LARGEMOUTH BASS

Largemouth Bass Image

Part of a group known as the black basses, including the smallmouth and spotted basses, the largemouth grows the biggest. Common in farm ponds, the largemouth likes shallow, murky water and usually associates with structure such as weeds or submerged timber. Some of the newer reservoirs and smaller lakes with standing timber also provide good largemouth fishing. Of the black basses, the largemouth is the only one with a mouth that extends behind the eye. The world record weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces. The Kansas record is 11 pounds, 12 ounces.

Regulations
115-18-08 (PDF - 9.48 kB)

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

115-17-02 (PDF - 12.19 kB)

Commercial Sale of Fish Bait

115-07-08 (PDF - 51.15 kB)

Bass fishing tournaments.

115-18-20 (PDF - 8.80 kB)

Tournament bass pass; requirements, restrictions, and pass duration.

115-07-09 (PDF - 57.25 kB)

Weigh-in black bass fishing tournaments not using tournament black bass pass.

Fishing Forecast Information

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Lakes

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
  LAKE          
CHASE SFL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 51.43
FORD SFL 260.00 42.86 0.00 4.63 G 115.22
COWLEY SFL 189.41 56.47 1.18 4.32 G 180.78
BUTLER SFL 172.63 106.32 8.42 7.03 E 184.01
GARNETT CITY LAKES-SOUTH 151.61 70.97 1.61 4.82 G 165.18
FORT SCOTT GUNN PARK W POND #2 146.15 42.31 0.00 3.62 E 90.59
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 118.10 41.90 0.00 3.86 G 117.47
LYON SFL 111.76 17.65 0.00 3.86 G 99.41
MONTGOMERY SFL 104.71 22.35 2.94 5.88 G 54.35
JEWELL SFL 102.35 74.12 1.76 5.42 G 86.25
WILSON SFL 101.76 48.24 1.76 6.16 G 95.49
MEADE SFL 95.74 68.09 2.13 5.20 G 88.66
SABETHA PONY CREEK LAKE 88.98 65.35 0.00 3.91 G 114.85
MCPHERSON SFL 86.78 42.15 3.31 5.42 G 80.79
LENEXA-LAKE LENEXA 84.62 14.42 0.96 4.82 G 102.24
DOUGLAS SFL 83.65 7.69 0.00 1.98 G 75.60
BROWN SFL 77.94 69.12 7.35 6.59 G 86.03
LEAVENWORTH SFL 73.53 2.94 0.00 2.03 G 52.87
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 73.13 10.00 0.00 3.67 G 79.81
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 71.83 5.63 0.00 1.90 F 59.34
GARDNER CITY LAKE 67.31 21.15 2.88 5.72 G 65.29
ALMA CITY LAKE 66.98 17.92 0.00 4.77 G 115.44
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 66.67 24.39 0.00 4.17 G 110.00
DOUGLAS CO. LONESTAR LAKE 56.86 13.73 0.00 3.80 G 52.29
SHAWNEE SFL 56.44 23.76 1.98 5.77 G 65.81
ATCHISON SFL 55.38 27.69 1.54 4.57 G 66.37
ROOKS SFL 54.12 14.12 0.00 5.51 G 65.31
SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE 50.98 17.65 0.65 4.77 G 58.82
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE-EAST 49.02 9.80 0.00 2.35 G 64.05
GRAHAM CO. ANTELOPE LAKE 47.75 32.43 0.00 3.57 G 34.01
HORTON MISSION LAKE 46.08 29.41 7.84 5.58 G 49.43
SCOTT SFL 46.03 13.97 0.00 3.42 G 43.66
OLATHE-CEDAR LAKE 45.10 24.51 1.96 5.36 G 43.90
WASHINGTON SFL 44.09 31.18 0.00 3.43 G 50.40
GREAT BEND VETS PARK LAKE 42.31 7.69 1.92 5.37 G 42.26
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 41.18 24.51 0.00 4.52 G 42.85
SHERIDAN SFL 40.15 0.76 0.76 6.67 F 27.50
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 39.76 7.23 0.00 3.26 G 61.60
ELLIS CITY LAKE 37.40 19.08 0.76 5.22 G 25.95
SEDAN-NEW CITY LAKE-SOUTH 37.25 15.69 0.00 3.68 G 32.82
HOLTON-BANNER CREEK LAKE 35.40 19.25 0.00 4.10 F 37.08
OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE 34.29 18.10 1.90 5.56 G 44.45
MIAMI SFL 34.29 26.67 1.90 5.09 G 34.84
PAOLA CITY LAKE-LAKE MIOLA 33.65 18.27 0.00 4.15 F 29.37
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 33.09 16.18 0.00 3.16 F 25.94
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 32.31 14.62 0.00 4.52 F 39.15
MOLINE OLD CITY LAKE-SOUTH 30.88 16.18 0.00 2.35 G 62.13
GARNETT CEDAR CREEK LAKE 30.73 11.98 0.00 4.14 F 44.66
LOUISBURG CITY LAKE 30.19 0.00 0.00 1.61 F 30.19
ANTHONY CITY LAKE 29.41 15.88 0.59 5.69 F 20.10
OTTAWA SFL 27.45 10.29 0.00 4.15 F 31.12
KINGMAN SFL 26.47 20.00 0.00 4.30 F 28.05
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #1 26.42 5.66 0.00 2.49 F 70.10
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD MAIN 25.74 9.56 0.00 3.30 G 31.13
OSAGE SFL 24.51 5.88 0.00 5.14 F 26.47
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 23.53 9.56 0.00 3.83 F 23.12
SEDAN OLD CITY LAKE-NORTH 23.53 7.35 0.00 3.69 G 36.60
MADISON CITY LAKE 22.55 11.76 0.98 6.17 G 36.44
KDOT W BORROW PIT (WICHITA) 22.06 8.82 0.00 4.47 F 34.03
BELLEVILLE ROCKY POND 20.55 15.07 0.00 3.31 F 19.46
BOURBON SFL 19.61 8.82 0.00 2.42 G 36.21
NEBO SFL 17.65 11.76 0.00 3.55 F 49.91
MELVERN RIVER POND 17.65 13.73 0.00 4.27 F 19.19
LOGAN CITY LAKE 17.65 11.76 0.00 2.90 F 28.78
HARVEY CO. LAKE-WEST 16.47 8.24 2.35 5.04 F 20.59
EUREKA CITY LAKE 14.71 4.90 0.00 4.52 F 25.90
SEDGWICK CO. LAKE AFTON 13.37 7.49 0.53 5.45 F 14.77
WICHITA CHISHOLM-NORTH LAKE 11.86 6.78 3.39 5.63 F 11.49
GEARY SFL 11.76 7.84 0.00 3.19 F 13.41
JEFFREY EC - AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 9.00 5.00 0.00 2.78 F 8.17
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 8.82 1.96 0.00 3.52 F 6.40
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 8.82 5.88 0.98 4.80 P 10.33
LEBO CITY LAKE 7.59 3.45 0.00 4.04 P 24.72
HARVEY CO. LAKE-EAST 5.29 2.94 0.00 3.17 P 14.14
WOODSON SFL 3.57 2.68 0.00 3.39 P 3.57
SABETHA CITY LAKE 2.13 2.13 0.00 3.81 P 2.13
MOLINE-NEW CITY LAKE-NORTH 1.96 1.96 0.00 2.11 P 6.64
OLPE CITY LAKE 1.18 0.00 0.00 1.26 P 3.36

