Region 2 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.

SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 6/29/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Jigs or minnows fished in 12-15 ft. of water.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 6 lbs. Doughbait or liver fished along the north shore.
Wiper Fair Up to 9 lbs. Topwater fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Trout Slow Catchable  
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.



ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
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 Horton Little Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 0.8 lbs Fish have scattered might find a few on the 6-10' brush piles, with a jig and minnow.  
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs From the May electrofishing data: we sampled 88 bluegill/hr over 3" with the largest being 8.3" and weighing .46 lbs.  Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the vegetation and along the piers. 
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 4.0 lbs Fish feeders are in and feeding sinking feed at 7:30, 8, noon, 7 & 7:30 pm. Fresh shad or cut bait in the shallows.   
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 2.5 lbs From the May electrofishing data: sampled 162 bass/hr over 8" with the largest being 18.9" and weighing 4.48 lbs.  Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow cover.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 1.1 lbs. From the May electrofishing data: sampled 39 redear/hr over 3" with the largest being 10.6" and weighing 0.88 lbs.  Small hunk or worm or cricket under a bobber around the shallow vegetation. 
General Comments

Feeders are in and feeding 5 times a day.

Check out the May electrofishing pictures!

I see some of you have visited my Facebook page.  I've been posting a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, fish stocking and electrofishing photos 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!  

May electrofishing pictures, check out these fish! To see the new electrofishing 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: 6/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
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 Horton Little Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Fish have scattered for the summer.  Might locate a few on that deeper brush, jig and minnow.
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber or small spinner around the vegetation.     
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 9.0 lbs Fish feeders are in and feeding sinking food at 7:30, 8, noon, 7 & 7:30 pm.  Cut bait or fresh shad in the shallows or where the water is running in.   
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 3.5 lbs. From the May electrofishing data: we sampled 166 bass/hr over 8" with the largest being 20.6" and weighing 4.6 lbs.  Spinner or cranks baits worked shallow and along the face of the dam.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the vegetation and around the piers.   
General Comments

Feeders are in and feeding 5 times a day, water is a little murky from all the recent rails.

Take a look at the May electrofishing pictures!  

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!

May electrofishing pictures, lots of bass 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: 6/12/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has very good numbers of nice sized catfish.  They can be found cruising the shallows and feeding up.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Wiper Slow Up to 12" Wiper were introduced last year to help control the gizzard shad population.  The first stocking did well and there are low numbers of 10 to 12" 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 Highest sample numbers of crappie in over 10 years. Most of the crappie are below 10 inches, but fair numbers of larger crappie around. 
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Overall, saugeye numbers are looking good.  Near the dam or road beds with big jigs or 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: 6/30/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

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

Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-7 lbs Using nightcrawlers, sunfish, shad, stinkbait, and liver. 
Blue catfish Slow-Fair 0.5-3 lbs Using nightcrawlers, minnows, jigs and crankbaits.
Flathead catfish Fair 2-10 lbs Using sunfish, shad, and nightcrawlers.  Some being caught in the outlet.
Walleye Slow-Fair 1.5-5 lbs Vertically fishing jig and nightcrawler and trolling crankbaits.
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 June 30 was 1.95 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 21 cfs, water temp = 79.   Feeders in Marina Cove and near #3 boat ramp are running.  Bloomington feeder is not running.  Brushpiles 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: 6/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & 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 0.3-3 lbs Using jigs and spinnerbaits.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs Some being caught on nightcrawlers, liver, stinkbait, sunfish and minnows.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & 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
LM Bass Fair 0.3-1 lb Using jigs , spinners and minnows
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lb Using piece of worm under bobber, small spinners and jigs.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs Fish have been caught off stinkbait, livers, minnows, worms, and sunfish.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/29/2015

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 Slow Up to 12 inches Jigs fished in 12-15 ft. of water.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits fished near the docks and near edges of vegetation.  A good top-water bite at dawn and dusk is being reported.  
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: 6/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
       
