|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, Location|
|Largemouth Bass||Good||13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches||The water is at full pool and water clarity is good at this time. Work the shore and water willow areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms. Early morning and evening are good times to work the shoreline with top water baits.|
|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||12" 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, Fishing around the feeder can be very good. The fish feeder is on|
|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|
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 and the lake is primarily a boat lake. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit.
This lake was sampled on 5/19/2016, 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, and a few walleye between 14 and 21 inches were seen as well.
The fish feeder is on and attracting lots of fish, and located close to good shoreline fishing area and the parking lot.
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