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: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Try worms and cutbait on the bottom.
Crappie Good 8-13" Good. Most are situated on deeper breaks and structure towards the dam. 
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Try using soft plastics, spinner baits, and crank baits near structure. 
Saugeye Poor 15-26" No reports but try 1/8 and 1/4 oz. jigs tipped with worms along the dam and piers.
General Comments

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/23/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good up to 12lbs Try fishing cut bait, worms, or stink bait in the morning, evening, or night.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 14" Try jigs or minnows near structure. The Crappie spawn should be just about over. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 5lbs Try using soft plastics, spinner baits, or top water lures in the morning and evening.  
General Comments
 



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

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



BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/16/2022

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 Good up to 20 inch

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches

Areas near shore where the wind is blowing in and around the fish feeders. Good baits are worms and fresh cut bait.  Fish feeders are operational.  

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 19 inches Larger plastic baits near the weedbeds early and late in the day.  Crankbaits and spinnerbaits near cover are also producing.
Crappie Fair Up to 7 inches Small jigs or small minnows are good bets. While there is an occasional big fish at Butler, most crappie run small in the 5 to 7 inch range.
Bluegill Fair up to 6 inch Small hooks and pieces of worm fished close to shoreline cover.  Small jigs or flies are also good bets.
General Comments
 



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/16/2022

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

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

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

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

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 22 inch

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

Windy shorelines or points using stink baits, cut bait, shrimp or night crawlers.  Also prepared bait or fresh cut bait near the feeders.  Feeders are up and running.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 16 inch

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

Plastic worms in the vegetation and crankbaits along the rocky shorelines.  Dusk and dawn have been the most productive.

Saugeye Fair Up to 18 inch Along the dam and rocky shorelines on crankbaits.
Spotted Bass Fair Up to 14 inch Rocky shorelines on smaller crankbaits or small spinners.
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 6 inch Bobber and worm near brush and other cover that is close to shore.  The humps between the fishing piers hold good numbers of bluegill. 
Crappie Fair Up to 11 inch Jig or minnow 7 to 12 feet deep on brush or dropoffs.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/23/2022

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 to Good Up to 27" Crank baits, swim baits, and spoons shallow. Topwater in the morning or evening.
Walleye Poor  Up to 27" Try using large crank baits, jigs, or crawlers near shallow flats and points at dawn or dusk. 
Crappie  Fair Up to 17" Try using jigs or minnows near structure in 5-10ft of water.
Blue Catfish Poor to Fair Up to 45lbs Fish with live bait or cut bait near windblown areas and deeper water. Many reports of small (10"-15") Blue Catfish being caught. Be sure to identify your catch!
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 20lbs Try fishing cut bait or stink bait near windblown points and flats.
White Perch Fair to Good  Up to 12"

White perch can be caught using similar methods as White Bass and Wiper. Most White Perch are 5"-8". 

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

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

COMMENTS
KDWP is aware of the fish kill at Cheney reservoir. Currently most of the fish affected are large gizzard shad and very few sport fish. The cause of the fish kill is likely from low levels of dissolved oxygen. We will continue to monitor the situation. The high forecasted temperatures may result in more periods of low oxygen. 



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/26/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Zebra Mussel     Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove City Lake. Click HERE for more information.
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/Good   near windy flats and flooded brush on cut bait and worms
Black bass Fair/Good   on jigs, spinnerbaits, or crankbaits 5-15ft deep near docks, points, and brush
Walleye Slow/Fair   along dam and deeper points/banks on jigs and spoons
White bass Fair   along dam and points on spinners and jigs
General Comments

The City of Council Grove requires Aquatic Nuisance Species certification of anglers and boaters at Council Grove City Lake. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.

Great Kansas Fishing Derby May 15 to Sept 15  Visit www.ksfishderby.com for more info; Tagged Fish - Channel Catfish, Black Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Drum



COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/26/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir.

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

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

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

Channel Catfish Fair/Good   near wind blown flats and creek channel ledges on cut bait and worms
Saugeye Slow/Fair   near dam and gravel/rock points on jigs and worms
White Bass Fair   along deep rock points and ledges on spinners and jigs
Wiper Fair   a few in with white bass
Crappie 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: 9/16/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 8 inch Small jigs or live bait fished near rocky shorelines, jetties, brushpiles, weed edges, or other shoreline cover.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 24 inch

Worms and stinkbaits fished in shallow near shore areas has produced some fish.  The fish feeders are running.

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Largemouth Bass Good Up to 17 inch Fish are in the weeds and along the weed edges early and late in the day, deeper during mid-day hours.  Worms and creature baits are good bets.
Redear Sunfish     Same as bluegill
General Comments
38 brushpiles were added to Cowley SFL.  You can find the locations HERE, just zoom in on the map to see Cowley SFL.



