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
115-07-08 (PDF - 51.15 kB)

Bass fishing tournaments.

115-07-09 (PDF - 57.25 kB)

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

115-18-20 (PDF - 8.80 kB)

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

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

Water Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3 year average
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
GARNETT-CRYSTAL LAKE 204.55 66.67 3.03 5.20 E 190.20
BUTLER SFL 193.14 90.20 6.86 7.03 E 140.20
ALMA CITY LAKE 161.83 57.60 0.00 3.00 G 100.87
COWLEY SFL 147.06 38.24 0.00 3.67 G 150.54
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 133.33 9.33 0.00 1.81 G 103.07
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 130.00 45.38 0.77 4.65 E 121.84
STERLING CITY LAKE 117.65 43.14 0.00 3.07 G 75.35
LENEXA-LAKE LENEXA 116.35 21.15 0.96 4.77 G 83.08
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 112.75 11.76 0.00 4.35 G 69.28
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #1 111.78 2.79 0.00 1.83 G 186.31
HORTON-LITTLE LAKE 108.43 24.10 3.01 5.17 E 108.43
BROWN SFL 105.42 47.19 1.00 4.74 G 105.42
DOUGLAS SFL 102.94 5.88 0.00 1.88 G 94.44
PLAINVILLE LAKE 100.30 23.95 0.00 3.19 G 51.40
NEBO SFL 96.39 42.17 6.02 4.79 E 77.63
KIOWA SFL 91.43 37.14 0.00 2.41 F 79.81
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 84.43 23.77 1.64 5.00 G 79.56
MARION COUNTY LAKE 84.31 10.78 0.00 3.09 G 60.29
JEWELL SFL 84.03 65.97 1.26 6.24 G 60.85
MEADE STATE LAKE 80.39 70.59 3.92 5.97 F 64.97
ATCHISON SFL 77.31 49.20 0.00 3.58 G 105.81
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 75.65 39.13 0.87 5.13 G 52.12
SHAWNEE SFL 74.98 43.09 1.72 4.69 G 61.68
MADISON CITY LAKE 71.86 54.75 6.84 5.19 G 61.21
GREAT BEND-VETS PARK LAKE 71.43 11.11 0.00 2.24 F 38.29
MCPHERSON SFL 71.43 44.81 1.30 4.81 G 70.94
SHAWNEE COUNTY-LAKE SHAWNEE 70.59 7.84 0.00 2.81 F 57.08
LYON SFL 66.87 16.97 0.00 3.86 G 75.85
WASHINGTON SFL 65.94 6.99 1.00 6.08 F 43.82
MOLINE OLD (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 65.87 20.96 0.00 2.24 G 52.63
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 63.27 35.20 5.10 5.79 G 67.91
ALTAMONT CITY LAKE-EAST 62.22 37.78 2.22 4.96 G 62.22
BALDWIN - SPRING CREEK LAKE 60.42 8.33 0.00 4.25 F 74.33
JETMORE CITY LAKE 60.00 33.33 2.67 7.69 G 60.00
DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONESTAR LAKE 53.92 8.82 0.00 4.22 F 64.38
SEVERY CITY LAKE 53.89 0.00 0.00 1.51 G 39.79
COLDWATER LAKE 52.94 25.49 0.00 3.84 F 58.49
HORTON-MISSION LAKE 50.87 38.15 0.67 5.83 G 50.87
SPRING HILL CITY LAKE 50.49 24.27 0.00 5.03 G 44.27
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #3 50.00 0.00 0.00 1.16 P 50.00
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 49.90 26.95 0.00 3.96 G 59.17
OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE 49.06 17.92 0.00 3.24 G 47.90
CHASE SFL 47.96 23.47 1.02 6.09 G 35.31
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 47.59 17.47 0.00 3.47 F 33.59
PLEASANTON - WEST LAKE 46.08 31.37 3.92 6.39 G 45.03
WICHITA - KDOT - WEST BORROW PIT 46.00 10.00 2.00 4.92 F 46.00
OLATHE-CEDAR LAKE 45.87 25.69 0.00 5.01 G 59.54
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 45.14 14.58 0.00 3.68 G 42.32
SEDAN - OLD (NORTH) CITY LAKE 45.10 29.41 3.92 4.61 G 43.00
HOLTON-ELKHORN LAKE 45.05 3.00 0.00 1.84 P 45.05
GARDNER CITY LAKE 42.99 20.56 0.00 3.86 G 50.38
SCOTT STATE LAKE 41.99 9.96 0.00 3.90 G 50.11
BLACK KETTLE SFL 41.38 25.86 0.00 4.64 F 32.45
WILSON SFL 40.59 18.24 0.59 4.54 G 55.94
LEAVENWORTH SFL 39.16 3.01 0.00 1.96 F 37.41
LEBO CITY LAKE 38.71 18.55 0.00 3.26 F 32.33
OSAGE SFL 37.25 6.86 0.00 3.52 F 33.66
OTTAWA SFL 36.47 14.12 0.00 3.50 F 21.58
EUREKA CITY LAKE 35.93 3.99 1.00 5.24 G 45.88
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 34.13 13.17 0.00 4.31 F 21.38
BOURBON SFL 33.16 2.67 0.00 2.82 G 82.46
MOUND CITY LAKE 31.76 16.47 0.00 4.10 G 31.76
FORD SFL 31.48 5.56 0.00 3.55 G 16.72
KINGMAN SFL 29.63 21.30 0.00 3.51 F 43.69
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 28.80 2.30 0.00 1.51 F 31.95
OSAGE CITY LAKE 28.43 13.73 0.00 4.21 F 28.43
HORSETHIEF  27.94 13.24 0.00 4.59 F 28.95
CRAWFORD SFL 27.54 16.77 0.00 4.80 G 22.76
GEARY SFL 27.48 9.92 0.00 3.06 G 23.66
PAOLA CITY LAKE 27.35 1.71 0.00 2.59 F 26.32
BONE CREEK LAKE 26.95 19.96 0.00 4.17 G 39.17
SHERIDAN SFL 26.47 0.00 0.00 1.47 F 25.36
BARBER SFL-LOWER 25.81 3.23 3.23 5.14 F 29.00
EDNA CITY LAKE 25.49 3.92 0.00 2.80 G 25.49
HARVEY COUNTY LAKE - WEST 24.71 8.24 0.00 4.52 P 13.82
MIAMI SFL 24.07 17.59 2.78 4.80 G 25.60
PARKER CITY LAKE 23.53 4.20 1.68 4.43 F 44.76
GRAHAM COUNTY-ANTELOPE LAKE 23.40 8.30 0.00 3.12 G 38.08
HARVEY COUNTY LAKE - EAST 22.99 10.16 0.53 5.73 F 21.98
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 21.01 6.52 0.00 3.79 F 15.72
ALTAMONT CITY LAKE-WEST 20.00 13.33 0.00 3.46 G 20.00
SEDAN - NEW (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 19.05 5.95 0.00 4.64 G 30.81
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD-MAIN 18.64 18.64 0.00 2.88 G 33.83
SEDGWICK COUNTY-LAKE AFTON 16.18 8.09 0.74 5.03 F 19.42
MONTGOMERY SFL 15.69 3.27 0.00 3.75 G 26.16
PLEASANTON - EAST LAKE 14.71 1.18 0.59 5.78 G 32.44
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 13.97 1.33 0.00 2.31 P 20.12
WICHITA - KDOT - EAST BORROW PIT 12.12 3.03 0.00 2.36 P 12.12
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 11.38 2.85 0.71 5.50 P 10.92
WICHITA-CHISHOLM NORTH LAKE 11.11 6.67 0.00 3.79 F 11.11
ANTHONY CITY LAKE 10.78 2.94 0.00 2.80 P 10.78
SALINA-LAKEWOOD LAKE 10.00 5.00 1.67 6.18 F 10.00
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #1 10.00 0.00 0.00 1.22 P 10.00
JEFFREY ENG. CTR.- AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 9.38 5.77 0.00 3.52 F 6.22
ELLIS CITY LAKE 8.49 1.89 0.00 2.02 F 11.39
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 7.43 2.70 0.00 3.80 G 7.15
OLPE CITY LAKE 5.32 0.67 0.00 1.51 P 3.06
ROOKS STATE LAKE 3.99 3.99 0.00 2.74 F 3.99
BARTLETT CITY LAKE 3.51 1.75 0.00 2.99 F 3.51
WICHITA-CRUISER LAKE 2.60 0.00 0.00 1.46 P 2.60
JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE UP LAKE 1.85 0.92 0.00 3.16 P 1.47
LOGAN CITY LAKE 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.98 F 1.50

