Missouri's urban lake winter trout fishing program has continued to grow and expand,
including more and more smaller communities each year. In 2003 Jackson was added to
the list. Rotary Lake is 3.2 acres and can be found in the Jackson City Park. The
first stocking generally takes place the first week of November, and additional stockings
may also take place over the winter months.
Catching wintertime trout in lakes can be tricky. Oxygen is good, so they're able to
chase lures like spinners, crankbaits, jigs, streamers, etc. However, the colder the
water is, the lower their metabolism is, and the less hungry they are. For this reason,
the fishing tends to be best in November. As spring approaches, they'll get hungry again.
Anytime you get a few days of unseasonably warm weather, though, go give it a shot.