La Cygne Reservoir Fishing Information
La Cygne, KS
SE of La Cygne
Kansas Department of Wildlife,Parks and Tourism, Don George, Fisheries Biologist 913-795-2218
www.linncountyks.com Linn County Park 913-757-6633
Lake levels vary some but normally are at conservation pool. There are three boat ramps in the main lake and one boat ramp in the cooling pool on the east side of the project. Two of these ramps are inside the Linn County Park and one ramp is maintained by KDWP. Usability is determined by the weather. For winter time ramp conditions call the Linn County Park at 913-757-6633. With cold weather anglers can always use the walk-in area on the east side of the lake. This trail provides access to the hot water outlet into the lake. In cold weather this is one of the premier angling spots. The warm water produced by the KCP&L Plant attracts quantities of bait fish and predators of all kinds. Best baits are shad imitations.
|species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, Location|
|Channel, blue and flathead catfish,||Fair to Good||all sizes,||Use sunfish or cutshad,worms, liver, prepared baits. The lake has big flathead and blues to catch. Recent fish population indicates a good population of channel catfish and a growing population of blue catfish up to 40 pounds. Catfishing can be very good at the hot water outlet, use cut baits or worms. The fish feeders are ON.|
|Crappie||Fair to good||9 - 12 inches||On warm windy days fish the downwind shore where the waves are bouncing onto the shore. There are a good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. Best lures to use are jigs/ minnows in about 6 to 9 feet of water, near structure. some nice crappie caught in the hot water area. Bounce jigs off the outlet wall, but don't go over the restrictive cable.|
|Largemouth Bass||Good to Excellent||varies but 16 to 20 inches is common||bass fishing is really improving with the warm weather. fish the riprap areas, high water levels will have bass in the back into the weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations. a recent tournament caught a bass at almost 11 pounds.|
|white bass||Fair to Good||varies, some 1.5 pounds||Use shad imitations, silver spoons big jigs, or cut shad while casting, drifting or trolling near shallow points or rip rap. The hot water areas is always good this time of year. There have been some wb caught in the 1.5 to 2 pound range.|
|wiper||Fair to Good||some up to 12 pounds||trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad, and fish the hot water areas as lots of wipers are along the warm water mixing area. Recently had some good wipers caught from the shore at the hot water area.|
In a boat or fishing from the shore, the hot water area is a great place to fish. This is where the hot water from the power plant enters the main pool of the lake. The warm water prevents freezing and attracts forage fish and predators. Many wipers, white bass, crappie, channel and blue cats are caught here.
Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue, channel or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake. On the east side of the lake access to the hot water return, where a lot of fish are caught when its cold, is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east and drive across the dam on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot. Anglers walk from the parking lot west on the path to the hot water return area. But this is a great place to fish.
This lake has had a reproducing blue catfish population for many years, fingerling blue cats were stocked this fall to supplement that population. Another goal for this lake to improve blue cat angling.
Call the Linn County Park at 913-795-6633 for more information or camping, and cabins reservations.
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, 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.
Get the family, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment. Don't move water from any lake.
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Check out this video on fish management in Kansas provided by KDWPT! http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management
For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk
Anglers when fishing at the hot water outlet,or at the outlet gate at the dam, DO NOT GO OVER THE CABLES. FISHING IN A RESTRICTED AREA COULD GET YOU ARRESTED.
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
* 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