Northwest 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.

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/2/2021

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 12-18 inches Bass fishing will be fairly slow throughout the witner.  They can be found near the flooded cattails and also hang out under the overhanging branches along the east shoreline.  Fish may also be found near the flooded aquatic vegetation around the lake.  Try spinnerbaits, Ned rigs, Senkos, and plastics for best results.
Bluegill/Sunfish Slow 5 to 7 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bet.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.  Some anglers prefer to fly fish with small nymphs or dry flies fished on the surface.
Channel Catfish Fair 12-25 inches Fish can be caught just about anywhere on the lake but the bite may be a bit slower during the winter. Anglers should try using shad sides, shad gizzards, shrimp, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver.  Targeting inflow is a popular method as the catfish will congregate there to feed. The shallow upper end is a great area to find big catfish on warm winter days.
Saugeye Fair 18-25 inches The best number of saugeye can be found on the upper end around the jetties and other rocky areas. Jig and crawler, large shiners, crankbaits, and swim baits are all good options to use for catching saugeye now. Anglers will also find some around the brush piles and off the ends of the jetties closest to the dam.
Crappie Good 8-15 inches Anglers should target the brush piles and other submerged structure with minnows and jigs throughout the fall.  Anglers are encouraged to harvest high numbers of crappie to help maintain a desirable level. Our recent sample indicated there are very high numbers of crappie in the lake now and anglers could have great success throughout the winter.
General Comments

Water Temperature--45ºF  

CAUTION: LONGER BOAT TRAILERS MAY FALL OFF EDGE OF BOAT RAMP WHEN WATER IS LOW



CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/7/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Black Bass Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. No Recent Report.
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing slab spoons or jigs over the fish attractors has been best.
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches Vertically fishing slab spoons and swim baits over underwater road beds, parking lots, steep breaks, and around the outer edges of the fish attractors.
White Bass/Wipers Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over humps, points, and other structure in approximately 25 feet of water.  Trolling crankbaits in 20 to 30 feet of water lake-wide has also been effective. 

WATER TEMPERATURE-33 degrees F

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2131.04 ft. above MSL-12.96 ft. below conservation pool

ATTENTION: The reservoir is approximately 60% covered by a sheet of ice that is 1.5-inches or less in thickness.  All boat ramps are iced in except the Overland Ramp is open and could still allow access to open water that remains.  The ice is too thin to safely support ice fishing activities.  Any attempt to get out on the ice is strongly discouraged.

NEW FOR 2022:  Effective January 1, 2022 Walleye harvest at Cedar Bluff Reservoir will continue to be regulated by a 21-INCH MINIMUM LENGTH LIMIT AND 5 FISH DAILY CREEL LIMIT, EXCEPT UP TO 2 WALLEYE GREATER THAN 15-INCHES BUT LESS THAN 18-INCHES MAY BE INCLUDED IN THE 5 FISH DAILY CREEL.  For additional information call the Cedar Bluff Area Office at (785)-726-3212.

ATTENTION: An established zebra mussel population has been documented at this water making Cedar Bluff an ANS designated water.  With this designation, regulations are in effect primarily aimed at discouraging water containing microscopic zebra mussel larvae from leaving the property and establishing in new waters.  Any time one leaves the reservoir it is best to clean mud, vegetation, or attached zebra mussel adults off of boats and other equipment, drain any thing on a boat or other equipment that holds water, and allow boats and other equipment to dry completely before using them at another body of water.  It is now illegal to use wild-caught bait from Cedar Bluff at any other water.  Live fish are not to be taken off the property.  And all livewells and bilges must be drained prior to leaving the property.

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related prospects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/2/2021

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Good 9-15 inches Fish will be found in the brush piles and Georgia cube structures throughout the fall and into winter. There have been good numbers of 14 to 15 inch crappie caught recently.  The west end around the causeway has been one of the better areas to fish but anglers will also find fish around the brush off the north shore points and near the south bluffs.
Trout Excellent 10-15 inches

The second batch of trout were stocked IN THE GLEN ELDER OULET on Tuesday, November 30th.  Anglers have been having great success fishing down there with corn, salmon eggs, and Powerbait.  Fly anglers have also reported very successful catches using a variety of nymphs and dry flies just downstream of the walkway.  The next round of trout will be stocked between Christmas and New Year's and may be stocked in the park pond if renovations have been completed.

Don't forget, ALL anglers fishing in the Glen Elder outlet ARE REQUIRED to have a trout permit!

Walleye Fair 11-25 inches As the water cools down heading into the winter, many of the walleye will begin to migrate to the river channel and can becaught in 20-30 feet of water.  The best area to look for these walleye is Wally, World, north of the bluffs, and north of Gibbs Point.  Anglers also catch walleye near the Cawker causeway bridge as well as off Swim Beach point and Campground 3.
Black Bass Slow 12-20 inches Smallmouth bass fishing  has slowed with the cooling water temperatures with anglers catching a few fish around the state park along the north shore. With a 21 inch length limit these fish are almost all sublegal so please handle them with extreme care and release them immediately after catching them.  They can also be found along the dam, Granite Creek, and the south bluffs. Anglers typically catch them using a variety of crankbaits, soft plastics, and Ned Rigs. Largemouth bass can also be caught in most of the main lake coves as well as in the state park using spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Senkos.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 15-30 inches

Catfish can be caught just about anywhere lakewide. The best numbers can be found around the mouth of Walnut Creek, along Sandy Beach, near Takota Point, and on the flats south of the golf course. Anglers can try drift fishing for them using shad sides, shad gizzards, and stinkbait. Blue catfish can be found primarily around the Cawker City causeway and west as well as south of Granite Creek along the river channel in 25 to 30 feet of water.  Many of the blue catfish will migrate close to the dam near the north shore and reside there throughout the winter.

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

White Bass Good to Excellent 11-18 inches White bass are probably your best bet to continue catching fish throughout the winter.  Anglers will find them in deeper water and they can be caught using a variety of swim baits, slab spoons, and jigs.  Fishing off the north shore points, the south end of the dam, off the Walnut Creek Points, and near the causeway will all likely lead to some good white bass catches with a few wipers also mixed in.
Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.

Current Water Temperature: 45°F        Current Water Level: 0.1 feet low

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/2/2021

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Good 9-11 inches Anglers should target the brush piles and other submerged structure with minnows and jigs throughout the winter.  Anglers are encouraged to harvest high numbers of crappie to help maintain a desirable level.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12-22 inches

Largemouth can be found near the flooded cattails and also hang out around flooded trees, stumps, and logs.  Fish may also be found near the flooded aquatic vegetation around the lake.  Try spinnerbaits, Ned rigs, Senkos, and plastics for best results.

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

Channel Catfish Fair to Good 11-25 inches

Fish can be caught just about anywhere on the lake. Anglers should try using shad sides, shad gizzards, shrimp, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver.  Targeting inflow is a popular method as the catfish will congregate there to feed. Also, anglers have had great success fishing off the jetty next to the boat ramp.

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

Bluegill

Redear Sunfish

Fair 6-9 inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bet.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.  Some anglers prefer to fly fish with small nymphs or dry flies fished on the surface.
General Comments
ATTENTION ANGLERS! There is a new regulation for all sunfish species which began in January 2019. Fish between 6 and 9 inches must be immediately released. There is no limit on the number of fish less than 6 inches, but anglers are limited to only 5 fish greater than 9 inches per day. This applies to bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish, and their hybrids.

Water temperature: 45ºF

Water level: 1 Foot Low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/5/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Fishing cut and prepared baits along the river channel from the south boat ramp all the way to buzzard bay. Try deeper catfish humps and structure near bluffs.
Crappie Fair 10 to 14 inches Try deeper structure and brush piles with 1/16 oz. jigs and live minnows. Several reports of larger fish being caught when they can be located.
Trout Good   The third trout stocking for the seep stream below the dam was completed on 12/13/21. Several reports of limits and a lot of happy anglers.
Saugeye Fair 14 - 22" Wind blown points in the middle and lower ends of the reservoir are best. Also try shallow shoreline areas first thing in the morning.  Shad imitating swimbaits and jigs tipped with minnows can be productive baits.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Casting swimbaits, bucktail jigs, and Kastmaster spoons along wind blown points and areas near the river channel. Using slab spoons or live minnows is also producing some fish right now along brush piles and in the river channel
Wiper Fair All sizes Similar locations and baits as those used for white bass.
General Comment

Ice Update- NO SAFE ICE at this time. Some ice in the back of coves and around the outlet tower. When/if we get safe ice make sure to continually check the ice thickness as you move around, go with a buddy incase of an accident, and be prepared with safety gear incase of emergency. Make sure to review this link for safety tips before you venture out on the ice.

https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWP-Info/News/Weekly-News/2-11-21-KDWPT-Provides-Ice-Safety-Tips/KDWPT-Provides-Ice-Safety-Tips

Buzzard Bay boat ramp is currently being repaired and is out of service for the time being.

