Region 1 Fishing Reports

Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes on the KDWPT Public Fishing Reports blog at http://ksfishing.blogspot.com.

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good up to 6 lbs We collected good numbers during the May 2015 sample with fish up to 19 inches represented.  The best numbers of fish were found near the cattails and the overhanging trees in the water.  The fish are in excellent shape and should provide some great bass angling.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 8 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bait.
Channel Catfish Fair 10-20 inches

Fair numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.

The feeders have been filled, but are awaiting parts on order before they can run.

Saugeye Good up to 24"

Saugeye numbers and sizes are very good. Most will be caught on shad imitation baits, or jig and a worm.  

There are a lot of 8-10 inch saugeye from the 2014 class that need to be handled carefully so they can continue to grow and contribute to the fishery.

Wiper Poor up to 24" Wipers are not abundant, but some can be caught on shad imitation lures and topwater baits.
Crappie Fair up to 15" Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair/good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush/rocks.
General Comments

CAUTION: LONGER BOAT TRAILERS MAY FALL OFF EDGE OF BOAT RAMP WHEN WATER IS LOW

The cabin can now be rented - call the Hays Regional Office - 785-628-8614 - for reservations or more information.



CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow Up to 15 inches Fish should be transitioning to deeper haunts with the warmer water temperature.  Jigs or minnows fished vertically over steep, timbered drop-offs or over the fish attractors should be productive.  Anglers are catching a few fish trolling small crankbaits along lines of timber.  Overall number of fish has been low as crappie abundance in the lake is generally low right now, but the quality of the fish has been excellent as fish in the 13 to 15 inch range are not uncommon.  
Walleye Fair/Good Up to 28 inches Anglers continue to catch fish feeding on hard-bottomed, mainlake points drifting jigs tipped with nightcrawlers.  Currently the best bite is in the early morning and late evening.  Short fish dominate the catch which is typical for this time of year, but anglers continue to report catching a keeper here and there.
White Bass/Wipers Fair/Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Gizzard shad are hatching and are now available to predators in the lake.  Consequently white bass and wipers have begun busting the surface feeding on the newly available shad.  Casting extremely small topwater baits early and late should be a good method to take advantage of the surface bite.  Otherwise, trolling crankbaits or vertically jigging shad imitating jigs or small slab spoons along the edges of points and drop-offs and around the fish attractors should be effective.  

WATER TEMPERATURE-77

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2121.10'----22.90' below conservation 

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related prospects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
ZEBRA MUSSELS     Zebra mussels were detected in Glen Elder Reservoir on August 31, 2013 and the reservoir has now been established as a Designated Aquatic Nuisance Water. This means that no bait can be caught from Glen Elder and used in another water body. Anglers are not allowed to leave Glen Elder with ANY live fish. All harvested fish must be dead prior to leaving the reservoir. Also, anglers should be extra careful when leaving Glen Elder to follow all state laws that require anglers to CLEAN all equipment for anything attached (plants, animals, mud) and remove anything found. Second, DRAIN all water from equipment (livewell, bilge, bait buckets) before using at a different location. Finally, DRY all equipment for a minimum of 5 days before using again. If you need to use it sooner, wash with hot (140 F) water. Everyone is asked to do their part to prevent the spread of this aquatic nuisance species to other waters!
Crappie Slow 10-14 inches The crappie spawn is over for the year and the fish are usually very difficult to catch during the heat of the summer.  Some anglers still have luck fishing the main lake brush piles while others employ the shallow bite near dead timber and stickups using minnows on a Kentucky Rig.  Either way, summer crappie take a lot of patience and most likely live bait.
Walleye Fair 15-24 inches No change here.  Anglers have continued to catch good numbers of walleye over the past couple of weeks, but many of them have been short fish.  Fishing the river channel drops from the Waconda Springs area to the causeway has been the best area to try with fish coming from 20-30 feet deep.  There have been reports of fish moving in shallow on the rocks in the evenings and anglers are catching decent numbers, but many of these are shorts.
White Bass Good 10-15 inches There have been a number of reports of surfacing white bass around Waconda Springs and Walnut Creek.  They are chasing shad on the surface and are susceptible to bucktails, slab spoons, and roadrunners if you can maneuver close enough without startling the school.  Fishing the windward side of the reservoir has also been productive, especially along the dam, south bluffs, and state park shoreline.  Trolling in 10-15 feet of water near channel drops has also been productive during the day.
Black Bass Good 10-19 inches The smallmouth bite is hanging in there, but July can be a little tough unless you fish them early and late in the day.  This is a great time to pull out the topwater lures and work them near the bank.  When the sun is up and things warm up it's usually time to try slow plastics in deeper water.  Anglers should target the dam, north shore in the state park, south bluffs, and Granite Creek to find some smallmouth action.  There are some very nice fish in the reservoir so be on the lookout for these trophy fish.
Wipers and Stripers Good 14-24 inches

