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: 2/5/2020

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. 
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill can be caught with a nightcrawler under a bobber near brushpiles.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs Channel catfish can be caught from shore using cut shad, dough balls, or chunks of worm. Lots of fish up shallow right now. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinnerbaits or plastics worked around brush piles and rocks.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Redear can be caught jigging a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.  
General Comments
If you have information that you would like to contribute to the fishing report contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/6/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry Newsletter Good to Excellent   Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Crappie can be caught from shore using a jig or minnow, either casting or sitting under a bobber.
Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm  and jigging it over brush piles.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, dough baits, or chicken livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.0 lbs. Spinnerbaits or plastics working the shallows, along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Redear may be caught using a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.
General Comments
If you have information that you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514  



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/6/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great channel catfish population.  Wind swept banks can be great this time of year on a warm afternoon.
White Bass Fair  1/2 to 1 lb. Not a lot of white bass this year but the fish are nice sized.  
Wiper Fair Up to 26" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  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 crappie population has come down from the historically high numbers seen in 2017, but the lake is still has a good crappie fishery.   The current population of crappie is dominated by fish less than 10 inches, but there are still larger fish available.  
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. The saugeye population can be classified as good, but sample numbers have come down from the exceptional numbers seen in 2017.  From the fish collected last fall, 65% of the saugeye were over the 18 inch minimum length limit.  
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum length limit.
General Comments

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

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



CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/19/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       
       

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

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

Current Fishing Conditions
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 daily creel limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation was implemented to protect brood fish, so that the population could have a chance to improve.
       
Smallmouth Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This regulation change makes smallmouth bass regulations the same as those for largemouth bass.
       
Crappie Fair-Good 0.33-1.5 lbs Crappie are in 10-20 feet scattered over channel breaks and brush.  Most anglers are using small chartreuse jigs.
Channel catfish Slow-Good 0.5-7 lbs Some action using shad and cut bait, but best action is during periods of inflow using nightcrawlers.
Walleye Slow 0.5-8 lbs Walleye should be moving to the dam to spawn within the next 2 weeks.  Typically fish are caught using suspending crankbaits, and some will be taken on jigs.
Trout Fair 0.5-1 lbs In Lake Henry, anglers are using a variety of baits including: small spinners, jigs, worms, and trout powerbait.  Note: Lake Henry received its last load of trout this spring March 2.  Come on out and catch some trout!
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
Lake was 1.83' above normal, water temperature = 46 F, release = 7 cfs (March 19).  Boat Ramp # 1 and 2 (Marina) are open in the State Park.  The west ramps (#3) in the State Park are closed as is Campground 3 for repairs.  Also, the Bloomington Ramps are open, but some of the docks may not be in.  The dock is in on the north Bloomington Ramp.  Be sure to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat when you leave, to keep from spreading Zebra mussels to other lakes.



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 3/19/2020

       
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.33-0.75 lbs Using jigs over deep water brush piles.
Channel catfish Slow-Good 0.5-6 lbs Mostly slow on cut bait, but during periods of inflow can be good on nightcrawlers.
LM Bass Slow-Fair 0.5-2.5 lbs Some action casting jigs.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/19/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.5-1 lbs A few crappie have been caught vertically fishing jigs around brushpiles.
Channel catfish Slow-Good 0.5-4 lbs Mostly slow, except during periods of inflow using nightcrawlers.
LM Bass Slow-Fair 0.5-2 lbs Casting jigs along shoreline cover.
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Douglas State Fishing Lake sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
       
       
       
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 2/17/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Slow 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 Slow Up to 12 inches Use minnows and jigs near docks and vegetation edges. Crappie appear to be spread out in open water. Some success has been reported trolling. 
Largemouth Bass Fair 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: 3/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair   near brush/rock drop offs and channel ledges 10 ft deep on jigs, minnows, and spinners
Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats on cut bait and worms
Saugeye Fair   near dam and rock points on jigs, worms, and crankbaits
Black bass 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 2020 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.

WARNING..ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW PRESENT!!!



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 3/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Crappie Fair   near points, brush, and rock 10ft deep on jigs and minnows
Walleye Fair   along the dam and edges of flats and points on jigs, worms, and spoons
White Bass/Wipers Fair   along creeks, dam and points on spinners, jigs, and crankbaits
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2020 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 3/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Crappie Fair   near brush and rock 5ft deep on jigs and minnows
Largemouth Bass Slow/Fair    
Bluegill Fair   near brush/rock 5ft deep on jigs and worms
White Bass Slow/Fair   along creeks and dam on spinners and crankbaits
General Comments

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

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



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/17/2020

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Slow Up to 9 lbs. Some fish are being found on shallow rocky points and adjacent mud flats. Crankbaits and jigs are the most productive lures right now.      
Crappie Fair Most fish are 8 to 10 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie are being caught in trees and brushpiles in 20 feet of water. Crappie are also biting well at the marina heated dock. Many >10 inch crappie are being caught. Jigs and minnows are productive baits right now.
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. Changing weather pattern should have fish on the move to deeper 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 Slow  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 February 17th the water level is 1.0 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: 2/6/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Lake Contour Map Pretty Good 8.5"x11" Color Banner Creek has been mapped by the Kansas Biological Survey and there is a map available at Contour Map
Perry Newsletter Good to Excellent   Twice a year I will publish a newsletter discussing Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter emailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.25 lbs. Crappie can be caught by vertical jigging minnows over brush piles or standing timber.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Bluegill can be caught over brush piles using chunks of worm or small jigs. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.5 lbs. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, stink bait, or livers. 
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.  
White Bass Fair up to 2.5 lbs. Cast a jig along the rocks or along the dam to target them. Some anglers have been catching a good number of nice sized fish. 
General Comments

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

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

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 3/6/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Slow to Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has traditionally had a good smallmouth bass population, but the current population abundance is well below the historical average.  Hopefully, the population rebounds in the near future.  The corners of the dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  The lake has very few largemouth bass.  
Crappie Slow 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have been low the last three years but are starting to trend upwards due to recent spawning success.  There is a brushpile just south of the dock.
Channel Catfish Slow to Fair  1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate.  The south west corner of the lake and the Northern 2 coves tends to be good spots.
Walleye Fair  1 to 5 pounds 2019 was an exception year for walleye fishing at the lake as there were a lot of walleye in the lake due to some excellent year-classes being produced from stocking efforts.  However, all the fishing pressure in 2019 put a damper on the population with the highest harvest rate ever recorded at the lake.  The 2019 fall gill net samples and electrofishing samples indicate there is still a decent walleye population available to anglers with the majority of fish being over the minimum length limit.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch minimum length limit.
White Bass Fair  1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has an exception white bass fishery, with 94% of the fish collected last fall were over 12 inches.  Be a great year!
Wipers Fair Up to 12 pounds Wiper are doing great and numbers are up.  Most of the fish seen last fall were 18 to 20 inches long.  
General Comments

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

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

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 3/19/2020

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

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

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

White Bass Good Up to 3 lbs The white bass population is well above average for abundance with 88% of the fish sampled last fall being over 12 inches and 4% were over 15 inches.  
Wiper Fair Up to 12 lbs There are fair numbers of wiper in the lake with most of the fish sampled last fall being 20 to 24 inches.  
Walleye Fair Up to 5 lbs The walleye population has been trending up the last few years and the lake should provide decent harvest rates again in 2020.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15-inch minimum length limit. 
Crappie Fair Up to 1.5 lbs Crappie numbers have been improving the last three years and the population is offering decent numbers of fish over 10 inches.  There is some habitat cubes along the dock.
General Comments

