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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

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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: 4/27/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good up to 6 lbs We collected good numbers during the May 2015 sample with fish up to 19 inches represented.  The best numbers of fish were found near the cattails and the overhanging trees in the water.  The fish are in excellent shape and should provide some great bass angling. 
Bluegill Slow 6 to 8 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bait.  These guys will be tough to catch until the water warms up a bit more.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 10-20 inches Fair numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.  In the spring, the best numbers can usually be found on the upper half of the reservoir in 4-6 feet of water.  They can often be located in the coves where the water is warmer.
Saugeye Good 13-24 inches

Saugeye numbers and sizes are very good. Most will be caught on shad imitation baits, or jig and a worm.  We found the best numbers on the upper half of the reservoir in 4-5 feet of water this fall while test netting.

Saugeye should offer some decent fishing this time of year.  They are starting to get more active now and anglers will have some success once they locate them.  Points and jetties with a drop off may produce best.
Crappie Good Most 8-10 inches Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair/good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush/rocks.  There are a lot of 8-10 inch crappie right now, but fish between 12 and 15 inches can also be caught.  The crappie spawn is progressing and anglers have been catching shallow crappie on the upper end of the lake and along the dam using minnows and jigs slowly retrieved under a bobber.
General Comments

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

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



CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/4/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Fishing jigs around flooded brush and laydown trees in 5 to 8 feet of water up in coves us usually best.  Anglers started catching a few males shallow prior to last weekend, but the cool weather interrupted progress of spawning activity.  Fish should move back shallow with the current warm weather.  
Walleye Good Up to 28 inches Fish are feeding on points, over drop-offs, and over submerged roads and parking lots.  Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers are the most popular bait for post spawn fish early in the season.  There have been a bunch of short fish in the 14 to 17 inch range reported, but anglers report most of the keeper sized fish ranging from 18 to 24 inches
White Bass/Wipers Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

White bass are spawning along the dam and adjacent shorelines  Fishing white marabou and curly-tail jigs early and late is typically best.  Most of the whites caught have been in the 13 to 15 inch range.  A few wipers are being caught by anglers fishing for whites off the dam, but casting bucktail jigs over shallow, windswept points has been productive too.  Wipers in the 2 to 6 lb. range are most common.

Attention:  For the most part the bite has generally slowed over the past week due to cool, unstable weather.  When/If the weather stabilizes and water temperature begins warming again the above fishing report will be more applicable.

WATER TEMPERATURE-59

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2120.02'----23.98' below conservation 

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

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



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/27/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Same as last week. The crappie are in prespawn mode and are typically difficult to catch this time of year.  Look for them in staging areas in 15-20 feet of water near prime spawning grounds.  Jigs and minnows will work best.  Anglers recently reported catching crappie in Osage Cove and Mill Creek using minnows under a bobber.  Things should continue to pick up through this month and into May.  There have also been a few crappie caught along the dam and on the Campground 3 brush pile.
Walleye Fair to Good 15-24 inches The fish have started to move to the river channel and are often times found on the west end of the reservoir between Schoen's Cove and the causeway for the next month.  Try fishing in 18-24 feet of water with slab spoons, swim baits, jigs and minnows, and jigs and crawlers.  Some reports indicate walleye are showing up around the Waconda Springs area in 10-12 feet of water and in Wally World.  Trolling has been working best, but drifting jig and crawler will also continue to work.  There are still a few walleye showing up along the dam as well.

White Bass

Wipers

Good

10-15 inches

14-24 inches

The white bass are in full spawning mode and have moved up the river channels and onto the rocky banks.  Fishing along the dam can be very good for both whites and wipers throughout April and May.  Other fish will routinely be found along the Cawker and Granite Creek causeway and can be caught trolling crankbaits or by casting off the bank.  Some anglers catch whites as they move up river to the North Fork log jam.  The South Fork log jam has been washed away and the fish can likely pass through it this year.
Black Bass Good 10-19 inches The smallmouth bass are spawning right now and anglers can take advantage of these fish moving shallow for the next couple of weeks.  Anglers should target traditional smallmouth areas at Glen Elder like the dam, north shore state park area, and the south bluffs.  Largemouth bass numbers will be up slightly this year and can be caught in the above mentioned areas as well as in Mill Creek and along the Cawker City causeway.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good All Sizes Try fishing the shallow creeks and coves where the water is warmest.  The catfish are often found feeding in these areas this time of year and bank anglers have reported limits in previous years.  Oak Creek, Carr Creek, and Mill Creek are all good places to start.  Cut shad, shad gizzards, and chicken livers are all good baits to try.  Recent reports indicate some limits have been taken in the above mentioned areas.  There are also decent numbers on the dam right now.
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: 62ºF         Current Water Level: 0.9 feet below Conservation

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



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/27/2016 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair to Good 8-11 inches The crappie population is dominated by three year old fish in the 8-9 inch range as we collected many of these during our annual fall sample.  There are also a few 11-12 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 Fair to Good 11-25 inches The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be very pleased with the numbers of cats in the lake right now.  Many of these fish are in the 3-5 pound range, but there are also a handful of larger fish between 7 and 10 pounds.  The fish appear to be concentrated toward the dam and on the upper 1/3 of the lake.  Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Good 6-11 inches

The bluegill numbers appear to be depressed right now with fish between 4 and 7 inches dominating the catch, but fish up to 9 inches were collected last 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 7-9 inch fish and fair numbers of 10 to 11 inch fish.

Largemouth Bass Good 10-21 inches

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

With the water warming up, anglers can also expect the bass fishing to pick up.  Warm, sunny days will find bass moving up shallow, especially in the coves and can be caught slow rolling spinnerbaits and slowly working Senkos and other soft plastics.
General Comments

Water temperature: 66ºF

Water level: 3 feet low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/5/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good Variety The bite is close to heating up; try cutbait from 3 to 10 foot of water or shallower after lunch and toward the evening.
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches Crappie have moved shallower. Find brush piles or rock off the bank from 5 - 10 ft. depths. Fish near brushpiles off of Loder Point or near the tower.  Fishing is good/average right now.
Trout     NOTICE: There are tagged trout due to a research study. Please release tagged fish and contact me at the Wilson Area Office with the tag information (785)658-2465; I would appreciate the assistance ! Tag number information is critical to this study even if you decide to keep the fish.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair Variety, up to 21" The spawn is over and adults are getting hungry. Look for fish to move shallow. The water temperature is rising very slowly but 2 - 5 fish days are still common near the dam.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Few reports of fish being caught on the upper end; some in the river.
Wiper Fair All sizes No reports.
General Comment

Elevation: 4.9 feet above conservation pool.

Water Temperature:  60 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: 4/28/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the public fishing dock and the private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the fish attractors.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week in Leota Cove and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs tipped with worms.  Also heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18 inch length limit.
Wiper Fair 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week in Leota Cove, point South of the Park Office and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs with worms.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week off the public fishing dock, off the point south of the office and east bank of Schoen's Cove using worms on the bottom.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week along the dam and in Leota Cove using artificial plastic baits and crankbait's. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 59 °

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2288.94 ---- 15.36' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.43 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time. 

We will be starting a creel survey that will run from March 1 thru October 31, 2016, therefore, if approached by our creel clerk Gary Williams please take a few minutes to answer some questions.  I would like to THANK YOU in advance for your cooperation.

