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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: 11/15/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 6 lbs We collected fair numbers during the last 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 nice bass angling. 
Bluegill Slow 4 to 6 Inches

Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bait.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.

We stocked 3,000 adult bluegill in October!

Channel Catfish Fair to Good 10-22 inches

Good numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.  In the fall, the fish can be found lakewide and will often bite on chicken liver, shad sides, shad gizzards, and stinkbait.  Fall netting revealed the best numbers along the east bank in shallow water.

We stocked 5,000 additional catfish in August!

Saugeye Fair to Good 12-24 inches

Saugeye numbers are good, but most are less than 18 inches. Our fall 2016 sample included 75 saugeye of which only 8 were over 18 inches. 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 last fall while test netting.

We stocked 5,000 saugeye this spring!

Crappie Good Most 8-11 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 14 inches can also be caught. 
General Comments

Water temperature: 53°F

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: 11/17/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Good Up to 15 inches Jigs, minnows, or small slab spoons fished around the fish attractors.  Anglers reported catching 25 fish in the 10 to 13 inch range on a good day.  
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches Vertically fishing slab spoons and live bait over edges of deeper points and other drop-offs, or around the fish attractors has produced fish occasionally.  Anglers have reported catching a few keepers in the 18 to 21 inch range.
White Bass/Wipers Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons and live bait over deeper structure such as road beds and points has been good.  Vertically fishing slab spoons around the fish attractors can be good for a few white bass from time to time.
Rainbow Trout N/A N/A Trout will not be stocked in the Cedar Bluff Stilling basin during the 2016/2017 trout season.  For a list of alternative trout waters visit http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Trout-Fishing-Program/Trout-Stocking-Locations

WATER TEMPERATURE-55

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2118.95-25.05 below conservation 

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

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

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



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/15/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches

We found the best crappie numbers around the causeway and west of the causeway while sampling this fall.  Anglers should target near the causeway bridge, off the brush piles between Boller Point and the bridge, and near Boller Point.  Most of the fish are in the 10-12 inch range, but a few larger fish are also available to anglers.  The deep brush piles of Campground 3, Swim Beach, Harrison Point, and in Walnut Creek are also good options for crappie anglers this time of year.  

There are good numbers of crappie in the trout pond that anglers should be able to catch this fall!

Walleye Fair to Good 9-23 inches There have been a few walleye caught over the past few weeks with anglers targeting them along the river channel drops in 15-20 feet of water near Waconda Spring, Wally World, and south of the golf course.  We also collected decent numbers of adult walleye off the south end of the dam, north shore points, and around Walnut Creek.

White Bass

Wipers

Good

11-17 inches

19-24 inches

Anglers have been doing very well on whites and wipers lately from boats and the bank.  There are a lot of smaller white bass being caught, but bigger whites are showing up in the creel as well.  Twistertails and Kastmasters fished off rocky banks and on the windblown side of the reservoir seems to be the best technique.  Boat anglers have also been trolling in Walnut Creek, along the Cawker causeway, and near the south bluffs and reporting good catches.  Fishing off Swim Beach point will yield a mix of white bass and wipers.
Black Bass Excellent 10-19 inches This is a great time to get out there and catch some smallmouth and largemouth bass.  The cooler water in the 50's and 60's will have fish actively feeding throughout the day.  Smallmouth bass can always be found along the dam and in the state park during the fall while largemouth bass can be found in similar areas as well as along the south bluffs, Mill Creek, and Schoen's Cove.  Traditional bass baits all work well in the fall.
Channel Catfish Good All Sizes These fish are scattered now, but the best place to locate them is along the flats near Walnut Creek and off Takota Point.  Drifting the the old 24 road bed and fishing south of the Cawker park are also good places to try.  Channel cats can be found around some of the brush piles and the old foundations 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: 56ºF         Current Water Level: 1.0 foot above Conservation

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



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/15/2016 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-11 inches The crappie population is dominated by three and four year old fish in the 8-10 inch range as we collected many of these during our 2016 fall sample.  There are also a few 11-13 inch fish as well, but they are not as common.  This 2013 year class should provide a boost to the crappie numbers as they continue to grow.  Anglers will have success fishing crappie around the deep brush piles using jigs and minnows.
Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches

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

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

Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 11 inches collected this fall.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-9 inch fish and fair numbers of 10 to 11 inch fish.

Largemouth Bass Good 10-20 inches There are good numbers of 15-16 inch fish in the lake right now with a handful of fish over the 18 inch upper slot limit. The biggest fish collected this spring was a 5 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.  Summertime fishing means topwater so pull out those Zara Spooks and buzzbaits for some great action.
General Comments

Water temperature: 53ºF

Water level: FULL



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good Variety Slow. The bite has slowed due to cooling water temperatures; try cutbait from 8 to 20 foot of water or shallower after lunch and toward the evening.
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches Fair. Crappie have moved to intermediate and deeper depths. Find brush piles or rock off the bank from 6 - 16 ft. depths. Fish near brushpiles off of Loder Point and Yankee Run or near the tower. 
Trout     NOTICE: The second stocking took place on Monday, Nov. 28th with nearly 2,000 rainbow trout. Fish were stocked (from N to S) at power poles #25, 19, 16, 10, 5 and in the bottom pool. Good luck!
Walleye/Saugeye Fair Variety, up to 21" Fair. Reports of fish in Buzzard Bay Cove. The Fall bite has slowed but fish can still be caught; look for fish at moderate depths off the dam and deeper points. Try jigging small swimbaits or earthworms.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Good. The best fishing will be towards the dam or just off the river channel in the middle of the reservoir.
Wiper Good All sizes Good; reports of fish up to 11 pounds and limits being caught off points and deeper flats near river channel. Try live minnows and trolling soft baits.
General Comment

Elevation: 2.1 feet above conservation pool.

Water Temperature:  56 - 59 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: 11/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Are catching fish off the public fishing dock and private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the 3 fish attractors.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Are catching fish off the swim beach and up west by the Marsh Dike using jigs and jigs tipped with worms. Would also try fishing along the North end of the Dam and along the south road bed using jigs and jigs tipped with worms or trolling diving lures.  Stocked in 45,000 saugeye fry on 05-19-2016.  Also heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18 inch length limit.
Wiper Fair 15 to 28 inches Are catching them at the mouth of Leota cove and Concrete cove using jigs and jigs with worms and/or minnows. Stocked 40,000 wiper fry on 05-11-16.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Are catching catfish up to the west end using stink bait, liver and worms on the bottom. Also, look for them to come up shallow as they start feeding up for the winter. 
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Are catching bass along the Dam, in Leota and Schoen's coves and up by the sand pit using artificial baits and crankbait's.  Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 47°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2291.07 ---- 13.23' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 3.46 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time. 

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

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



KIRWIN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Are catching crappie around the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs and jigs with minnows. 
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Are catching a few off the river channel and railroad flats using jigs and jigs with worms and/or minnows.  Would also try fishing along the dam and river channel trolling diving lures. 
White Bass/ Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Are catching fish along the Dam and Cottonwood Grove areas.  Would also try fishing along the Crappie Point area using jigs depending on the wind direction and trolling diving lures.  Stocked 100,000 wiper fry on 05-11-16.
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Are catching catfish from Gray's park and up towards the west end using shad and stink bait on the bottom. Would also try fishing up in Bow creek using shrimp and liver on the bottom.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 47°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1724.32 ---- 4.93' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS OPEN TO BOATS. 

Currently, the water level is 11.59 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.

Started irrigation releases on 06-20-2016 and stopped releasing on 08-26-2016. 

Fish cleaning station is NO LONGER on the NE corner of the square in Kirwin. The USFWS, BOR and KDWPT are in the process of constructing a new facility just West of the water tower.   

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: 11/15/2016 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 15-25 inches The best walleye numbers in the fall are consistently found off the north shore between Cedar Point and Walleye Point and along the north half of the dam.  We also collected good numbers of large walleye around Pawnee Point and the 2-mile Road area this past fall.  Slowly trolling crankbaits might just be the best option this time of year.
White Bass/Wipers Fair to Good

7-13 inches

14-23 inches

The wipers and white bass were scattered a bit during fall sampling last month, but days with a strong south wind has yielded good numbers of fish along the north shore from Cabin Point to Walleye Point.  There have also been decent numbers of whites along the 2-mile road bridge area and near Pawnee Point.
Channel Catfish Fair 3-12 pounds

We had a very nice sample of catfish this past fall and they were found pretty much lakewide.  Sizes varied considerably, but many of the fish were between 16 and 22 inches.  These fish can be caught using shad sides, shad gizzards, and stinkbait.

