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 on the KDWPT Public Fishing Reports blog at http://ksfishing.blogspot.com.

LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/7/2016

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

70% 4-7"

18% 7-9"

13% 9-11"

Bluegill and redear sunfish are more easily caught using light line, 2-6 pound test.  Use a small hook baited with a worm or a tiny spoon or jig around deep brush piles.  On warmer days, they may be caught closer to the surface and in shallower water.
Channel Catfish fair

33% 11-16"

67% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

0% 28-36"

Channel catfish can be caught near the top edge of channel breaks on worms, shad sides, or stink bait. 
Largemouth Bass fair

23% 8-12"

59% 12-15"

18% 15-20"

0% 20"

In colder months, bass mainly feed along and adjacent to deep channel breaks.  Jigs tipped with worms and silver spoons work well.
Crappie fair

41% 5-8"

32% 8-10"

14% 10-12"

14% 12-15"

Use light line and small jigs or minnows around deep brush piles and channel breaks.
General Comments

This is a general winter fishing report describing expected and typical winter fishery patterns.

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

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2015 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2015 test netting.

For more information about the Fall River/Toronto Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.



BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 9-12" Crappie angling will be hit and miss throughout winter. Use electronics to find schools of fish suspended near underwater structure and depth changes.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfish anglers will have inconsistent success throughout winter. Generally, the bite will slow when water temperature falls into the 40s. Setlines in the upper end remain a good bet for picking up some fish.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18" Bass fishing will slow with cooler weather. Look for rocky shorelines with a southern exposure on warm sunny days.
General Comments
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 (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

 
 



BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/27/2016

 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Slow  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly around deep water structure. 
Channel catfish  Slow  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, live bait or worms. The four fish feeders are off until spring.  
Crappie  Slow  8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure in deeper water. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population, with some quality-size fish available.
Largemouth bass  Slow Mostly 8-16 inch fish. Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around deep-water structure. 
General Comments
 



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 1/25/2016

species ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie FAIR 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 Great varies, try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits, Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in. 
Largemouth bass Good most bass in the 14 to 20 inch range good reports of bass in recently flooded weedbeds, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure, 
General Comments

Water levels are lower from the winter months. Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in. 

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 on the west side..



BOURBON COUNTY ELM CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 1/25/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish GOOD varies  try off dam on bluegill chunks, chicken livers or cut shad, Lakewide, Channel catfish are great after a rain in the south end where the creek comes in. Recent fish population sampling lots of nice channel catfish from 3 - 8 pounds.  
Largemouth/Smallmouth bass GOOD varies lakewide, fish are in shallow, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs.  
Bullheads GOOD 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 to GOOD lots of small fish with 50 limit in spawning areas and along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

Water levels are lower from the winter months. Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

This lake has a high density of channel catfish that really increases angling opportunity. Recent channel catfish stocking have really boosted the populations.  Buy your license and go fishing.

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: 1/25/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass GOOD Fish 10 to 18 inches dominate the population Fish the shoreline, weedbeds and piers, use spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers. As waters cool, better during warmer time of day
Bluegill/redear sunffish Fair 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 Slow to Fair varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms, lakewide,
Crappie Slow to FAIR 8 - 12 inches and up Over brushpiles,near drop-offs this time of year using minnows, jigs ,
General Comments

Water levels are low in the winter months. Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth and spotted bass at this impoundment, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

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.

 Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats 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 



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 1/6/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Good 8 in to 18 inches Plastics or crankbaits worked around warm water
walleye Slow-Fair 14-25 inches Crankbaits or jig and crawler around points and humps
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Blue cats- cut carp or shad around deep points or dropoffs. Channel cats -various baits lakewide drifting.
smallmouth bass Good 10-20 inches jerkbaits or crankbaits on points and around the riprap. finesse plastics if the bite seems tough.
white bass/Wipers Fair-Good up to 5lbs. Vertical jigging spoons near schools of shad in the warm water area
crappie Slow-Fair 11-15 inches Focus on the deeper water around timber and channel ledges.
General Comments

