Fishing Reports

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For up-to-date information, look up the fishing report for the lake of your choice. Field staff update the fishing reports each week through the fishing season, reporting on fishing success, lake levels, water temperatures, and other important information.

You also can get helpful information from the Fishing Forecast.

Below are links to Google .kmz files for all fish attractors statewide.

All statewide fish attractors' GPS (KMZ)

All artificial statewide fish attractors' GPS (KMZ)

All artificial statewide fish attractors' GPS (PDF)

Listing of Downloadable Bathymetric Maps

Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/20/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 1-4 pounds

We collected improved numbers during the May 2017 sample with fish up to 19 inches represented.  The fish were found along the west shore from the middle jetty south to the boat ramp as well as in the two shallow creek arms.  The fish are in excellent shape and should provide some nice bass angling. 

The fish will be tougher to catch now with the cool water, but anglers can catch them using soft plastics, Ned rigs, spinnerbaits, and jig and pig combos.

Bluegill Fair 4 to 6 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bet.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.  Some anglers prefer to fly fish with small nymphys or dry flies fished on the surface.
Channel Catfish Slow 12-25 inches

Good numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.  In the winter, the fish can be found lake wide and will often bite on chicken liver, shad sides, shad gizzards, and stink bait. 

We collected a nice sample of catfish this fall with better numbers found on the upper end and along the east bank.

Saugeye Fair 12-24 inches

Saugeye numbers are good, but most are less than 18 inches. Our fall 2017 sample indicated approximately 25% of the population is greater than the minimum length limit. Most will be caught on shad imitation baits, or jig and a worm.  

We found the best numbers on the upper half of the reservoir in 4-5 feet of water while test netting this fall.  Diet studies indicate they are feeding heavily on gizzard shad this time of year.

Crappie Good Most 8-12 inches

Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair to good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush and rocks.  There are a lot of 8-10 inch crappie right now, but fish between 12 and 14 inches can also be caught. 

Winter is also a good time to catch some crappie.  They will begin to move into shallower water and concentrate around rocky shorelines and brushy areas.  Anglers can catch them using jigs, minnows, and jigs tipped with minnows.

General Comments
Water temperature: 38ºF

In August, we really beefed up the two brush piles near the dam and another brush pile near the middle of the lake.  We will come back and mark these with buoys in the near future, but anglers should begin to see success fishing around this new habitat.  Approximately 60-70 large cedar trees were added to the existing fish attractors.

CAUTION: LONGER BOAT TRAILERS MAY FALL OFF EDGE OF BOAT RAMP WHEN WATER IS LOW

The cabin can now be rented - call the Hays Regional Office - 785-628-8614 - for reservations or more information.



CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/15/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie No Report Up to 15 inches Minnows, jigs, and small slab spoons fished vertically around the fish attractors has been best.  Anglers report catching some nice fish up to 13 or 14 inches long.
Walleye No Report Up to 28 inches Vertically fishing slab spoons or live bait over deeper drop-offs and points has been best.  Most of fish caught have been around 18 inches in length, but fish up to 25 inches have been reported on occasion.
White Bass/Wipers No Report

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over deeper structure such as humps, points, and roadbeds is best most days primarily for whites, but anglers report catching an occasional wiper.   

WATER TEMPERATURE-33

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2117.58-26.42' below conservation pool

NEW FOR 2018:

Effective January 1, 2018 changes to fish harvest regulations are as follows;

Walleye-21" minimum length limit, 5 fish/day creel limit

Crappie-10" minimum length limit, 50 fish/day creel limit

ICE REPORT: The reservoir is approximately 70% ice covered.  The reservoir is open from the dam west to approximately Coves 3 and 4.  Most of the coves and upper end of the lake remain ice covered by a sheet of thin, weak ice.  The Overland and Muley boat ramps are iced in.  The boat ramps west of Page Creek and east of Cove 3 are open.  All ice is too thin to support ice fishing activities so any attempt to get out on the ice is strongly discouraged. 

ATTENTION: An established zebra mussel population has been documented at this water making Cedar Bluff an ANS designated water.  With this designation, regulations are in effect primarily aimed at discouraging water containing microscopic zebra mussel larvae from leaving the property and establishing in new waters.  Any time one leaves the reservoir it is best to clean mud, vegetation, or attached zebra mussel adults off of boats and other equipment, drain any thing on a boat or other equipment that holds water, and allow boats and other equipment to dry completely before using them at another body of water.  It is now illegal to use wild-caught bait from Cedar Bluff at any other water.  Live fish are not to be taken off the property.  And all livewells and bilges must be drained prior to leaving the property.

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related prospects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/19/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair to Good 8-13 inches Anglers have been catching crappie off the river channel in 20-25 feet of water, around the established brush piles and other natural cover, and off the marina docks.  Fishing a variety of small jigs and spoons seems to be working best.
Trout Good 12-17 inches

The fourth batch of trout was stocked on February 6th, 2018 in the Glen Elder pond due to the high releases in the outlet.  Anglers can now catch fish in either the outlet area or in the pond. Anglers have been having excellent success using a variety of small jigs and inline spinner baits as well as salmon eggs, Powerbait, and cheese.  

The second batch of trout was stocked in the Glen Elder Outlet in mid-November.  A trout permit is required of all anglers to fish the outlet area between November 1st and April 15th. Anglers are still catching trout in the outlet now even after the increase in water releases.  Powerbait and a variety of small lures are both working well.

Anglers fishing the park pond between now and April 15 are required to purchase a trout stamp ($14.50) if age 16-74 and must adhere to a daily creel limit of 5 fish per day.  Anglers 15 and younger may fish the park pond without a trout stamp, but the daily creel limit is 2 trout per day.  

Walleye Good 14-24 inches Anglers have been catching walleye around the dam, off the north shore points, near Harry's Island, and off the river channel between Schoen's Cove and the Cawker causeway.  Jig and crawler seem to be working good, but plastic swim baits may be the best bet to catch some nice walleye during the winter.

White Bass

Wipers

Good to Excellent

11-18 inches

19-27 inches

White bass can be found nearly lakewide and anglers have been catching them using a variety of methods.  The north shore state park area, the dam, Walnut Creek, the Cawker causeway, and the river channel are all good places to find white bass.  Good numbers of larger white bass (15 to 18 inches) can be found west of the causeway and in Walnut Creek.

Wipers can be found in the same areas and can be caught trolling crankbaits, slabbing, or using live bait.

ICE REPORT: The boat ramps are now open at Boller Point, Marina, and Osage and the lake is mostly clear of ice. In addition, the park pond is wide open with no ice on it at this time.
NOTE: The NEW smallmouth bass minimum length limit will change to 21 inches beginning January 1, 2018.  ALL smallmouth bass less than 21 inches must be immediately released when caught.  The mimimum length limit for largemouth bass remains at 18 inches with spotted bass at 15 inches. This new length limit will allow a trophy smallmouth bass fishery to develop in Glen Elder Reservoir.
This is a generic fishing report that will be updated if new information comes in.
Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.
Current water temperature: 32°F        Current Water Level: 1.1 feet below conservation

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/23/2018 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-11 inches

The crappie population is dominated by three and four year old fish in the 8-10 inch range as we collected many of these during our 2017 fall sample.  There are also a few 11-13 inch fish as well, but they are not as common.  This 2013 year class should provide a boost to the crappie numbers as they continue to grow.  Anglers will have success fishing crappie nearly lake wide.

Winter is a good time to catch crappie.  They will begin to move into deeper water and concentrate around brush piles and other structure.  Anglers can catch them using jigs, minnows, and jigs tipped with minnows.

Channel Catfish Slow 11-25 inches

The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be pleased with the numbers of cats in the lake right now.  Many of these fish are in the 3-5 pound range, but there are also a handful of larger fish between 7 and 10 pounds.  

Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.  Anglers have been catching them off the jetties and the boat dock.

Remember there is a 15 inch minimum length limit on channel catfish!

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Fair 6-9 inches

Bluegill numbers appear to be stable right now with fish between 4 and 7 inches dominating the catch, but fish up to 8 inches were collected this fall.

Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 10 inches collected this fall.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-8 inch fish and fair numbers of 9 to 10 inch fish.

Largemouth Bass Slow 10-21 inches

We conducted our annual bass sample in May and the numbers look much better compared to the 2016 sample.  Good numbers of 16-18 inch fish are available with fish up to 21 inches or 5 pounds collected.  There are also several younger year classes of small fish which will help the population in the next couple of years.

The largemouth bass bite is usually slow in winter.  Some fish can be caught using spinnerbaits, Ned rigs, soft plastics, and jig-n-pig.

General Comments
ICE FISHING REPORT: The ice conditions have deteriorated quickly and there is no longer safe ice for fishing.  The boat ramp is still iced in so fishing opportunities will be limited until things open up again.

ATTENTION ANGLERS!  Beginning January 1, 2018, the new minimum length limit on largemouth bass will be 18 inches at Jewell.  ALL largemouth bass less than 18 inches will need to be released immediately. 

This is a generic winter fishing report.  The report will be updated as new reports are obtained.

Water temperature: 32°F

Water level: 1.5 feet low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/2/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Slow. No winter reports on this species.
Crappie Fair 10 to 13 inches Fair. Ice is no longer safe after the warm spell. Some folks are catching wintertime crappies in marina and yankee run coves. Try jigging small spoons and road runners.
Trout     NOTICE: The Fourth stocking of trout occurred Friday, February 2nd. Approximately 1,500 rainbows were stocked throughout. Good luck!
Walleye/Saugeye Fair/Poor 14 - 22" Slow. No winter reports for this species.
White Bass Good All sizes - up to 17 inches Fair. Ice is no longer safe in most areas of the lake due to the recent warm spell. No reports but should be able to catch them under the ice. Try jigging small spoons and road runners.
Wiper Fair All sizes Slow. No reports for this species.
General Comment

Elevation: Water level is 0.2' above conservation pool.

Water Temperature: Lower 30s. Ice is no longer safe in most areas of the lake due to the recent warm spell.

Current lake elevation and water temperature is available on the location page linked to this fishing report. It is updated daily by the Corps of Engineers.

This is a general winter fishing report. If a hot tip is received, the report will be updated. Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.

 



KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock and private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the 3 fish attractors. Recently added new cedar trees to the fish attractors, end of private dock and around the public fishing dock. 
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Would try fishing off the East side of Leota cove, along the dam and along the south road bed using jigs and jigs tipped with worms.  Also, heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18-inch length limit. 
Wiper Fair 15 to 28 inches Would try fishing around the mouth of Leota cove and Concrete cove using jigs and jigs with worms and/or minnows.  The point just south of the swim beach might be a good bet also. Starting Jan. 1, 2018 Wiper creel limit will be going up to 5/Day instead of 2/Day.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Would try fishing up to the west end using stink bait, liver and worms on the bottom. Also, try using trot lines and set lines towards the west end.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Would try fishing along the Dam, in Leota and Schoen's coves and up by the sand pit using artificial baits and crankbait's.  Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2291.79 ---- 12.51' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.23 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time. Reservoir is covered with approx. 5-6 inches of ice at this time.  If venturing out on the ice use extreme caution and fish with a buddy.

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



KIRWIN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Poor 7 to 17 inches Did hear of some crappie being caught around the North fish attractors, would also try fishing on the South shore fish attractors using jigs and jigs with minnows.  Would also try fishing on the river channel drop offs and along the dam and outlet.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of walleye being caught around the fish attractors using jigs rattle traps and jigs with minnow heads.    
White Bass/ Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the fish attractors.  Starting Jan. 1, 2018 Wiper creel limit will be going up to 5/Day instead of 2/Day. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1728.57 ---- 0.68' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS OPEN TO BOATS. 

