Northeast Region Fishing Reports

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

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/1/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
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. Fish are being caught deeper still. 
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. 
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

The lake has filled back in and anglers are able to launch from the boat ramp again.

If you have information that you would like to contribute to the fishing report contact Nick Kramer at nick.kramer@ks.gov



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/1/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie  Fair up to 1.0 lbs. A few crappie can be found by jigging over deeper brush piles along the dam.
Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm  and jigging it over brush piles.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, dough baits, or chicken livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.0 lbs. Spinnerbaits or plastics working the shallows, along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Redear may be caught using a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.
General Comments
If you have information that you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at nick.kramer@ks.gov



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/5/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Good  Up to 20 pounds The lake has maintained a great channel cat fishery for over ten years.  The 2022 fall sample recorded that the number of channel catfish continue to remain at a high level with fairly good numbers of fish over 20 inches.  The creel limit at the lake has been raised to 10 channel catfish per day starting in 2023.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 1 lb. The most recent sample shows white bass numbers are the highest in over a decade.  The size structure is good with most of the fish 11 to 12 inches long and 33% over 12 inches. 
Wiper Fair Up to 26" A low population of wipers are maintained with stockings of small fish. Most of the wiper are over 22 inches.  Wiper creel limit is 2 per day.  
Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound There has been a recent shift in the crappie population with black crappie being more numerous than white crappie for the first time in a decade. Overall numbers of crappie are looking good with the majority exceeding 10 inches.  No recent reports.  
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. The number of saugeye in the most recent sample was near the long-term average for the lake.  Of those, 46% were over the 18 inch minimum length limit.  Should be a decent year fishing for them.
Largemouth Bass Slow  1/2 to 5 pounds Bass numbers are improving but would still be considered an overall low population.  However, the fish in the lake are big and we saw surprisingly high numbers of 5 pound fish last year.  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.



CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/28/2023

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 Good Up to 40 lbs Blue Catfish can be caught near wind blown points and river channels.  Cut shad is producing the best action. 
Walleye/Saugeye/Sauger Fair-Good 1-2 lbs Walleye fishing has slowed with the high temperatures.  However, fish can still be caught near river channels and adjacent flats.  Trolling crawler harnesses or crankbaits are producing bites.  Jigging is also a productive technique.
Crappie Fair 0.5-1.5 lbs Crappie fishing typically becomes more difficult by late-summer, due to high abundance of young shad and other forage.  Crappie can be caught around brush piles and standing timber using minnows or small plastics. 
Channel Catfish Good-Very Good 0.5-5 lbs Channel Catfish are producing the best angling action in recent weeks.  Warm summer temperatures are favorable for catfishing.  Chicken livers or stink bait are producing the best action.  
White bass/Wiper Good-Very Good 0.5-10 lbs White Bass and Wiper are chasing schools of young shad in open water.  Look for schools breaking the surface at dawn and dusk.  Cast crankbaits, spoons, or jigs into feeding schools. 
Largemouth/Smallmouth Bass Good 1-5 lbs Target Largemouth in shallow cover and brush piles with soft plastic baits.  Target Smallmouth in areas with rock substrate using Ned Rigs, small crankbaits, or minnows. 
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

Spillway to Wakarusa River (below Clinton Dam):

Few reports.  Discharge has remained low.  Please properly dispose of Invasive Carp. Do not release fish alive or transport live Invasive Carp.

Water Level and Discharge:  The most recent water level conditions can be found at the following website: 

https://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Clinton-Lake/Daily-Lake-Info-2/

Invasive Species:

Be sure to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat when you leave to prevent the spread of Zebra mussels. Do not transport live bait captured from Clinton Reservoir.

