KS and MO Conservation Departments Announce Winter Trout Season

MDC staff will stock more than 75,000 of the cold-water-loving fish when Missouri winter trout fishing kicks off in November. KDWPT-managed trout waters will receive two extra stockings and 22-percent more trout will be stocked this year statewide. (Trout image above: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism)

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is stocking more than 75,000 rainbow trout plus 193 lunkers in 32 urban-area lakes around the state for winter trout fishing beginning in early November. Many of these areas allow anglers to harvest trout as soon as they are stocked, while other areas are catch-and-release until Feb. 1. Find locations here..

The daily limit for catch-and-keep at these locations is four trout with no length limit. All Missouri residents over age 15 and under age 65 must have a fishing permit. All nonresidents over age 15 must have a fishing permit. To keep trout, all anglers of all ages must have a Missouri trout permit.

“Trout are typically found in the cold, spring-fed, streams of southern Missouri,” MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson said. “Stocking selected lakes and ponds around the state during the winter months provide close-to-home trout fishing opportunities in parts of Missouri that you normally won’t find trout.”

MDC staff will stock more than 75,000 of the cold-water-loving fish in 32 urban-area lakes throughout the state. Image: Missouri Department of Conservation

Buy hunting and fishing permits from vendors around the state, online, or through MDC’s free mobile apps Mo Hunting and Mo Fishing. MDC’s mobile apps are available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices.

KDWPT  to stock more trout, more often this season

You’re not seeing double, and that’s not a typo. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Fisheries Division staff will provide trout anglers with more fish, more often this season. In years past, KDWPT-managed trout waters would receive four stockings of fish over the course of the trout season. This year, KDWPT-managed trout waters will receive two extra stockings, reducing the amount of time between each stocking.

To sweeten the deal even more, 22-percent more trout will be stocked this year statewide.

Waters set to receive trout for the 2017-2018 trout season:

Type 1 Lakes: Trout permits required of all anglers (November 1 – April 15)

  • Dodge City Lake Charles
  • 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  No. 30 (Trout Permit required year-round)
  • Pratt Centennial Pond
  • Walnut River Area in El Dorado SP (Stocking pending completion of area repairs)
  • Willow Lake at Tuttle Creek SP
  • Webster Stilling Basin
  • Vic’s Lake and Slough Creek in Sedgwick County Park
  • Topeka Auburndale Park
  • Garnett Crystal Lake

Type 2 Lakes: Trout permits required only for anglers fishing for or possessing trout (November 1 – April 15)

  • Solomon River between Webster Reservoir and Rooks County No. 2 Road
  • Ft. Riley Cameron Springs
  • Lake Shawnee – Topeka
  • Salina Lakewood Lake
  • Moon Lake on Fort Riley
  • Historic Lake Scott State Park Pond
  • Hutchinson Dillon Nature Center Pond
  • Atchison City Lake No. 1
  • Holton-Elkhorn Lake
  • Syracuse Sam’s Pond
  • Cimarron Grasslands Pits
  • Colby – Villa High Lake
  • Great Bend Veterans Park Lake
  • Meade State Fishing Lake

The 2017-2018 Kansas trout season runs Nov. 1, 2017 – April 15, 2018. Trout permits can be purchased for $14.50 at any license vendor location and online at ksoutdoors.com.

For information on trout fishing in Kansas and stocking schedules, visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Fishing,” “Special Fishing Programs,” then “Trout Program Information.”

Content for this post provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation [Website] and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism [Website]