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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

All artificial statewide fish attractors' GPS

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

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/30/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 6 lbs

We collected good numbers during the May 2015 sample with fish up to 19 inches represented.  The best numbers of fish were found near the cattails and the overhanging trees in the water.  The fish are in excellent shape and should provide some great bass angling. 

Bass fishing will be slow throughout the winter, but warm sunny days may find some fish moving shallow to feed near the rock jetties or submerged stumps.  A slow presentation of plastic worms or Senkos should work best.
Bluegill Slow 6 to 8 Inches

Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bait.

If we get safe ice, bluegill can be caught in good numbers around the fish attractors and other submerged structure.  Until then, fishing may be tough for these guys.
Channel Catfish Slow 10-20 inches Fair numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.  In the winter, the best numbers can usually be found on the upper half of the reservoir in 4-6 feet of water.  They can often be located in the coves where the water is warmer.
Saugeye Good 13-24 inches

Saugeye numbers and sizes are very good. 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 this fall while test netting.

Saugeye should offer some decent fishing this time of year.  Whether through the ice or in open water, they are a cool water species and can be caught using a variety of shad imitation lures.
Wiper Poor up to 24 inches Wipers are not abundant, but some can be caught on shad imitation lures and topwater baits.
Crappie Fair to Good Most 8-10 inches

Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair/good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush/rocks.  There are a lot of 8-10 inch crappie right now, but fish between 12 and 15 inches can also be caught.

These guys will offer some great winter fishing opportunities as they school up in the cold water.  Boat anglers will do well fishing over the fish attractors and other submerged structure, but ice fishing should be good too if we get safe ice this winter.
General Comments

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

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



CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/5/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie No Report Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing small slab spoons or jigs over the fish attractors.  
Walleye No Report Up to 28 inches Vertically fishing slab spoons over deeper points, drop-offs, and around the fish attractors.
White Bass/Wipers No Report

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over deeper points and drop-offs.
Rainbow Trout No Report 0.5 lb. Average

The second stocking of approximately 500 rainbow trout occurred on 1-28-2016.

Fishing powerbait, nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, marshmallows, and corn off the bottom can be effective.  Anglers casting inline spinners and small spoons can be successful as well.

The reservoir is approximately 30% ice covered.  The Overland and Muley boatramps are iced in by a one inch thick sheet of ice that is beginning to melt.  Both boat ramps are snowpacked and slick.  The stilling basin is essentially open.  No ice safe for ice fishing exists.

WATER TEMPERATURE-33

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2119.34'----24.66' below conservation 

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

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



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/2/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Ice Conditions
Poor
 
ALL BOAT RAMPS ARE ICED IN!!!  There is patchy ice across the reservoir and on the west end, but it is not safe for fishing.  Anglers are advised to stay off the ice!  There is some old ice in the coves and fishing is not recommended at this time.
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Winter crappie are typically found schooled up around the fish attractors on the west end, near Harrison Point, Campground 3, Swim Beach, and in Walnut Creek.  Anglers have also had luck in the past locating big schools along the river channel breaks between the dam and the south bluffs in 20-25 feet of water.  It may take some time to find the fish, but once a school has been located anglers should be able to have some decent success. 
Trout Good 10-12 inches, some 4-5 pounds

Anglers have been having fair success thus far, but a few fish have been taken.  Try using Velveeta cheese, Powerbait, and worms for best results.  Other anglers prefer artificial lures like Panther Martins, Roostertails, and Roadrunners.  Remember to use small hooks like size 12 or smaller when fishing natural baits and smaller diameter line like 4 or 6 pound test will work best.

UPDATE: Trout were stocked on January 28th and they are very nice fish!  Most are in the 11-13 inch range, but some are 16 inches.  The warmer weather should allow the park pond to thaw out and offer some excellent angling this weekend!
Remember, a trout permit is required of all anglers 16 and older fishing in the park pond through April 15!

The trout pond is ice free at this time and angler success should be excellent with 3 stockings so far this year!

Walleye Fair 15-24 inches Anglers don't tend to catch many walleye this time of year, but they can be caught once located.  Large swim baits seem to work well, but slab spoons may also produce some fish.  Try fishing the deeper channel breaks around Wally World, Waconda Springs, Campground 3, and Swim Beach Point.  They tend to hang out near the dam in late winter in preparation for the spring spawn.

White Bass

Wipers

Fair to Good

10-15 inches

14-24 inches

Most of the wintertime fishing for these guys takes place along the causeway and west in the river channels.  There are some fish up river now, but we are still seeing fair numbers along the dam, near Waconda Springs, and off the main lake points in the state park.  Vertically jigging Kastmasters, slab spoons, roadrunners, and other types of jigs works best when a school is located.  Numbers are down a little this winter compared to the past few years, but there are still plenty of whites and wipers to be caught.
Black Bass Slow 10-19 inches Very few anglers pursue black bass in the winter and the bite is tough.  Best locations to check would be the deeper water near the state park river channel area, off the dam, and around the fish attractors.
Channel Catfish Slow All Sizes A few catfish are caught incidentally while fishing for other species, but for the most part catfish angling is tough during the winter.  Some anglers report catching a few using stinkbait or chicken liver in a variety of locations like near old foundations or up the west end.
This is a generic fishing report that will only change if specific reports come in.  It should serve as a general guide for anglers wanting to fish the reservoir during the winter.  If ice fishing gets going, I'll make sure and report that on here as well.

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: 32ºF         Current Water Level: 1.1 feet below Conservation

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



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/4/2016 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 6-11 inches

The crappie population is dominated by one year old fish in the 6-7 inch range as we collected many of these during our annual fall sample.  There are also a few 10-11 inch fish as well, but they are not as common.  This 2013 year class should provide a boost to the crappie numbers as they continue to grow.  Anglers will have success fishing crappie around the deep brush piles using jigs and minnows.

Ice fishing opportunities will be available with safe ice formation this winter.  There are decent numbers of crappie that could provide for some fun wintertime angling.
Channel Catfish Slow 11-25 inches The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be very pleased with the numbers of cats in the lake right now.  Many of these fish are in the 3-5 pound range, but there are also a handful of larger fish between 7 and 10 pounds.  The fish appear to be concentrated toward the dam and on the upper 1/3 of the lake.  Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Fair to Good 6-11 inches

The bluegill numbers appear to be depressed right now with fish between 5 and 8 inches dominating the catch.  Anglers are doing fair catching a variety of sizes. 

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

Winter fishing for panfish will be fairly tough until we see good ice formation on the lake.  Then anglers should be able to catch a mix of panfish and crappie around the fish attractors and other brush in the water.
Largemouth Bass Slow 10-21 inches

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

Bass can be tough to catch when the water cools down, but warmer, sunny days will find some fish moving up shallow and offer some angling opportunities.
General Comments

Water temperature: Report on Monday, January 4th is that the ice is 3.5 inches thick.

Water level: 3.5 feet low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/20/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good Variety Fish worms, liver, and cutbait from 3 to 10 foot of water or shallower at night. Most are being caught on humps (elevation changes) and up lake in the shallows with float lines.
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches Fish near brushpiles off of Loder Point or near the tower.  Fishing is slow.
Trout     The third round of trout were stocked 1/20/2016.  Stockings were as follows (from the N boundary of the seep stream to the S): 105 trout at power pole #20; 105 trout at power pole #17; 105 trout at power pole #14; 105 trout at power pole #10; 105 trout at power pole #6; 105 trout at power pole #4; 150 trout at the parking lot pool. Stockings contain both Brown and Rainbow trout! Good Luck!
Walleye/Saugeye Fair Variety, up to 21" Saugeye are moving more as the water temperature drops and are actively feeding.  Fish crankbaits by trolling or casting off of points and the dam early and late in the day.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches A few are being caught off reservoir points and creek channels.  Use kastmasters and flashy lures that resemble gizzard shad but live shad work best this time of year.  Fish are being caught off the dam but slowing down.
Wiper Fair All sizes Wipers mix in with white bass and generally hang below their schools.  Live minnows and shad are best. Big wipers have been caught this summer and more are out there.
General Comment

Elevation:  0.5 feet below conservation pool.

Water Temperature:  42 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: 1/28/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the public fishing dock and the private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the fish attractors. All the fish attractors on the reservoir are currently ice free at this time.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week, however, would try fishing in Leota Cove and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs tipped with worms.  Also, try up to the west end, off the point just south of the Park office and up by the Marsh Dike.  Also heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18 inch length limit. Stocked 45,000 Saugeye in on 05-18-2015.
Wiper Fair 15 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. However, would try fishing in Leota Cove, point South of the Park Office and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs with worms. Stocked 45,000 wiper fry in on 05-04-2015.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. However would try fishing off the public fishing dock, off the point south of the office and east bank of Schoen's Cove using worms on the bottom.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. However, would try fishing along the dam and in Leota Cove using artificial plastic baits and crankbait's. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 33 °

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2287.89 ---- 16.41' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.25 feet lower 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: 1/28/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs.  The Reservoir is closed to boats from October 1 to April 1, 2016, therefore, would try fishing off the dam using jigs and jigs with minnows.  Added new trees to all marked fish attractors. Reservoir is currently mostly ice covered with approx. 3 inches of ice around the fish attractors. All fish attractors on the reservoir are currently ice free at this time.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week.  The Reservoir is closed to boats from October 1 to April 1, 2016, therefore, would try fishing along the dam using jigs and jigs with worms. Stocked 100,000 walleye fingerlings in on 05-20-2015.  
White Bass/ Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. However, would try fishing along the crappie point area using jigs.  The Reservoir is closed to boats from October 1 to April 1, 2016, therefore, would try fishing along the dam using jigs.  Stocked 150,000 wiper fry in on 05-04-2015.
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being this week.  However, you might try fishing along Grays Park, along Cottonwood Grove and the South Shore Boat ramp using shad and stink bait on the bottom.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 33 °

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1713.31 ---- 15.94' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS CLOSED TO BOATS STARTING OCTOBER 1 AND WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 1, 2016.  However, boats can put in at the Bow Creek/Scout

Cove Ramp and fish ONLY IN BOW CREEK SOUTH OF THE BOW CREEK/SCOUT COVE RAMP.  No boat allowed on main Reservoir.

