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For up-to-date information, look up the fishing report for the lake of your choice. Field staff update the fishing reports each week through the fishing season, reporting on fishing success, lake levels, water temperatures, and other important information.

You also can get helpful information from the Fishing Forecast.

Below are links to Google .kmz files for all fish attractors statewide.

All statewide fish attractors' GPS (KMZ)

All artificial statewide fish attractors' GPS (KMZ)

All artificial statewide fish attractors' GPS (PDF)

Listing of Downloadable Bathymetric Maps

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 at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4 lbs

We collected improved numbers during the May 2017 sample with fish up to 19 inches represented.  The fish were found along the west shore from the middle jetty south to the boat ramp as well as in the two shallow creek arms.  The fish are in excellent shape and should provide some nice bass angling. 

The bass are currently spawning and the males are sitting on beds in shallow water.  They are aggressive at this time and will attack most lures that come through their area.  This is a great time to fish plastics in likely looking areas.  The bass fishing should be very good through May and June.

Bluegill Fair 4 to 6 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.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.

We stocked 3,000 adult bluegill in October!

Channel Catfish Good 10-22 inches

Good numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.  In the spring, the fish can be found lakewide and will often bite on chicken liver, shad sides, shad gizzards, and stinkbait.  We observed very good numbers of catfish in 1-3 feet of water during the May 2017 electrofishing sample.

We stocked 5,000 additional catfish in August!

Saugeye Fiar 12-24 inches

Saugeye numbers are good, but most are less than 18 inches. Our fall 2016 sample included 75 saugeye of which only 8 were over 18 inches. Most will be caught on shad imitation baits, or jig and a worm.  We found the best numbers on the upper half of the reservoir in 4-5 feet of water last fall while test netting.

Anglers should be able to find saugeye nearly lakewide. Look for them along the creek channel and near any areas with rapid changing bottom topography.

We stocked 5,000 saugeye last spring!

Crappie Good Most 8-11 inches

Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair/good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush/rocks.  There are a lot of 8-10 inch crappie right now, but fish between 12 and 14 inches can also be caught. 

Same as last week.  The crappie spawn is on and this may be your best bet to catch some fish.  Some anglers have been reporting crappie coming from the bank using jigs placed about 18 inches under a bobber and slowly retrieved near the spawning grounds.

General Comments
Water temperature: 70ºF

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: 5/18/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 15 inches There are a few males guarding nests near heavier flooded brush and timber in water depths from 3 to 8 feet of water.  Recent unstable, cool weather has backed many crappie off to deeper water where anglers are catching fish on small cranks, spoons, and jigs fished around timber standing in deeper water.  The weather has made the bite tough, but look for things to improve if/when warmer, more stable weather prevails.    
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Fish are spawning right now and can be found around heavy brush and timber in 3 to 6 feet of water especially around points and steeper shorelines.  Soft plastics and pig-and-jig combos can be good bait choices.  Cool weather may back the fish off the beds, but they should return with improved weather.
Walleye Good Up to 28 inches Anglers are catching fish feeding off of well-defined points and drop-offs.  Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers are the popular bait this time of year.
White Bass/Wipers Good/Excellent

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

White bass spawning has really slowed and fish have spread throughout the lake in search of food.  Casting shad imitating jigs and spoons over shallower points and shelves can be productive. 

Anglers are catching wipers throwing shallow running crank baits, swimbaits, and topwater baits over windswept, shallow, mainlake points.  Wiper fishing can be pretty good drifting live sunfish over deeper points this time of year too.

WATER TEMPERATURE-64

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2119.52-24.48 below conservation pool

ATTENTION: An established zebra mussel population has been documented at this water making Cedar Bluff an ANS designated water.  With this designation a few new rules are now in effect primarily aimed at discouraging water containing microscopic zebra mussel larvae from leaving the property and establishing in new waters.  Any time one leaves the reservoir it is best to clean mud, vegetation, or attached zebra mussel adults off of boats and other equipment, drain any thing on a boat or other equipment that holds water, and allow boats and other equipment to dry completely before using them at another body of water.  It is now illegal to use wild-caught bait from Cedar Bluff at any other water.  Live fish are not to be taken off the property.  And all livewells and bilges must be drained prior to leaving the property.

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: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair to Good 8-13 inches The crappie spawn has begun as fish have been observed in 2-3 feet of water in several of the main lake coves.  This action should continue over the next couple of weeks. These fish will be susceptible to being caught on minnows and jigs fished under a bobber.  In addition, anglers have reported a few crappie in 12 feet of water toward the west end using minnows fished near the bottom.
Walleye Good 14-24 inches Same as last week. Anglers have been reporting good to excellent success catching walleye on the west half of the reservoir in 18 to 22 feet of water.  Jigs and crawlers and jigs and minnows are both working equally well.

White Bass

Wipers

Good

11-18 inches

19-27 inches

The white bass spawn continues with water temperature in the 60's.  As a result, anglers should look for these guys along the Cawker City causeway and in the river channels west of the causeway.  Anglers will also catch some along the dam and trolling along the river channel on the lower half of the reservoir.

There have been reports of a few fish up the rivers as well and that should continue over the next week or two.

Wipers have been caught on the north side of the lake, especially in the coves on days with a strong south wind.  Rattletraps and slab spoons are working best.  Anglers have also reported catching wipers off the old road bed near the golf course.  Walleye anglers have also had good success while fishing along the river channel with jig and worms on the western end of the reservoir.

Black Bass Good 10-19 inches With the water warming up, the bass fishing is picking up as well.  The smallmouth can be found in their regular spots along the dam, the north shore between the dam and Granite Creek, and along the south bluffs.  Largemouth bass should be targeted in Mill Creek, Schoen's Cove, Osage Cove, and Walnut Creek.  Slowly fishing soft plastics can work well, but half ounce white and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat for spring bass angling.
Channel Catfish Good All Sizes The catfish spawn in getting close and the fish will move to the rocks shortly.  Granite Creek and the Cawker City causeway are usually the best areas to try, but the south bluffs and rip rap in the state park will all attract spawning catfish.
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.
Current water temperature: 66°F        Current Water Level: 0.4 feet above conservation

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: 5/19/2017 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Good to Excellent 8-11 inches

The crappie population is dominated by three and four year old fish in the 8-10 inch range as we collected many of these during our 2016 fall sample.  There are also a few 11-13 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.

The crappie spawn is underway and anglers should be able to have good success over the next several weeks catching spawning crappie in the shallows.  Look for them off the end of the jetties or in protected coves with ample vegetation. A jig and minnow is the best way to catch these guys, but jigs fished under a bobber also work well.

Channel Catfish Fair to Good 11-25 inches

The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be 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.  

Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.  Anglers are encouraged to target them in shallow coves and areas of inflow.  The upper end could be a great place to try as the water warms up during spring.

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Fair to Good 6-11 inches

The bluegill numbers appear to be stable right now with fish between 4 and 7 inches dominating the catch, but fish up to 8 inches were collected this fall.

Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 11 inches collected this fall.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-9 inch fish and fair numbers of 10 to 11 inch fish.

Largemouth Bass Good 10-21 inches

We recently conducted our annual bass sample and the numbers look much better compared to the 2016 sample.  Good numbers of 16-18 inch fish are available with fish up to 21 inches or 5 pounds collected.  There are also several younger year classes of small fish which will help the population in the next couple of years.

White and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat, but slowly fishing soft plastics including Senkos can be productive. Smaller baits like roadrunners and Panther Martins will also catch a fair amount of fish.  The bass currently spawning which means the males will be found shallow and aggressively guarding their nest.  This can be a great time to catch some nice bass, but remember to handle these fish with care.

General Comments

Water temperature: 70°F

Water level: FULL

KDWPT is conducting a creel survey on Jewell SFL from March to October 2017.  Please take a few minutes to speak with the creel clerk as your information and opinions are used to help guide our management activities on our public waters.  Thank you for your cooperation!



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Fair 16 - 21" Fair. Few reports but the water temp is good for the catfish bite; try cutbait and worms from 4 to 10 foot of water or shallower after lunch and toward the evening.
Crappie Good 10 to 13 inches Good. Water temps have risen to the high 60s. Folks are catching fish on brush piles and in Marina Cove and 1 report mentioned catching limits of Crappie.
Trout     NOTICE: The last stocking (3/8/2017) consisted of 800 Brown Trout within the stream and 100 Rainbow Trout in the bottom pool.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair/good 14 - 22" Fair. Few keeper (18") fish being reported. There are some reports of fish over the new 18" length limit near Loder point and tower but most being caught are less than 17". Some are having 30 fish days and others are having very little success. Some are being caught on the dam.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Fair. White Bass moved up the river prior to the heavy rains. I suspect the fish are still there but conditions will make it a bit tough until the water recedes.
Wiper Fair All sizes Fair. No current reports from anglers. Summer reports documented fish up to 11 pounds and limits being caught off points and deeper flats near river channel. Try live minnows and trolling soft baits on shallow flats near the river channel or wind-blown points.
General Comment

Elevation: Water level is 6.0' above conservation pool and RISING FAST.

Water Temperature:  66 degrees.

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: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Would try fishing off the public fishing dock and private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the 3 fish attractors.  Have not had any reports of fish being up shallow yet, however, they should be moving into the coves and shallows if the weather would ever straighten out a little bit. 
Saugeye/Walleye Good 14 to 26 inches Would try fishing off the East side of Leota cove, along the dam and along the south road bed using jigs and jigs tipped with worms.  Did have reports of fish being caught trolling diving lures around the Dam and Monkey Island.  Also, heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18-inch length limit.  Stocked 500,000 saugeye fry on 4-18-17.
Wiper Good 15 to 28 inches Would try fishing around the mouth of Leota cove and Concrete cove using jigs and jigs with worms and/or minnows.  The point just south of the swim beach might be a good bet also. Stocked 100,000 wiper fry in on 5-9-2017.
Catfish Poor 14 to 30 inches Would try fishing up to the west end using stink bait, liver and worms on the bottom. Also, look for them to come up shallow as they start feeding as the water starts warming up.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Would try fishing along the Dam, in Leota and Schoen's coves and up by the sand pit using artificial baits and crankbait's.  Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 65°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2292.75 ---- 11.55' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 3.23 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time. 

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



KIRWIN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did have reports of crappie being caught on the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs and jigs with minnows.  Have not had any report of them being up shallow yet, however, they should be coming into the coves and shallows when the weather straightens out a little bit.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Have had reports of some being caught off the bank using worms on the bottom and jigging off the drop-offs.  Would also recommend trolling diving lures along the Dam and river channel.  Stocked 1,200,000 walleye fry into the Reservoir on 4-18-17.   
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing along the Dam, Crappie Point and Cottonwood Grove areas using jigs depending on the wind direction.  Also had reports of fish being caught up in the SF Solomon river @ Cowley using white twister tail's. Stocked 300,000 wiper fry in on 5-9-2017.
Catfish Poor 20 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the Gray's park area and up towards the west end using shad and stink bait on the bottom. Would also try fishing up in Bow creek using shrimp and liver on the bottom.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 66°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1727.57 ---- 1.68' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS OPEN TO BOATS. 

Currently, the water level is 12.26 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.