Currently, the water level is 3.02 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time. Reservoir has approx. 5-6 inches of the ice cover at this time.  If venturing out on the ice use extreme caution and fish with a buddy. 

Will be performing a creel survey starting in March and going thru October.  Therefore, if approached by our creel clerk, please take a few minutes to answer some questions.

Fish cleaning station is NO LONGER on the NE corner of the square in Kirwin. The USFWS, BOR and KDWPT constructed a new facility just West of the water tower.  This new facility is now open to the public.  The new fish cleaning station has been shut down for the winter.

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) has been put into effect at Kirwin, so if you have any questions contact the Service at 785-543-6673 or stop by their office at 702 Xavier Road.  

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District

 



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/19/2018 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 15-28 inches Anglers can catch walleye in the winter if fishing around Walleye Point, Cedar Point, and along the dam in 15-20 feet of water.  Slabbing spoons is the most popular method to catch these fish, but swim baits, and jig-n-crawler also work well.
White Bass/Wipers Good

7-13 inches

14-23 inches

White bass and wipers are often caught in the winter around the brush piles by crappie anglers fishing jigs and spoons.  Anglers can also catch some fish off Cabin Point, Oak Hill, and along the river channel using similar methods.
Crappie Good 7-13 inches There are a lot of crappie in the reservoir now, but most of them are one or two year old fish less than 10 inches.  There are, however, a fair number of fish between 10 and 13 inches for anglers to target.  Fishing around the deep brush piles off Cabin Point, Cedar Point, and the Marina will be good places to start, but fishing around the marina boat docks can also yield some fish.
Comments
ICE FISHING REPORT: The reservoir is approximately 60% ice covered now with ice between Walleye Point and the cabin area.  The boat ramps are open, but the ice will prevent anglers from being able to fish anywhere on the reservoir until things open up a bit more.

Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell.  Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information.

Current water temperature:  60% Ice Covered           Current water level: 1.2 feet below conservation

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Poor 3-12 inches Stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 05-16-2017.
Bluegill Fair 3-8 inches Fish are going to be small, but would use worms under a bobber.
Catfish Fair 10-25 inches Would use worms, stinkbait and shrimp on the bottom.  Stocked 140 channel catfish that averaged 7 pound a piece on 08-15-2017.  Stocked in another 6,700 channel catfish that averaged 4 fish/pound on 09-19-2017.
General Comments

Water Temp. 32 Degrees

The lake is currently ice covered with approx. 4-5 inches of ice.  If venturing out on the ice use extreme caution and fish with a buddy.

Lake is currently approx. one foot low.  Have stocked channel catfish and bluegill and stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 05-16-2017. Also, stocked 140 channel catfish that averaged 7 pounds a piece on 08-15-2017.  Stocked another 6,700 channel catfish that averaged 4 fish/pound on 09-19-2017.  Stocked 28,750 bluegill (mix of adult, intermediate and fingerling) on 09-27-17.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/15/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Drifting minnows or small white jigs through deeper, open water or vertically fishing jigs around deeper brush.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Soft plastics and swim baits around shoreline brush piles and along rip-rapped shorelines.
Saugeye Good Up to 3 lbs. Casting crankbaits, swimbaits, or jigs tipped with minnows along edges of the creek channel and over shallow flats.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber around the brushpiles.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Various baits fished in the shallows on warmer days.
Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report and will only be updated when/if new information becomes available.  Weekly updated reports will resume April 2018

It is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water, so please discard any unused bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Poor 9 to 17 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught, however, would try fishing around the north and south shore breakwater's, around the outlet structure and fish attractor's using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught, however, would try fishing around the Old Marina point, Bow City Parking lot and around the island by the spillway gates using worms on the bottom.  Would also try trolling diving lures along the Dam.  Remember the 15-inch length limit. 
White Bass/Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the north & south shore breakwaters, Old Marina Point, along the Dam and along Rock Point cove using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms.  Sounds like the white bass are being caught just about everywhere on the lake. Starting Jan. 1, 2018 Wiper creel limit will be going up to 5/Day instead of 2/Day. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Would try fishing the windward side of the Reservoir up in the shallows using worms, liver and stink bait on the bottom.  Would also try using shrimp and shad. 
Rainbow Trout Good 10 to 20 inches Stocked the third load of trout on 12-21-2017.  They have been catching them on powerbait, salmon eggs, little spinner's and on flies. Stilling basin is frozen over with approx. 4 -5 inches of ice.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1893.50 ---- 1.05' above conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.36 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time. Stilling Basin is currently covered with approx. 4-5 inches of ice.  The Reservoir has approx. 4-5 inches in the coves, however, all four fish attractors have open water around them.  If venturing out on the ice use extreme caution, and fish with a buddy.       

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's is currently available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



WILSON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/29/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair/Poor 10-14 inches Slow. We haven't received any winter reports for crappie.
Striped Bass Fair/Good 2-15 pounds Fair/Good. Lower lake boat ramps are open and a recent striper report shows fish are being caught from 30-40' near the river channel (Lucas Park area). Try jigging spoons and swim baits.
 Walleye Fair 14-25 inches Slow. We haven't received any winter reports for walleye.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

Channel Catfish) Very slow during the winter. We haven't received any winter reports for channel cats.

Blue Catfish) Blue catfish can be caught under the ice but the bite is typically slower than stripers and white perch. Try using fresh-cut shad or other fish as bait.

Be on the lookout for blue catfish which are also in the reservoir. They are not legal size yet so make sure and take care to return them to the water. There is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Wilson Reservoir!

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds Slow. Ice is no longer safe in most of the reservoir due to the recent warm spell. The entire lake has locked up with ice but safe ice is only on the western quarter of the lake and back in Hell Creek. Ice fisherman are having success catching White Bass from the Cedar Creek boat ramp to the Bluffs (west end of the lake).
Black Bass Fair/Poor 14-18 inches Slow. We have not received any winter time reports for these species.
White Perch Good 9 to 13 inches

Good. Ice is no longer safe in most of the reservoir due to the recent warm spell.

- IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

The white perch numbers are down in Wilson right now which is the goal of managing aquatic nuisance species.  While this species will continue to thrive and reproduce in Wilson, they are still an ANS species and KDWPT has managed the predator base in such a way to limit their numbers.  The hope is that the white bass will be able to make a comeback at the expense of the white perch numbers declining.

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 0.2' ABOVE conservation pool.

Surface Temperature = Lower 30s. Ice is no longer safe and most lower lake boat ramps are useable. It is unlawful to operate a atv or other vehicle on the ice at Wilson Reservoir.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: All boat ramps are useable. WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS and be courteous at boat ramps!

We have two Aquatic Nuisance Species - white perch and zebra mussels and have joined Cheney and El Dorado as lakes with both species. The law now says that if anyone leaves the lake with water in your livewell or boat, you are subject to a ticket for transporting Zebra Mussels since they will spawn and the microscopic little mussels will probably be in every drop of water in the lake. Make sure you drain all water from the boat before you leave the boat ramp area!!! We have been taking veliger samples and the samples were high so be sure to drain and dry everything!!!!!!



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my district.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 0.9 lbs For best luck, try a jig and minnow over brush piles.
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill can be caught with a night crawler under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs The fish feeders are empty and done for the year. Channel catfish can be caught from shore using cut shad, dough balls, or chunks of worm.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinner or plastics worked around brush piles and rocks.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Redear can be caught jigging a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.  
General Comments
 



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Best luck for Crappie would come from fishing brush piles in about 10-15 feet of water using a jig and minnow. 
Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs The fish feeders are empty and will not be filled until next spring. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, dough baits, or chicken livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or plastics working the shallows, along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Redear may be caught using a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.
General Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as the information becomes available.  



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 1/9/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great catfish population. 
White Bass Fair to Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Not a lot of white bass this year but the fish are nice sized.
Wiper Fair to Slow Up to 22" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of 15 to 22" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Good 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has lots and lots of good sized crappie. 
Saugeye Good 2 to 8 lbs. It has been a good year for saugeye fishing at the lake. 
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght limit.
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

Centralia Lake is a 400 acre lake that is noted for good channel cat, saugeye and crappie fishing. The lake facilities include multiple ramps, picnic tables, plenty of camping pads and many sites with electricity. Centralia is enrolled in the CFAP program, which means a City permit is not required for fishing visits. Perry Reservoir has zebra mussels and with Centralia Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/15/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

Be sure to CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY all equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from spreading them to another lake.

Current Fishing Conditions
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 daily creel limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation was implemented to protect brood fish, so that the population could have a chance to improve.
       
Smallmouth Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This regulation change makes smallmouth bass regulations the same as those for largemouth bass.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Crappie Fair 0.5-1.25 lbs Anglers are catching a fish around standing timber, brush piles using small jigs.
Trout Good 0.5-1.5 lbs Anglers are having good luck, trout were stocked this week (Feb. 12).  Anglers are using worms, powerbait. small jigs and spinners.
       
2018 Fishing Forecast      
       
       
Blue Catfish Slow 2.5-20 lbs This fishery is still trying to develop.  There is a 35" minimum length limit tp protect young broodfish.  Fishing will generally be slow for this species, as density is still low.
Black Bass Slow 0.5-5 lbs Angling for smallmouth and largemouth bass will be slow.  Both species are at low density.
Channel Catfish Good 1-6 lbs Fishing for channel catfish should be good.  Size should be slightly improved over the past 5 years.
Crappie Fair-Good 0.25-1.5 lbs Crappie fishing should be at least fair, similar to last year.  There are decent numbers of keeper fish, and a lot of small ones.
Sauger/Walleye Fair 0.5-4 lbs We caught more sauger in samples than walleye this year.  Many sauger were 18-22" in length, while most walleye measured from 15 to 20" long.  Sauger/Walleye fishing should be fair.
White Bass Fair-Good 0.5-2 lbs Clinton has had very good white bass fishing over the past 5 years.  However, 2017 saw a marked decline in numbers of white bass sampled.  The good news is that a lot of big fish (i.e. up to 17") are still present.
Wiper Fair 3-8 lbs Numbers of wiper sampled in 2017 was slightly higher than in 2016.  Most fish observed in samples were 3-6 lbs.  Anglers did report catching wiper in excess of 10 lbs throughout the year.
       
       
       
District Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what is going on with Clinton Reservoir (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) and other lakes in DG, SN, and OS Counties sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter by clicking this link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Water level February 15 was 0.01 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 7 cfs.  Most of lake is open, some ice between Marina Cove and Boat Ramp #3.  Brush piles placed into Clinton August 11 and 12, 2008. GPS locations in degrees, minutes, seconds using Datum WGS 84: 1) N38 55.755 W095 24.146, 2) N38 56.4444 W095 24.466, 3) N38 56.283 W095 23.465, 4) N38 56.014 W095 23.096, 5) N38 55.036 W095 22.568, 6) N38 56.011 W095 23.085, 7) N38 55.073 W095 22.565, 8) N38 55.785 W095 22.235.



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 12/4/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method and Location
       
       
2018 Fishing Forecast      
Bluegill Good Up to 8" Good numbers and sizes of bluegill were observed in 2017 samples.
Channel Catfish Fair 0.5-5 lbs Fewer channel catfish were sampled in 2017 than previous years.
Crappie Fair 0.25-1 lb Low numbers of crappie were sampled in 2017, but fish were of good size.
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-5 lbs High numbers and quality sized bass were sampled in 2017.
Redear Sunfish Fair Up to 9" Good numbers and decent sizes of redear were observed in 2017 collections.
White Bass Fair 0.5-1.5 lbs Low numbers, but large (15"+) fish were observed in 2017 samples and should provide fair angling for this species at times.
Wiper Poor 1-3 lbs Few wipers were netted in 2017.
       