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: 4/28/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week on the Dam, around the Outlet, Crappie Point area and Cottonwood Grove area using jigs.  The Reservoir is back open to boats as of April 1, 2016, therefore, would also try fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors the dam using jigs and jigs with minnows.  Added new trees to all marked fish attractors. 
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week off the Crappie Point area using jigs and jigs with worms and/or minnows.  The Reservoir is back open to boats as of April 1, 2016, therefore, would try fishing along the dam and river channel.  
White Bass/ Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week along the Dam and Cottonwood Grove area.  Would also try fishing along the Crappie Point area using jigs.  The Reservoir is back open to boats as of April 1, 2016. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being this week.  However, you might try fishing along Grays Park, along Cottonwood Grove and the South Shore Boat ramp using shad and stink bait on the bottom.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 59 °

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1714.67 ---- 14.58' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS BACK OPEN TO BOATS AS OF APRIL 1, 2016. 

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

Currently, the water level is 1.19 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time.    

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

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

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

 



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/27/2016 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair to Good 15-27 inches Anglers report catching walleye off the state park shoreline using slab spoons, swim baits, and jigs.  Fish can also be found along the river channel between Walleye Point and Cabin Point and may be caught using jig/crawler and jig/minnow combos.
White Bass/Wipers Fair to Good

7-15 inches

14-23 inches

The white bass spawn is in full gear and the fish have moved into the rocky banks.  The dam can be a great place to catch white bass during April, but other rocky shorelines along the state park and around Oak Hill have also been known to produce good results.  Wipers will be somewhat mixed in with them as well, but may also be found off Cedar Point and near the Cross this time of year.  Trolling can work great to catch whites and wipers, but casting roadrunners and Rattletraps is also very effective.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-10 pounds

This time of year your best bet for catching catfish is to target the upper end of the reservoir and the creek arms where water temperatures may have already reached 60 degrees.  Try using cut shad, shad gizzards, and chicken livers in water depths of 4-10 feet in these warmer areas.  Blue catfish may still be schooled up along the river channel between Cedar Point and Walleye Point and can be caught drifting cut shad and cut carp.

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 7-14 inches Crappie numbers are good in Lovewell right now and they will begin spawning near the end of the month.  This pre-spawn period is usually a difficult time to locate and catch crappie, but target the traditional brush piles and other staging areas in 8-12 feet of water where a drop or submerged structure is present.
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:  64ºF             Current water level: 2.0 feet 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!



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/6/2016 Print

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

Water Temp. NA

Lake is currently dry.

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Please comply with posted signs!!!!!



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/4/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 13 inches Anglers are catching some pretty nice small-lake crappies fishing jigs around shallower brush.
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 Fair/Good Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or minnows slow drifted or retrieved over points and along drop-offs.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber around the fish attractors.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Cutbait off the bottom is often best this time of year.
Wiper Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. There have been a few wipers caught by anglers fishing off the bottom for catfish.
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: 4/28/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week fishing around the Outlet, the North and South shore fish attractors and breakwater's using jigs and also jigs tipped with minnows.
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the fish attractors, river channel and along the Dam using crankbait's, jigs, jigs with worms and/or minnows.  Remember the 15 inch length limit. Short fish need to be released.
White Bass/Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week off the Dam, unimproved launch and Old Marina point.  Would also try fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms and trolling diving lures.
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs, off the Unimproved launch area, Old broken up concrete ramp, Methodist Camp point, Bow City parking lot and Old Marina point fishing shad and stink bait on the bottom.
Rainbow Trout Good 10 to 15 inches The last trout stocking occurred on March 18th.  Fish are being caught on little spinners, powerbait and salmon eggs.  Trout season is over and no trout permit is required to fish for trout, however, the 5 fish limit still applies.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 60 °

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1871.93 ---- 20.52' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.74 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: 5/5/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 10-14 inches Crappie numbers are very low and no reports of fish being caught yet but fish are likely 1 week away from 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 There are reports of fish being caught on the West end and a few near the dam. Fish in the evening with livebait, spinners, or shad imitation jerkbaits.
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-21 inches The walleye spawn is over. Fish are being caught in moderate depths but success on the dam is mediocre. The shallow water bite is picking up so look for gravel substrates, ledges, or points towards the middle and lower ends of the reservoir (6 - 20' depths). Anglers using colored jig heads with earthworms, curly tail grubs, or shad swimbaits are having success.
Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

Slow/moderate, but try cutbait off points this time of year. Look for fish to move shallow (<8 feet depths) towards sundown.

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

White Bass Good 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds The river is up so some fish might be caught on the upper end and in the wildlife area. Reports of anglers catching a few on the West end. White bass continue to hang in there at relatively low numbers, but trophy sized fish up to 18 inches were collected again this fall.  Best areas to catch white bass now include Hell Creek, the dam, and the river on the west end of the reservoir.  If you locate the shad, you'll locate some white bass.
Black Bass Good 10-18 inches Smallmouth are finishing up spawning and Largemouth are right behind them. 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.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

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

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

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 9.9 feet below conservation pool

Surface Temperature = 60 F

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

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

Cedar Point: Closed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/2/2016 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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 0.8 lbs Fish are yet to really get going as water tries to warm. It will be best along the shoreline when the water temperature approaches 60 degrees with a jig and minnow.     
Bluegill  Fair up to 0.5 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber along the piers and lakewide.  We sampled 306 bluegill in our October nets: 97 were <3", 196 were 3-6" and 13 were 6-8" with the largest bluegill weighing 0.36 lbs.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4.0 lbs The fish feeders will be back later in the spring.  Fresh shad or cut bait in the shallows.  We sampled 58 channels in our October nets: 9 were <11", 24 were 11-16" and 25 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 4.2 lbs. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to good up to 2.0 lbs Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow cover.  The best fishing early in the spring will occur in the warmest water of the lake, maybe in the upper shallows catching some sunshine.
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 0.75 lbs. Small hunk or worm or cricket under a bobber around the shallow vegetation.  We sampled 6 redear in our October nets: 3 were 4-7" and 3 were 7-9" with the largest redear weighing 0.44 lbs. 
General Comments

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

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

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



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/2/2016 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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Fish are yet to move to the shallows for spawning activities. This will occur when water temperatures approach 60 degrees.  At this time you might locate a few on that deeper brush, jig and minnow or around the dock.  We sampled 236 crappie in our October nets: 2 were <5", 208 were 5-8", 27 were 8-10" and 1 was 10"+ with the largest crappie weighing 0.55 lbs.
Bluegill  Fair up to 0.3 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber or small spinner around the vegetation and off the piers.  We sampled 56 bluegill in our fall nets: 8 were <3", 39 were 3-6" and 9 were 6-8" with the largest bluegill weighing 0.3 lbs.     
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs The fish feeders will be back later in the spring.  Cut bait in the shallows are good bait selections this time of year.  We sampled 22 channels in our fall nets: 2 were <11", 14 were 11-16" and 6 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 3.1 lbs.   
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or plastics worked shallow and along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the brush piles.  We sampled no redear in our fall nets.   
General Comments

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

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

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



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/5/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great catfish population.  Wind swept banks or near the creeks are good spots this time of year.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Wiper Fair Up to 12" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of 15 to 20" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound The crappie population has seen some good growth in the last year and the fish are finally reaching 10 inches.  Crappie are moving shallow for spawning and can be found in 2 to 4 feet of water around brush or rocks.  There are a lot of 9 to 10 inch crappie in the lake.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Overall saugeye numbers are down some, but the fish are of a nice size. 
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght limit.
General Comments

