Channel Catfish Forecast

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The channel catfish is the bread and butter of Kansas fishing. Found in nearly all waters from large rivers and reservoirs to small prairie streams, good channel cat fishing is never far away. State lakes are also popular places to catch channel cats. Department hatcheries produce millions of channel cats each year. The state record channel cat weighed 36 pounds, 8 ounces. The world record is 58 pounds.

Lakes

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>16”) (>24”) (>28”) (LBS.)   (>16”)
PLEASANTON - WEST LAKE 15.33 0.67 0.00 5.19 E 13.83
DOUGLAS SFL 11.50 0.33 0.00 5.21 G 8.89
COLDWATER LAKE 8.33 0.67 0.00 7.16 E 3.98
PLEASANTON CITY LAKE - OLD 8.00 0.67 0.00 4.28 E 6.00
OLATHE-CEDAR LAKE 8.00 0.33 0.00 4.03 G 5.33
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 7.67 2.00 0.00 7.37 G 6.78
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 7.57 0.57 0.00 6.02 G 6.61
EUREKA CITY LAKE 7.33 1.00 0.50 17.86 G 5.78
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 7.00 0.25 0.00 5.27 G 5.13
NEOSHO SFL 6.25 0.50 0.00 5.60 G 4.75
CHASE SFL 6.25 0.50 0.25 10.42 G 3.58
PAOLA CITY LAKE 5.17 0.67 0.00 7.37 G 2.39
SABETHA CITY LAKE 4.83 0.50 0.17 9.59 G 4.67
BOURBON SFL 4.50 0.00 0.00 3.81 G 4.25
COWLEY SFL 4.50 0.25 0.00 6.94 G 3.00
CRITZER LAKE 4.50 0.50 0.17 6.58 G 3.83
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 4.50 0.00 0.00 3.17 G 3.39
GEARY SFL 4.00 0.00 0.00 4.07 F 1.67
MOLINE OLD (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 4.00 0.00 0.00 3.97 G 1.75
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 4.00 0.10 0.00 7.03 G 2.23
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 4.00 0.00 0.00 3.66 F 2.47
WASHINGTON SFL 3.50 0.25 0.00 5.17 G 2.53
THAYER CITY LAKE (NEW) 3.50 1.00 0.00 7.94 F 2.42
GRAHAM CO.-ANTELOPE LAKE 3.50 0.50 0.00 6.21 G 1.75
PLEASANTON - EAST LAKE 3.50 0.00 0.00 3.55 G 3.50
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 3.38 0.63 0.13 8.83 G 2.25
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 3.33 0.00 0.00 4.47 G 2.67
CRAWFORD SFL 3.33 0.50 0.00 6.83 G 2.83
MARION CO. LAKE 3.25 0.50 0.00 7.33 G 3.50
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 3.17 0.67 0.17 8.49 F 3.60
CLARK SFL 3.14 0.00 0.00 4.84 G 3.24
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 3.13 1.13 0.25 10.15 G 4.67
ALMA CITY LAKE 3.00 0.00 0.00 3.86 G 1.83
SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE 3.00 0.67 0.50 17.09 F 3.78
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW 2.75 0.00 0.00 3.95 F 1.75
BONE CREEK LAKE 2.63 0.75 0.50 17.22 F 2.54
CHANUTE CITY LAKE 2.50 0.50 0.25 16.18 G 2.78
MADISON CITY LAKE 2.50 0.17 0.17 13.45 G 2.44
OSAGE SFL 2.33 0.33 0.17 10.10 G 2.78
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 2.33 0.67 0.17 10.28 G 3.56
ATCHISON SFL 2.25 0.25 0.00 7.73 F 4.67
MELVERN RIVER POND 2.25 0.50 0.00 8.34 G 2.92
GARDNER CITY LAKE 2.17 0.17 0.00 6.19 F 1.44
BROWN SFL 2.00 0.25 0.00 5.52 F 3.00
WELLINGTON CITY LAKE 2.00 0.50 0.33 9.59 G 2.38
MCPHERSON SFL 2.00 0.30 0.00 8.03 F 1.52
JEFFREY EC- AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 2.00 0.13 0.00 6.13 F 1.25
PRESCOTT CITY LAKE 2.00 0.00 0.00 4.41 G 1.33
JEWELL SFL 1.75 0.50 0.00 5.19 G 4.03
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 1.75 1.25 0.00 7.39 G 2.92
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 1.75 0.00 0.00 5.06 G 0.92
GREAT BEND-VETS PARK LAKE 1.67 0.33 0.00 5.67 F 1.17
OSAWATOMIE CITY LAKE 1.67 0.00 0.00 3.62 F 1.67
MIAMI SFL 1.67 0.17 0.00 5.51 F 2.33
MEADE STATE LAKE 1.67 0.00 0.00 3.35 F 1.72
LEBO CITY LAKE 1.50 0.25 0.00 6.44 F 0.92
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 1.50 0.17 0.00 6.72 F 1.17
OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE 1.33 0.00 0.00 3.41 F 0.94
SHAWNEE SFL 1.33 0.00 0.00 3.55 G 1.89
HORSETHIEF 1.29 0.29 0.14 12.57 G 0.64
ATCHISON CO. LAKE 1.25 0.25 0.00 6.04 G 1.25
MONTGOMERY SFL 1.17 0.00 0.00 1.86 F 1.50
LYON SFL 1.17 0.00 0.00 1.94 G 1.28
LEAVENWORTH SFL 1.17 0.00 0.00 2.29 F 1.67
NEBO SFL 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 1.92
LENEXA-LAKE LENEXA 1.00 0.67 0.00 6.05 F 1.22
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 1.00 0.00 0.00 4.16 F 0.89
WOODSON SFL 1.00 0.00 0.00 2.88 F 1.50
PRATT CO. LAKE 1.00 0.00 0.00 3.44 G 1.00
OTTAWA SFL 0.83 0.00 0.00 3.60 F 0.42
JEFFREY EC- MAKE UP LAKE 0.83 0.00 0.00 3.65 F 0.44
BARBER SFL-LOWER 0.75 0.25 0.00 4.44 F 0.25
BLUE MOUND - CITY LAKE 0.67 0.00 0.00 2.28 F 0.67
RICHMOND CITY LAKE 0.67 0.00 0.00 2.54 F 0.67
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 0.50 0.00 0.00 3.90 F 0.33
OLPE CITY LAKE 0.50 0.00 0.00 3.50 F 0.67
ELLIS CITY LAKE 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.88 F 0.33
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #1 0.33 0.00 0.00 4.16 P 0.11
SCOTT STATE LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 2.67 F 0.56
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 1.24 F 0.56
WILSON SFL 0.17 0.00 0.00 3.24 F 1.39
SHERIDAN SFL 0.17 0.00 0.00 1.42 F 0.44
HORTON-MISSION LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 3.09 P 1.00
GARNETT-CRYSTAL LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.14 F 2.00
KIOWA SFL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.43 F 0.50
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD-MAIN 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.27 P 0.00

