LARGEMOUTH BASS

Largemouth Bass Image

Part of a group known as the black basses, including the smallmouth and spotted basses, the largemouth grows the biggest. Common in farm ponds, the largemouth likes shallow, murky water and usually associates with structure such as weeds or submerged timber. Some of the newer reservoirs and smaller lakes with standing timber also provide good largemouth fishing. Of the black basses, the largemouth is the only one with a mouth that extends behind the eye. The world record weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces. The Kansas record is 11 pounds, 12 ounces.

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

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

115-07-08 (PDF - 51.15 kB)

Bass fishing tournaments.

115-07-09 (PDF - 57.25 kB)

Weigh-in black bass fishing tournaments not using tournament black bass pass.

115-17-02 (PDF - 12.38 kB)

Commercial Sale of Fish Bait

115-18-20 (PDF - 8.82 kB)

Tournament bass pass; requirements, restrictions, and pass duration.

Fishing Forecast Information

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Lakes

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #1 219.03 17.07 0.00 3.73 E 132.82
GARNETT-CRYSTAL LAKE 175.86 53.45 0.00 4.07 E 113.88
COWLEY SFL 165.35 40.59 1.98 4.78 E 134.31
ATCHISON SFL 134.31 27.45 0.00 4.37 F 97.53
BOURBON SFL 122.22 10.10 0.00 5.58 G 89.35
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 119.79 27.08 0.00 3.96 G 97.70
BUTLER SFL 112.75 80.39 9.80 6.61 E 140.52
PRATT CO. LAKE 98.61 47.22 5.56 7.01 G 95.36
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 87.25 13.73 0.98 4.27 G 74.84
WILSON SFL 86.49 26.61 1.33 5.33 G 61.96
LYON SFL 76.85 42.91 1.00 4.30 G 80.54
MEADE STATE LAKE 74.53 38.68 2.83 6.56 G 50.53
DOUGLAS SFL 73.53 5.88 0.00 4.96 F 43.79
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 72.41 14.94 0.00 1.86 G 84.62
NEOSHO SFL 70.59 27.94 1.47 4.56 G 63.07
KIOWA SFL 70.45 40.91 0.00 3.76 F 50.65
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 69.64 18.75 0.00 3.31 G 66.02
COLDWATER LAKE 68.29 7.32 0.00 3.75 F 25.95
THAYER CITY LAKE (NEW) 63.97 12.50 0.00 3.37 G 44.17
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 62.75 15.69 0.98 5.59 G 64.87
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 61.44 30.07 6.54 6.53 G 46.17
OLATHE-CEDAR LAKE 61.17 28.16 0.97 5.39 G 61.97
LENEXA-LAKE LENEXA 60.34 3.45 0.86 5.61 G 55.19
EUREKA CITY LAKE 59.80 12.75 0.98 5.26 G 48.65
MCPHERSON SFL 57.63 35.03 0.56 6.59 G 78.42
BONE CREEK LAKE 56.62 38.24 1.47 6.88 G 51.15
MADISON CITY LAKE 54.90 31.37 2.94 6.17 G 55.46
SHAWNEE SFL 54.47 35.59 3.63 5.77 G 59.21
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 52.94 3.92 0.00 2.67 G 29.08
GRAHAM CO.-ANTELOPE LAKE 48.84 23.26 0.00 2.95 G 39.91
PLEASANTON - EAST LAKE 48.61 14.88 0.00 3.57 G 46.91
MELVERN RIVER POND 47.06 15.69 0.00 3.53 G 31.71
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 46.88 16.41 0.00 4.01 G 47.29
GARDNER CITY LAKE 46.60 13.59 0.00 2.61 G 51.98
CHANUTE CITY LAKE 46.22 21.01 3.36 6.19 G 56.30
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 45.72 17.82 0.00 2.90 G 54.60
MOLINE OLD (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 44.12 5.88 0.00 2.05 G 45.23
PLEASANTON - WEST LAKE 44.00 20.00 1.00 4.78 G 75.49
LEAVENWORTH SFL 43.14 7.84 0.00 2.52 F 49.67
SEDAN - NEW (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 42.58 17.30 0.00 4.07 G 46.46
SEDAN - OLD (NORTH) CITY LAKE 40.90 19.95 1.00 4.81 G 56.83
ALMA CITY LAKE 39.92 13.97 0.00 2.51 G 39.92
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD-MAIN 39.72 14.89 0.00 5.24 G 25.61
OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE 38.89 15.74 0.00 4.91 G 68.94
SPRING HILL CITY LAKE 38.05 12.39 2.65 6.78 G 26.27
MARION CO. LAKE 36.27 3.92 0.00 2.01 G 25.78
SCOTT STATE LAKE 36.22 9.60 0.31 4.92 G 41.56
JEWELL SFL 34.71 22.94 0.00 4.73 G 69.47
MONTGOMERY SFL 33.93 9.98 1.50 4.85 G 25.10
BOURBON CO. LAKE 33.75 22.50 1.25 4.52 G 35.83
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 32.68 13.73 0.00 4.07 F 33.33
BIG HILL WA-NORTH POND 31.94 2.00 0.00 4.65 G 31.94
HORSETHIEF 31.76 20.00 0.00 4.90 F 35.56
PAOLA CITY LAKE 31.62 8.55 1.71 5.40 G 36.61
KINGMAN SFL 30.59 10.00 0.00 3.02 G 44.56
OSAWATOMIE CITY LAKE 29.47 2.11 0.00 2.05 F 29.47
OSAGE SFL 29.41 0.98 0.00 1.86 F 19.93
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 29.41 4.90 0.98 5.03 F 26.91
MIAMI SFL 27.73 8.40 0.00 3.83 F 28.94
BARBER SFL-LOWER 26.87 0.00 0.00 1.57 P 18.21
CLARK SFL 26.71 11.18 1.86 6.46 G 28.44
WASHINGTON SFL 25.81 2.77 0.00 2.76 F 20.74
WOODSON SFL 25.57 9.09 1.70 5.49 G 21.12
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 25.21 4.20 0.84 4.54 F 16.01
LEBO CITY LAKE 23.97 8.26 0.00 3.79 F 29.21
CRAWFORD SFL 23.53 10.78 1.47 6.19 F 20.86
SEDGWICK CO.-LAKE AFTON 22.67 12.00 1.33 3.37 F 16.64
CHASE SFL 22.67 12.00 1.33 4.98 G 19.97
GEARY SFL 21.93 5.35 1.07 5.56 G 20.82
CRITZER LAKE 21.43 12.24 0.00 2.37 G 19.95
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 16.47 10.00 0.59 4.25 P 11.96
SHERIDAN SFL 11.90 2.68 0.00 2.00 F 28.21
FORD SFL 11.11 0.00 0.00 1.74 F 11.11
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 10.78 8.38 0.00 5.17 P 7.59
ELLIS CITY LAKE 8.05 0.00 0.00 1.82 P 4.38
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 8.03 2.19 0.00 2.31 P 7.50
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 6.86 3.92 0.00 2.63 F 17.65
OTTAWA SFL 6.33 0.45 0.00 1.76 F 24.61
FORT SCOTT-GUNN PK W PD-#2 6.00 6.00 0.00 1.90 F 6.00
HARVEY CO. LAKE - WEST 3.53 1.76 0.59 3.54 F 6.81
OLPE CITY LAKE 1.96 1.96 0.00 2.43 P 1.48
JEFFREY EC- AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 1.90 0.00 0.00 0.97 P 2.34
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW 1.76 0.59 0.00 2.97 P 0.98