Current Fishing Conditions      
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
       
Crappie Fair 0.25-1 lbs Using minnows and jigs off rock points and brush piles.
White bass Fair 0.25-1.5 lbs Casting small spinners, rattletraps, and jigs in coves.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/4/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
2018 Fishing Forecast      
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" While there are some larger (>7") bluegill at Douglas, many small ones were observed in 2017 samples.  Because of low numbers of larger fish, this fishery is rated fair for 2018.
Channel Catfish Good 0.5-4 lbs High numbers of 16"+ fish were caught in 2017 and should supply good fishing in 2018.
Crappie Fair 0.25-1 lb Moderate numbers of crappie were caught in 2017 samples, and should provide fair angling.
Largemouth Bass Good 0.25-4 lbs Lots of bass were sampled in 2017.  Size has improved over the years, as more bass > 15" were sampled in 2017 than in recent memory.
Redear Sunfish Fair Up to 9" Lots of redear are present at Douglas.  Good numbers of redear exceed 7" long.
Saugeye Poor 2-4 lbs This population is at very low density, but fish over 22" long were collected in 2017.
       
Current Fishing Conditions      
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Douglas State Fishing Lake sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
LM Bass Fair 0.3-3 lbs Using spinnerbaits, and jigs.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-1 lbs A few being taken off brushpiles on jigs.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/5/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lb. No Reports.
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs near vegetation edges. 
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits target docks and deeper structure.  
White Bass Slow 14 to 17 inches A good population of white bass exists in this lake. White bass can be taken in open water on shad imitation lures.  
General Comments
 



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 2/14/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie No report    
Catfish No report    
Saugeye No report    
Black bass No report    
Bluegill No report    
General Comments

This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2018 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.

WARNING..ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW PRESENT!!!



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 2/14/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish No report    
Crappie No report    
Walleye No report    
White Bass/Wipers No report    
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2018 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 2/14/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish No report    
Crappie No report    
Largemouth Bass No report    
Bluegill No report    
White Bass No report    
General Comments

This shallow lake has the best fishing for crappie and channel catfish which are stocked annually.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/5/2017 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Good Up to 9 lbs. Walleye are being caught drifting nightcrawlers and jigging on flats. Some larger, keeper sized fish have been being caught.              
Crappie Fair Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie are biting off channel breaks and structure near channel ledges. A number of fish are also being caught at Jayhawk Marina off the docks. 
White Bass Slow Up to 2 lbs. Target white bass off wind blown points.  Jigs and shad imitation lures are the best baits right now. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Slow Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass should be in a late fall/winter pattern now, target deeper structure and trees.   
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Channel Catfish Good  Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken on a variety of baits using prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are being taken lake wide at this time. A good bite is being reported off the marina docks as well.     
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of December 5th the water level is 0.8 feet above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

Zebra mussel infestation has been confirmed at Hillsdale Reservoir.  As of 6/17/16 the lake has been designated an Aquatic Nuisance Species water.  Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters.  Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and equipment before using another waterbody.  Dispose of all bait on dry land.  Please search ksoutdoors.com for more information about zebra mussels.       

  



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 11/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Lake Contour Map Pretty Good 8.5"x11" Color Banner Creek has been mapped by the Kansas Biological Survey and there is a map available at Contour Map
Perry Newsletter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will publish a newsletter discussing Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.25 lbs. Crappie can be caught by vertical jigging minnows over brush piles or standing timber. Some can be caught along rocky shore lines as well.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Bluegill can be caught near shoreline structure using chunks of worm or jigs. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.5 lbs. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, stink bait, or livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Crankbaits, spinners or plastics along the shoreline, rip rap and structure. 
Walleye/ Sauger Slow to Fair

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

Some anglers are having luck catching Walleye along the dam or off of submerged humps.  
General Comments
 



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 1/9/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have been trending downwards the last few years due to poor spawning success.  However, most of the fish are over 10-inches.  There is a brushpile just south of the dock.
Channel Catfish Fair to Slow 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate. 
Walleye Slow to Fair 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers have been improving due to good survival from recent stockings.  Of the fish netted in 2017, two out of three were over 15 inches.  There should be decent harvest rates this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch minimum length limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has a very good white bass population with 58.5% of the fish collected last fall were over 12 inches.
Wipers Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds Wiper sample numbers were at a 7 year high in 2017 with most of the fish from 15 to 20 inches. 
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy.  You can call the Guard House to check on availability at (785) 456-6149.  The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time.  If the inlet is flowing, then good fishing can usually be found there. 

Make-Up Lake has zebra mussels which makes the lake designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water.  It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

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JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 12/27/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass   1 to 4 lbs The lake has an excellent smallmouth bass population.  They can be found along any of the rocky shoreline.  The lake has a low level largemouth bass population dominated by smaller fish. 
White Bass   Up to 3 lbs The lake has a great white bass population. 
Wiper   Up to 12 lbs There are good numbers of wiper in the lake. 
Walleye   Up to 5 lbs Walleye numbers are below average and harvested is expected to be low.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15-inch minimum length limit. 
General Comments

AUXILIARY LAKE IS CLOSED TO FISHING DURING THE WATERFOWL HUNTING SEASON.  The lake will be open to anglers again on March 16th.

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy.  You can call the Guard House to check on availability at (785) 456-6149.  The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time. 

Auxiliary Lake has zebra mussels which makes the lake designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Invasive Species Alert Not Good   Brittle Naiad has been found near the boat ramp. Please inspect your boat and trailer before leaving to ensure you are not transporting this invasive plant.
Perry Newsletter Good 4 pages (Lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Bass are being caught by anglers using jigs or plastics along the shoreline and in & around brush piles, rip-rap, and fallen trees.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Channel Catfish may be taken occasionally from shore using cut bait or livers. The feeders are empty and will not be filled until next spring.
Flathead Catfish Fair to Good up to 30 lbs This lake has a decent number of Flathead Catfish. They can be caught using a small sunfish along the dam or other rocky areas.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber and fished in shallow coves.
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs The best bet for crappie would be to fish a jig and minnow near brush piles and rip rap or vertical jigging along steep drop offs. 
Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs This lake has a good population of shellcrackers. Redear can be caught using a small chunk of worm near brushpiles and shoreline habitat.
Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs Wiper can be caught near points in the lake using baits that resemble shad. Schools can also be located by shad breaking the surface.  
Walleye Slow Up to 3.25 lbs Fish a jig and minnow along the dam.
General Comments

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available. 

Special note: The lake has non-native aquatic plants! Please inspect your trailer and fishing gear before leaving the lake to ensure you are not transporting these plants to any other lakes.    

Please pick up and take home any trash that you may have brought with you. 

                                                                                                                                                            



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 12/5/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 11 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits lakewide.   
Flathead Catfish Slow  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. Target structure and vegetation edges with live bait. Boulders south of the dam also hold some flathead catfish.    
Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Crappie bite is being reported in 10-13 feet of water near the submerged roadbed.  Minnows and jigs are producing the most fish right now. Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 3 lbs. Largemouth can be taken on finesse plastics and spinnerbaits fished near trees in the coves and at vegetation edges.  
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near submerged road also target near schools of gizzard shad.    
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/5/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Fair 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Good Up to 16 inches Crappie can be taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Crappie are being caught on both sides of the culvert at this time.   
White Bass Slow 14-17 inches A good population of white bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
The curly-leaf pondweed stand had died-off for the year due to warmer water temperatures. Spot treatment was conducted on March 14th to clear some shoreline fishing areas. 



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/14/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish No report   New regulation for Blue Catfish in 2018...all between 25"-40" must be released...creel limit is still 5, but only 1 can be 40" or longer
Crappie No report    
Walleye No report   21" minimum length limit, 2/day creel limit.
White Bass/Wipers No report   New regulation for Wiper in 2018...creel limit is now 5/day
Smallmouth Bass No report    
Largemouth Bass No report    
Outlet Fair   some wipers, white bass, catfish, and walleye being caught
General Comments

New regulation for Wiper in 2018...creel limit is now 5/day

New regulation for Blue Catfish in 2018...all between 25"-40" must be released...creel limit is still 5, but only 1 can be 40" or longer

CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT THE MILFORD WALLEYE TAGGING STUDY!!!

http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/3-26-15/WALLEYE-TAGGING-STUDY-AT-MILFORD-RESERVOIR

CAUTION: DO NOT TRANSFER LIVE BAIT FROM ONE BODY OF WATER TO ANOTHER!!! ALONG WITH ZEBRA MUSSEL INFESTATION, ASIAN CARP ARE IN DRAINAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE KANSAS RIVER AND CAN EASILY BE MISTAKEN FOR SHAD!!!

Blue-Green Algae: Current information listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fish Feeders    

The fish feeder on the northern side of the lake has been vandalized. If this type of behavior continues, the feeders will not be returning next year. 

The feeders are empty and will not be refilled until next spring.

Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Slow to Fair up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill can be caught using a small chunk of worm under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.   
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs  Channel catfish can still be caught using worms, cut shad, or doughballs.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 7.0 lbs The lake contains a nice population of larger fish for a small State Fishing Lake. They can be caught using spinnerbaits, plastics, or crankbaits around the brush piles. 
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow along shoreline and around the brush piles. Water is cloudy so choose baits that will make a lot of noise both in color and in sound. Best luck would come near the islands on the north shore.
 Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 12/5/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 5 lbs. Live and prepared baits fished near mainlake points and other shoreline structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Largemouth bass are in late fall/winter pattern, target deeper structure and drop-offs.   
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Slow Up to 11 lbs. Jigs and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points. Some nice sized wiper (14-19 inches) have been being taken on the north end of the reservoir.  
White Crappie Slow Most fish around 9 inches, but some up to 13 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles. 
General Comments

Caution!!! Asian Carp have made their way up stream to below Lake Olathe dam.

Remember it is illegal to move fish from below dam to above the dam or use fish captured below dam for bait above the dam. 



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 12/5/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure.   
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Chicken liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Good 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Slow Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be found drifting or trolling mudflats using jigs tipped with nightcrawler or jigging spoons. 
Wiper  Fair Up to 24 inches Use shad imitation baits fished near main lake points. 
Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Fair Up to 10 inches The bluegill and redear sunfish populations are in really good shape right now with many fish in the 7-9 inch length range. Use piece of nightcrawler or small jig at vegetation edges and rocky structures to target the panfish. 
 
General Comments
Zebra mussels have been found at Paola City Lake (Lake Miola). The lake has been designated as an Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.



PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/20/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Invasive! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will start spawning as the water temperature rises to around 54 degrees. Please do not move water from Perry Reservoir.
Perry Newsletter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) We publish a newsletter for Perry and other waters in the district twice a year. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Good up to 10.0 lbs Catfish can be caught in the arms and coves of the reservoir using cut shad
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir but are difficult to target. Fish should be staged up in deeper water this time of year before beginning their run up river.

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 3.0 lbs.

Bass are probably a little groggy still from the cold weather. Try fishing a jig or crankbait in deeper water.
White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Some White Bass are being taken fishing rocky points in the reservoir casting jigs and crankbaits resembling shad.  
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Crappie can be caught in the old channels or brush piles surrounding them. 
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Anglers are catching a few Blue Cats using cut and whole shad near the winter kill spots up in the arms and coves. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, many fish are below the length limit, with a few blue catfish over the 35 inch minimum length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  
Comments

As of February 15th, Perry is completely thawed out and opened up. Ramps are open but most do not have the docks slid in yet. The current lake elevation is at 892.06 (0.56' above conservation pool) and dropping about a tenth of a foot a day with a release of 500 cfs. For more up to date lake conditions: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Perry-Lake/Daily-Lake-Info-2/ 

If you would like to place habitat in Perry Reservoir, please contact the Fish Biologist, Nick, at 785-246-4514 to obtain a permit. 