       
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Crappie Good up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near rock and creek channels 10-15ft deep.
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks lakewide
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lbs jig and worms and crankbaits along dam and rock points
Black bass Good up to 4lbs topwater, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits near rock/brush/points along the shoreline
Bluegill Good size varies tube jigs and worms near shallow cover
General Comments
This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2015 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 6/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
       
       
       
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Good up to 4 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near brush 10ft deep
Walleye Good up to 5 lbs along deep edges of flats on crawlers and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Good   along dam and points on jigs and crankbaits
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2015 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 6/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
       
       
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks and near creeks
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rocks
Largemouth Bass Slow    
Bluegill Good   tube jigs and worms near brush and rocks
White Bass Fair   along dam on jigs 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: 6/29/2015

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2015 Fishing Forecast  
Walleye Fair Up to 8 lbs. Walleye are actively feeding at this time to restore energy stores.  Some walleye are being taken on mud-flats near the main creek channels, and moving shallow to feed at dusk.  
Crappie Fair Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie have dispersed from the shoreline, but some aggregations can be found around timber and deeper brush.  Some crappie are being taken around timber in the Scott Creek Arm and Wade Branch Arm near Russel Crites boat ramp.  Jigs or minnows on slip-bobbers work best at this time.   
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. White bass can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. A few fish are being taken in the Little Bull Arm.  Follow the shad schools and look for shad busting on the surface of the water.  

Largemouth

Bass 

Fair Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass are biting in the Scott Creek Arm. Target them in the flooded water willow and near vegetation edges. Largemouth bass can be targeted elsewhere in shallow flooded vegetation.  Plastic baits and spinner-baits appear to be the baits of choice.  
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 cat can be taken on a variety of baits using the traditional prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are being taken lake wide at this time. A good channel catfish bite is also being reported at the outlet at this time.    
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of June 29th the water level is 1.0 ft. above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

  



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 6/24/2015

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
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to fish and look for your lake.
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 Horton Little Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up tp 1.0 lbs. Fish have scattered for the summer.  You can locate a few on that 6-8-9' brush, with a jig and minnow. 
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs. From the May electrofishing data: we sampled 45 bluegill/hr over 3" with the largest being 7.7" and weighing 0.42 lbs.  Hunk of worm under a bobber in the shallow vegetation around all those flooded cottonwood trees.   
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 12.0 lbs. Cut bait in the shallow areas works great this time of year.  Fish feeders are in and feeding floating feed 5 times a day: 7:30, 8, noon, 7 & 7:30 pm.  Fish the west end where the water is running in.
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 3.5 lbs. From the May electrofishing data: we sampled 39.2 bass/hr over 8" with the largest being 19.7" and weighing 4.35 lbs.  We also sampled 4 smallmouth with the largest being 2.4 lbs.  Spinners or cranks around the shallow vegetation, they are up in a foot of water or less feeding. 
Walleye/ Sauger Fair-Good up to 5 lbs. Jigs and crawlers on those humps and bumps.  
General Comments

4 fish feeders are in and drawing those fish in right now!   I just added the May electrofishing pictures. 

The lake is full, lots of fish feeding in the new flooded vegetaion!  

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!

May electrofishing are up, we have lots of water to fish now! 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: 6/22/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair to Good 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank tends to be the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has very good numbers of fish around 10" to 11" long. 
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds Fishing for cats has been decent lately.  Near the inlet, the Northern end or near the fish feeder with traditional catfish baits.
Walleye Fair 1 to 5 pounds A few being caught with nightcrawlers.  Walleye numbers are down this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch lenght limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass are up shallow cruising the banks and can be caught casting jigs or plugs.
Wipers Fair 1 to 12 pounds A few being caught along the dam or near the inlet.  The lake has good numbers of 16-22" wipers with a few bigger ones around. The daily creel limit for wipers is 2.
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. As of June 10th, the lake was full and the boat ramp was usable.