Fish cleaning station is NO LONGER on the NE corner of the square in Kirwin. The USFWS, BOR and KDWPT are in the process of constructing a new facility just West of the water tower.   

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.  

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: 5/19/2017 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair to Good 12-24 inches

The walleye will begin to migrate toward the west end of the lake and can be caught using a jig and crawler or jig and worm combo. The 2-mile road area is popular among anglers as well as the river channel near Oak Hill and as far west as Pawnee Point.

1.5 million walleye were stocked on April 3rd at Lovewell!

White Bass/Wipers Fair to Good

7-13 inches

14-23 inches

Same as last week. The white bass spawn continues and the best place to look for these guys is along the dam and other rocky shorelines.  Casting roadrunners, Mister Twisters, and Kastmasters are all good lures to catch a few whites with some wipers mixed in as well.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 3-12 pounds

Catfish prefer to move up into coves and creek channels in the spring to feed on incoming food washed into the reservoir.  Using fresh shad is the best bait, but stink baits, shad gizzards, and chicken liver can also produce fish this time of year.

Anglers have reported catching blue catfish on the upper end recently using cut bait.  These fish are less than the legal length limit so please release all blue catfish that you catch.

There is a 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 Good 7-13 inches

There are a lot of crappie in the reservoir now, but most of them are one year old fish less than 10 inches.  There are, however, a fair number of fish between 10 and 13 inches for anglers to target.  Fishing around the deep brush piles off Cabin Point, Cedar Point, and the Marina will be good places to start, but fishing around the marina boat docks can also yield some fish.

The crappie spawn is on and anglers will have some success once they can locate their spawning grounds.  Minnows fished under a bobber work great, but jigs 12-18 inches under a bobber can be dynamite for catching spawning crappie when slowly retrieved over their nesting areas.  Look for these fish in Marina Cove, Cabin Cove, Inner Mill Creek, and Montana Creek.

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.
Current water temperature:  66ºF            Current water level: 2.5 feet above conservation

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: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Poor None Stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 5-16-2017.
Bluegill Poor 3-5 inches Fish are going to be small, but would use worms under a bobber.
Catfish Poor 5-15 inches Fish will probably be small, but would use worms, stinkbait and shrimp on the bottom.
General Comments

Water Temp. 74 Degrees

Lake is currently full.  Have stocked channel catfish and bluegill and will be stocking more fish this spring.  Stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 5-16-2017.

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



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/18/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 13 inches Minnows under a bobber around fish attractors has produced fish.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Fishing soft plastics or suspending jerkbaits around flooded vegetation, brush, and shoreline oriented brushpiles.  Fish have moved shallow to spawn.  Casting soft plastic worms and creature baits around shallow structure can be good.
Saugeye Good Up to 3 lbs. Fishing fish imitating swimbaits along the dam, other rocky shorelines, and along edges of submerged shelves and the creek channel.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber along rocky shorelines or around deeper brush.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Cut bait fished off the bottom.
Wiper Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting white bucktail jigs lake-wide along windswept shorelines.
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



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Poor 9 to 17 inches Would try fishing around the north and south shore breakwater's and fish attractor's using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  All boat ramps are open and usable.  Have not been many anglers out yet but should pick up as the weather starts warms up a little. Also, the crappie should be coming up into the shallow's and coves to spawn here anytime if the weather would ever straighten out a little bit.
Walleye Good 14 to 28 inches Had reports of fish being caught around the Swim Beach area, Old Marina point, Bow City Parking lot and around the Lakeview area using worms on the bottom.  Would also try trolling diving lures along the Dam and Little Sahara swim beach area.  Remember the 15-inch length limit.  Stocked 1,000,000 walleye fry into the Reservoir on 4-18-17.
White Bass/Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the north shore breakwater, Old Marina Point, along the Dam and along Rock Point cove using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms.  Stocked in 200,000 wiper fry on 5-9-2017.
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Would try fishing the windward side of the Reservoir up in the shallows using worms, liver and stink bait on the bottom.  Would also try using shrimp and shad. 
Rainbow Trout Fair 10 to 20 inches The last load of trout was stocked on Feb. 27th.  Trout are being caught on little spinners, salmon eggs, corn and powerbait. 
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 61°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1894.54 ---- 2.09' above conservation

Currently, the water level is 21.71 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.  They started releasing 100 cfs to try to maintain the 2 feet over conservation elevation.      

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: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Poor 10-14 inches Poor. Crappie numbers are very low and no reports of fish being caught yet but fish are likely moving towards shallower rock and cover to feed prior to spawning. Coves towards the upper end of the reservoir and Otoe in Hell Creek are your best bets.
Striped Bass Fair 2-15 pounds Good. There were reports of a few 15+ lb. fish being caught and released. Some are being caught on the West end, Hell Creek, and a few near the dam at moderate depths. Fish in the morning and/or evening with live shiners, bucktail jigs, spinners, or shad imitation jerkbaits. There is an abundance of stripers in the 16 - 18" range. These fish have excellent body condition compared to the last few years.
 Walleye Fair to Good 14-25 inches Fair. A few more reports coming in of a few fish being caught. Warming water has a few being caught at shallow to moderate depths (mostly shallow flats). Fish late evening and early morning on shallow wind-blown points and rocky shorelines (or the dam). This time of year you might try swimming or jigging 3 - 4" swimbaits. Wilson ranks 2nd in the state for density of 12" and larger fish.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-10 pounds

Fair. Try cutbait and worms near the river channel and off points such as Minooka, Lucas, etc. Look for fish to move shallower (<8 feet depths) towards sundown. The channel catfish population in Wilson has been a nice surprise the last few years. Water temps are reasonable for a good catfish bite.

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 Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds Fair. Some have moved up the river, unfortunately high water has complicated things. Try pools with in-line spinners and bright colored jigs/grubs.
Black Bass Good 14-18 inches Good. Many smallmouth are being caught by casual anglers and tournament anglers up to 3 lbs. Largemouth are also being caught but in much less numbers. Use slow/moderate presentations with crawfish colored or chartreuse crankbaits. Also try texas and carolina-rigged soft plastic tubes, craws, or worms off of rocky shorelines or reed grass margins.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

Fair. Some are being caught up to 12" in size. We found moderate numbers of white perch around the upper end of the reservoir as well as Hell Creek.  The lower end 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 the river channel near the bluffs towards Minooka - 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 managed 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

Lake Elevation = 1.4' ABOVE conservation pool and rising. USACE has minimized outflows due to heavy rains downstream.

Surface Temperature = 66 degrees.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: All boat ramps are useable. WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS and be courteous at boat ramps!

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!!!!!!



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 at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/11/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my district.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 0.9 lbs Not many crappie picked up in our fall samples, however, what's there is of nice size with some reaching 15 inches and weighing nearly a pound. For best luck, try a jig and minnow over brush piles. The Crappie should be up shallow and easy to catch from shore.  
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill can be caught with a night crawler under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs The fish feeders have been filled and are set to go off in the morning and evening. Channel catfish can be caught from shore using cut shad, dough balls, or chunks of worm.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinner or plastics worked around the shallow cover and brush piles.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Redear can be caught jigging a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.  
General Comments
 



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/11/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Crappie are up shallow and can be caught from shore. Best luck for Crappie would come from fishing brush piles surrounding fishing jetties using a jig and minnow. 
Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs The fish feeders have been filled and are set to go off in the morning and evening. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, dough baits, or chicken livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or plastics working the shallows, along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Redear may be caught using a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.
General Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as the information becomes available.  



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great catfish population.  Fish have been fairly shallow feeding up.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Wiper Fair Up to 22" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of 15 to 22" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Good 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has lots of crappie.  Most of the fish are below 8-inches, but there are still good numbers of fish over 10-inches in the lake.  Anglers have been catching fish shallow.  Rocky banks have been the best.  Jig or minnows with a bobber.
Saugeye Fair to Good 2 to 8 lbs. Saugeye numbers have been improving nicely due to recent stocking success.  The 2016 fall sampling effort collected the most saugeye on record, with 35% of them over the 18-inch minimum length limit.  It should be a good year for saugeye fishing at the lake. 
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght limit.
General Comments

Centralia Lake is a 400 acre lake that is noted for good channel cat, saugeye and crappie fishing. The lake facilities include multiple ramps, picnic tables, plenty of camping pads and many sites with electricity. Centralia is enrolled in the CFAP program, which means a City permit is not required for fishing visits. Perry Reservoir has zebra mussels and with Centralia Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

Be sure to CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY all equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from spreading them to another lake.

Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 daily creel limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation was implemented to protect brood fish, so that the population could have a chance to improve.
Smallmouth Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This regulation change makes smallmouth bass regulations the same as those for largemouth bass.
Crappie Good 0.3-1.5 lb Fishing has slowed, but is still mostly good.  Crappie have moved a little deeper with most action in the 4-10 foot depth.  Black and chartreuse 1/8 ounce jigs are working well.  A lot of 8-9.5" fish have been reported, with keepers measuring 11-13" and occasionally a 14" crappie being caught.
Walleye/Sauger Fair 1-3 lbs Walleye/Sauger have been caught on jigs and nightcrawlers on the flats.
Wiper Fair-Good 3-6 lbs Trolling the flats with crankbaits.
White Bass Fair-Good 0.5-1.5 lbs Trolling the flats with crankbaits.
Large/Small Mouth Bass Poor-Fair 0.5-4.5 lbs Casting spinners and crankbaits along the shoreline.  Received a report of a child catching two 4.5 pound largemouth bass on a swim bait on south side of lake.
Channel catfish Fair 1-3 lbs Channel catfish are along the shoreline in abundance.  Anglers should be able to catch them on minnows, nightcrawlers, cut bait, and stinkbait.
District Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what is going on with Clinton Reservoir (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) and other lakes in DG, SN, and OS Counties sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter by clicking this link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Water level May 17 was 1.65 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 800 cfs, temp = 68.  Brush piles placed into Clinton August 11 and 12, 2008. GPS locations in degrees, minutes, seconds using Datum WGS 84: 1) N38 55.755 W095 24.146, 2) N38 56.4444 W095 24.466, 3) N38 56.283 W095 23.465, 4) N38 56.014 W095 23.096, 5) N38 55.036 W095 22.568, 6) N38 56.011 W095 23.085, 7) N38 55.073 W095 22.565, 8) N38 55.785 W095 22.235.