There are a lot of young wipers coming into the population between 12 and 14 inches so make sure to identify your catch carefully when catching white bass and wipers! 

Wipers have been caught in very good numbers recently along the state park shoreline, north end of the dam, and near the south bluffs.  Fishing with Zara Spooks and X-raps has been the most productive method, especially toward dark and after dark.  The fish hang out in deeper water during the day and move in shallow during these periods.  Other anglers have been trolling in Walnut Creek and along the state park shoreline and reporting good catches.

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes The channel catfish spawn continues and good catches have been reported along the rocks at Granite Creek, Cawker Causeway, and the south bluffs.  Fishing a worm or minnow under a bobber near the rocks is the best way to catch these cats.  There have also been some good catches of channel cats and flatheads on the west end in Mill Creek, Oak Creek, and west of Boller Point.

Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.

For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Glen Elder Reservoir" link above this report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/26/2015

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Slow 6-11 inches The crappie population is dominated by one year old fish in the 6-7 inch range as we collected many of these during our annual fall sample.  There are also a few 10-11 inch fish as well, but they are not as common.  This 2013 year class should provide a boost to the crappie numbers as they continue to grow.  Anglers will have success fishing crappie around the deep brush piles using jigs and minnows.
Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be very pleased with the numbers of cats in the lake right now.  Many of these fish are in the 3-5 pound range, but there are also a handful of larger fish between 7 and 10 pounds.  The fish appear to be concentrated toward the dam and on the upper 1/3 of the lake.  Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Good 6-11 inches

The bluegill numbers appear to be depressed right now with fish between 5 and 8 inches dominating the catch.  They have been spawning for the last several weeks and anglers are doing very well catching a variety of sizes. 

Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 11 inches collected this spring.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-7 inch fish and fair numbers of 9 to 11 inch fish.  They have also been spawning and can be caught on small jigs, flies, and worms.

Largemouth Bass Good 10-21 inches There are very high numbers of 14-16 inch fish in the lake right now with just a handful of fish over the 18 inch upper slot limit. The biggest fish collected this spring was a 6 pound female. White and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat, but slowly fishing soft plastics including Senkos can be productive in cool water. Smaller baits like roadrunners and Panther Martins will also catch a fair amount of fish.
General Comments

BLUE GREEN ALGAE WATCH:  The number of blue green algae cells has increased in the last week and Jewell State Lake has been placed under the WATCH status.  For more information on what this means, follow the link below.

Blue Green Algae Information

Water temperature: 80 degrees

Water level: 2 feet low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/3/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good Variety Fish worms, liver, and cutbait from 3 to 10 foot of water or shallower at night.  Fish are moving shallower to spawn.
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches Fish near brushpiles off of Loder Point or near the tower.
Trout     Trout season is over until November.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair Variety, up to 21" Saugeye have moved offshore and are post-spawn.  They can be caught most easily at night with jig and crawlers in the shallows.  Fish crankbaits by trolling or casting off of points and the dam early and late in the day.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Troll or jig the creek channels.  Use kastmasters and flashy lures that resemble gizzard shad.  Fish are being caught off the dam but slowing down.
Wiper Fair All sizes Wipers mix in with white bass and generally hang below their schools.  Live minnows and shad are best.
General Comment

Current lake elevation and water temperature is available on the location page linked to this fishing report. It is updated daily by the Corps of Engineers.

This is a general winter fishing report. If a hot tip is received, the report will be updated. Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.

