Northeast Region Fishing Reports

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

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Slow up to 0.8 lbs Fish are starting to school, take a look below the cabin, with a jig and minnow.  We sampled 65 crappie in our October nets: 3 were <5", 28 were 5-8", 32 were 8-10" and 2 were 10-12" with the largest crappie weighing 0.7 lbs.   
Bluegill Slow up to 0.5 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the vegetation and along the piers.  We sampled 306 bluegill in our October nets: 97 were <3", 196 were 3-6" and 13 were 6-8" with the largest bluegill weighing 0.36 lbs.
Channel Catfish Slow up to 4.0 lbs The fish feeders will be back in the spring.  Fresh shad or cut bait in the shallows.  We sampled 58 channels in our October nets: 9 were <11", 24 were 11-16" and 25 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 4.2 lbs. 
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 2.0 lbs Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow cover.
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 0.75 lbs. Small hunk or worm or cricket under a bobber around the shallow vegetation.  We sampled 6 redear in our October nets: 3 were 4-7" and 3 were 7-9" with the largest redear weighing 0.44 lbs. 
General Comments

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

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

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



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Slow up to 1.0 lbs. Fish are schooling as the water temperature is cooling.  Might locate a few on that deeper brush, jig and minnow or around the dock.  We sampled 236 crappie in our October nets: 2 were <5", 208 were 5-8", 27 were 8-10" and 1 was 10"+ with the largest crappie weighing 0.55 lbs.
Bluegill Slow up to 0.3 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber or small spinner around the vegetation and off the piers.  We sampled 56 bluegill in our fall nets: 8 were <3", 39 were 3-6" and 9 were 6-8" with the largest bluegill weighing 0.3 lbs.     
Channel Catfish Slow up to 5.0 lbs The fish feeders will be back in the spring.  Cut bait or fresh shad in the shallows.  We sampled 22 channels in our fall nets: 2 were <11", 14 were 11-16" and 6 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 3.1 lbs.   
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or plastics worked shallow and along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 0.4 lbs. Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the brush piles.  We sampled no redear in our fall nets.   
General Comments

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/4/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

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

Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 daily creel limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation was implemented to protect brood fish, so that the population could have a chance to improve.
Crappie Fair 0.25-1.5 lb Anglers have not been catching high numbers of fish, but most of the fish caught have been big.  Fishing jigs very slowly or with no movement over and in brush piles anywhere from 10 to 25 feet of water has produced fish this week.
Trout Fair - Good 0.5-1 lbs Currently (Feb. 4, 9 AM) Henry is open.  Lake Henry was last stocked with trout Dec. 15.  Anglers were catching some fish using power bait, worms, jigs, spoons, and spinners.  One angler caught a 22.5 inch trout this week.  Most fish taken this week have been 9-11 inches.
District Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what is going on with Clinton Reservoir (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) and other lakes in DG, SN, and OS Counties sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter by clicking this link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Water level Feb. 4 was 0.18 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 300 cfs.  Lake is open.  State Park boat courtesy docks have been pulled out of the water for the winter to prevent ice damage.  Brush piles placed into Clinton August 11 and 12, 2008. GPS locations in degrees, minutes, seconds using Datum WGS 84: 1) N38 55.755 W095 24.146, 2) N38 56.4444 W095 24.466, 3) N38 56.283 W095 23.465, 4) N38 56.014 W095 23.096, 5) N38 55.036 W095 22.568, 6) N38 56.011 W095 23.085, 7) N38 55.073 W095 22.565, 8) N38 55.785 W095 22.235.



