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

LAKES WHERE A TROUT PERMIT REQUIRED ONLY FOR TROUT ANGLERS

Sherman County Smoky Gardens Lake (Periodically Dry)

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)

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.

*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 2045 500     765 1190 0 680  
Nov 15 - Nov 30                  
Dec 1 - Dec 14 1880       765 2010 1000    
Dec 15 - Dec 31                  
Jan 1 - Jan 14                  
Jan 15 - Jan 31 1880       765  1190 500    
Feb 1 - Feb 14                  
Feb 15 - Feb 28 1880        765 1190 500    
Mar 1 - Mar 14                  
Mar 15 - Mar 31                  
TOTAL 7685       3060 5580 2000    

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 14 935 400 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

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 600 680 510 680     500
Nov 15 - Nov 30             860  
Dec 1 - Dec 14 1700 765 680 510 680     500
Dec 15 - Dec 31           1000 860  
Jan 1 - Jan 14                
Jan 15 - Jan 31 2040 765 680 510 680 1000    
Feb 1 - Feb 14                
Feb 15 - Feb 28 1700 765 680 510 680 1000    
Mar 1 - Mar 14                
Mar 15 - Mar 31           1125    
April 1 - April 14                
TOTAL 7140 2895 2720 2040 2720 4125