WHITE CRAPPIE

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The white crappie is abundant across Kansas and ideally suited to the large reservoirs. Known for its prolific numbers and delicious white meat, the white crappie is one of the most popular sportfish in the state. The rich waters of northeastern Kansas reservoirs produce some of the finest fishing for slab-sided white crappie found anywhere in the U.S. The world record white weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces. The Kansas record tipped the scales at 4 pounds, 1/4 ounce.

Regulations
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
  (>8”) (>10”) (>12”) (LBS.)   (>8”)
OLATHE-CEDAR LAKE 73.00 19.00 4.50 1.89 G 44.00
EUREKA CITY LAKE 45.00 25.00 0.75 0.94 G 38.58
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 43.00 12.00 1.50 1.48 G 17.67
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 39.00 5.75 2.00 1.73 G 23.54
MCPHERSON SFL 36.83 3.17 0.00 0.79 G 29.97
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 35.63 4.13 0.50 1.79 G 17.31
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 22.50 11.50 5.25 1.52 G 15.67
OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE 21.50 2.75 0.00 0.67 F 10.39
ALTAMONT CITY LAKE-EAST 19.50 1.00 0.50 1.25 G 19.50
PLEASANTON - WEST LAKE 19.50 1.50 0.50 1.00 G 19.83
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 18.40 2.60 0.00 0.74 G 7.15
GREAT BEND-VETS PARK LAKE 14.67 4.67 1.33 0.95 F 8.00
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 14.40 6.20 1.60 1.77 G 8.33
HORTON-MISSION LAKE 14.00 4.00 0.50 1.14 G 7.75
SEDAN - OLD (NORTH) CITY LAKE 14.00 1.50 1.50 0.77 G 14.00
SEDGWICK COUNTY-LAKE AFTON 13.40 8.60 1.40 1.52 G 13.40
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 11.50 5.75 0.25 1.37 F 4.58
ALTAMONT CITY LAKE-WEST 11.50 3.50 1.50 1.23 G 11.50
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 11.50 4.33 0.17 1.14 G 5.17
SCOTT STATE LAKE 10.89 2.67 0.22 1.40 G 22.04
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW 10.00 3.00 0.25 1.28 G 14.33
MOLINE OLD (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 9.75 4.75 1.00 1.52 F 6.08
BROWN SFL 9.00 2.00 0.00 0.54 F 12.00
OLPE CITY LAKE 9.00 3.50 0.50 1.41 F 5.17
BUTLER SFL 8.50 0.75 0.25 0.00 P 3.75
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 8.00 0.67 0.00 0.54 G 6.83
PAOLA CITY LAKE 7.75 7.25 0.50 0.89 G 6.67
LEBO CITY LAKE 7.25 4.25 2.25 1.24 G 7.33
BELLEVILLE-ROCKY POND 7.00 0.00 0.00 0.39 G 3.75
JEFFREY ENG. CTR.- AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 6.75 2.50 0.38 1.18 F 6.42
ALMA CITY LAKE 6.50 2.00 1.50 1.68 G 7.50
NEOSHO SFL 6.00 2.33 0.00 0.73 G 6.08
LYON SFL 5.75 4.75 2.25 1.10 G 9.17
OTTAWA SFL 5.17 2.67 1.83 1.53 G 13.28
SABETHA CITY LAKE 5.00 1.00 0.50 1.36 F 10.00
HARVEY COUNTY LAKE - WEST 4.80 1.60 0.60 1.41 P 4.80
GARNETT-CRYSTAL LAKE 4.50 1.00 0.00 0.60 F 17.25
PLEASANTON - EAST LAKE 4.50 2.75 0.75 1.08 F 3.25
HARVEY COUNTY LAKE - EAST 4.20 1.60 0.60 1.19 F 4.50
ATCHISON SFL 4.00 3.50 1.00 0.83 G 11.00
NEBO SFL 4.00 0.00 0.00 0.37 F 8.50
SHAWNEE SFL 4.00 1.00 0.25 1.55 F 4.67
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 3.88 2.88 0.25 1.03 G 21.04
MIAMI SFL 3.75 2.25 0.00 0.70 F 6.75
MARION COUNTY LAKE 3.75 3.75 3.25 1.65 G 3.63
SEDAN - NEW (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 3.50 0.50 0.00 0.43 G 7.75
ELLIS CITY LAKE 3.33 1.33 0.67 1.16 P 5.67
CHASE SFL 3.25 2.25 0.75 1.35 G 3.00
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 2.25 1.25 0.25 2.80 F 2.42
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #1 2.00 1.00 0.00 0.53 P 1.13
THAYER CITY LAKE (NEW) 2.00 0.67 0.00 0.75 G 1.50
BOURBON SFL 1.75 1.25 0.50 1.39 G 1.88
CRITZER LAKE 1.75 1.50 1.00 1.17 G 2.38
MADISON CITY LAKE 1.75 0.50 0.25 1.51 F 2.33
GREAT BEND-STONE PARK LAKE 1.67 0.67 0.67 0.91 F 2.50
MONTGOMERY SFL 1.50 1.25 0.00 0.58 F 1.15
CHANUTE CITY LAKE 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.26 F 3.33
SHERIDAN SFL 1.38 1.13 0.25 0.98 F 2.00
MOUND CITY LAKE 1.20 1.00 0.40 0.99 F 1.60
JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE UP LAKE 1.00 0.50 0.25 1.16 F 2.50
COWLEY SFL 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.35 F 0.50
GEARY SFL 1.00 0.50 0.00 0.46 F 2.58
CRAWFORD SFL 0.75 0.25 0.25 0.79 F 0.75
DOUGLAS SFL 0.75 0.75 0.00 0.63 P 4.25
BLACK KETTLE SFL 0.67 0.00 0.00 0.24 P 0.33
WASHINGTON SFL 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.32 F 17.50
FORT SCOTT-ROCK CREEK LAKE 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.30 F 0.50
KINGMAN SFL 0.40 0.00 0.00 0.35 F 0.62
PARKER CITY LAKE 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.39 P 0.67
LEAVENWORTH SFL 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.38 P 0.50
WILSON SFL 0.25 0.25 0.25 1.06 F 1.50
SEVERY CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 P 0.50

