This has to be a first for Hannibal. As of today, you can fish for trout in a city park.

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The Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department has trucked in 200 pounds of trout that are now making their home at the Huckleberry Park pond. You’re not going to see a lot of complicated fly fishing in town. Apparently, the best way to fish for trout in a pond is the simple live bait and bobber style, making it perfect for beginners or kids who love to see the strike of a bobber.

There are several rules regarding trout fishing at the pond:

  • Catch and release fishing only
  • Catch and harvest will be allowed sometime in February 2021
  • Only trout fishing is allowed
  • A fishing license is required for all individuals, as required by Missouri Department of Conservation. Exceptions are granted for Missouri residents 65 or older, youth 15 years or younger, military personnel and veterans with appropriate eligibility verification and anyone with a disability with a certified statement of eligibility from a licensed physician
  • A fish license and a trout permit will be required during the catch and harvest season

Fishing for other species will not be allowed until Spring 2021. The pond has been stocked with fathead minnows, bluegill, sunfish, channel catfish,and bass. Hannibal Parks & Recreation staff also recently installed several pieces of artificial structures to provide an environment conducive to a healthy fish population.

Huckleberry Park is the park in the Hannibal park system with the most amenities, including handicap-accessible playground equipment at the playground, a Born Learning Trail around the playground, a big picnic shelter, tennis and pickleball courts, basketball court, softball field with handicap-accessible dugouts, a Ramp Park for scooters, skateboards and bicycles and an 18-hole disc golf course.