South Central 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

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/21/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good 1 - 5 lbs. Good. Catfishing has picked up. They're biting on worms, liver, cut bait near the boat ramp and near the dam in 1-8' of water.
Crappie Fair 8-13" Fair. The crappie bite is slow but consistent. Try using 1/16 oz. jigs with pink or chartreuse grubs in 3-10 feet of water near or within brush or pvc cubes.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Fair. Slow, but the morning and evening bite is good on topwater frogs and texas-rigged soft plastics. Bluegill-colored spinnerbaits are good on windy days.
Saugeye Poor 15-26" Poor. Only a few Saugeye have been reported. Try dragging chartreuse, white, or pink jigs tipped with an earthworm around points. Small, deep-running crankbaits should produce as well. Fish slow and on the bottom towards evening and at night. Remember) The minimum length limit has changed from 18" to 21" and only 2 fish can be kept per day.

General Comments

Water temperature: 78 degrees

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair to Good up to 24" Try fishing cut bait, worms, or stink bait on the windy side of the lake during the evening or early morning.
Crappie Fair Up to 14" Try tube jigs or minnows near deeper structure. 
Bullhead Catfish Good Up to 12" Anthony City Lake has a good population of Bullhead Catfish. Bullheads are easy to catch and there is no length or creel limit on Bullheads. Try fishing worms or stink bait near the bottom during the evening for best results. 
General Comments
 



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/3/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Poor 6" to 10" Fish with small minnows and jigs around brush. There are a few nice crappie in the lake although most are fairly small.
Bluegill Poor   Worms under a bobber or very small jigs.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-6 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 20" Fish shallow brush with Texas rigged softbait, jigs, and spinnerbaits. The water here is typically murky so try darker colored lures (black & blue, dark purple, green pumpkin).
General Comments
 



BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 22 inches

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches

Stink baits or fresh cut bait fished on windblown shorelines and near the feeders.  Also worms during inflows in the upper end.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 17 inches Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or plastics worked near cover and along shoreline vegetation.
Crappie Fair Up to 8 inches The majority of the crappie in the lake are small and the crappie population density needs to be reduced.  Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed  the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back.  Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 7 inch Near shoreline cover on worms or small jigs.
General Comments
Lake level is at normal pool.



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Have Been Discovered in Chase State Fishing Lake.    

Chase SFL is an ANS designated water. Read the news release HERE.

 Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

 Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

 Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 22 inches

Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit.

Areas with inflows on night crawlers.  Also stink baits on windy shorelines and around the feeders. 

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 16 inches

There is a 13 to 18 inch slot limit on Largemouth Bass in effect at the lake.

Plastics or spinner baits near weed beds.

Saugeye Fair up to 22 inches Small crank baits or jig and plastics off the points and along the dam.
Spotted Bass Fair up to 15 inches Crankbaits along rocky shorelines and points.
Bluegill Good Up to 7.5 to 8 inches Small jigs or worms under a float.
Crappie Fair up to 12 inches Jigs or minnows fished in 7 to 10 of water near breaks or brush.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

SPECIES RATING SIZE BAITS, LOCATION, METHODS
Fishing Newsletter     All KDWPT fisheries districts are offering a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. The newsletters are aimed at keeping anglers informed about fishing opportunities and information in their areas of interest. The first few editions of the Cheney Fisheries District have been completed and are ready for distribution.
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS, AND BILGES!!!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

White Bass and Wiper Good Up to 24" Look for Wipers and White Bass on humps and drop-offs near deeper water and at the surface at dawn and dusk. Trolling crank baits, vertical jigging spoons, and live bait work well this time of year. Move around until you locate active fish. 
Walleye Poor Up to 25" Drift night crawlers and jigs along points and submerged humps.
Crappie Fair Up to 15" Look for crappie suspended near structure. Try using live minnows, jigs, or a combination of both.
Blue Catfish Fair to Good Up to 20 lbs Fish with live or cut bait on wind blown points or near a river channel with woody structure. If you aren't getting bites within 15 minutes, move to another location. The Blue Cat bite should pick up as the water temperature goes down.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 28" Try fishing cut bait or stink bait on the windy side of the lake. If you aren't getting bites within 15 minutes, move to another location.
White Perch Good  

White perch are being caught using similar methods for Wipers and White bass. There have been reports of "eater" sized fish being caught.