Zebra mussels have infested Make-Up Lake. The lake has been 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: 6/22/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Good Up to 5 lbs Lots of smallmouth bass being caught!  The dam is usually the best spot.
Channel Catfish Fair to Slow Up to 8 lbs Channel catfish numbers are down this year and there have not been a lot caught this spring, but there are some big cats around. There is a fish feeder near the docks. 
Walleye Fair to Good Up to 6 lbs Anglers have been reporting doing well that last few weeks.  Trolling crankbaits or dragging nightcrawlers off of main points or around the island.
White Bass Good Up to 18" The lake has good numbers of big white bass.  Trolling has been the best bet lately.
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 8 lbs The lake has a decent wiper populations with most of the fish over 20 inches and can be caught with 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. The Jeffrey Energy Center allows up to 30 anglers to fish at any one time. You can call the Guard House to check on availability at (785) 456-6149.  As of June 10th, the lake was full and the boat ramp was usable. 

Zebra mussels have been found at Auxiliary Lake. The lake has been 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: 6/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   For Fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click on Got to Fish and look for your lake.
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 newest issue is available now and features Perry and Horton Little Lake Fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
LM Bass Fair-Good up to 2.5 lbs From May electrofishing samples: 132 bass/hr over 8" with the largest sampled being 18.3" and weighing 2.65 lbs.  Spinner baits or plastics worked in all that new flooded vegetation.  
Channel Catfish Fair up to 5.0 lbs   Cut bait or livers off of the fishing piers and around the feeders. All 7 are working and feeding sinking fish food at 7, 7:30, noon, 7 & 7:30 pm.  Fish the upper ends when the water is running in with a glob of worms-right in the vegetation.  
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs From the May electrofishing data: 112 bluegill/hour over 3" with the largest being 9" and weighing .66lbs!  Small hunk of worm under a bobber right in the flooded vegetation or around the feeders.  
Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs Fish have scattered for the summer might locate a few on that 12-16' brush with a jig and minnow. 
Redear Sunfish Fair-Good up to 0.75 lbs From May electrofishing data: sampled 58 redear/hour over 3" with the largest being 10.6" and weighing 0.87 lbs!  Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the flooded vegetation, especially up the main are on the south side.  
Wiper Fair up to 4.0 lbs These guys are always hungry and looking for shad.  Shad colored cranks just out of the vegetation and off the main point. 
Walleye fair Up to 3.0 lbs Twisters or crankbaits close to the dam and rocky points these guys are done spawning and are eating now.  
General Comments

Adam is the new Creel Clerk at the Lake.  He'll be asking you a few quick questions that will help us better manage the fish population, he likes a good fish story!

The May electrofishing pictures, Lake is full and looks great!  

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! 

 May electrofishing 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: 6/29/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 11 lbs. Catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits. Look for them around flats and in the boat ramp cove near the feeder.   
Crappie Good Up to 15 inches Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found. Crappie can be taken on jigs fished near the submerged roadbed and deep brush right now. 
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: 6/29/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
LM Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Weedless plastics fished off the fishing piers and top-water lures at vegetation edges.
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 Good Up to 14 inches Crappie being taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties.
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
Due to treatment and warmer water temperatures the curly-leaf pondweed stand has died off for 2015.  Fishing conditions have improved and some very nice crappie and channel catfish were sampled during spring electrofishing. 



