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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: 10/23/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 12-18 inches Fall is a great time to catch bass as they feed heavily throughout the day.  They can be found near the flooded cattails and also hang out under the overhanging branches along the east shoreline.  Fish may also be found near the flooded aquatic vegetation around the lake.  Try spinnerbaits, Ned rigs, Senkos, and plastics for best results.
Bluegill/Sunfish Fair 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.
Channel Catfish Fair 12-25 inches Fish can be caught just about anywhere on the lake. Anglers should try using shad sides, shad gizzards, shrimp, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver.  Targeting inflow is a popular method in the summer as the catfish will congregate there to feed.
Saugeye Fair to Good 15-24 inches The best number of saugeye can be found on the upper end around the jetties and other rocky areas. Jig and crawler, large shiners, crankbaits, and swim baits are all good options to use for catching saugeye now.
Crappie Good 8-14 inches Anglers should target the brush piles and other submerged structure with minnows and jigs throughout the fall.  The crappie bite really picks up as the water temperature cools and anglers are encouraged to harvest high numbers of crappie to help maintain a desirable level.
General Comments

The lake is open to all fishing activities and anglers are encouraged to cure that cabin fever with some outdoor activities as long as social distancing is practiced!

Water Temperature--45ºF  

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: 10/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Good Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing minnows, jigs, and slab spoons over the tops of the fish attractors and other deeper structures.  Anglers report catching lots of 6 to 9 inch fish, but respectable numbers of harvestable sized individuals ranging from 10 to 14 inches.  A 10 inch minimum length limit and 50 fish/day/angler creel limit is in effect to regulate crappie harvest.
Walleye Slow/Fair Up to 28 inches There have been a few reports of anglers incidentally catching fish vertically jigging slab spoons over mainlake humps, points, and edges of underwater shelves in approximately 25 feet of water. A 21 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish/day/angler creel limit is in effect to regulate walleye harvest.
White Bass/Wipers Fair

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over the tops of fish attractors and other deeper structures.  Anglers report catching lots of small white bass with a few real nice fish mixed in.  Wading shallower underwater roadbeds and parking lots casting shad imitating spoons and swimbaits in the evenings produced wipers and white bass this past week.  Most white bass range from 11 to 14 inches and wipers up to 8 lbs. have been reported.

WATER TEMPERATURE-62 degrees F

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2132.95 ft. above MSL-11.05 ft. 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: 10/23/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair to Good 9-15 inches Fall crappie fishing can be very productive as the fish become more active and feed aggressively in preparation for winter. Anglers should target these fish in 10-20 feet of water around the reservoir with efforts concentrated on submerged brush piles and other structure.  Fishing with minnows and jigs works well but casting roadrunners and small slab spoons can also produce in the coves when the fish move in shallow to feed.
Walleye Fair to Good 11-25 inches

Same as last week. The walleye are starting to move back out to the river channel but many still remain in shallow water. Fish can be found in the Walnut Creek area, west of the causeway, and in the shallow end of the north shore state park coves. Some fish are residing in 4-8 feet of water now while a handful can be found in 30-35 feet along the river channel. Anglers should try standard walleye angling methods through the fall and focus their efforts along the state park, near Waconda Springs, and off the Walnut Creek points. 

Tagged Glen Elder Walleye

Tagged Glen Elder Walleye

Anglers need to be on the lookout for adult walleye with a Pink Tag attached to the dorsal fin in Glen Elder. A multi-year telemetry study is underway examining walleye mortality patterns, habitat use, and movement. Anglers catching a tagged fish will receive a $100 reward for return of the transmitter which has been placed in the internal cavity of these fish. You may keep the pink tag but we need the transmitter returned. Angler reporting is very critical to this study and you can all do your part by calling the park office, 785-545-3345, if you catch one of these fish or simply drop the transmitter off at the office.  You will receive $100 shortly thereafter.  Thank you for doing your part in helping us learn all we can about the Glen Elder walleye population!

Black Bass Fair 12-20 inches

Smallmouth bass fishing is slowing down but anglers catching some fish around the state park along the north shore. With a 21 inch length limit these fish are almost all sublegal so please handle them with extreme care and release them immediately after catching them.  They can also be found along the dam, Granite Creek, and the south bluffs. Anglers typically catch them using a variety of crankbaits, soft plastics, and Ned Rigs.

Largemouth bass can also be caught in most of the main lake coves as well as in the state park using spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Senkos.

The spring electrofishing sample illustrates the quality smallmouth bass and largemouth bass that can be found at Glen Elder Reservoir across much of the reservoir.

Channel Catfish Good 15-30 inches

Catfish can be caught just about anywhere lakewide. The best numbers in the fall can be found around the mouth of Walnut Creek, along Sandy Beach, near Takota Point, and on the flats south of the golf course. Anglers can try drift fishing for them using shad sides, shad gizzards, and stinkbait.

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

White Bass Good to Excellent 11-18 inches Same as last week. Anglers continue to catch good numbers of large white bass across the reservoir.  Slab spoons, white and chartreuse twistertails, roadrunners, and Rattletraps are all good bets to catch some white bass now. There have been plenty of Master Angler size fish between 16 and 18 inches caught this year. Fishing with jigs and minnows or jigs and nightcrawlers along river channel drops has yielded high numbers of fish as well.

The lake is open to all fishing activities and anglers are encouraged to cure that cabin fever with some outdoor activities as long as social distancing is practiced!

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: 45°F        Current Water Level: 0.5 feet high

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: 10/23/2020 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Good 8-12 inches Anglers should target the brush piles and other submerged structure with minnows and jigs throughout the fall.  The crappie bite really picks up as the water temperature cools and anglers are encouraged to harvest high numbers of crappie to help maintain a desirable level.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12-22 inches

Fall is a great time to catch bass as they feed heavily throughout the day.  They can be found near the flooded cattails and also hang out around flooded trees, stumps, and logs.  Fish may also be found near the flooded aquatic vegetation around the lake.  Try spinnerbaits, Ned rigs, Senkos, and plastics for best results.

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

Channel Catfish Fair 11-25 inches

Fish can be caught just about anywhere on the lake. Anglers should try using shad sides, shad gizzards, shrimp, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver.  Targeting inflow is a popular method in the summer as the catfish will congregate there to feed.

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

Bluegill

Redear Sunfish

Fair 6-9 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. Please handle these fish with care and return them to the water immediately so they can resume their spawning activities as most will be in the 6 to 9 inch size range.
General Comments

The lake is open to all fishing activities and anglers are encouraged to cure that cabin fever with some outdoor activities as long as social distancing is practiced!

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: 45ºF

Water level: 1 foot low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/23/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Channel Cats are being caught on cut bait in the shallow areas and even from the bank. Many from 1 to 4 lbs.
Crappie Good 10 to 14 inches Few reports of crappies but some are being caught on brush piles. Try live minnows or 1/16 and 1/32 oz. jigs with curly-tailed grubs or other small soft baits.
Trout     Trout will be stocked next week for the Nov. 1 opener. Make sure to purchase your trout stamp for this coming trout season!
Saugeye Fair 14 - 22" Fair. The Saugeye bite has slowed due to weather changes and cool water. The Saugeye are spread out throughout the lake but try slow retrieves with 1/8 oz. swimbaits in 12-18 ft. of water.
White Bass Good All sizes - up to 17 inches Good. Folks are catching a lot of whites throughout the reservoir. Try areas from 4-8 feet along points. Chartreuse grubs, castmasters, and small jigs work well.
Wiper Fair. All sizes Fair. Several reports of 3-8 lb. fish being caught near the river channel and Loder's point area. Try 1/8 oz. jigs with swimbaits.
General Comment

Elevation: Below conservation pool. The south boat ramp is the only accessible ramp. Be careful and watch for sediment along the point to the west and underwater concrete on the east side.

Water Temperature: 52 - 54 degrees F.

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: 10/21/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of crappies being caught around 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 and up in the coves.  Been using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows under a bobber.  
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 and would concentrate on areas around Monkey Island and the RR bridge abutments on the south side using jigs and slab spoons.
Catfish Fair 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught up to the west end, the Dam, and other rocky areas using shad, worms, cut bait, shrimp and stink bait on the bottom. Set lines and trot lines may also be productive using live bait.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Good 10 to 20 inches Did have reports of fish being caught along the Dam, up in the coves and around the breakwater using crankbait's and plastic imitations.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 54°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2297.08 ---- 7.22' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.36 feet lower than it was one year ago, at this time. 

All waters in the Stockton District are currently open to fishing during this COVID-19 outbreak. Just remember to utilize social distancing and avoid congregating at boat ramps.

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: 10/21/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Anglers have been catching fish around the north and south shore fish attractors, along river channel drop offs and along the Dam using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows under a bobber.  
Walleye Fair 10 to 29 inches Did have reports of fish being caught just east of the buoy line and west of the island, around Prairie Dog Town, river channel drop offs and the flat area north of Bluegill and Crappie points using jigs and jigs with night crawlers.  
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the fish attractors and along the dam using jigs with twister tails, road runners and crank baits.  Trolling diving lures has also been productive. 
Catfish Fair 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught up Bow Creek and North Fork Solomon arms, the Dam and Crappie Point using shad, worms, cut bait, and stink bait on the bottom. Set lines and trot lines may also be productive using live bait.
Largemouth Bass Good 12 to 20 inches Did have reports of fish being caught up in the shallow areas off the Dam, coves and rocky area using jigs and crankbaits.  Remember there is a 15-inch length limit on bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 56°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1727.01 ---- 2.24' below conservation pool

Currently, the water level is 4.86' lower than it was one year ago, at this time. 