 



KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/25/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the public fishing dock and the private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the fish attractors and in the coves.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in Leota Cove and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs with worms.  Also catching some up to the west end, off the point just south of the Park office and up by the Marsh Dike.  Also heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18 inch length limit. Stocked 45,000 Saugeye in on 05-18-2015.
Wiper Good 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in Leota Cove, point South of the Park Office and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs with worms. Stocked 45,000 wiper fry in on 05-04-2015.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did have a reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock, off the point south of the office and east bank of Schoen's Cove using worms on the bottom. Also heard for some fish being caught on limb lines up by the sandpit using live bait.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week along the dam and in Leota Cove using artificial plastic baits and crankbait's. Also catching some using jig and minnow's under a bobber. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 79 Degree's.

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2288.67 ---- 15.63' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.48 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time. 

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk 

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



KIRWIN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/25/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week off the dam using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs and jigs with minnows. Also, should be coming up shallow to spawn here in the next couple weeks. Heard of some being caught drifting jig and worm's while fishing the river channel for walleye.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week along the dam using jigs and jigs tipped with worm's. Also trolling diving lures along the dam and using jigs with night crawlers off the drop offs, river channel and flats have been productive as well. Stocked 100,000 walleye fingerlings in on 05-20-2015.  
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week along the dam using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try trolling diving along the dam. Stocked 150,000 wiper fry in on 05-04-2015.
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught up west of the US FWS headquarters and along Gray's Park using shad and stink bait on the bottom. Also heard of some flathead's and channel's being caught off the dam using minnows on the bottom.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 79 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1716.08 ---- 13.17' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS NOW BACK OPEN TO BOATS.

Currently, the water level is 2.41 feet lower than one year ago at this time.   

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) has been put into effect at Kirwin, so if you have any questions contact the Service at 785-543-6673 or stop by their office at 702 Xavier Road.  

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk 

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District

 



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/26/2015

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 15-28 inches There haven't been any walleye reports lately.  Try fishing the 2-mile road area with jigs and crawlers.  Other spots to try trolling include Cabin Point, Walleye Point, and the dam.  A variety of crankbaits should be productive, but anglers may have to try a different depths as the fish have begun to move up shallow.
White Bass/Wipers Fair to Good 9-16 inches

Anglers have been doing well trolling crankbaits and casting road runners around Cedar Point, Office Cove, Cabin Point, Oak Hill, and the dam.  There has been a limited amount of surface action as well that may provide some angling opportunities.

Many anglers have been caught with more than two wipers at Lovewell due to misidentification of white bass and wipers.  There are good numbers of 12-14 inch wipers in the reservoir now that can be confused with white bass.  Anglers should make sure they can positively identify each fish they catch.  For help on distinguishing between the two species go to this website and click on the "Fish I.D. Poster--Temperate Bass Family" link to read up on the differences.  You will get ticketed for  possessing more than 2 wipers at Lovewell!

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes

The catfish are spawning on rocky banks now and can be caught using worms, minnows, or shrimp under a bobber in 1-2 feet of water.  Anglers are also catching some channel cats and blue cats drifting shrimp, shad gizzards, and stink baits along the dam and near the cross.

There is a new 35 inch length limit on blue catfish.  All blue catfish less than 35 inches should be returned to the water immediately.  Please handle these fish with care if you do catch one.

Crappie Fair 8-13 inches The weather has made it difficult for the crappie to get a good spawn off and the bite has been sporadic.  Anglers should begin looking for crappie in the main lake brush piles and also target the transition areas closer to the spawning grounds.  There are likely a few fish moving back into the traditional spawning grounds like Marina Cove, Windmill Creek, Johns' Creek, and Montana Creek.  The fish can be caught with a jig slowly retrieved under a bobber.
Comments

Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell.  Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information.

For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Lovewell Reservoir" link above this report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/25/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Poor None None, Lake is dry.
Bluegill Poor None None, Lake is dry.
Catfish Poor None None, Lake is dry.
General Comments

Water Temp. NA

Lake is currently dry.

This report will not be updated until the lake receives water or there is something to report.

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



SALINE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
PUBLIC SALVAGE     DUE TO THE LOW LAKE CONDITIONS WE ARE ALLOWING ANGLERS TO TAKE FISH BY THE MEANS LISTED BELOW AND YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO KEEP ALL THE FISH YOU TAKE.
       
       
       
General Comments
 

The area is open for walk-in traffic but the gate will remain locked and the vault toilet locked.