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Good up to 50lbs blue cats fair on fresh cut bait 10-20ft deep along windy banks and channel ledges, good on set lines in the river, channel cats good on worms/cut bait near flooded vegetation 
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs tube jigs and minnows 10ft deep near flooded coves, points and ledges with gravel, brush or rock
Walleye Fair to Good   near edges of flats on worms and crankbaits 20ft deep
White Bass/Wipers Good   along deeper flats, humps, and points on jigs and crankbaits
Smallmouth Bass Good up to 4lbs crankkbaits and jigs 5-10ft deep near rock/gravel points, some topwater action
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs jigs, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits near points with flooded brush/rock/ledges, some topwater action
Outlet good   catfish on cut bait and white bass/wipers on jigs when releasing water
General Comments

NEW!!! CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT THE 2015 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: 6/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
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 shortly and features Perry and Horton Little Lake. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.3 lbs. From May electrofishing data: sampled 190 bluegill/hr over 3" with the largest  being 7.3" and weighing 0.4 lbs.  Small hunk of work under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.    
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 8.0 lbs Feeders are in and feeding sinking food at 7:30, 8, noon, 7 and 7:30 pm. Cut bait, either shad or bluegill under the feeders or at the west end where the water is running in.  
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5.5 lbs From May electrofishing data: sampled 57.7 bass/hr over 8" with the largest being 20" and weighing 5.74 lbs!  Spinner baits or cranks worked slow around the brush piles and vegetation.  
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow around the brush piles, fish have scattered for the summer. 
 Comments

Feeders have been moved back to their spots and are feeding sinking food. 

The May electrofishing pictures are up, lake is dirty!

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!

May electrofishing 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: 6/29/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Good 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 Good  Up to 6 lb. Largemouth bass are currently being caught in the flooded water willow.  High abundance of largemouth bass with the majority of the largemouth bass obtaining 12-20 inches in length.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Fair Up to 11 lbs. Jigs fished near mainlake points.
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: 6/29/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure and water willow edges.
Channel catfish Good 0.5-6 lbs 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 taken on live bait, jigs, or shad imitation lures along rocky shoreline structure or in open water along mud flats. 
 
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 decimel 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: 6/24/2015

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 be start spawning as the water temperature gets to around 54 degrees, I sent the first sample in the end of May. 
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a news letter for Perry and other waters in my District. The next issue is available now, Perry Reservoir and Horton Little Lake are in this edition. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Horton Little Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Good up to 15.0 lbs Cut bait, either shad or bluegill/greensunfish or a glob of worms where the creeks are running in.  Even in the mowed Park areas/flooded areas.
Sauger Fair up to 2.6 lbs. Fish those rocky areas along the west side down towards the dam.  Fish are moving to the SE corner of the dam and the humps in the lake, jig and crawler or shad colored cranks.     
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5.0 lbs. From June electrofishing data (water was up 10' when we tried to sample); sampled 13.1 largemouth/hr over 8" with the largest fish being 18.3" and weighing 3.44 lbs.  We also sampled 7.8 smallmouth/hr with the largest being 18.7" weighing 3.44 lbs.  Crank baits or plastics worked slow around the newly flooded shallow brush.     
White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Use twisters and jigs off the rocky points, fish will be a little hard to locate with all the new murky water.      
White Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Fish in Rock Creek and Slough Creek fishing jigs and minnows.  Fish have scattered for the summer find them on that 12-16' brush.
Blue Catfish Fair-Good up to 25.0 lbs. Had a tournament couple weekends ago and a couple 36" fish caught that weighed over 25 lbs.  Fresh shad in the northern 3rd or the Reservoir, up towards Hwy 92 and north.  
Comments

Lake is coming down, only up 12' and the Corps is releasing 10,000 CFS.  Only boat ramps to use are the two Marina ramps! 

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 May electrofishing 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: 6/12/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Poor 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has fair numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Poor 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 Poor 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great population that contains all sizes of fish.
General Comments
The lake is pretty high and muddy right now which has made for tough fishing. 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: 6/12/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 8 inches The lake has a fairly good bluegill population this year. You can always catch a few with worms under a bobber or with small lures or flies.
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers are down some this year, but the fish in the lake are of nice size.  Some being caught along the rock piers with jigs or minnows.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with most of the fish 12 to 15 inches. Bass are hanging out along the weed line and can be caught on typical bass lures.
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: 6/12/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a fair 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. This allows for good harvest rates of eater size catfish.  800 channel catfish were stocked on 6/3/2015.  This brings the yearly total to 3,100 channel catfish stocked so far this year.  Fish can be found around the two fish feeders, along the dam, in the two feeder creeks or in some of the flooded vegetation.  The best baits have been worms or commercial catfish bait and it seems like everyone is usually catching a few lately.
Crappie Fair 1/4 to 1 pound A few being caught along the dam or rock piers with a minnow under a bobber.
General Comments