0 cfs is being released to the irrigation canal.

Docks have been put back in at both the North and South shore ramps. The fish cleaning station is now open.

All waters in the Stockton District are currently open to fishing during this COVID-19 outbreak. Just remember to utilize social distancing and avoid congregating at boat ramps.

If you have any questions regarding Kirwin Reservoir and the surrounding public lands, contact the USFWS at 785-543-6673.  

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: 10/23/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 16-25 inches Fall can be a great time to catch walleye as they feed aggressively throughout the day and evening.  Best numbers are often found along the north shore points from Cabin Point east to Walleye Point.  Good numbers can also be found along the mid-lake river channel.  Fishing with jigs and crawlers or jigs and minnows often works best but trolling spoons and cranks through these areas can also produce good results. Be sure to handle all sublegal fish with care so they can be released and allowed to be caught again.
White Bass/Wipers Fair

7-14 inches

15-25 inches

White bass and wipers are also easier to catch in the fall as they feed on shad most of the day. Anglers often find the best numbers around the Oak Hill area, on the west end near the mouth of Montana Creek, and off the north shore points.  Wiper numbers are often best off Walleye Point in 20-25 feet of water and off Cedar Point. Trolling cranks or casting slab spoons, roadrunners, and Rattletraps are all good lures to try for some fall whites and wipers.
Crappie Fair to Good 8-14 inches Crappie can be found around the brush piles and Georgia Cube structures throughout the fall and will get easier to catch as the water temperatures cool. Typically minnows fished on a Texas rig work best in 15 to 20 feet of water. Anglers will often find schools of crappie hanging near river channel drops on the lower end of the reservoir in 20 feet of water. The fish move in shallow in the evenings and good numbers can be found around Cedar Point, the marina, and Cabin Point throughout the fall.
Catfish Good 16 to 35 inches

Anglers can find catfish lakewide and they should be fairly easy to catch throughout the fall. Best baits to use in the fall include stinkbait, shad gizzards, shad sides, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. 

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

The reservoir is open to all fishing activities and anglers are encouraged to enjoy the warmer spring weather and try to catch some fish as long as social distancing is practiced!                                           

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. More Georgia Cubes were added in April 2020!

Current water temperature:  45°F        Current water level: 2.2 feet below conservation pool

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: 10/21/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Good 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. 54 Degrees

Lake is currently full. 

All waters in the Stockton District are currently open to fishing during this COVID-19 outbreak.  Just remember to utilize social distancing and avoid congregating at boat ramps.

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: 10/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Slow Up to 13 inches No report.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5 lbs. Casting swimbaits and soft plastics around shoreline brushpiles, along the dam, around the fishing piers, and around laydown trees.    
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Fishing live minnows or sunfish off the bottom or casting crankbaits and swimbaits near edges of the creek channel.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber around deeper brush or rocky shorelines.
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Up to 19 lbs. Fishing cut or live sunfish, minnows, or shrimp over shallow flats along the east side or upper end of the lake.
Wiper Slow Up to 2 lbs. No Report.
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: 10/21/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Have had reports of fish being caught around the north and south shore breakwaters. Jigs, jigs with minnow under a bobber and trolling diving lures have been productive. 
Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught fishing off the bottom using nightcrawlers, and minnows. Would also concentrate on the deeper areas along the Dam and drop offs bouncing jigs and jigs with night crawlers. Also heard of some being caught trolling diving lures. 
White Bass/Wiper Good 8 to 24 inches Have had reports of fish being caught around the north corner of the Dam, Broken up concrete ramp and Lakeview/beach area fishing from the shore casting jigs and road runners. Also, been catching them trolling diving lures along the Dam.  
Catfish Fair 12 to 30 inches Did have reports of catfish being caught up to the west end and river channel using shad, worms, shrimp, and stink bait on the bottom.
Largemouth Bass Good 12 to 20 inches Did have reports of bass being caught in the coves, around the breakwaters and along the rocky areas using jig's, plastic bait's, crank baits and spinner baits. 
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 57°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1889.60 ---- 2.85' below conservation pool

The water level is 5.26' lower than it was one year ago at this time.  High-water boat ramps usable at this level are Old Marina, Goose Flats, Morel & Rock Point. 

Water releases from the reservoir thru the irrigation canal are 0 cfs at this time.  

All waters in the Stockton District are currently open to fishing during this COVID-19 outbreak. Just remember to utilize social distancing and avoid congregating at boat ramps.

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: 10/23/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Striped Bass Fair 2-25 pounds Fair. Stripers were located throughout the upper end of the reservoir in Horseshoe Bend and the flats around Spring Creek in 4-6 feet of water. However, the recent cold front might start pushing them deeper. Try bucktail jigs and swimbaits. Try wading off points and shallow banks in the upper end of the lake.
 Walleye Fair 18-25 inches Fair. The walleye bite is hit and miss as Walleye are scattered throughout the reservoir feeding on shad. Walleye greater than 21 inches have been reported off windblown points at depths of 4-8 feet of water. Try swimbaits and jerkbaits.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

Channel Catfish) Channel cats are biting well. Try cut bait or live minnows along shallow, wind-blown shorelines. Otoe, Hell Creek, and State Park Cove have been good.

Blue Catfish) Blue cats are spreading out throughout the reservoir and heading for deeper water. Try deeper points around the state park (Hell Creek, Otoe, Pelican Point). Try cut shad or bluegill.

NEW REGULATION FOR 2020: Release all Blue Catfish between 32 - 40 inches. Two can be kept outside this range but only one can be kept over 40 inches.

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds Fair. Try 1/16 oz. jigs on windblown points and breaks with structure. Try areas towards the middle of the reservoir. If you can find shad, you'll likely find a few white bass.
Black Bass Fair 12-20 inches Fair. Largemouth are becoming lethargic in a hurry due to several cold fronts. However, slow presentations with jerkbaits and drop shots of rocky points is popular this time of year. Try transitional areas of moderate depths toward the mouths of the coves.
White Perch Poor 4 to 12 inches

No report.

- 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!!!!!

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 0.7 feet below conservation pool.

Surface Temperature = 52-54 degrees.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: All boat ramps except Lucas Park are open. 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.

/MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/18/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Fair/Good  

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 and river channel ledges 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 Fair/Good   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 or along dam

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

White Bass/Wipers Slow/Fair  

Target windy banks and points using jigs on reservoir 

Wiper creel limit is now 5/day

Smallmouth Bass Fair    
Largemouth Bass Fair    
Outlet Slow/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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ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/15/2020 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. Some anglers are catching 7-9" fish under a slip bobber from the jetties.
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 nick.kramer@ks.gov

In an effort to better control sediment buildup, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism will soon draw down the water level at Atchison State Fishing Lake to clear preexisting sediment and to install a sediment control structure. Staff will lower the lake approximately 6 to 8 feet beginning the last week of July with the intent of keeping the lake lowered until work is completed in late spring of 2021, weather permitting.

The sediment control structure – set to be installed on the south side of 322nd road – will catch sediment before it enters the lake, preventing the need for future drawdowns to repeat this process.

These improvements will help better protect the structural integrity of the area boat ramp and associated facilities, as well as increase the usability of Atchison State Fishing Lake.

While the lake is lowered, staff will also construct and place artificial fish habitat structures – a benefit to both fish and anglers.

Amid construction, fishing will be allowed, with all existing length and creel limits remaining in effect.



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/4/2020 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. Some anglers have caught some spawning fish from the jetties using a slip-bobber and minnow or jig.
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 nick.kramer@ks.gov



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/20/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20 pounds The lake has a great channel catfish population.  Fish feeding up for fall!
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 wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  
Crappie Fair  1/2 to 1 pound The crappie population has come down from the historically high numbers seen in 2017, but the lake still has a good crappie fishery.  The current population of crappie is dominated by fish less than 10 inches, but there are larger fish available.  Fish holding 8 to 10 feet deep but should start schooling up in deeper water with this cooler weather.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. The saugeye population can be classified as good, but numbers have come down from the exceptional numbers seen the last few years.  From the fish sampled last fall, 65% of the saugeye 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.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.



CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/19/2020 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.
       
Crappie Fair 0.5-1.5 lbs Crappie are being caught in water 10-20 feet deep around brush piles and standing timber vertically fishing jigs.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-5 lbs Some action using shad, cut bait, sunfish, minnows and nightcrawlers. 
Wiper Fair-Good 4-8 lbs Using swim baits and large jigs, either casting or jigging over channel breaks.  Trolling crankbaits are producing some fish.  Evening bite has been good at times, as fish are chasing shad at the surface.  Casting imitation crankbaits in this situation as produced some good fish.
White bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Trolling crankbaits or targeting surface feeding schools, or vertically fishing jigs over channel breaks.
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
Anglers please remember to practice proper social distancing, especially at boat ramps areas and other locations that naturally concentrate users.   All boat ramps are open in the State Park.  Also, the Bloomington Ramps are open, except for Bloomington West (i.e. north of town of Clinton).    Be sure to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat when you leave, to keep from spreading Zebra mussels to other lakes.  



