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

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>8”) (>10”) (>12”) (LBS.)   (>8”)
EUREKA CITY LAKE 50.50 40.00 10.00 1.32 G 32.75
CHANUTE CITY LAKE 42.00 10.50 0.50 1.89 G 15.50
KINGMAN SFL 39.50 34.00 3.25 2.38 G 13.70
OLATHE - CEDAR LAKE 36.00 19.50 5.00 1.72 G 53.17
NEBO SFL 35.00 14.33 0.67 0.85 G 18.17
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 30.63 2.50 0.25 0.95 F 28.71
SEDGWICK CO.-LAKE AFTON 27.60 4.00 0.40 1.10 G 20.50
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 27.50 3.50 0.50 1.38 G 24.92
MIAMI SFL 25.25 15.00 6.00 1.78 G 13.33
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW 24.00 16.75 0.75 1.15 G 11.75
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 23.00 13.89 1.89 1.18 G 23.41
MOLINE NEW CITY LAKE - NORTH 19.75 9.25 2.50 1.24 G 18.75
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 18.50 2.50 0.00 0.66 G 12.42
OTTAWA SFL 17.17 4.83 1.83 1.60 G 11.94
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 13.60 7.20 2.20 1.72 G 11.33
MCPHERSON SFL 11.67 2.33 0.00 0.67 G 23.61
NEOSHO SFL 11.50 4.50 0.00 0.67 G 7.58
HOLTON-PRAIRIE LAKE 11.33 3.33 1.67 1.13 G 10.92
LEBO CITY LAKE 11.00 4.67 2.00 1.71 G 8.75
HARVEY CO. LAKE-EAST 10.88 7.38 2.38 1.34 G 6.63
OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE 8.50 4.75 0.25 0.93 G 12.00
SCOTT STATE LAKE 8.44 3.33 0.56 1.41 G 14.96
OLPE CITY LAKE 8.25 2.50 0.75 1.32 G 6.42
WASHINGTON SFL 8.25 4.50 1.75 1.32 F 14.42
BOURBON CO. LAKE 8.00 1.00 0.33 0.89 G 8.00
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 7.25 1.75 0.50 0.99 F 6.71
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 6.50 2.88 0.63 1.15 G 22.08
COLDWATER LAKE 6.00 4.50 0.00 0.82 F 5.13
OSAGE CITY LAKE 6.00 0.50 0.00 0.53 P 6.00
BUTLER SFL 5.75 2.50 0.50 0.00 P 5.33
BARBER SFL-LOWER 5.50 1.50 0.00 0.72 F 4.44
JEFFREY EC-MAKE UP LAKE 5.50 1.25 0.00 0.81 F 3.25
BROWN SFL 5.00 0.50 0.00 0.48 F 6.83
OSAWATOMIE CITY LAKE 5.00 2.00 0.00 0.55 F 5.00
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 4.75 2.50 0.00 1.01 F 21.63
CHASE SFL 4.75 2.75 0.50 1.15 F 3.42
SHAWNEE SFL 4.75 1.25 0.25 0.93 F 4.17
BELLEVILLE-ROCKY POND 4.33 2.00 0.00 0.71 F 3.94
DOUGLAS SFL 4.00 1.75 0.25 0.82 F 4.33
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 3.88 2.25 0.50 1.23 F 2.63
WELLINGTON CITY LAKE 3.80 3.20 0.40 1.46 F 3.80
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 3.75 2.50 0.50 1.38 F 3.50
PAOLA CITY LAKE(LAKE MIOLA) 3.75 1.25 1.00 1.13 F 6.50
MADISON CITY LAKE 3.25 1.75 1.25 1.27 F 2.33
ELLIS CITY LAKE 3.00 1.67 0.33 1.15 P 2.78
GEARY SFL 3.00 1.00 0.00 0.38 F 2.50
MOLINE OLD CITY LAKE - SOUTH 3.00 2.00 0.00 0.70 F 5.50
LYON SFL 2.75 2.00 0.50 1.11 G 5.58
HARVEY CO. LAKE-WEST 2.67 1.00 0.33 1.30 P 3.73
JEFFREY EC-AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 2.63 2.25 0.75 0.95 F 5.17
ATCHISON CO. LAKE 2.50 0.50 0.50 0.93 P 2.50
KIOWA SFL 2.50 1.25 0.75 1.06 P 2.81
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 2.25 0.75 0.50 1.00 F 5.08
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 2.20 1.80 0.20 1.48 F 7.62
CRAWFORD SFL 2.17 0.50 0.00 0.75 G 1.31
MELVERN RIVER POND 2.00 1.50 1.00 1.08 F 8.00
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 1.75 1.50 0.50 1.05 F 1.78
PLEASANTON CITY LAKE-OLD 1.67 0.33 0.33 1.99 F 1.67
CHERRYVALE CITY LAKE-TANKO 1.00 1.00 0.50 1.75 F 1.00
HORSETHIEF 1.00 0.38 0.00 0.56 F 7.17
RICHMOND CITY LAKE 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.63 F 1.00
THAYER CITY LAKE (NEW) 1.00 0.75 0.00 0.61 F 1.50
FORT SCOTT CITY LAKE 0.75 0.50 0.00 0.46 F 0.75
MEADE SFL 0.75 0.50 0.25 1.72 P 1.97
OSAGE SFL 0.75 0.50 0.00 0.58 P 3.75
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.29 F 2.08
LEAVENWORTH SFL 0.50 0.50 0.00 0.56 P 0.38
SHERIDAN SFL 0.38 0.25 0.00 0.62 P 0.88
COWLEY SFL 0.33 0.33 0.33 1.01 P 0.44
BOURBON SFL 0.25 0.25 0.00 0.60 G 1.33
MONTGOMERY SFL 0.25 0.25 0.00 0.64 F 0.82
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #1 0.25 0.25 0.00 0.65 P 0.83
WILSON SFL 0.25 0.25 0.00 0.67 F 0.33
ATCHISON SFL* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.17 F 10.33
MARION CO. LAKE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 3.63