Added new cedar trees to all the marked fish attractors (175 trees on the South two and 126 trees to the North two). 

Currently, the water level is 1.96 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time.    

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

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

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

 



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/2/2016 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Slow 15-27 inches

We did not see a lot of walleye during fall sampling this year, but the fish we did catch were either 9-10 inch cigars or 25-27 inch trophies.  The fish seem to be moving shallow in the evening off the main lake points and are feeding heavily on shad at this time.  The best numbers of fish were off the jetties near the marina, swim beach and Cabin Point.

Wintertime fishing is usually slower for walleye, but anglers catch a few around the brush piles while fishing for crappie and white bass.
White Bass/Wipers Fair

7-15 inches

14-23 inches

The whites were found in areas similar to the walleye, focusing on rocky main lake points and jetties.  We did see a few whites in deeper water, but for the most part the whites seem to be hanging out in 6-10 feet of water.  There is a very nice year class of 7-8 inch white bass in Lovewell right now and they will help this population bounce back in the next couple of years.  Anglers should try roadrunners, Kastmasters, and slab spoons for best results.

The wipers were heavily concentrated off Walleye Point in 18-22 feet of water.  We found good schools of wipers mixed in with blue catfish as well and they are in excellent shape like all of the other sportfish species.  Best way to catch these guys now would be slabbing with white or chartreuse slab spoons or Kastmasters.  Fish up to 6 pounds were collected this fall.

These guys can be caught throughout the winter, but ice fishing may offer the best opportunities with fish congregating around fish attractors and along river channel breaks.  As the water continues to cool, whites and wipers will likely spend more time in deeper water.
Channel Catfish Slow 2-10 pounds

We saw fair numbers of channels throughout the reservoir while netting, but the best numbers were along the dam and in the river channel in the middle portion of the reservoir.  Anglers should try drifting a variety of baits like shrimp, shad sides, shad gizzards, and stink bait for best results.

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

Winter fishing for blue cats can be very good, but most of the fish will be less than the minimum length limit and need to be immediately returned to the water.  Channel catfish are caught on occasion while ice fishing for other species, but are generally tougher to pattern and catch in the winter.

Crappie Good 7-14 inches

We found good numbers of crappie again this year with fish spread out over several areas of the reservoir.  Currently, anglers are doing well catching fish around the marina slips and off the Cedar Point brush pile.  Other fish attractors should work well too, but we also found some nice fish along the river channel near Walleye Point and east of Cedar Point.

If we get good ice this winter, it would be worth giving crappie a try on the above mentioned spots, but traditionally they have been tough to catch out here once ice forms.
Comments

The reservoir is 90% ice covered with poor ice.  The area around the Marina had the best ice, but is not safe for fishing at this time!!!  We recommend 4 inches of good, clear ice before safe ice fishing is available so use extreme caution if venturing out there.  Always bring someone with you and don't fish alone!

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:  Frozen             Current water level: At Conservation Pool

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: 9/24/2015 Print

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

Water Temp. NA

Lake is currently dry.

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Please comply with posted signs!!!!!



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/17/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Fishing jigs or minnows around deeper brush has been best.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Soft plastics, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits fished around brush and rip rap.
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Drifting or casting jig and nightcrawler or minnow combos on points, near drop-offs, and along rocky shorelines.  Casting or trolling small shad imitating crankbaits can be productive too.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber around the fish attractors.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Stillfishing worms, shrimp, or cutbait on shallow flats at night.
Wiper Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting small spoons or white jigs.
Comments

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

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

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



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/28/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week, however, would try fishing around the Outlet, the North and South shore fish attractors and breakwater's using jigs and also jigs tipped with minnows. Added new cedar trees to all the marked fish attractors in 2014 (90 trees on the South two and 80 trees to the North two). Reservoir is mostly ice covered and the fish attractors on the south have approx. 3 inches and the north fish attractors don't have enough to get out on because the waterfowl had been keeping it open around them.  
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week.  However, would try fishing the drop offs using worms and also trolling diving lures along the dam.  Would also try fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors, along the dam and the unimproved launch area using jigs, jigs with worms and/or minnows.  Remember the 15 inch length limit. Short fish need to be released. Stocked 50,000 walleye fingerlings in on 05-19-2015.
White Bass/Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week.  However, would try fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors, along the dam, and the unimproved launch area using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms and trolling diving lures. Stocked 77,500 wiper fry in on 05-04-2015. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week.  However, would try fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs, off the Unimproved launch area, Old broken up concrete ramp, Methodist Camp point, Bow City parking lot and Old Marina point fishing shad and stink bait on the bottom.
Rainbow Trout Good 10 to 15 inches Trout season started on November 1 with the last stocking occurring on January 28th.  Fish are being caught on little spinners, powerbait and salmon eggs.  Next stocking is projected for around the end of February. Stilling basin is currently fishable with about 1/3 to 1/2 that is not ice covered. With the warmer weather what ice is left won't last long.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 33 °

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1870.08 ---- 22.37' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.86 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time.  

All the fish attractors on the reservoir are ice free at this time and you could probably get a boat on from Rock Point.

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: 12/4/2015 Print

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

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

Fish brush piles and shallow ledges that lead to deeper water.  Fish have moved deeper and the bite is slow. Few reports of anglers catching them this summer.

Stripers Fair to Good 3-8 pounds With the water cooling down a lot look for the striper bite to turn up.  Troll with crankbaits or use live bait.  There are reports of fish being caught on the West end.
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-21 inches With the water cooling down a lot look for the fall Walleye bite to pick up.  Anglers have reported catching some fish between depths of 8 and 15 feet off points and medium depth flats.  Anglers are reporting a very slow walleye bite but optimistic for the next few weeks.
Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

The channel catfish bite at Wilson right has slowed.  Look for these guys in the upper end of the reservoir around Elm Creek and Duvall Cove, and shallow to medium depth flats.  The river channel around Lou's Point is another good place to find catfish now.

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

White Bass Good 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds White bass continue to hang in there at relatively low numbers, but trophy sized fish up to 18 inches were collected again this fall.  Best areas to catch white bass now include Hell Creek, the dam, and the river on the west end of the reservoir.  If you locate the shad, you'll locate some white bass.
Black Bass Good 10-18 inches With the water starting to dip around 40 degrees look for the bite to shut down.  Some smallmouth bass are found deeper or off of main points ambushing shad and crayfish.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

We found moderate numbers of white perch around the upper end of the reservoir as well as closer to the dam and Hell Creek.  The middle of the reservoir didn't have nearly as many.  The fish we collected seemed to be targeting the river channel and moving up and down it while feeding.  The west end had the biggest white perch I've seen in some time with 12-13 inch fish common.  Anglers might try spoons and spinners off of Lucas point and the dam - IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

The white perch numbers are down in Wilson right now which is the goal of managing aquatic nuisance species.  While this species will continue to thrive and reproduce in Wilson, they are still an ANS species and KDWPT has 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 = 10.3 feet below conservation pool

Surface Temperature = 44 F

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

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 10 feet low anglers need to be aware of the following boat ramp conditions and limitations.  In addition, the boat docks are high and dry for the most part and will likely stay that way until a water level rise floods them again.  Anglers are asked to use caution when launching and loading and unloading persons into boats with most of the docks unusable at this time.  The ramp conditions are as follows:

Cedar Point: Closed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2015 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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. 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 Slow up to 0.8 lbs Fish are starting to school, take a look below the cabin, with a jig and minnow.  We sampled 65 crappie in our October nets: 3 were <5", 28 were 5-8", 32 were 8-10" and 2 were 10-12" with the largest crappie weighing 0.7 lbs.   
Bluegill Slow up to 0.5 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the vegetation and along the piers.  We sampled 306 bluegill in our October nets: 97 were <3", 196 were 3-6" and 13 were 6-8" with the largest bluegill weighing 0.36 lbs.
Channel Catfish Slow up to 4.0 lbs The fish feeders will be back in the spring.  Fresh shad or cut bait in the shallows.  We sampled 58 channels in our October nets: 9 were <11", 24 were 11-16" and 25 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 4.2 lbs. 
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 2.0 lbs Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow cover.
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 0.75 lbs. Small hunk or worm or cricket under a bobber around the shallow vegetation.  We sampled 6 redear in our October nets: 3 were 4-7" and 3 were 7-9" with the largest redear weighing 0.44 lbs. 
General Comments

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

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

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



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2015 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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. 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 Slow up to 1.0 lbs. Fish are schooling as the water temperature is cooling.  Might locate a few on that deeper brush, jig and minnow or around the dock.  We sampled 236 crappie in our October nets: 2 were <5", 208 were 5-8", 27 were 8-10" and 1 was 10"+ with the largest crappie weighing 0.55 lbs.
Bluegill Slow up to 0.3 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber or small spinner around the vegetation and off the piers.  We sampled 56 bluegill in our fall nets: 8 were <3", 39 were 3-6" and 9 were 6-8" with the largest bluegill weighing 0.3 lbs.     
Channel Catfish Slow up to 5.0 lbs The fish feeders will be back in the spring.  Cut bait or fresh shad in the shallows.  We sampled 22 channels in our fall nets: 2 were <11", 14 were 11-16" and 6 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 3.1 lbs.   
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or plastics worked shallow and along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 0.4 lbs. Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the brush piles.  We sampled no redear in our fall nets.   
General Comments

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

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

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



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/18/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great catfish population. 
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Wiper Fair Up to 12" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of 15 to 20" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The crappie population has had some good improvements in the last few years and the current the lake has good numbers of crappie with 21% of the fish over 10 inches. 
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Saugeye numbers are down some, but the fish are of a nice size. 
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght limit.
General Comments

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

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



CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/4/2016 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.

