McPherson State Fishing Lake Fishing Information
Canton, KS 67428
6 miles, N, 2 ½ miles W of Canton
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks 620-628-4592
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location|
|Channel catfish||Good||Up to 30"||Fish with earthworms, cutbait, and liver lakewide, especially on the windblown shore. The lake is an excellent spot for keeper-sized and the occasional trophy-sized channel catfish. Fish feeders have been cancelled due to blue green algae.|
|Crappie||Fair||8-10"||Fish for crappie around trees and brush with live minnows or small jigs. The crappie population at McPherson SFL is generally poor; however, a few big crappie were sampled last spring. Crappie harvest is slow.|
|Largemouth bass||Good||Up to 7 lb.||Use Texas rigged softbaits, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits near vegetation. You might have some luck fishing large swimbaits and crankbaits off the dam. In the heat of the summer try fishing topwater baits in the early morning and late evening. As the water cools for the fall try using shaky head worms and fish them patiently near the shore and at mid level depths (3 - 8 ft.)|
|Saugeye||Fair||15-20"||Saugeye seem to like the lower end of the reservoir around rocks. Try using jigs with nightcrawlers or horsehair jigs. Few fish and warm temperatures will make these fish hard to target successfully.|
Be cautious of blue green algae in the lake and potential health issues that come from the toxins that they release. Do not drink the water or allow pets to drink the water. Fish fillets are safe to eat.
A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
|Largemouth Bass||5||13-18" protected slot|
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination