Bourbon State Fishing Lake Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass FAIR Fish 10 to 18 inches dominate the population Fish the deeper water structure, weedbeds and piers,  spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers.
Bluegill/redear sunfish FAIR all sizes Nice redear are available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float. Bluegill are also available but are smaller in size.  
Walleye FAIR varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish FAIR 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms, lakewide,
Crappie Slow to FAIR 8 - 12 inches and up Over brushpiles,near drop-offs this time of year using minnows, jigs ,  hit or miss until weather warms up and stays warmer.
General Comments

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

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

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

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

 Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY"

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

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