BLUEGILL

Bluegill Image

The bluegill is one of the most common panfish in Kansas, and it provides many youngsters with their first fishing thrill. Although it doesn't grow to enormous weights, the tenacious, saucer-shaped fish makes up for size with a scrappy fight. Common in most farm ponds and smaller community and state fishing lakes, bluegill are most easily caught when they move into shallow water and begin dishing out spawning beds. The state record bluegill weighed 2 pounds, 5 ounces. The world record is 4 pounds, 12ounces.

Regulations
115-18-08 (PDF - 58.99 kB)

Retrieval and possession of game animals and migratory game birds - Requirements

115-17-02 (PDF - 117.25 kB)

Commercial Sale of Fish Bait

Fishing Forecast Information

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Lakes

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3-yr average
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (LBS.)   (>6”)
PAOLA CITY LAKE 37.00 0.50 0.00 0.48 E 14.92
OLATHE-CEDAR LAKE 27.50 0.00 0.00 0.21 G 17.17
MCPHERSON 26.17 0.00 0.00 0.30 G 14.31
LENEXA-LAKE LENEXA 25.50 1.50 0.00 0.33 G 14.17
SCOTT STATE LAKE 21.00 1.00 0.00 0.41 G 28.30
WASHINGTON 20.50 0.00 0.00 0.28 G 22.33
GARDNER CITY LAKE 17.00 0.00 0.00 0.34 G 20.17
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 15.00 0.00 0.00 0.27 G 7.75
MIAMI 14.33 0.00 0.00 0.32 G 20.19
POTT. CO. - CROSS CREEK LK 12.50 0.00 0.00 0.31 G 21.25
DOUGLAS CO. - LONESTAR LAKE 11.50 0.25 0.00 0.24 G 12.83
PLAINVILLE LAKE 11.00 2.00 0.00 0.55 G 11.00
SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE 10.50 0.50 0.00 0.49 G 11.33
SHAWNEE CO. - LAKE SHAWNEE 9.75 0.00 0.00 0.33 G 14.13
LYON 9.00 0.75 0.00 0.46 G 23.08
MELVERN RIVER POND 9.00 2.00 0.00 0.43 G 4.33
POTTAWATOMIE #1 8.75 0.00 0.00 0.32 F 15.83
OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE 8.67 0.00 0.00 0.29 F 4.78
GREAT BEND - STONE PARK LAKE 8.67 0.00 0.00 0.34 F 8.67
LOUISBURG CITY LAKE 8.50 0.50 0.00 0.35 F 8.50
PLEASANTON - WEST LAKE 8.00 0.00 0.00 0.33 G 21.50
FORD 8.00 0.00 0.00 0.35 G 8.00
NEOSHO 7.75 0.00 0.00 0.26 G 6.75
HOWARD - POLK DANIELS LAKE 6.00 0.00 0.00 0.24 G 6.92
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 5.50 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 4.42
LOGAN CITY LAKE 5.00 0.00 0.00 0.38 G 5.00
BOURBON 5.00 0.50 0.00 0.41 G 5.33
CHANUTE CITY LAKE 5.00 0.00 0.00 0.26 F 6.00
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 5.00 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 5.63
COWLEY 4.75 1.25 0.00 0.00 G 4.50
JEWELL 4.50 0.00 0.00 0.29 G 3.17
FORT SCOTT CITY LAKE 4.38 0.38 0.00 0.32 G 4.38
PLEASANTON - EAST LAKE 4.00 0.00 0.00 0.24 F 4.63
MADISON CITY LAKE 4.00 1.00 0.00 0.66 G 14.75
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 3.90 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 2.40
JEFFREY EC - AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 3.63 0.00 0.00 0.25 F 5.25
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 3.50 0.00 0.00 0.25 F 9.92
MOLINE OLD (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 3.00 0.25 0.00 0.34 G 2.75
HARVEY CO. LAKE - EAST 2.80 0.00 0.00 0.42 F 2.80
POTTAWATOMIE #2 2.75 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 2.92
HORSETHIEF 2.63 0.00 0.00 0.30 F 2.08
SEDAN - NEW (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 2.50 0.00 0.00 0.30 F 2.50
OSAGE 2.50 0.00 0.00 0.29 F 1.58
BELLEVILLE - ROCKY POND 2.50 0.00 0.00 0.17 F 2.50
ATCHISON 2.50 0.00 0.00 0.24 F 1.92
THAYER CITY LAKE 2.50 0.00 0.00 0.31 G 2.00
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 2.25 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 1.33
ANTHONY CITY LAKE 2.25 0.00 0.00 0.20 P 2.25
BROWN 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.21 F 5.42
LEAVENWORTH 2.00 0.25 0.00 0.33 F 2.58
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 1.88 0.00 0.00 0.36 F 3.46
PRATT CO. LAKE 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.23 F 7.31
MOUND CITY LAKE 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 1.75
CHASE 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.29 G 5.08
BONE CREEK LAKE 1.75 0.50 0.00 0.51 G 1.71
GEARY 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.28 F 2.17
CRITZER LAKE 1.60 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 2.00
GARNETT CITY LAKE - NORTH 1.60 0.00 0.00 0.30 F 1.93
BUTLER 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.18 F 1.00
SHERIDAN 1.38 0.00 0.00 0.28 F 1.17
GRAHAM CO. - ANTELOPE LAKE 1.25 0.50 0.00 0.48 F 5.83
MONTGOMERY 1.14 0.00 0.00 0.35 G 1.71
SHAWNEE 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.19 P 1.42
JEFFREY EC - MAKEUP LAKE 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.23 P 2.08
DOUGLAS 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.26 F 1.97
CLARK 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.26 G 2.13
CRAWFORD 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 0.58
MIDDLE CREEK 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.21 P 1.83
OTTAWA 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.23 P 0.39
NEBO 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.19 P 1.75
KIOWA 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 1.00
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE - NEW 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.18 F 1.17
BARBER - LOWER 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.21 F 0.19
PARSONS CITY LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.14 P 0.25
HERINGTON CITY LAKE - NEW 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.18 F 0.08
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.33 F 4.75
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 0.20 0.00 0.00 0.11 F 1.47
KINGMAN 0.20 0.00 0.00 0.18 P 0.15
LEBO CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.12 P 0.50
WILSON 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.10 F 1.30
EUREKA CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.06 G 9.92
ELLIS CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.13 P 0.00
ROOKS STATE LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.09 F 0.00
HOLTON-PRAIRIE LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.13 P 0.88
OLPE CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.03 P 0.00
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD-MAIN 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 P 0.17
MEADE STATE LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.11 P 0.11

