Fishing Reports

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

You also can get helpful information from the Fishing Forecast.

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

All statewide fish attractors' GPS (KMZ)

All artificial statewide fish attractors' GPS (KMZ)

All artificial statewide fish attractors' GPS (PDF)

Listing of Downloadable Bathymetric Maps

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

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/1/2017 Print

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

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

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

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

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

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

We stocked another 5,000 channel catfish in August 2017!!!

Saugeye Fair 12-24 inches

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

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

Crappie Good Most 8-12 inches

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

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

General Comments
Water temperature: 42ºF

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

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

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



CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/8/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 15 inches Minnows, jigs, and small slab spoons fished vertically around the fish attractors has been best.  Anglers report catching some nice fish up to 13 or 14 inches long.
Walleye Fair/Good Up to 28 inches Vertically fishing slab spoons or live bait over deeper drop-offs and points has been best.  Most of fish caught have been around 18 inches in length, but fish up to 25 inches have been reported on occasion.
White Bass/Wipers Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over deeper structure such as humps, points, and roadbeds is best most days.  Casting shallow running crankbaits and spoons over windswept points has been productive on the warmer days.  White bass typically run in the 12 to 15 inch range and wipers anywhere from 3 to 10 lbs. 

WATER TEMPERATURE-43

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2117.86-26.14' below conservation pool

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

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

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



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/1/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches With the cooler water, the crappie will congregate in bigger schools and can often be found along river channel bends, brush piles, old foundations, or the marina slips.  Often times the best fishing will be early in the morning or late in the day and smaller baits tend to work better in the winter. 
Trout Good 12-17 inches

The second batch of trout was stocked in the Glen Elder Outlet in mid-November.  Anglers have been having excellent success using a variety of small jigs and inline spinner baits as well as salmon eggs, Powerbait, and cheese.  A trout permit is required of all anglers to fish the outlet area between November 1st and April 15th.

The first batch of trout was stocked on November 1st and anglers have been catching fish using cheese, Powerbait, and minnows.  Lures such as Panther Martins, Roostertails, and roadrunners are also good bets to catch these fish.  Use small hooks, size 12 or smaller when using artificial baits to increase your hook rate.

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

Walleye Good 14-24 inches There are good numbers of walleye in the reservoir now and anglers have been doing fairly well catching them.  Jigs and crawlers or jigs and minnows are the easiest way to catch walleye now, but trolling swim baits and other crankbaits can work well.  The north shore points around the state park, the dam, and Waconda Springs are all good places to look for walleye in the winter.  They move in shallow during the evening and tend to spend the day in deeper water.

White Bass

Wipers

Good to Excellent

11-18 inches

19-27 inches

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

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

Black Bass Slow 10-19 inches Winter time bass fishing is generally slow and few anglers target bass this time of year.  Continue to look for bass in the same general areas like the dam, state park shoreline, Mill Creek, Schoen's Cove, or the south bluffs.  The fish tend to move to deeper water in the winter, however, and slowing down fishing techniques is often required.
Channel Catfish Slow All Sizes

There have been very few anglers targeting catfish, but they can be caught on windblown points or along the river channel using shad gizzards, shad sides, or stink bait.

Remember there is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Glen Elder!!!  You are required to immediately release all blue catfish less than 35 inches once caught!
Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.
Current water temperature: 45°F        Current Water Level: 0.3 feet below conservation

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



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/16/2017 Print

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

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

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

Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches

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

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

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

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Good 6-10 inches

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

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

Anglers have been catching a lot of bluegill and a few redear sunfish this year.  They can be caught just about anywhere around the lake using worms under a bobber or small jigs.  Fly fishing is another good option to catch some of these sunfish.

Largemouth Bass Good 10-21 inches

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

The largemouth bass bite is usually very good during the fall and early winter as the bass are feeding aggressively in preparation for the winter.  Fish can be caught using spinnerbaits, Ned rigs, soft plastics, jig-n-pig, and buzzbaits.

General Comments

Water temperature: 39°F

Water level: 1 foot low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/4/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Good. No reports. Water temps remain reasonable due the warm November and early December we've had. Catfish can be caught within and near the river channel in the middle and lower portion of the lake. Try the deeper humps near the South Boat Ramp.
Crappie Fair 10 to 13 inches Fair. Water temps have dropped to the lower 40s and the crappie bite should be reasonable. Try 1/16 oz. jigs or jigs with small, live shiners near the tower and in Yankee Run cove.
Trout     NOTICE: The second stocking of trout occurred Friday, November 17th. Approximately 1,200 rainbows were stocked throughout. Good luck!
Walleye/Saugeye Fair/Poor 14 - 22" Fair/Poor. No reports. Try deeper structure off the river channel on the lower end of the reservoir.
White Bass Good All sizes - up to 17 inches Fair. Try white bass on the river channel edges, rocky points, and the dam. Folks are having moderate success on the North side river channel and rocky points (near Buzzard Bay Cove).
Wiper Fair All sizes Fair. Mostly being caught while catching white bass. Try trolling the river channel edges with spoons and cranks.
General Comment

Elevation: Water level is 1.9' above conservation pool.

