WHITE BASS

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Common in nearly all Kansas' larger reservoirs, white bass are prolific and are generally found in large schools. While popular any time of the year, white bass are known for their spawning runs, which may take them miles upriver of the reservoir. Fishermen gather along the streams near the deeper pools and cast jigs and spinners for the hard fighting white. White bass are so numerous in most Kansas waters, there is no daily creel limit. The Kansas state record white bass weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces. The world record is 6 pounds, 7 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
  (>9”) (>12”) (>15”) (LBS.)   (>9”)
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW 19.00 17.40 0.80 2.16 E 15.75
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 9.63 7.75 0.13 2.05 E 8.04
JEFFREY EC-AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 9.00 8.13 0.38 1.60 E 10.79
JEFFREY EC-MAKE UP LAKE 7.83 7.33 0.50 3.17 E 6.72
GEARY SFL 4.25 4.25 2.50 2.13 G 3.25
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 3.17 2.67 0.00 1.44 F 1.92
HARVEY CO. LAKE-EAST 3.00 2.75 0.00 1.59 F 2.14
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 2.70 2.40 0.00 1.45 F 4.10
GARDNER CITY LAKE 2.67 1.67 0.00 1.23 F 1.67
OSAGE SFL 2.67 2.67 0.83 1.98 F 4.00
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 2.63 1.50 0.00 1.37 F 6.81
PAOLA CITY LAKE(LAKE MIOLA) 2.33 2.33 0.83 2.12 F 3.06
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 2.17 1.67 1.17 2.63 F 2.25
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 2.17 1.00 0.50 1.80 F 1.44
DOUGLAS SFL 1.67 1.67 0.00 1.68 P 0.67
FORT SCOTT CITY LAKE 1.63 1.38 0.75 2.09 F 1.13
LYON SFL 1.33 1.33 1.00 1.97 F 1.06
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 1.33 0.83 0.00 1.56 F 1.17
CHASE SFL 1.25 0.25 0.00 0.88 P 1.67
COWLEY SFL 0.75 0.75 0.25 2.16 P 0.75
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 0.20 0.00 0.00 0.63 P 0.57
MIAMI SFL 0.17 0.17 0.17 2.49 P 0.25
SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE 0.17 0.17 0.00 1.51 P 0.25
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 1.00
WILSON SFL* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 0.28
MARION CO. LAKE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 1.75

* 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.

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>9”) (>12”) (>15”) (LBS.)   (>9”)
KANOPOLIS 25.24 19.06 3.35 3.66 E 13.60
GLEN ELDER 18.11 16.72 4.67 3.06 E 18.01
MARION 13.13 10.93 0.27 1.98 G 8.33
ELK CITY 10.50 8.25 1.42 2.91 E 7.29
MELVERN 9.88 8.75 2.31 2.42 G 5.19
WEBSTER 9.33 8.08 0.00 1.50 G 5.58
JOHN REDMOND 8.65 2.75 0.35 2.82 G 6.44
LOVEWELL 7.58 4.58 0.08 1.73 G 5.58
CLINTON 4.94 4.31 0.88 2.76 G 6.13
LACYGNE 4.88 2.06 0.25 1.83 G 3.40
CEDAR BLUFF 4.25 3.71 0.21 1.50 F 11.29
EL DORADO 3.07 2.27 0.73 2.56 F 3.04
BIG HILL 3.00 2.70 0.70 2.27 F 2.20
KIRWIN 2.20 2.20 0.13 2.52 G 2.94
CHENEY 2.15 2.05 0.40 2.20 F 2.13
WILSON 2.07 1.97 1.27 3.75 F 2.33
PERRY 1.48 1.00 0.10 1.57 F 2.33
HILLSDALE 1.33 1.08 0.17 1.78 F 1.69
WOLF CREEK 1.28 1.11 0.39 1.93 F 2.23
COUNCIL GROVE 1.13 0.80 0.00 1.38 F 1.62
POMONA 0.56 0.13 0.00 1.61 F 1.74
TORONTO 0.50 0.20 0.20 2.23 F 4.47
MILFORD* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 2.12

* 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.