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: 6/13/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Water is warm so the bite should be on. Last years' reports show a lot of fish below the 15" length limit and some from 15" to 18". Recently, a 20# fish was caught. Try cutbait and worms this time of year throughout the day but late evening and night should be best.
Crappie Good 8-13" Good. The bite is reasonable on brush piles and sunken logs and even a few off the piers. Try jigging small jigs from 6 - 10' depths.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 7 lb. Fair/good. The water is warm so expect the bite to be best early in the morning or late in the evening. Try small texas rigs (dark colors) in and around fallen logs and brush. Try frogs or other topwater baits near vegetation.
Saugeye Fair 15-23" Fair. Try jigs and crawlers in 8+ feet of water off the dam or shoreline.
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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good up to 2lbs Channel Catfish are biting on prepared catfish baits or cut bait.
Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Crappie are moving out to their summer patterns. A small tube jig or minnow under a bobber is a good bet. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Look for them near structure, or suspended in open water. Morning and evening hours are best.
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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).
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BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/21/2017

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 .

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 Good up to 8 lbs

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

Worms in the upper during times of inflow.  Stink bait or cut bait near windy shorelines with water willow and near the fish feeders.

Fish feeders are up and running.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 18 inch Spinnerbaits and crankbaits next to cover.  Shoreline vegetation is growing nicely and providing very good cover.  Large plastics including creature type baits worked in the vegetation works well.  Fish continue to be in the water willow.
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 Good up to 7 inch Small live bait offerings near shoreline cover and in the water willow beds.
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CAREY PARK POND - Last Updated: 3/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
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 MAY NOT be transported to other waters for any reason.



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/21/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
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 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 Good Up to 6 lbs

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

Fish feeders are up and running.

Worms during inflow events in the upper end.  Worms fished on shallow shorelines with the wind blowing in is also producing some fish.  Stinkbaits near the feeders are also productive.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18 inches

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

Spinnerbaits near cover or fishing plastics in the vegetation in the coves and upper end.

Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 18 inches Look for saugeye along the dam and rocky shorelines.  Jig and crawler combo or crawlers and spinners are good baits this time of year.
Spotted Bass Fair up to 14 inch Crank baits or plastics along the dam and rocky points.
Bluegill Fair up to 6 inchess Live bait fished in shallow near shore areas close to vegetation, brush, or rock.
White Crappie Fair to Good 9 to 12 inches Jigs or minnows in water 8 to 12 feet deep near brush or cover.
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CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/15/2017

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 Up to 24" Look for Wipers and White Bass on points and underwater humps, as well as along the dam.
Walleye Fair to Poor Up to 28" Try crankbaits on points, drop-offs, and underwater humps.
Crappie Poor Up to 15" Crappie are in their summer patterns. They can be caught if you can locate them.
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 should begin spawning soon. Catfish are cavity nesters, so fishing near rip-rap can be a good tactic during the spawning season.
White Perch Good  

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.

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COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/19/2017

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 5-8 inches near weed edges on jigs and worms
Crappie Fair up to 11-inch Jigs and minnows 5ft deep near cover and rock
Channel catfish Good up to 4 lbs Cut bait, worms, and shrimp in windblown areas
Black bass Good up to 4lbs crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs near points and cover
Walleye Fair 2-5lbs on points and flats using jigs, worms, and crankbaits
White bass Fair 1.5 lbs along dam on crankbaits
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: 6/19/2017

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 and worms near windy flats and flooded creek mouths on west arm
Saugeye Good 2-4lbs near flats and deeper points on worms, jigs, and crankbaits
White Bass Fair 1-2lbs near rock points and channel ledges on jigs and spinners
Wiper Fair up to 24 inches crankbaits and large jigs/swimbaits near windy rock banks on east arm
White Crappie Fair up to 15-inch

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

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

.38 feet high, releasing 75cfs

Outlet good for channel cats and saugeye on jigs

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/21/2017

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 .
Black Crappie Slow to Fair Up to 11 inch Jigs or minnows near ledges along the southern shoreline in 6 to 10 feet of water. 
Bluegill Good Up to 7 inch Fishing with small worms or other live bait close to shore near rock or weeds.
Channel Catfish Good up to 6 lbs

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Fish feeders are up and running.

Stinkbaits off the piers and along windblown shorelines or near the feeders.