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

 



KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/7/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of crappies being caught around the artificial brush piles under private boat slips, and the fish attractor structures close to the public fishing dock near the mouth of Leota Cove and up in the coves.  Been using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 13 to 27 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught.  An 18" minimum length limit is in effect.
Wiper Good 10 to 28 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught.
Catfish Fair 10 to 30 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught. 
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Good 10 to 20 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2294.93 ---- 9.37 below conservation pool

Currently, the water level is 2.30 feet lower than it was one year ago, at this time. The Reservoir currently has approximately 2 inches of ice cover at this time.  I would not recommend getting out on the ice at this time.  However, if the weather remains cold this could change rather quickly.  If venturing out on the ice take a buddy/friend with you, check the ice thickness frequently and ALWAYS USE EXTREME CAUTION.

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water.  Please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that includes fisheries related information about Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoirs is available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list.  

http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



KIRWIN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/7/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Anglers have been catching fish around the north and south shore fish attractors, along river channel drop offs and along the Dam, also been hearing of fish being caught up in the coves using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  
Walleye Fair 10 to 29 inches Have not had any reports of walleye being caught.
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 28 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught. 
Catfish Fair 10 to 30 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught. 
Largemouth Bass Fair 12 to 22 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught.  
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1726.66 ---- 2.59' below conservation pool

Currently, the water level is 1.15' lower than it was one year ago, at this time. The Reservoir currently has approximately 2 inches of ice cover at this time.  I would not recommend getting out on the ice at this time.  However, if the weather remains cold this could change rather quickly.  If venturing out on the ice take a buddy/friend with you, check the ice thickness frequently and ALWAYS USE EXTREME CAUTION.

Docks have been put back in at the North ramp and South shore ramp. The fish cleaning station has been CLOSED FOR THE WINTER.  Both ramps are iced in at this time.

If you have any questions regarding Kirwin Reservoir and the surrounding public lands, contact the USFWS at 785-543-6673.  

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water.  Please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that includes fisheries related information about Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoirs is available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list.  

http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District

 



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/2/2021

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 16-25 inches In the winter walleye can be found around the main lake points on the north shore including Cabin Point, Cedar Point, and Walleye Point.  Fish are caught between 10 and 20 feet of water throughout the winter using jigs and crawlers, swim baits, and crankbaits.
White Bass/Wipers Good

7-14 inches

15-25 inches

Anglers will find fish along the dam and other rip rapped shoreline around the reservoir.  Casting a variety of small crankbaits, roadrunners, and slabs can all catch fish this time of year. Wipers are often found off the dam and along the creek channel on the lower half of the reservoir this time of year. Fish will also be found on the windblown points feeding on gizzard shad, especially around Cedar Point and Walleye Point.
Crappie Good 8-14 inches Anglers should target crappie in 8 to 15 feet of water. Some fish may be found in the brush piles and Georgia cube structures as well. Our fall sample indicated extremely high numbers of both white and black crappie in Lovewell now with the best numbers around Cedar Point, Marina Cove, and near the outlet.
Catfish Good 16 to 35 inches

Anglers can find catfish lakewide throughout the winter. Recent sampling indicated very high numbers of channel catfish are in the reservoir now. Best baits to use include stinkbait, shad gizzards, shad sides, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Anglers often report good winter catches of blue catfish near Walleye Point, the marina, and Cedar Point.

Remember there is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish in Lovewell.  All blue catfish less than 35 inches must be released immediately. 

Comments
Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell. Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information. More Georgia Cubes were added in April 2020! 

