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: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Try worms and cutbait on the bottom.
Crappie Good 8-14" Reports of fish caught lake wide on jigs and minnows.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Try using soft plastics, spinner baits, and crank baits near structure. 
Saugeye Poor 15-26" No reports but try 1/8 and 1/4 oz. jigs tipped with worms along the dam, piers and upper end.
General Comments

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/10/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair up to 12lbs Try fishing cut bait, worms, or stink bait near shallow flats.
Crappie Poor Up to 14" Try jigs or minnows near structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5lbs Try using soft plastics or jerk baits near structure. 
General Comments
 



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

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 lake wide.
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: 4/12/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 20 inch

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches

Shad, cut bait, worms, and shad sides have produced some fish this week.  Fishing baits on the bottom in areas with wind have been best.

Largemouth Bass Fair   Bass activity is improving with the warmer water temperatures.  Shallow cover is good on the warmer days.  Jigs and plastic worms have been good with crank baits and spinnerbaits working well during the warm days.
Crappie Fair up to 8 inch Most of the crappie at Butler are small with very few quality sized fish.  Crappie can be caught on small minnows or jig and float near shoreline cover.  Fish are beginning to move towards spawning areas where they are easily accessible from shore.
Bluegill     No reports this week on bluegill
General Comments
Lake refilled over the winter and boat ramp is again usable.



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/12/2024

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  

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

Worms and stinkbaits on windy shorelines.

Largemouth Bass Fair  

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

Few recent reports this week.  Larger slow moving baits such as jerk baits and jig and pig are excellent early season bass baits.  Faster presentations can be used on the warmer days.

Saugeye Fair   4+-inch flukes along the dam, points, and rocky shorelines.  
Spotted Bass Fair   Same as largemouth bass.
Bluegill Fair   Look for bluegill in shallow areas with cover during warm and sunny days.  Small jigs or live bait are good choices.
Crappie Fair   Jigs in brushpiles and along breaks.  A few fish are beginning to go shallow for the spawn.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/10/2024

SPECIES RATING SIZE BAITS, LOCATION, METHODS
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 Fair Up to 27" Spoons, Flukes, and jigs near points 5-15ft of water
Walleye Fair Up to 27" Large crank bait and jigs near the dam or rocky areas. The Walleye spawn should be wrapping up soon. 
Crappie  Fair Up to 17" Try using jigs or minnows near brush piles 5-15ft of water. 
Blue Catfish Fair to Good Up to 50lbs Fish with live bait or cut bait near shallow flats. Reports of small (10"-20") Blue Catfish being caught. Be sure to identify your catch!
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 20lbs Try fishing cut bait or stink bait near shallow flats.
White Perch Fair  Up to 12"

White perch can be caught in similar areas as White Bass and Wipers using smaller lures. Most White Perch are 5"-9". 

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.

COMMENTS
The lake is still 5.4ft low. Most boat ramps are unusable. Use caution when boating.



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/8/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Zebra Mussel     Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove City Lake. Click HERE for more information.
Bluegill Slow/Fair   near gravel banks and vegetation on small jigs and worms
Crappie 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 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. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.



COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/8/2024

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.  

Channel Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats and creek channel ledges on cut bait and worms
Saugeye Fair/Good   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 Fair/Good  

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

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

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

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/12/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair   Small artificial baits/jigs or live bait such as worms near brushy and rocky shoreline cover.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 17 inch

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Channel catsfish have been caught recently on worms and cut bait on windy shorelines.

Largemouth Bass Fair and improving up to 18 inch Jerk baits along the south facing rocky shorelines and ends of fishing piers during the warmer days.  Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are becoming move productive as water warms
Redear Sunfish Fair   Same as bluegill
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/12/2024

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 17-22 inch

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.

See white bass report.

