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.

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/26/2015 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 represented.  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 feeders have been filled, but are awaiting parts on order before they can run.

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 class 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.



CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/26/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow Up to 15 inches Fish should be transitioning to deeper haunts with the warmer water temperature.  Jigs or minnows fished vertically over steep, timbered drop-offs or over the fish attractors should be productive.  Anglers are catching a few fish trolling small crankbaits along lines of timber.  Overall number of fish has been low as crappie abundance in the lake is generally low right now, but the quality of the fish has been excellent as fish in the 13 to 15 inch range are not uncommon.  
Walleye Fair/Good Up to 28 inches Anglers continue to catch fish feeding on hard-bottomed, mainlake points drifting jigs tipped with nightcrawlers.  Currently the best bite is in the early morning and late evening.  Short fish dominate the catch which is typical for this time of year, but anglers continue to report catching a keeper here and there.
White Bass/Wipers Fair/Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Gizzard shad are hatching and are now available to predators in the lake.  Consequently white bass and wipers have begun busting the surface feeding on the newly available shad.  Casting extremely small topwater baits early and late should be a good method to take advantage of the surface bite.  Otherwise, trolling crankbaits or vertically jigging shad imitating jigs or small slab spoons along the edges of points and drop-offs and around the fish attractors should be effective.  

WATER TEMPERATURE-77

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2121.10'----22.90' 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: 6/26/2015 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 Slow 10-14 inches The crappie spawn is over for the year and the fish are usually very difficult to catch during the heat of the summer.  Some anglers still have luck fishing the main lake brush piles while others employ the shallow bite near dead timber and stickups using minnows on a Kentucky Rig.  Either way, summer crappie take a lot of patience and most likely live bait.
Walleye Fair 15-24 inches No change here.  Anglers have continued to catch good numbers of walleye over the past couple of weeks, but many of them have been short fish.  Fishing the river channel drops from the Waconda Springs area to the causeway has been the best area to try with fish coming from 20-30 feet deep.  There have been reports of fish moving in shallow on the rocks in the evenings and anglers are catching decent numbers, but many of these are shorts.
White Bass Good 10-15 inches There have been a number of reports of surfacing white bass around Waconda Springs and Walnut Creek.  They are chasing shad on the surface and are susceptible to bucktails, slab spoons, and roadrunners if you can maneuver close enough without startling the school.  Fishing the windward side of the reservoir has also been productive, especially along the dam, south bluffs, and state park shoreline.  Trolling in 10-15 feet of water near channel drops has also been productive during the day.
Black Bass Good 10-19 inches The smallmouth bite is hanging in there, but July can be a little tough unless you fish them early and late in the day.  This is a great time to pull out the topwater lures and work them near the bank.  When the sun is up and things warm up it's usually time to try slow plastics in deeper water.  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 Good 14-24 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 have been caught in very good numbers recently along the state park shoreline, north end of the dam, and near the south bluffs.  Fishing with Zara Spooks and X-raps has been the most productive method, especially toward dark and after dark.  The fish hang out in deeper water during the day and move in shallow during these periods.  Other anglers have been trolling in Walnut Creek and along the state park shoreline and reporting good catches.

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes The channel catfish spawn continues and good catches have been reported along the rocks at Granite Creek, Cawker Causeway, and the south bluffs.  Fishing a worm or minnow under a bobber near the rocks is the best way to catch these cats.  There have also been some good catches of channel cats and flatheads on the west end in Mill Creek, Oak Creek, and west of Boller Point.

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!



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/26/2015 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 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.

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.  They have been spawning for the last several weeks and anglers are doing very well catching a variety of sizes. 

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.  They have also been spawning and can be caught on small jigs, flies, and worms.

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

BLUE GREEN ALGAE WATCH:  The number of blue green algae cells has increased in the last week and Jewell State Lake has been placed under the WATCH status.  For more information on what this means, follow the link below.

Blue Green Algae Information

Water temperature: 80 degrees

Water level: 2 feet low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/3/2015 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.  Fish are moving shallower to spawn.
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 but slowing down.
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: 6/25/2015 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- 79 Degree's.

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2288.67 ---- 15.63' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.48 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: 6/25/2015 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- 79 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1716.08 ---- 13.17' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS NOW BACK OPEN TO BOATS.

Currently, the water level is 2.41 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: 6/26/2015 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 15-28 inches There haven't been any walleye reports lately.  Try fishing the 2-mile road area with jigs and crawlers.  Other spots to try trolling include Cabin Point, Walleye Point, and the dam.  A variety of crankbaits should be productive, but anglers may have to try a different depths as the fish have begun to move up shallow.
White Bass/Wipers Fair to Good 9-16 inches

Anglers have been doing well trolling crankbaits and casting road runners around Cedar Point, Office Cove, Cabin Point, Oak Hill, and the dam.  There has been a limited amount of surface action as well that may provide some angling opportunities.

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

The catfish are spawning on rocky banks now and can be caught using worms, minnows, or shrimp under a bobber in 1-2 feet of water.  Anglers are also catching some channel cats and blue cats drifting shrimp, shad gizzards, and stink baits along the dam and near the cross.

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 brush piles 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!



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/25/2015 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



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!!!!!



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/26/2015 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. Drifting a worm under a bobber along rocky shorelines has produced fish.
Wiper Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting small white jigs.
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/



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/25/2015 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- 79 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1871.14 ---- 21.31' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 1.00 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: 6/3/2015 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 still spawning and anglers might be able to catch some 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.  Fish brush piles and shallow ledges that lead to deeper water.

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

Walleye are post-spawn and 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.  Drag your bait of choice over deep sand off of points and contour changes.

Fish with a pencil-eraser-shaped depression on the upper portion of their filets were used for genetic samples and are fine to eat.

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 late spring when the fish move in shallow.  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.  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.  The fish are mostly done spawing but if you locate the shad, you'll locate some white bass.
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 moderate to high 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

Check out the bassmaster article referring to the PVC habitat work being done in Wilson and statewide:  http://www.bassmaster.com/news/kansas-clubs-add-habitat-wilson#

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!!!!!!



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.

SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 6/29/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Jigs or minnows fished in 12-15 ft. of water.
Channel Catfish Good 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/Good 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.



ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/24/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   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 up to 0.8 lbs Fish have scattered might find a few on the 6-10' brush piles, with a jig and minnow.  
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs From the May electrofishing data: we sampled 88 bluegill/hr over 3" with the largest being 8.3" and weighing .46 lbs.  Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the vegetation and along the piers. 
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 From the May electrofishing data: sampled 162 bass/hr over 8" with the largest being 18.9" and weighing 4.48 lbs.  Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow cover.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 1.1 lbs. From the May electrofishing data: sampled 39 redear/hr over 3" with the largest being 10.6" and weighing 0.88 lbs.  Small hunk or worm or cricket under a bobber around the shallow vegetation. 
General Comments

Feeders are in and feeding 5 times a day.

Check out the May electrofishing pictures!

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!  

May electrofishing 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: 6/24/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   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 up to 1.0 lbs. Fish have scattered for the summer.  Might locate a few on that deeper brush, jig and minnow.
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber or small spinner around the vegetation.     
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 9.0 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 or where the water is running in.   
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 3.5 lbs. From the May electrofishing data: we sampled 166 bass/hr over 8" with the largest being 20.6" and weighing 4.6 lbs.  Spinner or cranks baits worked shallow and along the face of the dam.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the vegetation and around the piers.   
General Comments

Feeders are in and feeding 5 times a day, water is a little murky from all the recent rails.

Take a look at the May electrofishing pictures!  

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!

May electrofishing 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.



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/12/2015 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. 
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.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.



CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/1/2015 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.

Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-7 lbs Using nightcrawlers, sunfish, shad, stinkbait, and liver. 
Blue catfish Slow-Fair 0.5-3 lbs Using nightcrawlers, minnows, jigs and crankbaits.
Flathead catfish Fair 2-10 lbs Using sunfish, shad, and nightcrawlers.  Some being caught in the outlet.
Walleye Slow 1.5-5 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 June 30 was 1.95 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 21 cfs, water temp = 79.   All 3 fish feeders are operational.  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.