Pott. # 2 is noted for family outings, scenic views, catch and release bass fishing, harvest of small crappie and channel catfishing. The channel cat population is maintained with 2 fish feeders and frequent stockings of 12+ inch fish from March through September.

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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 6/12/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Slow 1 to 20+ pounds A few channel catfish are being caught and the occasional flathead in the slower current areas.  Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.
White Bass & Wipers Slow 1/2 to 6 pounds

No recent catches.

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

Drum Slow 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are a abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Poor 3/4 to 5 pounds Very tough with all the water coming through.  There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on saugeye. 
General Comments

Tough to fish lately with the flood waters coming through.  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: 6/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Summer Fishing Opportunities Red Hot   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
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 Horton Little Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs Fish have scattered.  Few fish are still in the creek to the south end some have moved to the trees, minnow and jig. 
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs From May electrofishing data: sampled 213 bluegill/hr over 3" with the largest fish being 8.3" and weighing 0.59 lbs.  Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush piles and all that new flooded cover.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 13.0 lbs Cut bait or shad in all that newly flooded vegetation.  
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 3.5 lbs. From May electrofishing data: sampled 129 bass/hr over 8" with the largest fish being 19.7" and weighing 4.3 lbs.  Spinner baits or plastics worked slow around the shallow brush and flooded vegetation, especially the south end.   
Walleye Fair up to 4.0 lbs. Drifting jigs and crawlers in front of the pump house hit both sides of the drop off.     
Wiper Fair up to 8.3 lbs. Either side of the pump house cove drifting shad or crank baits.   
General Comments

The lake is full and looks just right for fishing on Father's Day weekend!

Check out the May electrofishing photos, pretty nice fish out there!  

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!

May electrofishing pitures, nice largemouth, good crappie, catfish and bluegill! 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: 6/24/2015

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.
Black Bass Fair 0.3-2 lbs Using crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits around shoreline cover
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lb Using pieces of worm under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs Using nightcrawlers, shad, sunfish, liver, and stinkbait.
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 STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/22/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a very good population of black bass over 15 inches. 
Crappie Slow 1/2 to 1 pound Along the dam or near the brush piles listed below.
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 17th there was 1,290 channel catfish stocked into the lake. So far this year 4,070 catchable sized channel catfish have been stocked into the lake. Good places to find them are around the 2 fish feeders, along the dam, or in some of the flooded vegetation. Best baits have been commercial catfish bait, but you can always catch them on worms.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

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

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Brush piles at GPS coordinates

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



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 6/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Poor 1/2 to 1.5 pounds Fishing has been tough with the flood waters.
White Bass Poor 1/2 to 2 pounds No recent reports.
Catfish Slow Up to 20 pounds Some being caught in the flooded vegetation. 
Largemouth Bass Poor 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 Poor Up to 6 pounds No recent reports.
General Comments

Tuttle Creek is 30 feet above conservation pool which has made fishing tough! You can check current conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/12/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & 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 Fair numbers of channel cats are available.  The dam or the upper end of the lake are both good spots this time of year.
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 Slow Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs Saugeye numbers have been improving and there are some keepers around over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments

The lake has been getting lots of rain and has been muddy.

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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/29/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Jigs or minnows fished in the mainlake.
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lbs. Liver or livebait fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Smallmouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Fair/Good Up to 6 lbs. Shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. Nightcrawler and a jig drift fished across mud flats
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.