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: 7/14/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches 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 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 4 lbs Typical summertime patterns.  Try top water baits early and late.  Crankbaits, jigs and soft plastic later in the day 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 be on points and flats.  Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or trolling small minnow type crank baits. You can also try slab spoons.

Typical summer time patterns should work for most species.

To phone in a report, please call the Dodge City office 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: 7/14/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches 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 Good 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 6 lbs Typical summertime patterns.  Try top water baits early and late.  Crankbaits, jigs and soft plastic later in the day around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Fair Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on points and flats.  Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or trolling small minnow type crank baits. You can also try slab spoons.
White bass Excellent Up to 1.5 lbs Try top water popping baits, small jigs and spinners in areas the wind is blowing into the shore.  

Typical summertime patterns should work for most species. 

To phone in a report, please call the Dodge City office 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: 7/14/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches 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 Good Up to 5 lbs Try fishing any areas of inflow from recent rains.  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 top water baits early and late.  Crankbaits, jigs and soft plastic later in the day around wood or rocks.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Slow Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on points and flats.  Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or trolling small minnow type crank baits. You can also try slab spoons.

On Wednesday June 14, 600 lbs of channel catfish were stocked.  Typical summer time patterns should work for most species.

To phone in a report, please call the Dodge City office 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: 7/14/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially around a drop-off.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, 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 4 lbs Try top water baits early and late.  Crankbaits, jigs and soft plastic later in the day around wood or vegetation.
Flathead catfish   Up to 53 lbs Live bait fished around cover.

To phone in a report, please call the Dodge City office 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: 7/14/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches 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 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 top water baits early and late.  Crankbaits, jigs and soft plastic later in the day around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill good Up to 9 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rocks.
Wiper No report   Try topwater baits and slim minnow baits where the wind is blowing into the shore.
Walleye Slow Up to 6 lbs Try drifting jig and night crawlers across the points.  

Typical summertime patterns should work for most species.

To phone in a report, please call the Dodge City office 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: 7/21/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Cut or whole bluegill and sunfish or prepared baits fished off the bottom on shallow flats at night has been best.
Crappie Fair 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 Fair Up to 5.5 lbs. Fishing suspending jerkbaits, swimbaits, or plastic worms around shoreline vegetation and brush.
Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Fishing nightcrawlers or small jigs under a bobber or fly fishing with a small dry fly or weighted nymph pattern in shallows possessing a gravelly or rocky bottom can be good for some quality bluegills.
Saugeye/Walleye Slow/Fair Up to 7 lbs. Fishing swimbaits and crankbaits over points and gravelly shelves or along the edges of weedbeds early and late has been best.  The bite has slowed with the onset of hot weather.
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.