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

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CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/3/2016 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 Fair 0.5-1.5 lb Crappie are trying to spawn.  Weather fronts keep backing them off the bank.  Some days anglers are having luck from bank, other days no luck.  Boat anglers continue to catch some fish off the bank in 6-10 feet of water.  Both minnows and jigs are working.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-4 lbs During periods of runoff, anglers are catching catfish at a good clip using nightcrawlers.  Some good reports using cut bait, crappie guts and eggs.
White bass Fair 0.5-1.5 lbs Some have been caught off the dam using jigs, small spinners and crankbaits.
Wiper Poor-Fair 3-12 lbs A few are being picked up trolling crank baits.  Some have been caught casting jigs on the dam.
District Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what is going on with Clinton Reservoir (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) and other lakes in DG, SN, and OS Counties sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter by clicking this link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Water level May 2 was 6.06 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 21 cfs, temp = 62.  CORPS will be be releasing about 2000 cfs at 3 PM May 3, and increase to 2800 cfs tomorrow morning.  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: 5/2/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method and Location
       
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
       
Crappie Fair 0.3-0.75 lbs Using jigs and minnows off Marina, rock points and coves.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Casting jigs, spinners, and crankbaits along shoreline cover.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, and small jigs
Channel catfish Fair-Good 0.5-5 lbs Using nightcrawlers, shad and cut bait.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/2/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Douglas State Fishing Lake sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Poor-Fair 0.3-0.75 lbs A few being taken off points, brush piles and rock piers on jigs and minnows.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.3-1.5 lbs Some being caught on worms, jigs and spinnerbaits around shoreline cover.
Bluegill/Redear sunfish Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber and small jigs.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 0.5-4 lbs Using nightcrawlers, crappie guts, and cut bait.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/3/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lb. No Reports.
Crappie 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.  
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: 5/6/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near rock and brush 5ft deep.
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs Cut bait along windy banks
Saugeye Good up to 5 lbs jigs along dam and rock points
Black bass Good up to 4lbs jigs, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits 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: 5/6/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good up to 4 lbs cutbait along windy banks
Crappie Good up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rock 5ft deep
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs along points and flats on worms
White Bass/Wipers Good   along dam and near creeks on jigs
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: 5/6/2016 Print

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

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

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



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/3/2016 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair Up to 9 lbs. Some walleye being found on flats and near channel ledges.  Some walleye can be found shallow at dusk.  Trolling crankbaits and drifting live bait should produce the best results.     
Crappie Good Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Some Crappie are being found shallow but it has been sporadic with weather patterns. Look for crappie in 3-6 feet of water using minnow or jig on a slip bobber.    
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. White bass can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. Focus for white bass in the upper ends of both main creek arms.  

Largemouth

Bass 

Good 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 the traditional prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are being taken lake wide at this time.     
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of May 3rd the water level is 0.6 feet above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

  



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 4/6/2016 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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Slow - Fair up tp 1.0 lbs. Fish are starting to come closer to the shoreline spawning activity when water is approximately 60 degrees. There is now some harvest off the shoreline, in or near structure using jig and or minnows.  We sampled 81 crappie in our October nets: 14 were <5", 28 were 5-8", 10 were 8-10", 24 were 10-12" and 5 were 12-15" with the largest fish weighing 1.1 lbs.   
Bluegill Slow up to 0.5 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber in the brush piles.  We sampled 217 bluegill in our October nets: 200 were 3-6", 16 were 6-8" and 1 was 8"+ with the largest fish weighing 0.43 lbs.   
Channel Catfish Slow - Fair up to 6.0 lbs. Cut bait or drifting shad off the fishing piers.  The fish feeders will be back later in the spring.  We sampled 37 channels in our fall nets: 8 were <11", 15 were 11-16", 10 were 16-24" and 4 were 24-28" with the largest fish weighing 5.8 lbs.  
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Spinners or plastics around the standing timber, structure, rocky shoreline and dam. 
Walleye/ Sauger Fair up to 4.5 lbs. Jigs and crawlers or spoons on those humps and bumps.  We sampled 24 walleye in our October nets: 1 was <10", 7 were 10-15", 15 were 15-20" and 1 was 20"+ with the largest walleye weighing 4.6 lbs.  We also sampled 73 sauger in our October nets: 4 were 7-11", 24 were 11-14", 42 were 14-17" and 3 were 17-20" with the largest sauger weighing 2.3 lbs.  
General Comments

The lake is down almost 2 feet and water clarity is good.

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

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

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 5/5/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair to Good 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank tends to be the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has decent numbers of fish 11" to 12" long. A few being caught along the East bank in 4 to 6 feet of water.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate.  Near the inlet on the West side of the dam is a good spot.
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 Fair 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.  Shallow along the dam and near the inlet.
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.
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. Both lakes will be closed to public access on June 4th and 5th. 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: 5/5/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Good 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 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.  Anglers have reported catching a few keepers the last couple of weeks.  A good method this time of year is dragging worms near the bottom.  Daily creel of 2.
General Comments

Both lakes will be closed to public access on June 4th and 5th.

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: 5/2/2016 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. The next issue will be  available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
LM Bass Fair up to 2.5 lbs Spinner baits or plastics worked in and around brush piles and rip-rap.  
Channel Catfish Fair up to 5.0 lbs Cut bait or livers off of the fishing piers. I've pulled the fish feeders for the winter, they needed a vacation, look for them in the spring.   
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber right in the brush piles and off of the jetties.  We sampled 445 bluegill in our October traps: 416 were 3-6", 16 were 6-8" and 2 were over 8" with the largest weighing 0.42 lbs.  
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs Fish are scattered of the shoreline waiting for water to warm to near 60 degrees for spawning activity near the shoreline. Some are now located near structure and taken with a jig and/or minnow.  We sampled 4 black crappie in our October traps: one was less than 5" and 3 were 8-10" with the largest weighing 0.5 lbs. 
Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the coves on the east side of the lake.  We sample 178 redear in our October traps: one was less than 4", 124 were 4-7", 47 were 7-9" and 6 were 9-11" with the largest weighing 0.6 lbs.  
Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs Shad colored cranks off the points and jetties.  We sampled 14 wipers in our October nets: 2 were 8-12" and 12 were 12-15" with the largest weighing 2.8 lbs. 
Walleye Slow Up to 3.0 lbs Twisters or crankbaits close to the dam and rocky points.  We sampled 7 walleye in our October nets: 4 were 15-20", 2 were 20-25" and one was 25-30" with the largest weighing 6.4 lbs.  
General Comments

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available. The lake has received considerable rain in recent weeks and water temperatures are yet to warm into the critical 60's for good sportfish movement and spawning activities.

Special note: The lake currently has an outbreak of the invasive Curly-leafed pondweed. This is one of the imported invaded plant that has been moved to Leavenworth SFL.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is not the first outbreak of this plant that is impacting shoreline fishing in waters up to 8 feet deep. On the good side, this plant only likes cool water and will die off when water temperatures rise into the mid to upper 70's. Therefore, the plant will start to disappear in mid to late June. It is best management to let the plant disappear rather than to spend hundreds of dollars to kill the plant on an annual basis.

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

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



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 5/3/2016 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. Focus on shallower water that receives ample sunlight.  
Flathead Catfish Fair  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. With the cooler water temperatures flathead catfish have moved to structure in deeper water.  
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found. Good crappie bite has been reported on the submerged bridge and old roadbed, also around structure in the cove south of the dam.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Good 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 Good Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.   
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/3/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges and top-water baits are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Slow 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Good Up to 16 inches Crappie being taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Also near structure and vegetation edges on upper end. 
White Bass Fair 14-17 inches A good population of White Bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White Bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
The curly-leaf pondweed stand is coming on right now, complicating fishing.  Use baits and techniques that will fish above the vegetation.  The vegetation will peak in May, but then will diminish as water temperatures warm and will be gone in early June.      



