SMALLMOUTH BASS

Smallmouth Bass Image

The smallmouth is a hard-fighting sport fish native only to a few waters in the southeastern corner of Kansas. Introduced in several larger reservoirs, the smallmouth has adapted well and attracts a growing number of angler fans. Smallmouths prefer clear water and rocky structure. The mouth of the smallmouth extends to just below the eye. The world record smallmouth weighed a whopping 11 pounds, 15 ounces. The Kansas record is 6 pounds, 6 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
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 5.69 0.00 0.00 1.15 F 4.74
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 5.29 2.35 0.00 2.71 F 6.03
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 4.41 0.74 0.00 1.26 F 3.47
JEFFREY EC-MAKE UP LAKE 3.85 3.85 0.00 2.19 F 2.90
JEFFREY EC - AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 1.88 0.63 0.00 1.65 F 2.35
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 1.56 1.56 0.00 1.18 P 1.56
GEARY SFL 0.98 0.98 0.00 1.57 P 0.98
MELVERN RIVER POND 0.98 0.00 0.00 0.83 P 0.98
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 0.65 0.65 0.00 2.16 P 0.65
JEWELL SFL 0.59 0.59 0.59 4.25 P 0.59
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.47 P 0.98

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
GLEN ELDER 20.68 13.85 2.47 3.34 G 31.20
WOLF CREEK 11.93 11.36 6.25 4.81 G 15.56
EL DORADO 11.76 5.88 1.18 2.72 F 14.41
WILSON 5.63 3.84 0.77 4.06 G 7.29
BIG HILL 3.92 2.94 0.98 2.97 F 3.05
MILFORD 3.92 1.96 0.00 1.58 F 5.64
CEDAR BLUFF 0.10 0.00 0.00 2.24 G 0.40
Stocking Records Information
Smallmouth Bass Image

The smallmouth is a hard-fighting sport fish native only to a few waters in the southeastern corner of Kansas. Introduced in several larger reservoirs, the smallmouth has adapted well and attracts a growing number of angler fans. Smallmouths prefer clear water and rocky structure. The mouth of the smallmouth extends to just below the eye. The world record smallmouth weighed a whopping 11 pounds, 15 ounces. The Kansas record is 6 pounds, 6 ounces.

FINGERLINGS

Water Water Type Stocking Date Number Stocked
WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE SFLS 7/2/2020 814