The winter areas receive regular stocking of hatchery-raised rainbow trout every two weeks until mid- or late March, with the exception of Lake Carl Etling, which gets trout twice a season, for the season opener and after Jan. 1.
This year, the Wildlife Department is buying trout from a Nebraska hatchery instead of Missouri. The Cedar Springs Trout Farm in Broadwater, Neb., won the recent bid to supply the state with trout.
The Nebraska hatchery also provides trout for Kansas. It already has stocked trout a couple of times in the Lower Mountain Fork River in southeastern Oklahoma.
Because the new trout supplier is traveling greater distances, state wildlife officials will not be posting the specific dates of the trout stockings on the Wildlife Department's website until the schedule becomes more certain.