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: 12/19/2016

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

Once the ice is thick enough, Bluegill can be caught using a small hook and a wax worm. 

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

Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs

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

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

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow cover. 
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Once the ice is thick enough, Redear can be caught using a small hook and a wax worm.  
General Comments
 



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/19/2016

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

Best luck for Crappie would come from fishing brush piles surrounding fishing jetties using a jig and minnow. 

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

Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs.

Once the ice is thick enough, Bluegill may be caught using a small hook tipped with a wax worm.  

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

Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs

Fishing for Channel Catfish has slowed down with the cold. Some may be caught through the ice once it is safe.

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

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or plastics working the shallows, along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Once the ice is thick enough, Redear may be caught using a small hook tipped with a wax worm. 
General Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as the information becomes available.  



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great catfish population. 
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Wiper Fair Up to 22" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of 15 to 22" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Good 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has lots of crappie.  Most of the fish are below 8-inches, but there are still good numbers of fish over 10-inches in the lake.
Saugeye Fair to Good 2 to 8 lbs. Saugeye numbers have been improving nicely due to recent stocking success.  The 2016 sampling effort collected the most saugeye on record, with 35% of them over the 18-inch minimum length limit.  It should be a good year for saugeye fishing at the lake. 
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght limit.
General Comments

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

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CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/23/2017

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-Good 0.5-1.5 lb Anglers have been fishing jigs in 15-20 feet of water catching fish off brushpiles.
Trout - Lake Henry Fair-Good 0.5-1 lb The last trout stocking for the season happened the week of Feb 13.  Fishing has been fair to good after the stocking.  Anglers are catching fish on a variety of baits; including worms, powerbait, jigs, flies, and small spinners.
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. 23 was 1 foot below normal pool level, release rate = 7 cfs, temp = 43.  Note:  Boat docks are in the water at State Park.  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: 2/23/2017

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 Poor-Fair 0.3-1 lb Some being caught over deep water brushpiles, mainly on jigs.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/23/2017

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 Using jigs around deep water brush piles.
Largemouth bass Poor-Fair 0.5-2 lbs Swimming jigs and jerkbaits over deep water cover.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 2/3/2017

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 Fair 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. Best bite occurring during low-light conditions.  
White Bass Fair 14 to 17 inches A good population of White Bass exists in this lake. White Bass can be taken in open water on shad imitation lures.  
General Comments
 



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 2/21/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair up to 1 lb jigs and minnows near rock and brush 15ft deep.
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs Cut bait along windy banks
Saugeye      
Black bass      
Bluegill      
General Comments
This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2017 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 2/21/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs cutbait and along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rock 10-15ft deep
Walleye      
White Bass/Wipers      
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: 2/21/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs cut bait along windy flats
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs Jigs and minnows near brush and rocks 5-8FT deep
Largemouth Bass      
Bluegill      
White Bass      
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: 2/3/2017

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Slow Up to 9 lbs. Some walleye are being caught on shallow points and near shallow structure.  Good bet to use shad imitation lures as walleye should be actively feeding on abundant young-of-the-year gizzard shad.           
Crappie Good Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie bite is still pretty decent. Crappie are being found in the Little Bull Arm and Wade Branch Arm in deeper water > 20ft.  Some fish are being found around schools of bait fish.  Jigs are producing best right now.    
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. White bass are chasing schools of gizzard shad right now and can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. 

Largemouth

Bass 

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

WATER LEVEL: As of February 3rd the water level is 1.2 feet below conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

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

  



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 12/19/2016

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 publish a newsletter discussing Perry and other waters in the District. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.25 lbs.

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

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

Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs.

Once ice is thick enough, Bluegill can be caught using small tackle and a wax worm.

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

Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.5 lbs.

Catfishing has slowed down with the cold weather but some may be caught through the ice once it is thick enough.

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

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

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

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

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

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

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have dropped the last two years, but most of the fish are over 10-inches.  Winter fishing can be good near the tower and by the brushpile just south of the dock.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate. 
Walleye Slow 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers have been improving due to good survival from recent stockings.  There should be moderate harvest rates this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch lenght limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake supports a good white bass population.
Wipers Fair Up to 12 pounds The current wiper population is dominated by young fish 12 to 15-inches long, but there are still some big ones around. 
General Comments

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

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

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JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2016

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 good white bass population.  In the most recent sample, 95.5% of the fish were over 12 inches.  
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 12 lbs There are fair numbers of wiper in the lake with 32% over 20 inches and 3.6% over 24 inches in the most recent sample. 
Walleye Fair Up to 5 lbs Walleye numbers are below average and harvested is expected to be low this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15-inch minimum length limit.
General Comments

The lake is closed to fishing during the waterfowl hunting season. Fishing access will resume in March.

