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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

All artificial statewide fish attractors' GPS

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: 3/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 6 lbs

We collected fair numbers during the last sample with fish up to 19 inches represented.  The best numbers of fish were found near the cattails and the overhanging trees in the water.  The fish are in excellent shape and should provide some nice bass angling. 

This time of year, anglers are advised to pull out the white and chartreuse spinnerbaits and slowly fish soft plastics.  Bass will move into the warmer, shallow water on sunny days and are willing to bite with the right presentation.

Bluegill Slow 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 Fair to 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.  Fall netting revealed the best numbers along the east bank in shallow water.

We stocked 5,000 additional catfish in August!

Saugeye Fair to Good 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.

This time of year look for the saugeye to move toward the dam and rocky points for a false spawn.  They will behave somewhat like walleye and can be caught during low light conditions on floating rapalas and dark colored jigs.

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. 

This is probably the best bet to catch some fish as the crappie seem to begin biting before many other species.  Some anglers have been reporting crappie coming from the bank using minnows placed about 18 inches under a bobber.

General Comments

Water temperature: 45ºF

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: 3/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches The fish attractor bite has really slowed, and it is likely that the crappie are scattering from their winter haunts with the warming water temperatures.  Locating fish this time of year can be difficult as they tend not to be concentrated to any great degree.  Fishing jigs and small spoons over steep drop-offs, especially near spawning areas can be good locations to start looking.  Anglers generally reported slow crappie fishing this past week.  
Walleye Fair/Good Up to 28 inches Fish have begun their spring spawning run where they can be caught casting brightly colored jigs and crankbaits along the dam and associated shorelines typically during at night.  Angers reported catching primarily male walleye this past week.  We are still early enough in the spawning period that some fish remain in pre-spawn feeding mode as anglers continue to catch fish jigging slab spoons and jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or minnows over deeper points and drop-offs, but watch for this bite to come to an end as the walleye spawn gets into full gear.  The majority of the keeper fish reported have ranged from 18 to 21 inches in length.
White Bass/Wipers Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons around the fish attractors can be productive.  Casting white curly-tail and marabou jigs over shallow, sun-warmed flats in coves on warmer days has resulted in fast action fishing on the right days.
Rainbow Trout N/A N/A Trout will not be stocked in the Cedar Bluff Stilling basin during the 2016/2017 trout season.  For a list of alternative trout waters visit http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Trout-Fishing-Program/Trout-Stocking-Locations

WATER TEMPERATURE-43

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2118.58-25.42 below conservation

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: 3/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches There have been reports of crappie being caught on the Campground 3, Swim Beach, and south bluffs brush piles.  Other anglers have been catching some fish off the docks early in the morning as well.  The crappie will also be found schooled up along the river channel in 20-25 feet of water.  Minnows are working best, but small jigs will also yield some fish.
Trout Good to Excellent 10-15 inches The trout fishing has been very good these past few weeks.  Anglers have been catching limits using Powerbait, cheese, minnows, and a variety of lures.  The last stocking of trout was was February 27th and they were some very nice fish.
Walleye Fair 14-23 inches

The walleye spawn is just beginning and anglers are starting to show up for some night fishing.  The catch rates are not always high with this kind of fishing, but it is a unique opportunity for shoreline anglers to catch some walleye.  The best fishing will be from dusk until dawn along the dam and south bluffs.  Walk trolling is popular along the Glen Elder dam using floating Rapalas.  Casting horizontal to the bank can also be productive using Rapalas, X-raps, and jigs.

Remember, it is illegal to snag fish and any foul-hooked fish must be immediately returned to the water!!!  Tickets will be given for fish that were not caught in the mouth!!!

White Bass

Wipers

Fair

11-18 inches

19-27 inches

The white bass spawn is still several weeks away, but 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.
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 sot plastics can work well, but half ounce white and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat for spring bass angling.
Channel Catfish Good All Sizes Your best bet to catch some catfish now is to fish up the creeks feeding into the reservoir.  Mill Creek, Oak Creek, Carr Creek, and Walnut Creek are all good choices.  Fresh dead shad is the best bait to use, but stinkbait and shad gizzards also work well.
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: 45 degrees        Current Water Level: 1.1 feet below 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: 3/16/2017 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 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.

Anglers have been reporting fair numbers of crappie from the shoreline using minnows placed about 18 inches under a bobber off the dam, deep jetty near the boat ramp, and Cattail Cove.

Channel Catfish Fair 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 10-20 inches

There are good numbers of 15-16 inch fish in the lake right now with a handful of fish over the 18 inch upper slot limit. The biggest fish collected last spring was a 5 pound female.

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.

General Comments
Water temperature: 45 degrees

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: 3/20/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Fair 16 - 21" Fair. The bite has slowed due to cooling water temperatures; try cutbait from 8 to 20 foot of water or shallower after lunch and toward the evening.
Crappie Good 10 to 13 inches Good. Water temps have risen to the mid-40s. 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/good. Reports of fish over the new 18" length limit near Loder point and tower. Some are having 30 fish days and others are having very little success. If you can find them at the right time, they are biting. Look for this to slow down as the spawn will have them less focused on biting your lures. Some, but not many are being caught on the dam.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Fair. The best fishing will be towards the dam or just off the river channel in the middle of the reservoir.
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 at conservation pool.