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 5/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method and Location
       
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
       
Crappie Fair 0.3-0.75 lb Some being caught on minnows and jigs, some from shore, some from boats.
LM Bass Fair 0.3-2 lbs Jigs, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs Using shad sides and minnows.  Worms producing good numbers of fish, especially in times of inflow.
Bluegill Fair-Good Up to 0.3 lbs Using worms under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Douglas State Fishing Lake sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Fair 0.3-0.75 lbs Using jigs around brush piles and rock points.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Fair-Good Up to 0.3 lbs Using worms, small jigs and spinners.
LM Bass Fair 0.3-2 lbs Using jigs, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-3 lbs Using worms, shad sides, minnows.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lb. No Reports.
Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs near vegetation edges. 
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits fished near the docks and near edges of vegetation.  
White Bass Slow 14 to 17 inches A good population of white bass exists in this lake. White bass can be taken in open water on shad imitation lures.  
General Comments
 



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair up to 1 lb jigs and minnows near rock and brush 1-4ft deep.
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs Cut bait, shrimp, and worms along windy banks
Saugeye Fair/Good 2-6lbs along deep rocks on jigs, worms, and crankbaits
Black bass Good 1-5lbs jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs near brush/points
Bluegill Fair 4-6 inches jigs near rocks and brush
General Comments
This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2017 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 5/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good up to 4 lbs cutbait, shrimp, and worms along windy banks
Crappie Fair/Good up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rock 1-5ft deep
Walleye Fair 2-5lbs near flats on jigs, worms, and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Good 1-6lbs along dam and points on jigs, spinners, and crankbaits
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2017 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 5/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs cut bait, worms, and shrimp along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs Jigs and minnows near brush and rocks 2-5FT deep
Largemouth Bass Poor    
Bluegill Fair 4-6 inches jigs near rocky banks and brush
White Bass Fair/Good 1-2lbs along dam on spinners
General Comments

This shallow lake has the best fishing for crappie and channel catfish which are stocked annually.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair Up to 9 lbs. Walleye can be found now on shallow mud flats and off points. Cast and slowly retrieve or vertical jig with curly-tailed grub to target walleye in the shallows. Trolling with crankbaits has been producing a few fish as well.             
Crappie Good Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie have been active lately. Some have been moving shallow on mud-flats and off rip-rap and rocky shores. The bite at the marina docks has been really good and many 10 inch plus fish being caught. Jigs are producing best right now. Good bite reported near Antioch boat ramp and in Wade Branch arm.     
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Target white bass off wind blown points.  Jigs and shad imitation lures are the best baits right now. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Fair Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass are being caught in shallow water right now, with spinner-baits and plastics producing the most fish.  
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Channel Catfish Fair  Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken on a variety of baits using prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are being taken lake wide at this time.     
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of May 19th the water level is 2.8 feet above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

Zebra mussel infestation has been confirmed at Hillsdale Reservoir.  As of 6/17/16 the lake has been designated an Aquatic Nuisance Species water.  Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters.  Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and equipment before using another waterbody.  Dispose of all bait on dry land.  Please search ksoutdoors.com for more information about zebra mussels.       

  



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 5/22/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Lake Contour Map Pretty Good 8.5"x11" Color Banner Creek has been mapped by the Kansas Biological Survey and there is a map available at Contour Map
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will publish a newsletter discussing Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.25 lbs. Crappie can be caught by vertical jigging minnows over brush piles or standing timber. Some can be caught along rocky shore lines as well.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. With the warmer weather, Bluegill will begin being caught near shoreline structure using chunks of worm or jigs. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.5 lbs. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, stink bait, or livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Crankbaits, spinners or plastics along the shoreline, rip rap and structure. 
Walleye/ Sauger Slow to Fair

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

Some anglers are having luck catching Walleye along the dam.    
General Comments
 



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have dropped the last two years, but most of the fish are over 10-inches.  Crappie were still up shallow as of 5/18.  There is a brushpile just south of the dock.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate. 
Walleye Slow to Fair 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers have been improving due to good survival from recent stockings.  There should be moderate harvest rates this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch lenght limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake supports a good white bass population and anglers have been doing very well this spring.  Casting the bank or near the inlet.
Wipers Fair Up to 12 pounds The current wiper population is dominated by young fish 12 to 15-inches long, but there are still some big ones around. 
General Comments

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy.  You can call the Guard House to check on availability at (785) 456-6149.  The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time.  If the inlet is flowing, then good fishing can be found there. 

Make-Up Lake has zebra mussels which makes the lake designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water.  It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

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JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Good 1 to 4 lbs The lake has an excellent smallmouth bass population.  They can be found along any of the rocky shoreline.  The lake has a low level largemouth bass population dominated by smaller fish. 
White Bass Good Up to 3 lbs The lake has a good white bass population.  In the most recent sample, 95.5% of the fish were over 12 inches.  Fish were up shallow this week along wind swept banks looking to spawn.  Fishing should be good for awhile for white bass. 
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 12 lbs There are fair numbers of wiper in the lake with 32% over 20 inches and 3.6% over 24 inches in the most recent sample. 
Walleye Fair Up to 5 lbs Walleye numbers are below average and harvested is expected to be low this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15-inch minimum length limit.
General Comments

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy.  You can call the Guard House to check on availability at (785) 456-6149.  The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time.

Auxiliary Lake has zebra mussels which makes the lake designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.24842° W -96.15163°
N 39.24899° W -96.15149°
N 39.25150° W -96.14638°
N 39.23917° W -96.15172°

 



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/11/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry Newsletter Good 4 pages (Lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Bass are being caught by anglers using jigs or plastics worked slowly along the shoreline and in & around brush piles and rip-rap.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Channel Catfish may be taken occasionally from shore using cut bait or livers. The feeders are currently empty and will next week.     
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber and fished in shallow coves.
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs The Crappie should be up shallow and easy to catch from shore. The best bet for crappie would be to fish a jig and minnow near brush piles and rip rap or vertical jigging along steep drop offs. 
Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs This lake has a good population of shellcrackers. Redear can be caught using a small chunk of worm near brushpiles and shoreline habitat.
Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs Wiper can be caught near points in the lake using baits that resemble shad. Schools can also be located by shad breaking the surface.  
Walleye Slow Up to 3.25 lbs Fish a jig and minnow along the dam.
General Comments

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available. 

Special note: The lake has non-native aquatic plants! Please inspect your trailer and fishing gear before leaving the lake to ensure you are not transporting these plants to any other lakes.                                                                                                                                                                 



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 5/5/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 11 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits lakewide.   
Flathead Catfish Slow  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. Target structure and vegetation edges with live bait.   
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Crappie bite is being reported in 10-13 feet of water near the submerged roadbed.  Minnows and jigs are producing the most fish right now. Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. Largemouth can be taken on finesse plastics and spinnerbaits fished near trees in the coves and at vegetation edges.  
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.   
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/5/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Good 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Good Up to 16 inches Crappie can be taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Crappie are being caught on both sides of the culvert at this time.   
White Bass Fair 14-17 inches A good population of white bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
The curly-leaf pondweed stand is starting to come on for the spring. Spot treatment was conducted on March 14th to clear some shoreline fishing areas. Curly-leaf pondweed will continue to die-off through June.          



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Good 1-60 lbs near wind blown shorelines and channel ledges in the upper end on cut bait
Crappie Fair/Good up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows 2-5ft deep near brush/points/coves
Walleye Fair up to 4 lbs

New regulation...21" minimum length limit, 2/day creel limit.

near flats on worms

White Bass/Wipers Fair/Good 1-7lbs along rocky banks in the upper end on jigs, spinners, and crankbaits
Smallmouth Bass Good 1-4 lbs near gravel banks/points close to drop offs on jigs, jerkbaits, and crankbaits
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good 1-5 lbs on points by flooded coves using spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, and jigs
Outlet Good   for walleye, wipers, white bass, and catfish, now releasing water
General Comments

NEW WALLEYE REGULATION STARTING IN 2017!!! RELEASE WALLEYE LESS THAN 21", AND 2/DAY CREEL LIMIT!!!

CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT THE MILFORD WALLEYE TAGGING STUDY!!!

http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/3-26-15/WALLEYE-TAGGING-STUDY-AT-MILFORD-RESERVOIR

CAUTION: DO NOT TRANSFER LIVE BAIT FROM ONE BODY OF WATER TO ANOTHER!!! ALONG WITH ZEBRA MUSSEL INFESTATION, ASIAN CARP ARE IN DRAINAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE KANSAS RIVER AND CAN EASILY BE MISTAKEN FOR SHAD!!!

Blue-Green Algae: Current information listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/11/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Slow to Fair up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill can be caught using a small chunk of worm under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.   
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs The fish feeders have been filled and are set to go off in the morning and evening. Channel catfish can still be caught using worms, cut shad, or doughballs.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.5 lbs The lake contains a nice population of larger fish for a small State Fishing Lake. They can be caught using spinnerbaits, plastics, or crankbaits around the brush piles. 
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow along shoreline and around the brush piles. Water is cloudy so choose baits that will make a lot of noise both in color and in sound.
 Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs. Live and prepared baits fished near mainlake points and other shoreline structure.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 6 lb. Largemouth bass are being found shallow near vegetation. 
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Slow Up to 11 lbs. Jigs and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points. Some nice sized wiper (14-19 inches) have been being taken on the north end of the reservoir.  
White Crappie Slow Most fish around 9 inches, but some up to 13 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles. 
General Comments

Caution!!! Asian Carp have made their way up stream to below Lake Olathe dam.

Remember it is illegal to move fish from below dam to above the dam or use fish captured below dam for bait above the dam. 



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure.   
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Chicken liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Fair 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Slow Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be found drifting or trolling mudflats using jigs tipped with nightcrawler or jigging spoons. 
Wiper  Slow Up to 24 inches Use shad imitation baits fished near main lake points. 
 
General Comments
Zebra mussels have been found at Paola City Lake (Lake Miola). The lake has been designated as an Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.



PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/22/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Invasive! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will start spawning as the water temperature rises to around 54 degrees. Please do not move water from Perry Reservoir.
Perry News Letter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) We publish a newsletter for Perry and other waters in the district twice a year. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Good up to 10.0 lbs Anglers are catching some Channel Catfish below the dam. Try using cut or whole dead shad from shore.  
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir but are difficult to target. Best luck would come fishing at night dragging a worm across the bottom.

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 3.0 lbs.

Crankbaits or plastics worked slowly around shoreline cover and woody habitat. The emerging Smallmouth Bass population are being caught. Generally off rocky shoreline and points.    

Recent fishing tournaments on the lake landed some nice Smallies and Largemouth all around 2.5 to 3 pounds with each team managing at least one 5 lb. fish.

White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Some White Bass are being taken fishing rocky shorelines in the upper portion of the reservoir casting jigs and crankbaits resembling shad.  
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs.

The Crappie bite is still going. Fish are up shallow and can be caught along the bridges or from shore near the boat ramps. 

Crappie are also being caught below the dam. 

Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Anglers are catching a few Blue Cats already, drifting along the flats. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, many fish are below the length limit, with a few blue catfish over the 35 inch minimum length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  
Comments

As of May 22nd, water temperature at Perry Lake is currently 67 degrees and the water level is rising at 896.21 (4.71' above conservation pool) with discharge at 25 cfs.  The lake is forecasted to rise at least another half foot by the end of the week; some of the ramps may be unusable due to the high water. If you are able to launch be careful for submerged obstacles while on the water. For more up to date lake conditions: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Perry-Lake/Daily-Lake-Info-2/ 

If you would like to place habitat in Perry Reservoir, please contact the Fish Biologist, Nick, at 785-246-4514 to obtain a permit. 

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.

Zebra mussels were confirmed on 10-9-07, so make sure you clean, drain and dry your boat after leaving PerryEven if you do not see any mussels attached, you may still be transporting microscopic veligers, "baby mussels" on your boat.



