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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: 5/26/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 12-18 inches Anglers are still catching some bass using a variety of lures.  White and gray swim baits have produced decent numbers of fish when fished around the flooded cattails and overhanging branches. Soft plastics including Senkos and wacky worms should also work now in those same locations along with Ned Rigs, roadrunners, and spinnerbaits.  The bass will begin spawning soon so anglers should continue targeting pre-spawn fish off the jetties and along the shorelines.
Bluegill/Sunfish Good 4 to 6 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bet.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.  Some anglers prefer to fly fish with small nymphs or dry flies fished on the surface.
Channel Catfish Good 12-25 inches There have been some catfish caught out here recently using shad sides, shad gizzards, shrimp, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver.  Fish can be caught just about anywhere on the lake. Targeting inflow is another popular method in the spring as the catfish will congregate there to feed.
Saugeye Fair 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 The crappie spawn is on now!!!  Males have moved in shallow to construct beds and will be easy to catch if you can find them. Crappie tend to spawn in 1-3 feet of water in the turbid water at Ottawa and can generally be found near some sort of structure like cattails, stickups, or even rip rap.  Doodlesocking a variety of jigs around these areas or casting a jig under a bobber are the best techniques to catch spawning crappie.  Of course, you can't go wrong with a minnow under a bobber.
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--65ºF  

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: 5/28/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches The spawn is winding down and fish are beginning to move out to deeper water.  Vertically fishing jigs or minnows over steep drop-offs near mouths of coves in approximately 20 to 25 feet of water has been most productive.  A 10 inch minimum length limit and 50 fish/day/angler creel limit is in effect to regulate crappie harvest.
Walleye Good Up to 28 inches Anglers are catching fish casting or vertically fishing jigs tipped with nightcrawlers over submerged roads and parking lots or well-defined points.  Fish are also up shallow feeding on bluegill back in the flooded vegetation and brush.  Casting swimbaits, spinnerbaits and other fish imitations in the shallows of coves, especially early and late, can be good too.  A 21 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish/day/angler creel limit is in effect to regulate walleye harvest.
White Bass/Wipers Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Both species can be caught casting swimbaits and jerkbaits over shallow, windswept, mainlake points.  Anglers have reported catching some nicer wipers in the 6 to 8 lb. range this past week.  

WATER TEMPERATURE-65 degrees F

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2134.68-9.32' 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: 5/26/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair Good 9-13 inches The weather is playing fits with the crappie now as they have been moving in shallow and getting caught in very good numbers but a cool front will push them back off the banks into deeper water.  Anglers are advised to follow the weather patterns to best determine where the fish might be found. Once things warm up and the weather turns around the fish will move back in shallow to spawn. Crappie tend to spawn in 2-5 feet of water and can generally be found near some sort of structure like cattails, stickups, or even rip rap.  Doodlesocking a variety of jigs around these areas or casting a jig under a bobber are the best techniques to catch spawning crappie.  Of course, you can't go wrong with a minnow under a bobber.
Walleye Fair to Good 14-22 inches

The fishing has slowed down a bit from the last several weeks but part of this is due to the up and down temperature fluctuations. Anglers should still be able to find walleye hanging out in the deeper river channel areas on the east half of the reservoir as well as toward the springs and Wally World. Other fish may be starting to move toward the flats south of the Cawker City dike or could even be found along the Cawker City causeway. 

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 Good 12-20 inches

No change here. Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good recently with anglers catching high numbers of spawning fish. With a 21 inch length limit these fish are almost all sublegal so please handle them with extreme care and release them where you caught them so they can resume their spawning activities.  They can be found along the dam, Granite Creek, the south bluffs, and along the state park shoreline. 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. They are in the middle of spawning activities depending on how the water temperature fluctuates which means males will be holding tight to a nesting area and females will move in shallow when they are ready to spawn.

A recent 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

The channel catfish spawn is getting close and there are already reports of anglers catching fish along the rocky shorelines along the Cawker City causeway, Granite Creek, and the state park points. Fishing for these spawning channel catfish involves placing a leech or worm under a bobber in 1-2 feet of water near the shoreline and moving around if the fish aren't biting in one area. In addition, anglers have been catching fair to good numbers of channel catfish near the mouth of Oak Creek and Carr Creek, off the Cawker City dike and golf course, and in Mill Creek.  Best baits for these fish now include shrimp, cut shad, shad gizzards, and chicken liver. Flatheads and blues may be caught on trotlines and limblines fished on the west end or in the Creeks like Mill, Granite, and Walnut  Creek.

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

White Bass Good 11-18 inches Anglers continue to catch good numbers of large white bass across the reservoir although the spawning activity has slowed down a bit from what it was the last 5-6 weeks.  White bass can still be caught up the rivers, especially the South Fork.  Anglers have been catching fish around the log jam and near the bridges west of that area using roadrunners, Mister Twisters, and Panther Martins. These fish can still be found along rocky banks such as the Cawker City causeway, Granite Creek, and the dam.  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 spring.

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: 65°F        Current Water Level: 0.6 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: 5/26/2020 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Good to Excellent 8-12 inches The crappie spawn is on now!!!  Males have moved in shallow to construct beds and will be easy to catch if you can find them. Crappie tend to spawn in 2-5 feet of water in the clear water at Jewell and can generally be found near some sort of structure like cattails, stickups, or even rip rap.  Doodlesocking a variety of jigs around these areas or casting a jig under a bobber are the best techniques to catch spawning crappie.  Of course, you can't go wrong with a minnow under a bobber.
Largemouth Bass Good 13-21 inches

Anglers have been catching some bass recently using a variety of lures.  Ned rigs and chartreuse spinnerbaits have produced decent numbers of fish when fished around the flooded cattails and submerged vegetation. Soft plastics including Senkos and wacky worms should also work now in those same locations along with swim baits, roadrunners, and spinnerbaits.  The bass will not spawn for another week or two so anglers should continue targeting pre-spawn fish in the small coves and around the upper end of the lake.

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

Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches

There have been some catfish caught out here recently using stink bait, shrimp, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver.  Fish can be caught just about anywhere on the lake, but finding the warmest water in the coves or along the rocks might work best. Targeting inflow is another popular method in the spring as the catfish will congregate there to feed.

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

Bluegill

Redear Sunfish

Good 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.
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: 65ºF

Water level: FULL



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/27/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Channel Cats are being caught shallow on windblown shorelines and flats with cutbait, worms. Try the flats on the SW part of the reservoir.
Crappie Good 10 to 14 inches The crappie bite has slowed but plenty are still being found. There are many reports of 8-13" crappie being caught on light jigs and minnows in 5 - 10 feet depths off the dam, in brush piles, and near the tower. Try 1/8 or 1/16 oz. jigs on light line with small plastic trailers.
Trout     No reports. The trout season is over until next year.
Saugeye Fair 14 - 22" Fair. The Saugeye bite has improved slightly and more keeper-sized fish are being caught. Anglers are catching a few Saugeye along the dam and wind-blown points, but some are starting to be caught on flats adjacent to the river channel. Try soft, paddle-tail or twister-tail soft plastics with a slow presentation. Use bright colors (e.g. chartreuse, pink, etc.). Night time is best, but evening and early morning are also good.
White Bass Good All sizes - up to 17 inches Good. The river bite near Kanopolis has slowed down and few are being caught there. Folks are catching a lot of whites in the reservoir on humps and structure near the river channel. Try areas from 8-14 feet in depth along the river channel southwest of buzzard bay. Chartreuse grubs, castmasters, and small jigs work well.
Wiper Poor All sizes Poor.
General Comment

Elevation: 4.3 feet above conservation pool and still rising. Lots of floating logs and debris.

Water Temperature: 65 degrees

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

 



KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/28/2020 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 starting to move up into 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 Fair 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 not have any reports of fish being caught, however, would concentrate on the shallow areas during warm sunny days using shad and stink bait on the bottom.
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- 66°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2301.35 ---- 2.95' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 1.76 feet higher 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: 5/28/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Good 7 to 17 inches Anglers have been catching fish around the north and south shore fish attractors, up in the coves, along river channel drop offs and along the Dam using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows under a bobber.  
Walleye Good 14 to 29 inches Did have reports of a lot 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 Fair 10 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught while crappie fishing, therefore, would concentrate on areas around the fish attractors and along the dam using jigs with twister tails, road runners and crank baits.  Trolling diving lures could also be productive. Also, heard of good numbers of wipers being caught around Knob Hill while wade fishing.
Catfish Fair 10 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught, however, would concentrate on shallow areas on warm sunny days using shad and stink bait on the bottom. 
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- 66°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1729.75 ---- 0.50' above conservation pool

Currently, the water level is 2.28' lower than it was one year ago, at this time. 

80 cfs is being released to the river to stabilize the lake's elevation.

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: 5/26/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 16-25 inches Look for walleye around 2-mile Road, Pawnee Point, Cabin Point, and Cedar Point.  Jig and crawler combos will be the best method to catch these fish but jig and minnow combos should also work well. Some anglers also do well this time of year trolling crankbaits with planer boards on the outer edges of the smartweed patches toward the west end of the reservoir.
White Bass/Wipers Good

7-14 inches

15-25 inches

White bass can still be found on some of the rocky banks but the spawn is winding down and many have moved off toward deeper water.  Fishing along the dam and the rocky points can still be productive, however, casting roadrunners, twister tails, and spoons. Keep an eye on the wind direction and target windblown points as much as possible. Trolling mid-depth water off Walleye Point and Cedar Point is always a good idea when looking for some whites and wipers.  There are also likely some wipers hanging out with the whites along the rocky shorelines and both species could be found upstream in White Rock Creek during the spawn.
Crappie Good to Excellent 8-14 inches The crappie spawn is on now!!!  Males have moved in shallow to construct beds and will be easy to catch if you can find them. Crappie tend to spawn in 2-5 feet of water and can generally be found near some sort of structure like cattails, stickups, or even rip rap.  Doodlesocking a variety of jigs around these areas or casting a jig under a bobber are the best techniques to catch spawning crappie.  Of course, you can't go wrong with a minnow under a bobber.  Best reports have come from the marina, Montana Creek, Cabin Cove, and Inner Mill Creek.
Catfish Good 16 to 35 inches

Anglers have been catching some catfish off the banks using chicken livers and shad.  The highway 14 bridge, Pawnee Point, and Oak Hill have been the best areas. Some nice blue catfish have been caught off the 2-Mile road recently as well drifting cut shad and shad gizzards. Anglers should also target these fish around the outlet area due to the current releases in that area. In addition, the catfish spawn is close and there are already fair to good numbers of fish moving into the rocky shorelines like the dam and state park points. Anglers should be able to take advantage of these concentrated fish for the next several weeks and catch them using a worm or leech placed 1 to 2 feet under a bobber and fished right up on the rocky banks.

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!

ATTENTION ANGLERS: Montana Creek and White Rock Creek fishing areas are still closed to vehicles but both are open to Walk-in fishing access until some contractor work is complete.                                              

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:  65°F        Current water level: 0.3 feet above 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: 5/28/2020 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. 68 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: 5/28/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 13 inches Fishing jigs or minnows under a bobber off the face of the dam has been productive the past couple of weeks.
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 Good Up to 3 lbs. Casting or drifting various baits over shallower humps, shelves, and edges of creek channel drops.  Jigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers, crankbaits, and swimbaits are all good lure choices.  Anglers report catching limits from time to time.
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber around shallow flooded brush and vegetation.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 19 lbs. Still fishing cut-bait and liver off the bottom over shallower flats and humps such as near the northeast boat ramp and the east shore south of the fishing pier is best.  Anglers reported catching primarily 1 to 2 lb. fish, but fish up to 6 lbs. have been reported on occasion.
Wiper Fair/Good Up to 2 lbs. Fishing worms and liver off the bottom along the east shore of the lake has been best.
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: 5/28/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Have had reports of fish being caught, some up in the coves, around the north and shore breakwaters and some trolling outside of the coves. 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 this past week fishing off the bottom using shrimp of all things and minnows. Would also concentrate on the deeper areas along the Dam and drop offs bouncing jigs and jigs with night crawlers. These fish should start coming up on the flats so get those night crawlers out.  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.  Would concentrate efforts toward the windward side of the Reservoir.   
Catfish Fair 12 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of catfish being caught, however, would try fishing in the shallow on warm sunny days using shad 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. 
Rainbow Trout Fair 8 to 18 inches The trout season ended on April 15th; therefore, a trout permit will no longer be needed to fish in the Stilling Basin, however, the creel limit of 5 still applies.  They are currently being caught on flies, salmon eggs, power bait and little spinners.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 66°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1893.29 ---- 0.84' above conservation pool

The water level is 2.78' 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 60 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: 5/26/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Striped Bass Fair 2-25 pounds Fair. Stripers have been hit and miss but most reports are still from shallow water (4-10 feet). More stripers are being caught near Hell Creek and Horseshoe Bend. Try large bucktail jigs and swimbaits with slow presentations.
 Walleye Fair 18-25 inches Fair. The walleye bite is average. Some are being caught near flats and coves on the west side of the reservoir. Try points off of Sawhill, Duvall, Minooka, and the Bluffs near Elm Creek. Several 6 - 8 lb. fish have been reported. Try hard or plastic jerkbaits with slow presentations in the evening and throughout the night. Crankbaits have also been good when fished rapidly over rock. Off course, jigs with earthworms are a good bait this time of year.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

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

Blue Catfish) Some blue catfish are being caught near Duvall to the north and the bluffs to the south of the reservoir. 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 near Lucas and even in the upper reservoir near Elm Creek and Duvall. Whites were being caught in the river near Bunker Hill bridge, but this dramatic weather change might have them a bit finicky.
Black Bass Fair 12-20 inches Fair. Most were spawning over the Memorial weekend and continue to do so this week. The bite is slowly picking up but wet and cool weather have made the bite tough. Largemouth are being caught on rock in shallow areas and near the mouths of coves; although some are very shallow. They are also starting to move up into shallow areas in and around reed grass. Smallmouth have begun spawning but the abnormally murky water conditions makes them tougher to locate in many areas of the reservoir. Try jerkbaits, drop shots, and crankbaits.
White Perch Poor 4 to 12 inches

White Perch are still deep but some are moving into the upper end of the reservoir as temperatures slowly rise. Several were being caught at Minooka. Try 1/16 oz. colorful jigs with small plastic grubs.

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

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 0.2 feet below conservation pool.

Surface Temperature = 65 - 66 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.

/HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 5/26/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Crappie Fair/Good   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/Good   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.



ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 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 785-246-4514

The bathroom at this location has been locked due to COVID-19. Please maintain at least 6 feet from you and other anglers if visiting this lake.



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 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 785-246-4514  

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 please maintain at least 6 feet from you and other anglers if visiting this lake.



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great channel catfish population.  Anglers have been doing well with traditional catfish baits.  Some good fishing in the creeks feeding the lake as well.
White Bass Fair  1/2 to 1 lb. Not a lot of white bass this year but the fish are nice sized.  Along the dam.
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.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Fair to Good 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 still larger fish available.  The spawn fishing has been spotty this year, but some anglers doing well finding fish in 3 - 6 feet of water.  Jigs or minnows.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. The saugeye population can be classified as good, but sample numbers have come down from the exceptional numbers seen in 2017.  From the fish sampled last fall, 65% of the saugeye were over the 18 inch minimum length limit.  Good time of year to cast the bank or troll with crankbaits.
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: 5/28/2020 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 Slow-Fair 0.33-1.5 lbs Crappie fishing has slowed and is more sporadic.  Some days folks catch good numbers from shore, other days nothing.  Boat anglers seem to be doing better, eventually finding fish.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 0.5-8 lbs Some action using shad and cut bait, but best action is during periods of inflow using nightcrawlers.  Some using crappie guts.
Walleye Fair 0.5-4 lbs Fishing the flats with jig and nightcrawler or trolling flats with crankbaits have produced fish.
Wiper Fair-Good 3-6 lbs Using swim baits, either casting or jigging.  Some being caught on crankbaits.
White bass Fair-Good 0.5-2 lbs Casting crankbaits on the dam some days, also wind-blown points.  Some action trolling with crankbaits.
District Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what is going on with Clinton Reservoir (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) and other lakes in DG, SN, and OS Counties sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter by clicking this link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Larkwrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Anglers please remember to practice proper social distancing, especially at boat ramps areas and other locations that naturally concentrate users.  Lake was 0.4' above normal, water temperature = 65 F, release 21 cfs May 28.  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: 5/28/2020 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
Crappie Fair 0.33-0.75 lbs Fish are being caught off rocky shorelines on minnows, small spinners and jigs.
Channel catfish Slow-Good 0.5-6 lbs Mostly slow on cut bait, but during periods of inflow can be good on nightcrawlers.
LM Bass Fair-Good 0.5-3 lbs Some action casting jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits along shoreline cover.
Bluegill/redear sunfish Fair-Good Up to 0.25 lbs Using worms under a bobber, jigs, and small spinners.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 Print

 Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 0.5-1 lbs Some have been caught from shore using minnows, jigs and small spinners.
Channel catfish Slow-Good 0.5-4 lbs Mostly slow, except during periods of inflow using nightcrawlers.
LM Bass Good 0.5-3 lbs Casting spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs along shoreline cover.
Bluegill/redear sunfish Good 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: 5/22/2020 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 Good Up to 12 inches Use minnows and jigs near docks and vegetation edges. Some recent reports of a good bite near docks.  
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits target docks and deeper structure.  
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: 5/26/2020 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/Good   near wind blown flats on cut bait and worms
Saugeye Fair   near dam and rock points on jigs, worms, and crankbaits
Black bass Fair/Good   near rock and brush on jigs and crankbaits
Bluegill Fair   on small jigs and worms in coves and near brush
General Comments

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

WARNING..ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW PRESENT!!!



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 5/26/2020 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/Good    
Bluegill Fair   near brush/rock 5ft deep on jigs and worms
White Bass 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: 5/22/2020 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Good 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 Crappie are biting well in shallow water and near shore right now. Both minnows and jigs are catching fish.  
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Target white bass off wind blown points.  Jigs and shad imitation lures are the best baits right now. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Fair Up to 4 lbs. 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.   
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of May 22nd the water level is 0.4 feet above 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: 5/22/2020 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 can be caught up shallow right now, targeting rocky shorelines or areas with shallow brush piles.
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 785-246-4514

Due to COVID-19 all restrooms, shelters, playgrounds, and the swimming beach are closed. Please maintain at least 6 feet from you and other anglers if visiting this lake.

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: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass 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  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 2019 was an exception year for walleye fishing at the lake as there were a lot of walleye due to several excellent year-classes being produced from stocking efforts.  However, the high fishing pressure in 2019 put a damper on the population with the highest harvest rate ever recorded at the lake.  The 2019 fall gill net samples and electrofishing samples indicate there is still 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.
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.  Fish are active and hitting good!
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.

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JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 Print

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

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

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

White Bass Good 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.  While sampling this week we saw lots of white bass up shallow, especially the dam.  Be a good time casting the bank with jigs or crankbaits.
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.  Fish were up along the dam this week.
Walleye Fair to Good Up to 5 lbs The walleye population has been trending up the last few years and the lake should provide decent harvest rates again in 2020.  Time of year to find walleye about 15 feet deep and be caught on nightcrawlers.  Rocky points always a good starting point.  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.  Saw some nice fish up shallow this week.
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: 5/28/2020 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.
Crappie Fair 0.3-1 lb Using mainly jigs, but some minnows also around structure.
Bluegill Fair-Good Up to 0.25 lbs Using worms under a bobber, jigs, and small spinners.
Channel catfish Poor-Good 0.5-6 lbs Mostly slow, but during periods of inflow actions can be good using nightcrawlers.  Otherwise, some fish being caught using minnows and cut bait.
LM Bass Fair-Good 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: 5/22/2020 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. 
Flathead Catfish Fair to Good up to 30 lbs This lake has a decent number of Flathead Catfish. They can be caught using a small sunfish along the dam or other rocky areas.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm jigged over brush piles and weed beds.
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs The best bet for crappie would be to fish a jig and minnow along the shoreline.
Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs This lake has a good population of shellcrackers. Redear can be caught using a small chunk of worm near brushpiles and shoreline habitat. Best luck would come from a boat or kayak in the coves further up each of the arms. 
Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs Wiper can be caught near points in the lake using baits that resemble shad. Schools can also be located by shad breaking the surface. More Wiper were sampled this year than in previous years. 
Walleye Slow Up to 3.25 lbs Fish a jig and minnow along the dam.
General Comments

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

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, please maintain at least 6 feet from you and other anglers if visiting this lake.

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: 5/22/2020 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 Fair  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. Target structure and vegetation edges with live bait. Boulders south of the dam also hold some flathead catfish.    
Crappie Good 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 Fair Up to 3 lbs. Saugeye are being caught near submerged roadbed and flats adjacent to the dam. Jigs are the best producing bait right now. Most of the saugeye being caught right now are shorts, but some keepers (> 18 inches) are being found as well. 
Largemouth Bass Fair 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 Slow 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: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Good Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Slow 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 is very dense right now. As water temperatures climb into the 70's this plant will begin to die off naturally. Look for it to be gone by mid-June. 



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/26/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish 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 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 Fair  

Target windy banks and points using jigs on reservoir 

Wiper creel limit is now 5/day

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

LOOK FOR RECENTLY TAGGED BLUE CATS!!!

Wiper...creel limit is 5/day

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

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

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

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 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 785-246-4514.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, please maintain at least 6 feet from you and other anglers if visiting this lake.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 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 Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Slow Up to 11 lbs. Use shad imitation baits and find bait fish near drop-offs.  
White Crappie Good 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: 5/22/2020 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 Fair 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: 5/22/2020 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 all last fall. 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. MANY anglers have had success catching crappie from just about everywhere. Fish have been up shallow for a while. From the bank cast a jig or minnow set 1-3' from a bobber and slowly retrieve it.
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Some fish may be found up shallow feeding or staging to spawn. Some luck may be found in areas where people are cleaning their fish. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, many fish are below the length limit, with a few blue catfish over the 35 inch minimum length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  
Comments

As of May 23rd, the current lake elevation is at 891.5 (at conservation pool) and dropping about a half inch a day with a release of 500 cfs. Forecasted rains may cause the reservoir to rise slightly above this reported level. 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.

Bathrooms at all ramps are closed due to COVID-19 as well as the state park and USACE offices. Boat ramps are still open and docks are available. The private marinas may limit access or the number of anglers so contact those business if you are interested in fishing the docks. Please try to maintain at least a 6 foot distance between you and other anglers while visiting and fishing Perry Reservoir. 

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

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

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. Crappie numbers have been improving.
Bluegill Fair 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: 5/22/2020 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.  Fish were on beds as of last week.
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: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair  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 spring. 

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 Fair to Good 3/4 to 3 pounds

The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  The lake received 3,300 pounds of channel catfish in 2019.  The second stocking of this year was completed on May 5th when the lake received 700 pounds of channel catfish.  These fish were larger than normal and should offer some excellent fishing opportunities for this nice spring weather.  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 to encourage social distancing of anglers around the feeders.  

Crappie Fair to Good 1/4 to 1 pound The lake supports a fair crappie population.  Anglers have been catching crappie in 4 to 8 feet of water as the fish are feeding up along the shoreline.
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: 5/22/2020 Print

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

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

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

White Bass and Wipers Good 1/2 to 8 pounds

Fishing for both white bass and wiper has been fairly good this spring.  Jigs, spinners or crankbaits.  First thing in the morning, it is a blast getting into the wiper on topwater lures!

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

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

Lots and lots of saugeye were flushed out of Tuttle Creek in 2019 and most of those fish end up at Rocky Ford.  Best baits have been brightly colored jigs, swimbaits, crankbaits or jerkbaits.  Fishing has been good!

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: 5/22/2020 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 give me a call at 785-246-4514. Thanks!

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 please limit group size and maintain at least 6 feet between you and other anglers. 

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



SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Good Up to 15 inches Worms and minnows near structure and shallow are producing the best.  
Channel Catfish Good 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 Fair Catchable Trout are biting and powerbait seems to be the most productive bait right now. 
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: 5/22/2020 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.  Fishing getting good as fish becoming more active.  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 2019 were over 8 inches.  I was there this week electrofishing and there were good numbers of crappie in 3 - 5 feet of water at the corners of dam and along the rocky parts of the West bank.
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 second stocking of 2020 was completed on April 29th of 700 pounds of channel catfish.  So far this year the lake has been stocked with 1,400 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: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Good to Great 1/2 to 2 pounds Crappie fishing has been excellent this year!  Crappie being caught virtually everywhere and most can be found in 2 to 6 feet of water.  Jigs and/or minnows.
White Bass Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass numbers continue to be low due to poor spawning success the last six years.  A few reports of white bass being caught upstream of the reservoir in the creeks and fish up shallow along the rocks in the lake.
Catfish Fair Up to 40 pounds

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

The blue catfish population is finally starting to get established.  The vast majority of the fish are below 30 inches and not sexually mature yet.  To protect these fish until they have a chance to spawn, 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 can sustain itself through natural reproduction.  

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging some of these 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 a distant 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

Fishing has been more normal so far this year as water levels have been stable.

You can check current water conditions HERE

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

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 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. Up along the dam and the North bank has been holding some nice sized fish.  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: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Fair  Up to 12 inches Shallow vegetation edges or rocky habitats. Jig or minnow will both be productive. 
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Shallow habitat edges. Worm under a bobber will produce fish. 
Channel Catfish Slow 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 Fair 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. 
Rainbow Trout Fair  Catchable Some trout are being caught right now. Powerbait and small spinnerbaits are catching the most fish.
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: 5/26/2020 Print

Species Rating Sizes Possible Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Crappie should be about done spawning.  Fish any brush you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-off.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try night crawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Bass should be done spawning.  Try bladed jigs and soft plastic around rocks, wood or vegetation.
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 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 are warming up and should be in the upper 60's to low 70's.  Most bass and crappie fish should be done spawning.     

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: 5/26/2020 Print

 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Crappie should be about done spawning.  Fish any brush you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
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.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 6 lbs Try bladed jigs and soft plastic around rocks, wood or newly inundated vegetation.
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 5 lbs 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.  

Got some reports this past week of good mixed catches of walleye, largemouth and white bass as well a crappie and channel catfish.  Water temperatures are warming up and should be in the upper 60's to low 70's.  Most bass and crappie should be about done spawning.  Go to the KDWPT Fisheries page on Facebook for a March 7th post about general spawning temperatures of fish in Kansas.   

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 1 ramp on the south east side.  When the water rises another 6 inches, the barrier will be removed from the main ramp.  

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: 5/26/2020 Print

Species Rating Sizes Possible Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 14 inches Crappie should be done spawning.  Fish any brush you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-off.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
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.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Bass should be done spawning.  Try bladed jigs and soft plastic around rocks, wood or vegetation.
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush, the dam and rock piles.

Water temperatures are warming up and should be in the upper 60's and low 70's.  Most bass and crappie should be done spawning.  Go to the KDWPT Fisheries page on Facebook for a March 7th post about general spawning temperatures of fish in Kansas.   

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: 5/26/2020 Print

The fish salvage condition is no longer in place at Pratt County Lake.  The repairs have been completed and the lake is full.   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: 5/28/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Cut and prepared baits along rip-rapped shorelines and up in the creek is good this time of year.
Crappie Excellent Up to 13 inches Fish are spawning.  Fishing jigs or minnows under a bobber along the Apache area, north shore of Timber Canyon Cove, fishing piers, in the spillway and up in the creek are usually good spots.  Anglers have been catching quite a few fish in the 9 inch to 13 inch range with the occasional limit reported.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Casting soft plastics and swim baits around shoreline habitat and brush piles.
Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber and small jigs fished around brush, laydown trees, rocks, and vegetation along the shoreline.
Saugeye Good Up to 7 lbs. Casting fish imitating swimbaits and crankbaits over points and shallow, rocky flats, along rip-rapped shorelines, and along edges of cattail stands is productive.  Several anglers report catching limits over the past couple of weeks.
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



YHORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/26/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Crappie should be about done spawning.  Fish any brush you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-off.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish Good 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.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 5 lbs Bass should be done spawning.  Try bladed jigs and soft plastic around rocks, wood or vegetation.
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush, the dam and rock piles.
Walleye Fair Up to 8.5 lbs 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. 

Had some good reports recently of good catches of channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass and even a report of a couple limits of walleye.  Water temperatures are warming up and should be in the upper 60's.  Most bass and crappie should be done spawning.  Go to the KDWPT Fisheries page on Facebook for a March 7th post about general spawning temperatures of fish in Kansas.   

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



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

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/11/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Catfishing has picked up a bit. They're biting on cut bait near the boat ramp and near the dam in 1-8' of water.
Crappie Fair 8-13" Fair. The crappie bite is moderate to good. Try using 1/16 oz. jigs with pink or chartreuse grubs in 3-10 feet of water near or within brush or pvc cubes.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Fair. Slow, but as water temps move over 50 degrees the bite should heat up. Currently, the bass are moving to their pre-spawn pattern. Try square-bill crankbaits, vibrating jigs, and rattletraps with slow presentations.
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: 47 degrees

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair  up to 10lbs Try fishing cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Fair  Up to 14" Try jigs or minnows near structure. The Crappie may still be shallow and active
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 artificial baits near vegetation.
General Comments

Try using brightly colored lures close to structure in murky water conditions.

KDWPT Covid-19 Update

License Requirements:

All license requirements, length and creel limits, and public land regulations remain in effect.

A common question as of late is whether KDWPT is considering waiving fishing license fees. KDWPT is funded solely from the sale of licenses and permits, and that funding is crucial to keeping gates and facilities open and law enforcement in place; therefore, KDWPT is not considering waiving fees at this time.

From Secretary Brad Loveless, “During this time of unprecedented changes, there is value in those things that can stay consistent. We’re committed to keeping Kansas’ state parks, state fishing lakes and wildlife areas open so that Kansans can continue to safely enjoy the outdoors. To achieve this, we must keep game wardens, public land managers, and park staff working in the field.”

*Please maintain proper social distancing while fishing*

For all KDWPT updates, visit https://ksoutdoors.com/COVID-19.

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: 5/21/2020 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 Fair to Good  

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches

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

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 17 inch Bass action was picking up a little before the cold front arrived.  The water willow patches are a little behind schedule this year so there's less shallow cover than normal.  This will change rapidly with warmer weather.  Large plastics or spinnerbaits are a good bet.  Right now, the more cover the better.
Crappie    

The crappie are spawning now at Butler and they can be found close to shore in the backs of the small coves and and cuts along the shoreline.  Small jigs under a float or minnows will produce some bites.

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     Few recent reports.  Look for bluegill near shallow structure on warmer days.
General Comments
 



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/21/2020 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     Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit.
Largemouth Bass     There is a 13 to 18 inch slot limit on Largemouth Bass in effect at the lake.
Saugeye      
Spotted Bass      
Bluegill      
Crappie      
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 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" Some fish are being caught in shallower water and off of points. Try trolling crank baits or casting swim baits or spoons.
Walleye Fair to Good Up to 25" Try using jigs, and large crank baits near points and shallow flats.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 15" Crappie have started to move shallow. Try using live minnows, jigs, or a combination of both.
Blue Catfish Fair  Up to 25 lbs Fish with live or cut bait near wind blown points. If you aren't getting bites within 30 minutes, move to another location. Blue cats can be shallow this time of year. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 28" Try fishing cut bait or stink bait on the windy side of the lake. If you aren't getting bites within 30 minutes, move to another location.
White Perch Good to Excellent 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 Covid-19 Update

*Please maintain proper social distancing while fishing*

Kansas state parks, fishing lakes and wildlife areas are currently open to the public.

KDWPT offices remain closed to the public through May 3rd.

License Requirements:

All license requirements, length and creel limits, and public land regulations remain in effect.

A common question as of late is whether KDWPT is considering waiving fishing license fees. KDWPT is funded solely from the sale of licenses and permits, and that funding is crucial to keeping gates and facilities open and law enforcement in place; therefore, KDWPT is not considering waiving fees at this time.

From Secretary Brad Loveless, “During this time of unprecedented changes, there is value in those things that can stay consistent. We’re committed to keeping Kansas’ state parks, state fishing lakes and wildlife areas open so that Kansans can continue to safely enjoy the outdoors. To achieve this, we must keep game wardens, public land managers, and park staff working in the field.”

For all KDWPT updates, visit https://ksoutdoors.com/COVID-19.

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



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/26/2020 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 Fair   near gravel banks and vegetation on small jigs and worms
Crappie Fair/Good   10 ft deep near ledges on jigs and minnows
Channel catfish Fair/Good   near windy flats and flooded brush on cut bait and worms
Black bass Fair/Good   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 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: 5/26/2020 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/Good   near wind blown flats and creek channel ledges on cut bait and worms
Saugeye Fair   near dam and gravel/rock points on jigs and worms
White Bass Fair/Good   along deep rock points and ledges on spinners and jigs
Wiper Fair   a few in with white bass
Crappie Fair/Good  

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: 5/21/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good up to 8 inch Look for bedded fish in shallow water.  Small jigs or a bobber and live bait are good choices.
Channel Catfish Fair 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 Fair up to 16 inch Bass activity is beginning to increase at Cowley.  Plastics and medium sized crankbaits are a good choice.  Fish the deep edges of the weed lines.
Redear Sunfish Good 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: 5/21/2020 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    

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.

Near breaks or humps early in the day and moving towards shallower points and shorelines as the water warms up during the day.  Jig and plastic or crankbaits work well.  There are a lot of 4 inch shad in the lake that most game fish are feeding on so match the size of your baits to this 4 inch size.

White bass    

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

White Perch    

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

Few recent reports on white perch

Crappie Good  

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Shallow cover on jigs or minnows.  

Catfish Fair up to 36 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.

Some blue catfish being caught on shallow windy points or shorelines with an incoming wind.  Fresh cut bait has been best.  Also been some action in areas with inflow on nightcrawlers or cut bait.

Walleye Fair up to 28 inch

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

A few fish have been caught on the flats on jig and crawler combos in water 6 to 9 feet deep.  Walleye action will be picking up soon.

General Comments

1.8 feet above Normal Pool, releasing 2232 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.



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 22" Try fishing cut bait, worms,or stink bait on the windy side of the lake.
Crappie Fair to Good up to 14" Try a jig and minnow fished near structure. The Crappie may still be shallow. 
Largemouth Bass Poor  up to 20" Try fishing soft plastics, crank baits, or spinner baits near structure.
Saugeye Poor to Fair up to 25" Fish with jigs or large crank baits near rocky points.
General Comments

KDWPT Covid-19 Update

License Requirements:

All license requirements, length and creel limits, and public land regulations remain in effect.

A common question as of late is whether KDWPT is considering waiving fishing license fees. KDWPT is funded solely from the sale of licenses and permits, and that funding is crucial to keeping gates and facilities open and law enforcement in place; therefore, KDWPT is not considering waiving fees at this time.

From Secretary Brad Loveless, “During this time of unprecedented changes, there is value in those things that can stay consistent. We’re committed to keeping Kansas’ state parks, state fishing lakes and wildlife areas open so that Kansans can continue to safely enjoy the outdoors. To achieve this, we must keep game wardens, public land managers, and park staff working in the field.”

*Please maintain proper social distancing while fishing*

For all KDWPT updates, visit https://ksoutdoors.com/COVID-19.

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



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair  Up to 28" Try using cut bait or stink bait on the windy side of the lake. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 5lbs Fish near vegetation and rocks with soft plastics, crank baits, or spinner baits. 
Northern Pike Poor to Fair Up to 35" Pike should still be dispersed throughout the lake. Try using large spinning baits or spoons near vegetation throughout the lake.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 14" Use minnows under a bobber, or a small jigs near structure. The Crappie still active and shallow depending on weather. 
General Comments

KDWPT Covid-19 Update

*Please maintain proper social distancing while fishing*

Kansas state parks, fishing lakes and wildlife areas are currently open to the public.

KDWPT offices remain closed to the public through May 3rd.

License Requirements:

All license requirements, length and creel limits, and public land regulations remain in effect.

A common question as of late is whether KDWPT is considering waiving fishing license fees. KDWPT is funded solely from the sale of licenses and permits, and that funding is crucial to keeping gates and facilities open and law enforcement in place; therefore, KDWPT is not considering waiving fees at this time.

From Secretary Brad Loveless, “During this time of unprecedented changes, there is value in those things that can stay consistent. We’re committed to keeping Kansas’ state parks, state fishing lakes and wildlife areas open so that Kansans can continue to safely enjoy the outdoors. To achieve this, we must keep game wardens, public land managers, and park staff working in the field.”

*Please maintain proper social distancing while fishing*

For all KDWPT updates, visit https://ksoutdoors.com/COVID-19.

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



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/3/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish   No fishing reports available this week.  
Crappie     20/day creel limit
Largemouth Bass     13 inch to 18 inch slot limit
Saugeye      
Bluegill      
White Bass      
Wiper      
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: 5/21/2020 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.
Boat Ramp Update 05/21/2020  

The Marion Cove boat ramp is the only open boat ramp in COE areas.  Broken Bridge and Durham Cove boat ramps remain open.

