Southwest 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.

BARBER STATE FISHING LAKE - LOWER - Last Updated: 5/16/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find from 1 to 5 feet of water.   Use minnows, roadrunners, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers off of points and flats.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Typical early summer patterns.  Try crankbaits, jigs, grubs and topwater baits.  
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs, crickets or worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on the points & flats.  Try jig & minnow or wormss. 

Crappie are about done spawning but the bluegill should be getting started.  Walleye are setting up on the points and flats.  The largemouth spawn is about done.  Water temperature n the high 60's to low 70's.  

If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/16/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find in 1 - 6 feet of water.  Use minnows, roadrunners, or jigs.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 3lbs Largemouth are about done spawning, try crankbaits & plastic baits as well as topwater lures..
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs, or crickets & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Good Up to 25 inches Walleye are on the breaks around points and flats.  Try slab spoons or wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches. Also try trolling small minnow type crank baits. 
White bass Good Up to 1.5 lbs Try small white jigs off windblown points as well as crank baits,small jigs and spinners in areas the wind is blowing into the shore. 

Crappie are about done spawning but the bluegill should be getting started.  Walleye are setting up on the points and flats.  The largemouth spawn is about done.  Water temperature n the high 60's to low 70's.  

If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



DODGE CITY LAKE CHARLES - Last Updated: 3/16/2017



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/16/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 10 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the deeper creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 4 lbs Try crankbaits, plastics and topwater luures.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around riprap.
Walleye Fair Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on the breaks around points and flats.  Try slab spoons or wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches. Also try trolling small minnow type crank baits. 

Crappie are about done spawning but the bluegill should be getting started.  Walleye are setting up on the points and flats.  The largemouth spawn is about done.  Water temperature n the high 60's to low 70's.  

 If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 5/16/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find in 1 - 6 feet of water.  Use minnows, roadrunners, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 5 lbs Try spinnerbaits, topwaters and soft plastic around wood or vegetation.
Flathead catfish No Report Up to 50 lbs Live bait fished around cover.

Crappie are about done spawning but the bluegill should be getting started.  Walleye are setting up on the points and flats.  The largemouth spawn is about done.  Water temperature n the high 60's to low 70's.   

If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



PRATT COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/16/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find off of the piers.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 4 lbs Try spinnerbaits, topwaters, crankbaits and soft plastic around wood and vegetation.
Bluegill No report Up to 9 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rocks.
Wiper No report   Try jigs and slim minnow baits where the wind is blowing into the shore.
Walleye No report Up to 6 lbs Try drifting jig and night crawlers across the points.  

Crappie are about done spawning but the bluegill should be getting started.  Walleye are setting up on the points and flats.  The largemouth spawn is about done.  Water temperature n the high 60's to low 70's.  

If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Prepared baits, shrimp, or liver fished over shallow flats.
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Fish are pretty much done spawning although a few smaller fish can still be caught shallow.  Fishing jigs around deeper brush or drifting jigs in deeper, open water has produced fish.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Bass have been spawning and activity is likely beginning to slow down.  Spawning fish can be caught in the shallows around rock, brush, and vegetation casting soft plastics.  Post-spawn fish will associate with brush in, or adjacent to, deeper water where they can be caught on soft plastics, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits.  Anglers reporting catching primarily small bass this past week.
Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber around brush, laydown trees, vegetation, and rock in shallow water.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair/Good Up to 7 lbs. Casting crankbaits, swimbaits, and jig and worm or minnow combinations over points and along drop-offs.  The bite has slowed with the warming weather making early morning, late evening, or night fishing best.
General Comments

Release all walleye/saugeye less than 18 inches and largemouth bass less than 15 inches.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District