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

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: 1/27/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &Location
Bluegill / redear  Slow  6 - 8" Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure in deeper water. 
Channel catfish  Slow

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, live bait, or worms. The four fish feeders are now off until spring.
Crappie  Slow Mostly 7-9 inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Many small 7-9 inch fish are available with some bigger fish mixed in. 
Largemouth bass  Slow  All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished along drop-offs, brush piles, and other structure in deeper water.
General Comments
 



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 1/25/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches The water is at full pool and water clarity is good at this time. Work the shore and water willow areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms.
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 12" 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, 
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

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 and the lake is primarily a boat lake. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit. Lake brochures are available at the Linn County Courthouse information display case or online at www.linncountyks.com

Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

Remember to Clean, Drain and Dry.

We are improving the area with a floating dock, located just west of the boat ramp.  This project is a cooperative project between Linn County and Kansas Dept. of W,P,T.  This wet weather has hampered our efforts but we hope to finish this project by the end of June.  We apologize for any inconvenience to our anglers.

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: 10/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie will school throughout winter near the dam, river channel, or newly placed habitat structures.
Channel catfish Good 18-26 inches Catfish angling can be tough when water cools, but fish will actively feed upon ice out.
White bass Poor 8-16 inches White bass anglers can be successful trolling the Elk River, but success is inconsistent.
Outlet     Fishing is good at the outlet when water is being released.  Use the link below to determine release volume.
 

Float line fishing will be allowed from July 15 through September 15. No float line permit is required in 2015.

Eleven habitat structures were placed on a small hump on the northeast end of the reservoir at 37.26575, -95.77932.

Approximately 45,000 blue catfish from 5 to 8" were stocked in both 2014 and 2015. 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 (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette 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: 1/7/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

29% 11"-16"

50% 16"-24"

14% 24"-28"

7% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on channel breaks.  Watch for inflows durring winter to trigger feeding.
crappie good

25% 5"- 8"

32% 8"-10"

31% 10"-12"

11% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a minnow or jig around deep brush piles and channel breaks.  Crappie school in deep water in front of the outlet gates and deep holes in the river, like the one at Ladd Bridge.  On warmer days, they feed in shallower water closer to the surface.
largemouth bass poor

40% 8"-12"

20% 12"-15"

40% 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 17 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

29% 6"- 9"

28% 9"-12"

32% 12"-15"

11% 15"-18"

Use a jig, minnow, or silver spoon on channel breaks.  White bass will continue to feed on gizzard shad until they die-off under the ice.
General Comments

This is a general winter fishing report describing expected and typical winter fishery patterns.

The county has closed the old iron Honey Creek Bridge east of Climax.  Also, the narrows has eroded too much and it is closed to vehicle traffic.  You may still access Twin Falls area of Fall River on foot.  KDWPT is working on alternatives to access this area.  Refer to the alternative route map on the Fall River Reservoir KDWPT web page for directions to the narrows.

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 May 2015 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2015 test netting.

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For more information about the Fall River Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.



FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 1/25/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Good varies water level is high and bass will be shallow and in the weedbeds. useshad crank baits, soft plastic baits,  
channel catfish Good varies  High populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide, use cut shad, may bugs,sponge baits, worms. Recent fish population sampling indicates a great population of channel catfish in the 2 - 5 pound range. South end where creek comes in during or after a rain.
walleye Slow varies jigs, minnows along spawning areas.
white crappie Good varies, many over 11 inches crappie are moving back after the  spawn, lots of nice fish over 10 inches, some good fish in the south end around the creek channels, with black&white, blue&white jigs under a float, fish are in nice condition 
bluegill Slow varies use small baits, such as worms, jigs suspended under a float, in deeper water
General Comments

 

Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

Recent tree/habitat placements will improve angler success for bass and crappie.  Channel catfish are great after a rain in the south end where the creek comes in. 