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

620-382-2101
Zebra Mussels     Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!
Channel Cat Fair Up to 8 lbs Shad sides or fresh cut bait fished along windblown shorelines.
White Crappie Fair to Good up to 14 inches

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018

Jigs or minnows near shoreline cover in protected areas.  Also along the dam.

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.

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 18 to 22 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
0.1 feet above Normal Pool, releasing 41 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 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 Good 5"-9" Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may not be possessed or transported alive.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 20" Try cut bait, worms, or stink bait on the windy side of the lake. Channel Catfish were last stocked on May 8th.
Crappie Fair up to 13" Try using minnows or jigs around structure. Crappie should still be shallow and active depending on weather. 
Bluegill Fair to Good 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, and crank baits near shallow structure.
General Comments

KDWPT Covid-19 Update

License Requirements

All license requirements, length and creel limits, and public land regulations remain in effect.

A common question as of late is whether KDWPT is considering waiving fishing license fees. KDWPT is funded solely from the sale of licenses and permits, and that funding is crucial to keeping gates and facilities open and law enforcement in place; therefore, KDWPT is not considering waiving fees at this time.

From Secretary Brad Loveless, “During this time of unprecedented changes, there is value in those things that can stay consistent. We’re committed to keeping Kansas’ state parks, state fishing lakes and wildlife areas open so that Kansans can continue to safely enjoy the outdoors. To achieve this, we must keep game wardens, public land managers, and park staff working in the field.”

For all KDWPT updates, visit https://ksoutdoors.com/COVID-19.

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



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/21/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish     No recent reports on channel catfish for this week
Wiper     No recent reports on wiper for this week
Crappie Fair to Good up to 12 inch Crappie have been biting well when the weather has been stable.  Jigs or minnows close to brush and shoreline cover.
Saugeye Fair to Good up to 25 inch Saugeye action has been good lately with fish up to 25 inches caught.  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: 5/21/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 4 lbs Worms or stinkbait along windy shorelines
Crappie Fair to Good up to 12 inches Minnows or jigs close to shoreline 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: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to 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. The latest stocking was on May 21st. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait. Catfish may be shallower than you think this time of year. 
Crappie Fair  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 structure. Some Crappie may still be shallow.  
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 and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure.
Bluegill Fair to Good 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. Whatever Trout that are left will be few and far between.  

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 Covid-19 Update

License Requirements:

All license requirements, length and creel limits, and public land regulations remain in effect.

A common question as of late is whether KDWPT is considering waiving fishing license fees. KDWPT is funded solely from the sale of licenses and permits, and that funding is crucial to keeping gates and facilities open and law enforcement in place; therefore, KDWPT is not considering waiving fees at this time.

From Secretary Brad Loveless, “During this time of unprecedented changes, there is value in those things that can stay consistent. We’re committed to keeping Kansas’ state parks, state fishing lakes and wildlife areas open so that Kansans can continue to safely enjoy the outdoors. To achieve this, we must keep game wardens, public land managers, and park staff working in the field.”

*Please maintain proper social distancing while fishing*

For all KDWPT updates, visit https://ksoutdoors.com/COVID-19.

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



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/21/2020 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 to Good Up to 12+ inches Shallow shorelines close to cover in the coves.  Jig and float, minnows, or casting small Road Runners.
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Stink bait or cut cut bait on shallow wind blown points and shorelines.
Black bass Fair up to 18" inch Fish are being found in shoreline vegetation or brush.  
White bass Fair up to 14 inch A few fish are being caught along shallow shorelines on jig and plastic or lipless crankbaits.  Hasn't been much of a pattern and fish are moving around a lot.
Wiper Fair up to 20 inch Same as white bass
Walleye Fair  up to 22 inches

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Walleye are heading to 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.

JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Good Fishing is good drifting fresh shad all around the lake should be best bet. Blue cats are present but most of them are small. A 35" minimum length limit and 5/day creel is now in effect for Blue Catfish.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Fair-Good  Various lures should work small spinners, bucktail jigs, or shad imitations. Anglers were doing well along the dam and other rocky habitat. 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" Fair-Good Crappie should still be shallow. Minnows and various colored jigs fished near logjams or laydowns and rocks should be prime spots.

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

Water Temp. at boat ramp. 65

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

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

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

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



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/28/2020 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 in river, Walnut Creek, and outlet current.
largemouth bass poor

20% 8"-12"

25% 12"-15"

50% 15"-20"

5% 20"-25"

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

29% 6"-9"

43% 9"-12"

0% 12"-15"

29% 15"-18"

0% 18"+

Use a spinner or jig around flooded vegetation.  
white crappie fair

14% 5"-8"

48% 8"-10"

29% 10"-12"

5% 12"-15"

0% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around flooded vegetation.  The lake is high and muddy.
General Comments

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

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

TORR brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 1.74 kB)

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

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BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/28/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 6-12" Crappie fishing remains good.  Recent sampling has shown that crappie are still up in the shallows as well as in deeper water (~12 feet), with the larger fish in the deeper water.  Minnows under a bobber and vertical jigging spoons have been working best.  
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfishing has improved.  Look for catfish in the shallows near the lake edges in the evening.  Shad sides are working best.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-20" Largemouth bass fishing remains good.  Recent sampling has shown that largemouth bass are spawning.  Look for largemouth bass on beds in the shallows.  Look for smallmouth bass near the dam or other rocky shorelines.
Bluegill and Redears Good 5-7" Bluegill and redear fishing remains good.  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: 5/22/2020 Print

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

 2-4" -- 72%

4-6" -- 24%

7-9" -- 4%

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

 10-15" -- 36%

16-24" -- 36%

24-27" -- 14%

> 28" -- 14%

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

< 8" -- 93%

10-12" -- 3%

> 12" -- 3%

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

 8-12" -- 13%

12-15" -- 26%

15-20" -- 65%

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

7-9" -- 13%

14-16" -- 83%

> 18" -- 4%

Saugeye were stocked in Bone Creek in 2013. Since then, the saugeye population has established and provides another sportfish opportunity for anglers. They are managed under a 18" and daily creel of 2. Fall sampling provided that there is a high percentage of fish in the 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: 68 degrees, May 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: 5/13/2020 Print

 species ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie Good 8 to 12 inches crappie are moving into staging areas for spawning, 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.
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. 

 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: 5/13/2020 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 3 - 8 pounds.  Fish feeders are OFF  
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 Excellent some small fish but some real good ones also, with 50 limit fish are moving into staging areas for spawning, 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.  Warm weather will really speed up the fishing.  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.   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: 5/13/2020 Print

tillSpecies Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass ( Largemouth and Spotted Bass) Good Fish 10 to 19 inches dominate the population try the deep side of the weed beds and piers, close to the brushpiles and plastic cubes.   Use spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers.
Bluegill/redear sunfish Good all sizes Nice redear are available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float. Bluegill are also available but are smaller in size.  
Walleye Poor varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish 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. 
Crappie Good 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 boatramp  is fine. This lake has great shoreline angling, lots of room to spread out, for social distancing.  Warm weather will really speed up the fishing. 

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: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair 8 in to 21 inches Fishing around shallow woody cover. Use jerkbaits, swimbaits, crankbaits, or rattletraps. Recent sampling showed some nice sized fish, just not a high density of them.
walleye Slow-Fair 14-25 inches Trolling crankbaits or spinner rigs with live nightcrawlers or minnows over points and humps.
channel catfish/blue catfish Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Working wind blown banks with various baits should be productive or try creek channel swings and humps. 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 Fair 10-20 inches Crankbaits, swimbaits, and finesse plastics around rocky habitat. Fish should be up shallow, but Don't be afraid to go offshore and fish deeper around humps and dropoffs, using drop shot rigs. Recent sampling continues to show lower density than previous years; however, we also sampled some size classes that haven't been seen before. A 5 lb+ fish and a 4 lb.+ fish was sampled along with several in the 3 lb. range.
white bass/Wipers Fair-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 Fair 11-15 inches Crappie should be shallow for spawning activity minnows and jigs around rocky or woody structure. There are some nice crappie in the lake.
General Comments

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

COFFEY COUNTY LAKE IS OPEN: 

Restricted lake hours are from 07:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., all boats are to be off the water by 4:00 p.m., all people and boats are to be off of lake property by 5:00 p.m. Fisherman will not get out of their vehicles at the gate house they are to stay in their vehicle and a lake attendant will come to your vehicle to get their registration information.

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: 5/22/2020 Print

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

 2-4" -- 66%

4-6" -- 34%

> 6" -- 0%

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

5-10" -- 58%

14-16" -- 21%

20-22" -- 21%

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

Anglers are reporting Wiper up to  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

 < 10" -- 26%

10-15" -- 53%

16-24" -- 18%

> 25" -- 3%

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

< 8" -- 35%

8-10" -- 63%

> 11" -- 2%

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

 8-12" -- 51%

12-15" -- 19%

15-20" -- 29%

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

Water temperature: 67 degrees, May 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: 5/13/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good, improving 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches Recent reports indicate the bass are staging close to spawning areas close to deeper drop-offs.  Some are staging along the feeder streams coming into the lake.  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 Good 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. 
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. Fish are moving into staging areas for spawning. East half of lake is better. 
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 ON.  There are a lot of nice channel catfish at the feeder, majority are 3 to 5 pounds.

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

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

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

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

Remember CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!

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

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

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



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/28/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Poor 8-14" Crappie fishing has slowed with the flood conditions.  Look for crappie to be in brush piles in the river as well as near the rock jetties in the state park.  Minnows under a bobber have been working as well as vertical jigging small tube baits and spoons.
Blue and channel catfish Good 18-26" Catfishing remains steady.  Catfish are still being caught with the high water.  Look for catfish along the flooded shoreline as well as near flowing water in any of the tributaries.  Shad sides have been working best.
White Bass Poor 10-14" The white bass fishing remains slow. White bass are running in the creeks and in the shallows around the shoreline. Minnows under a bobber or soft plastics have been working best.
Outlet Good 12-20" Water release has increased.  With increasing flows the fishing has picked up.  Continue to monitor water releases at the link below.  Shad sides have been working best.
 

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: 5/28/2020 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 in river current.
crappie fair

75% 5"- 8"

17% 8"-10"

1% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around flooded vegetation.  The lake is high and muddy.
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 fair

4% 6"- 9"

19% 9"-12"

54% 12"-15"

24% 15"-18"

Use a spinner or jig around flooded vegetation.
General Comments:

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

The USACE has closed fishing access below the dam, North Rock Ridge, and Whitehall Bay.

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: 5/13/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
largemouth and spotted bass Slow, improving varies water level is good,  bass are moving into prespawning  areas.  Good results with shad crank baits, soft plastic baits close to fish structure, the deeper side of weed beds and along rocky points. always try the sunny areas first.
channel catfish Good varies, some very nice Very good population of channel catfish improves success. lakewide and around the feeders, use cut shad, sponge baits, worms. Recent fish population sampling indicates a great population of channel catfish in the 2 - 5 pound range. Fish the South end where creek comes in during or after a rain.  
walleye Slow varies use dark jigs and crankbaits, along flats and drop-offs.  most fish are above the 18 inch length limit.
crappie Excellent varies, many over 11 inches Crappie are moving into staging areas for spawning, 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.

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.   

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

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

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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

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

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



GARNETT NORTH - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 8-14 inches Crappie should be near the banks and in spawning mode, using various colored jigs under a bobber, minnows should also work.
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 Fair up to 6 lbs Chicken livers or crankbaits fish around wind blown banks and dropoffs. 
Walleye Slow   curly tailed jigs or crankbaits along the bank near deeper water.
General Comments

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

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

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

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



GARNETT SOUTH - Last Updated: 5/22/2020 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 Good up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with a worm
Channel Catfish Good 8-24 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Fair-Good 6-10 inches The crappie should be in shallow water and in spawning mode. Using a bobber with various colored jigs fished slowly around the banks or using live minnows should produce some fish.
       
       

Comments:  The water is really clear so more natural presentations will be most successful.

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



LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/13/2020 Print

pecies Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish,  Good all sizes,  La Cygne has some really big blue cats, and stockings have increased the density.  Sunfish or cutshad, worms, prepared baits, liver are usually good baits. Fish sampling indicates that this lake has lots of channel catfish, big flathead and blues to catch. Some fish have been caught that are over 50 pounds.  Catfishing can be very good just about any where along the shoreline. Fish feeders are OFF for the season.  There was a 88 pound bluecat caught in early November.  Fish the creek mouth where the fresh water comes in and the fish are stacked up.
Crappie Good, picking up 9 - 12 inches The crappie are moving into staging areas for spawning, 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 Very Good varies but 16 to 20 inches is common Largemouth bass fishing is good.  Fish the deep side of the riprap areas and weed beds, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations.  Bass over 10 and close to 11 pounds have been caught in this lake.  
white bass Good varies, some 1.5 pound  Use shad imitations, silver spoons.  Most of the fish caught in the area of the hot water outlet have been the 1 to 2 pound range.  Fish the creek mouth where the fresh water comes in and the fish are stacked up.
wiper Slow some up to 12 pounds   Most fish are in the 4 - 6 pound range with a few larger.  Some fish caught out over the bridge.  Gizzard shad are on the surface and the wipers are chasing them.
carp Good all sizes along the shoreline in weedbeds
General Comments

The 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.  Warm weather will really speed up the fishing. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Location La Cygne Reservoir

Habitat                                longititude             latititude              description    date

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



LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/28/2020 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.  
Channel Catfish good

0% 11-16"

83% 16-24"

13% 24-28"

4% 28-36"

Use worms, shad sides, or stink bait in coves, around feeders, and weed line.  Watch for water coming into the lake to increase feeding activity.  The feeders are now running.  
Largemouth Bass very good

37% 8-12"

45% 12-15"

16% 15-20"

2% >20"

Use spinners or jigs around brush piles, rock jetties, and weed line.  
Crappie good

0% 5-8"

20% 8-10"

53% 10-12"

27% 12-15"

Use small jigs or minnows around brush piles and vegetation weed line. 
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 2019 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 locations, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the lake. ezembed

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MARAIS DES CYGNES WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 5/13/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
blue, channel catfish Slow varies fish in the river are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, 
white bass/wipers Slow varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
crappie slow varies on the river use jigs just below riffles
spoonbill, paddlefish slow but could improve with more river flow. varies snagging, currently river is not the best for fish movement but try there are paddlefish in the river
General Comments

This area has great 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: 5/28/2020 Print

         
         
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.25-1 lbs Crappie fishing from the bank was going good for awhile, but it slowed down some this week.  Most fish have been caught using minnows and jigs.  
Black bass Fair-Good 0.5-4 lbs Casting crankbaits and jigs along rocky banks.  
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-6 lbs Using crappie guts, sunfish, cut bait.  
Blue catfish Fair-Good 4-20 lbs Reports of many blue catfish being caught on cut crappie and crappie guts.  
Walleye/Sauger Slow-Fair 1-5 lbs Some reports of walleye/sauger being caught using jig and nightcrawler on the flats or by trolling crankbaits.  
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.  Lake level was about 2.13 feet above normal, water temp was 67 o F, and release rate was 20 cfs (May 28).  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: 5/22/2020 Print

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

The 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"

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

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.

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: 5/28/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 14-24" Catfishing has remained good.   Worms and chicken livers on the bottom have been working best.  Look for catfish to move into the shallows at dark.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Largemouth bass fishing remains good.  Fish are currently in post-spawn locations.  Look for bass near vegetation or other cover in the shallows.  Soft plastics, jerkbaits and top-water on calm days have been working best. 
Crappie Good 8-12" Crappie fishing has improved.  Look for crappie around deeper structure (brush piles, rock).  Minnows under a bobber have been working best.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Excellent 6-8" Bluegill and redear fishing has improved.  Bluegill and redear sunfish continue to spawn.  Look for bluegill and redear sunfish just outside of the vegetation near the shoreline. Worms under a bobber have been working the 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: 5/13/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Channel Catfish Good Size varies but most are of  legal size, with some large fish Try stink baits, chicken liver, cut shad or chunks of sunfish, The fish feeders are OFF for the season.Lots of good catfish, high number of 2 to 5 pounders, in the lake.  The feeder creek in the south end maybe excellent right after a hard rain.
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, Improving 8 to 14 inches some larger Crappie are in prespawn mode fish the deeper areas adjacent to shallow flats.  Anglers are catch more males than females.  Recent sampling indicates that majority of crappie are in the 10 inch range with some fish in the 13 to 15 inch ranges.  As fish start to stage try deeper water close to structure or dropoffs.  Minnows and dark jigs are best.   Catching has been slow but will get good as the water warms.
Largemouth Bass Good, Improving varies Fish are in prespawn mode.  Work the shallow 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.

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: 5/22/2020 Print

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

2-4" -- 13%

4-6" -- 51%

7-9" -- 36%

                                                                                                               

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

<5" -- 25%

6-8" -- 50%

>9" -- 25%

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

10-15" -- 48%

16-20" -- 39%

21-24" -- 13%                                                                                               

The channel catfish population at Neosho State Fishing Lake will provide anglers with a quality fishing opportunity with fish sampled during the fall up to 24", although fishing reports from anglers indicated fish above 24" during the summer. Channel catfish can be found throughout all portions of the lake. Boat anglers can focus their efforts on the flats of 10-12', coves, and the brushpiles located on the southwest corner of the lake. Shoreline anglers can focus their efforts on the rock jetties throughout the entire lake, however the jetties on the southwest side of the lake are in close proximity of brushpiles that may congregate channel catfish. Prepared baits, shrimp, chicken liver, and shad will be your best options to try. 
Flathead catfish Fair All sizes There is a decent population of flathead catfish. Flathead catfish can be caught on live bait, or fresh cut bait, near brushpiles and flats. Brushpiles are located on the southwest corner of the lake. Flathead catfish will move up to the shallows in the morning, evening, and at night, so fishing off the jetties with a bobber and live bait would be a good tactic to try. 
Crappie  Good

<8" -- 19%

8-10" -- 59%

10-12" -- 22%

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

Heard reports from anglers catching crappie up to 11.5" off of brushpiles and dam using bobber and minnows & 1/16 ounce jigs. 

Largemouth bass  Good

<8" -- 7%

8-12" -- 37%

12-15" -- 38%

15-20" -- 15%

>21" -- 2%

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

Water temperature:  68 degrees F, May 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: 5/28/2020 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
Crappie Fair 0.33-0.75 lbs Crappie are being caught from the bank using minnows and jigs.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using worms under a bobber, jigs, and small spinners.
Channel catfish Slow-Good 0.5-5 lbs Has been slow, but during periods of inflow it can be good on nightcrawlers.  Some action on minnows, crappie guts, and cut bait.
Largemouth bass Fair-Good 0.5-3 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: 5/13/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location
Wipers Slow 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.  Majority of fish are in the 3 to 5 pound range.   
Channel catfish Good All sizes, this lake has a good catfish population and produces nice fish.  Anglers can catch fish in the 2- 7 pound range. Best baits are bluegill chunks, worms, liver. some fish 35 inches caught. Best baits are the traditional chicken liver, shrimp, worms, prepared baits, lakewide.  The fish feeders are OFF for the season. 
Largemouth bass Good varies bass are in prespawn habitat,  try shallow flats and weed bed habitat as the water warms.  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 in about 6 to 9 ft. ow water.  Use pink, blue/white tube or green jigs, minnows.   Mostly males caught now.  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.   Every couple of days of temps over 70 the fishing gets better. This is a great kayaking lake, no recreational boating.  Have the  lake to yourself.  Recent rains have raised the water level to full pool and the fishing is good overall.

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

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

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

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

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

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



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE WEST - Last Updated: 5/13/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
channel catfish Excellent Size varies, some up to 8 pounds Excellent fishery, lots of channel catfish,  Use cut shad or sunfish, (best on chicken liver), shrimp, worms, prepared baits, along dam, lots of fat fish from 2 - 6 pounds.  Fish feeders are 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. 
crappie Good All sizes The crappie are moving onto staging areas for spawning, mostly males, usually around the fish habitat improvement brushpiles.  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 in prespawn mode moving from the deeper edges close to shallow willow. 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. The largest bass sampled in 2018 was 4.59 lbs., and 33% of the fish sampled were of memorable or trophy size.  Try your luck with roadrunners, jigs, and spinners for these sizeable fish!

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

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

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

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

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



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/13/2020 Print

 Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish, blue catfish Good, Improving all sizes Good baits are worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails 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 the blue catfish.
Walleye Slow varies walleye are moving into staging areas for spawning.  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 to Excellent varies but range 8 -12 inches Crappie are moving in to spawn.  Work the shallow areas. There are a lot of crappie over 10 inches here and overall anglers are doing well.    Some nice fish caught especially around the rock quarry.  Best baits are dark jigs and/or minnows.  Recent sampling indicates that that there are good numbers of larger crappie  around the 11 inch or bigger range.  This week 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: 5/28/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location  
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfishing remains good.  Look for catfish to be in the shallower warmer water feeding in the evenings.  Chicken livers and shad sides have been working well.   
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22" Largemouth bass fishing has been steady. Bass are currently spawning.  Look for fish on shallow flats spawning or in the deeper water adjacent to these flats.  Soft plastics and spinnerbaits have been working well.  
Crappie Good 8-12" Crappie fishing  has improved. Crappie can still be found in the shallows but are starting to transition into the deeper brush piles.  Vertical jigging or minnows have been working best.    
Bluegill and Redear Good 6-8" Bluegills and redears fishing remains good.  Recent sampling has indicated that bluegill and redear sunfish have started spawning on the shallow flats. Worms under a bobber have 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: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 6-12" This is a young population with very few fish over 12" Your best bet to catch some is using light tackle with small spinners or jigs.
Channel Catfish Fair 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: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good 1-5 lbs. Spinnerbaits, Vibrating jigs, or crankbaits. Pitching Texas rigged plastics around the water willow clumps should also 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 Good up to 14" Crappie should be shallow and in spawning mode. Fishing along the rocky dam and piers is usually productive with various colored jigs under a bobber fished slowly back to the bank. Fish will hang around the water willow and other vegetation as well. Fishing around the bridge on the west end can also be good.
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.

Water temp. 67

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: 5/22/2020 Print

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Good A good population of both species is present in this lake. Use the good ol nightcrawler or mealworm under a bobber around deep structure. 
Largemouth Bass 8-18" Good 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.
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair-Good 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" Good Crappie should be in shallow and in spawning mode. Fish around the rocky piers, around the vegetation, or near the various brush piles with jigs under bobbers fish slowly back to the bank. Minnows may also be productive. 
Walleye 15-24" slow-Fair 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.

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