Angler Story Starters

Cast Out in Kansas' Urban Lakes

The Urban Fishing Program stocks 77 public fishing lakes across Kansas to provide fishing opportunities in metro areas with populations over 40,000 - places where demand for fish might otherwise exceed supply. The program stocks 77 lakes with ¾- to 1½-pound channel catfish, hybrid sunfish and wipers from April through September.

Winter: A Great Time for Trout Anglers

The best winter fishing in Kansas is for trout, which are stocked every two weeks through the Trout Fishing Program at these locations. In addition to fishing licenses, which need to be renewed on Jan. 1, anglers will need a trout permit. Buy both online.

In 2014, a Kansas angler made a new state record. Congrats to Josh McCullough of Spring Hill on reeling in a 15.72-pound, 28.5-inch rainbow trout at Kill Creek Park Lake near Olathe!

The Mobile Aquarium

Want to learn more about the diverse wildlife (and delicious dinners) lurking in Kansas' 24 reservoirs and 250 state and community lakes? Then check out the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's mobile aquarium, which travels to events across the state to educate the public about Kansas sportfish and non-game fish.

KDWPT uses the 40-foot, 3,200-gallon aquarium to increase awareness about Kansas fisheries, in hopes of hooking the next generation of anglers on the rewards of recreational fishing. Species typically on display include: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass (wiper), bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, buffalo, common carp, walleye, sauger, saugeye, redear sunfish, black crappie, white crappie, longnose gar, spotted gar, freshwater drum and many more.

All of the mobile aquarium's fish, except for the stripers, were collected from Kansas waters through standard fisheries science collection techniques. Fisheries biologists are on hand at mobile-aquarium events, passing out literature and talking with the public about the state's fish resources.