Fishing Reports

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Kansas is divided into five regions for KDWPT administrative purposes. Each region has a full-service regional office, as well as numerous local and district offices.

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 .

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 on the KDWPT Public Fishing Reports blog at  http://ksfishing.blogspot.com .

CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow Up to 15 inches Cool, dreary weather continues to hamper spawning activity making the bite very hit and miss.  On warmer days anglers  have been able to catch a few fish in 4 to 8 feet of water around flooded stumps and brush in coves.  The shallow bite for spawning fish should improve with warmer weather.  Although anglers have not caught high numbers, the quality of the fish has been real nice as most fish ranged from 12 to 15 inches.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18 inches Largemouths should move shallow to spawn soon, but cool weather has slowed progress.  There are a few fish occupying shallow water that can be caught casting soft plastics and jigs around flooded brush and timber especially in association with secondary points in coves in 4 to 12 feet of water.
Walleye Fair/Good Up to 28 inches Fish are feeding on hard-bottomed points, roadbeds, and parking lots.  Drifting or casting/slow-retrieving jigs tipped with nightcrawlers are effective at this time.  Anglers report catching lots of shorts, primarily due to the establishment of an extremely strong yearclass of fish last year, thus 18" and larger fish have made up a smaller percentage of the total catch.  Regardless anglers continue to report catching harvestable sized fish.
White Bass/Wipers Fair

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

White bass appear to have finished up most spawning activity on the dam as anglers are beginning to catch fish lake-wide.  Both white bass and wipers are being caught associating with points and other structure both shallow and deeper out to about 20 feet.  Bait and lures have been variable as anglers report catching fish on worms, minnows, jigs, and spoons.  The weather has no doubt slowed the bite for both species as anglers have only reported catching a few of either species here and there.  Stable, warmer weather should improve the bite. 

WATER TEMPERATURE-63

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2120.88'----23.12' below conservation  

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: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
ZEBRA MUSSELS     Zebra mussels were detected in Glen Elder Reservoir on August 31, 2013 and the reservoir has now been established as a Designated Aquatic Nuisance Water. This means that no bait can be caught from Glen Elder and used in another water body. Anglers are not allowed to leave Glen Elder with ANY live fish. All harvested fish must be dead prior to leaving the reservoir. Also, anglers should be extra careful when leaving Glen Elder to follow all state laws that require anglers to CLEAN all equipment for anything attached (plants, animals, mud) and remove anything found. Second, DRAIN all water from equipment (livewell, bilge, bait buckets) before using at a different location. Finally, DRY all equipment for a minimum of 5 days before using again. If you need to use it sooner, wash with hot (140 F) water. Everyone is asked to do their part to prevent the spread of this aquatic nuisance species to other waters!
Crappie Fair 10-14 inches The crappie spawn will probably get started this weekend given the forecast of warmer day and nighttime temperatures and anglers should begin to see fish move into traditional spawning areas.  They are staging in their pre spawn locations off the dam and in brush in 10-15 feet of water and there have been a handful of reports of crappie caught in these areas.  Best bait to catch spawning crappie is a minnow under a bobber, but slowing retrieving jigs under a bobber or wade fishing with a long pole and dipping around trees can also be effective.
Walleye Fair to Good 15-24 inches Anglers have reported 1-2 keepers apiece over the last week with about 1 out of 10 fish caught of legal size.  The best reports have come from the river channel breaks in 19-29 feet of water near the bluffs, Gibbs Point, Wally World, and south of the golf course.  Jig and crawler or jig and minnow are working well, but trolling crankbaits has also yielded a few fish.  Other anglers have picked up a few walleye shore fishing with floating rapalas and twistertails in Marina Cove and off the Cawker causeway.
White Bass Good 10-15 inches The white bass spawn is winding down and the fish are being caught upstream at the log jams.  There haven't been any big numbers caught yet this year, but anglers are consistently picking up 5-10 nice whites, especially at the south fork log jam.  They are also stacking up on the dam and the causeway as they often do to spawn on the rocky shorelines.  Watch the wind direction and fish the area the wind is blowing in to.  The state park area can be great with a south wind, especially in the evening around the rocky shorelines.
Black Bass Good 10-19 inches The smallmouth bite is picking up now and May is a great month to catch these cool water fish.  The smallies spawn near the end of April, but will be active all spring feeding on insects, crawdads, and small fish.  Anglers should target the dam, north shore in the state park, south bluffs, and Granite Creek to find some smallmouth action.  There are some very nice fish in the reservoir so be on the lookout for these trophy fish.
Wipers and Stripers Fair 12-22 inches

There are a lot of young wipers coming into the population between 12 and 14 inches so make sure to identify your catch carefully when catching white bass and wipers!  

Wipers can be found mixed in with the white bass, but there are better numbers of them around Walnut Creek, along the dam, and near Campground 3 and Swim Beach.  Bucktail jigs, roadrunners, and slabs are all good lures to use for catching wipers.  Some anglers have been doing well trolling in those areas using Hot-n-Tots, Shad Raps, and Rattletraps.

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes There is often very good spring time catfish action in the river channels west of the causeway and in the feeder creeks including Mill, Carr, Oak, and Walnut.  The upper ends of many coves will also find channel catfish feeding on dead shad and other detritus material.  Try using cut shad, small shad, chicken liver, or shrimp for best results.  You don't have to fish deep either as the fish will often be found in less than 5 feet of water.  We saw high numbers of channel catfish along the rocky banks this week while sampling.

