Southeast 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.

LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/7/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill and Redear fair

52% 4-7"

31% 7-9"

17% 9-11"

Bluegill and redear sunfish are most easily caught on 2-6 pound test line, a number eight (small) hook baited with a worm, very small jig, or small silver spoon.  They can be caught around rocks on jetties and brush piles.  Fish are more active on sunny days.
Channel Catfish fair

88% 11-16"

12% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

0% 28-36"

Channel catfish are typically caught on or near the bottom on worms, shad sides, or stink bait.  They can be caught in coves around feeders and along the weed line. Channel catfish congregate at the inlet when rain water is running into the lake.  Fish are located in deep water along old creek channels during cold weather.
Largemouth Bass fair

46% 8-12"

26% 12-15"

28% 15-20"

<1% 20"

Artificial baits such a spinners, jigs, beetle spins, and plastic worms work well for largemouth bass. Natural baits such as minnows, worms, and crayfish are also excellent choices. Bass can be caught around rock jetties, brush piles, and channel breaks. Big bass will hit any of the above baits but not as readily as smaller fish. Technique is important if you want to catch big bass. 
Crappie fair

9% 5-8"

54% 8-10"

31% 10-12"

5% 12-15"

Crappie are most easily caught on light line. Small jigs or minnows are best fished around brush piles, rock jetties, and channel breaks.  Fish are more active on sunny days.
General Comments

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2017 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2016 test netting.

To view a map of brush pile locations, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the lake.

LYSL brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 2.07 kB)

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BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/8/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 6-12" Minnows under a bobber have been the best bait.  Look for crappie in the underwater timber.  Sorting will be required to find bigger fish.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfish are being caught using shad and chicken livers.  
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18" Fishing plastic baits slowly has been producing the most fish.  Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good with cooling water.  
Bluegill and Redears Fair 6-8" Fish with small baits and hooks to increase success with cooling water temps.
General Comments
New for 2017
There is a new length limit in effect for Largemouth Bass
Release all Largemouth Bass 15-21" in Length, daily creel remains 5/day.
New District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

 
 



BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/27/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly on the bottom along weed-lines. 
Channel catfish  Fair  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. 
Crappie  Fair/good  8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure in 10 to 15 feet of water. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population, with some quality-size fish available.
Largemouth bass  Fair Mostly 8-16 inch fish. Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around structure or weed-lines. Clear water conditions often keep fish in deeper water.
General Comments
 



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 10/1/2017

species ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie Good 8 to 12 inches water levels have enhanced fishing. try jigs, minnows. Recent sampling show a nice population of 10 - 14 inch crappie
Channel catfish Good varies, Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is clear with a little colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. Try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits,  
Largemouth bass Good most bass in the 14 to 20 inch range good reports of bass, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure.
General Comments

It is perfect for fishing!

Crappie have been really hit or miss, this warm weather has fish moving in closer to the shore. 

 The catfish in this impoundment are active and ready for action- Try liver, shad, or live bait fish.  Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in.  For largemouth bass try fishing some of the standing timber and weedbeds with spinners and buzzbaits.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

NO special permits required, this is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake. Use caution, this lake has quantities of standing and submerged trees and limited shoreline access. This is a 220 acre lake with approximately 180 acres of standing trees. Fishing only lake. The lake has a boat ramp, parking lot, security light, floating dock, and vault toilet on the east side of the lake and a boat ramp and parking lot on the west side..



BOURBON COUNTY ELM CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 10/1/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish GOOD varies The lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is clear.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. try off dam on bluegill chunks, chicken livers or cut shad, Lakewide. Recent fish population sampling lots of nice channel catfish from 3 - 8 pounds.  
Largemouth/Smallmouth bass GOOD varies lake wide, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs,   
Bullheads FAIR varies use worms,or liver lake wide  
Bluegill FAIR varies small baits and worms under floats, along weedbeds around fish attractors  
Walleye FAIR  varies also try the dam and rocky structure in the south half of the lake with jigs or minnows  
Crappie FAIR lots of small fish with 50 limit along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is clear colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

Due to a leak in the dam water levels are low and will remain low until financing and approval for repair are made. The channel catfish population in this lake is doing well.  The fish feeders are OFF. Also there have been some very sizeable largemouth bass (up to 6 lbs) caught in this lake recently- try deeper weedbeds and brush piles with your spinners, jigs. 

Low water levels could make launching a large boat at the boatramp questionable.

