Ottawa State Fishing Lake Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1-4 pounds I have not heard any recent fishing reports for largemouth, but as the weather continues to warm they will become more active and anglers should have some success using white and chartreuse spinnerbaits, Ned Rigs, and Senkos.
Bluegill Slow 4 to 6 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bet.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.  Some anglers prefer to fly fish with small nymphys or dry flies fished on the surface.
Channel Catfish Slow 12-25 inches The best channel catfish action may be in the shallow water and the upper ends of coves where the water is warmest.  Also, if there is any inflow, the catfish will normally congregate there to feed.  Shad sides, shad gizzards, shrimp, and chicken livers are all good baits to try for catfish.
Saugeye Fair 12-24 inches Anglers generally find saugeye lakewide this time of year, but there may be better concentrations along the dam and the creek channel in deeper water during the day.  Fishing off the jetties could also be productive using jig and crawler or jig and minnow combinations.  Casting a variety of crankbaits and swim baits can also yield some saugeye.
Crappie Fair Most 8-12 inches Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair to good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush and rocks.  There are a lot of 8-10 inch crappie right now, but fish between 12 and 14 inches can also be caught. 
General Comments
Water temperature: 44ºF
We will be running a creel survey at Ottawa State Fishing Lake this year.  If you are stopped by the creel clerk, he will simply ask you a few questions about your trip.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated and will help us to better manage the fishery in the future.


The cabin can now be rented - call the Hays Regional Office - 785-628-8614 - for reservations or more information.