Boat Ramp Update: The reservoir is 1.3 feet below conservation so low water is not limiting access at this time, but Granite Creek could be difficult to launch large boats due to the shallow water.

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.

For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Glen Elder Reservoir" link above this 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!



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/6/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good Variety Fish worms, liver, and cutbait from 3 to 10 foot of water or shallower at night.
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches Fish near brushpiles off of Loder Point or near the tower.
Trout     Trout season is over until November.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair Variety, up to 21" Saugeye have moved offshore and are post-spawn.  They can be caught most easily at night with jig and crawlers in the shallows.  Fish crankbaits by trolling or casting off of points and the dam early and late in the day.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Troll or jig the creek channels.  Use kastmasters and flashy lures that resemble gizzard shad.  Fish are being caught off the dam.
Wiper Fair All sizes Wipers mix in with white bass and generally hang below their schools.  Live minnows and shad are best.
General Comment

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: 5/20/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the public fishing dock and the private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the fish attractors and in the coves.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in Leota Cove and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs with worms.  Also catching some up to the west end, off the point just south of the Park office and up by the Marsh Dike.  Also heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18 inch length limit. Stocked 45,000 Saugeye in on 05-18-2015.
Wiper Good 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in Leota Cove, point South of the Park Office and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs with worms. Stocked 45,000 wiper fry in on 05-04-2015.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did have a reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock, off the point south of the office and east bank of Schoen's Cove using worms on the bottom. Also heard for some fish being caught on limb lines up by the sandpit using live bait.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week along the dam and in Leota Cove using artificial plastic baits and crankbait's. Also catching some using jig and minnow's under a bobber. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE - 61 Degree's.

SURFACE ELEVATION - 2288.58 ---- 15.72' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.40 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time.  

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk  

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.

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

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: 5/20/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week off the dam using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs and jigs with minnows. Also, should be coming up shallow to spawn here in the next couple weeks. Heard of some being caught drifting jig and worm's while fishing the river channel for walleye.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week along the dam using jigs and jigs tipped with worm's. Also trolling diving lures along the dam and using jigs with night crawlers off the drop offs, river channel and flats have been productive as well. Stocked 100,000 walleye fingerlings in on 05-20-2015.  
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week along the dam using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try trolling diving along the dam. Stocked 150,000 wiper fry in on 05-04-2015.
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught up west of the US FWS headquarters and along Gray's Park using shad and stink bait on the bottom. Also heard of some flathead's and channel's being caught off the dam using minnows on the bottom.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE - 61 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION - 1715.98 ---- 13.27' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS NOW BACK OPEN TO BOATS.

Currently, the water level is 2.27 feet lower than one year ago at this time.   

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.  

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk  

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

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: 5/22/2015 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Walleye Fair 15-28 inches Anglers have been catching a few walleye near the 2-mile road area.  There are also some fish being caught shallow along the state park shoreline.  Trolling a variety of crankbaits near Walleye Point and Cedar Point may also yield some 'eyes.  There are occasional reports of fish being caught west near John's Creek and Montana Creek and they are usually above average size.
White Bass/Wipers Fair to Good 9-16 inches

Anglers should look for whites and wipers along the dam, especially right before dark as they seem to move in late in the day.  Cedar Point and Cabin Point may also be holding some fish as well with anglers catching some while trolling a variety of crankbaits and casting Rattletraps and roadrunners in those areas..

Many anglers have been caught with more than two wipers at Lovewell due to misidentification of white bass and wipers.  There are good numbers of 12-14 inch wipers in the reservoir now that can be confused with white bass.  Anglers should make sure they can positively identify each fish they catch.  For help on distinguishing between the two species go to this website  and click on the " Fish I.D. Poster--Temperate Bass Family " link to read up on the differences.  You will get ticketed for  possessing more than 2 wipers at Lovewell!

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes

There is a good catfish bite going on right now as the fish will often move into the shallow water to feed on dead shad and other fish.  Anglers should focus their efforts on the upper end of the reservoir and the backs of coves.  Baits of choice now include shad gizzards, shad sides, and chicken liver.  Watch the weather and target areas of incoming water that will tend to concentrate the channel cats.

There is a new 35 inch length limit on blue catfish.  All blue catfish less than 35 inches should be returned to the water immediately.  Please handle these fish with care if you do catch one.

Crappie Fair 8-13 inches The weather has made it difficult for the crappie to get a good spawn off and the bite has been sporadic.  Anglers should begin looking for crappie in the main lake brushpiles and also target the transition areas closer to the spawning grounds.  There are likely a few fish moving back into the traditional spawning grounds like Marina Cove, Windmill Creek, Johns' Creek, and Montana Creek.  The fish can be caught with a jig slowly retrieved under a bobber.
Comments

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.

For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Lovewell Reservoir" link above this 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!