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/6/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Good   near wind blown shorelines and channel ledges in upper end on cut bait
Crappie Fair/good   near points and ledges with rock or brush 5-10ft deep
Walleye Fair   near edges of flats on jigs and worms
White Bass/Wipers Good   rocky points on jigs, some on jigs in river
Smallmouth Bass Good   near gravel banks on jigs and jerkbaits
Largemouth Bass fair   near rock and wood 5-10ft deep
Outlet fair   wipers and walleye on jigs
General Comments

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

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

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

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

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/2/2016 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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Slow to Fair up to 0.3 lbs. Small hunk of work under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.  We sampled 90 bluegill in our October nets: 9 were <3", 64 were 3-6" and 17 were 6-8" with the largest fish weighing 0.22 lbs.    
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs Pulled the feeders for the winter look for them again at a later date.  Cut bait, either shad or bluegill off the piers.  We sampled 35 Channels in our October nets: 9 were <11", 16 were 11-16" and 10 were 16-24" with the largest fish weighing 4.4 lbs.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.5 lbs The lake contains a nice population of larger fish for a small State Fishing Lake. Spinner baits or cranks worked slow around the brush piles. However, the recent rains have impacted water quality.  
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow around the brush piles, fish are schooled up.  We sampled 288 crappie in our October nets: 49 were <5", 191 were 5-8", 29 were 8-10", 14 were 10-12" and 5 were 12-15" with the largest crappie weighing 1.8 lbs. 
 Comments

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

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

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



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 4/13/2016 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. With cooler water temperatures largemouth bass will be holding tight to deeper brush and structure. Plastic finesse baits and spinner baits are the best bet right now.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper 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: 4/13/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near deeper brushpiles and structure.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Chicken liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Slow 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Slow Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be taken on live bait, jigs, or shad imitation lures along rocky shoreline structure or in open water along mud flats. 
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: 5/2/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Super Infectious! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will 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) Twice a year we publish a news letter for Perry and other waters in my District. The next issue is available now, Perry Reservoir and Holton Prairie Lake are in this edition. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish  Good up to 10.0 lbs   Cut bait in the Delaware River delta area and  upper reaches of the reservoir near incoming water and/or off wind blown shoreline. Cut bait is a good selection for bait during this time of year. Fish are also being taken below the dam.   
Sauger Fair up to 2.6 lbs. Some fish are taken in the tailwater. There are also still a few sauger  taken in the river and below the dam with a jig and crawler or shad colored cranks.  Finally there will be some sauger in the river and can also be taken while white bass fishing above the lake.      

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair - Good up to 5.0 lbs. Crank baits or plastics worked around the cover/shallow best in the Rock Creek and Slough Creek arms. However, the high water conditions may hamper the catch due to the expanded flooded habitat. Some of the emerging smallmouth bass population are being caught. Generally off rocky shoreline and points.    
White Bass  Good up to 1.5 lbs. Fishing has improved in the Delaware River, feeder streams to the lake and to some extent lake wide with good catch by anglers in recent days. White bass fishing in the river below the dam is also been good. Traditionally, white bass spawn occurs as waters go above 55 degrees in the River. Anglers are using chartreuse jigs and traditional shad imitation lures.     
White Crappie Slow to fair up to 1.5 lbs. Crappie fishing has slowed with the rain, cool weather and higher water levels. Fish are still spread out not yet along the shoreline. Most fish are still congregate near structure.There is some legal harvest around fish attractors and near docks. Boat anglers continue to be more successful just off the shoreline. 
Blue Catfish Slow to Fair up to 25.0 lbs. Some nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, but most are below the length limit. Drifting or still fishing using shad or cut bait in the upper reaches on the channel and breaks.  
Comments

The lake water temperature is still below the 60's and the lake is approximately 8 feet high. Plans call for the releases from the dam will be increased by mid to late in the week. 

I put out some brush piles in Rock Creek last fall:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

There is a creel at Perry this year starting March 3rd and ending in late October.  Jacob and Jared will be traveling around the reservoir collecting information from you about your fishing.  Please help them out and give the some good information and of course a good fish story!  This information is used in conjunction with the sampling date to better evaluate the Reservoir. 

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

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/16/2016 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 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: 5/5/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 8 inches The bluegill population has seen some improvements in the last year and offers decent numbers of harvestable sized fish. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie are being caught along the rock piers, along the dam and around the habitat buoy
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with 60% of the fish over 12 inches.  Fish are up shallow and feeding up! 
General Comments

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

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POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 5/5/2016 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.  Fish were up shallow this week along the rock piers.
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.  715 channel catfish were stocked on April 21st for a total of 1,735 fish stocked so far this year.  The fish from the most recent stocking were larger than normal so hopefully you get a chance to catch some!  Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Fair to Good 1/4 to 1 pound Crappie have moved shallow and anglers have been doing fairly well on warm days.  Jigs or minnows in 3 to 6 feet of water around brush or rock piers.
General Comments

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

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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 5/5/2016 Print

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

Fishing was really good last week for both white bass and wipers.  Hopefully the higher flows does not change things too much for this week.  Jigs, crankbaits or minnows under a bobber.

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

Drum Fair 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are an abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Slow to Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds Lots of small saugeye being caught with the occasional keeper.  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: 4/6/2016 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. The newest is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creel Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Slow - Fair up to 1.5 lbs Fish are still off the shoreline prior to the spawning at approximately 60 degree water temperature. Currently there is some harvest near structure on jigs and/ or minnows.  We sampled 190 crappie in our October nets: 168 were less than  5", 14 were 5-8", 1 was 8-10", 3 were 10-12" and 4 were 12-15" with the largest fish weighing 1.2 lbs. 
Bluegill Slow up to 0.5 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush piles.  We sampled 268 bluegill in our October nets: 10 were <3", 171 were 3-6", 86 were 6-8" and 8-10" with the largest fish weighing 0.41 lbs.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 12.0 lbs Cut bait or shad in the south end of the lake are the best bet this time of year.  We sampled 28 channels in our October nets: 4 were 11-16", 17 were 16-24", 5 were 24-28" and 2 were 28-36" with the largest fish weighing 15.4 lbs.   
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5.0 lbs. Spinner baits or plastics worked slow around the shoreline and/or shallow brush.   
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.0 lbs. Drifting jigs and crawlers in front of the pump house hit both sides of the drop off.  We sampled 9 walleye in our October nets: 4 were of 10-15", 3 were of 15-20" and 2 were of 20-25" with the largest fish weighing 4.6 lbs.     
Wiper Slow to Fair up to 7.5 lbs. Either side of the pump house cove drifting shad or crank baits. We sampled 24 wipers in our October nets: 16 were 12-15", 7 were 15-20" and 1 was 20-25" with the largest weighing 7.4 lbs.  
General Comments

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

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

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



SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 5/2/2016 Print

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
       
Crappie Poor-Fair 0.3-0.75 lbs Mainly using jigs and minnows over brush piles, off rock points and in coves.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs and spinnerbaits.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, small jigs, and small spinners.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 0.5-4 lbs Using worms, shad and cut bait.
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: 4/13/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Jigs or minnows fished in 12-15 ft. of water and near fishing pier.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 6 lbs. Doughbait or liver fished along the north shore.
Wiper Slow Up to 9 lbs. Top-water fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Spinnerbaits are working best right now fished near shoreline structure.  A few being found on point and shore across from marina.  
Trout Fair Catchable Trout being taken on all colors of powerbait, spinners, and worms.  Most fish being caught along the dam. 
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: 5/5/2016 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. Holding along the shoreline in 3 to 6 feet of water.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The current crappie population is dominated by fish less than 10 inches.  A few are being caught along rocky shorelines in 4 to 8 feet of water.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish.  On April 20th there were 1,100 channel catfish stocked into the lake.  Anglers have reported catching some of these new fish already.  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: 5/5/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1.5 pounds A few reports of anglers catching shallow crappie in coves in the northern part of the reservoir.  The lake has decent numbers of larger fish.  Minnows and/or jigs.
White Bass Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds This time of year white bass can be found making spawning runs up the creeks or spawning along rocky banks and fishing can be really good.  The lake does not have good numbers of white bass this year. 
Catfish Fair Up to 20 pounds Channel cats are being caught in the streams that feed the reservoir on worms.  Fair channel catfish numbers and a young blue catfish population. 
Largemouth Bass Slow 1 to 5 pounds Coves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing.
Saugeye Slow Up to 6 pounds Most of the population is below the 15 inch length limit and harvest is expected to be low in the reservoir this year.  A few being caught at the tubes.
General Comments

