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: 9/2/2022

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

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: 9/2/2022

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. 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: 10/4/2022

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 2021 fall sample recorded that the number of channel catfish continue to remain at a high level.  
White Bass Fair 1/2 to 1 lb. The most recent sample shows decent numbers of white bass.  Usually can catch a few along the dam.
Wiper Fair Up to 26" Low numbers of wiper but they are big.  Wiper creel limit is 2 per day.  
Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers are looking good after being down the last two years.  No recent reports but should still be in their summer pattern of 10 feet deep around trees.  
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Saugeye fishing this year will be down from the highs seen the last two years.  The most recent sample shows the population is below average, mostly due to the lake not receiving a stocking in 2020.  The majority of the saugeye in the last sample were over the 18 inch minimum length limit.  Trolling crankbaits is usually the ticket during summer.
Largemouth Bass Slow to Fair 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 this spring hiding in the cattails.  Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum length limit.
General Comments

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

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



CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/10/2022

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.
Walleye/Saugeye Good 1-2 lbs Fishing conditions have greatly improved with cooler water temperatures.  Fish are moving into the shallows at night to feed.  Target shallow mudflats or rocky shoreline adjacent to drop offs.    
Crappie Good 0.5-1.5 lbs Crappie are in their fall pattern.  Fish are moving shallow at night and are suspended over deeper water during the day.  Jigs and minnow are producing good bites.   
Channel Catfish Fair 0.5-5 lbs Channel catfish are being caught on a variety of baits including nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and cut bait.  
White bass Fair - Good 0.5-2 lbs White Bass can be found chasing schools of shad in open water.  Fish will transition to shallow flats adjacent to drop offs at dawn and dusk.  Shad imitations are producing bites
Wiper Fair - Good 4-8 lbs Wiper can be found chasing shad schools in open water. Look for fish busting shad on the surface.  These fish can occasionally be caught using topwater lures at dawn and dusk. 
Black Bass Fair - Good 1-5 lbs Largemouth Bass can be found in coves with timber.  Smallmouth can be found on rocky shorelines near the dam. Soft plastics are producing bites. 
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

Recent high discharge has spurred several good reports of multi-species action along the dam and in the spillway.

Water Level: As of October 9th, Clinton Reservoir was 0.5ft below normal pool level with low discharge of 7 cfs.  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 keep from spreading Zebra mussels to other lakes. 

12 Georgia cubes were placed near N 38.953 W 95.38779, along with 6 other cubes placed near N 38.93852 W 95.39023. These locations should provide good opportunities for bank anglers in the near future.



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 10/10/2022

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 0.5-6 lbs Catfish can be caught using nightcrawlers, cut bait, and stink bait.  
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-5 lbs Fish can be found near the bank in 2-8 ft.  Casting soft plastics along vegetation edges and cover is producing fish.
Bluegill Good Up to 0.25 lbs Bluegill can be found aquatic vegetation edges in 5-10ft. Worms under a bobber, jigs, and small spinners are producing fish. 
General Comments

Recent fisheries surveys in May 2022 documented a healthy Largemouth Bass population, with many fish in the 14-18 inch range, and a few fish exceeding 5 lbs.  

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: 9/1/2022

 Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel catfish Good 0.5-4 lbs Catfish are being caught using nightcrawlers, minnows, stink bait, shad, and sunfish.  
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-3 lbs Fish can be found in near aquatic vegetation edges and brush piles.  A 6.5lb bass was captured and released during a recent fisheries survey.  Although, most fish are 12 - 15 inches. Use soft plastics to works bait through and around vegetation and brush piles 
Bluegill Good Up to 0.33 lbs Fish can be found in near aquatic vegetation edges in 5-10ft.  Target bluegill 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
 Great Kansas Fishing Derby May 15 to Sept 15  Visit www.ksfishderby.com for more info; Tagged Fish - Channel Catfish, Bluegill, and Largemouth Bass



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/5/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure or vegetation edges.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits.  
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Use minnows and jigs near docks and vegetation edges.   
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits target docks and vegetation edges.  
White Bass Fair 14 to 17 inches White bass can be taken in open water on shad imitation lures.  
General Comments
 



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/21/2022

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

This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2022 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.

WARNING..ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW PRESENT!!!