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/20/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the Outlet, the North and South shore fish attractors and breakwater's using jigs and also jigs tipped with minnows. Added new cedar trees to all the marked fish attractors in 2014 (90 trees on the South two and 80 trees to the North two). 
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the North and South shore fish attractors, along the dam and the unimproved launch area using jigs, jigs with worms and/or minnows and trolling diving lures. Also, drifting night crawlers on the flats is producing some fish as well. Remember the 15 inch length limit. Short fish need to be released. Stocked 50,000 walleye fingerlings in on 05-19-2015.
White Bass/Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Have had reports of fish being caught this week around the North and South shore fish attractors, along the dam, and the unimproved launch area using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms and trolling diving lures. Stocked 77,500 wiper fry in on 05-04-2015. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs. Also anglers are fishing off the Unimproved launch area, Old broken up concrete ramp, Methodist Camp point, Bow City parking lot and Old Marina point fishing shad and stink bait on the bottom.
Rainbow Trout Fair 10 to 18 inches Stocked the last load of fish for the season on March 12, 2015. Have been catching trout on flies, salmon eggs, power bait and small slab spoons or spinners. No trout permit needed to fish the trout since season is over, however the 5 fish limit still applies.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE - 61 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION - 1871.21 ---- 21.24' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.18 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.  

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk   

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

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: 5/14/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 10-14 inches

The crappie numbers are still very low in Wilson, but some quality fish can be found.  We collected the best numbers around the marina, and  Elm Creek while sampling last fall.  There were fairly good numbers around Lou's Point as well. Numbers may be low, but the quality is excellent with 14 inch white crappie and 13 inch black crappie available to anglers willing to look for them.

Some crappie are spawning and anglers might be able to catch some as they move shallow.  Keep in mind, however, the clear water will cause them to spawn deeper, but the upper end is more stained and the fish may spawn in 4-6 feet of water.  Check wind protected coves with a sandy or gravel bottom.  Jigs slowly retrieved under a bobber work great as do minnows or roadrunners.

Stripers Fair to Good 3-8 pounds Try fishing off the windy points and toward the lower end of the reservoir.  Other good places to find spring stripers include wade fishing off the points in Hell Creek and fishing around the Lucas Point area. Anglers may also have some luck trolling small shad crankbaits in the upper end and the lower end.
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-21 inches

The walleye spawn is over for the year and fish have moved off the dam.  The next couple of weeks can be a difficult time to catch walleye, but they typically move to the river channel breaks in the middle of the reservoir post spawn.  Anglers have reported catching some fish between 15 and 25 feet deep around Lucas Point, Rocktown, and Minooka.  Jig and crawler are beginning to work better now, but swim baits and slab spoons are also good options.

Due to the big 2014 year class of walleye resulting from natural reproduction, KDWPT will not need to stock walleye again in 2015.

Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

There is always a good channel catfish bait in the spring when the fish move in shallow to feed on dead shad and other bottom dwelling food.  Look for these guys in the upper end of the reservoir around Elm Creek and Duvall Cove, and the backs of the coves where the water is warmest.  This is typically a good pattern for at least a month and anglers might want to try cut shad, shad gizzards, and chicken liver this time of year.  The river channel around Lou's Point is another good place to find catfish now.

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 Good 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds White bass continue to hang in there at relatively low numbers, but trophy sized fish up to 18 inches were collected again this fall.  Best areas to catch white bass now include Hell Creek, the dam, and the river on the west end of the reservoir.  While they won't be able to run too far up the river now, the fish will be spawning over the next couple of weeks and anglers can catch them using white twistertails and roadrunners.
Black Bass Good 10-18 inches With the water warming into the mid 60's the bass fishing should be in full swing.  Smallmouth bass have finished spawning and are moving to deeper water.  Try fishing the dam and/or rocky points from 6 - 15 ft. deep with gravel bottoms.  The largemouth are active now and are routinely caught in the warmer water back in many of the major coves using large white or chartreuse spinnerbaits.  If anglers can find any flooded beaver piles, tumbleweeds, or the new PVC structures, there will likely be largemouth bass hanging out near them.  Try Texas-rigged softbaits in these structures.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

We found good numbers of white perch around the upper end of the reservoir as well as closer to the dam and Hell Creek.  The middle of the reservoir didn't have nearly as many.  The fish we collected seemed to be targeting the river channel and moving up and down it while feeding.  The west end had the biggest white perch I've seen in some time with 12-13 inch fish common.  Anglers might try spoons and spinners off of Lucas point and the dam - 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 manged 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

Big thanks to the Salina and Hays bass clubs for assisting with habitat work this month.  With the help of 20 volunteers were were able to construct and sink 30 of the new Georgia Cubes which will provide long-lasting habitat for young bass and other species as well as serving as a fish attractor for larger fish.  In addition, they placed 200 cedar trees around the shoreline in Duvall Cove and Lou's Point to act as brood rearing habitat for the young bass.  We also wired 30-40 trees to the old bridge foundation in Elm Creek to create a new brush pile.  The pictures below were taken by the Hays Bass Club.

Building Georgia Cubes

Members of the Hays and Salina Bass clubs assist with Georgia cube construction.

Bass club members taking out cubes

Members of the Hays and Salina bass clubs haul Georgia Cubes out at Wilson Reservoir.

Georgia Cubes in Wilson Reservoir

This first cubes placed in Wilson Reservoir that should last for many years.

New Elm Creek brush pile

The old bridge in Elm Creek was covered with 40 cedar trees wired to it for a permanent fish attractor.