You can check current water conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/5/2016 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 Slow Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs Saugeye numbers have been improving and the lake has low numbers of fish over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/13/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Crappie are being caught on jigs and minnows in 15 feet of water near spawning areas.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lbs. Liver or livebait fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished shallow and near vegetation edges.
Smallmouth Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Fair 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 Good  Catchable Trout are biting on powerbait and small spinner-baits. A good bite is also being reported on worms.  
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: 4/8/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth bass     Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
Walleye     Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.
Crappie     Try jigs or minnows 1-3 feet deep around brush or vegetation
Channel catfish     Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. They tend to feed on the wind blown side of the lake.  Cooling temps have catfish more active.
General Comments

Crappie should be moving shallow and getting ready to spawn.

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/8/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye No report No report Main lake points drifting jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or trolling shad imitation baits.  Usually the best bite is in the early morning and late evening. 
Crappie Slow No report Try jigs or minnows 1-3 feet deep around brush or vegetation
Largemouth bass Slow No report Largemouth bass should fall for topwater baits early in the morning and late in the day.  Flipping plastics or casting spinnerbaits, jigs and crankbaits should work the rest of the day.  Don't forget to try fly fishing as well. The fish are in excellent shape and should provide some great bass angling. 
White bass Fair Up to 1 lb Troll or jig the creek channels.  Small spoons and lures that resemble gizzard shad will work the best. Young gizzard shad are being chased by all the predators right now and surfacing action is starting.    Cast topwater baits to schooling fish and try trolling or casting small crankbaits or jigs the rest of the time. 
Channel catfish Fair Up to 7 lbs Try liver, shrimp, worms or other live baits or also any cut baits.  Catfish numbers have been boosted via annual fall stocking from the Department's culture section.
General Comments

Crappie should be moving shallow and getting ready to spawn.  White bass activity is picking up as well.  

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: 4/8/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie No report No report Fish should be moving shallow.  Try jigs or minnows 1 - 3 feet deep around any brush or vegetation you can find.
Channel catfish No report No report Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Wiper No report No report Try jigs and crankbaits on the windy banks. You could also try using sunfish, minnows, or vertically fishing slab spoons. n>
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up. Along the stump rows on the east side would be the best.
General Comments

No reports at this time.  Crappie should be moving shallow and getting ready to spawn.  

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: 4/8/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel catfish Fair Up to 3 lbs Try using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver on bottom or under an indicator bobber.
General Comments

Channel catfish were stocked on March 18th.

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: 4/8/2016 Print

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

Lake Charles  is a Type 1 trout area, which requires all anglers age 16 and older fishing during the trout season to have a trout permit.  

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: 4/8/2016 Print

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

Chanel catfish were stocked on March 18th.  

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: 4/8/2016 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.
Bullhead No report No report Try worms fished on the bottom

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

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

Channel catfish were stockie on March 18 and April 7th.

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

 



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/8/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie No report No report Try jigs or minnows 1-3 feet deep around brush or vegetation
Channel catfish Fair 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 Slow No report Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up. om. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.  These fish are really scattered after the lake filled.
Bluegill No report No report Worms, grubs, or crickets under bobbers in the vicinity of flooded brush and around rocks. 
Walleye Slow No report Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons. Still quite a few small walleye but there are also fish up to 25 inches.
General Comments

Crappie should be moving shallow and getting ready to spawn.  Channel catfish were stocked on March 18.

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

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

 

 



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

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

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

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

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



KIOWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/8/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie No report No report Try jigs or minnows 1-3 feet deep around brush or vegetation. 
Flathead catfish No report No report Fish live bait around the brush piles.
Wipers No report No report Try drifting live shad, sunfish, minnows, or vertically fishing slab spoons.
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
Channel catfish No report No report Try liver, shrimp, worms or cut bait.
General Comments

120 channel catfish, averaging 2 lbs each were stocked on 4-07-16.

Crappie should be moving shallow and getting ready to spawn.

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

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

 



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

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

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

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

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

 



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

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
       
       
General Comments

Arkalon Park is closed until April 1, 2016

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



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 4/8/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Location
Rainbow trout No report 2/lb Try small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits. Monthly stockings of fish begin in November and will continue through February. Most trout are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. 
Crappie No report No report Try jigs or minnows 1-3 feet deep around brush or vegetation. 
Bluegill No report No report Try small pieces of worm under a bobber.
Channel catfish No report No report Try liver, shrimp, worms, or cut bait.  Catfish numbers were recently boosted via annual fall stockings from the hatchery.
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs, finesse plastics and slow rolled spinnerbaits later in the day. 
Flathead catfish No report No report  Live bluegill at night close to the shore.
General Comments

Crappie should be moving shallow preparing to spawn.  

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 5/4/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Fishing prepared baits lake-wide has been good recently.
Crappie Good Most up to 10 inches Spawning fish can be caught fishing minnows along rip-rapped shorelines.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Bass should be spawning soon so this is a good time to catch some real nice-sized fish.  Fishing soft plastics around shoreline structure is usually best.
Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Anglers report catching fish up to 7 inches fishing small jigs around the fish attractors.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair/Good Up to 7 lbs. Post-spawn fish can be caught feeding over points and flats where jigs tipped with night crawlers or minnows, and fish imitations like crankbaits can be effective.
General Comments

Attention:  Recent cool, unstable weather has really slowed the bite.  With the return of warmer weather the bite should improve and the above fishing report will be more applicable.

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: 4/8/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good Up to 30" Slow but picking up. Fish with earthworms, cutbait, and liver lakewide, especially on the windblown shore. As the season progresses into May look for fish towards sundown on the upper 1/2 of the lake in the shallower areas. The lake is an excellent spot for keeper-sized and the occasional trophy-sized channel catfish.
Crappie Fair 8-10" Starting to heat up and should be spawning soon. Fish for crappie around trees and brush with live minnows or small jigs. Crappie size at McPherson SFL is generally poor; however, a few big crappie were sampled last spring.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7 lb. The water temperature is in the middle 50s so the bite is still slow; therefore use slow presentations with crankbaits or texas-rigged soft baits. The bite will increase in 2 - 3 weeks. Fish are large and healthy in McPherson Lake so don't be afraid to use large shad-type swimbaits when the water temperature approaches 60 degrees and higher. Try willowleaf bladed spinnerbaits in windy conditions.
Saugeye Fair 15-20" Moderate. Saugeye are biting right now. Saugeye seem to like the lower end of the reservoir around rocks.  Try using jigs with nightcrawlers or horsehair jigs. Recent reports are good for 12 - 20" fish with spinning jigs and plastic worms around aquatic vegetation and near the shoreline.
General Comments
A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.



ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/23/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair   Largemouth bass fishing should be picking up in the later part of April or early May as we reach warmer water temperatures.  Bass can be caught on large spinning lures, or rubber worms.
Channel catfish Fair   Channel Catfish will start biting soon, and are best caught on prepared catfish baits or prepared cutbait.
Bluegill Fair   Bluegill will start preparing for spawning in mid-april and will bite on any small lure or a piece of worm fished under a bobber.
General Comments

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

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



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

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



BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/18/2016 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 up to 4 lb

Channel catfish action beginning to increase as the water warms.  Nightcrawlers and shad sides are producing some bites.  Best areas have been shallow along wind swept shorelines.

