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
115-18-08 (PDF - 9.48 kB)

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

115-17-02 (PDF - 113.59 kB)

Commercial Sale of Fish Bait

Fishing Forecast Information

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Lakes

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (LBS.)   (>6”)
PLAINVILLE TOWNSHIP LAKE 105.50 3.00 0.00 0.47 G 82.67
ALTAMONT - IDLE HOUR LK - CL W 43.00 0.00 0.00 0.33 G 43.00
GARDNER CITY LAKE 38.75 0.25 0.00 0.35 G 14.58
LYON SFL 32.00 1.00 0.00 0.46 G 17.67
SCOTT SFL 28.67 6.83 0.00 0.54 E 20.38
ROOKS STATE LAKE 27.00 1.00 0.00 0.41 G 51.00
MOLINE OLD CITY LAKE - SOUTH 21.50 0.00 0.00 0.28 G 9.08
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 21.25 0.25 0.00 0.34 G 9.17
OLATHE - CEDAR LAKE 18.00 0.00 0.00 0.21 G 14.17
CHASE SFL 15.50 0.00 0.00 0.30 G 15.50
SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE 14.00 1.67 0.00 0.51 G 4.83
ALTAMONT - IDLE HOUR LK - CL E 14.00 0.00 0.00 0.42 G 14.00
SEDGWICK CO.-LAKE AFTON 13.00 0.00 0.00 0.35 G 11.80
JEWELL SFL 12.80 1.60 0.00 0.44 G 18.38
LENEXA LAKE - LENEXA 12.50 1.00 0.00 0.42 F 4.67
MCPHERSON SFL 12.50 0.00 0.00 0.32 G 12.67
EUREKA CITY LAKE 12.25 0.00 0.00 0.37 G 11.50
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 12.20 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 7.90
EDNA CITY LAKE 10.00 1.00 0.00 0.33 F 10.00
MIAMI SFL 8.25 0.00 0.00 0.30 G 11.08
COWLEY SFL 7.75 0.00 0.00 0.30 G 12.21
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 6.75 0.00 0.00 0.28 G 3.33
GRAHAM CO-ANTELOPE LAKE 6.67 2.67 0.00 0.62 G 15.06
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 6.63 0.00 0.00 0.33 G 6.46
POTTAWATOMIE CO. LAKE 6.33 0.00 0.00 0.30 G 6.54
NEOSHO SFL 6.25 0.25 0.00 0.44 G 4.17
MARION CO. LAKE 6.25 2.00 0.00 0.49 G 7.63
ANTHONY CITY LAKE 6.00 0.00 0.00 0.23 F 3.57
OSAGE SFL 5.75 0.00 0.00 0.32 F 2.88
WASHINGTON SFL 5.67 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 8.64
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 5.67 0.00 0.00 0.28 F 5.67
OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE 4.75 0.00 0.00 0.26 F 8.08
GEARY SFL 4.50 0.00 0.00 0.32 F 2.58
JETMORE CITY LAKE 4.25 0.25 0.00 0.44 F 11.63
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #1 4.25 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 2.53
FORT SCOTT-GUNN PARK W PD-#2 4.00 0.50 0.00 0.46 F 4.50
OTTAWA SFL 3.83 0.00 0.00 0.24 F 2.17
BELLEVILLE - ROCKY POND 3.75 0.00 0.00 0.32 F 3.19
MONTGOMERY SFL 3.75 0.00 0.00 0.30 G 4.50
BARBER SFL - LOWER 3.75 0.00 0.00 0.35 F 1.42
SPRING HILL CITY LAKE 3.50 0.00 0.00 0.19 F 3.50
HARVEY CO. LAKE-EAST 3.25 0.00 0.00 0.41 F 2.04
ELLIS CITY LAKE 3.00 0.00 0.00 0.18 F 9.89
BONE CREEK LAKE 3.00 0.00 0.00 0.38 G 10.13
PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA 2.75 0.00 0.00 0.19 F 5.75
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 2.75 0.00 0.00 0.26 F 1.63
GREAT BEND-VETS PARK LAKE 2.67 0.00 0.00 0.19 F 2.67
BROWN SFL 2.50 0.00 0.00 0.25 F 1.25
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 2.25 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 1.92
BOURBON CO. - CEDAR CREEK 2.25 0.00 0.00 0.29 F 2.25
LEAVENWORTH SFL 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.30 F 1.17
SHERIDAN SFL 2.00 0.13 0.00 0.52 F 2.50
NEBO SFL 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.22 P 2.03
JEFFREY EC-MAKE UP LAKE 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.27 P 1.42
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.29 F 1.33
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.35 F 1.08
ATWOOD - LAKE ATWOOD - MAIN 1.67 0.00 0.00 0.16 F 3.00
CRAWFORD SFL 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 0.67
WILSON SFL 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.41 F 7.83
HOLTON-PRAIRIE LAKE 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.18 P 1.75
CRITZER LAKE 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.19 P 1.50
KINGMAN SFL 1.40 0.00 0.00 0.17 P 1.22
CLARK SFL 1.38 0.38 0.00 0.42 F 1.94
MOUND CITY LAKE 1.25 0.00 0.00 0.21 F 3.00
JEFFREY EC - AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 1.25 0.00 0.00 0.40 F 0.84
LEBO CITY LAKE 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 0.75
RICHMOND CITY LAKE 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.18 P 1.00
COLDWATER LAKE 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.34 P 0.88
MADISON CITY LAKE 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.14 P 1.75
BOURBON SFL 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.21 P 0.63
SHAWNEE SFL 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.35 F 2.67
HORSETHIEF 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.34 F 0.61
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.17 F 1.21
WOODSON SFL 0.60 0.00 0.00 0.37 F 0.30
MEADE SFL 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.04 P 0.25
PLEASANTON WEST LAKE 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.20 P 0.75
PLEASANTON CITY LAKE-OLD 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.20 P 0.50
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 0.40 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 0.60
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.20 P 2.13
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 0.20 0.00 0.00 0.17 F 1.33
MOLINE NEW CITY LAKE - NORTH 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.12 P 0.17
LOGAN CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.10 F 11.67
FORT SCOTT CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.37 P 0.83
KIOWA SFL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.08 P 0.00
PLEASANTON EAST LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.12 P 0.38
HARVEY CO. LAKE-WEST 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.09 P 0.33
OLPE CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.15 P 0.00

