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 - 117.25 kB)

Commercial Sale of Fish Bait

115-18-20 (PDF - 8.80 kB)

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

Fishing Forecast Information

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Lakes

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3-yr average
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
POTTAWATOMIE #1 228.11 13.33 1.48 4.44 E 172.93
COWLEY 139.22 33.33 1.96 4.93 E 143.68
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 115.73 33.71 0.00 3.59 G 103.45
BUTLER 114.71 57.84 10.78 6.19 E 125.49
DOUGLAS 106.86 9.80 1.96 4.76 G 74.84
RICHMOND CITY LAKE 106.00 54.00 6.00 5.68 E 106.00
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 103.45 6.90 0.00 2.10 G 92.34
FORT SCOTT - GUNN PARK W PD - #2 96.67 16.67 3.33 4.08 E 51.33
BOURBON 92.00 16.00 3.00 6.39 E 96.16
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE - NEW 84.62 20.00 0.00 2.72 G 77.44
LYON 83.83 42.91 0.00 3.36 G 75.80
MCPHERSON 83.77 55.84 2.60 6.28 G 69.52
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 79.03 37.63 7.53 8.51 G 62.93
KIOWA 77.55 44.90 0.00 5.08 F 57.98
LENEXA - LAKE LENEXA 72.55 7.84 0.98 6.01 G 58.54
SCOTT STATE LAKE 72.12 17.31 1.92 5.48 G 50.88
PRATT CO. LAKE 72.09 36.05 2.33 5.88 G 95.15
OLATHE-CEDAR LAKE 71.57 46.08 0.00 6.14 G 56.66
KINGMAN 70.86 35.93 0.00 4.32 G 58.05
POTT. CO. - CROSS CREEK LK 69.07 14.54 1.82 5.57 G 96.88
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 67.97 15.69 0.00 4.22 G 41.39
HOWAR D -POLK DANIELS LAKE 64.87 18.96 0.00 3.25 G 66.49
JEWELL 63.80 40.72 0.45 4.54 G 54.13
GARDNER CITY LAKE 61.54 20.19 0.00 4.48 G 52.23
NEBO 58.88 26.86 6.20 7.17 G 51.21
MADISON CITY LAKE 56.89 26.95 2.00 4.63 G 50.24
FORT SCOTT - ROCK CREEK LAKE 56.00 10.00 0.00 3.84 G 56.00
OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE 55.77 26.92 0.00 4.49 G 47.17
SHAWNEE 55.60 34.87 2.83 5.58 G 53.29
CLARK 55.35 26.42 5.66 7.57 G 35.06
COLDWATER LAKE 54.24 10.17 0.00 3.09 G 42.70
DOUGLAS CO. - LONESTAR LAKE 51.96 11.76 0.98 5.91 G 74.51
NEOSHO 51.47 16.18 2.21 4.94 G 64.22
HOLTON - PRAIRIE LAKE 47.90 35.07 1.71 4.22 G 54.62
MOLINE OLD (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 47.90 8.98 0.00 2.32 G 38.16
PLEASANTON - WEST LAKE 45.00 31.67 0.00 4.34 G 65.33
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD - MAIN 43.14 26.47 0.00 2.58 G 37.96
MELVERN RIVER POND 42.61 21.74 0.87 5.46 G 34.46
CRITZER LAKE 42.50 20.00 0.00 3.48 G 31.96
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 42.16 7.84 0.00 4.30 F 34.31
GRAHAM CO.-ANTELOPE LAKE 42.02 13.45 0.00 3.28 G 44.11
EUREKA CITY LAKE 41.92 6.99 0.00 3.37 G 49.87
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 41.84 15.31 0.00 4.47 F 33.52
WILSON 40.74 11.11 0.00 3.64 G 60.58
MEADE STATE LAKE 40.00 28.57 2.86 6.41 G 51.31
PRESCOTT CITY LAKE 40.00 2.86 0.00 1.94 F 40.00
WASHINGTON 39.69 6.78 0.00 4.14 F 24.65
SHERIDAN 37.70 2.46 0.82 5.41 G 24.82
POTTAWATOMIE #2 34.99 20.00 1.00 4.91 F 49.34
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 34.95 10.19 0.00 4.41 G 39.71
BARBER - LOWER 34.33 2.99 1.49 5.47 F 25.73
OSAGE 34.31 1.96 0.00 1.79 F 26.47
LEBO CITY LAKE 34.30 9.88 0.00 2.93 F 26.79
PLEASANTON - EAST LAKE 34.00 10.00 0.00 4.20 F 42.61
BONE CREEK LAKE 33.94 25.34 0.45 4.59 G 41.81
LEAVENWORTH 29.94 6.59 0.00 3.35 F 45.93
MONTGOMERY 28.87 9.86 0.00 3.37 G 31.98
HORSETHIEF 27.14 18.57 0.00 4.55 G 28.21
MIAMI 25.00 13.89 0.00 4.00 F 27.38
LOUISBURG CITY LAKE 23.30 0.97 0.00 2.82 F 23.30
OTTAWA 21.93 9.09 0.00 3.72 F 25.76
GEARY 21.57 3.27 0.00 3.13 F 19.04
HARVEY CO. LAKE - EAST 20.96 8.98 1.50 3.84 F 20.96
PAOLA CITY LAKE 20.00 10.91 0.00 3.80 F 23.70
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 19.60 8.17 0.54 3.99 F 26.47
PLEASANTON CITY LAKE - OLD 18.33 11.67 0.00 3.42 F 18.33
MIDDLE CREEK 18.12 2.90 0.00 3.31 F 11.45
ELLIS CITY LAKE 17.65 2.61 0.00 2.07 F 8.80
CRAWFORD 17.19 10.86 0.90 5.00 F 19.24
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 16.97 2.99 0.00 2.30 F 21.78
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 13.53 7.06 0.00 3.50 F 14.90
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 10.60 4.42 0.88 7.28 P 9.79
FORD 7.58 1.52 0.00 2.60 F 9.34
JEFFREY EC - AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 7.38 2.77 0.00 3.46 F 3.10
GREAT BEND-VETS PARK LAKE 5.15 1.72 1.72 5.19 P 5.15
PLAINVILLE LAKE 2.50 0.00 0.00 0.96 F 2.50
OLPE CITY LAKE 1.90 0.63 0.00 2.36 P 1.62
JEFFREY EC - MAKEUP LAKE 1.09 1.09 0.00 4.59 P 1.05