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.

Zebra mussels were confirmed on 10-9-07, so make sure you clean, drain and dry your boat after leaving PerryEven if you do not see any mussels attached, you may still be transporting microscopic veligers, "baby mussels" on your boat.



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 1/9/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has good numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Good 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great largemouth bass population. 
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

This small 49 acre lake is located in northeast Pott. County. The fishing conditions are very similar to that of a large farm pond. The lake is noted for good catch and release largemouth bass fishing due to the abundance of the species. Bass 13 to 18 inches long are protected.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 1/9/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 9 inches The bluegill population offers decent numbers of harvestable sized fish. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Slow to Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers improved in 2017 but most of the fish are still below 10-inches.
Largemouth Bass Good! 1/2 to 5 pounds The 2017 annual sampling effort produced the highest number of bass on record with 61% of the fish being over 12 inches.  The lake is absolutely full of 12 - 15 inch bass.  A great place for catch and release bass fishing!
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

This small 24 acre lake is similar to pond fishing. The lake is known for catch and release of largemouth bass and harvest of nice bluegill. The lake's channel catfish are protected by a 15 inch minimum length limit.

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POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 1/9/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Good 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population. Bass in this lake can be tough to catch because they have all seen a lot of lures.
Channel Catfish Good 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  The most recent stocking was on September 27th of 550 pounds of catfish.  For 2017, the lake received 4,130 channel catfish through this program.  Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Slow to Fair 1/4 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have improved the last two years but overall the lake does not support a robust crappie population.  There are some artificial habitat structures just out from each dock.
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

Pott. # 2 is noted for family outings, scenic views, catch and release bass fishing, harvest of small crappie and channel catfish. 

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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 1/9/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Catfish Fair 1 to 20+ pounds

Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.  Blue catfish are usually caught on fresh cut bait.

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging some to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek Lake and the Big Blue River.  Feel free to harvest or release the fish, but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or ely.sprenkle@ks.gov   A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

White Bass and Wipers Fair 1/2 to 8 pounds

Jigs, crankbaits or live bait. 

To distinguish between the two species you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for id. Wiper daily creel is 2.

Drum Fair 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are an abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Slow to Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds

Best baits are jigs, crankbaits or live bait.  Always a few being caught.

Starting in 2017, the statewide 15-inch minimum length limit for walleye, sauger and saugeye does not apply to rivers, streams and tailwaters.

General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

Rocky Ford , a river fishery, is located just south of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue River. Anglers have the opportunity to harvest fishes generally associated with moving water. Saugeye, white bass, the catfishes, drum, crappie and carp can be harvested. Angler access and success is affected by release rates from the nearby Tuttle Creek Reservoir. You can check current conditions HERE 

Zebra mussels were found in Tuttle Creek on August 16, 2017.  This makes the Reservoir, River Pond and Rocky Ford as designated Aquatic Nuisance Species waters. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies, do not move fish and dump your bait.

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SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 11/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs Crappie can be caught over brush piles or near standing timber using a small jig tipped with a plastic lure or minnow.
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 17.0 lbs There are some nice sized Channel Catfish in this impoundment. They can be caught from shore using cut bait or livers 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Largemouth Bass can be caught fishing spinners or plastics near structure. 
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.5 lbs. Walleye should be along shallow flats and off of points.
Wiper  Great up to 7.5 lbs. Wipers can be caught by fishing along points in the lake using any lure that resembles a shad. 
General Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.  



SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 12/4/2017 Print

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
       
Current Fishing Conditions      
Trout Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using a variety of baits/lures including worms, power bait, roostertails, and little cleos.
Crappie Fair 0.25-1 lb Using jigs and crappie over brush.
       
2018 Fishing Forecast      
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" Lots of bluegill were sampled and decent sized individuals were observed in 2017 samples.
Channel Catfish Good 0.5-5 lbs Good numbers and sizes of catfish were sampled.
Crappie Poor 0.25-0.75 lb Lots of juvenile crappie were captured in 2017 surveys, but only low numbers of adults.
Largemouth Bass Good 0.25-4 lbs The bass population continues to improve.  High numbers of juvenile and adult bass were observed in 2017 samples.  Good size was noted.
Walleye Poor-Fair 0.5-5 lbs Similar, low numbers of walleye were netted in 2017, as in 2016.
White Bass Fair-Good 0.25-1.5 lbs Increased numbers of white bass and good numbers of larger fish should provide at least fair fishing in 2018.
Wiper Poor 1-3 lbs Low numbers of wiper were sampled in 2017.
General Comments
Brushpiles were constructed and placed at 5 locations in April 2010. Locations were marked with GPS using datum NAD83: 1) N38.99217 W095.63188, 2) N39.00736 W095.62968, 3) N38.99254, W095.63210, 4) N38.99619 W095.632202, 5) N39.01043, W095.63014. November 07 locations were marked with GPS using datum WGS84 in decimel degrees: 1) N39.00740 W095.62978; 2) N39.00819 W095.63046; 3) N39.00810 W095.63055; 4) N39.00806 W095.63043; 5) N39.00638 W095.62261; 6) N39.00247 W095.62495; 7) N38.99622 W095.63205; 8) 39.00274 W095.63202.
 
 



SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 12/5/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Slow Up to 15 inches Minnows on a slip-bobber fished in deeper water. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide using dough-bait.
Wiper Slow Up to 9 lbs. Live bait and shad imitation baits along the dam are producing the best.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics are working best right now fished near shoreline structure. 
Trout Good  Catchable Trout are mostly biting on Powerbait or prepared baits, but can also be caught on in-line spinners and small spoons.     
General Comments
In addition to a state fishing license, a Johnson County fishing permit is required. If you plan to fish for trout, a Johnson County trout permit is also required. Johnson County fishing/trout permits are available through Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and other select vendors.



SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/9/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a very good population of black bass over 15 inches.  You can watch a news story about the bass at this lake at http://www.wibw.com/content/news/Fish-go-belly-up-after-shocking-research-422730604.html
Crappie Slow to Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie size structure has been improving with the 2017 sample having the most fish over 10 inches in seven years.  However, the population would not be characterized as being a good fishery as most of the fish are still stunted below 8 inches.
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish which leads to good catch rates of fish in this range.  The most recent stocking was on September 14th.  For 2017, the lake was stocked with 3,400 pounds of channel catfish.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

Located north of Silver Lake, Shawnee State Fishing Lake is the site of good catch and release largemouth bass fishing. The lake is also noted for channel catfish harvest since the lake receives frequent stockings of harvestable sized catfish from March through September. The Jeffrey Energy Center Lakes and Perry Reservoir both have zebra mussels and with Shawnee State Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.200640° W -95.805438°
N 39.200351° W -95.801881°
N 39.201053° W -95.801924°



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 2/14/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds

The crappie population has been improving the last few years with sampling this fall producing the most fish over 10 inches in five years.  In addition, the future looks bright as the 2017 year-class was the largest recorded in 25 years.  There should be decent harvest in 2018.  

During the winter months crappie can be found holding 14 - 20 feet deep off of main points or near good brush piles

White Bass Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass numbers continue to be low due to poor spawning success the last five years.
Catfish Fair Up to 40 pounds

The lake maintains a good channel catfish population and is one of the best places around to catch channel over 8 pounds. 

The blue catfish population is finally starting to get established.  The vast majority of the fish are below 28 inches and not sexually mature yet.  To protect these fish until they have a chance to spawn, a new 35-inch minimum length limit is in place starting January 1, 2018.  The plan is to only have a length limit on blue catfish for a few years until the population can sustain itself through natural reproduction.

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging some to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek.  It is up to you to release the fish or harvest it (if legally applicable), but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or ely.sprenkle@ks.gov  A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

Largemouth Bass Slow 1 to 5 pounds Coves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing.
Saugeye Slow Up to 6 pounds

Record numbers of young saugeye sampled in the lake in 2017.  Hopefully, these little fish have a chance to stay in the Reservoir and grow past the 15-inch minimum length limit.  The tubes is a good place to catch a few in the winter months on jigs or minnows.

Starting in 2017, the minimum length limit does not apply to saugeye in the River Pond or at the "tubes".  The 15-inch minimum length limit is still in effect in the Reservoir.

Rainbow Trout Good Up to 5 pounds

Trout season is here!  During the fall and winter, rainbow trout are stocked into Willow Lake, which is located in the southeast corner of the Tuttle Creek State Park.  The lake will receive a stocking once a month from October through March.  The fifth stocking was put in on February 13th.  So far this season 6,250 trout have been stocked into Willow Lake.  Best baits have been power bait, corn or minnows. As of 02/14/2018 Willow Lake was covered with 2-3 inch thick ice

A trout permit is required of all anglers visiting Willow Lake during trout season, except anyone under 16 years of age with a properly licensed adult can harvest up to 2 trout without a trout permit.

General Comments

Zebra mussels were found in Tuttle Creek on August 16, 2017.  This makes the Reservoir, River Pond and Rocky Ford as designated Aquatic Nuisance Species waters. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies, do not move fish and dump your bait.

You can check current water conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/9/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a decent bluegill population. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. 
Crappie Fair Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Slow to Fair Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 3 lbs The lake has fair numbers of saugeye over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/5/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie   Up to 12 inches Some crappie are being caught on minnows or jigs suspended near structure. 
Bluegill   Up to 8 inches Worms and wax worms under a bobber fished in the shallows.
Channel Catfish   Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish are being taken lakewide. Best bite is occurring in the evenings on worms, minnows, shad or liver.  
Largemouth Bass   Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics, spinner-baits, and crankbaits fished near structure or near vegetation edges are producing fish.   
Smallmouth Bass   Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass   Up to 6 lbs. Trolling shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Walleye   Up to 2 lbs. Drifting across mud flats and points, minnows are producing best right now. 
Rainbow Trout   Catchable Trout season is over look for them to be stocked again next winter.     
General Comments

A Wyandotte County fishing permit is required to fish this property. A Wyandotte County trout permit is required for trout fishing. Please contact Wyandotte County Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department at 913-573-8327 for more information.

Wyandotte County Lake is closed for the winter and will reopen March 3, 2018



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

BARBER STATE FISHING LAKE - LOWER - Last Updated: 11/2/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers off of points and flats.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Typical cool weather patterns.  Try jigs, grubs and slow rolled spinnerbaits.  
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on the breaks around points and flats.  Try slab spoons or wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches. Also try trolling small minnow type crank baits. 

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2018.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/2/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 7.5 lbs Walleye should be on the breaks around points and flats.  Try slab spoons or wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches. Also try trolling small minnow type crank baits. 
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on the breaks around points and flats.  Try slab spoons or wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches. Also try trolling small minnow type crank baits. 
White bass No report Up to 1.5 lbs Try small white jigs off windblown points as well as crank baits,small jigs and spinners in areas the wind is blowing into the shore.  

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2018.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



DODGE CITY - MARIAH HILLS GOLF COURSE POND - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish No report No report Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver. Also try using nightcrawlers.
Largemouth Bass No report No report Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report and will be updated only if a hot report is reported to the Dodge City office at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2016. 

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.  