Ponds

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (LBS.)   (>6”)
OLPE - JONES PARK POND 157.00 7.00 0.00 0.54 G 157.00
EMPORIA-PETER PAN PARK 36.00 0.00 0.00 0.20 G 36.00
EMPORIA-JONES PARK NORTH 28.00 2.00 0.00 0.43 G 28.00
EMPORIA-JONES PARK WEST POND 26.00 0.00 0.00 0.24 G 26.00
STERLING CITY LAKE 22.67 0.00 0.00 0.24 G 21.56
SEVERY CITY LAKE 19.50 0.00 0.00 0.15 G 15.50
ST FRANCIS-KELLER LAKE 17.67 0.00 0.00 0.22 P 17.67
ST. FRANCIS SAND PIT-NORTH 11.50 0.00 0.00 0.32 P 11.50
COLBY-VILLA HIGH LAKE 5.00 0.50 0.00 0.46 F 5.00
TUTTLE CREEK RIVER POND 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.24 P 1.50
BROWNING OXBOW 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.10 P 0.00
EMPORIA-JONES PARK EAST POND 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 P 0.00

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (LBS.)   (>6”)
SEBELIUS 60.10 6.50 0.00 0.63 G 47.40
CEDAR BLUFF 22.28 0.22 0.00 0.40 G 18.80
WILSON 8.27 0.00 0.00 0.33 F 7.82
HILLSDALE 6.25 0.06 0.00 0.46 F 4.73
LOVEWELL 4.83 0.00 0.00 0.29 F 2.99
WEBSTER 4.69 0.44 0.00 0.47 G 7.08
BIG HILL 3.70 0.00 0.00 0.33 F 3.53
KANOPOLIS 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.37 F 8.17
KIRWIN 1.56 0.06 0.00 0.59 G 2.92
LACYGNE 1.06 0.00 0.00 0.25 F 2.06
PERRY 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.32 F 1.53
MELVERN 0.71 0.07 0.07 0.30 F 0.76
MILFORD 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.43 P 0.91
FALL RIVER 0.44 0.00 0.00 0.26 P 0.66
POMONA 0.44 0.06 0.06 0.43 P 0.90
EL DORADO 0.42 0.00 0.00 0.20 P 0.40
CLINTON 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.26 P 2.47
GLEN ELDER 0.25 0.05 0.00 0.50 F 3.32
COUNCIL GROVE 0.08 0.00 0.00 0.15 P 0.11
TORONTO 0.07 0.00 0.00 0.18 P 0.06
ELK CITY 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.10 P 0.27
WOLF CREEK 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.18 P 0.45
TUTTLE CREEK 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.13 P 0.09
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
WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 9/16/2020 1660
WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 9/16/2020 1215
WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 10/12/2020 1654
FINNEY COUNTY -Wildwod PARK  NORTH COML 10/13/2020 263
FINNEY COUNTY-Wildwood PARK SOUTH COML 10/13/2020 254
CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 10/12/2020 3168
COLBY-VILLA HIGH LAKE COML 4/8/2020 200
SHERMAN CO-SMOKY HILL GARDEN COML 4/16/2020 275
    Total: 8689

FINGERLINGS

Water Water Type Stocking Date Number Stocked
CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 10/22/2020 11349
GOODMAN STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 10/22/2020 6984
FINNEY COUNTY -Wildwod PARK  NORTH COML 10/13/2020 2000
FINNEY COUNTY-Wildwood PARK SOUTH COML 10/13/2020 2000
COLDWATER LAKE COML 10/22/2020 14899
Barber State Fishing Lake - Lower SFLS 10/22/2020 6693
Kiowa State Fishing Lake SFLS 10/22/2020 3492
Horsethief Reservoir RESV 10/22/2020 25783
COLORADO NULL 11/10/2020 4862
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 9/30/2020 15200
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 10/7/2020 9280
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 10/22/2020 40333
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 11/3/2020 37570
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 11/5/2020 10800
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 11/12/2020 14498
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 4/15/2020 5472
    Total: 211215