SPOTTED BASS

Spotted Bass Image

Also known as the Kentucky bass, the spotted is native to eastern Kansas streams, mainly those that flow over limestone bottoms in the Flint Hills. It resembles the largemouth in coloration, with a more pronounced horizontal blotching and spots along the belly. The spotted bass acts more like a smallmouth when caught, fighting remarkably hard. The mouth extends to just below the eye. The Kansas record weighed 4 pounds, 7 ounces, and the world record is 10 pounds, 4 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”)
BOURBON 33.00 0.00 0.00 0.94 E 34.27
WILSON 25.00 6.48 0.00 1.88 E 20.71
HOWARD - POLK DANIELS LAKE 6.99 1.00 0.00 1.79 G 12.59
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 5.88 0.59 0.00 1.94 F 2.94
CRAWFORD 5.43 1.81 0.00 1.74 F 8.67
EUREKA CITY LAKE 2.99 2.00 0.00 1.34 G 3.64
GARNETT - CEDAR CREEK LAKE 1.08 0.54 0.00 1.59 P 0.54

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3-yr average
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
SEBELIUS (NORTON) 13.89 4.17 0.00 1.74 E 9.53
CEDAR BLUFF 2.46 0.67 0.00 1.55 F 2.45
EL DORADO 1.18 0.00 0.00 0.91 P 3.79
GLEN ELDER 0.40 0.00 0.00 1.31 P 0.18
WILSON 0.34 0.34 0.00 2.04 P 0.34
MELVERN 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.40 P 0.52