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

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



LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 3/19/2020

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
Crappie Poor-Fair 0.3-1 lb Using mainly jigs, but some minnows also around structure.
Channel catfish Poor-Good 0.5-6 lbs Mostly slow, but during periods of inflow actions can be good using nightcrawlers.
LM Bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Casting jigs along patches of aquatic vegetation, some also being caught along rocky shorelines using jigs or crawdad crankbaits.
Trout Fair 0.5-5 lbs Anglers are using small spinners, jigs, worms and powerbait.  7,000 lbs of trout were stocked Feb. 22.
General Comments
Brushpiles were constructed and placed at 5 locations in April 2010. Locations were marked with GPS using datum NAD83: 1) N38.99217 W095.63188, 2) N39.00736 W095.62968, 3) N38.99254, W095.63210, 4) N38.99619 W095.632202, 5) N39.01043, W095.63014. November 07 locations were marked with GPS using datum WGS84 in decimel degrees: 1) N39.00740 W095.62978; 2) N39.00819 W095.63046; 3) N39.00810 W095.63055; 4) N39.00806 W095.63043; 5) N39.00638 W095.62261; 6) N39.00247 W095.62495; 7) N38.99622 W095.63205; 8) 39.00274 W095.63202.
 
 



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/6/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Invasive Species Alert Not Good   Brittle Naiad has been found near the boat ramp. Please inspect your boat and trailer before leaving to ensure you are not transporting this invasive plant.
Perry Newsletter Good   Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Bass are being caught by anglers using jigs or plastics along the shoreline and in & around brush piles, rip-rap, and fallen trees.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Channel Catfish may be taken occasionally from shore using cut bait or livers. 
Flathead Catfish Fair to Good up to 30 lbs This lake has a decent number of Flathead Catfish. They can be caught using a small sunfish along the dam or other rocky areas.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm jigged over brush piles and weed beds.
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs The best bet for crappie would be to fish a jig and minnow along the shoreline.
Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs This lake has a good population of shellcrackers. Redear can be caught using a small chunk of worm near brushpiles and shoreline habitat. Best luck would come from a boat or kayak in the coves further up each of the arms. 
Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs Wiper can be caught near points in the lake using baits that resemble shad. Schools can also be located by shad breaking the surface. More Wiper were sampled this year than in previous years. 
Walleye Slow Up to 3.25 lbs Fish a jig and minnow along the dam.
General Comments

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

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: 2/17/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Slow 1/2 to 11 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits lakewide.   
Flathead Catfish Slow  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. Target structure and vegetation edges with live bait. Boulders south of the dam also hold some flathead catfish.    
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs are producing the most fish right now. Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Saugeye are being caught near submerged roadbed and flats adjacent to the dam. Jigs are the best producing bait right now. Most of the saugeye being caught right now are shorts, but some keepers (> 18 inches) are being found as well. 
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 3 lbs. Largemouth can be taken on finesse plastics and spinnerbaits fished near trees in the coves and at vegetation edges. Some are being taken on the flats with crankbaits.   
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near submerged road also target near schools of gizzard shad.    
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/17/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Slow Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Slow 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Crappie can be taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Crappie are being caught on both sides of the culvert at this time.   
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. It will begin to grow early next April. 



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Fair  

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

Target rocky or wind-swept mud banks with jigs, crankbaits, or bottom bouncers

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

White Bass/Wipers Fair  

along windy banks and points using jigs on reservoir or target river on north end of the reservoir

Wiper creel limit is now 5/day

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

LOOK FOR RECENTLY TAGGED BLUE CATS!!!

Wiper...creel limit is 5/day

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

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

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

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/6/2020

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 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: 2/17/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 5 lbs. Channel catfish are being taken on live and prepared baits. The bite is very good in the upper end.    
Largemouth Bass Slow 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 and topwater baits are producing best right now.   
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Slow Up to 11 lbs. 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 Fair Most fish around 7 inches, but some are greater than 10 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles. 
General Comments

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

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



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 2/17/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure.   
Channel catfish Slow 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  Slow Up to 24 inches Use shad imitation baits fished near main lake points. 
Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Slow Up to 10 inches The bluegill and redear sunfish populations are in really good shape right now with many fish in the 7-9 inch length range. Use piece of nightcrawler or small jig at vegetation edges and rocky structures to target the panfish. 
 