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

Crappie Fair to Good 7-13 inches There are a lot of crappie in the reservoir now, but most of them are one year old fish less than 10 inches.  There are, however, a fair number of fish between 10 and 13 inches for anglers to target.  Fishing around the deep brush piles off Cabin Point, Cedar Point, and the Marina will be good places to start, but fishing around the marina boat docks can also yield some fish.
Comments

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:  53ºF             Current water level: 0.5 feet below conservation

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



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/8/2016 Print

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

Water Temp. 74

Lake is currently full and running over the spillway.  Hope to be stocking fish by the end of the month if water quality allows.

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: 11/17/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Jigs or minnows around the fish attractors or trolling small crankbaits along the dam.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Fishing soft plastics, swimbaits, and spinner baits around shoreline brush, laydown trees, rip-rap, and flooded vegetation.
Saugeye Good Up to 3 lbs. Casting or trolling shad imitating crankbaits or casting white jigs along the dam and over shallower shelves has produced fish.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber along rocky shorelines or around deeper brush.
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Up to 19 lbs. Live sunfish, shad, or prepared baits fished on bottom on shallow flats has been best.
Wiper Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting small white or silver jigs and spoons has been good for primarily smaller fish.
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: 11/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Poor 9 to 17 inches Catching a few crappie around the north and south shore breakwater's and fish attractor's using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.
Walleye Poor 14 to 28 inches Have been catching a few off the river channel and Old Marina point using jigs with worms and/or minnows.  Would also try trolling diving lures along the Dam and Bluff areas. Remember the 15 inch length limit.
White Bass/Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Are catching white bass around the north shore breakwater, Old Marina Point, along the Dam and along Rock Point cove using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms and trolling diving lures. Stocked 50,000 wiper fry on 05-11-16.
Catfish Poor 20 to 36 inches Catfish are being caught from Old Broken up concrete ramp on the north side of Reservoir and up to the west part of the Reservoir.  They are being caught using worms, liver and stink bait on the bottom. Would also try using shrimp and shad. 
Rainbow Trout Excellent 10 to 20 inches The second load of trout was stocked on Nov. 28. Trout are being caught on little spinners, salmon eggs and powerbait. Next load is scheduled for around the 1st of January.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 47°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1889.51 ---- 2.94' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 19.62 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.  

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

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's 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: 11/21/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 10-14 inches Poor. Crappie numbers are very low and no reports of fish being caught yet but fish are likely moving towards shallower rock and cover to feed prior to spawning. Coves towards the upper end of the reservoir and Otoe in Hell Creek are your best bets.
Stripers Fair to Good 3-8 pounds Good. There are reports of fish being caught on the West end, Hell Creek, and a few near the dam in shallow water. Fish in the morning and/or evening with topwaters, livebait, spinners, or shad imitation jerkbaits. There is an abundance of stripers in the 16 - 18" range. These fish have excellent body condition compared to the last few years.
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-21 inches Fair. Cooler water has them being caught at moderate depths. Find contour changes and areas in the middle or lower reservoir with 12 - 30 foot depths with rocky bottoms.  Trollers are having some success but anglers using colored jig heads with earthworms, curly tail grubs, or shad swimbaits are also having success.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-10 pounds

Slow. Try cutbait, liver, dough baits, and worms near the river channel and off points such as Minooka, Lucas, etc. Look for fish to move shallow (<8 feet depths) towards sundown. The channel catfish population in Wilson has been a nice surprise the last few years.

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

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds Fair. Reports of anglers catching a few off the river channel from the upper reservoir to Minooka. Try jigging the flats adjacent to the channel with small spoons and shad imitations.
Black Bass Fair 10-18 inches Fair. Bass are becoming more spread out with the recent elevation rise and cooling water temperatures. There are reports of both Largemouth and Smallmouth being caught. The Smallmouth Bass are currently the best bet and can be caught off rocky points and shorelines throughout the lake. Fish over 3 lbs. are being caught. Try crankbaits, carolina rigged soft baits, and shaky heads near shore or less than 12' of water.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

Good. Some are being caught up to 12" in size. We found moderate numbers of white perch around the upper end of the reservoir as well as Hell Creek.  The lower end 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 the river channel near the bluffs towards Minooka - IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

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

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 1.2 feet ABOVE conservation pool - THE LAKE HAS FILLED !!!

Surface Temperature = 57 - 59 F

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

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



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

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/9/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 0.9 lbs Not many crappie picked up in our fall samples, however, what's there is of nice size with some reaching 15 inches and weighing nearly a pound. For best luck, try a jig and minnow over brush piles.   
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs

Small hunk of worm under a bobber along the piers and lakewide. 

We sampled 66 bluegill in our October nets: 56 were <3", 8 were 3-6" and 2 were 6-8".

Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs

The fish feeders are empty and will not be filled until spring. Channel catfish can still be caught from shore using cut shad, dough balls, or chunks of worm.  

We sampled 37 channels in our October nets: 10 were <11", 18 were 11-16" and 8 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 7.7 lbs. 

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow cover. 
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Small hunk or worm or cricket under a bobber around the shallow vegetation.  
General Comments
 



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/9/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 1.0 lbs.

Best luck for Crappie would come from fishing brush piles surrounding fishing jetties using a jig and minnow. Some fish are being caught along the dock as well 

We sampled 167 crappie in our October nets: 31 were <5", 45 were 5-8", 77 were 8-10" and 6 were 10"+ with the largest crappie weighing 0.55 lbs.

Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs.

Using a chunk of worm under a bobber or small spinner around the vegetation and off the piers is tough to beat.  

We sampled 56 bluegill in our fall nets: 1 were <3", 41 were 3-6" and 14 were 6-8" with the largest bluegill weighing 0.3 lbs.     

Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs

The feeders are empty and will not be filled again until spring. Channel Catfish can still be caught regularly using cut bait, doughballs, and worms this time of year. 

We sampled 16 channels in our fall nets: 7 were <11", 8 were 11-16" and 1 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 5.5 lbs.   

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or plastics working the shallows, along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Small chunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the brush piles. 
General Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as the information becomes available.  



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/24/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great catfish population. 
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Wiper Fair Up to 22" 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 to Good 1/2 to 1 pound The crappie population has seen some good growth in the last year and the fish are finally getting bigger.  There are a lot of 9 to 10 inch crappie in the lake this year.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Overall saugeye numbers are down some, but the fish are of a nice size. Casting or trolling crankbaits.
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght limit.
General Comments

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

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CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/23/2016 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.
Smallmouth Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This regulation change makes smallmouth bass regulations the same as those for largemouth bass.
Crappie Slow 0.5-1.5 lb Fishing for crappie has been slow this week.  A few have been caught using jigs.
Wiper Slow 3-5 lbs A few have been caught by crappie anglers using jigs.
Trout Fair 0.5-1 lb More trout were stocked the week of Nov. 14.  Anglers were catching a few fish.
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 Nov. 23 was 1.52 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 7 cfs, temp = 51.  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: 11/23/2016 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
       
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-5 lbs Casting jigs, spinners, and crankbaits along shoreline cover.
Channel catfish Slow-Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using nightcrawlers, shad and cut bait.
Crappie Fair 0.25-0.75 lbs Using jigs and small crankbaits.  Some activity from shore, some in deeper water.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/23/2016 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
Largemouth bass Fair 0.3-1.5 lbs Some being caught on worms, jigs and spinnerbaits around shoreline cover.
Channel catfish Poor-Fair 0.5-4 lbs Using nightcrawlers, minnows, and cut bait.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-1 lb Using jigs and minnows off deeper rock piers and brushpiles.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lb. No Reports.
Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs near vegetation edges. 
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits fished near the docks and near edges of vegetation. Best bite occurring during low-light conditions.  
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: 11/30/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good up to 1 lb jigs and minnows near rock and brush 10-15ft deep.
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs Cut bait and worms along windy banks
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lbs jigs, worms, and crankbaits along dam and rock points
Black bass Fair up to 4lbs jigs and crankbaits near rock/brush/points
Bluegill Fair size varies tube jigs and worms near cover 5ft 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: 11/30/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rock 10ft deep
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs along points, river channel, and deep flats on worms, and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Good   along dam and rocky banks on jigs and crankbaits
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: 11/30/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cut bait and worms along windy banks or near current
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs Jigs and minnows near brush and rocks 5FT deep
Largemouth Bass Slow    
Bluegill Fair   tube jigs and worms near brush and rocks 5ft deep
White Bass Fair   near dam on jigs and crankbaits
General Comments

