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

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
COWLEY SFL 205.88 77.94 0.00 3.80 E 164.05
BUTLER SFL 186.27 100.00 18.63 6.54 E 164.71
WILSON SFL 144.12 51.76 2.35 4.89 E 75.15
SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE 140.71 62.14 2.86 5.19 E 140.71
GARNETT CITY LAKE-SOUTH 139.39 66.67 0.00 4.06 E 171.97
ROOKS STATE LAKE 137.65 17.65 0.00 4.20 G 70.91
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 130.00 34.00 0.00 2.51 E 122.26
LYON SFL 116.67 33.33 2.94 4.60 G 91.32
POTTAWATOMIE CO. LAKE 111.76 14.71 4.41 5.68 E 91.73
LENEXA LAKE - LENEXA 105.77 18.27 0.00 3.86 G 98.22
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 104.31 31.90 0.00 4.82 E 116.68
MEADE SFL 89.86 65.22 0.00 4.63 F 70.08
MOLINE OLD CITY LAKE - SOUTH 86.76 26.47 0.00 2.87 G 68.50
GARDNER CITY LAKE 85.58 26.92 0.00 4.49 G 63.37
MCPHERSON SFL 84.17 35.97 0.72 5.27 G 79.79
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 81.88 9.38 0.00 3.25 G 83.64
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 77.11 3.61 1.20 3.45 F 49.34
ALTAMONT -IDLE HOUR LAKE (CL–EAST) 72.55 39.22 7.84 5.77 G 67.39
JEWELL SFL 72.35 57.65 2.94 5.71 G 73.40
BROWN SFL 70.79 40.45 4.49 4.91 G 90.08
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #1 69.61 2.94 0.00 2.20 G 140.27
LOGAN CITY LAKE 67.12 10.96 0.00 2.49 G 34.34
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 66.67 21.14 1.63 4.09 G 60.50
SHAWNEE SFL 64.00 35.20 1.60 4.67 G 65.91
ATCHISON SFL 63.53 41.18 3.53 4.67 G 71.87
ALTAMONT- IDLE HOUR LAKE (CL–WEST) 63.16 39.47 2.63 4.61 G 41.58
JETMORE CITY LAKE 62.79 41.86 1.16 5.36 G 61.40
PLAINVILLE LAKE 57.45 31.91 0.71 5.34 G 54.88
KIOWA SFL 57.14 18.37 0.00 2.38 F 75.37
BOURBON SFL 55.86 8.28 0.69 4.71 G 60.34
CHASE SFL 54.90 11.76 0.00 3.46 G 51.43
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 54.90 21.57 0.00 4.33 G 64.49
FORD SFL 54.17 12.50 0.00 4.41 G 31.07
BONE CREEK LAKE 50.27 40.11 1.60 5.05 G 37.44
OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE 50.00 39.22 0.00 4.19 G 51.61
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD-MAIN 49.02 14.71 0.00 4.12 G 36.93
NEOSHO SFL 47.06 27.21 0.00 4.37 G 49.26
MIAMI SFL 46.15 33.65 4.81 5.47 G 31.74
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 46.08 14.71 0.00 4.16 F 50.65
HOLTON-PRAIRIE LAKE 45.83 22.22 0.00 4.41 F 47.92
FORT SCOTT-GUNN PARK W POND-#2 45.61 29.82 1.75 5.11 G 74.09
COLDWATER LAKE 44.94 14.61 0.00 3.15 F 50.71
LEAVENWORTH SFL 44.44 2.61 0.00 1.86 F 38.77
SCOTT STATE LAKE 42.97 10.55 0.00 4.10 G 52.36
MONTGOMERY SFL 42.65 7.35 0.49 4.01 G 29.07
SEDAN NEW CITY LAKE- SOUTH 42.16 17.65 1.96 4.54 G 30.60
SEDAN OLD CITY LAKE- NORTH 41.18 20.59 2.94 5.40 G 43.14
OLATHE - CEDAR LAKE 40.74 26.85 0.00 4.25 G 52.73
DOUGLAS SFL 40.20 7.84 0.00 3.40 F 83.33
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 40.00 18.13 2.50 7.52 G 60.77
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 40.00 13.13 0.63 4.60 G 40.03
WASHINGTON SFL 39.08 26.44 1.15 5.03 F 49.11
FORT SCOTT CITY LAKE 36.47 14.12 0.00 3.68 F 36.47
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 35.29 21.18 0.00 3.96 G 51.70
NEBO SFL 32.08 26.42 0.00 4.32 F 64.46
ELLIS CITY LAKE 31.96 16.49 0.00 3.78 F 19.37
GRAHAM CO-ANTELOPE LAKE 30.88 25.00 0.00 3.71 F 32.10
GMAN SFL 30.68 0.00 0.00 1.47 P 30.68
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 30.39 5.88 0.00 2.40 F 61.76
OTTAWA SFL 29.44 12.22 0.00 3.15 F 29.28
LEBO CITY LAKE 27.86 18.57 0.00 3.27 F 33.62
PAOLA CITY LAKE(LAKE MIOLA) 27.10 7.48 0.00 3.24 F 24.82
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 26.47 8.82 0.00 2.88 F 32.10
CRAWFORD SFL 26.14 14.38 0.65 4.92 G 24.03
CHERRYVALE CITY LAKE-TANKO 26.00 2.00 0.00 1.99 F 26.00
EUREKA CITY LAKE 25.49 3.92 0.00 3.18 G 35.58
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 24.82 8.03 0.00 2.87 F 21.32
MELVERN RIVER POND 20.59 10.78 0.00 3.32 F 27.51
BELLEVILLE-ROCKY POND 18.37 8.16 0.00 3.56 F 18.37
OSAGE SFL 17.65 2.94 0.00 2.97 F 29.74
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #9 17.14 11.43 0.00 3.46 F 17.14
SHERIDAN SFL 15.87 0.53 0.00 1.60 P 26.68
HORSETHIEF 15.32 5.65 0.00 4.17 P 23.47
BARBER SFL-LOWER 14.71 5.88 1.47 4.98 F 24.95
GREAT BEND-VETS PARK LAKE 13.04 7.25 0.00 3.52 F 29.88
MADISON CITY LAKE 11.76 6.86 0.00 3.67 G 48.71
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 10.59 4.12 0.00 4.19 F 19.42
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 10.48 8.57 0.00 3.38 P 11.02
OSAWATOMIE CITY LAKE 6.86 0.00 0.00 1.14 P 6.86
JEFFREY EC-AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 5.88 2.61 0.00 2.38 F 7.71
BIG HILL WILDLIFE AREA-NORTH POND 4.76 0.00 0.00 0.67 F 4.76
ATCHISON CO. LAKE 4.69 4.69 0.00 2.45 P 4.69
MOLINE NEW CITY LAKE - NORTH 3.36 0.84 0.00 1.67 P 11.88
OLPE CITY LAKE 3.36 1.68 0.00 2.19 P 3.61
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 2.94 0.00 0.00 1.05 F 5.19
GEARY SFL 0.98 0.00 0.00 1.22 F 16.68
JEFFREY EC-MAKE UP LAKE 0.98 0.98 0.00 2.23 P 1.33
MARION CO. LAKE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 60.29

