The first trout stocking of the 2013-2014 trout season occurred Tuesday morning at the Glen Elder State Park pond and consisted of 1,100 adult rainbow trout. These fish average over one pound apiece with a fair number approaching five pounds as well. An additional 1,100 fish will be stocked in mid-January or after the ice thaws with another 1,100 in mid-February for a total of 3,300 fish stocked this winter.
Trout fishing in the park pond was slower than normal last year due to a new hole developing under the inlet tube which connects the pond with Glen Elder Reservoir. Trout apparently were able to escape into the reservoir, thus reducing numbers and making fishing more difficult. This problem was again addressed this year and the hole was sealed again. According to Scott Waters, District Fisheries Biologist with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, this should guarantee that the trout will stay in the pond and allow for better fishing this winter. The cold weather forecasted for this upcoming weekend should produce safe ice after several days, but as always the public is advised to use extreme caution when venturing out on the ice.
Special regulations apply while fishing trout waters between November 1st and April 15th. All anglers 16 and older are required to purchase a trout permit for $12.50 if they intend to fish the park pond which is valid through December 31st, 2013. Anglers 15 and younger are exempt. In addition, all residents 16 through 74 years old and non-residents 16 and older must also have a valid fishing license. Trout permits are available at Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism offices, license vendors, county clerk offices, or online at www.ksoutdoors.com. The daily creel limit is 5 trout (2 trout for anglers 15 and younger fishing without a trout permit). The possession limit is three times the daily creel.