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 11/21/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair/Good   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   along creeks, dam and points on spinners, jigs, and crankbaits
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2022 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 11/21/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair/Good   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Crappie Fair/Good   near brush and rock 5ft deep on jigs and minnows
Largemouth Bass Slow/Fair    
Bluegill Slow/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: https://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/5/2022

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair  Up to 9 lbs. Walleye bite has been decent on flats adjacent to points. Trolling crankbaits or bottom bouncers with live or plastic baits should produce the most fish.         
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Target brushpiles, vegetation edges, and channel ledges. Jigs and minnows are both producing 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 

Slow Up to 4 lbs. Target shallow water structure. Plastic baits are producing the most fish.
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken on a variety of baits lakewide using prepared or live baits.     
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of October 5th the water level is 0.4 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: 9/2/2022

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. 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

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

Great Kansas Fishing Derby May 15 to Sept 15  Visit www.ksfishderby.com for more info; Tagged Fish - Channel Catfish, Black Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Carp, Flathead, Carp, Sauger



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 10/4/2022

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 Crappie numbers have been low for a few years but are trending up due to good spawns in 2017 and 2018.  Okay numbers of fish over 10 inches.  There is a brushpile just south of the dock.
Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate and the last month has been really productive.  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 2021 fall gill net samples and electrofishing samples indicate the lake has a fair walleye population available to anglers.  Sauger were introduced into the lake last year and there is low numbers of small ones around.  The two species (walleye & sauger) are combined in KS regulations.  An angler can harvest a combined total of 2 per day at the Jeffrey Lakes and there is a 15 inch minimum length limit that applies to both species.  Hope to see some 15 inch sauger by late summer or early fall.  
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds There was a giant white bass spawn in 2020 that is dominating the population.  Fishing has been really good this summer with lots of white bass being caught. 
Wipers Good Up to 12 pounds Wiper numbers are on the way up and doing well in the 2021 fall sample.  The most common size was 19 inches long. 
General Comments

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

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

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 11/28/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
---- Closed ----     Auxiliary Lake is closed to fishing until March 2023
Black Bass   1 to 4 lbs

The 2022 sample documented that the popular smallmouth bass population is continuing to recover from a surprising collapse 5 years ago.  This recent sample showed great numbers of young fish with fair numbers of fish over 11".  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 2022 sample showed 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   Up to 3 lbs The white bass numbers are still good at this lake but have fallen to below average.  The fish are big with 62% of the ones sampled last fall being over 15 inches.  
Wiper   Up to 12 lbs Wiper numbers are right at the long-term average for abundance but are currently a little on the small side with most of them last fall were from 15 to 18 inches.  
Walleye and Sauger   Up to 5 lbs The walleye population has fallen to rather low numbers and harvest is expected to be low this year.  This is primarily due to the lake missing out on a few stockings.  The lake did receive a stocking in 2021 that created a modest year class and should help bolster things for the future. The lake also received its first ever sauger stocking in 2021 to see if this species can create a viable fishery at the lake.  This first stocking did better than their cousin walleye and anglers should start catching a few small ones this year.  Walleye and sauger are grouped together in KS regulations and a total of 2 per day can be harvest at the Jeffrey Lakes if they are over the 15-inch minimum length limit.  
Crappie   Up to 1.5 lbs Crappie numbers have been improving the last three years and the population is offering decent numbers of fish over 10 inches.  There is some habitat cubes along the dock and a big brush pile along the point just North of the boat ramp.  
General Comments

Auxiliary Lake is closed to anglers until March for the waterfowl hunting season 

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: 9/1/2022

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Bluegill can be caught near aquatic vegetation edges in 5-10 ft, using worms under a bobber.
Channel catfish Good 0.5-6 lbs Some fish being caught using cut bait, liver and stink bait.  
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-3 lbs Largemouth Bass can be found in shallow water in 2-8 ft or near drop offs. Casting jigs along patches of aquatic vegetation, some also being caught along rocky shorelines using jigs or crankbaits.
General Comments

As part of the Great Kansas Fishing Derby, 9 Channel catfish and one Largemouth Bass were tagged.  Tags can be redeemed for a prize at the following website: www.ksfishderby.com 

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.

Great Kansas Fishing Derby May 15 to Sept 15  Visit www.ksfishderby.com for more info; Tagged Fish - Channel Catfish, Black Bass, Crappie, Bluegill



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Invasive Species Alert Not Good   Brittle Naiad has been found near the boat ramp. Please inspect your boat and trailer before leaving to ensure you are not transporting this invasive plant.
Perry Newsletter Good   Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Bass are being caught by anglers using jigs or plastics along the shoreline and in & around brush piles, rip-rap, and fallen trees.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Channel Catfish may be taken occasionally from shore using cut bait or livers. From a boat, some catfish can be found near brush piles.
Flathead Catfish Fair to Good up to 30 lbs This lake has a decent number of Flathead Catfish. They can be caught using a small sunfish along the dam or other rocky areas.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm jigged over brush piles and weed beds.
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs 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

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

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

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



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 10/5/2022

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 Fair Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs are producing the most fish right now. Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found. Some crappie are being caught slow trolling jigs and small crankbaits.   
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 Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near submerged road also target near schools of gizzard shad.    
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/5/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-5 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Fair 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Crappie can be taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Crappie are being caught on both sides of the culvert at this time. Majority of the fish being caught are around 8 inches, but some larger ones can be found.    
White Bass Slow 14-17 inches White bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
Curly-leaf pondweed stand is gone for the year. Vegetation coverage should be minimal for the rest of the year. 



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/21/2022

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

Channel catfish can be caught on cut bait, worms, and stink bait. Blue catfish are typically caught on fresh cut bait. Target wind blown flats and river channel ledges for catfish. 

LOOK FOR RECENTLY TAGGED BLUE CATS!!!

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

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

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 Fair  

Target windy banks and points using jigs on reservoir 

Wiper creel limit is now 5/day

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

LOOK FOR RECENTLY TAGGED BLUE CATS!!!

Wiper...creel limit is 5/day

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

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

Blue-Green Algae: Current information listed here: 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: 9/2/2022

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



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 10/5/2022

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 Fair Up to 6 lb. Largemouth bass have moved shallow. Largemouth bass can be found at edges of water willow, rock edges, and shallow brush. Plastic baits are producing best right now.   
Saugeye Slow Up to 4 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat. Shad imitation baits will also produce bites. There is a good population of 18 inch saugeye available to anglers right now. 
Wiper Slow Up to 11 lbs. Use shad imitation baits and find bait fish near drop-offs.  
White Crappie Slow Most fish around 7 inches, but some are greater than 10 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles. 
General Comments

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

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

Great Kansas Fishing Derby May 15 to Sept 15  Visit www.ksfishderby.com for more info; Tagged Fish - Channel Catfish, Black Bass, Crappie, Bluegill



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 10/5/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure.   
Channel catfish Good 0.5-6 lbs Chicken liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Fair 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 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.

Great Kansas Fishing Derby May 15 to Sept 15  Visit www.ksfishderby.com for more info; Tagged Fish - Channel Catfish, Black Bass, Crappie, Saugeye, Drum

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: 9/2/2022

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 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.

Lots of small 8-10 inch bass were seen this past spring. Fishing should be great as these fish continue to grow. Try casting crankbaits and spinner jigs near any of the newly fallen trees along the shoreline. 
White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. White Bass can be caught using any bait resembling a shad or even from crappie jigs. These fish should be running up the river soon and a few early runners may be caught now or other staging in upper ends of the reservoir.   
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Crappie are scattered now but can be found pulling crankbaits during the day or fishing under a light at night. 
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be caught, many fish are below the length limit, with a few blue catfish over the 35 inch minimum length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  
Comments

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

The North boat ramp inside of Perry State Park is closed for resurfacing starting August 3rd, 2022. Project completion is dependent on weather. All other boat ramps are open for use. 

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.

There are some artificial structures placed that haven't been added to the above map yet: 

N39°08.628' W095°28.683'
N39°08.843' W095°28.463'
N39°08.818' W095°28.315'
N39°08.786' W095°28.202'
N39°08.807' W095°27.998'
N39°08.842' W095°27.503'
N39°08.848' W095°27.292'
N39°13.334' W095°26.792'
N39°13.249' W095°26.833'
N39°13.169' W095°26.747'

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/4/2022

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 percentage of bass over 15 inches dropped in the 2021 sample.  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: 10/4/2022

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 is starting to improve 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 2022 annual sampling effort showed that the lake continues to provide a great largemouth bass fishery.  Abundance was at a five year high and the size structure was solid with 34% 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.

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POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 10/4/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair  1/2 to 4 pounds The 2022 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 and is regularly stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  The fifth stocking of 2022 occurred on September 27th when the lake received 550 pounds of catchable sized catfish.  This stocking had some real big ones mixed in.  So far this year the lake has been stocked with 3,400 channel catfish.  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 supports a decent crappie population.  There is some habitat structures just out from the boat ramp dock.  
Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Fair less than pound The lake has struggled to grow sunfish to a size large enough that anglers want to keep for frying.  The population receives high angling pressure from both panfish anglers and from anglers targeting sunfish to use for catfish bait.  To hopefully continue to please both angler bases and help increase the overall size structure of sunfish, the lake is being implemented with a special sunfish regulation starting in 2019.  This new slot limit requires the release of sunfish species from 6 to 9 inches.  The creel limit of fish over 9 inches is five per day and there is still unlimited daily harvest of fish less than 6 inches.  This regulation change will be evaluated over time to verify if it will continue into the future.
General Comments

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

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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 10/4/2022

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

Fishing for all three species of catfish can be good at Rocky Ford. 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 Still doing fairly good for white bass and wipers.  The low releases rates will have them just below the dam.  
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 Fair  3/4 to 5 pounds One of the best places to catch saugeye.  Brightly colored jigs, swimbaits, crankbaits or jerkbaits.  Fair numbers of 14 to 16 inch saugeye around this summer.  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.

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SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 9/2/2022

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 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: 10/5/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Slow Up to 15 inches Worms and minnows near structure are producing the best.  
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide. 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 are working best right now fished near shallow structure.   
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: 10/4/2022

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 2022 spring electrofishing sample collected the second highest number of bass ever at the lake.  The high numbers of young bass has shifted the size structure to an overall smaller average size of bass.  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  1/2 to 1 pound Crappie have struggled at this lake due to slow growth.  However, they have been doing better in recent years.  In the last sample, crappie had the highest percentage of fish over 8 inches in 20 years.  
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 this size range.  The fourth stocking of 2022 was on August 17th.  So far this year the lake has received 2,780 pounds of these catchable sized channel catfish.  These recently stocked fish will eat all the traditional catfish baits but really like dough baits or worms.  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.

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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: 11/28/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 2 pounds

Reports about crappie have been very limited but they should be found schooled up in 15 to 20 feet of water around brush. 

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

No recent reports but the best fishing tends to be in the upper end of the lake on cut bait.

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  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  Up to 6 pounds Record high numbers of young saugeye from the 2021 stocking!  As of October 2022, most of these saugeye had already reached 14 inches and the bulk of 2021 year-class should exceed the 15" minimum length limit by spring.  Fishing should be good in the Reservoir in 2023 but typically 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.
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good Up to 5 pounds Willow Lake (located below the Tuttle Creek dam) is stocked with rainbow trout during the cooler months.  The third stocking went in on November 28th for a total of 2,420 trout so far this season.  A trout permit is required to fish at Willow Lake during the trout season which is from November 1st to April 15th.  Creel limit is 5 trout per day.  Anglers were doing well over Thanksgiving week.  Best baits tend to be dough baits but lures or live baits do well also.  Good Luck!
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.

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/4/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair 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.  Ran into a pile of 14+ inchers while electrofishing this spring. One was 16" and 2.7 pounds! 
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 2022 sample showed robust numbers of bass with plenty over 18 inches.
Saugeye Slow  Up to 3 lbs Saugeye numbers are low and harvest is expected to be low until the population rebounds through new stocking efforts.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/5/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Slow Up to 13 inches Jigs or minnows near deeper brush or drop-offs. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 pounds Worms or cut bait are producing the best right now.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5 pounds Finesse plastics near deeper structure or vegetated flats. 
Smallmouth Bass Slow Up to 17 inches Crankbaits or jigs near rocky habitat. 
Wiper/White Bass Slow  Up to 17 inches Shad imitation baits off wind blown points or flats
General Comments
A Wyandotte County fishing permit is required to fish this property. A Wyandotte County trout permit is required for trout fishing. Please contact Wyandotte County Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department at 913-573-8327 for more information.