SMALLMOUTH BASS

Smallmouth Bass Image

The smallmouth is a hard-fighting sport fish native only to a few waters in the southeastern corner of Kansas. Introduced in several larger reservoirs, the smallmouth has adapted well and attracts a growing number of angler fans. Smallmouths prefer clear water and rocky structure. The mouth of the smallmouth extends to just below the eye. The world record smallmouth weighed a whopping 11 pounds, 15 ounces. The Kansas record is 6 pounds, 6 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
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
JEFFREY EC- AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 19.02 5.71 0.00 1.51 G 19.11
JEFFREY EC- MAKE UP LAKE 14.86 7.00 0.00 1.54 G 12.95
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 6.72 3.36 0.84 2.88 F 3.36
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 5.75 2.30 0.00 1.64 F 6.36
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 4.12 2.35 0.00 1.50 P 2.35
ALMA CITY LAKE 2.99 1.00 0.00 2.20 F 2.99
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 1.96 0.65 0.65 3.29 F 3.16
GEARY SFL 0.53 0.00 0.00 0.74 F 1.24
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.25 P 0.00
CRITZER LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.18 P 0.00
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.38 F 1.24

Reservoirs

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
WOLF CREEK 43.94 31.06 6.06 2.99 E 46.45
EL DORADO 30.18 8.84 2.13 3.97 G 16.60
MELVERN 23.33 9.61 0.98 2.82 G 17.25
GLEN ELDER 17.65 11.21 1.10 3.91 G 13.68
MILFORD 6.68 1.60 0.00 2.01 G 5.85
BIG HILL 3.49 1.75 0.25 2.12 F 2.56
CLINTON 0.91 0.70 0.20 3.62 P 2.06
WILSON 0.53 0.53 0.00 1.94 G 1.00
Stocking Records Information
Smallmouth Bass Image

The smallmouth is a hard-fighting sport fish native only to a few waters in the southeastern corner of Kansas. Introduced in several larger reservoirs, the smallmouth has adapted well and attracts a growing number of angler fans. Smallmouths prefer clear water and rocky structure. The mouth of the smallmouth extends to just below the eye. The world record smallmouth weighed a whopping 11 pounds, 15 ounces. The Kansas record is 6 pounds, 6 ounces.

FINGERLINGS

Water Water Type Stocking Date Source Number Stocked
LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 06/29/16 PRATT HATCHERY 4800
JAWHAWK BOY SCOUT LAKE OTHR 06/29/16 PRATT HATCHERY 800
EL DORADO RESERVOIR RESV 06/29/16 PRATT HATCHERY 7640
SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 06/29/16 PRATT HATCHERY 1600
      Total Requested 6100
      Total Stocked 14840