SPOTTED BASS

Spotted Bass Image

Also known as the Kentucky bass, the spotted is native to eastern Kansas streams, mainly those that flow over limestone bottoms in the Flint Hills. It resembles the largemouth in coloration, with a more pronounced horizontal blotching and spots along the belly. The spotted bass acts more like a smallmouth when caught, fighting remarkably hard. The mouth extends to just below the eye. The Kansas record weighed 4 pounds, 7 ounces, and the world record is 10 pounds, 4 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”)
BOURBON SFL 31.55 1.07 0.00 1.10 E 40.37
CHASE SFL 29.59 11.22 0.00 1.80 G 20.80
CRAWFORD SFL 14.37 4.79 0.00 1.92 G 10.85
WILSON SFL 7.06 1.76 0.00 1.66 G 16.67
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 6.76 1.35 0.00 1.78 G 6.76
EUREKA CITY LAKE 5.99 1.00 0.00 1.35 G 3.97
MARION COUNTY LAKE 4.90 0.98 0.00 1.40 G 3.92
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 2.55 2.04 0.51 3.08 F 1.21
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.96 G 5.94
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 1.80 0.60 0.00 1.42 F 3.15
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 0.82 0.82 0.00 1.69 F 0.82
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 0.67 0.00 0.00 1.12 P 0.67

Reservoirs

Water Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3 year average
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
SEBELIUS (NORTON)  7.19 4.19 0.00 1.93 G 9.23
CEDAR BLUFF  2.29 0.00 0.00 0.98 F 2.10
WALNUT CREEK - TORONTO RES. 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.79 P 1.00
EL DORADO  0.59 0.00 0.00 0.91 P 2.72
BIG HILL  0.40 0.40 0.40 2.42 P 0.40
GLEN ELDER  0.24 0.12 0.00 1.56 P 0.21
WILSON  0.17 0.17 0.00 2.28 P 0.26
MELVERN  0.00 0.00 0.00 0.24 P 0.00