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

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



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/29/2016 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair Up to 9 lbs. Some walleye are being caught on shallow points and near shallow structure.  Good bet to use shad imitation lures as walleye should be actively feeding on abundant young-of-the-year gizzard shad.           
Crappie Good Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Really good numbers and size of crappie being caught in the Little Bull Arm right now. Both minnows and jigs are producing fish right now.    
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. White bass are chasing schools of gizzard shad right now and can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Fair Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass bite has been reported in shallow water in the arms. Lots of 9-12 inch fish being caught right now.  Plastic baits and jigs appear to be the baits of choice, some are also being caught on minnows.  
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Channel Catfish Fair  Up to 10 lbs. Channel cat can be taken on a variety of baits using prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are being taken lake wide at this time.     
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of November 29th the water level is 0.2 feet above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

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

  



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 10/27/2016 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  a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.25 lbs.

Crappie can be caught by vertical jigging minnows over brush piles or standing timber. Some can be caught along rocky shore lines as well.

We sampled 258 crappie in our October nets: 87 were <4", 98 were 4-8", 10 were 8-12", 64 were 10-12" and 9 were 12-16" with the largest fish weighing 1.25 lbs.   

Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs.

Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber near shorelines. 

We sampled 169 bluegill in our October nets: 40 were <3", 83 were 3-6", 42 were 6-8" and 1 was 8"+ with the largest fish weighing 0.43 lbs.   

Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.5 lbs.

Catfish can be taken from shore using cut shad or nightcrawlers. For best luck, fish along the windblown shore. 

We sampled 22 channels in our fall nets: 1 was <12", 3 were 12-16", 13 were 16-24", 4 were 24-28" and 1 was 28"+ with the largest fish weighing 12.5 lbs.  

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Crankbaits, spinners or plastics along the shoreline, rip rap and structure. 
Walleye/ Sauger Fair

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

Jigs and crawlers or spoons on those humps and bumps. Some luck could be had drifting minnows or crawlers.   

We sampled 24 Walleye in our October nets: 3 were <12", 10 were 12-18", 5 were 18-24" and 5 was 24"+ with the largest Walleye weighing 6.2 lbs. 

We also sampled 32 Sauger in our October nets: 2 were <12", 27 were 12-18", and 3 were 18-24" with the largest Sauger weighing 2.0 lbs.  

General Comments
This lake has invasive vegetation present! Please take the time to inspect you fishing gear or watercraft before and after entering the lake to ensure you are not transporting any vegetation or other invasive species. 



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 10/24/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has decent numbers of fish 11" to 12" long.  Anglers have been catching a few lately.  There is a brushpile just south of the dock.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate. 
Walleye Slow 1 to 5 pounds Walleye fishing will be tough this year as the 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.  Can be found chasing schools of shad.
Wipers Fair Up to 12 pounds The current wiper population is dominated by fish less than 15 inches, but there are a few big ones around.  Can be found near schools of shad.  Casting crankbaits, spoons, or live bait.
General Comments

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy.  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: 10/24/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 4 lbs The lake has an excellent smallmouth bass population with the highest sample numbers on record and they can be found along any of the rocky shoreline.  The lake has a low level largemouth bass population dominated by smaller fish. 
White Bass Good Up to 3 lbs The lake has an exceptional white bass population this year.  In the most recent sample, 73% of the fish were over 15 inches.  
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 12 lbs There are pretty good numbers of wiper in the lake with 86% over 20 inches and 5% over 24 inches in the most recent sample. 
Walleye Fair Up to 5 lbs Overall walleye numbers are below average, but numbers have been improving the last few years with 40% over the 15 inch length limit.  Daily creel of 2.
General Comments

The lake is closed to fishing during the waterfowl hunting season which starts October 29th. Fishing access will resume in March.

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

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

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: 11/16/2016 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. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Bass are still being caught by anglers using jigs or plastics worked slowly along the shoreline and in & around brush piles and rip-rap.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs The fish feeders are empty and will not be filled again until this spring. Channel Catfish can still be caught using traditional baits on the bottom.   
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs

A small chunk of worm under a bobber near the brush piles and off of the jetties is hard to beat 

We sampled 47 bluegill in our October traps spread pretty evenly between 2 and 8 inches. 

Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs

The best bet for crappie would be to fish a jig and minnow near brush piles and rip rap or vertical jigging along steep drop offs. 

We sampled 9 crappie in our October traps all but one were below 10 inches. The larger fish was 13 inches and weighed 1.25 pounds.

Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs

Use a small chunk of worm or cricket under a bobber near breaks in shoreline vegetation.

We sample 171 redear in our October traps, the majority of which were between 6 and 9 inches. 

Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs

Wiper can be caught by using shad colored crankbaits off the points and jetties. If on a boat, follow the schools of shad to find the wipers or try trolling to find mobile fish.

We sampled 14 wipers in our October nets, half were near 8-9 inches and the others were between 17 and 21 inches.

Walleye Slow Up to 3.25 lbs

Twisters or crankbaits close to the dam and rocky points. 

We sampled 3 walleye in our October nets all of which were above 18 inches. 

General Comments

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

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

I see some of you have been visiting the Facebook page. If not, 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: 11/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 11 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits lakewide.   
Flathead Catfish Slow  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. Target structure and vegetation edges with live bait.   
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Crappie bite is being reported in 10-13 feet of water near the submerged roadbed.  Minnows and jigs are producing the most fish right now. Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 3 lbs. Largemouth can be taken on finesse plastics and spinnerbaits fished near trees in the coves and at vegetation edges.  
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.   
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Fair 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Fair Up to 16 inches Crappie can be taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Crappie are being caught on both sides of the culvert at this time. 
White Bass 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
The curly-leaf pondweed stand is gone right now.  Shorelines are vegetation free for the most part.  Curly-leaf pondweed will continue to die-off through June. Spot treatment with aquatic herbicide was applied the first week of May, in attempt to clear some areas for fishing.          



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/30/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Fair   near deeper wind blown shorelines and channel ledges on fresh cut bait and worms
Crappie Fair   minnows and jigs near points and ledges with rock and brush 10-20ft deep
Walleye Fair   near edges of deep flats and points on jigs, worms, spoons, and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Fair   rocky points and ledges on jigs, crankbaits, spoons, and live bait
Smallmouth Bass Good   near rocky banks/points on plastics and crankbaits
Largemouth Bass Fair   near rock and flooded brush on jigs, and swimbaits
Outlet Good   when releasing water, wipers and walleye on jigs, catfish on worms/cut bait
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: 10/31/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Slow to Fair up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill can be caught using a small chunk of worm under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.   
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs The fish feeders have been pulled for the winter. Channel catfish can still be caught using worms, cut shad, or doughballs.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.5 lbs The lake contains a nice population of larger fish for a small State Fishing Lake. They can be caught using spinnerbaits, plastics, or crankbaits around the brush piles. However, the recent rains have impacted water clarity so choose baits that will make a lot of noise both in color and in sound.
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow along shoreline and around the brush piles. Water is cloudy so choose baits that will make a lot of noise both in color and in sound.
 Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 11/29/2016 Print

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

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

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



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 11/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure.   
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Chicken liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Fair 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Slow Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be found drifting or trolling mudflats using jigs tipped with nightcrawler or jigging spoons. 
Wiper  Slow Up to 24 inches 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: 11/28/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Invasive! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will start spawning as the water temperature rises to around 54 degrees. Please do not move water from Perry Reservoir.
Perry News Letter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) We publish a news letter for Perry and other waters in my District. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish   Good up to 10.0 lbs With water cooling down fish should be moving to deeper water. Try fishing flats along creek channels or drop offs using cut shad or nightcrawlers.     
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir. The best opportunity seems to be trolling sandy or gravel flats with crankbaits. Some may be caught if prey is present along shore where the wind crashes into a soft bank.

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

 Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 3.0 lbs.