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 10/19/2020 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
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Using minnows, nightcrawlers, cut bait, and stink bait.
LM Bass Fair 0.5-3 lbs Some action casting jigs, and crankbaits along shoreline cover.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using worms under a bobber, jigs, and small spinners.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/19/2020 Print

 Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-4 lbs Using nightcrawlers, minnows, stink bait, shad, and sunfish.
LM Bass Fair 0.5-3 lbs Casting crankbaits and jigs along shoreline cover.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Using worms under a bobber, jigs, and small spinners.
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: 10/9/2020 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.  
Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Use minnows and jigs near docks and vegetation edges. Some recent reports of a good bite near docks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits target docks and vegetation edges.  
White Bass Fair 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: 10/18/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie 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 Fair   near dam and rock points on jigs, worms, and crankbaits
Black bass Fair   near rock and brush on jigs and crankbaits
Bluegill Slow/Fair   on small jigs and worms in coves and near brush
General Comments

This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2020 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.

WARNING..ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW PRESENT!!!



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 10/18/2020 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 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 2020 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 10/18/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Crappie Fair   near brush and rock 5ft deep on jigs and minnows
Largemouth Bass Fair    
Bluegill Slow/Fair   near brush/rock 5ft deep on jigs and worms
White Bass Slow/Fair   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: 10/9/2020 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair Up to 9 lbs. Some walleye are being caught on shallow flats and mud banks. Drifting live bait, jigging, trolling crankbaits, casting baits while targeting structure can all be effective methods right now.        
Crappie Good Up to 13 inches Search for crappie on structure and brush near channel ledges. Jigs and shad imitation baits are producing best now.  
White Bass Good Up to 2 lbs. Target white bass off wind blown points.  Jigs and shad imitation lures are the best baits right now. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Slow Up to 4 lbs. Target shallow water structure. Plastic baits 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 Fair Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken on a variety of baits lakewide using prepared or live baits. Best bite has been at dusk and shortly after in upper ends of the arms.    
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of October 9th the water level is at conservation pool. You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

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: 9/4/2020 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 may be moving back shallower with cooler nights. Try finding some brush piles or georgia cubes in the  around the 10' range.
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. Many fish are up shallow right now.
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. Others have targeted these fish trolling along the creek channel in the mid-part of the lake. 
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 nick.kramer@ks.gov

The locations of fish habitat placed in this lake 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: 10/20/2020 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 corners of the dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  The lake has very few largemouth bass.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have been low the last three years but are starting to trend upwards due to recent spawning success.  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.  The south west corner of the lake and the Northern 2 coves tend to be good spots.
Walleye Fair  1 to 5 pounds The 2019 fall gill net samples and electrofishing samples indicate the lake has a decent walleye population available to anglers with the majority of fish being over the minimum length limit.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch minimum length limit.  No recent reports.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has an exceptional white bass fishery, with 94% of the fish collected last fall were over 12 inches.  Fishing been good all summer and fish should be fattening up for fall!
Wipers Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds Wiper are doing great and numbers are up.  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.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 10/20/2020 Print

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

The 2020 sample documented that smallmouth bass numbers continue to trend downwards with the lowest abundance seen in over a decade.  The lake continues to provide fair smallmouth fishing, but the current population will be less than what anglers have come to expect for this lake.  

The lake has a low level largemouth bass population dominated by fish 14" to 16" long.  The East bank, South cove and around the island are usually the best largemouth spots.

White Bass Good Up to 3 lbs The white bass population is well above average for abundance with 88% of the fish sampled last fall being over 12 inches and 4% were over 15 inches.  Can be found chasing schools of shad and sometimes breaking the surface while feeding.
Wiper Fair Up to 12 lbs There are fair numbers of wiper in the lake with most of the fish sampled last fall being 20 to 24 inches.  
Walleye Fair  Up to 5 lbs The walleye population has been trending up the last few years.  No recent reports of walleye catch.  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.  There is some habitat cubes along the dock and a big brush pile along the point just North of the boat ramp.  
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.



LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 10/19/2020 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 lbs Using worms under a bobber, small spinners, and jigs.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Some fish being caught using shad, minnows, cut bait, liver and stink bait.
LM Bass Fair 0.5-3 lbs Casting jigs along patches of aquatic vegetation, some also being caught along rocky shorelines using jigs or crankbaits.
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.
 
 



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/4/2020 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. From a boat, some catfish can be found near brush piles.
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 nick.kramer@ks.gov. 

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: 10/9/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 11 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits lakewide.   
Flathead Catfish Slow  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. Target vegetation edges and shallow brush right now.  
Saugeye Slow 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: 10/9/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Good Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Good 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. Majority of the fish being caught are around 8 inches, but some larger ones can be found.    
White Bass Slow 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 died-off for the year. 



NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/4/2020 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 dirty 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 nick.kramer@ks.gov.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 10/9/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs. Channel catfish are being taken on live and prepared baits.     
Largemouth Bass Good 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 baits are producing best right now.   
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat. Shad imitation baits will also produce bites. 
Wiper Slow Up to 11 lbs. Use shad imitation baits and find bait fish near drop-offs.  
White Crappie Fair 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: 10/9/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure.   
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Chicken liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Good 0.5-1 lbs Minnows and jigs are catching fish right now. Crappie are shallow near structure, brushpiles, weed edges, and rock banks. 
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 Fair 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 again on 3/17/20. Some new brushpiles were created and some brush was added to some of the existing 2018/19 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: 9/4/2020 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 Channel Catfish bite has been pretty slow, that or anglers haven't been targeting them. Some fish could be found in the creek and river channels.
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir but are difficult to target.  Try trolling crankbaits or lindy rigs along the dam. 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.

Lots of small 8-10 inch bass were seen this spring. Fishing should be great as these fish continue to grow. Try casting crankbaits and spinner jigs near any of the newly fallen trees along the shoreline. 
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. There are A LOT of 6-9 inch fish out there but some larger 14-16 inch fish can still be found.   
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Fish have moved back to deeper cover. They can be found around 8 ft. deep in 16-20 ft. of water.
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. We have been sampling good numbers of fish in the mid-lake area, over old channels or near drop offs. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be caught, 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 September 4th, the current lake elevation is at 892.81 (1.31' above conservation pool) and holding relatively stable.  For current lake conditions click here and for the lake forecast click here

All boat ramps are open with the exception of Devil's Gap. 

If you would like to place habitat in Perry Reservoir or contribute to the fishing report, please contact the Fish Biologist, Nick, at nick.kramer@ks.gov 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: 10/20/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. Moderate numbers of crappie.
Bluegill Fair to 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 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: 10/20/2020 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 2020 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 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: 10/20/2020 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 last year. 

Bass in this lake can be tough to catch because they have all seen a lot of lures. Trying something different may be helpful if you are having a slow day at the lake.

Channel Catfish Good 3/4 to 3 pounds

The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program so it is regularly stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  The fifth stocking of the year was completed on September 23rd when the lake received 700 pounds of channel catfish.  So far this year the lake has been stocked with 3,200 catchable sized catfish.  Best baits tend to be worms or commercial catfish baits. Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 per day.

The fish feeder program has been suspended due to repeated vandalism.  

Crappie Fair 1/4 to 1 pound The lake supports a fair crappie population.  There is some artificial habitat just out from the dock.
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: 10/20/2020 Print

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

Fishing for all three species of catfish has been good this summer. 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 or orange 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 Fair to Good 1/2 to 8 pounds

Fishing for both white bass and wiper has been good.  Just below the falls with jigs, spinners or crankbaits.  

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 Fair  3/4 to 5 pounds

Lots and lots of saugeye were flushed out of Tuttle Creek in 2019 and many of those fish end up at Rocky Ford.  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: 9/4/2020 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 Some anglers have been pulling fish out of the timber or along the pond dam on the west side using slip bobbers with either a minnow or a jig.
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 shoot an email to nick.kramer@ks.gov. Thanks!

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



SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 10/9/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Worms and minnows near structure and shallow are producing the best.  
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide. Best bite with prepared bait. 
Wiper Fair Up to 9 lbs. Live bait and shad imitation baits along the dam are producing the best.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics are working best right now fished near deeper structure.  
Trout   Catchable Trout season is over look for trout to be stocked again next fall.  
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: 10/20/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake maintains a very good population of largemouth bass with an excellent size structure.  The 2020 spring electrofishing sample collected the highest number of bass in 20 years.  Nice sized largemouth can be found throughout the lake.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The crappie size structure has finally started to improve with 75% of the crappie sampled in fall of 2019 were over 8 inches.  Crappie should start schooling up in deep water with the cooler temps.
Channel Catfish Fair to 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 2020 was completed on September 9th of 600 pounds of channel catfish.  So far this year the lake has been stocked with 2,400 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: 10/20/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds Fish can be found 8 to 12 feet deep around brush.  Jigs and/or minnows.  Should start transitioning to fall pattern soon with this cooler weather, but still feeding up.
White Bass Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass numbers continue to be low due to poor spawning success the last six years.  
Catfish Fair to Good 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 with the first successful natural spawn documented in 2016.  To protect the population until it can sustain itself, a 35-inch minimum length limit went into effect in 2018.  The plan is to only have a length limit on blue catfish for a few years until the population shows signs of being permanently established.  

