Stocking had been delayed; season opened Oct. 15

The Kansas trout season began Oct. 15 and runs through April 15. In early October, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) announced that due to poor water conditions resulting from fall turnover, trout stocking would be delayed at the stilling basin below Cedar Bluff Reservoir. On Oct. 21, however, Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin was determined suitable for stocking, and 1,750 trout were stocked at that site. Two other traditional tout sites -- Smoky Gardens south of Goodland and Sand Sage Bison Range Pond near Garden City -- are currently too low to stock.

During trout season, KDWP stocks rainbow trout in designated waters throughout the state. 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). Anglers 15 and younger do not need a permit.

Trout fishing at Mined Land Wildlife Area Unit #30 requires a trout permit year-round. Trout permits are valid for the calendar year, so permits purchased last January or later are valid through Dec. 31. All residents 16-64 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.

Updated information is available at the KDWP website. Trout permits are available at the KDWP website, at KDWP offices, and license vendors.