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 channel catfish and flathead catfish has been very good lately. An occasional blue catfish being caught also. Most of the catfish are being caught in the main channel below the 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.|
|White Bass and Wipers||Fair to Good||1/2 to 8 pounds|| |
Fishing has been decent with the lower release rates and anglers have been doing fairly well with 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. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on saugeye.|
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