 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: 12/11/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair-Good 8-14 inches Small jigs around brush along the steep banks fish are probably 10-20 ft. deep
Channel catfish Fair 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 3lbs. crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, or drop shot rigs around brush and shallow cover. Lots of small bass in the lake utilize the slot limit and harvest fish up to 13"
Wipers Fair up to 10 lbs. Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. 
Walleye Slow   trolling with crankbaits or jig and crawler
General Comments

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

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: 12/11/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 5lbs. Jigs, plastics, or suspending jerkbaits worked really slow
Bluegill Fair up to 8 inches Small jigs
Channel Catfish Fair 8-30 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Fair 6-10 inches Small jigs or minnows under a bobber around structure
Wiper Slow    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
Trout Good   Small spinners or generic trout bait

Comments: Trout season is open until April 15, and the daily creel limit is 5.

All anglers 16 or older are required to have a trout permit regardless of species targeted.

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: 12/11/2015

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair Anglers are having some luck drifting various baits in the main lake.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Fair Trolling cranks or using small spinners or jigs all over the lake. There are a lot of nice sized fish 15"+ in the lake.
Crappie up to 15" Fair-Good Most fish probably close to the dam or near boat ramp area in deeper water.

Comments

We completed our annual netting survey 10-13 thru 10-16, and saw similar results as last year. This lake has a fantastic white bass and crappie population currently. We sampled several hundred crappie most of which were over 10" and a good portion were over 12". The largest crappie we saw was 15" and weighed 2 lbs. Some nice ones were caught in the gill nets out in open water, but the majority seem to be relating to the rocky banks next to deeper water.

 

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: 1/25/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish,  Fair to Good all sizes, Use sunfish or cutshad,worms, liver, prepared baits. The lake has big flathead and blues to catch. Recent fish population indicates a good population of channel catfish and the growing blue catfish up to  40 pounds
Crappie Slow 9 - 12 inches There are a good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. This time of year harvest  improves with the cooling waters on jigs/ minnows  near structure.  
Largemouth Bass Good with a strong reservoir  population   varies but good size is not uncommon Available water levels will have bass in the weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations. As the waters cool fish tend to start moving and congregate near warmer waters
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.  
wiper Fair to Good some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad, lots of wipers along open areas of water in the 1 - 5 pound range.
General Comments

Wipers around 1-5 pounds and white bass up to 2 pounds.  Lake water temperatures are now cooling.  Of course, as winter approaches fish tend to be nearer to the warm outlet water to some extent.  

Water levels are good for fishing. Recent bass sampling indicates that La Cygne produces some of the best large largemouth bass in the state. 

 Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue 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. The location is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot.

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

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.

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 

Anglers when fishing at the hot water outlet,or at the outlet gate at the dam, DO NOT GO OVER THE CABLES. FISHING IN A RESTRICTED AREA COULD GET YOU ARRESTED.



MARAIS DES CYGNES WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 6/19/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
blue, channel catfish Fair to Good varies The river is high level, fish are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, worms
walleye Slow to Fair varies use minnows, jigs, work the pools below riffles
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 draining. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area and along stateline road bridge. 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.

 Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepageon February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

 



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/4/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location
Part Time Job Opening - Creel Clerk     Person needed to interview anglers at Melvern Reservoir, March through October on selected days.  March, July-October average monthly work hours = 96; other months work hours = 144.  Incumbent needs to be to able to identify common sport fish and interact with the public well.  Must provide own vehicle.  Pay is $ 11.79/hr.  Person is reimbursed for mileage at 54 cents/mile.  If interested contact Richard Sanders, 785-832-8413, richard.sanders@ksoutdoors.com
       
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.
Crappie Poor -Fair 0.3-1 lb Bite has been erratic, one day good the next no good.  Anglers are using ice spoons and small jigs over structure in 18-30 feet of water.
General Comments
Feb. 4  water level 1.66 feet low, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 33.  Most of lake open.  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: 1/27/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Slow  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure in deeper water. 
Channel Catfish  Slow  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, live bait, 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  Slow  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure in deeper water .   
Largemouth Bass  Slow  All sizes Try jigs, worms, spinner baits, or crankbaits fished around brush and other structure. 
Rainbow trout  Very Good  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn.  The first 2015 fall stocking took place on Oct. 15th with a stocking of 1,932 rainbows. Bi-weekly stockings of 935 fish will continue through May 2016.  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 - 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. Brown trout less than 20-inches in length must be returned to the water immediately. The creel limit for browns is one fish per day. 