Water Temperature:  46 - 47 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: 3/24/2017 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. 
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 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.  Also, heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18-inch length limit.
Wiper Fair 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.
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- 50°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2291.84 ---- 12.46' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 3.56 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: 3/24/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did have some reports of crappie being caught on the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs and jigs with minnows. 
Walleye Poor 15 to 28 inches Look for the walleye to be coming into the dam to spawn.  So, make sure your waders don't leak and check to make sure your jigs, roadrunner's and crankbait supply is adequate.  Best times will be before sunup or after sundown.   
White Bass/ Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing along the Dam and Cottonwood Grove areas.  Would also try fishing along the Crappie Point area using jigs depending on the wind direction.  
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- 50°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1726.30 ---- 2.95' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS OPEN TO BOATS. 

Currently, the water level is 12.59 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: 3/16/2017 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 15-25 inches

The walleye spawn is just getting started and anglers may have some luck fishing for these guys between dusk and dawn along the dam and the south shore.  Casting floating rapalas and jigs parallel to the shoreline works well although catch rates are not always high.  Boat anglers may also have some luck slabbing and trolling for walleye during the day along the river channel west of the dam.  Fishing off Cedar Point and Walleye Point can also be productive at times.

The inlet area is closed to fishing until April 15th to protect spawning walleye!

White Bass/Wipers Fair to Good

7-13 inches

14-23 inches

Anglers will find white bass and wipers scattered across the reservoir now with no discernible pattern to their location or movements.  Following the creek channel may be the best bet to try and locate some whites and wipers, but often times they will begin to move in to shallower water as the water temperature warms into the 50's.  The upper ends of coves can be good if it is warm enough and the rocky shorelines may also yield some fish.
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.

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 Fair to 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.

Anglers have been catching some nice crappie over the past couple of weeks with some coming off the creek channel west of the dam.  Large schools often congregate in 20-25 feet of water between the dam and Oak Hill.

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:  45ºF            Current water level: 1.6 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: 3/24/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Poor None None, Lake finally filled up.  Will stock this Spring.
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. 50

Lake is currently about two feet low.  Have stocked channel catfish and bluegill and will be stocking more fish this spring.

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: 3/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 13 inches Jigs or minnows around the fish attractors.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Fishing soft plastics or suspending jerkbaits around flooded vegetation and brush in shallow water especially toward the north end of the lake.
Saugeye Fair/Good Up to 3 lbs. Casting brightly colored jigs and crankbaits along the dam at night.
Bluegill Slow/Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber along rocky shorelines or around deeper brush.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 19 lbs. Cut bait fished off the bottom.
Wiper Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting white bucktail jigs at the upper end of the lake on warm days.
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: 3/24/2017 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.
Walleye Poor 14 to 28 inches The walleye are coming into the dam to spawn, so would make sure the waders don't leak and make sure your jigs, roadrunner's and crankbait supply is adequate.  Best times will be before sunup or after sundown.  Remember the 15-inch length limit.
White Bass/Wiper Fair 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.
Catfish Poor 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 Excellent 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- 50°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1892.27 ---- 0.18' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 21.97 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 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: 3/20/2017 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.
Stripers Fair 2-8 pounds Fair. 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, 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 14-24 inches Fair/good. Fish are getting ready to spawn if they're not already. Cool but warming water has a few being caught at shallow to moderate depths. 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 still very low so be patient.

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. No current reports. The Saline River is still flowing very well and bodes well for a potential White Bass spawning run in March/April.
Black Bass Fair 14-18 inches Fair. One report recently of Smallmouth Bass starting to bite. Fish very slow presentations and use small baits. Try small tubes or small senko baits for Smallmouth. Try small tubes and jigs and very patiently fish the deeper areas with submerged vegetation for Largemouth.
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 = 2 inches ABOVE conservation pool - THE LAKE FILLED IN SEPTEMBER!!!