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 7/1/2015 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
       
LM Bass Fair-Good 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 Some being caught on nightcrawlers, liver, stinkbait, sunfish and minnows.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/1/2015 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
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lb Using piece of worm under bobber, small spinners and jigs.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-5 lbs Fish have been caught off stinkbait, livers, minnows, worms, and sunfish.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/29/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Good 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 Slow Up to 12 inches Jigs fished in 12-15 ft. of water.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits fished near the docks and near edges of vegetation.  A good top-water bite at dawn and dusk is being reported.  
White Bass Fair 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: 7/1/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
       
       
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Crappie Good up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near rock and creek channels suspended 10-15ft deep.
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks lakewide
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lbs jig and worms and crankbaits along dam and rock points
Black bass Good up to 4lbs topwater, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits near rock/brush/points along the shoreline
Bluegill 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.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 7/1/2015 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 10ft deep
Walleye Good up to 5 lbs along deep edges of flats on crawlers and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Good   along dam and points on jigs and crankbaits
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2015 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 7/1/2015 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 Fair up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rocks
Largemouth Bass Slow    
Bluegill Good   tube jigs and worms near brush and rocks
White Bass Fair   along dam on jigs and crankbaits
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: 6/29/2015 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2015 Fishing Forecast  
Walleye Fair Up to 8 lbs. Walleye are actively feeding at this time 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 Fair Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie have dispersed from the shoreline, but some aggregations can be found around timber and deeper brush.  Some crappie are being taken around timber in the Scott Creek Arm and Wade Branch Arm near Russel Crites boat ramp.  Jigs or minnows on slip-bobbers work best at this time.   
White Bass Fair 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.  Follow the shad schools and look for shad busting on the surface of the water.  

Largemouth

Bass 

Fair Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass are biting in the Scott Creek Arm. Target them in the flooded water willow and near vegetation edges. Largemouth bass can be targeted elsewhere in shallow flooded vegetation.  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 Good  Up to 10 lbs. Channel cat can be taken on a variety of baits using the traditional prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are being taken lake wide at this time. A good channel catfish bite is also being reported at the outlet at this time.    
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of June 29th the water level is 1.0 ft. above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

  



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 6/24/2015 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
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   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 up tp 1.0 lbs. Fish have scattered for the summer.  You can locate a few on that 6-8-9' brush, with a jig and minnow. 
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs. From the May electrofishing data: we sampled 45 bluegill/hr over 3" with the largest being 7.7" and weighing 0.42 lbs.  Hunk of worm under a bobber in the shallow vegetation around all those flooded cottonwood trees.   
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 12.0 lbs. Cut bait in the shallow areas works great this time of year.  Fish feeders are in and feeding floating feed 5 times a day: 7:30, 8, noon, 7 & 7:30 pm.  Fish the west end where the water is running in.
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 3.5 lbs. From the May electrofishing data: we sampled 39.2 bass/hr over 8" with the largest being 19.7" and weighing 4.35 lbs.  We also sampled 4 smallmouth with the largest being 2.4 lbs.  Spinners or cranks around the shallow vegetation, they are up in a foot of water or less feeding. 
Walleye/ Sauger Fair-Good up to 5 lbs. Jigs and crawlers on those humps and bumps.  
General Comments

4 fish feeders are in and drawing those fish in right now!   I just added the May electrofishing pictures. 

The lake is full, lots of fish feeding in the new flooded vegetaion!  

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!

May electrofishing are up, we have lots of water to fish 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: 6/22/2015 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. 
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.  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 be found there. As of June 10th, 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.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 6/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Good Up to 5 lbs Lots of smallmouth bass being caught!  The dam is usually the best spot.
Channel Catfish Fair to Slow Up to 8 lbs Channel catfish numbers are down this year and there have not been a lot caught this spring, but there are some big cats around. There is a fish feeder near the docks. 
Walleye Fair to Good Up to 6 lbs Anglers have been reporting doing well that last few weeks.  Trolling crankbaits or dragging nightcrawlers off of main points or around the island.
White Bass Good Up to 18" The lake has good numbers of big white bass.  Trolling has been the best bet lately.
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 8 lbs The lake has a decent wiper populations with most of the fish over 20 inches and can be caught with crankbaits, spoons or live bait.
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 up to 30 anglers to fish at any one time. You can call the Guard House to check on availability at (785) 456-6149.  As of June 10th, the lake was full and the boat ramp was usable. 

Zebra mussels have been found at Auxiliary Lake. The lake has been 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.

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.24842° W -96.15163°
N 39.24899° W -96.15149°
N 39.25150° W -96.14638°
N 39.23917° W -96.15172°

 



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/24/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   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 2.5 lbs From May electrofishing samples: 132 bass/hr over 8" with the largest sampled being 18.3" and weighing 2.65 lbs.  Spinner baits or plastics worked in all that new flooded vegetation.  
Channel Catfish Fair 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-right in the vegetation.  
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs From the May electrofishing data: 112 bluegill/hour over 3" with the largest being 9" and weighing .66lbs!  Small hunk of worm under a bobber right in the flooded vegetation or around the feeders.  
Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs Fish have scattered for the summer might locate a few on that 12-16' brush with a jig and minnow. 
Redear Sunfish Fair-Good up to 0.75 lbs From May electrofishing data: sampled 58 redear/hour over 3" with the largest being 10.6" and weighing 0.87 lbs!  Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the flooded vegetation, especially up the main are on the south side.  
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!

The May electrofishing pictures, Lake is full and looks great!  

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! 

 May electrofishing 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.



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 6/29/2015 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 around flats and in the boat ramp cove near the feeder.   
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. 
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 and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/29/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
LM Bass Fair 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 or worms 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.   
General Comments
Due to treatment and warmer water temperatures the curly-leaf pondweed stand has died off for 2015.  Fishing conditions have improved and some very nice crappie and channel catfish were sampled during spring electrofishing. 



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/1/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Good up to 50lbs blue cats fair on fresh cut bait 10-20ft deep along windy banks and channel ledges, good on set lines in the river, channel cats good on worms/cut bait near flooded vegetation 
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs tube jigs and minnows suspended 10ft deep near flooded coves, points and ledges with gravel, brush or rock
Walleye Fair to Good   near edges of flats and points on worms and crankbaits 20ft deep
White Bass/Wipers Good   along deeper flats, humps, and points on jigs, worms, and crankbaits
Smallmouth Bass Good up to 4lbs crankkbaits and jigs 5-10ft deep near rock/gravel points, some topwater action
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs jigs, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits near points with flooded brush/rock/ledges, some topwater action
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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NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/24/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   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. From May electrofishing data: sampled 190 bluegill/hr over 3" with the largest  being 7.3" and weighing 0.4 lbs.  Small hunk of work under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.    
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 under the feeders or at the west end where the water is running in.  
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5.5 lbs From May electrofishing data: sampled 57.7 bass/hr over 8" with the largest being 20" and weighing 5.74 lbs!  Spinner baits or cranks worked slow around the brush piles and vegetation.  
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow around the brush piles, fish have scattered for the summer. 
 Comments

Feeders have been moved back to their spots and are feeding sinking food. 

The May electrofishing pictures are up, lake is dirty!

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!

May electrofishing 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.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 6/29/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs. Live and prepared baits fished near mainlake points and other shoreline structure.
Largemouth Bass Good  Up to 6 lb. Largemouth bass are currently being caught in the flooded water willow.  High abundance of largemouth bass with the majority of the largemouth bass obtaining 12-20 inches in length.  
Saugeye Slow 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 Fair 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: 6/29/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure and water willow edges.
Channel catfish Good 0.5-6 lbs Liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Fair 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Slow 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

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.

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.



PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/24/2015 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 sent the first sample in the end of May. 
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   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 Good up to 15.0 lbs Cut bait, either shad or bluegill/greensunfish or a glob of worms where the creeks are running in.  Even in the mowed Park areas/flooded areas.
Sauger Fair up to 2.6 lbs. Fish those rocky areas along the west side down towards the dam.  Fish are moving to the SE corner of the dam and the humps in the lake, jig and crawler or shad colored cranks.     
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5.0 lbs. From June electrofishing data (water was up 10' when we tried to sample); sampled 13.1 largemouth/hr over 8" with the largest fish being 18.3" and weighing 3.44 lbs.  We also sampled 7.8 smallmouth/hr with the largest being 18.7" weighing 3.44 lbs.  Crank baits or plastics worked slow around the newly flooded shallow brush.     
White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Use twisters and jigs off the rocky points, fish will be a little hard to locate with all the new murky water.      
White Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Fish in Rock Creek and Slough Creek fishing jigs and minnows.  Fish have scattered for the summer find them on that 12-16' brush.
Blue Catfish Fair-Good up to 25.0 lbs. Had a tournament couple weekends ago 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

Lake is coming down, only up 12' and the Corps is releasing 10,000 CFS.  Only boat ramps to use are the two Marina ramps! 

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 May electrofishing 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.



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/12/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Poor 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has fair numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Poor 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 Poor 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great population that contains all sizes of fish.
General Comments
The lake is pretty high and muddy right now which has made for tough fishing. 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: 6/12/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 8 inches The lake has a fairly good bluegill population this year. You can always catch a few with worms under a bobber or with small lures or flies.
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. Bass are hanging out along the weed line and can be caught on typical bass lures.
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: 6/12/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a fair smallmouth bass population. 
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.  800 channel catfish were stocked on 6/3/2015.  This brings the yearly total to 3,100 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.  The best baits have been worms or commercial catfish bait and it seems like everyone is usually catching a few lately.
Crappie Fair 1/4 to 1 pound A few being caught along the dam or rock piers 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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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 6/12/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Slow 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 Slow 1/2 to 6 pounds

No recent catches.

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 Slow 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are a abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Poor 3/4 to 5 pounds Very tough with all the water coming through.  There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on saugeye. 
General Comments

Tough to fish lately with the flood waters coming through.  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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SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 6/24/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   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 up to 1.5 lbs Fish have scattered.  Few fish are still in the creek to the south end some have moved to the trees, minnow and jig. 
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs From May electrofishing data: sampled 213 bluegill/hr over 3" with the largest fish being 8.3" and weighing 0.59 lbs.  Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush piles and all that new flooded cover.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 13.0 lbs Cut bait or shad in all that newly flooded vegetation.  
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 3.5 lbs. From May electrofishing data: sampled 129 bass/hr over 8" with the largest fish being 19.7" and weighing 4.3 lbs.  Spinner baits or plastics worked slow around the shallow brush and flooded vegetation, especially the south end.   
Walleye Fair up to 4.0 lbs. Drifting jigs and crawlers in front of the pump house hit both sides of the drop off.     
Wiper Fair up to 8.3 lbs. Either side of the pump house cove drifting shad or crank baits.   
General Comments

The lake is full and looks just right for fishing on Father's Day weekend!

Check out the May electrofishing photos, pretty nice fish out there!  

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!

May electrofishing pitures, nice largemouth, 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: 7/1/2015 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.
Black Bass Fair 0.3-2 lbs Using crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits around shoreline cover
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lb Using pieces of worm under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs Using nightcrawlers, shad, sunfish, liver, and stinkbait.
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 STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/22/2015 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. 
Crappie Slow 1/2 to 1 pound Along the dam or near the brush piles listed below.
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. On June 17th there was 1,290 channel catfish stocked into the lake. So far this year 4,070 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. Best baits have been commercial catfish bait, but you can always catch them on worms.  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°



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 6/26/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Poor 1/2 to 1.5 pounds Fishing has been tough with the flood waters.
White Bass Poor 1/2 to 2 pounds No recent reports.
Catfish Slow Up to 20 pounds Some being caught in the flooded vegetation. 
Largemouth Bass Poor 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 Poor Up to 6 pounds No recent reports.
General Comments

Tuttle Creek is 30 feet above conservation pool which has made fishing tough! You can check current conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/12/2015 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

The lake has been getting lots of rain and has been muddy.

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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/29/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Jigs or minnows fished in the mainlake.
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lbs. Liver or livebait fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Smallmouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Fair/Good Up to 6 lbs. Shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. Nightcrawler and a jig drift fished across mud flats
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.



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.

BARBER STATE FISHING LAKE - LOWER - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth bass No report   Try jigs and finesse plastics in the afternoon.
Walleye No report   Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.
Crappie No report   Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Minnows or jigs are the best baits.
Channel catfish No report   Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. They tend to feed on the wind blown side of the lake.
General Comments

Crappie should be back in deeper water.  Try for them using small jigs and minnows along the vegetation, rocks and brushpiles. Try for channel catfish using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. Try for largemouth bass with jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Try for walleye using a jig and nightcrawler or leech combination drifted with the wind. Try for bluegill using small jigs, or a cricket or piece of worm under a bobber.

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



CIMARRON GRASSLAND PITS - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish No report    Try worms, liver and stink bait. 
General Comments

Six hundred pounds of channel catfish were stocked June 6.  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!



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Good up to 23 inches Try drifting a jig and worm across flats and points.
Flathead catfish Slow   Try live bait around channel swings and bends.
Crappie Slow   Fish around any sun washed rock or brush you can find as well as drop-offs, using minnows & jigs.
Largemouth bass Slow   Try jigs, crankbaits, rattling baits and finesse plastics.
White bass Slow Up to 1 lb Small jigs or roadrunners or minnow type baits along the along windswept shorelines for schooling fish.
Channel catfish Good Up to 7 lbs Try liver, shrimp, worms or other live baits or also any cut baits.
General Comments

The lake is full and starting to clear up.  Fishing has been tough with all the dirty water.  Crappie should be done spawning and moved back deeper.  Try for them using small jigs and minnows along the vegetation, rocks and deeper brushpiles. Try for channel catfish using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. Try for largemouth bass with jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Try for walleye using a jig and nightcrawler or leech combination drifted with the wind. Try for bluegill using small jigs, or a cricket or piece of worm under a bobber.

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



COLDWATER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report   Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Using minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs work.
Channel catfish No report   Try liver, shrimp, worms, or other live baits. Normally they will be feeding on the wind blown side of the lake. You can also try drifting nightcrawlers or using cut bait.
Wiper No report   Try jigs and crankbaits on wind blown shores or shrimp fished on the bottom off the face of the dam.
Largemouth bass No report   Fishing with any shad imitation lures should work, especially around the stump rows and along shoreline vegetation.
General Comments

Crappie should be done spawning.  Try for them using small jigs and minnows along the vegetation, rocks and brushpiles. Try for channel catfish using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. Try for largemouth bass with jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Try for wipers using a jigs and big crankbaits on the windblown banks. Try for bluegill using small jigs, or a cricket or piece of worm under a bobber.

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



CONCANNON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair   Try using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver.
General Comments

 

Restocking efforts will continue as fish become available.  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 theDodge 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: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth bass No report   Try spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs. 
channel catfish No report   Try  stinkbait, worms, shad sides or liver
General Comments

Try for channel catfish using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. Try for largemouth bass with jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  Try for bluegill using small jigs, or a cricket or piece of worm under a bobber.

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!



FINNEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/30/2011 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
General Comments
LAKE IS STILL DRY



FORD COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish slow   Try using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver.
General Comments

Restocking efforts will continue in 2015 now that the lake has filled.  In 2014, the following fish were stocked in Ford SFL

Channel catfish – 1000 adults fish averaging 1 lb each. and 4000 intermediate size averaging 9 inches in length.

Bluegill – 135 adults and 20,000 fingerlings.

Largemouth bass – 400 bass averaging about 8 inches. 

May 3 of 2015, 500 channel catfish averaging 1 lb were stocked. 

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



GOODMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/9/2014 Print

       
General Comments
The recent rains have continued to miss the lake and it is basically dry.



