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”)
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 6.63 0.25 0 5.78 G 7.13
ATCHISON  SFL 6.25 0 0 4.79 G 4.67
HOLTON-PRAIRIE LAKE 6 0 0 5.39 G 4.75
DOUGLAS  SFL 5.67 0 0 3.76 G 7.67
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 5.33 0.67 0 6.94 G 4.11
MARION CO. LAKE 5.25 0 0 4.3 G 3.63
OLATHE-CEDAR LAKE 5.25 0 0 3.8 G 3.89
JEWELL  SFL 5 1.75 0 8.04 E 4.94
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 4.67 0.67 0 6.5 G 5.33
MELVERN RIVER POND 4.5 1.75 0.5 10.69 G 2.92
SPRING HILL CITY LAKE 4.33 0.33 0 4.74 G 4.33
SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE 4 1.17 0.33 15.43 G 3.83
KINGMAN  SFL 4 2 0 6.39 G 7.39
CLARK  SFL 3.83 0.67 0.17 10.61 E 4.86
EUREKA CITY LAKE 3.83 0.83 0.17 7.32 G 4.56
NEOSHO  SFL 3.75 1 0.5 17.24 4.42
COWLEY  SFL 3.5 0.25 0 6.64 G 2.17
OSAGE  SFL 3.5 0.33 0.17 9.01 G 3.11
WASHINGTON  SFL 3.33 0.33 0 6.98 G 2.03
BONE CREEK LAKE 3.25 1.13 0.38 19.14 2.42
BROWNING OXBOW 3 0 0 4.96 F 3
CRAWFORD  SFL 3 0 0 3.81 3.06
JAWHAWK BOY SCOUT LAKE 2.75 0 0 4.23 G 2.54
CHASE  SFL 2.75 0.25 0.25 14.97 G 2.33
HOWARD - POLK DANIELS LAKE 2.75 0.5 0 6.14 G 3.08
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 2.75 0.75 0 6.97 G 5.83
MIDDLE CREEK  SFL 2.67 0 0 3.18 F 3.06
NEBO  SFL 2.5 0 0 4.39 F 4.14
SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON 2.5 0.17 0 6.33 E 2.89
CHANUTE CITY LAKE 2.5 0.5 0 6.15 3.44
MADISON CITY LAKE 2.33 0.17 0 7.89 G 2.56
SEDAN - OLD (NORTH) CITY LAKE 2.25 0 0 4.85 F 4.92
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 2 0.57 0 5.79 G 4.33
COLDWATER LAKE 2 0 0 1.44 F 1.8
PRATT CO. LAKE 2 0.33 0 6.93 E 1.44
WELLINGTON CITY LAKE 2 0.13 0.13 11.82 G 1.88
CHERRYVALE CITY LAKE - TANKO 2 2 0.33 13.05 G 2
WILSON  SFL 2 0.5 0 7.91 G 2
HERINGTON CITY LAKE - NEW 1.75 0 0 4.8 G 1.42
LENEXA-LAKE LENEXA 1.67 0 0 2 F 1
SHAWNEE  SFL 1.67 0 0 2.61 G 2.56
BROWN  SFL 1.5 0 0 3.08 F 4.17
LEAVENWORTH  SFL 1.5 0 0 4.3 F 1.61
MEADE STATE LAKE 1.5 0 0 4.19 G 1.33
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 1.5 0.1 0 7.19 G 1.47
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 1.33 0 0 4.89 F 3.17
POTT. CO-CROSS CREEK LAKE 1.33 0 0 3.37 F 2.33
GRAHAM CO.-RANTELOPE LAKE 1.25 0 0 3.27 F 1
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 1.25 0.25 0 8.15 F 1.71
KIOWA  SFL 1 0 0 2.5 F 0.5
EDNA CITY LAKE 1 0.25 0.25 21.14 F 1
GARDNER CITY LAKE 1 0 0 3.32 F 0.94
POTTAWATOMIE  SFL #2 1 0 0 4.37 G 0.67
MCPHERSON  SFL 0.9 0 0 1.77 F 1.41
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 0.83 0 0 3.46 F 1.61
MOLINE OLD (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 0.75 0 0 2.1 P 1.25
SCOTT STATE LAKE 0.75 0 0 1.92 F 0.64
GREAT BEND-VETS PARK LAKE 0.67 0 0 5.59 G 0.67
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 0.67 0.17 0 8.91 G 0.56
OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE 0.67 0 0 3.49 F 0.67
PAOLA CITY LAKE 0.67 0.17 0 5.29 F 0.89
OLPE CITY LAKE 0.5 0 0 3.56 F 0.75
MONTGOMERY  SFL 0.5 0 0 4.25 G 1.67
MIAMI  SFL 0.5 0.17 0.17 8.45 F 2.11
JEFFREY EC-AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 0.5 0.25 0.25 15.43 F 0.88
WOODSON  SFL 0.5 0.17 0 5.47 G 2.06
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE - NEW 0.5 0 0 2.03 F 0.78
THAYER CITY LAKE 0.5 0.25 0 5.27 0.5
GEARY  SFL 0.5 0 0 2 G 0.5
HORSETHIEF  0.38 0 0 2.62 G 1.21
LYON  SFL 0.33 0 0 5.21 G 2.17
JEFFREY EC - MAKE UP LAKE 0.33 0.17 0.17 18.08 F 0.61
LEBO CITY LAKE 0.25 0 0 4.96 F 1
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 0.17 0 0 3.36 F 0.17
SHERIDAN  SFL 0.17 0 0 1.13 F 0.47
OTTAWA  SFL 0.17 0 0 4.59 F 0.22
BARBER  SFL-LOWER 0 0 0 0.92 G 0
POTTAWATOMIE  SFL #1 0 0 0 0.61 P 0
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD - MAIN 0 0 0 0.7 P 0

