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
115-07-08 (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
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
JEFFREY ENG. CTR.- AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 10.82 7.21 0.00 2.00 G 12.41
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 8.00 8.00 0.00 1.50 F 5.73
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 6.09 2.61 0.00 1.43 F 2.70
ALMA CITY LAKE 4.11 4.11 2.74 2.65 F 3.55
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 3.59 1.20 0.00 2.10 F 3.75
JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE UP LAKE 0.92 0.92 0.00 1.69 F 6.35
JEWELL SFL 0.84 0.42 0.00 1.80 P 0.84
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 0.82 0.82 0.00 1.92 P 0.82
SHAWNEE COUNTY-LAKE SHAWNEE 0.65 0.00 0.00 0.75 P 1.96
GEARY SFL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.18
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 2.92
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.48 P 0.82

Reservoirs

Water Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3 year average
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
WOLF CREEK  28.92 16.38 1.39 3.42 G 39.47
GLEN ELDER  17.77 11.40 1.68 3.54 G 19.11
MELVERN  17.46 10.44 0.95 3.06 G 16.82
WILSON  13.93 11.07 3.69 4.21 G 8.13
EL DORADO  12.35 3.53 0.00 1.84 G 19.70
MILFORD  9.81 7.43 1.06 3.14 G 8.25
PERRY  9.64 6.02 0.00 2.73 F 5.09
CLINTON  1.94 1.03 0.39 2.98 P 1.43
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 Source Number Stocked
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE COML 07/18/17 - PRATT HATCHERY 3889
      Total Requested 1900
      Total Stocked 3889