Ponds

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
JEWELL CITY LAKE 139.68 25.40 0.00 2.30 G 101.04
EMPORIA-JONES PARK - E POND 123.60 11.24 0.00 1.44 G 111.20
LAWRENCE - P. D. BILLINGS - N 120.00 64.00 0.00 3.33 G 120.00
EMPORIA-JONES PARK -N POND 118.18 36.36 0.00 2.72 G 75.51
NEMAHA WILDLIFE AREA POND 94.15 65.62 0.00 3.82 G 73.43
BALDWIN - SPRING CREEK LAKE 88.24 15.69 0.00 4.01 G 75.75
EMPORIA-JONES PARK - W POND 86.33 14.39 0.00 2.09 G 84.97
SEVERY CITY LAKE 52.94 15.69 1.96 4.75 G 79.86
WALNUT CREEK - TORONTO RES. 36.27 19.61 0.00 4.78 G 22.31
OVERBROOK KIDS POND 33.33 27.78 0.00 2.17 F 33.33
FALL RIVER SP - KIDS POND 33.33 25.00 0.00 2.78 F 72.92
COFFEYVILLE-LECLERE 32.93 5.99 0.00 1.82 F 25.45
COLBY-VILLA HIGH LAKE 29.17 12.50 0.00 2.30 F 29.17
BLACK KETTLE SFL 23.53 17.65 2.35 5.23 F 23.53
OVERBROOK CITY LAKE 19.61 3.92 0.00 2.38 P 19.61
OLPE-JONES PARK POND 18.87 9.43 0.00 1.53 F 36.84
EMPORIA-PETER PAN PARK 18.18 13.64 0.00 2.99 G 38.71
STERLING CITY LAKE 12.82 0.00 0.00 1.23 F 12.82
GLEN ELDER SP POND 5.88 5.88 0.00 5.30 P 5.88

Reservoirs

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
SEBELIUS (NORTON) 72.06 38.24 0.00 2.48 E 168.14
LACYGNE 65.80 42.68 6.52 6.42 E 74.23
BIG HILL 35.93 19.46 0.25 6.47 G 27.84
EL DORADO 20.12 10.06 0.91 4.99 F 10.94
HILLSDALE 11.45 3.20 0.74 6.32 G 5.98
MILFORD 9.89 4.01 0.00 4.22 G 10.08
COFFEY COUNTY LAKE 9.09 6.82 0.00 3.62 F 8.24
CEDAR BLUFF 7.63 4.70 0.20 4.14 F 7.44
LOVEWELL 3.92 0.00 0.00 1.49 P 3.14
WILSON 2.63 2.11 0.00 2.22 F 4.92
MELVERN 2.35 0.20 0.00 3.42 P 2.29
GLEN ELDER 2.21 0.92 0.00 3.96 F 1.54
CLINTON 1.91 0.20 0.00 2.95 P 2.59
KIRWIN 0.98 0.98 0.00 1.94 P 0.91
KANOPOLIS 0.74 0.37 0.00 1.69 P 0.74
COUNCIL GROVE 0.65 0.65 0.00 2.20 P 0.65
Stocking Records Information
Largemouth Bass Image

Part of a group known as the black basses, including the smallmouth and spotted basses, the largemouth grows the biggest. Common in farm ponds, the largemouth likes shallow, murky water and usually associates with structure such as weeds or submerged timber. Some of the newer reservoirs and smaller lakes with standing timber also provide good largemouth fishing. Of the black basses, the largemouth is the only one with a mouth that extends behind the eye. The world record weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces. The Kansas record is 11 pounds, 12 ounces.

FINGERLINGS

Water Water Type Stocking Date Source Number Stocked
FARLINGTON FISH HATCHERY OTHR 05/18/16 FARLINGTON HATCHERY 235198
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 06/22/16 PRATT HATCHERY 6798
PLAINVILLE LAKE COML 06/01/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 3026
MELVERN REARING POND RPND 05/19/16 FARLINGTON HATCHERY 6032
OSAGE CITY LAKE COML 05/19/16 FARLINGTON HATCHERY 5016
(FISH) MC CO-SCOGGAN POND FISH 06/01/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 2223
LAWRENCE - OREGON TRAIL PARK POND COML 05/19/16 FARLINGTON HATCHERY 177
KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR RESV 05/19/16 FARLINGTON HATCHERY 14169
PERRY RESERVOIR RESV 05/19/16 FARLINGTON HATCHERY 20092
STERLING CITY LAKE COML 06/02/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 325
KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR RESV 05/31/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 20369
WILSON RESERVOIR RESV 06/02/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 25332
WILSON RESERVOIR RESV 06/22/16 PRATT HATCHERY 17391
      Total Requested 312359
      Total Stocked 356148

FRY

Water Water Type Stocking Date Source Number Stocked
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 04/12/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 41440
FARLINGTON FISH HATCHERY OTHR 04/18/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 440398
HARBIN FISH FARM   04/22/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 246708
MEADE FISH REARING STATION RPND 04/21/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 91434
HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR RESV 05/09/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 90932
JETMORE CITY LAKE COML 05/06/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 12447
FORD STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 05/09/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 4216
CONCANNON STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 05/06/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 10489
KIOWA STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 05/09/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 3127
BARBER SFL-LOWER SFLS 05/09/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 6856
Syracuse - Sam's Pond CFAP 05/05/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 6069
COLDWATER LAKE COML 05/09/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 27574
LIBERAL-ARKALON RECREATION AREA COML 05/06/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 2943
COLORADO   05/05/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 1324315
WILSON RESERVOIR RESV 05/06/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 113667
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 05/09/16 MEADE FISH REARING STATION 39177
      Total Requested 2068600
      Total Stocked 2461792

INTERMEDIATES

Water Water Type Stocking Date Source Number Stocked
MELVERN RESERVOIR RESV 09/24/16 MELVERN REARING POND 2985
OSAGE CITY LAKE COML 11/09/16 PRATT HATCHERY 2743
(FISH) LINCOLN CO-SCHNEIDER FISH 11/10/16 PRATT HATCHERY 248
Syracuse - Sam's Pond CFAP 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 120
DODGE CITY HIGH SCHOOL-DEMON LAKE COML 05/13/16 PRATT HATCHERY 120
LIBERAL-ARKALON RECREATION AREA COML 10/04/16 PRATT HATCHERY 132
(FISH) MC CO-CAMPBELL POND FISH 11/10/16 PRATT HATCHERY 659
GREAT BEND-VETS PARK LAKE COML 10/30/16 COMMERCIAL 160
      Total Requested 11750
      Total Stocked 7167