Water Temperature: 41 degrees F.

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: 12/7/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught, however, would try fishing off the public fishing dock and private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the 3 fish attractors. Recently added new cedar trees to the fish attractors, end of private dock and around the public fishing dock. 
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Would try fishing off the East side of Leota cove, along the dam and along the south road bed using jigs and jigs tipped with worms.  Did have reports of fish being caught trolling diving lures around the Dam and Monkey Island.  Also, heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18-inch length limit.  Stocked 500,000 saugeye fry on 4-18-17 and 39,990 fingerlings on 5-24-17.
Wiper Good 15 to 28 inches Would try fishing around the mouth of Leota cove and Concrete cove using jigs and jigs with worms and/or minnows.  The point just south of the swim beach might be a good bet also. Stocked 100,000 wiper fry in on 5-9-2017.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Would try fishing up to the west end using stink bait, liver and worms on the bottom. Also, try using trot lines and set lines towards the west end.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Good 10 to 20 inches Would try fishing along the Dam, in Leota and Schoen's coves and up by the sand pit using artificial baits and crankbait's.  Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 41°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2291.45 ---- 12.85' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.38 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time. 

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

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



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Poor 7 to 17 inches Did not have any reports of crappie being caught, however, would try fishing on the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs and jigs with minnows.  Would also try fishing on the river channel drop offs and along the dam.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of walleye being caught, however, would try fishing the river channel and trolling diving lures along the Dam and river channel.  Stocked 1,200,000 walleye fry into the Reservoir on 4-18-17 and 150,000 fingerlings on 5-30-17.   
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing along the Dam, Crappie Point and Cottonwood Grove areas using jigs depending on the wind direction.  Would also try fishing under the lights at night using minnows and jigs.  Stocked 300,000 wiper fry in on 5-9-2017.
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the Gray's park area and up towards the west end using shad and stink bait on the bottom. Would also try fishing up in Bow creek using shrimp and liver on the bottom. Also, catching some south of Knob Hill.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 41°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1728.05 ---- 1.20' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS OPEN TO BOATS. 

Currently, the water level is 3.64 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time.  Started irrigation releases on 6-19-17 and shut the water off for the season on 09-01-17.

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

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

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

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

 



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/1/2017 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 15-28 inches

Late fall should be a great time to catch some walleye.  We often find big walleye on the upper end of the reservoir this time of year as well as decent numbers off Cedar Point, the dam, and Oak Hill.  They can be caught using a variety of methods including jig and worm, jig and minnow, trolling, and casting crankbaits and slabs.

1.5 million walleye fry were stocked in April.

50,000 fingerling walleye were stocked in May.

White Bass/Wipers Good

7-13 inches

14-23 inches

No change here. There has been some fair to good fishing for small white bass off Cedar Point when the wind is blowing in from the south and anglers have had the best luck using roadrunners, jigs, and Kastmasters.  A few fish can also be found in the inlet depending on flows.  Trolling around walleye point, Cabin Point, and Oak Hill can also be a productive method to catch some white bass.  Watch the wind as shore anglers can catch good numbers of fish where the wind is blowing shad into shallow water.

Channel Catfish

Blue Catfish

Good 3-12 pounds

There have not been as many catfish anglers over the past month, but they can be caught throughout the winter.  Most of the catch is channel catfish, but keep an eye out for blue catfish which can also be caught.  Drifting shrimp and shad is a great way to catch some cats, but dead shads and shad gizzards will also work.  Similar to white bass and wipers, channel catfish can be caught where there is moving water around the inlet or where the wind is blowing food into the shoreline.

There is a 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 to Good 7-13 inches There are a lot of crappie in the reservoir now, but most of them are one or two year old fish less than 10 inches.  There are, however, a fair number of fish between 10 and 13 inches for anglers to target.  Fishing around the deep brush piles off Cabin Point, Cedar Point, and the Marina will be good places to start, but fishing around the marina boat docks can also yield some fish.  These fish tend to spend more time in shallow water in the fall and anglers should be able to catch some fish using minnows, jigs, and jigs tipped with minnows.
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.
Current water temperature:  45ºF            Current water level: 1.5 feet below conservation

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



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

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

Water Temp. 39 Degrees

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

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

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

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



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/8/2017 Print

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

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

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



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Poor 9 to 17 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught, however, would try fishing around the north and south shore breakwater's, around the outlet structure and fish attractor's using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught, however, would try fishing around the Old Marina point, Bow City Parking lot and around the island by the spillway gates using worms on the bottom.  Would also try trolling diving lures along the Dam.  Remember the 15-inch length limit.  Stocked 1,000,000 walleye fry into the Reservoir on 4-18-17 and 110,500 fingerlings on 5-23-17
White Bass/Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the north & south shore breakwaters, Old Marina Point, along the Dam and along Rock Point cove using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms.  Sounds like the white bass are being caught just about everywhere on the lake. Stocked in 200,000 wiper fry on 5-9-2017.
Catfish Good 20 to 36 inches Would try fishing the windward side of the Reservoir up in the shallows using worms, liver and stink bait on the bottom.  Would also try using shrimp and shad. 
Rainbow Trout Good 10 to 20 inches Stocked the second load of trout on 11-20-2017.  They have been catching them on powerbait, salmon eggs, little spinner's and on flies.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 41°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1892.70 ---- 0.25' above conservation

Currently, the water level is 3.06 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.  They started irrigation releases on 6-21-17 and shut the water off for the season on 8-30-17.      

