Northeast Region Fishing Reports

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

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/2/2016

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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. 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 0.8 lbs Fish have moved past the spawning pattern and will tend to spread out. However they can still be taken.  It will be best near structure with a jig and minnow.     
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber along the piers and lakewide.  We sampled 306 bluegill in our October nets: 97 were <3", 196 were 3-6" and 13 were 6-8" with the largest bluegill weighing 0.36 lbs.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4.0 lbs The fish feeders are currently back.  Fresh shad or cut bait in the shallows.  We sampled 58 channels in our October nets: 9 were <11", 24 were 11-16" and 25 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 4.2 lbs. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow cover.  This is the time of year when fish are still congregated along the shoreline and near cover.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Small hunk or worm or cricket under a bobber around the shallow vegetation.  We sampled 6 redear in our October nets: 3 were 4-7" and 3 were 7-9" with the largest redear weighing 0.44 lbs. 
General Comments

I see some of you have visited my Facebook page.  I've been posting a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, fish stocking, electrofishing and netting photos of lakes that are not in the fishing reports.  Just click this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries let me know if you LIKE what you see!  

October netting pictures, check out these fish! To see the new netting pictures, click on Atchison State Fishing Lake. Also Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/2/2016

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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. 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. Fish are still in the shallows following spawning activities. You might also locate a few on shallow structure or deeper brush, using jig and minnow.  We sampled 236 crappie in our October nets: 2 were <5", 208 were 5-8", 27 were 8-10" and 1 was 10"+ with the largest crappie weighing 0.55 lbs.
Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber or small spinner around the vegetation and off the piers.  We sampled 56 bluegill in our fall nets: 8 were <3", 39 were 3-6" and 9 were 6-8" with the largest bluegill weighing 0.3 lbs.     
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs The fish feeders have not been placed this Spring.  Cut bait in the shallows are good bait selections this time of year.  We sampled 22 channels in our fall nets: 2 were <11", 14 were 11-16" and 6 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 3.1 lbs.   
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. Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the brush piles.  We sampled no redear in our fall nets.   
General Comments

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

I've had a Facebook page for about a year now and it has photos of: walleye egg collection, sauger collection, stocking, electrofishing and fall netting on lakes in my area.  Just click on this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pictures, nice catfish and good crappie and bluegill, click on Brown State above the fishing report to see some of these fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast.



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/14/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair to 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.
Wiper Fair Up to 22" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of 15 to 20" 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 Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound The crappie population has seen some good growth in the last year and the fish are finally getting bigger.  There are a lot of 9 to 10 inch crappie in the lake this year.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Overall saugeye numbers are down some, but the fish are of a nice size. Casting or trolling crankbaits.
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, white bass 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.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.



CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/27/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

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

Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 daily creel limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation was implemented to protect brood fish, so that the population could have a chance to improve.
Smallmouth Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This regulation change makes smallmouth bass regulations the same as those for largemouth bass.
Crappie Poor-Fair 0.5-1.5 lb Some being taken off brushpiles and standing timber on jigs or minnows.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs Anglers are catching channel catfish on a variety of baits; including sunfish, shad, stink bait, minnows and worms.
White bass Fair-Good 0.5-1.5 lbs Trolling crankbaits in the morning and evening.  Casting crankbaits into surfacing shad schools.
Wiper Fair 3-7 lbs Trolling crankbaits in the morning and evening.  Others have been caught using live shad. Casting crankbaits into surfacing shad schools.
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 Sept. 27 was 1.6 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 21 cfs, temp = 79.  Fish feeders are running, but when they run out that will be it for this year.  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: 9/27/2016

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
       
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-5 lbs Casting jigs, spinners, and crankbaits along shoreline cover.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, and small jigs
Channel catfish Slow-Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using liver, stink bait, nightcrawlers, shad and cut bait.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.25-0.75 lbs Using jigs and small crankbaits.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/27/2016

