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
115-18-08 (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          
CHASE SFL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 17.25
WILSON SFL 25.88 12.35 0.00 1.94 G 20.20
BOURBON SFL 12.75 0.98 0.00 1.18 G 20.97
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 4.90 0.98 0.00 1.21 F 4.21
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 2.21 0.00 0.00 0.86 P 1.53
EUREKA CITY LAKE 1.96 0.98 0.00 1.38 P 4.37
GARNETT CEDAR CREEK LAKE 0.52 0.52 0.00 1.96 P 1.54
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.36 P 1.48

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>11”) (>14”) (>17”) (LBS.)   (>11”)
  RES          
EL DORADO 4.71 1.76 0.00 1.98 P 2.65
CEDAR BLUFF 2.67 0.76 0.00 1.97 G 3.10
SEBELIUS 1.18 0.59 0.00 1.82 G 4.85
TORONTO 0.65 0.65 0.00 2.43 P 0.65
GLEN ELDER 0.35 0.17 0.00 1.84 P 0.43
WILSON 0.15 0.00 0.00 0.71 P 0.29
MILFORD 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.32 P 0.00
MELVERN 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.00

* 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.