White perch cannot be used as live bait, but they do make good cut bait. For tips on identifying a white perch from a white bass, wiper or striped bass click HERE.

All white perch in your possession must be dead. It is illegal to posses live white perch.

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COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/16/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Zebra Mussel     Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove City Lake. Click HERE for more information.

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Bluegill Fair   near gravel banks and vegetation on small jigs and worms
Crappie Slow/Fair   10 ft deep near ledges on jigs and minnows
Channel catfish Fair   near windy flats and flooded brush on cut bait and worms
Black bass Fair   on jigs, spinnerbaits, or crankbaits 5-15ft deep near docks, points, and brush
Walleye Slow/Fair   along dam and deeper points/banks on jigs and spoons
White bass Fair   along dam and points on spinners and jigs
General Comments
The City of Council Grove requires Aquatic Nuisance Species certification of anglers and boaters at Council Grove City Lake. Go to ANS Certification to obtain the certificate. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.



COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/16/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir.

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Channel Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats and creek channel ledges on cut bait and worms
Saugeye Slow/Fair   near dam and gravel/rock points on jigs and worms
White Bass Fair   along deep rock points and ledges on spinners and jigs
Wiper Fair   a few in with white bass
Crappie Slow/Fair  

10-20 ft deep on minnows and jigs near points, brush, and ledges

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

0.16 feet high, releasing 8 cfs

Outlet fishing is slow/fair for catfish, white bass, and saugeye

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good up to 8 inch Small jigs or bobber and worm on deeper edges of weed beds.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 18 inch

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Stink baits and worms near the feeders.

Largemouth Bass Good up to 17 inch Small crank baits, plastics, or jigs in weed beds and along weed edges.
Redear Sunfish Good up to 11 inch Same as bluegill
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in the Trout Area below the dam!!

Wiper Fair  up to 24 inch

Trolling or casting crank baits along windy shorelines.

Be sure to properly ID your catch as there is there is an 21-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit on wiper.. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White bass Fair up to 14 inch

Main lake points and windy shorelines on curly tailed grubs or inline spinners.

Wipers can be caught along with white bass so it is important to properly identify your catch before putting it on a stringer. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White Perch Fair up to 10 inch

Small hooks with half a worm fished on rocky breaks and along old roads.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

Crappie Fair up to 14 inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Crappie are being found in flooded timber and brushpiles and are being caught on minnows and jigs. 

Catfish Fair up to 40 inch

Both blue cats and channel catfish are being caught on flats and windy shorelines on worms or fresh cut bait.

There is a 25 to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish and a 5/day creel with no more than 2 blue catfish over 35 inches.

Walleye Fair up tp 25 inch

THE WALLEYE LENGTH LIMIT IS 21-INCHES WITH A 2/DAY CREEL LIMIT.

Drifting jig and crawler combos or pulling worm harnesses on main lake points and flats.  Trolling small shad imitating crankbaits is becoming more effective as the young of the year shad grow larger.

General Comments

0.2 ft above Normal Pool, releasing 15 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

Ramp Update 8/14/2019.  All boat ramps are now usable.

ZEBRA MUSSEL & WHITE PERCH WARNING! El Dorado Reservoir and the Walnut River below the reservoir contain zebra mussels and white perch. Take zebra mussel control precautions when leaving the lake, Trout Area, and Stilling Basin. For information on Zebra Mussels click Here.



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 22" Try fishing cut bait, worms,or stink bait on the windy side of the lake in the evening or early morning.
Crappie Fair up to 13" Try a jig and minnow fished near deeper structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 21" Try fishing near deeper structure with a small lure fished slowly such as a Ned-rig or a senko. 
Saugeye Poor up to 18" Fish with jigs around deeper points or drop-offs.
       
General Comments
The recent cold front should make the fish more active and improve the fishing.



