Fishing Reports

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

You also can get helpful information from the Fishing Forecast.

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

All statewide fish attractors' GPS (KMZ)

All artificial statewide fish attractors' GPS (KMZ)

All artificial statewide fish attractors' GPS (PDF)

Listing of Downloadable Bathymetric Maps

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

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/14/2017 Print

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

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

Summer bass patterns are in full swing now.  The best fishing will be during the cool periods of the day and topwater lures including buzzbaits, Pop-R's, and Zara Spooks can all catch fish on calm days.  Plastic baits and Ned Rigs are also good options throughout the day.

Bluegill Fair to Good 4 to 6 Inches

No change here. Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bet.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.  Some anglers prefer to fly fish with small nymphys or dry flies fished on the surface.

We stocked 3,000 adult bluegill in October!

Channel Catfish Good 10-22 inches

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

We stocked 5,000 additional catfish in August!

Saugeye Fair 12-24 inches

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

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

We stocked 5,000 saugeye last spring!

Crappie Good Most 8-11 inches

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

The crappie are done spawning for the year and will be hanging out near brush and the man made fish attractors.  Minnows are usually required to catch crappie this time of year and fishing during the cooler parts of the day can increase your chances of success.

General Comments
Water temperature: 84ºF

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: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Minnows, jigs, and small slab spoons fished vertically over steep drop-offs or around the fish attractors has been best 
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches Fish can still be caught on jig and nightcrawler or minnow combinations, or crankbaits fished over mainlake points, but early and late is the key.  Drifting live bait around the fish attractors can be effective even during the day.  There have been a few reports of fish caught at night as well.
White Bass/Wipers Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Anglers report good a top-water bite in the morning and evening as whites are chasing shad on the surface.  Small, shad imitating top-water baits or white jigs casted into surfacing schools are producing good numbers of fish.  Fishing live shad around the fish attractors and trolling small crankbaits off mainlake points during the day can be good depending on the day.   

Live sunfish and shad drifted over points in water anywhere from about 15 to 20 feet deep or around the fish attractors has been effective. Wipers are being caught mixed in with surfacing white bass on small, shad imitating baits.  Most wipers are running in the 4 to 8 lb. range.

WATER TEMPERATURE-79

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2119.75-24.25' below conservation pool

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

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

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



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Slow 8-13 inches The crappie have settled into their summer patterns which means they can be found around the deep brush piles and other structure.  Anglers will probably need to use minnows on a Carolina rig to catch some crappie. Night fishing with lights will often yield decent catches as well.
Walleye Fair 14-24 inches The walleye fishing has slowed a bit, but anglers continue to report keepers by trolling a variety of crankbaits on the west end of the reservoir near old foundations and other rocky structures.  Other anglers have been catching some fish using purple slow death nightcrawler rigs on humps near the state park.  Walnut Creek is often a productive area to fish in the summer as some walleye will move in shallow to feed.

White Bass

Wipers

Good

11-18 inches

19-27 inches

White bass and wipers will begin to settle into their summer patterns.  Wipers are often caught along the dam, and near the mouth of Walnut Creek using slab spoons or live bait fished near the bottom.  Often times drifting over humps and drops on the lower half of the reservoir can also yield some fish.

White bass can be caught using a variety of methods throughout the summer.  Look for them surfacing during the day and night fishing with floating lights can work well through August.  Best areas to try this include the dam, south bluffs, Cawker City causeway, and off Campground 3.  Also, watch for a strong south wind and try wade fishing the north shore as the wind moves the bait in shallow where the fish follow to feed on it.

Black Bass Good 10-19 inches Bass fishing during the summer can still be productive with the right lures and techniques.  The easiest way to catch these fish is using a variety of topwater lures fished near the shoreline early in the morning and late in the day.  Buzz baits, Pop-Rs and Zara Spooks all work well for both smallmouth and largemouth bass.  Deeper running crankbaits fished off the rocky banks can also catch smallmouth bass while both species will be susceptible to the Ned Rig and other soft plastics throughout the day.  Smallmouth bass tend to occupy deeper water as things warm up so your approach will need to change during mid-day.
Channel Catfish Good All Sizes Anglers have begun to have good success chumming using soybeans, milo, and wheat.  Other anglers report catching catfish while fishing for walleye with nightcrawlers and leeches.  Some catfish can still be found in the shallow vegetation in Walnut Cree, Mill Creek, and Schoen's Cove.
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: 83°F        Current Water Level: 0.1 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: 7/14/2017 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Slow 8-11 inches

The crappie population is dominated by three and four year old fish in the 8-10 inch range as we collected many of these during our 2016 fall sample.  There are also a few 11-13 inch fish as well, but they are not as common.  This 2013 year class should provide a boost to the crappie numbers as they continue to grow.  Anglers will have success fishing crappie around the deep brush piles using jigs and minnows.

The crappie spawn is over for the year and the fish will be found near brush and the fish attractors. Fishing can be tough for crappie during the summer, but fishing minnows near the structure can yield some fish.

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 have been catching them off the jetties and the boat dock.  Morning and evening are the best times to catch some catfish, but they can be caught throughout the day.

Remember there is a 15 inch minimum length limit on channel catfish!

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.

Anglers have been catching a lot of bluegill and a few redear sunfish over the past month.  They can be caught just about anywhere around the lake using worms under a bobber or small jigs.  Fly fishing is another good option to catch some of these sunfish.

Largemouth Bass Good 10-21 inches

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

Topwater lures are hard to beat in the summer especially early and late in the day. 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: 84°F

Water level: FULL

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



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/10/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Good. Few reports and the water temp is good for the catfish bite; try small cutbait and worms from 4 to 10 foot of water or shallower after lunch and toward the evening. Liver and dip bait on sponges work well this time of year too.
Crappie Fair/Poor 10 to 13 inches Fair/Poor. Water temps have risen to the low 80s. Water temps have crappie deeper and more sluggish.
Trout     NOTICE: Trout season is over but a few fish survive the summer temps.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair 14 - 22" Fair. Few keeper (18") fish being reported. There are some reports of fish over the new 18" length limit near Loder point and tower but most being caught are less than 17". A few fish are shallow near flooded vegetation. Try 8 - 20' depths on wind blow points and the dam.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Fair. Try white bass on the river channel edges, rocky points, and the dam.
Wiper Good All sizes Good. Wiper fishing has heated up. 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 4.3' above conservation pool.

Water Temperature: 83 - 84 degrees F.