Crankbaits or plastics worked slowly around shoreline cover and woody habitat. The emerging Smallmouth Bass population are being caught. Generally off rocky shoreline and points.    
White Bass   Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Some White Bass are being taken fishing rocky shorelines in the upper portion of the reservoir casting jigs and crankbaits resembling shad.  
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Some crappie are being taken fishing the rock shores near the bridges and along the marinas using minnows and artificial lures.
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Some Blue Catfish are being caught drifting the flats using shad. Others being caught from windblown shore using cut shad. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, many fish are below the length limit, with a few blue catfish over the 35 inch minimum length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  
Comments

As of November 28th, water temperature at Perry Lake is currently 55 degrees and the water level holding steady at 893.66 with discharge at 25 cfs. Boat ramps are open.

Two clusters of fish habitat were placed into the Rock Creek Arm this past weekend and should be holding fish soon. Approximate coordinates are:

N 39°09.091’  W 095°29.067’ 

N 39°09.053’  W 095°29.174’ 

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

The creel survey at Perry Reservoir is complete for this year.  Thank you to everyone that took the time to respond to Jacob and Jared's questions. This information will be used in conjunction with the sampling date to better evaluate the fishing opportunities in Perry Reservoir. 

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/24/2016 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 Fair to 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: 10/24/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches The bluegill population offers decent numbers of harvestable sized fish. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound A few crappie are being caught.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with 60% of the fish in the most recent sample were over 12 inches. 
General Comments

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

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POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 10/24/2016 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.  In 2016 a total of 4,000 channel catfish were stocked in the lake. Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Slow 1/4 to 1 pound A few being caught off of the docks or along the dam.
General Comments

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

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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 10/24/2016 Print

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

Fishing for channel catfish and flathead catfish has slowed down some with the cooler weather, but catches have still been fair.  A few nice blue catfish are also being caught.  Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.  Blue catfish are usually caught on fresh cut bait.

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

White Bass and Wipers Fair to Good 1/2 to 8 pounds

Fishing has been pretty good the last month.  Jigs, crankbaits or live bait.

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

Drum Fair to Good 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are an abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Slow to Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds Best baits are jigs, crankbaits or live bait.  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: 10/27/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs

Currently there is also some harvest near rocky shores and standing timber or brush piles on jigs and/ or minnows.

We sampled 70 crappie in our October nets: 8 were less than  5", 36 were 5-8", 11 were 8-10", and 15 were 10-12" with the largest fish weighing 1.4 lbs. 

Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs

Bluegill can be taken using a small chunk of worm under a bobber around the shoreline and some in the brush piles.  

We sampled 91 bluegill in our October nets: 17 were <3", 69 were 3-6", and 5 were 6-8" with the largest fish weighing 0.41 lbs.

Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 17.0 lbs

Some larger Channel Catfish have been taken by anglers fishing from shore using cut shad and other traditional catfish baits. 

We sampled 24 channels in our October nets: 3 were 11-16", 17 were 16-24", 1 was 24-28" and 3 were 28-36" with the largest fish weighing 17.1 lbs.   

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Largemouth Bass can still be caught by fishing artificial baits around shore lines or weed lines. 
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.5 lbs.

Drifting jigs and crawlers in front of the pump house hit both sides of the drop off. 

We sampled 10 walleye in our October nets: 3 were of 10-15", 5 were of 15-20" and 2 were of 20-25" with the largest fish weighing 5.4 lbs.     

Wiper  Great up to 7.5 lbs.

Wipers can be caught by casting shad or shad colored artificial baits from shore. Anglers with boat access should have luck drifting or trolling crankbaits or whole shad through open water. 

We sampled 88 wipers in our October nets: 28 were less than 12", 12 were 12-15", 24 were 15-20", 10 were 20-25" and 1 was 26" with the largest weighing 6.6 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: 11/23/2016 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.
       
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs.
Crappie Fair 0.3 - 1 lbs Anglers are catching crappie off the shore casting and retrieving jigs in 2-6 feet of water.
Channel catfish Poor-Fair 0.5-4 lbs Using worms, shad, bluegill,  and cut bait.
Trout Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using powerbait, little cleos, small spinners 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: 11/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Slow Up to 15 inches Minnows on a slip-bobber fished in deeper water. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide using doughbait or cut-bait fished in the evenings.
Wiper Fair Up to 9 lbs. Shad imitation baits or worms fished near mainlake points are producing best right now. 
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics and spinner-baits are working best right now fished near shoreline structure.  
Trout Good  Catchable Trout are biting on powerbait, worms, small spinner-baits, and kastmasters.  
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: 10/24/2016 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 to Slow 1/2 to 1 pound The current crappie population is dominated by fish less than 10 inches.  
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish.  For 2016 a total of 4,650 channel catfish have been stocked into the lake.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

There is a creel survey being conducted at the lake in 2016.  If you are surveyed by the creel clerk, then please answer completely to help us better understand your angling experience and preferences.  Thanks!!

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: 10/24/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1.5 pounds The lake has decent numbers of larger fish.  Fishing has picked up the last month and anglers have been catching some in 10 to 14 feet of water.  Best places have been near brush or rocky points near channels.
White Bass Slow to Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake does not have a lot of white bass this year but the fish are big. Near rock points.
Catfish Fair Up to 20 pounds

Fair channel catfish numbers and a young blue catfish population. Decent fishing in the upper third of the reservoir with cutbait.  Fishing at the tubes has been good for catfish. 

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

Largemouth Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds Coves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing.
Saugeye Slow Up to 6 pounds Most of the population is below the 15 inch length limit and harvest is expected to be low in the reservoir this year, but lots of little ones growing quickly for next year. 
General Comments

You can check current water conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/24/2016 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 Fair Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs The lake has fair numbers of saugeye over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Some crappie are being caught on jigs and minnows suspended near structure. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms and wax worms under a bobber fished in the shallows.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 10 lbs. Liver or livebait fished near mainlake points. Best bite is occurring in the evenings.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished shallow and near vegetation edges. Best bite early-mornings and late-evenings. 
Smallmouth Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Slow Up to 6 lbs. Trolling shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. Nightcrawler and a jig drift fished across mud flats
Rainbow Trout   Catchable Trout season is over but target them again next fall.   
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: 11/10/2016 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.
Bluegill No report No report Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
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.

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 2017.

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: 11/10/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Rainbow Trout Fair  2 fish per pound Try small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits. 
General Comments

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. The Cimarron National Grasslands Meade SFL is a Type 2 trout area, a trout permit is required only for those fishing for trout.  

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: 11/10/2016 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.
Bluegill No report No report Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
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.
White bass No report No report Try jigs and crankbaits, 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 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 2017.

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: 11/10/2016 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.
Bluegill No report No report Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
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.

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 2017. 

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: 11/10/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bullhead No report No report Worms and liver
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.
Bluegill No report No report Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.

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 2017.

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: 11/10/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth bass No report No report Try spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs. 
Channel catfish No report Up to 2 lbs Try  stinkbait, worms, shad sides or liver
Rainbow trout Fair 2 per pound Try for them using small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits. 
General Comments

Rainbow trout were stocked last week and trout season opened on November 1st.  All anglers fishing at Lake Charles from November 1 through April 15 are required to have a trout stamp.   A trout permit is required to fish for and possess trout during the trout season.  

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: 11/10/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bullhead No report No report Wormsand liver
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.
Bluegill No report No report Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.

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 2017.

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: 11/10/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bullhead No report No report Wormsand liver
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.
Bluegill No report No report Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.

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 2017.

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: 9/13/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
General Comments
 

Hoidgeman SFL has gotten a good inflow of water this spring and restocking efforts will continue.  The table below shows what has been stocked so far.  

Hodgeman SFL

YEAR SPECIES #NUMBER STOCKED SIZE DATE
2013 CHANNEL CATFISH 5301 3 fish/lb 10/03/2016
2013 HYBRID  BLUEGILL SUNFISH 921 Adult 09/25/2013
2015 BLUEGILL 24750 Fingerlings 10/28/2015
2015 CHANNEL CATFISH 1001 1 pound each 10/28/2015

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: 11/10/2016 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.
Bullhead No report No report Wormsand liver
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.
Bluegill No report No report Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
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.

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 2017.

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



JETMORE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/10/2016 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.
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.
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.