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/4/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair to Good 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has good numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great largemouth bass population with the highest sample number in 15 years.
General Comments
This small 49 acre lake is located in northeast Pott. County. The fishing conditions are very similar to that of a large farm pond. The lake is noted for good catch and release largemouth bass fishing due to the abundance of the species. Bass 13 to 18 inches long are protected.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 9 inches The bluegill population offers decent numbers of harvestable sized fish. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound A moderate crappie population with few fish over 10-inches.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with 60% of the fish in the most recent sample were over 12 inches.  Bass have move shallow and anglers been doing good.
General Comments

This small 24 acre lake is similar to pond fishing. The lake is known for catch and release of largemouth bass and harvest of nice bluegill. The lake's channel catfish are protected by a 15 inch minimum length limit.

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POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population.  A smallmouth bass was caught and released this winter that was 0.05 pounds smaller than the state record.
Channel Catfish Fair 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  The most recent stocking was on May 9th.  So far this year the lake has received 1,500 channel catfish.  Good luck! Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Fair to Good 1/4 to 1 pound The lake supports a moderate crappie population.  Anglers have been doing well this spring. 
General Comments

Pott. # 2 is noted for family outings, scenic views, catch and release bass fishing, harvest of small crappie and channel catfish. 

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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Catfish Fair 1 to 20+ pounds

Fishing for cats has been good lately.  Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.  Blue catfish are usually caught on fresh cut bait.

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging some to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek Lake and the Big Blue River.  Feel free to harvest or release the fish, but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or ely.sprenkle@ks.gov   A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

White Bass and Wipers Fair 1/2 to 8 pounds

Anglers been doing good on fish coming upstream to spawn. Jigs, crankbaits or live bait.

To distinguish between the two species you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for id. Wiper daily creel is 2.

Drum Fair 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are an abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Fair to Good 3/4 to 5 pounds

Anglers have been doing well this spring.  Best baits are jigs, crankbaits or live bait. 

Starting in 2017, the statewide 15-inch minimum length limit for walleye, sauger and saugeye does not apply to rivers, streams and tailwaters.

General Comments

Rocky Ford , a river fishery, is located just south of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue River. Anglers have the opportunity to harvest fishes generally associated with moving water. Saugeye, white bass, the catfishes, drum, crappie and carp can be harvested. Angler access and success is affected by release rates from the nearby Tuttle Creek Reservoir. You can check current conditions HERE

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SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 5/11/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs Crappie should be up shallow and may be caught over brush piles or near standing timber using a small jig tipped with a plastic lure or minnow.
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 17.0 lbs There are some nice sized Channel Catfish in this impoundment. They can be caught from shore using cut bait or livers 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Largemouth Bass can be caught fishing spinners or plastics near structure. 
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.5 lbs. Walleye should begin moving along the dam soon with warmer water temperatures. 
Wiper  Great up to 7.5 lbs. Wipers can be caught by fishing along points in the lake using any lure that resembles a shad. 
General Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.  



SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 5/17/2017 Print

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
       
Crappie Fair 0.3 - 1 lbs Anglers are catching some crappie on jigs and minnows.
LM Bass Fair 0.3-2 lbs Anglers are having luck using jigs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits.
Walleye Fair 0.5-3 lbs Trolling crankbaits.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-4 lbs Using shad sides, and a few being caught on liver.  Worms working well during times of inflow.
General Comments
Brushpiles were constructed and placed at 5 locations in April 2010. Locations were marked with GPS using datum NAD83: 1) N38.99217 W095.63188, 2) N39.00736 W095.62968, 3) N38.99254, W095.63210, 4) N38.99619 W095.632202, 5) N39.01043, W095.63014. November 07 locations were marked with GPS using datum WGS84 in decimel degrees: 1) N39.00740 W095.62978; 2) N39.00819 W095.63046; 3) N39.00810 W095.63055; 4) N39.00806 W095.63043; 5) N39.00638 W095.62261; 6) N39.00247 W095.62495; 7) N38.99622 W095.63205; 8) 39.00274 W095.63202.
 



SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Minnows on a slip-bobber fished in deeper water. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide using doughbait or cut-bait fished in the evenings.
Wiper Slow Up to 9 lbs. Shad imitation baits or worms fished near mainlake points are producing best right now. 
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics and spinner-baits are working best right now fished near shoreline structure.  
Trout Slow  Catchable Trout bite is almost over.    
General Comments
In addition to a state fishing license, a Johnson County fishing permit is required. If you plan to fish for trout, a Johnson County trout permit is also required. Johnson County fishing/trout permits are available through Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and other select vendors.



SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a very good population of black bass over 15 inches.  You can watch a news story about the bass at this lake at http://www.wibw.com/content/news/Fish-go-belly-up-after-shocking-research-422730604.html
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The current crappie population is dominated by fish less than 10 inches.  Anglers have been catching some shallow crappie.  Around the rock piers or dam has been best.
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish.  On April 28th we stocked 750 fish.  So far this year the lake has received 1,400 pounds of channel catfish.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

Located north of Silver Lake, Shawnee State Fishing Lake is the site of good catch and release largemouth bass fishing. The lake is also noted for channel catfish harvest since the lake receives frequent stockings of harvestable sized catfish from March through September. The Jeffrey Energy Center Lakes and Perry Reservoir both have zebra mussels and with Shawnee State Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.200640° W -95.805438°
N 39.200351° W -95.801881°
N 39.201053° W -95.801924°



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has decent numbers of larger fish.  The spawn bite has been slow with the fluctuating water levels.  Hope it picks back up soon.
White Bass Slow to Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake does not have a lot of white bass this year but the fish are big.  White bass are being caught in the streams feeding the lake and Big Blue River.
Catfish Fair Up to 40 pounds

Fair channel catfish numbers and a young blue catfish population. 

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging some to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek.  Feel free to harvest or release the fish, but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or ely.sprenkle@ks.gov  A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

Largemouth Bass Slow 1 to 5 pounds Coves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing.
Saugeye Slow Up to 6 pounds

Most of the population is below the 15 inch length limit and harvest is expected to be low, but lots of little ones growing fast. Fishing has been good in the River Pond below the dam.

Starting in 2017, the minimum length limit does not apply to saugeye in the River Pond or at the "tubes".  The 15-inch minimum length limit is still in effect in the Reservoir.

General Comments

The fluctuating water levels have made for tough fishing the last few weeks.  You can check current water conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a decent bluegill population. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. 
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Slow to Fair Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 3 lbs The lake has fair numbers of saugeye over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Some crappie are being caught on jigs and minnows suspended near structure. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms and wax worms under a bobber fished in the shallows.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish are being taken lakewide. Best bite is occurring in the evenings on worms or liver.  
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished shallow and near vegetation edges.  
Smallmouth Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Slow Up to 6 lbs. Trolling shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. Nightcrawler and a jig drift fished across mud flats
Rainbow Trout Slow Catchable Trout bite is almost over.    
General Comments
A Wyandotte County fishing permit is required to fish this property. A Wyandotte County trout permit is required for trout fishing. Please contact Wyandotte County Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department at 913-573-8327 for more information.



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 at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

BARBER STATE FISHING LAKE - LOWER - Last Updated: 5/11/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Crappie in the shallows starting to spawn. Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try fishing any areas of inflow from recent rains.  Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Try jigs and soft plasticw worked slow for spawners around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Walleye should soon be on points and flats, but seem to be shallow in the reeds right now.  Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or trolling small minnow type crank baits. You can also try or slab spoons.

The bass are spawning and crappie are getting started as well.  Saw lots of nice female bass on the beds while electrofishing this week.  

To phone in a report, please call the Dodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/11/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow  Up to 12 inches Crappie are moving shallows. Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs
Channel catfish Fair Up to 8 lbs Try fishing any areas of inflow, especially up the creek channel, from recent rains.  Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 7 lbs Try jigs and soft plasticw worked slow for spawners around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill Fair Up to 6 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Fair Up to 6 lbs Walleye should soon be on points and flats, but seem to be shallow in the reeds right now.  Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or trolling small minnow type crank baits. You can also try or slab spoons.
White bass Fair Up to 1 lb Small spinners and small crankbaits are working.  Might also try vertically fishing slab spoons.

The bass are spawning and crappie are getting started as well.  Saw lots of nice female bass on the beds while electrofishing this week.  Several 18 - 24 inch walleye were also samples in the reeds.

To phone in a report, please call theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



DODGE CITY - MARIAH HILLS GOLF COURSE POND - Last Updated: 11/2/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &amp;amp;amp; Location
Channel catfish No report No report Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver. Also try using nightcrawlers.
Largemouth Bass No report No report Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report and will be updated only if a hot report is reported to the Dodge City office at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2016. 

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a 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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



DODGE CITY LAKE CHARLES - Last Updated: 3/16/2017 Print



HAMILTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/10/2015 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp; Location
General Comments
Lake is still dry.



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/11/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 7 inches Crappie are moving shallows. Fish any rocks, brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs
Channel catfish Fair Up to 8 lbs Try fishing the west end in the inflow from recent rains. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.  600 pounds of channel catfish were stocked on April 14. 
Largemouth bass No report Up to 5 lbs Try jigs and soft plastics worked slow for spawners around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill Slow Up to 6 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Fair Up to 4 lbs Anglers were catching walleye along the dam but should soon be on points and flats as well.  Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.

The bass are spawning and crappie are getting started as well.  Saw lots of nice female bass on the beds while electrofishing this week.  Several 18 - 24 inch walleye were also samples in the reeds.

To phone in a report, please call theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  

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 

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



LARNED CITY POND - Last Updated: 3/16/2017 Print



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 4/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 6 inches Try small pieces of worm under a bobber.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 3 lbs Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 5 lbs Try crankbaits and spinnerbaits back in spawning pockets, especially later in the day.  Look for spawners around wood or vegetation.
Crappie Fair Up to 11 inches Crappie should be starting to move towards the shallows. Fish around the brush piles or vegetation.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
General Comments

Saugeye fry were stocked on 4/17.  Spawning by crappie and bass is starting soon with bluegill soon to follow.  To phone in a report, please call theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.   

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



PRATT COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/28/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Good Up to 10 inches Crappie should be starting to move towards the shallows. Fish any brush or vegetation you can find.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 8 lbs Try fishing the inlet and the east end of the island.  Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7.5 lbs Try crankbaits and spinnerbaits in the corners where the piers meet the road. Also try flipping plastics to the tree piles.  Look for spawners around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill Fair Up to 6 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Slow Up to 6 lbs Walleye should soon be on points and sides of the piers. Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try or slab spoons.
Wiper Fair Up to 4 lb Small crankbaits and swimbaits should be working.  Also try jigs and crankbaits, or vertically fishing slab spoons.

Spawning by crappie and bass is starting soon with bluegill soon to follow. To phone in a report, please call theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 5/18/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Fishing cut and prepared baits off the bottom over shallow flats.
Crappie Good Up to 13 inches Fishing minnows under a bobber around brush or drifting jigs or minnows over deeper water in the main body of the lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Fishing suspending jerkbaits and swimbaits around shoreline vegetation and brush.
Sunfish Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Fishing nightcrawlers or small jigs under a bobber in shallows possessing a gravelly or rocky bottom can be good for some quality bluegills.
Saugeye/Walleye Good Up to 7 lbs. Fishing swimbaits and crankbaits over points and gravelly shelves.
General Comments

Release all walleye/saugeye less than 18 inches and largemouth bass less than 15 inches.