GREAT BEND (VETERAN PARK) - Last Updated: 5/6/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
General Comments

Veteran's Lake remains under a Public Health Warning- http://kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

  • Conditions are unsafe
  • Water contact should not occur

Additional information on blue-green algae can be found here:

http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/BLUE-GREEN-ALGAE-INFORMATION/BLUE-GREEN-ALGAE-INFORMATION

If you have any questions or concerns, KDHE can be contacted during normal business hours at 785-296-6603



GREAT BEND STONE LAKE - Last Updated: 5/6/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, & Location
Rainbow trout No report 2/lb Trout season is over until November.
Channel catfish No report   Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom.
Bluegill No report   Try small pieces of worm or crickets under a bobber or small twister tail jigs. 
Largemouth bass No report   Try jigs and finesse plastics early in the morning and later in the evening but because the fish are spawning some may be caught throughout the day.
Crappie No report   Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs, using minnows or jigs
Wiper No report   Try trolling jigs and crankbaits, or shrimp fished on the bottom. You can also try jigging slab spoons and bucktail jigs. Drifting live shad, sunfish or minnows may also work
General Comments

With the warmer temperatures, fishing should begin to improve. Crappie should be moving out of the deeper water and begin to move towards the shallows.  Try for them using small jigs and minnows along the vegetation, rocks and brushpiles. Try for channel catfish using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. Try for largemouth bass with jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Try for wiper casting jigs and large crankbaits in the windswept shores. Try for bluegill using small jigs, or a cricket or piece of worm under a bobber.

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!

REMEMBER: 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.



HAIN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Try using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. 
General Comments

Restocking efforts will continue as fish become available.  

In 2014, the following fish were stocked in

Channel catfish – 500 adults fish averaging 1 lb each. and 4000 intermediate size averaging 9 inches in length.

Bluegill – 135 adults and 26,950 fingerlings.

Largemouth bass – 556 bass averaging about 8 inches.

 

May 3 of 2015, 500 channel catfish averaging 1 lb were stocked.

Try for channel catfish using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. 

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



HODGEMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/29/2011 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
  No reports No reports No recent reports available
General Comments
 

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 March 2011.

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



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow   Fish around deeper brush or vegetation.especially in the creek channel to the west. Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish Fair   Nightcrawlers, liver or shrimp up in the creek channel
Largemouth bass Slow   Jigs and finesse plastics in the creek channel or along the dam.
Bluegill Slow   Worms under bobbers
Walleye Slow   Jig and nightcrawlers along the dam and on points.
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.

       
General Comments

Fishing is going to be a challenge to try and figure out now that the lake has completely filled!  It will take a year or 2 to get the population numbers up to the levels they need to be in this much larger water body.  

Try for channel catfish using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver.  Try for largemouth bass with jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Try for walleye using a jig and nightcrawler or leech combination drifted with the wind. Try for bluegill using small jigs, or a cricket or piece of worm under a bobber.  Try for crappie using small jigs and minnows along the vegetation, rocks and brushpiles.

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



JETMORE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish No report   Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
       
General Comments

Try for channel catfish using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. Try for largemouth bass with jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  Try for bluegill using small jigs, or a cricket or piece of worm under a bobber.

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



KIOWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

pecies Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 11 inches Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Minnows under a bobber is probably the best option.
Flathead catfish No report   Fish live bait around the brush piles.
Wipers No report   Try drifting live shad, sunfish, minnows, or vertically fishing slabspoons.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Try jigs, crankbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits around wood in the vegetation.
Channel catfish No report   Try liver, shrimp, worms or cut bait.
General Comments

A new pump has been ordered so that the water level can be maintained.  Crappie should be done spawning.  Try for them using small jigs and minnows along the vegetation, rocks and brushpiles. Try for channel catfish using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. Try for largemouth bass with jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Try for wipers using a jigs and crankbaits in the windblown areas. Try for bluegill using small jigs, or a cricket or piece of worm under a bobber.

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



LACROSSE WARREN STONE MEMORIAL LAKE - Last Updated: 9/5/2014 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, & Location
       
General Comments

A significant blue green algae bloom is taking place and access to the lake is restricted.

Recent rain has resulted in a nearly full lake again.  Decaying vegetation in newly filled waters prevents adequate dissolved oxygen levels to sustain fish.  When water conditions improve and fish become available, fish stocking will commence.  While mid summer is not typically when many fish are available through our fish culture section, efforts to locate and stock largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish are ongoing.

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



LIBERAL ARKALON AREA - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, & Location
Channel catfish No report    
Bluegill No report    
General Comments
Try for channel catfish using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. Try for largemouth bass with jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Try for bluegill using small jigs, or a cricket or piece of worm under a bobber.



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, & Location
Crappie No report   Fish around any brush or vegetation. Minnows, or jigs should work.
Bluegill No report   Try small pieces of worm under a bobber.
Channel catfish No report   Try liver, shrimp, worms, or cut bait.
Largemouth bass No report   Try jigs, finesse plastics and slow rolled spinnerbaits later in the day. 
Flathead catfish No report    Live bluegill at night close to the shore.
General Comments

Crappie should be done spawning.  Try for them using small jigs and minnows along the vegetation, rocks and brushpiles. Try for channel catfish using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. Try for largemouth bass with jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  Try for bluegill using small jigs, or a cricket or piece of worm under a bobber.

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 CENTENNIAL POND - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass no report   Try using spinners, swim baits, spoons or flies.
General Comments

All species, other than trout, are catch and release only. Please remember to discard your trash properly. Thank you for purchasing your fishing license and trout permit to fish this location, your dollars support the trout program! Normal fishing license requirements still apply.

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!

 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.



PRATT COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/9/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 6 lbs Try rattling baits, plastics, and spinnerbaits around sunny banks later in the day.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around the rocks. 
Walleye No report Up to 5 lbs Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or slim minnow type crankbaits.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Crappie Fair 8 - 10 inches Fish around brush, logs, rocks or vegetation. Usually best on minnows, but jigs should work as well.
Wiper No report   Try jigs and crankbaits on the windy banks. You could also try using sunfish, minnows, or vertically fishing slab spoons.
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.

Try for crappie using small jigs and minnows along the vegetation, rocks and brushpiles. Try for channel catfish using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. Try for largemouth bass with jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Try for walleye using a jig and night crawler or leech combination drifted with the wind. Try for bluegill using small jigs, or a cricket or piece of worm under a bobber.

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

Release all largemouth bass, walleye and wipers less than 18 inches.



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 6/26/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 6.5 lbs. Stillfishing worms off the bottom lakewide has been good.
Crappie Slow Most up to 9 inches Jigs or minnows under a bobber around the fish attractors and off the handicap dock.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair/Good

Saugeye up to 3.6 lbs.

Walleye up to 6.1 lbs.

Jig and nighcrawler or minnow combos fished over points and along drop-offs has produced good numbers of fish, but most have been small due to the establishment of strong 2013 and 2014 yearclasses.  Remember, as of January 1, 2015, all saugeye and walleye must be 18 inches or larger to be legal for harvest.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Casting soft plastic baits, suspending jerkbaits, and swimbaits around fish attractors, rocky shorelines, or laydown trees has produced fish.
Sunfish Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Bluegill are spawning and can be caught in the shallows, usually in areas with a gravelly bottom, fishing a jig or worm under a bobber.
General Comments

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

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/3/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Good Up to 30" Fish with earthworms, cutbait, and liver lakewide, especially on the windblown shore. The lake is an excellent spot for keeper-sized and the occasional trophy-sized channel catfish.
Crappie Fair 8-10" Fish for crappie around trees and brush with live minnows or small jigs. The crappie population at McPherson SFL is generally poor; however, a few big crappie were sampled last spring.  Crappie harvest is slow.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7 lb. Use Texas rigged softbaits, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits near vegetation.  You might have some luck fishing large swimbaits and crankbaits off the dam.
Saugeye Fair 15-20" Saugeye seem to like the lower end of the reservoir around rocks.  Try using jigs with nightcrawlers or horsehair jigs. Decent numbers of saugeye were captured in gill nets and more and more are showing up in angler creels.
General Comments
A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.



ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth bass Fair   No recent reports.
Channel catfish Fair   No recent reports.
Bluegill Fair   No recent reports.
General Comments
The lake is full and was restocked in the fall of 2013 with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish fingerlings.  These fish will need a year or two to grow into catchable-sized individuals.  Other species such as crappie may be considered for stocking after a few years; however, until the bass population is established in the lake, crappie have a high likelihood of overpopulating. 