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging fish 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 Fair 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 second best.
Saugeye Fair to Good Up to 6 pounds

The high release rates last year moved a lot of saugeye from the Reservoir downstream which has led to 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

You can check current water conditions HERE

Zebra mussels were found in Tuttle Creek in 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: 10/20/2020 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 The lake supports a population of good sized channel catfish. The North bank is a popular spot to fish for cats.
Crappie Good  Up to 1lb The size of the crappie in the lake has been improving nicely, with the most recent fish sample having the highest proportion of the population above 10 inches in over a decade.  Along the dam is usually a good spot to start looking for crappie.  Jigs or minnows.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has been really improving the last few years and the 2020 sample collected the most bass in over a decade.  The size structure is starting to improve too with 44% above 15 inches.
Saugeye Slow  Up to 3 lbs Saugeye numbers are low and harvest is expected to be low until the population rebounds from stocking efforts.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/9/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Slow  Up to 12 inches Shallow vegetation edges or rocky habitats. Jig or minnow will both be productive. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Shallow habitat edges. Worm under a bobber will produce fish. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish can be caught lakewide on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Vegetation edges or flats containing vegetation are holding fish. Plastic baits are producing the most fish right now.  
Smallmouth Bass Good Up to 2 lbs. Crankbaits along rocky shorelines.
Wiper/White Bass Slow Up to 6 lbs. Shad imitation baits will be the most productive. Target areas holding baitfish. 
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. Jigs, crankbaits, or live bait on shallow flats. 
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: 9/11/2020 Print

Species Rating Sizes Possible Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Summertime patterns are in place.  Fish any deep brush you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-off. Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs tipped with plastics.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, punch bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try night crawlers.  These fish will move shallower at night.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Summertime patterns are in place.  Try bladed jigs and soft plastic around rocks, wood or vegetation.  Topwater baits early morning and evening
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush, the dam and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Summertime patterns are in place.  Walleye should be on the flats and points.  Try small jigs with plastic swimbaits,  wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or trolling small minnow type crank baits. 

Water temperatures should be dropping into the upper 60's.  

All waters in the Dodge City District are currently open to fishing during this COVID-19 outbreak.  Remember to utilize social distancing and avoid congregating at boat ramps.   

We have not received any reports from anglers.  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: 9/11/2020 Print

 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Summertime patterns are in place.  Fish any deep brush you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-off. Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs tipped with plastics.
Channel catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try night crawlers.  These fish will usually move shallow in the evening.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 6 lbs Summertime patterns are in place.  Try bladed jigs and soft plastic around rocks, wood or newly inundated vegetation.  Try topwater baits early morning and evening.
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Bluegill about done spawning.  Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush, the dam and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 5 lbs Summertime patterns are in place.Walleye should be on the flats and points.  Try small jigs with plastic swimbaits, wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or trolling small minnow type crank baits. 
White bass Fair Up to 1.5 lbs Small twister tail jigs, spoons and crankbaits on windblown areas. Topwater baits can also be good.   

Lake is still nearly 8 feet low.  Water temperatures should be dropping into the upper 60's. 

All waters in the Dodge City District are currently open to fishing during this COVID-19 outbreak.  Remember to utilize social distancing and avoid congregating at boat ramps.  

We have received very few reports from anglers.  You may call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.  

The repair work is completed.  Boats are being put on the water only at both ramps on the south east side.    

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: 9/11/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Summertime patterns are in place.  Fish any rocks or brush you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-off. Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs tipped with plastics.
Channel catfish Excellent Up to 12 lbs Try fishing any areas of inflow from recent rains.  Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try night crawlers.  These fish move shallow at night.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 5 lbs Summertime patterns are in place.  Try bladed jigs and soft plastic around rocks, wood or vegetation.  Try topwater baits early morning and evenings.
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush, the dam and rock piles.
Walleye Good Up to 8.5 lbs Summertime patterns are in place.  Walleye should be on the flats and points.  Try small jigs with plastic swimbaits, wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or trolling small minnow type crank baits. 

Water temperatures should be dropping into the upper 60's. 

All waters in the Dodge City District are currently open to fishing during this COVID-19 outbreak.  Remember to utilize social distancing and avoid congregating at boat ramps. 

We have received very few reports from anglers.  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



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 9/11/2020 Print

Species Rating Sizes Possible Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 14 inches Summertime patterns are in place.  Fish any brush you can find.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs tipped with plastics.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try fishing any areas of inflow from recent rains.  Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try night crawlers.  These fish move shallow at night.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Summertime patterns are in place.  Try bladed jigs and soft plastic around rocks, wood or vegetation.  Topwater baits early morning and evening.
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush, the dam and rock piles.

Water temperatures should be dropping into the upper 60's. 

All waters in the Dodge City District are currently open to fishing during this COVID-19 outbreak.  Remember to utilize social distancing and avoid congregating at boat ramps.     

We have not received any reports from anglers.  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



PRATT COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 8/21/2020 Print

Restocking efforts continue.   On April 9, 2020, 140 channel catfish averaging  pounds each were stocked averaging 2-3 pounds to continue 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: 10/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Fishing cut bait or shrimp lakewide has produced a few fish.
Crappie Slow Up to 13 inches Minnows or jigs under a bobber around brush or along the edges of cattails adjacent to deeper water.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5.5 lbs. Casting soft plastics and swimbaits around fish attractors, shoreline brush and vegetation has produced a few fish.
Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber and small jigs fished around brush, laydown trees, rocks, and vegetation along the shoreline especially when the above mentioned habitat is in, or directly adjacent to, deeper water.
Saugeye Slow/Fair Up to 7 lbs. Casting crankbaits and swimbaits over points, along rip-rapped shorelines, and edges of cattail beds adjacent to deeper water early and late.
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

HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 10/16/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 22" Try fishing cut bait, worms,or stink bait near wind blown areas.
Crappie Good up to 14" Try a jig and minnow fished near structure. 
Largemouth Bass Poor  up to 20" Try fishing soft plastics, spinner baits, or top water lures near structure
Saugeye Poor to Fair up to 25" Fish with jigs or large crank baits near rocky points during the evening or on cloudy days. 
General Comments

Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/14/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Catfishing is fair right now in the mornings, evenings, and throughout the night. Try stink bait and liver.
Crappie Poor 8-13" Poor. The crappie bite is slow along with warm temperatures. Try using 1/16 oz. jigs with pink or chartreuse grubs in 3-10 feet of water near or within brush or pvc cubes. Try live minnows for the most success.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Fair. Slow, but in warm water mornings and evenings are best. Try topwater along shoreline vegetation. Also, dragging carolina rigs with 7-inch worms or tubes works well.
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. Remember: the minimum-length limit for Saugeye is 21 inches and only 2 can be kept per day.

General Comments

Water temperature: 78-82 degrees

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/16/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair to Good up to 14lbs Try fishing cut bait, worms, or stink bait near wind blown areas.
Crappie Good Up to 14" Try jigs or minnows near 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 for best results. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 5lbs Try using plastic worms, spinner baits, or crank baits lures near vegetation. 
General Comments

Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



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: 10/2/2020 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 Good  

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches

Fish areas where the wind is blowing in.  Worms, stink baits, or fresh cut baits are all good selections.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 17 inch Large plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits are all good bait selections this week.  Fish are shallow early and late in the day.  Look for fish in deeper water during mid-day hours or in the shade of any shoreline cover.
Crappie Fair up to 8 inch 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 Up to 7 inches Worm and bobber near brushy cover and rocks.
General Comments
 



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/2/2020 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 Good up to 5 lbs

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

Deeper water mid-day and shallow points and shorelines after dark.  Fresh cut bait, worms, and stink bait are all good summer bait choices.  Near feeders on prepared baits.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 17 inch

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

Early and late in the day has been the most productive for bass.  Small and medium size crankbaits fished near weed edges and shoreline cover in the coves.

Saugeye Fair up to 18 inch Curly tailed grubs and crankbaits on rocky shorelines.
Spotted Bass Good up to 14 inch Jig and plastics or inline spinners along the dam and off the rock points.
Bluegill Good up to 6 inch Hard to beat a small piece of worm fished under a small float near weeds, brush, or rock.
Crappie Fair up to 11 inch Jig and minnow fished along ledges along the south shoreline is a good summertime tactic.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/16/2020 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 25" Try casting crank baits, swim baits, jigs, or spoons off of shallow points and flats. Look for concentrations of birds to find active fish. 
Walleye Poor to Fair Up to 25" Try using jigs, trolling large crank baits, or crawlers near points and deeper water.
Crappie Fair Up to 15" Try using live minnows, jigs, or a combination of both in deeper water.
Blue Catfish Fair Up to 30 lbs Fish with live bait or cut bait near wind blown areas. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 20lbs Try fishing cut bait or stink bait in wind blown areas. 
White Perch Good Up to 12"

White perch are being caught using similar methods for Wipers and White bass. Most White Perch are 5"-8". 

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

 

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .

*The previous Blue Green Algae watch has been LIFTED by the KDHE.*



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/18/2020 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 Slow/Fair   near gravel banks and vegetation on small jigs and worms
Crappie 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 Fair   along dam and deeper points/banks on jigs and spoons
White bass Slow/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: 10/18/2020 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 Fair/Good   near dam and gravel/rock points on jigs and worms
White Bass Fair   along deep rock points and ledges on spinners and jigs
Wiper Slow/Fair   a few in with white bass
Crappie Fair  

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

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

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

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/2/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good up to 8 inch Small jigs or a bobber and live bait are good choices.
Channel Catfish Good up to 18 inch

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Stink baits, worms, and fresh cut bait off the piers and points.

Largemouth Bass Good up to 16 inch Bass activity has been good recently at Cowley.  Plastics and medium sized crankbaits are a good choice.  Fish the deep edges of the weed lines.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 11 inch Same as bluegill
General Comments
Roughly 38 new brushpiles were added to Cowley this winter.  You can find the locations HERE, just zoom in on the map to see Cowley SFL.



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/8/2020 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 to Good Up to 24 inch

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.

Wiper are being found off the mainlake points and deep water areas during mid-day hours.  Trolling cranks in areas where the wind is blowing in to or across is a great way to locate active fish.  Over the past couple days large numbers of gulls have arrived at El Dorado.  However, surface feeding activity has been minimal.

White bass Fair to Good up to 16 inch

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.

Same as wiper report

White Perch Fair up to 6 inch

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

Small hooks with a bit of worm or other live bait in 5 to 8 feet of water near rocky areas.

Crappie Fair to Good up to 14 inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Crappie are being caught in standing timber and brush piles in water 15 to 18 deep.  Jigs or minnows working well.  High numbers of fish aren't currently being caught, but the fish that are being caught are quality crappie with fish approaching 15 inches.

Catfish Fair up to 37 inches

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.

A blue catfish tagging project in underway at El Dorado.  Please see the information below in the General Comments section for all the details!

There hasn't been much catfish angling activity this week to draw a report from.  Fish are beginning to spread out with the cooling of the water temperatures.  Mainlake river channels are always a great bet as well as fresh cut bait.

Walleye Fair up to 26 inches

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

Trolling crankbaits has been productive along wind blown shorelines, points, and old roads.  Depth varies greatly as water temperatures are cooling with fish being caught from 5 feet to 24 feet deep.

General Comments

1.02 ft BELOW Normal Pool, releasing 7 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

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.

Blue Catfish Tagging Project Underway at El Dorado

Blue catfish – native to major river basins in eastern Kansas – can reach massive sizes. Kansas’ current state record was caught from the Missouri River, weighing in at more than 100 pounds. As blue catfish populations become established in Kansas’ largest reservoirs, popularity of this species among anglers also continues to grow. One such growing fishery can be found in El Dorado Reservoir.

While many anglers might associate El Dorado Reservoir with monster walleye, hard-fighting wipers, or slab crappie, blue catfish are developing a following in the 8,000-acre impoundment. Blue catfish were introduced into El Dorado Reservoir in 2004 to establish an additional predatory fish population and to provide anglers with a new sport fishing opportunity. Annual stockings occurred for six years, creating a population that first exhibited natural recruitment in 2009. As the population grew, it became apparent that the fishery would benefit from harvest of smaller fish. In 2016, KDWPT implemented a 25- to 35-inch protected slot length limit, five fish daily creel limit, and a maximum of two fish over 35 inches.

As with any new regulation, data is needed to gauge effectiveness. To collect this data, KDWPT Fisheries biologists are tagging up to 2,000 blue catfish in El Dorado Reservoir. Tags will appear as a small yellow vinyl tube beneath the fish’s dorsal fin. Each tag will display an ID number unique to that fish and a phone number to call to report the catch, (620) 342-0658. Biologists hope to gain information about the area’s blue catfish population size, entrainment through the dam, and the fish’s susceptibility to harvest.

Success of this project is dependent on anglers reporting the tagged fish they capture. Information needed during the call will be the length of the fish, date, tag number, and whether the fish was kept or released. Anglers who report their tagged catch will receive an award as compensation for their participation.

Anglers should note that tagged blue catfish that are not legal for harvest must be returned to the water immediately after recording the tag information. If the tagged catfish is legal for harvest, anglers may keep or release the fish. Because part of this study is to evaluate harvest patterns, biologists encourage anglers not to let the presence of a tag influence their decision to keep or release the fish.

If you find a tagged blue catfish on the end of your line this summer, please take the time to call it in. Data collected from these fish are invaluable to fisheries biologists and will only improve angling success in the future.



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/16/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair to Good Up to 28" Try using cut bait or stink bait on the windy side of the lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair  Up to 4lbs Fish near structure and rocks with soft plastics, crank baits, spinner baits.
Northern Pike Poor Up to 35" Try using large spinning baits or live sunfish. 
Crappie Fair Up to 14" Use minnows under a bobber, or small jigs near structure. 
General Comments

 

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/2/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 8 lbs The catfish bite has been good recently.  Productive baits have been worms, stink baits, and fresh cut bait.  Windblown points and shorelines have been the best.
Crappie    

20/day creel limit  

Few reports on crappie this week

Largemouth Bass Good up to 18 inches

13 inch to 18 inch slot limit 5 fish per day creel limit.  Please harvest largemouth bass under 13 inches to improve effectiveness of this slot limit!

Bass action has been good this week.  Spinnerbaits and plastics along shoreline cover and weed edges.

Saugeye Fair up to 24 inches Medium sized crankbaits or slash baits in 3 to 4 feet of water near shore line structure.
Bluegill      
White Bass Fair up to 15 inches Chasing shad early and late in the day.  Shad imitating crank baits or plastics on jig heads fished in surfacing schools.
Wiper Fair up to 23 inches Same as white bass
General Comments
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: 10/2/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye     A 21-inch minimum length limit on walleye became effective at Marion Reservoir on January 1, 2020.
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 Up to 10 lbs Drifting fresh cut bait along windy shorelines.  Also nightcrawlers or prepared baits where the wind is blowing in.
White Crappie Fair up to 12 inches

20/day creel limit

Jigs or minnows on brush in 12 to 15 feet of water.

Walleye Fair up to 26 inch

21 inch minimum length limit became effective on walleye January 1, 2020.

Walleye are being caught on the flats drifting a jig and crawler or running spinners with a crawler.  Trolling crankbaits is also producing fish.

White Bass Fair to Good up to 15 inch Main lake ledges in 10 to 12 ft of water or windblown shorelines and points on the windier days.  Lipless crank baits or jig and plastic have been productive.  Both ends of the dam have produced fish this week.
Wiper Fair to Good 18 to 24 inches Same as 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
0.58 feet below Normal Pool, releasing 14 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 10/16/2020 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"-8" 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 Good up to 24" Try cut bait, worms, or stink bait shallow near rocks during the evening or morning. The last stocking of the year was on Sep 25th. 
Crappie Fair to Good up to 13" Try using minnows or jigs near shallow structure. 
Bluegill Fair  up to 8" Try a small piece of worm under a bobber around structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 20" Try soft plastics, spinner baits, or top water lures near shallow structure.
General Comments

Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/2/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 6lbs Fresh cut shad or stink baits on windy shorelines and points.
Wiper Slow   There hasn't been much wiper activity this week.
Crappie Fair up to 12 inch Jigs or minnows close to brush and cover.
Saugeye Fair to Good up to 25 inch Rocky shorelines, dams, and windy shorelines are all good locations.  Jerk baits, crank baits, and medium sized fluke styled plastics are good lure choices.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 10/2/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 3 lbs Worms or stinkbait along windy shorelines
Crappie Fair up to 12 inches Minnows or jigs close to standing timber or other cover
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 18 inches Soft plastics or lipless crankbaits close to shore and around cover
Saugeye Fair  up to 19 inches Fluke style plastics or lipless crankbaits on rocky shorelines
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 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 last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/2/2020 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 12 to 18 feet deep near standing timber or along breaks.
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Stink bait or cut cut bait on shallow wind blown points and shorelines.
Black bass Fair to Good up to 18" inch Fish are being found in deeper water during the middle of the day and up in the shallow water early and late in the day.  Topwater baits during the low light periods has been producing some exciting fish.  Deep running crankbaits and plastics during mid-day in water 8 to 12 feet deep.
White bass Fair up to 14 inch Open water areas where the wind is blowing.  Points and ledges and the old road are good spots to check.  
Wiper Fair up to 24 inch Same as white bass
Walleye Slow  up to 22 inches

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Walleye are on the flats and points.  Drifting the north shoreline with a jig and crawler combo is a great technique for this time of year.  