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!

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

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.



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 at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Water is warm so the bite should be on. Last years' reports show a lot of fish below the 15" length limit and some from 15" to 18". Recently, a 20# fish was caught. Try cutbait and worms this time of year throughout the day but late evening and night should be best.
Crappie Good 8-13" Good. The bite is reasonable on brush piles and sunken logs and even a few off the piers. Try jigging small jigs from 6 - 10' depths.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 7 lb. Fair/good. Some fish are spawning as water temps are near 70 degrees but most are finishing up. Try small texas rigs (dark colors) in and around fallen logs and brush. Try moderate depth crankbaits along piers, the rocky shoreline near the East bathroom, and the dam.
Saugeye Fair 15-23" Fair. Saugeye should be entering a post spawn pattern. Try night crawlers on 1/8 oz. jigs and 3 - 4" swimbaits in 5 - 10' depths.
General Comments

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good up to 2lbs Channel Catfish are biting on prepared catfish baits or prepared cutbait.
Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" The Crappie spawn is winding down, but a few are still being caught. A small tube jig or minnow under a bobber is a good bet. Look for them near shallow structure. Morning and evening hours are best.
General Comments
Recent heavy rains in the area have made the water very turbid and the fishing unpredictable.



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/3/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Poor 6" to 10" Fish with small minnows and jigs around brush. There are a few nice crappie in the lake although most are fairly small.
Bluegill Poor   Worms under a bobber or very small jigs.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-6 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 20" Fish shallow brush with Texas rigged softbait, jigs, and spinnerbaits. The water here is typically murky so try darker colored lures (black & blue, dark purple, green pumpkin).
General Comments
 



BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Good up to 8 lbs

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

Worms in the upper during times of inflow.  Stink bait or cut bait near windy shorelines with water willow.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 18 inch Spinnerbaits and crankbaits next to cover.  Shoreline vegetation is growing nicely and providing very good cover.  Large plastics including creature type baits worked in the vegetation works well.  Fish continue to be in the water willow.
Crappie     The majority of the crappie in the lake are small and the crappie population density needs to be reduced.  Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed  the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back.  Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!
Bluegill Good up to 7 inch Small live bait offerings near shoreline cover and in the water willow beds.
General Comments
 



CAREY PARK POND - Last Updated: 3/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. There are a few bass in the pond, usually caught on live bait and lures.
General Comments
White perch are present in Carey Park Fishing Pond. White perch are a nuisance species that are illegal to possess alive and MAY NOT be transported to other waters for any reason.



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Zebra Mussels Have Been Discovered in Chase State Fishing Lake.    

Chase SFL is now an ANS designated water. Read the news release HERE.

 Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

 Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

 Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

New Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Good Up to 6 lbs

Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit.

Shad sides or worms during inflow events in the upper end.  Worms fished on shallow shorelines with the wind blowing in is also producing some fish.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18 inches

There is a 13 to 18 inch slot limit on Largemouth Bass in effect at the lake.

Spinnerbaits near cover or fishing plastics in the vegetation in the coves and upper end.

Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 18 inches Look for saugeye along the dam and rocky shorelines.
Spotted Bass Fair up to 14 inch Crank baits or plastics along the dam and rocky points.
Bluegill Fair up to 6 inchess Live bait fished in shallow near shore areas close to vegetation, brush, or rock.
White Crappie Fair to Good 9 to 12 inches Crappie are gradually going shallow.  Some stable weather would sure help.  Start with a jig and bobber worked parallel to shore in 2 to 3 feet of water.  If no action, slowly work the jig deeper.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

SPECIES RATING SIZE BAITS, LOCATION, METHODS
Fishing Newsletter     All KDWPT fisheries districts are offering a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. The newsletters are aimed at keeping anglers informed about fishing opportunities and information in their areas of interest. The first few editions of the Cheney Fisheries District have been completed and are ready for distribution.
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS, AND BILGES!!!

Zebra mussel numbers have decreased at Cheney; however, anglers and boaters should still use caution to avoid moving adults and veligers from the lake.

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

White Bass and Wiper Good Up to 24" Look for Wipers and White Bass to move to points and underwater humps over the coming days and weeks, as well as along the dam. Fish are still being caught in the river upstream of the reservoir.
Walleye Poor Up to 28" The recent rains and high, muddy water have made Walleye  fishing difficult lately. Try crankbaits on points, drop-offs, and underwater humps.
Crappie Fair Up to 15" The crappie spawn is winding down. Some are still being caught in sheltered coves and near flooded vegetation with the recent water level increases.
Blue Catfish Fair Up to 15 lb Try live or cut shad near the old river channel and adjacent flats.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lb Prepared baits and cut bait work well. Catfish are being caught in the river upstream of the reservoir. With the recent runoff, fishing near creek mouths is a good bet.
White Perch Good  

Netting results this fall indicate that white perch numbers decreased this year; however, there are many catchable-size white perch (10+") in the lake.

White perch cannot be used as live bait, but they do make good cut bait. For tips on identifying a white perch from a white bass, wiper or striped bass click HERE.

All white perch in your possession must be dead. It is illegal to posses live white perch.

COMMENTS
The continued rains have made fishing unpredictable. Some of the boat ramps are flooded, and boating access may be somewhat difficult at Cheney until the water level recedes. The lake is currently 3.6 feet above normal conservation pool and the water is turbid. 



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Zebra Mussel     Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove City Lake. Click HERE for more information.

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Bluegill Fair 5-8 inches near weed edges on jigs and worms
Crappie Fair up to 11-inch Jigs and minnows 1-5ft deep near cover and rock
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Cut bait, worms, and shrimp in windblown areas
Black bass Good up to 4lbs jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs near points and cover
Walleye Fair 2-5lbs on points and flats using jigs, worms, and crankbaits
White bass Fair/Good 1.5 lbs along dam on spinners and crankbaits
General Comments
The City of Council Grove requires Aquatic Nuisance Species certification of anglers and boaters at Council Grove City Lake. Go to ANS Certification to obtain the certificate. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.



COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir.

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lb cut bait near windy flats and in creek mouths
Saugeye Fair 2-4lbs near flats on worms, jigs, and crankbaits
White Bass Fair 1-2lbs near rock points on jigs and spinners
Wiper Fair up to 24 inches crankbaits and large jigs/swimbaits near windy rock banks
White Crappie Fair up to 15-inch

Near brush and rock banks 2-5ft deep on jigs and minnows.

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

1.95 feet high, releasing 5 cfs

Outlet good for channel cats and saugeye on jigs

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Black Crappie Slow to Fair Up to 11 inch Jigs or minnows near ledges along the southern shoreline in 5 to 8 feet of water.  Shallower on warmer days.  
Bluegill Good Up to 7 inch Fishing with small worms or other live bait close to shore near rock or weeds.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 3 lbs

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Stinkbaits off the piers and along windblown shorelines.  

Largemouth Bass Good Up to 16 inch Spinnerbaits and crankbaits on rocky shorelines and weedless plastics fished in vegetated areas.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 9 inch Starting to see a few redear show up in 3 to 5 of water on shorelines with rocky/gravelly bottoms.
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in the Trout Area below the dam!!

Blue catfish Fair 17 to 28 inches

Shallow windy points and in the creeks during inflows.  Fresh cut shad has been the best bait within in the lake while worms are best in the creeks.

A video showing electrofishing for blue catfish at El Dorado Reservoir can be seen HERE.

Effective January 1, 2016:  25 inch to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish.  Daily creel limit is 5 per day with no more than 2 35 inches and longer.

Take time to properly identify your catfish catch. Click HERE for information on how to properly identify your catch.

Wiper Fair 18 to 22 inch

Trolling crankbaits along ledges or old roads.  

Be sure to properly ID your catch as there is there is an 21-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit on wiper.. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White bass Fair up to 15 inch

Look for white bass on windy points or in the creeks when inflow is occurring.  7 to 9 feet deep on jigs with larger plastics.

Wipers can be caught along with white bass so it is important to properly identify your catch before putting it on a stringer. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White Perch Fair up to 11 inch

Small hooks and live bait, smaller jigs, or spoons fished on rocky points and shorelines.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair to Good up to 15 inches 6 to 7 feet deep in brush.  A few fish have been caught in shallower water during the warmer days, but this has been a very hit and miss pattern again this week.
Channel Catfish Good up to 8 lbs In the creeks and upper creek arms during inflows on worms or cut bait.
Walleye Slow to Fair Up to 24 inches

Slow action continues again this week as no real pattern has developed.  Walleye are being caught sporadically by anglers looking for crappie.

THE WALLEYE LENGTH LIMIT IS 21-INCHES WITH A 2/DAY CREEL LIMIT.

General Comments

4.9 feet high, releasing 13 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

The high water is impacting the boat ramps.  Boulder Bluff South boat ramp is not accessible.  Launching is becoming more difficult at the Sailboat, Shady Creek, Bluestem #1, and Bluestem #2 ramps as the lake level reaches above the ramps and into the parking lots.  The Area 1 boat ramp is the best ramp for launching boats during high water.  Walkways to all courtesy docks have water over the top of them so plan on getting wet unless you beach your boat on shore.

ZEBRA MUSSEL & WHITE PERCH WARNING! El Dorado Reservoir and the Walnut River below the reservoir contain zebra mussels and white perch. Take zebra mussel control precautions when leaving the lake, Trout Area, and Stilling Basin. For information on Zebra Mussels click Here.



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-4lbs Channel Catfish have been hitting prepared baits and cut baits. Try near creek mouths with the recent runoff.
White Crappie Fair up to 12 inches The crappie spawn is starting to wind down. Look for them near shallow structure. A small tube jig or minnow under a bobber is a good bet. Mornings and evenings are best.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5 lbs Largemouth Bass are in prespawn/spawn mode. They will hit a variety of lures at this time. Try flipping soft plastic baits near shallow structure.
Saugeye Poor up to 4 lbs There are some nice saugeye at East lake, but they're spread out.  Try fishing on rocky points or along the dam.
General Comments
Recent heavy rains have made the water very turbid and the fishing unpredictable.



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 10" to 7 lb. Prepared baits and cut bait work well for Channel Catfish.
Largemouth Bass Excellent up to 5lbs Bass are in prespawn and spawning mode right now. They're biting well on a wide variety of lures. Try near any submerged brush or along the rip-rap shoreline. 
Northern Pike Fair Up to 30" Northern Pike are in post-spawn phase. Look for pike to be scattered around the lake actively feeding until summer water temperatures hit. During this time they can be caught on a wide variety of lures such as spinnerbaits, spoons, and minnowbaits. 
Bluegill Good Up to 7" Use worms under a bobber near structure, or a small spinning lure. Few quality-sized Bluegill are present.
General Comments
 



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 4 lbs Worms and stink baits.
White Crappie Fair Up to 11 inch Close to brush/cover 4 to 6 feet of water, but shallower on the warmer days.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 16 inch Spinnerbaits or plastics near shoreline cover.
Saugeye Fair Up to 18 inch Worms, minnows, or jigs on rocky shorelines.
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inch Worms or jigs in weedy, brushy or rocky areas.
White Bass Good Up to 14 inch Jigs and crankbaits or windblown shorelines.
Wiper Good Up to 18 inch Same as white bass.
General Comments
Boat and bait inspections are MANDATORY at Marion County Lake to prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Nuisance Species. Protect our waters... don't forget to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY!



