Kansas Winter Trout Fishing

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Trout fishing in Kansas is primarily a wintertime activity. Rainbow trout and coldwater fish won’t survive a Kansas summer, but they do fine from fall thru spring.

One year-round trout fishing hotspot in Kansas is a strip-mined lake on the Mined Land Wildlife Area in Cherokee County. Cool springs flowing into the impoundment allow trout to survive year-round.

More than 30 waters are stocked with trout, and they are divided into two categories, listed in the Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary.

All anglers 16 and older fishing on Type 1 Trout Waters must have a Trout Permit. On Type 2 waters, only anglers fishing for or possessing trout must have a Trout Permit.

Anglers use a variety of techniques to catch Kansas trout. Some anglers prefer fishing baits on or near the bottom. Others prefer to cast small spinners, spoons, or jigs on light tackle. Fly-fishing is another option. Due to clear winter water conditions, light line and ultra-light tackle is often necessary.

For Kansas fishing regulations and a list of trout stocking schedules, visit:

source: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism