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For up-to-date information, look up the fishing report for the lake of your choice. Field staff update the fishing reports each week through the fishing season, reporting on fishing success, lake levels, water temperatures, and other important information.

You also can get helpful information from the Fishing Forecast.

Below are links to Google .kmz files for all fish attractors statewide.

All statewide fish attractors' GPS (KMZ)

All artificial statewide fish attractors' GPS (PDF)

Listing of Downloadable Bathymetric Maps

Purchase Fishing License Here

Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/17/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good 10-18 inches As with most species, the bass fishing will pick up in the fall as the water begins to cool down. Look for these fish to be feeding aggressively around the cattails and overhanging branches which provide cover for the small baitfish. Spinnerbaits, Ned Rigs, Plastic Worms, and shallow crankbaits are all good baits this time of year.
Bluegill/Sunfish Fair to Good 4 to 6 Inches

Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bet.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.  Some anglers prefer to fly fish with small nymphs or dry flies fished on the surface.

We stocked approximately 3,500 adult bluegill in September to help boost this population!

Channel Catfish Good 12-25 inches No change here. If there is any inflow, catfish will normally congregate there to feed.  Shad sides, shad gizzards, shrimp, and chicken livers are all good baits to try for catfish.  Fishing in the evening and after dark may yield the best results. There are normally a lot of catfish around the outlet area near the dam throughout the year.  In the summer, the fish will often congregate on the windblown side of the lake and anglers often have success targeting these areas.
Saugeye Fair to Good 10-21 inches

In the fall saugeye tend to move toward the upper end of the lake and anglers should concentrate their efforts there. Specifically, in 6 to 8 feet of water near the jetties and along the creek channel.  Jig and crawler, large shiners, crankbaits, and swim baits are all good options to use for catching saugeye now.

The minimum length limit for saugeye dropped from 18 inches to 15 inches in January.  Anglers should immediately realize the benefits of harvesting more saugeye with the lower length limit.  The daily creel limit will remain at 5 fish per day.

Crappie Good Most 8-13 inches Some very nice crappie up to 13 inches can be caught now using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  Also, casting road runners and Panther Martins along the jetties and brush near shore may yield some nice crappie this time of year as they are feeding on shad now.  Anglers might also target the brush piles which are marked with fish attractor buoys.
General Comments
Water temperature: 75ºF

CAUTION: LONGER BOAT TRAILERS MAY FALL OFF EDGE OF BOAT RAMP WHEN WATER IS LOW

The cabin can now be rented - call the Hays Regional Office - 785-628-8614 - for reservations or more information.



CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/20/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing jigs or minnows around the fish attractors or fishing the same baits under bobbers along edges of flooded vegetation has produced fish up to 14 inches.  A 10 inch minimum length limit is in effect on black and white crappie.
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches Anglers report catching fish on jig and worm combos over points other submerged structure from time to time.  Also, fishing minnows, live sunfish, or crank baits along the edges of flooded vegetation early and late has produced.  A 21 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish/day/angler creel limit is in effect to regulate walleye harvest.
White Bass/Wipers Fair/Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Casting curly-tail or marabou jigs along the edges of flooded vegetation or drifting live sunfish over points, and submerged roads and parking lots has been best for white bass.  Wipers are occasionally caught along with the whites, especially toward the west end of the reservoir.

WATER TEMPERATURE-76 degrees F

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2133.34-10.66' below conservation pool

ATTENTION: An established zebra mussel population has been documented at this water making Cedar Bluff an ANS designated water.  With this designation, regulations are in effect primarily aimed at discouraging water containing microscopic zebra mussel larvae from leaving the property and establishing in new waters.  Any time one leaves the reservoir it is best to clean mud, vegetation, or attached zebra mussel adults off of boats and other equipment, drain any thing on a boat or other equipment that holds water, and allow boats and other equipment to dry completely before using them at another body of water.  It is now illegal to use wild-caught bait from Cedar Bluff at any other water.  Live fish are not to be taken off the property.  And all livewells and bilges must be drained prior to leaving the property.

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related prospects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/17/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches

The crappie fishing has been tough this summer with the high water, but there have been some limits caught around the deeper brush piles. The fishing will pick up as the fall progresses with the fish often moving into shallow water to feed as the water cools. Traditionally, there are good numbers of crappie around the causeway in the fall as well as in the shallow brush piles and along the river channel in 20-25 feet of water.

Beginning in January 2019 there will be a 10 inch minimum length limit on crappie at Glen Elder!

Walleye Fair to Good 14-22 inches Anglers should be able to find the best numbers of walleye around the Walnut Creek area, along the state park points, and south of the Cawker City golf course in 10-15 feet of water.  There are also decent numbers of walleye hanging out around the Cawker City causeway and near the flooded smartweed just west of the causeway.
Black Bass Fair to Good 12-20 inches The flooded vegetation is making fishing a bit tougher for all species, but especially bass as the amount of good habitat has forced these fish to disperse from their normal haunts.  Smallies can be caught along the dam and north shore around the state park area, as well as the south bluffs.  Largemouth bass numbers are best in the back end of Walnut Creek, Granite Creek, Mill Creek, and Mealls Cove.  Topwater baits, jig and pig, white spinnerbaits, and Ned Rigs are all good options for early summer bass.
Channel Catfish Good 15-30 inches

Most of the catfish angling has been taking place west of the causeway especially near Brock Bridge. Chumming appears to be about over for the summer so anglers should target catfish on the flats in 10 to 15 feet of water. Some of the better areas include Takota Point, Walnut Creek, and the old Highway 24 road bed.

Remember, there is a 35 inch length limit on blue catfish at Glen Elder.

White Bass Good to Excellent 11-18 inches White bass can be caught in good numbers throughout the fall in a variety of locations.  Check around the dam and off main lake points along the north shore and near the south bluffs.  Trolling along the Cawker City causeway can also be good if the water is not too murky.  Windy days have been moving a lot of baitfish and whites into coves on the north shore which has offered some excellent angling. In addition, the high releases have attracted large numbers of whites and a few wipers to the outlet area on the north end of the dam.
The two state park boat ramps (Osage and Marina Cove) are still closed as is the Boller Point boat ramp.  There are still several open ramps that can be used safely including Granite Creek, Walnut Creek, Schoen's Cove, and North Fork Bridge.  This high water may stick around for awhile and boaters should be aware of any new potential hazards which could be showing up in the newly flooded water.

Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.

Current Water Temperature:75°F        Current Water Level: 6.9 feet ABOVE conservation

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/17/2019 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair to Good 8-11 inches Crappie will begin to move shallow in the fall and anglers can catch them around the flooded vegetation using minnows under a bobber, jigs, and roadrunners.
Largemouth Bass Good 13-22 inches

Anglers will notice the bass bite will improve as the water temperature begins to drop and the fish move in shallow during the day. Bass should be targeted around the flooded cattails and phragmites as the fish will be chasing young bluegill and crappie in these areas. Spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and Ned Rigs are all good options for fall bass fishing.

There is an 18 inch minimum length limit on all bass in Jewell

Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches

The catfish numbers look very good right now and anglers should be pleased with the numbers of cats in the lake.  Many of these fish are in the 3-5 pound range, but there are also a handful of larger fish between 7 and 10 pounds.  

Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.  Anglers usually catch them off the jetties and the boat dock.

Remember there is a 15 inch minimum length limit on channel catfish

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Good 6-9 inches

Bluegill numbers are stable right now with fish between 4 and 7 inches dominating the catch, but fish up to 8 inches were collected last fall.

Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 10 inches collected last fall.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-8 inch fish and fair numbers of 9 to 10 inch fish.

For now, traditional fishing with a worm and bobber around the jetties and other cover may be the best way to catch some of these guys.  Fly fishing with a variety of nymphs and wet flies should also be productive.

General Comments

ATTENTION ANGLERS!  There is a new regulation for all sunfish species beginning in January 2019.  Fish between 6 and 9 inches must be immediately released.  There is no limit on the number of fish less than 6 inches, but anglers are limited to only 5 fish greater than 9 inches per day.  This applies to bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish, and their hybrids.

Water temperature: 75ºF

Water level: FULL



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/16/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Good. Try worms and liver or dip bait in coves and throughout the reservoir. Jug lines and set lines near channel breaks is a good technique this time of year. A lot are catching catfish near the river channel throughout the reservoir.
Crappie Fair 10 to 14 inches There are reports of 10-13" crappie being caught on light jigs and minnows in 15 - 20 feet depths in brush piles now that the lake is normalizing again. Try 1/8 or 1/16 oz. jigs on light line with small plastic trailers.
Trout      
Walleye/Saugeye Poor 14 - 22" Poor. Saugeye are shallow during the morning and evening but few anglers are catching them during the day.
White Bass Good All sizes - up to 17 inches Good. Whites are actively moving along channel breaks and can be caught over structure and cover (brush piles). Reports of whites being caught in Yankee Run. Some folks are having success for whites in the spillway.
Wiper Poor All sizes Poor. No reports for this species.
General Comment

Elevation: 5.0 feet above conservation pool and falling.

Water Temperature: 74-75 degrees

Current lake elevation and water temperature is available on the location page linked to this fishing report. It is updated daily by the Corps of Engineers.

 



KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/19/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Crappies are concentrating around deeper brush, the artificial brush piles under private boat slips, and the fish attractor structures close to the public fishing dock near the mouth of Leota Cove.  Just a few reports received, but the anglers able to access these locations have been successful using jigs, small slab spoons, and minnows. Would also try fishing in the coves. 
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 13 to 27 inches Did have reports of fish being caught along the Dam and point on the east side of Leota Cove, up by the Marsh Dike and point south of the swim beach using jigs, or jigs tipped with live baits.  An 18" minimum length limit is in effect.
Wiper Good 10 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around Monkey Island and the RR bridge abutments on the south side using jigs and crank baits.  Five (5) fish daily creel limit.
Catfish Fair 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught up to the west end using shad and stink bait on the bottom. Would also try using setlines using live bait.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did have reports of fish being caught up in the coves and along the Dam using crankbait's and plastic imitations.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 75°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2299.78 ---- 4.52' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 6.54 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time. 

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water.  Please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that includes fisheries related information about Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoirs is available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list.  

http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



KIRWIN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/19/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Anglers have been fishing the north and south shore fish attractors.  Crappies are being caught using jigs and slab spoons around the brush piles.  Have also had reports of a fish being caught up in the coves using jigs and minnows under a bobber. Just finished adding new trees to the south two fish attractors.
Walleye Fair 14 to 29 inches Did have reports of fish being caught along the Dam, along the river channel and up in Bow Creek.  Best methods are using jigs with twister tail's, crank baits and night crawlers.  
White Bass/ Wiper Fair 10 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the North Boat Ramp and Crappie Point using jigs with twister tails, road runners and crank baits.  Trolling diving lures has also been productive.
Catfish Fair 10 to 30 inches Did hear of some catfish being caught up west of the USFWS office and Bow Creek using shad and stink bait on the bottom.  These fish have been moving upstream due to the new water that is coming in.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12 to 20 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the Dam and rocky area using jigs and crankbaits.  Also catching them up in the coves.  Remember there is a 15-inch length limit on bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 75°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1732.84 ---- 3.59' above conservation pool

Currently, the water level is 3.46' higher than it was one year ago, at this time. 

Irrigation releases were shut off on 8-26-2019 and 45 cfs is being released to the river to stabilize the lake's elevation.

Fish cleaning station is NO LONGER on the NE corner of the square in Kirwin. The USFWS, BOR and KDWPT constructed a new facility just West of the water tower.  The fish cleaning station is now OPEN for the summer. 

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is in effect at Kirwin.   If you have any questions regarding Kirwin Reservoir and the surrounding public lands, contact the USFWS at 785-543-6673 or stop by their office at 702 Xavier Road.  

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water.  Please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that includes fisheries related information about Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoirs is available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list.  

http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District

 



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/17/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair to Good 16-25 inches The walleye can often be found along the river channel in 8 to 12 feet of water and move in shallow in the evenings during the fall. Some of the better locations include Cedar Point, Walleye Point, the dam, and Cabin Point. Trolling a variety of crankbaits works best, but jig and crawler or jig and minnow can also yield some fall walleye.
White Bass/Wipers Good

7-13 inches

12-25 inches

Same as last week. Whites and wipers can be caught on windblown points, along the dam, and have been seen surfacing on calm days.  Best baits to try include roadrunners, Kastmasters, slab spoons, and Rattletraps.  As releases continue through the outlet anglers may be able to catch some white bass and wipers using Kastmasters, roadrunners, and Rattletraps.

There is a big year class of wipers between 12 and 14 inches.  They look very similar to white bass so make sure and carefully identify your catch.  The daily creel limit on wipers is 2!

Crappie Fair 7-13 inches Crappie can now be found around the deep brush piles, along the river channel, and near other natural deep structure.  Best bets to catch these fish include jigs tipped with minnows and minnows fished on a Texas rig.
Catfish Good 16 to 35 inches

Anglers looking to catch some blue and channel catfish will want to target the outlet area where plenty of fish have congregated with all of the outflow recently.  Also, fishing the outlet below the dam would likely be productive as there are good numbers of blue catfish, flathead catfish, and channel catfish to be caught.  Other good spots to try include Oak Hill, the Cross Area, and the creek channel along the west end.

Remember there is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish in Lovewell.  All blue catfish less than 35 inches must be released immediately. 

Comments
There has been some very good fishing in the outlet below the dam with all of the releases that have occurred this summer.  Walleye, crappie, white bass, wipers, and catfish have all been caught recently and anglers should take advantage of this opportunity. Statewide regulations apply below the dam so pay attention carefully when fishing in the outlet.
The inlet will be closed to ALL fishing between September 16, 2019 and April 15th, 2020. 
ATTENTION ANGLERS: The crappie regulations at Lovewell changed in January 2019.  There is a new creel limit of 20 fish per day and a minimum length limit of 10 inches for all crappie.  These regulations are intended to improve the quality and quantity of crappie in Lovewell and will be strictly enforced.

Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell. Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information.

Current water temperature:  75°F        Current water level: 8.0 feet low

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/19/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Fair 6-18 inches Anglers are catching fish lake wide using crankbait's and plastic imitations.
Bluegill Fair 3-9 inches Anglers are catching fish lake wide use worms under a bobber.
Catfish Fair 10-25 inches Would try using worms, stinkbait and shrimp on the bottom. 
Black Crappie Good 5-8 inches Catching them lake wide using jigs, jigs with worms and jigs with minnows. 
General Comments

Water Temp. 75 Degrees

Lake is currently full.  Have stocked channel catfish and bluegill and stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 05-16-2017. Also, stocked 140 channel catfish that averaged 7 pounds a piece on 08-15-2017.  Stocked another 6,700 channel catfish that averaged 4 fish/pound on 09-19-2017.  Stocked 28,750 bluegill (mix of adult, intermediate and fingerling) on 09-27-17.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/20/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Slow/Fair Up to 13 inches Fishing jigs or minnows around brush or trolling small crankbaits along the dam.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5 lbs. Casting swimbaits and other soft plastics around shoreline brushpiles, along the dam, around the fishing pier, and around laydown trees.
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Trolling small deep-diving crank baits along the dam or near the creek channel.  Or fishing worms off the bottom on the edge of the creek channel.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber along deeper, rocky shorelines or around deeper brush.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Cut bait, shrimp, and prepared baits fished lakewide, mainly at night.
Wiper Fair/Good Up to 2 lbs. Casting small white jigs or spoons lake-wide.
Comments

It is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water, so please discard any unused bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/19/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the North Breakwater and around the fish attractors.  Jigs, small slab spoons, or minnows fished in or near the submerged cedar trees should produce.  Also, heard of some fish being caught up in the coves and around the outlet gates using jigs and minnows under a bobber. 
Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did have fish reported being caught along the Dam, around the old swim beach (Little Sahara) and Old Marina Point using diving lures and night crawlers.  Crankbait's have been the preferred equipment along the Dam and night crawlers on the old swim beach and Old Marina Point. 
White Bass/Wiper Good 8 to 24 inches Have had reports of fish being caught on the point by the big gates, culvert below the Bait Shop and off Old Marina Point using jigs and rattle traps. Trolling diving lures has also been productive.  They are chasing shad and can be seen busting the surface while feeding on the shad.
Catfish Fair 12 to 30 inches Did have reports of catfish being caught by the culvert below the bait shop, off the Unimproved launch area and around McCormick's bridge using shad and stink bait on the bottom. Would also try up to the west end of the lake using setlines.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12 to 20 inches Did have reports of bass being caught in the coves and also by the culvert below the Bait Shop using jig's, plastic bait's and spinner baits. 
Rainbow Trout Fair 8 to 18 inches The trout season is over, and NO trout permit is needed to fish for trout in the stilling Basin.  However, the creel limit still applies.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 75°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1899.38 ---- 6.93' above conservation pool

The water level is 6.56' higher than it was one year ago at this time.  High-water boat ramps usable (Old Marina & Rock Point) at this level. 

Water is being released from the reservoir thru the irrigation channel at a rate of 147 cfs at this time.  

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. Please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter which includes informative fisheries information about Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoirs is currently available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list.  

http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



WILSON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/20/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Striped Bass Fair 2-25 pounds Fair. Few reports but stripers have been caught on channel breaks in 25 - 40 feet of water on the lower end. Try live bait (e.g. bluegill and shad).
 Walleye Fair 18-25 inches Fair. There are recent reports of walleye being caught from the bank and near vegetation. Try drifting soft plastics in the early morning and late evening in 4-10' depths along vegetation lines. Marshall Cove and the Sawhill/Duvall area are holding shallow Walleye. Also, there are reports of some walleye being caught in the spillway.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

Channel Catfish) There are good reports of channel catfish being caught throughout the reservoir on worms and dough bait.

Blue Catfish) Several blue cats are being caught throughout the reservoir but the best luck is from Minooka West and Duvall to Horsehoe bend in 6 - 20 foot of water.

Be on the lookout for blue catfish which are also in the reservoir. They are not legal size yet so make sure and take care to return them to the water. There is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Wilson Reservoir!

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds Fair. Try 1/16 oz. jigs on windblown points near Lucas and even in the upper reservoir near Elm Creek and Duvall.
Black Bass Fair 12-20 inches Fair. Warm/hot water temperatures have the fish deeper and less aggressive. Try ned rigs off drop offs and points in the lower/middle areas of the reservoir. Topwater and jerkbaits are good for largemouth and smallmouth in the very early morning and late evening.
White Perch Poor 4 to 12 inches

White Perch are throughout the reservoir right now but most are less than 6 inches in length. Marshall Cove and other south-shore coves are holding many White Perch. Try 1/16 oz. colorful jigs with small plastic grubs.

- IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

The white perch numbers are down in Wilson right now which is the goal of managing aquatic nuisance species.  While this species will continue to thrive and reproduce in Wilson, they are still an ANS species and KDWPT has managed the predator base in such a way to limit their numbers.  The hope is that the white bass will be able to make a comeback at the expense of the white perch numbers declining.

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 3' above conservation pool and falling slowly.

Surface Temperature = 75 degrees.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: All boat ramps are useable. WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS and be courteous at boat ramps!

We have two Aquatic Nuisance Species - white perch and zebra mussels and have joined Cheney and El Dorado as lakes with both species. The law now says that if anyone leaves the lake with water in your livewell or boat, you are subject to a ticket for transporting Zebra Mussels since they will spawn and the microscopic little mussels will probably be in every drop of water in the lake. Make sure you drain all water from the boat before you leave the boat ramp area!!! We have been taking veliger samples and the samples were high so be sure to drain and dry everything!!!!!!



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/27/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry Newsletter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my district.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 0.9 lbs For best luck, try a jig and minnow next to rocky areas along the shoreline or near brush piles. 
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill can be caught with a nightcrawler under a bobber near brushpiles.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs Channel catfish can be caught from shore using cut shad, dough balls, or chunks of worm. Lots of fish up shallow right now. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinnerbaits or plastics worked around brush piles and rocks.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Redear can be caught jigging a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.  
General Comments
If you have information that you would like to contribute to the fishing report contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/27/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry Newsletter Good to Excellent   Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Crappie can be caught from shore using a jig or minnow, either casting or sitting under a bobber.
Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm  and jigging it over brush piles.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, dough baits, or chicken livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.0 lbs. Spinnerbaits or plastics working the shallows, along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Redear may be caught using a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.
General Comments
If you have information that you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514  



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/11/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great channel catfish population.  
White Bass Fair  1/2 to 1 lb. Not a lot of white bass this year but the fish are nice sized.  
Wiper Fair Up to 26" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of 15 to 22" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Fair  1/2 to 1 pound The crappie population has come down from the historically high numbers seen in 2017, but there is still good numbers of crappie over 10 inches.  
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. The saugeye population has also come down from the exceptional numbers seen in 2017.  However, there are still good numbers of saugeye in the lake and 44.7% of the fish sampled in fall of 2018 were over the 18 inch minimum length limit.  
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum length limit.
General Comments

Centralia Lake is a 400 acre lake that is noted for good channel cat, saugeye and crappie fishing. The lake facilities include multiple ramps, picnic tables, plenty of camping pads and many sites with electricity. Centralia is enrolled in the CFAP program, which means a City permit is not required for fishing visits. Perry Reservoir has zebra mussels and with Centralia Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/11/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       
       

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

Be sure to CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY all equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from spreading them to another lake.

Current Fishing Conditions
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 daily creel limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation was implemented to protect brood fish, so that the population could have a chance to improve.
       
Smallmouth Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This regulation change makes smallmouth bass regulations the same as those for largemouth bass.
       
Channel catfish Fair - Good 1.5-4 lbs Some action on cut bait, nightcrawlers and livers.
Crappie Fair 0.25-1.5 lbs Using minnows and jigs over brush.
Wiper Fair 4-8 lbs In the outlet on swim baits.
Drum Fair 1-4 lbs Some drum being caught off rocky areas in the reservoir on crankbaits.
District Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what is going on with Clinton Reservoir (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) and other lakes in DG, SN, and OS Counties sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter by clicking this link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Larkwrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Lake was 15.77' above normal, water temperature = 80 F, release = 3,000 cfs (September 11).  Note:  release may change depending upon rainfall and the Kansas River level.  All boat ramps in the State and CORPS Parks are closed due to high water. 



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 9/11/2019 Print

       
       
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using worms under bobber, small jigs and spinners
LM Bass Fair - Good 0.5-2.5 lbs Using crankbaits and jigs.
Channel catfish Fair 1-6 lbs Some being caught on shad, nightcrawlers, minnows, liver and cut bait.
       
General Comments
The water level will be maintained about 1.5 feet below normal pool level while dam maintenance work is occurring.  Work may take months, started week of March 25.



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/11/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
LM Bass Fair 0.5-3 lbs Using jigs and crankbaits along rock jetties and weed beds.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Fair Up to 0.25 lb Using worms under bobber, small spinners and jigs.
Crappie Fair 0.3-0.75 lbs Vertically fishing jigs around brushpiles.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs Some being taken on shad, livers, nightcrawlers, minnows and cut bait.
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Douglas State Fishing Lake sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
       
       
       
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. Fishing near the feeder and by docks is producing some fish. 
Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Use minnows and jigs near docks and vegetation edges. Crappie appear to be spread out in open water. Some success has been reported trolling. 
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits target docks and deeper structure.  
White Bass Slow 14 to 17 inches A good population of white bass exists in this lake. White bass can be taken in open water on shad imitation lures.  
General Comments
 



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/16/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Slow/Fair   near brush/rock drop offs and channel ledges 10 ft deep on jigs, minnows, and spinners
Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats on cut bait and worms
Saugeye Slow/Fair   near dam and rock points on jigs, worms, and crankbaits
Black bass Fair   near rock and brush on jigs and crankbaits
Bluegill Fair   on small jigs and worms in coves and near brush
General Comments

This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2019 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.

WARNING..ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW PRESENT!!!



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 9/16/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Crappie Fair   near points, brush, and rock 10ft deep on jigs and minnows
Walleye Slow/Fair   along the dam and edges of flats and points on jigs, worms, and spoons
White Bass/Wipers Fair   along creeks, dam and points on spinners, jigs, and crankbaits
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2019 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 9/16/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Crappie Slow/Fair   near brush and rock 5ft deep on jigs and minnows
Largemouth Bass Fair    
Bluegill Fair   near brush/rock 5ft deep on jigs and worms
White Bass Slow   along creeks and dam on spinners and crankbaits
General Comments

This shallow lake has the best fishing for crappie and channel catfish which are stocked annually.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Slow Up to 9 lbs. Some fish are being found on shallow rocky points and adjacent mud flats. With water releases some walleye are also being taken at the spillway. Crankbaits and jigs are the most productive lures right now.      
Crappie Fair Most fish are 8 to 10 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie are being caught in trees and brushpiles in 20 feet of water. Most crappie being caught right now are 8-10 inches, but keepers (>10 inches) are still being found. Some bigger crappie (>12 inches) have been showing up in the creel recently. Jigs and minnows are productive baits right now.
White Bass Slow Up to 2 lbs. Target white bass off wind blown points.  Jigs and shad imitation lures are the best baits right now. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Fair Up to 4 lbs. The largemouth bass bite has picked up recently many smaller fish (10-12 inches) are being caught. Largemouth bass can be found near shallower structure right now. Plastic baits and topwater baits near shoreline vegetation are producing the most fish.      
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Channel Catfish Good  Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken on a variety of baits using prepared or live baits. Some channel catfish are being taken near the Wade Branch bridge and the Big Bull as it enters the reservoir.   
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of September 6th the water level is 6.1 feet above conservation pool. You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

8/16/19: Jayhawk, Marysville, and Antioch boat ramps are back open all other boat ramps remain closed. Still some flooding around courtesy docks. All camping areas in Jayhawk Park Area are closed. Sunflower camping area open. 

Zebra mussel infestation has been confirmed at Hillsdale Reservoir.  As of 6/17/16 the lake has been designated an Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters.  Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and equipment before using another waterbody.  Dispose of all bait on dry land.  Please search ksoutdoors.com for more information about zebra mussels.       

  



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 8/27/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Lake Contour Map Pretty Good 8.5"x11" Color Banner Creek has been mapped by the Kansas Biological Survey and there is a map available at Contour Map
Perry Newsletter Good to Excellent   Twice a year I will publish a newsletter discussing Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter emailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.25 lbs. Crappie can be caught by vertical jigging minnows over brush piles or standing timber.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Bluegill can be caught over brush piles using chunks of worm or small jigs. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.5 lbs. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, stink bait, or livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Crankbaits, spinners or plastics along the shoreline, rip rap and structure. 
Walleye/ Sauger Slow to Fair

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

Some anglers are having luck catching Walleye along the dam or off of submerged humps.  
White Bass Fair up to 2.5 lbs. Cast a jig along the rocks or along the dam to target them. Some anglers have been catching a good number of nice sized fish. 
General Comments

If you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514

Last spring, the Leavenworth Elite Bass Club received a small grant to install some artificial habitat structures into Banner Creek. They placed seven clusters of Mossback artificial trees at the following locations:

N 39 27.113, W 095 46.355

N 39 26.547, W 095 46.648

N 39 27.034, W 095 46.448

N 39 27.230, W 095 46.448

N 39 27.015, W 095 46.440

N 39 26.946, W 095 47.041

N 39 26.946, W 095 47.140

And the fisheries biologist placed 30 Georgia cubes in the lake. Those locations and locations for other waters can be found here.

Please leave all habitat at these locations. Do not drag these to your own secret locations. 



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 9/11/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Slow to Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has traditionally had a good smallmouth bass population, but the current population abundance is well below the historical average.  Hopefully, the population rebounds in the near future.  The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  The lake has very few largemouth bass.  
Crappie Slow 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have been trending downwards the last few years due to poor spawning success.  There will be few fish available for harvest in 2019.  There is a brushpile just south of the dock.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate during the summer months.  The south west corner of the lake and the Northern 2 coves tends to be good spots.
Walleye Fair  1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers have been improving nicely due to good survival from stockings efforts the last three years.  The 2018 fall gill net samples collected the most walleye since 2009, with 69% over 15 inches.  There are some older fish around with decent numbers of walleye over 18 inches.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch minimum length limit.
White Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has a very good white bass population with 61.5% of the fish collected last fall were over 12 inches.  Can be caught near the two inlets where water enters the lake.
Wipers Fair Up to 12 pounds Wiper numbers are near the long-term average with the most of the fish seen last fall were 18 to 20 inches long.  
General Comments

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy.  You can call the Guard House to check on availability at (785) 456-6149.  The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time.  If the inlet is flowing, then good fishing can usually be found there.   

Make-Up Lake has zebra mussels which makes the lake designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water.  It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

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JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 9/11/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair  1 to 4 lbs

The 2019 sample documented that smallmouth bass numbers continue to trend downwards with the lowest abundance seen in 10 years.  The lake continues to provide decent smallmouth fishing, but the current population will be less than what anglers have come to expect for this good lake.  All of the West bank holds smallmouth, especially the dam.

The lake has a low level largemouth bass population dominated by smaller fish.  The population has improved some with 33% of the fish seen in spring of 2019 were over 15 inches.  The East bank, South cove and around the island are usually the best largemouth spots.

White Bass Good to Great Up to 3 lbs The white bass population is well above average for abundance with 59.2% of the fish sampled last fall being over 12 inches and 16.9% were over 15 inches.  Fishing has been great this year with lots of big white bass being caught.  Find some schools of shad and you will find the white bass.
Wiper Fair Up to 12 lbs There are fair numbers of wiper in the lake with most of the fish sampled last fall being over 20 inches.  Few being caught with white bass.
Walleye Fair to Good Up to 5 lbs The walleye population is finally recovering due to good survival of stocked fish the last two years.  There has been good harvest rates so far this year with most of the fish being right around the legal length.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15-inch minimum length limit. 
Crappie Fair Up to 1.5 lbs Crappie numbers have been improving the last three years and the population is offering decent numbers of fish over 10 inches.  A few anglers finding them and taking some home.  There is some habitat cubes along the dock.
General Comments

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy.  You can call the Guard House to check on availability at (785) 456-6149.  The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time. 

Auxiliary Lake has zebra mussels which makes the lake designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/27/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Invasive Species Alert Not Good   Brittle Naiad has been found near the boat ramp. Please inspect your boat and trailer before leaving to ensure you are not transporting this invasive plant.
Perry Newsletter Good   Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Bass are being caught by anglers using jigs or plastics along the shoreline and in & around brush piles, rip-rap, and fallen trees.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Channel Catfish may be taken occasionally from shore using cut bait or livers. 
Flathead Catfish Fair to Good up to 30 lbs This lake has a decent number of Flathead Catfish. They can be caught using a small sunfish along the dam or other rocky areas.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm jigged over brush piles and weed beds.
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs The best bet for crappie would be to fish a jig and minnow along the shoreline.
Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs This lake has a good population of shellcrackers. Redear can be caught using a small chunk of worm near brushpiles and shoreline habitat. Best luck would come from a boat or kayak in the coves further up each of the arms. 
Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs Wiper can be caught near points in the lake using baits that resemble shad. Schools can also be located by shad breaking the surface. More Wiper were sampled this year than in previous years. 
Walleye Slow Up to 3.25 lbs Fish a jig and minnow along the dam.
General Comments

If you have information that you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514. 