   
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.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/23/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

3% 11"-16"

40% 16"-24"

33% 24"-28"

23% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on channel breaks. 
largemouth bass poor

17% 8"-12"

39% 12"-15"

44% 15"-20"

0% 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 12 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in the reservoir. 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.  
white bass good

29% 6"-9"

43% 9"-12"

0% 12"-15"

29% 15"-18"

0% 18"+

Use a spinner or jig trolled on rocky points.  Watch for fish breaking the surface chasing gizzard shad to locate schools.
white crappie fair

14% 5"-8"

48% 8"-10"

29% 10"-12"

5% 12"-15"

0% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around deep structure, brush piles, and channel breaks.  There are few fish in coves right now.  The north side of Duck Island is pretty good. The cold front has reduced fish activity. 
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 2020 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: 9/11/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 6-12" Crappie fishing remains steady.   Look for crappie to be in the deeper flooded timber and near the bridge.  Minnows and small jigs have been working best.  
Channel Catfish Fair 16-24" Catfishing remains slow.  Look for catfish in the shallows near the lake edges in the evening.  Also, catfishing has been good in the flooded timber during the day.  Shad sides are working best.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-20" Largemouth bass fishing remains good.  Look for bass near shoreline structure with cooling weather.  Fish have been found near vegetation beds in the coves as well.  Soft plastics and jigs have been working best. 
Bluegill and Redears Fair 5-7" Bluegill and redear fishing remains slow.  Look for bluegill and redear near the shallow vegetation.  Vertical fishing small jigs and a small worm under a bobber have been working best.
       
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: 10/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear Sunfish  Good  6-10 inches 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  15-32 inches 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 8-14 inches 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  15-21 inches 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. 
Saugeye   Good  16-22 inches

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 18-22" range, as well as a prominent year class of 8-12" saugeye. 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. 

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. It is critical as these fish are establishing a population. 

General Comments

Remember to continue to practice social distancing during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Continuing to practice social distancing will ensure we can keep our public fishing access points open for everyone.

Water temperature: 59 degrees, October 22, 2020

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: 10/18/2020 Print

 species ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie Good 8 to 12 inches crappie are  usually close to structure and breaks. Try jigs, minnows. Recent sampling show a nice population of 10 - 14 inch crappie, some nice reports lately.  Fish the creek mouth where the fresh water comes in and the fish are stacked up.
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.  Fish the creek mouth where the fresh water comes in and the fish are stacked up.  Fishing is productive in the evening or at night.
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. Fish the creek mouth where the fresh water comes in and the fish are stacked up. 
General Comments

The best way to measure social distancing is with a fishing pole. This lake has limited shoreline access so please spread out, social distance.  Crappie have been starting to pick up on minnows or dark jigs. Largemouth bass can be good but fish the deeper water in the trees for suspended fish.  Fishing is cooler in the evening or at night.

 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: 10/18/2020 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 7 to 12 pounds.  very few small fish.  Fish feeders are ON and there are a lot of fish around these.  Gearup for big channel catfish.  Fishing is cooler in the evening or at night.  
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 some small fish but some real good ones also, with 50 limit crappie are usually along dam and brush piles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs, recently bigger fish over 11 inches reportedly caught, fish the windy side.  
Comments

The best way to measure social distancing is with a fishing pole. This lake is great for shoreline angling, lots of room to spread out.  Fishing is cooler in the evening or at night.  The lake is full pool and the water is clear. Go fishing, the fish have to eat.   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.  

Recently there were 1,000 channel catfish stocked to spice up the fishing.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and Linn Valley, Linn County, (Private Lake Development), we'd like to remind y

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: 10/18/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass ( Largemouth and Spotted Bass) Good Fish 10 to 17 inches dominate the population for bass try the deep side of the weed beds and piers, most fish are close to or in the weed beds.  Use spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits.
Bluegill/redear sunfish Good all sizes Nice redear sunfish 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 Good 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms, the fish feeders are OFF, lakewide.  After hard rains fish the south end where the water comes in. Fish the creek mouth where the fresh water comes in and the fish are stacked up. Fishing is productive in the evening or at night.
Crappie Slow 8 - 12 inches and up the crappie have been found at the edge of the weed beds and then moving to deeper water, usually close to structure. try using minnows, jigs under a 6ft float, along the piers.  The population is low but most are over 10 inches.  Fish the creek mouth where the fresh water comes in and the fish are stacked up.
General Comments

The best way to measure social distancing is with a fishing pole. The water is normal and clear.  The boat ramp  is fine. This lake has great shoreline angling, lots of room to spread out, for social distancing.  This great weather is perfect for fishing.  

Recently there were 500 channel catfish stocked to spice up the fishing.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and Linn Valley, Linn County, (Private Lake Development), we'd like to remind y

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.  Because of C 19 virus, and crowding of anglers the fish feeders are OFF for the season.



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/5/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Slow-Fair 8 in to 21 inches Topwater baits around shallow woody cover or vegetation. Use jerkbaits, swimbaits, crankbaits, or rattletraps. Fishing deep points or ledges with shaky heads, jigging spoons, or hair jigs might also work. As the water temps. continue to cool off fish will be heading towards the warm water.
walleye Slow-Fair 14-25 inches Trolling crankbaits or spinner rigs with live nightcrawlers or minnows over points and humps. Vertical jigging live bait on ledges may also be productive.
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Various prepared baits, liver, and worms usually good for channel catfish lakewide. Using fresh cut bait such as shad or carp usually is best for blue catfish. Fishing wind blown banks should be productive or try creek channel swings and humps. Don't be afraid to fish shallow water for both species. 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.
smallmouth bass Slow-Fair 10-20 inches Throwing small shad imitators like compact spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Crayfish imitating baits should also work. Ned rigs or drop shots are great techniques to use for smallmouth.
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 rocky points. Vertical jigging slab spoons is also a good technique. 
crappie Slow-Fair 11-15 inches Look for crappie around deep standing timber and brush piles or near the channel breaks. Using various colored jigs or minnows should produce some fish.
General Comments

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

COFFEY COUNTY LAKE IS OPEN: 

Registration for Coffey County Lake is now available online at https://www.coffeycountyks.org/home/showdocument?id=3502.

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: 10/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &Location
Bluegill / Redear sunfish  Fair  6-8 inches 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.  
Saugeye  Fair 18-21 inches 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. 
Wiper (White bass x Striped Bass hybrid) Fair  21-24 inches

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  22" and 4 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 15-26 inches 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. 
Flathead catfish Good 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 6-10 inches 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 6-8" size range. Please consider harvesting your daily creel limit of 50 crappie per day to help reduce numbers of crappie and open up space for them to grow. 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 12-18 inches Largemouth bass densities and size structure are 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: 60 degrees, October 22, 2020

Remember to continue to practice social distancing during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Continuing to practice social distancing will ensure we can keep our public fishing access points open for everyone.

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: 10/18/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good, 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches Currently the lake is at full pool, water clarity is great at this time. Work the  flats close to deeper drop offs and rocky areas, some larger fish available up to 8 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 a lot of fish in the 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds range. Use cut shad, cut sunfish, worms, liver, prepared baits, lakewide or along the piers along the parking lot. The fish feeder is ON for the season. Makes a good spot for shoreline fishing.  Fishing is cooler in the evening or at night.
Crappie Excellent any size Sampling indicates good numbers of nice fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and milky white, pink jigs in 12 ft. East half of lake is better. Try areas the flats dropoff to deeper water.
Walleye Slow  most between 12 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

The best way to measure social distancing is with a fishing pole.  Water levels are normal.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  Some good bass and catfish were caught this week. The fish feeder is OFF.  

Recently there were 1,500 channel catfish stocked to spice up the fishing.

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  Linn Valley Lake, this is a private lake community, 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: 9/11/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 8-14" Crappie fishing has remained steady.  Look for crappie in the deeper water near the dam or other steep drop offs.  There have also been some fish caught off of the fishing jetties in the state park.  Minnows and vertical jigging spoons have been working best.  
Blue and channel catfish Good 18-26" Catfishing remains steady.  There have been some fish caught near the dam.  Also drift fishing the flats adjacent to the river channel has been producing some good fishing.  Shad sides have been working best.
White Bass Poor 10-14" The white bass fishing remains slow. Look for white bass chasing shad on calm days.  Soft plastics have been working best.  Tolling crankbaits and covering a lot of water can help locate schools of white bass.
Outlet Poor 12-20" Water release has stopped.  Look for fishing to improve with increased rainfall and water release.
 

Please remember to continue to practice social distancing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Continuing to practice social distancing guidelines will ensure that public fishing access remains open.

With water levels being high the boat ramp in Card Creek Campground is currently closed.  The boat ramp in Elk City State Park is open, but caution is needed as water levels are still high.

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: 10/23/2020 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 channel breaks. 
crappie fair

75% 5"- 8"

17% 8"-10"

1% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around deep brush piles and channel breaks.  Fish are in deep water. The cold front has reduced fish activity.
largemouth bass poor

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.  
white bass good

4% 6"- 9"

19% 9"-12"

54% 12"-15"

24% 15"-18"

Use a spinner or jig trolled on rocky points.  Watch for fish breaking the surface chasing gizzard shad to locate schools.
General Comments:

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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FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 10/18/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
largemouth and spotted bass Good varies water level is good,  bass are in late summer pattern.  Good results with shad crank baits, soft plastic baits close to fish structure, the deeper side of weed beds and along rocky points. 

channel and flathead

catfish

Good varies, some very nice There is a good population of channel catfish, many around 3-4 pounds.  Fish are lakewide and around the fish 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 usually close to structure and breaks.  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

The best way to measure social distancing is with a fishing pole. Ft Scott Lake has several docks and good shoreline access for fishing.  This lake has great shoreline angling, lots of room to spread out, for social distancing. The 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.  Fishing is cooler in the evening or at night.