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

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

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

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

 



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/3/2017

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 the District. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
Red Water?     That has been a Euglena algae bloom occurring all winter long at Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. This results in the red tint or red algae present along the coves and shorelines. It is still safe to fish. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Bass are still being caught by anglers using jigs or plastics worked slowly along the shoreline and in & around brush piles and rip-rap.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Channel Catfish may be taken occasionally from shore before the lake ices up.    
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs

Once the ice is safe, Bluegill can be caught using a small hook and wax worm or other preferred bait.  

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

Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs

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

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

Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs

This lake has a good population of shellcrackers. Once the ice is safe, Redear can be caught using a small hook and wax worm or other preferred bait. 

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

Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs

Winter Wiper fishing can be tough. Be prepared to drill a lot of holes until you find some larger marks.  

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

Walleye Slow Up to 3.25 lbs

Fish a jig and minnow under the ice for a chance at a great winter-time catch. 

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

General Comments

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

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



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 2/3/2017

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



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/3/2017

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 Fair 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Fair Up to 16 inches Crappie can be taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Crappie are being caught on both sides of the culvert at this time. 
White Bass Fair 14-17 inches A good population of White Bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White Bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
The curly-leaf pondweed stand is gone right now.  Shorelines are vegetation free for the most part.  Curly-leaf pondweed will continue to die-off through June. Spot treatment with aquatic herbicide was applied the first week of May, in attempt to clear some areas for fishing.          



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/21/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Good   near wind blown shorelines in the upper end on cut bait
Crappie Fair   jigs and minnows suspended 15ft deep near brush/points
Walleye     New regulation...21" minimum length limit, 2/day creel limit
White Bass/Wipers      
Smallmouth Bass      
Largemouth Bass      
Outlet      
General Comments

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

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

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

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

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

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 2/3/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs. Live and prepared baits fished near mainlake points and other shoreline structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Largemouth bass are being found shallow near vegetation. A good bite on plastic tube jigs being reported.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Slow Up to 11 lbs. Jigs and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points. Some nice sized wiper (14-19 inches) have been being taken on the north end of the reservoir.  
White Crappie 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: 2/3/2017

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

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

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



PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Invasive! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will start spawning as the water temperature rises to around 54 degrees. Please do not move water from Perry Reservoir.
Perry News Letter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) We publish a newsletter for Perry and other waters in the district twice a year. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Good up to 10.0 lbs Anglers are catching some Channel Catfish as the weather warms up. Try using cut or whole dead shad from shore or from boat.  
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir. These fish should be staging up before they begin their spawning run and if you catch one, there should be others close by. 

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 3.0 lbs.

Crankbaits or plastics worked slowly around shoreline cover and woody habitat. The emerging Smallmouth Bass population are being caught. Generally off rocky shoreline and points.    
White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Some White Bass are being taken fishing rocky shorelines in the upper portion of the reservoir casting jigs and crankbaits resembling shad.  
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Many anglers have been coming out to the Lake with the warmer weather. Most are having success catching crappie from 15-20 feet of water using a jig with any color and chartreuse combination. 
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Anglers are catching a few Blue Cats already, drifting along the flats. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, many fish are below the length limit, with a few blue catfish over the 35 inch minimum length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  
Comments

As of February 15th, water temperature at Perry Lake is currently 33 degrees and the water level is steady at 889.25 (2' below conservation pool) with discharge at 25 cfs.  For more up to date lake conditions: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Perry-Lake/Daily-Lake-Info-2/ 

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

N 39°09.091’  W 095°29.067’ 

N 39°09.053’  W 095°29.174’ 

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

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

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2016

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



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 1/25/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 9 inches The bluegill population offers decent numbers of harvestable sized fish. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound A moderate crappie population with few fish over 10-inches.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with 60% of the fish in the most recent sample were over 12 inches. 
General Comments

As of 1/25/17 the lake was mostly open water.

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: 1/25/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population.  
Channel Catfish Fair 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  In 2016 a total of 4,000 channel catfish were stocked in the lake. Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Slow 1/4 to 1 pound The lake supports a moderate crappie population.  A few being caught off of the docks.
General Comments

As of 1/25/17 the lake was mostly ice free.

