Kanopolis Seep Stream Trout

Kanopolis Seep Stream Trout


Kansas has a trout stream, but its headwaters
aren’t rooted in some high mountain pass. They’re sourced below the dam of Kanopolis
Reservoir near Marquette. Here, a tube adds cold water from deep within the lake, making
it possible for trout to live much of each year in waters otherwise too warm for their
survival. Stocked trout provide a unique stream fishing experience at the Kanopolis Seep Stream,
unlike anything else in the state. The stream, about a mile-and-a-half long with
its deepest pools adjacent to the spillway parking lot, is a walk-in area with two access
points. And though walking is easy along a flat, streamside roadway, you can plan on
considerable exercise to fish its length. The Kanopolis Seep Stream is especially attractive
to flyfishers, but it accommodates all trout fishing techniques. Stream zones are marked
by numbers on poles, and posted signs designate separate zones for using live bait or artificial
lures. Stockings are made monthly during trout season, which runs from October 15 through
April 15. Catching trout from a scenic stream pool adds
a distinct flavor over the normal ponds and lakes that make up the Kansas winter trout
program. Russ Lamer of Falun likes the solitude of this area, where few anglers are there
to compete. He uses plastic floating salmon eggs with enough line weight to anchor them
on bottom. This still-fishing technique is legal in all sections of the stream, though
power bait and gulp eggs are restricted to the live bait portions.
Small, in-line spinners are effective on seep stream trout, as are flies. Midge patterns
are usually best for fly-fishing. Since water is very clear, 4-pound test line and small
flies are most natural and effective. Local fly-fishermen report their best luck with
flies sized 18-22, fished under strike indicators. Catching a scrappy trout at the Kanopolis
seep stream is a great Kansas adventure. Other native fish may be caught in the seep stream
as well. The Kanopolis Seep Stream is a type-one trout water, so all anglers 16 or older must
have a trout permit while fishing during the trout season. Daily creel limit is five trout.
Anglers 15 and younger may fish without a trout permit but are limited to two trout
per day. I’m Mike Blair for KDWPT.

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