Trout Stocking Delayed At Some Locations
PRATT – Trout season opens November 1, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) will be stocking rainbow trout in selected waters across the state through April 15. More than 30 waters will receive regular trout stockings through the winter. However, initial stockings will be delayed at Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin and the Walnut River in El Dorado State Park. The Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin had yet to experience fall turnover, which occurs as surface water cools. When this happens, dissolved oxygen levels in the water can drop, making it difficult for trout to survive. Trout won’t be stocked in the Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin until December 1, 2015. Low water levels because of dam structure renovations on the Walnut River at El Dorado State Park will also delay trout stocking in the river until November 15.
Despite these delays, other area waters will be stocked with trout by November 1. However, it’s a good idea to check for updated stocking information before traveling to your favorite trout water. Visit the KDWPT website, http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Trout-Fishing-Program/Stocking-Schedule.
During the November 1 to April 15 trout season, some waters stocked with trout require a $12.50 trout permit for all anglers 16 or older, whether they are fishing for trout or not (Type 1 Waters). Other waters require a trout permit only for anglers fishing for or possessing trout (Type 2 Waters). All residents 16-74 years old and all nonresidents 16 and older must also have a valid fishing license.
The daily creel limit is five trout unless otherwise posted (two trout for anglers 15 and younger who do not have a trout permit). The possession limit is three times the daily creel.
Trout permits are available online at ksoutdoors.com, at KDWPT offices, and license vendors.