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



DODGE CITY LAKE CHARLES - Last Updated: 3/16/2017 Print



HAMILTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/10/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
General Comments
Lake is still dry.



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/2/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Try jigs, spoons, spinnerbaits or jerkbaits later in the day around wood or rocks or any vegetation you can  find.
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on the breaks around points and flats.  Try slab spoons or wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches. Also try trolling small minnow type crank baits. 

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2018.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



LARNED CITY POND - Last Updated: 3/16/2017 Print



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 11/2/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially around a drop-off.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Try spinnerbaits, jigs and soft plastic later in the day around wood or vegetation.
Flathead catfish   Up to 53 lbs Live bait fished around cover.

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2018.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



PRATT COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/2/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Try spinnerbaits, jigs, spoons and soft plastic later in the day around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill No report Up to 9 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rocks.
Wiper No report   Try jigs and slim minnow baits where the wind is blowing into the shore.
Walleye No report Up to 6 lbs Try drifting jig and night crawlers across the points.  

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2018.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 2/15/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish No Report Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Prepared baits, shrimp, or liver fished in shallow water on warmer days.
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Vertically fishing jigs around brush.
Largemouth Bass No Report Up to 5.5 lbs. Spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and soft plastics fished around shoreline vegetation and brush.
Rainbow Trout Excellent 0.5 lb. average

The fourth stocking of approximately 700 rainbow trout occurred on February 9, 2018.

Vertically fishing powerbait, salmon eggs, worms, corn, and/or marshmallows alone or in some combination has been best.

Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Vertically fishing small jigs around the brush.
Saugeye/Walleye No Report Up to 7 lbs. Swim baits, crank baits, or jigs fished over shallow shelves, edges of cattails, and around brush.  Anglers report catching some nice fish in the 18 to 22 inch range.
General Comments

Attention: Any remaining ice on either the State Lake or Barrel Springs Pond is too thin and weak to support ice fishing.  There is some open water on the State Lake and it would be possible to launch a boat if you don't mind breaking a little ice.  I have no substantiated ice reports, but there have been quite a few anglers fishing Barrel Springs Pond so they are finding a way to deal with any remaining ice.

Release all walleye/saugeye less than 18 inches and largemouth bass less than 15 inches.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/22/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. No recent reports.
Crappie Good 8-13" Good. Ice is no longer safe due to the recent warm spell. Few reports of crappie being caught.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7 lb. Good. No recent reports.
Saugeye Fair 15-23" Fair. Ice is no longer safe. No recent reports. Remember) The minimum length limit has changed from 18" to 21" and only 2 fish can be kept per day.
General Comments

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/30/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good up to 2lbs Channel Catfish are biting on cut bait.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 13" Crappie activity should be decent with the cool water temps. A small tube jig or minnow under a bobber is a good bet. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Morning and evening hours are best. A recent population survey showed good numbers of Crappie up to 13 inches in the lake.
General Comments
 



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/3/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Poor 6" to 10" Fish with small minnows and jigs around brush. There are a few nice crappie in the lake although most are fairly small.
Bluegill Poor   Worms under a bobber or very small jigs.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-6 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 20" Fish shallow brush with Texas rigged softbait, jigs, and spinnerbaits. The water here is typically murky so try darker colored lures (black & blue, dark purple, green pumpkin).
General Comments
 



BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/29/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish No recent reports   Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches
Largemouth Bass No recent reports    
Crappie No recent reports   The majority of the crappie in the lake are small and the crappie population density needs to be reduced.  Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed  the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back.  Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!
Bluegill No recent reports    
General Comments
 



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/29/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Zebra Mussels Have Been Discovered in Chase State Fishing Lake.    

Chase SFL is an ANS designated water. Read the news release HERE.

 Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

 Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

 Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

New Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish No recent reports   Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit.
Largemouth Bass No recent reports   There is a 13 to 18 inch slot limit on Largemouth Bass in effect at the lake.
Saugeye No recent reports    
Spotted Bass No recent reports    
Bluegill No recent reports    
White Crappie No recent reports    
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/25/2018 Print

SPECIES RATING SIZE BAITS, LOCATION, METHODS
Fishing Newsletter     All KDWPT fisheries districts are offering a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. The newsletters are aimed at keeping anglers informed about fishing opportunities and information in their areas of interest. The first few editions of the Cheney Fisheries District have been completed and are ready for distribution.
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS, AND BILGES!!!

Zebra mussel numbers have decreased at Cheney; however, anglers and boaters should still use caution to avoid moving adults and veligers from the lake.

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

White Bass and Wiper Fair Up to 24" Look for Wipers and White Bass on points and underwater humps. Shad-imitating lures and live shad are the best options.
Walleye Fair Up to 28" Try jigs on points, drop-offs, and underwater humps.
Crappie Poor Up to 15" Try near the artificial habitat structures near the marina.
Blue Catfish Fair Up to 15 lb Try live or cut shad near the old river channel and adjacent flats.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lb Winter time fishing for Channel Catfish can be excellent if water temperatures drop low enough to cause a die-off of Gizzard Shad. When this happens, look for catfish to be biting on cut shad fished close to shore on the windy side of the lake. Move locations often until you locate fish. 
White Perch Excellent  

There are many catchable-size white perch (10+") in the lake.

White perch cannot be used as live bait, but they do make good cut bait. For tips on identifying a white perch from a white bass, wiper or striped bass click HERE.

All white perch in your possession must be dead. It is illegal to posses live white perch.

COMMENTS
Warm weather melted most of the ice this week. The lake is mostly ice free, but some of the boat ramps are still iced in. 



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 2/14/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Zebra Mussel     Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove City Lake. Click HERE for more information.

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Bluegill No report    
Crappie No report    
Channel catfish No report    
Black bass No report    
Walleye No report    
White bass No report    
General Comments
The City of Council Grove requires Aquatic Nuisance Species certification of anglers and boaters at Council Grove City Lake. Go to ANS Certification to obtain the certificate. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.



COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/14/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir.

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Channel Catfish No report    
Saugeye No report    
White Bass No report    
Wiper No report    
White Crappie No report   Creel limit 20/day
General Comments

1.82 feet low, releasing 6 cfs

Outlet fishing is slow

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/29/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Bluegill No recent reports    
Channel Catfish No recent reports   15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit
Largemouth Bass No recent reports    
Redear Sunfish No recent reports    
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/1/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in the Trout Area below the dam!!

Blue catfish   No recent reports

25 inch to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish.  Daily creel limit is 5 per day with no more than 2 35 inches and longer.

Take time to properly identify your catfish catch. Click HERE for information on how to properly identify your catch.

Wiper   No recent reports Be sure to properly ID your catch as there is there is an 21-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit on wiper.. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.
White bass   No recent reports Wipers can be caught along with white bass so it is important to properly identify your catch before putting it on a stringer. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.
White Perch   No recent reports Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.
White crappie   No recent reports 20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.
Channel Catfish   No recent reports  
Walleye   No recent reports THE WALLEYE LENGTH LIMIT IS 21-INCHES WITH A 2/DAY CREEL LIMIT.
General Comments

New crappie creel limit of 20/day effective January 1, 2018.

3.5 feet low, releasing 5 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

ZEBRA MUSSEL & WHITE PERCH WARNING! El Dorado Reservoir and the Walnut River below the reservoir contain zebra mussels and white perch. Take zebra mussel control precautions when leaving the lake, Trout Area, and Stilling Basin. For information on Zebra Mussels click Here.



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 11/30/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-4lbs Channel Catfish have been hitting on cut bait.
White Crappie Fair up to 12 inches Crappie fishing has been decent up with the cooler water temps. Try a minnow or tube jig under a bobber along the dam. Vary your depth until you locate fish.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5 lbs Try near any submerged structure such as rip-rap or the flooded timber. A slower presentation may be needed during the cold water season, but bass will still bite in the winter. 
Saugeye Poor up to 4 lbs There are some nice saugeye at East lake. Try fishing on rocky points or along the dam.
Bluegill Fair up to 8 inches Try a small worm under a bobber.
General Comments
 



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/30/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 10" to 7 lb. Look for catfish to bite well on cut shad if the water temperature gets cold enough to cause a shad kill in the coming weeks and months.
Largemouth Bass Poor up to 5lbs Try near any submerged brush or along the rip-rap shoreline. Mornings and evenings are best.
Northern Pike Fair Up to 35" Pike can be found throughout the lake during to cold water seasons.
Bluegill Poor Up to 7" Use worms under a bobber near structure, or a small spinning lure. Few quality-sized Bluegill are present.
General Comments
The lake is a couple feet low to facilitate habitat work on Byron Walker Wildlife Area. Boat access to the western and northern lobes of the lake will be difficult during this time. 



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 1/1/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish No recent reports    
White Crappie No recent reports   New 20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018
Largemouth Bass No recent reports   13 inch to 18 inch slot limit effective January 1, 2018
Saugeye No recent reports    
Bluegill No recent reports    
White Bass No recent reports    
Wiper No recent reports    
General Comments

New crappie creel limit of 20/day effective January 1, 2018.

New largemouth bass 13 inch to 18 inch slot length limit effective January 1, 2018.

Boat and bait inspections are MANDATORY at Marion County Lake to prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Nuisance Species. Protect our waters... don't forget to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY!



MARION RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/1/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels     Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!
Channel Cat      
White Crappie     20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.
Walleye     Few recent fishing reports available...
White Bass      
Wiper      
Coordinates for habitat cubes    

4 cubes N38 22.450’
W97 04.669’

4 cubes N38 22.455’
W97 04.664’

4 cubes N38 22.426’
W97 04.694’

3 cubes N38 22.757’
W97.05.227’

3 cubes N38 22.763’
W97 05.211’

3 cubes N38 23.407’
W97 05.460’

2 cubes N38 23.467’
W97 05.384’

2 cubes N38 23.478’
W97 05.399’

4 cubes N38 23.481’
W97 05.408’

Coordinates for brushpiles and cubes.   The first 3 coordinates are for one large brushpile. Coordinates mark areas with multiple habitat structures in the area.

N 38 21.907'
W 97 05.562'

N 38 21.912'
W 97.05.560'

N 38 21.920'
W 97.05.557'

N 38 22.425'
W 97 04.697'

N 38 22.767'
W 97 05.208'

N 38 22.757'
W 97 05.227'

General Comments

New crappie creel limit of 20/day effective January 1, 2018.

1.8 feet below pool, releasing 3 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 11/30/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Adult Zebra Mussels were found 7/31/08 at Lake Afton.

The zebra mussels reproduce during the warmer summer months and veligers (larval zebra mussels) are present in the water column. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in Clearwater Creek below the spillway!

White Perch Fair Up to 1 lb Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may not be possessed or transported alive.
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs, up to 20" The final catfish stocking took place on September 29th.  There are lots of nice channel catfish at Afton - use prepared or cut baits for best results.
Saugeye Poor Up to 21" Saugeye are present in small numbers at Lake Afton.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12 inches Vary your fishing depth until you start catching fish. Crappie fishing should improve as the weather begins to cool.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/29/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish No recent reports    
Wiper No recent reports    
Crappie No recent reports    
Saugeye No recent reports    
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 12/29/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish No recent reports    
Crappie No recent reports    
Largemouth Bass No recent reports    
Saugeye No recent reports    
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 2/13/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Expect Channel Catfish to bite well on cut shad if water temperatures get cold enough to cause a Gizzard Shad die-offs this winter. Water temps need to get near-freezing for this to happen. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is picking up with the cooler temps. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Fair Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout Good Up to 2 lbs Trout were stocked at KDOT East, Vic's Lake and Slough Creek on 2/8/2018. Some trout were stocked in the deeper pools of Slough Creek in addition to the big pond.
General Comments
 



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/29/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels were verified in Winfield City Lake in December 2006. Lake users should follow recommended control practices found HERE .