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: 7/6/2017 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 Good 14 to 26 inches Would try fishing off the East side of Leota cove, along the dam and along the south road bed using jigs and jigs tipped with worms.  Did have reports of fish being caught trolling diving lures around the Dam and Monkey Island.  Also, heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18-inch length limit.  Stocked 500,000 saugeye fry on 4-18-17 and 39,990 fingerlings on 5-24-17.
Wiper Good 15 to 28 inches Would try fishing around the mouth of Leota cove and Concrete cove using jigs and jigs with worms and/or minnows.  The point just south of the swim beach might be a good bet also. Stocked 100,000 wiper fry in on 5-9-2017.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Would try fishing up to the west end using stink bait, liver and worms on the bottom. Also try using trot lines and set lines towards the west end.
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- 81°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2293.16 ---- 11.14' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 4.10 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: 7/6/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did have reports of crappie being caught on the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs and jigs with minnows.  Would also try fishing on the river channel drop offs and along the dam.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Have had reports of some being caught off the bank using worms on the bottom and jigging off the drop-offs.  Would also recommend trolling diving lures along the Dam and river channel.  Stocked 1,200,000 walleye fry into the Reservoir on 4-18-17.   
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing along the Dam, Crappie Point and Cottonwood Grove areas using jigs depending on the wind direction.  Also had reports of fish being caught up in the SF Solomon river @ Cowley using white twister tail's. Stocked 300,000 wiper fry in on 5-9-2017.
Catfish Poor 20 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the Gray's park area and up towards the west end using shad and stink bait on the bottom. Would also try fishing up in Bow creek using shrimp and liver on the bottom.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 81°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1728.04 ---- 1.21' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS OPEN TO BOATS. 

Currently, the water level is 12.82 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.  Started irrigation releases on 6-19-17 and are currently releasing 96.43 cfs.

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: 7/14/2017 Print

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

Anglers have been catching some walleye trolling along the dam and off Walleye Point.  Many of these fish are not legal so please take care in carefully returning them to the water.

1.5 million walleye fry were stocked in April

50,000 fingerling walleye were stocked in May

White Bass/Wipers Fair to Good

7-13 inches

14-23 inches

Same as last week.  Typical summer patterns are in full effect with white bass and wipers congregating toward the moving water at the inlet and the outlet.  Keep an eye on water release rates as that will greatly effect the number of fish available for catching.  Trolling small crankbaits and jigs can also yield some fish this time of year with good numbers found off Cabin Point, Cedar Point, and Walleye Point.  Also look for surfacing fish during the day as they will be chasing shad throughout the summer.  Another good summertime activity is to try fishing at night with floating lights.  This is traditionally effective off Cedar Point and Cabin Point.

Channel Catfish

Blue Catfish

Good 3-12 pounds

Anglers have been having good success catching catfish nearly lakewide.  Most of the catch is channel catfish, but keep an eye out for blue catfish which are also being caught now.  Drifting shrimp and shad is a great way to catch some cats while other anglers prefer to bait chum piles and attract catfish to a specific area.  Nighttime fishing for catfish is also excellent during the summer.  Similar to the white bass and wipers, channel catfish can be caught where there is moving water at the inlet and outlet.

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 Slow 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. Minnows are often required this time of year as the fish can be tougher to catch during the hot summer days.
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:  83ºF            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!



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/6/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Poor 3-12 inches Stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 5-16-2017.
Bluegill Poor 3-8 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. 83 Degrees

Lake is currently full.  Have stocked channel catfish and bluegill and stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 5-16-2017.

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

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

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



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Drifting minnows or small white jigs deeper, open water has been best.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5 lbs. Fishing soft plastics or suspending jerkbaits around flooded vegetation, brush, shoreline oriented brushpiles, and along submerged boulders and rip-rap early and late has been best.
Saugeye Slow/Fair Up to 3 lbs. Trolling small, shad imitating crankbaits like rattle traps has produced fair numbers of fish mainly less than 15 inches in length.
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Fishing nightcrawlers under a bobber in shallow water especially along shorelines with flooded rock, vegetation, or brush.
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Up to 19 lbs. Live and cut sunfish or worms fished along rocky shorelines.
Wiper Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting white bucktail jigs lake-wide along windswept shorelines.
Comments

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

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



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/6/2017 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. 
Walleye Good 14 to 28 inches Had reports of fish being caught around the Swim Beach area, Old Marina point, Bow City Parking lot and around the Lakeview area using worms on the bottom.  Would also try trolling diving lures along the Dam and Little Sahara swim beach area.  Remember the 15-inch length limit.  Stocked 1,000,000 walleye fry into the Reservoir on 4-18-17 and 110,500 fingerlings on 5-23-17
White Bass/Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the north shore breakwater, Old Marina Point, along the Dam and along Rock Point cove using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms. Also try fishing under the lights at night.  Stocked in 200,000 wiper fry on 5-9-2017.
Catfish Good 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.  Been having good reports of anglers using trot lines and set line towards the west end.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 81°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1893.85 ---- 1.40' above conservation

Currently, the water level is 17.16 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.  They started irrigation releases on 6-21-17 and are currently releasing 65 cfs.      

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: 7/10/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Poor 10-14 inches Poor. Crappie numbers are very low and no reports of fish being caught yet but fish are likely moving towards shallower rock and cover to feed prior to spawning. Coves towards the upper end of the reservoir and Otoe in Hell Creek are your best bets.
Striped Bass Fair/Good 2-15 pounds Fair/Good. There were reports of a few 15+ lb. fish being caught and released. They are relating to deeper structure on the main lake. Look for stripers from 10 - 30' or deeper on ledges and drop offs near the river channel. There is an abundance of stripers in the 16 - 20" range. These fish have excellent body condition compared to the last few years.
 Walleye Fair 14-25 inches Fair. A few more reports coming in of a few fish being caught. Warming water has a few being caught at shallow to moderate depths but also some on deeper ledges (12 - 24'). Fish late evening and early morning on shallow wind-blown points and rocky shorelines butt try deeper structure during the day. Most shoreline right now is covered with reed grass so try swimming jigs and spinners in the vegetation and on the outer edge.
Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

Good. Try cutbait, liver, and/or 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.