* Not sampled in 2019. Rating is based on biologist's current opinion of the fishery and the three-year average provides density data from past year's sampling results.

Ponds

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
SALINA-LAKEWOOD LAKE 200.00 6.25 0.00 3.35 G 105.00
EMPORIA-JONES PARK WEST POND 150.00 0.00 0.00 1.35 G 105.95
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #4 80.77 19.23 0.00 2.30 G 80.77
SEVERY CITY LAKE 78.57 4.76 0.00 3.31 G 49.13
EMPORIA-JONES PARK NORTH 69.23 15.38 0.00 1.98 G 57.42
JEWELL CITY LAKE - EMERSON LAKE 59.38 12.50 0.00 2.00 G 88.29
BLACK KETTLE SFL 55.88 29.41 2.94 5.73 F 48.63
OLPE - JONES PARK POND 50.00 40.00 0.00 3.43 G 31.25
STERLING CITY LAKE 41.18 19.61 0.00 4.13 F 84.80
EMPORIA-JONES PARK EAST POND 37.50 25.00 0.00 2.37 G 48.21
EMPORIA-PETER PAN PARK 36.84 21.05 0.00 2.79 G 35.71
HOLYROOD CITY LAKE 34.43 11.48 1.64 5.45 G 36.33
COFFEYVILLE-LECLERE 16.22 2.70 2.70 5.32 F 16.22
OVERBROOK CITY LAKE 13.89 5.56 0.00 2.26 P 29.67
GLEN ELDER STATE PARK POND 8.82 5.88 0.00 3.75 P 10.78
OVERBROOK KIDS POND 7.69 0.00 0.00 1.05 P 39.26
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #2 5.88 0.00 0.00 0.98 P 5.88

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
KIRWIN 52.94 3.53 0.00 4.00 E 18.27
LACYGNE 48.00 30.86 2.86 6.70 E 62.56
SEBELIUS 45.88 12.94 0.00 4.45 E 50.13
WEBSTER 41.18 7.19 0.00 3.60 E 16.23
WILSON 32.85 15.71 0.29 5.90 E 21.79
BIG HILL 28.37 10.73 0.00 4.08 E 22.57
GLEN ELDER 10.38 7.96 0.00 3.65 G 15.98
CEDAR BLUFF 2.72 2.17 0.00 2.39 F 11.42
MILFORD* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 12.64
EL DORADO* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 9.26
HILLSDALE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 8.96
PERRY* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 7.72
CLINTON* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 6.64
MELVERN* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 4.38

* Not sampled in 2019 due to high water levels. Rating is based on biologist's current opinion of the fishery and the three-year average provides density data from past year's sampling results.

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
(FISH) MARSHALL CO-STUDER POND FISH 5/29/2019 478
HOLTON-ELKHORN LAKE COML 5/20/2019 525
WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 5/15/2019 9116
SHAWNEE COUNTY-SHAWNEE JR COML 5/20/2019 200
EISENHOWER STATE PARK POND - NEW WMAS 5/20/2019 50
HESSTON - INTERSTATE PARK POND CFAP 5/16/2019 100
IDLEWILD PARK POND CFAP 5/21/2019 100
JUNCTION CITY - HELLAND POND COML 6/13/2019 804
Webster Reservoir RESV 5/16/2019 54131
Webster Reservoir RESV 5/16/2019 19334
Webster Reservoir RESV 5/16/2019 8590
Kirwin Reservoir RESV 5/22/2019 38672
Kirwin Reservoir RESV 5/30/2019 37210
Kirwin Reservoir RESV 5/30/2019 6412
Cedar Bluff Reservoir RESV 5/22/2019 20517
Cedar Bluff Reservoir RESV 5/22/2019 4160
Cedar Bluff Reservoir RESV 5/22/2019 4552
Cedar Bluff Reservoir RESV 6/5/2019 22657
Cedar Bluff Reservoir RESV 6/5/2019 9277
Cedar Bluff Reservoir RESV 6/5/2019 9352
      246237

FRY

Water Water type Stocking date Number stocked
IOWA NULL 4/24/2019 50176
Bone Creek Lake COML 4/15/2019 218377
      268553