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: 5/11/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Crappie in the shallows starting to spawn. Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try fishing any areas of inflow from recent rains.  Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Try jigs and soft plasticw worked slow for spawners around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Walleye should soon be on points and flats, but seem to be shallow in the reeds right now.  Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or trolling small minnow type crank baits. You can also try or slab spoons.

The bass are spawning and crappie are getting started as well.  Saw lots of nice female bass on the beds while electrofishing this week.  

To phone in a report, please call the Dodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  

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: 5/11/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow  Up to 12 inches Crappie are moving shallows. Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs
Channel catfish Fair Up to 8 lbs Try fishing any areas of inflow, especially up the creek channel, from recent rains.  Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 7 lbs Try jigs and soft plasticw worked slow for spawners around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill Fair Up to 6 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Fair Up to 6 lbs Walleye should soon be on points and flats, but seem to be shallow in the reeds right now.  Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or trolling small minnow type crank baits. You can also try or slab spoons.
White bass Fair Up to 1 lb Small spinners and small crankbaits are working.  Might also try vertically fishing slab spoons.

The bass are spawning and crappie are getting started as well.  Saw lots of nice female bass on the beds while electrofishing this week.  Several 18 - 24 inch walleye were also samples in the reeds.

To phone in a report, please call theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  

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 - MARIAH HILLS GOLF COURSE POND - Last Updated: 11/2/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish No report No report Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver. Also try using nightcrawlers.
Largemouth Bass No report No report Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report and will be updated only if a hot report is reported to the Dodge City office at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2016. 

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.  

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



HAMILTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/10/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
General Comments
Lake is still dry.



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/11/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 7 inches Crappie are moving shallows. Fish any rocks, brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs
Channel catfish Fair Up to 8 lbs Try fishing the west end in the inflow from recent rains. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.  600 pounds of channel catfish were stocked on April 14. 
Largemouth bass No report Up to 5 lbs Try jigs and soft plastics worked slow for spawners around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill Slow Up to 6 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Fair Up to 4 lbs Anglers were catching walleye along the dam but should soon be on points and flats as well.  Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.

The bass are spawning and crappie are getting started as well.  Saw lots of nice female bass on the beds while electrofishing this week.  Several 18 - 24 inch walleye were also samples in the reeds.

To phone in a report, please call theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  

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



LARNED CITY POND - Last Updated: 3/16/2017



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 4/28/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 6 inches Try small pieces of worm under a bobber.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 3 lbs Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 5 lbs Try crankbaits and spinnerbaits back in spawning pockets, especially later in the day.  Look for spawners around wood or vegetation.
Crappie Fair Up to 11 inches Crappie should be starting to move towards the shallows. Fish around the brush piles or vegetation.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
General Comments

Saugeye fry were stocked on 4/17.  Spawning by crappie and bass is starting soon with bluegill soon to follow.  To phone in a report, please call theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.   

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: 4/28/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Good Up to 10 inches Crappie should be starting to move towards the shallows. Fish any brush or vegetation you can find.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 8 lbs Try fishing the inlet and the east end of the island.  Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7.5 lbs Try crankbaits and spinnerbaits in the corners where the piers meet the road. Also try flipping plastics to the tree piles.  Look for spawners around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill Fair Up to 6 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Slow Up to 6 lbs Walleye should soon be on points and sides of the piers. Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try or slab spoons.
Wiper Fair Up to 4 lb Small crankbaits and swimbaits should be working.  Also try jigs and crankbaits, or vertically fishing slab spoons.

Spawning by crappie and bass is starting soon with bluegill soon to follow. To phone in a report, please call theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  

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: 5/25/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Fishing cut and prepared baits around brush, undercut banks, or rip-rapped shorelines.
Crappie Good Up to 13 inches Fishing minnows under a bobber around brush or drifting jigs or minnows over deeper water in the main body of the lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Fishing suspending jerkbaits and swimbaits around shoreline vegetation and brush.
Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Fishing nightcrawlers or small jigs under a bobber in shallows possessing a gravelly or rocky bottom can be good for some quality bluegills.
Saugeye/Walleye Good Up to 7 lbs. Fishing swimbaits and crankbaits over points and gravelly shelves or along the edges of weedbeds.
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

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.