The Spillway and Hell Creek boat ramps are open and safe for all boats to launch from.  The other boats ramps including Lucas Point and East Minooka are very shallow now and are not recommended for launching boats.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 8.7 feet low anglers need to be aware of the following boat ramp conditions and limitations.  In addition, the boat docks are high and dry for the most part and will likely stay that way until a water level rise floods them again.  Anglers are asked to use caution when launching and loading and unloading persons into boats with most of the docks unusable at this time.  The ramp conditions are as follows:

Cedar Point: Closed

Elm Creek: Both ramps at Elm Creek are high and dry.  Launching boats is not recommended.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

Minooka: West Ramp:  Unadvised access.  Dock is high/dry, Middle Ramp:  Unadvised access. Dock is high/dry, East Ramp:  The ramp is unusable until water levels come back up a couple of feet.

Lucas: This boat ramp is very shallow now and is not usable at this time.  Dock is high/dry.

Spillway:  Poured 20 yards to the low water lane on April 1st, 2014. A new dock was installed in October 2014 and there is still adequate depth for mooring boats.  This low water lane has deep water and good access.  This may be the primary ramp for many anglers to use this year.

Hell Creek: Hell Creek boat ramp is still usable and there is a courtesy dock in the water.  The dock has been extended and now sits in 4-5 feet of water so most boats should be able to use it.

Otoe: This ramp is very shallow at the time, but still open.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

The current lake elevation and water temperature are posted on the location page daily by the Corp of Engineers - it is linked to this fishing report page for your convenience.

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!!!!!!



OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Good up to 6 lbs We collected good numbers during the May 2015 sample with fish up to 19 inches collected.  The best numbers of fish were found near the cattails and the overhanging trees in the water.  The fish are in excellent shape and should provide some great bass angling.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 8 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bait.
Channel Catfish Fair 10-20 inches

Fair numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.

The fish feeders will be up and running some time in early June.

Saugeye Good up to 24"

Saugeye numbers and sizes are very good. Most will be caught on shad imitation baits, or jig and a worm.  

There are a lot of 8-10 inch saugeye from the 2014 that need to be handled carefully so they can continue to grow and contribute to the fishery.

Wiper Poor up to 24" Wipers are not abundant, but some can be caught on shad imitation lures and topwater baits.
Crappie Fair up to 15" Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair/good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush/rocks.
General Comments

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.



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/1/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Poor None None, Lake is dry.
Bluegill Poor None None, Lake is dry.
Catfish Poor None None, Lake is dry.
General Comments

Water Temp. NA

Lake is currently dry.

This report will not be updated until the lake receives water or there is something to report.

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

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: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Fishing jigs or minnows around deeper brush has been best.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Soft plastics, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits fished around brush and rip rap.
Saugeye Fair/Good Up to 3 lbs. Drifting or casting jig and nightcrawler combo on points and near drop-offs.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber around the fish attractors.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Cut and prepared baits fished on shallow flats.
Wiper Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. Stillfishing liver off the bottom.
Comments

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

Anglers who fish Sheridan State Fishing Lake might consider sharing their experiences with other anglers through the public fishing report. If you would like to post a fishing report please go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/



SALINE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/6/2014 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
PUBLIC SALVAGE     DUE TO THE LOW LAKE CONDITIONS WE ARE ALLOWING ANGLERS TO TAKE FISH BY THE MEANS LISTED BELOW AND YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO KEEP ALL THE FISH YOU TAKE.
       
       
       
General Comments
 

The area is open for walk-in traffic but the gate will remain locked and the vault toilet locked.

THE LAKE IS NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC SALVAGE - ALL LENGTH AND CREEL LIMITS ARE OFF. YOU CAN NOW TAKE FISH WITH ROD AND REEL OR BY SNAGGING, SEINE, GIG, OR BY HAND.

Please comply with posted signs!!!!!



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow 6-11 inches The crappie population is dominated by one year old fish in the 6-7 inch range as we collected many of these during our annual fall sample.  There are also a few 10-11 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 spring crappie around the deep brush piles using jigs and minnows.
Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches

The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be very 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.  The fish appear to be concentrated toward the dam and on the upper 1/3 of the lake.  Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.

The spring period can be good when the catfish move in shallow to take advantage of feeding in the warm water.  Try fishing the upper end of the lake and the back of the coves where food is available and the water is warmest.

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Good 6-11 inches

The bluegill numbers appear to be depressed right now with fish between 5 and 8 inches dominating the catch.  There just don't appear to be as many now as we have seen out here the past couple of years. 

Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 11 inches collected this spring.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-7 inch fish and fair numbers of 9 to 11 inch fish.

Largemouth Bass Good 10-21 inches There are very high numbers of 14-16 inch fish in the lake right now with just a handful of fish over the 18 inch upper slot limit. The biggest fish collected this spring was a 6 pound female. White and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat, but slowly fishing soft plastics including Senkos can be productive in cool water. Smaller baits like roadrunners and Panther Martins will also catch a fair amount of fish.
General Comments

Water temperature: 64 degrees

Water level: 5 feet low



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 on the KDWPT Public Fishing Reports blog at  http://ksfishing.blogspot.com .

CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/21/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

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

Crappie Slow-Fair 0.33-1.5 lb Fishing has been a little slower this week.  Some shore action using minnows and jigs in remote coves.
White bass Fair 0.3-1.25 lbs Using jigs and spinners.  There has been some good action on the dam. 
Wiper Fair Up to 6 lbs Off the dam using jigs and crankbaits.
Channel catfish Fair 1-4 lbs Using a variety of live baits and jigs off the dam and coves.
Walleye Fair 1.5-6 lbs Vertically fishing jig and nightcrawler and trolling crankbaits.
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 May 21 was 3.24 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 250 cfs, water temp = 66.    Brushpiles 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.



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/14/2015 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2015 Fishing Forecast  
Walleye Fair - Good Up to 8 lbs. The walleye spawn has for the most part completed and walleye should begin actively feeding to restore energy stores.  Some walleye are being taken on mud-flats near the main creek channels, and moving shallow to feed at dusk.  
Crappie Good Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie have moved shallow and many are being taken along the rocks and shoreline structure.  Crappie are also biting in the Scott Creek Arm and around the Marysville boat ramp in the timber. Jigs or minnows on slip-bobbers work best at this time.   
White Bass Fair-Good Up to 2 lbs. White bass can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. A few fish are being taken in the Little Bull Arm near the causeway and the shore near Windsurfer Beach. Also a good bite being reported near the Antioch area. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Good Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass are biting in the Scott Creek Arm. Target them in the flooded water willow and near vegetation edges. Plastic baits and spinner-baits appear to be the baits of choice.  
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 Fair  Up to 10 lbs. Channel cat can be taken on a variety of baits using the traditional prepared or live baits on pole & line and set lines. Channel catfish are being taken lake wide at this time.  
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of May 14th the water level is 1.1 ft. above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

  



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Good up to 65lbs blue cats good on fresh cut bait 10-20ft deep along windy banks and channel ledges 
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs tube jigs and minnows 5ft deep near coves, points and ledges with gravel, brush or rock
Walleye Good   near deep edges of flats on worms
White Bass/Wipers Good   along shallow flats and points and rock/riprap on jigs
Smallmouth Bass Good up to 4lbs crankkbaits and jigs 5-10ft deep near rock/gravel points
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs jigs, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits near points with brush/rock/ledges
Outlet good   catfish on cut bait and white bass/wipers on jigs when releasing water
General Comments

NEW!!! CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT THE 2015 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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PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/12/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels Super Infectious! 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 be start spawning as the water temperature gets to around 54 degrees, I'll start sampling soon. 
Spring Fishing Opportunities Heating Up   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a news letter for Perry and other waters in my District. The next issue is available now, Perry Reservoir and Horton Little Lake are in this edition. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Horton Little Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 10.0 lbs Cut bait, either shad or bluegill/greensunfish on those areas where the wind is blowing in or where the creeks are running in.
Sauger Fair up to 2.6 lbs. These guys are done spawning, few fish up the river still.  Fish those rocky areas along the west side down towards the dam.  We had a good spring for collection.   Ran nets just north of Devil's Gap boat ramp and collected lots of sauger.     
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.0 lbs. Crank baits or plastics worked slow around the newly flooded shallow brush.      
White Bass Fair-Good up to 2.0 lbs. Fish are done spawning but there are still some hanging around the low water dam in Valley Falls.  Use twisters and jigs around the low water dam in Valley Falls and on the rocky shores in the Reservoir.      
White Crappie Good up to 1.0 lbs. Fish in Rock Creek and Slough Creek fishing jigs and minnows.  Lots of 97/8" - 101/4" fish being caught Reservoir wide!  Will be done spawning shortly.
Blue Catfish Fair-Good up to 25.0 lbs. Had a tournament last weekend and a couple 36" fish caught that weighed over 25 lbs.  Fresh shad in the northern 3rd or the Reservoir, up towards Hwy 92 and north.  
Comments

Fish cleaning station is up and waiting for you to clean your fish on it!

Take the day off and go catch some crappie!  

I see some of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting on it: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing photos from other lakes that are not on the fishing reports click this link  https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries  hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

Click on Perry Reservoir above the fishing report to look at the October netting pictures . Click on the underlined fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast . Zebra mussels were confirmed on  10-9-07, so make sure you clean, drain and  dry your boat after leaving Perry .



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow to Fair 1/2 to 1.5 pounds No recent reports, but water levels just got back to normal so fishing for crappie should pick back up soon.  Crappie can usually be caught shallow during the spring spawning season each year until the first week of June.
White Bass Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds A few being caught along the dam and rocky points.  Overall numbers are down this year, but the fish are of a good size.
Catfish Fair Up to 20 pounds With all this rain fishing for channel catfish has been good in the feeder creeks or in recently flooded vegetation.  Fish can also be caught in the River Pond along the rocky banks or near the two fish feeders.
Largemouth Bass Fair 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 Fair Up to 6 pounds Fishing has been fair along rocky banks.  Saugeye are also being caught at the outlet area below the dam.
General Comments

Tuttle Creek is back down to 1 foot above conservation pool. You can check current conditions  HERE

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ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/12/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities Heating Up   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Horton Little Lake . If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake   newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Good up to 0.8 lbs Fish are moving shallow to spawn, below the cabin and off the piers with a jig and minnow, piers on the east side are producing fish.   
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs    Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush piles.  Males are moving into spawning areas.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 4.0 lbs Fish feeders are in and feeding sinking feed at 7:30, 8, noon, 7 & 7:30 pm . Fresh shad or cut bait in the shallows.   
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 2.5 lbs Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow brush and along the face of the dam.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 1.1 lbs. Small hunk or worm or cricket under a bobber around the shallow brush off of the piers.    Males are moving into spawning areas. 
General Comments

Feeders are in and feeding 5 times a day.