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good 10" to 28" Try fishing cut bait or stink bait on the windy side of the lake in the morning or evening.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5lbs Fish near vegetation with soft plastics or top water lures at dawn and dusk. 
Northern Pike Fair Up to 35" Look for pike in deeper water, use large spinning baits or live bluegill.
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 6" Use worms under a bobber near structure, or a small jigs. 
General Comments
The recent cold front should make the fish more active.



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/3/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Blue-green Algae WARNING

Last Update

August 29 2019

Marion County Lake is currently under a HAB Warning.  For more information see http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm
Channel Catfish   No fishing reports available this week.  
Crappie     New 20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018
Largemouth Bass     13 inch to 18 inch slot limit effective January 1, 2018
Saugeye      
Bluegill      
White Bass      
Wiper      
General Comments

New crappie creel limit of 20/day effective January 1, 2018.

New largemouth bass 13 inch to 18 inch slot length limit effective January 1, 2018.

Boat and bait inspections are MANDATORY at Marion County Lake to prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Nuisance Species. Protect our waters... don't forget to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY!



MARION RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Boat Ramp Update September 3 2019  

The Marion Cove boat ramp, Broken Bridge boat ramp, Durham Cove boat ramp, Hillsboro Cove boat ramp, and French Creek Cove boat ramp are open.  Cottonwood Point boat ramps remain closed.

If any questions arise, please direct them to the Marion Reservoir Corps of Engineers Office at 620-382-2101

***ATTENTION

ANGLERS***

   

Message from the Corps of Engineers at Marion Reservoir:

The Marion Bridge which is the bridge across the Marion Reservoir Dam is being replaced beginning the fall of 2018.  The estimated time for replacement is approximately 1.5 years or the spring of 2020.  During that time and due to the safety concerns with the construction site, there will be no public access to the stilling basin area, along the dam crest road itself, or within a 500 foot perimeter of the construction zone on the face of the dam.  Additionally, buoys have been placed in front of the dam to restrict boating activities away from the project site.

If any questions arise, please direct them to the Marion Reservoir Corps of Engineers Office at 620-382-2101

Zebra Mussels     Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!
Channel Cat Fair to Good up to 28 inch Areas with current or windy shorelines using worms or cut bait.
White Crappie Fair up to 13 inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018

Crappie jigs or minnows near brush piles.

Walleye Fair up to 20 inch Jig and crawler combo drifted on wind blown shorelines.  Trolling with small sized crankbaits has also been productive.
White Bass Fair up to 14 inch Trolling crankbaits along the ends of the dam and windy points.
Wiper Fair to Good up to 24 inch Same was white bass report.
Coordinates for habitat cubes    

4 cubes N38 22.450’ W 097 04.669’

4 cubes N38 22.455’ W 097 04.664’

4 cubes N38 22.426’ W 097 04.694’

3 cubes N38 22.757’ W 097.05.227’

3 cubes N38 22.763’ W 097 05.211’

3 cubes N38 23.407’ W 097 05.460’

2 cubes N38 23.467’ W 097 05.384’

2 cubes N38 23.478’ W 097 05.399’

4 cubes N38 23.481’ W 097 05.408’

Coordinates for brushpiles and cubes.   The first 3 coordinates are for one large brushpile. Coordinates mark areas with multiple habitat structures in the area.

N 38 21.907' W 097 05.562'

N 38 21.912' W 097.05.560'

N 38 21.920' W 097.05.557'

N 38 22.425' W 097 04.697'

N 38 22.767' W 097 05.208'

N 38 22.757' W 097 05.227'

N 38 23.250' W 097 05.491'

N 38 23.357' W 097 05.470'

Coordinates for brushpiles   Near shore brushpile placements fishable from shore in Cottonwood Cove.