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: 12/4/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair/Poor 10-14 inches Fair/Poor. Crappie numbers are still low but anglers report fish 5-10" being caught around boat ramps, docks, and riprap rocks. These fish are active at night and being caught under lights. Use spinner-type baits and jigs.
Striped Bass Fair/Good 2-15 pounds Fair/Good. We received a report of 3-4 lb. stripers being caught in Hell Creek coves in 8' of water using twister tail jigs. However, a lot of stripers are deeper or headed that way this time of year (20-40+ feet of water within or near the river channel on the lower half of the lake). There's plenty of 19-inch and larger stripers this year.
 Walleye Fair 14-25 inches Fair. No recent reports but walleye are typically caught towards the river channel in winter.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

Channel Catfish) Try cutbait, liver, and/or worms near the river channel and off points such as Minooka, Lucas, etc. 

Blue Catfish) We received a late November report of blues being caught from 3-16 lbs. on the west end of the reservoir. Try fresh cut carp or shad. Remember, fish must be 35" to keep. If you choose to use float lines (jugs), they must not be able to hold water (closed-cell construction) and must be marked with name and information or KDWPT #. You must be within sight of your jugs while they're deployed.

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

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds Fair. There are low number of white bass but locate shad and try spinners and live shiners around Minooka, Lucas, and other rocky points.
Black Bass Fair/Poor 14-18 inches Fair/Poor. The black bass bite is slow this time of year. Try slow presentations near deeper cover or along reed grass edges. Deep rock structure should be good for smallmouth.
White Perch Good 9 to 13 inches

Good. Some reports of 100 white perch being caught! They're being caught up to 12" in size but most are less than 8" and biting everybody's lures whether your fishing for bass, walleye, or white bass. 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 the river channel near the bluffs towards Minooka - IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

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

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 0.8' ABOVE conservation pool.

Surface Temperature = 42 degrees.

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

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



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

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

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



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

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



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/16/2017 Print

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

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

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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

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

Current Fishing Conditions
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 daily creel limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation was implemented to protect brood fish, so that the population could have a chance to improve.
       
Smallmouth Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This regulation change makes smallmouth bass regulations the same as those for largemouth bass.
       
Wiper Slow 3-6 lbs Wiper are still being caught off of windy rocky points or off road beds using spoons, jigs and crankbaits.
White bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Same Bait, Method and Location info, as for Wiper.
Crappie Fair 0.25-1 lb Some being caught around the Marina using jigs.  A few more keepers caught this past week, lots of little ones being caught. 
       
2018 Fishing Forecast      
       
       
Blue Catfish Slow 2.5-20 lbs This fishery is still trying to develop.  There is a 35" minimum length limit tp protect young broodfish.  Fishing will generally be slow for this species, as density is still low.
Black Bass Slow 0.5-5 lbs Angling for smallmouth and largemouth bass will be slow.  Both species are at low density.
Channel Catfish Good 1-6 lbs Fishing for channel catfish should be good.  Size should be slightly improved over the past 5 years.
Crappie Fair-Good 0.25-1.5 lbs Crappie fishing should be at least fair, similar to last year.  There are decent numbers of keeper fish, and a lot of small ones.
Sauger/Walleye Fair 0.5-4 lbs We caught more sauger in samples than walleye this year.  Many sauger were 18-22" in length, while most walleye measured from 15 to 20" long.  Sauger/Walleye fishing should be fair.
White Bass Fair-Good 0.5-2 lbs Clinton has had very good white bass fishing over the past 5 years.  However, 2017 saw a marked decline in numbers of white bass sampled.  The good news is that a lot of big fish (i.e. up to 17") are still present.
Wiper Fair 3-8 lbs Numbers of wiper sampled in 2017 was slightly higher than in 2016.  Most fish observed in samples were 3-6 lbs.  Anglers did report catching wiper in excess of 10 lbs throughout the year.
       
       
       
District Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what is going on with Clinton Reservoir (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) and other lakes in DG, SN, and OS Counties sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter by clicking this link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Water level December 4 was 1.49 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 7 cfs, temp = 48.  Brush piles placed into Clinton August 11 and 12, 2008. GPS locations in degrees, minutes, seconds using Datum WGS 84: 1) N38 55.755 W095 24.146, 2) N38 56.4444 W095 24.466, 3) N38 56.283 W095 23.465, 4) N38 56.014 W095 23.096, 5) N38 55.036 W095 22.568, 6) N38 56.011 W095 23.085, 7) N38 55.073 W095 22.565, 8) N38 55.785 W095 22.235.