MARION RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels     Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!
Channel Cat Fair to Good Up to 4 lbs Fresh cut bait and stinkbaits fished along windy shorelines or points.  Areas of inflow are always good after a rain.
White Crappie Fair Up to 12 inch 3 to 5 feet deep near brush or other cover.
Walleye Fair to Good 17 to 19 inches Jig and worm combos drifted along breaks and across points are a good choice this time of year.  Most of the walleye recently have been below the 18 inch length limit.
White Bass Fair to Good up to 14 inch Same as wiper report
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 22 inch Crankbaits or jig and plastics along windy shorelines.  Fish are moving in to shallower water on the warmer days.  Trolling crankbaits is a good way to find active fish. 
General Comments
1.0 feet high, releasing 7 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Adult Zebra Mussels were found 7/31/08 at Lake Afton.

The zebra mussels reproduce during the warmer summer months and veligers (larval zebra mussels) are present in the water column. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in Clearwater Creek below the spillway!

White Perch Fair Up to 1 lb Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may not be possessed or transported alive.
Channel Catfish Excellent 1-3 lbs, up to 20" Channel cat will be stocked monthly until September.  There are lots of nice channel catfish at Afton - use prepared or cut baits for best results.
Saugeye Poor Up to 21" Saugeye are present in small numbers at Lake Afton. Use dark colored spinning jigs along dam and rocky shorelines.
Crappie Poor Up to 12 inches The Crappie spawn is winding down. Some fish are still being caught. The water is very turbid from the recent rain events.
General Comments
The recent rains have made fishing unpredictable lately.



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lb Cutbait or shad sides on shallow windy flats.
Wiper Good Up to 20 inch Crankbaits along windy, rocky shorelines.
Crappie Fair Up to 11 inch Jigs or minnows near timber or brush.
Saugeye Fair up to 22 inch Crankbaits, like Rat-L-Traps are good springtime saugeye choices. Look for saugeye on the edges of shallow flats along the break to deeper water.  Windy points and along the dam and old dam are good areas.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 3 lbs Shad sides or prepared baits in shallow, windy areas.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12 inch Jigs or minnows close to cover
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 17 inch Crank baits, spinner baits, or plastics near shoreline cover or brush piles.
Saugeye Fair to Good up to 22 inch Crank baits along windy shorelines.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow under a bobber near shallow cover. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass are in spawning mode right now. Nest guarding males will hit most any soft plastic lure fished near their bed. Larger females will be staged a little deeper and can be caught on a wide variety of lures. Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Bluegill are getting ready to spawn in the next couple weeks and can be found staging just offshore of their typical spawning areas. Look for structure in 3-6 feet of water. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments
 



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels were verified in Winfield City Lake in December 2006. Lake users should follow recommended control practices found HERE .

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Crappie Fair Up to 12-inch Crappie have been caught sporadically in shallow areas on the spawning banks.  Stable weather should provide for good conditions for the spawning activity to increase.  Look for spawning fish in water 1 to 4 feet deep.  A jig and bobber or jig and minnow approach can be VERY productive this time of year.  Don't fish one spot to long if you aren't getting bit.  Move around a lot until you find active fish.  
Channel catfish Fair to Good Up to 5 lbs Worms in the upper end, windy shorelines, or other areas of inflow.
Black bass Slow  

Smallmouth bass are protected with an 18-inch minimum length limit and few, if any, smallies have reached this size.  Look for largemouth around flooded shoreline cover and look for smallies along rocky shorelines, points, and along the dam.

Largemouth are being found in the coves in the water willow weed beds.  Spotted bass are on the rocky shorelines and points.

White bass Fair Up to 15 inch Same as wipers
Wiper Fair Up to 20 inch Casting crankbaits or jigs to shallow windblown points during the warmer part of the day.
Walleye Fair Up to 21-inch

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Walleye are starting to show on the flats on the north side of the lake.  Ledges on the south side are also holding walleye.  Crank baits or spinner rigs are good choices.

   
General Comments
The City of Winfield requires additional permits for anglers using the lake. Stop in to the lake office before fishing at the lake.



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 at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/18/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill and Redear good

52% 4-7"

31% 7-9"

17% 9-11"

Bluegill and redear sunfish are most easily caught on 2-6 pound test line, a number eight (small) hook baited with a worm, very small jig, or small silver spoon. They can be caught around rocks on jetties and brush piles.
Channel Catfish good

88% 11-16"

12% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

0% 28-36"

Channel catfish are typically caught on or near the bottom on worms, shad sides, or stink bait.  They can be caught in coves around feeders and along the weed line. Channel catfish congregate at the inlet when rain water is running into the lake.  The feeders are running.
Largemouth Bass good

43% 8-12"

25% 12-15"

31% 15-20"

1% 20"

Artificial baits such a spinners, jigs, beetle spins, plastic worms, and surface lures work very well for largemouth bass. Natural baits such as minnows, worms, crayfish, and grasshoppers are also excellent choices. Bass can be caught around rock jetties, brush piles, and edges of aquatic vegetation. Big bass will hit any of the above baits but not as readily as smaller fish. Technique is important if you want to catch big bass.
Crappie good

9% 5-8"

54% 8-10"

31% 10-12"

5% 12-15"

Crappie are most easily caught on light line. Small jigs or minnows are best fished around brush piles, rock jetties, and gravel shorelines. 
General Comments

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2016 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2016 test netting.

To view a map of brush pile locations, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the lake.

LYSL brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 2.07 kB)

For more information about the Fall River/Toronto Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.



BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 9-12" Crappie catches have increased in the past two weeks, with most fish coming out of 5-8' of water. Jigs and minnows have been producing the best. 
Channel Catfish Excellent 16-24" Shad sides and chicken livers are typically a good bet for these early spring fish.  Recent rains have put the catfish in a feeding mode.  
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18"  
General Comments
New for 2017
There is a new length limit in effect for Largemouth Bass
Release all Largemouth Bass 15-21" in Length, daily creel remains 5/day.
New District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

 
 



BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/11/2017 Print

 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Fair  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly on the bottom along weed-lines. 
Channel catfish  Fair/good  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, or worms. 
Crappie  Fair  8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure near shallow water. Some crappie may still be in shallow to spawn. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population, with some quality-size fish available.
Largemouth bass  Fair/good Mostly 8-16 inch fish. Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around structure or weed-lines. 
General Comments
 



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 4/30/2017 Print

species ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie Good 8 to 12 inches water levels have enhanced fishing. try jigs, minnows. Recent sampling show a nice population of 10 - 14 inch crappie
Channel catfish Good varies, Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is dingy colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. Try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits,  
Largemouth bass Good most bass in the 14 to 20 inch range good reports of bass, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure.
General Comments

It is perfect for fishing!

Crappie have been really hit or miss, this warm weather has fish moving in closer to the shore. 

 The catfish in this impoundment are active and ready for action- Try liver, shad, or live bait fish.  Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in.  For largemouth bass try fishing some of the standing timber and weedbeds with spinners and buzzbaits.

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. 

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

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 

NO special permits required, this is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake. Use caution, this lake has quantities of standing and submerged trees and limited shoreline access. This is a 220 acre lake with approximately 180 acres of standing trees. Fishing only lake. The lake has a boat ramp, parking lot, security light, floating dock, and vault toilet on the east side of the lake and a boat ramp and parking lot on the west side..



BOURBON COUNTY ELM CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 4/30/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish GOOD varies Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is dingy colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. try off dam on bluegill chunks, chicken livers or cut shad, Lakewide. Recent fish population sampling lots of nice channel catfish from 3 - 8 pounds.  The fish feeders are off for the season.  
Largemouth/Smallmouth bass GOOD varies lakewide, fish are in shallow, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs, go top water with a spook or a jitterbug for eXtra fun.  
Bullheads FAIR varies use worms,or liver lake wide  
Bluegill FAIR varies small baits and worms under floats, along weedbeds around fish attractors  
Walleye FAIR to GOOD  varies also try the dam and rocky structure in the south half of the lake with jigs or minnows  
Crappie FAIR lots of small fish with 50 limit in spawning areas and along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is dingy colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

Due to a leak in the dam water levels are low and will remain low until financing and approval for repair are made. The channel catfish population in this lake is doing well.  The fish feeders are oFF.  Also there have been some very sizeable largemouth bass (up to 6 lbs) caught in this lake recently- try deeper weedbeds and brush piles with your spinners, jigs. 

The low water levels could make launching a large boat at the boatramp questionable.

This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms. Remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

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 

With questions about this lake call Donald George, Fisheries Biologist, at 913-795-2218, or Bourbon County at 620-223-3800.



BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/30/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass FAIR Fish 10 to 18 inches dominate the population Fish the deeper water structure, weedbeds and piers,  spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers.
Bluegill/redear sunfish GOOD all sizes Nice redear are available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float. Bluegill are also available but are smaller in size.  
Walleye FAIR varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish FAIR 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms, lakewide,
Crappie GOOD 8 - 12 inches and up Shoreline, the fish are in shallow. using minnows, jigs under a 2.5 ft float,  hit or miss until weather warms up and stays warmer.  Most fish I saw caught were 10 plus inches with some 14's.
General Comments

This lake produces some nice crappie each year.  Recent sampling indicates that there are many good crappie to catch this fall.  The bass population at this impoundment consists of spotted and largemouth bass.  Spotted bass tend to hang near rocks and the dam, whereas on the south side of the lake your more likely to catch only largemouths.  

This impoundment recieved a small stocking of walleye fingerlings near the end of May.  Several thousand channel catfish were stocked in mid October.  This will really increase fishing success.

Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and go fishing. This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms.

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 and 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. 

 Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY"

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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 



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair 8 in to 18 inches Working the weedbeds and timber with creature baits, spinnerbaits, or swim jigs. This population has increased slightly since the weeds have become abundant, but they are still way out numbered by smallmouth.
walleye Slow 14-25 inches Crankbaits around the rocks and points. This population is low in abundance and not many keepers are available. Trolling or drifting with jigs and crawlers may also produce a few fish
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Drifting various baits over flats or humps will be the most productive. Channels will bite on a variety of bait options but the blue cats prefer fresh cut bait.
smallmouth bass Excellent 10-20 inches Large numbers of smallmouth are being caught. Focus on the abundant rocky shorelines and points. Various baits will be productive from finesse rigged stick worms to crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
white bass/Wipers Very Good up to 5lbs. White bass will probably be concentrated around schools of baitfish near dropoffs or points. Any type of shad imitation should produce some fish.
crappie Fair 11-15 inches The crappie have more than likely moved back to deeper water and are in the post spawn pattern. Look for them near dropoffs and in the timber.
General Comments

Entrance gate phone number is 620-364-2475 call for lake conditions. 

A large brush pile was created north of the boat ramp in the old creek channel and is marked with a fish attractor buoy. There were also several trees sunk at the end of the hot water dike and should be easily marked on your locator. These spots should be really good in the fall and winter months.