Surface Temperature = 46 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: 3/13/2017 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.   
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill can be caught jigging a worm near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs The fish feeders are empty and will not be filled until later in spring. Channel catfish can still 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 slow around the shallow cover. 
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: 3/13/2017 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. 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 near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs The fish feeders are currently empty and will not be filled up until later in spring. Catfish can still 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: 3/9/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great catfish population. 
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.  There has been some anglers doing well lately but they did not tell me where...?
Saugeye Fair to Good 2 to 8 lbs. Saugeye numbers have been improving nicely due to recent stocking success.  The 2016 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: 3/23/2017 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 Fair-Good 0.5-1.5 lb Anglers have been fishing jigs in 10-12 feet of water catching fish off brush piles.  Also some report of anglers catching fish suspended off the dam.
Walleye Poor 1-4 lbs No reports of walleye being caught, but they should be up on the dam spawning.
Wiper Fair 3-6 lbs Wiper are being caught on the flats with jigs and crankbaits.
Trout - Lake Henry Fair-Good 0.5-1 lb The last trout stocking for the season happened the week of Feb 13.  Fishing has been fair to good after the stocking.  Anglers are catching fish on a variety of baits; including worms, powerbait, jigs, flies, and small spinners.
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 March 23 was 1.21 feet below normal pool level, release rate = 7 cfs, temp = 49.  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: 3/23/2017 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 Poor-Fair 0.3-1 lb Some being caught over deep water brushpiles, mainly on jigs.
LM Bass Fair 0.3-2 lbs Using spinnerbaits, cranks, and jigs.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/23/2017 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 deep water brush piles.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Casting spinnerbaits and small crankbaits.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Slow 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 Slow Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs near vegetation edges. 
Largemouth Bass Fair 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: 3/22/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair up to 1 lb jigs and minnows near rock and brush 10-15ft deep.
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs Cut bait along windy banks
Saugeye Fair   along rocks on jigs and stick baits
Black bass Fair   jerkbaits near brush/points
Bluegill      
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: 3/22/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs cutbait and along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rock 10-15ft deep
Walleye Fair   near rocks on jigs and stick baits
White Bass/Wipers      
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: 3/22/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs cut bait along windy flats
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs Jigs and minnows near brush and rocks 5-8FT deep
Largemouth Bass      
Bluegill      
White Bass      
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: 3/17/2017 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair Up to 9 lbs. Walleye are in spawning habitat now. Target shallow rip-rap. Cast and slowly retrieve a jig with curly-tailed grub to target walleye in the shallows.             
Crappie Fair Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie bite has been really hit or miss lately, but so has been the weather patterns. Some crappie are being caught off the marina docks and some are being found near channel breaks and ledges in 20 feet of water. Jigs are producing best right now.    
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. White bass are chasing schools of gizzard shad right now.  Jigs and shad imitation lures are the best baits right now. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Slow Up to 4 lbs. Some largemouth bass being caught with spinner-baits or plastics near structure.  
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 March 9th the water level is 2.0 feet below 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: 3/13/2017 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 Fair

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

Some anglers are having luck catching Walleye along the dam.    
General Comments
This lake has invasive vegetation present! Please take the time to inspect you fishing gear or watercraft before and after entering the lake to ensure you are not transporting any vegetation or other invasive species. 



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 3/10/2017 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.  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 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.
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: 3/10/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Good 1 to 4 lbs The lake has an excellent smallmouth bass population with the highest sample numbers on record.  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 an good white bass population.  In the most recent sample, 95.5% of the fish were over 12 inches.  There should be some good harvest in 2017. 
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

The lake will be open to fishing access again starting on March 13th.

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: 3/13/2017 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.  
Red Water?     That has been a Euglena algae bloom occurring all winter long at Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. This results in the red tint or red algae present along the coves and shorelines. It is still safe to fish. 
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 not be filled until later in spring.     
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm fished along shoreline structure.
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs 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: 3/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Slow 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 Slow 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 Slow Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.   
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 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 Slow 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Fair 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. Also crappie are being caught from deeper holes around the waterbody.  
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: 3/22/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Fair   near wind blown shorelines in the upper end on cut bait
Crappie Fair   jigs and minnows suspended 10-15ft deep near brush/points
Walleye     New regulation...21" minimum length limit, 2/day creel limit
White Bass/Wipers      
Smallmouth Bass Fair   near deeper points with rock and gravel on jerkbaits
Largemouth Bass      
Outlet      
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: 3/13/2017 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 pulled for the winter and will be placed back on the lake later in spring. 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: 3/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair 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 Slow 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: 3/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure.   
Channel catfish Slow 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: 3/13/2017 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 as the weather warms up. Try using cut or whole dead shad from shore or from boat.  
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir. These fish are staged up along the dam before they begin their spawning run and if you catch one, there should be others close by. 

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.    
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. Many anglers have been coming out to the Lake with the warmer weather. Most are having success catching crappie using a jig with any color and chartreuse combination. 
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 March 13th, water temperature at Perry Lake is currently 48 degrees and the water level is steady at 889.34 (2' below conservation pool) with discharge at 25 cfs.  For more up to date lake conditions: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Perry-Lake/Daily-Lake-Info-2/ 

Two clusters of fish habitat were placed into the Rock Creek Arm this fall and should be holding fish. Approximate coordinates are:

N 39°09.091’  W 095°29.067’ 

N 39°09.053’  W 095°29.174’ 

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: 3/9/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair 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 Fair 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: 3/9/2017 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 Fair to 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. 
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: 3/9/2017 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.  
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.  In 2016 a total of 4,000 channel catfish were stocked in the lake. 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 very well the last two weeks with the warm weather.  Fish being caught in 3 - 5 feet of water on warm days with jigs or minnows under a bobber.  Most of the fish are below 10-inches but there are some bigger ones around.
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: 3/9/2017 Print

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

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@ksoutdoors.com.  A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

