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Posted on: February 10, 2023

Lake Shawnee trout stocking set for Feb. 24; lake closed to fishing Feb. 24-March 3

Crowd watching large number of trout sliding down chute into Lake Shawnee

TOPEKA, KAN. – Weather permitting, the winter stocking of trout at Lake Shawnee is set for Feb. 24. The public may view the trout stocking at 3 p.m., Fri., Feb. 24 at the main boat ramp at Lake Shawnee as 7,000 pounds of rainbow trout will be released into the lake. Following the stocking, the lake will be closed until 6 a.m. March 4 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, 2023. During this time, anglers must have a $14.50 trout permit. Trout permits may be purchased at most locations where fishing licenses are sold or online. More information on trout fishing in Kansas can be found at

“Shawnee County is pleased to continue our partnership with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to enhance the fishing experience for the residents and visitors at Lake Shawnee,” said John Bell, parks superintendent. 

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 KDWP Secretary, Mike Hayden approached Parks and Recreation Director Ted Ensley about stocking the lake. 


 Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes 60 miles of trails, 2,696 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.

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