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

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



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

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



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

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



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 12/13/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair up to 1 lb jigs and minnows near rock and brush 10-20ft deep.
Catfish Fair/Good up to 6 lbs Cut bait and worms near windy banks
Saugeye Fair/Good 2-6lbs along rocky banks and points on jigs and crankbaits
Black bass Fair 1-5lbs jerkbaits and jigs near brush and points
Bluegill Fair 4-6 inches jigs and worms near deeper rocks and brush
General Comments
This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2017 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 12/13/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good up to 4 lbs cutbait and worms near windy edges of flats
Crappie Fair/Good up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and creek channels 10-20ft deep
Walleye Fair 2-5lbs near edge of flats and points on jigs, spoons, and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Fair/Good 1-6lbs along dam and deep points on jigs, spinners, and crankbaits
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2017 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 12/13/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs cut bait and worms along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs Jigs and minnows near brush and rocks 8-10FT deep
Largemouth Bass Poor    
Bluegill Fair 4-8 inches jigs and worms near rocky banks and brush
White Bass Fair 1-2lbs along dam on spinners 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: 12/5/2017 Print

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

Largemouth

Bass 

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

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

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

  



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

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

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 11/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have dropped the last two years, but most of the fish are over 10-inches.  Anglers have been catching some lately.  The East corner of the dam, near the brushpile just south of the dock or along the tower.
Channel Catfish Fair to Slow 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate. Near the inlet, the northern most part of the lake or near the feeder. 
Walleye Slow to Fair 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers have been improving due to good survival from recent stockings.  There should be moderate harvest rates this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch lenght limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds Lots of white bass in the lake.
Wipers Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds A nice wiper population.  Fishing has been good this fall. 
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 usually be found there. 

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

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JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 11/16/2017 Print

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                            



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

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



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

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



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/13/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Fair/Good up to 60 lbs blues near channel ledges on fresh cut bait 30-40ft deep, channel cats 10-20ft deep on worms and cut bait
Crappie Fair/Good up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows 10-25ft deep near points/ledges/brush
Walleye Fair up to 4 lbs

New regulation...21" minimum length limit, 2/day creel limit.

near deep flats and points 20-30ft deep on spoons, worms, and crankbaits

White Bass/Wipers Fair 1-7lbs along windy rocky points and channel ledges 20-30ft deep on jigs and spoons
Smallmouth Bass Fair 1-4 lbs near deep gravel banks/points on jigs
Largemouth Bass Fair 1-5 lbs on secondary creek arm points and ledges using jerkbaits and jigs
Outlet Slow   for walleye, wipers, white bass, and catfish, when releasing water
General Comments

NEW WALLEYE REGULATION STARTING IN 2017!!! RELEASE WALLEYE LESS THAN 21", AND 2/DAY CREEL LIMIT!!!

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

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

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

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

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fish Feeders    

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/28/2017 Print

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

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 3.0 lbs.

Crankbaits or plastics worked around shoreline cover and woody habitat. The emerging Smallmouth Bass population are being caught. Generally off rocky shoreline and points.    
White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Some White Bass are being taken fishing rocky points in the reservoir casting jigs and crankbaits resembling shad.  
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Crappie can be caught in the old channels or brush piles surrounding them. 
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Anglers are catching a few Blue Cats, drifting along the flats. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, many fish are below the length limit, with a few blue catfish over the 35 inch minimum length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  
Comments

As of November 27th, water temperature at Perry Lake is currently 47 degrees and the water level is staying fairly steady around 893.59 (2.09' above conservation pool) with discharge at 25 cfs. For more up to date lake conditions: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Perry-Lake/Daily-Lake-Info-2/ 

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

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

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has good numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Good 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great largemouth bass population. 
General Comments
This 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: 11/16/2017 Print

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

This 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: 11/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population. Bass in this lake can be tough to catch because they have all seen a lot of lures.
Channel Catfish Good 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  The most recent stocking was on September 27th of 550 pounds of catfish.  So far this year the lake has received 4,130 channel catfish through this program.  Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Slow to Fair 1/4 to 1 pound The lake supports a moderate crappie population.   A few being taken off of the East dock
General Comments

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

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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 11/16/2017 Print

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

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

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

White Bass and Wipers Fair 1/2 to 8 pounds

Jigs, crankbaits or live bait. 

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

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

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

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

General Comments

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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



SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a very good population of black bass over 15 inches.  You can watch a news story about the bass at this lake at http://www.wibw.com/content/news/Fish-go-belly-up-after-shocking-research-422730604.html
Crappie Slow to Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The current crappie population is dominated by fish less than 10 inches.  
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish.  The most recent stocking was on September 14th.  So far this year the lake has received 3,400 pounds of channel catfish.  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: 12/12/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has decent numbers of larger fish.  Fish have been holding 12 - 15 feet deep off of points or near brush. 
White Bass Fair to Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake does not have a lot of white bass this year but the fish are big. 
Catfish Fair to Slow Up to 40 pounds

A few catfish being caught in the upper end of the reservoir and at the tubes.  Fair channel catfish numbers and a young blue catfish population. 

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

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

Most of the population is below the 15 inch length limit and harvest is expected to be low, but lots of little ones growing fast. Always a few being caught at the tubes on jigs or minnows.