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
Largemouth bass Fair 0.3-1.5 lbs Some being caught on worms, jigs and spinnerbaits around shoreline cover.
Bluegill/Redear sunfish Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, small spinners and small jigs.
Channel catfish Poor-Fair 0.5-4 lbs Using nightcrawlers, minnows, livers, stinkbait, and cut bait.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/26/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lb. No Reports.
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs near vegetation edges. 
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits fished near the docks and near edges of vegetation. Best bite occurring during low-light conditions.  
White Bass Fair 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: 9/28/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good up to 1 lb jigs and minnows near rock and brush 5-10ft deep.
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs Cut bait, stink bait, and worms along windy banks or near current
Saugeye Good up to 5 lbs jigs, worms, and crankbaits along dam and rock points
Black bass Good up to 4lbs jigs, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits near rock/brush/points, topwater under low light conditions
Bluegill Fair size varies tube jigs and worms near cover 5ft deep
General Comments
This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2016 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 9/28/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good up to 4 lbs cutbait, stink bait, and worms along windy banks and near current
Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rock 5ft deep
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs along points, river channel, and flats on worms, and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Good   along dam and rocky banks on jigs and crankbaits, topwater good under low light conditions
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2016 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 9/28/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cut bait, stink bait, and worms along windy banks or near current
Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs Jigs and minnows near brush and rocks 5FT deep
Largemouth Bass Slow    
Bluegill Fair   tube jigs and worms near brush and rocks 2-5ft deep
White Bass Fair   near dam on jigs and crankbaits, some topwater
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: 9/26/2016

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Slow Up to 9 lbs. Some walleye being found on flats and near channel ledges.  Some walleye can be found shallow at dusk.  Good bet to use shad imitation lures as walleye should be actively feeding on abundant young-of-the-year gizzard shad.           
Crappie Good Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches A good bite is being reported by fishing brush in 10-18 feet of water. Most of the fish suspending in 10-12 feet. Both minnows and jigs are producing fish right now.  Some fish also being found near creek channels and schools of gizzard shad.   
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. White bass are chasing schools of gizzard shad right now and can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Fair Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass bite has been reported in shallow water in the arms. Lots of 9-12 inch fish being caught right now.  Plastic baits and jigs appear to be the baits of choice, some are also being caught on minnows.  
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Channel Catfish Fair  Up to 10 lbs. Channel cat can be taken on a variety of baits using prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are being taken lake wide at this time.     
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of September 26th the water level is 0.6 feet above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

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

  



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 6/17/2016

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  a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. 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 tp 1.0 lbs. Fish have dispersed from the shoreline and spawning activity. There is some harvest in or near structure using jig and or minnows.  We sampled 81 crappie in our October nets: 14 were <5", 28 were 5-8", 10 were 8-10", 24 were 10-12" and 5 were 12-15" with the largest fish weighing 1.1 lbs.   
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber in the brush piles.  We sampled 217 bluegill in our October nets: 200 were 3-6", 16 were 6-8" and 1 was 8"+ with the largest fish weighing 0.43 lbs.   
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 6.0 lbs. Cut bait, drifting shad or worms off the fishing piers or in the upper reaches near inflows.  We sampled 37 channels in our fall nets: 8 were <11", 15 were 11-16", 10 were 16-24" and 4 were 24-28" with the largest fish weighing 5.8 lbs.  
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Crankbaits, spinners or plastics along the shoreline, rip rap and structure. The fish are still near the shoreline, but we are past the spawning activity. Best fishing early & late.
Walleye/ Sauger Fair up to 4.5 lbs. Jigs and crawlers or spoons on those humps and bumps.  We sampled 24 walleye in our October nets: 1 was <10", 7 were 10-15", 15 were 15-20" and 1 was 20"+ with the largest walleye weighing 4.6 lbs.  We also sampled 73 sauger in our October nets: 4 were 7-11", 24 were 11-14", 42 were 14-17" and 3 were 17-20" with the largest sauger weighing 2.3 lbs.  
General Comments

With recent rains the lake has filled and returned to near pool level.  Air and water temperature have risen and best fishing can be early in the morning and later in the day. This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.  