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 14-24" Catfish angling can be good until water falls into the 40s. Try stinkbait or chicken livers.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Bass fishing can be good during cooler weather on warm, sunny days. Focus on moving soft plastics along rocky shoreline on the north end of the lake. Please consider harvesting fish under the 13"-18" protected slot length limit to improve size structure of the largemouth bass population.
Crappie Fair 6-12" Schooling crappie can be found suspended along the creek channel and underwater structure during winter.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 8-11" Bluegill and redears can be caught in cooler weather by fishing a worm around 6 ft below a slip cork in 8 to 10 ft of water. 
General Comments

Six habitat cubes were placed near 37.16237, -95.68882 on August 3, 2015.

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present.  Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin.  Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin.  Both species have their adipose fin clipped.  Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Montgomery County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.  

Anglers should note that there are no alcoholic beverages allowed on the area.

The maintained boat ramp at Montgomery State Fishing Lake is usable.

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

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 (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE.



MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 1/25/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & 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, Channel catfish are great after a rain in the south end where the creek comes in. or lake wide,
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish FAIR varies Use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie Slow to Fair 8 to 14 inches some larger Along the south tree line or habitat structures and drop offs along the creek channel.
Largemouth Bass Good varies Bass are in shallow and close to weed beds, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments

Water levels are lower from the winter months. Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

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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: 7/15/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish CLOSED   Use a large barbless treble hook and 4-6 oz of weight to snag paddlefish immediately downstream of Chetopa City Dam. Fishing can go from excellent to poor within a few hours depending on flow. Use the link below to monitor river flow. Fishing will be best when discharge is 10,000 to 15,000 cubic feet per second and rising.
General Comments
THE SNAGGING SEASON OPENS MARCH 15 AND RUNS 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: 1/27/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / redear  Slow All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly around structure in deeper water. 
Channel catfish  Slow All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, minnows, worms, or shrimp fished near the bottom. The three fish feeders are off until spring.
Crappie  Slow 7 -12 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  Slow All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around deep-water structure. 
General Comment
 



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/4/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
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 Fair 0.3-2 lbs Using minnows and jigs over deep water brushpiles.
General Comments
 



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE EAST - Last Updated: 1/25/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Wipers Slow to Fair size varies, 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 Fair to Good 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, may bugs, worms, prepared baits, lakewide.
Largemouth bass Fair to Good varies good results along the shoreline weedbeds, dam, and woody habitat using silver or blue crank baits or soft baits.   
Walleye, saugeye Slow 18-24 inches An incidental fish taken near deeper habitat.
white crappie Slow to Fair 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 over the brushpiles, use pink or green jigs,minnows
General Comment

Water levels are lower from the winter months. Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

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: 1/25/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish Good Size varies, some up to 8 pounds Use cut shad or sunfish, (best on chicken liver), shrimp, worms, prepared baits, along dam, lots of fat fish from 2 - 6 pounds.
crappie Slow to Fair 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 Along the water willow along the dam, piers and the brushpiles with crank baits or spinners,
bluegill Fair varies Most fish are under 8 inches. use a small worm or jig under a float.
General Comments

Water levels are lower from the winter months. Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

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: 10/20/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish  Fair to Good 2 - 7 pounds Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  Lakewide or stilling basin. 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  Fair to Good 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 Slow but has improved with cooler waters    varies but range 8 -12 inches Some taken over or around woody habitat, structures and large rocks on jigs and/or minnows.
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

The lake level is now 6 inches low.  The lake clarity has improved to approximately 2 feet. and outflows are at 15 cfs . Boat ramps are open as usual.

