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

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
WILSON SFL 27.65 12.35 0.00 2.18 E 19.90
BOURBON SFL 18.62 0.00 0.00 1.07 E 27.72
FORT SCOTT CITY LAKE 12.94 3.53 0.00 2.05 F 12.94
CRAWFORD SFL 8.50 3.27 1.31 3.81 F 9.64
CHASE SFL 4.90 0.98 0.00 1.26 G 17.25
EUREKA CITY LAKE 4.90 1.96 0.00 2.36 F 4.76
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 2.35 2.35 0.00 2.15 F 3.91
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 0.98 0.00 0.00 0.57 P 3.87
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 0.59 0.00 0.00 0.66 P 2.76
MARION CO. LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 3.92

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
SEBELIUS 5.88 4.71 0.00 2.26 G 9.09
CEDAR BLUFF 4.35 0.82 0.00 1.27 F 3.03
GLEN ELDER 0.69 0.69 0.00 1.51 P 0.44
WILSON 0.58 0.43 0.14 2.22 P 0.35
EL DORADO 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 2.72
MELVERN 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.00