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/6/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8" 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 Fair Up to 8" Worms under a bobber. There are mostly small bluegill in the lake.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-4 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 18" Fish shallow brush with Texas rigged softbait, jigs, and spinnerbaits. A few large fish (up to 22") are caught in the lake each year.
General Comments
Water is warming up and Largemouth and crappie might be spawning.



BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/24/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

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 .

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 (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Good up to 12 lbs

Some nice cats have been caught recently during times of inflows and around the north feeder.  The south feeder is being repaired and will be available soon.

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 18-inch Bass action has only been fair recently, especially during the day. Best action has been early and late in the day.
Black Crappie Fair up to 8-inch

A few crappie are being caught on minnows in water 8 to 10 feet deep.

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 Good up to 7-inch Shallow areas near cover on worms or small jigs.
General Comments
 



CAREY PARK POND - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs. Catfish were stocked on March 16, and will be stocked monthly until September.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. There are a few bass in the pond, usually caught on live bait and lures.
General Comments
White perch are present in Carey Park Fishing Pond. White perch are a nuisance species that are illegal to possess alive and SHOULD NOT be transported to other waters for any reason.



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/24/2015 Print

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

Chase SFL is now 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 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 .

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 (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Good up to 10 pounds

Night crawlers during inflow events.  Off the piers and around the feeders with prepared baits.

Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 15-inch

Small spinners and crankbaits near rock and dropoffs.

There is a 13 to 18 inch slot limit on Largemouth Bass in effect at the lake.

Saugeye Fair up to 18-inch Jigs and crawlers or spinners with crawlers behind bottom bouncers.  Not many legal sized fish have been caught recently.
Spotted Bass Fair up to 14 inch Jigs and small crank baits fished near the dam and shoreline breaks.
Bluegill Fair up to 7-inch Worms fish under a float near any available cover, brushpiles, or rocks.
White Crappie Fair up to 10-inch Minnows and jigs fished near brushpiles and ledges.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 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 Good Various

White Bass and Wiper fishing has been pretty good on on the dam, with a few reports of whites being caught in the upper portion of the reservoir.

Fall netting results indicate excellent white bass and wiper populations. There are high densities of temperate bass and lots of quality fish. Fishing should be as good for temperate bass in 2015 as it has been in recent years.

Walleye Fair Up to 28"

Walleye have moved off the dam and are being caught sporadically.

Gill net samples were encouraging for walleyes. Although numbers will be down slightly in 2015, there are still plenty of sublegal and legal-sized fish in the population.  Decent numbers of of fish from the 2014 stocking were captured, which is a good sign for the future.

Crappie Fair Up to 15" Crappie will be moving to the shallower waters in coves and around brush, as well as along the dam.  
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lb Channel and blue catfish are picking up, with a few recent reports. Focus on structure and channel borders.
White Perch    

Netting results this fall indicate that white perch numbers increased this year; however, 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
 



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/1/2015 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 Good up to 7-inch jigs, worm and bobber near flooded cover.
Crappie Fair up to 11-inch Jigs or minnows in water 10 feet deep near brushpiles and flooded cover.
Channel catfish Good up to 4 lbs Stinkbaits, cut bait, and worms in shallow windblown areas.
Black bass Good up to 16-inch Topwater baits, jigs, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits near cover 2-8ft deep
Walleye Fair Up to 22-inch Walleye near the flats.  A jig and crawler combo is effective when drifted or worked along breaks or weedlines.  Trolling crankbaits is a good method to find active fish.
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: 7/1/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir. Click HERE for the news release.

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 Good up to 4 lb Some cats are being caught in shallow flooded water areas and in the creeks where the current is slowed.  Liver, cut shad, and worms have been productive.
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lb Drifting worms and casting plastics or crankbaits on flats and points 5 to 10 feet deep.
White Bass Fair/Good up to 15-inch Jigging on breaks and channel edges, near points on crankbaits, and near rocks on spinners
Wiper Fair up to 20-inch See white bass report.
White Crappie Fair up to 13-inch

Near flooded brush and rock 10ft deep on jigs and minnows.

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

7 feet above normal pool, releasing 450 CFS. Fishing below the dam has improved with releases.

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/24/2015 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 (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .

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 .

Black Crappie Fair up to 11-inch Jigs or minnows near brush or dropoffs.
Bluegill Good up to 7-inch Bluegill are being caught near rock, piers, and other cover.  A small piece of worm under a float works well.
Channel Catfish Good up to 4 lbs

Stink bait near the feeders and off the piers.  Worms during times of inflows.

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 16-inch Working plastic worms or jigs through cover or rock on the sunny shorelines.
Redear Sunfish     Few recent reports
General Comments
 



DILLON NATURE CENTER - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow trout Excellent 10 to 18-inches The last trout stocking until November was made on March 19.
Channel catfish Good 1-5 lb Catfish were stocked on March 16, and will be stocked monthly through September.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" Near the bank and around structure on nightcrawlers.
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/24/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

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 .

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 Fair 15 to 30 inch

A video showing electrofishing for blue catfish at El Dorado Reservoir can be seen HERE.

Most blue cat action recently has been in the mainlake areas on the river channels.  Worms and cut bait have been producing.  Most fish are less than the 35 inch minimum length limit and must be released.

Minimum length limit of 35-inches in effect.  Fish less than 35-inches must be immediately released.

Most of the blue catfish in the lake are below the 35-inch minimum length limit and must be released immediately. Take time to properly identify your catfish catch. Click HERE for information on how to properly identify your catch.

Wiper Fair Up to 25-inch

Not much happening with the wipers with the increased water levels.  A few fish are being caught on live bait in the creeks but catfish anglers.  Boat anglers are picking up a few wipers off of points trolling crankbaits.

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 Fair up to 14-inch

Trolling crankbaits or casting jigs to windswept shorelines and points.

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 Good Up to 8-inch

White perch can be found on old roads, humps, and river channels.  Live bait is deadly on white perch but they can also be caught on small spoons, jigs, and small crankbaits.  Best white perch action has been found at depths less than 8 feet.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Slow up to 14 inches Crappie anglers aren't reporting much action this week
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Cat action has slowed somewhat since the inflows have stopped.  Night crawlers and stink baits have been the best baits.  
Walleye  Fair up to 26-inch

Walleye are being caught on jig and crawler, crawlers with spinners, and crank baits.  A reliable pattern has not developed with the extra water.

THE WALLEYE LENGTH LIMIT IS 21-INCHES WITH A 2/day CREEL LIMIT.

General Comments

4 feet high, releasing 1031 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: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1-4lbs Channel catfish are stocked seasonally, and can be caught lakewide. Catfish have been picking up recently, with a few reports of nice channel cats being caught.
White Crappie Good  up to 12 inches Try small jigs or minnows especially around brush piles. Crappie fishing will pick up as the water warms, and the crappie move into the coves and onto brush piles.
Largemouth Bass Fair All sizes 2014 sampling of bass revealed a small decline in the bass population at East lake, however bass fishing should remain fair in 2015.
Saugeye No Reports 18" length limit No Recent Reports
White bass Fair 12" + No Recent Reports, but white bass will pick up in the next few weeks as spring rain arrives.
General Comments

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please call Jessica at 316-683-8069.

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



HARVEY COUNTY WEST LAKE - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill good up to 1/2lb bluegill fishing should pick up along the shorelines as the water warms and the bluegill begin spawning.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18 inches Largemouth bass samples in 2104 showed some improvement in the bass populations, and bass fishing should be fair in 2015.
White Crappie Fair 8-12 inches Crappie will be moving into the coves and onto brush piles as the water warms. 
Channel Catfish Good 1 lb plus Channel Catfish are picking up in the next few weeks, and 2014 samples showed good populations of catfish.
Saugeye No recent reports.
General Comments

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please call Jessica at 316-683-8069.

