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. Fish sampling indicates that this lake has lots of channel catfish, big flathead and blues to catch. There is a growing population of blue catfish up to 50 pounds. Catfishing can be very good at night, some anglers really target large blue cats now at drop offs close to the creek channel. use live or cut baits or worms. The hot water return area is always a good place to fish. The fish feeders are OFF.|
|Crappie||Fair to good||9 - 12 inches||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 also. At the dam, bounce jigs off the outlet wall, but don't go over the restrictive cable.|
|Largemouth Bass||Good||varies but 16 to 20 inches is common||Largemouth bass fishing is good, in and around the warm water area. In a boat start close to the hot water and work your way away from the hotwater and find their preferred water temperature. Fish the riprap areas, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations. Bass over 10 and close to 11 pounds have been caught this year.|
|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 out from the hot water areas as lots of wipers are along the warm water mixing area. Most fish are in the 4 - 6 pound range with a few larger.|
Be careful of windy days as this lake catches a lot of wind. 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.
Habitat improvement and shoreline enhancement continue to improve by adding Georgia cubes. I have added Georgia cubes to several areas to enhance angling especially along shoreline areas. The gps coordinates are:
Location La Cygne Reservoir
Habitat longititude latititude description date
|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