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

Rainbow Trout Good Up to 5 pounds

Trout season is here!  During the fall and winter, rainbow trout are stocked into Willow Lake, which is located in the southeast corner of the Tuttle Creek State Park.  The lake will receive a stocking once a month from October through March.  The third stocking was put in on December 12th.  So far this season 3,840 trout have been stocked into Willow Lake.  Fishing has been good.  Best baits have been power bait, corn or minnows.  Good luck! 

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

General Comments

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

You can check current water conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a decent bluegill population. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. 
Crappie Fair Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Slow to Fair Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 3 lbs The lake has fair numbers of saugeye over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/5/2017 Print

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 12/8/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Prepared baits, shrimp, or liver fished in shallow water on warmer days.
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Fishing minnows under a bobber around brush or drifting jigs or minnows over deeper water in the main body of the lake.  Anglers have reported catching some nice fish in the 11 to 13 inch range.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and soft plastics fished around shoreline vegetation and brush.
Rainbow Trout Good 0.5 lb. average

The trout season opened November 1, 2017.  All trout will be stocked into Barrel Springs Pond again this year and a valid trout permit will be required for anglers 16 years of age and older to fish for and/or possess trout.  All anglers possessing a valid trout permit are subject to a five fish/day creel limit.  Kids under 16 years of age may fish for and are subject to a 2 fish per day creel limit without a trout permit.  Additionally, residents 16 to 74 and non-residents 16 years and older must possess a valid state fishing license.

We made the second stocking of the season comprised of approximately 700 rainbow trout into the pond on November 17, 2017.

The bite was fast and furious the past couple of weeks, but harvest of fish from the last stocking has reduced numbers and as a result the bite.  However, there are still fish to be caught, but not at such a rapid pace.  Anglers report catching some nice trout mainly on powerbait, salmon eggs, and worms.

Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Fishing small jigs and worm pieces under a bobber around brush or along rip-rapped shorelines can be good for nice bluegills and green sunfish.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair/Good Up to 7 lbs. Swim baits, crank baits, or jigs fished over shallow shelves, edges of cattails, and around brush.  Anglers report catching some nice fish in the 18 to 22 inch range.
General Comments

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

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

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

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



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

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/26/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Temperatures are dropping and the bite will slow down. Last years' reports show a lot of fish below the 15" length limit and some from 15" to 18". Try dip/sponge bait and cutbait this time of year.  Expect very small (sublegal) catfish to start biting. We just stocked 8" catfish in the first week of September.
Crappie Good 8-13" Good. Very few reports but the bite should be reasonable on brush piles and sunken logs and even a few off the piers. Try jigging small jigs from 6 - 10' depths. Try fishing the PVC cubes we've put in the lake the last 2 years (see map below).
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7 lb. Good. Bass activity should slow down with falling water temperatures. Try small texas rigs (dark colors) in and around fallen logs and brush. Try frogs or other topwater baits near vegetation. Tip: try something you normally wouldn't expect others to use (e.g. a small bitsy tube or shaky head worm of odd colors) because they've seen a lot of the regular baits this summer.
Saugeye Fair 15-23" Fair. No recent reports. Try jigs and crawlers in 8+ feet of water off the dam or shoreline. Remember) The minimum length limit has changed from 18" to 21" and only 2 fish can be kept per day.
General Comments

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

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



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

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



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Fair up to 8 lbs

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

Feeders are done for the year.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 17 inch Spinnerbaits and crankbaits next to cover.  Jerkbaits will be a good bet as the water continues to cool.
Crappie     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 Small live bait offerings near shoreline cover and in the water willow beds.
General Comments
 



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

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

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

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

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

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

New Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 11 lbs

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

Fresh cut bait on wind blown shorelines.  Feeders are done feeding for the year.

Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 16 inches

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

Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are catching some fish.  Lake level is dropping and the humps between the fishing piers are easily seen.  Bass are hanging on these humps and can be caught on crayfish imitating lures and other plastics.

Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 18 inches Few recent reports available
Spotted Bass Fair up to 14 inch Crank baits or plastics along the dam and rocky points.
Bluegill Fair up to 6 inchess Live bait fished in shallow near shore areas close to vegetation, brush, or rock.
White Crappie Fair to Good 9 to 12 inches Jigs or minnows in water 10 to 14 deep along ledges on the south bank and along the dam.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/30/2017 Print

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/13/2017 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 Slow 5-8 inches near gravel banks and docks on jigs and worms
Crappie Fair/Good up to 11-inch Jigs and minnows 10ft deep near drop offs with cover
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Cut bait and worms near edges of windblown flats
Black bass Fair up to 4lbs near docks and points on jerkbaits, and jigs near points and channel ledges near coves
Walleye Fair 2-5lbs on points and edges of flats using jigs, worms, and crankbaits
White bass Fair 1.5 lbs along dam on crankbaits and spinners
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: 12/13/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir.