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.
Crappie Fair 0.25-1.5 lb Anglers have not been catching high numbers of fish, but most of the fish caught have been big.  Fishing jigs very slowly or with no movement over and in brush piles anywhere from 10 to 25 feet of water has produced fish this week.
Trout Fair - Good 0.5-1 lbs Currently (Feb. 4, 9 AM) Henry is open.  Lake Henry was last stocked with trout Dec. 15.  Anglers were catching some fish using power bait, worms, jigs, spoons, and spinners.  One angler caught a 22.5 inch trout this week.  Most fish taken this week have been 9-11 inches.
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 Feb. 4 was 0.18 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 300 cfs.  Lake is open.  State Park boat courtesy docks have been pulled out of the water for the winter to prevent ice damage.  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: 2/4/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method and Location
       
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
       
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-0.75 lbs Using jigs and minnows over brush piles.
White bass Slow-Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using minnows, spoons, jigs, and spinners.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/4/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Douglas State Fishing Lake sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-0.7 lbs Using minnows and jigs off deep water brush piles.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2015 Print

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



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 1/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near rock and creek channels suspended 15ft deep.
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs Cut bait along ledges lakewide
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lbs jig along dam and rock points
Black bass Fair up to 4lbs jigs near rock/brush/points along the shoreline
Bluegill Fair size varies tube jigs and worms near cover 5-10ft deep
General Comments
This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2016 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 1/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs cutbait along windy banks and ledges
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and ledges 15ft deep
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs along deep points on jigs and spoons
White Bass/Wipers Good   along dam and points on jigs and spoons
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2016 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 1/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs cut bait along windy creek channels.
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs Jigs and minnows near brush and rocks
Largemouth Bass Slow    
Bluegill Fair   tube jigs and worms near brush and rocks
White Bass Fair   near dam on jigs
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: 12/14/2015 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Slow Up to 8 lbs. Walleye should be entering a winter pattern, focus on deeper structure and main creek channels.  
Crappie Good Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie should be congregating near deeper structure and winter habitats.  Jigs or minnows fished in 15-25 ft. of water near structure should produce some fish.    
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. White bass can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. Follow the shad schools and look for shad busting on the surface of the water. White bass are biting in the Little Bull Arm and near Hillsdale Point.    

Largemouth

Bass 

Slow Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass should be holding tight to trees and brush in the cooler water. Plastic baits and jigs appear to be the baits of choice.  
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Channel Catfish Slow  Up to 10 lbs. Channel cat can be taken on a variety of baits using the traditional prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are being taken lake wide at this time.     
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of Dec. 14th the water level is 1.5 feet above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

  



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 12/14/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Lake Contour Map Pretty Good 8.5"x11" Color Banner Creek has been mapped by the Kansas Biological Survey and there is a map available at Contour Map
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. 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 Slow up tp 1.0 lbs. Fish are starting to school back up for the winter.  Start working the usual winter locations, boat ramp cove and the dam with a jig and minnow.  We sampled 81 crappie in our October nets: 14 were <5", 28 were 5-8", 10 were 8-10", 24 were 10-12" and 5 were 12-15" with the largest fish weighing 1.1 lbs.   
Bluegill Slow up to 0.5 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber in the brush piles.  We sampled 217 bluegill in our October nets: 200 were 3-6", 16 were 6-8" and 1 was 8"+ with the largest fish weighing 0.43 lbs.   
Channel Catfish Slow up to 6.0 lbs. Cut bait or drifting shad off the fishing piers.  The fish feeders will be back in the spring.  We sampled 37 channels in our fall nets: 8 were <11", 15 were 11-16", 10 were 16-24" and 4 were 24-28" with the largest fish weighing 5.8 lbs.  
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 3.5 lbs. Spinners or plastics around the standing timber. 
Walleye/ Sauger Slow up to 3.5 lbs. Jigs and crawlers or spoons on those humps and bumps.  We sampled 24 walleye in our October nets: 1 was <10", 7 were 10-15", 15 were 15-20" and 1 was 20"+ with the largest walleye weighing 4.6 lbs.  We also sampled 73 sauger in our October nets: 4 were 7-11", 24 were 11-14", 42 were 14-17" and 3 were 17-20" with the largest sauger weighing 2.3 lbs.  
General Comments

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

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

October netting pictures are up, good water makes good fish! Click on Banner Creek above fishing report to see some of these fish . Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 12/18/2015 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 tends to be the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has decent numbers of fish 11" to 12" long. 
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate.
Walleye Slow 1 to 5 pounds The walleye population is dominated by young fish below the length limit.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch lenght limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake supports a good white bass population and 52% of the fish in the most recent sample were over 12 inches.
Wipers Good 1 to 12 pounds The current wiper population is dominated by fish less than 15 inches, but there are a few big ones around.
General Comments

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

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: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
  Closed   Closed to fishing until March
General Comments

Auxiliary Lake is closed to fishing during the waterfowl hunting season and will reopen for fishing in March. 

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.

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

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

 



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry Newsletter Good 4 pages (Lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The next issue will be  available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
LM Bass Slow up to 2.5 lbs Spinner baits or plastics worked in and around brush piles and rip-rap.  
Channel Catfish Slow up to 5.0 lbs Cut bait or livers off of the fishing piers. I've pulled the fish feeders for the winter, they needed a vacation, look for them in the spring.   
Bluegill Slow up to 0.4 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber right in the brush piles and off of the jetties.  We sampled 445 bluegill in our October traps: 416 were 3-6", 16 were 6-8" and 2 were over 8" with the largest weighing 0.42 lbs.  
Crappie Slow up to 0.75 lbs Fish have scattered for the summer might locate a few on that 12-16' brush with a jig and minnow.  We sampled 4 black crappie in our October traps: one was less than 5" and 3 were 8-10" with the largest weighing 0.5 lbs. 
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 0.75 lbs Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the coves on the east side of the lake.  We sample 178 redear in our October traps: one was less than 4", 124 were 4-7", 47 were 7-9" and 6 were 9-11" with the largest weighing 0.6 lbs.  
Wiper Slow up to 4.0 lbs Shad colored cranks off the points and jetties.  We sampled 14 wipers in our October nets: 2 were 8-12" and 12 were 12-15" with the largest weighing 2.8 lbs. 
Walleye Slow Up to 3.0 lbs Twisters or crankbaits close to the dam and rocky points.  We sampled 7 walleye in our October nets: 4 were 15-20", 2 were 20-25" and one was 25-30" with the largest weighing 6.4 lbs.  
General Comments

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

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

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



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 12/14/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Slow 1/2 to 11 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits. Worms or chicken liver in the boat ramp cove is a good bet right now.   
Flathead Catfish Fair  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. With the cooler water temperatures flathead catfish have moved to structure in deeper water.  
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found. Good crappie bite has been reported on the submerged bridge and old roadbed, also around structure in the cove south of the dam.  
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 Slow Up to 4 lbs. Wiper and white bass are out chasing shad schools right now. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.   
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 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 Slow 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Good Up to 16 inches Crappie being taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Also near structure and vegetation edges on upper end. 
White Bass Fair 14-17 inches A good population of White Bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White Bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
Due to treatment and warmer water temperatures the curly-leaf pondweed stand has died off for 2015.  Fishing conditions have improved and some very nice crappie and channel catfish were sampled during spring electrofishing. 



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/25/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish      
Crappie      
Walleye      
White Bass/Wipers      
Smallmouth Bass      
Largemouth Bass      
Outlet Good   wipers and walleye on jigs
General Comments

NEW!!! 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: 12/14/2015 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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. 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 up to 0.3 lbs. Small hunk of work under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.  We sampled 90 bluegill in our October nets: 9 were <3", 64 were 3-6" and 17 were 6-8" with the largest fish weighing 0.22 lbs.    
Channel Catfish Slow up to 5.0 lbs Pull the feeders for the winter look for them again next spring.  Cut bait, either shad or bluegill off the piers.  We sampled 35 Channels in our October nets: 9 were <11", 16 were 11-16" and 10 were 16-24" with the largest fish weighing 4.4 lbs.  
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 4.5 lbs Spinner baits or cranks worked slow around the brush piles.  
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow around the brush piles, fish are schooled up.  We sampled 288 crappie in our October nets: 49 were <5", 191 were 5-8", 29 were 8-10", 14 were 10-12" and 5 were 12-15" with the largest crappie weighing 1.8 lbs. 
 Comments

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

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

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



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 12/14/2015 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. With cooler water temperatures largemouth bass will be holding tight to deeper brush and structure. Plastic finesse baits and spinner baits are the best bet right now.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Fair 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: 12/14/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near deeper brushpiles and structure.
Channel catfish Slow 0.5-6 lbs Chicken liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Slow 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Fair Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be taken on live bait, jigs, or shad imitation lures along rocky shoreline structure or in open water along mud flats. 
Wiper  Slow Up to 24 inches Wiper are chasing schooling shad right now. Use shad imitation baits fished near main lake points. 
 
