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

HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 22" Try fishing cut bait, worms,or stink bait near wind blown areas.
Crappie Good up to 14" Try a jig and minnow fished near structure. 
Largemouth Bass Poor  up to 20" Try fishing soft plastics, spinner baits, or top water lures near structure
Saugeye Poor to Fair up to 25" Fish with jigs or large crank baits near rocky points during the evening or on cloudy days. 
General Comments

Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/14/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Catfishing is fair right now in the mornings, evenings, and throughout the night. Try stink bait and liver.
Crappie Poor 8-13" Poor. The crappie bite is slow along with warm temperatures. Try using 1/16 oz. jigs with pink or chartreuse grubs in 3-10 feet of water near or within brush or pvc cubes. Try live minnows for the most success.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Fair. Slow, but in warm water mornings and evenings are best. Try topwater along shoreline vegetation. Also, dragging carolina rigs with 7-inch worms or tubes works well.
Saugeye Poor 15-26" Poor. Only a few Saugeye have been reported. Try dragging chartreuse, white, or pink jigs tipped with an earthworm around points. Remember: the minimum-length limit for Saugeye is 21 inches and only 2 can be kept per day.

General Comments

Water temperature: 78-82 degrees

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair to Good up to 14lbs Try fishing cut bait, worms, or stink bait near wind blown areas.
Crappie Good Up to 14" Try jigs or minnows near structure. 
Bullhead Catfish Good Up to 12" Anthony City Lake has a good population of Bullhead Catfish. Bullheads are easy to catch and there is no length or creel limit on Bullheads. Try fishing worms or stink bait near the bottom for best results. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 5lbs Try using plastic worms, spinner baits, or crank baits lures near vegetation. 
General Comments

Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



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: 10/2/2020

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

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches

Fish areas where the wind is blowing in.  Worms, stink baits, or fresh cut baits are all good selections.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 17 inch Large plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits are all good bait selections this week.  Fish are shallow early and late in the day.  Look for fish in deeper water during mid-day hours or in the shade of any shoreline cover.
Crappie Fair up to 8 inch 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 inches Worm and bobber near brushy cover and rocks.
General Comments
 



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/2/2020

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

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

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

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

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

Channel Catfish Good up to 5 lbs

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

Deeper water mid-day and shallow points and shorelines after dark.  Fresh cut bait, worms, and stink bait are all good summer bait choices.  Near feeders on prepared baits.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 17 inch

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

Early and late in the day has been the most productive for bass.  Small and medium size crankbaits fished near weed edges and shoreline cover in the coves.

Saugeye Fair up to 18 inch Curly tailed grubs and crankbaits on rocky shorelines.
Spotted Bass Good up to 14 inch Jig and plastics or inline spinners along the dam and off the rock points.
Bluegill Good up to 6 inch Hard to beat a small piece of worm fished under a small float near weeds, brush, or rock.
Crappie Fair up to 11 inch Jig and minnow fished along ledges along the south shoreline is a good summertime tactic.
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

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 Good Up to 25" Try casting crank baits, swim baits, jigs, or spoons off of shallow points and flats. Look for concentrations of birds to find active fish. 
Walleye Poor to Fair Up to 25" Try using jigs, trolling large crank baits, or crawlers near points and deeper water.
Crappie Fair Up to 15" Try using live minnows, jigs, or a combination of both in deeper water.
Blue Catfish Fair Up to 30 lbs Fish with live bait or cut bait near wind blown areas. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 20lbs Try fishing cut bait or stink bait in wind blown areas. 
White Perch Good Up to 12"

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

 

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .

*The previous Blue Green Algae watch has been LIFTED by the KDHE.*



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/18/2020

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Bluegill Slow/Fair   near gravel banks and vegetation on small jigs and worms
Crappie Fair   10 ft deep near ledges on jigs and minnows
Channel catfish Fair   near windy flats and flooded brush on cut bait and worms
Black bass Fair   on jigs, spinnerbaits, or crankbaits 5-15ft deep near docks, points, and brush
Walleye Fair   along dam and deeper points/banks on jigs and spoons
White bass 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: 10/18/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir.

