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 ($12.50) 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

LAKES WHERE A TROUT PERMIT REQUIRED ONLY FOR TROUT ANGLERS

Kansas Regional Map

Kansas is divided into five regions for KDWPT administrative purposes. Each region has a full-service regional office, as well as numerous local and district offices.

Region 1 Trout Stocking Schedule

*At this time Smoky gardens is losing water and is not planned for any stockings.

*At this time the Solomon River above Webster is dry and will not be stocked.

*Bellville's Rocky Pond is currently undergoing renovation and will not be stocked.

Date Webster Res. Stilling Basin Colby -Villa High *Goodland - Smoky Gardens Bellville C.L. Rocky Pond Glen Elder St. Park Pond Kanopolis Seep Stream Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin Salina - Lakewood Lake *Solomon River above Webster Reservoir
Nov 1 - Nov 14 2100 500       1400 1750    
Nov 15 - Nov 30                  
Dec 1 - Dec 14 2100         1450   783  
Dec 15 - Dec 31               783  
Jan 1 - Jan 14 2100         1400      
Jan 15 - Jan 31               783  
Feb 1 - Feb 14 2000       800 1000 1200    
Feb 15 - Feb 28               783  
Mar 1 - Mar 14             1200    
Mar 15 - Mar 31 2000         1000   783  
TOTAL 10300       800 6250 4150 3915  

Region 2 Stocking Schedule

Date Ft. Riley - Moon Lake Ft. Riley - Cameron Springs Topeka - Auburndale Park Stream Tuttle Creek - Willow Lake Clinton St. Park - Lake Henry Herington, Father Padilla Pond Holton Elkhorn Lake Atchison C.L. #1 Shawnee Co. Lake Shawnee
Nov 1 - Nov 14 1600 2050 215 2000 725   1000 1000 7000
Nov 15 - Nov 30 1500 2000   1750 725        
Dec 1 - Dec 14             1000 1000  
Dec 15 - Dec 31                  
Jan 1 - Jan 14 2000 2000 215 2000 800 150      
Jan 15 - Jan 31                  
Feb 1 - Feb 14           150      
Feb 15 - Feb 28 2000 2000 215 2000 800   1000 1000 7000
Mar 1 - Mar 14           150      
Mar 15 - Mar 31             1000 1000  
TOTAL 7100 8050 645 7750 3050 450 4000 4000 14000

Region 3 Trout Stocking Schedule

Date Meade State Lake Scott State Lake Cimarron Grassland Pits Pratt-Centennial Pond Garden City - Sandsage Bison Range and WA Great Bend - Stone Lake Dodge City -Lake Charles Syracuse Sam's Pond
Nov 1 - Nov 14 2000 2360 1000 1000       500
Nov 15 - Nov 30           1125 860  
Dec 1 - Dec 14 1200   960 1800       500
Dec 15 - Dec 31           1125 860  
Jan 1 - Jan 14 1500 3000 1000 600 500     500
Jan 15 - Jan 31                
Feb 1 - Feb 14 1500     500 500 1125 780 500
Feb 15 - Feb 28     1000          
Mar 1 - Mar 14                
Mar 15 - Mar 31 1500 1000 1000 500 500 1125 860 500
April 1 - April 14                
TOTAL 7700 6360 4960 4400 1500 4500 3360 2500

Region 4 Trout Stocking Schedule

*Slough Creek in Wichita is mostly dry and will only receive 1-2 stockings.  Please check with the Region 4 office for details.

Date El Dorado St. Park-River Area Sedgwick Co-Vic's Lake *Sedgwick Co-Slough Creek Hutchinson-Dillon Nature Center Wichita-KDOT East Lake
Nov 1 - Nov 14 635 1280   526 870
Nov 15 - Nov 30 635 1280   526 700
Dec 1 - Dec 14 635 1280   526 700
Dec 15 - Dec 31   1280   526 700
Jan 1 - Jan 14 1000 1600   526 1500
Jan 15 - Jan 31 600 2100   526 800
Feb 1 - Feb 14 600 1457   526 800
Feb 15 - Feb 28 600 1400   526 800
Mar 1 - Mar 14 600 1750   526 800
Mar 15 - Mar 31 600 1750   526 800
Apr 1 - Apr 14          
TOTAL 5905 15177   5259 8470

Region 5 Trout Stocking Schedule

Date Mined Land WA - Unit #30 Ft. Scott - Gunn Park East Lake Garnett Crystal Lake Cherryvale, Tanko
Nov 1 - Nov 14 935 400 1500 500
Nov 15 - Nov 30 935 725    
Dec 1 - Dec 14 935 400    
Dec 15 - Dec 31 935 400    
Jan 1 - Jan 14 935 400   500
Jan 15 - Jan 31 935 400    
Feb 1 - Feb 14 935 400    
Feb 15 - Feb 28 935 400 1500  
Mar 1 - Mar 14 935 400    
Mar 15 - Mar 31 935 400    
Apr 1 - Apr 14 935 400    
Apr 15 - Apr 30 935      
May 1 - May 14 935      
May 15 - May 31 935      
Jun 1 - Jun 14 935      
TOTAL 14025 4725 3000 1000