In 2019, the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program (UFP) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary of providing close-to-home fishing opportunities for St. Louisans. Be on the lookout for special events and more and bigger fish stockings as we celebrate the oldest and one of the largest programs in the USA with our partners in Ballwin, Ferguson, St. Louis City, and St. Louis County.
Expect very good fishing for channel catfish during April through September. Though catfish from most stockings average 14 inches, some "brood stock" catfish will exceed 20 inches. Natural or prepared baits work best to catch the 40,000+ pounds of fish that will be stocked during 2019. Also, be on the lookout for one-time-only stockings of large blue catfish.
Rainbow trout averaging 12 inches will provide very good winter fishing at Boathouse Lake in Carondelet Park, Jefferson Lake in Forest Park, two lakes at Suson Park, and January-Wabash, Tilles, Vlasis and O'Fallon park lakes. Over 20,000 trout will be stocked during November through February. Special "brood stock" trout exceeding 20 inches will be featured. Also, be ready to fish of bonus stockings of brown trout during the winter months of 2019.
Spring largemouth bass fishing should continue to be good at Boathouse and Horseshoe lakes in Carondelet Park, Island Lake in Suson Park, January-Wabash Park Lake, Jefferson Lake in Forest Park, O'Fallon Park Lake, South Lake in Willmore Park, Tilles Park Lake, and Blackjack Lake in the North Recreation Complex with bass up to 22 inches. Fish the edges of rock piles, concrete shorelines, recently-placed Christmas tree brush piles and under docks for best luck.
Good bluegill and redear sunfish fishing can be found in Boathouse and Horseshoe lakes in Carondelet Park, January-Wabash Park Lake, Jefferson Lake in Forest Park, Island Lake in Suson Park, O'Fallon Park Lake, and South Lake in Willmore Park. The best fishing will likely occur prior to June near Christmas tree brush piles. Special hybrid sunfish stockings will take place at all UFP lakes providing great family fishing opportunities during summer. These fish should average seven inches. White crappie fishing will be fair in Boathouse Lake in Carondelet Park, January-Wabash Park Lake, and South Lake in Willmore Park during early spring.
St. Louis UFP and Winter Trout Program lake locations can be found in the free Fish St. Louis and St. Louis Winter Trout Program brochures (call 314-441-4554). Also, check out the newly-launched UFP WEB site at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZpM.
For UFP stocking information, call the Fish Stocking Hotline at 636-300-9651. The hotline is updated immediately after fish stocking has been completed for the day.