* 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.

Ponds

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>8”) (>10”) (>12”) (LBS.)   (>8”)
OVERBROOK CITY LAKE 7.50 0.00 0.00 0.37 P 7.50
COFFEYVILLE-LECLERE 5.00 5.00 1.00 1.04 P 5.00
FORT LEAVENWORTH-SMITH LAKE 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.10 P 1.00

Reservoirs

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>8”) (>10”) (>12”) (LBS.)   (>8”)
LOVEWELL 64.50 26.75 11.88 1.58 G 32.47
POMONA 28.56 18.56 3.38 1.40 E 15.81
PERRY 17.53 9.00 1.00 1.48 E 20.26
HILLSDALE 14.38 8.63 0.56 1.65 G 25.46
MELVERN 10.06 6.31 0.13 0.99 G 8.97
EL DORADO 8.00 5.13 1.06 1.90 G 8.02
WEBSTER 7.94 0.88 0.19 1.05 G 3.52
COUNCIL GROVE 6.75 4.92 1.50 1.20 G 4.57
LACYGNE 5.50 1.94 0.13 1.47 G 4.52
JOHN REDMOND 5.44 4.31 0.19 1.72 F 7.13
BIG HILL 5.30 3.70 0.30 1.01 G 3.63
MARION 4.73 3.55 0.64 2.11 F 11.16
WOLF CREEK 4.38 0.69 0.50 2.43 F 6.68
ELK CITY 3.69 3.63 0.94 2.11 G 10.45
GLEN ELDER 3.00 1.80 0.40 2.11 F 2.39
TORONTO 1.50 0.67 0.17 2.49 G 8.98
SEBELIUS 1.00 0.40 0.20 1.20 G 0.63
KANOPOLIS 0.92 0.92 0.00 0.83 F 5.16
KIRWIN 0.75 0.44 0.25 1.23 G 4.54
CEDAR BLUFF 0.28 0.17 0.11 1.13 P 0.60
WILSON 0.07 0.07 0.00 0.80 P 0.03
CLINTON* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 24.33

* 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.