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

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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 1/6/2017

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

Fishing for catfish has slowed down with the cold weather.  Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.  Blue catfish are usually caught on fresh cut bait.

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

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

A few being caught in slower current areas.  Jigs, crankbaits or live bait.

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

Drum Slow 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are an 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. 

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

General Comments

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

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SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 12/19/2016

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

Once ice is thick enough, Crappie may be caught over brush piles or near standing timber using a small jig tipped with wax worm or minnow.

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

Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs

Once the ice is thick enough, Bluegill may be caught using a small hook tipped with a wax worm.  

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

Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 17.0 lbs

Fishing has slowed down with the cold but some may be taken through the ice once it is at least 4 inches thick.   

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

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Largemouth Bass can be caught through the ice once thick enough using a jig and minnow.
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.5 lbs.

Some may be caught through the ice, offering a nice reward for sitting in the cold!

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

Wiper  Great up to 7.5 lbs.

Fishing for Wipers has slowed with the cold. Some may be taken through the ice if your able to find schools of shad. 

We sampled 88 wipers in our October nets: 28 were less than 12", 12 were 12-15", 24 were 15-20", 10 were 20-25" and 1 was 26" with the largest weighing 6.6 lbs.  

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



SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 2/23/2017

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 - 1 lbs Anglers are catching a few crappie using jigs at heated dock.
Trout Poor-Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using powerbait, little cleos, small spinners and spoons.  Note: the second stocking will occur Feb. 25, lake will be closed to fishing from Feb 25 until morning of March 4 to allow trout to disperse.
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: 12/16/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Slow Up to 15 inches Minnows on a slip-bobber fished in deeper water. 
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide using doughbait or cut-bait fished in the evenings.
Wiper Slow Up to 9 lbs. Shad imitation baits or worms fished near mainlake points are producing best right now. 
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics and spinner-baits are working best right now fished near shoreline structure.  
Trout Fair  Catchable Trout are biting on powerbait, worms, small spinner-baits, and kastmasters.  
General Comments
In addition to a state fishing license, a Johnson County fishing permit is required. If you plan to fish for trout, a Johnson County trout permit is also required. Johnson County fishing/trout permits are available through Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and other select vendors.



SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a very good population of black bass over 15 inches. 
Crappie Fair to Slow 1/2 to 1 pound The current crappie population is dominated by fish less than 10 inches.  
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish.  For 2016 a total of 4,650 channel catfish have been stocked into the lake.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

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: 2/14/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has decent numbers of larger fish.  Fish are in their winter pattern and can be found 12 - 25 feet deep near brush or creek channels.
White Bass Slow to Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake does not have a lot of white bass this year but the fish are big.  Near rock point drop-offs.
Catfish Slow to Fair Up to 20 pounds

Fair channel catfish numbers and a young blue catfish population.  Fishing has picked up some with the warmer weather.  Wind swept banks in the upper end of the reservoir has been fair with cut bait on warm days.

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

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

Rainbow Trout

Willow Lake

Good! Up to 5 pounds

The fourth stocking of rainbow trout for the season was put into Willow Lake on 2/14/17.  So far this winter 5,750 trout have been stocked into the lake.  

Reports from the last week have been good with most anglers catching at least a couple trout per trip.  Commercial trout baits or salmon eggs have been the go-to baits lately.  A good cabin-fever cure!

General Comments

Trout fishing is here at Willow Lake, located in Tuttle Creek State Park.  A trout permit is needed to fish at Willow Lake during trout season.  Anyone under 16 years of age with a properly licensed adult can harvest up to 2 trout without a trout permit.  Good Luck!

You can check current water conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/14/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Slow 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 Slow Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. 
Crappie Fair to Slow 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 The lake has fair numbers of saugeye over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/16/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Some crappie are being caught on jigs and minnows suspended near structure. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms and wax worms under a bobber fished in the shallows.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 10 lbs. Liver or livebait fished near mainlake points. Best bite is occurring in the evenings.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished shallow and near vegetation edges. Best bite early-mornings and late-evenings. 
Smallmouth Bass Slow Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Slow Up to 6 lbs. Trolling shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. Nightcrawler and a jig drift fished across mud flats
Rainbow Trout   Catchable Trout season is over but target them again next fall.   
General Comments
A Wyandotte County fishing permit is required to fish this property. A Wyandotte County trout permit is required for trout fishing. Please contact Wyandotte County Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department at 913-573-8327 for more information.