First stocking scheduled for Oct. 19, four days after season opener
PRATT — The Kansas trout season begins Oct. 15 and runs through April 15. Most trout waters will be stocked on that date, but Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin, originally scheduled for stocking on the opening day of trout season, won't be stocking until Monday, Oct. 19, provided water turnover is complete and water quality is suitable. Other waters with delayed stocking plans include Smoky Gardens south of Goodland, which is dry, and Sand Sage Bison Range Pond in Garden City, which is presently too low for stocking. The South Solomon River above Webster Reservoir won't be stocked until sometime after the first of the year.

Before a trout fishing expedition, anglers are encouraged to check for updated information on stocking of trout waters. Visit the KDWP website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us, and type "trout stocking schedule" in the search box.

Trout permits ($12.50) are available at the KDWP website, at KDWP offices, and license vendors. 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.

Some waters stocked with trout require the $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).

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.