Ponds

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3-yr average
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (LBS.)   (>6”)
JEWELL CITY LAKE 15.50 0.50 0.00 0.45 G 7.94
SEVERY CITY LAKE 9.50 0.00 0.00 0.34 G 12.33
PARKER CITY LAKE 6.50 0.00 0.00 0.42 F 6.50
GLEN ELDER SP POND 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.23 F 1.17
LAWRENCE - P. DAWSON BILLINGS - N 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 P 0.00
STERLING CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 P 0.83

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3-yr average
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (LBS.)   (>6”)
WEBSTER 14.19 0.13 0.00 0.46 G 5.00
MARION 9.20 0.00 0.00 0.23 F 7.73
SEBELIUS (NORTON) 9.00 0.10 0.00 0.45 G 5.53
LOVEWELL 6.64 0.00 0.00 0.29 F 2.86
HILLSDALE 4.69 0.06 0.00 0.47 G 3.54
LACYGNE 3.69 0.00 0.00 0.30 F 4.33
BIG HILL 2.20 0.00 0.00 0.29 F 3.03
KIRWIN 2.06 0.00 0.00 0.37 F 0.69
WILSON 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.32 F 1.02
KANOPOLIS 1.44 0.06 0.00 0.52 F 0.95
CEDAR BLUFF 1.37 0.00 0.00 0.31 P 1.25
GLEN ELDER 1.09 0.00 0.00 0.38 P 0.41
CLINTON 0.69 0.00 0.00 0.26 P 0.94
EL DORADO 0.47 0.00 0.00 0.10 P 0.42
PERRY 0.38 0.00 0.00 0.16 P 0.76
MELVERN 0.38 0.00 0.00 0.22 P 0.81
FALL RIVER 0.31 0.00 0.00 0.26 P 0.81
POMONA 0.31 0.00 0.00 0.26 P 0.44
WOLF CREEK 0.21 0.00 0.00 0.18 F 0.98
MILFORD 0.19 0.00 0.00 0.30 F 0.67
TUTTLE CREEK 0.13 0.00 0.00 0.29 P 0.10
TORONTO 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.13 P 0.31
JOHN REDMOND 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.20 P 1.30
ELK CITY 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.16 P 0.33
COUNCIL GROVE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.09 F 0.08
Stocking Records Information
Bluegill Image

The bluegill is one of the most common panfish in Kansas, and it provides many youngsters with their first fishing thrill. Although it doesn't grow to enormous weights, the tenacious, saucer-shaped fish makes up for size with a scrappy fight. Common in most farm ponds and smaller community and state fishing lakes, bluegill are most easily caught when they move into shallow water and begin dishing out spawning beds. The state record bluegill weighed 2 pounds, 5 ounces. The world record is 4 pounds, 12ounces.

Adult

Water Water Type Stocking Date Source Number Stocked
DODGE CITY HIGH SCHOOL-DEMON LAKE COML 09/28/17 PRATT HATCHERY 252
ROOKS STATE LAKE SFLS 09/27/17 PRATT HATCHERY 1908
LOGAN CITY LAKE COML 09/27/17 PRATT HATCHERY 288
PLAINVILLE LAKE COML 09/27/17 PRATT HATCHERY 900
BELLEVILLE-ROCKY POND COML 10/17/17 PRATT HATCHERY 950
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE COML 10/16/17 PRATT HATCHERY 982
LEBO CITY LAKE COML 10/16/17 PRATT HATCHERY 1495
DODGE CITY-LAKE CHARLES-DCCC POND COML 09/28/17 PRATT HATCHERY 252
(FISH) OSBORNE-WALLACE #2 FISH 10/17/17 PRATT HATCHERY 363
(FISH) OSBORNE-WALLACE #1 FISH 10/17/17 PRATT HATCHERY 152
(FISH) CHASE CO - MILLER POND #3 FISH 05/09/17 PRATT HATCHERY 65
      Total Requested 7375
      Total Stocked 7607

FINGERLINGS

Water Water Type Stocking Date Source Number Stocked
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 04/11/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 7590
MEADE FISH REARING STATION RPND 04/11/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 15180
HESSTON - INTERSTATE PARK POND CFAP 06/29/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 630
SALINA-LAKEWOOD LAKE COML 04/18/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 6820
LIBERAL-ARKALON RECREATION AREA COML     0
LACROSSE-WARREN STONE LAKE COML 05/02/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 15500
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 04/11/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 7505
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 04/12/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 35340
ROOKS STATE LAKE SFLS 09/27/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 23870
ROOKS STATE LAKE SFLS 09/27/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 6331
LOGAN CITY LAKE COML 09/27/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 4508
PLAINVILLE LAKE COML 09/27/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 9017
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 10/24/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 9776
      Total Requested 57100
      Total Stocked 142067