Ponds

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>16”) (>24”) (>28”) (LBS.)   (>16”)
FORT SCOTT-GUNN PK E PD-FERN 6.25 0.25 0.00 5.35 E 6.25
OVERBROOK CITY LAKE 4.00 0.00 0.00 2.21 E 4.00
HORTON-LITTLE LAKE 1.67 0.33 0.00 5.84 P 2.72
SEVERY CITY LAKE 0.67 0.00 0.00 2.16 F 0.56
GLEN ELDER SP POND 0.67 0.00 0.00 1.25 F 0.22
JEWELL CITY LAKE 0.67 0.00 0.00 2.42 G 1.00
BLACK KETTLE SFL 0.67 0.33 0.00 7.58 P 0.67
STERLING CITY LAKE 0.67 0.00 0.00 1.55 P 0.67
TUTTLE CREEK RIVER POND 0.25 0.00 0.00 3.01 F 0.33

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
  (>16”) (>24”) (>28”) (LBS.)   (>16”)
CLINTON 5.88 0.50 0.06 15.21 G 4.63
HILLSDALE 4.42 0.50 0.08 10.23 E 3.61
BIG HILL 4.33 0.17 0.00 5.35 G 4.68
MARION 3.40 0.50 0.20 11.88 G 3.97
MELVERN 3.38 0.13 0.00 4.67 G 3.08
POMONA 3.13 0.13 0.00 6.13 G 3.36
ELK CITY 3.00 0.64 0.18 9.68 E 3.30
LOVEWELL 2.75 0.30 0.00 6.40 G 1.72
PERRY 2.25 0.25 0.00 6.73 F 2.50
LACYGNE 1.78 0.00 0.00 4.15 G 1.30
WILSON 1.73 0.17 0.03 11.68 G 2.22
KANOPOLIS 1.48 0.05 0.00 5.20 G 3.03
GLEN ELDER 1.42 0.29 0.13 17.91 G 1.96
COUNCIL GROVE 1.27 0.00 0.00 4.08 F 1.27
COFFEY COUNTY LAKE 1.10 0.14 0.00 7.05 F 1.93
FALL RIVER 1.08 0.50 0.33 11.68 G 1.36
TORONTO 0.92 0.33 0.17 7.72 G 1.50
JOHN REDMOND 0.86 0.71 0.21 13.90 G 0.54
MILFORD 0.75 0.00 0.00 4.49 F 1.17
WEBSTER 0.58 0.00 0.00 2.98 F 0.69
TUTTLE CREEK 0.45 0.00 0.00 3.00 F 0.43
CHENEY 0.40 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 0.89
SEBELIUS (NORTON) 0.30 0.20 0.10 8.59 F 0.67
CEDAR BLUFF 0.26 0.09 0.00 8.17 F 0.36
EL DORADO 0.19 0.00 0.00 3.22 F 0.53
KIRWIN 0.08 0.00 0.00 3.94 F 0.94