Neosho State Fishing Lake

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Since completion in 1927, this 92-acre impoundment has been managed primarily for the recreational angler. The lake has been well developed over the years and has become an attraction for the vacationing or weekend camper/angler. The lake is well noted for its panfish and channel catfish fisheries, and receives heavy fishing pressure for a lake its size.

Recreational activities at Neosho State Lake have evolved primarily around fishing, camping and wildlife observations. The lake has three sites designated for primitive camping, 18 fishing piers, one cement ramp, three walking trails, two vault toilets, one shelter house, and three automatic fish feeders.

Manager: Monte Manbeck
Phone: (620)-449-2539

From Parsons travel north on Highway 59 to 40th rd. Turn east and travel 4 miles.

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Lake News - Updated: 01/27/2011

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Annual Fall Drawdown at Neosho State Lake

Over the next several weeks visitors to the NeoshoStateFishingLake will likely notice a significant drop in the water level of the lake. Although this may be alarming to some, this is a planned event done by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to improve the outdoor experience for anglers utilizing the lake. The annual fall drawdown is scheduled to begin this week (9/19-9/23) and plans are to drop the lake level approximately five vertical feet. The lake will be maintained at this level until at least January 1st, after which, it will be allowed to fill.

The annual drawdown is a management tool that is used to improve the growth of sportfish such as largemouth bass, channel catfish, and crappie. By reducing the volume of water in the lake, prey fish (gizzard shad, panfish) become concentrated and are forced out of the shoreline vegetation thus becoming more available to the larger sportfish. The drawdown also helps to prevent stunting of panfish by preventing overpopulation so that those panfish that remain have more food available to them and will have improved growth.

The infrastructure of the lake also benefits from the drawdown. Erosion on the earthen piers is reduced due to decreased wave action. This helps to extend the life of the piers and decreases maintenance costs. The decreased water level also allows KDWP staff to perform any necessary maintenance to the piers to improve angler access.

Fishing during the period while the lake is drawn down can be excellent. Many anglers regard the fall and winter months while the lake level is low as the best time to catch fish. Sportfish are highly concentrated during this time and thus easier to locate and catch. Extensions to the boat ramps in recent years make it possible to get boats onto the lake during the drawdown.

Lake visitors that have any questions may contact KDWP at (620)-231-3173 or (620)-449-2539.

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Manager: Monte Manbeck
Phone: (620)-449-2539

From Parsons travel north on Highway 59 to 40th rd. Turn east and travel 4 miles.


Special Regulations

An 18-inch limit on largemouth bass was implemented to insure quality size fish are present to improve angling success and increase predation on numerous crappie and bluegill.

A 15" length limit and a five fish creel limit have also been implemented for channel catfish. These limits help to create a higher quality fishing experience and allow a greater opportunity for all anglers.

Here is a complete list of Public Land Regulations or you can download the regulation summary.

History

Neosho State Fishing Lake was the first state lake constructed with monies of the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission, now known as the Department of Wildlife and Parks.

Neosho Facilities
Fishing Pier
  • Type of Cabin: Pier
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N37 25 19.594 W95 11 47.374
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Toilet
  • Type of Cabin: Vault Toilet
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N37 25 26.232 95 W11 50.802
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Toilet
  • Type of Cabin: Vault Toilet
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N37 25 17.916 W95 11 44.870
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    Vault toilet


Boat Ramp
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N37 25 20.240 W95 11 48.564
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Shelterhouse
  • Type of Cabin: Shelter
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N37 25 15.931 W95 11 44.312
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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    Shelterhouse available for reservation for group functions and/or camping/picniking


Neosho Trails
Nature Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 1 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 25 9.213 W95 11 46.304
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    Enjoy a walk on the trail to observe native plants, wildlife, and the geology of the spillway.