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

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

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Channel Catfish Fair up to 12 lbs drifting worms and cut bait along edges of wind blown flats
Saugeye Good 2-4lbs rocky points and banks 10-20ft deep on crankbaits, worms, and spinners
White Bass Fair 1-2lbs near rock points and ledges on crankbaits, jigs, and spinners
Wiper Fair up to 24 inches crankbaits and large jigs/swimbaits near windy rock banks and channel ledges
White Crappie Fair/Good up to 15-inch

Near brush and rock banks 10-20ft deep on jigs and minnows.

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

1.4 feet low, releasing 11 cfs

Outlet fishing is slow

Click HERE for water level information.



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Bluegill Fair Up to 7 inch Fishing with small worms or other live bait close to shore near rock or weeds.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 6 lbs

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Stinkbaits off the piers and along windblown shorelines.  Feeders are done feeding for the year.

Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 17 inch Few reports available this week.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 9 inch A few redears are being caught on small live bait rigs fished on the bottom in 4 to 7 feet of water.
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

Blue catfish Fair 17 to 28 inches

Shallow windblown main lake points are holding some blue cats as well as the main lake river channels.  Fresh cut shad is always a good choice for blues.

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

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

Wiper Fair 17 to 21 inch

Still a few fish being caught trolling crankbaits near concentrations of shad.  Vertically fishing jigs or slab spoons is also productive once the wiper are located.

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 16 inch

See Wiper report.

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 Fair up to 11 inch

Small hooks and live bait, smaller jigs, or spoons fished on rocky points and shorelines.  White perch also being found on top of humps and old roads.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair up to 15 inches 8 to 11 feet deep along the timbered creek channels on larger jigs.  Better numbers of fishing beginning to show up in brushpiles.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 8 lbs Still fishing or drifting points and flats with worms, cut bait, or stink baits.
Walleye Slow Up to 27 inches

The walleye bite has been pretty slow recently with few anglers reporting much action.

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

General Comments

3.1 feet low, releasing 0 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

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



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

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



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

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



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Worms and stink baits.  Shrimp beginning to pick up some fish as well.
White Crappie Fair Up to 11 inch Close to brush/cover 8 to 10 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 16 inch Spinnerbaits or plastics near shoreline cover.
Saugeye Fair Up to 19 inch Worms, minnows, or jigs on rocky shorelines.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inch Worms or jigs in weedy, brushy or rocky areas.
White Bass Fair Up to 14 inch Jigs and crankbaits on windblown shorelines.
Wiper Fair Up to 18 inch Same as white bass.
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!



MARION RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels     Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!
Channel Cat Fair Up to 8 lbs Fresh cut bait and stinkbaits fished along windy shorelines or points.
White Crappie Fair Up to 12 inch 6 to 8 feet deep near brush or other cover on jig or minnows.
Walleye Fair Up to 23 inch Pulling crankbaits on windblown shorelines and points
White Bass Fair up to 14 inch Same as wiper report
Wiper Fair Up to 22 inch Few recent reports on wiper.
General Comments
1.61 feet below pool, releasing 3 CFS



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

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

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

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

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



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 8 lb Drifting night crawlers along windy flats.  Stink baits and livers from shore.
Wiper Fair Up to 22 inch Crankbaits along windy, rocky shorelines.
Crappie Fair Up to 11 inch Jigs or minnows near timber or brush.
Saugeye Fair up to 22 inch Look for saugeye on the edges of shallow flats along the break to deeper water.  Windy points and along the dam and old dam are good areas.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 11/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 3 lbs Shad sides or prepared baits in shallow, windy areas.
Crappie Fair Up to 10 inch Jigs or minnows close to cover
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 17 inch Crank baits, spinner baits, or plastics near shoreline cover or brush piles.
Saugeye Slow to Fair up to 22 inch Crank baits along windy shorelines.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/30/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Expect Channel Catfish to bite well on cut shad if water temperatures get cold enough to cause a Gizzard Shad die-offs this winter. Water temps need to get near-freezing for this to happen. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is picking up with the cooler temps. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Fair Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout Good Up to 2 lbs Trout were most recently stocked at KDOT on November 28th, and at Vic's Lake and the Big Pond portion of Slough Creek on November 14th. There will be no stocking of trout in the stream portion of Slough Creek until water conditions improve.
General Comments
 



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

Crappie     No reports on crappie this week.
Channel catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Drifting night crawlers on the flats and old road.  Also prepared baits and livers along windy shorelines.
Black bass Slow   Smallmouth bass are protected with an 18-inch minimum length limit and few, if any, smallies have reached this size.  Look for largemouth around flooded shoreline cover and look for smallies along rocky shorelines, points, and along the dam.
White bass Fair to Good Up to 14 inch Same as wipers
Wiper Fair Up to 20 inch Jigs on the old road and off the points. Trolling crankbaits along windy shorelines is a great way to located active fish.  Anglers casting from windy shorelines have been doing well.
Walleye Slow Up to 21-inch

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Few recent reports on walleye.

   
General Comments
The City of Winfield requires additional permits for anglers using the lake. Stop in to the lake office before fishing at the lake.