Ponds

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
  POND          
OVERBROOK KIDS POND 144.44 0.00 0.00 1.43 G 76.07
EMPORIA-JONES PARK-WEST POND 114.29 7.14 0.00 1.56 G 119.05
HOLYROOD CITY LAKE 101.92 19.23 0.00 4.22 E 68.17
EMPORIA-JONES PARK-NORTH 100.00 23.08 0.00 2.57 G 68.53
SALINA LAKEWOOD LAKE 95.24 57.14 0.00 2.83 G 101.75
STERLING CITY LAKE 78.85 26.92 0.00 3.63 G 79.22
OLPE JONES PARK POND 72.73 18.18 0.00 2.64 G 47.16
JEWELL CITY LAKE-EMERSON LAKE 58.82 32.35 0.00 4.18 G 87.11
SEVERY CITY LAKE 55.88 11.76 0.00 2.87 G 63.57
EDGERTON CITY LAKE 50.00 31.58 0.00 4.90 G 50.00
EMPORIA-JONES PARK-EAST POND 40.00 10.00 0.00 2.20 G 42.50
BLACK KETTLE SFL 33.33 12.96 0.00 4.36 F 43.53
KDOT E. BORROW PIT (WICHITA) 30.00 17.50 0.00 4.29 F 21.06
OVERBROOK CITY LAKE 25.53 10.64 0.00 4.45 F 19.71
FALL RIVER SP-KIDS POND 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.64 F 10.00
EMPORIA-PETER PAN PARK 9.09 4.55 0.00 3.40 F 27.08

