Improved Water Allows Trout Stocking at Cedar Bluff

Anglers have a better shot at catching something now.

Potential for anglers to catch trout at Cedar Bluff Reservoir got a little better last week when the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks determined that the Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin was suitable for stocking.

Trout season opened Oct. 15 and runs through April 15. Earlier, officials had said that Cedar Bluff water conditions were too poor for stocking because of fall turnover. On Oct. 21, conditions had improved and 1,750 trout were stocked at the site.

Two other traditional trout sites, Smoky Gardens south of Goodland and Sand Sage Bison Range Pond near Garden City, are currently too low to stock.

During trout season, the wildlife department stocks trout in designated waters. Some areas require a $12.50 trout permit for anglers 16 and older, regardless of whether they are fishing for trout. Others require a permit only if the fisherman is fishing for, or in possession of, trout. Anglers 15 and under do not need a trout permit.

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