South Central 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.

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/8/2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 4/27/2016

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: 4/27/2016

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

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

Click HERE for water level information.



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

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

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: 4/18/2016

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 Slow  

Not many reports available from anglers this week.  Look for wipers on shallow flats where the water is warming the quickest.  Stick baits, jerk baits, or jig and plastics fished fairly slow are good cold water baits.

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    

Few recent reports

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair up to 14 inches Fish are becoming scattered as the water temps warm and can be found from 18 feet to 3 feet of water depending on the weather.  Rocky shorelines or mid-depth brushpiles are good places to look this time of the year.
Channel Catfish     Few reports available this week
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches

The walleye spawn is winding down.  Fish will head to deeper water before hitting the flats and putting the feed bag on.  Look for walleye on breaks and channels in deeper water out from the mainlake points.  Jig and crawler or slab spoons are good baits this time of year.

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

General Comments

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

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



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2016

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

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.