Trout being added to pond in Huckleberry Park

Hannibal Parks and Recreation

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Huckleberry Park pond was stocked with 400 trout on Monday, and an additional 300 trout will be added at a later date.

Hannibal Parks & Recreation recently entered into a 25-year Community Assistant Program agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation for the Huckleberry Park pond. The Department of Conservation provides 50 percent of the cost the trout supply in the pond, and fishery biologists will monitor the fish stock in the pond.  

The trout fishing will be catch and harvest, with a daily limit of four trout. Individuals must possess a valid fishing license and a trout permit or qualify for an exemption through Missouri Department of Conservation. The only species of trout in the pond is rainbow trout. 

Tther fish available and daily limits are:

  • Largemouth Bass (more than 15 inches): 6
  • Channel Catfish: 4
  • Trout: 4
  • Crappie: 30
  • All other fish combined: 20

Information on fishing licenses is available on the Missouri Department of Conservation website.

The renovated pond was funded with the help of an $184,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant. The pond, in the 63-acre park at U.S. 61 and Huckleberry Drive, was leaking water and had bank erosion and accessibility issues. The pond was drained, excavated and lined with clay. It was widened at its north, and the shore was lined with stone rip-rap to control erosion. A sidewalk was constructed around the pond, and a handicap-accessible dock installed for people with mobility issues.

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