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

Crappie No recent reports    
Channel catfish No recent reports    
Black bass No recent reports    
White bass No recent reports    
Wiper No recent reports    
Walleye No recent reports   Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.    
General Comments
The City of Winfield requires additional permits for anglers using the lake. Stop in to the lake office before fishing at the lake.



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/7/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill and Redear fair

52% 4-7"

31% 7-9"

17% 9-11"

Bluegill and redear sunfish are most easily caught on 2-6 pound test line, a number eight (small) hook baited with a worm, very small jig, or small silver spoon.  They can be caught around rocks on jetties and brush piles.  Fish are more active on sunny days.
Channel Catfish fair

88% 11-16"

12% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

0% 28-36"

Channel catfish are typically caught on or near the bottom on worms, shad sides, or stink bait.  They can be caught in coves around feeders and along the weed line. Channel catfish congregate at the inlet when rain water is running into the lake.  Fish are located in deep water along old creek channels during cold weather.
Largemouth Bass fair

46% 8-12"

26% 12-15"

28% 15-20"

<1% 20"

Artificial baits such a spinners, jigs, beetle spins, and plastic worms work well for largemouth bass. Natural baits such as minnows, worms, and crayfish are also excellent choices. Bass can be caught around rock jetties, brush piles, and channel breaks. Big bass will hit any of the above baits but not as readily as smaller fish. Technique is important if you want to catch big bass. 
Crappie fair

9% 5-8"

54% 8-10"

31% 10-12"

5% 12-15"

Crappie are most easily caught on light line. Small jigs or minnows are best fished around brush piles, rock jetties, and channel breaks.  Fish are more active on sunny days.
General Comments

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2017 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2016 test netting.

To view a map of brush pile locations, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the lake.

LYSL brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 2.07 kB)

For more information about the Fall River/Toronto Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.



BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/2/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 6-12" Minnows under a bobber and small jigs have been the best bait.  Look for crappie in the underwater timber and docks.  Sorting will be required to find bigger fish.
Channel Catfish Fair 16-24" Fishing remains slow.  Shad sides have been producing a few fish.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Fair 12-18" Fishing plastic baits slowly has been producing the most fish.  Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good with cooling water.  
Bluegill and Redears Fair 6-8" Fish with small baits and hooks to increase success with cold water temps.  Look for fish under the docks and around submerged brush.
General Comments
 
New for 2017
There is a new length limit in effect for Largemouth Bass
Release all Largemouth Bass 15-21" in Length, daily creel remains 5/day.
New District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

 
 



BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/27/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly on the bottom along weed-lines. 
Channel catfish  Fair  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. 
Crappie  Fair/good  8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure in 10 to 15 feet of water. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population, with some quality-size fish available.
Largemouth bass  Fair Mostly 8-16 inch fish. Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around structure or weed-lines. Clear water conditions often keep fish in deeper water.
General Comments
 



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 2/12/2018 Print

species ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie Good 8 to 12 inches water levels have enhanced fishing. try jigs, minnows. Recent sampling show a nice population of 10 - 14 inch crappie
Channel catfish Good varies, Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is clear with a little colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. Try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits,  
Largemouth bass Good most bass in the 14 to 20 inch range good reports of bass, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure.
General Comments

This lake maybe ice covered or open, it is impossible to maintain this report to mimic weather conditions. 

Crappie have been really hit or miss, this warm weather has fish moving in closer to the shore. 

 The catfish in this impoundment are active and ready for action- Try liver, shad, or live bait fish.  Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in.  For largemouth bass try fishing some of the standing timber and weedbeds with spinners and buzzbaits.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

NO special permits required, this is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake. Use caution, this lake has quantities of standing and submerged trees and limited shoreline access. This is a 220 acre lake with approximately 180 acres of standing trees. Fishing only lake. The lake has a boat ramp, parking lot, security light, floating dock, and vault toilet on the east side of the lake and a boat ramp and parking lot on the west side..



BOURBON COUNTY ELM CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 10/1/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish GOOD varies The lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is clear.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. try off dam on bluegill chunks, chicken livers or cut shad, Lakewide. Recent fish population sampling lots of nice channel catfish from 3 - 8 pounds.  
Largemouth/Smallmouth bass GOOD varies lake wide, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs,   
Bullheads FAIR varies use worms,or liver lake wide  
Bluegill FAIR varies small baits and worms under floats, along weedbeds around fish attractors  
Walleye FAIR  varies also try the dam and rocky structure in the south half of the lake with jigs or minnows  
Crappie FAIR lots of small fish with 50 limit along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is clear colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

Due to a leak in the dam water levels are low and will remain low until financing and approval for repair are made. The channel catfish population in this lake is doing well.  The fish feeders are OFF. Also there have been some very sizeable largemouth bass (up to 6 lbs) caught in this lake recently- try deeper weedbeds and brush piles with your spinners, jigs. 

Low water levels could make launching a large boat at the boatramp questionable.

This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms. Remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

With questions about this lake call Donald George, Fisheries Biologist, at 913-795-2218, or Bourbon County at 620-223-3800.



BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/17/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass GOOD Fish 10 to 19 inches dominate the population Fish the deeper water structure, weedbeds and piers,  spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers.
Bluegill/redear sunfish FAIR all sizes Nice redear are available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float. Bluegill are also available but are smaller in size.  
Walleye FAIR varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish FAIR 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms,the fish feeders are OFF, lakewide,
Crappie FAIR 8 - 12 inches and up Shoreline, using minnows, jigs under a 3 ft float.  Most fish I saw caught were 9 to 10 plus inches with some 14's.
General Comments
Water level is low.  The boat ramp may not be usable by most boats.  Use caution.  Shoreline fishing can be good in the deeper parts of the lake.  This lake produces some nice crappie each year.  Recent sampling indicates that there are many good crappie to catch.  The bass population at this impoundment consists of spotted and largemouth bass.  Spotted bass tend to hang near rocks and the dam, whereas on the south end of the lake your more likely to catch only largemouths.  



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 2/12/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair-Good 8 in to 21 inches Fishing good habitat near the warm water should be productive. Various lures including rattletraps, jerkbaits, jigs, and finesse plastics are productive during the winter months for largemouth in and near the hot water.
walleye Slow 14-25 inches Crankbaits around the rocks and points. This population is low in abundance and not many keepers are available. Trolling or drifting with jigs and crawlers may also produce a few fish
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Drifting various baits over flats or humps will be the most productive. Channel Cats are probably on wind blown flats and will bite on a variety of bait options but the blue cats prefer fresh cut bait, and are usually around channel swings and humps.
smallmouth bass Fair 10-20 inches Crankbaits or 4" stick worms rigged wacky style or 4" tubes fished around rocky habitat
white bass/Wipers Good up to 5lbs. Fishing crankbaits, small spinners, twister tails, or rattle traps around the hot water should be productive.
crappie Fair 11-15 inches  Look for them near dropoffs and in the timber. Jigs of various colors or minnows.
General Comments

Entrance gate phone number is 620-364-2475 call for lake conditions. 

A large brush pile was created north of the boat ramp in the old creek channel and is marked with a fish attractor buoy. There were also several trees sunk at the end of the hot water dike and should be easily marked on your locator. These spots should be really good in the fall and winter months.

ZEBRA MUSSELS have been confirmed in Coffey County Lake! Please help stop the spread. Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving this lake. It is illegal to transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on waters in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson counties click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/27/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &Location
Bluegill / redear  Good  6 - 7" Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. 
Channel catfish  Fair

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. The four fish feeders are still operating. Feeding times are at 7:00 am, 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 1:00 am.
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 9-inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Mostly small 7 to 9-inch fish with some bigger fish mixed in. 
Largemouth bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits or spinner baits fished along drop-offs, brush piles, or structure. Bass numbers are relatively low, but a high percentage are 15-inches or larger.
General Comments
 



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 2/12/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches The lake is at full pool, water clarity is great at this time. Work the shore and rocky areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, crank baits in  close to cover.  The majority of fish are in the 12 inch to 4 pound range.
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" A limited fishery exists some are taken on jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky areas.
Channel Catfish Good to Excellent 15" to 8 pounds This is a good catfish population with fish over 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds. Use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, lakewide or along the piers along the parking lot. The fish feeder is OFF for the season.   
Crappie Slow to Fair any size Sampling indicates good numbers of nice fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and jigs, lakewide.
Walleye Slow to Fair most between 15 to 17 inches Recent sampling indicates good numbers of  fish (17.5 to 22 inches) are available. Some are taken on jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

This lake maybe ice covered or open, it is impossible to maintain this report to mimic weather conditions. Water levels are normal.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

This is a great Kayak or small craft lake.  Critzer Lake is one of Kansas' newest lakes and was opened to fishing in August of 2011. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There is a double lane boat ramp. The floating dock is finished and compliments this great fishing lake.  The lake is primarily a boat lake but there is shoreline access east of the boatramp where anglers can set up on the two piers and be very close to the parking lot. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit.

There is a second, smaller access area located at the south west part of the lake, from 800 rd. and Gorman, north 1/4 mile.  This area makes it easier for anglers in small craft to launch and paddle/fish the more timbered areas. There is a parking lot and gravel ramp and provides shoreline angling also. 

This lake was sampled on 5/19/2017, and many largemouth bass were caught and released, varying in size (nothing over 4 lbs.), as well as a few smallmouth bass. There is a lot of cover in this lake and electrofishing may not caught bigger fish.  There is a great channel cat population, with a lot of fish in the 2 to 6 pound range.  There are a few walleye between 14 and 21 inches were seen as well.  White crappie are abundant and caught close to cover, with light colored jigs.  The water is clear unless there have been heavy rains.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Remember CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!

We have improved the area with a floating dock, located just west of the boat ramp.

For tips on spring bass fishing watch this KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

Check out this video from Brent Chapman fishing for bass in Critzer Lake! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngvw2uz3oH0 



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/2/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 6-10" Look for crappie suspended around the shoreline and dam.  Minnows under bobbers have been working the best.  There are also some crappie being caught up in the Elk River.
Blue and channel catfish Fair 18-26" Catfishing has slowed down with the cold water.  Shad sides have been the best bait in the cold water.
White Bass Fair 10-14" White bass have been more sporadic.  Covering many different areas will help you find and catch more white bass.
Outlet Fair 12-20" Water release has slowed. Use the link below to determine release volume.
 
Blue catfish are currently managed with a 35-in minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit in hopes that they will establish a self-sustaining population.
Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

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Youth/Mentor Pond

The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/7/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

13% 11"-16"

47% 16"-24"

13% 24"-28"

27% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides.  Fish are located in deep water along old creek channels during cold weather.
crappie fair

81% 5"- 8"

7% 8"-10"

4% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around deep channel breaks in reservoir and river. Try Ladd Bridge on sunny days.
largemouth bass poor

17% 8"-12"

39% 12"-15"

44% 15"-20"

0% 20"+

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of the river produces a fair density bass population. There were 11 bass per hour of electrofishing around the Ladd Bridge section of the river. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, worm, spinner or crank bait around stumps and brush in the river.
white bass fair

44% 6"- 9"

33% 9"-12"

22% 12"-15"

0% 15"-18"

Use a spinner or shad imitation crank bait. Fish are located in deep water along old creek channels during cold weather.
General Comments:

To view a map of brush piles in Fall River Reservoir and the old sunken Ladd Bridge in the river, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir.

