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
115-17-02 (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.

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
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 171.88 60.94 0.00 3.15 G 122.85
COWLEY SFL 164.71 77.65 3.53 4.66 G 186.67
BUTLER SFL 161.37 78.43 5.88 6.40 G 177.25
FORD SFL 155.34 84.53 1.96 6.70 G 157.33
PRATT CO. LAKE 142.01 10.92 0.00 3.42 G 142.01
MCPHERSON SFL 117.52 39.37 1.68 5.60 G 96.32
ROOKS STATE LAKE 116.67 30.39 0.00 3.51 G 102.81
GARNETT CITY LAKE-SOUTH 114.58 39.58 0.00 3.62 G 135.20
LYON SFL 104.90 34.31 0.00 3.03 G 111.11
MONTGOMERY SFL 102.61 49.02 2.61 5.61 G 83.32
ALTAMONT - IDLE HOUR LK - CL W 102.04 78.51 16.52 7.09 G 82.60
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 98.99 38.35 0.00 4.48 G 107.32
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 98.32 8.17 0.00 4.83 G 81.99
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 97.32 20.54 1.79 5.53 G 84.11
WILSON SFL 92.65 31.62 1.47 4.79 G 112.84
PLAINVILLE TOWNSHIP LAKE 90.59 22.35 0.00 4.65 G 75.33
LOGAN CITY LAKE 90.20 29.41 0.00 3.60 G 56.19
JEWELL SFL 90.00 51.18 3.53 6.13 G 88.24
SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE 88.24 52.10 0.84 4.37 G 105.33
BARBER SFL - LOWER 85.78 19.31 0.00 2.13 F 50.25
JETMORE CITY LAKE 84.65 7.54 0.00 3.31 F 73.97
WASHINGTON SFL 84.31 31.50 0.00 6.18 G 57.53
BROWN SFL 81.93 68.89 7.48 7.59 G 76.88
MELVERN RIVER POND 80.39 43.14 0.00 4.43 G 39.54
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 77.45 32.35 0.00 4.17 G 60.13
DOUGLAS SFL 76.47 10.78 0.00 2.34 G 66.49
OLATHE - CEDAR LAKE 71.57 48.04 1.96 5.56 G 52.59
PLEASANTON WEST LAKE 70.59 39.22 3.92 5.16 G 70.59
ATWOOD - LAKE ATWOOD - MAIN 67.47 31.05 0.00 4.24 G 47.41
OSAGE CITY LAKE 67.06 23.53 0.00 4.68 G 67.06
PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA 65.69 30.39 1.96 5.07 G 42.20
MOLINE OLD CITY LAKE - SOUTH 64.71 23.53 0.00 2.49 G 60.78
GREAT BEND-VETS PARK LAKE 63.79 16.18 1.47 5.52 G 39.64
EDNA CITY LAKE 61.76 0.00 0.00 1.22 G 61.76
LEAVENWORTH SFL 61.10 2.35 0.00 3.38 F 59.69
MEADE SFL 61.00 55.45 1.96 6.94 P 81.21
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 60.00 32.35 0.59 6.04 F 34.56
ALTAMONT - IDLE HOUR LK - CL E 58.82 37.25 1.96 5.63 G 65.69
POTTAWATOMIE CO. LAKE 58.17 3.03 0.00 2.54 G 79.76
LENEXA LAKE - LENEXA 57.50 13.10 1.96 5.74 G 82.32
SHAWNEE SFL 54.30 19.12 3.76 5.81 G 59.60
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 53.91 26.30 0.00 4.34 G 42.07
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #1 52.86 11.73 0.00 2.65 G 49.43
PLEASANTON EAST LAKE 48.24 18.82 0.00 3.47 G 48.24
NEOSHO SFL 48.04 20.59 0.98 5.45 G 47.55
SCOTT SFL 47.83 27.51 0.00 3.42 G 44.76
COLDWATER LAKE 46.47 29.71 0.00 2.92 P 45.97
BOURBON SFL 42.48 17.65 0.65 4.62 G 39.05
MARION CO. LAKE 42.16 3.92 0.00 2.82 G 42.16
OSAGE SFL 40.44 5.88 0.74 4.65 F 27.53
KIOWA SFL 38.89 2.78 0.00 2.49 P 47.42
BELLEVILLE - ROCKY POND 38.82 29.41 0.00 4.78 F 25.89
GARDNER CITY LAKE 38.24 14.71 0.98 5.18 G 63.88
SHERIDAN SFL 37.84 7.08 0.00 1.94 P 31.32
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 36.27 21.57 0.00 4.29 G 37.58
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 36.03 10.29 0.00 3.38 F 32.23
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 33.70 14.00 2.05 5.96 F 34.81
HOLTON-PRAIRIE LAKE 32.35 13.24 1.47 5.14 F 39.60
ELLIS CITY LAKE 31.25 8.49 0.00 5.12 F 33.71
ANTHONY CITY LAKE 30.98 16.86 0.39 4.91 F 30.20
SPRING HILL CITY LAKE 30.44 10.37 0.00 4.51 F 30.44
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 30.24 3.77 0.00 3.04 F 45.37
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 29.41 7.19 1.31 6.84 F 45.10
GRAHAM CO-ANTELOPE LAKE 28.39 17.43 0.00 3.27 F 35.21
CHASE SFL 27.45 3.92 0.00 2.49 F 41.18
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 25.49 5.88 0.00 2.58 F 34.97
CLARK SFL 24.94 10.00 2.47 7.50 F 24.94
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 24.51 13.73 0.00 3.96 F 24.28
EUREKA CITY LAKE 24.51 3.92 1.96 5.07 G 21.57
GOODMAN SFL 23.20 5.72 0.00 2.23 P 27.22
OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE 22.17 5.83 0.00 2.68 F 35.28
WELLINGTON-HARGIS CREEK LK 22.06 17.65 0.00 3.93 P 22.06
WOODSON SFL 21.72 7.03 0.00 4.49 F 12.58
KDOT W. BORROW PIT (WICHITA) 21.49 9.73 1.47 5.40 F 21.78
KINGMAN SFL 21.27 16.74 0.00 4.44 F 23.87
LEBO CITY LAKE 20.83 9.38 0.00 4.82 F 18.76
MIAMI SFL 19.44 12.58 0.98 5.68 F 33.47
OTTAWA SFL 18.63 4.90 0.00 4.63 F 25.18
MADISON CITY LAKE 18.38 12.50 0.00 3.32 F 17.57
HORSETHIEF 18.33 5.73 0.00 4.45 F 16.94
NEBO SFL 18.29 13.85 0.00 5.41 F 22.91
GEARY SFL 16.67 9.80 0.00 3.78 F 9.80
WICHITA-CHISHOLM NORTH LAKE 15.29 10.59 0.00 4.97 F 12.43
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 14.65 6.81 0.93 5.22 F 11.00
HARVEY CO. LAKE-WEST 13.45 10.08 0.00 4.34 F 14.96
CRAWFORD SFL 13.45 6.72 0.84 4.89 F 19.79
SEDGWICK CO.-LAKE AFTON 9.31 5.39 0.98 5.55 P 11.34
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 7.84 3.92 1.96 6.06 F 6.54
WICHITA- K-96 LAKE (CRUISER LK) 3.92 1.96 0.00 3.29 P 3.92
HARVEY CO. LAKE-EAST 3.53 2.35 0.00 3.55 P 4.41
JEFFREY EC - AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 2.61 2.61 0.00 3.15 F 5.63
MOLINE NEW CITY LAKE - NORTH 1.96 1.96 0.00 2.82 P 2.43
OLPE CITY LAKE 1.68 0.00 0.00 1.15 P 2.07

