on the hotline yesterday, and I made it out last night around 8. Fished some jigs and flies but only caught 1 bass and didn't see any trout movement or any in the water. Maybe still getting acclimated?

I've fished for pond-stocked trout at Busch in the past for some quick eaters primarily using powerbait, and have even done so at night while ice fishing frozen Busch lakes, but with the extra big fish stocked, I'm wondering if they can be targeted with any success using big trout lures like jerkbaits or streamers?

Anybody had any success catching bigger trout out of stocked lakes? 

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Someone always catches some lunkers.  Pictures have even shown up here.  
 

About seeing no trout activity.  A few years ago they reported the stockings but the trucks hadn’t actually gotten there yet.  
 

Good luck.  It’s a great program for a winter day of fishing without the long drive.  

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Washington state had a pretty extensive trout stocking program, one big difference is there the water stays cool enough during the summer that the trout don't die off.  They would always stock some oversized trout in some of the lakes, I caught a few over the years and always caught them on my usual lures which were small spoons.  I'd say just go out and throw the stuff you'd throw for the 11 inchers and if there are any big stockers around you'll get a shot at them.

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58 minutes ago, oneshot said:

I always just fish the Niangua by the house.

oneshot

Me too, Oneshot.   Doesn't it chap your @$$ that they take a ton of fish that should go into the river, haul them 2-4 hours North and throw them into bass ponds ?  

It does mine ! 😅

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