Trout Fishing Program

Trout Program

The trout season runs Nov. 1 - April 15. During that season, some waters stocked with trout require a trout permit ($14.50) whether fishing for trout or not, and others require a trout permit only for anglers fishing for trout. Waters are listed on the location page. In addition, all residents 16 through 74 years old and non-residents 16 and older must also have a valid fishing license. Trout permits are available HERE. THE PERMIT IS VALID FOR THE CURRENT CALENDAR YEAR.

Nov 1 - April 15 Stocking.

The Kansas trout season runs Nov. 1 - April 15. Click here to view a listing of trout stocking locations.

After April 15 there still may be some trout in the ponds and lakes around the state. You may trout fish these waters without a trout permit, but the limit of 5 trout a day and 15 in possession is still active. This does not include the waters that are stocked Year-Round.

Year-Round Stocking

Trout fishing at Mined Land Wildlife Area Unit #30 (Cherokee County) requires a trout permit year-round.

YOUTH 15 & UNDER LIMIT: If they do not have a Trout Permit the daily creel limit is 2 trout. If they do have a Trout Permit the daily creel limit is 5 trout.

ADULT LIMIT: The daily creel limit is 5 trout. The possession limit is 15.

Some local governments in areas such as Topeka and Kansas City have their own trout stocking programs. Many of these require a fee, but the state permit is not required. Local city and county recreation departments should have details.

A trout permit is required to fish for and possess trout on the following waters from January 1 thru December 31.

LAKES WHERE A TROUT PERMIT REQUIRED OF ALL ANGLERS

Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin***WILL NOT BE STOCKED FOR 2016-17 SEASON

Dodge City Lake Charles

Ft. Scott Gun Park Lake

Glen Elder State Park (SP) Pond

Kanopolis Seep Stream

KDOT East Lake in Wichita

Lake Henry in Clinton SP

Mined Land WA Unit #30

Pratt Centennial Pond

Walnut River Area in El Dorado SP

Willow Lake at Tuttle Creek SP

Webster Stilling Basin

Sandsage Bison Range and WA Sandpits (Periodically Dry)  ***WILL NOT BE STOCKED FOR 2016-17 SEASON

Vic’s Lake and Slough Creek in Sedgwick County Park

Topeka Auburndale Park

Garnett Crystal Lake

LAKES WHERE A TROUT PERMIT REQUIRED ONLY FOR TROUT ANGLERS

Sherman County Smoky Gardens Lake (Periodically Dry)  ***WILL NOT BE STOCKED FOR 2016-17 SEASON

Solomon River between Webster Reservoir Rooks County #2 Road

Ft. Riley Cameron Springs

Lake Shawnee - Topeka

Salina Lakewood Lake

Moon Lake on Fort Riley

Scott State Park Pond

Hutchinson Dillon Nature Center Pond

Atchison City Lake # 1

Belleville City Lake (Rocky Pond)  (Dry) ***WILL NOT BE STOCKED FOR 2016-17 SEASON

Holton-Elkhorn Lake

Syracuse Sam's Pond

Cimarron Grasslands Pits

Colby Villa High Lake

Great Bend Vet's Lake

Meade State Fishing Lake

Kansas Regional Map

Northeast Region Stocking Schedule for 2016-2017 Schedule

Department-owned Waters – Trout Stockings by KDWPT

Northeast Region

Fort Riley

Moon Lake

Fort Riley

Cameron Springs

Tuttle Creek

Willow Lake

Topeka

Auburndale Park

Clinton State Park

Lake Henry

1st Stocking October 25 October 25 October 25 October 25 October 25
2nd Stocking November 15 November 15 November 15 November 15 November 15
3rd Stocking December 15 December 15 December 15 December 15 December 15
4th Stocking   February 14  February 14 February 14  February 14   February 14
Estimated Trout stocked to date 6,100 5,100 5,900 990 3,135
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2016-2017 Season 6,100 5,100 5,900 990 3,135

 

Community Lake Stockings - Please contract local city offices for dates of stockings if not listed below

Northeast Region

Herington

Father Padilla Pond

Shawnee County

Lake Shawnee

Holton

Elkhorn Lake

Atchison

City Lake # 1

1st Stocking October 27 October 22 November 22 November 22 
2nd Stocking January 26  (estimated February 20-25) (estimated February 20-25)  (estimated February 27-March 5)
3rd Stocking   X X  X 
4th Stocking  X X X X
Estimated Trout stocked to date 400 7,000 850  1,000
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2016-2017 Season  400 14,000 1,700 2,000 

