Critzer Lake Fishing Information
Don George, Fisheries Biologist 913-795-2218
Driving Directions: From Mound City go north on Hwy 7 to 875 Road; turn west onto 875 Road and follow the blacktop surface. The road will change from 875 Road to 900 Road and then to 1000 Road. From 1000 Road turn south onto Ingrahm Road. At 950 Road turn west and proceed to Hahn Cove, the Critzer Lake entrance. The lake entrance is south off of 950 Road.
Critzer Lake was designed and built as a regional water supply impoundment by Public Wholesale Water Supply District #13. The recreational opportunities are managed by Linn County. For additional information click on the link provided below and you will be directed to the Linn County, Kansas website.
Critzer Lake is 220 surface acres with a maximum depth of 50 feet. It is 2.4 miles long and has a large quantity of standing trees and habitat below the surface, so please adhere to the no wake policy. This is a fishing lake only not open to recreational boating. In 2007, the lake was impounded and stocked with walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redear, sunfish and black crappie. Fishing has been very good generally for all species. Largemouth bass anglers have been especially successful. This is primarily a boat lake.
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, Location|
|Largemouth Bass||Good||13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches||The water is at full pool, into a lot of weedbeds, water clarity is good at this time. Work the shore and water willow areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms. Early morning and evening are good times to work the shoreline with top water baits. With the cooler temp bass can be seen working the surface.|
|Smallmouth Bass||Slow||13 to 15"||A limited fishery exists some are taken on jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky areas|
|Channel Catfish||Good||15" to 8 pounds||This is a good catfish population with fish over 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds. Use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats, Fishing around the feeder can be very good. The fish feeder is on|
|Crappie||Slow to Fair||any size||Sampling indicates good numbers of nice fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and jigs, lakewide|
|Walleye||Slow to Fair||most between 15 to 17 inches||Recent sampling indicates good numbers of fish (17.5 to 22 inches) are available. Some are taken on jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel|
Critzer Lake is one of Kansas' newest lakes and was opened to fishing in August of 2011. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There is a double lane boat ramp. The floating dock is finished and compliments this great fishing lake. The lake is primarily a boat lake but there is shoreline access east of the boatramp where anglers can set up on the two piers and be very close to the parking lot. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit.
This lake was sampled on 5/19/2016, and many largemouth bass were caught and released, varying in size (nothing over 4 lbs.), as well as a few smallmouth bass. There is a great channel cat population, and a few walleye between 14 and 21 inches were seen as well.
The fish feeder is on and attracting lots of fish, the feeder throws feed out about 7 times a day.
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 CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!
We have improved the area with a floating dock, located just west of the boat ramp.
For tips on spring bass fishing watch this KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k
Check out this video from Brent Chapman fishing for bass in Critzer Lake! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngvw2uz3oH0
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
****Channel Catfish or Blue Catfish in combination
|Water||Water Type||Stocking Date||Number Stocked||Source|
|CRITZER LAKE||COML||06/25/15||8177||- PRATT HATCHERY|
|BIG HILL RESERVOIR||RESV||06/25/15||7770||- PRATT HATCHERY|
|GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE||COML||06/25/15||3730||- PRATT HATCHERY|
|CRITZER LAKE||COML||06/25/15||2268||- PRATT HATCHERY|
|BIG HILL RESERVOIR||RESV||06/25/15||2268||- PRATT HATCHERY|
|WINFIELD CITY LAKE||COML||10/28/15||588||- PRATT HATCHERY|