Perry Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Invasive! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will start spawning as the water temperature rises to around 54 degrees. Please do not move water from Perry Reservoir.
Perry News Letter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) We publish a newsletter for Perry and other waters in the district twice a year. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Good up to 10.0 lbs Anglers are catching some Channel Catfish as the weather warms up. Try using cut or whole dead shad from shore or from boat.  
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir. These fish are staged up along the dam before they begin their spawning run and if you catch one, there should be others close by. 

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 3.0 lbs.

Crankbaits or plastics worked slowly around shoreline cover and woody habitat. The emerging Smallmouth Bass population are being caught. Generally off rocky shoreline and points.    
White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Some White Bass are being taken fishing rocky shorelines in the upper portion of the reservoir casting jigs and crankbaits resembling shad.  
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Many anglers have been coming out to the Lake with the warmer weather. Most are having success catching crappie using a jig with any color and chartreuse combination. 
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Anglers are catching a few Blue Cats already, drifting along the flats. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, many fish are below the length limit, with a few blue catfish over the 35 inch minimum length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  
Comments

As of March 13th, water temperature at Perry Lake is currently 48 degrees and the water level is steady at 889.34 (2' below conservation pool) with discharge at 25 cfs.  For more up to date lake conditions: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Perry-Lake/Daily-Lake-Info-2/ 

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

N 39°09.091’  W 095°29.067’ 

N 39°09.053’  W 095°29.174’ 

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

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

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