Trout Fishing 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. Youth 15 and younger may harvest 2 trout without the permit. To harvest the full 5 where allowed, youth must have a valid a trout permit.
Trout permits are available HERE. This permit is valid 365 days from date of purchase.
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.
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.