PRATT – The wait is almost over for Kansas trout anglers eagerly waiting for the Nov. 1 opening day of the trout season, and more than 30 waters around the state will be stocked with rainbow trout before the opener. However, stockings will be delayed a week at three trout waters in southwest Kansas. Due to unforeseen circumstances, one of the contracted suppliers will not be able to stock trout at Meade State Fishing Lake, Cimarron National Grasslands, and Pratt Centennial Pond until the week of Nov. 5. Trout waters in southwest Kansas that will be stocked prior to the Nov. 1 opener include Great Bend Veterans’ Pond, Dodge City’s Lake Charles and Sam’s Pond in Syracuse.
Anglers 16 and older who fish for trout must have a $14.50 Trout Permit and a fishing license, unless exempt. Anglers 15 and younger do not need a Trout Permit, but may only keep two trout per day without the permit. Anglers with a Trout Permit may keep five trout per day, unless the water is posted otherwise.
Trout will be stocked regularly throughout the season, which ends April 15. While most fish stocked will be rainbow trout of catchable size, a few lunkers are added to provide trophy opportunities. Go to www.ksoutdoors.com and click on “Fishing,” then “Special Fishing Programs” to see trout fishing regulations, as well as a stocking schedule for the waters that will receive trout.