Largemouth Bass Good Up to 19 inch Spinnerbaits and crankbaits on rocky shorelines and weedless plastics fished in vegetated areas.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 9 inch Seeing a few redear  in 4 to 6 feet of water on shorelines with rocky/gravelly bottoms.
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EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/21/2017

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 17 to 28 inches

Open water areas near flooded creek channels. Fresh cut shad has been the best bait within in the lake while worms are best in the creeks.

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

Effective January 1, 2016:  25 inch to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish.  Daily creel limit is 5 per day with no more than 2 35 inches and longer.

Take time to properly identify your catfish catch. Click HERE for information on how to properly identify your catch.

Wiper Fair 18 to 22 inch

Trolling crankbaits along ledges or old roads and casting plastics on windy points.

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

White bass Fair up to 15 inch

Look for white bass on windy points 7 to 9 feet deep on jigs with larger plastics.

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 to Good up to 11 inch

Small hooks and live bait, smaller jigs, or spoons fished on rocky points and shorelines.  White perch also being found on top of humps and old roads.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Good up to 15 inches 8 to 11 feet deep in brush on jigs or minnows.  Starting to see a few showing up in the timbered creek channels.
Channel Catfish Good up to 8 lbs In the creeks and upper creek arms during inflows on worms or cut bait.  Also drifting worms or cut bait off the points.
Walleye Good Up to 26 inches

Jig and crawler combo or crawler and spinners working well on the flats.

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

General Comments

0.5 feet high, releasing 13 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-4lbs Channel Catfish should start spawning soon. Catfish are cavity nesters, so fishing near rip-rap or submerged logs is a good tactic during the spawning season.
White Crappie Poor to Fair up to 12 inches Crappie are out in their summer locations. Look for them suspended in open water or near some structure such as logs or brush. A small tube jig or minnow under a bobber is a good bet. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best.
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5 lbs Bass are in summer mode right now. Try a crankbait near the rock jetties or along the face of the dam. A topwater plug can be good early in the morning or late in the evening.
Saugeye Poor up to 4 lbs There are some nice saugeye at East lake, but they're spread out.  Try fishing on rocky points or along the dam.
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches Bluegill are spawning right now. Try a small worm under a bobber. Move until you locate a spawning colony. Once you have located a colony, many nice fish can be caught.
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KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good 10" to 7 lb. Channel cats should start spawning soon. Catfish are cavity nesters, so fishing near rip-rap or submerged logs is a good tactic during the spawning season. Prepared baits and cut bait work well for Channel Catfish.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5lbs The bass are in summer mode now. They're biting on a wide variety of lures. Try near any submerged brush or along the rip-rap shoreline. Mornings and evenings are best.
Northern Pike Fair Up to 30" As the water continues to warm, Pike will start to associate with the springs.
Bluegill Good Up to 7" Use worms under a bobber near structure, or a small spinning lure. Few quality-sized Bluegill are present.
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MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/21/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 4 lbs Worms and stink baits.
White Crappie Good Up to 11 inch Close to brush/cover 4 to 6 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 16 inch Spinnerbaits or plastics near shoreline cover.
Saugeye Fair Up to 19 inch Worms, minnows, or jigs on rocky shorelines.
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inch Worms or jigs in weedy, brushy or rocky areas.
White Bass Good Up to 14 inch Jigs and crankbaits or windblown shorelines.
Wiper Good Up to 18 inch Same as white bass.
Marion County Lake currently under blue-green algae warning. See the link for more information.     http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/
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: 6/21/2017

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!
Marion Reservoir no longer closed, but remains under warning    

Two lakes under public health warning due to blue-green algae

Marion Reservoir no longer closed, but remains under warning 

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, has reopened Marion Reservoir in Marion County, but the reservoir remains under a warning due to a harmful algal bloom.

Blue-green algae scum might have accumulated along the lake shore or at camp sites, which may remain closed until all scum is cleared from surfaces such as benches and picnic tables. Blue-green algae scum is toxic if consumed, and is especially dangerous to dogs and other pets, which are likely to attempt to eat it. The public recreating in areas where scum is present should take precautions to ensure that their pets do not consume any.

KDHE has also placed one additional lake under a warning and one under a watch. If a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae, activities such as boating and fishing may be safe. However, direct contact with water (i.e., wading, skiing and swimming) is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. The lakes currently under a watch or warning status are:

  • Warning: Marion Reservoir, Marion County
  • Warning: Webster Lake, Rooks County
  • Watch: Kirwin Lake, Phillips County

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning, but contact with the water should be avoided. It is safe to eat fish caught during a harmful blue-green algae outbreak, as long as the fish is rinsed with clean water. Only the fillet portion should be consumed, and all other parts should be discarded. Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake. Zoned lakes may have portions fully open for all recreation even if other portions are under a warning.