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 17 inch Few anglers reporting this week.  As the water warms, largemouth bass will moving towards shallow shoreline cover during the warmer parts of the day.  Mid-afternoon fishing with suspending crankbaits/jerkbaits, jig-n-pig, or working a spinnerbait slowly are preferred methods.
Black Crappie     The majority of the crappie in the lake are small and the crappie population density needs to be reduced.  Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed  the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back.  Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!
Bluegill     Look for bluegill in shallow water with cover during the warmest part of the day.
General Comments
 



CAREY PARK POND - Last Updated: 3/23/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs. Catfish were stocked on March 16, 2016 and will be stocked semi-monthly thru September.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. There are a few bass in the pond, usually caught on live bait and lures.
General Comments
White perch are present in Carey Park Fishing Pond. White perch are a nuisance species that are illegal to possess alive and SHOULD NOT be transported to other waters for any reason.



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/18/2016 Print

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

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

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

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

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

New Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs

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

In the upper end and the coves using shad sides.  Fish areas where the wind is coming in to the bank.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 16 inches

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

Crankbaits and plastics in shallow water during the warmer parts of the day

Saugeye Slow   Few reports available from anglers this week
Spotted Bass Fair to Good   Crank baits and spinner baits along rocky shorelines in the bottom half of the lake.
Bluegill     Few reports available from anglers this week
White Crappie Fair   Anglers are reporting Fair success on crappie on brush piles, dropoffs, and near the dam.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/23/2016 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 Wiper and white bass were abundant this fall, trolling in deeper water with fish up to and over 21". Fall netting results indicate excellent white bass and wiper populations. There are high densities of temperate bass and lots of quality fish. Fishing should be as good for temperate bass in 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.
Walleye Fair Up to 28"

Walleye are being caught sporadically on the dam, but spawning season is just getting going.  The cold temperatures we're expecting late this week might slow things down a bit.

Gill net samples this fall were encouraging for walleyes.  We've just reached optimum water temperatures for the walleye spawn to begin, and it will be picking up as we head into late March and early April.  We should see some really nice walleye on the dam any day now.

Crappie Fair Up to 15" Crappie will be moving to the shallower waters in coves, along rocky shorelines and around brush, as well as along the dam. Crappie will become more active about Mid-April and can best be caught on jigs or minnows fished under a bobber.  
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lb Channel and blue catfish have been good recently, prepared baits work well for channel cat, use live or fresh shad for blues. Focus on structure and channel borders.
White Perch    

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

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

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

COMMENTS
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: 5/6/2016 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, worm near cover 2-5ft deep
Crappie Good up to 11-inch Jigs or minnows in water 5feet deep near brushpiles, rocks, and dropoffs
Channel catfish Good up to 4 lbs Cut bait in windblown areas
Black bass Good up to 16-inch Jigs, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits near cover 5-10ft deep
Walleye Fair Up to 22-inch near dam and points on jigs and crankbaits.
White bass Good up to 2 lbs near dam on jigs
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: 5/6/2016 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 Good up to 4 lb cut bait near windy flats
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lb Jigs and crankbaits near rocky points and dam.
White Bass Good up to 15-inch near creeks on jigs
Wiper Fair up to 20-inch See white bass report.
White Crappie Good up to 13-inch

Near brush and rock 5ft deep on jigs and minnows.

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

.97 feet high, releasing 325 CFS. Fishing below the dam is good with increased releases.

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/18/2016 Print

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Black Crappie Slow   No anglers reporting this week.  Crappie will begin moving shallow on the banks as the water warms and the spawn approaches.
Bluegill     No anglers reporting this week
Channel Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Catfish activity beginning to increase as the water temperatures rise.  Nightcrawlers during times of inflow are hard to beat in Spring.  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 Shallow water cover during warm days using plastic worms or jig and plastic.
Redear Sunfish     No anglers reporting this week
General Comments
 



DILLON NATURE CENTER - Last Updated: 3/23/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Rainbow trout Excellent 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 were stocked on March 16, 2016 and will be stocked semi-monthly thru September.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" Near the bank and around structure on night-crawlers.
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/3/2016 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

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

Blues are being caught on shallow wind blown shorelines and points on fresh cut shad.

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 Fair up to 24 inch

Trolling or casting crankbaits along rocky windblown shorelines, shallow flats, and points.

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

White bass Fair to Good  

Along the dam and rocky causeways on crankbaits, rat-l-traps, and jig and plastic.

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

White Perch Good up to 11 inch

Off points and on humps in water 3 to 8 feet deep on worms and small hooks.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair up to 14 inches The cool snap has backed the crappie back in to deep water from 8 to 12 feet deep.  Return of warmer weather should put the fish on the banks soon.
Channel Catfish     Few reports available this week
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches

Walleye are beginning to show up on the flats and action should improve with warmer weather.  Crankbaits and night crawlers are catching fish.

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

General Comments

0.78 feet high, releasing 511 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: 3/23/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 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 are picking up in activity this week and will be active around brush piles and standing timber through the month of June. Try small jigs or minnows especially around brush piles. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5 lbs Largemouth bass will begin spawning in April, and should be picking up soon this spring.  They are most active until 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, in the upper portion of the lake if we get some good rains from April to Mid-May.
Bluegill Good Up to 1/2 lb Bluegill will become more active in the next week or two as the water reaches warmer temperatures.  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 campsites and boat ramps are currently open, but check the Harvey County Parks Facebook page for the most recent information.

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



HARVEY COUNTY WEST LAKE - Last Updated: 3/23/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill good up to 1/2lb Bluegill will become more active in the next week or two as the water reaches warmer temperatures.  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 will begin spawning in April, and should be picking up soon this spring.  They are most active until June and into the summer.  Large spinning lures or dark colored worm rigs are the best for bass fishing.
White Crappie Fair 8-12 inches After a few years of small crappie, the population is showing some real promise this year.  A report from March 14 of 12-14 inch crappie is a welcome sight.  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: 3/23/2016 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 Fair to Good up to 18" Bass are growing and reaching lengths up to 17-18 inches since the lake was renovated. Try white spinners or pumpkin colored worms along rocky shorelines.
Northern Pike Fair Up to 28" Pike are active in colder water and will bite about any lure at any time. There were pike approaching 30" captured in fall samples.  The pike have been spawning since Mid-February and are wrapping up their spawning thru the end of March. A few people have recently reported catching Pike at Kingman. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 6" The biggest bluegill in the lake are around 6 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: 4/18/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs Shad sides and nightcrawlers off points and along wind blown shorelines.
White Crappie Fair up to 11 inch Crappie are gearing up for the spawn as the water temperatures increase.  Look for crappie in areas with cover in semi sheltered areas.  Jigs work well this time of year but minnows fished under a bobber are also a good choice.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 15 inch Small crank baits or plastic baits near submerged cover and brush.
Saugeye     Few reports available recently.
Bluegill Fair up to 8 inches As the water temp continues to increase, bluegill will head to shallow water with abundant cover.  Small live bait offerings fished under a float are always a good bet for bluegill.
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: 4/18/2016 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     No recent reports from anglers this week
White Crappie Fair up to 12 inch Anglers report catching a few crappie in the river in cover.  Fish are becoming scattered with the warmer temps and will begin to move towards the warmer water.
Walleye Slow to Fair Up to 24 inch A few walleye have been caught near the dam by anglers throwing crank baits and plastics.  The walleye spawn is winding down and fish will head to the flats soon.
White Bass Slow Up to 14 inch Pretty slow action on whites right now.  Fish the shallow flats with crankbaits, lipless cranks, or jig and plastic.
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 24 inch Anglers report some success on wipers on crankbaits and lipless crankbaits.  Trolling crankbaits in 13 to 18 feet of water in the mornings and shallower as the water warms during the day.  Areas that have had the wind blowing in for several days usually hold the most wipers. 
General Comments
0.22 feet high, releasing 1 CFS.