I see some of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've posted a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing of lakes that are not in the fishing reports.  Just click this link  https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pictures are up, good water makes good fish! Click on Banner Creek above fishing report to see some of these fish . Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 9/14/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has decent numbers of fish 11" to 12" long.  Anglers have been catching a few lately.  There is a brushpile just south of the dock.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate. 
Walleye Slow 1 to 5 pounds Walleye fishing will be tough this year as the population is dominated by young fish below the length limit.  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 52% of the fish in the most recent sample were over 12 inches.  Can be found chasing schools of shad.
Wipers Fair Up to 12 pounds The current wiper population is dominated by fish less than 15 inches, but there are a few big ones around.  Can be found near schools of shad.  Casting crankbaits, spoons, or live bait.
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.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 9/14/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 4 lbs The lake has an excellent smallmouth bass population with the highest sample numbers on record and they can be found along any of the rocky shoreline.  The lake has a low level largemouth bass population dominated by smaller fish. 
White Bass Good Up to 3 lbs The lake has an exceptional white bass population this year.  In the most recent sample, 73% of the fish were over 15 inches.  
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 12 lbs There are pretty good numbers of wiper in the lake with 86% over 20 inches and 5% over 24 inches in the most recent sample. 
Walleye Fair Up to 5 lbs Overall walleye numbers are below average, but numbers have been improving the last few years with 40% over the 15 inch length limit.  Daily creel of 2.
General Comments

As of 9/13/16 the water level was too low to launch a boat.  Water levels are not expected to rise soon.

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

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

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

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

 



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/17/2016

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 my District. The next issue will be  available now and features

Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  

LM Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Spinner baits or plastics worked along the shoreline and in & around brush piles and rip-rap.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs Cut bait, worms or livers off of the fishing piers. The fish feeders have been placed and seem to be producing some action.     
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs

Small hunk of worm under a bobber right in the brush piles and off of the jetties. 

 We sampled 445 bluegill in our October traps: 416 were 3-6", 16 were 6-8" and 2 were over 8" with the largest weighing 0.42 lbs.  

Crappie Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs

Fish are scattered along the shoreline and near structure after their spawning activities. Fish can be taken with a jig and/or minnow. 

We sampled 4 black crappie in our October traps: one was less than 5" and 3 were 8-10" with the largest weighing 0.5 lbs. 

Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs

Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the coves on the east side of the lake. 

We sample 178 redear in our October traps: one was less than 4", 124 were 4-7", 47 were 7-9" and 6 were 9-11" with the largest weighing 0.6 lbs.  

Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs

Shad colored cranks off the points and jetties. 

We sampled 14 wipers in our October nets: 2 were 8-12" and 12 were 12-15" with the largest weighing 2.8 lbs. 

Walleye Slow Up to 3.0 lbs

Twisters or crankbaits close to the dam and rocky points. 

We sampled 7 walleye in our October nets: 4 were 15-20", 2 were 20-25" and one was 25-30" with the largest weighing 6.4 lbs.  

General Comments

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available. The lake has received considerable rain in recent weeks and water temperatures are yet to warm into the critical 60's for good sportfish movement and spawning activities.

Special note: The lake currently has an outbreak of the invasive Curly-leafed pondweed. This is one of the imported invaded plant that has been moved to Leavenworth SFL.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is not the first outbreak of this plant that is impacting shoreline fishing in waters up to 8 feet deep. On the good side, this plant only likes cool water and will die off when water temperatures rise into the mid to upper 70's. Therefore, the plant will start to disappear in mid to late June. It is best management to let the plant disappear rather than to spend hundreds of dollars to kill the plant on an annual basis.

I some of you have been visiting my new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of photos to.  All kinds of things like walleye spawning, fish stockings and lots of other stuff.  Just click on this link and your there https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see! 

