More than 200,000 trout will be stocked in select waters throughout the state this season
Outside temperatures may be cooling down, but for trout anglers, fishing season is about to heat up. From Nov. 1, 2013-April 15, 2014, 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 Nov. 1 and ending March 31, 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 April 15 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
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