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. There are low number of white bass but locate shad and try spinners and live shiners around Minooka and rocky points.
Black Bass Fair/Poor 14-18 inches Fair/Poor. Some smallmouth are being caught by casual anglers and tournament anglers up to 3 lbs. Largemouth are also being caught but in much less numbers but most are small which should be good for the next few years. Use slow/moderate presentations with crawfish colored or chartreuse crankbaits. Also try texas and carolina-rigged soft plastic tubes, craws, or worms off of rocky shorelines or reed grass margins.
White Perch Good 9 to 13 inches

Good. Some are being caught up to 12" in size but most are less than 8" and biting everybody's lures whether your fishing for bass, walleye, or white bass. The fish we collected seemed to be targeting the river channel and moving up and down it while feeding.  The west end had the biggest white perch I've seen in some time with 12-13 inch fish common.  Anglers might try spoons and spinners off of the river channel near the bluffs towards Minooka - IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

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

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 1.0' ABOVE conservation pool.

Surface Temperature = 81 - 84 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: 6/26/2017 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 For best luck, try a jig and minnow over brush piles in about 10-15 FOW.
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill can be caught with a night crawler under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs The fish feeders have been filled and are set to go off in the morning and evening. Channel catfish can be caught from shore using cut shad, dough balls, or chunks of worm.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinner or plastics worked around the shallow cover and brush piles.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Redear can be caught jigging a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.  
General Comments
 



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/26/2017 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 in about 10-15 feet of water using a jig and minnow. 
Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs The fish feeders have been filled and are set to go off in the morning and evening. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, dough baits, or chicken livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or plastics working the shallows, along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Redear may be caught using a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.
General Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as the information becomes available.  



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/3/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Good 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 but the fish are nice sized.
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 and lots of crappie. Crappie are in the trees 6 to 10 feet deep.  Jig or minnows.
Saugeye Good 2 to 8 lbs. Saugeye numbers have been improving nicely due to recent stocking success.  The 2016 fall sampling effort collected the most saugeye on record, with 35% of them over the 18-inch minimum length limit.  It has been a good spring for saugeye with most being caught trolling cranks or drifting worms. 
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: 7/10/2017 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.
Generally fishing was hot early last week July 3 then it slowed, but rebounded over the weekend (i.e. July 8 & 9).  
Crappie Fair 0.3-1.5 lb Not many limits, but anglers are still catching quality fish.  Anglers are doing their best near trees in Wakarusa Arm in 6-16 feet of water.  Good reports in trees out from west boat ramps in State Park.
Walleye/Sauger Fair 1-3 lbs Using nightcrawlers with bottom bouncers around island.  Some also being caught by trolling crankbaits.
Channel catfish Good 1-4 lbs Folks fishing over baited areas are doing really well - many limits taken.  Baits include:  chicken livers, stinkbait, nightcrawlers, cut bait and shad.
White bass Fair-Good 0.5-2 lbs Sight fishing schools on the surface on calm days have been very productive (casting jigs, spinners or crankbaits).  Otherwise vertically fishing spoons has worked well.
Wiper Fair-Good 3-6 lbs Vertically fishing jigs and spoons over suspended schools over the Wakarusa River channel.
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 July 10 was 2.01 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 500 cfs, temp = 82.  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: 7/10/2017 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
       
LM Bass Fair-Good 0.3-2 lbs Jigs, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-5 lbs Using nightcrawlers, stinkbait, livers, cut bait and minnows.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using worms under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/10/2017 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
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Slow Up to 0.3 lbs Using worms, small jigs and spinners.
LM Bass Slow 0.3-2 lbs Using jigs, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits.
Channel catfish Slow-Fair 0.5-3 lbs Using worms, stinkbait, livers and minnows.  Some anglers having a little better luck at night.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lb. No Reports.
Crappie Fair 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: 7/12/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair up to 1 lb jigs and minnows near rock and brush 10-20ft deep.
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs Cut bait, shrimp, and worms along windy banks
Saugeye Fair 2-6lbs along deeper rocks and points on jigs, worms, and crankbaits
Black bass Good 1-5lbs topwater, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs near brush/points/drop offs
Bluegill Fair 4-6 inches jigs and worms near rocks and brush
General Comments
This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2017 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 7/12/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good up to 4 lbs cutbait, shrimp, and worms along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and creek channels 10-15ft deep
Walleye Fair 2-5lbs near deep edge of flats and points on jigs, worms, and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Good 1-6lbs along dam and points on jigs, spinners, and crankbaits
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2017 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 7/12/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cut bait, worms, and shrimp along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs Jigs and minnows near brush and rocks 5-9FT deep
Largemouth Bass Poor    
Bluegill Fair 4-6 inches jigs and worms near rocky banks and brush
White Bass Fair 1-2lbs along dam on spinners and crankbaits
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: 7/14/2017 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair Up to 9 lbs. Walleye can be found now on shallow mud flats and off points. Cast and slowly retrieve or vertical jig with curly-tailed grub to target walleye in the shallows. Drifting nightcrawlers is also catching some fish.              
Crappie Fair Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches The crappie bite has been in deeper brush lately. Still a good number of 10 inch plus fish being caught. Jigs are producing best right now. 
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Target white bass off wind blown points.  Jigs and shad imitation lures are the best baits right now. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Fair Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass are being caught in shallow water right now, with spinner-baits and plastics producing the most fish.  
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Channel Catfish Good  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. Most fish are being taken on upper ends of both main lake arms on nightcrawlers or cut bait.    
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of July 14th the water level is 0.4 feet above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

As of July 14th, the courtesy dock at the Antioch Boat Ramp is back in the water.  

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: 6/26/2017 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. Bluegill can be caught near shoreline structure using chunks of worm or jigs. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.5 lbs. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, stink bait, or livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Crankbaits, spinners or plastics along the shoreline, rip rap and structure. 
Walleye/ Sauger Slow to Fair

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

Some anglers are having luck catching Walleye along the dam or off of submerged humps.  
General Comments
 



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 7/3/2017 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 Slow to 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. Near the inlet, the northern most cove or near the feeder.
Walleye Slow to Fair 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers have been improving due to good survival from recent stockings.  There should be moderate harvest rates this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch lenght limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake supports a good white bass population and anglers have been doing very well this spring.  Casting the bank or near the inlet.
Wipers Fair Up to 12 pounds The current wiper population is dominated by young fish 12 to 15-inches long, but there are still some big ones around. 
General Comments

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

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

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JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 7/3/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair to Good 1 to 4 lbs The lake has an excellent smallmouth bass population.  They can be found along any of the rocky shoreline.  The lake has a low level largemouth bass population dominated by smaller fish. 
White Bass Good Up to 3 lbs The lake has a good white bass population.  In the most recent sample, 95.5% of the fish were over 12 inches. 
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.  Some keepers being caught with worms off the bigger points.
General Comments

