McPherson State Fishing Lake Fishing Information
6 miles, N, 2 ½ miles W of Canton
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks 620-628-4592
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method & 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.||Currently, largemouth are being reported as good for fish up to 2 lbs, but larger fish can be caught, with texas rigged softbaits in the aquatic vegetation. The bite is slowing due to colder water conditions.|
|Saugeye||Fair||15-20"||Saugeye seem to like the lower end of the reservoir around rocks. Try using jigs with nightcrawlers or horsehair jigs. Recent reports are good for 12 - 20" fish with spinning jigs and plastic worms around aquatic vegetation and near the shoreline.|
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
****Channel Catfish or Blue Catfish in combination