General Comments

Zebra mussels have been found at Paola City Lake (Lake Miola). The lake has been designated as an Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

Brushpiles were placed at several locations November 07. Locations were marked using WGS 84 in decimal degrees: 1) N38.58320 W094.84451; 2) N38.58696 W094.84709; 3) N38.58315 W094.84453; 4) N38.58710 W09484722; 5) N38.58785 W094.84595; 6) N38.58768 W094.84595; 7) N38.58770 W094.84600; 8) N38.58727 W094.84810; 9) N38.58734 W094.84807; 10) N38.58736 W094.84768; 11) N38.58706 W094.84595; 12) N38.58715 W094.84641; 13) N38.58726 W094.84611; 14) N38.59237 W094.84518; 15) N38.58313 W094.84462; 16) N38.58318 W094.84466; 17) N38.59250 W094.84519; 18) N038.59231 W094.84511; 19) N38.59077 W094.84518; 20) N38.59158 W094.84512; 21) N38.59444 W094.84327; 22) N38.58772 W094.84164; 23) N38.58538 W094.84326; 24) N38.58583 W094.84547; 25) N38.58771 W094.84779.



PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/25/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Super Infectious! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will stop spawning as the water temperature drops to around 54 degrees, I've sent several samples off. 
Perry News Letter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a news letter for Perry and other waters in my District. The next issue is available now, Perry Reservoir and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake are in this edition. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Slow up to 10.0 lbs I pulled the fish feeders for the winter this week, don't worry they'll be back in the spring.  Cut bait off of the fishing piers.  We sampled 71 channels in our October nets: 3 were <11", 15 were 11-16", 48 were 16-24", 4 were 24-28" and 1 was 28-36" with the largest fish weighing 9.7 lbs.   
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. Fish those creek bends and humps with a jig and crawler or shad colored cranks.  We sampled 47 sauger in our October nets: 3 were 7-11", 14 were 11-14", 10 were 14-17", 19 were 17-20" and 1 was 20"+ with the largest fish weighing 3.3 lbs.     
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 5.0 lbs. Crank baits or plastics worked slow around the cover/shallow brush good numbers of fish in the Rock Creek and Slough Creek arms.     
White Bass Slow up to 1.5 lbs. Use twisters and jigs off the rocky points.  We sampled 209 white bass in our October nets: 6 were <6", 15 were 6-9", 103 were 9-12", 77 were 12-15" and 8 were 15-18" with the largest fish weighing 2.5 lbs.      
White Crappie Slow up to 1.5 lbs. Fish are schooled up 12-16' brush with a jig.  We sampled 4,130 crappie in our October nets: 3,524 were <5", 453 were 5-8", 125 were 8-10" and 28 were 10-12" with the largest fish weighing 0.8 lbs.
Blue Catfish Slow up to 25.0 lbs. Drifting shad on the channel and breaks. We sampled 6 blue catfish in our October nets: 2 were <12" and 4 were 20-30" with the largest fish weighing 5.3 lbs.  
Comments

I put out some brush piles in Rock Creek before the lake froze over:

N 39°09.139’  W 095°29.482’ N 39°09.150’  W 095°29.471’ N 39°09.123’  W 095°29.498’

N 39°09.126’  W 095°29.484’ N 39°09.177’  W 095°29.472’ N 39°09.169’  W 095°29.452’

N 39°09.162’  W 095°29.418’ N 39°09.150’  W 095°29.338’ N 39°09.084’  W 095°29.162’

N 39°09.094’  W 095°29.198’ N 39°09.039’  W 095°28.951’ N 39°09.088’  W 095°29.528’

N 39°09.090’  W 095°29.149’ N 39°09.073’  W 095°29.155’ N 39°09.173’  W 095°29.532’

N 39°09.110’  W 095°29.108’ N 39°09.047’  W 095°28.911’

 

N 39°08.991’  W 095°28.895’ N 39°09.027’  W 095°28.889’ N 39°09.036’  W 095°28.840’

 

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

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

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/18/2015 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 Fair 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great largemouth bass population with the highest sample number in 15 years.
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: 1/19/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 8 inches The bluegill population has seen some improvements in the last year and offers decent numbers of harvestable sized fish. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair to Slow 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers are below average this year.  
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with 60% of the fish over 12 inches. 
General Comments

No recent reports from anglers.  As of 01/19/16 the lake was mostly iced over with 3 inches of ice with a few areas of 2.5 inches.  There was a little open water around the outlet structure.  Please be careful if venturing out on the ice!

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

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POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 1/19/2016 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.  
Channel Catfish Fair 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  4,930 channel catfish were stocked in 2015.  Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Fair to Slow 1/4 to 1 pound Crappie numbers are below average this year.
General Comments

No recent reports from anglers.  As of 01/19/16 the lake was mostly iced over with most areas having about 2 inches of ice.  There was a little open water in the middle of the lake.  Ice fishing is not recommend until we get some more cold weather.

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

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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 12/18/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Catfish Slow 1 to 20+ pounds Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.
White Bass and Wipers Fair 1/2 to 8 pounds

A few being caught.

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

Drum Slow 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are a abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds Best baits are jigs, crankbaits or live bait.  There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on saugeye. 
General Comments

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

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SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 12/14/2015 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. The newest is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creel Lake. 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 Slow up to 1.5 lbs Fish are schooled up for the winter, minnow and jig in the trees.  We sampled 190 crappie in our October nets: 168 were less than  5", 14 were 5-8", 1 was 8-10", 3 were 10-12" and 4 were 12-15" with the largest fish weighing 1.2 lbs. 
Bluegill Slow up to 0.5 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush piles.  We sampled 268 bluegill in our October nets: 10 were <3", 171 were 3-6", 86 were 6-8" and 8-10" with the largest fish weighing 0.41 lbs.
Channel Catfish Slow up to 12.0 lbs Cut bait or shad in the south end of the lake.  We sampled 28 channels in our October nets: 4 were 11-16", 17 were 16-24", 5 were 24-28" and 2 were 28-36" with the largest fish weighing 15.4 lbs.   
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 5.0 lbs. Spinner baits or plastics worked slow around the shallow brush.   
Walleye Slow up to 5.0 lbs. Drifting jigs and crawlers in front of the pump house hit both sides of the drop off.  We sampled 9 walleye in our October nets: 4 were of 10-15", 3 were of 15-20" and 2 were of 20-25" with the largest fish weighing 4.6 lbs.     
Wiper Slow up to 7.5 lbs. Either side of the pump house cove drifting shad or crank baits. We sampled 24 wipers in our October nets: 16 were 12-15", 7 were 15-20" and 1 was 20-25" with the largest weighing 7.4 lbs.  
General Comments

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

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

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



SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 2/4/2016 Print

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-0.7 lbs Using minnows and jigs over deep water brush.
Trout Slow-Fair 1-2 lbs Using worms, power bait, small spinners, jigs and spoons. 
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: 12/14/2015 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 Jigs or minnows fished in 12-15 ft. of water and near fishing pier.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Doughbait or liver fished along the north shore.
Wiper Slow Up to 9 lbs. Top-water fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Trout Good Catchable Trout being taken on all colors of powerbait, spinners and some trout being caught on live bait. 
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: 12/18/2015 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. 
Crappie 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.  6,065 catchable sized channel catfish were stocked into the lake during 2015. 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: 1/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1.5 pounds The lake has decent numbers of larger fish.  Anglers are catching a few at the tubes.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds Not great numbers of white bass this year. 
Catfish Fair Up to 20 pounds Fair channel catfish numbers and a young blue catfish population.
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.  The tubes is a good place to find saugeye during the winter months.
Rainbow Trout Good Up to 6 pounds The third stocking of rainbow trout went into Willow Lake on December 15th.  1540 trout of varying sizes were put into the lake to provide a unique cool water fishing opportunity.  So far Willow Lake has received 4,500 rainbow trout this fall and will continue to receive regular stockings during the trout season which lasts until April 15th.  Anyone over 16 fishing at Willow Lake during this time will need to have a trout permit.  Popular baits are commercial power baits, minnows, worms, corn, marshmallows, spinners and flies.  As of 01/19/16 the lake was iced over with most areas having less than 2 inches of ice.  Ice fishing is not recommend until we get some more cold weather.
General Comments

No recent reports from anglers.  As of 01/19/16 the lake was mostly iced over but too thin to walk on.

You can check current water conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/18/2015 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 Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs Saugeye numbers have been improving and there are some keepers around over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Jigs or minnows fished in the mainlake.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 10 lbs. Liver or livebait fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near deeper brush and structure.
Smallmouth Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Slow Up to 6 lbs. Shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. Nightcrawler and a jig drift fished across mud flats
General Comments
A Wyandotte County fishing permit is required to fish this property. A Wyandotte County trout permit is required for trout fishing. Please contact Wyandotte County Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department at 913-573-8327 for more information.



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

BARBER STATE FISHING LAKE - LOWER - Last Updated: 10/28/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth bass     Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
Walleye     Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.
Crappie     Fish around any deeper 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     Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. They tend to feed on the wind blown side of the lake.  Cooling temps have catfish more active.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report, other than rainbow trout, this generic winter fishing report will be updated only if a hot report is reported to theDodge Cityoffice 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



CIMARRON GRASSLAND PITS - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel catfish No report  No report Try worms, liver and stink bait.  Annual fall stockings of catfish intermediates have been completed, catfish density is higher now than at any other time of the year.
Rainbow trout Good 1/2 lb average Try small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits. Monthly stockings of fish begin in November and will continue through February. Most trout are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. 
General Comments

Rainbow trout were stocked October 29th.  The Cimarron National Grasslands is a Type 2 trout area, a trout permit is required only for those fishing for trout.  Trout season opens November 1.  

This is a generic winter fishing report, other than rainbow trout, this generic winter fishing report 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



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye No report No report Main lake points drifting jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or trolling shad imitation baits.  Usually the best bite is in the early morning and late evening. 
Crappie No report No report Crappie should be in the deeper water.  Jigs or minnows fished vertically over deep drop-offs or over the fish attractors should work.  May also pick up a few on small crankbaits.
Largemouth bass No report No report Largemouth bass should fall for topwater baits early in the morning and late in the day.  Flipping plastics or casting spinnerbaits, jigs and crankbaits should work the rest of the day.  Don't forget to try fly fishing as well. The fish are in excellent shape and should provide some great bass angling. 
White bass Fair Up to 1 lb Troll or jig the creek channels.  Small spoons and lures that resemble gizzard shad will work the best. Young gizzard shad are being chased by all the predators right now and surfacing action is starting.    Cast topwater baits to schooling fish and try trolling or casting small crankbaits or jigs the rest of the time. 
Channel catfish Fair Up to 7 lbs Try liver, shrimp, worms or other live baits or also any cut baits.  Catfish numbers have been boosted via annual fall stocking from the Department's culture section.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report and will be updated only if a hot report is reported to theDodge Cityoffice 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



COLDWATER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie No report No report Fish around any deeper 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 No report Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Wiper No report No report Try jigs and crankbaits on the windy banks. You could also try using sunfish, minnows, or vertically fishing slab spoons. n>
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up. Along the stump rows on the east side would be the best.
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



CONCANNON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel catfish Fair Up to 3 lbs Try using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver on bottom or under an indicator bobber.
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: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Rainbow trout No report 1/2 lb average Try small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits. 
Largemouth bass No report No report Try spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs. 
channel catfish Noi report No report Try  stinkbait, worms, shad sides or liver
General Comments

Rainbow trout will be stocked on Tuesday, November 3.  Lake Charles  is a Type 1 trout area, which requires all anglers age 16 and older fishing during the trout season to have a trout permit. 

This is a generic winter fishing report, other than rainbow trout, this generic winter fishing report 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



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
General Comments
Minnows have been stocked and if there is additional water in the spring of 2016, restocking efforts will begin.



FORD COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish No report No report Try using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report and will be updated only if a hot report is reported to theDodge Cityoffice 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



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

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



GREAT BEND (VETERAN PARK) - Last Updated: 1/20/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Good 10" - 18" Vet's Lake received its second stocking of trout on 1/20/2016.  A TROUT PERMIT PLUS A FISHING LICENSE IS REQUIRED TO FISH FOR OR POSSESS TROUT AT THIS LOCATION. Good luck!
General Comments

Veteran's Lake has finally been temporarily removed from a Public Health Warning- http://kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Conditions are improving at the lake.

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

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

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



GREAT BEND STONE LAKE - Last Updated: 12/15/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, & Location
Rainbow trout No report 2/lb Tout are still in the lake and require a permit, HOWEVER FUTURE STOCKINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELED AND ALL REMAINING STOCKINGS WILL OCCUR AT VETERAN'S MEMORIAL LAKE.
Channel catfish No report   Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom.
Bluegill No report   Try small pieces of worm or crickets under a bobber or small twister tail jigs. Use a very small hook (size 4 or 6).
Largemouth bass No report   Try jigs and finesse plastics early in the morning and later in the evening but as the water cools fish can be caught midday.
Crappie No report   Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs, using minnows or jigs
Wiper No report   Try trolling jigs and crankbaits, or shrimp fished on the bottom. You can also try jigging slab spoons and bucktail jigs. Drifting live shad, sunfish or minnows may also work.
General Comments

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

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

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

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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



HAIN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/27/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel catfish No report No report Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Bullhead No report No report Try worms fished on the bottom

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

No report No report Try crickets or worms fished under a bobber
General Comments

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 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



HODGEMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel catfish No reports  No reports Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
General Comments
 

This is a generic winter fishing report, other than rainbow trout, this generic winter fishing report 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.

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 Kansaswill be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District

 



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie No report No report Fish around any deeper 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 No report Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up. om. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.  These fish are really scattered after the lake filled.
Bluegill No report No report Worms, grubs, or crickets under bobbers in the vicinity of flooded brush and around rocks. 
Walleye No report No report Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons. Still quite a few small walleye but there are also fish up to 25 inches.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report, other than rainbow trout, this generic winter fishing report 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.

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

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

 

 



JETMORE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish No report  No report Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
Bluegill No report No report Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report, other than rainbow trout, this generic winter fishing report will be updated only if a hot report is reported to theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2016.

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

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



KIOWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie No report No report Fish around any deeper brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Flathead catfish No report No report Fish live bait around the brush piles.
Wipers No report No report Try drifting live shad, sunfish, minnows, or vertically fishing slab spoons.
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
Channel catfish No report No report Try liver, shrimp, worms or cut bait.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report, other than rainbow trout, this generic winter fishing report will be updated only if a hot report is reported to theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2016.

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 Kansaswill be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District

 



LACROSSE WARREN STONE MEMORIAL LAKE - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Channel catfish No report No report Try stinkbait, worms or shad sides
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report, other than rainbow trout, this generic winter fishing report will be updated only if a hot report is reported to theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2016.

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 Kansaswill be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District

 



LIBERAL ARKALON AREA - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
       
       
General Comments

Arkalon Park is closed until April 1, 2016

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



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Location
Rainbow trout No report 2/lb Try small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits. Monthly stockings of fish begin in November and will continue through February. Most trout are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. 
Crappie No report No report Fish around any deeper brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs. Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Bluegill No report No report Try small pieces of worm under a bobber.
Channel catfish No report No report Try liver, shrimp, worms, or cut bait.  Catfish numbers were recently boosted via annual fall stockings from the hatchery.
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs, finesse plastics and slow rolled spinnerbaits later in the day. 
Flathead catfish No report No report  Live bluegill at night close to the shore.
General Comments

Rainbow trout were stocked October 29th.  Meade SFL is a Type 2 trout area, a trout permit is required only for those fishing for trout.  

This is a generic winter fishing report, other than rainbow trout, this report 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.

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

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



PRATT CENTENNIAL POND - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Rainbow trout No report  2 / lb Try using spinners, swim baits, spoons or flies.
General Comments

Rainbow trout were stocked October 29th.  Centennial Pond is a Type I water - A trout permit is required of all anglers 16 and older to fish for and possess trout during the trout season.  Trout creel limit at Centennial Pond is 2 fish per day.

This is a generic winter fishing report, other than rainbow trout, this generic winter fishing report 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.

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: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth bass No report Up to 6 lbs Try rattling baits, plastics, and spinnerbaits around sunny banks later in the day.
Bluegill No report Up to 10 inches Try small jigs or worms under a bobber around the rocks fished 4-5' deep. 
Walleye No report Up to 5 lbs Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or slim minnow type crankbaits.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Crappie No report 8 - 10 inches Fish around brush, logs, rocks or vegetation. Usually best on minnows, but jigs should work as well.
Wiper No report   Try jigs and crankbaits on the windy banks. You could also try using sunfish, minnows, or vertically fishing slab spoons.

This is a generic winter fishing report, other than rainbow trout, this generic winter fishing report will be updated only if a hot report is reported to theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2016.

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

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



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 2/5/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie No Report Most up to 10 inches Jigs fished around the fish attractors either vertically from a boat or under a bobber from shore.
Largemouth Bass No Report Up to 5.5 lbs. Vertically fishing various jigs around the fish attractors can be productive.
Sunfish No Report Up to 8 inches Vertically fishing small jigs, small nightcrawler pieces, and/or mealworms around the fish attractors can be good this time of year.
Rainbow Trout Good 13 inch average

Attention: All trout will be stocked in the Barrel Springs Pond east of the State Park office this trout season.  As with other Type 2 trout waters across the state a trout permit is required to fish for and possess trout at this water except that anglers 15 and younger can fish trout without a trout permit if they adhere to a 2 fish per day creel limit.  All residents 16-74 years old and all nonresidents 16 and older must also have a valid fishing license.

The third stocking that consisted of approximately 750 trout was made on January 28, 2016.

Anglers are catching limits of trout fishing powerbait, salmon eggs, corn, marshmallows, and various combinations of the above off the bottom.

General Comments

Attention: Barrel Springs Trout Pond is covered by a thin sheet of ice that is too thin to allow ice fishing, but anglers are devising ways to break holes in the ice and fish from the bank regardless of ice.  The State lake is partially covered by a very thin sheet of ice that is to thin to allow ice fishing, but the amount of open water should be significant by the week end.