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

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



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/26/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry Newsletter Good 4 pages (Lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Bass are being caught by anglers using jigs or plastics along the shoreline and in & around brush piles, rip-rap, and fallen trees.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Channel Catfish may be taken occasionally from shore using cut bait or livers. The four feeders along the shoreline have been filled. The remaining three, in the north arm of the lake, have not been filled yet.     
Flathead Catfish Fair to Good up to 30 lbs This lake has a decent number of Flathead Catfish. They can be caught using a small sunfish along the dam or other rocky areas.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber and fished in shallow coves.
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs The 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: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 to 11 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits lakewide.   
Flathead Catfish Fair  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. Target structure and vegetation edges with live bait. Boulders south of the dam also hold some flathead catfish.    
Crappie Slow 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 Fair 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 Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.   
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Good Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Good 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie 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.   
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 had died-off for the year due to warmer water temperatures. Spot treatment was conducted on March 14th to clear some shoreline fishing areas. 



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/12/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Good 1-60 lbs near channel ledges with current in the middle portion of the lake on fresh cut bait
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows 10-20ft deep near brush/points/ledges
Walleye Fair up to 4 lbs

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

near deep flats and points on worms, spoons, and crankbaits

White Bass/Wipers Fair/Good 1-7lbs along windy rocky banks, channel ledges, and humps on jigs, spinners, live bait, and crankbaits
Smallmouth Bass Good 1-4 lbs near deep rocky points on topwater, jigs, and crankbaits
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good 1-5 lbs on points using topwater, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, and jigs
Outlet Good   for walleye, wipers, white bass, and catfish, when releasing water
General Comments

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

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

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

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

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

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/26/2017 Print

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



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs. Live and prepared baits fished near mainlake points and other shoreline structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair 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: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure.   
Channel catfish Good 0.5-6 lbs Chicken liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Fair 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Fair 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: 6/26/2017 Print

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

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 3.0 lbs.

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

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

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

Crappie may be able to be caught in shallower water close to shore in early morning, before the heat sets in. Otherwise try to locate brush piles near old river and creek channels in deeper water. Some fish may be caught vertical jigging near the standing timber in the Slough Creek arm. 

Crappie are continuing to be caught below the dam.

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

As of June 26th, water temperature at Perry Lake is currently 79 degrees and the water level is falling at 893.47 (1.97' above conservation pool) with discharge at 500 cfs. For more up to date lake conditions: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Perry-Lake/Daily-Lake-Info-2/ 

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

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

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/3/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair to Good 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has good numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great largemouth bass population. 
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: 7/3/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair to Good 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 Slow to Fair 1/2 to 1 pound A moderate crappie population with few fish over 10-inches.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds This spring, annual sampling efforts produced the highest number of bass on record with 61% of the fish being 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: 7/3/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population.  A smallmouth bass was caught and released this winter that was 0.05 pounds smaller than the state record.  Bass in this lake can be tough to catch because they have seen a lot of lures but there is a pretty good population living there.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  The most recent stocking was on June 13th of 675 pounds of catfish.  So far this year the lake has received 2,400 channel catfish.  Good luck! Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Fair 1/4 to 1 pound The lake supports a moderate crappie population.   
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: 7/3/2017 Print

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

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

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

White Bass and Wipers Fair 1/2 to 8 pounds

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 Good 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

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: 6/26/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs Crappie should be up shallow and may be caught over brush piles or near standing timber using a small jig tipped with a plastic lure or minnow.
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 17.0 lbs There are some nice sized Channel Catfish in this impoundment. They can be caught from shore using cut bait or livers 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Largemouth Bass can be caught fishing spinners or plastics near structure. 
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.5 lbs. Walleye should be along shallow flats and off of points.
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: 7/10/2017 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.
       
LM Bass Fair 0.3-3 lbs Anglers are having luck using jigs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using worms under bobber, small spinners and jigs.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-4 lbs Using chicken livers, shad, minnows, sunfish, stinkbait and worms.
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: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Slow Up to 15 inches Minnows on a slip-bobber fished in deeper water. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide using doughbait or cut-bait fished in the evenings.
Wiper Good Up to 9 lbs. Live bait and shad imitation baits along the dam are producing the best.  
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs. Top-water and jigs are working best right now fished near shoreline structure. Early morning is producing the most fish.   
Trout Slow  Catchable Trout season is over look for them to be stocked again next winter.    
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: 7/3/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a very good population of black bass over 15 inches.  You can watch a news story about the bass at this lake at http://www.wibw.com/content/news/Fish-go-belly-up-after-shocking-research-422730604.html
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The current crappie population is dominated by fish less than 10 inches.  
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish.  On June 2nd we stocked 950 fish.  So far this year the lake has received 2,100 pounds of channel catfish.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. Anglers have been doing well for these fish around the two feeders and in the upper end of the lake.
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: 7/3/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has decent numbers of larger fish.  Fish holding 10 - 12 feet deep in brush.
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.  
Catfish Fair to Good Up to 40 pounds

Fair channel catfish numbers and a young blue catfish population. 

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

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

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

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

General Comments

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

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/3/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a decent bluegill population. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. 
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Slow to Fair Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 3 lbs The lake has fair numbers of saugeye over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Some crappie are being caught on jigs and minnows suspended near structure. 
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Worms and wax worms under a bobber fished in the shallows.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish are being taken lakewide. Best bite is occurring in the evenings on worms, minnows, shad or liver.  
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished shallow and near vegetation edges. Top-water baits at sunup and sundown are producing some fish.   
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 Slow Catchable Trout season is over look for them to be stocked again next winter.     
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: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Typical summertime patterns.  Try top water baits early and late.  Crankbaits, jigs and soft plastic later in the day around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on points and flats.  Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or trolling small minnow type crank baits. You can also try slab spoons.

Typical summer time patterns should work for most species.

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

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

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



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 6 lbs Typical summertime patterns.  Try top water baits early and late.  Crankbaits, jigs and soft plastic later in the day around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Fair Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on points and flats.  Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or trolling small minnow type crank baits. You can also try slab spoons.
White bass Excellent Up to 1.5 lbs Try top water popping baits, small jigs and spinners in areas the wind is blowing into the shore.  

Typical summertime patterns should work for most species. 

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Try fishing any areas of inflow from recent rains.  Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 4 lbs Try top water baits early and late.  Crankbaits, jigs and soft plastic later in the day around wood or rocks.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Slow Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on points and flats.  Try wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or trolling small minnow type crank baits. You can also try slab spoons.

On Wednesday June 14, 600 lbs of channel catfish were stocked.  Typical summer time patterns should work for most species.

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

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

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



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



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially around a drop-off.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Try top water baits early and late.  Crankbaits, jigs and soft plastic later in the day around wood or vegetation.
Flathead catfish   Up to 53 lbs Live bait fished around cover.

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

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

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



PRATT COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 4 lbs Try top water baits early and late.  Crankbaits, jigs and soft plastic later in the day around wood or vegetation.
Bluegill good Up to 9 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rocks.
Wiper No report   Try topwater baits and slim minnow baits where the wind is blowing into the shore.
Walleye Slow Up to 6 lbs Try drifting jig and night crawlers across the points.  

Typical summertime patterns should work for most species.

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

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

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



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Cut or whole bluegill and sunfish or prepared baits fished off the bottom on shallow flats at night has been best.
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Fishing minnows under a bobber around brush or drifting jigs or minnows over deeper water in the main body of the lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5.5 lbs. Fishing suspending jerkbaits, swimbaits, or plastic worms around shoreline vegetation and brush.
Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Fishing nightcrawlers or small jigs under a bobber or fly fishing with a small dry fly or weighted nymph pattern in shallows possessing a gravelly or rocky bottom can be good for some quality bluegills.
Saugeye/Walleye Slow/Fair Up to 7 lbs. Fishing swimbaits and crankbaits over points and gravelly shelves or along the edges of weedbeds early and late has been best.  The bite has slowed with the onset of hot weather.
General Comments

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

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

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

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



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

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/13/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Water is warm so the bite should be on. Last years' reports show a lot of fish below the 15" length limit and some from 15" to 18". Recently, a 20# fish was caught. Try cutbait and worms this time of year throughout the day but late evening and night should be best.
Crappie Good 8-13" Good. The bite is reasonable on brush piles and sunken logs and even a few off the piers. Try jigging small jigs from 6 - 10' depths.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 7 lb. Fair/good. The water is warm so expect the bite to be best early in the morning or late in the evening. Try small texas rigs (dark colors) in and around fallen logs and brush. Try frogs or other topwater baits near vegetation.
Saugeye Fair 15-23" Fair. Try jigs and crawlers in 8+ feet of water off the dam or shoreline.
General Comments

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/13/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair up to 2lbs Channel Catfish are biting on prepared catfish baits or cut bait.
Crappie Poor Up to 12" Crappie are in their summer patterns. A small tube jig or minnow under a bobber is a good bet. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Look for them near structure, or suspended in open water. Morning and evening hours are best.
General Comments
 



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

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



BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/12/2017 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 .
Channel Catfish Good up to 12 lbs

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

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

Fish feeders are up and running.

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



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/12/2017 Print

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

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

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

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

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

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

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

Fish feeders are up and running.

Worms during inflow events in the upper end.  Worms fished on shallow shorelines with the wind blowing in is also producing some fish.  Stinkbaits near the feeders are also productive.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18 inches

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

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

Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 18 inches Look for saugeye along the dam and rocky shorelines.  Jig and crawler combo or crawlers and spinners are good baits this time of year.
Spotted Bass Good up to 14 inch Crank baits or plastics along the dam and rocky points.
Bluegill Fair up to 6 inchess Live bait fished in shallow near shore areas close to vegetation, brush, or rock.
White Crappie Fair to Good 9 to 12 inches Jigs or minnows in water 8 to 12 feet deep near brush or cover.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/13/2017 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 Fair Up to 24" Look for Wipers and White Bass on points and underwater humps, as well as along the dam.
Walleye Poor Up to 28" Try crankbaits on points, drop-offs, and underwater humps.
Crappie Poor Up to 15" Crappie are in their summer patterns. They can be caught if you can locate them.
Blue Catfish Fair Up to 15 lb Try live or cut shad near the old river channel and adjacent flats.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lb Channel catfish have been biting on cut bait and prepared baits.
White Perch Good  

Netting results last fall indicated 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 recent hot weather may have slowed the bite some. Early morning and late evening are your best bets.



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/12/2017 Print

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Bluegill Fair 5-8 inches near weed edges on jigs and worms
Crappie Fair up to 11-inch Jigs and minnows 10-20ft deep near drop offs
Channel catfish Good up to 4 lbs Cut bait, worms, and shrimp in windblown areas
Black bass Good up to 4lbs topwater, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs near points and cover
Walleye Fair 2-5lbs on points and deep flats using jigs, worms, and crankbaits
White bass Fair 1.5 lbs along dam on crankbaits
General Comments
The City of Council Grove requires Aquatic Nuisance Species certification of anglers and boaters at Council Grove City Lake. Go to ANS Certification to obtain the certificate. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.



COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/12/2017 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 Good up to 4 lb cut bait and worms lake wide
Saugeye Fair 2-4lbs east side flats and deeper points on worms, jigs, and crankbaits
White Bass Fair 1-2lbs near rock points and channel ledges on jigs and spinners
Wiper Fair up to 24 inches crankbaits and large jigs/swimbaits near windy rock banks on east arm
White Crappie Fair up to 15-inch

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

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

.14 feet high, releasing 10cfs

Outlet good for channel cats and saugeye on jigs

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/12/2017 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 6 to 10 feet of water. 
Bluegill Good Up to 7 inch Fishing with small worms or other live bait close to shore near rock or weeds.
Channel Catfish Good up to 6 lbs

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Fish feeders are up and running.

Stinkbaits off the piers and along windblown shorelines or near the feeders.

Largemouth Bass Good Up to 19 inch Spinnerbaits and crankbaits on rocky shorelines and weedless plastics fished in vegetated areas.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 9 inch Seeing a few redear  in 4 to 6 feet of water on shorelines with rocky/gravelly bottoms.
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/12/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

Blue catfish Fair to Good 17 to 28 inches

Open water areas near flooded creek channels. Fresh cut shad has been the best bait within in the lake while worms are best in the creeks.

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

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

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

Wiper Good 18 to 22 inch

Trolling crankbaits along ledges or old roads and casting plastics on windy points.

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

White bass Fair up to 15 inch

Look for white bass on windy points 7 to 9 feet deep on jigs with larger plastics.