 Zebra mussels now inhabit this lake.  Please be extra careful and " 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/po/daily.cfm .

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!  

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

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TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/7/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

17% 11"-16"

63% 16"-24"

11% 24"-28"

9% 28"-36"

Use a worm, shad sides, or stink bait along channel breaks in winter, especially ones off points.   Watch for inflows to trigger feeding.
largemouth bass poor

41% 8"-12"

21% 12"-15"

35% 15"-20"

3% 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 50 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

78% 6"-9"

9% 9"-12"

11% 12"-15"

2% 15"-18"

Use a jig, minnow, or silver spoon along channel breaks.  White bass will continue to feed on gizzard shad until they die-off under the ice.
white crappie good

3% 5"-8"

30% 8"-10"

55% 10"-12"

11% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

In colder months, crappie can be caught on jigs, minnows, or small spoons around deep brush piles, channel breaks, and deeper flooded timber in Manns Cove and Toronto Point Cove.  They frequently school in deep water in front of the outlet gates.  On warmer days, they feed in shallower water in the back of Toronto Point Cove and flooded timber along Verdigris River inlet channel.  They also school in deep holes in the river and Walnut Creek.
General Comments

This is a general winter fishing report describing expected and typical winter fishery patterns.

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

 

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2015 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2015 test netting.

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For more information about the Fall River/Toronto Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.



WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 16-24 inches Catfish can be readily caught until water temperature falls into the 40s on fresh shad and stinkbait.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22 inches Largemouth bass will be active on warm, sunny days during winter, but fishing will slow as water temperature declines.
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie fishing will be hit or miss during winter. Look for fish suspended along the creek channel and hear the bridge on the upper end.
General Comments

Six habitat cubes were placed at 37.69780, -95.67415

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present.  Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin.  Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin.  Both species have their adipose fin clipped.  Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Wilson County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.  

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

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

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 (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.



WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/11/2015

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 6 lbs.  crankbaits and jerkbaits around dropoffs and shad schools
Channel Catfish Fair up to 15+ lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. 
Crappie Fair-Good up to 12" Lots of fish in 15-20 ft. range around brush. and dropoffs. Many fish are under 10" but some big ones are available
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations in open water or windy points, vertical jigging with spoons. Look for schools of shad and the wipers should be close.

The lake is 6.5 ft. low. Boat Ramp is still usable, but use caution.

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

Woodson State Fishing Lake Brush Piles - 

WOSL BRUSH PILES (OCTET-STREAM 12.12 kB)



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OLD - Last Updated: 12/11/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Slow 1-3 lbs. Suspending jerkbaits near dropoffs and shad.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. mostly on liver, can be caught using various shad imitating lures. 
channel catfish Fair 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Jigs or crankbaits around the rocks, and dropoffs
crappie Fair-Good up to 14" Look for crappie in deeper water around the dam or creek channel. Some crappie have been caught off of the newly placed Georgia Cubes.
General Comments

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required. The lake is about 2 ft. low. 

Eleven Georgia Cubes have been placed in the lake for habitat use the following GPS coordinates to find them.

37° 51'56.46"N             37° 51'55.68"N           37° 51'55.44" N         37°51'54.30" N         37°51'54.12" N

95° 44'44.52"W            95° 44'52.50"W           95° 44'41.34" W         95° 44'41.82" W       95°44'43.38" W

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

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: 12/11/2015

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair small jigs around deep weed lines
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Slow Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18". Use winter techniques jigs or suspending jerkbaits worked really slow
Catfish up to 10lbs. Fair livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair Curly-tailed grubs or swim baits around schools of shad. Wind blown shorelines should be good places to start.
Crappie up to 12" Fair-Good Focus on creek channel legdes and deep timber 15-20 ft. 
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits or dragging a jig and crawler around the points and rocky banks

The crappie regulation has changed and is now 20 fish/day with no length limit.  

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required.

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.