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 3/23/2016 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 were stocked March 16, 2016, and 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, but are quite active in March and April. Use dark colored spinning jigs along dam and rocky shorelines.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 3 pounds Largemouth bass will be getting more active as the water temperatures warm, and will stay in spawning mode until mid-June.  Fish around standing vegetation and rocky shorelines using large spinners or a rubber worm rig.
Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Crappie catches up to 12-14 inches have been reported in the last week. Use minnows or jigs over brush for best results.
Bluegill Sunfish Good 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: 4/18/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Shad sides 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: 4/18/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs Nightcrawlers and livers in water 3 to 5 feet deep
Crappie Fair up to 10 inches Near shoreline cover and trees on jigs
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 16 inches Spinnerbaits and plastic worms near shoreline cover
Saugeye     No recent angler reports available
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016 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 Fair Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout Good Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are stocked every 2 weeks from Nov 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek)  The last stocking was 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: 4/18/2016 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 to Good up to 12 inch Sporadic action on crappie in the south side coves in water 7 to 12 feet deep on minnows.  Fish just beginning to move shallow in preparation for the spawn.
Channel catfish Fair up to 5 lbs Shad sides, nightcrawlers, or stink baits on the north shore flats.
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 Fair to Good up to 16 inch Trolling crankbaits along the dam and also casting crankbaits and jigs along points or other rocky areas.
Wipers Fair to Good up to 21 inch Same as white bass
Walleye Fair up to 26 inch

Walleye Minimum length limit 18 inches.

The spawn is winding down.  Walleye will be elusive for another week or two as they recover from the rigors of the spawn before heading to 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: 4/29/2016 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.
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. Channel catfish congregate at the inlet when rain water is running into the lake.
Largemouth Bass good

23% 8-12"

59% 12-15"

18% 15-20"

0% 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

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

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

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



BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/2/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 9-12" Crappie will remain on the shore through the beginning of May. Jigs or minnows under a cork is a good way to target these fish.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Channel catfish angling will be good throughout the summer throughout the reservoir but especially in the upper end. Chicken liver, shad, and prepared stinkbait are all good choices.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18" Anglers are having success with jigs and soft plastics dragged along the shoreline. Some anglers have reported getting reaction bites on squarebill crankbaits pulled through shallow timber.
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: 4/29/2016 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  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, live bait or worms. The five new fish feeders have been placed in the lake and will be filled with feed soon. 
Crappie  Fair/good  8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure. Crappie should be moving into shallower water to spawn. Water clarity very high. The clearer the water, the deeper the crappie will spawn. 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
 Surface water temperature is in the mid-60's. Water is very clear.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today

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

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

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



BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/1/2016 Print

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

Water levels are low in the winter months. Although fish are still lethargic, the water has begn to warm up and early spring can be a good time to catch largemouthspotted bass, and crappie at this impoundment.  Minnows are often good bait this time of year, as we get closer to spawn try your spinners and jigs!

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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

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



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair 8 in to 18 inches Plastics or crankbaits worked near rocky banks or timber
walleye Fair 14-25 inches Crankbaits on rocky banks or drifting on points
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Blue cats- cut carp or shad around deep points or dropoffs. Channel cats -various baits lakewide drifting.
smallmouth bass Good-Excellent  10-20 inches jerkbaits or crankbaits on points and around the riprap. finesse plastics if the bite seems tough.
white bass/Wipers Fair-Good up to 5lbs. trolling cranks or vertical jigging around windy points, dropoffs, or shad
crappie Fair 11-15 inches look for fish in shallow rocky areas using jigs under a bobber.
General Comments

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

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

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



CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/29/2016 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  Fair

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, live bait, or worms. The four fish feeders are off until about May 1st.
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 9-inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Crappie should be moving into shallower water to spawn. Surface water temperature is now in the mid-60's. 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.
General Comments
 



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Largemouth Bass Good 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches The water is at full pool and water clarity is good at this time. Work the shore and water willow areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms.
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" A limited fishery exists some are taken on jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky areas
Channel Catfish Good 12" to 8 pounds This is a good catfish population with fish over 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds. Use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats, 
Crappie Slow to Fair any size Sampling indicates good numbers of nice fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and jigs, lakewide
Walleye Slow to Fair most between 15 to 17 inches Recent sampling indicates good numbers of  fish (17.5 to 22 inches) are available. Some are taken on jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

Critzer Lake is one of Kansas' newest lakes and was opened to fishing in August of 2011. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There is a double lane boat ramp and the lake is primarily a boat lake. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit. Lake brochures are available at the Linn County Courthouse information display case or online at www.linncountyks.com

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

Remember to Clean, Drain and Dry.

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

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

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



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/2/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 8-14 inches Crappie are on the shore and should stay through at least the beginning of May. Minnows or jigs under a cork or dabbled right on the shoreline will be the most effective.
Blue and channel catfish Good 18-26 inches Catfish angling should be excellent as spring progresses. Drifting chicken liver along flats adjacent to the river channel is a consistent producer.
White bass Fair 8-16 inches The white bass run is mostly over although there may be some remnant fish upstream. Try trolling in the Elk River near its confluence with Card Creek.
Outlet     Fishing is good at the outlet when water is being released.  Use the link below to determine release volume.
 

Water temperature on 04/05/2016 morning was 59 degrees.

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: 4/29/2016 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 in river, Otter Creek, and river inlet channel.  Inflows have  triggered feeding.
crappie good

25% 5"- 8"

32% 8"-10"

31% 10"-12"

11% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a minnow or jig around brush piles and flooded brush in South Rock Ridge cove, Ladd Bridge, Fall River, and Otter Creek.  Inflows triggered spawning. 
largemouth bass poor

40% 8"-12"

20% 12"-15"

40% 15"-20"

0% 20"+

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

29% 6"- 9"

28% 9"-12"

32% 12"-15"

11% 15"-18"

Use a jig in pools and riffles in river and Otter creek.  Inflows triggered spawning.
General Comments

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

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

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

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



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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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

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

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



GARNETT NORTH - Last Updated: 4/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Small jigs around brush near shore.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events
Largemouth Bass Good up to 3lbs. crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, or drop shot rigs around brush and shallow cover. Lots of small bass in the lake utilize the slot limit and harvest fish up to 13"
Wipers Fair-Good up to 10 lbs. Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. 
Walleye Slow   small jigs or crankbaits along the bank
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: 4/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Jigs, plastics, or spinnerbaits
Bluegill Fair up to 8 inches Small jigs
Channel Catfish Fair-Good 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
Wiper Slow    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
       

Comments

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

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



JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/29/2016 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair-Good Shad sides or other prepared bait lakewide
White Bass up to 3lbs. Good Trolling cranks or using small spinners or jigs all over the lake. There are a lot of nice sized fish 15"+ in the lake. Below the dam in the current may be good as well. 
Crappie up to 15" Fair The recent heavy rains have shut the bite down.

Comments - The lake is currently 10 ft high and still rising. All boat ramps are under water. 4-29-16

John Redmond ranks number 1 among all reservoirs in the state for crappie. Since Redmond does not have any significant depth changes within the lake most fish will associate with the rocky areas around the lake and the timber in the creeks and river. Along the face of the dam and rip rapped areas around the boat ramps should be key spots during the spring.