This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms. Remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

With questions about this lake call Donald George, Fisheries Biologist, at 913-795-2218, or Bourbon County at 620-223-3800.



BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/1/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass GOOD Fish 10 to 19 inches dominate the population Fish the deeper water structure, weedbeds and piers,  spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers.
Bluegill/redear sunfish GOOD all sizes Nice redear are available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float. Bluegill are also available but are smaller in size.  
Walleye FAIR varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish GOOD 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms,the fish feeders are OFF, lakewide,
Crappie GOOD 8 - 12 inches and up Shoreline, using minnows, jigs under a 3 ft float.  Most fish I saw caught were 9 to 10 plus inches with some 14's.
General Comments

This lake produces some nice crappie each year.  Recent sampling indicates that there are many good crappie to catch.  The bass population at this impoundment consists of spotted and largemouth bass.  Spotted bass tend to hang near rocks and the dam, whereas on the south side of the lake your more likely to catch only largemouths.  

This impoundment recieved a small stocking of walleye fingerlings near the end of May.  Several thousand channel catfish will be stocked in mid October.  This will really increase fishing success.

Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and go fishing. This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry.

 To improve shoreline angling success, 45 Georgia cubes have been placed along the deep end of the fishing piers.  These fish attractors will attract fish to shoreline accessible areas and improve angling success.  Each earthen pier have some Georgia cubes at their deep end and the coordinates are listed below.  These cubes are designed to be very hard to snag.

Georgia cubes locations.

location                  habitat #     longitude          latitude        date     

1st pier s of dam       4             N 37.47.830         W 95 04.038     2017  
2nd pier s of dam      4            N  37 47.816         W 95 04.043     2017  
3rd pier s of dam       3             N 37 47.795           W 95 04.043     2017  
4th pier s of dam      2              N 37 47.795           W 95 04.058     2017  
5th pier s of dam      2             N 37 47.657           W  95 04.100      2017  
north side of ramp cove  2        N 37 47.731          W 95 04.417       2017  
floating dock             6         N 37 47.564           W  95 04.156       2017  
pier e of boatramp     6          N  37 47.614          W 95 04.156       2017  
2nd pier east of ramp  7       N  37 47.549          W  95 04.113      2017  
3rd pier s of ramp cove  6     N 37 47.333         W  95 04.269      2017  
4th pier s of ramp cove  3      N 37 47.614         W  95 04.254       2017  
   

 

In an effort to improve shoreline fishing success 45 Georgia cubes have been placed in the water around the fishing piers.  These cubes will attract fish to shoreline accessable areas improving fishing.  They are located at the deep end of all of the earthen piers.  The gps locations are as follows:

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/5/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair-Good 8 in to 21 inches Fishing good habitat near the warm water should be productive. Various lures including rattletraps, jerkbaits, jigs, and finesse plastics are productive during the winter months for largemouth in and near the hot water.
walleye Slow 14-25 inches Crankbaits around the rocks and points. This population is low in abundance and not many keepers are available. Trolling or drifting with jigs and crawlers may also produce a few fish
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Drifting various baits over flats or humps will be the most productive. Channel Cats are probably on wind blown flats and will bite on a variety of bait options but the blue cats prefer fresh cut bait, and are usually around channel swings and humps.
smallmouth bass Fair 10-20 inches Crankbaits or 4" stick worms rigged wacky style or 4" tubes fished around rocky habitat
white bass/Wipers Fair-Good up to 5lbs. Fishing crankbaits, small spinners, twister tails, or rattle traps around the hot water should be productive.
crappie Fair 11-15 inches  Look for them near dropoffs and in the timber. Jigs of various colors or minnows.
General Comments

Entrance gate phone number is 620-364-2475 call for lake conditions. 

A large brush pile was created north of the boat ramp in the old creek channel and is marked with a fish attractor buoy. There were also several trees sunk at the end of the hot water dike and should be easily marked on your locator. These spots should be really good in the fall and winter months.

