More than 200,000 trout will be stocked in select waters throughout the state this season
PRATT – Outside temperatures may be cooling down, but for trout anglers, fishing season is about to heat up. From , anglers can enjoy some of the best fishing opportunities in the state as nearly 30 public fishing areas will be stocked periodically with this special species. Throughout a five-month period beginning and ending , over 202,000 trout will be stocked in select waters.
In Kansas, there are two types of trout waters: On Type 1 waters all anglers age 16 and older fishing during the trout season are required to have a trout permit, and on Type 2 waters anglers 16 and older who are fishing for or in possession of trout are required to have a trout permit. Anglers 15 and younger can fish for trout without a trout permit, but they may only keep two trout per day. The daily creel limit for anglers with a trout permit is five per day unless posted otherwise. All anglers age 16-74 must also have a Kansas fishing license. New for 2014, anglers fishing for trout in Meade State Fishing Lake will be required to purchase a trout permit.
Anglers fishing in ponds and lakes after may catch trout without a trout permit, but the limit of 5 trout a day and 15 in possession is still enforced. This does not include the waters that are stocked year-round, such as the Mined Land Wildlife Area Unit #30 (Cherokee County), which requires a trout permit year-round.
Some local governments in areas such as Topeka and Kansas City have their own trout stocking programs, which may require a fee, but the state permit is not required. Local city and county recreation departments should have details.
Trout waters and the total number of trout stocked at each throughout the season are listed below. To view a complete stocking schedule for a specific location, visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Fishing / Special Fishing Programs for You / Trout Fishing Program.”
Webster Reservoir Stilling Basin: 10,500
Bellville City Lake (Rocky Pond): 7,500
Glen Elder State Park Pond: 3,300
Kanopolis Seep Stream: 8,500
Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin: 4,250
Salina - Lakewood Lake: 6,000
*At this time Smoky Gardens (Sherman County) has water and will be stocked as water quality improves.
*At this time the Solomon River above Webster is dry and will not be stocked.
Ft. Riley - Moon Lake: 9,000
Ft. Riley - Cameron Springs: 12,000
Topeka - Auburndale Park Stream: 1,505
Tuttle Creek - Willow Lake: 12,900
Clinton State Park - Lake Henry: 5,075
Holton - Elkhorn Lake: 3,000
Atchison City Lake #1: 3,000
Shawnee Co. - Lake Shawnee: 14,000
Scott State Fishing Lake: 8,860
Cimarron Grassland Pits: 5,800
Pratt - Centennial Pond: 4,000
Great Bend - Stone Lake: 6,650
Dodge City - Lake Charles: 5,080
Syracuse - Sam's Pond: 2,500
*At this time Sandsage Bison Range and Wildlife Area is dry and will not be stocked.
El Dorado State Park - River Area: 6,350
Sedgwick Co. - Vic's Lake: 14,076
Sedgwick Co. - Slough Creek: 10,944
Hutchinson - Dillon Nature Center: 5,785
Wichita - KDOT East Lake: 8,172
Mined Land Wildlife Area - Unit #30: 15,895
Ft. Scott - Gunn Park East Lake: 4,725
Garnett - Crystal Lake: 3,000