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

White Perch Good up to 11 inch

Small hooks and live bait, smaller jigs, or spoons fished on rocky points and shorelines.  White perch also being found on top of humps and old roads.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Good up to 15 inches 8 to 11 feet deep in brush on jigs or minnows.  Also along the timbered creek channels.
Channel Catfish Good up to 8 lbs In the creeks and upper creek arms during inflows on worms or cut bait.  Also drifting worms or cut bait off the points.
Walleye Good Up to 26 inches

Jig and crawler combo or crawler and spinners working well on the flats.  Trolling crankbaits also picking up some nice fish.

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

General Comments

0.2 feet high, releasing 13 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: 7/13/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-4lbs Channel Catfish have been hitting on a prepared baits and cut bait.
White Crappie Poor to Fair up to 12 inches Crappie are out in their summer locations. Look for them suspended in open water or near some structure such as logs or brush. A small tube jig or minnow under a bobber is a good bet. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5 lbs Bass are in summer mode right now. Try a crankbait near the rock jetties or along the face of the dam. A topwater plug can be good early in the morning or late in the evening.
Saugeye Poor up to 4 lbs There are some nice saugeye at East lake, but they're spread out.  Try fishing on rocky points or along the dam.
Bluegill Poor up to 8 inches Try a small worm under a bobber.
General Comments
Recent hot weather may have slowed the bite some. Early morning and late evening are your best bet.



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/13/2017 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 to Good up to 5lbs The bass are in summer mode now. They're biting on a wide variety of lures. Try near any submerged brush or along the rip-rap shoreline. This is also a great time to fish a weedless frog lure around any sort of aquatic vegetation. Mornings and evenings are best.
Northern Pike Fair Up to 30" Pike will hang out near the springs in the northern lobe of the lake during the heat of summer.
Bluegill Poor Up to 7" Use worms under a bobber near structure, or a small spinning lure. Few quality-sized Bluegill are present.
General Comments
Recent hot weather may have slowed the bite some. Early mornings and late evenings are your best bet.



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/14/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 4 lbs Worms and stink baits.
White Crappie Good Up to 11 inch Close to brush/cover 4 to 6 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 16 inch Spinnerbaits or plastics near shoreline cover.
Saugeye Fair Up to 19 inch Worms, minnows, or jigs on rocky shorelines.
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inch Worms or jigs in weedy, brushy or rocky areas.
White Bass Good Up to 14 inch Jigs and crankbaits or windblown shorelines.
Wiper Good Up to 18 inch Same as white bass.
Blue-green Algae Public Health Warning 7/14/2017     See link for more information http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm .
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: 7/14/2017 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!
Blue-green Algae Public Health Watch 7/14/2017     See link for more information http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm
Channel Cat Fair to Good Up to 4 lbs Fresh cut bait and stinkbaits fished along windy shorelines or points.  Areas of inflow are always good after a rain.
White Crappie Fair Up to 12 inch 8 to 10 feet deep near brush or other cover on jig or minnows.
Walleye Good 16 to 25 inches Jig and worm combos drifted along breaks and across points are a good choice this time of year.  Trolling crankbaits is also producing good numbers of fish.
White Bass Fair to Good up to 14 inch Same as wiper report
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 22 inch Crankbaits or jig and plastics along windy shorelines.  Trolling crankbaits is a good way to find active fish. 
General Comments
Normal pool, releasing 13 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 7/13/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

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

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

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

White Perch Fair Up to 1 lb Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may not be possessed or transported alive.
Channel Catfish Fair 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.
Crappie Poor Up to 12 inches Crappie are in their summer locations. Look for them suspended in open water or near structure such as logs or brush. Vary your fishing depth until you start catching fish.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/29/2017 Print

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



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 7/12/2017 Print

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 7/13/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 2-3 lbs Channel Catfish have been biting on prepared baits and cut bait in the Wichita Area recently. Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Poor Up to 12" Try a jig or minnow 3-6 feet under a bobber. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18"  Bass are in summer mode. Try fishing shallow in the mornings and evenings and deeper during the day. This is a great time of year to try a topwater lure during low light conditions. Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Fair Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments
High temperatures this week may have the fish turned off some. Early mornings and late evenings are your best bet. 



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/12/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

Crappie Fair Up to 12-inch In the coves 10 to 12 feet deep near cover on jigs or minnows.
Channel catfish Fair to Good Up to 5 lbs Drifting night crawlers on the flats and old road.  Also prepared baits along windy shorelines.
Black bass Slow  

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

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

White bass Fair to Good Up to 14 inch Same as wipers
Wiper Fair Up to 20 inch Jigs on the old road and off the points. Trolling crankbaits along windy shorelines is a great way to located active fish.
Walleye Fair Up to 21-inch

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Walleye are on the flats on the north side of the lake.  Ledges on the south side are also holding walleye.  Crank baits, spinner rigs, and jig and crawler combo are good choices.

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



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

LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/13/2017 Print

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

52% 4-7"

31% 7-9"

17% 9-11"

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

88% 11-16"

12% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

0% 28-36"

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

43% 8-12"

25% 12-15"

31% 15-20"

1% 20"

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

9% 5-8"

54% 8-10"

31% 10-12"

5% 12-15"

Crappie are most easily caught on light line. Small jigs or minnows are best fished around brush piles, rock jetties, and channel breaks. 
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: 7/12/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 9-12" Crappie are being caught along fishing piers and in the flooded trees.
Channel Catfish Fair 16-24" Catfish are being caught using shad and chicken livers
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18" Look for fish in deeper water along structure. For smallmouth bass look for rocky areas to hold fish.
Flathead Catfish Good 30+" Flathead fishing has been good throughout the reservoir
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: 6/23/2017 Print

 

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



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 7/10/2017 Print

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

It is perfect for fishing!

