Rocky Ford Fishing Area Fishing Information
4 miles NE of Manhattan
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, and Location|
|Catfish||Good||1 to 20+ pounds|| |
Fishing for cats has been fairly good the last few weeks at Rocky Ford dam. Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait. Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures. Blue catfish are usually caught on fresh cut bait.
Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging some to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek Lake and the Big Blue River. Feel free to harvest or release the fish, but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or firstname.lastname@example.org A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!
|White Bass and Wipers||Good||1/2 to 8 pounds|| |
Wiper fishing has slowed down some, but has still been pretty good with some nice sized fish being caught. Jigs, crankbaits or live bait.
To distinguish between the two species you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for id. Wiper daily creel is 2.
|Drum||Good||1/2 to 5 lbs.||Drum are an abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs.|
|Saugeye||Slow to Fair||3/4 to 5 pounds|| |
Best baits are jigs, crankbaits or live bait. Always a few being caught.
Starting in 2017, the statewide 15-inch minimum length limit for walleye, sauger and saugeye does not apply to rivers, streams and tailwaters.
Rocky Ford , a river fishery, is located just south of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue River. Anglers have the opportunity to harvest fishes generally associated with moving water. Saugeye, white bass, the catfishes, drum, crappie and carp can be harvested. Angler access and success is affected by release rates from the nearby Tuttle Creek Reservoir. You can check current conditions HERE
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|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
****Channel Catfish or Blue Catfish in combination