ZEBRA MUSSELS have been confirmed in Coffey County Lake! Please help stop the spread. Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving this lake. It is illegal to transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on waters in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson counties click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/27/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &Location
Bluegill / redear  Good  6 - 7" Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. 
Channel catfish  Fair

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. The four fish feeders are still operating. Feeding times are at 7:00 am, 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 1:00 am.
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 9-inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Mostly small 7 to 9-inch fish with some bigger fish mixed in. 
Largemouth bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits or spinner baits fished along drop-offs, brush piles, or structure. Bass numbers are relatively low, but a high percentage are 15-inches or larger.
General Comments
 



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 10/1/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches The lake is at full pool, water clarity is great at this time. Work the shore and rocky areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, crank baits in shallow water close to cover. Especially after these rains work any of the feeder streams coming into the lake.  The majority of fish are in the 12 inch to 3 pound range.
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" A limited fishery exists some are taken on jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky areas.
Channel Catfish Good to Excellent 15" to 8 pounds This is a good catfish population with fish over 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds. Use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats. The fish feeder is OFF for the season.  Especially after these rains fish any of the feeder streams coming into the lake. 
Crappie Slow to Fair any size Sampling indicates good numbers of nice fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and jigs, lakewide.
Walleye Slow to Fair most between 15 to 17 inches Recent sampling indicates good numbers of  fish (17.5 to 22 inches) are available. Some are taken on jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

This is a great Kayak or small craft lake.  Critzer Lake is one of Kansas' newest lakes and was opened to fishing in August of 2011. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There is a double lane boat ramp. The floating dock is finished and compliments this great fishing lake.  The lake is primarily a boat lake but there is shoreline access east of the boatramp where anglers can set up on the two piers and be very close to the parking lot. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit.

There is a second, smaller access area located at the south west part of the lake, from 800 rd. and Gorman, north 1/4 mile.  This area makes it easier for anglers in small craft to launch and paddle/fish the more timbered areas. There is a parking lot and gravel ramp and provides shoreline angling also. 

This lake was sampled on 5/19/2017, and many largemouth bass were caught and released, varying in size (nothing over 4 lbs.), as well as a few smallmouth bass. There is a great channel cat population, with a lot of fish in the 2 to 6 pound range.  There are a few walleye between 14 and 21 inches were seen as well.  White crappie are abundant and caught close to cover, with light colored jigs.  The water is clear unless there have been heavy rains.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Remember CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!

We have improved the area with a floating dock, located just west of the boat ramp.

For tips on spring bass fishing watch this KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

Check out this video from Brent Chapman fishing for bass in Critzer Lake! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngvw2uz3oH0 



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/8/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 6-10" Look for crappie suspended around the shoreline and dam.  Minnows under bobbers have been working the best.  There are also some crappie being caught up in the Elk River.
Blue and channel catfish Good 18-26" Catfish are still being caught in the main lake drifting shad sides along the flats.  Shad are getting hard to find and catch, make sure to bring bait with you. 
White Bass Fair 10-14" White bass have been more sporadic.  Covering many different areas will help you find and catch more white bass.
Outlet Fair 12-20" Water release has slowed. Use the link below to determine release volume.
 
Blue catfish are currently managed with a 35-in minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit in hopes that they will establish a self-sustaining population.
Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

Youth/Mentor Pond

The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/7/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

13% 11"-16"

47% 16"-24"

13% 24"-28"

27% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides.  Fish are located in deep water along old creek channels during cold weather.
crappie fair

81% 5"- 8"

7% 8"-10"

4% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around deep channel breaks in reservoir and river. Try Ladd Bridge on sunny days.
largemouth bass poor

17% 8"-12"

39% 12"-15"

44% 15"-20"

0% 20"+

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of the river produces a fair density bass population. There were 11 bass per hour of electrofishing around the Ladd Bridge section of the river. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, worm, spinner or crank bait around stumps and brush in the river.
white bass fair

44% 6"- 9"

33% 9"-12"

22% 12"-15"

0% 15"-18"

Use a spinner or shad imitation crank bait. Fish are located in deep water along old creek channels during cold weather.
General Comments:

To view a map of brush piles in Fall River Reservoir and the old sunken Ladd Bridge in the river, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir.

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from August 2017 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2016 test netting.

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FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 10/1/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Good varies water level is perfect, water conditions have brought bass in shallow in cover.  Use shad crank baits, soft plastic baits to fish structure and along rocky points and weed beds.
channel catfish Good varies, some very nice Very good populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide and around the feeders, use cut shad, sponge baits, worms. Recent fish population sampling indicates a great population of channel catfish in the 2 - 5 pound range. Fish the South end where creek comes in during or after a rain.  The fish feeders are off.
walleye Slow varies use dark jigs and crankbaits, along flats and drop-offs.  most fish are above the 18 inch length limit.
crappie Slow varies, many over 11 inches Crappie have been hit or miss according to the weather, when its good its real good.  There are a high percentage of fish over 10 inches. Some good fish along the dam in 5 ft or less. Try black&amp;amp;white jigs under a float. 
bluegill Slow varies use small baits, such as worms, jigs suspended under a float, in deeper water
General Comments

 

Ft Scott Lake has a good reputation for producing good stringers of channel catfish.  Channel catfish from the rearing pond will be stocked in to this lake.