 October netting pictures, check out these fish! To see the new netting pictures, click on Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. Also Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 9/26/2016

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



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/26/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Good Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Fair 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Good Up to 16 inches Crappie can be taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Most appear to be suspended near structure at this time. 
White Bass Fair 14-17 inches A good population of White Bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White Bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
The curly-leaf pondweed stand is gone right now.  Shorelines are vegetation free for the most part.  Curly-leaf pondweed will continue to die-off through June. Spot treatment with aquatic herbicide was applied the first week of May, in attempt to clear some areas for fishing.          



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/28/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Good   near deeper wind blown shorelines and channel ledges near current on fresh cut bait and worms, smaller cats remain shallower
Crappie Good   minnows and jigs near points and ledges with rock and brush 5-10ft deep
Walleye Fair   near edges of flats and points on jigs, worms, spoons, and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Good   rocky points and ledges on jigs, crankbaits, spoons, live bait, and topwater
Smallmouth Bass Good   near rocky banks/points on plastics and crankbaits, some topwater action under low light conditions
Largemouth Bass Good   near rock and flooded brush on jigs, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits, and topwater under low light conditions
Outlet Good   when releasing water, wipers and walleye on jigs, catfish on worms/cut bait
General Comments

NEW!!! 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: 6/2/2016

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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. 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. Small hunk of work under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.  We sampled 90 bluegill in our October nets: 9 were <3", 64 were 3-6" and 17 were 6-8" with the largest fish weighing 0.22 lbs.    
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs The fish feeders have not been placed to date.  Cut bait, either shad or bluegill off the piers.  We sampled 35 Channels in our October nets: 9 were <11", 16 were 11-16" and 10 were 16-24" with the largest fish weighing 4.4 lbs.  
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. Spinner baits or cranks worked slow around the brush piles. However, the recent rains have impacted water clarity.  
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow along shoreline and around the brush piles. There are a lot of fihs but most are on the smaller side. We sampled 288 crappie in our October nets: 49 were <5", 191 were 5-8", 29 were 8-10", 14 were 10-12" and 5 were 12-15" with the largest crappie weighing 1.8 lbs. 
 Comments

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

I see a few if you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of photos that aren't in the fishing reports: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing.  Just click on this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pictures are up now, still some nice largemouth in this lake! Click on NEBO above fishing report to see these fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 9/26/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 5 lbs. Live and prepared baits fished near mainlake points and other shoreline structure.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 6 lb. Largemouth bass are being found shallow near vegetation. A good bite on plastic tube jigs being reported.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Fair 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 Fair 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: 9/26/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure. Top-water bite occurring during low light conditions.   
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Chicken liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Fair 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Slow Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be found drifting or trolling mudflats using jigs tipped with nightcrawler or jigging spoons. 
Wiper  Fair 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.

Brushpiles were placed at several locations November 07. Locations were marked using WGS 84 in decimal degrees: 1) N38.58320 W094.84451; 2) N38.58696 W094.84709; 3) N38.58315 W094.84453; 4) N38.58710 W09484722; 5) N38.58785 W094.84595; 6) N38.58768 W094.84595; 7) N38.58770 W094.84600; 8) N38.58727 W094.84810; 9) N38.58734 W094.84807; 10) N38.58736 W094.84768; 11) N38.58706 W094.84595; 12) N38.58715 W094.84641; 13) N38.58726 W094.84611; 14) N38.59237 W094.84518; 15) N38.58313 W094.84462; 16) N38.58318 W094.84466; 17) N38.59250 W094.84519; 18) N038.59231 W094.84511; 19) N38.59077 W094.84518; 20) N38.59158 W094.84512; 21) N38.59444 W094.84327; 22) N38.58772 W094.84164; 23) N38.58538 W094.84326; 24) N38.58583 W094.84547; 25) N38.58771 W094.84779.



PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/9/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Super Infectious! 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 news letter for Perry and other waters in my District. The last issue covers Perry Reservoir and Holton Prairie Lake. 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   The fastest action for channel cat has been associated with chumming using fermented beans in the "hog troughs". Some fish are also taken on cut baits and worms in the upper reaches of the reservoir. Set lines can also be productive using live bait have been productive. Some fish are also being taken below the dam in the outflow. There are also some flathead on artificial lures & live bait. Fish feeders has been added in the State Park Area that can attract fish to shoreline anglers.       
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs.  There are good numbers in the reservoir but harvest is impacted by summer heat. The best opportunity seems to be trolling the flats with crankbaits.  

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

 Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 3.0 lbs.

Crank baits or plastics worked around the shoreline cover and woody habitat. Fishing still best fishing is early morning and late evening even though water is starting cool. The emerging smallmouth bass population are being caught. Generally off rocky shoreline and points.    
White Bass   Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Summer fishing near deeper flats or off rocky points. Summer also brings white bass chasing shad in open water.  Anglers are using slabs, heavier jigs and traditional shad imitation lures.     
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Some crappie have been taken in 5 to 12 feet of water jigs and minnows seem to be working the best.
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Some blue catfish have been caught north of the K-92 Bridge in shallow water on cut bait. 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

The lake water temperature is in upper 70's and the lake is approximately 3 feet above pool level. Most of the lake has good water clarity. Releases from the dam have been around 900 cfs and will continue for a while. Boat ramps are open.

New brush piles locations that were placed in Rock Creek last fall:

N 39°09.139’  W 095°29.482’ N 39°09.150’  W 095°29.471’ N 39°09.123’  W 095°29.498’

N 39°09.126’  W 095°29.484’ N 39°09.177’  W 095°29.472’ N 39°09.169’  W 095°29.452’

N 39°09.162’  W 095°29.418’ N 39°09.150’  W 095°29.338’ N 39°09.084’  W 095°29.162’

N 39°09.094’  W 095°29.198’ N 39°09.039’  W 095°28.951’ N 39°09.088’  W 095°29.528’

N 39°09.090’  W 095°29.149’ N 39°09.073’  W 095°29.155’ N 39°09.173’  W 095°29.532’

N 39°09.110’  W 095°29.108’ N 39°09.047’  W 095°28.911’

 

N 39°08.991’  W 095°28.895’ N 39°09.027’  W 095°28.889’ N 39°09.036’  W 095°28.840’

 

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

There is a creel survey at Perry Reservoir this year that will not end until late October.  Jacob and Jared will be traveling around the reservoir collecting information from you about your fishing.  Please help them out and give the some good information and of course a good fish story!  This information is used in conjunction with the sampling date to better evaluate the Reservoir. 

I see some of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting on it: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing photos from other lakes that are not on the fishing reports click this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

Click on Perry Reservoir above the fishing report to look at the October netting pictures. Click on the underlined fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast. Zebra mussels were confirmed on 10-9-07, so make sure you clean, drain and dry your boat after leaving Perry.



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/14/2016

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



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 9/14/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 8 inches The bluegill population has seen some improvements in the last year and offers decent numbers of harvestable sized fish. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound A few crappie are being caught around the habitat buoy.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with 60% of the fish in the most recent sample were over 12 inches. 
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: 9/14/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population.  
Channel Catfish 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.  700 channel catfish were stocked on August 18th for a total of 4,000 fish stocked so far this year.  Dip bait, liver or worms.  Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Slow 1/4 to 1 pound A few being caught off of the docks or along the dam.
General Comments

Pott. # 2 is noted for family outings, scenic views, catch and release bass fishing, harvest of small crappie and channel catfishing. Due to repeated acts of vandalism the 2 fish feeders have been removed.