THE LAKE IS NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC SALVAGE - ALL LENGTH AND CREEL LIMITS ARE OFF. YOU CAN NOW TAKE FISH WITH ROD AND REEL OR BY SNAGGING, SEINE, GIG, OR BY HAND.

Please comply with posted signs!!!!!



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Fishing jigs or minnows around deeper brush has been best.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Soft plastics, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits fished around brush and rip rap.
Saugeye Fair/Good Up to 3 lbs. Drifting or casting jig and nightcrawler combo on points and near drop-offs.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber around the fish attractors.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Drifting a worm under a bobber along rocky shorelines has produced fish.
Wiper Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting small white jigs.
Comments

It is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water, so please discard any unused bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District

Anglers who fish Sheridan State Fishing Lake might consider sharing their experiences with other anglers through the public fishing report. If you would like to post a fishing report please go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/25/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the Outlet, the North and South shore fish attractors and breakwater's using jigs and also jigs tipped with minnows. Added new cedar trees to all the marked fish attractors in 2014 (90 trees on the South two and 80 trees to the North two). 
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the North and South shore fish attractors, along the dam and the unimproved launch area using jigs, jigs with worms and/or minnows and trolling diving lures. Also, drifting night crawlers on the flats is producing some fish as well. Remember the 15 inch length limit. Short fish need to be released. Stocked 50,000 walleye fingerlings in on 05-19-2015.
White Bass/Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Have had reports of fish being caught this week around the North and South shore fish attractors, along the dam, and the unimproved launch area using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms and trolling diving lures. Stocked 77,500 wiper fry in on 05-04-2015. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs. Also anglers are fishing off the Unimproved launch area, Old broken up concrete ramp, Methodist Camp point, Bow City parking lot and Old Marina point fishing shad and stink bait on the bottom.
Rainbow Trout Fair 10 to 18 inches Stocked the last load of fish for the season on March 12, 2015. Have been catching trout on flies, salmon eggs, power bait and small slab spoons or spinners. No trout permit needed to fish the trout since season is over, however the 5 fish limit still applies.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 79 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1871.14 ---- 21.31' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 1.00 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.  

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk  

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's is currently available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



WILSON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/3/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 10-14 inches

The crappie numbers are still very low in Wilson, but some quality fish can be found.  We collected the best numbers around the marina, and  Elm Creek while sampling last fall.  There were fairly good numbers around Lou's Point as well. Numbers may be low, but the quality is excellent with 14 inch white crappie and 13 inch black crappie available to anglers willing to look for them.

Some crappie are still spawning and anglers might be able to catch some shallow.  Keep in mind, however, the clear water will cause them to spawn deeper, but the upper end is more stained and the fish may spawn in 4-6 feet of water.  Check wind protected coves with a sandy or gravel bottom.  Jigs slowly retrieved under a bobber work great as do minnows or roadrunners.  Fish brush piles and shallow ledges that lead to deeper water.

Stripers Fair to Good 3-8 pounds Try fishing off the windy points and toward the lower end of the reservoir.  Other good places to find spring stripers include wade fishing off the points in Hell Creek and fishing around the Lucas Point area. Anglers may also have some luck trolling small shad crankbaits in the upper end and the lower end.
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-21 inches

Walleye are post-spawn and they typically move to the river channel breaks in the middle of the reservoir post spawn.  Anglers have reported catching some fish between 15 and 25 feet deep around Lucas Point, Rocktown, and Minooka.  Jig and crawler are beginning to work better now, but swim baits and slab spoons are also good options.  Drag your bait of choice over deep sand off of points and contour changes.

Fish with a pencil-eraser-shaped depression on the upper portion of their filets were used for genetic samples and are fine to eat.

Due to the big 2014 year class of walleye resulting from natural reproduction, KDWPT will not need to stock walleye again in 2015.

Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

There is always a good channel catfish bait in late spring when the fish move in shallow.  Look for these guys in the upper end of the reservoir around Elm Creek and Duvall Cove, and the backs of the coves where the water is warmest.  Anglers might want to try cut shad, shad gizzards, and chicken liver this time of year.  The river channel around Lou's Point is another good place to find catfish now.

Be on the lookout for blue catfish which are also in the reservoir. They are not legal size yet so make sure and take care to return them to the water. There is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Wilson Reservoir!