It is time to be fishing and stop the wishing!

I see some of you have visited my Facebook page.  I've been posting a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, fish stocking and electrofishing photos of lakes that are not in the fishing reports.  Just click this link  https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!  

October netting pictures , check out these fish! To see the new electrofishing pictures, click on Atchison State Fishing Lake . Also Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data .



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/12/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities Heating Up   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Horton Little Lake . If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Good up to 1.3 lbs. Fish are about done spawning, work that shallow brush and the ends of the piers, jig and minnow.
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber off the piers or around the brush.  Are moving to the spawning areas, corner of the dam and by the piers.     
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 8.0 lbs Fish feeders are in and feeding sinking food at 7:30, 8, noon, 7 & 7:30 pm.   Cut bait or fresh shad in the shallows where the wind is blowing in.    
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 3.5 lbs. Spinner or cranks baits worked slow around the shallow brush, these guys are soaking up some sunshine.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush on the north end.    
General Comments

Feeders are in and feeding 5 times a day.

It is time to be fishing and not wishing!  

I've had a Facebook page for about a year now and it has photos of: walleye egg collection, sauger collection, stocking, electrofishing and fall netting on lakes in my area.  Just click on this link  https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pictures , lots of bass and good crappie and bluegill, click on Brown State above the fishing report to see some of these fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast.



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/21/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
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-Good 0.3-1 lb Using jigs , spinners and minnows
Redear Sunfish Fair Up to 0.3 lb Using worms under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lb Using piece of worm under bobber, small spinners and jigs.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-5 lbs During runoff events, action has been good on nightcrawlers.  Otherwise, fish have been caught off minnows, worms, and sunfish.
General Comments
 



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/21/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
       
       
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near rock and creek channels 5ft deep. Fish are moving off the bank
Catfish Fair to Good up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks & nearly lakewide
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lbs jig and worms and crankbaits along dam and rock points/banks
Black bass Good up to 4lbs jerkbaits and spinnerbaits near rock/brush/points along the shoreline for spawning fish
Bluegill Fair to Good size varies tube jigs and worms near shallow cover
General Comments
This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2015 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass. Of course, the catfish are stocked annually



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/12/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities Heating Up   For Fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click on Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry Newsletter Good 4 pages (Lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Horton Little Lake Fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
LM Bass Fair-Good up to 3.0 lbs Spinner baits or plastics worked in the new flooded vegetation.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 5.0 lbs    Cut bait or livers off of the fishing piers and around the feeders.  All 7 are working and feeding sinking fish food at 7, 7:30, noon, 7 & 7:30 pm.   Fish the upper ends when the water is running in with a glob of worms.   
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.4 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush and right in the curly leaf pondweed.      
Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs Few fish moving in shallow thinking about spawning, work those piers and islands with a jig and minnow. 
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.6 lbs Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the flooded vegetation.  
Wiper Fair up to 4.0 lbs These guys are always hungry and looking for shad.  Shad colored cranks just out of the vegetation and off the main point. 
Walleye fair Up to 3.0 lbs Twisters or crankbaits close to the dam and rocky points these guys are done spawning and are eating now.  
General Comments

Adam is the new Creel Clerk at the Lake.  He'll be asking you a few quick questions that will help us better manage the fish population, he likes a good fish story!

We'll be electrofishing soon and I'll have some new pictures up, lake is full and running out the spillway!  

I some of you have been visiting my new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of photos to.  All kinds of things like walleye spawning, fish stockings and lots of other stuff.  Just click on this link and your there https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries  hopefully you'll LIKE what you see! 

  October netting pictures , check out these fish! To see the new netting pictures, click on Leavenworth State Fishing Lake . Also Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data .



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
LM Bass Good 0.5-4 lbs Weedless plastics fished off the fishing piers and top-water lures at vegetation edges.
Bluegill Good Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Good 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Good Up to 14 inches Crappie being taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties.
White Bass Fair 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. Look for them to be near shore and shallow in the spring.  
General Comments
Curly-leaf pondweed stand is very dense at this time.  Chemical management to clear some areas for angling and boat launching was completed May 1, 2015.  Plant should begin to die-off lake wide when water temperature rises above 70° F. Some very nice crappie and channel catfish sampled during spring electrofishing. 



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 11 lbs. Catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits. Look for them in areas of shallower warmer water.    
Crappie Good Up to 15 inches Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found. Crappie can be taken on jigs fished near the submerged roadbed and deep brush right now. Some crappie have also moved into shallower water near brush. 
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Fair 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 fished near mainlake points.
General Comments
 



NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/12/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities Heating Up   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
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. The newest issue is available shortly and features Perry and Horton Little Lake . If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.3 lbs. Small hunk of work under a bobber off of the fishing pier.  Fish will be moving to spawning areas, big males first to arrive.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 8.0 lbs Feeders are in and feeding sinking food at 7:30, 8, noon, 7 and 7:30 pm.  Cut bait, either shad or bluegill.  I'll be getting the fish feeders in shortly.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5.5 lbs Spinner baits or cranks worked slow around the brush piles.  
White / Black Crappie Fair-Good up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow around the brush piles on the dam, fish are almost done spawning. 
 Comments

Feeders are in and feeding sinking food.  It is time to be fishing and stop the wishing!