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 2/4/2016

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/14/2015

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

Largemouth

Bass 

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

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

  



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

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

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

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

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 12/18/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank tends to be the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has decent numbers of fish 11" to 12" long. 
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate.
Walleye Slow 1 to 5 pounds The walleye population is dominated by young fish below the length limit.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch lenght limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake supports a good white bass population and 52% of the fish in the most recent sample were over 12 inches.
Wipers Good 1 to 12 pounds The current wiper population is dominated by fish less than 15 inches, but there are a few big ones around.
General Comments

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

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

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 11/2/2015

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

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

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

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

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

 



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

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

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

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

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



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Slow 1/2 to 11 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits. Worms or chicken liver in the boat ramp cove is a good bet right now.   
Flathead Catfish Fair  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. With the cooler water temperatures flathead catfish have moved to structure in deeper water.  
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found. Good crappie bite has been reported on the submerged bridge and old roadbed, also around structure in the cove south of the dam.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 3 lbs. Largemouth can be taken on finesse plastics and spinnerbaits fished near trees in the coves and at vegetation edges.  
Wiper/White Bass Slow Up to 4 lbs. Wiper and white bass are out chasing shad schools right now. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.   
General Comments
 



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Slow 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Good Up to 16 inches Crappie being taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Also near structure and vegetation edges on upper end. 
White Bass Fair 14-17 inches A good population of White Bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White Bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
Due to treatment and warmer water temperatures the curly-leaf pondweed stand has died off for 2015.  Fishing conditions have improved and some very nice crappie and channel catfish were sampled during spring electrofishing. 



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/25/2016

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

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

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

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

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

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

Sign up for the most recent Milford district fisheries newsletter today!



NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Slow up to 0.3 lbs. Small hunk of work under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.  We sampled 90 bluegill in our October nets: 9 were <3", 64 were 3-6" and 17 were 6-8" with the largest fish weighing 0.22 lbs.    
Channel Catfish Slow up to 5.0 lbs Pull the feeders for the winter look for them again next spring.  Cut bait, either shad or bluegill off the piers.  We sampled 35 Channels in our October nets: 9 were <11", 16 were 11-16" and 10 were 16-24" with the largest fish weighing 4.4 lbs.  
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 4.5 lbs Spinner baits or cranks worked slow around the brush piles.  
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow around the brush piles, fish are schooled up.  We sampled 288 crappie in our October nets: 49 were <5", 191 were 5-8", 29 were 8-10", 14 were 10-12" and 5 were 12-15" with the largest crappie weighing 1.8 lbs. 
 Comments

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

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

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



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 12/14/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 5 lbs. Live and prepared baits fished near mainlake points and other shoreline structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 6 lb. With cooler water temperatures largemouth bass will be holding tight to deeper brush and structure. Plastic finesse baits and spinner baits are the best bet right now.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Fair Up to 11 lbs. Jigs and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points. Some nice sized wiper (14-19 inches) have been being taken on the north end of the reservoir.  
White Crappie Slow Most fish around 9 inches, but some up to 13 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles. 
General Comments

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

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



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 12/14/2015

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

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

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



PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/25/2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/18/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has good numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great largemouth bass population with the highest sample number in 15 years.
General Comments
This small 49 acre lake is located in northeast Pott. County. The fishing conditions are very similar to that of a large farm pond. The lake is noted for good catch and release largemouth bass fishing due to the abundance of the species. Bass 13 to 18 inches long are protected.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 1/19/2016

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

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

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

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POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 1/19/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population.  
Channel Catfish Fair 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  4,930 channel catfish were stocked in 2015.  Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Fair to Slow 1/4 to 1 pound Crappie numbers are below average this year.
General Comments

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

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

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

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

A few being caught.

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

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

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

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SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 12/14/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creel Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Slow up to 1.5 lbs Fish are schooled up for the winter, minnow and jig in the trees.  We sampled 190 crappie in our October nets: 168 were less than  5", 14 were 5-8", 1 was 8-10", 3 were 10-12" and 4 were 12-15" with the largest fish weighing 1.2 lbs. 
Bluegill Slow up to 0.5 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush piles.  We sampled 268 bluegill in our October nets: 10 were <3", 171 were 3-6", 86 were 6-8" and 8-10" with the largest fish weighing 0.41 lbs.
Channel Catfish Slow up to 12.0 lbs Cut bait or shad in the south end of the lake.  We sampled 28 channels in our October nets: 4 were 11-16", 17 were 16-24", 5 were 24-28" and 2 were 28-36" with the largest fish weighing 15.4 lbs.   
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 5.0 lbs. Spinner baits or plastics worked slow around the shallow brush.   
Walleye Slow up to 5.0 lbs. Drifting jigs and crawlers in front of the pump house hit both sides of the drop off.  We sampled 9 walleye in our October nets: 4 were of 10-15", 3 were of 15-20" and 2 were of 20-25" with the largest fish weighing 4.6 lbs.     
Wiper Slow up to 7.5 lbs. Either side of the pump house cove drifting shad or crank baits. We sampled 24 wipers in our October nets: 16 were 12-15", 7 were 15-20" and 1 was 20-25" with the largest weighing 7.4 lbs.  
General Comments