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

Recently there were 3,500 channel catfish stocked to spice up the fishing.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and Linn Valley, Linn County, (Private Lake Development), we'd like to remind you to "CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY" all watercraft before and after entering this lake.

 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.

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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: 10/5/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Use live bait or various colored jigs near dropoffs or brush piles in deeper water.
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 5lbs.  Spinnerbaits, Crankbaits, or vibrating jigs should all produce fish. If the bite seems to be slow try Texas rigged plastics or Ned rigs around any structure. This is a high density population and harvesting fish below the slot is encouraged to reduce competition within the population.
Wipers Slow up to 6 lbs Chicken livers or crankbaits fish around wind blown banks and dropoffs. 
       
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!

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GARNETT SOUTH - Last Updated: 10/5/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs.  Spinnerbaits, swimbaits, crankbaits, or vibrating jigs should produce some fish. If the bite seems tough or slow switching to more finesse techniques usually works, such as Ned rigs, wacky rigged stick worms, or texas rigged worms or creature baits. 
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-Fair 6-10 inches Live bait around deeper structure is probably best option.
       
       

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: 10/5/2020 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Good Most anglers drift for channel catfish and blue cats, typical catfish baits should work, but for blues drifting fresh cut bait will be most productive. A 35" minimum length limit and 5/day creel is now in effect for Blue Catfish. 
White Bass up to 3lbs. Good  Various lures should work small spinners, bucktail jigs, or shad imitations worked on windblown shorelines. Trolling mid range cranks could also be productive lakewide. Fishing should also be good below the dam during low to moderate releases. Don't forget about fishing up in the river near the logjams or riffles.
Crappie up to 15" Slow-Fair Crappie fishing is probably slow in the main lake focus on the dredged area near the dropoffs, along the dam, or up in the shallow flooded timber. Fishing up in the river around the logjams may also be worth trying.

Comments - THE BOAT RAMP IS OPEN. Use caution and look for floating debris                                    Water Temp. 60s

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.

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LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/18/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish,

 Good from shore

Excellent on set lines

all sizes,  There are some really big blue cats, and stockings have increased the density.  Lots of good channel channel caught on worms or liver, Sunfish or cutshad, prepared baits 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 just about any where along the shoreline. Fish feeders are OFF for the season.   Trotlines are doing very well.
Crappie Good to Excellent 9 - 12 inches There has been alot of bigger crappie caught this year, many above 14 inches.  The crappie are usually close to structure. Some fish have been caught off the wall gates where water is released at the dam.  Some fish caught off of marina coves and its usually good at the hot water outlet area..  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.  
Largemouth Bass Good varies but 16 to 20 inches is common Largemouth bass fishing is good.  Fish moving in response to forage with good results in the creek channel.  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 to EXCELLENT varies, some almost 2  pounds  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.  Fish the creek mouth where the fresh water comes in and the fish are stacked up.  Surfacing feeding whites are alot of fun.
wiper Slow some up to 12 pounds Most fish are in the 4 - 6 pound range with a few larger.  Some fish are caught in the center of lake close to the current or around the hot water.  Gizzard shad are on the surface and the wipers are chasing them.
carp Good all sizes along the shoreline in weedbeds, bowfishing or fly casting
General Comments

The best way to measure social distancing is with a fishing pole. The water level is good. All boat ramps are open.  This lake has great shoreline angling, lots of room to spread out, for social distancing.  Overall the bass are steady, the channel catfish and wipers are improving. 

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.  

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 Linn Valley Private Lake, 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 



LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/23/2020 Print

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

9% 4-7"

79% 7-9"

11% 9-11"

Use worm, very small jig, or small silver spinner around brush piles and rock jetties.  The water is extremely clear so use light line and small hooks.
Channel Catfish fair

0% 11-16"

83% 16-24"

13% 24-28"

4% 28-36"

Use worms, shad sides, or stink bait on channel breaks. The feeders are empty for the year.     
Largemouth Bass good

30% 8-12"

59% 12-15"

11% 15-20"

0% >20"

Use spinners or jigs around brush piles, rock jetties, and weed line.  The water is extremely clear so use light line and small lures.
Crappie fair

0% 5-8"

20% 8-10"

53% 10-12"

27% 12-15"

Use small jigs or minnows around deep brush piles and piers. The cold front has reduced fish activity.
General Comments

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

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2020 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2019 test netting.

To view a map of brush pile and habitat cube locations, copy these files into Google Earth and zoom into the lake.  

LYSL brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 2.07 kB)
LYSL habitat cubes (OCTET-STREAM 979 B)

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MARAIS DES CYGNES WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/18/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & 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
carp, buffalo slow but could improve with more river flow. varies fishing or bowfishing can be good to excellent when wildlife pools are draining or the river is flooding.
General Comments

This area has shoreline angling, lots of room to spread out, for social distancing.  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: 10/19/2020 Print

         
         
Crappie Fair-Good 0.25-1 lbs Most fish have been caught in 15 feet of water around brush piles or standing timber using minnows or jigs.  
Black bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Casting crankbaits and jigs along rocky banks in back of creek arms  
Walleye Slow 0.5-2 lbs Some small ones have been caught recently using jigs  
Blue catfish Slow-Fair 2-30 bs Recent reports of blue catfish being caught using cut shad or crappie parts.  A few keepers have been reported, along with quite a few shorts.  
Channel catfish Fair 1- 6 lbs Some being caught on shad and cut bait.  
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
Anglers, please remember to practice proper social distancing at boat ramps and any other areas that naturally concentrate users.   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: 10/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear / Warmouth  Good  6-10 inches 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 at the ends of the pits. Worms under a slip bobber, or 1/16 jigs will be a good bet to try. Fly fishing opportunities are also present; hook sizes of 10-12 with a floating fly or popper may yield fish up to 8 inches. 
Channel Catfish  Fair  15-28 inches Channel catfish have been stocked across the entire wildlife area. Try shad sides, liver, worms or prepared baits. Slip bobbers with worms, stink bait, or live bait fished along the edges will be a good technique to try. 
Crappie  Fair  8-12 inches  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, 22, 41, and 40, to name a few. 
Largemouth Bass  Good  12-21 inches Largemouth bass can be found in many of the strip pits. Focus your efforts around aquatic vegetation, slopes, beaver dams or any terrestrial or aquatic structure, and shallow water. Many of the strip pits have quality populations. However, there are many with an abundance of 8-12" fish. Consider keeping your daily creel limit of 5 largemouth bass under the protected slot limit (i.e., 13 - 18 inches) to reduce densities to allow for better growth in the strip pits. Many strip pits have quality largemouth bass populations with 15-19" being common. 1/2 oz weedless jigs, ned rigs, bladed jigs, and drop shots thrown parallel to the shore along the slope will be a good technique to try. 
Rainbow trout  Good  10-15 inches 

The seventh and final rainbow trout stocking of the winter and spring of 2019/2020 in the Trout Pit (Unit #30) occurred on March 4, 2020 with a stocking of 1,980 rainbow trout (1,100 pounds). A total of 2,040 rainbow trout (1,200 pounds) were stocked on October 30, 2019, a total of 1,118 rainbow trout (650 pounds) were stocked on November 13, 2019, a total of 1,360 rainbow trout (850 pounds) occurred on December 4, 2019, a total of 1,280 rainbow trout (800 pounds) were stocked on December 16, 2019, a total of 1,650 rainbow trout (1,100 pounds) on February 5, 2020, and a total of 1,800 rainbow trout (1,200 pounds) were stocked on February 19, 2020. This was a total of 11,228 rainbow trout stocked for the 2019/2020 trout season. Good luck! 

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 & Brown Trout are managed under a combined 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 inches

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. 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. 

NEW FOR 2020  -- As of January 1, 2020, there is no longer a 20" minimum and daily creel of 1 Brown Trout per day. Therefore, anglers may keep brown trout in combination with rainbow trout for a combined daily creel of 5. 

Walleye  Fair  18-21 inches 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. Limited opportunities exist, due to not being stocked since 2016. 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 inches Wiper are stocked on the Mined Land Wildlife Area in Unit #21 on an annual basis. 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: 61 degrees F, October 22, 2020. 

Remember to continue to practice social distancing during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Continuing to practice social distancing will ensure we can keep our public fishing access points open for everyone.

Bathymetric maps are now available for the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits. This is an ongoing effort by the District Fisheries Biologist, so new pits will be added on a weekly basis. The bathymetric maps that show how deep the strip pits are and water contours can be viewed at the following link: http://ksdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=3e0ba6a852d2479aa6e384b4f87a0c2b. The free Explorer GIS app can also be downloaded to use when you're out fishing from your mobile phone, or tablet. This has the ability to use your location to use similar to a depth finder while you're fishing. You can search in your Android, or iPhone, app store for "Explorer GIS", once it is installed you can search for "2020 KDWPT Fishing Access". This will allow for view while you're out fishing. Good luck!  

