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: 3/11/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Catfishing has picked up a bit. They're biting on cut bait near the boat ramp and near the dam in 1-8' of water.
Crappie Fair 8-13" Fair. The crappie bite is moderate to good. 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 as water temps move over 50 degrees the bite should heat up. Currently, the bass are moving to their pre-spawn pattern. Try square-bill crankbaits, vibrating jigs, and rattletraps with slow presentations.
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. Remember: the minimum-length limit for Saugeye is 21 inches and only 2 can be kept per day.

General Comments

Water temperature: 47 degrees

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair up to 28" Try fishing cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deep water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 14" Try jigs or minnows near structure. 
Bullhead Catfish Fair 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 for best results. 
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18" Try fishing slow moving artificial baits near structure.
General Comments
Fish should get more active on warm weather days



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: 3/19/2020

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    

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches

Few recent reports.  Cats will be cruising shallow water during warmer days.  Fish areas where the wind is blowing in.  Shad sides, stink baits, or fresh cut baits are all good selections.

Largemouth Bass     Not many bass reports yet for 2020.  Larger plastics are always a good bet at Butler.  Suspending stick baits and large spinner baits are also good choices for early bass.
Crappie     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     Few recent reports.  Look for bluegill near shallow structure on warmer days.
General Comments
 



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

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 up to 22 inches

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

Stink baits on windy shorelines.

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 in shallow areas of the coves during warmer days.

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      
Crappie Fair up to 12 inches Jigs or minnows fished in 10 to 14 feet of water near breaks or brush.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/20/2020

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 Fair  Up to 25" Look for fish in water deeper than 10' near points and drop offs. Vertical jigging spoons, swim baits, and flukes near the bottom. 
Walleye Fair Up to 25" Try using jigs, and large crank baits. Walleye should start to move into their spawning patterns soon. 
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 17" Crappie should be dispersed in 10'-15' of water. Try using live minnows, jigs, or a combination of both. Crappie should start to move shallower as the weather gets warmer. 
Blue Catfish Fair  Up to 25 lbs Fish with live or cut bait near wind blown points. If you aren't getting bites within 30 minutes, move to another location. Blue cats will move to shallow flats on warm days as water temperatures reach upper 40's. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 28" Try fishing cut bait or stink bait on the windy side of the lake. If you aren't getting bites within 30 minutes, move to another location.
White Perch Fair  Up to 12"

White perch are being caught using similar methods for Wipers and White bass. 

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: 3/16/2020

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 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 Slow/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 Slow/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: 3/16/2020

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 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 Slow/Fair   a few in with white bass
Crappie Fair  

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: 3/19/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Slow up to 8 inch Fishing for panfish will be improving as water temps increase.  Look for fish in shallow areas with habitat and structure during warmer days.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 18 inch

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Stink baits, worms, and fresh cut bait off the piers and points.

Largemouth Bass     Few reports so far in 2020
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 11 inch Same as bluegill
General Comments
Roughly 38 new brushpiles were added to Cowley this winter.  You can find the locations HERE, just zoom in on the map to see Cowley SFL.



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/19/2020

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!!

Trout Area Update Poor No more planned stockings

Trout were last stocked December 19, 2019.

Trout fishing has been poor recently.  Recent downstream lake releases have displaced the trout.  Trout cannot be restocked until a maintenance project conducted by the US Army Corps of Engineers has been completed.

The previous trout stocking occurred on December 5th.

Wiper    

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.

Near breaks or humps early in the day and moving towards shallower points and shorelines as the water warms up during the day.  Jig and plastic or crankbaits work well.  There are a lot of 4 inch shad in the lake that most game fish are feeding on so match the size of your baits to this 4 inch size.

White bass    

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.

Same as wiper

White Perch    

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

Few recent reports on white perch

Crappie Slow  

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Crappie have scattered from their wintertime patterns and catching has been very spotty recently.  