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from August 2017 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2016 test netting.

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FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 2/12/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Good varies water level is perfect, water conditions have brought bass in shallow in cover.  Use shad crank baits, soft plastic baits to fish structure and along rocky points and weed beds.
channel catfish Good varies, some very nice Very good populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide and around the feeders, use cut shad, sponge baits, worms. Recent fish population sampling indicates a great population of channel catfish in the 2 - 5 pound range. Fish the South end where creek comes in during or after a rain.  The fish feeders are off.
walleye Slow varies use dark jigs and crankbaits, along flats and drop-offs.  most fish are above the 18 inch length limit.
crappie Slow varies, many over 11 inches Crappie have been hit or miss according to the weather, when its good its real good.  There are a high percentage of fish over 10 inches. Some good fish along the dam in 5 ft or less. Try black&amp;amp;white jigs under a float. 
bluegill Slow varies use small baits, such as worms, jigs suspended under a float, in deeper water
General Comments

This lake maybe ice covered or open, it is impossible to maintain this report to mimic weather conditions. 

Ft Scott Lake has a good reputation for producing good stringers of channel catfish.  Channel catfish from the rearing pond will be stocked in to this lake.

Recent tree/habitat placements, In 2014, 2015 and 2016, 2017 about 900 xmas trees were placed at each end of the dam and along Scorotino Park.  The dam tree placements are very accessible for shoreline anglers.  This project is will improve angler success for bass and crappie.   

 Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and have fun. Please remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Lake Cooperator,no city permits for fishing and boating while fishing. City permit required for recreational boating.



GARNETT NORTH - Last Updated: 10/25/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair-Good 8-14 inches  Look for them around structure or dropoffs in 10-15 ft. of water. Minnows under a slip bobber is probably best choice of bait.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events. Some nice sized catfish were seen in our gill nets
Largemouth Bass Good up to 4lbs.  There is an abundant bass popuation in this lake with many fish in the 13-16" range, you can benefit the population by harvesting bass less than 13". Use a reaction style bait such as lipless crankbait, jerkbait, or spinnerbait near shoreline structure.
Wipers Fair up to 6 lbs Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. 
Walleye Slow   curly tailed jigs or crankbaits along the bank near deeper water.
General Comments

Please remember to help STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell when leaving water bodies. 

Four Georgia Cube Fish Attractors were placed by the fishing dock (2on the East end and 2 on the West end) on the north end of the lake. 

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

For more information on waters in Woodson, Coffey, Anderson, and Allen counties, click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



GARNETT SOUTH - Last Updated: 11/7/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Swim baits and jerkbaits worked around shoreline habitat.
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with a worm
Channel Catfish Fair-Good 8-24 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Fair-Good 6-10 inches  Try fishing the deeper water around any structure. Minnows are a good choice this time of year.
Wiper Poor    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
Trout Fair-Good   Small spinners or berkley trout bait may work well

Comments: 1,665 trout were stocked on Oct. 25th. 

Trout season began Nov. 1 runs to April 15. This is a Type 1 Water meaning a trout permit is required for all anglers 16 or older.

Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and livewells to help stop the spread of ANS species. For more information on this lake and other lakes in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson Counties, click on the link below to subscribe to the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.

 http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/5/2017 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair Drifting various baits lakewide has been productive with some fish being caught over 10 lbs.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Fair Along the dam or along any rocky structure or out in the dredged area. Look for large schools of shad and use small spinners, grubs, or crankbaits. Below the dam during low releases is a good place to try.
Crappie up to 15" Fair Fishing up in the river and creeks around logjams and timber with jigs and minnows should produce some fish. Otherwise fishing in the deeper water near the dam and dredged area may be a good choice.

Comments - The boat ramp by the dam is OPEN.

Boaters beware of shallow water! For current lake level and release information click the following link http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html.

ALERT! This lake contains Zebra Mussels please help stop the spread Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment after leaving this water body. It is Illegal transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on lakes in the New Strawn district click the following link. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/20/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish,  Fair to Good all sizes,  Sunfish or cutshad, worms, prepared baits, liver are usually good baits. Fish sampling indicates that this lake has lots of channel catfish, big flathead and blues to catch. There is a growing population of blue catfish up to 60 pounds or larger.  Catfishing can be very good at night, some anglers really target large blue cats now at drop offs close to the creek channel. use live or cut baits or worms. The hot water return area is always a good place to fish.  The fish feeders are OFF.
Crappie Fair to good 9 - 12 inches There are a good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. Best lures to use are jigs/ minnows in about 6 to 9 feet of water, near structure. Recently nice crappie were caught in the hot water area also.  At the dam, bounce jigs off the outlet wall, but don't go over the restrictive cable. Try any of the brushpiles placed for fish habitat.  There are some close to the marina shoreline.
Largemouth Bass Good   varies but 16 to 20 inches is common Largemouth bass fishing is good, in and around the  warm water area. In a boat start close to the hot water and work your way away from the hotwater and find their preferred water temperature. Fish the riprap areas, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations.  Bass over 10 and close to 11 pounds have been caught this year.  
white bass Fair to Good varies, some 1.5 pounds Use shad imitations, silver spoons big jigs, or cut shad while casting, drifting or trolling near shallow points or rip rap.  The hot water areas is always good this time of year. There have been some wb caught in the 1.5 to 2 pound range.
wiper Fair to Good some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad, and fish out from the  hot water areas as lots of wipers are along the warm water mixing area.   Most fish are in the 4 - 6 pound range with a few larger.
General Comments

The Linn County Marina boatramps are both open, and the main body of the lake is open.  Great fishing opportunity at the hot water discharge area as predators crowd in to eat forage fish.  This is where the hot water from the power plant enters the main pool of the lake.  The warm water prevents freezing and attracts forage fish and predators.  Many wipers, white bass, crappie, channel and blue cats are caught here.

Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue, channel or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake.

HOT WATER ACCESS.  On the east side of the lake access to the hot water return, where a lot of fish are caught when its cold, is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east and drive across the dam on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot.  Anglers walk from the parking lot west on the path to the hot water return area. But this is a great place to fish.  

This lake has had a reproducing blue catfish population for many years, fingerling blue cats were stocked this fall to supplement that population. Another goal for this lake to improve blue cat angling.

 Call the Linn County Park at 913-757-6633 for more information or camping, and cabins reservations.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Get the family, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment. Don't move water from any lake.

Habitat improvement and shoreline enhancement continue to improve by adding Georgia cubes.  I have added Georgia cubes to several areas to enhance angling especially along shoreline areas.  The gps coordinates are:

Location La Cygne Reservoir

Habitat                                longititude             latititude              description    date

hot water weir                   N 38 22.852           W 094 39.112      13 cubes       2017                 
big bass spot                     N 38 22.420           W 094 39.643      3   cubes       2017 



MARAIS DES CYGNES WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/1/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
blue, channel catfish Fair varies fish are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, 
white bass/wipers Fair varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
       
General Comments

The river and streams on the state wildlife area are open to fishing. The Marias des Cygnes River is a great place to float and fish. 

 Some of the wildlife area pools are drained and others have low fish populations. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area. For additional opportunities call 913-352-8941 for accurate information on wildlife pool drainage.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing.

Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The Marais des Cygnes River is confirmed to contain zebra mussels.  Please take extra precaution by not removing fish and placing them in another body of water (bait fish included), and cleaning, draining, and drying boats motors trailers and all equipment before entering another body of water.  This helps prevent the spread to unc



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/15/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location  
2018 Fishing Forecast        
Blue Catfish Poor-Fair 5-40 lbs A 35" minimum length limit and 5 fish daily creel limit is in place to try to increase numbers.  Blue catfish pulled off a measurable spawn in 2016, as juveniles were sampled in July and October 2017.  Improved production, a goal of the length limit (by protecting young broodfish), is the pathway toward increased numbers.  
Channel Catfish Good 0.5-5 lbs Melvern, like most Kansas reservoirs, has good channel catfish angling and 2018 should be no exception.  Higher numbers of larger fish were observed in the 2017 sample.  
Crappie Poor-Fair 0.25-1.5 lbs High numbers of crappie were sampled in 2017, but the overwhelming majority were less than 10" in length.  Angling for crappie should be similar to last year.  
Black Bass Fair-Good 0.25-5 lbs Lower numbers of smallmouth and largemouth bass were sampled during 2017 compared to the previous year.  Anglers should still have good luck fishing for smallmouth, but they will find it tougher to consistently catch largemouth.  
Sauger/Walleye Poor-Fair 0.5-4 lbs Sauger/walleye fishing should be similar to the previous 5 years based upon sampling.  Anglers have reported catching increased numbers of sub-legal walleye, so perhaps the population is on the upswing.  
White Bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Numbers of white bass declined in the 2017 sample.  Quality sized white bass are still present and should supply fair fishing.  
         
Current Fishing Conditions        
Crappie Fair 0.25-1.5 lb Anglers caught some good fish up to 14" this past week, using purple or teal colored jigs around 18-20 feet deep on top of brush piles.  
         
Fisheries Newsletter     If you would like to receive additional information about this lake a couple of times a year, sign up for the newsletter at the following link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District  
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish daily limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation change is to protect adult brood fish which hopefully will allow increased production of young blue catfish, translating into increased numbers of blues in Melvern.  
Sauger     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes sauger and walleye have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
Spotted Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes all black bass (i.e. largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
General Comments
February 15 water level 1.23 feet below conservation pool, release rate = 20 cfs , 36 F water temp.  Lake was mostly open.  Note:  Feeders are done for the year, they will start back up the week before Memorial Day.  Melvern Reservoir has Zebra Mussels, Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes.



MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/27/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. 
Channel Catfish  Fair  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish are stocked in the Mined Land Wildlife every October. These fish are 8-16 inches in length and average 1/3 pound each.
Crappie  Fair/good  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure. 
Largemouth Bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, worms, or spinner baits fished slowly around brush, weed-lines and structure. 
Rainbow trout  Good  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. The first rainbow trout stocking of the fall season was made on October 26, 2017. Approximately 1,870 fish were stocked from Crystal Lakes Trout Farm. Most rainbows are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. Five percent of each stocking is comprised of 14-inch or larger fish. Trout can live year-around in this unique strip-mined lake, so fish in the 3-5 pound range are occassionally caught.
General Comments
Trout Anglers - 3,500 small 6 to 9-inch brown trout were stocked on Jan. 24, 2017. Brown trout must be 20-inches in length to be your possession. Please handle these small browns with care and release them immediately so we may produce some quality-size fish in the future. Youth 15 and younger are not required to purchase a trout permit, but their daily creel limit is 2 trout/day. All anglers 16 and older are required to have a trout stamp to fish in the trout lake in Area # 30.



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/2/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 14-24" Shad sides have been producing catfish.  Fishing has slowed with the cold water.
Largemouth Bass Fair  8-18" Slow fishing soft plastics has been productive for catching largemouth bass. 
Crappie Fair 8-12" Look for crappie under the docks and around brush piles.  Minnows and jigs have been working the best.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Fair 6-8" Use smaller bait and hooks to catch more fish.  Look for fish under the docks or around sunken brush.
General Comments

A bathymetric map is available for Montgomery State Fishing Lake at the link above.