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/16/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

Wiper Fair Up to 21 inch

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

Mainlake ledges and deeper water near structure are holding fish where spoons, jigs, or jigging raps produce action.  Watch for surface feeding fish and use shad imitating baits.

White bass Fair to Good up to 14 inch

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 report

White Perch Fair up to 6 inch

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

Small live bait such as worms on smaller hooks.  Look for white perch in the main lake areas near structure such as break, humps, or old roads.

Crappie Fair to Good Up to 15+ inches

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

7 to 12 deep near brush or timber on jigs and minnows.

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.

A blue catfish tagging project in underway at El Dorado.  Please see the information below in the General Comments section for all the details! 

Blues are being found in a variety of depths and areas of the lake.  Fresh cut baits on main lake river channels are a good summer tactic.

Walleye Fair Up to 25 inches

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

Walleye are on the flats where they can be caught on jig and crawler or trolled crankbaits.  

General Comments

1.4 ft below Normal Pool, releasing 11 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.

Blue Catfish Tagging Project Underway at El Dorado

Blue catfish – native to major river basins in eastern Kansas – can reach massive sizes. Kansas’ current state record was caught from the Missouri River, weighing in at more than 100 pounds. As blue catfish populations become established in Kansas’ largest reservoirs, popularity of this species among anglers also continues to grow. One such growing fishery can be found in El Dorado Reservoir.

While many anglers might associate El Dorado Reservoir with monster walleye, hard-fighting wipers, or slab crappie, blue catfish are developing a following in the 8,000-acre impoundment. Blue catfish were introduced into El Dorado Reservoir in 2004 to establish an additional predatory fish population and to provide anglers with a new sport fishing opportunity. Annual stockings occurred for six years, creating a population that first exhibited natural recruitment in 2009. As the population grew, it became apparent that the fishery would benefit from harvest of smaller fish. In 2016, KDWPT implemented a 25- to 35-inch protected slot length limit, five fish daily creel limit, and a maximum of two fish over 35 inches.

As with any new regulation, data is needed to gauge effectiveness. To collect this data, KDWPT Fisheries biologists are tagging up to 2,000 blue catfish in El Dorado Reservoir. Tags will appear as a small yellow vinyl tube beneath the fish’s dorsal fin. Each tag will display an ID number unique to that fish and a phone number to call to report the catch, (620) 342-0658. Biologists hope to gain information about the area’s blue catfish population size, entrainment through the dam, and the fish’s susceptibility to harvest.

Success of this project is dependent on anglers reporting the tagged fish they capture. Information needed during the call will be the length of the fish, date, tag number, and whether the fish was kept or released. Anglers who report their tagged catch will receive an award as compensation for their participation.

Anglers should note that tagged blue catfish that are not legal for harvest must be returned to the water immediately after recording the tag information. If the tagged catfish is legal for harvest, anglers may keep or release the fish. Because part of this study is to evaluate harvest patterns, biologists encourage anglers not to let the presence of a tag influence their decision to keep or release the fish.

If you find a tagged blue catfish on the end of your line this summer, please take the time to call it in. Data collected from these fish are invaluable to fisheries biologists and will only improve angling success in the future.



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 9/23/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 24" Try fishing cut bait, worms, or stink bait throughout the lake.
Crappie Fair to Good up to 14" Try a jig or minnow fished near shallow structure. Most are smaller with some bigger ones mixed in.
Largemouth Bass Poor  up to 20" Try fishing soft plastics near structure. 
Saugeye Poor   up to 25" Fish with jigs, large crank baits, or minnows near the dam or rocks at night. 
General Comments
Great Kansas Fishing Derby May 15 to Sept 15  Visit www.ksfishderby.com for more info; Tagged Fish - Channel Catfish, Black Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, White Bass/Wiper, Saugeye



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/23/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair to Good Up to 24" Try using cut bait or stink bait lake wide morning evening or night. 
Largemouth Bass Fair  Up to 4lbs Fish near structure and rocks with soft plastics, spinner baits, or top water lures in the morning and evening.  
Northern Pike Poor Up to 35" Try using large jerk baits or live sunfish. 
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 14" Use minnows or small jigs near structure. Most Crappie are smaller with a few big ones mixed in. Anglers are encouraged to harvest the smaller Crappie to prevent the population from becoming overpopulated.  
General Comments
 



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/16/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 24 inch Stink baits and worms are good spring time channel catfish baits.  Fish windy shorelines where the waves are stirring up the bottom.
Crappie Fair up to 12 inches

20/day creel limit  

Jigs or minnows fished near brush or other cover.  8 to 14 feet deep.

Bass Fair to Good up to 18 inch

13 inch to 18 inch slot limit 5 fish per day creel limit.  Please harvest largemouth bass under 13 inches to improve effectiveness of this slot limit!