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

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

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Channel Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats and creek channel ledges on cut bait and worms
Saugeye Fair/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 Slow/Fair   a few in with white bass
Crappie Fair  

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

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

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

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/2/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good up to 8 inch Small jigs or a bobber and live bait are good choices.
Channel Catfish Good 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 16 inch Bass activity has been good recently at Cowley.  Plastics and medium sized crankbaits are a good choice.  Fish the deep edges of the weed lines.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 11 inch Same as bluegill
General Comments
Roughly 38 new brushpiles were added to Cowley this winter.  You can find the locations HERE, just zoom in on the map to see Cowley SFL.



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/8/2020

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!!

Wiper Fair to Good Up to 24 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.

Wiper are being found off the mainlake points and deep water areas during mid-day hours.  Trolling cranks in areas where the wind is blowing in to or across is a great way to locate active fish.  Over the past couple days large numbers of gulls have arrived at El Dorado.  However, surface feeding activity has been minimal.

White bass Fair to Good up to 16 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 hooks with a bit of worm or other live bait in 5 to 8 feet of water near rocky areas.

Crappie Fair to Good up to 14 inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Crappie are being caught in standing timber and brush piles in water 15 to 18 deep.  Jigs or minnows working well.  High numbers of fish aren't currently being caught, but the fish that are being caught are quality crappie with fish approaching 15 inches.

Catfish Fair up to 37 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!

There hasn't been much catfish angling activity this week to draw a report from.  Fish are beginning to spread out with the cooling of the water temperatures.  Mainlake river channels are always a great bet as well as fresh cut bait.

Walleye Fair up to 26 inches

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

Trolling crankbaits has been productive along wind blown shorelines, points, and old roads.  Depth varies greatly as water temperatures are cooling with fish being caught from 5 feet to 24 feet deep.

General Comments

1.02 ft BELOW Normal Pool, releasing 7 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.



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair to Good Up to 28" Try using cut bait or stink bait on the windy side of the lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair  Up to 4lbs Fish near structure and rocks with soft plastics, crank baits, spinner baits.
Northern Pike Poor Up to 35" Try using large spinning baits or live sunfish. 
Crappie Fair Up to 14" Use minnows under a bobber, or small jigs near structure. 
General Comments

 

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/2/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 8 lbs The catfish bite has been good recently.  Productive baits have been worms, stink baits, and fresh cut bait.  Windblown points and shorelines have been the best.
Crappie    

20/day creel limit  

Few reports on crappie this week

Largemouth Bass Good up to 18 inches

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!

Bass action has been good this week.  Spinnerbaits and plastics along shoreline cover and weed edges.

Saugeye Fair up to 24 inches Medium sized crankbaits or slash baits in 3 to 4 feet of water near shore line structure.
Bluegill      
White Bass Fair up to 15 inches Chasing shad early and late in the day.  Shad imitating crank baits or plastics on jig heads fished in surfacing schools.
Wiper Fair up to 23 inches Same as white bass
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: 10/2/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye     A 21-inch minimum length limit on walleye became effective at Marion Reservoir on January 1, 2020.
Zebra Mussels     Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!
Channel Cat Fair Up to 10 lbs Drifting fresh cut bait along windy shorelines.  Also nightcrawlers or prepared baits where the wind is blowing in.
White Crappie Fair up to 12 inches

20/day creel limit

Jigs or minnows on brush in 12 to 15 feet of water.

Walleye Fair up to 26 inch

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

Walleye are being caught on the flats drifting a jig and crawler or running spinners with a crawler.  Trolling crankbaits is also producing fish.

White Bass Fair to Good up to 15 inch Main lake ledges in 10 to 12 ft of water or windblown shorelines and points on the windier days.  Lipless crank baits or jig and plastic have been productive.  Both ends of the dam have produced fish this week.
Wiper Fair to Good 18 to 24 inches Same as white bass report
Coordinates for habitat cubes    

4 cubes N38 22.450’ W 097 04.669’

4 cubes N38 22.455’ W 097 04.664’

4 cubes N38 22.426’ W 097 04.694’

3 cubes N38 22.757’ W 097.05.227’

3 cubes N38 22.763’ W 097 05.211’

3 cubes N38 23.407’ W 097 05.460’