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: 9/11/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 14-24" Catfishing has improved.  Cooler temps and rainfall have improved catfishing.  Look for fish near inflowing water and near the shallows in the evenings. Chicken livers and shad sides have been working best.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Largemouth bass fishing has improved.  Cooler temps have improved bass fishing.  Soft plastics mimicking crayfish and jerk baits have been producing fish.  Look for bass to be cruising the shallow just outside of the weedline and also in the submerged trees.
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie fishing remains hit or miss.  Look for crappie in deeper water near brush piles.  Minnows under a bobber have been working best.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Fair 6-8" Bluegill and redear fishing has slowed.  There are still some bigger bluegill in the shallows, but most have moved to a little deeper water.  Look for them to be in 5-6 feet of water.  Worms under a bobber have been working best.
General Comments

Remember to continue to practice social distancing during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Continuing to practice social distancing will ensure we can keep our public fishing access points open for everyone.

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: 10/18/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & 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 lake supports high number of 2 to 5 pounders, in the lake.  The creek in the south end maybe excellent right after a hard rain.  Fishing is cooler in the evening or at night.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good varies Use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water, fish are in shallow spawning
Crappie Good,  8 to 14 inches some larger Crappie are in post spawn mode fish the deeper areas adjacent to shallow flats. Recent sampling indicates that majority of crappie are in the 10 inch range with some fish in the 13 to 15 inch ranges.  Minnows and dark jigs are best.   
Largemouth Bass Good, Improving varies Fish are in postspawn mode.  Work the edges. 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

The best way to measure social distancing is with a fishing pole.   This lake has great shoreline angling, lots of room to spread out, for social distancing.  Warm weather will really speed up the fishing.  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 Off.  Largemouth bass numbers have really improved and continues to produce great fishing.  

Recently there were 1,000 channel catfish stocked to spice up the fishing.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and Linn Valley, Linn County, (Private Lake Development)

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: 5/28/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish     Paddlefish snagging season is currently closed.
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: 10/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill/Redear    Good        6-9 inches                                                                                     Anglers, whether catching for bait, for fun, 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'. There is a high quality panfish opportunity for anglers to bring the family out and enjoy the scenery at Neosho State Fishing Lake.
Warmouth Fair 7-10 inches 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  Good 15-24 inches 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. 
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 8-12 inches 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. 
Largemouth bass   Good 12-19 inches 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 include spinnerbaits, top-water lures, plastic worms, and live bait under a bobber are all tactics for anglers to pursue. 
General Comment

Water temperature: 62 degrees F, 10/22/2020

Remember to continue to practice social distancing during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Continuing to practice social distancing will ensure we can keep our public fishing access points open for everyone.

A habitat enhancement project was conducted in spring of 2020 with over 250 cedar trees being submerged and 27 new brushpile locations being added. You can find the GPS coordinates at the following link by opening the "Complete Online Map": https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas

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: 10/19/2020 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
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using worms under a bobber, jigs, and small spinners.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using liver, stink bait, shad, nightcrawlers and cut bait.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Casting crankbaits and jigs along shoreline cover.
General Comments

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: 10/18/2020 Print

Species 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. Wipers can be found chasing shad on the surface and will take surface baits.   Majority of fish are in the 3 to 5 pound range.   
Channel catfish Excellent All sizes, this lake has a good catfish population and produces nice fish.  Anglers commonly  catch fish in the 2- 7 pound range, with some over 10 pounds. Best baits are bluegill chunks, worms, liver, traditional chicken liver, shrimp, prepared baits, lakewide.  Gear up for these big channels.  The fish feeders are Off for the season. 
Largemouth bass Good varies lots of bass with a balanced population. try dropoffs, and the deep side of weed bed habitat.  Try 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 Most crappie are in the 8 inch to 12 inches long. Fish around the floating dock, and brushpiles areas of deeper water.  Use pink, blue/white tube or green jigs, minnows.  Fish the creek mouth where the fresh water comes in and the fish are stacked up.
General Comment

The best way to measure social distancing is with a fishing pole.  The best time to fish is anytime you can. This lake has great shoreline angling, lots of room to spread out, for social distancing.  Warm weather will really speed up the fishing.  This is a great kayaking while you are fishing lake, no recreational boating.  Have the  lake to yourself. 

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, 2,800 are stocked in mid October to increase fishing opportunities.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and (Private) Linn Valley Lake in Linn County, 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: 10/18/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & 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 Off.  This lake is a great channel catfish lake with great shoreline access. This lake has great shoreline angling, lots of room to spread out, for social distancing. Gearup for these big channel catfish.  Fishing is productive in the evening or at night.
crappie Good All sizes The crappie are close to cover.  Most about 9 inches with some in the 12 inch range. Because of the lake design and habitat placements, most fish are accessible from the shoreline. Fish with jigs, blue /white, minnows,
largemouth bass Excellent 12-22 inches water levels are good. The bass are moving to the deeper edges work the water willow edges. 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

The best way to measure social distancing is with a fishing pole.    This lake has great shoreline angling, lots of room to spread out, for social distancing.  Warm weather will really speed up the fishing.  Water levels are good. Best time to fish is anytime you can.   Pleasanton West Lake produces a quality bass and channel catfish fishery.  Largemouth bass, overall are in very good condition and health. Try your luck with roadrunners, jigs, and spinners for these sizeable fish!  Recently there were 2,800 channel catfish stocked to spice up the fishing.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and Linn Valley, Linn County, (Private Lake Development), 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 RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/18/2020 Print

 Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish, blue catfish Good,  all sizes Good baits are worms or dip baits and cut sunfish or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  Both of the Parks provide many good shorelines for bank fishing. The outlet can be very good when releasing larger amounts of water.  There is the occasional harvest of a blue catfish.  Fishing is productive in the evening or at night.
Walleye Slow varies Try off the dam or along deeper steep banks on crank baits or jigs tipped with night crawlers
White bass/Wipers  Slow varies Good baits are minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes for wipers use liver and shad imitation lures. 
Crappie Good varies but range 8 -12 inches Work the mid depth areas. There are a lot of crappie over 10 inches here.    Some nice fish caught especially around the rock quarry.  Best baits are dark jigs and/or minnows.   When releasing high volume of water the outlet/spillway is fantastic, use minnows or jigs, lots of crappie and many over 10 inches.
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

  The best way to measure social distancing is with a fishing pole. This lake has great shoreline angling, lots of room to spread out, for social distancing.  Warm weather will really speed up the fishing.   For daily water levels or release rates check out the Pomona COE web site, listed below.  Currently the stilling basin should be good during the water releases. Fishing at the outlet usually improves with higher 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: 9/11/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location  
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfishing remains good. Cooling water temps and rain have improved the fishing.  Look for catfish to be near any inflowing water and near the shallows in the evenings.  Shad sides and chicken livers have been working best.  
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22" Largemouth bass fishing continues to be steady. Cooler days have brought some fish back up shallow and improved the fishing.  Look for bass to be cruising the shallows near vegetation or brush.  Soft plastics mimicking crayfish and jerkbaits have been working best.  
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie fishing remains slow.  Crappie fishing should improve as water temps cool.  Look for crappie in the deeper brush piles.  Minnows have been working best but some fish have been caught vertical jigging small spoons.  
Bluegill and Redear Fair 6-8" Bluegills and redears fishing has slowed.  Bluegill and redear have been biting well just outside of the weedline and on deeper brush piles.  A small worm under a bobber has been working best.  
General Comments

Remember to continue to practice social distancing during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Continuing to follow guidelines will ensure that public fishing access will remain open.

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: 10/5/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass good 6-12" Fishing is good for bass under 10" and are easily caught using light tackle and small lures.
Channel Catfish Good 12-18" Various catfish baits should work. A few fish are above the 15" minimum length limit but do not expect to catch any big fish.
Walleye Poor 8-12" I don't expect any of these fish to be above the 15" minimum length limit. 
Bluegill Fair 4-6" mealworms, nightcrawlers, or small jigs.
Crappie Poor   Some adult crappie were stocked last year, and more fingerlings will be stocked this year. But for now, do not expect to catch many.
Woodson State Fishing Lake is back open to fishing, however, do not expect to catch many harvestable size fish. Be sure to read and follow the length and creel limits.

We added 120 brush piles and 220 Georgia Cubes to the lake for fish habitat. For a map of these habitat locations and a bathymetric map of Woodson State Fishing Lake CLICK HERE



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OWL - Last Updated: 10/5/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good 1-5 lbs. The water has cleared some so fish should be hitting lures better. Shad imitation lures such as white crankbaits, swimbaits, or vibrating jigs should work. 
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" Fish have moved back to the flats and channel breaks. Trolling crankbaits and jig and crawler.
crappie Fair up to 14" Crappie are in deeper water, look for them around the Georgia cubes or along the creek channel breaks. Minnows are probably best bet.
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.

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: 10/5/2020 Print

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair-Good A good population of both species is present in this lake. Use the good ol nightcrawler or mealworm under a bobber or small jigs around the water willow or timber.
Largemouth Bass 8-18" Good Spinnerbaits, swimbaits, crankbaits, or vibrating jigs should produce some fish. Otherwise if the bite seems slow switching to finesse techniques such as the Ned rig, Wacky rig, or Texas rig should work when fished around brush piles, weedlines, and rocky banks.
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 fish feeders are off for the rest of the year.
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair Curly-tailed grubs, crankbaits or swim baits around schools of shad. Wind blown shorelines or along riprap banks are 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 Fishing around the standing timber near ledges or the creek channel should be good. Some fish can be caught off of the piers near the brush.
Walleye 15-24" slow Trolling crankbaits or drifting a jig and crawler over the flats may produce some fish.
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.