HorseThief Reservoir Fishing Information
Jetmore, KS 67854
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp; Location|
|Crappie||Slow||Crappie in deeper water. Jigs or minnows fished vertically over deep drop-offs or over the fish attractors should work. May also pick up a few on small crankbaits.|
|Channel catfish||Good||Nightcrawlers, liver or shrimp up in the creek channel|
|Largemouth bass||Slow||Largemouth bass should fall for topwater baits early in the morning and late in the day. Flipping plastics or casting spinnerbaits, jigs and crankbaits should work the rest of the day. These fish are really scattered after the lake filled.|
|Bluegill||Slow||Worms under bobbers|
|Walleye||Slow||Jig and nightcrawlers along the dam and on points.|
|Zebra Mussels|| |
Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.
Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!
CLEAN DRAIN &amp;amp;amp;amp; DRY Every Lake, Every Time!
Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.
Fishing is going to be a challenge to try and figure out now that the lake has completely filled! It will take a year or 2 to get the population numbers up to the levels they need to be in this much larger water body.
600 lbs of channel catfish were stocked on July 22. Try for them using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. Try for largemouth bass with jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Try for walleye using a jig and nightcrawler or leech combination drifted with the wind. Try for bluegill using small jigs, or a cricket or piece of worm under a bobber. Try for crappie using small jigs and minnows along the vegetation, rocks and brushpiles.
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!
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