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: 8/31/2018

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 over brush piles. Fish should be seeking refuge from the summer heat in deeper waters above the thermocline.
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill can be caught with a night crawler under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs The fish feeders have been filled and go off twice in the morning and twice in the evening. Channel catfish are being 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
If you have information that you would like to contribute to the fishing report contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/31/2018

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 1.0 lbs. Best luck for Crappie would come from fishing the brush piles next to and in between the fishing jetties. 
Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs The fish feeders have been filled and are set to go off twice in the morning and twice in the evening. Catfish are being caught from shore using cut bait, dough baits, or chicken livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or plastics working the shallows, along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Redear may be caught using a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.
General Comments
If you have information that you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514  



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 8/23/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great channel catfish population.  
White Bass Slow to Fair 1/2 to 1 lb. Not a lot of white bass this year but the fish are nice sized. 
Wiper Slow to Fair Up to 26" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of 15 to 22" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has lots of good sized crappie.  Fish are scattered in the standing timber, usually 6 to 9 feet deep.  Jigs and or minnows.  Summer crappie fishing is good if you can find them.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. It has been a good year for saugeye fishing.  Trolling crankbaits or dragging a nightcrawler.
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght 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: 9/13/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       
       

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

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

Current Fishing Conditions
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 daily creel limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation was implemented to protect brood fish, so that the population could have a chance to improve.
       
Smallmouth Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This regulation change makes smallmouth bass regulations the same as those for largemouth bass.
       
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-5 lbs Anglers chumming with soybeans and those running lines are catching some fish.
Wiper Fair 4-6 lbs Fish have been chasing shad some evenings.  Crankbaits cast into the melee have produced fish.
White bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Same techniques as for wiper.
       
       
       
       
       
       
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-Lawrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Water level Sept.12 was 1.70 feet below normal pool level, release rate = 21 cfs, water temp. = 78.  Feeders should be emptying out of feed for this year.  They will began operating again prior to Memorial Day 2019.  Brush piles placed into Clinton August 11 and 12, 2008. GPS locations in degrees, minutes, seconds using Datum WGS 84: 1) N38 55.755 W095 24.146, 2) N38 56.4444 W095 24.466, 3) N38 56.283 W095 23.465, 4) N38 56.014 W095 23.096, 5) N38 55.036 W095 22.568, 6) N38 56.011 W095 23.085, 7) N38 55.073 W095 22.565, 8) N38 55.785 W095 22.235.



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2018

       
       
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Fair Up to 0.33 lb Using pieces of worm under bobber, small spinners and jigs.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Liver and stinkbait, and minnows have been producing some fish.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-3 lbs Casting crankbaits and jigs.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       
       
       
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
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using pieces of worm or crickets under bobber, jigs, and small spinners around rock piers.
Channel catfish Fair 1-4 lbs Using stinkbait, and livers.
Largemouth bass Slow 0.5-2 lbs Using crankbaits, and jigs.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/7/2018

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



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/19/2018

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

This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2018 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.

WARNING..ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW PRESENT!!!



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 9/19/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait, shrimp, and worms
Crappie Fair/Good   near points, brush, and rock 10ft deep on jigs and minnows
Walleye Fair   along the dam and deep edges of flats and points on jigs, worms, and crank baits
White Bass/Wipers Good   along dam and points on spinners, jigs, and topwater lures
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2018 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 9/19/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait, shrimp, and worms
Crappie Fair/Good   near brush and rock 5-8 ft deep on jigs and minnows
Largemouth Bass Poor    
Bluegill Good   near brush/rock 3-5ft deep on jigs and worms
White Bass Fair   along dam on spinners, crank baits, and topwater lures
General Comments

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

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



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/7/2018

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair Up to 9 lbs. Some walleye are being caught off main lake points and flats. Early morning and shallow seems to be the best bite. Vertical jigging with worms and trolling with crankbaits are both producing some fish.     
Crappie Fair Most fish are 8 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Some crappie are being found shallower (6-10 feet of water) and are starting to enter their fall pattern. Both minnows and jigs are productive baits right now. Some crappie are being caught off the marina docks.   
White Bass Good Up to 2 lbs. Target white bass off wind blown points.  Jigs and shad imitation lures are the best baits right now. Some top-water action is occurring chasing shad schools. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Slow Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass are near the water willow and vegetation edges right now.    
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 using prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are biting lakewide right now, but especially good near channel ledges right now.  
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of September 7th the water level is 1.9 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: 8/31/2018

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 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will publish a newsletter discussing Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter emailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.25 lbs. Crappie can be caught by vertical jigging minnows over brush piles or standing timber. Some can be caught along rocky shore lines as well.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Bluegill can be caught near shoreline structure using chunks of worm or jigs. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.5 lbs. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, stink bait, or livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Crankbaits, spinners or plastics along the shoreline, rip rap and structure. 
Walleye/ Sauger Slow to Fair

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

Some anglers are having luck catching Walleye along the dam or off of submerged humps.  