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

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

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

52% 4-7"

31% 7-9"

17% 9-11"

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

88% 11-16"

12% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

0% 28-36"

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

46% 8-12"

26% 12-15"

28% 15-20"

<1% 20"

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

9% 5-8"

54% 8-10"

31% 10-12"

5% 12-15"

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

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

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

LYSL brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 2.07 kB)

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



BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/8/2017 Print

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

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

 
 



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

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



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

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

It is perfect for fishing!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today

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

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

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



BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/1/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass GOOD Fish 10 to 19 inches dominate the population Fish the deeper water structure, weedbeds and piers,  spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers.
Bluegill/redear sunfish GOOD all sizes Nice redear are available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float. Bluegill are also available but are smaller in size.  
Walleye FAIR varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish GOOD 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms,the fish feeders are OFF, lakewide,
Crappie GOOD 8 - 12 inches and up Shoreline, using minnows, jigs under a 3 ft float.  Most fish I saw caught were 9 to 10 plus inches with some 14's.
General Comments

This lake produces some nice crappie each year.  Recent sampling indicates that there are many good crappie to catch.  The bass population at this impoundment consists of spotted and largemouth bass.  Spotted bass tend to hang near rocks and the dam, whereas on the south side of the lake your more likely to catch only largemouths.  

This impoundment recieved a small stocking of walleye fingerlings near the end of May.  Several thousand channel catfish will be stocked in mid October.  This will really increase fishing success.

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.

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

 To improve shoreline angling success, 45 Georgia cubes have been placed along the deep end of the fishing piers.  These fish attractors will attract fish to shoreline accessible areas and improve angling success.  Each earthen pier have some Georgia cubes at their deep end and the coordinates are listed below.  These cubes are designed to be very hard to snag.

Georgia cubes locations.

location                  habitat #     longitude          latitude        date     

1st pier s of dam       4             N 37.47.830         W 95 04.038     2017  
2nd pier s of dam      4            N  37 47.816         W 95 04.043     2017  
3rd pier s of dam       3             N 37 47.795           W 95 04.043     2017  
4th pier s of dam      2              N 37 47.795           W 95 04.058     2017  
5th pier s of dam      2             N 37 47.657           W  95 04.100      2017  
north side of ramp cove  2        N 37 47.731          W 95 04.417       2017  
floating dock             6         N 37 47.564           W  95 04.156       2017  
pier e of boatramp     6          N  37 47.614          W 95 04.156       2017  
2nd pier east of ramp  7       N  37 47.549          W  95 04.113      2017  
3rd pier s of ramp cove  6     N 37 47.333         W  95 04.269      2017  
4th pier s of ramp cove  3      N 37 47.614         W  95 04.254       2017  
   

 

In an effort to improve shoreline fishing success 45 Georgia cubes have been placed in the water around the fishing piers.  These cubes will attract fish to shoreline accessable areas improving fishing.  They are located at the deep end of all of the earthen piers.  The gps locations are as follows:

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

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



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 10/1/2017 Print

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

Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

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

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

This lake was sampled on 5/19/2017, and many largemouth bass were caught and released, varying in size (nothing over 4 lbs.), as well as a few smallmouth bass. There is a great channel cat population, with a lot of fish in the 2 to 6 pound range.  There are a few walleye between 14 and 21 inches were seen as well.  White crappie are abundant and caught close to cover, with light colored jigs.  The water is clear unless there have been heavy rains.

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

Remember CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!

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

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

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



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/8/2017 Print

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

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

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

Youth/Mentor Pond

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



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

13% 11"-16"

47% 16"-24"

13% 24"-28"

27% 28"-36"

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

81% 5"- 8"

7% 8"-10"

4% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

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

17% 8"-12"

39% 12"-15"

44% 15"-20"

0% 20"+

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

44% 6"- 9"

33% 9"-12"

22% 12"-15"

0% 15"-18"

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

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

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

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FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 10/1/2017 Print

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

 

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

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

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Comments - The boat ramp by the dam is OPEN.

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

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

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



LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/4/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish,  Fair to Good all sizes,  Use sunfish or cutshad, worms, liver, prepared baits. Fish sampling indicates that this lake has lots of channel catfish, big flathead and blues to catch. There is a growing population of blue catfish up to  50 pounds.  Catfishing can be very good at night, some anglers really target large blue cats now at drop offs close to the creek channel. use live or cut baits or worms. The hot water return area is always a good place to fish.  The fish feeders are OFF.
Crappie Fair to good 9 - 12 inches There are a good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. Best lures to use are jigs/ minnows in about 6 to 9 feet of water, near structure.  some nice crappie caught in the hot water area also.  At the dam, bounce jigs off the outlet wall, but don't go over the restrictive cable.
Largemouth Bass Good   varies but 16 to 20 inches is common Largemouth bass fishing is good, in and around the  warm water area. In a boat start close to the hot water and work your way away from the hotwater and find their preferred water temperature. Fish the riprap areas, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations.  Bass over 10 and close to 11 pounds have been caught this year.  
white bass Fair to Good varies, some 1.5 pounds Use shad imitations, silver spoons big jigs, or cut shad while casting, drifting or trolling near shallow points or rip rap.  The hot water areas is always good this time of year. There have been some wb caught in the 1.5 to 2 pound range.
wiper Fair to Good some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad, and fish out from the  hot water areas as lots of wipers are along the warm water mixing area.   Most fish are in the 4 - 6 pound range with a few larger.
General Comments

Be careful of windy days as this lake catches a lot of wind.  In a boat or fishing from the shore, the hot water area is a great place to fish. This is where the hot water from the power plant enters the main pool of the lake.  The warm water prevents freezing and attracts forage fish and predators.  Many wipers, white bass, crappie, channel and blue cats are caught here.

Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue, channel or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake. On the east side of the lake access to the hot water return, where a lot of fish are caught when its cold, is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east and drive across the dam on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot.  Anglers walk from the parking lot west on the path to the hot water return area. But this is a great place to fish.  

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

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

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

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

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

Location La Cygne Reservoir

Habitat                                longititude             latititude              description    date

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



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

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

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

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

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing.

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



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/4/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location  
2018 Fishing Forecast        
Blue Catfish Poor-Fair 5-40 lbs A 35" minimum length limit and 5 fish daily creel limit is in place to try to increase numbers.  Blue catfish pulled off a measurable spawn in 2016, as juveniles were sampled in July and October 2017.  Improved production, a goal of the length limit (by protecting young broodfish), is the pathway toward increased numbers.  
Channel Catfish Good 0.5-5 lbs Melvern, like most Kansas reservoirs, has good channel catfish angling and 2018 should be no exception.  Higher numbers of larger fish were observed in the 2017 sample.  
Crappie Poor-Fair 0.25-1.5 lbs High numbers of crappie were sampled in 2017, but the overwhelming majority were less than 10" in length.  Angling for crappie should be similar to last year.  
Black Bass Fair-Good 0.25-5 lbs Lower numbers of smallmouth and largemouth bass were sampled during 2017 compared to the previous year.  Anglers should still have good luck fishing for smallmouth, but they will find it tougher to consistently catch largemouth.  
Sauger/Walleye Poor-Fair 0.5-4 lbs Sauger/walleye fishing should be similar to the previous 5 years based upon sampling.  Anglers have reported catching increased numbers of sub-legal walleye, so perhaps the population is on the upswing.  
White Bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Numbers of white bass declined in the 2017 sample.  Quality sized white bass are still present and should supply fair fishing.  
         
Current Fishing Conditions        
Fisheries Newsletter     If you would like to receive additional information about this lake a couple of times a year, sign up for the newsletter at the following link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District  
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish daily limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation change is to protect adult brood fish which hopefully will allow increased production of young blue catfish, translating into increased numbers of blues in Melvern.  
Sauger     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes sauger and walleye have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
Spotted Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes all black bass (i.e. largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
Crappie Fair 0.25-1.5 lb Lots of small crappie being caught, with anglers still working for keepers.  Ruby reds and jigs have accounted for most fish caught.   
White bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Most being caught incidentally by crappie anglers using jigs and minnows.  
General Comments
December 4 water level 0.48 feet below conservation pool, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 48.  Note:  Feeders are done for the year, they will start back up the week before Memorial Day.  Melvern Reservoir has Zebra Mussels, Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes.



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

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



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/8/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 14-24" Chicken livers have been producing catfish.  Fishing has slowed with the cooling water.  Look for fishing to improve at dark.
Largemouth Bass Good  8-18" Slow fishing soft plastics has been productive for catching largemouth bass.
Crappie Fair 8-12" Look for crappie under the docks and around brush piles.  Minnows and jigs have been working the best.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Fair 6-8" Use a worm under a bobber just outside the weeds around the shoreline to catch fish.  With cooling water temperatures try downsizing to smaller bait and hooks to catch more fish.
General Comments

Fishing pressure has really diminished with cooler temperatures.

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

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

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MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/1/2017 Print

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

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

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

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/1/2017 Print

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

This fishing report is from Game Warder Ryan Twellmann: Water level is normal and fishing generally is slow.  Fishing at the outlet may be improving with the high water release.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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

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



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

15% 11"-16"

54% 16"-24"

15% 24"-28"

15% 28"-36"

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

14% 8"-12"

57% 12"-15"

29% 15"-20"

0% 20"-25"

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

31% 6"-9"

50% 9"-12"

8% 12"-15"

4% 15"-18"

7% 18"+

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

73% 5"-8"

17% 8"-10"

3% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

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

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

TORR brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 1.74 kB)

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

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WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/8/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location  
Channel Catfish Good 16-24 inches Channel catfish are still being caught on chicken livers.  Look for better fishing around dark.   
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22 inches Fish have been biting the best right at dark.  Jigging soft plastics slowly around cover has been working the best.  
Crappie Fair 8-12" Minnows under a bobber have been producing the most fish.  Look for fish around brush piles and under docks.  
Bluegill and Redear Fair 6-8" Look for fish around sunken brush piles and just outside the weedline.  With cooling water temps downsize to smaller bait and hooks to catch more fish.  
General Comments
Fishing from shore has improved with cooling water tempertures.
Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woodson State Fishing Lake Brush Piles - 

WOSL BRUSH PILES (OCTET-STREAM 12.12 kB)



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

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

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

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

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



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

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