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 at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/7/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Catfishing has been slow. It should pick up if we can string together a few warm days. Water temp is currently 55 degrees.
Crappie Good 8-13" Good. Several reports of plenty of crappie being caught near the bank and on brush piles. Small chartreuse and pink jigs have been working well.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7 lb. Good. A few large bass have been caught and several smaller fish are becoming active. However, they are finishing up spawning and many more will be hungry when they finish up. Try shallow crankbaits and texas rigged soft plastics.
Saugeye Fair 15-23" Fair. Only a few Saugeye have been reported. Look for fishing to pick up as the water temperature rises. Try dragging chartreuse, white, or pink jigs tipped with an earthworm around points. Small, deep-running crankbaits should produce as well. Fish slow and on the bottom towards evening and at night. Remember) The minimum length limit has changed from 18" to 21" and only 2 fish can be kept per day.

General Comments

Water temperature: 66 degrees

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good up to 2lbs Channel Catfish are biting on cut bait.
Crappie Fair Up to 13" The crappie spawn is wrapping up but some fish are still being caught. A small tube jig or minnow under a bobber is a good bet. Morning and evening hours are best.
General Comments
 



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/3/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Poor 6" 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 Poor   Worms under a bobber or very small jigs.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-6 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 20" Fish shallow brush with Texas rigged softbait, jigs, and spinnerbaits. The water here is typically murky so try darker colored lures (black & blue, dark purple, green pumpkin).
General Comments
 



BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 4 lbs

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches

Fish feeders are up and running.

Worms during times of inflows and prepared baits near the feeders.

Largemouth Bass Good up to 20 inch Spinnerbaits fished at a medium speed in water 3 to 5 deep and along near shore structure.  Plastic worms and larger creature type plastics are producing fish.  Fish are in any available shoreline vegetation or woody structure.
Crappie     The majority of the crappie in the lake are small and the crappie population density needs to be reduced.  Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed  the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back.  Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!
Bluegill Fair up to 6 inch Small piece of worm or small jig under a float next to rocky or woody cover.
General Comments
Lake level is at normal pool.



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018

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

Chase SFL is 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.

Channel Catfish Fair up to 5 lbs

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

Fish feeders are up and running.

A few cats have been caught recently on shallower windswept shorelines on shad sides or cut bait.  Channel catfish activity around the feeder is increasing.

Largemouth Bass Good up to 16 inch

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

Crankbaits and spinnerbaits along the shorelines.  Plastic baits in the coontail beds.

Saugeye Fair up to 18 inch Crankbaits or curly tailed grubs on points and windy shorelines.
Spotted Bass Good up to 14 inch Smaller plastics or crankbaits along the piers and dam
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 7 inch Small live bait offerings under a small float close to cover or weed beds.
White Crappie Fair to Good up to 14 inch Jigs or minnows in water 8 to 12 feet deep off the south shore points and along the dam.  Crappie numbers aren't very good this year, but sizes are very nice.
General Comments

Attention Boaters:

Use caution launching boats as the boat ramp continues to suffer from low water. Larger boats with longer trailers requiring deeper water may have difficulty launching with current low water conditions.



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

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 Fair to good Up to 24" Look for Wipers and White Bass near the dam or on windswept points. Some are being caught at the river mouth as well.
Walleye Fair Up to 28" Look for Walleye transitioning to their summer locations. Points and submerged humps are good places to start looking. Shallow flats can be surprisingly good at times too. 
Crappie Fair Up to 15" The crappie spawn is tapering off but a few fish are still being caught. Try near any shallow structure such as brush or riprap in sheltered areas.
Blue Catfish Fair Up to 15 lb Try live or cut shad near the old river channel and adjacent flats.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lb Channel catfish have been biting on cut bait. Try near creek inlets and the river mouth after rains.
White Perch Good  

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.

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COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/23/2018

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   near gravel banks on small jigs and worms
Crappie Fair   5 ft deep near gravel/brush on jigs and minnows
Channel catfish Fair   near windy flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Black bass Good   on spinnerbaits, jigs, and crankbaits 5-10ft deep in coves near points
Walleye Fair   along dam and points on jigs and minnow baits
White bass Fair   along dam and points on spinners
General Comments
The City of Council Grove requires Aquatic Nuisance Species certification of anglers and boaters at Council Grove City Lake. Go to ANS Certification to obtain the certificate. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.



COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/23/2018

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   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait
Saugeye Fair   near dam and gravel points on jigs and crankbaits
White Bass Fair   along dam and creek mouths/rock points on spinners
Wiper Fair   a few in with white bass
White Crappie Fair/Good  

5 ft deep on minnows and jigs near coves

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

2.18 feet low, releasing 8 cfs

Outlet fishing is slow

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good up to 8 inch Small live bait rigs next to brush, rock, or cover.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Worms or dough bait off the piers and in the coves.

Largemouth Bass Good up to 16 inch Crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished near cover.  Also larger plastic baits along the rocky south shoreline, especially near woody cover.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 7 inch Live bait fished in areas with a rocky bottom in 3 to 5 feet of water.
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/25/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
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 36 inches

Anglers are finding blues on the edges of the river channels in the upper half of the lake.

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 Good 18 to 23 inch

Wipers are being caught on shallow rocky points and rocky shorelines where the wind is blowing in.  Jig and plastics and crank baits are effective.

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 up to 14 inches

Same as wiper report.

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

White Perch Fair up to 12 inch

Worms on humps and ledges in 8 to 11 feet of water.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Good up to 15+ inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Good catches reported this week in water 7 to 11 feet deep next to timber or brush.

Channel Catfish Fair up to 20 inch A few channel catfish have been caught on windy shorelines on shad sides.
Walleye Fair to Good up to 28 inch

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

Jig and crawler, spinners, and trolled crankbaits are all producing walleye.  Good numbers of legal fish are being caught.  Mainlake points and windy flats have been best.

General Comments

New crappie creel limit of 20/day effective January 1, 2018.

4.1 feet low, releasing 7 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.

Attention Boaters:  Use caution launching boats at the wildlife area boat ramps in the upper ends of the lake.  The Jumping Bridge and Hackler boat ramps continue to suffer from low water. Larger boats with longer trailers requiring deeper water may have difficulty launching with current low water conditions.  Also use caution launching at the Area 1 boat ramp within the state park.



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good to excellent 1-4lbs Channel Catfish have been hitting on cut bait and prepared baits. Don't be afraid to fish shallow.
Crappie Fair up to 13 inches The crappie spawn is tapering off, but some are still being caught.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5 lbs Try along any of the fishing jetties or the face of the dam.
Saugeye Fair up to 4 lbs Try fishing on rocky points or along the dam. A few nice Saugeye have been caught recently.
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches The bluegill are up shallow spawning.
General Comments
 



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 10" to 7 lb. Try cutbait on the windy side of the lake. Shad works best, but bluegill works well too.
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs Try a spinnerbait or lipless crankbait near vegetation or a jig or Texas rigged worm near shallow brush. 
Northern Pike Fair Up to 35" The pike are likely congregating near the spring with the hot weather we've been having.
Bluegill Poor Up to 7" Use worms under a bobber near structure, or a small spinning lure. Few quality-sized Bluegill are present.
General Comments
The lake is a couple feet low to facilitate habitat work on Byron Walker Wildlife Area. Boat access to the western and northern lobes of the lake will be difficult during this time. 



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Worms, stinkbaits, and cut bait fished on windy shallow areas.
White Crappie Good up to 12 inch

New 20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018

Jigs and minnows on brush in 8 to 12 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass Good up to 16 inch

13 inch to 18 inch slot limit effective January 1, 2018

Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or plastics fished in shallow water near cover during the warmer parts of the day.

Saugeye Fair Up to 19 inch Curly tailed grubs fished on windy points
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 8 inch Worm and bobber near brush or near docks
White Bass Fair up to 15 inch Wind blown points and shorelines on curly tailed grubs or spinners
Wiper     Same as white bass
General Comments

New crappie creel limit of 20/day effective January 1, 2018.

New largemouth bass 13 inch to 18 inch slot length limit effective January 1, 2018.

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: 5/25/2018

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!
Channel Cat Good up to 26 inches Fresh cut bait, worms or stink bait along windy shorelines
White Crappie Good Up to 13 inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

8 to 11 feet of water on jigs and minnows along the dam and brushpiles.