I see a few if you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of photos that aren't in the fishing reports: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing.  Just click on this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pictures are up now, still some nice largemouth in this lake ! Click on NEBO above fishing report to see these fish . Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast .



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches The lake has a fairly good bluegill population this year. Fish are moving up shallow and starting to make spawning beds.
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers are down some this year, but the fish in the lake are of nice size.  Some being caught along the rock piers with jigs or minnows.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with most of the fish 12 to 15 inches. 
General Comments

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: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a fair smallmouth bass population. The fish are up shallow right now and bass anglers have been doing pretty good.
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. This allows for good harvest rates of eater size catfish.  1,300 channel catfish were stocked on 04/23/2015.  This brings the yearly total to 2,300 channel catfish stocked so far this year.  Fish can be found around the two fish feeders, along the dam, in the two feeder creeks or in some of the flooded vegetation.
Crappie Fair to Good 1/4 to 1 pound Crappie fishing has been good lately with a lot of fish up shallow.  Most being caught with a minnow under a bobber.
General Comments

Pott. # 2 is noted for family outings, scenic views, catch and release bass fishing, harvest of small crappie and channel catfishing. The channel cat population is maintained with 2 fish feeders and frequent stockings of 12+ inch fish from March through September.

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SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a very good population of black bass over 15 inches. Fish are up shallow and biting good.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The lake does not have a whole bunch of crappie over 10 inches, but there were some big ones up shallow in the rocks last week. 
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish. On May 13th there was 1,530 channel catfish stocked into the lake. So far this year 2,780 catchable sized channel catfish have been stocked into the lake. Good places to find them are around the 2 fish feeders, along the dam, or in some of the flooded vegetation. Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

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°



WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & 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 Fair numbers of channel cats are available.  The dam or the upper end of the lake are both good spots this time of year.
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 Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs Saugeye numbers have been improving and there are some keepers around over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments

Washington State Fishing Lake is full.

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CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has very good numbers of nice sized catfish.  They can be found cruising the shallows and feeding up.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Wiper Slow Up to 12" Wiper were introduced last year to help control the gizzard shad population.  The first stocking did well and there are low numbers of 10 to 12" 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 Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound Highest sample numbers of crappie in over 10 years. Most of the crappie are below 10 inches, but fair numbers of larger crappie around.  Rocky banks will usually be the best spots this time of year.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Overall, saugeye numbers are looking good.  Near the dam or road beds with big jigs or crankbaits.
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

Centralia Lake is a 400 acre lake that is noted for good channel cat, white bass 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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DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 5/21/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
       
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 Slow 0.3-0.75 lb Using jigs off shoreline and near brushpiles.
LM Bass Fair 0.3-3 lbs Using jigs and spinnerbaits.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs Using worms during runoff events.
General Comments
 



ESKRIDGE-LAKE WABAUNSEE - Last Updated: 5/14/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair Up to 7 pounds The lake has fair numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth. Bass are protected by an 18 inch minimum length limit. 
Bluegill and Yellow Perch Fair Up to 1/3 pound There is a good population of bluegill at the lake and there are a few yellow perch around.
White Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie can be found along the bank looking to spawn.  The lake has a good crappie population.
Channel Catfish Slow 1 to 15 pounds The lake does not have a lot of catfish, but they tend to be big.
General Comments

Lake Wabaunsee is designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species Water since zebra mussels were discovered there in 2013. It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies and dump your bait.

This scenic lake is noted for largemouth bass fishing along the abundant shoreline weed beds during the spring and summer. Smallmouth bass are also available along the dam and rocky shoreline. Saugeye and crappie can also be taken at this 200 acre lake located in the flint hills. Since this lake is not part of the CFAP Program, annual or day use permits are available at the boat ramp bait house on the northeast shore.



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair/Good 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 Good Up to 12 inches Jigs fished in 12-15 ft. of water.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits fished near the docks and near edges of vegetation. 
White Bass Good 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
 



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 5/20/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
       
       
       
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Good up to 4 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near brush 5ft deep
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs along deep edges of flats on crawlers and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Good   along dam and near creek mouths on jigs
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2015 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 5/12/2015 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
Sping Fishing Opportunities Heating Up   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to fish and look for your lake.
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. The newest issue is available NOW and features Perry and Horton Little Lake . If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair-Good up tp 1.0 lbs. Fish are moving shallow with a jig and minnow, spot on the dam, brushy cove on the south side and boat ramp cove. 
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber around the shallow brush.    
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 7.0 lbs. Cut bait in the shallow areas works great this time of year.Fish feeders are in and feeding 5 times a day: 7:30, 8, noon, 7 & 7:30 pm.  Floating feed.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Spinners or cranks around the shallow brush. 
Walleye / Sauger Fair-Good up to 3 lbs. These guys are done spawning and will be feeding like crazy!  Jigs and crawlers on those humps and bumps.  
General Comments

4 fish feeders are in and drawing those fish in right now!  

