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”)
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 7.65 4.71 1.18 3.65 F 4.92
JEFFREY EC-AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 2.61 1.31 0.00 1.51 G 7.11
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 2.44 0.81 0.81 6.21 F 3.61
JEFFREY EC-MAKE UP LAKE 1.96 0.98 0.00 1.92 F 2.09
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 1.20 0.00 0.00 0.72 P 1.08
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 1.18 1.18 0.59 2.82 P 0.96
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.46 P 1.31
SHAWNEE SFL* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.40 P 0.00
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.41

* 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.

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
GLEN ELDER 41.18 25.95 4.15 3.28 G 26.96
WOLF CREEK 31.39 22.63 2.92 2.99 G 35.29
WILSON 3.17 2.31 0.86 3.17 G 8.33
BIG HILL 1.04 0.35 0.00 1.98 F 1.39
CEDAR BLUFF 0.95 0.41 0.00 1.34 F 0.59
CLINTON* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 1.43
EL DORADO* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 19.70
MELVERN* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 16.82
MILFORD* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 8.25
PERRY* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 5.09

* 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.

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