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: 3/28/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 9 inches Fish around any deeper 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 on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. 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 finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
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 found on the rocks.  Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.

Water temperatures are creeping up and should be in the upper 50's at this time.  The walleye spawn is in full swing, and the crappie, bluegill and bass will not be for behind.  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: 3/28/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 10 inches Fish around any deeper 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 Fair Up to 8 lbs Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 5 lbs Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day.
Bluegill No report Up to 6 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Slow Up to 6 lbs Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.
White bass Fair Up to 1 lb Small crankbaits are working.  Also try jigs and crankbaits, or vertically fishing slab spoons.

Water temperatures are creeping up and are in the upper 50's at this time.  The walleye spawn is in full swing, and the crappie, bluegill and bass will not be for behind.  

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.    Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2017.

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: 3/28/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 7 inches Fish around any deeper 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 8 lbs Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 5 lbs Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
Bluegill No report Up to 6 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.

Water temperatures are creeping up and should be in the upper 50's at this time.  The walleye spawn is in full swing, and the crappie, bluegill and bass will not be for behind.  

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: 3/28/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Location
Rainbow trout Fair 2 per pound Still catching a few trout.  Try for them using small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits.
Bluegill Slow Up to 6 inches Try small pieces of worm under a bobber.
Channel catfish Slow Up to 3 lbs Try liver, shrimp, worms, or cut bait.  
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 5 lbs Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day.
General Comments

Water temperatures are creeping up and should be in the upper 50's at this time.  The walleye spawn is in full swing, and the crappie, bluegill and bass will not be for behind.  

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: 3/28/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 10 inches Fish around any deeper 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 Fair Up to 8 lbs Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 5 lbs Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day.
Bluegill No report Up to 6 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Slow Up to 6 lbs Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.
Wiper Fair Up to 1 lb Small crankbaits are working.  Also try jigs and crankbaits, or vertically fishing slab spoons.

Water temperatures are creeping up and should be in the upper 50's at this time.  The walleye spawn is in full swing, and the crappie, bluegill and bass will not be for behind.  

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: 3/16/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Fishing cut and prepared baits off the bottom over shallow flats on warmer days.
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 13 inches Vertically fishing jigs or minnows around the fish attractors has been good over the past couple of weeks with anglers reporting catches of a respectable number of fish ranging from 11 to 13 inches in length.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Fishing suspending jerkbaits and swimbaits around structure in sun-warmed shallows.
Sunfish Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Vertically fishing small jigs around the fish attractors.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair/Good Up to 7 lbs. Casting brightly colored jigs and crankbaits off the dam at night.
Rainbow Trout Excellent 0.5 lb. average

We conducted the fourth and final stocking of the season on February 27, 2017 with the release of 1,240 rainbow trout.  A valid trout permit must be possessed by anglers 16 years and older to fish for and harvest trout.

Anglers report catching limits of nice fish weighing approximately 1.5 lbs. each on corn, powerbait, and salmon eggs.

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.