ZEBRA MUSSELS have been confirmed in Coffey County Lake! Please help stop the spread. Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving this lake. It is illegal to transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on waters in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson counties click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/11/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &Location
Bluegill / redear  Fair  6 - 8" Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. 
Channel catfish  Fair/good

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. The four fish feeders are off until mid-May.
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 9-inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Some crappie may still be in shallow water to spawn. Mostly small 7 to 9-inch fish with some bigger fish mixed in. 
Largemouth bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits or spinner baits fished along drop-offs, brush piles, or structure. Bass numbers are relatively low, but a high percentage are 15-inches or larger.
General Comments
 



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 4/30/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches The lake is at full pool, water clarity is a little turbid at this time. Work the shore and rocky areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, crank baits in shallow water close to cover. Especially after these rains work any of the feeder streams coming into the lake.  
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" A limited fishery exists some are taken on jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky areas
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 15" 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. The fish feeder is off for the season.  Especially after these rains fish any of the feeder streams coming into the lake.
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

Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is dingy colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

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. The floating dock is finished and compliments this great fishing lake.  The lake is primarily a boat lake but there is shoreline access east of the boatramp where anglers can set up on the two piers and be very close to the parking lot. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit. 

This lake was sampled on 5/19/2016, and many largemouth bass were caught and released, varying in size (nothing over 4 lbs.), as well as a few smallmouth bass. There is a great channel cat population, with a lot of fish in the 2 to 6 pound range.  There are a few walleye between 14 and 21 inches were seen as well.  White crappie are abundant and caught close to cover, with light colored jigs.  The water is clear unless there have been heavy rains.

The fish feeder is off for the season.  Though channel catfish are still caught around the feeder area. 

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 and 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. 

Remember CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!

We have improved the area with a floating dock, located just west of the boat ramp.

For tips on spring bass fishing watch this KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

Check out this video from Brent Chapman fishing for bass in Critzer Lake! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngvw2uz3oH0 



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Poor 8-14 inches Recent flooding will slow up the crappie action.
Blue and channel catfish Good 18-26 inches Catfish angling should be excellent as spring progresses. Drifting chicken liver along flats adjacent to the river channel is a consistent producer.
White bass poor    
Outlet     Fishing is good at the outlet when water is being released.  Use the link below to determine release volume.
 

Blue catfish are currently managed with a 35-in minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit in hopes that they will establish a self-sustaining population.

Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

Youth/Mentor Pond

The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/18/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

13% 11"-16"

47% 16"-24"

13% 24"-28"

27% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides in current in river, Otter Creek, and outlet.
crappie poor

81% 5"- 8"

7% 8"-10"

4% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

The lake is high and muddy.  Crappie are spread out along the newly flooded terrestrial vegetation.  Best fishing is in Otter Creek and river below riffles on a jig or minnow.
largemouth bass poor

50% 8"-12"

38% 12"-15"

13% 15"-20"

0% 20"+

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of the river produces a fair density bass population. There were 19 bass per hour of electrofishing around the Ladd Bridge section of the river. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, worm, spinner or crank bait around stumps and brush in the river.
white bass poor

44% 6"- 9"

33% 9"-12"

22% 12"-15"

0% 15"-18"

White bass can be caught in below riffles on jig or spinner.
General Comments:

The county has closed the old iron Honey Creek Bridge east of Climax.  Also, the narrows has eroded too much and it is closed to vehicle traffic.  You may still access Twin Falls area of Fall River on foot.  KDWPT is working on alternatives to access this area.  Refer to the alternative route map on the Fall River Reservoir KDWPT web page for directions to the narrows.

To view a map of brush piles in Fall River Reservoir and the old sunken Ladd Bridge in the river, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir.

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2016 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2016 test netting.

Sign up to receive a copy of the Fall River District Fisheries Newsletter.

For more information about the Fall River Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.



FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 4/30/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Good varies water level is high, bass are in or close to the shoreline and  cover.  Use shad crank baits, soft plastic baits to fish structure and along rocky points,  and the shallow south end.
channel catfish Good varies, some very nice  High populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide, use cut shad, sponge baits, worms. Recent fish population sampling indicates a great population of channel catfish in the 2 - 5 pound range. Fish the South end where creek comes in during or after a rain.  The fish feeders are off.
walleye Slow varies jigs, minnows along spawning areas.
white crappie Good varies, many over 11 inches Crappie have been hit or miss according to the weather, when its good its real good, lots of nice fish over 10 inches, some good fish in the south end around the creek channels, with black&amp;amp;white, blue&amp;amp;white jigs under a float, fish are in nice condition 
bluegill Slow varies use small baits, such as worms, jigs suspended under a float, in deeper water
General Comments

 

The fish feeders are off for the season.  Ft Scott Lake has a good reputation for producing good stringers of channel catfish.  Channel catfish from the rearing pond were recently stocked in to this lake.

Recent tree/habitat placements, about 600 trees were placed at each end of the dam and along

Scorotino Park.  The dam tree placements are very accessible for shoreline anglers.  This project is will improve angler success for bass and crappie.   

 Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and have fun. Please remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

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 

This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Lake Cooperator,no city permits for fishing and boating while fishing. City permit required for recreational boating.



GARNETT NORTH - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair-Good 8-14 inches The crappie spawn is more than likely over and the fish have probably moved back to deeper water. Look for them around structure or dropoffs in 10-15 ft. of water.
Channel catfish Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events. Some nice sized catfish were seen up shallow during our electrofishing survey.
Largemouth Bass Good up to 4lbs. Bass should be in the shallows spawning jigs or Texas-rigged creature baits are good baits this time of year. There is an abundant bass popuation in this lake with many fish in the 13-16" range, you can benefit the population by harvesting bass less than 13".
Wipers Fair up to 6 lbs Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. 
Walleye Slow   curly tailed jigs or crankbaits along the bank near deeper water.
General Comments

Please remember to help STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell when leaving water bodies. 

Four Georgia Cube Fish Attractors were placed by the fishing dock (2on the East end and 2 on the West end) on the north end of the lake. 

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

For more information on waters in Woodson, Coffey, Anderson, and Allen counties, click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



GARNETT SOUTH - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Bass should be in shallow water to spawn. Spinnerbaits or swim jigs worked near shore around structure. Finesse rigged stick worms or creature baits are also good choices this time of year.
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with with a worm
Channel Catfish Good 8-24 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Fair 6-10 inches The crappie have likely finished spawning and have moved back off of the bank try fishing the deeper water around any structure.
Wiper Poor    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
       

Comments:

Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and livewells to help stop the spread of ANS species. For more information on this lake and other lakes in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson Counties, click on the link below to subscribe to the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.

 http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Good Fishing below the dam during low releases should be productive. The lake and river is too high to get a boat on.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Fair-Good Fishing below the dam is probably the best chance to catch white bass with the current lake and river level.
Crappie up to 15" Fair Fishing below the dam or in the old river channel below the dam is probably the best option using jigs or minnows.

Comments - The lake is still high and all boat ramps are closed.

Boaters beware of shallow water! For current lake level and release information click the following link http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html.

ALERT! This lake contains Zebra Mussels please help stop the spread Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment after leaving this water body. It is Illegal transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on lakes in the New Strawn district click the following link. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/30/2017 Print

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.
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. 
General Comments

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.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! 

 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.



MARAIS DES CYGNES WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 4/30/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
blue, channel catfish Fair varies fish are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, worms
paddlefish/spoonbill Slow varies  fishing form spoonbill is improving with the high water.  work the pools below riffles
white bass/wipers Fair varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
       
General Comments

The river is high from recent rains.  Spoonbills should be moving up into the snagging areas. 

The river and streams on the state wildlife area are open to fishing. The Marias des Cygnes River is a great place to float and fish.  There is access to the river for snagging paddlefish at unit g to the stateline. 

 Some of the wildlife area pools are drained and others have low fish populations. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area. For additional opportunities call 913-352-8941 for accurate information on wildlife pool drainage.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing.

Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The Marais des Cygnes River is confirmed to contain zebra mussels.  Please take extra precaution by not removing fish and placing them in another body of water (bait fish included), and cleaning, draining, and drying boats motors trailers and all equipment before entering another body of water.  This helps prevent the spread to uncontaminated impoundments!

 Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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 

 



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location  
         
Fisheries Newsletter     If you would like to receive additional information about this lake a couple of times a year, sign up for the newsletter at the following link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District  
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish daily limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation change is to protect adult brood fish which hopefully will allow increased production of young blue catfish, translating into increased numbers of blues in Melvern.  
Sauger     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes sauger and walleye have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
Spotted Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes all black bass (i.e. largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
Crappie Poor 0.25-1.5 lb Fishing has been slow lately.  Anglers report catching a few crappie using jigs and minnows.   
Smallmouth bass Fair 0.5-3 lbs Smallies have been caught on a variety of lures, including jigs and crankbaits.  
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using a variety of baits, including nightcrawlers, minnows, livers and shad.  
FH catfish Poor-Fair 5-20 lbs Report of a 62 pounder being caught!  Flatheads have been caught on nightcrawlers, minnows, and sunfish.  
General Comments
May 17 water level 3.22 feet above conservation pool, release rate = 250 cfs, water temp = 65-68.  Melvern Reservoir has Zebra Mussels, Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes.



MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 5/11/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. 
Channel Catfish  Fair/good  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish are stocked in the Mined Land Wildlife every October. These fish are 8-16 inches in length and average 1/3 pound each.
Crappie  Fair/good  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure. Some crappie may still be in shallower water to spawn.
Largemouth Bass  Fair/good  All sizes Try jigs, worms, or spinner baits fished slowly around brush, weed-lines and structure. 
Rainbow trout  Fair  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. Trout will be favoring deeper, cooler water as surface temperatures continue to rise. The first trout stocking of the fall/winter  season occurred October 24, 2016 when approximately 1,500 rainbow trout were planted by Crystal Lakes Trout Farm. Regular stockings have been (8 total) with the final stocking of the season on April 6, 2017. Most rainbows are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. Five percent of each stocking is comprised of 14-inch or larger fish. Trout can live year-around in this unique strip-mined lake, so fish in the 3-5 pound range are occassionally caught.
General Comments
Trout Anglers - 3,500 small 6 to 9-inch brown trout were stocked on Jan. 24, 2017. Brown trout must be 20-inches in length to be your possession. Please handle these small browns with care and release them immediately so we may produce some quality-size fish in the future. Youth 15 and younger are not required to purchase a trout permit, but their daily creel limit is 2 trout/day. All anglers 16 and older are required to have a trout stamp to fish in the trout lake in Area # 30.



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Excellent 14-24"

Shad sides and chicken livers in deep water.

The recent rains has improved the catfish action.

Largemouth Bass Fair  8-18" The recent rains and wind conditions have slowed bass fishing considerably. 
Crappie Fair 6-12" Crappie are in (4') of water.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Fair 8-11" Bluegill and redears can be caught by fishing a nightcrawler about 18" below a cork in 6 ft of water. 
General Comments

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Montgomery State Fishing Lake at the link above.