Ponds

Water Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3 year average
  (>8”) (>10”) (>12”) (LBS.)   (>8”)
GLEN ELDER STATE PARK POND 10.00 5.50 0.00 0.84 G 10.56
ELWOOD WILDLIFE AREA POND 9.00 1.50 0.00 0.59 F 9.00

Reservoirs

Water Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Biologist rating 3 year average
  (>8”) (>10”) (>12”) (LBS.)   (>8”)
HILLSDALE  35.00 12.25 0.81 1.01 G 28.90
CLINTON  33.81 14.19 1.38 1.56 G 24.33
PERRY  17.63 4.81 0.38 1.27 E 16.60
ELK CITY  16.73 6.87 3.60 2.11 E 11.39
TORONTO  16.50 6.81 3.06 2.48 G 12.54
MELVERN  14.79 1.50 0.86 2.22 F 6.76
LOVEWELL  13.00 4.25 0.44 1.51 G 12.43
KIRWIN  9.75 3.13 1.31 1.77 G 4.52
POMONA  9.25 3.25 0.69 1.58 G 7.65
KANOPOLIS  6.89 1.56 0.44 1.49 G 5.61
FALL RIVER  6.75 2.19 1.88 2.23 G 6.96
LACYGNE  6.13 2.69 0.44 3.43 G 5.38
COUNCIL GROVE  4.83 1.08 0.25 1.52 F 3.15
WOLF CREEK  4.38 3.25 1.94 1.96 F 6.28
EL DORADO  4.33 2.80 0.60 1.53 G 6.00
BIG HILL  2.40 1.30 0.20 0.86 F 2.78
GLEN ELDER  2.09 0.64 0.27 1.34 F 1.84
WEBSTER  1.06 0.19 0.00 0.85 F 0.94
CEDAR BLUFF  0.67 0.22 0.22 1.59 F 1.19
SEBELIUS (NORTON)  0.50 0.00 0.00 0.41 F 1.40
WILSON  0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 P 0.00