South Central Region Fishing Reports

Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt

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

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

General Comments

Water temperature: 78 degrees

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 2/3/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Poor 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 deep structure. 
Bullhead Catfish Poor to 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 Poor Up to 18" Try fishing slow moving artificial baits near deep 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: 10/31/2019

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

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches

Stink baits or fresh cut bait fished on windblown shorelines.

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



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/31/2019

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

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

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

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

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

Channel Catfish Fair up to 22 inches

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

Stink baits on windy shorelines and off of the piers.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 16 inches

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

Plastics or spinner baits near weed beds.

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



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/3/2020

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 Poor Up to 25" Try using jigs, spoons, and large minnows near drop offs and deeper water.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 15" Look for crappie near deeper structure. Try using live minnows, jigs, or a combination of both. Crappie fishing should pick up if we get some nice weather days. 
Blue Catfish Fair  Up to 25 lbs Fish with live or cut bait in deeper water or near a river channel with woody structure. If you aren't getting bites within 30 minutes, move to another location. Blue cats will still bite in cold water. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 28" Try fishing cut bait or stink bait on the windy side of the lake or deeper water. 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: 11/25/2019

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Bluegill Fair   near gravel banks and vegetation on small jigs and worms
Crappie 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 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: 11/25/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir.

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

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

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Channel Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats and creek channel ledges on cut bait and worms
Saugeye 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: 10/31/2019

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

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

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

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



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/7/2020

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  

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.
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.
White Perch     Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.
Crappie     20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.
Catfish     There is a 25 to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish and a 5/day creel with no more than 2 blue catfish over 35 inches.
Walleye    

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

Few walleye reports this week.

General Comments

0.26 feet above Normal Pool, releasing 5 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: 2/3/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Poor 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.
Largemouth Bass Poor  up to 21" Try fishing soft plastics and jerk baits near deeper structure.
Saugeye Poor up to 24" Fish with jigs or minnows near drop offs and deeper water.
       
General Comments
Warm weather days should make the fish more active.



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/3/2020

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



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/31/2019

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: 1/22/2020

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 12/20/2019  

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

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

***ATTENTION

ANGLERS***

updated 12/20/2019  

Message from the Corps of Engineers at Marion Reservoir:

The Marion Bridge has been repaired and the road across the dam has been reopened.  The stilling basin has been reopened to the public but vehicle access is restricted to the south access.  The north access will be reopened in the near future.

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     20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018
Walleye     21 inch minimum length limit became effective on walleye January 1, 2020.
White Bass      
Wiper      
Coordinates for habitat cubes    

4 cubes N38 22.450’ W 097 04.669’

4 cubes N38 22.455’ W 097 04.664’

4 cubes N38 22.426’ W 097 04.694’

3 cubes N38 22.757’ W 097.05.227’

3 cubes N38 22.763’ W 097 05.211’

3 cubes N38 23.407’ W 097 05.460’

2 cubes N38 23.467’ W 097 05.384’

2 cubes N38 23.478’ W 097 05.399’

4 cubes N38 23.481’ W 097 05.408’

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

N 38 21.907' W 097 05.562'

N 38 21.912' W 097.05.560'

N 38 21.920' W 097.05.557'

N 38 22.425' W 097 04.697'

N 38 22.767' W 097 05.208'

N 38 22.757' W 097 05.227'

N 38 23.250' W 097 05.491'

N 38 23.357' W 097 05.470'

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

N 38 23.438' W 097 05.398'

N 38 23.436' W 097 05.404'

N 38 23.428' W 097 05.402'

N 38 23.426' W 097 05.405'

N 38 23.499' W 097 05.393'

N 38 23.489' W 097 05.399'

N 38 23.480' W 097 05.401'

N 38 23.472' W 097 05.398'

Coordinates for brushpiles constructed March 2018    

N 38 24.459' W 097 06.907'

N 38 24.450' W 097 06.975'

N 38 22.685' W 097 06.279'

N 38 22.680' W 097 06.279'

N 38 22.216' W 097 06.065'

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

N 38 21.911' W 097 05.569'

N 38 22.426' W 097 04.702'

N 38 22.776' W 097 05.220'

Coordinates for new brushpiles constructed April 2019    

N 38 23.464' W 097 05.412'

N 38 23.149' W 097 05.476'

N 38 23.169' W 097 05.516'

General Comments
0.2 feet below Normal Pool, releasing 1 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 12/13/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

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

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

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

White Perch Fair 5"-9" Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may not be possessed or transported alive.
Channel Catfish Fair  up to 20" Try cut bait, worms, or stink bait on the windy side of the lake. Fish will be deeper when the water is cold.
Crappie Fair to Good up to 13" Look for Crappie near deeper structure using small jigs or minnows.
Bluegill Poor up to 8" Try a small piece of worm under a bobber around structure.
Largemouth Bass Poor up to 20" Try soft plastics, jerk baits, and flukes near deeper structure
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/31/2019

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



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 2/7/2020

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 12/13/2019

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 last stocking of Channel Catfish for the year was on September 26th. However, Channel Catfish will still bite in cold water. 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  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 Poor  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 Fair to Good up to 12"

Trout season is here! Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The latest stocking was at KDOT East on Dec, 5th. 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: 10/31/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

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

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

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

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