White Bass Good 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds White bass continue to hang in there at relatively low numbers, but trophy sized fish up to 18 inches were collected again this fall.  Best areas to catch white bass now include Hell Creek, the dam, and the river on the west end of the reservoir.  The fish are mostly done spawing but if you locate the shad, you'll locate some white bass.
Black Bass Good 10-18 inches With the water warming into the mid 60's the bass fishing should be in full swing.  Smallmouth bass have finished spawning and are moving to deeper water.  Try fishing the dam and/or rocky points from 6 - 15 ft. deep with gravel bottoms.  The largemouth are active now and are routinely caught in the warmer water back in many of the major coves using large white or chartreuse spinnerbaits.  If anglers can find any flooded beaver piles, tumbleweeds, or the new PVC structures, there will likely be largemouth bass hanging out near them.  Try Texas-rigged softbaits in these structures.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

We found moderate to high numbers of white perch around the upper end of the reservoir as well as closer to the dam and Hell Creek.  The middle of the reservoir didn't have nearly as many.  The fish we collected seemed to be targeting the river channel and moving up and down it while feeding.  The west end had the biggest white perch I've seen in some time with 12-13 inch fish common.  Anglers might try spoons and spinners off of Lucas point and the dam - IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

The white perch numbers are down in Wilson right now which is the goal of managing aquatic nuisance species.  While this species will continue to thrive and reproduce in Wilson, they are still an ANS species and KDWPT has manged the predator base in such a way to limit their numbers.  The hope is that the white bass will be able to make a comeback at the expense of the white perch numbers declining.

General Comments

Check out the bassmaster article referring to the PVC habitat work being done in Wilson and statewide:  http://www.bassmaster.com/news/kansas-clubs-add-habitat-wilson#

Building Georgia Cubes

Members of the Hays and Salina Bass clubs assist with Georgia cube construction.

Bass club members taking out cubes

Members of the Hays and Salina bass clubs haul Georgia Cubes out at Wilson Reservoir.

Georgia Cubes in Wilson Reservoir

This first cubes placed in Wilson Reservoir that should last for many years.

New Elm Creek brush pile

The old bridge in Elm Creek was covered with 40 cedar trees wired to it for a permanent fish attractor.

The Spillway and Hell Creek boat ramps are open and safe for all boats to launch from.  The other boats ramps including Lucas Point and East Minooka are very shallow now and are not recommended for launching boats.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 8.7 feet low anglers need to be aware of the following boat ramp conditions and limitations.  In addition, the boat docks are high and dry for the most part and will likely stay that way until a water level rise floods them again.  Anglers are asked to use caution when launching and loading and unloading persons into boats with most of the docks unusable at this time.  The ramp conditions are as follows:

Cedar Point: Closed

Elm Creek: Both ramps at Elm Creek are high and dry.  Launching boats is not recommended.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

Minooka: West Ramp:  Unadvised access.  Dock is high/dry, Middle Ramp:  Unadvised access. Dock is high/dry, East Ramp:  The ramp is unusable until water levels come back up a couple of feet.

Lucas: This boat ramp is very shallow now and is not usable at this time.  Dock is high/dry.

Spillway:  Poured 20 yards to the low water lane on April 1st, 2014. A new dock was installed in October 2014 and there is still adequate depth for mooring boats.  This low water lane has deep water and good access.  This may be the primary ramp for many anglers to use this year.

Hell Creek: Hell Creek boat ramp is still usable and there is a courtesy dock in the water.  The dock has been extended and now sits in 4-5 feet of water so most boats should be able to use it.

Otoe: This ramp is very shallow at the time, but still open.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

The current lake elevation and water temperature are posted on the location page daily by the Corp of Engineers - it is linked to this fishing report page for your convenience.

We have two Aquatic Nuisance Species - white perch and zebra mussels and have joined Cheney and El Dorado as lakes with both species. The law now says that if anyone leaves the lake with water in your livewell or boat, you are subject to a ticket for transporting Zebra Mussels since they will spawn and the microscopic little mussels will probably be in every drop of water in the lake. Make sure you drain all water from the boat before you leave the boat ramp area!!! We have been taking veliger samples and the samples were high so be sure to drain and dry everything!!!!!!