District Newsletter

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MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/30/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Channel Catfish GOOD Size varies but most are of  legal size, with some large fish Cut bait, also try stink baits, chicken liver, cut shad or chunks of sunfish, The fish feeders are off for the season.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish FAIR varies Use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie Fair to Good 8 to 14 inches some larger Crappie have been hit or miss.  Really good when its good.  Nice fish available.  Along the south tree line or habitat structures and drop offs along the creek channel.
Largemouth Bass GOOD varies Bass are in shallow water adjacent to structure, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments

Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is dingy colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

Mound City Lake has a great reputation for producing good strings of crappie.  Best baits are  dark colored jigs and minnows, mainly around underwater structure.  Fish feeders are off.  Largemouth bass numbers have really improved and continues to produce great fishing.

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For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

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 

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.



NEOSHO RIVER AT CHETOPA DAM - Last Updated: 5/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
      Snagging season closed May 15th. 
General Comments
THE SNAGGING SEASON IS OPEN FROM MARCH 15 THROUGH MAY 15TH.

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

•A fish must be kept if placed on a stringer. Culling is not allowed.

•A state-issued permit is required. Two paddlefish may be harvested daily and six may be harvested in a season.

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

The best fishing occurs at river flows of 10-15,000 cubic feet per second. The following link will take you to the Kansas Water Watch website. Click HERE for river flow data.



NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/11/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / redear  Fair All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly near the bottom along weed-lines. Many harvestable-size bluegill and redear are available.
Channel catfish  Fair/good All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, worms, or shrimp. The three fish feeders are off until mid-May.
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 10-inches Try fishing small jigs or minnows near brush or cover. Some crappie may still be in shallow to spawn. Fishing with a small jig a few feet below a bobber can be very effective at this time. Many 7 to 10-inch fish are available, with some quality fish mixed in.
Largemouth bass  Fair All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits or spinner baits fished slowly around structure and weed-lines. 
General Comment
 



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to receive additional information about this lake (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) a couple of times during the year, sign up to receive a newsletter using this link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Fair 0.3-1 lbs Using mainly jigs, some on minnows.
LM Bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs and crankbaits.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-4 lbs Using cut bait.  Also worms during times of runoff.
General Comments

Note:  Zebra Mussels were found at this lake April 27, 2017.  Lake users should clean, drain and dry fishing equipment and boats to keep from moving zebra mussels to other waters. 

GPS coordinates (Datum =NAD 83 in decimel degrees) for cedar tree fish habitat are:                         

1.  N38.76493             W095.674210                   2. N38.76591              W095.670920                  

  1.  N38.76540           W095.67353               4.  N38.76628             W095.67362 
  1.  N38.76263           W095.67154               6. N38.76833              W095.67339 
  1. N38.77290            W095.67194               8. N38.76469              W095.66955 
  1. N38.76276            W095.67139               10. N38.76506            W095.67109 
  1. N 38.76291           W095.66969               12. N38.76287            W095.67497 



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE EAST - Last Updated: 4/30/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location
Wipers Slow to Fair size varies, use live shad or shad artificials and hang on. lake wide trolling with sassy shads, from the bank and boat, with crankbaits, spoons, worms.  
Channel catfish GOOD All sizes, this lake has a good catfish population and produces nice fish.  Anglers can catch fish in the 2- 7 pound range.   Best baits are the traditional chicken liver or use stink baits, shrimp, worms, prepared baits, lakewide.  The fish feeders are off for the season.
Largemouth bass GOOD varies good results along the shoreline weedbeds, dam, and woody habitat using silver or blue crank baits or soft baits.   
Walleye, Slow 18-24 inches An incidental fish taken near deeper habitat.
white crappie Fair to GOOD 8-14 inches Many crappie are in the 8 inch range to 11 to 12 inches long. Fishing around the floating dock, and drop offs. Try the shoreline and any shallow cover, use pink, blue/white tube or green jigs, minnows.  Success has been hit or miss, because of intermittent warm weather. 
General Comment

Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is dingy colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

There are good crappie here, we need some solid warm weather to bring fish in.  This lake has a high density of largemouth bass, great fishing for kids! Also, keep in mind that there is a decent wiper population.  The channel cat population in this lake is doing well, and during our sampling we saw a few walleye, as well as some sizeable flatheads.  channel catfish were stocked in mid October to increase fishing opportunities.

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 and 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. 

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundment. 

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

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 

This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A city fishing permit is no longer required.Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE WEST - Last Updated: 4/30/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
channel catfish GOOD Size varies, some up to 8 pounds High water have these fish excited and feeding. Use cut shad or sunfish, (best on chicken liver), shrimp, worms, prepared baits, along dam, lots of fat fish from 2 - 6 pounds.  The fish feeders are off for the season.
crappie Fair to GOOD All sizes Fish are nice size and the density is good, fish are traditionally along the dam, south east pier, and in the brushpiles fish with jigs, blue /white, minnows,
largemouth bass GOOD 12-22 inches High water levels will have bass back in the water willow along the dam, piers and the brushpiles, use crank baits or spinners,
bluegill Fair varies Most fish are under 8 inches. use a small worm or jig under a float.
General Comments

Pleasanton West L produces a quality bass fishery.  Largemouth bass, overall are in very good condition and health. The largest bass sampled in 2016 was 4.78 lbs., and 33% of the fish sampled were of memorable or trophy size.  Try your luck with roadrunners, jigs, and spinners for these sizeable fish!

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 and 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 kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water.

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

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 

 This lake has a high density of channel catfish that increases angling opportunity. Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake, no fishing permits required.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/30/2017 Print

 Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish   GOOD all sizes Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  Lakewide or outlet basin. The outlet can be very good when releasing larger amounts of water.  There is the occasional harvest of the blue catfish.
Walleye Slow varies off points or deeper steep banks on crank baits or jigs tipped with night crawlers
White bass/Wipers  Slow varies lakewide and the windy side of the points, wipers are following the schools of shad, minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes liver and shad imitation lures
Crappie Fair to Good    varies but range 8 -12 inches Fishing is On or OFF depends on weather.  Try close to structure and in deeper water 6 ft. plus.  Best baits are dark jigs and/or minnows.  Recent sampling indicates that that there are good numbers of larger crappie  around the 11 inch or bigger range.
Largemouth Bass Slow Most are 10 to 15 inches Pomona has a limited black bass fishery. Catches are more common in the Marina area and in the coves on a variety of baits to include crankbaits and soft baits
General Comments

This fishing report is from Game Warder Ryan Twellmann: Water level is up and fishing generally is slow.  Fishing at the outlet may be improving with the high water release.  Some ramps maybe closed.

The catfish population in this impoundment is good, try fishing with live bait, liver or shad or assorted stick baits, especially after rain/inflow events.

Also remember this lake has a good wiper population.  These are often caught at the drop offs along creek channels, and around concentrations of gizzard shad! 

The reservoir also supports some larger walleye and blue catfish, though in very low numbers.  These numbers will be improved by future stockings. 

 Zebra mussels now inhabit this lake. This means take EXTRA PRECAUTION to help prevent the spread into uncontaminated impoundments.

"Clean, Drain and Dry" before  and after using any equipment on this lake.

 For additional information, water temperature, release rates, please check:http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Pomona-Lake/Daily-Lake-Information/ 

Have FUN,Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The State and COE Parks are ready for family fishing.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

Check out this video on fish management 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 



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/18/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

15% 11"-16"

54% 16"-24"

15% 24"-28"

15% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides in current in river, Walnut Creek, and spillway.
largemouth bass poor

37% 8"-12"

29% 12"-15"

34% 15"-20"

0% 20"-25"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of Walnut Creek produces a fair density bass population. There were 59 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in Walnut Creek. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, spinner, worm, or crank bait around stumps and brush in river and Walnut Creek.
white bass poor

31% 6"-9"

50% 9"-12"

8% 12"-15"

4% 15"-18"

7% 18"+

White bass can be caught below riffles in river and Walnut Creek on jig or spinner.
white crappie poor

73% 5"-8"

17% 8"-10"

3% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

The lake is high and muddy.  Crappie are spread out along flooded terrestrial vegetation.  Best fishing is below Walnut Creek and Verdigris River riffles on jig or minnow.
General Comments

To view a map of Toronto Reservoir brush piles, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir. 

TORR brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 1.74 kB)

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2016 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2016 test netting.

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WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 16-24 inches Cut shad and chicken livers produce well early season, action has been slow recently. Recent rains have put the catfish bite in high gear.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Fair 10-22 inches Bass are starting to show a spawning pattern with some nest showing up on the shoreline. 
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches  
General Comments

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Wilson State Fishing Lake at the link above.

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WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 6 lbs.  Bass are up shallow spawning using Texas-rigged plastic baits or jigs should be productive.
Channel Catfish Good up to 15+ lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. The upper end may be productive with the upcoming rain events. The feeders are on for a short period of time this year.
Crappie Fair-Good up to 12" The crappie spawn is over and most fish have moved back into deeper water look for them around brush and dropoffs anywhere from 8-15 ft. of water.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations in open water or windy points, vertical jigging with spoons. Look for schools of shad and the wipers should be close.

FISH SALVAGE ORDER IS IN EFFECT: ALL LENGTH AND CREEL LIMITS HAVE BEEN REMOVED. LEGAL MEANS OF TAKE ARE ROD AND REEL ONLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

We are releasing water from the lake and the current water level is about 1 ft. low. The boat ramp is still open.

Anglers please do your part to stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving a water body and do not transfer live fish or bait between water bodies

For more info. on lakes in the New Strawn district, click on the following link. New Strawn Fishing District Newsletter

62 Georgia Cube fish attractors have been added to the lake click the following link to access the Google Earth File.http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Artificial-Habitat-Fish-Attractor-GPS  

Woodson State Fishing Lake Brush Piles - 

WOSL BRUSH PILES (OCTET-STREAM 12.12 kB)



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OLD - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good 1-5 lbs. The bass are up shallow spawning using Texas-rigged plastics pitching around weed clumps should be productive.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations along windy shorelines
channel catfish Good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow-fair 10-24" Jig and crawlers or trolling crankbaits around dropoffs or over the flats.
crappie Fair up to 14" The crappie spawn is over and most fish have probably moved back to deeper water look for them around dropoffs and structure such as the Georgia Cubes. 
General Comments

STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell before leaving an area. DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT between waters.

We sank 30 Georgia Cube Fish Attractors in this lake and they are holding fish. Click on the following link to download the Google Earth File and get the coordinates. http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Artificial-Habitat-Fish-Attractor-GPS 

District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



YATES CENTER - Last Updated: 5/19/2017 Print

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair-Good There is a lot of bluegill and redear up in shallow water using meal worms or night crawlers should produce. There are a lot of redear around 8-10" available and some bluegill over 8". 
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Good Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18" you can benefit the population by harvesting the bass you catch under 13". Bass should be in shallow water spawning so using jigs or Texas-rigged plastic baits should work well.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Good livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide. The upper end can be a good place after heavy rain events, focus on where the water is running in. The feeders are on and go off several times/day. Do not tie boats to the feeders.
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair Curly-tailed grubs or swim baits around schools of shad. Wind blown shorelines should be good places to start. 
Crappie up to 12" Fair-Good The crappie spawn is over and most fish have probably moved back into deeper water and can be found around the creek channel bends and dropoffs near the timber. Occasionally some are caught off of the piers throughout the summer.
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits or dragging a jig and crawler over the flats.
This lake contains Eurasian Watermilfoil. Please remember to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment when leaving water bodies.