District Newsletter

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MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 2/12/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Channel Catfish GOOD Size varies but most are of  legal size, with some large fish Cut bait, also try stink baits, chicken liver, cut shad or chunks of sunfish, The fish feeders are OFF for the season.Lots of good catfish in the lake.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish FAIR varies Use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie Fair to Good 8 to 14 inches some larger Crappie have been hit or miss.  Really good when its good.  Nice fish available.  Along the south tree line or habitat structures and drop offs along the creek channel.
Largemouth Bass GOOD varies Good fishing but few anglers. Bass are in shallow water adjacent to structure, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments

 Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  This lake maybe ice covered or open, it is impossible to maintain this report to mimic weather conditions. 

Mound City Lake has a great reputation for producing good strings of crappie.  Best baits are  dark colored jigs and minnows, mainly around underwater structure.  Fish feeders are off.  Largemouth bass numbers have really improved and continues to produce great fishing.

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For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.



NEOSHO RIVER AT CHETOPA DAM - Last Updated: 5/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
      Snagging season closed May 15th. 
General Comments
THE SNAGGING SEASON IS OPEN FROM MARCH 15 THROUGH MAY 15TH.

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

•A fish must be kept if placed on a stringer. Culling is not allowed.

•A state-issued permit is required. Two paddlefish may be harvested daily and six may be harvested in a season.

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

The best fishing occurs at river flows of 10-15,000 cubic feet per second. The following link will take you to the Kansas Water Watch website. Click HERE for river flow data.



NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/27/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / redear  Good All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly near the bottom along weed-lines. Many harvestable-size bluegill and redear are available.
Channel catfish  Fair All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, worms, or shrimp. The three fish feeders are off until next spring.
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 10-inches Try fishing small jigs or minnows near brush or cover. Many 7 to 10-inch fish are available, with some quality fish mixed in.
Largemouth bass  Fair All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits or spinner baits fished around structure and along weed-lines. 
General Comment
 



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/5/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Current Fishing Condition      
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to receive additional information about this lake (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) a couple of times during the year, sign up to receive a newsletter using this link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.25-1 lbs A few being taken over brush piles on jigs.
       
2018 Fishing Forecast      
Bluegill Fair 0.25 lb Low numbers and decent sized fish were captured in 2017 samples.
Channel Catfish Good 0.5-10 lbs Good numbers and sizes of channel catfish were seen in 2017 nets.
Crappie Fair-Good 0.25-1 lb Moderate numbers of crappie were sampled in 2017.  A high percentage of fish exceeded 10" in length.
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.25-2 lbs Good numbers of mainly smaller bass (few over 15") were sampled.
Wiper Poor 1-3 lbs Low numbers of intermediate sized wipers were netted in 2017.
       
General Comments

Note:  Zebra Mussels were found at this lake April 27, 2017.  Lake users should clean, drain and dry fishing equipment and boats to keep from moving zebra mussels to other waters. 

GPS coordinates (Datum =NAD 83 in decimel degrees) for cedar tree fish habitat are:                         

1.  N38.76493             W095.674210                   2. N38.76591              W095.670920                  

  1.  N38.76540           W095.67353               4.  N38.76628             W095.67362 
  1.  N38.76263           W095.67154               6. N38.76833              W095.67339 
  1. N38.77290            W095.67194               8. N38.76469              W095.66955 
  1. N38.76276            W095.67139               10. N38.76506            W095.67109 
  1. N 38.76291           W095.66969               12. N38.76287            W095.67497 



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE EAST - Last Updated: 10/1/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location
Wipers GOOD size varies, wiper are on top chasing shad.use live shad or shad artificials and hang on. lake wide trolling with sassy shads, from the bank and boat, with crankbaits, spoons, worms.  
Channel catfish GOOD to EXCELLENT All sizes, this lake has a good catfish population and produces nice fish.  Anglers can catch fish in the 2- 7 pound range.   Best baits are the traditional chicken liver or use stink baits, shrimp, worms, prepared baits, lakewide.  The fish feeders are OFF for the season.
Largemouth bass GOOD varies good results along the shoreline weedbeds, dam, and woody habitat using silver or blue crank baits or soft baits.   
Walleye, Slow 18-24 inches An incidental fish taken near deeper habitat.
white crappie Fair to GOOD 8-14 inches Many crappie are in the 8 inch range to 11 to 12 inches long. Fishing around the floating dock, and drop offs. Try the shoreline and any shallow cover, use pink, blue/white tube or green jigs, minnows.   
General Comment

The best time to fish is anytime you can.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  This is a great kayaking lake, no recreational boating.  Have the  lake to yourself.

There are good crappie here.  This lake has a high density of largemouth bass, great fishing for kids! Also, keep in mind that there is a decent wiper population.  The channel cat population in this lake is doing well, and during our sampling we saw a few walleye, as well as some sizeable flatheads.  channel catfish will be stocked in mid October to increase fishing opportunities.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundment. 

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A city fishing permit is no longer required.Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE WEST - Last Updated: 10/1/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
channel catfish GOOD Size varies, some up to 8 pounds These fish excited and feeding. Use cut shad or sunfish, (best on chicken liver), shrimp, worms, prepared baits, along dam, lots of fat fish from 2 - 6 pounds.  The fish feeders are OFF for the season.
crappie Fair to GOOD All sizes Fish are nice size and the density is good, fish are traditionally along the dam, south east pier, and in the brushpiles fish with jigs, blue /white, minnows,
largemouth bass GOOD 12-22 inches High water levels will have bass back in the water willow along the dam, piers and the brushpiles, use crank baits or spinners,
bluegill Fair varies Most fish are under 8 inches. use a small worm or jig under a float.
General Comments

Best time to fish is anytime you can.   Pleasanton West Lake produces a quality bass fishery.  Largemouth bass, overall are in very good condition and health. The largest bass sampled in 2017 was 4.78 lbs., and 33% of the fish sampled were of memorable or trophy size.  Try your luck with roadrunners, jigs, and spinners for these sizeable fish!

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water.

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

 This lake has a high density of channel catfish that increases angling opportunity. Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake, no fishing permits required.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/20/2018 Print

fair Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish   GOOD all sizes Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  THE FISH FEEDERS ARE OFF. THE outlet can be very good when releasing larger amounts of water.  There is the occasional harvest of the blue catfish.
Walleye Slow varies off points or deeper steep banks on crank baits or jigs tipped with night crawlers
White bass/Wipers  Slow  varies lakewide and the windy side of the points, wipers are following the schools of shad, minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes liver and shad imitation lures
Crappie Fair    varies but range 8 -12 inches Fishing is fair with some nice fish occasionally caught.  Best baits are dark jigs and/or minnows.  Recent sampling indicates that that there are good numbers of larger crappie  around the 11 inch or bigger range.
Largemouth Bass Slow Most are 10 to 15 inches Pomona has a limited black bass fishery. Catches are more common in the Marina area and in the coves on a variety of baits to include crankbaits and soft baits
General Informatiom

 The lake is ice covered.  All boat ramps are frozen.  Be very careful of the ice.  Fishing generally is slow but at certain times can be productive. You won't make memories staying at home. Fishing at the outlet usually improves with higher water releases.  

The crappie population is good with a few older fish that are in the 12 to 14 inch range and a lot of younger fish up to 11 inches.   These fish are moving in to shallower areas this winter.

The catfish population in this impoundment is good, try fishing with live bait, liver or shad or assorted stick baits, especially after rain/inflow events.

Also remember this lake has a good wiper population.  These are often caught at the drop offs along creek channels, and around concentrations of gizzard shad! 

The reservoir also supports some larger walleye and blue catfish, though in low numbers.  These numbers will be improved by future stockings. 

Ice fishing can be fun and very productive.  However ice conditions can change quickly, always be safe.

 Zebra mussels now inhabit this lake. This means take EXTRA PRECAUTION to help prevent the spread into uncontaminated impoundments.

"Clean, Drain and Dry" before  and after using any equipment on this lake.

 For additional information, water temperature, release rates, please check:http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Pomona-Lake/Daily-Lake-Information/ 

Have FUN,Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The State and COE Parks are ready for family fishing.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

Check out this video on fish management provided by KDWPT http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/7/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

15% 11"-16"

54% 16"-24"

15% 24"-28"

15% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides. Fish are located in deep water along old creek channels during cold weather.
largemouth bass poor

14% 8"-12"

57% 12"-15"

29% 15"-20"

0% 20"-25"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of Walnut Creek produces a fair density bass population. There were 16 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in Walnut Creek. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, spinner, worm, or crank bait around stumps and brush in river and Walnut Creek.
white bass fair

31% 6"-9"

50% 9"-12"

8% 12"-15"

4% 15"-18"

7% 18"+

Use a spinner or shad imitation crank bait. Fish are located in deep water along old creek channels during cold weather.
white crappie fair

73% 5"-8"

17% 8"-10"

3% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around brush piles and deep channel breaks. Fish are located in deeper water and holes in river and Walnut Creek during cool weather. Try Baker Bridge area on sunny days.
General Comments

To view a map of Toronto Reservoir brush piles, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir. 

TORR brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 1.74 kB)

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from August 2017 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2016 test netting.

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WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/2/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location  
Channel Catfish Fair 16-24 inches Fishing has slowed with cold water temperatures.  Shad sides have been the best bait recently.  
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Fair 10-22 inches Jigging soft plastics slowly around cover has been working the best.  
Crappie Fair 8-12" Minnows under a bobber have been producing the most fish.  Small jigs have also been working around the docks.    
Bluegill and Redear Fair 6-8" Look for fish around sunken brush piles and just outside the weedline.  With cooling water temps downsize to smaller bait and hooks to catch more fish.  
General Comments
Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Wilson State Fishing Lake at the link above.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.



WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/20/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
       
The lake is drained.

Anglers please do your part to stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving a water body and do not transfer live fish or bait between water bodies

For more info. on lakes in the New Strawn district, click on the following link. New Strawn Fishing District Newsletter

62 Georgia Cube fish attractors have been added to the lake click the following link to access the Google Earth File.http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Artificial-Habitat-Fish-Attractor-GPS  

Woodson State Fishing Lake Brush Piles - 

WOSL BRUSH PILES (OCTET-STREAM 12.12 kB)



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OLD - Last Updated: 10/25/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good 1-5 lbs. Running bladed jigs or swim jigs through the water willow or other submerged vegetation can be good. Also try spinnerbaits or shallow running crankbaits. 
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations along windy shorelines
channel catfish Good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Jig and crawlers or trolling crankbaits around dropoffs or over the flats.
crappie Good up to 14"  Look for fish around deeper dropoffs and structure such as the Georgia Cubes. 
General Comments

STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell before leaving an area. DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT between waters.

We sank 30 Georgia Cube Fish Attractors in this lake and they are holding fish. Click on the following link to download the Google Earth File and get the coordinates. http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Artificial-Habitat-Fish-Attractor-GPS 

District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



YATES CENTER - Last Updated: 10/25/2017 Print

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair-Good A good population of both species is present in this lake. Use the good ol nightcrawler or mealworm under a bobber around deep weedlines.
Largemouth Bass 8-18" Good Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18" you can benefit the population by harvesting the bass you catch under 13". Fishing the large weed beds and woody habitat with various plastic baits and presentations will produce some fish. Swim jigs and Square billed crankbaits or jerkbaits should also be good.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Good livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide. The upper end can be a good place after heavy rain events, focus on where the water is running in. 
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair-Good Curly-tailed grubs, crankbaits or swim baits around schools of shad. Wind blown shorelines should be good places to start. look for both species busting shad on the surface. Wipers can also be caught on chicken liver around the feeders.
Crappie up to 12" Good Look for crappie around the timber near the creek channel bends. Some crappie can be caught off of the piers fishing around the various brushpiles. 
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits or dragging a jig and crawler over the flats.
This lake contains Eurasian Watermilfoil. Please remember to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment when leaving water bodies.