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
(FISH) RAWLINS CO - RIPPE FISH 5/5/2021 200
COLBY-VILLA HIGH LAKE COML 5/19/2021 500
SHERMAN CO-SMOKY HILL GARDEN COML 5/19/2021 250
    Grand Total 950

FINGERLINGS

Water Water Type Stocking Date Number Stocked
Andover - Lake George COML 9/16/2021 484
CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 9/15/2021 35429
CLEARWATER - CHISHOLM RIDGE LAKE COML 9/16/2021 1258
Haysville-Dorner Park CFAP 9/16/2021 2904
Horsethief Reservoir RESV 9/15/2021 47384
MOUNT HOPE - OAK STREET POND COML 9/16/2021 484
SG COUNTY-HORSESHOE LAKE COML 9/16/2021 968
SG COUNTY-MOSS LAKE COML 9/16/2021 1597
SG COUNTY-VIC'C LAKE COML 4/1/2021 1200
    Grand Total 91708