Ponds

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
OVERBROOK KIDS POND 144.44 5.56 0.00 1.61 G 76.07
HOLYROOD CITY LAKE 103.89 62.95 5.13 5.72 G 79.20
SEVERY CITY LAKE 78.43 13.97 0.00 3.74 G 70.02
SALINA-LAKEWOOD LAKE 58.06 50.22 0.00 4.80 G 116.96
OVERBROOK CITY LAKE 55.26 10.53 0.00 4.77 G 34.98
STERLING CITY LAKE 46.90 19.28 0.00 4.27 G 55.43
BLACK KETTLE SFL 34.97 11.66 0.00 3.91 F 41.07
EMPORIA-PETER PAN PARK 13.04 13.04 0.00 2.64 F 19.66
FALL RIVER RES. SP KIDS POND 12.50 12.50 0.00 2.41 G 11.25
NEMAHA WILDLIFE AREA POND 11.95 11.95 1.85 5.56 F 11.95
WALNUT CREEK - TORONTO RES 11.76 8.24 0.00 3.90 F 11.76
GLEN ELDER STATE PARK POND 8.82 8.82 0.00 2.83 P 8.82
KDOT - E. BORROW PIT (WICHITA) 7.84 3.92 3.92 6.06 P 19.27

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
SEBELIUS 211.18 71.76 1.18 5.04 G 116.08
WEBSTER 57.65 25.88 0.00 3.75 G 57.45
LACYGNE 56.15 45.45 3.74 7.71 E 49.31
KIRWIN 55.88 38.24 0.00 3.12 G 50.39
WILSON 47.01 31.99 0.73 5.47 G 56.92
BIG HILL 35.78 19.12 0.00 4.59 G 38.19
KANOPOLIS 17.03 2.14 0.53 4.85 F 11.66
CEDAR BLUFF 14.99 5.22 0.13 5.83 G 7.44
GLEN ELDER 12.52 6.45 0.00 4.92 G 10.60
EL DORADO 9.41 4.71 0.59 3.47 F 7.94
MILFORD 7.52 2.94 0.00 3.69 F 6.26
WOLF CREEK 6.25 4.55 0.00 3.94 F 10.29
LOVEWELL 2.94 2.35 0.00 4.56 F 2.65
FALL RIVER 0.98 0.00 0.00 1.10 P 0.98
HILLSDALE 0.88 0.63 0.00 2.24 P 2.10
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