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

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

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



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

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-0.7 lbs Using minnows and jigs over deep water brush.
Trout Slow-Fair 1-2 lbs Using worms, power bait, small spinners, jigs and spoons. 
General Comments
Brushpiles were constructed and placed at 5 locations in April 2010. Locations were marked with GPS using datum NAD83: 1) N38.99217 W095.63188, 2) N39.00736 W095.62968, 3) N38.99254, W095.63210, 4) N38.99619 W095.632202, 5) N39.01043, W095.63014. November 07 locations were marked with GPS using datum WGS84 in decimel degrees: 1) N39.00740 W095.62978; 2) N39.00819 W095.63046; 3) N39.00810 W095.63055; 4) N39.00806 W095.63043; 5) N39.00638 W095.62261; 6) N39.00247 W095.62495; 7) N38.99622 W095.63205; 8) 39.00274 W095.63202.
 



SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Slow Up to 15 inches Jigs or minnows fished in 12-15 ft. of water and near fishing pier.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Doughbait or liver fished along the north shore.
Wiper Slow Up to 9 lbs. Top-water fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Trout Good Catchable Trout being taken on all colors of powerbait, spinners and some trout being caught on live bait. 
General Comments
In addition to a state fishing license, a Johnson County fishing permit is required. If you plan to fish for trout, a Johnson County trout permit is also required. Johnson County fishing/trout permits are available through Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and other select vendors.



SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/18/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a very good population of black bass over 15 inches. 
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The current crappie population is dominated by fish less than 10 inches. 
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish.  6,065 catchable sized channel catfish were stocked into the lake during 2015. Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

Located north of Silver Lake, Shawnee State Fishing Lake is the site of good catch and release largemouth bass fishing. The lake is also noted for channel catfish harvest since the lake receives frequent stockings of harvestable sized catfish from March through September. The Jeffrey Energy Center Lakes and Perry Reservoir both have zebra mussels and with Shawnee State Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.200640° W -95.805438°
N 39.200351° W -95.801881°
N 39.201053° W -95.801924°



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 1/29/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1.5 pounds The lake has decent numbers of larger fish.  Anglers are catching a few at the tubes.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds Not great numbers of white bass this year. 
Catfish Fair Up to 20 pounds Fair channel catfish numbers and a young blue catfish population.
Largemouth Bass Slow 1 to 5 pounds Coves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing.
Saugeye Slow Up to 6 pounds Most of the population is below the 15 inch length limit.  The tubes is a good place to find saugeye during the winter months.
Rainbow Trout Good Up to 6 pounds The third stocking of rainbow trout went into Willow Lake on December 15th.  1540 trout of varying sizes were put into the lake to provide a unique cool water fishing opportunity.  So far Willow Lake has received 4,500 rainbow trout this fall and will continue to receive regular stockings during the trout season which lasts until April 15th.  Anyone over 16 fishing at Willow Lake during this time will need to have a trout permit.  Popular baits are commercial power baits, minnows, worms, corn, marshmallows, spinners and flies.  As of 01/19/16 the lake was iced over with most areas having less than 2 inches of ice.  Ice fishing is not recommend until we get some more cold weather.
General Comments

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

You can check current water conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/18/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a decent bluegill population. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. 
Crappie Fair Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs Saugeye numbers have been improving and there are some keepers around over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2015

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