Catfish Fair up to 36 inches

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.

Some blue catfish being caught on shallow windy points or shorelines with an incoming wind.  Fresh cut bait has been best.

Walleye Fair and Improving up to 28 inch

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

Walleye spawn is picking up speed.  Lots of males on the spawning grounds throughout the day.  Females coming in after dark.  Jerk baits are great choices this time of the year, but walleye can also be caught on jigs and live bait.  Water temperature was 45F on March 18th near the middle of the dam.  

General Comments

2.1 feet above Normal Pool, releasing 1503 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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 22" Try fishing cut bait, worms,or stink bait on the windy side of the lake.
Crappie Fair to Good up to 13" Try a jig and minnow fished near deeper structure. Crappie should start to move shallower as the weather gets warmer.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 21" Try fishing soft plastics and jerk baits near structure.
Saugeye Fair to Good up to 24" Fish with jigs or large crank baits near drop rocky structure. Saugeye should be in their spawning patterns.
       
General Comments
Warm weather days should make the fish more active.



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair to Good Up to 28" Try using cut bait or stink bait on the windy side of the lake. 
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5lbs Fish near vegetation and rocks with soft plastics, jerk baits, or other slow moving baits. 
Northern Pike Fair Up to 35" Pike should  be dispersed throughout the lake during the early spring. Try using large spinning baits or spoons near vegetation throughout the lake.
Bluegill Fair Up to 6" Use worms under a bobber near structure, or a small jigs. 
General Comments
 



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
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: 3/19/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye     A 21-inch minimum length limit on walleye became effective at Marion Reservoir on January 1, 2020.
Boat Ramp Update 03/19/2020  

The Marion Cove boat ramp is the only open boat ramp in COE areas.  Broken Bridge and Durham Cove boat ramps remain open.

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     No recent reports
White Crappie Slow  

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018

Crappie have scattered with the warming water temperatures and action is slow right now.  Crappie activity will soon pick up with continued warming water.

Walleye    

21 inch minimum length limit became effective on walleye January 1, 2020.

Walleye are spawning and will continue to do so for the next several weeks.  Best spawn fishing is along the dam and shallow rocky points and shorelines.  Suspending jerk baits, swim baits, jig and plastic, or jig and minnow are good baits.  Low light periods are best.  Fish can be shallow all day during cloudy conditions.

White Bass      
Wiper Fair to Good 18 to 22 inches Plastics, jigs, and lipless crankbaits near structure or breaks.
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
0.23 feet above Normal Pool, releasing 1 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 3/20/2020

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. The next stocking of Channel Catfish is scheduled for mid April.
Crappie Fair to Good up to 13" Crappie will start to spread out as water temperatures rise. Try using minnows or jigs around structure.
Bluegill Fair up to 8" Try a small piece of worm under a bobber around structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 20" Try soft plastics, jerk baits, and crank baits near structure.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/19/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish      
Wiper      
Crappie      
Saugeye      
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 3/19/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish     No recent reports available
Crappie      
Largemouth Bass      
Saugeye      
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/20/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair  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. The first stocking was on March 10th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, or stink bait near deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake. Try using minnows or a small jig near deep structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair 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 slow using artificial lures near deep structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" 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. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig around deeper structure.
Rainbow Trout Good up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. This is the time of year where stocked waters will have the most trout in them! Try using floating dough baits, worms, spoons, or small spinning baits. Anglers must use artificial flies only on Slough Creek. 

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: 3/19/2020

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     Few recent reports
Black bass     Few recent reports
White bass     Few recent reports
Wiper     Few recent reports
Walleye Fair  up to 25 inches

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Walleye are spawning and are concentrating along the dam and other rocky areas.  Suspending stick baits, crank baits, and jigs are popular lure choices.  Most spawning activity occurs during the over night hours, but fish can be caught throughout the day.  Fish will remain shallow during cloudy, overcast, and windy days.

   
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.