Recent tree/habitat placements, In 2014, 2015 and 2016, 2017 about 900 xmas trees were placed at each end of the dam and along Scorotino Park.  The dam tree placements are very accessible for shoreline anglers.  This project is will improve angler success for bass and crappie.   

 Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and have fun. Please remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Lake Cooperator,no city permits for fishing and boating while fishing. City permit required for recreational boating.



GARNETT NORTH - Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair-Good 8-14 inches  Look for them around structure or dropoffs in 10-15 ft. of water. Minnows under a slip bobber is probably best choice of bait.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events. Some nice sized catfish were seen in our gill nets
Largemouth Bass Good up to 4lbs.  There is an abundant bass popuation in this lake with many fish in the 13-16" range, you can benefit the population by harvesting bass less than 13". Use a reaction style bait such as lipless crankbait, jerkbait, or spinnerbait near shoreline structure.
Wipers Fair up to 6 lbs Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. 
Walleye Slow   curly tailed jigs or crankbaits along the bank near deeper water.
General Comments

Please remember to help STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell when leaving water bodies. 

Four Georgia Cube Fish Attractors were placed by the fishing dock (2on the East end and 2 on the West end) on the north end of the lake. 

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

For more information on waters in Woodson, Coffey, Anderson, and Allen counties, click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



GARNETT SOUTH - Last Updated: 11/7/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Swim baits and jerkbaits worked around shoreline habitat.
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with a worm
Channel Catfish Fair-Good 8-24 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Fair-Good 6-10 inches  Try fishing the deeper water around any structure. Minnows are a good choice this time of year.
Wiper Poor    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
Trout Fair-Good   Small spinners or berkley trout bait may work well

Comments: 1,665 trout were stocked on Oct. 25th. 

Trout season began Nov. 1 runs to April 15. This is a Type 1 Water meaning a trout permit is required for all anglers 16 or older.

Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and livewells to help stop the spread of ANS species. For more information on this lake and other lakes in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson Counties, click on the link below to subscribe to the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.

 http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/5/2017

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair Drifting various baits lakewide has been productive with some fish being caught over 10 lbs.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Fair Along the dam or along any rocky structure or out in the dredged area. Look for large schools of shad and use small spinners, grubs, or crankbaits. Below the dam during low releases is a good place to try.
Crappie up to 15" Fair Fishing up in the river and creeks around logjams and timber with jigs and minnows should produce some fish. Otherwise fishing in the deeper water near the dam and dredged area may be a good choice.

Comments - The boat ramp by the dam is OPEN.

Boaters beware of shallow water! For current lake level and release information click the following link http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html.

ALERT! This lake contains Zebra Mussels please help stop the spread Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment after leaving this water body. It is Illegal transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on lakes in the New Strawn district click the following link. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/4/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish,  Fair to Good all sizes,  Use sunfish or cutshad, worms, liver, prepared baits. Fish sampling indicates that this lake has lots of channel catfish, big flathead and blues to catch. There is a growing population of blue catfish up to  50 pounds.  Catfishing can be very good at night, some anglers really target large blue cats now at drop offs close to the creek channel. use live or cut baits or worms. The hot water return area is always a good place to fish.  The fish feeders are OFF.
Crappie Fair to good 9 - 12 inches There are a good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. Best lures to use are jigs/ minnows in about 6 to 9 feet of water, near structure.  some nice crappie caught in the hot water area also.  At the dam, bounce jigs off the outlet wall, but don't go over the restrictive cable.
Largemouth Bass Good   varies but 16 to 20 inches is common Largemouth bass fishing is good, in and around the  warm water area. In a boat start close to the hot water and work your way away from the hotwater and find their preferred water temperature. Fish the riprap areas, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations.  Bass over 10 and close to 11 pounds have been caught this year.  
white bass Fair to Good varies, some 1.5 pounds Use shad imitations, silver spoons big jigs, or cut shad while casting, drifting or trolling near shallow points or rip rap.  The hot water areas is always good this time of year. There have been some wb caught in the 1.5 to 2 pound range.
wiper Fair to Good some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad, and fish out from the  hot water areas as lots of wipers are along the warm water mixing area.   Most fish are in the 4 - 6 pound range with a few larger.
General Comments

Be careful of windy days as this lake catches a lot of wind.  In a boat or fishing from the shore, the hot water area is a great place to fish. This is where the hot water from the power plant enters the main pool of the lake.  The warm water prevents freezing and attracts forage fish and predators.  Many wipers, white bass, crappie, channel and blue cats are caught here.

Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue, channel or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake. On the east side of the lake access to the hot water return, where a lot of fish are caught when its cold, is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east and drive across the dam on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot.  Anglers walk from the parking lot west on the path to the hot water return area. But this is a great place to fish.  

This lake has had a reproducing blue catfish population for many years, fingerling blue cats were stocked this fall to supplement that population. Another goal for this lake to improve blue cat angling.

 Call the Linn County Park at 913-795-6633 for more information or camping, and cabins reservations.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Get the family, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment. Don't move water from any lake.

Habitat improvement and shoreline enhancement continue to improve by adding Georgia cubes.  I have added Georgia cubes to several areas to enhance angling especially along shoreline areas.  The gps coordinates are:

Location La Cygne Reservoir

Habitat                                longititude             latititude              description    date

hot water weir                   N 38 22.852           W 094 39.112      13 cubes       2017                 
big bass spot                     N 38 22.420           W 094 39.643      3   cubes &nb



MARAIS DES CYGNES WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/1/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
blue, channel catfish Fair varies fish are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, 
white bass/wipers Fair varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
       
General Comments

The river and streams on the state wildlife area are open to fishing. The Marias des Cygnes River is a great place to float and fish. 

 Some of the wildlife area pools are drained and others have low fish populations. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area. For additional opportunities call 913-352-8941 for accurate information on wildlife pool drainage.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing.

Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The Marais des Cygnes River is confirmed to contain zebra mussels.  Please take extra precaution by not removing fish and placing them in another body of water (bait fish included), and cleaning, draining, and drying boats motors trailers and all equipment before entering another body of water.  This helps prevent the spread to unc



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/4/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location  
2018 Fishing Forecast        
Blue Catfish Poor-Fair 5-40 lbs A 35" minimum length limit and 5 fish daily creel limit is in place to try to increase numbers.  Blue catfish pulled off a measurable spawn in 2016, as juveniles were sampled in July and October 2017.  Improved production, a goal of the length limit (by protecting young broodfish), is the pathway toward increased numbers.  
Channel Catfish Good 0.5-5 lbs Melvern, like most Kansas reservoirs, has good channel catfish angling and 2018 should be no exception.  Higher numbers of larger fish were observed in the 2017 sample.  
Crappie Poor-Fair 0.25-1.5 lbs High numbers of crappie were sampled in 2017, but the overwhelming majority were less than 10" in length.  Angling for crappie should be similar to last year.  
Black Bass Fair-Good 0.25-5 lbs Lower numbers of smallmouth and largemouth bass were sampled during 2017 compared to the previous year.  Anglers should still have good luck fishing for smallmouth, but they will find it tougher to consistently catch largemouth.  
Sauger/Walleye Poor-Fair 0.5-4 lbs Sauger/walleye fishing should be similar to the previous 5 years based upon sampling.  Anglers have reported catching increased numbers of sub-legal walleye, so perhaps the population is on the upswing.  
White Bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Numbers of white bass declined in the 2017 sample.  Quality sized white bass are still present and should supply fair fishing.  
         
Current Fishing Conditions        
Fisheries Newsletter     If you would like to receive additional information about this lake a couple of times a year, sign up for the newsletter at the following link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District  
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish daily limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation change is to protect adult brood fish which hopefully will allow increased production of young blue catfish, translating into increased numbers of blues in Melvern.  
Sauger     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes sauger and walleye have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
Spotted Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes all black bass (i.e. largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
Crappie Fair 0.25-1.5 lb Lots of small crappie being caught, with anglers still working for keepers.  Ruby reds and jigs have accounted for most fish caught.   
White bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Most being caught incidentally by crappie anglers using jigs and minnows.  
General Comments
December 4 water level 0.48 feet below conservation pool, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 48.  Note:  Feeders are done for the year, they will start back up the week before Memorial Day.  Melvern Reservoir has Zebra Mussels, Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes.



MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/27/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. 
Channel Catfish  Fair  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish are stocked in the Mined Land Wildlife every October. These fish are 8-16 inches in length and average 1/3 pound each.
Crappie  Fair/good  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure. 
Largemouth Bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, worms, or spinner baits fished slowly around brush, weed-lines and structure. 
Rainbow trout  Good  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. The first rainbow trout stocking of the fall season was made on October 26, 2017. Approximately 1,870 fish were stocked from Crystal Lakes Trout Farm. Most rainbows are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. Five percent of each stocking is comprised of 14-inch or larger fish. Trout can live year-around in this unique strip-mined lake, so fish in the 3-5 pound range are occassionally caught.
General Comments
Trout Anglers - 3,500 small 6 to 9-inch brown trout were stocked on Jan. 24, 2017. Brown trout must be 20-inches in length to be your possession. Please handle these small browns with care and release them immediately so we may produce some quality-size fish in the future. Youth 15 and younger are not required to purchase a trout permit, but their daily creel limit is 2 trout/day. All anglers 16 and older are required to have a trout stamp to fish in the trout lake in Area # 30.



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/8/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 14-24" Chicken livers have been producing catfish.  Fishing has slowed with the cooling water.  Look for fishing to improve at dark.
Largemouth Bass Good  8-18" Slow fishing soft plastics has been productive for catching largemouth bass.
Crappie Fair 8-12" Look for crappie under the docks and around brush piles.  Minnows and jigs have been working the best.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Fair 6-8" Use a worm under a bobber just outside the weeds around the shoreline to catch fish.  With cooling water temperatures try downsizing to smaller bait and hooks to catch more fish.
General Comments

Fishing pressure has really diminished with cooler temperatures.

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Montgomery State Fishing Lake at the link above.

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MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/1/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Channel Catfish GOOD Size varies but most are of  legal size, with some large fish Cut bait, also try stink baits, chicken liver, cut shad or chunks of sunfish, The fish feeders are OFF for the season.Lots of good catfish in the lake.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish FAIR varies Use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie Fair to Good 8 to 14 inches some larger Crappie have been hit or miss.  Really good when its good.  Nice fish available.  Along the south tree line or habitat structures and drop offs along the creek channel.
Largemouth Bass GOOD varies Good fishing but few anglers. Bass are in shallow water adjacent to structure, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments

Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is perfect.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  

Mound City Lake has a great reputation for producing good strings of crappie.  Best baits are  dark colored jigs and minnows, mainly around underwater structure.  Fish feeders are off.  Largemouth bass numbers have really improved and continues to produce great fishing.

Sign up for the Mound City District Newsletter today!

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.



NEOSHO RIVER AT CHETOPA DAM - Last Updated: 5/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
      Snagging season closed May 15th. 
General Comments
THE SNAGGING SEASON IS OPEN FROM MARCH 15 THROUGH MAY 15TH.

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

•A fish must be kept if placed on a stringer. Culling is not allowed.

•A state-issued permit is required. Two paddlefish may be harvested daily and six may be harvested in a season.

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

The best fishing occurs at river flows of 10-15,000 cubic feet per second. The following link will take you to the Kansas Water Watch website. Click HERE for river flow data.



NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/27/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / redear  Good All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly near the bottom along weed-lines. Many harvestable-size bluegill and redear are available.
Channel catfish  Fair All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, worms, or shrimp. The three fish feeders are off until next spring.
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 10-inches Try fishing small jigs or minnows near brush or cover. Many 7 to 10-inch fish are available, with some quality fish mixed in.
Largemouth bass  Fair All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits or spinner baits fished around structure and along weed-lines. 
General Comment
 



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/5/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Current Fishing Condition      
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to receive additional information about this lake (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) a couple of times during the year, sign up to receive a newsletter using this link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.25-1 lbs A few being taken over brush piles on jigs.
       
2018 Fishing Forecast      
Bluegill Fair 0.25 lb Low numbers and decent sized fish were captured in 2017 samples.
Channel Catfish Good 0.5-10 lbs Good numbers and sizes of channel catfish were seen in 2017 nets.
Crappie Fair-Good 0.25-1 lb Moderate numbers of crappie were sampled in 2017.  A high percentage of fish exceeded 10" in length.
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.25-2 lbs Good numbers of mainly smaller bass (few over 15") were sampled.
Wiper Poor 1-3 lbs Low numbers of intermediate sized wipers were netted in 2017.
       
General Comments

Note:  Zebra Mussels were found at this lake April 27, 2017.  Lake users should clean, drain and dry fishing equipment and boats to keep from moving zebra mussels to other waters. 