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.  A trout permit is required to fish for and possess trout during the trout season.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2017.

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



KIOWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/10/2016 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.
Bluegill No report No report Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
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. 

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 2017. 

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



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: 9/13/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Channel catfish Good up to 2 lbs Stinkbait, liver, worms.
       
General Comments

On September 12, 450 lbs of channel catfish averaging 1 lb each were stocked.

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: 11/10/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Location
Rainbow trout Fair 2 per pound Try for them using small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits.
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.  
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
General Comments

Rainbow trout have been stocked and trout season opened on November 1st.    Meade SFL is a type 2 trout area.  A trout permit is required to possess trout during the trout season.  

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: 11/10/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Rainbow trout Fair  2 per pound Try using spinners, swim baits, and topwaters.
General Comments

Rainbow trout were stocked last week and trout season opened on November 1st.  Try for them using small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits.  All anglers fishing at Centennial Pond from November 1 through April 15 are required to have a trout stamp.   

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: 11/10/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report No report Fish around any deeper brush or vegetation you can find. 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.
Bluegill No report No report Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
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.
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.

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 2017.

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

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

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



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 11/30/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Fishing prepared baits or cut bait over shallow flats and backs of coves has been best.
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 13 inches Minnows and small tube jigs fished around the fish attractors or drifting jigs in deeper, open water from a boat.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Fishing soft plastics, swimbaits, and crankbaits around shoreline structure or brushpiles is usually best.
Sunfish Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Fishing worms or small jigs under a bobber along the edges of cattails, along rip-rapped shorelines, and brushpiles has been best.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair/Good Up to 7 lbs. Anglers have reported catching some nice fish over the past couple of weeks.  Casting fish imitating baits over points and drop-offs should be productive.
Rainbow Trout Excellent 0.5 lb. average

We conducted the second stocking of the season on November 28, 2016 with the release of 1,240 rainbow trout.  A valid trout permit must be possessed by anglers 16 years and older to fish for and harvest trout.

Anglers are catching limits using powerbait and corn.  Worms, marshmallows, and artificial lures such as in-line spinners can be effective too.

General Comments

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

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

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

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



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

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/21/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair Up to 30" Fair. Cooling water temperatures have these fish more difficult to catch. A lot of reports of fish below the 15" length limit and some from 15" to 18". Recently, a 20# fish was caught. Try cutbait, worms, and liver off the dam or shallow spots in the late evening.
Crappie Fair 8-10" Fair. A lot of small fish <10" being caught but a few over 17" have been reported. Fish directly off dam, piers, and brush with small jigs and live minnows.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 7 lb. Good. Falling water temperatures are making bass more difficult to catch, but not impossible. Try finesse lures (shaky head worms, grubs, and weightless senkos) in cloudy conditions. Fish jigs and soft baits during midday near vegetation or rock.
Saugeye Fair 15-20" Fair. Saugeye bites have picked up due to the Fall cooling. 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 15 - 23" fish with spinning jigs and plastic worms around aquatic vegetation and near the shoreline.
General Comments
A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.



ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/9/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good up to 18" Largemouth bass have begun to move closer to the shoreline and can be caught lakewide.  Use lures near structure and shoreline vegetation.
Channel catfish Good up to 2lbs Channel Catfish have picked up with the warmer weather, and are best caught on prepared catfish baits or prepared cutbait. Feeders are on the lake.
Bluegill Good up to 1lb Bluegill fishing is good near the shoreline with small lures and a worm fished under a bobber.
General Comments
Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please 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: 10/7/2016 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 Fair to Good up to 8 lb

Nightcrawlers during times of inflow.  Prepared baits or cut bait near the fish feeders.  Fish feeders are up and running.

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 19 inch Working larger plastics through shallow weeds and around cover will tempt active fish.  Early morning and late evening remain the best times.
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 Fair up to 7 inch Small live bait offerings fished closed to weeds, wood, or rocky shorelines.
General Comments
 



CAREY PARK POND - Last Updated: 6/9/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs. Catfish will be stocked 3/16, 4/29, 5/27, 7/7 and 9/8 
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: 10/7/2016 Print

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

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

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

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

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

New Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lbs

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

In the upper end during inflows using worms or cut bait or prepared baits off of the piers.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 16 inches

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

Crankbaits and plastics near vegetation and cover.

Saugeye Fair up to 19 inch Casting crankbaits or curly tailed grubs along rocky points and rocky shorelines.
Spotted Bass Fair up t0 14 inch Crank baits and spinner baits along rocky shorelines in the bottom half of the lake.
Bluegill Fair   Live bait fished in shallow near shore areas close to vegetation, brush, or rock.
White Crappie Fair Up to 11 inches Minnows or minnow tipped jigs fished in the brushpiles.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/9/2016 Print

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

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

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

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

White Bass and Wiper Good Various White Bass and Wiper have been being caught recently in the upper end of the lake. There are high densities of temperate bass and lots of quality fish. Fishing should be as good for temperate bass in 2016 as it has been in recent years, and many of the wiper that were smaller in 2015 will have reached 19-21" this spring. Fish have recently been found in northern coves away from structure feeding on shad. Tandem jigs spaced 18" apart are effective.
Walleye Fair Up to 28" Walleye are being caught sporadically.
Crappie Fair Up to 15" Crappie fishing is slowing down but crappie are still being caught sporadically. 
Channel Catfish Good 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
The new fishing dock area near the marina cove was improved with some snag-resistant habitat structures after construction, made from pvc pipe and concrete blocks.  Additional fish habitat is planned for placement near the dock later this spring.  <embed href='ezobject://47019' />



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/30/2016 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 Fair up to 7-inch jigs, worms near vegetation 5ft deep
Crappie Fair up to 11-inch Jigs or minnows in water 10-20 feet deep near brushpiles, rocks, weed edges, and dropoffs
Channel catfish Good up to 4 lbs Cut bait and worms in windblown/current areas near weed edges and dropoffs
Black bass Fair up to 20-inch Jigs, and jerkbaits near cover and vegetation edges 5-10ft deep
Walleye Fair Up to 22-inch near dam and points on jigs, worms, and crankbaits.
White bass Fair up to 2 lbs near dam and points on jigs and crankbaits
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: 11/30/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir.

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

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

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lb cut bait and worms near windy flats
Saugeye Good up to 5 lb Jigs, worms, and crankbaits near shallower rocky points
White Bass Fair up to 15-inch near rocky points on jigs and crankbaits
Wiper Fair up to 30-inch See white bass report, also live bait along channel ledges
White Crappie Fair up to 15-inch

Near brush and rock banks suspended 15ft deep on jigs and minnows.

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

.12 feet high, releasing 4 cfs.

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/7/2016 Print

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Black Crappie     Few reports available this week.  Check the ledges on the south shoreline.
Bluegill Fair up to 7 inch Live bait fished under a float near weeds or brush.  The fishing piers generally hold bluegill which are easily accessible.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 6 lbs

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Nightcrawlers during times of inflow.  Livers and stink baits are also effective.  Areas where the wind is pushing water to shore or across a point are good spots to look for hungry cats.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 17 inches Rocky and weedy areas are holding fish.  Good baits are plastic worms and medium sized crank baits.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 11 inches Worms fished on the bottom in water 5 to 8 feet deep.
General Comments
 



DILLON NATURE CENTER - Last Updated: 6/9/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Rainbow trout N/A 10 to 18-inches The next trout stocking will occur in November, 2016.  Trout season ends April 15.
Channel catfish Good 1-5 lb Catfish will be stocked 3/16, 4/29, 5/27, 7/7 and 9/8 .
Bluegill Good Up to 8" Near the bank and around structure on night-crawlers.
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/14/2016 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 Fair up to 28 inch

Blue catfish are being caught in the creek channels in the middle and lower part of the lake.  Fresh cut shad is the bait of choice.  Blues are also being caught in the stilling basin while releases are occurring.

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

Effective January 1, 2016:  25 inch to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish.  Daily creel limit is 5 per day with no more than 2 35 inches and longer.

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

Wiper Slow up to 24 inch

Trolling crankbaits on windy points and rock shorelines.  Also slab spoons on old roads, humps, and breaks.

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 Slow up to 15 inch

Slab spoons on breaks during the day.  Trolling medium size crank baits is also producing some fish.