Some keeper Sauger are being caught from shore.

White Bass Fair up to 2.5 lbs. There are some nice White Bass in this reservoir if anglers wish to pursue them. Cast a jig along the rocks or along the dam to target them.
General Comments

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

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

N 39 27.113, W 095 46.355

N 39 26.547, W 095 46.648

N 39 27.034, W 095 46.448

N 39 27.230, W 095 46.448

N 39 27.015, W 095 46.440

N 39 26.946, W 095 47.041

N 39 26.946, W 095 47.140

And the fisheries biologist placed 30 Georgia cubes at the following spots:

3 @ N 39 27.560, W 095 46.227

5 between jetty and danger buoy @ N 39 27.305, W 095 46.636

3 @ N 39 27.480, W 095 46.224

3 @ N 39 27.450, W 095 46.222

3 @ N 39 27.533, W 095 46.130

3 @ N 39 27.188, W 095 46.355

3 @ N 39 26.870, W 095 46.638

5 surrounding jetty @ N 39 27.402, W 095 46.566

2 on north side of jetty @ N 39 27.054, W 095 46.338

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 8/23/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has traditionally had a good smallmouth bass population, but the current population abundance is well below the historical average.  Hopefully, the population rebounds in the near future.  The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Slow to Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have been trending downwards the last few years due to poor spawning success.  However, most of the fish are over 10-inches.  There is a brushpile just south of the dock.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate. A good spot is where the inlet water enters the lake or near the fish feeder.
Walleye Fair 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers have been improving due to good survival from recent stockings.  Of the fish collected in the 2017 fall sampling, two out of three were over 15 inches.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch minimum length limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has a very good white bass population with 58.5% of the fish collected last fall were over 12 inches.  Fishing has been good.  
Wipers Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds Wiper sample numbers were at a 7 year high in 2017 with most of the fish from 15 to 20 inches.  Crankbaits, large jigs or spoons.
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: 8/23/2018

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

The 2018 sample documented that smallmouth bass numbers are down, but the size of fish is up with 58.8% of the fish seen this spring were over 14 inches.  The lake is well known for the excellent smallmouth fishing along most of the rocky shoreline.  

The lake has a low level largemouth bass population dominated by smaller fish.  The population is improving with the 2018 sample collecting the most fish in 15 years.  The East bank and around the island are usually the best largemouth spots.

White Bass Good Up to 3 lbs The lake has a great white bass population with most of the fish sampled last fall being over 12 inches. Look for white bass chasing schools of shad near the surface. 
Wiper Fair Up to 12 lbs There are good numbers of wiper in the lake.  Being caught trolling crank baits or jigging spoons below shad.
Walleye Slow to Fair Up to 5 lbs Walleye numbers are below average.  Sporadic fishing the last month with some anglers doing well.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15-inch minimum length limit. 
Crappie Slow to Fair Up to 1.5 lbs Crappie numbers have been improving the last two years.  There are some habitat cubes along the dock that may hold some fish this time of year.
General Comments

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

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



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/31/2018

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 4 pages (Lots of pics) 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. The feeders are still empty and will likely be filled in the coming weeks.
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 under a bobber and fished in shallow coves.
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs The best bet for crappie would be to fish a jig and minnow near brush piles and rip rap or vertical jigging along steep drop offs. 
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.
Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs Wiper can be caught near points in the lake using baits that resemble shad. Schools can also be located by shad breaking the surface.  
Walleye Slow Up to 3.25 lbs Fish a jig and minnow along the dam.
General Comments

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

Construction on the spillway is underway resulting in an 8 ft. drawdown of the lake. More updates can be found here as available. 

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

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

                                                                                                                                                            



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 9/7/2018

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 Slow Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs are producing the most fish right now. Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
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 Good Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near submerged road also target near schools of gizzard shad.    
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/7/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill 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 Good Up to 16 inches Crappie can be taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Crappie are being caught on both sides of the culvert at this time.   
White Bass Slow 14-17 inches A good population of white bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
The curly-leaf pondweed stand is gone for the year and there are currently no vegetation issues at the waterbody. 



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/19/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Fair/Good Blues up to 73lbs

along channel ledges and flats on cut bait, worms, and shrimp

LOOK FOR RECENTLY TAGGED BLUE CATS!!!