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

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

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

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



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

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/23/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good Up to 30" Fish with earthworms, cutbait, and liver lakewide, especially on the windblown shore. The lake is an excellent spot for keeper-sized and the occasional trophy-sized channel catfish. Fish feeders have been cancelled due to blue green algae.
Crappie Fair 8-10" Fish for crappie around trees and brush with live minnows or small jigs. The crappie population at McPherson SFL is generally poor; however, a few big crappie were sampled last spring.  Crappie harvest is slow.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7 lb. Currently, largemouth are being reported as good for fish up to 2 lbs, but larger fish can be caught, with texas rigged softbaits in the aquatic vegetation.  The bite is slowing due to colder water conditions.
Saugeye Fair 15-20" Saugeye seem to like the lower end of the reservoir around rocks.  Try using jigs with nightcrawlers or horsehair jigs. Recent reports are good for 12 - 20" fish with spinning jigs and plastic worms around aquatic vegetation and near the shoreline.
General Comments

Be cautious of blue green algae in the lake and potential health issues that come from the toxins that they release.  Do not drink the water or allow pets to drink the water.  Fish fillets are safe to eat.

A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.



ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/21/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair   No recent reports.
Channel catfish Fair   No recent reports.
Bluegill Fair   No recent reports.
General Comments

The lake is full and was restocked in the fall of 2013 with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish fingerlings.  These fish will need a year or two to grow into catchable-sized individuals.  Other species such as crappie may be considered for stocking after a few years; however, until the bass population is established in the lake, crappie have a high likelihood of overpopulating. 

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please email Jessica.



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8" to 10" Fish with small minnows and jigs around brush. There are a few nice crappie in the lake although most are fairly small.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" Worms under a bobber. There are mostly small bluegill in the lake.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-4 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 18" Fish shallow brush with Texas rigged softbait, jigs, and spinnerbaits. A few large fish (up to 22") are caught in the lake each year.
General Comments
Water is warming up and Largemouth and crappie might be spawning.



BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/17/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
      Weekly Fishing Reports will return during March 2016

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish     Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.
Largemouth Bass      
Black 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      
General Comments
 



CAREY PARK POND - Last Updated: 10/21/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs. Catfish are being stocked Sept. 17. Stockings will resume in April, 2016.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. There are a few bass in the pond, usually caught on live bait and lures.
General Comments
White perch are present in Carey Park Fishing Pond. White perch are a nuisance species that are illegal to possess alive and SHOULD NOT be transported to other waters for any reason.



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/17/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
      Weekly Fishing Reports will return during March 2016
Zebra Mussels Have Been Discovered in Chase State Fishing Lake.    

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

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

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

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

New Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish     Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit.
Largemouth Bass     There is a 13 to 18 inch slot limit on Largemouth Bass in effect at the lake.
Saugeye      
Spotted Bass      
Bluegill      
White Crappie      
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/21/2015 Print

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

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

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

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

White Bass and Wiper Good Various Wiper and white bass have been great this fall, trolling in deeper water with fish up to and over 21". Fall netting results indicate excellent white bass and wiper populations. There are high densities of temperate bass and lots of quality fish. Fishing should be as good for temperate bass in 2015 as it has been in recent years.
Walleye Fair Up to 28"

Walleye are being caught sporadically by trolling.

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

Crappie Fair Up to 15" Crappie will be moving to the shallower waters in coves and around brush, as well as along the dam.  
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lb Channel and blue catfish have been good recently, prepared baits work well for channel cat, use live or fresh shad for blues. Focus on structure and channel borders.
White Perch    

Netting results this fall indicate that white perch numbers decreased this year; however, there are many catchable-size white perch (10+") in the lake.

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

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

COMMENTS
 



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 1/7/2016 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 Poor up to 7-inch jigs, worm and bobber near cover 10ft deep
Crappie Fair up to 11-inch Jigs or minnows in water 15-20 feet deep near brushpiles, rocks, and dropoffs
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Cut bait in windblown areas 10 ft deep
Black bass Fair up to 16-inch Jigs near cover 10ft deep
Walleye Fair Up to 22-inch Walleye near deeper points on jigs.
White bass Fair up to 2 lbs near dam on jigs and spoons
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: 1/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

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

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lb Reservoir cats are being caught near deeper wind blown creek channel edges. Liver and cut shad have been productive.
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lb Jigs and spoons on points 20 feet deep.
White Bass Fair up to 15-inch near channel ledges on jigs
Wiper Fair up to 20-inch See white bass report.
White Crappie Fair up to 13-inch

Near brush and rock 15-20ft deep on jigs and minnows.

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

.03 feet high, releasing 6 CFS. Fishing below the dam is slow with low releases.

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/17/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
      Weekly Fishing Reports will return during March 2016
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Black Crappie      
Bluegill      
Channel Catfish     15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit
Largemouth Bass      
Redear Sunfish      
General Comments
 



DILLON NATURE CENTER - Last Updated: 2/1/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Rainbow trout Excellent 10 to 18-inches Trout were stocked January 28. The next stocking is planned for February 11, 2016.
Channel catfish Good 1-5 lb Catfish stockings will resume in April 2016.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" Near the bank and around structure on night-crawlers.
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/28/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Zebra Mussels    

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

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

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

Blue catfish    

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

Few recent reports

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

Wiper    

Few recent reports

Be sure to properly ID your catch as there is there is an 21-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit on wiper.. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White bass    

Few recent reports

Wipers can be caught along with white bass so it is important to properly identify your catch before putting it on a stringer. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White Perch    

Few recent reports

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair up to 12 inches Fishing brushpiles and timber near ledges and river channels 14 to 18 feet deep.
Channel Catfish     Few reports available this week
Walleye    

Few recent reports

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

Rainbow Trout Poor, Ice is Restricting Access up to 17-inch

The El Dorado Trout Stream received its first stocking of the year on Monday November 9th.  A video showing the stocking can be seen HERE.

The most recent stocking occurred January 28, 2016. 

As of 9:00AM 1/28/2016, the trout stream was mostly ice covered with a few small open pockets near the bridge.  Fishing will be good to excellent once the ice melts enough to allow access.

Few anglers have been out recently due to the ice cover.

Additional information on the KDWPT trout program can be found HERE.

General Comments

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

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



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 10/21/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1-4lbs Channel catfish can be caught lakewide, and there are some nice channels at east lake!
White Crappie Fair  up to 12 inches Try small jigs or minnows especially around brush piles. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5 lbs Use plastic worms or white spinners near the rocks
Saugeye Fair to Good up to 4 lbs There are some nice looking saugeye at East lake, but they're spread out.  Try fishing over shad on muddy flats this fall.
White bass Fair to Good Up to 2 lbs White tubes and spinning jigs no more than 10 feet from the bank
General Comments

The campsites and boat ramps are currently open, but check the Harvey County Parks Facebook page for the most recent information.

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



HARVEY COUNTY WEST LAKE - Last Updated: 10/21/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill good up to 1/2lb Bluegill and sunfish fishing has been good recently. stay close to the shoreline and use a small piece of worm under a bobber, or a small spinner.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18 inches Dark colored worms, fish around rocks on the piers.
White Crappie Fair 8-12 inches Crappie at west lake are numerous, but small.  Fish with a jig around shoreline brushpiles for the best success.
Channel Catfish Good 1 lb plus Channel Catfish were stocked before labor day, lots of good fish right now.
General Comments

Recent flooding has receded and the water level has returned to near normal.  Campsites and boat ramps are currently open, but check the Harvey County Facebook page for the most recent information. 

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



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/21/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Excellent 10" to 10 lb. Kingman is a good channel catfish destination. There are lots of catfish and good numbers of large fish. Fish lakewide with cutbait or commercially prepared baits.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair up to 18" Bass are growing and reaching lengths up to 17-18 inches since the lake was renovated. Try white spinners or pumpkin colored worms along rocky shorelines.
Northern Pike Poor Up to 28" Pike are active in colder water and will bite about any lure at any time. There were pike approaching 30" captured in fall samples.
Bluegill Fair Up to 6" The biggest bluegill in the lake are around 6 inches.  Use worms under a bobber near structure.
General Comments
A bathymetric map of the lake is now posted on the lake page.  It clearly shows the location of the springs at the north end.



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/17/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
      Weekly Fishing Reports will return during March 2016
Channel Catfish      
White Crappie      
Largemouth Bass      
Saugeye      
Bluegill      
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: 12/17/2015 Print

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

      Weekly fishing reports will return in March 2016.  Fishing reports will be updated if a hot bite develops.
Channel Cat      
White Crappie      
Walleye      
White Bass      
Wiper      
General Comments
2.5 feet above Normal Pool, releasing 1031 CFS.



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 10/21/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

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

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

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

White Perch Good Up to 1 lb Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may be possessed or used as live bait ONLY while on this water, and may not be transported alive.
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs, up to 20" Channel cat were stocked in September, lots of nice channels at Afton - next stocking will be in April.
Saugeye Fair Up to 21" Use dark colored spinning jigs along dam and rocky shorelines.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 3 pounds Largemouth bass samples in 2014 showed quite a few nice looking bass.  Bass fishing at Afton should be better in 2015 than it has been in recent years.  Use dark colors of worms around rocks.
Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Crappie are biting on white jigs and minnows. 2014 samples showed crappie up to 14".  
Bluegill Sunfish Good Up to 1 lb Bluegill can easily be caught with a small piece of worm or a small spinner or jig.
General Comments
Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/17/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
      Weekly Fishing Reports will return during March 2016
Channel Catfish      
Wiper      
Crappie      
Saugeye      
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 12/17/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
      Weekly Fishing Reports will return during March 2016
Channel Catfish      
Crappie      
Largemouth Bass      
Saugeye      
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 2/1/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Catfish stockings will resume in April, 2016. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout Good Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are stocked every 2 weeks from Nov 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek)  The last stocking was 1/28/2106 and the next are scheduled for 2/11/16 and 3/3/16.
General Comments

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/17/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      Weekly Fishing Reports will return during March 2016
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Crappie      
Channel catfish      
Black bass      
White bass      
Wipers      
Walleye     Walleye Minimum length limit 18 inches.    
General Comments
The City of Winfield requires additional permits for anglers using the lake. Stop in to the lake office before fishing at the lake.



