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 Trout Season Info PDF. In addition, all residents 16 through 74 years old and non-residents 16 and older must also have a valid fishing license.  New For 2021 youth 15 and younger must have youth trout permit($7.00).  

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.

Year-Round Stocking

Trout fishing at Mined Land Wildlife Area Unit #30 (Cherokee County) requires a trout permit year-round.

 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

Sherman County - Smoky Gardens Lake

Coffeyville - Le Clere  

Dodge City Lake Charles

Eisenhower State Park Pond 

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)  

Vic’s Lake and Slough Creek in Sedgwick County Park

Garnett Crystal Lake

Colby Villa High Lake

LAKES WHERE A TROUT PERMIT REQUIRED ONLY FOR TROUT ANGLERS

Lake Shawnee - Topeka

Salina Lakewood Lake- **Changed to 2  trout creel 2019-2020 SEASON

Moon Lake on Fort Riley

Scott State Park Pond - Barrel Springs Pond

Hutchinson Dillon Nature Center Pond

Atchison City Lake # 1

Holton-Elkhorn Lake

Syracuse Sam's Pond

Cimarron Grasslands Pits

Great Bend Vet's Lake

Meade State Fishing Lake

Cherryvale-Tanko Lake

Herington-Father Padilla Pond

Ft. Riley Cameron Springs

Kansas Regional Map

Northeast Region Stocking Schedule for 2021-2022 Schedule

Department-owned Waters – Trout Stockings by KDWPT

Northeast Region

Fort Riley

Moon Lake

Fort Riley

Cameron Springs

Tuttle Creek

Willow Lake

Eisenhower State Park Pond

Clinton State Park

Lake Henry

1st Stocking    October 26      October 26   October 26 October 26 October 26
2nd Stocking   November 16    November 16 November 16         November 16     November 16
3rd Stocking          
4th Stocking           
5th Stocking          
6th Stocking          
           
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2021-2022 Season 9,200 trout 7,800 trout 9,600 trout 1,500 trout 4,200 trout

 

Community Lake Stockings - Please contact local city/county offices for dates of stockings if not listed below

Northeast Region Herington
Father Padilla Pond
785-258-2271
Shawnee County
Lake Shawnee
785-251-6800
Holton
Elkhorn Lake
785-364-2721
Atchison
City Lake #1
913-367-5500
1st Stocking October 28 October26    November 15   November 15
2nd Stocking        
         
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2021-22 Season 1,000 trout 17,000 trout 1,700 trout 2,000  trout

Northwest Region Trout Stocking Schedule for 2021-2022 Season

*At this time Webster Reservoir Stilling Basin,  will not be stocked due to work on dam and still basin.

Department-owned Waters – Trout Stockings by KDWPT

Northwest Region Webster Reservoir
Stilling Basin
Glen Elder
State Park Pond
Kanopolis
Seep Stream
Sherman County Smoky Gardens
1st Stocking    Will not be stocked This year  October 28 October 28 November 4
2nd Stocking          
3rd Stocking        
4th Stocking          
5th Stocking        
6th Stocking        
         
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for
2021-22 Season
0 8,450 trout 13,100 trout    1,500 trout

 

Community Lake Stockings - Please contact local city offices for dates of stockings if not listed below

Northwest Region Colby
Villa High
785-460-4400
Salina
Lakewood Lake
785-826-7275
1st Stocking November 4  November 15
2nd Stocking    
3rd Stocking    
4th Stocking    
5th Stocking    
     
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for
2021-22 Season
   

South Central Trout Stocking Schedule for 2021-2022 Season

Department-owned Waters - Trout Stocking by KDWPT 

South Central Region El Dorado St Park
River Area
Wichita
KDOT – East Lake
1st  Stocking October 28 October 28
2nd Stocking November 11           November 11 
3rd Stocking    
4th Stocking    
5th Stocking    
6th Stocking    
     
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2021-2022 Season 6,000 trout 6,000 trout

 

Community Lake Stockings - Please contact local city/county offices for dates of stockings if not listed below

South Central Region Sedgwick County Park
Vic’s Lake
316-660-1780
Sedgwick County
Slough Creek
316-660-1780
Hutchinson
Dillon Nature Center
620-663-7411
1st  Stocking  October 28 October 28 October 28
2nd Stocking           November 11             November 11             November 11 
3rd Stocking      
4th Stocking      
5th Stocking      
6th Stocking      
       
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for
2021-22 Season
7,850 trout 6,400 trout 4,400 trout

Southeast Region Trout Stocking Schedule for 2021-2022 Season  

Department-owned Waters -  Trout stockings by KDWPT

Southeast Region Mined Land WA - Unit #30
1st Stocking October 27
2nd Stocking November 11 
3rd Stocking  
4th Stocking  
5th Stocking  
6th Stocking  
7th Stocking  
8th Stocking  
   
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2021-22 Season 11,000 trout

Community Lake Stockings - Please contact local/city offices for dates of stockings if not listed below

Southeast Region Garnett Crystal Lake Cherryvale, Tanko Coffeyville, LeClere Lake Fort Scott, Fern Lake
1st Stocking              October 28   October 28 October 28
2nd Stocking                                    November 11 
         
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2021-22 Season 2000 trout 1600 trout 1000 trout        4,750 trout

Southwest Region Trout Stocking Schedule for 2021-2022

Department-owned Waters - Trout Stockings by KDWPT 

Southwest Region Meade State
Fishing Lake
Scott State Park
Barrel Springs 
Cimarron
Grassland Pits
Pratt
Centennial Pond

Garden City 

Finney Co.

Wildwood Park

1st  Stocking  October 29 October 28 October 29 October 29 Dry 
2nd  Stocking        November 23   November 23 November 23 Fish will be 
3rd  Stocking             Stocked in Dodge City 
4th  Stocking               Lake Charles
5th Stocking          
6th  Stocking          
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2021-22 Season  9,800 trout 7,200 trout 5,100 trout 4,300 trout 4,200 trout

Community Lake Stockings - Please contact local city offices for dates of stockings if not listed below

Southwest Region Great Bend
Vets Park
620-793-4160 
Dodge City
Lake Charles
620-227-9323
Syracuse
Sam's Pond
620-384-7818 
 1st   Stocking   November 15 October 29  
 2nd  Stocking    November 23  
 3rd  Stocking      
 4th  Stocking       
       
         
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2021-22 Season  3,400 1,700 1,000