New regulation for Blue Catfish in 2018...all between 25"-40" must be released...creel limit is still 5, but only 1 can be 40" or longer

Crappie Fair/Good   15ft deep suspended near points, brush, and ledges on jigs and minnows
Walleye Fair  

scattered near deeper flats, points, and ledges on jigs, worms, and crank baits 20ft deep

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

White Bass/Wipers Good  

along windy banks, humps, and points chasing shad, using jigs, crankbaits, and good topwater action

New regulation for Wiper in 2018...creel limit is now 5/day

Smallmouth Bass Fair/Good   near deep gravel/rock points and banks on jigs, crank baits, and topwater lures
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good   near points and flooded brush/rock on jigs, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures
Outlet Good   catfish on cut bait, white bass and wipers on jigs
General Comments

LOOK FOR RECENTLY TAGGED BLUE CATS!!!

New regulation for Wiper in 2018...creel limit is now 5/day

New regulation for Blue Catfish in 2018...all between 25"-40" must be released...creel limit is still 5, but only 1 can be 40" or longer

CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT THE MILFORD WALLEYE TAGGING STUDY!!!

http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/3-26-15/WALLEYE-TAGGING-STUDY-AT-MILFORD-RESERVOIR

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

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

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fish Feeders     The smaller feeder is filled and operational. The larger feeder is lost to the lotus for the time being. 
Perry District 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 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 under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.   
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs Channel catfish can still be caught using worms, cut shad, or doughballs.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 7.0 lbs The lake contains a nice population of larger fish for a small State Fishing Lake. They can be caught using spinnerbaits, plastics, or crankbaits around the brush piles. 
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow along shoreline and around the brush piles. Water is cloudy so choose baits that will make a lot of noise both in color and in sound. Best luck would come near the islands on the north shore.
 Comments
If you have information that you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 9/7/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs. Channel catfish are being taken on live and prepared baits lake wide right now.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Target largemouth bass in deeper structure and drop-offs.   
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Fair Up to 11 lbs. Jigs and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points. Some nice sized wiper (14-19 inches) have been being taken on the north end of the reservoir.  
White Crappie Slow Most fish around 7 inches, but some are greater than 10 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles. 
General Comments

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

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

Boats will not be allowed on Lake Olathe during weekdays till mid-June 2018 due to construction efforts and blasting. Boats will be allowed on evenings and weekends. 



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 9/7/2018

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

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

New Brushpiles were added on 3/9/18. Many of the new brushpiles can also be accessed by casting from the shore. 

GPS Coordinate locations for 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



PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/31/2018

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 4 Pages (lots of pics) 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 Catfish can be caught up shallow along the rocks using cut shad, night crawlers, shrimp, or stink bait.
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir but are difficult to target.  Try trolling crankbaits along the dam or mudflats in early morning. Casting a jig or crankbait in areas under a light may produce some fish during the night. 

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 5.0 lbs.

Recent Bass tournaments have landed some nice fish including a few of both species over 5 lbs and numerous over 4 and 3. There are some nice fish in the lake for folks to hook into.
White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. White Bass can be caught using any bait resembling a shad or even from crappie jigs. Try casting around rocks or look for schools of fish breaking up the balls of shad.   
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Crappie have begun to move up into some shallower locations. Target brush piles or brush locations in areas near creek or old river channels. Some success can also come dipping jigs next to trees in Slough Creek arm. Anglers have also been having success fishing at night under a light.
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Anglers are catching a few Blue Cats using cut and whole shad along the river channels in the upper end of the reservoir. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, many fish are below the length limit, with a few blue catfish over the 35 inch minimum length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  
Comments

As of August 31st, the current lake elevation is at 888.70 (2.8' below conservation pool) and staying steady with a release of 25 cfs. For current lake conditions 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 785-246-4514 to obtain a permit. 

39 Georgia Cube fish habitat structures were recently placed in the reservoir in the following locations:

5 cubes @ N 39.1563, W 095.4885

6 cubes @ N 39.1537, W 095.4931

3 cubes @ N 39.1516, W 095.4849

4 cubes @ N 39.1506, W 095.4825

3 cubes @ N 39.1292, W 095.4662

3 cubes @ N 39.1468, W 095.4707

3 cubes @ N 39.1313, W 095.4700

3 cubes @ N 39.1480, W 095.4809 (GPS plot doesn't agree with my memory, may not be in this exact spot)

3 cubes @ N 39.1352, W 095.4724

3 cubes @ N 39.1421, W 095.4774

3 cubes surrounding the jetty at the north ramp of Perry State Park

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 8/23/2018

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



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 8/23/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Good Up to 9 inches The bluegill population offers good numbers of 6 to 8 inch fish.  Been a good year for bluegill fishing.
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 been below average the last few years.  There was some improvements in numbers of crappie in 2017 but most of the fish are still below 10-inches. 
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The 2018 annual sampling effort documented that the population has come down from the very high abundance seen the last few years, but the lake can still be characterized as having lots of bass.  Of the fish collected this spring, 71.4% were over 12 inches.  The lake is known for being a good spot for catch and release bass fishing.
General Comments