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

LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/7/2016 Print

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

70% 4-7"

18% 7-9"

13% 9-11"

Bluegill and redear sunfish are more easily caught using light line, 2-6 pound test.  Use a small hook baited with a worm or a tiny spoon or jig around deep brush piles.  On warmer days, they may be caught closer to the surface and in shallower water.
Channel Catfish fair

33% 11-16"

67% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

0% 28-36"

Channel catfish can be caught near the top edge of channel breaks on worms, shad sides, or stink bait. 
Largemouth Bass fair

23% 8-12"

59% 12-15"

18% 15-20"

0% 20"

In colder months, bass mainly feed along and adjacent to deep channel breaks.  Jigs tipped with worms and silver spoons work well.
Crappie fair

41% 5-8"

32% 8-10"

14% 10-12"

14% 12-15"

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

This is a general winter fishing report describing expected and typical winter fishery patterns.

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

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2015 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2015 test netting.

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



BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/26/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 9-12" Crappie angling will be hit and miss throughout winter. Use electronics to find schools of fish suspended near underwater structure and depth changes.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfish anglers will have inconsistent success throughout winter. Generally, the bite will slow when water temperature falls into the 40s. Setlines in the upper end remain a good bet for picking up some fish.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18" Bass fishing will slow with cooler weather. Look for rocky shorelines with a southern exposure on warm sunny days.
General Comments
New District Newsletter

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

 
 



BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/27/2016 Print

 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Slow  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly around deep water structure. 
Channel catfish  Slow  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, live bait or worms. The four fish feeders are off until spring.  
Crappie  Slow  8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure in deeper water. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population, with some quality-size fish available.
Largemouth bass  Slow Mostly 8-16 inch fish. Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around deep-water structure. 
General Comments
 



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 1/25/2016 Print

species ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie FAIR 8 to 12 inches water levels have enhanced fishing. try jigs, minnows. Recent sampling show a nice population of 10 - 14 inch crappie
Channel catfish Great varies, try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits, Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in. 
Largemouth bass Good most bass in the 14 to 20 inch range good reports of bass in recently flooded weedbeds, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure, 
General Comments

Water levels are lower from the winter months. Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in. 

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

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 on the west side..



BOURBON COUNTY ELM CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 1/25/2016 Print

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

Water levels are lower from the winter months. Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

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

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: 1/25/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass GOOD Fish 10 to 18 inches dominate the population Fish the shoreline, weedbeds and piers, use spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers. As waters cool, better during warmer time of day
Bluegill/redear sunffish Fair all sizes Nice redear are available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float. Bluegill are also available but are smaller in size.  
Walleye Slow to Fair varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms, lakewide,
Crappie Slow to FAIR 8 - 12 inches and up Over brushpiles,near drop-offs this time of year using minnows, jigs ,
General Comments

Water levels are low in the winter months. Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth and spotted bass at this impoundment, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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 



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 1/6/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Good 8 in to 18 inches Plastics or crankbaits worked around warm water
walleye Slow-Fair 14-25 inches Crankbaits or jig and crawler around points and humps
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Blue cats- cut carp or shad around deep points or dropoffs. Channel cats -various baits lakewide drifting.
smallmouth bass Good 10-20 inches jerkbaits or crankbaits on points and around the riprap. finesse plastics if the bite seems tough.
white bass/Wipers Fair-Good up to 5lbs. Vertical jigging spoons near schools of shad in the warm water area
crappie Slow-Fair 11-15 inches Focus on the deeper water around timber and channel ledges.
General Comments

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

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: 1/27/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &Location
Bluegill / redear  Slow  6 - 8" Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure in deeper water. 
Channel catfish  Slow

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, live bait, or worms. The four fish feeders are now off until spring.
Crappie  Slow Mostly 7-9 inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Many small 7-9 inch fish are available with some bigger fish mixed in. 
Largemouth bass  Slow  All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished along drop-offs, brush piles, and other structure in deeper water.
General Comments
 



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 1/25/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Largemouth Bass Good 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches The water is at full pool and water clarity is good at this time. Work the shore and water willow areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms.
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" A limited fishery exists some are taken on jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky areas
Channel Catfish Good 12" 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, 
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

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 and the lake is primarily a boat lake. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit. Lake brochures are available at the Linn County Courthouse information display case or online at www.linncountyks.com

Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

Remember to Clean, Drain and Dry.

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

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: 10/26/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie will school throughout winter near the dam, river channel, or newly placed habitat structures.
Channel catfish Good 18-26 inches Catfish angling can be tough when water cools, but fish will actively feed upon ice out.
White bass Poor 8-16 inches White bass anglers can be successful trolling the Elk River, but success is inconsistent.
Outlet     Fishing is good at the outlet when water is being released.  Use the link below to determine release volume.
 

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

Eleven habitat structures were placed on a small hump on the northeast end of the reservoir at 37.26575, -95.77932.

Approximately 45,000 blue catfish from 5 to 8" were stocked in both 2014 and 2015. 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 (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

Youth/Mentor Pond

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



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

29% 11"-16"

50% 16"-24"

14% 24"-28"

7% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on channel breaks.  Watch for inflows durring winter to trigger feeding.
crappie good

25% 5"- 8"

32% 8"-10"

31% 10"-12"

11% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a minnow or jig around deep brush piles and channel breaks.  Crappie school in deep water in front of the outlet gates and deep holes in the river, like the one at Ladd Bridge.  On warmer days, they feed in shallower water closer to the surface.
largemouth bass poor

40% 8"-12"

20% 12"-15"

40% 15"-20"

0% 20"+

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of the river produces a fair density bass population. There were 17 bass per hour of electrofishing around the Ladd Bridge section of the river. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, worm, spinner or crank bait around stumps and brush in the river.
white bass fair

29% 6"- 9"

28% 9"-12"

32% 12"-15"

11% 15"-18"

Use a jig, minnow, or silver spoon on channel breaks.  White bass will continue to feed on gizzard shad until they die-off under the ice.
General Comments

This is a general winter fishing report describing expected and typical winter fishery patterns.

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

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

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2015 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2015 test netting.

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



FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 1/25/2016 Print

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

 

Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

Recent tree/habitat placements will improve angler success for bass and crappie.  Channel catfish are great after a rain in the south end where the creek comes in. 

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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: 12/11/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair-Good 8-14 inches Small jigs around brush along the steep banks fish are probably 10-20 ft. deep
Channel catfish Fair 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 3lbs. crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, or drop shot rigs around brush and shallow cover. Lots of small bass in the lake utilize the slot limit and harvest fish up to 13"
Wipers Fair up to 10 lbs. Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. 
Walleye Slow   trolling with crankbaits or jig and crawler
General Comments

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

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

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



GARNETT SOUTH - Last Updated: 12/11/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 5lbs. Jigs, plastics, or suspending jerkbaits worked really slow
Bluegill Fair up to 8 inches Small jigs
Channel Catfish Fair 8-30 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Fair 6-10 inches Small jigs or minnows under a bobber around structure
Wiper Slow    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
Trout Good   Small spinners or generic trout bait

Comments: Trout season is open until April 15, and the daily creel limit is 5.

All anglers 16 or older are required to have a trout permit regardless of species targeted.

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: 12/11/2015 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair Anglers are having some luck drifting various baits in the main lake.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Fair Trolling cranks or using small spinners or jigs all over the lake. There are a lot of nice sized fish 15"+ in the lake.
Crappie up to 15" Fair-Good Most fish probably close to the dam or near boat ramp area in deeper water.

Comments

We completed our annual netting survey 10-13 thru 10-16, and saw similar results as last year. This lake has a fantastic white bass and crappie population currently. We sampled several hundred crappie most of which were over 10" and a good portion were over 12". The largest crappie we saw was 15" and weighed 2 lbs. Some nice ones were caught in the gill nets out in open water, but the majority seem to be relating to the rocky banks next to deeper water.

 

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

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

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



LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/25/2016 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. The lake has big flathead and blues to catch. Recent fish population indicates a good population of channel catfish and the growing blue catfish up to  40 pounds
Crappie Slow 9 - 12 inches There are a good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. This time of year harvest  improves with the cooling waters on jigs/ minnows  near structure.  
Largemouth Bass Good with a strong reservoir  population   varies but good size is not uncommon Available water levels will have bass in the weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations. As the waters cool fish tend to start moving and congregate near warmer waters
white bass Fair to Good varies, some 1.5 pounds Use shad imitations, silver spoons big jigs, or cut shad while casting, drifting or trolling near shallow points or rip rap.  
wiper Fair to Good some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad, lots of wipers along open areas of water in the 1 - 5 pound range.
General Comments

Wipers around 1-5 pounds and white bass up to 2 pounds.  Lake water temperatures are now cooling.  Of course, as winter approaches fish tend to be nearer to the warm outlet water to some extent.  

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

 Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake. The location is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot.

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! 

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 

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



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
blue, channel catfish Fair to Good varies The river is high level, fish are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, worms
walleye Slow to Fair varies use minnows, jigs, work the pools below riffles
white bass/wipers Fair varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
       
General Comments

The river and streams on the state wildlife area are open to fishing. The Marias des Cygnes River is a great place to float and fish. Some of the wildlife area pools are draining. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area and along stateline road bridge. For additional opportunities call 913-352-8941 for accurate information on wildlife pool drainage.