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



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Good 10" to 10 lb. Kingman is a good channel catfish destination. There are lots of catfish and good numbers of large fish. Fish lakewide with cutbait.
Largemouth Bass Good 6" to 16" Bass should be moving into the shallows as they prepare to spawn this spring. The bass are growing quickly after the renovation.  Many bass size 14-16 inches were caught in spring sampling last week.
Northern Pike Fair Up to 28" Pike are active in colder water and will bite about any lure at any time. There were pike approaching 30" captured in fall samples.
Bluegill Fair Up to 6" The biggest bluegill in the lake are around 6 inches.  Use worms under a bobber near structure.
General Comments

The unarmored portion of the dam is currently being protected with rip rap from the highway project. Please be careful in these areas as the material will need to be cleaned of excess metal before next spring. Thank you!

A bathymetric map of the lake is now posted on the lake page.  It clearly shows the location of the springs at the north end.



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/5/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs Worms, livers, and prepared baits.
White Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Jigs and minnows in the brush and deeper along the dam.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 18 inches Plastics or crankbaits near cover
Saugeye Fair Up to 18 inches Jig and crawlers off of points and shallow flats.
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Bluegill are biting readily on worms and small jigs or spinners.
White Bass Fair Up to 14 inches Crank baits and spinners
General Comments

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!

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



MARION RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/24/2015 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!

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 Cat Fair up to 10 lbs Shallow windblown shorelines on nightcrawlers or liver.
White Crappie Slow 8 to 12-inch Anglers are reporting tough fishing for crappie this week.
Walleye Slow to Fair Up to 25" Walleye are being caught off of the points and are also being found on the flats.  Drifting a jig and crawler or pulling spinners with crawler harnesses work well this time of the year.  Trolling larger crankbaits is also a good way to find active fish.
White Bass Slow   Very little white bass activity being reported recently.
Wiper Good up to 24" Drifting or slow trolling live bait or jigs.  Spinner rigs are also producing some nice fish.  Casting jigs or crankbaits in shallow, windblown areas is also productive.
General Comments
2.8 feet high, releasing 1 CFS.



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 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 no report Up to 1 lb Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may be possessed or used as live bait ONLY while on this water, and may not be transported alive.
Channel Catfish Fair 1-3 lbs Channel cat were stocked on March 16, and will be stocked monthly until September.  A few reports of catfish being caught, and fishing will be picking up in the next few weeks as the water warms.
Saugeye Poor   No Recent Reports
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 3 pounds Largemouth bass samples in 2014 showed quite a few nice looking bass.  Bass fishing at Afton should be better in 2015 than it has been in recent years. 
Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Fish around brushpiles and creek channel dropoffs with small jigs or spoons. 2014 samples showed crappie up to 14".  Crappie fishing in 2015 should be good.
Bluegill Sunfish Good Up to 1 lb Bluegill can easily be caught with a small piece of worm or a small spinner or jig.
General Comments
Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.

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



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/5/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5 lb. Worms, livers, and stink baits on windy shorelines.
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 10 lb. Crankbaits and jigs near drop offs.
Crappie Fair Up to 14" Jigs and minnows near cover.
Saugeye Fair Up to 5 lb. Jig and crawler or worm harnesses fished on shallow flats and shorelines.
Flathead Catfish Fair all sizes Use lively bait near structure.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 6/5/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair all sizes Fish shallow with shad sides, shrimp, or liver.
Crappie Fair up to 14" Recent netting showed a great crappie population with lots of 9-13" crappie. Use minnows or jigs around brush.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18" Fish any cover with lures or live bait.
Saugeye Fair Up to 18" Recent netting indicates a very good saugeye population.  Cast crankbaits early and late lakewide for a chance at 25+ inch fish.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/4/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  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.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
General Comments

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/24/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & 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!!!

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 .

Crappie Fair up to 12-inch Minnows or jigs in the coves near cover at a depth from 7 to 11 feet.
Channel catfish Good up to 6 lbs Fishing livers and worms on windblown shallow shorelines
Black bass Slow   Few recent reports
White bass Fair up to 14 inch Pulling crankbaits or casting jigs, spoons, spinners, or small crank baits along the points. 
Wipers Fair up to 22-inches Same as white bass.
Walleye Fair to Good up to 25-inch

Walleye are showing up on the flats and can be caught on jig and crawlers or spinner rigs.  Drifting a night crawler across the flats is a great technique this time of the year.

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

LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/17/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill and Redear good

71% 4-7"

15% 7-9"

14% 9-11"

Bluegill and redear sunfish are most easily caught on 2-6 pound test line due to clear water.  Use a small hook baited with a worm or a tiny spoon or jig. They can be caught around rocks on ends of jetties and brush piles.
Channel Catfish good

0% 11-16"

93% 16-24"

7% 24-28"

0% 28-36"

Channel catfish are typically caught on or near the bottom on worms, shad sides, or stink bait.  They typically feed near the weedline in coves and around feeders.  Fish feed in inlet creek after rain run-off.
Largemouth Bass good

31% 8-12"

67% 12-15"

3% 15-20"

0% >20"

Artificial baits such a spinners and jigs work well for largemouth bass. Natural baits such as minnows and worms are also good choices. Bass can be caught in around brush piles and weedline.
Crappie fair

66% 5-8"

8% 8-10"

13% 10-12"

14% 12-15"

Use light line and small jigs or minnows around brush piles and channel breaks.
General Comments

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

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2014 test netting.

The American Pond Weed and Sago Pond Weed form dense mats that make fishing difficult in shallow water during summer. Use top water baits, weedless hooks, or fish the edges.

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



BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/1/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 9-12" Crappie have moved into a summer pattern. Anglers can find them suspended near structure.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfish anglers are having success in shallow water upstream of the Timber Hill boat ramp.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18" Bass have been active along the shoreline. Soft plastics dragged along clean, sandy bottoms have been productive.
General Comments
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 (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

 
 



BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/12/2015 Print

 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weed-lines. Some bluegill and redear are in shallow water to spawn.
Channel catfish  Fair/good  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, live bait or worms. The four fish feeders are now in operation.  
Crappie  Fair  8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population, with some quality-size fish available.
Largemouth bass  Good Mostly 8-16 inch fish. Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around weedlines and deep-water structure. Bass have completed spawning and many have moved to deeper water.
General Comments
 



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 5/21/2015 Print

  • species
ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie FAIR 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 Great varies, try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits, Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in. 
Largemouth bass Good most bass in the 14 to 20 inch range good reports of bass in recently flooded weedbeds, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure, 
General Comments

Water levels are perfect. Both ramps are open for use. The east parking has been refitted to a larger size to accommodate the tuesday bass tournament anglers.  Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in. 

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

KDWPT has recently released the “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

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 on the west side..



BOURBON COUNTY ELM CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 5/23/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish GOOD varies  try off dam on bluegill chunks, chicken livers or cut shad, Lakewide, Channel catfish are great after a rain in the south end where the creek comes in. Recent fish population sampling lots of nice channel catfish from 3 - 8 pounds.  
Largemouth/Smallmouth bass GOOD varies lakewide, fish are in shallow, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs.  
Bullheads GOOD 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 to GOOD lots of small fish with 50 limit in spawning areas and along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

Water levels have improved.

This lake has a high density of channel catfish that really increases angling opportunity. Recent channel catfish stocking have really boosted the populations.  Buy your license and go fishing. The water level is great for fishing.

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!

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17. 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!

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: 5/23/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass GOOD 12-18 inches fish the shoreline, weedbeds and piers, use spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers, the high water will have bass up in the weedbeds.
Bluegill/redear sunffish GOOD all sizes beautiful redear some 1/2 ot 3/4 pound available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float 
Walleye FAIR varies in drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas . with crank baits or jigs,
Channel Catfish GOOD 12-26 inches  use cut bluegill/stink baits, chicken liver, worms, lakewide,
Crappie FAIR 8 - 12 inches and up shallow areas and over brushpiles,near dropoffs, minnows, jigs ,
General Comments

Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and go fishing. This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms.

 Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair 8 in to 18 inches Jigs or crankbaits worked on the points or topwater baits around the weeds
walleye Fair 14-25 inches Crankbaits or jig and crawler around points
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs shad sides, stink bait, or cut bait drifting along points or drop offs
smallmouth bass Good 10-20 inches spinnerbaits or plastics on the riprap or near points and ledges, topwater lures can also be productive early and later in the day.
white bass/Wipers Good up to 5lbs. small spinners or crankbaits along windy points or channel breaks where baitfish are concentrated. topwater baits when the fish are busting the surface
crappie Fair 11-15 inches Focus on the deeper water around timber and channel ledges.
General Comments

Entrance gate phone number is 620-364-2475 call for lake conditions. Water Temp. near the dam was low 80s on June 18th.