White Bass and Wipers Fair to Slow 1/2 to 8 pounds

A few being caught.  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 Slow 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 fairly well recently.  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: 3/13/2017 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 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 near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 17.0 lbs Catfish 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: 3/23/2017 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 Poor-Fair 0.3 - 1 lbs Anglers are catching a few crappie using jigs at heated dock and over deep water structure.
Walleye Poor-Fair 1-4 lbs Walleye are on the dam spawning.  Anglers have caught a few using jerk baits and jigs.
Trout Fair-Good 0.5-5 lbs Using powerbait, little cleos, small spinners and spoons.
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: 3/17/2017 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 Slow 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 Slow Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics and spinner-baits are working best right now fished near shoreline structure.  
Trout Fair  Catchable Trout are biting lake wide and the best bite is on little cleo spoons or powerbait. 
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: 3/9/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a very good population of black bass over 15 inches. 
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 already with this warm weather.  Around the rock piers or dam has been best.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish.  For 2016 a total of 4,650 channel catfish were stocked into the lake.  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: 3/9/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has decent numbers of larger fish.  Fish have started moving shallow already.  Warm days they can be found 10 - 12 feet deep along creek channels or near steeper banks.
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.  Near rock point drop-offs.
Catfish Slow to Fair Up to 20 pounds

Fair channel catfish numbers and a young blue catfish population.  Fishing has picked up some with the warmer weather.  Wind swept banks in the upper end of the reservoir has been fair with cut bait on warm days.

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. 

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.

Rainbow Trout

Willow Lake

Good! Up to 5 pounds

The fifth stocking of rainbow trout for the season was put into Willow Lake on 3/9/17.  The fish in this stocking were bigger than normal. So far this winter 6,000 trout have been stocked into the lake.  

Fishing has been really good this week.  Anglers are already catching some of the bigger trout just put in.  Commercial trout baits or salmon eggs have been the best.  A few being caught on jigs or spinners.

General Comments

Trout fishing is here at Willow Lake, located in Tuttle Creek State Park.  A trout permit is needed to fish at Willow Lake during trout season.  Anyone under 16 years of age with a properly licensed adult can harvest up to 2 trout without a trout permit.  Good Luck!

You can check current water conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/9/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Slow 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 Slow Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. 
Crappie Fair to Slow 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 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: 3/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Fair 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. Liver or livebait fished near mainlake points. Best bite is occurring in the evenings.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished shallow and near vegetation edges.  
Smallmouth Bass Slow 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 Good Catchable Jigs, small spoons, worms, and powerbait are all catching trout right now.   
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: 3/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 9 inches Fish around any deeper 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 on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. 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 finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
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 be found on the rocks.  Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.

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 2017.

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: 3/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 10 inches Fish around any deeper 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 8 lbs Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 5 lbs Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
Bluegill No report Up to 6 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 6 lbs Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.
White bass Fair Up to 1 lb Try jigs and crankbaits, or vertically fishing slab spoons.

Access to the lake was closed for a couple days last week due to the fires in Clark County but has reopened. Water temperature 45.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2017.

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: 3/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 7 inches Fish around any deeper 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 8 lbs Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 5 lbs Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
Bluegill No report Up to 6 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.

Water temperature upper 40's.  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 2017.

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: 3/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Location
Rainbow trout Fair 2 per pound Still catching a few trout.  Try for them using small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits.
Bluegill Slow Up to 6 inches Try small pieces of worm under a bobber.
Channel catfish Slow Up to 3 lbs Try liver, shrimp, worms, or cut bait.  
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 5 lbs Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
General Comments

A few anglers were at the lake yesterday (3/15/2017) trying for crappie, trout and channel catfsh.  A few trout were being taken but that was about it.  The last stocking of rainbow trout was on February 27th.    Meade SFL is a type 2 trout area.  A trout permit is required to possess trout during the trout season.  

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: 3/16/2017 Print



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 3/16/2017 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 on warmer days.
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 13 inches Vertically fishing jigs or minnows around the fish attractors has been good over the past couple of weeks with anglers reporting catches of a respectable number of fish ranging from 11 to 13 inches in length.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Fishing suspending jerkbaits and swimbaits around structure in sun-warmed shallows.
Sunfish Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Vertically fishing small jigs around the fish attractors.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair/Good Up to 7 lbs. Casting brightly colored jigs and crankbaits off the dam at night.
Rainbow Trout Excellent 0.5 lb. average

We conducted the fourth and final stocking of the season on February 27, 2017 with the release of 1,240 rainbow trout.  A valid trout permit must be possessed by anglers 16 years and older to fish for and harvest trout.

Anglers report catching limits of nice fish weighing approximately 1.5 lbs. each on corn, powerbait, and salmon eggs.

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

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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: 3/20/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Cold, but warming, water temperatures have these fish moving around a little bit although still tough to catch. 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.
Crappie Good 8-13" Good. The bite is still slow but heating up on brush piles and sunken logs. Try jigging small jigs from 6 - 10' depths.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 7 lb. Fair. Cold water (48 - 50 degrees) makes for tough Largemouth Bass fishing. However, memorable-sized fish can be caught in colder temperatures with slow presentations. Slowly drag large soft-plastic worms and tubes over points and gravel banks. Also try slow cranking around the rocks on the dam.
Saugeye Fair 15-23" Fair. Saugeye will likely be going through the motions of spawning near the dam and rocky banks. Try jigs and 3 - 4" swimbaits in 5 - 10' depths.
General Comments
A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.



ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good up to 18" Largemouth Bass have become more active with the warming water.
Channel catfish Good up to 2lbs Channel Catfish are biting on prepared catfish baits or prepared cutbait. Feeders are on the lake.
Bluegill Poor up to 1lb Bluegill fishing has been slow lately, but should pick up as the water continues to warm.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" There have been scattered reports of good crappie being caught.
General Comments
Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please call Andrew Schaefer at Cheney Wildlife Area.



