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 - 12.38 kB)

Commercial Sale of Fish Bait

Fishing Forecast Information

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Lakes

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (LBS.)   (>6”)
SCOTT STATE LAKE 35.00 0.17 0.00 0.42 G 25.74
PLEASANTON - WEST LAKE 35.00 3.00 0.00 0.52 E 17.75
WASHINGTON SFL 29.00 0.00 0.00 0.32 G 18.67
EUREKA CITY LAKE 23.75 0.25 0.00 0.47 G 15.00
GARDNER CITY LAKE 21.50 0.25 0.00 0.31 G 25.75
MADISON CITY LAKE 21.00 0.25 0.00 0.37 G 14.58
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 18.50 0.88 0.00 0.41 G 11.88
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 15.25 0.00 0.00 0.30 F 16.67
LENEXA-LAKE LENEXA 13.00 1.00 0.00 0.40 F 16.17
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #1 12.75 0.00 0.00 0.35 G 16.50
BROWN SFL 12.00 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 7.92
NEOSHO SFL 12.00 0.00 0.00 0.29 G 4.83
MARION CO. LAKE 8.75 1.50 0.00 0.43 G 9.92
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 8.25 0.00 0.00 0.29 F 6.42
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 8.13 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 5.46
MCPHERSON SFL 8.00 0.00 0.00 0.35 G 6.00
JEFFREY EC- AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 7.88 0.13 0.00 0.43 F 4.17
LYON SFL 7.75 0.75 0.00 0.56 G 20.42
GRAHAM CO.-ANTELOPE LAKE 7.25 2.75 0.25 0.94 E 6.00
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 7.00 0.00 0.00 0.28 G 9.33
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 6.38 0.13 0.00 0.43 F 4.04
PLEASANTON CITY LAKE - OLD 6.00 0.00 0.00 0.22 G 4.50
CHASE SFL 5.75 0.25 0.00 0.29 G 6.58
BOURBON SFL 5.67 0.00 0.00 0.30 G 6.83
PLEASANTON - EAST LAKE 5.25 0.00 0.00 0.27 G 5.25
PAOLA CITY LAKE 5.25 0.00 0.00 0.24 G 3.00
GARNETT-CRYSTAL LAKE 5.00 0.00 0.00 0.22 G 21.50
COWLEY SFL 5.00 0.25 0.00 0.31 G 5.67
CHANUTE CITY LAKE 4.50 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 5.83
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 4.50 0.00 0.00 0.24 F 4.33
SABETHA CITY LAKE 4.50 0.00 0.00 0.30 F 9.63
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 4.38 0.00 0.00 0.35 F 9.96
OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE 4.33 0.00 0.00 0.17 F 6.14
WILSON SFL 3.75 0.25 0.00 0.47 G 7.63
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 3.75 0.00 0.00 0.19 F 2.42
GEARY SFL 3.50 0.00 0.00 0.25 F 3.33
OLATHE-CEDAR LAKE 3.50 0.00 0.00 0.23 F 10.17
BLUE MOUND - CITY LAKE 3.50 0.50 0.00 0.24 G 3.50
THAYER CITY LAKE (NEW) 3.50 2.00 0.00 0.42 F 3.25
PRATT CO. LAKE 3.50 0.25 0.00 0.39 E 8.39
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 3.20 0.00 0.00 0.37 F 2.90
CLARK SFL 3.00 0.00 0.00 0.29 G 1.97
MONTGOMERY SFL 2.75 0.50 0.00 0.40 G 2.42
CRITZER LAKE 2.40 0.00 0.00 0.20 G 1.20
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 2.25 0.00 0.00 0.30 F 4.13
MIAMI SFL 2.25 0.00 0.00 0.21 F 21.25
JEWELL SFL 2.25 0.00 0.00 0.34 F 1.83
OSAWATOMIE CITY LAKE 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.26 F 2.00
MOLINE OLD (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 3.00
SHAWNEE SFL 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.15 P 1.08
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.21 P 3.58
SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 12.25
HORSETHIEF 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.25 F 1.34
ALMA CITY LAKE 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.20 P 1.71
SHERIDAN SFL 1.63 0.00 0.00 0.20 P 1.46
LEBO CITY LAKE 1.50 0.25 0.00 0.61 F 3.17
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.26 F 2.37
DOUGLAS SFL 1.25 0.00 0.00 0.25 F 7.72
LEAVENWORTH SFL 1.25 0.00 0.00 0.27 F 4.50
JEFFREY EC- MAKE UP LAKE 1.25 0.00 0.00 0.19 P 2.25
BONE CREEK LAKE 1.14 0.00 0.00 0.26 G 2.13
MELVERN RIVER POND 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.39 G 2.00
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.30 G 1.33
PRESCOTT CITY LAKE 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.29 G 2.00
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.19 P 0.58
CRAWFORD SFL 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 0.58
GREAT BEND-VETS PARK LAKE 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.18 F 0.83
OTTAWA SFL 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.18 P 0.17
NEBO SFL 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 2.25
BUTLER SFL 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.22 P 5.88
ATCHISON CO. LAKE 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.16 P 0.50
OSAGE SFL 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 0.75
HORTON-MISSION LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.14 P 0.25
COLDWATER LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.32 F 0.19
OLPE CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 P 0.00
ATCHISON SFL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 7.33
MEADE STATE LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.14 F 0.11
ELLIS CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.15 P 0.00
BARBER SFL-LOWER 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.05 F 0.22
KIOWA SFL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.11 G 1.14
WOODSON SFL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 P 0.48
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD-MAIN 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.09 P 0.25
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 F 0.08
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.11 P 9.00

