BLUEGILL

Bluegill Image

The bluegill is one of the most common panfish in Kansas, and it provides many youngsters with their first fishing thrill. Although it doesn't grow to enormous weights, the tenacious, saucer-shaped fish makes up for size with a scrappy fight. Common in most farm ponds and smaller community and state fishing lakes, bluegill are most easily caught when they move into shallow water and begin dishing out spawning beds. The state record bluegill weighed 2 pounds, 5 ounces. The world record is 4 pounds, 12ounces.

Regulations
115-17-02 (PDF - 12.19 kB)

Commercial Sale of Fish Bait

115-18-08 (PDF - 9.48 kB)

Retrieval and possession of game animals and migratory game birds - Requirements

Fishing Forecast Information

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Lakes

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (LBS.)   (>6”)
ROOKS STATE LAKE 62.00 2.50 0.00 0.47 G 24.33
PLAINVILLE LAKE 31.00 7.00 0.00 0.51 G 32.67
OSAWATOMIE CITY LAKE 22.00 0.00 0.00 0.31 G 22.00
GRAHAM CO-ANTELOPE LAKE 19.50 1.25 0.00 0.64 G 7.81
JETMORE CITY LAKE 19.00 0.25 0.25 0.45 G 19.00
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 17.25 0.00 0.00 0.28 F 14.38
COWLEY SFL 16.67 0.33 0.00 0.31 G 8.31
SCOTT STATE LAKE 16.22 1.44 0.00 0.44 G 16.52
LOGAN CITY LAKE 15.00 0.00 0.00 0.36 G 8.00
CHASE SFL 12.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 5.58
LYON SFL 12.00 1.50 0.00 0.42 G 9.17
MIAMI SFL 11.50 0.00 0.00 0.20 G 10.78
EUREKA CITY LAKE 10.50 0.00 0.00 0.30 G 8.67
JEWELL SFL 9.60 0.00 0.00 0.31 G 4.95
MCPHERSON SFL 9.33 0.17 0.17 0.22 G 17.06
CHERRYVALE CITY LAKE-TANKO 7.00 0.00 0.00 0.19 F 7.00
MONTGOMERY SFL 7.00 0.00 0.00 0.28 G 4.46
POTTAWATOMIE CO. LAKE 6.75 0.00 0.00 0.28 G 9.63
FORD SFL 6.25 0.00 0.00 0.34 G 8.92
WILSON SFL 5.00 0.00 0.00 0.33 G 3.17
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 4.88 0.00 0.00 0.33 F 9.50
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 4.75 0.00 0.00 0.23 G 7.50
THAYER CITY LAKE 4.75 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 3.63
NEBO SFL 4.33 0.00 0.00 0.24 F 1.61
ELLIS CITY LAKE 4.00 0.00 0.00 0.24 F 1.33
CHANUTE CITY LAKE 4.00 0.00 0.00 0.27 F 4.00
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 4.00 0.00 0.00 0.29 F 3.18
MOLINE OLD CITY LAKE - SOUTH 3.75 0.00 0.00 0.21 G 3.25
RICHMOND CITY LAKE 3.50 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 3.50
PAOLA CITY LAKE(LAKE MIOLA) 3.25 0.00 0.00 0.24 F 16.08
DOUGLAS SFL 3.25 0.00 0.00 0.28 P 1.92
WASHINGTON SFL 3.25 0.00 0.00 0.33 F 12.25
OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE 2.75 0.00 0.00 0.26 F 5.89
BOURBON CO. LAKE 2.67 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 2.67
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 2.50 0.00 0.00 0.21 F 1.33
ANTHONY CITY LAKE 2.50 0.00 0.00 0.19 F 1.92
SEDGWICK CO.-LAKE AFTON 2.40 0.00 0.00 0.27 P 1.60
BONE CREEK LAKE 2.38 0.00 0.00 0.31 G 1.71
KINGMAN SFL 2.25 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 0.95
OLATHE - CEDAR LAKE 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.15 F 13.50
NEOSHO SFL 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.35 F 4.03
GARDNER CITY LAKE 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.28 G 9.50
HOLTON-PRAIRIE LAKE 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 1.00
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.32 F 5.24
MADISON CITY LAKE 1.75 0.50 0.00 0.48 F 3.08
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 1.68
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD-MAIN 1.67 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 0.78
LEAVENWORTH SFL 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.26 P 1.42
FORT SCOTT CITY LAKE 1.38 0.00 0.00 0.33 F 2.88
BELLEVILLE-ROCKY POND 1.33 0.00 0.00 0.18 P 2.11
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW 1.25 0.00 0.00 0.22 P 0.50
BOURBON SFL 1.25 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 2.50
MELVERN RIVER POND 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.28 P 5.00
LENEXA LAKE - LENEXA 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.26 F 21.83
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #1 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.18 F 5.83
COLDWATER LAKE 1.00 0.75 0.50 0.67 P 0.63
HARVEY CO. LAKE-WEST 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.16 P 0.50
HORSETHIEF 0.88 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 2.00
HARVEY CO. LAKE-EAST 0.88 0.00 0.00 0.35 P 2.49
BUTLER SFL 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.19 P 1.00
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.33 P 3.13
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 0.63 0.00 0.00 0.33 P 2.46
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 0.60 0.00 0.00 0.18 P 0.80
GEARY SFL 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.15 P 0.92
MOLINE NEW CITY LAKE - NORTH 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.17 P 0.92
BARBER SFL-LOWER 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.22 P 0.25
CRAWFORD SFL 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.26 F 0.75
OTTAWA SFL 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.23 P 0.39
OSAGE CITY LAKE 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.15 P 0.50
JEFFREY EC-MAKE UP LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.18 P 1.33
THAYER CITY LAKE (NEW) 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.14 F 0.46
SHAWNEE SFL 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.25 F 1.42
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.17 P 5.97
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 1.17
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 0.20 0.00 0.00 0.18 P 0.28
JEFFREY EC-AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 0.13 0.00 0.00 0.24 F 3.79
ATCHISON SFL* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 1.50
GMAN SFL* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 P 0.00
MEADE SFL* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.12 P 0.00
LEBO CITY LAKE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02 P 0.33
SHERIDAN SFL* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 P 0.71
BROWN SFL* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 1.83
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.12 P 4.88
SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.10 F 4.25
ATCHISON CO. LAKE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.13 P 0.00
PLEASANTON CITY LAKE-OLD* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.11 F 0.00
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.25
OSAGE SFL* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.15 P 1.25
MARION CO. LAKE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 8.00

