TOPEKA, KAN. – The annual fall trout stocking at Lake Shawnee is set for Oct. 21. The public may view the stocking at 4 p.m. at the main boat ramp at Lake Shawnee as 7,000 pounds of rainbow trout are released into the lake. Following the stocking, the lake will be closed until 6 a.m. Oct. 29 to allow the fish time to disperse and acclimate to their new surroundings.
The stocking is done in partnership with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks as part of the Communities Fisheries Assistance Program. Trout season runs through April 15. During this time, fisherman must have a $14.50 trout permit. Trout permits may be purchased at most locations where fishing licenses are sold. More information on trout fishing in Kansas can be found at https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Trout-Fishing-Program.
“We are pleased to continue this partnership with KDWP to provide this additional fishing experience for residents of Shawnee County and visitors to Lake Shawnee,” said Scott Terry, park maintenance supervisor.
CFAP funds offset the cost of fishing programs at Lake Shawnee including the stocking of the lake with trout in the spring and fall of each year.
The trout stocking program began in 1979 when KDWPT Secretary Mike Hayden approached Parks and Recreation Director Ted Ensley about stocking the lake.
Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes nearly 60 miles of trails, 2,625 acres of parks and 320 annual days of sporting activities. In addition, the department offers recreation programs, educational programs and golf. A combination of tax dollars, user fees and private donations enables Shawnee County Parks and Recreation to offer parks, sporting and aquatic facilities with state-of-the art features, and beautiful, nationally recognized gardens.