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

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 1700 1190 170 1360 680   1000 1000 7000
Nov 15 - Nov 30 1700 1190 170 1700 680        
Dec 1 - Dec 14             1000 1000  
Dec 15 - Dec 31 1700 1700 510 1700 1190        
Jan 1 - Jan 14           150      
Jan 15 - Jan 31                  
Feb 1 - Feb 14 1190 1190 170 1360 680 150      
Feb 15 - Feb 28             1000 1000 7000
Mar 1 - Mar 14           150      
Mar 15 - Mar 31             1000 1000  
TOTAL 6290 5270 1020 6120 3230 450 4000 4000 14000

Northwest Region 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.

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

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

Date Webster Res. Stilling Basin Colby -Villa High *Goodland - Smoky Gardens Belleville C.L. Rocky Pond Glen Elder St. Park Pond Kanopolis Seep Stream *Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin Salina - Lakewood Lake  
Nov 1 - Nov 14 2550 500 0  0 765 1190 0    
Nov 15 - Nov 30                  
Dec 1 - Dec 14 2050       765 2040      
Dec 15 - Dec 31                  
Jan 1 - Jan 14 2050       765 1190      
Jan 15 - Jan 31                  
Feb 1 - Feb 14 1880       765 1190      
Feb 15 - Feb 28                  
Mar 1 - Mar 14                  
Mar 15 - Mar 31                  
TOTAL 8529       3060 5610      

South Central Trout Stocking Schedule

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 14 400 725 565 300 400
Nov 15 - Nov 30 400 725 565 300 400
           
Dec 15 - Dec 31 400 725 565 300 400
Jan 1 - Jan 14 400 725 565 300 400
Jan 15 - Jan 31 400 725 565 300 400
Feb 1 - Feb 14 400 725 565 300 400
Feb 15 - Feb 28 400 725 565 300 400
Mar 1 - Mar 14 400 725 565 300 400
           
           
TOTAL 3200 lbs 5796 lbs 4506 lbs 2362 lbs 3200 lbs

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

Date Meade State Lake Scott State Lake Cimarron Grassland Pits Pratt-Centennial Pond Garden City - Sandsage Bison Range and WA Great Bend - Vets Lake Dodge City -Lake Charles Syracuse Sam's Pond
Nov 1 - Nov 14 1700 890 680 510 680     500
Nov 15 - Nov 30             860  
Dec 1 - Dec 14 1700 1054 680 510 680     500
Dec 15 - Dec 31           1000 860  
Jan 1 - Jan 14 2040 1054 680 510 680      
Jan 15 - Jan 31           1000    
Feb 1 - Feb 14 1700 1054 680 510 680      
Feb 15 - Feb 28           1000    
Mar 1 - Mar 14                
Mar 15 - Mar 31           1125    
April 1 - April 14                
TOTAL 7140 4052 2720 2040 2720 4125