Kansans should be aware that blooms are unpredictable. They can develop rapidly and may float around the lake, requiring visitors to exercise their best judgment. If there is scum, a paint-like surface or the water is bright green, avoid contact and keep pets away. These are indications that a harmful bloom may be present. Pet owners should be aware that animals that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom or eat dried algae along the shore may become seriously ill or die.

When a warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

  • Lake water is not safe to drink for pets or livestock.
  • Lake water, regardless of blue-green algae status, should never be consumed by humans.
  • Water contact should be avoided.
  • Fish may be eaten as long as they are rinsed with clean water and only the fillet portion is consumed, while all other parts are discarded.
  • Do not allow pets to eat dried algae.
  • If lake water contacts skin, wash with clean water as soon as possible.
  • Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation.

KDHE samples publicly accessible bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency receives reports of potential algae blooms in Kansas lakes. Based on sampling results, KDHE reports on potentially harmful conditions.

For information on blue-green algae and reporting potential harmful algal blooms, please visit www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm.

Channel Cat Fair to Good Up to 4 lbs Fresh cut bait and stinkbaits fished along windy shorelines or points.  Areas of inflow are always good after a rain.
White Crappie Fair Up to 12 inch 8 to 10 feet deep near brush or other cover on jig or minnows.
Walleye Good 16 to 20 inches Jig and worm combos drifted along breaks and across points are a good choice this time of year.  Most of the walleye recently have been below the 18 inch length limit.
White Bass Fair to Good up to 14 inch Same as wiper report
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 22 inch Crankbaits or jig and plastics along windy shorelines.  Trolling crankbaits is a good way to find active fish. 
General Comments
0.1 feet high, releasing 13 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 6/15/2017

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 Excellent 1-3 lbs, up to 20" Channel cat will be stocked monthly until September.  There are lots of nice channel catfish at Afton - use prepared or cut baits for best results.
Saugeye Poor Up to 21" Saugeye are present in small numbers at Lake Afton. Use dark colored spinning jigs along dam and rocky shorelines.
Crappie Poor Up to 12 inches Crappie are in their summer locations. Look for them suspended in open water or near structure such as logs or brush. Vary your fishing depth until you start catching fish.
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WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/21/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lb Cutbait or shad sides on shallow windy flats.
Wiper Good Up to 20 inch Crankbaits along windy, rocky shorelines.
Crappie Fair Up to 11 inch Jigs or minnows near timber or brush.
Saugeye Fair up to 22 inch Look for saugeye on the edges of shallow flats along the break to deeper water.  Windy points and along the dam and old dam are good areas.
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WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 6/21/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 3 lbs Shad sides or prepared baits in shallow, windy areas.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12 inch Jigs or minnows close to cover
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 17 inch Crank baits, spinner baits, or plastics near shoreline cover or brush piles.
Saugeye Fair to Good up to 22 inch Crank baits along windy shorelines.
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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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.
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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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.
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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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.
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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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.
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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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.
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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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.
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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 6/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. 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 Up to 1 lb Bluegill are spawning in the Wichita area right now. Try a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Bluegill spawn in colonies, and once you've located them, many nice fish can be caught. Colonies are often located in 1-2 feet of water near some kind of cover such as a fallen tree, or along inside bends in the shoreline. This is also and exclellent time to flyfish for Bluegills. 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.
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WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/21/2017

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!!!

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 Up to 12-inch In the coves 10 to 12 feet deep near cover on jigs or minnows.
Channel catfish Fair to Good Up to 5 lbs Drifting night crawlers on the flats and old road.  Also prepared baits along windy shorelines.
Black bass Slow  

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.

Largemouth are being found in the coves in the water willow weed beds.  Spotted bass are on the rocky shorelines and points.

White bass Fair to Good Up to 14 inch Same as wipers
Wiper Fair Up to 20 inch Jigs on the old road and off the points. Trolling crankbaits along windy shorelines is a great way to located active fish.
Walleye Fair Up to 21-inch

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Walleye are on the flats on the north side of the lake.  Ledges on the south side are also holding walleye.  Crank baits, spinner rigs, and jig and crawler combo are good choices.

   
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.