General Comments

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

More brushpiles were added on 3/21/19. Some new brushpiles were created and some brush was added to some of the existing 2018 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: 2/6/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Invasive! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will start spawning as the water temperature rises to around 54 degrees. Please do not move water from Perry Reservoir.
Perry District Newsletter Good-Excellent   We publish a newsletter for Perry and other waters in the district twice a year. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Good up to 10.0 lbs Channel Catfish bite has been pretty slow, that or anglers haven't been targeting them. Some fish could be found in the creek and river channels.
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir but are difficult to target.  Try trolling crankbaits along the dam. Casting a jig or crankbait in areas under a light may produce some fish during the night. 

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 5.0 lbs.

Lots of small 8-10 inch bass were seen all throughout the spring. Fishing should be great as these fish continue to grow. 
White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. White Bass can be caught using any bait resembling a shad or even from crappie jigs. Try casting around rocks or look for schools of fish breaking up the balls of shad. There are A LOT of 6-9 inch fish out there but some larger 14-16 inch fish can still be found.   
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Crappie have begun moving deeper and can be found in the old creek and river channels. 
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Some fish can be caught following the river and creek channels and dropping cut-bait down when you find shad balls. 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 February 6th, the current lake elevation is at 889.59 (1.91' below conservation pool) and staying relatively steady with a release of 100 cfs. For current lake conditions click here and for the lake forecast click here

Most boat ramps are back open except for Longview, Devils Gap, and Lake Perry Yacht & Marina. Most have the docks pulled for the winter.

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

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

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/19/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. Crappie numbers have been improving.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.  
Largemouth Bass Fair 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: 3/19/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair  Up to 9 inches The bluegill population offers good numbers of 6 to 8 inch fish. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie abundance is starting to improve but there are still few fish over 10 inches. 
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The 2019 annual sampling effort documented that the lake continues to provide a very high abundance of largemouth bass.  The average fish size is currently smaller than normal, with most of the fish seen this spring were below 15 inches.  The lake is known for being a good spot for catch and release bass fishing.
General Comments

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

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POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 3/6/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair  1/2 to 4 pounds

The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population.  A 6.2 pound smallmouth bass was sampled at the lake last spring. 

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

Channel Catfish Fair 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  The lake received 3,300 pounds of channel catfish in 2019.  Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 per day.
Crappie Fair  1/4 to 1 pound The lake supports a fair crappie population.  
Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Fair less than pound The lake has struggled to grow sunfish to a size large enough that anglers want to keep them for frying.  The population receives high angling pressure from both panfish anglers and from anglers targeting sunfish to use for catfish bait.  To hopefully continue to please both angler bases and help increase the overall size structure of sunfish, the lake is being implemented with a special sunfish regulation starting in 2019.  This new slot limit requires the release of sunfish species from 6 to 9 inches.  The creel limit of fish over 9 inches is five per day and there is still unlimited daily harvest of fish less than 6 inches.  This regulation change will be evaluated over time to verify if it will continue into the future.
General Comments

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

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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 3/6/2020

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

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

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

White Bass and Wipers Fair 1/2 to 8 pounds

A few whites and wiper are being caught.  Fishing has been best when release rates are below 5,000 cfs.  Jigs, crankbaits or minnows.  