Northwest Region Trout Stocking Schedule for 2016-2017 Season

*At this time Smoky gardens, Solomon River above Webster, Belleville's Rocky Pond and Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin will not be stocked

Department-owned Waters – Trout Stockings by KDWPT

Northwest Region Webster Reservoir
Stilling Basin
Glen Elder
State Park Pond

Kanopolis

Seep Stream

1st Stocking October 27 October 27 October 27
2nd Stocking November 28 November 28 November 28
3rd Stocking January 5 January 5 January 5
4th Stocking  
(estimated February 20-28)  
February 27  February 27    
Estimated Trout stocked to date 8,200 2,900 4,300
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for
2016-2017 Season
8,200 2,900 5,400

 

Community Lake Stockings - Please contract local city offices for dates of stockings if not listed below

Northwest Region Colby
Villa High
Salina
Lakewood Lake
1st Stocking November 7 November 10
2nd Stocking   December 22
3rd Stocking xx  January 23
4th Stocking xx  February 27
Estimated Trout stocked to date    
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for
2016-2017 Season
1,000  

South Central Trout Stocking Schedule for 2016-2017 Season


Department-owned Waters - Trout Stocking by KDWPT

South Central Region El Dorado St Park
River Area
Wichita
KDOT – East Lake
1st  Stocking  October 28 October 28 
2nd Stocking  November November 
3rd Stocking December 27  December 27 
4th Stocking  January 12 January 12 
5th Stocking January 26   January 26
6th Stocking  February 9 February 9 
7th Stocking (estimated February 20-28)    
8th Stocking (estimated March 6-14)    
Estimated Trout stocked to date 3,900 3,900
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2016-2017 Season 5,200 5,200

 

Community Lake Stockings - Please contract local city offices for dates of stockings if not listed below

South Central Region Sedgwick County Park
Vic’s Lake
Sedgwick County
Slough Creek
Hutchinson
Dillon Nature Center
1st  Stocking      
2nd Stocking      
3rd Stocking      
4th Stocking      
5th Stocking      
Estimated Trout stocked to date      
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for
2016-2017 Season
9,000 7,400 3,900

Southeast Region Trout Stocking Schedule

Date Mined Land WA - Unit #30 Ft. Scott - Gunn Park East Lake Garnett Crystal Lake Cherryvale, Tanko
Nov 1 - Nov 14 1530 400 1500 500
Nov 15 - Nov 30 850 725    
Dec 1 - Dec 14   400    
Dec 15 - Dec 31 1190 400    
Jan 1 - Jan 14   400   500
Jan 15 - Jan 31 1190 400    
Feb 1 - Feb 14   400    
Feb 15 - Feb 28 850 400 1500  
Mar 1 - Mar 14   400    
Mar 15 - Mar 31 850 400    
Apr 1 - Apr 14   400    
Apr 15 - Apr 30 850      
May 1 - May 14        
May 15 - May 31        
Jun 1 - Jun 14        
TOTAL 7310 4725 3000 1000

Southwest Region Trout Stocking Schedule for 2016-2017

Department-owned Waters - Trout Stockings Season by KDWPT 

Southwest Region Meade State
Fishing Lake
Scott State Park
Barrel Springs 
Cimarron Grassland
Pits
Pratt
Centennial Pond
 1st  Stocking  October 30
 
October 30 October 30 October 30
 2nd  Stocking  November 28
 
November 28 November 28 November 28
 3rd  Stocking     January 5 January 9 January 9  January 5 
 4th  Stocking      February 27   February 27    February 27    February 27 
              
Estimated Trout stocked to date  6,930 3,930 2,640 1,980
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2016-17 Season  6,930 3,930 2,640 1,980

 
 

Community Lake Stockings - Please contact local city offices for dates of stockings if not listed below

Southwest Region Great Bend
Vets Park 
Dodge City
Lake Charles 
Syracuse
Sam's Pond 
 1st   Stocking  November 10 November 6 November 16
 2nd  Stocking  December 22 December 20  December 20
 3rd  Stocking January 23 January 23   
 4th  Stocking  February 27      
       
 Estimated Trout stocked to date  3400 1,200   820
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2016-17 Season  3400 1,700 1,000