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

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POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population. The 2018 sample collected the most largemouth bass in 5 years and 32% were over 15 inches.  The 2018 sample also documented improved numbers of smallmouth bass with most of the fish being from 11 to 15 inches long.  Bass in this lake can be tough to catch because they have all seen a lot of lures. 
Channel Catfish Good 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  The fourth stocking of the year was on August 29th of 700 pounds of channel catfish.  So far this year the lake has been stocked with 3,130 channel catfish.  Fishing has been good around the two feeders.  Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Fair 1/4 to 1 pound The lake does not support a robust crappie population but abundance has improved the last two years.  In addition, there is a good size structure with the majority of the fish seen in the fall samples were over 10 inches.  There are some artificial habitat structures just out from each dock that can be good.
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: 8/23/2018

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

Fishing for flathead, channel and blue catfish has all been pretty good this summer.  Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.  Blue catfish are usually caught on fresh cut bait.

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

White Bass and Wipers Fair 1/2 to 8 pounds

Fishing for whites and wiper has been ok in the current with white jigs or crankbaits. 

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

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

Starting to see quiet a few being caught the last two weeks.  Best baits have been brightly colored jigs or crankbaits in the current.

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

General Comments

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

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

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SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry District 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 newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs Crappie can be caught over brush piles or near standing timber using a small jig tipped with a plastic lure or minnow.
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 17.0 lbs There are some nice sized Channel Catfish in this impoundment. They can be caught from shore using cut bait or livers 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Best success for bass is coming by using soft plastic worms near structure in 3-10 ft or water or just off of the many ledges. 
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.5 lbs. Walleye should be along shallow flats and off of points.
Wiper  Great up to 7.5 lbs. Wipers can be caught by fishing along points in the lake using any lure that resembles a shad. 
General Comments

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

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



SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 9/13/2018

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



SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 9/7/2018

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



SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 5 pounds

The lake has a very good population of largemouth bass and the 2018 sample produced the second highest abundance seen in the last decade.  In addition, there is a great size structure with 41% of the fish were over 15 inches. 

The lake has been stocked several times with smallmouth bass but so far they have not flourished and few are caught by anglers.

Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie size structure has been improving with the 2017 sample having the most fish over 10 inches in seven years.  Brush pile coordinates below. 
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish which leads to good catch rates of fish in this range.  The fourth stocking of the year was on August 8th of 680 pounds of catfish.  So far this year the lake has been stocked with 6,275 channel catfish.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. The two fish feeders are in operation and fishing has been GOOD!
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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Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.200640° W -95.805438°
N 39.200351° W -95.801881°
N 39.201053° W -95.801924°



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 8/23/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The crappie population has been improving the last few years with sampling last fall producing the most fish over 10 inches in five years.  In addition, the future looks bright as the 2017 year-class was the largest recorded in 25 years.  Fish are in their summer pattern and are scattered along rocky shorelines or in brush.  A good starting point is 8 to 12 feet down with minnows.
White Bass Fair to Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass numbers continue to be low due to poor spawning success the last five years.  Main lake points has been producing some fish.
Catfish Fair to Good Up to 40 pounds

The lake and the connected river system maintains a good channel catfish population and is one of the best places around to catch channel over 8 pounds.  Saw plenty of big channels up shallow this week while sampling.

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

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

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

Record numbers of young saugeye sampled in the lake in 2017.  These fish have started reaching the 15-inch minimum length limit and anglers are beginning to take more home.  Saugeye can be caught casting or trolling crankbaits.  The river pond has been steady for saugeye fishing, with anglers dragging a nightcrawler or casting jigs & crankbaits.

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

General Comments

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

You can check current water conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/23/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a decent bluegill population. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills. 
Channel catfish Good Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. The North bank is a popular spot to fish for cats.
Crappie Fair Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has been really improving the last few years and the 2018 sample recorded the highest abundance in over a decade.  Most of the population is still below 15 inches but there are a few big fish around.
Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 3 lbs The lake has fair numbers of saugeye over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/7/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Some crappie are being caught on minnows or jigs suspended near structure. Evening and night bite has picked up. 
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Worms and wax worms under a bobber fished in the shallows.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 10 lbs. Some channel catfish are being taken on dough-bait or liver. The majority of fish are being caught at night right now.  
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics, spinner-baits, and crankbaits fished near deeper structure or near vegetation edges are producing fish.   
Smallmouth Bass Slow Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Slow Up to 6 lbs. Trolling shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. Drifting across mud flats and points, minnows are producing best right now. 
Rainbow Trout   Catchable Trout season is over. Look for them to be stocked again next winter. 
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.