 

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: 3/1/2016 Print

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

Wipers around 1-5 pounds and white bass up to 2 pounds.  With cool water temperatures fish tend to be nearer to the warm outlet water to some extent.  Early spring can be a great time to catch white bass, largemouth bass, and crappie.  Minnows often are good bait this time of year.  As we approach spawn try your spinners and jigs!

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

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

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! 

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

 Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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

 



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/2/2016 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 Poor 0.75-1.5 lb Recent rains and cooler weather have slowed the crappie down.
Smallmouth bass Poor-Fair 0.5-2 lbs Anglers have caught a few bass on a variety of baits, including jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits.
Channel Catfish Fair-Good 1-4 lbs Some anglers have done well on nightcrawlers, cut shad and crappie guts.   
       
General Comments
May 2  water level 5.9 feet high, release rate = 1500 cfs, water temp = 61.  Melvern Reservoir has Zebra Mussels, Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes.



MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 4/29/2016 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  Fair  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/good  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure. Crappie should be moving into shallower water to spawn. The clearer the water, the deeper they will spawn. The surface water temperature is now in the mid-60's.  
Largemouth Bass  Fair/good  All sizes Try jigs, worms, spinner baits, or crankbaits fished around brush and other structure. 
Rainbow trout  Good  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn.  The first 2015 fall stocking took place on Oct. 15th with a stocking of 1,932 rainbows. The final stocking until next October was made on April 25th. Nearly 16,000 fish have been stocked in the trout lake the past seven months  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: 5/2/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 14-24" Catfish angling has been hit or miss. Anglers are having success fishing the creek channel, but the jetties have been uncharacteristically unproductive.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Anglers are having success with soft plastics along the shoreline. Try dragging jigs or Texas-rigged lizards through likely bedding areas.
Crappie Fair 6-12" Crappie are moving toward the shoreline and can be caught from the bank and the docks. Try a small jig fished slow on the PVC trees placed on the east fishing dock on the north side of the reservoir.
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. Look for fish on beds through the early part of the summer.
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: 3/1/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Channel Catfish Good Size varies but most are of  legal size, with some large fish Cut bait, also try stink baits, chicken liver, cut shad or chunks of sunfish, Channel catfish are great after a rain in the south end where the creek comes in. or lake wide,
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish FAIR varies Use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie Slow to Fair 8 to 14 inches some larger Along the south tree line or habitat structures and drop offs along the creek channel.
Largemouth Bass Good varies Bass are in shallow and close to weed beds, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments

Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch crappie and largemouth bass!  Minnows are often good bait this time of year, look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and at the first sign of spawn try your spinners and jigs! 

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

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

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



NEOSHO RIVER AT CHETOPA DAM - Last Updated: 5/2/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish Variable   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: 4/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / redear  Good All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly around structure and weed-lines. 
Channel catfish  Fair All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, minnows, worms, or shrimp fished near the bottom. The three fish feeders are off until about May 1st.
Crappie  Good Mostly 7 to 10-inches Try fishing small jigs or minnows near brush or cover. Crappie should be moving into shallower water to spawn. Fishing a jig or worm a foot or two below a bobber can be effective during the spawn. The surface water temperature is now in the mid 60's. Many 7 to 10-inch fish are available, with some quality fish mixed in.
Largemouth bass  Fair/good All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around structure and along weed-lines. 
General Comment
 



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/2/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to receive additional information about this lake (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) a couple of times during the year, sign up to receive a newsletter using this link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Fair 0.3-0.75 lbs Using jigs around brushpiles and rocky shorelines.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs and spinnerbaits.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 0.5-4 lbs Using nightcrawlers, minnows, and cut bait.
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: 3/1/2016 Print

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

Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass and crappie!  Minnows often are good bait this time of year, also look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees, and at the first sign of spawn try your spinners and jigs! 

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

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

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

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



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE WEST - Last Updated: 3/1/2016 Print

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

Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass and crappie!  Minnows often are good bait this time of year, also look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees, and at the first sign of spawn try your spinners and jigs! 

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

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

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

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



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/1/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish  Fair to Good 2 - 7 pounds Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  Lakewide or stilling basin. There is the occasional harvest of the blue catfish.
Walleye Slow varies off points or deeper steep banks on crank baits or jigs tipped with night crawlers
White bass/Wipers  Fair to Good varies lakewide and the windy side of the points, wipers are following the schools of shad, minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes liver and shad imitation lures
Crappie Slow but has improved with cooler waters    varies but range 8 -12 inches Some taken over or around woody habitat, structures and large rocks on jigs and/or minnows.
Largemouth Bass Slow Most are 10 to 15 inches Pomona has a limited black bass fishery. Catches are more common in the Marina area and in the coves on a variety of baits to include crankbaits and soft baits
General Comments

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

Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch crappie, largemouth bass, and walleye.  Minnows are often good bait this time of year, and as water temperatures continue to rise and spawn approaches, try out your spinners and jigs!

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

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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 



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/29/2016 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, shad sides, or stink bait in river, Walnut Creek, and river inlet channel.   Inflows have triggered feeding pattern.
largemouth bass poor

41% 8"-12"

21% 12"-15"

35% 15"-20"

3% 20"-25"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of Walnut Creek produces a fair density bass population. There were 50 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in Walnut Creek. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, spinner, worm, or crank bait around stumps and brush in river and Walnut Creek.
white bass good

78% 6"-9"

9% 9"-12"

11% 12"-15"

2% 15"-18"

Use a jig in holes in river and gravel riffles in river and Walnut Creek.  Fish are spawning over gravel riffles.
white crappie good

3% 5"-8"

30% 8"-10"

55% 10"-12"

11% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around brush piles and flooded timber in Manns Cove, Verdigris River inlet channel, Walnut creek, and Toronto Point Cove.  Inflows have triggered the spawning.
General Comments

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

 

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

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



WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/2/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 16-24 inches Catfish anglers will become more successful as water warms throughout spring. Chicken livers from the peninsula or the eastern cove is a good bet.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22 inches Jigs and wacky rigged trick worms have been successful near rocky outcroppings. Some anglers are having luck banging squarebill crankbaits on the rocks. Try burning a spinnerbait along water willow edges midday.
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie fishing has picked up with recent warm weather. Fish jigs slowly on rocky or sandy shorelines on the outer edge of water willow. The peninsula on the west side and the bridge have been the most productive spots.
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: 4/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 6 lbs.  Flipping jigs or plastics into water willow or shallow brush.
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 15+ lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. 
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. 
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations in open water or windy points, vertical jigging with spoons. Look for schools of shad and the wipers should be close.

The lake is full.

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: 4/29/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair-Good 1-5 lbs. Spinnerbaits or plastics along rocky banks or water willow.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations along windy shorelines
channel catfish Fair 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Jigs or crankbaits around the rocks, and dropoffs
crappie Fair up to 14" A lot of fish are done spawning and have moved into deeper water. Remember a 10" length limit is in effect.
General Comments

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required. The lake is full, the boat dock has been repaired.

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

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

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

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

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



YATES CENTER - Last Updated: 4/29/2016 Print

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair-Good small jigs around deep weed lines
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Good Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18". Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or texas rigged plastics near woody cover or weedlines. Bass should be feeding heavily before spawning time.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Fair livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair Curly-tailed grubs or swim baits around schools of shad. Wind blown shorelines should be good places to start.
Crappie up to 12" Good jigs around the rocky banks. Some fish may be done spawning and have moved back to deeper water.
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits or dragging a jig and crawler around the points and rocky banks

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

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

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