Critzer Lake Fishing Report -
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.
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, 
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
General Comments

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. Lake brochures are available at the Linn County Courthouse information display case or online at

Current fishing is slow due to cold weather. Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass, so look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and try your spinners and jigs! 

Remember to Clean, Drain and Dry.

We are improving the area with a floating dock, located just west of the boat ramp.  This project is a cooperative project between Linn County and Kansas Dept. of W,P,T.  This wet weather has hampered our efforts but we hope to finish this project by the end of June.  We apologize for any inconvenience to our anglers.

For tips on spring bass fishing watch this KDWPT video at the following link! 

Check out this video from Brent Chapman fishing for bass in Critzer Lake!