N 38 23.438' W 097 05.398'

N 38 23.436' W 097 05.404'

N 38 23.428' W 097 05.402'

N 38 23.426' W 097 05.405'

N 38 23.499' W 097 05.393'

N 38 23.489' W 097 05.399'

N 38 23.480' W 097 05.401'

N 38 23.472' W 097 05.398'

Coordinates for brushpiles constructed March 2018    

N 38 24.459' W 097 06.907'

N 38 24.450' W 097 06.975'

N 38 22.685' W 097 06.279'

N 38 22.680' W 097 06.279'

N 38 22.216' W 097 06.065'

Coordinates for historical habitat sites that had brush added to them in March 2018.    

N 38 21.911' W 097 05.569'

N 38 22.426' W 097 04.702'

N 38 22.776' W 097 05.220'

Coordinates for new brushpiles constructed April 2019    

N 38 23.464' W 097 05.412'

N 38 23.149' W 097 05.476'

N 38 23.169' W 097 05.516'

General Comments
0.2 feet above pool, releasing 16 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 9/19/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Adult Zebra Mussels were found 7/31/08 at Lake Afton.

The zebra mussels reproduce during the warmer summer months and veligers (larval zebra mussels) are present in the water column. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in Clearwater Creek below the spillway!

White Perch Fair 5"-9" Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may not be possessed or transported alive.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 20" Try cut bait, worms, or stink bait on the windy side of the lake during the evening or early morning. Adult Channel Catfish (3/4lb-3lbs) will be stocked on September 26th to provide more opportunities for catfish anglers. 
Crappie Fair Up to 13" Look for Crappie near deeper structure using small jigs or minnows.
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 8" Try a small piece of worm under a bobber around structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 20 inches Try soft plastics, crank baits, and topwater baits around structure early morning or evening. The recent cold front should get the fish more active.
General Comments

Lake Afton has been downgraded from a Blue-Green Algae Warning to a WATCH as of 9/19/2019.

During the watch status, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

  • Signage will be posted at all public access locations
  • Water may be unsafe for humans/animals
  • Avoid areas of algae accumulation and do not let people/pets eat dried algae or drink contaminated water.
  • Swimming, wading, skiing, and jet skiing are discouraged near visible blooms
  • Boating and fishing are safe. However, inhalation of the spray may affect some individuals. Avoid direct contact with water, and wash with clean water after any contact.
  • Clean fish well with potable water and eat fillet portion only.



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/3/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 24 inch Prepared baits or fresh cut bait.
Wiper Fair up to 22 inch Trolling crankbaits on wind swept shorelines.
Crappie Slow up to 11 inches Minnows or jigs near breaks or flooded trees
Saugeye Fair   Trolling crankbaits on windblown shorelines and points.  Also drifting jig and crawler combo.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 19 inches Stink bait, worms, or cut bait.
Crappie Fair Up to 11 inch Shallow water near shoreline cover on minnows or jigs
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 17 inches Crankbaits or spinnerbaits near cover.
Saugeye Fair up to 20 inches Jig and crawler or jig and minnows along the dam.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

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WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were stocked in several public waters in the metro area on September 12th. Stockings will continue through the rest of this month. Try fishing at night or early mornings with cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows under a bobber or a small jig near structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake. Try fishing artificial lures in the morning or evening during the summer months. SThe recent cold front should make the bass more active. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber or a small jig around structure. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
Rainbow Trout    

Rainbow Trout fishing is nonexistent in the summer. Stockings will begin in November 2019. 

Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.

General Comments
 



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels were verified in Winfield City Lake in December 2006. Lake users should follow recommended control practices found HERE .

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

Crappie Fair  Up to 12+ inches In standing timber on minnows and jigs 8 to 12 feet deep.
Channel catfish Fair to Good up to 25 inches Drifting the flats with worms and stinkbaits on wind blown shorelines
Black bass Fair up to 19 inch Spinnerbaits and plastics in shoreline vegetation.
White bass Fair up to 14 inches Downwind of shallow points on white or chartreuse curly tailed grubs.
Wiper     Same as white bass
Walleye Fair  up to 25 inches

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Jig and crawler or spinner rigs with night crawler drifted on points and flats.  Trolling small and medium size crank baits is also producing some fish.

   
General Comments
The City of Winfield requires additional permits for anglers using the lake. Stop in to the lake office before fishing at the lake.