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/16/2017 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. There are mostly small bluegill in the lake.
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: 3/22/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
      Weekly Fishing Reports will return during March 2016

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    

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

No recent reports

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 18 inch Bass are beginning to bite as the water temps increase.  Larger stick baits or large plastic baits are good choices.
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 Fair up to 7 inch Small live bait offerings near shoreline cover on warmer afternoons.
General Comments
 



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/22/2017 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 Slow Up to 10lbs

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

Fresh cut bait on deeper shorelines near the dam.

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.

Stickbaits or crankbaits along shorelines and off points on warmer days.

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     Live bait fished in shallow near shore areas close to vegetation, brush, or rock.
White Crappie Fair to Good 9 to 12 inches Off the points and off the dam 10 to 15 feet deep over deeper water.  Jigs and/or minnows.  A few fish have been going shallow on the warmer days.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/16/2017 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 Poor Up to 24" Wiper fishing has been inconsistent lately. Fall test netting showed that Wiper and White bass densities remain excellent in Cheney. Look for Wipers and White Bass on windblown points and near the river mouth as the water temperature increases. 
Walleye Poor Up to 28" Walleye are being caught sporadically. Walleye Fishing should improve soon as they begin to concentrate near the dam for spawning.
Crappie Fair Up to 15" Crappie are in transition from winter locations to spring locations. Look for them shallow after a few days of warm weather, and deeper after cold fronts. 
Blue Catfish Good Up to 15 lb Fishing for Blue Catfish has been good for the last several weeks. Try live or cut shad near the old river channel and adjacent flats.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lb Channel Catfish have been good recently, prepared baits and cut bait work well for Channel Catfish.
White Perch    

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 unusual spring weather we've been having has caused water temperatures to be quite variable. Regardless of species, your best bet for a successful trip will be after two or three days of stable, warm weather. 



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/22/2017 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      
Crappie Fair up to 11-inch Jigs and minnows suspended 10ft deep
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Cut bait in windblown areas
Black bass Fair up to 4lbs jerkbaits and jigs near points
Walleye      
White bass      
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: 3/22/2017 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
Saugeye      
White Bass Fair   along the river channel on jigs
Wiper      
White Crappie Fair up to 15-inch

Near brush and rock banks suspended 10-15ft deep on jigs and minnows.

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

.06 feet low, releasing 4cfs

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/22/2017 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 Fair Up to 7 inch Fishing with small worms or other live bait near rock or shoreline cover.  Fish are following the warmer water.
Channel Catfish Slow  

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Few recent reports on channel catfish this week.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 16 inch Bass activity is beginning to pick up as water temperatures increase.  Look for bass in the shallower areas of the lake during warm days.  Slow to medium speed lures with a large profile are good bait choices this time of year.
Redear Sunfish     Few recent reports
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/22/2017 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    

Some blues are being caught on the shallow flats and points on fresh cut shad during times of wind.

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 up to 24 inch

Some recent reports of 21 inch and larger wipers being caught off wind blown points on crankbaits.

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 Slow up to 15 inch

No recent reports

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

Few recent angler reports available.  Small hooks and live bait, smaller jigs, or spoons are all good baits.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair to Good up to 15 inches Jigs or minnows 15 to 20 feet deep along channel edges.  Also 10 to 14 feet deep in brush.  
Channel Catfish     Few recent angler reports available.
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches

Walleye are spawning along shallow rocky shorelines and rocky points.  Good baits include stickbaits, crankbaits, and jig and plastic or jig and minnow.  Low light periods are best.

KDWPT Fisheries Biologists will be collecting walleye eggs at El Dorado Reservoir during the spawn for statewide walleye and saugeye production efforts.  Watch for nets along the dam and other rocky shorelines.  Please give the nets plenty of space to avoid the possibility of lures or boats becoming entangled. If you observe unauthorized people tampering with the nets please call 316-215-2123 and report.


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

Rainbow Trout Slow to Fair 10 inches up to 3+lbs

Trout Season opened November 1.

Anglers are doing well with small jigs, spoons, and spinners and also baits such as PowerBait and cheese.

Trout were stocked on March 2, 2017.  This is the last scheduled trout stocking of the Spring 2017 season so get out there and get after 'em!!

General Comments

Normal pool, releasing 5 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

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: 3/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1-4lbs Channel Catfish are stocked periodically throughout the year at East Lake, and will provide plenty of catfishing for anglers in 2017.
White Crappie Fair  up to 12 inches Crappie are in transition from winter locations to spring locations. Look for them shallow after a few days of warm weather, and deeper after cold fronts. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5 lbs Largemouth bass should be actively feeding in shallow bays on warm, sunny days.
Saugeye Fair to Good up to 4 lbs There are some nice looking saugeye at East lake, but they're spread out.  Try fishing on rocky points.
White bass Fair Up to 2 lbs  
Bluegill Poor Up to 1/2 lb Bluegill will probably be in deep water until the water warms some more. You might be able to make some good catches if you can locate them.
General Comments

The county has many family and fishing events scheduled this summer! Check the Harvey County Parks Facebook page for the most recent information.