2 cubes N38 23.467’ W 097 05.384’

2 cubes N38 23.478’ W 097 05.399’

4 cubes N38 23.481’ W 097 05.408’

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

N 38 21.907' W 097 05.562'

N 38 21.912' W 097.05.560'

N 38 21.920' W 097.05.557'

N 38 22.425' W 097 04.697'

N 38 22.767' W 097 05.208'

N 38 22.757' W 097 05.227'

N 38 23.250' W 097 05.491'

N 38 23.357' W 097 05.470'

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

N 38 23.438' W 097 05.398'

N 38 23.436' W 097 05.404'

N 38 23.428' W 097 05.402'

N 38 23.426' W 097 05.405'

N 38 23.499' W 097 05.393'

N 38 23.489' W 097 05.399'

N 38 23.480' W 097 05.401'

N 38 23.472' W 097 05.398'

Coordinates for brushpiles constructed March 2018    

N 38 24.459' W 097 06.907'

N 38 24.450' W 097 06.975'

N 38 22.685' W 097 06.279'

N 38 22.680' W 097 06.279'

N 38 22.216' W 097 06.065'

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

N 38 21.911' W 097 05.569'

N 38 22.426' W 097 04.702'

N 38 22.776' W 097 05.220'

Coordinates for new brushpiles constructed April 2019    

N 38 23.464' W 097 05.412'

N 38 23.149' W 097 05.476'

N 38 23.169' W 097 05.516'

General Comments
0.58 feet below Normal Pool, releasing 14 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

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

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

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

White Perch Fair  5"-8" 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 Good up to 24" Try cut bait, worms, or stink bait shallow near rocks during the evening or morning. The last stocking of the year was on Sep 25th. 
Crappie Fair to Good up to 13" Try using minnows or jigs near shallow structure. 
Bluegill Fair  up to 8" Try a small piece of worm under a bobber around structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 20" Try soft plastics, spinner baits, or top water lures near shallow structure.
General Comments

Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/2/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 6lbs Fresh cut shad or stink baits on windy shorelines and points.
Wiper Slow   There hasn't been much wiper activity this week.
Crappie Fair up to 12 inch Jigs or minnows close to brush and cover.
Saugeye Fair to Good up to 25 inch Rocky shorelines, dams, and windy shorelines are all good locations.  Jerk baits, crank baits, and medium sized fluke styled plastics are good lure choices.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 10/2/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 3 lbs Worms or stinkbait along windy shorelines
Crappie Fair up to 12 inches Minnows or jigs close to standing timber or other cover
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 18 inches Soft plastics or lipless crankbaits close to shore and around cover
Saugeye Fair  up to 19 inches Fluke style plastics or lipless crankbaits on rocky shorelines
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 10/16/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish. Channel Catfish were last stocked on Sep 25th. Try fishing with cut bait, worms, hot dogs, or stink bait in the evening or morning.
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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 20"  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, Sedgwick Co Park, and Chisholm north lake. Try using artificial lures near shallow structure in the morning or evening. Bass fishing should pick up as we get into Fall.
Bluegill Fair Up to 10" 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 structure.
Rainbow Trout N/A up to 20"

 Rainbow are stocked into KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek. The final stocking for the season was on Mar 5th. 

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

KDWPT facilities are open to the public. Please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, visit  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm .



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/2/2020

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Zebra Mussels    

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

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

Crappie Fair Up to 12+ inches 12 to 18 feet deep near standing timber or along breaks.
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Stink bait or cut cut bait on shallow wind blown points and shorelines.
Black bass Fair to Good up to 18" inch Fish are being found in deeper water during the middle of the day and up in the shallow water early and late in the day.  Topwater baits during the low light periods has been producing some exciting fish.  Deep running crankbaits and plastics during mid-day in water 8 to 12 feet deep.
White bass Fair up to 14 inch Open water areas where the wind is blowing.  Points and ledges and the old road are good spots to check.  
Wiper Fair up to 24 inch Same as white bass
Walleye Slow  up to 22 inches

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Walleye are on the flats and points.  Drifting the north shoreline with a jig and crawler combo is a great technique for this time of year.  

   
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.