The lake has come up several feet!  

I see some of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've posted a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing of lakes that are not in the fishing reports.  Just click this link   https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

I O ctober netting pictures are up , we have white bass now! Click on Banner Creek above fishing report to see some of these fish .  Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair to Good 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank tends to be the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has very good numbers of fish around 10" to 11" long. There are still some fish up shallow for spawning and I saw some good ones in the rocks this week.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds Fishing for cats has been decent lately.  Near the inlet, the Northern end or near the fish feeder with traditional catfish baits.
Walleye Fair 1 to 5 pounds A few being caught with nightcrawlers.  Walleye numbers are down this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch lenght limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass are up shallow cruising the banks and can be caught casting jigs or plugs.
Wipers Fair 1 to 12 pounds A few being caught along the dam or near the inlet.  The lake has good numbers of 16-22" wipers with a few bigger ones around. The daily creel limit for wipers is 2.
General Comments

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy. The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time. If the inlet is flowing, then good fishing can be found there. As of May 21st, the lake was full and the boat ramp was usable.

Zebra mussels have infested Make-Up Lake. The lake has been 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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SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 5/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Good Up to 15 inches Jigs or minnows fished in 12-15 ft. of water.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Doughbait or liver fished along the north shore.
Wiper Fair Up to 9 lbs. Topwater fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Trout Slow Catchable  
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.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 5/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs. Doughbait fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Good  Up to 6 lb. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure. High abundance of largemouth bass with the majority of the largemouth bass obtaining 12-20 inches in length.  
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Fair Up to 11 lbs. Jigs fished near mainlake points.
White Crappie Good Most fish around 9 inches, but some up to 13 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles. Crappie are starting to move towards shallower water.
General Comments
 



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 5/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
LM Bass Fair/Good 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Fair 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Fair Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be taken on live bait, jigs, or shad imitation lures along rocky shoreline structure or in open water along mud flats. 
 
General Comments
Brushpiles were placed at several locations November 07. Locations were marked using WGS 84 in decimel degrees: 1) N38.58320 W094.84451; 2) N38.58696 W094.84709; 3) N38.58315 W094.84453; 4) N38.58710 W09484722; 5) N38.58785 W094.84595; 6) N38.58768 W094.84595; 7) N38.58770 W094.84600; 8) N38.58727 W094.84810; 9) N38.58734 W094.84807; 10) N38.58736 W094.84768; 11) N38.58706 W094.84595; 12) N38.58715 W094.84641; 13) N38.58726 W094.84611; 14) N38.59237 W094.84518; 15) N38.58313 W094.84462; 16) N38.58318 W094.84466; 17) N38.59250 W094.84519; 18) N038.59231 W094.84511; 19) N38.59077 W094.84518; 20) N38.59158 W094.84512; 21) N38.59444 W094.84327; 22) N38.58772 W094.84164; 23) N38.58538 W094.84326; 24) N38.58583 W094.84547; 25) N38.58771 W094.84779.



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has fair numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Fair 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 Fair to Good 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great population that contains all sizes of fish.
General Comments
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.



SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 5/12/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities Heating Up   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Horton Little Lake . If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair-Good up to 1.5 lbs Fish are moving up shallow, time for them to be spawning.  .Few fish are still in the creek to the south end some have moved to the trees, minnow and jig. 
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush piles, these guys will start moving into nesting areas.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 10.0 lbs Cut bait or shad on those windblown banks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 3.5 lbs. Spinner baits or plastics worked slow around the shallow brush.   
Walleye Fair up to 4.0 lbs. These guys are done spawning and are feeding like crazy right now!  Drifting jigs and crawlers.   Stocked several hundred thousand walleye fry earlier this spring should be 9-10" by fall.  
Wiper Fair up to 8.3 lbs. Either side of the pump house cove drifting shad or crank baits.   
General Comments

Added a couple of photos, bag of walleye fry-about 1/4" in length and bags of fry tempering on the bank of the lake.

The boat dock has been pulled for repairs but should be back in soon!  

I see a few of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of pictures: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing pictures.  Just click on this link   https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pictures , nice wipers, good crappie, catfish and bluegill!  Click on Pony Creek above the fishing report and see some nice fish! We electrofished some nice fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data .



SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 5/13/2015 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.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.33-1 lb Using minnows and jigs from shore.
Black Bass Fair-Good 0.3-2 lbs Using crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits around shoreline cover
Wiper Slow-Fair Up to 8 lbs Casting jigs.
White bass Slow-Fair 0.5-1.25 lbs Casting jigs and spinners off rocky areas.
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.



WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Jigs or minnows fished in the mainlake.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lbs. Liver fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Smallmouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 6 lbs. Jigs fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. No Reports.
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.



ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Fair 1 to 20+ pounds A few channel catfish are being caught and the occasional flathead in the slower current areas.  Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.
White Bass & Wipers Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds

It has slowed down with all the water coming through, but some still being caught in the eddies on either side of the river.

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 a abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds A few being caught on the East side.  There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on saugeye. 
General Comments

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

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HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 5/20/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
       
       
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks and near creeks
Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rocks
Largemouth Bass Slow    
Bluegill Fair   tube jigs and worms near brush and rocks
White Bass Fair   along dam and near creeks on jigs
General Comments