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



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/16/2017 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 Fair up to 5lbs Try a plastic worm near cover or in shallow water along windblown shorelines on warm, sunny days.
Northern Pike Good Up to and over 30" Northern Pike are in the spawn and post-spawn phase. As the spawning period wraps up, look for pike to be scattered around the lake actively feeding until summer. 
Bluegill Poor Up to 1lb" 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: 3/8/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Poor   Not much channel catfish activity this week.
White Crappie Fair Up to 11 inch Close to brush/cover in 8 to 12 feet of water, but shallower on the warmer days.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 16 inch Spinnerbaits or plastics near shoreline cover.
Saugeye Fair Up to 18 inch Worms, minnows, or jigs on rocky shorelines.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inch Worms or jigs in brushy/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: 3/22/2017 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 Slow to Fair Up to 4 lbs Shad sides or cut shad on wind blown points
White Crappie Slow Up to 12 inch A few fish are being caught in the river shallow and tight to cover.  Not many reports from the mainlake area this week.
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 24 inch The walleye are spawning and can be found along shallow rocky areas.  Just after sunset and before sunrise are the best times.  Artificial baits such as suspending jerk baits or jigs are good bets.
White Bass Slow up to 14 inch Few recent reports this week for white bass
Wiper Slow to Fair Up to 20 inch A few wipers have been found in shallow wind blown areas recently.  
General Comments

2.0 feet low, releasing 2 CFS

***USE CAUTION IF LAUNCHING A BOAT AT THE BROKEN BRIDGE BOAT RAMP.  THERE IS A DROP OFF AT THE END OF THE BOAT RAMP.  THE LAKE IS CURRENTLY 2 FEET BELOW CONSERVATION POOL WHICH HAS SHORTENED THE USABLE LENGTH OF THE RAMP.***



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 3/17/2017 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 Good Up to 1 lb Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may be possessed or used as live bait ONLY while on this water, and may not be transported alive.
Channel Catfish Good 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.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 3 pounds Largemouth Bass fishing has been sporadic. Try an unweighted plastic worm worked slowly in shallow coves.
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Crappie fishing has been hit or miss lately. Your best bet is fishing after a few consecutive days of warm weather.
Bluegill Sunfish Poor Up to 1 lb Bluegill are out in deep water right now, but may move closer to shore as the water warms. Try a small piece of nighcrawler under a slip bobber about 1-2 feet above the bottom.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/8/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Slow to Fair Up to 5 lb Cutbait or shad sides on shallow windy flats.
Wiper Slow Up to 20 inch Crankbaits along windy, rocky shorelines.
Crappie Slow Up to 11 inch Jigs or minnows near timber or brush.
Saugeye     Few reports available.  Look for saugeye near the dam and old dam as the water continues to warm.  Crankbaits, like Rat-L-Traps are good springtime saugeye choices.  
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 3/8/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 3 lbs Shad sides or prepared baits in shallow, windy areas.
Crappie Slow Up to 10 inch Jigs or minnows close to cover
Largemouth Bass Slow to Fair Up to 15 inch Fish for bass in shallow protected areas during the warmer part of the day.  Slow to medium speed lures such as stickbaits or jigs are good choices.
Saugeye     No recent reports.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting well 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 Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline on warm sunny days, and out in deeper water on cold days.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18" 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. Recent reports are mixed, with the Bass biting well on some days and poorly on other days.
Bluegill Fair Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  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.
Rainbow Trout Good Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout were stocked at KDOT East Lake, Vic's lake, and Slough Creek on March 2nd, 2017. This will be the final trout stocking for the 2016/17 season.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/8/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      Weekly Fishing Reports will return during March 2016
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 in the coves near standing timber 7 to 11 feet of water on minnows and jigs.
Channel catfish Slow to Fair Up to 3 lbs Shad sides fished on wind blown points
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.
White bass Fair Up to 15 inch Same as wipers
Wipers Fair Up to 20 inch Casting crankbaits or jigs to shallow windblown points during the warmer part of the day.
Walleye Slow Up to 25-inch

Walleye Minimum length limit 18 inches.

Walleye are in prespawn mode and will be staging in deeper water near shallow rocky shorelines and the dam.

   
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: 3/15/2017 Print

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

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, brush piles, and channel breaks.
Channel Catfish fair

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.
Largemouth Bass fair

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 fair

9% 5-8"

54% 8-10"

31% 10-12"

5% 12-15"

Due to very clear water in Lyon SFL, crappie are most easily caught on light line. Small jigs or minnows are best fished around deep brush piles, deep end of rock jetties, and channel breaks. Due to clear water, fish spook easily so be stealthy.  Fish are more active on warm sunny days and may stop biting for 24-36 hours after a cold front.
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: 3/17/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie GOOD 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 FAIR 16-24" Shad sides and chicken livers are typically a good bet for these early spring fish. 
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: 3/24/2017 Print

 

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



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 3/10/2017 Print

species ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie FAIR 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 Fair varies, try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits,  
Largemouth bass Fair 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: 3/10/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish FAIR varies  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 FAIR 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  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

