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

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/20/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Cold, but warming, water temperatures have these fish moving around a little bit although still tough to catch. Last years' reports show a lot of fish below the 15" length limit and some from 15" to 18". Recently, a 20# fish was caught. Try cutbait and worms this time of year.
Crappie Good 8-13" Good. The bite is still slow but heating up on brush piles and sunken logs. Try jigging small jigs from 6 - 10' depths.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 7 lb. Fair. Cold water (48 - 50 degrees) makes for tough Largemouth Bass fishing. However, memorable-sized fish can be caught in colder temperatures with slow presentations. Slowly drag large soft-plastic worms and tubes over points and gravel banks. Also try slow cranking around the rocks on the dam.
Saugeye Fair 15-23" Fair. Saugeye will likely be going through the motions of spawning near the dam and rocky banks. Try jigs and 3 - 4" swimbaits in 5 - 10' depths.
General Comments
A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.



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

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



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/16/2017

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



BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/22/2017

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

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

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

No recent reports

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 18 inch Bass are beginning to bite as the water temps increase.  Larger stick baits or large plastic baits are good choices.
Crappie     The majority of the crappie in the lake are small and the crappie population density needs to be reduced.  Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed  the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back.  Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!
Bluegill Fair up to 7 inch Small live bait offerings near shoreline cover on warmer afternoons.
General Comments
 



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/22/2017

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

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

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

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

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

New Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 10lbs

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

Fresh cut bait on deeper shorelines near the dam.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18 inches

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

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

Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 18 inches Look for saugeye along the dam and rocky shorelines.
Spotted Bass Fair up to 14 inch Crank baits or plastics along the dam and rocky points.
Bluegill     Live bait fished in shallow near shore areas close to vegetation, brush, or rock.
White Crappie Fair to Good 9 to 12 inches Off the points and off the dam 10 to 15 feet deep over deeper water.  Jigs and/or minnows.  A few fish have been going shallow on the warmer days.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/16/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/22/2017

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Bluegill      
Crappie Fair up to 11-inch Jigs and minnows suspended 10ft deep
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Cut bait in windblown areas
Black bass Fair up to 4lbs jerkbaits and jigs near points
Walleye      
White bass      
General Comments
The City of Council Grove requires Aquatic Nuisance Species certification of anglers and boaters at Council Grove City Lake. Go to ANS Certification to obtain the certificate. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.



COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/22/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir.

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

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

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lb cut bait near windy flats
Saugeye      
White Bass Fair   along the river channel on jigs
Wiper      
White Crappie Fair up to 15-inch

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

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

.06 feet low, releasing 4cfs

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/22/2017

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

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Few recent reports on channel catfish this week.

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



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

Blue catfish    

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

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

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

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

Wiper Fair up to 24 inch

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

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

White bass Slow up to 15 inch

No recent reports

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

White Perch Fair up to 11 inch

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

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

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

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

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


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

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

Trout Season opened November 1.

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

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

General Comments

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

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



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 3/17/2017

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

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

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



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/16/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 10" to 7 lb. Prepared baits and cut bait work well for Channel Catfish.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5lbs Try a plastic worm near cover or in shallow water along windblown shorelines on warm, sunny days.
Northern Pike Good Up to and over 30" Northern Pike are in the spawn and post-spawn phase. As the spawning period wraps up, look for pike to be scattered around the lake actively feeding until summer. 
Bluegill Poor Up to 1lb" Use worms under a bobber near structure, or a small spinning lure. Few quality-sized Bluegill are present.
General Comments
 



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/8/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Poor   Not much channel catfish activity this week.
White Crappie Fair Up to 11 inch Close to brush/cover in 8 to 12 feet of water, but shallower on the warmer days.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 16 inch Spinnerbaits or plastics near shoreline cover.
Saugeye Fair Up to 18 inch Worms, minnows, or jigs on rocky shorelines.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inch Worms or jigs in brushy/rocky areas.
White Bass Good Up to 14 inch Jigs and crankbaits or windblown shorelines.
Wiper Good Up to 18 inch Same as white bass.
General Comments
Boat and bait inspections are MANDATORY at Marion County Lake to prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Nuisance Species. Protect our waters... don't forget to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY!



MARION RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/22/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels     Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!
Channel Cat Slow to Fair Up to 4 lbs Shad sides or cut shad on wind blown points
White Crappie Slow Up to 12 inch A few fish are being caught in the river shallow and tight to cover.  Not many reports from the mainlake area this week.
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 24 inch The walleye are spawning and can be found along shallow rocky areas.  Just after sunset and before sunrise are the best times.  Artificial baits such as suspending jerk baits or jigs are good bets.
White Bass Slow up to 14 inch Few recent reports this week for white bass
Wiper Slow to Fair Up to 20 inch A few wipers have been found in shallow wind blown areas recently.  
General Comments

2.0 feet low, releasing 2 CFS

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



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 3/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

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

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

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

White Perch Good Up to 1 lb Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may be possessed or used as live bait ONLY while on this water, and may not be transported alive.
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs, up to 20" Channel cat will be stocked monthly until September.  There are lots of nice channel catfish at Afton - use prepared or cut baits for best results.
Saugeye Poor Up to 21" Saugeye are present in small numbers at Lake Afton. Use dark colored spinning jigs along dam and rocky shorelines.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 3 pounds Largemouth Bass fishing has been sporadic. Try an unweighted plastic worm worked slowly in shallow coves.
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Crappie fishing has been hit or miss lately. Your best bet is fishing after a few consecutive days of warm weather.
Bluegill Sunfish Poor Up to 1 lb Bluegill are out in deep water right now, but may move closer to shore as the water warms. Try a small piece of nighcrawler under a slip bobber about 1-2 feet above the bottom.
General Comments
 



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      Weekly Fishing Reports will return during March 2016
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Crappie Fair Up to 12-inch Crappie have been caught in the coves near standing timber 7 to 11 feet of water on minnows and jigs.
Channel catfish Slow to Fair Up to 3 lbs Shad sides fished on wind blown points
Black bass Slow   Smallmouth bass are protected with an 18-inch minimum length limit and few, if any, smallies have reached this size.  Look for largemouth around flooded shoreline cover and look for smallies along rocky shorelines, points, and along the dam.
White bass Fair Up to 15 inch Same as wipers
Wipers Fair Up to 20 inch Casting crankbaits or jigs to shallow windblown points during the warmer part of the day.
Walleye Slow Up to 25-inch

Walleye Minimum length limit 18 inches.

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

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