Ponds

Water Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3 year average
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
JEWELL CITY LAKE 143.14 80.39 0.00 3.09 F 114.99
EMPORIA-JONES PARK - WEST POND 92.86 0.00 0.00 1.17 G 84.73
FORT SCOTT-GUNN PARK WEST POND-#2 80.00 40.00 0.00 3.88 G 60.89
EMPORIA-JONES PARK - EAST POND 50.00 20.00 0.00 2.48 G 75.88
EMPORIA-JONES PARK -NORTH POND 36.36 27.27 0.00 2.87 G 73.74
EMPORIA-PETER PAN PARK 35.29 17.65 0.00 2.86 G 29.49
FORT SCOTT-GUNN PARK EAST POND-FERN 28.41 8.52 0.00 2.91 G 28.41
ELK CITY WA PONDS 22.73 4.55 0.00 1.58 G 22.73
MELVERN RIVER POND 19.33 10.08 0.00 4.76 G 36.33
BUFFALO RANCH POND 18.52 0.00 0.00 1.00 G 18.52
OLPE-JONES PARK POND 17.96 11.98 0.00 2.20 G 20.61
ELWOOD WILDLIFE AREA POND 16.83 4.81 0.00 4.10 G 16.83
FALL RIVER RESERVIOR ST. PK. - KIDS POND 10.00 0.00 0.00 1.41 G 27.78
KANOPOLIS ST. PK. POND 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.12 P 10.00
GLEN ELDER STATE PARK POND 8.82 5.88 0.00 4.50 P 9.80

Reservoirs

Water Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3 year average
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
SEBELIUS (NORTON)  62.87 26.35 0.00 4.44 E 57.94
LACYGNE  50.59 39.41 7.06 9.31 E 68.49
WILSON  28.69 11.24 0.17 4.92 E 13.13
GLEN ELDER  27.13 11.64 0.24 5.20 G 13.25
WALNUT CREEK - TORONTO RES. 15.97 10.98 1.00 4.45 F 26.12
MILFORD  15.38 6.90 0.00 3.91 G 12.64
PERRY  13.25 6.02 1.20 6.20 G 7.72
KANOPOLIS  13.25 4.42 0.00 3.15 F 5.64
WOLF CREEK  12.54 6.27 0.00 3.32 F 8.00
BIG HILL  12.40 4.40 0.00 3.38 G 25.08
CLINTON  12.39 3.87 0.00 3.34 F 6.64
CEDAR BLUFF  12.09 5.56 0.00 3.74 F 13.06
FALL RIVER 11.98 8.98 1.00 4.93 F 9.35
MELVERN  9.49 2.28 0.00 3.42 F 4.38
HILLSDALE  7.19 4.32 0.29 5.36 F 8.96
WEBSTER  7.19 1.80 0.00 2.90 G 3.59
EL DORADO  7.06 2.35 0.00 2.73 F 9.26
KIRWIN  1.80 0.00 0.00 1.51 G 0.93
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 Source Number Stocked
PRATT FISH HATCHERY OTHR 05/31/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 6000
FARLINGTON FISH HATCHERY OTHR 05/15/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 165755
ROOKS STATE LAKE SFLS 05/16/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 6950
WEBSTER RESERVOIR RESV 05/17/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 64385
KIRWIN RESERVOIR RESV 05/16/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 86555
LOGAN CITY LAKE COML 05/16/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 1357
PLAINVILLE LAKE COML 05/16/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 3137
CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 05/12/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 8004
(FISH) MC CO - LAROCQUE POND FISH 05/31/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 1671
MELVERN REARING POND RPND 05/16/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 6078
EL DORADO RESERVOIR RESV 05/24/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 3084
PERRY RESERVOIR RESV 05/16/17 - FARLINGTON HATCHERY 7666
      Total Requested 470843
      Total Stocked 360642

FRY

Water Water Type Stocking Date Source Number Stocked
FARLINGTON FISH HATCHERY OTHR 04/12/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 558417
MEADE FISH REARING STATION RPND 04/19/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 174010
HARBIN FISH FARM   05/03/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 78937
JETMORE CITY LAKE COML 04/24/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 8858
HODGEMAN STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 04/24/17 - MEADE FISH REARING STATION 8234
      Total Requested 2489963
      Total Stocked 828456

INTERMEDIATES

Water Water Type Stocking Date Source Number Stocked
GOODMAN STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 09/13/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 406
LACROSSE-WARREN STONE LAKE COML 10/03/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 102
BELLEVILLE-ROCKY POND COML 10/17/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 270
SALINA-LAKEWOOD LAKE COML 10/10/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 865
HOLYROOD CITY LAKE COML 10/03/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 301
BARBER SFL-LOWER SFLS 09/13/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 315
Syracuse - Sam's Pond CFAP 10/05/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 131
(FISH) OSBORNE-WALLACE #2 FISH 10/17/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 680
(FISH) OSBORNE-WALLACE #1 FISH 10/17/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 400
MELVERN RESERVOIR RESV 11/04/17 - MELVERN REARING POND 2059
      Total Requested 4440
      Total Stocked 5529