Wildwood Park stocked with trout

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is partnering with Finney County, through the Community Fisheries Assistance Program (CFAP), to provide a new fishing location for anglers in the Garden City area.


Wildwood Park, a former rock quarry located at the southwest edge of Garden City, includes nearly 20 acres of water for angling-related recreation. The current fishery is comprised of sunfish, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. The KDWPT recently bolstered the population with the stocking of bluegill fingerlings and 10 to12-inch channel catfish intermediates.


Additionally, Wildwood Park will also become southwest Kansas' newest winter-time trout destination. The park ponds will be classified as a "Type II" trout water, meaning that a trout permit will be required of those anglers fishing for, or having trout in their possession. An annual $5.00 entrance fee is required of all users of the Wildwood Park as required by Finney County.


The annual winter trout season officially begins Nov. 1; the daily creel limit is five (5) trout per person. Other locations in southwest Kansas receiving trout this week include the Centennial Pond at the Pratt KDWPT headquarters office, Meade State Fishing Lake, Sam's Pond in Syracuse, Lake Charles in Dodge City, and the fishing ponds at the Cimarron National Grasslands near Elkhart.