|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, Location|
|Largemouth Bass||Good||13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches||The lake is at full pool, water clarity is great at this time. Work the shore and rocky areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, crank baits in shallow water close to cover. Especially after these rains work any of the feeder streams coming into the lake. The majority of fish are in the 12 inch to 3 pound range.|
|Smallmouth Bass||Slow||13 to 15"||A limited fishery exists some are taken on jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky areas.|
|Channel Catfish||Good to Excellent||15" to 8 pounds||This is a good catfish population with fish over 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds. Use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats. The fish feeder is ON for the season. Lots of channel catfish are using the feeder. Especially after these rains fish any of the feeder streams coming into the lake. shoreline fishing downwind of the feeder can be fantastic.|
|Crappie||Slow to Fair||any size||Sampling indicates good numbers of nice fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and jigs, lakewide.|
|Walleye||Slow to Fair||most between 15 to 17 inches||Recent sampling indicates good numbers of fish (17.5 to 22 inches) are available. Some are taken on jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel|
Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level. Go fishing, the fish have to eat.
This is a great Kayak or small craft lake. Critzer Lake is one of Kansas' newest lakes and was opened to fishing in August of 2011. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There is a double lane boat ramp. The floating dock is finished and compliments this great fishing lake. The lake is primarily a boat lake but there is shoreline access east of the boatramp where anglers can set up on the two piers and be very close to the parking lot. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit.
There is a second, smaller access area located at the south west part of the lake, from 800 rd. and Gorman, north 1/4 mile. This area makes it easier for anglers in small craft to launch and paddle/fish the more timbered areas. There is a parking lot and gravel ramp and provides shoreline angling also.
This lake was sampled on 5/19/2017, and many largemouth bass were caught and released, varying in size (nothing over 4 lbs.), as well as a few smallmouth bass. There is a great channel cat population, with a lot of fish in the 2 to 6 pound range. There are a few walleye between 14 and 21 inches were seen as well. White crappie are abundant and caught close to cover, with light colored jigs. The water is clear unless there have been heavy rains.
The fish feeder is ON for the season. Channel catfish go crazy when the feeder goes off.
Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water.
Remember CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!
We have improved the area with a floating dock, located just west of the boat ramp.
For tips on spring bass fishing watch this KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k
Check out this video from Brent Chapman fishing for bass in Critzer Lake! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngvw2uz3oH0