GPS coordinates (Datum =NAD 83 in decimel degrees) for cedar tree fish habitat are:                         

1.  N38.76493             W095.674210                   2. N38.76591              W095.670920                  

  1.  N38.76540           W095.67353               4.  N38.76628             W095.67362 
  1.  N38.76263           W095.67154               6. N38.76833              W095.67339 
  1. N38.77290            W095.67194               8. N38.76469              W095.66955 
  1. N38.76276            W095.67139               10. N38.76506            W095.67109 
  1. N 38.76291           W095.66969               12. N38.76287            W095.67497 



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE EAST - Last Updated: 10/1/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location
Wipers GOOD size varies, wiper are on top chasing shad.use live shad or shad artificials and hang on. lake wide trolling with sassy shads, from the bank and boat, with crankbaits, spoons, worms.  
Channel catfish GOOD to EXCELLENT All sizes, this lake has a good catfish population and produces nice fish.  Anglers can catch fish in the 2- 7 pound range.   Best baits are the traditional chicken liver or use stink baits, shrimp, worms, prepared baits, lakewide.  The fish feeders are OFF for the season.
Largemouth bass GOOD varies good results along the shoreline weedbeds, dam, and woody habitat using silver or blue crank baits or soft baits.   
Walleye, Slow 18-24 inches An incidental fish taken near deeper habitat.
white crappie Fair to GOOD 8-14 inches Many crappie are in the 8 inch range to 11 to 12 inches long. Fishing around the floating dock, and drop offs. Try the shoreline and any shallow cover, use pink, blue/white tube or green jigs, minnows.   
General Comment

The best time to fish is anytime you can.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  This is a great kayaking lake, no recreational boating.  Have the  lake to yourself.

There are good crappie here.  This lake has a high density of largemouth bass, great fishing for kids! Also, keep in mind that there is a decent wiper population.  The channel cat population in this lake is doing well, and during our sampling we saw a few walleye, as well as some sizeable flatheads.  channel catfish will be stocked in mid October to increase fishing opportunities.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundment. 

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A city fishing permit is no longer required.Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE WEST - Last Updated: 10/1/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
channel catfish GOOD Size varies, some up to 8 pounds These fish excited and feeding. Use cut shad or sunfish, (best on chicken liver), shrimp, worms, prepared baits, along dam, lots of fat fish from 2 - 6 pounds.  The fish feeders are OFF for the season.
crappie Fair to GOOD All sizes Fish are nice size and the density is good, fish are traditionally along the dam, south east pier, and in the brushpiles fish with jigs, blue /white, minnows,
largemouth bass GOOD 12-22 inches High water levels will have bass back in the water willow along the dam, piers and the brushpiles, use crank baits or spinners,
bluegill Fair varies Most fish are under 8 inches. use a small worm or jig under a float.
General Comments

Best time to fish is anytime you can.   Pleasanton West Lake produces a quality bass fishery.  Largemouth bass, overall are in very good condition and health. The largest bass sampled in 2017 was 4.78 lbs., and 33% of the fish sampled were of memorable or trophy size.  Try your luck with roadrunners, jigs, and spinners for these sizeable fish!

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water.

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

 This lake has a high density of channel catfish that increases angling opportunity. Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake, no fishing permits required.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/1/2017

fair Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish   GOOD all sizes Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  THE FISH FEEDERS ARE OFF. THE outlet can be very good when releasing larger amounts of water.  There is the occasional harvest of the blue catfish.
Walleye Slow varies off points or deeper steep banks on crank baits or jigs tipped with night crawlers
White bass/Wipers  Slow  varies lakewide and the windy side of the points, wipers are following the schools of shad, minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes liver and shad imitation lures
Crappie Fair    varies but range 8 -12 inches Fishing is fair with some nice fish occasionally caught.  Best baits are dark jigs and/or minnows.  Recent sampling indicates that that there are good numbers of larger crappie  around the 11 inch or bigger range.
Largemouth Bass Slow Most are 10 to 15 inches Pomona has a limited black bass fishery. Catches are more common in the Marina area and in the coves on a variety of baits to include crankbaits and soft baits
General Comments

This fishing report is from Game Warder Ryan Twellmann: Water level is normal and fishing generally is slow.  Fishing at the outlet may be improving with the high water release.  

The catfish population in this impoundment is good, try fishing with live bait, liver or shad or assorted stick baits, especially after rain/inflow events.

Also remember this lake has a good wiper population.  These are often caught at the drop offs along creek channels, and around concentrations of gizzard shad! 

The reservoir also supports some larger walleye and blue catfish, though in very low numbers.  These numbers will be improved by future stockings. 

 Zebra mussels now inhabit this lake. This means take EXTRA PRECAUTION to help prevent the spread into uncontaminated impoundments.

"Clean, Drain and Dry" before  and after using any equipment on this lake.

 For additional information, water temperature, release rates, please check:http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Pomona-Lake/Daily-Lake-Information/ 

Have FUN,Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The State and COE Parks are ready for family fishing.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

Check out this video on fish management provided by KDWPT http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/7/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

15% 11"-16"

54% 16"-24"

15% 24"-28"

15% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides. Fish are located in deep water along old creek channels during cold weather.
largemouth bass poor

14% 8"-12"

57% 12"-15"

29% 15"-20"

0% 20"-25"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of Walnut Creek produces a fair density bass population. There were 16 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in Walnut Creek. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, spinner, worm, or crank bait around stumps and brush in river and Walnut Creek.
white bass fair

31% 6"-9"

50% 9"-12"

8% 12"-15"

4% 15"-18"

7% 18"+

Use a spinner or shad imitation crank bait. Fish are located in deep water along old creek channels during cold weather.
white crappie fair

73% 5"-8"

17% 8"-10"

3% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around brush piles and deep channel breaks. Fish are located in deeper water and holes in river and Walnut Creek during cool weather. Try Baker Bridge area on sunny days.
General Comments

To view a map of Toronto Reservoir brush piles, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir. 

TORR brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 1.74 kB)

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from August 2017 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2016 test netting.

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WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/8/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location  
Channel Catfish Good 16-24 inches Channel catfish are still being caught on chicken livers.  Look for better fishing around dark.   
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22 inches Fish have been biting the best right at dark.  Jigging soft plastics slowly around cover has been working the best.  
Crappie Fair 8-12" Minnows under a bobber have been producing the most fish.  Look for fish around brush piles and under docks.  
Bluegill and Redear Fair 6-8" Look for fish around sunken brush piles and just outside the weedline.  With cooling water temps downsize to smaller bait and hooks to catch more fish.  
General Comments
Fishing from shore has improved with cooling water tempertures.
Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Wilson State Fishing Lake at the link above.

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WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/20/2017

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
       
The lake is drained.

Anglers please do your part to stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving a water body and do not transfer live fish or bait between water bodies

For more info. on lakes in the New Strawn district, click on the following link. New Strawn Fishing District Newsletter

62 Georgia Cube fish attractors have been added to the lake click the following link to access the Google Earth File.http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Artificial-Habitat-Fish-Attractor-GPS  

Woodson State Fishing Lake Brush Piles - 

WOSL BRUSH PILES (OCTET-STREAM 12.12 kB)



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OLD - Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good 1-5 lbs. Running bladed jigs or swim jigs through the water willow or other submerged vegetation can be good. Also try spinnerbaits or shallow running crankbaits. 
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations along windy shorelines
channel catfish Good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Jig and crawlers or trolling crankbaits around dropoffs or over the flats.
crappie Good up to 14"  Look for fish around deeper dropoffs and structure such as the Georgia Cubes. 
General Comments

STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell before leaving an area. DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT between waters.

We sank 30 Georgia Cube Fish Attractors in this lake and they are holding fish. Click on the following link to download the Google Earth File and get the coordinates. http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Artificial-Habitat-Fish-Attractor-GPS 

District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



YATES CENTER - Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair-Good A good population of both species is present in this lake. Use the good ol nightcrawler or mealworm under a bobber around deep weedlines.
Largemouth Bass 8-18" Good Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18" you can benefit the population by harvesting the bass you catch under 13". Fishing the large weed beds and woody habitat with various plastic baits and presentations will produce some fish. Swim jigs and Square billed crankbaits or jerkbaits should also be good.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Good livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide. The upper end can be a good place after heavy rain events, focus on where the water is running in. 
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair-Good Curly-tailed grubs, crankbaits or swim baits around schools of shad. Wind blown shorelines should be good places to start. look for both species busting shad on the surface. Wipers can also be caught on chicken liver around the feeders.
Crappie up to 12" Good Look for crappie around the timber near the creek channel bends. Some crappie can be caught off of the piers fishing around the various brushpiles. 
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits or dragging a jig and crawler over the flats.
This lake contains Eurasian Watermilfoil. Please remember to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment when leaving water bodies.