Special note: The lake has non-native aquatic plants! Please inspect your trailer and fishing gear before leaving the lake to ensure you are not transporting these plants to any other lakes.    

Please pick up and take home any trash that you may have brought with you. 

                                                                                                                                                            



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 to 11 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits lakewide.   
Flathead Catfish Fair  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. Target structure and vegetation edges with live bait. Boulders south of the dam also hold some flathead catfish.    
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs are producing the most fish right now. Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found.  
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Saugeye are being caught near submerged roadbed and flats adjacent to the dam. Jigs are the best producing bait right now. Most of the saugeye being caught right now are shorts, but some keepers (> 18 inches) are being found as well. 
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 3 lbs. Largemouth can be taken on finesse plastics and spinnerbaits fished near trees in the coves and at vegetation edges. Some are being taken on the flats with crankbaits.   
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near submerged road also target near schools of gizzard shad.    
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Fair 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Crappie can be taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Crappie are being caught on both sides of the culvert at this time.   
White Bass Fair 14-17 inches A good population of white bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
The curly-leaf pondweed stand has begun to die-off with the warmer water temperatures. Spot treatments has cleared near the culvert, boat ramp and a few jetties. Look for the plant to die-off completely as water temperatures warm to the mid to upper 70's and be will be gone by mid-June. 



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/16/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Fair  

Channel catfish can be caught on cut bait, worms, and stink bait. Blue catfish are typically caught on fresh cut bait. Target wind blown flats for catfish. Anglers are also targeting flooded areas around the lake for catfish.

LOOK FOR RECENTLY TAGGED BLUE CATS!!!

Blue Catfish...all between 25"-40" must be released...creel limit is still 5, but only 1 can be 40" or longer

Crappie Slow/Fair   10-20ft deep suspended near points, flooded brush, and ledges on jigs and minnows
Walleye Fair  

Target rocky or wind-swept mud banks with jigs, crankbaits, or bottom bouncers

21" minimum length limit, 2/day creel limit.

White Bass/Wipers Fair  

along windy banks and points using jigs on reservoir or target river on north end of the reservoir

Wiper creel limit is now 5/day

Smallmouth Bass Fair    
Largemouth Bass Fair    
Outlet Fair   Catfish on cut bait; walleye, white bass, and wipers on jigs. 
General Comments

LOOK FOR RECENTLY TAGGED BLUE CATS!!!

Wiper...creel limit is 5/day

Blue Catfish...all between 25"-40" must be released...creel limit is still 5, but only 1 can be 40" or longer

CAUTION: DO NOT TRANSFER LIVE BAIT FROM ONE BODY OF WATER TO ANOTHER!!! ALONG WITH ZEBRA MUSSEL INFESTATION, ASIAN CARP ARE IN DRAINAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE KANSAS RIVER AND CAN EASILY BE MISTAKEN FOR SHAD!!!

Blue-Green Algae: Current information listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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Daily water info Daily Lake Information

Lake is currently 17' high and releases are currently at 4,000 cfs. 



NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/27/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry District Newsletter Good to Excellent   Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my district. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Slow to Fair up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill can be caught using a small chunk of worm or small ice jigs over brush piles
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs Channel catfish can still be caught using worms, cut shad, or doughballs.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 7.0 lbs The lake contains a nice population of larger fish for a small State Fishing Lake. They can be caught using spinnerbaits, plastics, or crankbaits around the brush piles. 
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow along shoreline and around the brush piles. Water is cloudy so choose baits that will make a lot of noise both in color and in sound. Best luck would come near the islands on the north shore.
 Comments
If you have information that you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs. Channel catfish are being taken on live and prepared baits. The bite is very good in the upper end.    
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Largemouth bass have moved shallow. Largemouth bass can be found at edges of water willow, rock edges, and shallow brush. Plastic and topwater baits are producing best right now.   
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Slow Up to 11 lbs. Jigs and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points. Some nice sized wiper (14-19 inches) have been being taken on the north end of the reservoir.  
White Crappie Slow Most fish around 7 inches, but some are greater than 10 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles. 
General Comments

Caution!!! Asian Carp have made their way up stream to below Lake Olathe dam.

Remember it is illegal to move fish from below dam to above the dam or use fish captured below dam for bait above the dam.  



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure.   
Channel catfish Good 0.5-6 lbs Chicken liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Slow 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Slow Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be found drifting or trolling mudflats using jigs tipped with nightcrawler or jigging spoons. 
Wiper  Slow Up to 24 inches Use shad imitation baits fished near main lake points. 
Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Good Up to 10 inches The bluegill and redear sunfish populations are in really good shape right now with many fish in the 7-9 inch length range. Use piece of nightcrawler or small jig at vegetation edges and rocky structures to target the panfish. 
 
General Comments

Zebra mussels have been found at Paola City Lake (Lake Miola). The lake has been designated as an Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

More brushpiles were added on 3/21/19. Some new brushpiles were created and some brush was added to some of the existing 2018 structures. Many of the new brushpiles can also be accessed by casting from the shore. 

GPS Coordinate locations for all brushpiles. 

N 38.58540, W 094.84338

N 38.58954, W 094.84549 

N 38.58493, W 094.84037

N 38.59411, W 094.84538

N 38.58334, W 094.84544

N 38.58928, W 094.85039

N 38.58596, W 094.84532



PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/27/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Invasive! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will start spawning as the water temperature rises to around 54 degrees. Please do not move water from Perry Reservoir.
Perry District Newsletter Good-Excellent   We publish a newsletter for Perry and other waters in the district twice a year. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Good up to 10.0 lbs Some anglers have been catching catfish sitting along the any flooded shoreline using cut shad, night crawlers, shrimp, or stink bait.
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir but are difficult to target.  Try trolling crankbaits along the dam or mudflats in early morning. Casting a jig or crankbait in areas under a light may produce some fish during the night. 

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 5.0 lbs.

Recent Bass tournaments have landed some nice fish including a few of both species over 5 lbs and numerous over 4 and 3. There are some nice fish in the lake for folks to hook into.
White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. White Bass can be caught using any bait resembling a shad or even from crappie jigs. Try casting around rocks or look for schools of fish breaking up the balls of shad.   
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Constant rain and high water has fish scattered and many anglers are struggling to consistently find fish. Many fish are still deep. 
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Anglers are catching a few Blue Cats down in the spillway. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, many fish are below the length limit, with a few blue catfish over the 35 inch minimum length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  
Comments

As of August 27th, the current lake elevation is at 911.40 (19.90' above conservation pool) and dropping about 5-6 inches a day with a release of about 5000 cfs. For current lake conditions click here and for the lake forecast click here

THERE ARE NO BOAT RAMPS OPEN!

If you would like to place habitat in Perry Reservoir or contribute to the fishing report, please contact the Fish Biologist, Nick, at 785-246-4514 to obtain a permit. 

39 Georgia Cube fish habitat structures were placed in the reservoir last spring. Their locations can be found here.

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/10/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. Crappie numbers are below average and harvest rates will likely be down for 2019.
Bluegill Good 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.  
Largemouth Bass Good to Excellent 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great largemouth bass population.  Bass 13 to 18 inches long are protected.
General Comments
This small 49 acre lake is located in northeast Pott. County. The fishing conditions are very similar to that of a large farm pond. The lake is noted for good catch and release largemouth bass fishing due to the abundance of the species.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 9/10/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 9 inches The bluegill population offers good numbers of 6 to 8 inch fish. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie abundance is starting to improve but there are still few fish over 10 inches. 
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The 2019 annual sampling effort documented that the lake continues to provide a very high abundance of largemouth bass.  The average fish size is currently smaller than normal, with most of the fish seen this spring were below 15 inches.  The lake is known for being a good spot for catch and release bass fishing.
General Comments

This small 24 acre lake is similar to pond fishing. The lake is known for catch and release of largemouth bass and harvest of nice bluegill. The lake's channel catfish are protected by a 15 inch minimum length limit.

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POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 9/10/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 4 pounds

The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population.  A 6.2 pound smallmouth bass was sampled at the lake this spring. 

Bass in this lake can be tough to catch because they have all seen a lot of lures. Try something new or unique.

Channel Catfish Good 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  The fourth stocking of 2019 was on August 28th of 1,000 channel catfish.  So far this year the lake has received 2,750 pounds of channel catfish.  Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 per day.
Crappie Fair  1/4 to 1 pound The lake supports a fair crappie population.  
Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Fair less than pound The lake has struggled to grow sunfish to a size large enough that anglers want to keep them for frying.  The population receives high angling pressure from both panfish anglers and from anglers targeting sunfish to use for catfish bait.  To hopefully continue to please both angler bases and help increase the overall size structure of sunfish, the lake is being implemented with a special sunfish regulation starting in 2019.  This new slot limit requires the release of sunfish species from 6 to 9 inches.  The creel limit of fish over 9 inches is five per day and there is still unlimited daily harvest of fish less than 6 inches.  This regulation change will be evaluated over time to verify if it will continue into the future.
General Comments

Pott. # 2 is noted for family outings, scenic views, catch and release bass fishing, harvest of small crappie and channel catfish. 

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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 9/10/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Catfish Good 1 to 20+ pounds

Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.  Blue catfish are usually caught on fresh cut bait.

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging some to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek Lake and the Big Blue River.  Feel free to harvest or release the fish, but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or ely.sprenkle@ks.gov   A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

White Bass and Wipers Good 1/2 to 8 pounds

Fishing for whites and wiper has been good this summer when release rates have fallen below 10,000 cfs.  Fish will hit jigs, crankbaits or topwater lures.  

To distinguish between the two species you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for id. Starting in 2018: Wiper daily creel is 5 per day.

Drum Good 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are an abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Good 3/4 to 5 pounds

Lots and lots of saugeye have been flushed out of Tuttle Creek and most of these fish end up at Rocky Ford.  Fishing has been great this year when release rates drop back down.  Best baits have been brightly colored jigs, swimbaits, crankbaits or jerkbaits.

Starting in 2017, the statewide 15-inch minimum length limit for walleye, sauger and saugeye does not apply to rivers, streams and tailwaters.

General Comments

Rocky Ford , a river fishery, is located just south of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue River. Anglers have the opportunity to harvest fishes generally associated with moving water. Saugeye, white bass, the catfishes, drum, crappie and carp can be harvested. Angler access and success is affected by release rates from the nearby Tuttle Creek Reservoir. You can check current conditions HERE 

Zebra mussels were found in Tuttle Creek on August 16, 2017.  This makes the Reservoir, River Pond and Rocky Ford as designated Aquatic Nuisance Species waters. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies, do not move fish and dump your bait.

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SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 8/27/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry District Newsletter Good to Excellent   Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click here newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs Crappie can be caught by jigging around any of the flooded timber or brush piles.
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm or a small jig over brush piles.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 17.0 lbs There are some nice sized Channel Catfish in this impoundment. They can be caught from shore using cut bait or livers 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Best success for bass is coming by using soft plastic worms near structure in 3-10 ft or water or just off of the many ledges. 
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.5 lbs. Walleye should be along the dam and off of points.
Wiper  Great up to 7.5 lbs. Wipers can be caught by fishing along points in the lake using any lure that resembles a shad. Luck could also be had by trolling along the dam and open areas.
General Comments

Attention anglers, If you fish this water body and would like to contribute your knowledge to the fishing report give me a call at 785-246-4514. Thanks!

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.  



SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 9/11/2019 Print

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lb Using worms under bobber or small jigs and spinners.
LM Bass Fair - Good 0.5-2 lbs Using crankbaits and jigs.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs Some being caught on shad, sunfish, cut bait, nightcrawlers, minnows, and livers. 
General Comments
Brushpiles were constructed and placed at 5 locations in April 2010. Locations were marked with GPS using datum NAD83: 1) N38.99217 W095.63188, 2) N39.00736 W095.62968, 3) N38.99254, W095.63210, 4) N38.99619 W095.632202, 5) N39.01043, W095.63014. November 07 locations were marked with GPS using datum WGS84 in decimel degrees: 1) N39.00740 W095.62978; 2) N39.00819 W095.63046; 3) N39.00810 W095.63055; 4) N39.00806 W095.63043; 5) N39.00638 W095.62261; 6) N39.00247 W095.62495; 7) N38.99622 W095.63205; 8) 39.00274 W095.63202.
 
 



SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Worms and minnows near structure are producing the best.  
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide using dough-bait and cut bait. 
Wiper Good Up to 9 lbs. Live bait and shad imitation baits along the dam are producing the best.  
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics are working best right now fished near deeper structure. 
Trout   Catchable Trout season is over. Look for them to be stocked again next winter. 
General Comments
In addition to a state fishing license, a Johnson County fishing permit is required. If you plan to fish for trout, a Johnson County trout permit is also required. Johnson County fishing/trout permits are available through Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and other select vendors.



SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/10/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake maintains a very good population of largemouth bass with an excellent size structure. 
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The crappie size structure continues to be dominated by small fish with only 6% of the crappie sampled in 2018 were over 10 inches.  
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 - 4 pounds

The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish which leads to good catch rates of fish in this size range.  The fourth stocking of 2019 was on August 8th of 680 pounds of catfish.  So far this year the lake has received a total of 3,450 channel catfish.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 

The two fish feeders have been repeatedly vandalized and the program has been suspended at the lake.

General Comments

Located north of Silver Lake, Shawnee State Fishing Lake is the site of good catch and release largemouth bass fishing. The lake is also noted for channel catfish harvest since the lake receives frequent stockings of harvestable sized catfish from March through September. The Jeffrey Energy Center Lakes and Perry Reservoir both have zebra mussels and with Shawnee State Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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Fish habitat GPS coordinates Decimal Degrees Degrees Minutes
East end of dam cedar trees 39.200351 -95.801881 N 39 12.021 W 95 48.113
West end of dam cedar trees 39.200640 -95.805438 N 39 12.038 W 95 48.326
Out from ramp brush pile 39.201053 -95.801924 N 39 12.063 W 95 48.115



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 9/10/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds High water and muddy water has greatly hampered the crappie fishing.  
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass numbers continue to be low due to poor spawning success the last six years. 
Catfish Fair Up to 40 pounds

The lake and the connected river system maintains a good channel catfish population and is one of the best places around to catch channel over 8 pounds.  

The blue catfish population is finally starting to get established.  The vast majority of the fish are below 28 inches and not sexually mature yet.  To protect these fish until they have a chance to spawn, a new 35-inch minimum length limit is in place starting January 1, 2018.  The plan is to only have a length limit on blue catfish for a few years until the population can sustain itself through natural reproduction.  

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging some to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek Lake.  It is up to you if you wish to release the fish or harvest it (if legally applicable), but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or ely.sprenkle@ks.gov  A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

Largemouth Bass Slow 1 to 5 pounds Coves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing with Carnahan Cove a distant second best.
Saugeye Fair Up to 6 pounds

The high release rates have been moving fish from the Reservoir downstream which has led to some good fishing in the river pond, the river below the dam or at Rocky Ford.

Starting in 2017, the minimum length limit does not apply to saugeye in the River Pond or at the "tubes".  The 15-inch minimum length limit is still in effect in the Reservoir.

General Comments

Very few anglers have been fishing the lake due to the high water levels.

You can check current water conditions HERE

Zebra mussels were found in Tuttle Creek on August 16, 2017.  This makes the Reservoir, River Pond and Rocky Ford as designated Aquatic Nuisance Species waters. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and please do not move fish you have caught or your bait.

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/11/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a decent bluegill population. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills. 
Channel catfish Fair to Good Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. The North bank is a popular spot to fish for cats.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has been really improving the last few years and the 2019 sample recorded the highest abundance in over a decade.  The size structure is starting to improve too with 44% above 15 inches.
Saugeye Slow  Up to 3 lbs The lake has fair numbers of saugeye over the 21 inch minimum length limit.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Target deeper structure with minnows or jigs. 
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Worms on a bobber near vegetation edges. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lbs. Worms or cutbait are the most productive baits. 
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Finesse baits targeting shallow underwater vegetation is producing the most fish right now.   
Smallmouth Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Target rocky bottoms with crankbaits, jigs, and swimbaits. 
Wiper/White Bass Slow Up to 6 lbs. Target windblown shores and points with shad imitation baits. 
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. Target windswept mud banks with jigs, crankbaits, live bait may produce some fish as well. 
Rainbow Trout   Catchable Trout season is over. Look for trout to be stocked again next spring. 
General Comments
A Wyandotte County fishing permit is required to fish this property. A Wyandotte County trout permit is required for trout fishing. Please contact Wyandotte County Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department at 913-573-8327 for more information.



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

BARBER STATE FISHING LAKE - LOWER - Last Updated: 8/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Try minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs around brush in 4-8 feet of water.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try fishing anywhere water is running in. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Try spinnerbaits and plastics around the submerged brush.
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs, crickets or worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Try curl tail jigs or slim minnow type baits around the dam.

Water temperatures should be in the upper 70's.  Most fishing should be typical summer time patterns.

You may call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.  

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! 

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/12/2019 Print

Work to repair the Clark State Fishing Lake spillway will begin May 20, 2019, weather permitting, and will entail lowering the lake level only about 11 feet.  To learn more, CLICK HERE. 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow up to 11 inches Jigs cast around any deeper brush
Channel catfish Good   Stinkbait, worms and livers fished on the bottom
Largemouth bass Good   Just about any artificial bait seems to be working right now, especially topwater baits early in the morning and late in the day.
Bluegill Good   Worms and crickets under a bobber as well and small jigs.
Walleye Slow   Jig and  nightcrawler
White bass Fair   Jigs, small crankbaits and topwaters.

The repair work is progressing with the lake about 11 feet low.  Very difficult to get a boat on the water and MUCH more difficult to get it loaded back on the  trailer.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! 

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Try minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs around brush in 4-8 feet of water.
Channel catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Try fishing the upper lake where water is running in. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 4 lbs Try spinnerbaits and plastics around cover and the rocks.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Try small jigs, crickets or worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Slow Up to 8 lbs Try jig and worm, curl tail jigs or crankbaits.

Water temperatures should be in the upper 70's.  Most fish should be in typical summer time patterns.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! 

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 8/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Try minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs around brush in 4-8 feet of water.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try fishing on windblown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Try spinnerbaits around the brush piles and cattails.  Topwater baits early and  late.
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs, crickets or worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Flathead catfish No report Up to 40 lbs Live bait around brushpiles

Water temperatures should be in the upper 70's.  Most fish should be in summer time patterns.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

 

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



PRATT COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/3/2019 Print

The fish salvage condition is no longer in place at Pratt County Lake.  The repairs have been completed and the lake is filling.   On July 2, 700 pounds of channel catfish averaging 1.5 pounds each were stocked to begin building fish populations back up.  Largemouth bass, walleye and wipers, as well as more channel catfish, will be stocked when they are available. 

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 9/20/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Fishing cut or prepared baits over shallow flats at night.
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Minnows under a bobber around deeper brush or drifting jigs or minnows in deeper, open water.  Anglers report catching fish up to 12 inches in length.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Casting soft plastics and swim baits around shoreline habitat and brush piles.
Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Worms and small jigs fished around laydown trees and shrubs along the shoreline or along edges of cattails and submerged weed beds.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair Up to 7 lbs. Casting minnow-imitating swim baits or crank baits over points, along edges of cattails, or over edges of the dredge channel.
General Comments

Release all walleye/saugeye less than 18 inches and largemouth bass less than 15 inches.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/21/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good 1 - 5 lbs. Good. Catfishing has picked up. They're biting on worms, liver, cut bait near the boat ramp and near the dam in 1-8' of water.
Crappie Fair 8-13" Fair. The crappie bite is slow but consistent. Try using 1/16 oz. jigs with pink or chartreuse grubs in 3-10 feet of water near or within brush or pvc cubes.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Fair. Slow, but the morning and evening bite is good on topwater frogs and texas-rigged soft plastics. Bluegill-colored spinnerbaits are good on windy days.
Saugeye Poor 15-26" Poor. Only a few Saugeye have been reported. Try dragging chartreuse, white, or pink jigs tipped with an earthworm around points. Small, deep-running crankbaits should produce as well. Fish slow and on the bottom towards evening and at night. Remember) The minimum length limit has changed from 18" to 21" and only 2 fish can be kept per day.

General Comments

Water temperature: 78 degrees

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair to Good up to 24" Try fishing cut bait, worms, or stink bait on the windy side of the lake during the evening or early morning.
Crappie Fair Up to 14" Try tube jigs or minnows near deeper structure. 
Bullhead Catfish Good Up to 12" Anthony City Lake has a good population of Bullhead Catfish. Bullheads are easy to catch and there is no length or creel limit on Bullheads. Try fishing worms or stink bait near the bottom during the evening for best results. 
General Comments
 



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/3/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Poor 6" to 10" Fish with small minnows and jigs around brush. There are a few nice crappie in the lake although most are fairly small.
Bluegill Poor   Worms under a bobber or very small jigs.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-6 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 20" Fish shallow brush with Texas rigged softbait, jigs, and spinnerbaits. The water here is typically murky so try darker colored lures (black & blue, dark purple, green pumpkin).
General Comments
 



BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 22 inches

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches

Stink baits or fresh cut bait fished on windblown shorelines and near the feeders.  Also worms during inflows in the upper end.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 17 inches Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or plastics worked near cover and along shoreline vegetation.
Crappie Fair Up to 8 inches The majority of the crappie in the lake are small and the crappie population density needs to be reduced.  Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed  the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back.  Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 7 inch Near shoreline cover on worms or small jigs.
General Comments
Lake level is at normal pool.



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Have Been Discovered in Chase State Fishing Lake.    

Chase SFL is an ANS designated water. Read the news release HERE.

 Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

 Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

 Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 22 inches

Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit.

Areas with inflows on night crawlers.  Also stink baits on windy shorelines and around the feeders. 

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 16 inches

There is a 13 to 18 inch slot limit on Largemouth Bass in effect at the lake.

Plastics or spinner baits near weed beds.

Saugeye Fair up to 22 inches Small crank baits or jig and plastics off the points and along the dam.
Spotted Bass Fair up to 15 inches Crankbaits along rocky shorelines and points.
Bluegill Good Up to 7.5 to 8 inches Small jigs or worms under a float.
Crappie Fair up to 12 inches Jigs or minnows fished in 7 to 10 of water near breaks or brush.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/13/2019 Print

SPECIES RATING SIZE BAITS, LOCATION, METHODS
Fishing Newsletter     All KDWPT fisheries districts are offering a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. The newsletters are aimed at keeping anglers informed about fishing opportunities and information in their areas of interest. The first few editions of the Cheney Fisheries District have been completed and are ready for distribution.
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS, AND BILGES!!!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

White Bass and Wiper Good Up to 24" Look for Wipers and White Bass on humps and drop-offs near deeper water and at the surface at dawn and dusk. Trolling crank baits, vertical jigging spoons, and live bait work well this time of year. Move around until you locate active fish. 
Walleye Poor Up to 25" Drift night crawlers and jigs along points and submerged humps.
Crappie Fair Up to 15" Look for crappie suspended near structure. Try using live minnows, jigs, or a combination of both.
Blue Catfish Fair to Good Up to 20 lbs Fish with live or cut bait on wind blown points or near a river channel with woody structure. If you aren't getting bites within 15 minutes, move to another location. The Blue Cat bite should pick up as the water temperature goes down.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 28" Try fishing cut bait or stink bait on the windy side of the lake. If you aren't getting bites within 15 minutes, move to another location.
White Perch Good  

White perch are being caught using similar methods for Wipers and White bass. There have been reports of "eater" sized fish being caught.

White perch cannot be used as live bait, but they do make good cut bait. For tips on identifying a white perch from a white bass, wiper or striped bass click HERE.

All white perch in your possession must be dead. It is illegal to posses live white perch.

COMMENTS
 



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/16/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Zebra Mussel     Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove City Lake. Click HERE for more information.

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Bluegill Fair   near gravel banks and vegetation on small jigs and worms
Crappie Slow/Fair   10 ft deep near ledges on jigs and minnows
Channel catfish Fair   near windy flats and flooded brush on cut bait and worms
Black bass Fair   on jigs, spinnerbaits, or crankbaits 5-15ft deep near docks, points, and brush
Walleye Slow/Fair   along dam and deeper points/banks on jigs and spoons
White bass Fair   along dam and points on spinners and jigs
General Comments
The City of Council Grove requires Aquatic Nuisance Species certification of anglers and boaters at Council Grove City Lake. Go to ANS Certification to obtain the certificate. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.



COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/16/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir.

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Channel Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats and creek channel ledges on cut bait and worms
Saugeye Slow/Fair   near dam and gravel/rock points on jigs and worms
White Bass Fair   along deep rock points and ledges on spinners and jigs
Wiper Fair   a few in with white bass
Crappie Slow/Fair  

10-20 ft deep on minnows and jigs near points, brush, and ledges

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

0.16 feet high, releasing 8 cfs

Outlet fishing is slow/fair for catfish, white bass, and saugeye

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good up to 8 inch Small jigs or bobber and worm on deeper edges of weed beds.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 18 inch

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Stink baits and worms near the feeders.

Largemouth Bass Good up to 17 inch Small crank baits, plastics, or jigs in weed beds and along weed edges.
Redear Sunfish Good up to 11 inch Same as bluegill
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/13/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in the Trout Area below the dam!!

Wiper Fair  up to 24 inch

Trolling or casting crank baits along windy shorelines.

Be sure to properly ID your catch as there is there is an 21-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit on wiper.. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White bass Fair up to 14 inch

Main lake points and windy shorelines on curly tailed grubs or inline spinners.

Wipers can be caught along with white bass so it is important to properly identify your catch before putting it on a stringer. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White Perch Fair up to 10 inch

Small hooks with half a worm fished on rocky breaks and along old roads.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

Crappie Fair up to 14 inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Crappie are being found in flooded timber and brushpiles and are being caught on minnows and jigs. 

Catfish Fair up to 40 inch

Both blue cats and channel catfish are being caught on flats and windy shorelines on worms or fresh cut bait.

There is a 25 to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish and a 5/day creel with no more than 2 blue catfish over 35 inches.

Walleye Fair up tp 25 inch

THE WALLEYE LENGTH LIMIT IS 21-INCHES WITH A 2/DAY CREEL LIMIT.

Drifting jig and crawler combos or pulling worm harnesses on main lake points and flats.  Trolling small shad imitating crankbaits is becoming more effective as the young of the year shad grow larger.

General Comments

0.2 ft above Normal Pool, releasing 15 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

Ramp Update 8/14/2019.  All boat ramps are now usable.

ZEBRA MUSSEL & WHITE PERCH WARNING! El Dorado Reservoir and the Walnut River below the reservoir contain zebra mussels and white perch. Take zebra mussel control precautions when leaving the lake, Trout Area, and Stilling Basin. For information on Zebra Mussels click Here.



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 22" Try fishing cut bait, worms,or stink bait on the windy side of the lake in the evening or early morning.
Crappie Fair up to 13" Try a jig and minnow fished near deeper structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 21" Try fishing near deeper structure with a small lure fished slowly such as a Ned-rig or a senko. 
Saugeye Poor up to 18" Fish with jigs around deeper points or drop-offs.
       
General Comments
The recent cold front should make the fish more active and improve the fishing.



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good 10" to 28" Try fishing cut bait or stink bait on the windy side of the lake in the morning or evening.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5lbs Fish near vegetation with soft plastics or top water lures at dawn and dusk. 
Northern Pike Fair Up to 35" Look for pike in deeper water, use large spinning baits or live bluegill.
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 6" Use worms under a bobber near structure, or a small jigs. 
General Comments
The recent cold front should make the fish more active.



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/3/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Blue-green Algae WARNING

Last Update

August 29 2019

Marion County Lake is currently under a HAB Warning.  For more information see http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm
Channel Catfish   No fishing reports available this week.  
Crappie     New 20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018
Largemouth Bass     13 inch to 18 inch slot limit effective January 1, 2018
Saugeye      
Bluegill      
White Bass      
Wiper      
General Comments

New crappie creel limit of 20/day effective January 1, 2018.

New largemouth bass 13 inch to 18 inch slot length limit effective January 1, 2018.

Boat and bait inspections are MANDATORY at Marion County Lake to prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Nuisance Species. Protect our waters... don't forget to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY!



MARION RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/13/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Boat Ramp Update September 3 2019  

The Marion Cove boat ramp, Broken Bridge boat ramp, Durham Cove boat ramp, Hillsboro Cove boat ramp, and French Creek Cove boat ramp are open.  Cottonwood Point boat ramps remain closed.

If any questions arise, please direct them to the Marion Reservoir Corps of Engineers Office at 620-382-2101

***ATTENTION

ANGLERS***

   

Message from the Corps of Engineers at Marion Reservoir:

The Marion Bridge which is the bridge across the Marion Reservoir Dam is being replaced beginning the fall of 2018.  The estimated time for replacement is approximately 1.5 years or the spring of 2020.  During that time and due to the safety concerns with the construction site, there will be no public access to the stilling basin area, along the dam crest road itself, or within a 500 foot perimeter of the construction zone on the face of the dam.  Additionally, buoys have been placed in front of the dam to restrict boating activities away from the project site.

If any questions arise, please direct them to the Marion Reservoir Corps of Engineers Office at 620-382-2101

Zebra Mussels     Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!
Channel Cat Fair to Good up to 28 inch Areas with current or windy shorelines using worms or cut bait.
White Crappie Fair up to 13 inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018

Crappie jigs or minnows near brush piles.

Walleye Fair up to 20 inch Jig and crawler combo drifted on wind blown shorelines.  Trolling with small sized crankbaits has also been productive.
White Bass Fair up to 14 inch Trolling crankbaits along the ends of the dam and windy points.
Wiper Fair to Good up to 24 inch Same was white bass report.
Coordinates for habitat cubes    

4 cubes N38 22.450’ W 097 04.669’

4 cubes N38 22.455’ W 097 04.664’

4 cubes N38 22.426’ W 097 04.694’

3 cubes N38 22.757’ W 097.05.227’

3 cubes N38 22.763’ W 097 05.211’

3 cubes N38 23.407’ W 097 05.460’

2 cubes N38 23.467’ W 097 05.384’

2 cubes N38 23.478’ W 097 05.399’

4 cubes N38 23.481’ W 097 05.408’

Coordinates for brushpiles and cubes.   The first 3 coordinates are for one large brushpile. Coordinates mark areas with multiple habitat structures in the area.

N 38 21.907' W 097 05.562'

N 38 21.912' W 097.05.560'

N 38 21.920' W 097.05.557'

N 38 22.425' W 097 04.697'

N 38 22.767' W 097 05.208'

N 38 22.757' W 097 05.227'

N 38 23.250' W 097 05.491'

N 38 23.357' W 097 05.470'

Coordinates for brushpiles   Near shore brushpile placements fishable from shore in Cottonwood Cove.

N 38 23.438' W 097 05.398'

N 38 23.436' W 097 05.404'

N 38 23.428' W 097 05.402'

N 38 23.426' W 097 05.405'

N 38 23.499' W 097 05.393'

N 38 23.489' W 097 05.399'

N 38 23.480' W 097 05.401'

N 38 23.472' W 097 05.398'

Coordinates for brushpiles constructed March 2018    

N 38 24.459' W 097 06.907'

N 38 24.450' W 097 06.975'

N 38 22.685' W 097 06.279'

N 38 22.680' W 097 06.279'

N 38 22.216' W 097 06.065'

Coordinates for historical habitat sites that had brush added to them in March 2018.    

N 38 21.911' W 097 05.569'

N 38 22.426' W 097 04.702'

N 38 22.776' W 097 05.220'

Coordinates for new brushpiles constructed April 2019    

N 38 23.464' W 097 05.412'

N 38 23.149' W 097 05.476'

N 38 23.169' W 097 05.516'

General Comments
0.2 feet above pool, releasing 16 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 9/19/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Adult Zebra Mussels were found 7/31/08 at Lake Afton.

The zebra mussels reproduce during the warmer summer months and veligers (larval zebra mussels) are present in the water column. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in Clearwater Creek below the spillway!

White Perch Fair 5"-9" Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may not be possessed or transported alive.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 20" Try cut bait, worms, or stink bait on the windy side of the lake during the evening or early morning. Adult Channel Catfish (3/4lb-3lbs) will be stocked on September 26th to provide more opportunities for catfish anglers. 
Crappie Fair Up to 13" Look for Crappie near deeper structure using small jigs or minnows.
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 8" Try a small piece of worm under a bobber around structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 20 inches Try soft plastics, crank baits, and topwater baits around structure early morning or evening. The recent cold front should get the fish more active.
General Comments

Lake Afton has been downgraded from a Blue-Green Algae Warning to a WATCH as of 9/19/2019.

During the watch status, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

  • Signage will be posted at all public access locations
  • Water may be unsafe for humans/animals
  • Avoid areas of algae accumulation and do not let people/pets eat dried algae or drink contaminated water.
  • Swimming, wading, skiing, and jet skiing are discouraged near visible blooms
  • Boating and fishing are safe. However, inhalation of the spray may affect some individuals. Avoid direct contact with water, and wash with clean water after any contact.
  • Clean fish well with potable water and eat fillet portion only.



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/3/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 24 inch Prepared baits or fresh cut bait.
Wiper Fair up to 22 inch Trolling crankbaits on wind swept shorelines.
Crappie Slow up to 11 inches Minnows or jigs near breaks or flooded trees
Saugeye Fair   Trolling crankbaits on windblown shorelines and points.  Also drifting jig and crawler combo.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 9/13/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 19 inches Stink bait, worms, or cut bait.
Crappie Fair Up to 11 inch Shallow water near shoreline cover on minnows or jigs
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 17 inches Crankbaits or spinnerbaits near cover.
Saugeye Fair up to 20 inches Jig and crawler or jig and minnows along the dam.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

General Comments
 



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels were verified in Winfield City Lake in December 2006. Lake users should follow recommended control practices found HERE .

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

Crappie Fair  Up to 12+ inches In standing timber on minnows and jigs 8 to 12 feet deep.
Channel catfish Fair to Good up to 25 inches Drifting the flats with worms and stinkbaits on wind blown shorelines
Black bass Fair up to 19 inch Spinnerbaits and plastics in shoreline vegetation.
White bass Fair up to 14 inches Downwind of shallow points on white or chartreuse curly tailed grubs.
Wiper     Same as white bass
Walleye Fair  up to 25 inches

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Jig and crawler or spinner rigs with night crawler drifted on points and flats.  Trolling small and medium size crank baits is also producing some fish.

   
General Comments
The City of Winfield requires additional permits for anglers using the lake. Stop in to the lake office before fishing at the lake.



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/19/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill and Redear good

42% 4-7"

51% 7-9"

7% 9-11"

Use worm or very small jig around brush piles and along weed line.  Grasshoppers or dry flies on the surface also work well. There is a mayfly hatch going on.  Fish are actively feeding at the surface.
Channel Catfish good

30% 11-16"

67% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

3% 28-36"

Use worms, shad sides, or stink bait in coves around fish feeders, weed line, and brush piles.   Fishing is best in morning and evening.  
Largemouth Bass good

37% 8-12"

45% 12-15"

16% 15-20"

2% >20"

Use spinners or jigs along the weed line and around brush piles. Top water lures are also working well. 
Crappie fair

4% 5-8"

17% 8-10"

42% 10-12"

38% 12-15"

Use small jigs or minnows around brush piles and deep channel breaks.  
General Comments

ATTENTION!  This lake has zebra mussels.  Live fish may not be transported away from this lake.  Clean, drain, and dry all boats.

The lake is stratafied at 15 feet.  Don't expect to catch fish below this depth.

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2019 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2018 test netting.

To view a map of brush pile locations, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the lake. ezembed

For more information about the Fall River/Toronto Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/19/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

5% 11"-16"

57% 16"-24"

29% 24"-28"

10% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on mudflats and windy shoreline.
largemouth bass fair

20% 8"-12"

25% 12"-15"

50% 15"-20"

5% 20"-25"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of Walnut Creek produces a fair density bass population. There were 20 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in Walnut Creek. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, spinner, worm, or crank bait around stumps and brush in river and Walnut Creek.  The high water this spring resulted in a large year class of small bass that are fun to catch all along the shoreline.
white bass good

11% 6"-9"

47% 9"-12"

40% 12"-15"

2% 15"-18"

0% 18"+

Use a spinner or jig over mudflats and rocky points.  Watch for white bass chasing schools of gizzard shad at the surface.   
white crappie good

53% 5"-8"

28% 8"-10"

11% 10"-12"

8% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around timber on north side of Duck Island, Manns Cove, Toronto Point Cove, rocky points, and brush piles.  
General Comments

Link to USACE reservoir water level: http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/TORO.lakepage.html

To view a map of Toronto Reservoir brush piles, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir. 

TORR brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 1.74 kB)

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2018 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2019 test netting.

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BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/4/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 6-12" Crappie fishing has slowed.  Look for crappie in deeper water near submerged structure.  Minnows under a bobber have been working best.  Sorting will be required to find bigger fish.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfishing remains good.  Channel catfish have continued to move into the shallows at dark to feed.  Shad sides are working best.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Fair 12-20" Largemouth bass fishing remains slow.  Swim baits and soft plastics around the submerged trees and the vegetation have been producing fish.  Look for fish in deeper water.  Smallmouth bass fishing has improved.  Look for smallmouth along the dam and near rocky shorelines.
Bluegill and Redears Good 5-7" Look for bluegill and redear near deeper water structure.  Vertical fishing small jigs has been working well.
       
General Comments

Release all Largemouth Bass 15-21" in Length, daily creel remains 5/day.

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.



BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/17/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear Sunfish  Good

 2-4" -- 72%

4-6" -- 24%

7-9" -- 4%

Bluegill and redear sunfish, or "shellcrackers", can be found lakewide near the shoreline. Anglers should focus their efforts along the shoreline in depths less than 6' deep near submerged trees and edges of aquatic vegetation. Areas to pursue will be on the north and south ends of the dam, coves, and rocky habitats. A bobber and worm, fly rod with small flies, and 1/16 ounce jig with a twister tail will be good baits to try. During the spring and early summer months, redear sunfish and bluegill will build nests during the spawn and can provide a memorable angling experience. 
Channel catfish  Good

 10-15" -- 36%

16-24" -- 36%

24-27" -- 14%

> 28" -- 14%

The channel catfish population is flourishing across all sizes and anglers may just find the rod tip bending and the drag peeling on their next fishing trip to Bone Creek. Anglers should focus on flats in the fall and winter months where the gizzard shad congregate, if utilizing a boat, in 12-14'. Anglers from the shoreline should focus on the coves, both the north and south side of the dam, and the handicap access on the south side of the lake near the boat ramp. Prepared baits, shrimp, chicken liver, and shad will be good baits to try. Fall sampling indicated a variety of sizes of channel catfish with 14% of the population above 28", so be sure to set the drag loose and experience the chance at reeling in a trophy channel catfish at Bone Creek. 
Crappie  Fair

< 8" -- 93%

10-12" -- 3%

> 12" -- 3%

Lots of submerged trees, high water clarity, and adequte forage (i.e., gizzard shad).... the perfect recipe for a crappie population to flourish! Crappie can be found at Bone Creek in a variety of habitats. Anglers should focus on submerged trees that are in 15-20' that are in close proximity to depth changes, or creek channels. There are a variety of coves that will hold crappie during the spawn in the spring time. Live minnows under a bobber, spinners, or 1/8-1/16 ounch jigs with twister tails will all be good options. Fall sampling indicated a successful spawn and strong year class of Age-0 crappie, as well as crappie up to 14". 
Largemouth bass  Good

 8-12" -- 13%

12-15" -- 26%

15-20" -- 65%

Bone Creek provides a high quality largemouth bass angling experience. They can be found lakewide in a variety of habitats that are available at Bone Creek. Anglers should focus on the edges of vegetation that can be found along the shoreline and coves, as water begins to warm up this spring. There is an abundance of submerged trees in a range of depths that will also hold fish. The water clarity will affect fishing, depending on time of day, so don't hesitate to fish the trees that can be found in deeper water. Casting swimbaits, jigs, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits will be your best bet. Don't hesitate to throw the classic "ned rig" in the summertime when fish will be deeper and provide a chance at a strike. 

Approximately 215,000 Largemouth Bass fry were stocked in early April of 2019 to bolster the younger year classes of the population for anglers. 

Saugeye   Good 

7-9" -- 13%

14-16" -- 83%

> 18" -- 4%

Saugeye were stocked in Bone Creek in 2013. Since then, the saugeye population has established and provides another sportfish opportunity for anglers. They are managed under a 18" and daily creel of 2. Fall sampling provided that there is a high percentage of fish in the 14-16" range as well as a few that can be caught over the 18" minimum length limit. Saugeye can be found on flats of 10-14 ft that is near deeper water of 20 feet and deeper at this time of the year. Any depth changes, or structure, will hold fish and can be caught by a variety of methods, such as trolling or vertical jigging. 

1,000,000 Saugeye fry were stocked in early April of 2019to boost their current numbers and to continue building the population. 

The minimum length for Saugeye at Bone Creek is 18 inches and a daily creel of 2 fish per day! Please take precaution in measuring Saugeye that you catch as the majority of Saugeye currently are 16-17 inches. It is critical as these fish are establishing a population. 

General Comments

Water temperature: 86 degrees, 9/17/2019

As District Fisheries Biologists, we send out a newsletter to inform anglers of fish sampling result, aquatic outreach events, fish stockings, and habitat improvement projects, for example. We have a spring and fall edition of our newsletters that you can subscribe to. This is sent directly to your email. If you would like to stay up to date on what is happening on Neosho State Fishing Lake (Lake McKinley), Crawford State Fishing Lake (Farlington Lake), Bone Creek Lake, CFAP and FISH properties, and the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits, you can subscribe to the Pittsburg District Newsletter at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Pittsburg-Fishing-District 

Be sure to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat, bait buckets, and recreational watercraft before and after launching your boat. It is important to remove your drain plug on your watercraft upon departure to drain live wells and water inside of your boat; it will protect our natural resources in Kansas for current anglers and future generations to enjoy. Eurasian watermilfoil is an invasive aquatic vegetation that can be found in nearby water bodies. Be sure to inspect your boat, boat trailer, and bait buckets prior to launching at Bone Creek to prevent the spread. Zebra mussels, white perch, and asian carp are all invasive species that can be found in Kansas. Be sure to stay up to date on information regarding Aquatic Nuisance Species. The following link will provide you with information on Aquatic Nuisance Species in Kansas: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species 

If you would like to provide a fishing report for Bone Creek Lake, don't hesitate to contact Connor Ossowski, District Fisheries Biologist, at (620) 231-3173.



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 9/2/2019 Print

species ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie Slow 8 to 12 inches Try jigs, minnows. Recent sampling show a nice population of 10 - 14 inch crappie
Channel catfish Good varies, The water is clear with a little color.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. Try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits,  
Largemouth bass Excellent most bass in the 13 to 16 inch range some bass are suspended in deeper water, some are in the feeder creeks and shallow water, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure. 5 to 7 pounds are fairly common
General Comments

Crappie have been starting to pick up, as the rains have slowed.  Largemouth bass can be good but fish the deeper water in the trees for suspended fish. 

 The catfish in this impoundment are active and ready for action- Try liver, shad, or live bait fish.  Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in.  For largemouth bass try fishing some of the standing timber and weedbeds with spinners and buzzbaits.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

NO special permits required, this is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake. Use caution, this lake has quantities of standing and submerged trees and limited shoreline access. This is a 220 acre lake with approximately 180 acres of standing trees. Fishing only lake. The lake has a boat ramp, parking lot, security light, floating dock, and vault toilet on the east side of the lake and a boat ramp and parking lot on the west side..



BOURBON COUNTY ELM CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 9/2/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Excellent varies The water is clear.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. try bluegill chunks, chicken livers or cut shad, lake wide. Fish population sampling lots of nice channel catfish from 3 - 8 pounds.  Fish feeders are ON  
Largemouth bass Good varies lake wide, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs,   
Bullheads Slow varies use worms,or liver lake wide  
Bluegill Good varies small baits and worms under floats, along weedbeds around fish attractors  
Walleye POOR  varies also try the dam and rocky structure in the south half of the lake with jigs or minnows  
Crappie GOOD lots of small fish with 50 limit along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs, recently bigger fish over 11 inches reportedly caught  
Comments

The lake is full pool and the water is clear. Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  Catfish angling around the fish feeders can be fantastic.  Remember the length and creel limits.

Due to a leak in the dam water levels can be low and will remain low until financing and approval for repair are made. The channel catfish population in this lake is doing well.   Also there have been some very sizeable largemouth bass (up to 6 lbs) caught- try deeper weedbeds and brush piles with your spinners, jigs. 

This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms. Remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

With questions about this lake call Donald George, Fisheries Biologist, at 913-795-2218, or Bourbon County at 620-223-3800.



BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/2/2019 Print

stillSpecies Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass ( Largemouth and Spotted Bass) Excellent Fish 10 to 19 inches dominate the population try the deep side of the weed beds and piers, close to the brushpiles and plastic cubes.   Use spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers.
Bluegill/redear sunfish Good all sizes Nice redear are available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float. Bluegill are also available but are smaller in size.  
Walleye POOR varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish Excellent 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms,the fish feeders are ON, lakewide.  After hard rains fish the south end where the water comes in.
Crappie Good 8 - 12 inches and up the crappie are in deeper water close to structure. try using minnows, jigs under a 6ft float, along the piers.  
General Comments

The water is normal and clear.  The boatramp  is fine. 

In the spring of 2018, another 95 Georgia cubes have been placed to attract fish to shoreline areas.  Shoreline fishing can be good in deeper water around the lake.  This lake produces some nice crappie each year.  Recent sampling indicates that there are many good crappie to catch.  The bass population at this impoundment consists of spotted and largemouth bass.  Spotted bass tend to hang near rocks and the dam, whereas on the south end of the lake your more likely to catch only largemouth bass.  The fish feeders are ON.



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Slow 8 in to 21 inches Fishing around shallow cover and standing cattails, using reaction style baits should produce some fish. Jerkbaits, lipless cranks, vibrating jigs, or spinnerbaits. Some fish may be caught off rocky points using large plastic worm or shaky head.
walleye Fair 14-25 inches Fishing around the flats and humps should be most productive either dragging a jig and crawler or trolling cranks. Don't be afraid to look shallow either with crankbaits.
channel catfish/blue catfish Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Working wind blown banks with various baits should be productive or try creek channel swings and humps. We have tagged some blue catfish in the lake, if you catch one please take note of the tag number and report it to the gatehouse. You may keep the tagged fish if you desire or you can practice "CPR" OR CATCH PHOTO AND RELEASE.
smallmouth bass Fair 10-20 inches Crankbaits, swimbaits, and finesse plastics around rocky habitat. Don't be afraid to go offshore and fish deeper around humps and dropoffs, using drop shot rigs. The recent bite seems to be a little slow and we have seen a decline in numbers, but the recent sample showed quality fish are still present. 
white bass/Wipers Good up to 5lbs.  Use shad imitation lures like small spinners, crankbaits or bucktail jigs. and look for schools of shad or focus on wind blown flats or points. 
crappie Fair 11-15 inches Vertical jigging around the standing timber or channel swings is probably best technique if bite is slow try live minnows. There are some nice crappie available just have to find the right area holding fish.
General Comments

Entrance gate phone number is 620-364-2475 call for lake conditions. 

A large brush pile was created north of the boat ramp in the old creek channel and is marked with a fish attractor buoy. There were also several trees sunk at the end of the hot water dike and should be easily marked on your locator. These spots should be really good in the fall and winter months.

ZEBRA MUSSELS have been confirmed in Coffey County Lake! Please help stop the spread. Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving this lake. It is illegal to transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on waters in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson counties click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/17/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &Location
Bluegill / Redear sunfish  Poor

 2-4" -- 66%

4-6" -- 34%

> 6" -- 0%

The fall sample indicated a poor size structure of bluegill and redear sunfish. However, there is an abundance of bluegill and redear sunfish up to 6" in good numbers. Panfish are a wonderful species to get someone hooked to fishing! They can be caught readily using a simple bobber and worm, 1/16-1/32 ounce jighead, and a fly rod and small fly to name a few tactics. Locations to try would be near the swim beach in the northwest corner, coves where shallow water and aquatic vegetation can be found, and marina cove.  

Approximately 30,000 Redear Sunfish were stocked in early April to boost their current numbers and to provide an additional fishing opportunity for anglers. Redear Sunfish prefer habitat composed of rock and hard substrate, which Crawford SFL provides. 

Saugeye  Fair Up to 21"

The fall sample indicated a low-density, high-quality population of saugeye up to 21". A variety of ways to target saugeye are trolling with swimbaits and Rapalas, or vertical jigging. Anglers can also find saugeye up shallow in the fall, winter, and spring when water temperatures are cooler and where they can be found feeding on the flats and shallow habitat. 

600,000 Saugeye fry were stocked in early April. 

Wiper (White bass x Striped Bass hybrid) Fair 

5-10" -- 58%

14-16" -- 21%

20-22" -- 21%

Wiper have been stocked in Crawford State Lake and provide a quality sportfish for anglers to target. Wipers are pelagic, or open water, predators lurking in deeper water during the day, but come up shallow to feed in the morning, evening, and during the night. Some baits to try would be jerkbaits, swimbaits, jigs, and live bait. Trolling and vertical jigging over schools of gizzard shad may yield a fish, or two. The fall sample indicated good numbers above the 18" minimum length limit and a quality population for anglers to utilize. 

Anglers are reporting Wiper up to 6 pounds being caught on the windblown side of the reservoir. South winds will congregate wipers on the dam and spillway area. 1/16-1/4 ounce jig heads with a twister tails is a good lure to try. 

Channel catfish  Good

 < 10" -- 26%

10-15" -- 53%

16-24" -- 18%

> 25" -- 3%

Channel catfish can be found throughout all portions of the lake. Anglers can target the whiskered fish in coves on the upper end of the lake, especially during periods of inflow, main lake where submerged trees and Georgia Cubes have been placed, and jetties and docks that can be fished from shore. Prepared baits, gizzard shad, live bait, and chicken liver are all popular baits that anglers might give a try. 

Fish feeders were filled on August 28, 2019. They are set to go off at 7am, 1pm, and 7pm. 

Flathead catfish Fair All sizes Flathead catfish can be found in deep water next to submerged trees and structure. There have been reports of flathead catfish being caught up to 30 lbs. Live bait and fresh cut bait are two tactics to try. 
Crappie  Good

< 8" -- 35%

8-10" -- 63%

> 11" -- 2%

The crappie population has a slightly improved size structure with fish sampled up to 12". However, the majority of the crappie that anglers may find at the end of their line will be in the 8-10" size range. Georgia Cubes, an artificial habitat structure placed by KDWPT staff, are present in Crawford State Lake and the link in the "General Comments" section will provide you with GPS coordinates. Eight brushpiles were created and added. GPS coordinates are listed below in the comments section. Crappie will congregate near the Georgia Cubes, submerged trees, structure, and docks. Anglers should try live minnows under a bobber, jigs with a twister tail, and streamers with a fly rod. 
Largemouth bass  Good

 8-12" -- 51%

12-15" -- 19%

15-20" -- 29%

Largemouth bass densities and size structure is improved, since being infected with LMBV (Largemouth Bass Virus) in 2007. Strong year classes in the 8-12" size category indicate good numbers that haven't been as prominent since 2007. Quality fish up to 20" were sampled and anglers will benefit from the improved numbers and quality of largemouth bass in Crawford State Lake. Anglers should focus on coves and jetties using a variety of methods, which include spinnerbaits, top-water lures, plastic lures, and jerkbaits. An often overlooked method, the "Ned Rig" can also be utilized during all times of the year, but specifically in the summer months, when largemouth bass don't seem as willing to bite other types of lures. 
General Comments

Water temperature: 84 degrees, 9/17/2019

KDWPT Fisheries and State Park staff submerged nearly 100 cedar trees and 40 "Georgia Cubes" were added to the lake in spring of 2019. 

Cedar trees were placed on existing brushpiles. The GPS coordinates for those existing brushpiles are as follows:

16 trees @ N 37.642683, W 094.806843 (Northeast corner dock)

13 trees @ N 37.641414, W 094.807232 (East cove dock on west side of cove)

17 trees @ N 37.640050, W 094.809163 (Middle arm, east side)

24 trees @ N 37.637126, W 094.811680 (East fishing pier)

Cedar trees were placed on new brushpiles. The GPS coordinates for the new brushpile locations are as follows:

18 trees @ N 37.642581, W 094.808307 (North point) 

8 trees and stumps @ N 37.644641, W 094.810386 (North boat ramp)

11 trees and stumps @ N 37.643394, W 094.811154 (Marina northeast dock)

7 trees @ N 37.641860, W 094.812640 (Marina Cove southwest dock)

Georgia Cubes were added to six new locations. The GPS coordinates for the Georiga Cubes are as follows:

16 Georgia Cubes @ N 37.642602, W 094.808321 (North point)

6 Georgia Cubes @ N 37.642695, W 094.806880 (Northeast corner dock)

7 Georgia Cubes @ N 37.641402, W 094.807221 (East cove dock on west side of cove)

5 Georgia Cubes @ N 37.637147, W 094.811688 (East fishing pier)

3 Georgia Cubes @ N 37.643472, W 094.811373 (Marina northeast dock)

3 Georgia Cubes @ N 37.644663, W 094.810369 (North boat ramp)

As District Fisheries Biologists, we send out a newsletter to inform anglers of fish sampling result, aquatic outreach events, fish stockings, and habitat improvement projects, for example. We have a spring and fall edition of our newsletters that you can subscribe to. This is sent directly to your email. If you would like to stay up to date on what is happening on Neosho State Fishing Lake (Lake McKinley), Crawford State Fishing Lake (Farlington Lake), Bone Creek Lake, CFAP and FISH properties, and the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits, you can subscribe to the Pittsburg District Newsletter at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Pittsburg-Fishing-District 

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism fisheries staff recently undertook a project to produce lake maps, or bathymetric maps, for public waters statewide. The lake map for Crawford State Fishing Lake can be found at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Where-to-Fish-in-Kansas/Bathymetric-Lake-Maps.This link will provide you with a link for all bathymetric lake maps for the state of Kansas. Scroll down to find Crawford State Fishing Lake. This will allow for anglers to view the depths of the lake to choose different habitats and lake depths to fish for different species, year-round. You will also find current GPS locations of habitat structures placed by KDWPT fisheries staff to easily input into your sonar unit, or find if you are fishing from shore. 

Be sure to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat, bait buckets, and recreational watercraft before and after launching your boat. It is important to remove your drain plug on your watercraft upon departure to drain live wells and water inside of your boat; it will protect our natural resources in Kansas for current anglers and future generations to enjoy. Zebra mussels, white perch, and asian carp are all invasive species that can be found in Kansas. Be sure to stay up to date on information regarding Aquatic Nuisance Species. The following link will provide you with information on Aquatic Nuisance Species in Kansas: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species.

If you would like to provide a fishing report for Crawford State Fishing Lake, don't hesitate to contact Connor Ossowski, District Fisheries Biologist, at (620) 231-3173.



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 9/2/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches Bass are stratified in the timber over deep water.  Currently the lake is at full pool, water clarity is great at this time. Work the deeper drop offs and rocky areas,some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, crank baits in  close to cover.  The majority of fish are in the 12 inch to 4 pound range. 
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" A limited fishery exists some are taken on jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky areas.
Channel Catfish Excellent 15" to 8 pounds This is a good catfish population with fish over 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds. Use cut shad, cut sunfish, worms, liver, prepared baits, lakewide or along the piers along the parking lot. The fish feeder at the north area is ON for the season. 
Crappie Good  any size Sampling indicates good numbers of nice fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and jigs, lakewide. Fish are moving into shallow areas for spawning.
Walleye Slow  most between 15 to 17 inches Recent sampling indicates good numbers of  fish (17.5 to 22 inches) are available. Some are taken on jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

 Water levels are normal.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  Some good bass and catfish were caught this week.  There are a lot of nice channel catfish at the feeder, majority are 3 to 5 pounds.

This is a great Kayak or small craft lake.  Critzer Lake is one of Kansas' newest lakes and was opened to fishing in August of 2011. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There is a double lane boat ramp. The floating dock is finished and compliments this great fishing lake.  The lake is primarily a boat lake but there is shoreline access east of the boatramp where anglers can set up on the two piers and be very close to the parking lot. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit.

There is a second, smaller access area located at the south west part of the lake, from 800 rd. and Gorman, north 1/4 mile.  This area makes it easier for anglers in small craft to launch and paddle/fish the more timbered areas. There is a parking lot and gravel ramp and provides shoreline angling also. 

This lake was sampled on 5/23/2018, and many largemouth bass were caught and released, varying in size (nothing over 4 lbs.), as well as a few smallmouth bass. There is a lot of cover in this lake and electrofishing may not catch bigger fish.  There is a great channel cat population, with a lot of fish in the 2 to 8 pound range.  There are a few walleye between 14 and 21 inches were seen as well.  White crappie are abundant and caught close to cover, with light colored jigs.  The water is clear unless there have been heavy rains.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Remember CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!

We have improved the area with a floating dock, located just west of the boat ramp.

For tips on spring bass fishing watch this KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

Check out this video from Brent Chapman fishing for bass in Critzer Lake! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngvw2uz3oH0 



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/4/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 8-14" Crappie fishing has picked up.  Look for crappie along the dam and other rocky shorelines.  Vertical jigging has been working best.
Blue and channel catfish Excellent 18-26" Catfishing remains good.  Drift fishing the flats has been producing the most fish. Whole shad have been working best.
White Bass Fair 10-14" The white bass fishing has slowed.  Look for white bass near schools of shad on calm days.  Swim baits imitating shad have been working best.
Outlet Fair 12-20" Water release has been steady.  Fishing has been hit and miss with water releases.  Use the link below to monitor reservoir release.
 
Both boat ramps are currently open and usable.
Blue catfish are currently managed with a 35-in minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit in hopes that they will establish a self-sustaining population.
Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

Youth/Mentor Pond

The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/19/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

0% 11"-16"

57% 16"-24"

29% 24"-28"

14% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on windy shoreline and mudflats.
crappie good

75% 5"- 8"

17% 8"-10"

1% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow on windy shoreline and rocky points.   
largemouth bass fair

37% 8"-12"

16% 12"-15"

42% 15"-20"

5% 20"+

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of the river produces a fair density bass population. There were 19 bass per hour of electrofishing around the Ladd Bridge section of the river. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, worm, spinner or crank bait around stumps and brush in the river.  The high water this spring resulted in a large numbers of small bass that are fun to catch all along the shoreline.
white bass good

4% 6"- 9"

19% 9"-12"

54% 12"-15"

24% 15"-18"

Use a spinner or jig on windy shoreline, trolled over mudflats, and rocky points.  Watch for white bass chasing schools of shad at the surface.
General Comments:

The outlet/spillway area is closed for repairs.  No fishing is allowed at this time.

Link to USACE reservoir water level: http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/FALL.lakepage.html

To view a map of brush piles in Fall River Reservoir and the old sunken Ladd Bridge in the river, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir.

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2018 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2018 test netting.

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For more information about the Fall River Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.



FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 9/2/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black and spotted bass Excellent varies water level is good,  bass are active and feeding, good results with shad crank baits, soft plastic baits close to fish structure, the deeper side of weed beds and along rocky points.
channel catfish Good varies, some very nice Very good population of channel catfish improves success. lakewide and around the feeders, use cut shad, sponge baits, worms. Recent fish population sampling indicates a great population of channel catfish in the 2 - 5 pound range. Fish the South end where creek comes in during or after a rain.  
walleye Slow varies use dark jigs and crankbaits, along flats and drop-offs.  most fish are above the 18 inch length limit.
crappie Good varies, many over 11 inches Crappie are in the deeper water about 6 to 8 ft.  There are a high percentage of fish over 10 inches.  Try black and white jigs under a float. 
bluegill Slow varies use small baits, such as worms, jigs suspended under a float, in deeper water
General Comments

Ft Scott Lake has a good reputation for producing good stringers of channel catfish.  Channel catfish from the rearing pond are stocked into this lake each fall.

Recent tree/habitat placements, In 2014, 2015 and 2016, 2017 about 900 xmas trees were placed at each end of the dam and along Scorotino Park.  The tree placement along the dam are very accessible for shoreline anglers.  This project is will improve angler success for bass and crappie.   

 Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and have fun. Please remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Lake Cooperator,no city permits for fishing and boating while fishing. City permit required for recreational boating.



GARNETT NORTH - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Various colored jigs or live minnows around brush or off of the north dock around the cubes. Crappie have moved to deeper water near structure try vertical jigging around any type of brush or sharp drop off.
Channel catfish Good 8-30 inches Livers, shad sides, or other prepared baits along ledges or windy banks. Upper end during rain events can be good.
Largemouth Bass Good up to 4lbs. Using topwaters, crankbaits or spinnerbaits should be productive. Otherwise shaky heads and Ned rigs are great for tough bite situations. This lake has a high density population of bass so harvesting fish outside the slot limit would be beneficial to the population. 
Wipers Slow-Fair up to 6 lbs Chicken livers or crankbaits fish around wind blown banks and dropoffs. 
Walleye Slow   curly tailed jigs or crankbaits along the bank near deeper water.
General Comments

Please remember to help STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell when leaving water bodies. 

Four Georgia Cube Fish Attractors were placed by the fishing dock (2on the East end and 2 on the West end) on the north end of the lake. 

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

For more information on waters in Woodson, Coffey, Anderson, and Allen counties, click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



GARNETT SOUTH - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs.  Whopper Ploppers or Buzzbaits early and late in the day. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and various plastic baits such as creature baits or floating worms are all great techniques this time of year.
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with a worm
Channel Catfish Fair-Good 8-24 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Slow 6-10 inches Jigs or live minnows fished around structure or the rocky banks.
       
       

Comments

Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and livewells to help stop the spread of ANS species. For more information on this lake and other lakes in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson Counties, click on the link below to subscribe to the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.

 http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Good Fishing is good in the upper end of the lake with a little flow coming in. Various baits should produce worms, livers, prepared baits or fresh cut bait.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Good Fishing below the dam is probably best option at this point. Various lures should work small spinners, bucktail jigs, or shad imitations. In the lake look for white bass along the dam or windy shorelines.
Crappie up to 15" Slow-Fair Try dipping jigs around the flooded willows or up in the creek around timber and laydowns.

Comments - THE BOAT RAMP IS OPEN. Use caution and look for floating debris.

Fishing below the dam during low to moderate releases should be good for most species.

 For current lake level and release information click the following link http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html.

ALERT! This lake contains Zebra Mussels please help stop the spread Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment after leaving this water body. It is Illegal transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on lakes in the New Strawn district click the following link. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/2/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish,  Excellent all sizes,  La Cygne has some bigger blue cat, and stocking have increased the density.  Sunfish or cutshad, worms, prepared baits, liver are usually good baits. Fish sampling indicates that this lake has lots of channel catfish, big flathead and blues to catch. Some fish have been caught that are over 50 pounds.  Catfishing can be very good at night, some anglers really target large blue cats now at drop offs close to the creek channel.  Fish feeders are ON and there are a lot of channel catfish around the feeders.
Crappie Fair, picking up 9 - 12 inches The crappie have settled down and have been caught close to brush in about 5 to 12 feet of water.  Some fish caught off of marina coves and along the dam.  There are good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. Best lures to use are jigs/ minnows, near structure.  Try any of the brushpiles or Georgia cubes placed for fish habitat.  There are some close to the marina shoreline.
Largemouth Bass Good varies but 16 to 20 inches is common Largemouth bass fishing is good.  Fish the deep side of the riprap areas and weed beds, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations.  Bass over 10 and close to 11 pounds have been caught in this lake.  
white bass Good varies, some 1.5 pound  Use shad imitations, silver spoons.  Most of the fish caught in the area of the hot water outlet have been the 1 to 2 pound range.  White bass can be found on the surface chasing gizzard shad, and can produce some fantastic action.
wiper Slow some up to 12 pounds   Most fish are in the 4 - 6 pound range with a few larger.  Some fish caught out over the bridge.  Gizzard shad are on the surface and the wipers are chasing them.
carp Good all sizes along the shoreline in weedbeds
General Comments

The water level is good. 

BASSMASTERS has recognized LA CYGNE RESERVOIR in its TOP 10 bass lakes of the Midwest.  We know La Cygne  Reservoir is a great bass lake but its nice to receive this type of recognition from Bassmasters.  For more information check out these two sites.  there was a 6 pounder and a 7 pounder caught last week.  Near the hot water outlet.

http://www.cjonline.com/sports/20180707/kansas-la-cygne-reservoir-named-one-of-nations-top-100-bass-lakes

https://www.hayspost.com/2018/07/15/kansas-lake-is-one-of-the-countrys-top-100-bass-fishing-lakes/

For information on the Linn County Marina boat ramps call 913 757-6633.  Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue, channel or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake.

HOT WATER ACCESS. On the east side of the lake access to the hot water return, where a lot of fish are caught when its cold, is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east and drive across the dam on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot.  Anglers walk from the parking lot west on the path to the hot water return area. But this is a great place to fish.  

This lake has had a reproducing blue catfish population for many years, fingerling blue cats were stocked this fall to supplement that population. Another goal for this lake is to improve blue cat angling.

 Call the Linn County Park at 913-757-6633 for more information or camping, and cabins reservations.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Get the family, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment. Don't move water from any lake.

Habitat improvement and shoreline enhancement continue to improve by adding Georgia cubes.  I have added Georgia cubes to several areas to enhance angling especially along shoreline areas.  The gps coordinates are:

Location La Cygne Reservoir

Habitat                                longititude             latititude              description    date

hot water weir                   N 38 22.852           W 094 39.112      13 cubes       2017                 
big bass spot                     N 38 22.420           W 094 39.643      3   cubes       2017 



MARAIS DES CYGNES WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/2/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
blue, channel catfish Slow varies fish in the river are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, 
white bass/wipers Slow varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
crappie slow varies on the river use jigs just below riffles
General Comments

 The river and streams on the state wildlife area are open to fishing. The Marias des Cygnes River is a great place to float and fish.  

Some of the wildlife area pools are flooded or draining and contain fish trapped by the recent flooding.  Rough and some game fish are available.  Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area. For additional opportunities call 913-352-8941 for accurate information on wildlife pool drainage.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing.

Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The Marais des Cygnes River is confirmed to contain zebra mussels.  Please take extra precaution by not removing fish and placing them in another body of water (bait fish included), and cleaning, draining, and drying boats motors trailers and all equipment before entering another body of water.  This helps prevent the spread to unc



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/11/2019 Print

         
         
Crappie Fair 0.25-1.5 lbs Minnows and jigs have both been effective. Crappie are oriented to brushpiles in 5-15 feet of water.  
Channel catfish Fair 1-4 lbs Some being caught on shad, nightcrawlers, minnows, and cut bait.  Some anglers having luck in outlet.  
Blue Catfish Fair 5-15 lbs Using cut bait.  
Smallmouth bass Good 0.5-2.5 lbs Throwing crankbaits over rip rap on dam and casting jigs off rocky points have produced good numbers of fish.  
Largemouth bass Fair-Good 0.25-2 lbs Lots of small fish are being caught along flooded shoreline brush using small crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs.  
Fisheries Newsletter     If you would like to receive additional information about this lake a couple of times a year, sign up for the newsletter at the following link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District  
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish daily limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation change is to protect adult brood fish which hopefully will allow increased production of young blue catfish, translating into increased numbers of blues in Melvern.  
Sauger     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes sauger and walleye have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
Spotted Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes all black bass (i.e. largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
General Comments
Lake level was 5.32 feet above normal, water temp was 78 o F, and release rate was 1,200 cfs (September 11).  Note:  Release may change, depending upon rainfall and river level.  Boat ramps open include:  east ramp in the State Park, and all CORPS boat ramps.  Melvern Reservoir has Zebra Mussels, Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes. 



MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/17/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear / Warmouth  Good  All sizes Bluegill and Redear Sunfish up to 9 inches are common on the strip pits on the Mined Land Wildlife Area. Focus your efforts around structure, slopes, and shallow water. Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. Fly fishing opportunities are also present; hook sizes of 10-12 with a floating fly or popper may yield fish up to 8 inches. The "Whitmore Pits" on Units #7 and #8 are two units that have panfish up to 10 inches. 
Channel Catfish  Fair  All sizes Channel catfish can be found in abundance all across the wildlife area. Try shad sides, liver, worms or prepared baits. 
Crappie  Fair  All sizes Crappie can be found throughout the different units on the wildlife area. Try minnows, small jigs, or small spinners fished around brush and structure. Boat and kayak anglers may have luck trolling deeper water and cove habitats as well. Units where crappie have been reported to be caught this winter and for anglers to focus on for crappie would be the following units: 7, 8, 41. 
Largemouth Bass  Good  All sizes Largemouth bass can be found in many of the strip pits. Focus your efforts around aquatic vegetation, slopes, and shallow water. However, Ned Rigs and drop shot techniques will yield suspending fish in deeper water. Try jigs, worms, or spinner baits.
Rainbow trout  Good  10 - 15"

The final rainbow trout stocking of the winter and spring in the Trout Pit (Unit #30) was on March 11, 2019. A total of 1,050 rainbow trout (700 pounds) were stocked.

This is a total of 8,797 rainbow trout that were stocked for the fall and winter of 2018/2019 into the Trout Pit on the Mined Land Wildlife Area. Previous stockings occurred on October 24 (1,260 fish/700 pounds), November 26 (1,218 fish/700 pounds), December 12 (1,125 fish/750 pounds), December 26 (1,120 fish/700 pounds), January 9, 2019 (1,050 fish/700 pounds), February 6, 2019 (1,456 fish/1050 pounds), and February 27, 2019 (518 fish/350 lbs). Rainbow trout are stocked each spring, fall, and winter in Unit #30 in the "Trout Pit". Most rainbows are 10 inches in length when stocked and average 1/2 lb. each. Five percent of each stocking is comprised of 14-inch or larger fish. Trout can live year-around in this unique strip-mined lake, so fish in the 3-5 pound range are occasionally caught. 

Shoreline anglers have reported the west parking lot, boat ramp and dock area, and fish feeders being places where trout have been caught. However, a kayak or a boat will lend other places to try in this unique strip pit. The fish feeder is running. Try power bait, small spinners (i.e., Kastmasters and Panther Martins), flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn.

Remember anglers -- A trout permit is required to be able to fish on the "Trout Pit" on Unit #30. This is valid for the calendar year. Rainbow trout are managed under a daily creel limit of five fish. Anglers, 15 years and younger, can fish for and possess trout, but their daily creel is 2 per day. 

Directions to the Trout Pit (Unit #30) are as follows: 8 miles south of the McCune turn off on Highway 400 on  NW 100th St. and a half mile to the west on NW Lawton Rd. OR  5 miles west of West Mineral on NW Scammon Rd., 4 miles south on NW 100th St. and a half mile to the west on NW Lawton Rd.

Brown trout  Fair  15-20"

Brown trout have been stocked in Unit #30 in the Trout Pit to provide an additional species and trophy opportunity for anglers. 2,500 small 8 to 10-inch brown trout were stocked on October 22, 2018. Please handle these small brown trout with care and release them immediately for the opportunity for these fish to grow and produce a quality fishery in the future. Brown trout tend to be more seclusive than rainbow trout, so early morning and evening hours will be your best bet. Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. 

Remember anglers -- Brown trout are managed under a 20-inch minimum and 1 fish in the daily creel limit. Be sure to correctly identify the trout you have caught as a rainbow, or a brown trout. 

Walleye  Fair  18-21" Walleye have been stocked on the Mined Land Wildlife Area in Units 7, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 31, 33, 34, 39, 40, 41, and 44 to provide an additional species and angling opportunity on the wildlife area. The units and strip pits that have been stocked with walleye provide adequate habitat with deeper water and cooler water temperatures. Trolling and vertical jigging techniques will be a good technique to try. 
Wiper (Striped bass x White bass hybrid)  Fair  15-20" Wiper were stocked on the Mined Land Wildlife Area in Unit #21 on October 2, 2018. Stockings have occurred since 2007. A fish feeder is also present on the Wiper Pit in Unit #21 that provides supplemental food on this specific pit. Techniques to try would be to vertical jig spoons and jigs, trolling with Rapalas and spoons, and casting jigs, spoons, and spinning baits. Other opportunities would be to try a slip bobber with live bait, or chicken liver has been reported to yield a few fish. 
General Comments

Water temperature: 87 degrees 9/17/2019

Habitat improvements through the use of hinge-cutting, cedar trees, and "Georgia Cubes" will be placed throughout the unique strip pits on Mined Land Wildlife Area during 2019. Angler input is welcomed. If you have individual strip pits that you'd like to see habitat improvements made, please contact Connor Ossowski, District Fisheries Biologist, at (620) 231-3173. These will be advertised on the KDWPT website at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Fish-Attractor-GPS. Fish attractors and habitat additions have been placed on the Mined Land Wildlife Area and the GPS coordinates can be found at the link provided in the previous sentence as well. 

40 "Georgia Cubes", a synthetic habitat structure, were placed on Mined Land Wildlife Area in May 2019. Below are the GPS coordinates:

Unit #6 "Quail Farm", 2 Cube Clusters: (37.424696, -94.758655), (37.424365, -94.757868)

Unit #7 "Whitmore Pits", 2 Cube Clusters: (37.396253, -94.778864), (37.392872, -94.782366)

Unit #26 Reclamation Project currently closed, to be reopened in Spring 2020, 2 Cube Clusters: (37.332749, -94.800721), (37.332513, -94.800589)

As District Fisheries Biologists, we send out a newsletter to inform anglers of fish sampling result, aquatic outreach events, fish stockings, and habitat improvement projects, for example. We have a spring and fall edition of our newsletters that you can subscribe to. This is sent directly to your email. If you would like to stay up to date on what is happening on Neosho State Fishing Lake (Lake McKinley), Crawford State Fishing Lake (Farlington Lake), Bone Creek Lake, CFAP and FISH properties, and the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits, you can subscribe to the Pittsburg District Newsletter at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Pittsburg-Fishing-District 

Aquatic Nuisance Species Alert: Be on the look out for Eurasian Watermilfoil if you're fishing on the Mined Land Wildlife Area. This aquatic nuisance plant is present and abundant on multiple strip pits on the Mined Land Wildlife Area. The plant can reproduce rapidly and develop dense mats that don't allow for other beneficial aquatic plants to grow. Eurasian watermilfoil can also impact the fish community in a lake, so please be sure to inspect and clean your fishing gear. Please remember to Clean, Drain, and Dry your kayak, boat, boat trailer, and bait buckets. More information on Eurasian Watermilfoil may be found at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species-List/Eurasian-Watermilfoil  

If you would like to provide a fishing report for the Mined Land Wildlife Area, don't hesitate to contact Connor Ossowski, District Fisheries Biologist, at (620) 231-3173.



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/4/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 14-24" Catfishing remains good.  Channel catfish continue to move into the shallows at dark to feed.  Chicken livers and shad sides have been working best.
Largemouth Bass Fair 8-18" Largemouth bass fishing remains slow.  Look for bass in deeper water during the day, but they will move in shallow in the early morning and at dark.  Jerk baits or swim baits have been producing fish.
Crappie Poor 8-12" Crappie fishing is slow.  Crappie have been found near the deeper brush piles.  Vertical jigging or minnows have been working best.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 6-8" Bluegill and redear fishing remains good.  Look for bluegill and redear sunfish in 6-8 feet of water. Worms under a bobber have been working the best.
General Comments

A bathymetric map is available for Montgomery State Fishing Lake at the link above.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.



MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/2/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Channel Catfish Excellent Size varies but most are of  legal size, with some large fish Try stink baits, chicken liver, cut shad or chunks of sunfish, The fish feeders are ON for the season.Lots of good catfish, high number of 2 to 5 pounders, in the lake. 
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Excellent varies Use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water, fish are in shallow spawning
Crappie Slow 8 to 14 inches some larger Sampling indicates that majority of crappie are in the 10 inch range with some fish in the 13 to 15 inch ranges.  Deeper water close to structure or dropoffs.  Minnows and dark jigs are best.    Heard some good reports lately about catching good fish along the south tree line   and drop offs along the creek channel.
Largemouth Bass Excellent varies Recent sampling indicates a good population with majority of fish 14 to 19 inches.  some up to 7 pounds.  Bass are in the deeper edges of water willow and structure, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments

 Water level is good and clear.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  Water conditions are good.  The catfish and crappie are very nice this year.

Mound City Lake has a great reputation for producing good strings of crappie.  Best baits are  dark colored jigs and minnows, mainly around underwater structure.  Fish feeders are ON.  Largemouth bass numbers have really improved and continues to produce great fishing.

Sign up for the Mound City District Newsletter today!

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.



NEOSHO RIVER AT CHETOPA DAM - Last Updated: 5/24/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish     Paddlefish snagging season has closed for the year.
General Comments
THE SNAGGING SEASON IS OPEN FROM MARCH 15 THROUGH MAY 15TH.

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

•A fish must be kept if placed on a stringer. Culling is not allowed.

•A state-issued permit is required. Two paddlefish may be harvested daily and six may be harvested in a season.

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

The best fishing occurs at river flows of 10-15,000 cubic feet per second. The following link will take you to the Kansas Water Watch website. Click HERE for river flow data.



NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/17/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear Sunfish                                                                                                                                                                Good

2-4" -- 10%

4-6" -- 76%

7-9" -- 14%

                                                                                                               

Fall sampling indicated quality numbers of redear sunfish and bluegill. Anglers, whether catching for bait or for the frying pan, should focus their efforts on the upper end of the lake on the north side on the jetties, east and west coves, and the lower end near the dam along the jetties. A bobber and worm, a 1/16 ounce jig with a small twister tail, or a fly rod with a small fly are all good options to try in water less than 6'. With 14% of the fall sample above 7", there is a high quality panfish opportunity for anglers to bring the family out and enjoy the scenery at Neosho State Fishing Lake.

Focus on the shoreline areas, especially the southwest corner of the dam, for bluegill and redear sunfish. Worms under a bobber and dry flies will work well. 

Warmouth Fair

<5" -- 25%

6-8" -- 50%

>9" -- 25%

Warmouth is another species in Neosho State Fishing lake that is often overlooked as a species for anglers to catch. Anglers can find warmouth primarily near rocky habitats, such as jetties. The same tactics for bluegill and redear sunfish can be used to catch warmouth, such as a small hook tipped with a worm under a bobber, fly rod with small flies, and 1/16-1/32 ounce jigs. 
Channel catfish  Fair

10-15" -- 48%

16-20" -- 39%

21-24" -- 13%                                                                                               

The channel catfish population at Neosho State Fishing Lake will provide anglers with a quality fishing opportunity with fish sampled during the fall up to 24", although fishing reports from anglers indicated fish above 24" during the summer. Channel catfish can be found throughout all portions of the lake. Boat anglers can focus their efforts on the flats of 10-12', coves, and the brushpiles located on the southwest corner of the lake. Shoreline anglers can focus their efforts on the rock jetties throughout the entire lake, however the jetties on the southwest side of the lake are in close proximity of brushpiles that may congregate channel catfish. Prepared baits, shrimp, chicken liver, and shad will be your best options to try. 

Channel catfish were sampled by KDWPT Fisheries staff the week of 7/22/2019. 326 total channel catfish were sampled with an average size of 18 inches and largest was 6 pounds. Focus your angling effort on the upper end in 4-6' of water with chicken liver or stink bait. 

Channel catfish up to 27 inches are being caught on the upper end (north) of the lake using chicken liver. 

Flathead catfish Fair All sizes Flathead catfish can be caught on live bait, or fresh cut bait, near brushpiles and flats. Brushpiles are located on the southwest corner of the lake. Flathead catfish will move up to the shallows in the morning, evening, and at night, so fishing off the jetties with a bobber and live bait would be a good tactic to try. 
Crappie  Good

<8" -- 19%

8-10" -- 59%

10-12" -- 22%

Fall sampling indicated an improved size structure of crappie at Neosho State Fishing Lake with sizes up to 12". Anglers can focus their efforts on brushpiles, which are located on the lower end on the southwest corner of the lake, drop offs and changes in depth located in close proximity to jetties, and coves. 1/8-1/16 ounce jigs with twister tails or tipped with a minnow, live minnows, worms, and small spinners are all good baits to try. 

Heard reports from anglers catching crappie up to 12" off of brushpiles and dam using bobber and minnows & 1/16 ounce jigs. 

Largemouth bass  Good

<8" -- 7%

8-12" -- 37%

12-15" -- 38%

15-20" -- 15%

>21" -- 2%

Neosho State Fishing Lake contains a quality largemouth bass population for a unique opportunity for anglers in the southeast part of Kansas. The lake contains a variety of habitats, such as coves, brushpiles, and jetties that provide access for anglers to be able to come out to the lake and enjoy a quality day spent on the shoreline. Anglers can focus on jetties, if fishing from the shore, where brushpiles are in close proximity. Fishing the edges of aquatic vegetation that is located near the shore can hold largemouth bass in wait to ambush prey that utilize the aquatic vegetation for forage and refuge. Jetties are located on the north end as well as the east and west sides of the lake. Baits to try include spinnerbaits, top-water lures, plastic worms, and live bait under a bobber are all tactics for anglers to pursue. 

Sampling indicated a good number of largemouth bass located on the face of the dam and on the upper end of the lake in close proximity to the jetties and islands. Topwater lures would be a good tactic to try. 

General Comment

Neosho State Fishing Lake is currently under a "Harmful Algae Bloom" WATCH. Signs are posted around the lake with information that humans, livestock, and pets should avoid contact with the water. Avoid areas with algae accumulation and do not let people or pets drink water from the lake. Fish fillets are still safe to be consumed, however take extra precaution rinsing fish with potable, clean water. Fishing is still allowed. Caution should be exercised with contact with water and areas where algae may have accumulated, such as wind blown sides of the lake and coves. 

Water temperature: 86 degrees, 9/17/2019

As District Fisheries Biologists, we send out a newsletter to inform anglers of fish sampling result, aquatic outreach events, fish stockings, and habitat improvement projects, for example. We have a spring and fall edition of our newsletters that you can subscribe to. This is sent directly to your email. If you would like to stay up to date on what is happening on Neosho State Fishing Lake (Lake McKinley), Crawford State Fishing Lake (Farlington Lake), Bone Creek Lake, CFAP and FISH properties, and the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits, you can subscribe to the Pittsburg District Newsletter at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Pittsburg-Fishing-District 

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism fisheries staff recently undertook a project to produce lake maps, or bathymetric maps, for public waters statewide. The lake map for Neosho State Fishing Lake can be found at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Where-to-Fish-in-Kansas/Bathymetric-Lake-Maps This link will provide you with a link for all bathymetric lake maps for the state of Kansas. Scroll down to find Neosho State Fishing Lake. This will allow for anglers to view the depths of the lake to choose different habitats and lake features to fish for different species, year-round. You will also find current GPS locations of habitat structures placed by KDWPT fisheries staff to easily input into your sonar unit, or find if you are fishing from shore. 

Be sure to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat, bait buckets, and recreational watercraft before and after launching your boat. It is important to remove your drain plug on your watercraft upon departure to drain live wells and water inside of your boat; it will protect our natural resources in Kansas for current anglers and future generations to enjoy. Zebra mussels, white perch, and asian carp are all invasive species that can be found in Kansas. Be sure to stay up to date on information regarding Aquatic Nuisance Species. The following link will provide you with information on Aquatic Nuisance Species in Kansas: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species

If you would like to provide a fishing report for Neosho State Fishing Lake, don't hesitate to contact Connor Ossowski, District Fisheries Biologist, at (620) 231-3173.



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/5/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Current Fishing Condition      
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to receive additional information about this lake (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) a couple of times during the year, sign up to receive a newsletter using this link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
LM Bass Fair - Good 0.5-2.5 lbs Using crankbaits and jigs along weedbeds.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lb Using worms under bobber or small jigs and spinners.
Channel catfish Good 1-7 lbs Action has been good around feeders using nightcrawlers, livers and prepared baits.
       
General Comments

Feeders were filled up with fish feed and turned on June 3.  Note:  Zebra Mussels were found at this lake April 27, 2017.  Lake users should clean, drain and dry fishing equipment and boats to keep from moving zebra mussels to other waters.

GPS coordinates (Datum =NAD 83 in decimel degrees) for cedar tree fish habitat are:                         

1.  N38.76493             W095.674210                   2. N38.76591              W095.670920                  

  1.  N38.76540           W095.67353               4.  N38.76628             W095.67362 
  1.  N38.76263           W095.67154               6. N38.76833              W095.67339 
  1. N38.77290            W095.67194               8. N38.76469              W095.66955 
  1. N38.76276            W095.67139               10. N38.76506            W095.67109 
  1. N 38.76291           W095.66969               12. N38.76287            W095.67497 



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE EAST - Last Updated: 9/2/2019 Print

ecies Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location
Wipers Good size varies, Use live shad or shad artificials and hang on. lake wide trolling with sassy shads, from the bank and boat, with crankbaits, spoons, worms. Shad and wiper can be seen on the surface now.  Absolute fun catching these surface feeding.  
Channel catfish Excellent All sizes, this lake has a good catfish population and produces nice fish.  Anglers can catch fish in the 2- 7 pound range.  Night fishing has been very good, using bluegill chunks, worms, liver. some fish 35 inches caught. Best baits are the traditional chicken liver, shrimp, worms, prepared baits, lakewide.  The fish feeders are ON for the season. 
Largemouth bass Excellent varies try the dam, and weed bed habitat using silver or blue crank baits or soft baits.   Lots of bass in the 12 to 15 inch range.
Walleye Slow 18-24 inches An incidental fish taken near deeper habitat.
white crappie Good 8-14 inches Many crappie are in the 8 inch to 12 inches long. Fish around the floating dock,and brushpiles areas in about 6 to 9 ft. ow water.  Use pink, blue/white tube or green jigs, minnows.   
General Comment

 The best time to fish is anytime you can.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  This is a great kayaking lake, no recreational boating.  Have the  lake to yourself.  Recent rains have raised the water level to full pool and the fishing is good overall.

There are good crappie here.  This lake has a high density of largemouth bass, great fishing for kids! Also, keep in mind that there is a decent wiper population.  The channel cat population in this lake is doing well, and during our sampling we saw a few walleye, as well as some sizeable flatheads.  Channel catfish have been stocked in mid October to increase fishing opportunities.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundment. 

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A city fishing permit is no longer required.Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE WEST - Last Updated: 9/2/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
channel catfish Excellent Size varies, some up to 8 pounds Excellent fishery, lots of channel catfish,  Use cut shad or sunfish, (best on chicken liver), shrimp, worms, prepared baits, along dam, lots of fat fish from 2 - 6 pounds.  Fish feeders are ON.  This lake is a great channel catfish lake with great shoreline access. The night fishing is even better.
crappie Slow All sizes the crappie have moved out into 5ft. of water or deeper. Fish are nice size with a lot around the 10 inch group, and the density is good, fish are close to brush along the dam, south east pier, fish with jigs, blue /white, minnows,
largemouth bass Excellent 12-22 inches water levels are good, the bass are in the water willow in the dam, piers and the brushpiles, use crank baits or spinners, recent sampling shows many bass over 18 inches.
bluegill Slow varies Most fish are under 8 inches. use a small worm or jig under a float.
General Comments

Water levels are good. Best time to fish is anytime you can.   Pleasanton West Lake produces a quality bass fishery.  Largemouth bass, overall are in very good condition and health. The largest bass sampled in 2018 was 4.59 lbs., and 33% of the fish sampled were of memorable or trophy size.  Try your luck with roadrunners, jigs, and spinners for these sizeable fish!

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water.

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

 This lake has a high density of channel catfish that increases angling opportunity. Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake, no fishing permits required.



POMONA RESERVOI - Last Updated: 9/2/2019 Print

 Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Excellent all sizes Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  THE FISH FEEDERS ARE On. THE outlet can be very good when releasing larger amounts of water.  There is the occasional harvest of the blue catfish.
Walleye Slow varies off the dam or along deeper steep banks on crank baits or jigs tipped with night crawlers
White bass/Wipers  Slow varies  use minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes for wipers use liver and shad imitation lures
Crappie Slow varies but range 8 -12 inches some nice fish occasionally caught especially around the rock quarry and along dragoon.  Best baits are dark jigs and/or minnows.  Recent sampling indicates that that there are good numbers of larger crappie  around the 11 inch or bigger range.  
Largemouth Bass Slow Most are 10 to 15 inches Pomona has a limited black bass fishery. Catches are more common in the Marina area and in the coves on a variety of baits to include crankbaits and soft baits
General Information

Currently the lake is high. For daily water levels or release rates check out the Pomona COE web site, listed below.  Currently the stilling basin should be good because of the water releases.

  However  fishing at the outlet usually improves with higher water releases. Anglers have caught some fish at the outlet because of the high water releases. Overall the crappie population is good with a few older fish that are in the 12 to 14 inch range and a lot of younger fish up to 11 inches.   

The catfish population in this impoundment is good, try fishing with live bait, liver or shad or assorted stink baits, especially after rain/inflow events.

Also remember this lake has a good wiper population.  These are often caught at the drop offs along creek channels, and around concentrations of gizzard shad.

The reservoir also supports some larger walleye and blue catfish, though in low numbers.  These numbers will be improved by future stockings. 

 Zebra mussels now inhabit this lake. This means take EXTRA PRECAUTION to help prevent the spread into uncontaminated impoundments.

"Clean, Drain and Dry" before  and after using any equipment on this lake.

 For additional information, water temperature, release rates, please check:http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Pomona-Lake/Daily-Lake-Information/ 

Have FUN,Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The State and COE Parks are ready for family fishing.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

Check out this video on fish management provided by KDWPT http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 



WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/4/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location  
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfishing remains good.  Channel catfish continue to move into the shallows at dark to feed. Shad sides and chicken livers have been working the best.  
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Fair 10-22" Largemouth bass fishing has slowed.  Soft plastic swim baits or anything resembling a shad have been working best.  Look for bass around deeper structure, but they will move into the shallows in the early morning and evening.  
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie fishing has slowed.  Continue to look for crappie in 8-10 ft of water near submerged brush.  Vertical jigging or minnows have been working best.  
Bluegill and Redear Good 6-8" Bluegills and redears fishing remains good.  Look for bluegill and redear sunfish in 4-6 ft of water. Worms under a bobber have been working best.  
General Comments
Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Wilson State Fishing Lake at the link above.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.



WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
       
THE LAKE IS CLOSED TO FISHING.



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OWL - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good 1-5 lbs. Fish should be up shallow around the vegetation. Vibrating jigs, Texas-rigged plastics, or spinnerbaits should produce. Also consider topwater baits early and late. 
channel catfish Good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide, focus should be on wind blown banks or near areas where water is running in during rain events.
Walleye Slow 10-24" Trolling or drifting a crawler and jig around the ditches and flats.
crappie Fair up to 14" Most of the fish have moved to deeper water around structure, points or dropoffs.
General Comments

STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell before leaving an area. DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT between waters.

The water has cleared some but is still stained.

We sank 30 Georgia Cube Fish Attractors in this lake and they are holding fish. Click on the following link to download the Google Earth File and get the coordinates. http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Artificial-Habitat-Fish-Attractor-GPS 

District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



YATES CENTER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/6/2019 Print

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Good A good population of both species is present in this lake. Use the good ol nightcrawler or mealworm under a bobber around deep structure. 
Largemouth Bass 8-18" Good Topwater baits early and late in the day should be productive, otherwise try shallow crankbaits along the rocks or spinnerbaits. Texas rigged creature baits or worms should also be productive around the timber and brush. Shaky heads and Ned rigs should be tried for tough bite situations.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Good livers, dip baits, worms, and other prepared bait lakewide, usually best along wind blown banks. Look for areas where water is running in. The feeders are running and fish are coming in good, Please do not tie to the feeders.
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Slow-Fair Curly-tailed grubs, crankbaits or swim baits around schools of shad. Wind blown shorelines should be good places to start. Vertical jigging slab spoons or shad imitation jigs around the creek channel may also be productive. Areas with running water can also be good.
Crappie up to 12" Fair-Good Jigs or minnows fished vertically around the standing timber near the creek channel should be productive. Some fish may still be caught near the piers by the brush piles.
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits around rocky shoreline during low light conditions.
This lake contains Eurasian Watermilfoil. Please remember to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment when leaving water bodies.