White bass Fair 9-14 inch Jig and plastics on points during the windy days.  Also being found on flats and near breaks in 8 to 14 feet of water, shallower if it is a warmer day.  No reports of whites in the creeks with the dry conditions.  Wipers are mixed in with the white bass.
White Perch     Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.
Crappie Fair Up to 15+ inches

20/day creel limit

Crappie are beginning to move shallow in preparation for the spawn with some fish caught shallow this week.  Look for shallow water cover.  Good baits are jig and float and minnow and float.

Blue Catfish Good up to 40 inches, with a lot of 18 to 24 inch "eater" sized fish.

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.

The blue catfish bite has been good recently.  Fresh cut bait fished on the bottom in areas where the waves are blowing into shallow shorelines has been producing limits of unders with good catches of bigger fish in the 28 to 40 inch range.  Blue cats are easily accessible from shore this time of the year and will continue to be for the next few weeks.  

Walleye Fair up to 26 inch

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

Walleye continue in spawn mode and can be found on rocky and gravelly spawning areas.  Numbers of males on the spawning areas is decreasing as the spawn progresses.  Females continue to be present during the overnight hours.  Jigs, crankbaits, and jerk baits are good lure choices during the spawn.  

General Comments

2.4 ft below Normal Pool, releasing 6 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information. 

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: 4/10/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 24" Try fishing cut bait, worms, or stink bait shallow.
Crappie Fair  up to 14" Try a jig or minnow fished near structure. 
Largemouth Bass Poor  up to 20" Try fishing soft plastics and jerk baits near structure. 
Saugeye Fair up to 25" Fish with jigs or minnows near the dam or rocks. 
General Comments

Harvey County East Lake is under a Harmful Algal Bloom WARNING!

A harmful algal bloom is expected or present.

  • Water is unsafe for humans and animals.
  • Avoid all contact with water.
  • Inhalation of spray or aerosols may be harmful.
  • Do not let pets eat dried algae or drink contaminated water.
  • If fish are caught, clean well with potable water and eat fillet portion only.

Water levels are very low. Use cation if launching a boat!



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/10/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish NA    
Largemouth Bass NA    
Northern Pike NA    
Crappie NA    
General Comments

The lake is still under renovation. Boat ramps are now open but the lake is still 2 feet low. Fish stockings will begin this spring.  

The Salvage Order has been removed. Length and creel limits are in effect again!



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/12/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 20 inches Shad sides or stink bait on windy shorelines
Crappie Fair up to 12 inch

20/day creel limit  

Crappie are approaching the spawn and will be moving towards shallower cover.  Good spawning presentations include jig and float and jig and minnow.  

Bass Fair  

13 inch to 18 inch slot limit 5 fish per day creel limit.

Bass activity is approving as water temperatures increase.  Plastic worms and grubs near shallow cover are producing on warmer days. 

Saugeye Fair   Few reports this week
Bluegill Fair   A few bluegill were caught this week during the warmer days in shallow areas with southern exposure.
White Bass & Wipers     Few reports this week
General Comments
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: 4/12/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
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     A few cats were being caught shallow during the warmer weather.  Shad sides and cut bait are great late winter baits for channel catfish. Shallow points and flats where the wind is blowing in are great areas.
White Crappie Fair up to 13 inches

20/day creel limit

Anglers are having fair success recently.  Crappie are being found in the brushpiles in 10 to 18 feet of water.  Jigs and minnows are producing.  Crappie beginning to move shallow for the spawn.

Walleye Fair up to 25 inches

NEW WALLEYE HARVEST REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2022.

18 INCH MINIMUM LENGTH LIMIT 3/DAY CREEL LIMIT WITH NO MORE THAN ONE FISH 21 INCHES OR LONGER.

Walleye are in spawn mode and can be found on rocky spawning areas including the dam and other rocky shorelines. Nighttime is the best time for spawning walleye.  Jigs, crankbaits, and jerkbaits are popular choices.

