WHITE BASS

White Bass Image

Common in nearly all Kansas' larger reservoirs, white bass are prolific and are generally found in large schools. While popular any time of the year, white bass are known for their spawning runs, which may take them miles upriver of the reservoir. Fishermen gather along the streams near the deeper pools and cast jigs and spinners for the hard fighting white. White bass are so numerous in most Kansas waters, there is no daily creel limit. The Kansas state record white bass weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces. The world record is 6 pounds, 7 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

View Fishing Forecast definitions

 

Lakes

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>9”) (>12”) (>15”) (LBS.)   (>9”)
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW 18.50 8.50 0.25 1.81 G 9.33
CLARK SFL 6.86 6.43 0.14 1.28 E 9.31
JEFFREY EC- AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 5.50 5.25 1.38 2.11 G 7.79
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 5.50 2.00 1.50 0.56 G 6.53
JEFFREY EC- MAKE UP LAKE 4.83 1.17 0.00 1.12 G 3.39
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 4.83 0.67 0.00 1.68 F 5.24
OSAGE SFL 3.83 2.50 0.33 1.57 F 2.44
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 3.25 2.50 0.75 1.60 F 4.50
GEARY SFL 3.25 1.25 0.50 1.62 F 2.58
LYON SFL 2.33 2.33 0.17 1.57 F 1.72
CHASE SFL 2.25 1.75 1.00 1.88 P 1.25
MIAMI SFL 2.17 2.17 2.17 2.56 G 3.28
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 2.00 1.00 0.00 1.15 F 4.72
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 1.90 1.30 0.30 1.59 F 1.83
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 1.67 1.33 0.17 1.56 F 3.50
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 1.33 1.33 0.00 1.34 F 1.42
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 1.17 1.17 0.17 1.76 F 1.11
GARDNER CITY LAKE 1.17 1.17 0.33 1.54 F 2.52
PAOLA CITY LAKE 0.67 0.50 0.00 1.23 F 0.67
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 0.67 0.33 0.00 0.75 P 0.67
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 0.63 0.25 0.13 2.47 P 0.38
WILSON SFL 0.17 0.17 0.00 1.27 F 1.25
MARION CO. LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 0.47

Reservoirs

* - Designates waters that were not tested during the current year.

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>9”) (>12”) (>15”) (LBS.)   (>9”)
MELVERN 16.56 12.69 3.94 2.46 G 10.33
CLINTON 12.81 12.06 3.06 2.50 G 9.71
CEDAR BLUFF 12.65 11.35 4.22 1.93 E 11.82
CHENEY 9.60 9.20 0.80 0.00 G 8.43
GLEN ELDER 8.79 7.21 2.00 2.65 G 6.43
KANOPOLIS 6.90 5.71 2.24 2.98 G 14.32
HILLSDALE 6.25 2.42 0.25 1.75 G 5.56
BIG HILL 5.67 5.17 0.17 2.35 G 3.25
WEBSTER 5.58 1.75 0.42 2.05 G 7.56
LOVEWELL 4.60 1.05 0.00 1.40 F 3.06
PERRY 4.45 1.85 0.20 2.41 G 7.40
JOHN REDMOND 3.93 1.79 0.29 3.33 G 9.24
COFFEY COUNTY LAKE 3.90 3.31 1.48 2.08 G 2.76
POMONA 2.88 1.94 0.00 1.40 G 10.67
ELK CITY 2.64 1.09 0.00 1.15 G 3.18
EL DORADO 2.50 1.63 0.13 1.84 F 2.03
MARION 1.90 0.50 0.20 1.67 G 3.95
WILSON 1.63 1.03 0.90 3.34 F 2.04
TORONTO 1.50 0.42 0.25 3.08 F 2.75
KIRWIN 1.25 0.92 0.17 1.95 G 3.53
LACYGNE 0.94 0.56 0.11 1.99 F 2.17
MILFORD 0.80 0.20 0.10 2.05 F 0.58
COUNCIL GROVE 0.73 0.20 0.00 1.78 F 1.43
FALL RIVER 0.42 0.17 0.00 1.46 F 4.35
TUTTLE CREEK 0.40 0.30 0.15 2.67 P 0.37