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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 9/14/2016

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

Fishing for channel catfish and flathead catfish has been good the last month.  A few nice blue catfish are also being caught.  Most of the catfish are being caught in the main channel below the 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@ksoutdoors.com.  A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

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

Fishing has been decent with the lower release rates and anglers have been doing fairly well with 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 Slow to Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds Best baits are jigs, crankbaits or live bait.  There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on saugeye. 
General Comments

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

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SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 5/17/2016

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. The newest is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creel Lake. 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 1.5 lbs Fish are still near the shoreline associated with the spawning activity. Currently there is also some harvest near structure on jigs and/ or minnows. Most of the fish are on the smaller side.  We sampled 190 crappie in our October nets: 168 were less than  5", 14 were 5-8", 1 was 8-10", 3 were 10-12" and 4 were 12-15" with the largest fish weighing 1.2 lbs. 
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the shoreling and some in the brush piles.  We sampled 268 bluegill in our October nets: 10 were <3", 171 were 3-6", 86 were 6-8" and 8-10" with the largest fish weighing 0.41 lbs.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.0 lbs Cut bait or shad in the south end of the lake are the best bet this time of year.  We sampled 28 channels in our October nets: 4 were 11-16", 17 were 16-24", 5 were 24-28" and 2 were 28-36" with the largest fish weighing 15.4 lbs.   
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Fish are in their spawning mode along the shoreline. Spinner baits or plastics worked slow around the shoreline and/or shallow brush.   
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.0 lbs. Drifting jigs and crawlers in front of the pump house hit both sides of the drop off.  We sampled 9 walleye in our October nets: 4 were of 10-15", 3 were of 15-20" and 2 were of 20-25" with the largest fish weighing 4.6 lbs.     
Wiper  Fair up to 7.5 lbs.  Drifting or casting shad or crank baits in open water. We sampled 24 wipers in our October nets: 16 were 12-15", 7 were 15-20" and 1 was 20-25" with the largest weighing 7.4 lbs.  
General Comments

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

I see a few of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of pictures: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing pictures.  Just click on this link  https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pitures, nice channel, good crappie, wipers and a blue catfish! Click on Pony Creek above the fishing report and see some nice fish! We electrofished some nice fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 9/27/2016

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.
       
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, small jigs, and small spinners.
Channel catfish Poor-Fair 0.5-4 lbs Using worms, shad, stinkbait, liver,  and cut bait.
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: 9/26/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Minnows on a slip-bobber fished in deeper water. 
Channel Catfish 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. Shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points and live bait along the dam. 
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics and spinner-baits are working best right now fished near shoreline structure. Best bite has been in the early morning. 
Trout   Catchable Trout season is over, but look for them again next fall! 
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: 9/14/2016

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. 
Crappie Fair to Slow 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 August 10th there were 1,050 channel catfish stocked into the lake.  So far this year 4,650 channel catfish have been stocked.  Dip bait, worms or liver.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

There is a creel survey being conducted at the lake in 2016.  If you are surveyed by the creel clerk, then please answer completely to help us better understand your angling experience and preferences.  Thanks!!

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: 9/14/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Slow to Fair 1/2 to 1.5 pounds The lake has decent numbers of larger fish.  A few fish being caught the last month.  Best places have been standing timber or rocky points near channels.
White Bass Slow to Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake does not have a lot of white bass this year but the fish are big. Near rock points.
Catfish Fair Up to 20 pounds

Fair channel catfish numbers and a young blue catfish population. Decent fishing in the upper third of the reservoir with cutbait.  Fishing at the tubes has been good for catfish. 

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

Largemouth Bass Fair 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 in the reservoir this year. 
General Comments

You can check current water conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/14/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a decent bluegill population. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. 
Crappie Fair 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 Fair Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye 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: 9/26/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Some crappie are being caught on jigs and minnows suspended near structure. 
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Worms and wax worms under a bobber fished in the shallows.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lbs. Liver or livebait fished near mainlake points. Best bite is occurring in the evenings.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished shallow and near vegetation edges. Best bite early-mornings and late-evenings. 
Smallmouth Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Fair 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   Catchable Trout season is over but target them again next fall.   
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.