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 - 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
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
JEFFREY EC - AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 7.38 3.69 0.92 2.29 G 17.29
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 3.53 1.18 0.59 2.73 F 2.75
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 3.45 3.45 0.00 1.45 F 4.98
JEFFREY EC - MAKEUP LAKE 3.27 2.18 0.00 1.70 F 13.05
SHAWNEE CO. - LAKE SHAWNEE 3.27 0.00 0.00 0.98 F 2.72
CRITZER LAKE 2.50 2.50 0.00 1.46 P 1.25
GREAT BEND - STONE PARK LAKE 2.04 1.02 0.00 2.51 F 4.38
POTTAWATOMIE #2 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.69 F 1.45
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 1.63 1.63 1.09 3.51 F 1.55
PRATT CO. LAKE 1.16 0.00 0.00 0.73 P 1.16
DOUGLAS CO. - LONESTAR LAKE 0.98 0.00 0.00 0.76 P 0.33
MELVERN RIVER POND 0.87 0.87 0.00 1.91 P 0.87
LEAVENWORTH 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.09 P 0.00
SHAWNEE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 P 0.48
GEARY 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.24 P 0.68

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3-yr average
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
WOLF CREEK 45.56 30.18 5.92 3.21 E 40.64
GLEN ELDER 21.93 12.70 1.60 3.38 G 16.00
EL DORADO 16.57 3.55 0.59 2.49 G 20.16
WILSON 9.95 5.66 1.20 3.18 G 5.24
MELVERN 9.67 3.14 0.00 2.06 G 12.51
BIG HILL 1.75 1.05 0.00 2.13 F 2.65
CLINTON 1.46 0.67 0.11 3.59 P 1.42
PERRY 0.54 0.54 0.00 1.76 P 1.58
CEDAR BLUFF 0.22 0.00 0.00 0.89 P 0.22
HILLSDALE 0.12 0.12 0.12 2.76 P 0.12
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
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE COML 07/18/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 3889
      Total Requested 1900
      Total Stocked 3889