A crewman with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism makes sure none of the 2,000 trout get injured during their stocking into Meade Lake Friday. The local lake has been classified as Type 2 Trout Waters and now has trout available for anglers, if they possess a state trout permit, which costs $12.50, and a fishing license. Photos courtesy KDWP&T and Ray Gokey
By LARRY PHILLIPS
• Leader & Times
Meade Lake State Park now has an official new species in its waters that will be available to anglers. On Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, staff with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism released 2,000 trout into Meade Lake.
Current KDWP&T Park Ranger Matthew Trujillo said last week the stocking of trout in Meade Lake was the culmination of several years of effort.
“We’ve always had people asking us why can’t we get trout stocked at Meade Lake, and we’ve been working on it for three years,” Trujillo said. “Now we will have a way to encourage people to come out in the winter months and use the lake and its facilities.”
“We’re excited,” he added.
The final hurdle in getting trout into the lake was getting the state to reclassify the lake, according to a press release on Monday from KDWP&T’s Mike Miller.
“Anglers in Southwest Kansas have an additional winter fishing opportunity now that Meade State Fishing Lake has been added to the list of Type 2 Trout Waters,” Miller noted. “Rainbow trout will be stocked periodically through the winter, and since Meade is designated as a Type 2 Trout Water, anglers fishing for or possessing trout are required to have a trout fishing permit during the Nov. 1-April 15 trout season.”
The trout permit is available at all approved license vendors or online and cost $12.50.
“Anglers 15 and younger may fish for trout without a trout permit, but they may only keep two trout per day,” Miller added. “The daily creel limit for those possessing a current trout permit is five per day. All resident anglers age 16 to 74 must also have a Kansas fishing license.”
Miller also said this is not likely to be the only stocking this winter at the lake.
“Most waters receive several stockings during the season to maintain high-quality fishing opportunities throughout the winter,” he noted. “Fly fishing is a popular method used to catch them, but small spinners and spoons or commercial baits on light tackle are also effective.”
While anglers may be ready to try their luck fishing for trout, it may be hard at this time of year to find open water, as KDWP&T staff had to cut a hole through the ice to complete the stocking last Friday.