Fish Habitat:

20 Crappie jacks were placed near Bloomington West Park and should provide good habitat for shore fishing.



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 8/28/2023

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Channel Catfish Good- Very Good 0.5-6 lbs Channel Catfish are producing the best angling action in recent weeks.  Warm summer temperatures are favorable for catfishing.  Chicken livers or stink bait are producing the best action. 
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-5 lbs Target Largemouth in shallow cover, brush, and weed edges with soft plastic baits.  
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good Up to 10 inches Bluegill and sunfish can be caught around aquatic vegetation.  Target sunfish fish on deep weed edges with worms or small plastics. 
Crappie Fair up to 12 inches Crappie fishing typically becomes more difficult by mid-summer, due to high abundance of young shad and other forage.  Crappie can be caught around brush piles and standing timber using minnows or small plastics. 
General Comments

Invasive Species:  Lonestar Lake has Eurasian Water-Milfoil.  Please remove aquatic vegetation from all watercraft before transporting. 

Brush piles were placed at the following location on 6/22/22:

2 west side of dam (~13ft): N 38 50.370',  W 95 22.964'2 north west cove (~12 ft): N 38 50.348', W 95 22.947'4 east side of dam(~14ft): N 38 50.418', W 95 22.647'2 Big tree east cove near boat ramp (~12 ft): N 38 50.122', W 95 22.632'41 east point near boat ramp (~20ft): N 38 50.155', W 95 22.693'

Crappie Jacks were placed around the new ADA access dock on 9/21/22 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/28/2023

 Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel catfish Good-Very Good 0.5-5 lbs Channel Catfish are producing the best action in recent weeks.  Warm summer temperatures are favorable for catfishing.  Chicken livers or stink bait are producing the best action. 
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-5 lbs Target Largemouth in shallow cover, brush piles, and deep weed edges with soft plastic baits.  
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good Up to 10 inches Bluegill and sunfish can be caught around aquatic vegetation.  Target sunfish fish on deep weed edges with worms or small plastics. 
Crappie Fair up to 12 inches Crappie fishing typically becomes more difficult by mid-summer, due to high abundance of young shad and other forage.  Crappie can be caught around brush piles and weed edges using minnows or small plastics. 
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: 8/23/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure or vegetation edges. Small finesse plastics under docks.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. Fish deeper water in the heat of the day and shallow water after dark.  
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Look for pockets of deeper water with structure.  Small soft plastics in a variety of colors.  
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits target docks and vegetation edges. Shallow crank baits may see some success near the dam. Top-water lures near vegetation edges in morning and evening. 
White Bass slow 14 to 17 inches White bass can be taken in open water on shad imitation lures. This year's shad hatch should be 3.5-4 inches long 
General Comments
 



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/2/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Slow/Fair   near brush/rock drop offs and channel ledges 10 ft deep on jigs, minnows, and spinners
Catfish Fair/Good   near wind blown flats on cut bait and worms
Saugeye Slow/Fair   near dam and rock points on jigs, worms, and crankbaits
Black bass 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 2023 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.

WARNING..ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW PRESENT!!!



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 10/2/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Crappie Slow/Fair   near points, brush, and rock 10ft deep on jigs and minnows
Walleye Slow/Fair   along the dam and edges of flats and points on jigs, worms, and spoons
White Bass/Wipers Fair/Good   along creeks, dam and points on spinners, jigs, and crankbaits
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2023 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 10/2/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair/Good   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Crappie Slow/Fair   near brush and rock 5ft deep on jigs and minnows
Largemouth Bass Fair/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.

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



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/23/2023

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair  Up to 9 lbs. Fish sand flats and shelves.  Water is warm and shad have grown to 3-4 inches.  Walleye should be eating shad and baitfish throughout the water column.          
Crappie Good Up to 13 inches Fish near structure with a variety of small jigs.
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 

Slow Up to 4 lbs. Target shallow water structure. Plastic baits are producing the most fish. Warm water should give some top water opportunity in the early morning and late evening. shallow running crank baits that imitate shad should be effective.
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. Target creek mouths the day after a rain.     
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of August 23 the water level is .59 feet below conservation pool. You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

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

  