* Not sampled in 2019. Rating is based on biologist's current opinion of the fishery and the three-year average provides density data from past year's sampling results.

Ponds

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (LBS.)   (>6”)
OVERBROOK CITY LAKE 15.50 0.00 0.00 0.34 F 15.50
SEVERY CITY LAKE 14.50 0.50 0.00 0.41 G 12.17
STERLING CITY LAKE 11.33 0.00 0.00 0.23 F 5.44
COFFEYVILLE-LECLERE 6.00 0.00 0.00 0.25 F 6.00
JEWELL CITY LAKE - EMERSON LAKE 3.00 2.00 0.00 0.53 G 7.28
FORT LEAVENWORTH-SMITH LAKE 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.18 P 1.00
FORT LEAVENWORTH-MERRITT LAKE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 P 0.00

* Not sampled in 2019. Rating is based on biologist's current opinion of the fishery and the three-year average provides density data from past year's sampling results.

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (LBS.)   (>6”)
SEBELIUS 25.00 1.20 0.00 0.62 G 12.73
GLEN ELDER 7.50 0.15 0.00 0.45 F 2.98
WEBSTER 7.19 0.13 0.00 0.48 F 11.08
KIRWIN 6.25 0.00 0.00 0.38 F 3.67
MARION 4.91 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 7.05
WILSON 3.73 0.00 0.00 0.33 F 2.24
KANOPOLIS 3.50 0.00 0.00 0.35 F 1.68
HILLSDALE 3.38 0.13 0.00 0.44 F 3.63
CEDAR BLUFF 2.94 0.06 0.00 0.42 F 1.55
BIG HILL 2.80 0.10 0.00 0.31 F 2.93
EL DORADO 2.13 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 0.91
LOVEWELL 1.63 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 3.23
POMONA 1.44 0.00 0.00 0.30 F 0.65
LACYGNE 1.25 0.06 0.06 0.26 F 1.92
PERRY 1.24 0.00 0.00 0.34 P 0.77
WOLF CREEK 1.06 0.00 0.00 0.27 P 0.72
ELK CITY 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.27 P 0.52
MELVERN 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.26 P 0.32
JOHN REDMOND 0.13 0.00 0.00 0.19 P 0.06
COUNCIL GROVE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.09 P 0.03
TORONTO* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.09 P 0.02
CLINTON* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.90

* Not sampled in 2019. Rating is based on biologist's current opinion of the fishery and the three-year average provides density data from past year's sampling results.

Stocking Records Information
Bluegill Image

The bluegill is one of the most common panfish in Kansas, and it provides many youngsters with their first fishing thrill. Although it doesn't grow to enormous weights, the tenacious, saucer-shaped fish makes up for size with a scrappy fight. Common in most farm ponds and smaller community and state fishing lakes, bluegill are most easily caught when they move into shallow water and begin dishing out spawning beds. The state record bluegill weighed 2 pounds, 5 ounces. The world record is 4 pounds, 12ounces.

Adult

Water Water type Stocking date Number stocked
OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 9/19/2019 2465
OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 9/19/2019 1102
ROOKS STATE LAKE SFLS 9/18/2019 1843
LOGAN CITY LAKE COML 9/18/2019 551
Agra City Lake CFAP 9/18/2019 133
LARNED CITY POND POND 9/18/2019 646
Saline State Fishing Lake SFLS 6/5/2019 760
(FISH) OSBORNE-WALLACE #2 FISH 9/19/2019 969
PRATT COUNTY LAKE COML 7/2/2019 200
      8669

FINGERLINGS

Water Water type Stocking date Number stocked
(FISH) MARSHALL CO-STUDER POND FISH 10/15/2019 2025
WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 10/1/2019 90788
OVERLAND PARK - SUMMERCREST LAKE COML 9/13/2019 640
OVERLAND PARK - SUMMERCREST LAKE COML 9/13/2019 60
COLDWATER LAKE COML 10/17/2019 12612
Barber State Fishing Lake - Lower SFLS 10/29/2019 8700
Kiowa State Fishing Lake SFLS 10/17/2019 3116
Horsethief Reservoir RESV 10/29/2019 24534
JUNCTION CITY - HELLAND POND COML 10/15/2019 4725
PRATT COUNTY LAKE COML 10/1/2019 5625
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 6/27/2019 17181
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 9/23/2019 12555
      182561