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: 3/10/2017 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 FAIR 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 Slow to FAIR 8 - 12 inches and up Over brushpiles,near drop-offs this time of year using minnows, jigs ,  hit or miss until weather warms up and stays warmer.
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: 3/20/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Good 8 in to 18 inches Jerkbaits and lipless cranks near the warm water rip rap or ledges. Plastics may also be productive along the rocks and points near the warm water
walleye Slow 14-25 inches Crankbaits around the rocks.
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Both species should be on the flats feeding drifting various baits over these areas should produce some fish.
smallmouth bass Good 10-20 inches Jerkbaits and lipless cranks around points and ledges near warm water
white bass/Wipers Good up to 5lbs. Work the warm water with lipless cranks or slab spoons.
crappie Fair 11-15 inches fish should be holding on creek channel bends around timber 15-20 ft. deep. Live bait or jigs in various colors
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: 3/24/2017 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  Slow

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. The four fish feeders are off until spring.
Crappie  Good Mostly 7 to 9-inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Crappie will be moving into shallow water to spawn soon. Many small 7-9 inch fish are available 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: 3/10/2017 Print

pecies 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 good 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 deeper water close to cover.  
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.
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

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: 3/15/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 8-14 inches Crappie are staging offshore, as water approaches 60 degrees the fish will move shallower.  Minnows or jigs under a cork or dabbled right on the shoreline will be the most effective.
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 Good 8-16 inches White bass have began to move upriver. Look for fish staging in deeper pools in the Elk River with some moving into riffles. Twirl-tail grubs are typically the best bait. This fishing can be hit-and-miss and is dependent on water level.
Outlet     Fishing is good at the outlet when water is being released.  Use the link below to determine release volume.
 

Float line fishing will be allowed from July 15 through September 15. No float line permit is required.

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: 3/15/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

13% 11"-16"

47% 16"-24"

13% 24"-28"

27% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on channel breaks.  Fish will congregate to feed below riffles and mouth of river when water flows into the reservoir and in the spillway during releases.
crappie fair

81% 5"- 8"

7% 8"-10"

4% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

A minnow or jig work well on warm sunny days when crappie venture to shallower water to feed. They can be found around brush piles in Rock Ridge Cove, and deep holes in the river, especially near Ladd Bridge. Fish will stop biting for 24-36 hours after a cold front.
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 fair

44% 6"- 9"

33% 9"-12"

22% 12"-15"

0% 15"-18"

White bass can be caught in deep holes in river and 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.

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



FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 3/10/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Fair varies water level is normal the bass are in or close to the cover.  Use shad crank baits, soft plastic baits to fish structure and along rocky points,  and the shallow south end.
channel catfish Fair 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 Fair/Good varies, many over 11 inches 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: 3/20/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches fish are probably suspended near brush or dropoffs 8-15 ft. minnows under a slip bobber or jigs. Good numbers of fish over 10 inches seem to be present. 
Channel catfish Fair-Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 4lbs. Slow rolling spinnerbaits or working suspending jerkbaits around shallow cover. Bass should get more active as the water temps. get into the 50s. near 60.
Wipers Slow 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: 3/20/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 5lbs. Slow rolling big spinnerbaits or working suspending jerkbaits in shallow water around cover. As the water temps. warm up fish will move shallower and become more active. 
Bluegill Fair up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with with a worm
Channel Catfish Fair-Good 8-24 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Fair 6-10 inches Small jigs or minnows under a bobber around structure. A recent sample showed good numbers of larger fish available.
Wiper Poor    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
Trout Fair-Good   various trout baits and small spinners. 

Comments:

Trout Season starts Nov. 1 and runs through April 15. This is a Type 1 water which means a trout permit is required of all anglers 16 or older.

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: 3/20/2017 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair-Good Drifting livers or prepared bait lakewide or below the dam with same baits nightcrawlers also work well below the dam.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Good Spinners, cranks or curly tailed grubs up in the river around the logjam and the riffles near Hartford.
Crappie up to 15" Fair-Good Fish should be holding on the breaks created by the dredge and also along the dam. In the river and creeks leading into the lake may also be places to check out, jigs around the logjams should produce some fish.

Comments - Water temp 57 on 3-20

 The Hartford boat ramp is open.

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: 3/10/2017 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   varies but 16 to 20 inches is common fish the riprap areas, in  water levels will have bass in the weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations.  a recent tournament caught some large bass several 6 pounders and bigger.
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.  It is another goal for this lake to improve blue cat angling.

Water levels are good for fishing.  

 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: 3/10/2017 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  work the pools below riffles
white bass/wipers Fair varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
       
General Comments

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 and adjacent to the county road. 

 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: 3/23/2017 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 Good 0.5-1.5 lb Anglers are catching crappie in 12-15 feet of water on minnows.  Most activity has been on the south side.
Smallmouth bass Good 0.5-2 lbs Anglers have been having luck casting spinnerbaits and crankbaits off the dam and other rocky banks. 
Channel catfish Fair 1.5-5 lbs On worms and cut shad.
White bass Fair-Good 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs and worms off the dam.
       
General Comments
March 23 water level 2.08 feet low, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 49.  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: 3/24/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Fair  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. 
Channel Catfish  Slow  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  Good  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure. 
Largemouth Bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, worms, or spinner baits fished slowly around brush, weed-lines and structure. 
Rainbow trout  Good  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. The first trout stocking of the fall season occurred October 24, 2016 when approximately 1,500 rainbow trout were planted by Crystal Lakes Trout Farm. Regular stockings will be made through May 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: 3/15/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 14-24" Shad sides and chicken livers in deep water. The northeast bank is particularly productive when water cools.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18"  
Crappie Fair 6-12" Crappie are in (6-8') of water try to find them off the east dock around the PVC habitat structures.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 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

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.



MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/10/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Channel Catfish FAIR 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 Slow to Fair 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 Fair varies Bass are in deeper water adjacent to drop offs and structure, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments

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

Sign up for the Mound City 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 

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: 3/16/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish POOR   Use a large barbless treble hook and 4-6 oz of weight to snag paddlefish immediately downstream of Chetopa City Dam. Fishing can go from poor to excellent within a few hours depending on flow. Use the link below to monitor river flow. Fishing will be best when discharge is 10,000 to 15,000 cubic feet per second and rising.
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: 3/24/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / redear  Fair All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly near the bottom in deeper water. Spring electrofishing showed many harvestable-size bluegill and redear are available.
Channel catfish  Slow All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, worms, or shrimp. The three fish feeders are off until spring.
Crappie  Good Mostly 7 to 10-inches Try fishing small jigs or minnows near brush or cover. Crappie will soon be moving in shallow to spawn. 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: 3/23/2017 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 around deep water brush piles.
LM Bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits.
General Comments

 

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: 3/10/2017 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 Fair 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 Fair 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 Slow to Fair 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 over the brushpiles, use pink or green jigs, minnows.  Success has been hit or miss, because of intermittent warm weather. 
General Comment

There are good crappie here, we need some solid warm weather to bring fish in.  This lake was recently sampled, (06/02/2016) and 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: 3/10/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
channel catfish FAIR Size varies, some up to 8 pounds 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 Slow to Fair 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 Fair 12-22 inches Along the water willow along the dam, piers and the brushpiles with 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 lake was recently sampled, (06/02/16).  61 largemouth bass were sampled with little effort, overall in very good condition and health. The largest bass sampled 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: 3/10/2017 Print

 Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish   Slow 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 The crappie population is relatively stable with many good sized fish.    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. Fishing has been good at the outlet with higher outflows.
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 is a  winter fishing report.  Because of the winter conditions fishing success doesn't change dramatically on a daily basis.  The fishing is always better with warm weather.

The crappie population is good this year with many fish at 10 inches or over.  Fish over brushpiles or on the downwind side of the lake where water temperatures may be slightly warmer, encouraging fish to feed.

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: 3/15/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

15% 11"-16"

54% 16"-24"

15% 24"-28"

15% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on channel break.  Fish will congregate below riffles, mouth of river, and spillway to feed when water flows in the reservoir and fishing can be quite good.
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 fair

31% 6"-9"

50% 9"-12"

8% 12"-15"

4% 15"-18"

7% 18"+

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

73% 5"-8"

17% 8"-10"

3% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Now is a good time to catch crappie in Toronto Reservoir.  Water levels are stable and clearer than during high water events.  Crappie congregate near brush piles and timber in Mann's Cove, Toronto Point Cove, Woodson Cove, and mouth of river.  They are most easily caught on a jig, minnow, or spoon. Fish come up to feed in shallower water on warm sunny days.  Fishing slows down for 24-36 hours after a cold front.
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: 3/15/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 16-24 inches Cut shad and chicken livers produce well early season, action has been slow recently. Stable weather patterns will improve fishing.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass fair 10-22 inches  
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.

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.



WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/21/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 6 lbs.  The lake is full so there is a lot of good habitat to flip jigs and plastics into. Texas rigged creature baits should be pretty good or try suspending jerkbaits near deeper water. I would expect fish to move up in the shallower water and feed more actively with water temps. in the mid 50s.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 15+ lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. The upper end when water is coming in can be pretty good. Do Not Tie Boats to Feeders!
Crappie Fair-Good up to 12"  A lot of smaller fish 6-9" remember there is no length limit on crappie at Woodson so feel free to keep these smaller fish. Focus on deeper water near brush 15-20 ft. on ledges and near brush. Fish should be holding on the habitat we placed last year find the coordinates at the website listed below.
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.

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

Water Temp. on 3-20 was 57

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: 3/21/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair 1-5 lbs. Crankbaits around shallow cover and plastics around the weed clumps. As the water warms up fish will move shallower and become more active.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations along windy shorelines
channel catfish Fair 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Jigs or crankbaits around the rocks, and dropoffs
crappie Fair-Good up to 14" Fish should be around structure such as rocky points or dropoffs. White or chartreuse jigs fished slowly. Fish are being caught off of the Georgia Cubes near the dam.
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: 3/20/2017 Print

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair small jigs around deep weed lines. There is an excellent redear population in this lake focus on the deep weed line edges.
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Fair-Good Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18". Vibrating jigs along weedbed edges or working suspending jerkbaits around the weeds or rocks
Catfish up to 10lbs. Fair livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Slow 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 Fish should be holding along deep ledges and the creek channel along the west side of the lake. Small jigs around these areas should produce some fish 15-20 ft. deep. Some fish are being caught off of the piers using both minnows and jigs of different colors.
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits around the rocky banks during low light conditions.
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.