Ponds

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3-yr average
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
STERLING CITY LAKE 95.59 19.12 0.00 3.22 G 54.20
EMPORIA-JONES PARK - WEST POND 75.00 8.33 0.00 1.47 G 84.33
OVERBROOK KIDS POND 70.83 8.33 0.00 2.68 F 52.08
EMPORIA-JONES PARK -NORTH POND 66.67 66.67 0.00 3.10 G 89.39
PARKER CITY LAKE 66.00 12.00 2.00 5.03 G 66.00
JEWELL CITY LAKE 62.17 38.59 0.00 3.77 G 100.19
EMPORIA-JONES PARK - EAST POND 54.05 13.51 0.00 1.98 G 92.55
OVERBROOK CITY LAKE 45.45 22.73 0.00 2.91 G 32.53
FALL RIVER RES. SP - KIDS POND 40.00 8.00 0.00 2.46 G 36.67
EMPORIA-PETER PAN PARK 35.00 15.00 0.00 3.64 G 27.71
OLPE-JONES PARK POND 25.00 8.33 0.00 2.08 F 28.51
GLEN ELDER SP POND 14.71 11.76 0.00 2.82 F 9.80
SEVERY CITY LAKE 12.52 2.62 0.29 5.40 G 57.08

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3-yr average
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
LACYGNE 89.09 66.36 17.27 10.69 E 78.24
SEBELIUS (NORTON) 38.89 29.86 0.00 3.12 E 89.19
BIG HILL 26.92 16.43 1.05 5.38 G 29.83
CEDAR BLUFF 19.46 7.16 0.00 4.11 F 11.19
GLEN ELDER 10.43 2.41 0.13 5.14 G 4.50
HILLSDALE 8.22 1.99 0.25 6.68 F 7.95
WILSON 8.06 5.32 0.00 3.38 F 4.86
CLINTON 5.62 0.56 0.00 4.35 P 3.00
KANOPOLIS 2.93 0.98 0.00 2.06 P 1.83
WOLF CREEK 2.37 1.18 0.00 2.86 F 5.03
PERRY 2.18 1.63 0.00 3.09 F 4.68
MELVERN 1.31 0.00 0.00 1.57 P 1.61
LOVEWELL 1.18 0.59 0.00 2.65 F 2.55
EL DORADO 0.59 0.00 0.00 0.91 F 10.36
KIRWIN 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.19 F 0.61
WEBSTER 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 F 1.18
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
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 05/31/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 6000
FARLINGTON FISH HATCHERY OTHR 05/15/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 165755
ROOKS STATE LAKE SFLS 05/16/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 6950
WEBSTER RESERVOIR RESV 05/17/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 64385
KIRWIN RESERVOIR RESV 05/16/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 86555
LOGAN CITY LAKE COML 05/16/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 1357
PLAINVILLE LAKE COML 05/16/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 3137
CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 05/12/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 8004
(FISH) MC CO - LAROCQUE POND FISH 05/31/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 1671
MELVERN REARING POND RPND 05/16/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 6078
EL DORADO RESERVOIR RESV 05/24/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 3084
PERRY RESERVOIR RESV 05/16/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 7666
      Total Requested 470843
      Total Stocked 360642

FRY

Water Water Type Stocking Date Source Number Stocked
FARLINGTON FISH HATCHERY OTHR 04/12/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 558417
MEADE FISH REARING STATION RPND 04/19/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 174010
HARBIN FISH FARM   05/03/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 78937
JETMORE CITY LAKE COML 04/24/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 8858
HODGEMAN STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 04/24/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 8234
      Total Requested 2489963
      Total Stocked 828456

INTERMEDIATES

Water Water Type Stocking Date Source Number Stocked
GOODMAN STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 09/13/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 406
LACROSSE-WARREN STONE LAKE COML 10/03/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 102
BELLEVILLE-ROCKY POND COML 10/17/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 270
SALINA-LAKEWOOD LAKE COML 10/10/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 865
HOLYROOD CITY LAKE COML 10/03/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 301
BARBER SFL-LOWER SFLS 09/13/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 315
Syracuse - Sam's Pond CFAP 10/05/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 131
(FISH) OSBORNE-WALLACE #2 FISH 10/17/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 680
(FISH) OSBORNE-WALLACE #1 FISH 10/17/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 400
MELVERN RESERVOIR RESV 11/04/17 - MELVERN REARING POND 2059
      Total Requested 4440
      Total Stocked 5529