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 9/1/2023

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
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.25 lbs. Some crappie can be caught by targeting brush in the 10-20 foot range.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Bluegill can be caught over brush piles or near rock using chunks of worm or small jigs. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.5 lbs. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, stink bait, or livers. Many fish are up shallow right now.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Crankbaits, spinners or plastics along the shoreline, rip rap and structure. 
Walleye/ Sauger Slow to Fair

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

Some anglers are having luck catching Walleye along the dam or off of submerged humps. Others have targeted these fish trolling along the creek channel in the mid-part of the lake. 
White Bass Fair up to 2.5 lbs. Cast a jig along the rocks or along the dam to target them. Some anglers have been catching a good number of nice sized fish. 
General Comments

If you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at nick.kramer@ks.gov

The locations of fish habitat placed in this lake can be found here



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 9/5/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Slow  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 Modest numbers of crappie with most below 10 inches.  There is a brushpile just south of the fishing dock.
Catfish Fair to Good 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake has supported a good channel catfish harvest rate through the years.  The southwest corner of the lake and the northern 2 coves tend to be good spots.  The lake has a low level blue catfish population with most below 20 inches.  The lake is home to some big flathead. If the inlet is flowing, then good fishing can be found there for all three species.  
Walleye and Sauger Fair 1 to 5 pounds The 2022 fall gill netting and electrofishing samples indicate the lake has a fair walleye population available with most over the 15-inch minimum length limit.  Sauger were introduced into the lake in 2021. So far sauger are doing well and fair numbers of them should reach the 15-inch minimum length limit by mid-spring of 2023.  The two species (walleye & sauger) are combined in KS regulations and an angler can harvest a combined total of 2 per day at the Jeffrey Lakes.    
White Bass Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass numbers have fallen rather far over the last year.  Fishing for white bass should still be decent this year but below the highs seen the previous six years. 
Wipers Fair Up to 12 pounds Wiper numbers are below normal but the size structure is good with 65% of the fish collected last fall were over 20 inches. 
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.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 9/5/2023

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

The smallmouth bass population is recovering from a surprising collapse 5 years ago and overall numbers are still low to modest.  The dam is a great spot to start looking for smallmouth.   

The lake has maintained a moderate to low level largemouth bass population through the years.  The 2023 sample shows the population has regressed and would be considered a poor fishery for the immediate future.  The East bank, South cove, and around the island are usually the best largemouth spots.

White Bass Good+ Up to 3 lbs White bass numbers are still doing well while maintaining an excellent size structure.  Of the fish collected in October 2022, 86% were at least 12 inches long and 21% were over 15 inches!    
Wiper Fair Up to 12 lbs Wiper numbers are right at the long-term average for abundance but are currently on the small side with only 25% over 20 inches.  Whites and wipers been pushing shad to the surface so look for the splashing.
Walleye and Sauger Fair Up to 5 lbs The walleye population is maintained through regular stockings and currently has modest numbers of 16 to 19 inch fish.  The lake is now home to an emerging sauger population that has already exceeded walleye sample numbers.  It is hoped that sauger can help bolster the numbers of fish available for anglers that regularly target walleye.  Walleye and sauger are grouped together in KS regulations and a total of 2 per day can be harvested at the Jeffrey Lakes if they are over the 15-inch minimum length limit.  
Crappie Fair Up to 1.5 lbs Crappie numbers have never been prolific at this lake but they have been on the upswing the last few years.  The current size structure looks awesome as nearly every fish we handled last fall was over 11 inches.  There is some habitat cubes along the dock and a big brush pile along the point just North of the boat ramp.  
General Comments

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

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



LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 8/28/2023

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
Bluegill Good Up to 10 inches Bluegill and sunfish can be caught near aquatic vegetation.  Target sunfish fish on deep weed edges with worms or small plastics. 
Channel Catfish Good-Very Good 0.5-10 lbs Channel Catfish are producing the best angling action in recent weeks.  Warm summer temperatures are favorable for catfishing.  Chicken livers or stink baits are all producing the best action.  
Black Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Target Largemouth in shallow cover, brush piles, and deep weed edges with soft plastic baits.  Target Smallmouth in areas with rock substrate using Ned Rigs, small crankbaits, or minnows. 
White Bass/Wiper Good-Very Good up to 5lbs. White Bass and Wiper are chasing schools of young shad in open water.  Look for schools breaking the surface at dawn and dusk.  Cast crankbaits, spoons, or jigs into feeding schools.
Crappie Fair .5 - 1lbs Crappie fishing typically becomes more difficult by mid-summer, due to high abundance of young shad and other forage.  Crappie can be caught around brush piles and standing timber using minnows or small plastics. 
General Comments
 



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/1/2023

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.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Bass are being caught by anglers using jigs or plastics along the shoreline and in & around brush piles, rip-rap, and fallen trees.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Channel Catfish may be taken occasionally from shore using cut bait or livers. From a boat, some catfish can be found near brush piles.
Flathead Catfish Fair to Good up to 30 lbs This lake has a decent number of Flathead Catfish. They can be caught using a small sunfish along the dam or other rocky areas.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm jigged over brush piles and weed beds.
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs Some crappie have been caught by anglers jigging minnows off points in 15-20 feet of water. 
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. 
General Comments

Early this year, a group of a dozen volunteers aided KDWP in installing numerous brush piles on the lake. Rural Leavenworth, Inc. also received a Friends of Reservoirs grant and purchased artificial habitat to place in the lake. The locations of these brushpiles and artificial habitat will be found here soon or are listed below: 

Lat Long Description
39 07.403 -95 08.951 Fishiding Artificial Habitat
39 07.555 -95 08.809 Tree Pile
39 07.738 -95 08.823 Tree Pile
39 07.666 -95 09.182 Tree Pile
39 07.573 -95 08.820 Tree Pile
39 07.511 -95 08.893 Tree Pile
39 07.475 -95 08.920 Tree Pile
39 07.398 -95 08.974 Tree Pile
39 07.546 -95 08.779 Tree Pile
39 07.533 -95 08.747 Tree Pile
39 07.595 -95 08.678 Tree Pile
39 07.433 -95 08.942 Tree Pile
39 07.579 -95 08.647 Tree Pile
39 07.365 -95 09.036 Tree Pile
39 07.626 -95 09.315 Tree Pile
39 07.835 -95 08.729 Tree Pile
39 07.793 -95 08.627 Tree Pile

If you have information that you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at nick.kramer@ks.gov. 

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

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



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 8/23/2023

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 lake-wide. Target deep water in the heat of the day and shallow flats at night.  
Flathead Catfish Slow Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. Target structure and vegetation edges with live bait. Boulders south of the dam also hold some flathead catfish.  Drifting cut bait or live bait along the dam may produce fish.  
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 slightly deeper structure throughout the lake.  Tree structure varies from 5-30 feet. 
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Saugeye are being caught near submerged roadbed and flats adjacent to the dam. Shad imitations are the best producing bait right now. The shad hatch is 3-4 inches long 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. Warm water may provide topwater opportunities in the early morning and late evening.   
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near submerged road also target near schools of gizzard shad. Try to match the current hatch size (3-4.5 inches).   
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/23/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-5 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges and near submerged structure. Topwater in the early morning and late evening 
Bluegill Good Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Fair 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits lakewide. 
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Crappie can be taken using a variety of jigs and small swim baits.  Target slightly deepest water off the end of the piers.
White Bass Slow 14-17 inches White bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
The curly-leaf pondweed has died off and the lake has cleared up.  Shoreline access should be back to normal.



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/2/2023

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

Target rocky or wind-swept mud banks or along dam with jigs, crankbaits, or bottom bouncers w/ worms

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

White Bass/Wipers Good  

Target windy banks and points using jigs on reservoir 

Wiper creel limit is now 5/day

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

LOOK FOR RECENTLY TAGGED BLUE CATS!!!

Wiper...creel limit is 5/day

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

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

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

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/1/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Slow to Fair up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill can be caught using a small chunk of worm or small ice jigs over brush piles
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs Channel catfish can still be caught using worms, cut shad, or doughballs.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 7.0 lbs The lake contains a nice population of larger fish for a small State Fishing Lake. They can be caught using spinnerbaits, plastics, or crankbaits around the brush piles. 
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow along shoreline and around the brush piles. Water is dirty so choose baits that will make a lot of noise both in color and in sound. Best luck would come near the islands on the north shore.
 Comments
If you have information that you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at nick.kramer@ks.gov.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 8/23/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 5 lbs. Channel catfish are being taken on live and prepared baits. Target deer water during the heat of the day and shallow water at night.    
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 6 lb. Largemouth bass have moved to warmer summer patterns. Fish submerged brush and overhanging trees. Plastic baits, squarebill crank baits, and topwater baits should all produce. Shad imitations should be effwctive.   
Saugeye Fair Up to 4 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat. Shad imitation baits will also produce bites. Lindy rigs and crawler harnesses should work near drop-offs. Deeper running crank baits and shad imitations are effective right now.  Shad from this year's hatch should be 3-4 inches right now. 
Wiper Slow Up to 11 lbs. Use shad imitation baits and find bait fish near drop-offs.  Try to match the size of this year's shad hatch (3-4 inches). 
White Crappie Good Most fish around 7 inches, but some are greater than 10 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles. Crappies will be in deeper water. 
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: 8/23/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-5 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure. Crawdad presentations near the dam will also work. Early morning and late evening should produce some topwater opportunities. Shallow crank baits that mimic small shad will also be effective.  
Channel Catfish Good  0.5-6 lbs Channel catfish can be caught lakewide on live or prepared bait. Larger fish should be in deeper water near the dam.
Crappie Good 0.5-1 lbs Minnows and jigs are catching fish right now. Crappie are in deeper water, near submerged vegetation. 
Saugeye Fair Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be found drifting or trolling mudflats using jigs tipped with nightcrawler or crawler harnesses.  Try deeper running crank baits near deeper points as the water warms. Shad imitations 3-4 inches in length should be effective.
Wiper  Slow Up to 24 inches Use shad imitation baits fished near main lake points. Try to match 3-4 inch size of this year's shad hatch.
Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Fair Up to 10 inches Use piece of nightcrawler or small jig and bobber at vegetation edges and rocky structures to target the panfish. 
 
General Comments

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

More brushpiles were added again on 3/17/20. Some new brushpiles were created and some brush was added to some of the existing 2018/19 structures. Many of the new brushpiles can also be accessed by casting from the shore. 

GPS Coordinate locations for all brushpiles. 

N 38.58540, W 094.84338

N 38.58954, W 094.84549 

N 38.58493, W 094.84037

N 38.59411, W 094.84538

N 38.58334, W 094.84544

N 38.58928, W 094.85039

N 38.58596, W 094.84532



PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/1/2023

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.
Channel Catfish Good up to 10.0 lbs Try targeting larger rocky shorelines or adjacent mudflats with nightcrawlers and cutbait.
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.

Try casting crankbaits and spinner jigs near 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. These fish can be caught breaking up schools of shad near the surface
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Crappie have moved back out to the flats and offshore brush. 
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs.

A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be caught, but many fish are below the length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  

There are several hundred Blue Catfish tagged with a small metal tag on the top of their gill plate as part of a population study. The majority of these fish are less than 35" and should be released. If you do harvest a tagged fish greater than 35" please report your tag number to nick.kramer@ks.gov. 

Comments

For current lake elevation, inflow, and outflow click here and for the lake forecast click here

If you would like to place habitat in Perry Reservoir or contribute to the fishing report, please contact the Fish Biologist, Nick, at nick.kramer@ks.gov to obtain a permit. 

The locations of all known fish habitat can be found here.

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/5/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. Moderate numbers of crappie.
Bluegill Fair to Good 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.  
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has been maintaining a great largemouth bass population, however the 2023 sample showed a recent regression in overall bass numbers.  Bass 13 to 18 inches long are protected at this lake.
General Comments
This small 49 acre lake is located in northeast Pott. County. The fishing conditions are very similar to that of a large farm pond. The lake is noted for good catch and release largemouth bass fishing due to the abundance of the species.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 9/5/2023

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.  Great place to take a kid with worms and a bobber.  
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 has improved but there are still few fish over 10 inches.  
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake is known for being a good spot for catch and release bass fishing.  The 2023 annual sampling effort showed that the lake continues to provide a great largemouth bass fishery.  Abundance was at a six year high and the size structure was decent with 25% of the fish over 12 inches.  You can catch them pretty much anywhere at this lake.
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.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 9/5/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 4 pounds The 2023 sample records that the black bass population has been holding steady for some time now, with good numbers of largemouth bass and a moderate smallmouth bass population.  
Channel Catfish Good  3/4 to 5 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program which provides regular stockings of 12 to 18 inch channel catfish. The third stocking of 2023 went in on June 6th when the lake received 915 of these catchable sized catfish. So far the lake has been stocked with 2,545 channel catfish this year. Best baits tend to be worms or commercial catfish baits. Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 per day.  
Crappie Fair  1/4 to 1 pound The lake has supported a decent crappie population through time.  The current population is doing well with above average numbers of fish over 10 inches with a few really big crappie as well.  There is some habitat structures just out from the boat ramp dock and under the buoy.  
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 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. 



ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 9/5/2023

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

Fishing for all three species of cats has been good this summer below Rocky Ford dam. Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures. Blue catfish are usually caught on fresh cut bait.  

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow or orange tag in its back as we have been tagging some to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek Lake and the Big Blue River.  Feel free to harvest or release the fish, but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (620) 342-0658 or ely.sprenkle@ks.gov   A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

White Bass and Wipers Fair  1/2 to 8 pounds Is a good spot for white bass and wipers.  Jigs or crankbaits.
Drum Good 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are an abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Fair to Good 3/4 to 5 pounds A few saugeye always being caught below the dam and is one of the best places around to catch them.  Brightly colored jigs, swimbaits, crankbaits or jerkbaits.  Fair numbers of 14 to 16 inch saugeye.  There is no length based regulations at Rocky Ford for saugeye or walleye.
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 

Tuttle Creek Lake has zebra mussels and makes the lake, the River Pond, and Rocky Ford designated as 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.

We will be conducting angler interviews at Rocky Ford this year to get a better understanding of what anglers want to fish for.  Thank you to all that agree to be interviewed.



SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 9/1/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs Fish have moved back off shore and can be found jigging around the plentiful standing timber.
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 may be found along the dam and off of points.
Wiper  Great up to 7.5 lbs. Wipers may be caught by fishing along points in the lake using any lure that resembles a shad. Luck could also be had by trolling along the dam and open areas.
General Comments

Attention anglers, If you fish this water body and would like to contribute your knowledge to the fishing report shoot an email to nick.kramer@ks.gov. Thanks!

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



SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 8/23/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Worms and minnows near structure are producing the best.  A variety of small jigs will also work. Target deeper water.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide. Best bite with fresh cut bait. 
Wiper Slow Up to 9 lbs. Live bait and shad imitation baits along the dam are producing the best.   
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs. Bright spinnerbaits and soft plastic worms are working best right now fished near shallow structure.  Top-water lures will be effective near dawn and dusk.  
Trout     Trout season is over, look for them to be stocked again next fall. 
General Comments
In addition to a state fishing license, a Johnson County fishing permit is required. If you plan to fish for trout, a Johnson County trout permit is also required. Johnson County fishing/trout permits are available through Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and other select vendors.



SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/5/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake has been maintaining a very good population of largemouth bass for the last ten years.  The 2023 spring electrofishing sample shows the population is doing well.  The current size structure is smaller than average.  Historically, the lake has been one of the best places around to catch largemouth over 15 inches and this should continue to be true for the foreseeable future.  
Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound The crappie fishery is doing well.  The October 2022 sampling produced the most crappie over 10 inches in the history of the lake.  Should be a good year for fishing.  
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is regularly stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish which leads to good catch rates of fish in that size range.  The third stocking of the year was in May when the lake received 700 pounds of these catchable sized channel catfish.  So far this year the lake has been stocked with 2,900 channel catfish.  The recently stocked fish usually like all the traditional catfish baits but dough baits or worms tends to do the best.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
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.

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



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 9/5/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has provided excellent crappie fishing the last three years by maintaining a great population. The 2022 fall sample shows that numbers of crappie are still above the long-term average but the percentage of fish over 12-inches has fallen from the record high documented in 2021.
White Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass numbers have been low due to limited spawning success for most of the last decade. The species did produce a robust spawn in 2021 which has helped bolster the fishery. The current population is offering decent numbers of white bass from 10 to 12 inches long. 
Channel Catfish Good Good numbers of 20" fish with fair numbers of bigger ones.

The lake and the connected river system maintains a good channel catfish population and has been one of the best places around to catch channel cats over 8 pounds. The 2021 sampling effort collected the most channel catfish in nine years with 11% of them over 28 inches. The 2022 sample shows a reduction of those bigger fish but also shows a group of small fish growing fast which will hopefully fill that gap. Fishing in the upper end of the lake and the river tends to be the most consistent spots for channel cats.

K-State is conducting a study to track fish movements and there are some channel catfish with a purple tag in their back - please release all fish with a purple tag

Blue Catfish Fair to Good Most less than 28" but getting a few over 40 pounds

Blue are spread out around the lake right now but the upper end tends to concentrate the most fish.  Fresh cut bait or young shad.

New regulations starting in 2022: 10 fish daily creel limit which may include only one fish 30 inches or longer.  The blue catfish population is finally becoming well established and is now able to support more harvest.  Fair numbers of 22" to 28" blue catfish with a good group of 16" to 18" fish coming on.  

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow or orange tag in its back as we have been tagging fish to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek Lake.  It is up to you if you wish to release the fish or harvest it (if legally applicable), but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (620) 342-0658 or ely.sprenkle@ks.gov  We also have a few fish with a purple tag that have a transmitter for tracking their movements, PLEASE RELEASE FISH WITH A PURPLE TAG. A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

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

Has been a good year for saugeye fishing from the record high numbers of young saugeye that recruited from the 2021 stocking. Fishing has been good in the Reservoir this year as these fish have started exceeding the 15" minimum length limit. Usually the best opportunities to harvest saugeye is downstream of the lake in the River Pond or Rocky Ford. Casting crankbaits, brightly colored jigs or dragging a worm.

K-State is conducting a study to track fish movements and there are a few saugeye with a purple tag in their back - please release all fish with a purple tag.   

General Comments

You can check current water conditions HERE

Tuttle Creek has zebra mussels which makes the lake, the River Pond and Rocky Ford designated as 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.



WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/5/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a decent bluegill population. 
Channel Catfish Good  Up to 15 lbs The lake supports good numbers of channel catfish and the size of fish is well above average with 24% of the fish collected last fall were over 24 inches.  
Crappie Fair Most 8"-10" The crappie population is doing well with decent numbers of bigger fish.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 6 lbs The largemouth bass population continues to improve and I would now call it a good bass lake.  The 2023 sample showed robust numbers of bass with plenty over 18 inches.
General Comments
New dock is in!



WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 8/23/2023

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Jigs or minnows near deeper brush or drop-offs. 
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber. 
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 10 pounds Worms or cut bait are producing the best right now. Fish near incoming water after a rain. Target deeper water in the heat of the day.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 pounds Finesse plastics near deeper structure or vegetated flats. Topwater baits in the morning and evening.
Smallmouth Bass Slow Up to 17 inches Crankbaits or jigs near rocky habitat. Some topwater opportunity over rocky habitat. 
Wiper/White Bass Slow  Up to 17 inches Shad imitation baits off wind blown points or flats.  This year's shad hatch is 3-4 inches long right now.
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.