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: 6/26/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / redear  Fair/good  6 - 8" Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weed-lines. 
Channel catfish  Good

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try liver, prepared baits, live bait, shad sides, or worms. The four fish feeders are now operating. Feeding times are 7:00am, 1:00pm, 7:00pm, and 1:00am.
Crappie  Fair Mostly 7-9 inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Many small 7-9 inch fish are available with some bigger fish mixed in. 
Largemouth bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished along weed-lines, drop-offs, brush piles, and other structure.
General Comments
 



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 5/21/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches The water is at full pool, is slightly turbid from recent rains. Work the shore and water willow areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms.
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky shorelines
Channel Catfish Great 12" to 8 pounds this is a great catfish population with many fish over 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds. Use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats, 
Crappie Good any size recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and jigs, lakewide
Walleye Fair most between 15 to 17 inches recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (17.5 to 22 inches) along the dam and creek channels where fish are spawning, jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

Critzer Lake the newest lake in KANSAS and opened to fishing in August of 2011. This lake is featured in many of Brent Chapman's utube articles as he fishes heavy cover. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There is a double lane boat ramp and the lake is primarily a boat lake. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit. Lake brouchures are available at the Linn County Courthouse information display case or online at www.linncountyks.com or contact Fisheries Biologist Don George at 913-795-2218.

Remember to Clean, Drain and Dry.

We are improving the area with a floating dock, located just west of the boat ramp.  This project is a cooperative project between Linn County and Kansas Dept. of W,P,T.  This wet weather has hampered our efforts but we hope to finish this project by the end of June.  We apologize for any inconvenience to our anglers.

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/1/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie have completed spawning and moved offshore.
Channel catfish Good 18-26 inches Catfish are actively feeding in flood waters. Find areas where inundated crop fields are near creek and river channels.
White bass Poor 8-16 inches White bass fishing has slowed considerably.
Outlet     Fishing is good at the outlet when water is being released.  Use the link below to determine release volume.
 

Float line fishing will be allowed from July 15 through September 15. No float line permit is required in 2015.

Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

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 (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

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: 6/17/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish fair

11% 11"-16"

59% 16"-24"

30% 24"-28"

0% >28"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides in current in river and outlet.
crappie poor

78% 5"- 8"

12% 8"-10"

7% 10"-12"

3% 12"-15"

0% 15"+

Due to high water, fish are spread out over flooded terrestrial vegetation.  Use a minnow or jig around flooded shoreline vegetation.
largemouth bass poor

75% 8"-12"

25% 12"-15"

0% 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 17 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 poor

14% 6"- 9"

33% 9"-12"

27% 12"-15"

26% >15"

Use a jig, minnow, or shad crank bait in flowing water in river.
General Comments

The county has closed the old iron Honey Creek Bridge east of Climax.  Also, the narrows has eroded too much and it is closed to vehicle traffic.  You may still access Twin Falls area of Fall River on foot.  KDWPT is working on alternatives to access this area.  Refer to the alternative route map on the Fall River Reservoir KDWPT web page for directions to the narrows.

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.

Fall River above Ladd Bridge is blocked by a log jam.

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2014 test netting.

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



FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Good varies water level is high and bass will be shallow and in the weedbeds. useshad crank baits, soft plastic baits,  
channel catfish Good varies  High populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide, use cut shad, may bugs,sponge baits, worms. Recent fish population sampling indicates a great population of channel catfish in the 2 - 5 pound range. South end where creek comes in during or after a rain.
walleye Slow varies jigs, minnows along spawning areas.
white crappie Good varies, many over 11 inches crappie are moving back after the  spawn, lots of nice fish over 10 inches, some good fish in the south end around the creek channels, with black&white, blue&white jigs under a float, fish are in nice condition 
bluegill Slow varies use small baits, such as worms, jigs suspended under a float, in deeper water
General Comments

Lake level is full. Water levels are fine for fishing. Fish for crappie in shallow or mid depth water over brushpiles or spawning areas for good success. Recent tree/habitat placements will improve angler success for bass and crappie.  Channel catfish are great after a rain in the south end where the creek comes in. 

 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!

KDWPT has released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

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: 6/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow-Fair 8-14 inches Small jigs around brush along the steep banks fish are probably 8-15 ft. deep
Channel catfish Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events
Largemouth Bass Good up to 3lbs. crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, or drop shot rigs around brush and shallow cover. Lots of small bass in the lake utilize the slot limit and harvest fish up to 13"
Wipers Fair   Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. Two 10 lb. wipers were seen while electrofishing
Walleye Slow   trolling with crankbaits or jig and crawler
General Comments

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

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: 6/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Spinnerbaits, swimbaits, or big plastic worms worked slowly around structure and shallow water. Several bass around 5 lbs. were caught electrofishing. Topwater early and late may also be productive
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber along shoreline vegetation and structure small jigs or flies can also be productive
Channel Catfish Good 8-30 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Fair 6-10 inches Small jigs or minnows under a bobber around structure
Wiper Slow    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
       

Comments:

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: 6/22/2015 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Good Worms below the dam.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Good Below the dam during releases on small jigs and spinners or along face of the dam or up in the river and creeks
Crappie up to 14" Fair Jigs and minnows along the dam rip rap and up in the river around woody structure. Otter Creek and Eagle Creek may also be places to try

Comments

 THE BOAT RAMP IS NOT ACCESSIBLE. THE LAKE LEVEL IS EXTREMELY HIGH. Fishing below the dam may be good during moderate releases, be sure to wear a life jacket if fishing in the spillway.

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: 6/19/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish, Good all sizes, Use sunfish or cutshad,worms, liver, prepared baits. The lake has big flathead and blues to catch. Recent fish population indicates a good population of channel catfish around 3 pounds and some blue catfish up to  43 pounds
Crappie Slow to Fair 10 - 13 inches There are a good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. Crappie spawning water temperatures are no longer with us. The fish will have dispersed. Fishing is  best on minnows some on jigs white/blue near structure.  
Largemouth bass Good - Excellent with the warm weather varies but good size is common Available water levels will have bass in the weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations
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.  
wiper Fair to Good some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad, lots of wipers along open areas of water in the 1 - 7 pound range.
General Comments

Wipers around 6-8 pounds and white bass up to 2 pounds.  The colder the weather the hotter the fishing at this lake. However, fish have now moved away from the warm water outlet. Lake water temperatures are in the mid 80's 

Water levels are good for fishing. Recent bass sampling indicates that La Cygne produces some of the best large largemouth bass in the state. 

 Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue 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. The location is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot.

Call the Linn County Park at 913-795-6633 for more information or camping, and cabins reservations.

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.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! 

KDWPT released the “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video.  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  and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

Anglers when fishing at the hot water outlet,or at the outlet gate at the dam, DO NOT GO OVER THE CABLES. FISHING IN A RESTRICTED AREA COULD GET YOU ARRESTED.



MARAIS DES CYGNES WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 6/19/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
blue, channel catfish Fair to Good varies The river is high level, fish are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, worms
walleye Slow to Fair varies use minnows, jigs, work the pools below riffles
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 draining. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area and along stateline road bridge. 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.

 Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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 homepageon February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

 



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/30/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
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
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.33-1 lb Some being caught off the Marina dock using minnows. 
Black Bass Fair 0.3-3 lbs Using a variety of baits including crawdad crankbaits, spinners, and jigs.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-5 lbs Using worms, stinkbait, liver, and sunfish.  Some being caught in the outlet. 
Flathead catfish Fair 3-30 lbs Some being caught in the outlet using swimbaits.  In the lake using nightcrawlers or sunfish.
General Comments
June 30 water level 0.5 feet high, release rate = 20 cfs , water temperature = 79.   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: 6/26/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weed-lines. 
Channel Catfish  Fair/good  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, live bait, 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  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure.   
Largemouth Bass  Fair/good  All sizes Try jigs, worms, spinner baits, or crankbaits fished around brush, structure, or along weedlines. 
Rainbow trout  Slow  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn.  Trout will be found in deeper, cooler water. Bi-weekly stockings of 935 fish resumed on October 16, 2014 and continued through May 11, 2015.  Stockings will again resume in mid-October. 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 - 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. Brown trout less than 20-inches in length must be returned to the water immediately. The creel limit for browns is one fish per day. 



