Trout Stocking Program

Kansas trout season runs Nov. 1 – April 15.

License and Permits: Kansas fishing license and trout permit is valid for the current calendar year.

Fishing License is required for all residents 16 through 64 years old and non-residents 16 and older.

Trout permit ($14.50) is required for some waters stocked with trout whether fishing for trout or not, and others require a trout permit only for anglers fishing for trout. Please refer Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism location page for details.

All adult daily creel limit is 5 trout.



  • Youth 15 and under without trout permit daily creel limit is 2 trout.
  • Trout fishing at Mined Land Wildlife Area Unit #30 (Cherokee County) requires a trout permit year-round.
  • 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.


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.


Source: Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

Update: 10/16/2018 The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism site doesn’t have an updated trout stocking schedule for 2017-2018 on their website right now.  Trout season is still suppose to start on Nov. 1, but do not know what the actually stocking schedule will be.

2016-2017 Trout Stocking Schedule around Wichita Area

 Nov 1 - Nov 14Nov 15 - Nov 30Dec 1 - Dec 14Dec 15 - Dec 31Jan 1 - Jan 14Jan 15 - Jan 31Feb 1 - Feb 14Feb 15 - Feb 28Mar 1 - Mar 14Mar 15 - Mar 31
Kanopolis Seep Stream1190201011901190
Sedgwick Co-Slough Creek565565565565565565565565
Sedgwick Co-Vic's Lake725725725725725725725725
Wichita-KDOT East Lake400400400400400400400400
El Dorado St. Park-River Area400400400400400400400400
Pratt-Centennial Pond510510510510
Hutchinson-Dillon Nature Center300300300300300300300300