Plastic worms and baits in the weed beds and around woody cover.

Saugeye Slow up to 22 inch Flukes and jig and crawler on windy points.
Bluegill Good up to 8 inch Small jigs or bobber and live bait near shoreline cover.
White Bass & Wipers Fair to Good   Windy points and shorelines on shad imitating plastics, crankbaits, or inline spinners.
General Comments
Boat and bait inspections are MANDATORY at Marion County Lake to prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Nuisance Species. Protect our waters... don't forget to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY!



MARION RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/16/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB)     As of September 15, 2022 Marion Reservoir is under a WATCH for HAB.  You can find the most up to date information at https://www.kdhe.ks.gov/777/Harmful-Algal-Blooms .
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 Good up to 26 inch Drifting fresh cut bait along windy shorelines and nightcrawlers or prepared baits where the wind is blowing in.  
White Crappie Fair up to 14 inches

20/day creel limit

Crappie have moved back out to deeper water near breaks and structure.  Jigs and minnows are producing.

Walleye Fair Up to 24 inches

NEW WALLEYE HARVEST REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2022.

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

Drifting jig and crawler combo or trolling small to midsize crankbaits is producing fish.

White Bass Fair to Good up to 14 inch Most white bass activity has been in the mainlake area.  Casting or trolling in water 5 to 8 feet deep off of points has been producing.  The ends of the dam are also producing some white bass action.
Wiper Fair to Good 18 to 24 inches Main lake points or breaks on jigging raps or jig and plastic.  Watch for surface feeding activity as whites and wipers feed on the young of the year gizzard shad.
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
1.4 feet below Normal Pool, releasing 10 CFS.



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 8/11/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

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

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

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

White Perch Fair to Good 4"-8" Use a small hook with a small piece of work or panfish lures. White perch may not be possessed alive.
Channel Catfish Good up to 24" Try cut bait, worms, or stink bait. Harvest-sized Channel Catfish are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for more information. Urban Catfish Stocking will resume on August 26
Crappie Poor up to 12" Crappie should be grouped up offshore relating to structure and brush. Try using minnows or jigs in 8-15 feet of water. Most Crappie are small with a few big ones mixed in.
Bluegill Fair up to 8" Try a small piece of worm under a bobber around rocks and brush.
Largemouth Bass Poor up to 21" Bass can be found near shorelines relating to deep water and off shore structures.Try soft plastics, spinner baits, and crankbaits near structure/cover.
General Comments
Great Kansas Fishing Derby May 15 to Sept 15  Visit www.ksfishderby.com for more info; Tagged Fish - Channel Catfish, Black Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Drum, Carp, Flathead Catfish



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/16/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 26 inch Worms during times of inflow.  Also fresh cut bait or prepared baits along windy shorelines and around the feeder.
Wiper Slow    
Crappie Fair up to 11 inch Jigs and minnows near standing timber or in the brush piles.  7 to 14 feet deep.
Saugeye Fair up to 20 inch Rocky shorelines on flukes early and late in the day
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 9/16/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 26 inch Night crawlers or prepared stink baits fished on windy points or where the wind is blowing in to the shoreline.
Crappie Fair up to 8 inch Minnow and bobber near the standing timber.
Largemouth Bass Slow to Fair up to 16 inch Near the standing timber or shoreline cover early and late in the day on plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/12/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5lbs The majority of public fishing waters around the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms and hotdogs. 
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 12" Try using minnows or a small jigs in deeper areas of the lakes. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor to Fair Up to 20"  Largemouth Bass can be found in most Wichita area lakes but fishing can be tough due to low populations and high angling pressure. Your best opportunities to catch bass are at the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird/Sunflower Ponds, and Chisholm North lake. Try using soft plastics, crank baits, or spinnerbaits. 
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 10" Bluegill are present in every lake in the area but are especially good at Blackbird/Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 23"

Trout season ended on April 15th. No trout permit is needed to fish for or possess trout, but creel regulations are still applicable. Rainbow trout are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. Try using floating dough baits, worms, small spoons, or spinners.

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
Catfish stockings have resumed! Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Program for the stocking information.



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/16/2022

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 inch Crappie are being caught in water 8 to 15 feet deep near standing timber, off the points, and near breaks or ledges.
Channel catfish Good up to 22 inch Windy weather will bring channel catfish into shallow windblown areas where wave action is stirring up food.  Stinkbaits, fresh cut bait, and worms are good summer baits.
Black bass Fair up to 17 inch Fish the weedy and woody areas for largemouth and the rocky windblown areas for smallmouth.
White bass Fair up to 14 inch Jigs and twistertails off of points and along windy shorelines.
Wiper     Same as white bass
Walleye Fair Up to 26 inch

Drifting jig and crawler along the north shore flats and across the points.

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

   
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.