Ponds

Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Biologist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>16”) (>24”) (>28”) (lbs.)   (>16”)
JEWELL CITY LAKE 2 0 0 1.85 G 1.44
BALDWIN - SPRING CREEK LAKE 2 0.33 0 5.19 F 1.83
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #3 1.5 0 0 6.83 F 1.5
HORTON-LITTLE LAKE 1.5 0 0 2.4 F 3.25
SEVERY CITY LAKE 0.67 0 0 1.38 P 0.56
TUTTLE CREEK RIVER POND 0.5 0 0 1.38 F 0.38
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #1 0 0 0 1.03 F 0
HOLTON-ELKHORN LAKE 0 0 0 0.89 F 0
GLEN ELDER STATE PARK POND 0 0 0 0.88 F 0

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”)
BIG HILL  4.6 0.1 0 9.61 G 5.2
POMONA  4.33 0.17 0 7.34 G 3.18
CLINTON  4.31 0.19 0 5.8 G 4.15
ELK CITY  4.3 0.4 0 6.81 E 3.45
KANOPOLIS  3.95 0 0 4.41 G 4.79
MELVERN  3.38 0.19 0 7.22 G 3.1
HILLSDALE  3.25 0.08 0 4.88 F 2.5
PERRY  2.65 0.25 0.05 9.7 G 3.15
GLEN ELDER  2.63 0.38 0.17 14.37 G 2.26
TORONTO  2.42 0.58 0.25 10.36 G 1.58
MARION  2.25 0.33 0 9.94 G 4.25
WILSON  1.87 0.13 0 6.03 G 2.91
MILFORD  1.7 0.05 0 7.49 G 1.45
LACYGNE  1.5 0.08 0 6 G 1.01
COUNCIL GROVE  1.47 0 0 4.2 G 1.07
KIRWIN  1.42 0.58 0.17 17.59 1.03
WEBSTER  1.4 0 0 3.89 0.77
LOVEWELL  1.29 0.06 0.06 9.36 G 1.47
WOLF CREEK  1.06 0 0 3.97 F 2.13
CHENEY  1 0.2 0 9.22 G 1.37
FALL RIVER  1 0.3 0.1 8.35 G 1.37
TUTTLE CREEK  0.75 0.05 0.05 8.29 F 0.37
JOHN REDMOND  0.6 0.4 0.2 13.49 G 0.42
SEBELIUS (NORTON)  0.5 0.38 0 8.51 0.67
EL DORADO  0.47 0.13 0.07 10.01 G 0.71
CEDAR BLUFF  0.45 0.05 0 5.01 F 0.45v