Current water temperature:  45ºF       Current water level: 1.7 feet above conservation pool

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/7/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Good 6-21 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught. 
Bluegill Good 3-9 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught. 
Catfish Good 10-25 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught. 
Black Crappie Good 5-12 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught. 
General Comments

Water Temp. 32 Degrees

Lake is approx. one to two feet low.  The Lake currently has approximately 3 inches of ice cover at this time.  I would not recommend getting out on the ice at this time.  However, if the weather remains cold this could change rather quickly.  If venturing out on the ice take a buddy/friend with you, check the ice thickness frequently and ALWAYS USE EXTREME CAUTION.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/24/2021

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Vertically fishing jigs around deeper brush or drifting jigs in open water on the main lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Casting swimbaits and soft plastics around shoreline brushpiles, along the dam, around the fishing piers, and around laydown trees.    
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Casting or trolling shad imitating crankbaits and swimbaits along the dam face or over points, shelves, and along creek channel breaks.
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber around deeper brush or along rocky shorelines.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Stillfishing shrimp or cut bait off the bottom.  
Wiper Fair Up to 2 lbs. Casting or trolling shad imitating crankbaits and swimbaits.
Comments

It is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water, so please discard any unused bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/7/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Have had reports of fish being caught around the north and south shore breakwaters and fish attractors. Jigs or jigs tipped with minnows have been productive. All 4 maintained fish attractors have had new trees added to them this summer.
Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Have not had any reports of walleye being caught.
White Bass/Wiper Fair 8 to 28 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught.
Catfish Fair 12 to 30 inches Have not had any reports of catfish being caught. 
Largemouth Bass Fair 12 to 22 inches Have not had any reports of bass being caught.  
Rainbow Trout     THERE WILL NOT BE ANY TROUT STOCKED INTO THE WEBSTER STILLING BASIN THIS YEAR DUE TO THE BUREAU DOING MAINTENANCE ON THE SPILLWAY.  SORRY FOR THE INCONVIENCE.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1888.63 ---- 3.82' below conservation pool

The water level is 2.03' lower than it was one year ago at this time.  The Reservoir has approximately 2 inches of ice cover at this time.  I would not recommend getting out on the ice at this time.  However, if the weather remains cold that could change rather quickly.  If venturing out on the ice take a buddy/friend with you, check the ice thickness frequently as you head out and ALWAYS USE EXTREME CAUTION.  All boat ramps are currently iced in at this time.  Releasing 0 cfs through the outlet channel.

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. Please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter which includes informative fisheries information about Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoirs is currently available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list.  

http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



WILSON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/5/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Striped Bass Fair 7-25 pounds Larger fish are relating to deeper water near Lucas campground, mouth of Marshall Cove, and towards the dam. Try trolling crankbaits, casting/jigging large bucktail jigs, or drifting live shad or sunfish along channel breaks.
 Walleye Fair 18-25 inches Trolling or casting crankbaits and swimbaits over mainlake points mainly from Duvall cove to the dam during early morning or late evening.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

Channel Catfish) Bite has slowed down but fish can be found from shallow to moderate depths. Try cut bait or dough bait thorough the reservoir.

Blue Catfish)  scattered throughout the reservoir, try fresh cutbait in 6-30 feet of water on river channel swings or flats near these swings.

NEW REGULATION FOR 2020: Release all Blue Catfish between 32 - 40 inches. Two can be kept outside this range but only one can be kept over 40 inches.

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds Casting shad imitating swimbaits and bucktail jigs over windblown points and using slab spoons along the river channel.
Black Bass Fair 12-20 inches No reports.
White Perch Poor 4 to 12 inches

No reports.

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

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 0.55 feet below conservation pool.

Ice Update- NO SAFE ICE at this time. Sheet ice from the west end to elm creek bluffs and in the mid to back of hell creek cove. Waterfowl are keeping pockets open on the west end. When/if we get safe ice make sure to to continually check the ice thickness as you move around, go with a buddy incase of an accident, and be prepared with safety gear incase of emergency. Make sure to review this link for safety tips before you venture out on the ice.

https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWP-Info/News/Weekly-News/2-11-21-KDWPT-Provides-Ice-Safety-Tips/KDWPT-Provides-Ice-Safety-Tips

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: All boat ramps are open. WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS and be courteous at boat ramps!

We have two Aquatic Nuisance Species - white perch and zebra mussels and have joined Cheney and El Dorado as lakes with both species. The law now says that if anyone leaves the lake with water in your livewell or boat, you are subject to a ticket for transporting Zebra Mussels since they will spawn and the microscopic little mussels will probably be in every drop of water in the lake. Make sure you drain all water from the boat before you leave the boat ramp area!!! We have been taking veliger samples and the samples were high so be sure to drain and dry everything!!!!!!