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

White Perch Fair up to 11 inch

Rocky structure in water 12 to 18 feet deep.  Small hooks and live bait, smaller jigs, or spoons are all good baits.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair up to 14 inches Jigs or minnows in brush 8 to 12 feet deep and along channel edges 7 to 14 feet down near timber or brush.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Drifting shad on the flats and prepared baits in old Bluestem Lake area.
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches

Walleye activity has been hit or miss.  No real pattern has developed and fish have been caught a wide variety of depths on a wide variety of baits.  Vertical fishing jigs or slab spoons on breaks has been the most consistent technique.

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

Rainbow Trout Good 10 inches up to 3+lbs

Trout Season opened November 1.

Anglers have been doing well on small jigs, spoons, and spinners and also baits such as PowerBait and cheese.

Trout were last stocked on November 14.

General Comments

0.15 feet high, releasing 13 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

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



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 6/9/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-4lbs Channel Catfish are stocked periodically throughout the year at East Lake, and will provide plenty of catfishing for anglers in 2016.
White Crappie Fair  up to 12 inches White Crappie will be active around brush piles and standing timber throughout the month of June. Try small jigs or minnows especially around brush piles. 
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5 lbs Largemouth bass will are picking up and moving into the shoreline areas.  They are most active throughout June and into the summer.  Large spinning lures or dark colored worm rigs are the best for bass fishing.
Saugeye Fair to Good up to 4 lbs There are some nice looking saugeye at East lake, but they're spread out.  Try fishing on rocky points off the fishing piers.
White bass Fair to Good Up to 2 lbs Spinning jigs will work during this spring, especially with the recent rains, White Bass have moved up into the upper end of the lake.
Bluegill Excellent Up to 1/2 lb Bluegill can be caught lakewide next to the shorelines. The best baits are small spinning lures (white, chartreuse) or a small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the rocky shorelines.  Bluegill on a fly rod are a really nice opportunity at East Lake!
General Comments

The county has many family and fishing events scheduled this summer! 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: 6/9/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Excellent up to 1/2lb Bluegill will be excellent throughout June and into July as the fish spawn.  The best baits are small spinning lures (white, chartreuse) or a small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the rocky shorelines.  Bluegill on a fly rod are a really nice opportunity at West Lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18 inches Largemouth bass are moving into the shoreline areas, and can be caught lakewide. They are most active beginning this month and throughout the summer.  Large spinning lures are best during windy days, while dark colored worm rigs and creature baits are effective around structure.
White Crappie Good 8-12 inches After a few years of small crappie, the population is showing some real promise this year.  Crappie bite best on jigs near brush, especially on the west side of the lake.
Channel Catfish Good 1 lb plus Channel Catfish are stocked periodically throughout the year at West Lake, and will provide plenty of catfishing for anglers in 2016.
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: 6/9/2016 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 Good up to 5lbs Bass are growing and reaching lengths up to 21 inches since the lake was renovated. Try white spinners or pumpkin colored worms along rocky shorelines. Lipless crankbaits worked over weedlines also effective.
Northern Pike Fair Up to and over 30" Pike are active in colder water and will bite about any lure at any time. There were pike approaching 30" captured in fall samples.  The pike  wrapped up their spawning thru the end of March. A few people have recently reported catching Pike at Kingman. 
Bluegill Good Up to 1lb" The biggest bluegill in the lake are around 8 inches.  Use worms under a bobber near structure, or a small spinning lure.
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: 10/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 3 lbs Liver, prepared baits, and nightcrawlers off points and along wind blown shorelines.
White Crappie Fair up to 11 inch Jigs or minnows fished near brush piles.
Largemouth Bass Good up to 15 inch Small crank baits or plastic baits near submerged cover and brush.  Also fishing buzzbaits and surface baits after sundown.  
Saugeye Fair up to 18 inch Crankbaits or jig and plastics fished near rocky shallow shorelines.
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches Small live bait offerings fished under a float are always a good bet for bluegill.  Target areas with brushy or rocky cover. 
White Bass     Few reports available recently.
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: 10/14/2016 Print

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Channel Cat Good up to 11 lbs Drifting nightcrawlers on the flats or points.  Stinkbaits fished in chummed areas.
White Crappie Fair up to 12 inch Brushpiles and ledges with jigs or minnows.
Walleye Fair up to 23 inch Trolling crankbaits or slab spoons on flats, humps, and points.
White Bass Fair Up to 14 inch Trolling crankbaits or casting jigs off the points.
Wiper Good Up to 19 inch Anglers are reporting success on wipers on crankbaits and lipless crankbaits.
General Comments
Normal pool releasing 7 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 6/9/2016 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 will be stocked monthly until September.  There are lots of nice channel catfish at Afton - use prepared or cut baits for best results.
Saugeye Fair Up to 21" Saugeye are present in small numbers at Lake Afton. Use dark colored spinning jigs along dam and rocky shorelines.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 3 pounds Largemouth bass have been more active as the water temperatures have risen, and will stay in spawning mode until mid-June.  Fish around standing vegetation and rocky shorelines using large spinners or a plastic worm rig or creature bait.
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Crappie catches have been slowing down lately, but are still being caught sporadically.
Bluegill Sunfish Excellent Up to 1 lb Bluegill can easily be caught with a small piece of worm or a small spinner or jig, year-round.  Bluegill are preparing to spawn right now, and will be very active thru July along the shoreline.
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: 10/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 4 lbs Liver, cut bait, or nightcrawlers on windy points
Wiper Fair to Good up to 20 inches Trolling crankbaits along the dam and old dam and casting crankbaits on wind blown shorelines
Crappie Fair up to 12 inches Jigs and minnows close to cover
Saugeye Fair up to 22 inches Crank baits and spinner rigs off of points and along the dam
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 10/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 3 lbs Nightcrawlers and livers
Crappie Fair up to 10 inches Jigs and minnows near structure
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 16 inches Spinnerbaits and plastic worms near shoreline cover
Saugeye Fair up to 18 inches Casting crankbaits on rocky shorelines during periods of low light.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/9/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Catfish stockings have resumed as of March 15, 2016 and will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area 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 Good 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 Excellent 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 N/A 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 on March 3, 2016.  The next trout will be stocked in November at the beginning of the next trout season.
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: 10/7/2016 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 Fair up to 12 inch Crappie are being caught in the south side coves on minnows in water 7 to 14 deep near timber or brush.  A few fish beginning to show up along the dam.
Channel catfish Fair up to 5 lbs Shad sides, nightcrawlers, or stink baits on the north shore flats.  Also cut bait on wind blown points and nightcrawlers during times of inflow.
Black bass Fair   Anglers have reported catching largemouth and smallmouth recently but overall success is Fair at best.  Smallmouth bass are protected with an 18-inch minimum length limit and few, if any, smallies have reached this size.  Look for largemouth around flooded shoreline cover and look for smallies along rocky shorelines, points, and along the dam.
White bass Good up to 16 inch Fishing slab spoons and jigs along the old road.
Wipers Good up to 21 inch Fishing slab spoons and jigs along the old road.
Walleye Fair up to 26 inch

Walleye Minimum length limit 18 inches.

Walleye are on the flats and points where they can be caught on jig and crawler combos or spinner rigs.

   
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: 11/17/2016 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 most easily caught on 2-6 pound test line, a number eight hook baited with a worm, grasshopper, or cricket, a single split shot for weight, and a small bobber or simply tight line. They can be caught around rocks on jetties, brush piles, and over aquatic vegetation. Dry flies are working very well.
Channel Catfish good

33% 11-16"

67% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

0% 28-36"

Channel catfish are typically caught on or near the bottom on worms, shad sides, or stink bait. They can be caught in coves around feeders and along the weed line. Watch for fish to congregate in the inlet stream during inflows.
Largemouth Bass good

43% 8-12"

25% 12-15"

31% 15-20"

1% 20"

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

41% 5-8"

32% 8-10"

14% 10-12"

14% 12-15"

Due to very clear water in Lyon SFL, crappie are most easily caught on light line. Small jigs or minnows are best fished around brush piles, rock jetties, and aquatic vegetation edges. Due to clear water, fish spook easily so be stealthy.
General Comments

Expect the cold front predicted on Friday to slow fish feeding activity.

