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. 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.
Meade SFL is located 8 miles south and 5 miles west of Meade and is home to Meade State Park.
The new regulation adding Meade SFL to the list of Kansas trout waters only recently took effect, and Meade received its first stocking of trout in late December.
All anglers age 16 or older fishing for or possessing trout during the trout season must have a 2014 trout permit, available online or wherever licenses are sold for $12.50. Anglers 15 and younger may fish for trout without a trout permit, but they may only keep two trout per day. The daily creel limit for those possessing a current trout permit is five per day. All resident anglers age 16-74 must also have a Kansas fishing license.
Meade SFL brings the number of Kansas waters receiving winter trout stockings to 34 (see the 2014 Kansas Fishing Regulations online at www.ksoutdoors.com for a complete list). Trout are purchased from private contractors with revenue generated through trout permit sales. Most waters receive several stockings during the season to maintain high-quality fishing opportunities throughout the winter. Flyfishing is a popular method used to catch them, but small spinners and spoons or commercial baits on light tackle are also effective.