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 continues to be fairly good in the moderate flow areas. A few nice flathead catfish are being caught around dusk. Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait. Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.|
|White Bass and Wipers||Slow to Fair||1/2 to 8 pounds|| |
Fishing for white bass and wiper has been steady with the lower release rates and a few are always being caught. The best spot has been just downstream from the dam.
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 a abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs.|
|Saugeye||Slow||3/4 to 5 pounds||Overall slow, but a few are being caught. 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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