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
  RES          
SEBELIUS 91.18 32.35 0.00 4.32 G 67.56
WEBSTER 73.53 21.18 0.00 3.99 G 40.74
WILSON 72.76 42.88 1.24 5.78 G 43.35
LACYGNE 55.42 33.13 6.02 6.49 E 51.34
BIG HILL 50.42 23.53 2.52 5.44 G 30.40
KIRWIN 42.35 34.71 0.00 2.92 G 32.39
TORONTO 9.80 5.23 0.00 3.53 P 9.80
GLEN ELDER 9.00 5.19 0.17 5.38 G 15.50
EL DORADO 6.47 2.94 0.00 3.04 F 6.76
KANOPOLIS 6.34 1.46 0.00 3.78 P 9.80
MELVERN 5.10 1.37 0.00 2.69 F 7.29
CEDAR BLUFF 4.57 3.56 0.00 3.98 G 6.46
HILLSDALE 3.96 2.64 0.22 5.16 F 5.58
MILFORD 3.90 2.75 0.00 4.68 F 9.64
CLINTON 3.87 1.94 0.00 4.03 F 5.43
WOLF CREEK 3.85 3.85 0.00 3.04 F 13.08
PERRY 2.84 2.27 0.00 5.48 F 8.30
LOVEWELL 1.24 1.24 0.00 4.15 P 1.24
Stocking Records Information
Largemouth Bass Image

Part of a group known as the black basses, including the smallmouth and spotted basses, the largemouth grows the biggest. Common in farm ponds, the largemouth likes shallow, murky water and usually associates with structure such as weeds or submerged timber. Some of the newer reservoirs and smaller lakes with standing timber also provide good largemouth fishing. Of the black basses, the largemouth is the only one with a mouth that extends behind the eye. The world record weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces. The Kansas record is 11 pounds, 12 ounces.

FINGERLINGS

Water Water Type Stocking Date Number Stocked
LEBO CITY LAKE COML 5/21/2020 817
CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 5/21/2020 3777
MOLINE NEW CITY LAKE - NORTH COML 6/3/2020 3135
Cedar Bluff Reservoir RESV 6/5/2020 56423
Melvern Reservoir RESV 6/9/2020 16744
Melvern Reservoir RESV 6/9/2020 8350
Middle Creek State Fishing Lake SFLS 6/9/2020 2905
CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 6/10/2020 4038
Kanopolis Reservoir RESV 6/11/2020 7394
Kanopolis Reservoir RESV 6/11/2020 5589
Kanopolis Reservoir RESV 6/11/2020 2929
Kanopolis Reservoir RESV 6/11/2020 7771
Kanopolis Reservoir RESV 6/11/2020 11614
El Dorado Reservoir RESV 6/11/2020 10026
El Dorado Reservoir RESV 6/11/2020 5106
El Dorado Reservoir RESV 6/11/2020 4257
Hillsdale Reservoir RESV 6/16/2020 20554
El Dorado Reservoir RESV 6/16/2020 369
El Dorado Reservoir RESV 6/16/2020 6863
El Dorado Reservoir RESV 6/16/2020 8852
El Dorado Reservoir RESV 6/16/2020 36
MOLINE NEW CITY LAKE - NORTH COML 6/17/2020 11978
Cedar Bluff Reservoir RESV 6/17/2020 32637
Hillsdale Reservoir RESV 6/17/2020 8028
Hillsdale Reservoir RESV 6/17/2020 1147
LaCygne Reservoir RESV 6/24/2020 26500
    Total: 267839

FRY

Water Water Type Stocking Date Number Stocked
IOWA NULL 5/11/2020 100123
Horsethief Reservoir RESV 5/11/2020 172138
HODGEMAN STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 5/15/2020 55922
    Total:  328183