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
115-18-08 (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
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
  LAKE          
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 7.04 0.00 0.00 1.06 F 2.75
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 5.15 3.68 0.74 2.68 F 5.46
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 3.61 1.20 0.00 1.29 F 4.12
JEFFREY EC - AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 2.00 2.00 1.00 1.77 F 5.24
HOLTON-BANNER CREEK LAKE 1.86 1.24 1.24 4.01 F 1.01
SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE 1.31 0.65 0.00 1.94 F 0.65
GEARY SFL 0.98 0.98 0.00 1.98 P 0.49
JEWELL SFL 0.59 0.59 0.00 2.44 P 0.71
DOUGLAS CO. LONESTAR LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.32 P 0.00

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
  RES          
GLEN ELDER 32.87 20.24 5.19 4.14 G 30.61
EL DORADO 17.06 8.24 1.18 2.93 F 14.71
WOLF CREEK 16.92 14.62 5.38 3.84 F 21.13
WILSON 11.30 6.97 1.08 4.27 G 8.78
MELVERN 7.65 3.92 1.57 3.69 G 12.55
MILFORD 5.73 3.44 1.38 2.71 F 7.77
BIG HILL 4.20 1.68 0.00 1.72 F 2.62
PERRY 2.27 0.57 0.57 3.42 F 6.14
CLINTON 1.82 0.97 0.24 3.42 F 1.88
CEDAR BLUFF 0.13 0.00 0.00 1.00 F 0.54
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
Clinton Reservoir RESV 6/18/2019 8836
      8836