White Bass Fair to Good up to 14 inch 8-15 ft of water near breaks and channels and also up on shallow points and floats during the warm and windy days.  White bass have been in the shallower range with the wipers a little deeper.  The east end of the dam is a good location for early spring white bass.
Wiper Fair to Good 18 to 24 inches See white bass
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
4.3 feet below Normal Pool, releasing 2 CFS.  Marion Cove boat ramp is the best ramp for launching with the low water level.



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

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 to Good 4"-8" Use a small hook with a small piece of work or panfish lures. White perch may not be possessed alive. They make great cut (dead) bait for catfish!
Channel Catfish Good up to 5lbs Try hotdogs and cut bait. Harvest-sized Channel Catfish are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall. 
Crappie Fair up to 12" Crappie are starting to move to shoreline habitats. They'll start spawning late April to early May. Try crappie jigs and minnows around brush and rocks. Not many big fish in the lake
Bluegill Fair up to 8" Try a small piece of worm under a bobber around rocks and brush.
Largemouth Bass Poor up to 21" Bass can be found near shorelines relating to deep water. Try bluegill and crawfish imitating baits. The population is low.
General Comments
Channel Catfish stockings have resume!  Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for more information.



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/12/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good   Shad sides and fresh cut bait on windy shorelines.
Wiper     Few reports this week, but look for wiper on shallow windy points and flats on the warmer days.
Crappie Fair to Good   The deeper brush piles are holding crappie where they can be caught on jigs.  Crappie will be moving shallow for the spawn as the water temps increase.
Saugeye Fair   Jerk baits and flukes along the old and new dam and windy flats.
General Comments
Fish attractors in the form of brushpiles have been added to the lake.  The brushpiles attract and hold a variety of species including crappie, bluegill, flathead catfish, and channel catfish.  You can find a map showing locations and GPS coordinates at https://ksoutdoors.com/fishhabitatmap on the KDWP website.  Zoom in on Wellington City Lake on the map and brushpiles will be marked with the orange dots.  Brushpiles have been added in 2022 and 2024.



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 4/12/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 8 lbs Shad sides and worms fished on the bottom along windblown shorelines.
Crappie Fair 6 - 9 inch Minnows or jigs under a float near timber
Largemouth Bass Fair 9 - 15 inch Jigs, grubs, or smaller jerk baits fished near cover.  
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/11/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 20" The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easily caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, OJ Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but catching can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Sunflower Pond, and Chisholm North lake. Between now and June is the best time to catch them. They will bite just about any type of lure on any given day. 
Bluegill Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig under a bobber.
Rainbow Trout  Poor up to 20" Last trout stocking has occurred at Vic's Lake, Slough in multiple pools, and OJ Watson Park (Section with Dock and Fountain). A Trout Permit is no longer required but creel limit of 5/day is still in effect. Use floating dough baits, fliers, panfish jigs, worms, small spoons, or spinners.  
General Comments

Channel Catfish stockings have resumed! For locations and schedule, please visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program 

White Perch are present at KDOT West, SG County Park Lakes, South Lake, and North Chisholm Lake. These are designated AIS waters, so no live fish can be transported from these locations INCLUDING SUNFISH FOR BAIT. In addition, no live white perch may be possessed, and anglers are encouraged to not release any caught back into the water. They taste similar to white bass!



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/12/2024

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 9-12 inches Jigs near the timber or on breaks in 10-18 feet of water.  A few fish have been found in shallow water. Spawning activity should be picking up soon.
Channel catfish     Shad sides or fresh cut shad fished on wind blown shorelines is a great later winter/early spring cat tactic.
Black bass     No recent reports.  Slash baits, jerk baits, or jig and pig are good later winter baits.  South facing rocky shorelines would be a good place to look with the low water level.
White bass     No recent reports.  Look for wipers and white bass on shallow wind blown points on warm days.
Wiper     No recent reports.
Walleye    

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Walleye spawn activity continues, but is beginning to wind down.  Fish will move to deeper water for a couple weeks before moving to the north shore flats and points.

   
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.

Lake level is 3.6 ft low