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

 Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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

 



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/4/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location
Part Time Job Opening - Creel Clerk     Person needed to interview anglers at Melvern Reservoir, March through October on selected days.  March, July-October average monthly work hours = 96; other months work hours = 144.  Incumbent needs to be to able to identify common sport fish and interact with the public well.  Must provide own vehicle.  Pay is $ 11.79/hr.  Person is reimbursed for mileage at 54 cents/mile.  If interested contact Richard Sanders, 785-832-8413, richard.sanders@ksoutdoors.com
       
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.
Crappie Poor -Fair 0.3-1 lb Bite has been erratic, one day good the next no good.  Anglers are using ice spoons and small jigs over structure in 18-30 feet of water.
General Comments
Feb. 4  water level 1.66 feet low, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 33.  Most of lake open.  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: 1/27/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Slow  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure in deeper water. 
Channel Catfish  Slow  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, live bait, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish are stocked in the Mined Land Wildlife every October. These fish are 8-16 inches in length and average 1/3 pound each.
Crappie  Slow  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure in deeper water .   
Largemouth Bass  Slow  All sizes Try jigs, worms, spinner baits, or crankbaits fished around brush and other structure. 
Rainbow trout  Very Good  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn.  The first 2015 fall stocking took place on Oct. 15th with a stocking of 1,932 rainbows. Bi-weekly stockings of 935 fish will continue through May 2016.  Most rainbows are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. Five percent of each stocking is comprised of 14-inch or larger fish. Trout can live year-around in this unique strip-mined lake, so fish in the 3-5 pound range are occassionally caught.
General Comments
Trout Anglers - Youth 15 and younger are not required to purchase a trout permit, but their daily creel limit is 2 trout/day. All anglers 16 and older are required to have a trout stamp to fish in the trout lake in Area # 30. Brown trout less than 20-inches in length must be returned to the water immediately. The creel limit for browns is one fish per day. 



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/26/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 14-24" Catfish angling can be good until water falls into the 40s. Try stinkbait or chicken livers.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Bass fishing can be good during cooler weather on warm, sunny days. Focus on moving soft plastics along rocky shoreline on the north end of the lake. Please consider harvesting fish under the 13"-18" protected slot length limit to improve size structure of the largemouth bass population.
Crappie Fair 6-12" Schooling crappie can be found suspended along the creek channel and underwater structure during winter.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 8-11" Bluegill and redears can be caught in cooler weather by fishing a worm around 6 ft below a slip cork in 8 to 10 ft of water. 
General Comments

Six habitat cubes were placed near 37.16237, -95.68882 on August 3, 2015.

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

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

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

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

District Newsletter

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



MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 1/25/2016 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, Channel catfish are great after a rain in the south end where the creek comes in. or lake wide,
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish FAIR varies Use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie Slow to Fair 8 to 14 inches some larger Along the south tree line or habitat structures and drop offs along the creek channel.
Largemouth Bass Good varies Bass are in shallow and close to weed beds, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments

Water levels are lower from the winter months. Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

Sign up for the Mound City 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 

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: 7/15/2015 Print

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

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

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

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

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

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



NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/27/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / redear  Slow All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly around structure in deeper water. 
Channel catfish  Slow All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, minnows, worms, or shrimp fished near the bottom. The three fish feeders are off until spring.
Crappie  Slow 7 -12 inches Try fishing small jigs or minnows near brush or cover. Many 7 to 10-inch fish are available, with some quality fish mixed in.
Largemouth bass  Slow All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around deep-water structure. 
General Comment
 



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/4/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to receive additional information about this lake (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) a couple of times during the year, sign up to receive a newsletter using this link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Fair 0.3-2 lbs Using minnows and jigs over deep water brushpiles.
General Comments
 



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE EAST - Last Updated: 1/25/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
Wipers Slow to Fair size varies, use live shad or shad artificials and hang on. lake wide trolling with sassy shads, from the bank and boat, with crankbaits, spoons, worms.
Channel catfish Fair to Good 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, may bugs, worms, prepared baits, lakewide.
Largemouth bass Fair to Good varies good results along the shoreline weedbeds, dam, and woody habitat using silver or blue crank baits or soft baits.   
Walleye, saugeye Slow 18-24 inches An incidental fish taken near deeper habitat.
white crappie Slow to Fair 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 over the brushpiles, use pink or green jigs,minnows
General Comment

Water levels are lower from the winter months. Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

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: 1/25/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
channel catfish Good Size varies, some up to 8 pounds Use cut shad or sunfish, (best on chicken liver), shrimp, worms, prepared baits, along dam, lots of fat fish from 2 - 6 pounds.
crappie Slow to Fair 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 Along the water willow along the dam, piers and the brushpiles with crank baits or spinners,
bluegill Fair varies Most fish are under 8 inches. use a small worm or jig under a float.
General Comments

Water levels are lower from the winter months. Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

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: 10/20/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Channel Catfish  Fair to Good 2 - 7 pounds Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  Lakewide or stilling basin. 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  Fair to Good varies lakewide and the windy side of the points, wipers are following the schools of shad, minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes liver and shad imitation lures
Crappie Slow but has improved with cooler waters    varies but range 8 -12 inches Some taken over or around woody habitat, structures and large rocks on jigs and/or minnows.
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

The lake level is now 6 inches low.  The lake clarity has improved to approximately 2 feet. and outflows are at 15 cfs . Boat ramps are open as usual.

 Zebra mussels now inhabit this lake.  Please be extra careful and " Clean, Drain and Dry" before  and after using any equipment on this lake.

 For additional information, water temperature, release rates, please check:http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/po/daily.cfm .

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!  

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

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TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

17% 11"-16"

63% 16"-24"

11% 24"-28"

9% 28"-36"

Use a worm, shad sides, or stink bait along channel breaks in winter, especially ones off points.   Watch for inflows to trigger feeding.
largemouth bass poor

41% 8"-12"

21% 12"-15"

35% 15"-20"

3% 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 50 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in Walnut Creek. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, spinner, worm, or crank bait around stumps and brush in river and Walnut Creek.
white bass fair

78% 6"-9"

9% 9"-12"

11% 12"-15"

2% 15"-18"

Use a jig, minnow, or silver spoon along channel breaks.  White bass will continue to feed on gizzard shad until they die-off under the ice.
white crappie good

3% 5"-8"

30% 8"-10"

55% 10"-12"

11% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

In colder months, crappie can be caught on jigs, minnows, or small spoons around deep brush piles, channel breaks, and deeper flooded timber in Manns Cove and Toronto Point Cove.  They frequently school in deep water in front of the outlet gates.  On warmer days, they feed in shallower water in the back of Toronto Point Cove and flooded timber along Verdigris River inlet channel.  They also school in deep holes in the river and Walnut Creek.
General Comments

This is a general winter fishing report describing expected and typical winter fishery patterns.

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

 

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2015 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2015 test netting.

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



WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/26/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 16-24 inches Catfish can be readily caught until water temperature falls into the 40s on fresh shad and stinkbait.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22 inches Largemouth bass will be active on warm, sunny days during winter, but fishing will slow as water temperature declines.
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie fishing will be hit or miss during winter. Look for fish suspended along the creek channel and hear the bridge on the upper end.
General Comments

Six habitat cubes were placed at 37.69780, -95.67415

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

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

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

New District Newsletter

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



WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/11/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 6 lbs.  crankbaits and jerkbaits around dropoffs and shad schools
Channel Catfish Fair up to 15+ lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. 
Crappie Fair-Good up to 12" Lots of fish in 15-20 ft. range around brush. and dropoffs. Many fish are under 10" but some big ones are available
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations in open water or windy points, vertical jigging with spoons. Look for schools of shad and the wipers should be close.

The lake is 6.5 ft. low. Boat Ramp is still usable, but use caution.

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

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

Woodson State Fishing Lake Brush Piles - 

WOSL BRUSH PILES (OCTET-STREAM 12.12 kB)



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OLD - Last Updated: 12/11/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Slow 1-3 lbs. Suspending jerkbaits near dropoffs and shad.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. mostly on liver, can be caught using various shad imitating lures. 
channel catfish Fair 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Jigs or crankbaits around the rocks, and dropoffs
crappie Fair-Good up to 14" Look for crappie in deeper water around the dam or creek channel. Some crappie have been caught off of the newly placed Georgia Cubes.
General Comments

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required. The lake is about 2 ft. low. 

Eleven Georgia Cubes have been placed in the lake for habitat use the following GPS coordinates to find them.

37° 51'56.46"N             37° 51'55.68"N           37° 51'55.44" N         37°51'54.30" N         37°51'54.12" N

95° 44'44.52"W            95° 44'52.50"W           95° 44'41.34" W         95° 44'41.82" W       95°44'43.38" W

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

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



YATES CENTER - Last Updated: 12/11/2015 Print

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair small jigs around deep weed lines
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Slow Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18". Use winter techniques jigs or suspending jerkbaits worked really slow
Catfish up to 10lbs. Fair livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair Curly-tailed grubs or swim baits around schools of shad. Wind blown shorelines should be good places to start.
Crappie up to 12" Fair-Good Focus on creek channel legdes and deep timber 15-20 ft. 
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits or dragging a jig and crawler around the points and rocky banks

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

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

This lake contains Eurasian Watermilfoil. Please remember to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment when leaving water bodies.