Walleye Good up to 26 inch Jig and crawler combos and trolled crankbaits on points and flats.
White Bass Good up to 15 inch Same as wiper report
Wiper Good up to 24 inch Trolling crankbaits or casting cranks or jig and plastics on windblown points and along the dam.
Coordinates for habitat cubes    

4 cubes N38 22.450’ W 097 04.669’

4 cubes N38 22.455’ W 097 04.664’

4 cubes N38 22.426’ W 097 04.694’

3 cubes N38 22.757’ W 097.05.227’

3 cubes N38 22.763’ W 097 05.211’

3 cubes N38 23.407’ W 097 05.460’

2 cubes N38 23.467’ W 097 05.384’

2 cubes N38 23.478’ W 097 05.399’

4 cubes N38 23.481’ W 097 05.408’

Coordinates for brushpiles and cubes.   The first 3 coordinates are for one large brushpile. Coordinates mark areas with multiple habitat structures in the area.

N 38 21.907' W 097 05.562'

N 38 21.912' W 097.05.560'

N 38 21.920' W 097.05.557'

N 38 22.425' W 097 04.697'

N 38 22.767' W 097 05.208'

N 38 22.757' W 097 05.227'

N 38 23.250' W 097 05.491'

N 38 23.357' W 097 05.470'

Coordinates for brushpiles   Near shore brushpile placements fishable from shore in Cottonwood Cove.

N 38 23.438' W 097 05.398'

N 38 23.436' W 097 05.404'

N 38 23.428' W 097 05.402'

N 38 23.426' W 097 05.405'

N 38 23.499' W 097 05.393'

N 38 23.489' W 097 05.399'

N 38 23.480' W 097 05.401'

N 38 23.472' W 097 05.398'

Coordinates for brushpiles constructed March 2018    

N 38 24.459' W 097 06.907'

N 38 24.450' W 097 06.975'

N 38 22.685' W 097 06.279'

N 38 22.680' W 097 06.279'

N 38 22.216' W 097 06.065'

Coordinates for historical habitat sites that had brush added to them in March 2018.    

N 38 21.911' W 097 05.569'

N 38 22.426' W 097 04.702'

N 38 22.776' W 097 05.220'

General Comments

New crappie creel limit of 20/day effective January 1, 2018.

2 feet below pool, releasing 6 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

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 Fair Up to 1 lb Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may not be possessed or transported alive.
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs, up to 20" Catfish were stocked on 5/8/2018. Use prepared or cut baits for best results.
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches The crappie spawn is just about over but some fish are still shallow. fish near shallow cover such as brush and rip rap. Evening and mornings are best.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 6 lbs Shad sides or cut bait on windblown points.
Wiper Fair up to 22 inches Look for wipers along windblown points or shorelines on warmer days.
Crappie Fair up to 12 inches On shoreline cover with jigs and minnows.
Saugeye Good up to 23 inch Along the dam with crankbaits or stick baits.  Also fluke style plastic baits on windy points.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 5/25/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 2.5 lbs Worms and stink baits on wind blown shorelines.
Crappie Fair up to 9 inches Standing timber in 4 to 8 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 17 inch Crank baits or spinnerbaits fished in shallower pockets and near cover.
Saugeye Fair up to 20 inch Crank baits, stick baits, or jigs along the dam.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. 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.
General Comments
 



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
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!!!

Crappie Fair to Good up to 12 inches Jigs and minnows in the coves near timber.  Use jigs or jig and minnow near shore in water 5 to 6 feet deep close to cover.
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Wind swept shorelines on shad sides, guts, or worms. 
Black bass Fair varied Look for largemouth in the coves and along the rocky southern shorelines for smallmouth.  Crankbaits fished at a slow to medium speed is producing.  Largemouth are in the coves in the deeper vegetation.
White bass      
Wiper Fair up to 20 inch Look for white bass and wipers along windblown shorelines or on points during the warmer days.  Casting jig and plastic or lipless crankbaits are good choices.
Walleye Fair up to 23 inch

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Trolling crankbaits on windy shorelines and drifting jig and crawler combo on the north side flats.

   
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.