Ponds

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (LBS.)   (>6”)
SEVERY CITY LAKE 18.50 0.00 0.00 0.23 G 10.67
HORTON-LITTLE LAKE 5.00 0.00 0.00 0.21 F 5.33
OVERBROOK CITY LAKE 2.50 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 2.50
STERLING CITY LAKE 1.67 0.00 0.00 0.19 F 1.67
GLEN ELDER SP POND 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.28 F 2.67
JEWELL CITY LAKE 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.24 G 4.22
TUTTLE CREEK RIVER POND 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.44

Reservoirs

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (LBS.)   (>6”)
MARION 6.57 0.14 0.00 0.45 P 7.00
BIG HILL 5.50 0.00 0.00 0.28 G 3.97
HILLSDALE 3.31 0.00 0.00 0.35 F 2.79
LACYGNE 2.44 0.19 0.00 0.34 G 3.44
SEBELIUS (NORTON) 2.20 0.70 0.00 0.72 G 6.36
LOVEWELL 1.31 0.00 0.00 0.24 F 0.73
CEDAR BLUFF 1.22 0.00 0.00 0.23 P 0.94
CLINTON 1.06 0.00 0.00 0.22 P 1.21
ELK CITY 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.15 P 0.36
JOHN REDMOND 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.36 P 1.97
WILSON 0.93 0.00 0.00 0.33 P 0.54
POMONA 0.88 0.00 0.00 0.39 P 0.35
KANOPOLIS 0.63 0.06 0.00 0.40 P 0.47
MILFORD 0.63 0.00 0.00 0.36 F 1.08
WEBSTER 0.56 0.00 0.00 0.25 F 0.56
EL DORADO 0.53 0.00 0.00 0.23 P 0.47
PERRY 0.44 0.00 0.00 0.26 F 2.05
TORONTO 0.31 0.00 0.00 0.20 P 0.35
MELVERN 0.19 0.00 0.00 0.21 P 0.92
COFFEY COUNTY LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 0.24 F 1.37
FALL RIVER 0.13 0.00 0.00 0.17 P 0.83
GLEN ELDER 0.08 0.00 0.00 0.28 F 0.06
TUTTLE CREEK 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.18 P 0.08
KIRWIN 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.10 P 0.02
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
ELLIS CITY LAKE COML 06/02/16 TRANSFER 94
GOODMAN STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 411
FORT LEAVENWORTH-MERRITT LAKE COML 10/10/16 PRATT HATCHERY 66
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 10/20/16 PRATT HATCHERY 1343
DODGE CITY HIGH SCHOOL-DEMON LAKE COML 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 205
LACROSSE-WARREN STONE LAKE COML 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 754
Syracuse - Sam's Pond CFAP 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 507
LOGAN CITY LAKE COML 09/29/16 PRATT HATCHERY 770
PLAINVILLE LAKE COML 09/29/16 PRATT HATCHERY 3580
OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 10/19/16 PRATT HATCHERY 2960
(FISH) MC CO-CAMPBELL POND FISH 10/19/16 PRATT HATCHERY 1440
CIMARRON GRASSLANDS PITS WMAS 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 329
LIBERAL-ARKALON RECREATION AREA COML 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 507
DODGE CITY-LAKE CHARLES-DCCC POND COML 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 205
DODGE CITY-GOLF COURSE COML 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 205
ELLIS CITY LAKE COML 10/20/16 PRATT HATCHERY 592
HARVEY COUNTY LAKE-WEST COML 10/20/16 PRATT HATCHERY 624
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 10/20/16 PRATT HATCHERY 171
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 10/20/16 PRATT HATCHERY 2192
      Total Requested 12944
      Total Stocked 16955

FINGERLINGS

Water Water Type Stocking Date Source Number Stocked
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 04/08/16 PRATT HATCHERY 15698
GOODMAN STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 4800
FORT LEAVENWORTH-MERRITT LAKE COML 10/10/16 PRATT HATCHERY 2656
Syracuse - Sam's Pond CFAP 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 4800
(FISH) RUSSELL CO-TRUAN POND FISH 10/20/16 PRATT HATCHERY 730
LACROSSE-WARREN STONE LAKE COML 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 16800
LIBERAL-ARKALON RECREATION AREA COML 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 6000
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 04/11/16 PRATT HATCHERY 8184
PLAINVILLE LAKE COML 09/29/16 PRATT HATCHERY 39579
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 11/01/16 PRATT HATCHERY 54670
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 10/25/16 PRATT HATCHERY 7104
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 10/31/16 PRATT HATCHERY 3652
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 11/07/16 PRATT HATCHERY 1627
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 11/07/16 PRATT HATCHERY 1118
      Total Requested 62500
      Total Stocked 167418