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 2016 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: 10/4/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 9-12" Look for crappie to move into tight schools as water cools. Schools will move around, but typically associate with the creek channel. Slow moving soft plastics or minnows will produce fish.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Use cut shad along wind-blown shorelines throughout winter.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18" Slow presentations with soft plastics near offshore habitat will produce fish through winter.
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 (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

 
 



BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/19/2016 Print

 

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



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 11/7/2016 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,  
Largemouth bass Good most bass in the 14 to 20 inch range good reports of bass, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure.
General Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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



BOURBON COUNTY ELM CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 11/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish FAIR varies  try off dam on bluegill chunks, chicken livers or cut shad, Lakewide. Recent fish population sampling lots of nice channel catfish from 3 - 8 pounds.  The fish feeders are off for the season.  
Largemouth/Smallmouth bass FAIR varies lakewide, fish are in shallow, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs, go top water with a spook or a jitterbug for eXtra fun.  
Bullheads FAIR varies use worms,or liver lake wide  
Bluegill FAIR varies small baits and worms under floats, along weedbeds around fish attractors  
Walleye FAIR  varies also try the dam and rocky structure in the south half of the lake with jigs or minnows  
Crappie FAIR lots of small fish with 50 limit in spawning areas and along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

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

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: 11/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass FAIR Fish 10 to 18 inches dominate the population Fish the deeper water structure, weedbeds and piers,  spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers.
Bluegill/redear 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 FAIR varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish FAIR 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms, lakewide,
Crappie Slow to FAIR 8 - 12 inches and up Over brushpiles,near drop-offs this time of year using minnows, jigs ,
General Comments

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

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

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

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

 Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY"

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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

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



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/22/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair-Good 8 in to 18 inches Jerkbaits and swimbaits around the rocky points and weedbeds. Fish will be moving to the hot water area as it gets colder.
walleye Fair 14-25 inches Trolling cranks over points and humps or drifting with jig and crawler. 
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair 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 Fair-Good 10-20 inches Plastic jerkbaits or senkos around rocky shorelines and points. Mid range cranks on rocky structure.
white bass/Wipers Fair-Good up to 5lbs. trolling cranks or vertical jigging around windy points, dropoffs, or shad. Fish will be moving to the warm water as it gets colder.
crappie Fair-Good 11-15 inches fish should be holding on creek channel bends around timber 10-15 ft. deep.
General Comments

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

The hot water is running so many species will be moving in to the hot water discharge as the temperatures continue to fall.

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

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

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



CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/19/2016 Print

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

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

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



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 11/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches The water is at full pool, into a lot of weedbeds, 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. Early morning and evening are good times to work the shoreline with top water baits. With the cooler temp bass can be seen working the surface.
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 15" to 8 pounds This is a good catfish population with fish over 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds. Use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats, Fishing around the feeder can be very good. The fish feeder is off for the season.
Crappie Slow to Fair any size Sampling indicates good numbers of nice fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and jigs, lakewide
Walleye Slow to Fair most between 15 to 17 inches Recent sampling indicates good numbers of  fish (17.5 to 22 inches) are available. Some are taken on jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

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

This lake was sampled on 5/19/2016, and many largemouth bass were caught and released, varying in size (nothing over 4 lbs.), as well as a few smallmouth bass.  There is a great channel cat population, and a few walleye between 14 and 21 inches were seen as well.

The fish feeder is off for the season.  Though channel catfish are still caught around the feeder area. 

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

Remember CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!

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

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

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



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/4/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Look for crappie suspending near the dam in schools. Some fish are also suspended midlake along the river channel or near timber in the Elk River.
Blue and channel catfish Fair 18-26 inches Use cut shad along windblown shallow shorelines when the water cools.
White bass Fair 8-16 inches White bass fishing is tough in winter but will pick up in the Elk River in early spring.
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.

Eleven habitat structures were placed on a small hump on the northeast end of the reservoir at 37.26575, -95.77932. An additional four structures will be placed seasonally in State Park Cove to attract spawning crappie.

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 (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

Youth/Mentor Pond

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



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/17/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

29% 11"-16"

50% 16"-24"

14% 24"-28"

7% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on mud flats.
crappie good

25% 5"- 8"

32% 8"-10"

31% 10"-12"

11% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a minnow or jig around brush piles in South Rock Ridge Cove and rocky points.
largemouth bass poor

50% 8"-12"

38% 12"-15"

13% 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 19 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 with spinner or shad imitation crank bait trolled over mud flats or rocky points.  Watch for schools of gizzard shad breaking the surface to locate schools of white bass.
General Comments:

Expect the cold front predicted on Friday to slow fish feeding activity.

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 2016 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: 11/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Good varies water level is normal the bass are in or close to the cover.  Use shad crank baits, soft plastic baits to fish structure and along rocky points,  
channel catfish Good varies, some very nice  High populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide, use cut shad, 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.  The fish feeders are off.
walleye Slow varies jigs, minnows along spawning areas.
white crappie Fair/Good varies, many over 11 inches 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

 

The fish feeders are off for the season.  Ft Scott Lake has a good reputation for producing good stringers of channel catfish.  Channel catfish from the rearing pond were recently stocked in to this lake.

Recent tree/habitat placements will improve angler success for bass and crappie.   

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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

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

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



GARNETT NORTH - Last Updated: 10/31/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair-Good 8-14 inches fish are probably suspended near brush or dropoffs 8-15 ft. minnows under a slip bobber or jigs. Good numbers of fish over 10 inches seem to be present.
Channel catfish Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 4lbs. Square bill crankbaits or jerkbaits along the water willow and rocky banks, but if the bite is tough switch to finesses rigged plastics. Lots of small bass in the lake utilize the slot limit and harvest fish up to 13". Bass should be feeding heavily this time of year.
Wipers Slow-Fair up to 6 lbs Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. 
Walleye Slow   curly tailed jigs or crankbaits along the bank near deeper water.
General Comments

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

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: 10/31/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Soft-bodied jerkbaits or large senkos around structure. Crankbaits and jerkbaits should also produce some fish
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with with a worm
Channel Catfish Fair 8-30 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Fair-Good 6-10 inches Small jigs or minnows under a bobber around structure. A recent sample showed good numbers of larger fish available.
Wiper Poor    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
Trout Fair-Good   various trout baits and small spinners.

Comments

Trout Season starts Nov. 1 and runs through April 15. This is a Type 1 water which means a trout permit is required of all anglers 16 or older.

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

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



JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/31/2016 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair Drifting livers or prepared bait lakewide or below the dam with same baits nightcrawlers also work well below the dam.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Fair Spinners, cranks or curly tailed grubs along dam or below the dam.
Crappie up to 15" Fair below the dam or up in the river or creeks around fallen trees or logjams on minnows and jigs. Best bet is probably up in the river around the logjams.

Comments - 

 

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: 11/18/2016 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 a growing population of 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 early fall/cooling waters on jigs/ minnows  near structure.  
Largemouth Bass Very Good   varies but 16 to 21 inches is common Available water levels will have bass in the weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations. 
white bass Fair to Good varies, some 1.5 pounds Use shad imitations, silver spoons big jigs, or cut shad while casting, drifting or trolling near shallow points or rip rap.  
wiper Fair to Good some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad, lots of wipers along open areas of water in the 1 - 5 pound range.
General Comments

Wipers around 1-6 pounds and white bass up to 2 pounds.  White bass and wipers will be chasing shad on the surface.   Sampled for bass the last week of May,  we saw largemouth bass up to 6 pounds.  The bass seem to be located off the points more than in the coves.   This lake has had a reproducing blue catfish population for many years, fingerling blue cats were stocked this fall to supplement that population.  It is another goal for this lake to improve blue cat angling.

A variety of fish are being harvested right now, including some largemouth bass, wiper and white bass, as well as a few catfish. All 3 of the fish feeders are OFF for the season.  PVC  fish habitat cubes were sunk in clusters earlier this year around the Marina and around the feeder at the horse trail area, accessible for bank anglers.

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

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

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! 

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

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

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: 11/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
blue, channel catfish Fair to Good varies 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 drained and low fish populations. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area. For additional opportunities call 913-352-8941 for accurate information on wildlife pool drainage.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing.