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/1/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Good 14-24" Anglers are having success in shallow water.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Fishing remains good for smaller fish with some fish over the slot showing up. Please consider harvesting fish under the 13"-18" protected slot length limit to improve size structure of the largemouth bass population.
Crappie Fair 6-12" Crappie have moved into a summer pattern and are aggregated offshore.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 8-11" Bluegill and redears will remain in shallow water through the summer and can be taken with a worm and bobber, small topwater popper, or trout jigs.
General Comments

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present.  Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin.  Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin.  Both species have their adipose fin clipped.  Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Montgomery County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.  

Anglers should note that there are no alcoholic beverages allowed on the area.

The maintained boat ramp at Montgomery State Fishing Lake is usable.

A bathymetric map of Montgomery State Fishing Lake is available. Contact Ben Neely (ben.neely@ksoutdoors.com) to receive a copy via email.

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 (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE.



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good varies most legal size, with some large fish chunks of bluegill, or may bugs, also try stink baits, chicken liver, cut shad or chunks of sunfish, Channel catfish are great after a rain in the south end where the creek comes in. or lake wide,
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish FAIR varies use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie GOOD 8 to 14 inches some larger in spawning areas and along the south tree line or structure and drop offs along the creek channel. lots of good fish...
Largemouth Bass Good varies bass are in shallow and close to weed beds, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments
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KDWPT released the “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

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: 6/1/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish CLOSED   Use a large barbless treble hook and 4-6 oz of weight to snag paddlefish immediately downstream of Chetopa City Dam. Fishing can go from excellent to poor within a few hours depending on flow. Use the link below to monitor river flow. Fishing will be best when discharge is 10,000 to 15,000 cubic feet per second and rising.
General Comments
THE SNAGGING SEASON OPENS MARCH 15 AND RUNS 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: 6/26/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / redear  Good All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly around structure and weed-lines. 
Channel catfish  Fair/good All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, minnows, worms, or shrimp fished near the bottom. The three fish feeders now in operation.
Crappie  Fair 7 -12 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/good All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around structure and weedlines. 
General Comment
 



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/1/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
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
LM Bass Fair 0.3-2 lbs Using jigs, minnows, crankbaits, and spinners.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-5 lbs Some being caught on nightcrawlers or minnows.  Some being caught using stinkbait off feeders.
General Comments
 



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE EAST - Last Updated: 6/19/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Wipers Slow size varies, 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 All sizes, this lake has an excellent catfish population and produces many fish over 10 pounds.  Anglers catch many in the 2- 7 pound range.   Best baits are chicken liver or use stink baits, shrimp, may bugs, worms, prepared baits, lakewide, Fish the south end creek after a rain.
Largemouth bass Good varies good results along the shoreline weedbeds and dam, silver or blue crank baits or soft baits, 
Walleye, saugeye Slow 18-24 inches fish the island, use jigs tipped with a worm
white crappie Slow to Fair 8-14 inches anglers are catching fish in the 9inches to mostly 10 to 12 inches, fish around the floating dock, and drop offs, fish are no longer shallow.Try over the brushpiles, use pink or green jigs,minnows
General Comment

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. 

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!
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: 5/23/2015 Print

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

Water levels are good. Recent rains have brought up the water level into the waterwillow so work this area for bass and bluegill.  This Lake has produced some nice stringers of fish and great should continue to do so.  Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water.

KDWPT released the  “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video.  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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

 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: 6/19/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish  Fair to Good 2 - 7 pounds Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  Lakewide or stilling basin in the calmer segments of the stream.
Walleye Slow varies off windy points, crank baits or jigs tipped with nightcrawler in water 5 to 12 feet.
White bass/Wipers Slow to Fair 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 Slow    most are 9 - 14 inches Some may be taken over brushpiles, black and pink tube jigs, minnows, most fish are over 10 inches,
General Comments

The lake level is now falling and is currently 6 to 7 feet high.  With higher inflows the lake clarity is now turbid. The Corps water release rate of is approximately 1,500 cfs. so elevation should continue to fall. Most boat ramps are opening. Fishing conditions below the dam should be improving with lower release rates. Fish density  and fishing conditions as release rates recede.

 It is believed that zebra mussels now inhabit this lake.  Please be extra careful and " 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/po/daily.cfm .

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!  

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

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TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/17/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish fair

33% 11"-16"

57% 16"-24"

10% 24"-28"

0% >28"

Use worms, stink bait, or shad sides in flowing water in river and outlet.
largemouth bass poor

43% 8"-12"

39% 12"-15"

18% 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 Walnut Creek produces a fair density bass population. There were 50 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 poor

18% 6"-9"

24% 9"-12"

29% 12"-15"

29% 15"-18"

Jig, minnow, or shad crank bait in current in river.
white crappie poor

34% 5"-8"

28% 8"-10"

28% 10"-12"

10% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Due to high water, fish are spread out around flooded terrestrial vegetation.  Use minnow or jig around flooded shoreline vegetation.
General Comments

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

 

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2014 test netting.

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WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/1/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Good 16-24 inches Catfish are feeding in shallow water.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22 inches Anglers fishing steep shorelines have had the most success. Spinnerbaits along the shore at first and last light have also been successful.
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie have moved into a summer pattern and can be found in schools offshore.
General Comments

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present.  Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin.  Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin.  Both species have their adipose fin clipped.  Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Wilson County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.  

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Wilson State Fishing Lake. Contact Ben Neely (ben.neely@ksoutdoors.com) to receive one via email or visit www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/content/download/33395/238994/file/WLSL_email.pdf to download.

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 (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.



WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Spinnerbaits or swimbaits worked in shallow water around cover mostly in water willow. Topwater lures should produce some bites also. Texas-rigged creature baits and worms also seem to be productive.
Channel Catfish Good up to 15+ lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. When water is coming in the north end can be good. The feeders are on and go off early morning, early evening, and at night. Several catfish 10 lbs. and over have been observed at the feeders. Please keep off of the feeders and do not tie to them.
Crappie Fair up to 12" Lots of fish in 8-15 ft. range around brush. and dropoffs
Wipers Fair up to 5lbs. Shad imitations in open water or windy points, vertical jigging with spoons. Look for schools of shad and the wipers should be close.

The lake is FULL.  WATER TEMP. 80s. 

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

Woodson State Fishing Lake Brush Piles - 

WOSL BRUSH PILES (OCTET-STREAM 12.12 kB)



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OLD - Last Updated: 6/22/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Largemouth bass Fair-Good 1-3 lbs. Spinnerbaits or creature baits worked slowly in the water willow. Topwater baits are also good around the water willow this time of year.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. mostly on liver, can be caught using various shad imitating lures. 
channel catfish Good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Jigs or crankbaits around the rocks.
crappie fair up to 14" Look for crappie in deeper water around the dam or creek channel.
General Comments

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required. 

The lake is full. Water Temp. mid 80s.

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

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: 6/22/2015 Print

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Good-Excellent Worms under bobber near vegetation or small lures can also be productive. Several 9-10" redear sundfish were seen while electrofishing. Fish are probably getting ready to spawn.
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Good Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18". Creature baits and weightless worms around woody structure or the weeds. Topwater frogs or poppers along the weeds early and late in the day.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Good livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair-Good Curly-tailed grubs or swim baits around schools of shad. Wind blown shorelines should be good places to start.
Crappie up to 12" Fair-Good Focus on deeper water around timber and dropoffs. Anywhere between 10-20 ft.  
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits or dragging a jig and crawler around the points and rocky banks

The crappie regulation has changed and is now 20 fish/day with no length limit. 

The lake is full Water temp low 80s

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required.

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.