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

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

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

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: 2/6/2020

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 having luck catching fish through the ice.
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm or a small jig over brush piles.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 17.0 lbs There are some nice sized Channel Catfish in this impoundment. They can be caught from shore using cut bait or livers 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Best success for bass is coming by using soft plastic worms near structure in 3-10 ft or water or just off of the many ledges. 
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.5 lbs. Walleye should be along the dam and off of points.
Wiper  Great up to 7.5 lbs. Wipers can be caught by fishing along points in the lake using any lure that resembles a shad. Luck could also be had by trolling along the dam and open areas.
General Comments

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

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



SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 2/17/2020

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 Slow Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide using dough-bait and cut bait. 
Wiper Slow Up to 9 lbs. Live bait and shad imitation baits along the dam are producing the best.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics are working best right now fished near deeper structure. 
Trout Fair Catchable Trout are biting and powerbait seems to be the most productive bait right now. 
General Comments
In addition to a state fishing license, a Johnson County fishing permit is required. If you plan to fish for trout, a Johnson County trout permit is also required. Johnson County fishing/trout permits are available through Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and other select vendors.



SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/13/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake maintains a very good population of largemouth bass with an excellent size structure.  Fish starting to get more active with water temperatures creeping up.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The crappie size structure has finally started to improve with 75% of the crappie sampled in 2019 were over 8 inches.  
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 - 4 pounds

The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish which leads to good catch rates of fish in this size range.  The lake received a total of 4,200 channel catfish in 2019.  The first stocking of 2020 was completed on March 12th of 700 pounds of channel catfish.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 

The two fish feeders have been repeatedly vandalized and the program has been suspended at the lake.

General Comments

Located north of Silver Lake, Shawnee State Fishing Lake is the site of good catch and release largemouth bass fishing. The lake is also noted for channel catfish harvest since the lake receives frequent stockings of harvestable sized catfish from March through September. The Jeffrey Energy Center Lakes and Perry Reservoir both have zebra mussels and with Shawnee State Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 3/3/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Good 1/2 to 2 pounds Crappie fishing has been very good this winter ever since the water levels have stabilized.  Boat anglers have been catching all sizes of fish in standing timber 15 to 25 feet deep.  Jigs or minnows.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass numbers continue to be low due to poor spawning success the last six years. 
Catfish Fair Up to 40 pounds

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

The blue catfish population is finally starting to get established.  The vast majority of the fish are below 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 of these fish to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek Lake.  It is up to you if you wish to release the fish or harvest it (if legally applicable), but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or ely.sprenkle@ks.gov  A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

Largemouth Bass 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 with Carnahan Cove a distant second best.
Saugeye Fair Up to 6 pounds

The high release rates have moved a lot of saugeye from the Reservoir downstream which has led to some good fishing in the River Pond, the river below the dam or at Rocky Ford.

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

Rainbow Trout Good Up to 5 pounds The sixth stocking of rainbow trout for Willow Lake was completed on March 3rd.  So far this trout season, Willow Lake has been stocked with 7,730 trout.    Anglers have been doing well with traditional trout baits or power baits.  A trout permit is required for fishing at Willow Lake during the trout season. 
General Comments

Fishing has been getting back to normal as the water levels have come down.

You can check current water conditions HERE

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

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/6/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a decent bluegill population. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills. 
Channel catfish Fair  Up to 7 lbs The lake supports of population of good sized channel catfish. The North bank is a popular spot to fish for cats.
Crappie Fair Up to 1lb The size of the crappie in the lake has been improving nicely, with the most recent fish sample having the highest proportion of the population above 10 inches in over a decade. Along the dam 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 2019 sample recorded the highest abundance in over a decade.  The size structure is starting to improve too with 44% above 15 inches.
Saugeye Slow  Up to 3 lbs Saugeye numbers are low and harvest is expected to be low until the population rebounds from stocking efforts.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/11/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie   Up to 12 inches  
Bluegill   Up to 8 inches  
Channel Catfish   Up to 10 lbs.  
Largemouth Bass   Up to 5 lbs.  
Smallmouth Bass   Up to 2 lbs.  
Wiper/White Bass   Up to 6 lbs.  
Walleye   Up to 2 lbs.  
Rainbow Trout   Catchable  
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.

Wyandotte County Lake is closed for the winter. Look for it to reopen early March 2020.