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

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

 



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/23/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you would like to receive additional information about this lake a couple of times a year, sign up for the newsletter at the following link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish daily limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation change is to protect adult brood fish which hopefully will allow increased production of young blue catfish, translating into increased numbers of blues in Melvern.
Sauger     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes sauger and walleye have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.
Spotted Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes all black bass (i.e. largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.33-1.5 Anglers are having to move around a lot to find fish.  Best bite using bright colored jigs, some on minnows.
Smallmouth bass Fair-Good 0.5-3 lbs Anglers are catching fish primarily on small crankbaits and jigs.
Channel catfish Slow 1-5 lbs Some action reported using cut sunfish and shad.  Worms have accounted for a few fish.
       
General Comments
Nov. 23 water level 1.05 feet high, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 55.  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.  Feeders are operational.



MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/19/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and weed-lines. 
Channel Catfish  Good  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, live bait, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish are stocked in the Mined Land Wildlife every October. These fish are 8-16 inches in length and average 1/3 pound each.
Crappie  Fair  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure. 
Largemouth Bass  Good  All sizes Try jigs, worms, spinner baits, or crankbaits fished around brush, weed-lines and structure. 
Rainbow trout  Slow  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. The first trout stocking of the fall season is planned for October 24, 2016 when approximately 1,800 rainbow trout will be delivered by Crystal Lakes Trout Farm. Most rainbows are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. Five percent of each stocking is comprised of 14-inch or larger fish. Trout can live year-around in this unique strip-mined lake, so fish in the 3-5 pound range are occassionally caught.
General Comments
Trout Anglers - 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: 10/4/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 14-24" Catfishing will be good into late fall and even winter. Try punch baits or chicken livers in deep water. The northeast bank is particularly productive when water cools.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Stick with spinnerbaits or crankbaits until water cools into the low 60s. Focus on offshore habitat with soft plastics in cooler water.
Crappie Fair 6-12" Crappie will move into tight schools as water cools. Try to find them off the east dock around the PVC habitat structures.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 8-11" Bluegill and redears can be caught by fishing a nightcrawler about 18" below a cork in 2 to 6 ft of water. 
General Comments

Six habitat cubes were placed near 37.16237, -95.68882 in 2015. Five habitat trees were placed around the east fishing dock and one habitat tree was placed in front of the west fishing dock in 2015 as well.

Montgomery State Fishing Lake is a study lake for evaluating hybrid catfish (channel catfish female x blue catfish male) in small impoundments. We stocked equal numbers (1,838) of channel catfish and hybrid catfish in 2013, 2014, and 2015 and will continue to evaluate their growth and catchability. 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.  

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

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

District Newsletter

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



MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/7/2016 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, The fish feeders are off for the season.
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 Fair varies Bass are in deeper water adjacent to drop offs and structure, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments

Anglers have been having good luck at Mound City Lake with the crappie this year, with numerous sizeable fish being caught on jigs and minnows, mainly ayround underwater structure.  Fish feeders are on and attracting nice big channel catfish.  Largemouth bass numbers have really improved and continues to produce great fishing.

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: 6/13/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish CLOSED   Use a large barbless treble hook and 4-6 oz of weight to snag paddlefish immediately downstream of Chetopa City Dam. Fishing can go from poor to excellent 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 IS OPEN FROM MARCH 15 THROUGH MAY 15TH.

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

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

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

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

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



NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/19/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / redear  Good All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly around structure and weed-lines. Spring electrofishing showed many harvestable-size bluegill and redear are available.
Channel catfish  Fair/good All sizes Try liver, prepared baits, minnows, worms, or shrimp. Three fish feeders are in operation, and fishing in the vicinity of one if the feeders often increases success.
Crappie  Fair Mostly 7 to 10-inches Try fishing small jigs or minnows near brush or cover.  Many 7 to 10-inch fish are available, with some quality fish mixed in.
Largemouth bass  Good All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around structure and along weed-lines. 
General Comment
 



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/23/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
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Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-0.75 Using jigs.
General Comments

 

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

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

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



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE EAST - Last Updated: 11/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &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.  Its a great time to float out and cast into a school.
Channel catfish Fair/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, worms, prepared baits, lakewide.  The fish feeders are off for the season.
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, 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

The fish feeders are OFF for the season.  This lake was recently sampled, (06/02/2016) and has a high density of largemouth bass, great fishing for kids! Also, keep in mind that there is a decent wiper population.  The channel cat population in this lake is doing well, and during our sampling we saw a few walleye, as well as some sizeable flatheads.  channel catfish were stocked in mid October to increase fishing opportunities.

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

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

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

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

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



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE WEST - Last Updated: 11/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
channel catfish FAIR/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.  The fish feeders are off for the season.
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

Pleasanton West lake was recently sampled, (06/02/16).  61 largemouth bass were sampled with little effort, overall in very good condition and health. The largest bass sampled was 4.78 lbs., and 33% of the fish sampled were of memorable or trophy size.  Try your luck with roadrunners, jigs, and spinners for these sizeable fish!

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

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

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

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

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



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/7/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish   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.  Recent sampling indicates that that there are good numbers of larger crappie  around the 11 inch or bigger range.
Largemouth Bass Slow Most are 10 to 15 inches Pomona has a limited black bass fishery. Catches are more common in the Marina area and in the coves on a variety of baits to include crankbaits and soft baits
General Comments

The weather is perfect for fishing! The catfish population in this impoundment is good, try fishing with live bait, liver or shad.  Also remember this lake has a good wiper population! 

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

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

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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

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



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/17/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

17% 11"-16"

63% 16"-24"

11% 24"-28"

9% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on mud flats
largemouth bass poor

37% 8"-12"

29% 12"-15"

34% 15"-20"

0% 20"-25"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of Walnut Creek produces a fair density bass population. There were 59 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 with spinner or shad imitation crank bait trolled over mud flats or rocky points. Watch for schools of gizzard shad breaking the surface to locate schools of white bass.
white crappie good

3% 5"-8"

30% 8"-10"

55% 10"-12"

11% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around stumps in Mann's Cove, north side of Duck Island, and brush piles in Toronto Point Cove.
General Comments

Expect the cold front predicted on Friday to slow fish feeding activity.

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 2016 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2015 test netting.

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WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/4/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 16-24 inches Catfishing will remain good into late fall as the water cools. Use livers or cut shad on shallow flats to target actively foraging fish.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22 inches Bass will continue to bite on reaction baits through fall. When water dips into the low 60s, try switching over to slow-moving soft plastics.
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie fishing can be excellent through winter if schools can be located. Try to find schools suspended along the channel and drop soft plastics or minnows.
General Comments

Six habitat cubes were placed at 37.69780, -95.67415

Wilson State Fishing Lake is a study lake for evaluating hybrid catfish (channel catfish female x blue catfish male) in small impoundments. We stocked equal numbers (1,375) of channel catfish and hybrid catfish in 2013, 2014, and 2015 and will continue to evaluate their growth and catchability. 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.

District Newsletter

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



WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/31/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 6 lbs.  The lake is full so there is a lot of good habitat to flip jigs and plastics into. Texas rigged creature baits should be pretty good or try weightless Senkos or plastic jerkbaits. The bite should be pretty good as the water cools down the fish will be more aggressive and feeding up for the winter.
Channel Catfish Good up to 15+ lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. The upper end when water is coming in can be pretty good. Do Not Tie Boats to Feeders!
Crappie Fair-Good up to 12"  A lot of smaller fish 6-9" remember there is no length limit on crappie at Woodson so feel free to keep these smaller fish. Focus on deeper water near brush 10-15 ft.
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.

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: 10/31/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair 1-5 lbs.  Pitching creature baits or vibrating jigs in and around the water willow. Bass should be aggressive with the cooling water temps. so faster moving baits should be productive.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations along windy shorelines
channel catfish Good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Jigs or crankbaits around the rocks, and dropoffs
crappie Fair-Good up to 14" Fish should be around structure such as rocky points or dropoffs. White or chartreuse jigs fished slowly.
General Comments

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

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



YATES CENTER - Last Updated: 10/31/2016 Print

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Good small jigs around deep weed lines. There is an excellent redear population in this lake focus on the deep weed line edges.
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Good Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18". Vibrating jigs along weedbed edges or weightless senkos. Bass have been biting really good along the hard weedlines various baits have been productive.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Good 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 Try around brush and dropoffs in the 8-15 ft. range. Jigs near the brush piles close to the piers also may produce some fish.
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits or dragging a jig and crawler around the points and rocky banks, swim baits near the weedlines could produce some fish.
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.