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

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

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

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

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

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

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



BOURBON COUNTY ELM CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 7/10/2017 Print

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

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

Due to a leak in the dam water levels are low and will remain low until financing and approval for repair are made. The channel catfish population in this lake is doing well.  The fish feeders are ON.  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: 7/10/2017 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 GOOD all sizes Nice redear are available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float. Bluegill are also available but are smaller in size.  
Walleye FAIR varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish FAIR 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms,the fish feeders are ON, lakewide,
Crappie GOOD 8 - 12 inches and up Shoreline, the fish are in shallow. using minnows, jigs under a 2.5 ft float,  hit or miss until weather warms up and stays warmer.  Most fish I saw caught were 10 plus inches with some 14's.
General Comments

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

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

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

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

 Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY"

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

Check out this video on fish management in Kansas provided by KDWPT! http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/7/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair 8 in to 21 inches Working the weedbeds and timber with creature baits, spinnerbaits, or swim jigs. Topwater baits like frogs or buzzbaits around the weedbeds early in the day should work. This population has increased slightly since the weeds have become abundant, but they are still way out numbered by smallmouth.
walleye Slow 14-25 inches Crankbaits around the rocks and points. This population is low in abundance and not many keepers are available. Trolling or drifting with jigs and crawlers may also produce a few fish
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Drifting various baits over flats or humps will be the most productive. Channel Cats are probably on wind blown flats and will bite on a variety of bait options but the blue cats prefer fresh cut bait.
smallmouth bass Good 10-20 inches  As the water continues to warm up the smallies will push deeper, but still focus on the rocky habitat using deeper presentations such as jigs or finesse plastic rigs like drop shots. Topwater bites should remain productive early in the day.
white bass/Wipers Fair-Good up to 5lbs. White bass will probably be concentrated around schools of baitfish near dropoffs or points. Any type of shad imitation should produce some fish. Look for both species busting shad on the surface.
crappie Slow-Fair 11-15 inches  Look for them near dropoffs and in the timber. Jigs of various colors or minnows.
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: 6/9/2017 Print

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

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. The four fish feeders are now operating. Feeding times are at 7:00 am, 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 1:00 am.
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 9-inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Mostly small 7 to 9-inch fish with some bigger fish mixed in. 
Largemouth bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits or spinner baits fished along drop-offs, brush piles, or structure. Bass numbers are relatively low, but a high percentage are 15-inches or larger.
General Comments
 



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 7/10/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches The lake is at full pool, water clarity is a little turbid at this time. Work the shore and rocky areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, crank baits in shallow water close to cover. Especially after these rains work any of the feeder streams coming into the lake.  
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" A limited fishery exists some are taken on jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky areas
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 15" to 8 pounds This is a good catfish population with fish over 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds. Use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats. The fish feeder is ON for the season. Lots of channel catfish are using the feeder. Especially after these rains fish any of the feeder streams coming into the lake.
Crappie Slow to Fair any size Sampling indicates good numbers of nice fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and jigs, lakewide.
Walleye Slow to Fair most between 15 to 17 inches Recent sampling indicates good numbers of  fish (17.5 to 22 inches) are available. Some are taken on jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

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

Critzer Lake is one of Kansas' newest lakes and was opened to fishing in August of 2011. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There is a double lane boat ramp. The floating dock is finished and compliments this great fishing lake.  The lake is primarily a boat lake but there is shoreline access east of the boatramp where anglers can set up on the two piers and be very close to the parking lot. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit. 

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

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

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Remember CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!

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

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

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



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/12/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Poor 8-14 inches Fishing remains slow.
Blue and channel catfish Excellent 18-26 inches Drifting chicken liver and cut bait along flats adjacent to the river channel is producing fish.  
       
Outlet Fair   Water release has remained low. Some catfish are still being caught in the stilling basin.  Use the link below to determine release volume.
 

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

Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

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

Youth/Mentor Pond

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



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/13/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

13% 11"-16"

47% 16"-24"

13% 24"-28"

27% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on mud flats.
crappie good

81% 5"- 8"

7% 8"-10"

4% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around brush piles, rocky shorelines, and channel breaks in Rock Ridge Cove, Gobblers Knob point, and Brown's Cove area.
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 good

44% 6"- 9"

33% 9"-12"

22% 12"-15"

0% 15"-18"

White bass can be caught trolling mud flats and points on spinner or shad imitation crank bait.  Watch for schools of gizzard shad breaking the surface.
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: 7/10/2017 Print

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

 

The fish feeders are on 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: 7/7/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches  Look for them around structure or dropoffs in 10-15 ft. of water. Minnows should work well this time of year.
Channel catfish Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events. Some nice sized catfish were seen up shallow during our electrofishing survey.
Largemouth Bass Good up to 4lbs.  There is an abundant bass popuation in this lake with many fish in the 13-16" range, you can benefit the population by harvesting bass less than 13". Buzzbaits along the water willow early in the day, and use deeper presentations during the day such as jigs or carolina rigs with big plastic worms.
Wipers Slow-Fair up to 6 lbs Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. 
Walleye Slow   curly tailed jigs or crankbaits along the bank near deeper water.
General Comments

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

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

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

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



GARNETT SOUTH - Last Updated: 7/7/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Spinnerbaits or swim jigs worked near shore around structure. Finesse rigged stick worms or creature baits are also good choices this time of year. Topwater baits like poppers or buzzbaits should also be good early and late in the day.
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with with a worm
Channel Catfish Good 8-24 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Slow-Fair 6-10 inches  Try fishing the deeper water around any structure. Minnows are a good choice this time of year.
Wiper Poor    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
       

Comments:

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

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



JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/7/2017 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Good Drifting various baits lakewide has been productive with some fish being caught over 10 lbs.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Fair-Good Along the dam or out in the dredged area. Look for large schools of shad and use small spinners or crankbaits. Below the dam during low releases is a good place to try.
Crappie up to 15" Slow-Fair Fishing up in the river and creeks around logjams and timber with jigs and minnows should produce some fish. Otherwise fishing in the deeper water near the dam and dredged area may be a good choice.

Comments - The boat ramp by the dam 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: 7/10/2017 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. The fish feeders are ON.
Crappie Fair to good 9 - 12 inches On warm windy days fish the downwind shore where the waves are bouncing onto the shore. There are a good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. Best lures to use are jigs/ minnows in about 6 to 9 feet of water, near structure.  some nice crappie caught in the hot water area.  Bounce jigs off the outlet wall, but don't go over the restrictive cable.
Largemouth Bass Good  to Excellent varies but 16 to 20 inches is common bass fishing is really improving with the warm weather.  fish the riprap areas, high water levels will have bass in the back into the weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations.  a recent tournament caught a bass at almost 11 pounds.
white bass Fair to Good varies, some 1.5 pounds Use shad imitations, silver spoons big jigs, or cut shad while casting, drifting or trolling near shallow points or rip rap.  The hot water areas is always good this time of year. There have been some wb caught in the 1.5 to 2 pound range.
wiper Fair to Good some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad, and fish the hot water areas as lots of wipers are along the warm water mixing area.  Recently had some good wipers caught from the shore at the hot water area. 
General Comments

In a boat or fishing from the shore, the hot water area is a great place to fish. This is where the hot water from the power plant enters the main pool of the lake.  The warm water prevents freezing and attracts forage fish and predators.  Many wipers, white bass, crappie, channel and blue cats are caught here.

Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue, channel or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake. On the east side of the lake access to the hot water return, where a lot of fish are caught when its cold, is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east and drive across the dam on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot.  Anglers walk from the parking lot west on the path to the hot water return area. But this is a great place to fish.  

This lake has had a reproducing blue catfish population for many years, fingerling blue cats were stocked this fall to supplement that population. Another goal for this lake to improve blue cat angling.

 Call the Linn County Park at 913-795-6633 for more information or camping, and cabins reservations.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Get the family, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment. Don't move water from any lake.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! 

 Check out this video on fish management in Kansas provided by KDWPT! http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management  

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

Anglers when fishing at the hot water outlet,or at the outlet gate at the dam, DO NOT GO OVER THE CABLES. FISHING IN A RESTRICTED AREA COULD GET YOU ARRESTED.



MARAIS DES CYGNES WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 7/10/2017 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, s
white bass/wipers Fair varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
       
General Comments

The river is high from recent rains. 

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. 

 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: 7/10/2017 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 Fair 0.25-1.5 lb Anglers report catching some crappie using jigs and minnows over brush in about 8-12 feet of water.  
Smallmouth bass Fair 0.5-3 lbs Smallies have been caught on a variety of lures, including jigs and crankbaits.  
Channel catfish Good 0.5-5 lbs Using chicken liver and nightcrawlers.  
White bass Fair 0.5-1.5 lbs Casting jigs and trolling crankbaits, mainly in dam area, and rocky points.  
Walleye Good 1-4 lbs Drifting jig and nightcrawlers.  
General Comments
July 10 water level 0.53 feet above conservation pool, release rate = 250 cfs, water temp = 77.  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: 6/9/2017 Print

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



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/12/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 14-24" Shad sides and chicken livers have been producing catfish
Largemouth Bass Fair  8-18" Look for bass in deeper water associated with cover
Crappie Fair 8-10" Some crappie are still being caught on minnows
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 8-11" Bluegill and redears are back in the shallows and biting well
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: 7/10/2017 Print

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

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

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

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

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

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



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

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

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

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

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

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

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



NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/9/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / redear  Good All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly near the bottom along weed-lines. Some bluegill are now on spawning beds in shallow water. Many harvestable-size bluegill and redear are available.
Channel catfish  Good All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, worms, or shrimp. The three fish feeders are now operating.
Crappie  Fair Mostly 7 to 10-inches Try fishing small jigs or minnows near brush or cover. 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: 7/10/2017 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
LM Bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs and crankbaits.
Bluegill/Redear sunfish Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using worms under bobber.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-10 lbs Using livers, stinkbait, and cut bait.  Feeders have fish on them.
General Comments

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

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

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

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



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE EAST - Last Updated: 7/10/2017 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 GOOD All sizes, this lake has a good catfish population and produces nice fish.  Anglers can catch fish in the 2- 7 pound range.   Best baits are the traditional chicken liver or use stink baits, shrimp, worms, prepared baits, lakewide.  The fish feeders are ON for the season.
Largemouth bass GOOD varies good results along the shoreline weedbeds, dam, and woody habitat using silver or blue crank baits or soft baits.   
Walleye, Slow 18-24 inches An incidental fish taken near deeper habitat.
white crappie Fair to GOOD 8-14 inches Many crappie are in the 8 inch range to 11 to 12 inches long. Fishing around the floating dock, and drop offs. Try the shoreline and any shallow cover, use pink, blue/white tube or green jigs, minnows.   
General Comment

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

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

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

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

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

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

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



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE WEST - Last Updated: 7/10/2017 Print

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

Pleasanton West L produces a quality bass fishery.  Largemouth bass, overall are in very good condition and health. The largest bass sampled in 2017 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: 7/10/2017 Print

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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: 7/13/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

15% 11"-16"

54% 16"-24"

15% 24"-28"

15% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on mudflats.
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 good

31% 6"-9"

50% 9"-12"

8% 12"-15"

4% 15"-18"

7% 18"+

White bass can be caught by trolling the mud flats and points with spinner or shad imitation crank bait. Watch for schools of gizzard shad breaking the surface.
white crappie good

73% 5"-8"

17% 8"-10"

3% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around brush piles, rocky shorelines, and channel breaks at Toronto Point, Manns Cove, north side of Duck Island, Woodson Cove, and west shore of river inlet.
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: 7/12/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location  
Channel Catfish Good 16-24 inches Cut shad and chicken livers are producing a few catfish.  
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Fair 10-22 inches Look for fish along structure in deeper water  
Flathead Catfish Good    Flatheads continue to be caught along larger rock structures.  
Bluegill and Redear Good 6-8" Bluegill have moved back up in the shallows and are being caught using a worm under a bobber.  
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: 7/7/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 6 lbs. Bass are holding tight in cover use heavy cover techniques such as jigs and weedless rigged plastics. Topwater baits near brush and rocky banks early and late may be productive.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 15+ lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. 
Crappie Fair up to 12" Look for crappie around the dropoffs and brushpiles or Georgia Cubes. Live bait is a good choice this time of year.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations in open water or windy points, vertical jigging with spoons. Look for schools of shad and the wipers should be close.

FISH SALVAGE ORDER IS IN EFFECT: ALL LENGTH AND CREEL LIMITS HAVE BEEN REMOVED. LEGAL MEANS OF TAKE ARE ROD AND REEL ONLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. NO SNAGGING, LIMB LINES OR FLOAT LINES ARE ALLOWED AT THIS TIME.

We are releasing water from the lake and the current water level is about 14 ft. low. The boat ramp is out of the water.

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

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

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

Woodson State Fishing Lake Brush Piles - 

WOSL BRUSH PILES (OCTET-STREAM 12.12 kB)



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OLD - Last Updated: 7/7/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good 1-5 lbs. Flipping into the water willow or other vegetation with weedless plastics is usually a good technique. Also try spinnerbaits or shallow running crankbaits. Topwater baits such as poppers or buzzbaits should be good early and late.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations along windy shorelines
channel catfish Good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. The feeders are on and go off a few times/day. Do not tie boats to the feeders.
Walleye slow 10-24" Jig and crawlers or trolling crankbaits around dropoffs or over the flats.
crappie Slow-Fair up to 14"  Most fish have probably moved back to deeper water look for them around dropoffs and structure such as the Georgia Cubes. Minnows are good bait this time of year.
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: 7/7/2017 Print

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