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: 5/16/2022

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 towards the dam. Others are being caught near the banks as they are spawning
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: 5/20/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair  up to 12lbs Try fishing cut bait, worms, or stink bait.
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 crank baits near structure.  
General Comments
 



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/16/2022

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: 5/19/2022

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.  Good baits are worms and fresh cut bait.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 19 inches Bass are in the weedbeds during the day and can be caught on plastic baits.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 13 inch Crappie are spawning close to shore.  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 Good 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
Great Kansas Fishing Derby May 15 to Sept 15  Visit www.ksfishderby.com for more info; Tagged Fish - Channel Catfish, Black Bass, Crappie



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/20/2022

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 Up to 27" Trolling crank baits, swim baits, and spoons around points and drop offs. 
Walleye Poor  Up to 26" Try using large crank baits, jigs, or crawlers near flats and points at dawn or dusk. 
Crappie Fair Up to 17" Try using jigs or minnows near structure in 5ft of water or less. The Crappie spawn is likely over now.
Blue Catfish Fair Up to 40lbs Fish with live bait or cut bait near windblown points and flats. Many reports of small (10"-13") Blue Catfish being caught. Be sure to identify your catch!
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 20lbs Try fishing cut bait or stink bait near windblown points and flats.  
White Perch Good to Excellent Up to 12"

Try small lures or worm and bobber near rocks. 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
April and May are good months to catch fish from the bank as many species move shallow to spawn/feed. 



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/16/2022

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/Good   near gravel banks and vegetation on small jigs and worms
Crappie Fair/Good   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/Good   on jigs, spinnerbaits, or crankbaits 5-15ft deep near docks, points, and brush
Walleye Fair   along dam and deeper points/banks on jigs and spoons
White bass Fair   along dam and points on spinners and jigs
General Comments

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

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: 5/16/2022

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   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/Good   along deep rock points and ledges on spinners and jigs
Wiper Fair   a few in with white bass
Crappie Fair/Good  

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

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

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

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 8 inch Small jigs or live bait fished on the spawning areas.  
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 24 inch

Channel catfish activity is increasing with the warmer temps.  Worms and stinkbaits fished in shallow near shore areas has produced some fish.

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18 inch Fish are in the weeds and along the weed edges.  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: 5/17/2022

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.  On warmer days, wiper will quickly move up on to shallow points and flats.  Jig and plastics such as curly tailed grubs are good choices in the spring.

White bass Fair 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.

Look for white bass along the rip rapped cause ways in the upper ends of the lake.

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 Up to 16+ inches

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Crappie were spawning and were being caught from the bank in good numbers, but the recent high water threw a bit of wrench in the good fishing.  Crappie are now being caught off the bank in 10 to 12 feet of water.  Shallow fish are still being found but much more hit and miss than before.

Catfish Good 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! 

Fresh cut bait fished on shallow windy shorelines has been producing nice catches of blues.

Walleye Fair Up to 26 inches

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

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

General Comments

1.13 feet above Normal Pool and rising, releasing 1250 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.



FCHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2022

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 up to 22 inch

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

Look for cats in the upper end on warmer days with stinkbaits or worms.  Also the back ends of the coves or any shoreline where the wind is blowing in.

Largemouth Bass Fair 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.

Saugeye Fair Up to 18 inch Along the dam and rocky shorelines on 4-5 inch flukes.
Spotted Bass Fair Up to 14 inch Protected, south facing rocky shorelines on smaller crankbaits or small spinners.
Bluegill Fair Up to 6 inch Warm days near shoreline cover and off the piers in the rocks.
Crappie Good Up to 11 inch Crappie are being caught in shallow water on minnow and bobber combos or on jigs.  Fish close to shoreline 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, Drum, Saugeye



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 5/15/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish 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. The Crappie may still be spawning. Most are smaller with some bigger ones mixed in.
Largemouth Bass Poor  up to 20" Try fishing soft plastics or jerk baits near structure. 
Saugeye Fair to Good 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: 5/20/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair to Good Up to 24" Try using cut bait or stink bait.
Largemouth Bass Fair  Up to 4lbs Fish near structure and rocks with soft plastics, spinner baits, or crank baits. 
Northern Pike Poor Up to 35" Try using large jerk baits or live sunfish. 
Crappie Good to Excellent Up to 14" Use minnows or small jigs near structure. The Crappie are likely done spawning. Anglers are still catching a lot of fish though. 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: 5/19/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to 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 to Good up to 12 inches

20/day creel limit  

Crappie are being caught on the spawning banks on jig or minnow and bobber combos.  Also casting baits such as RoadRunners or beetlespins.

Bass 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 Near shore spawning areas on jigs, live baits, or flies.
White Bass & Wipers     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: 5/17/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye     New walleye harvest regulations will become effective on January 1, 2022.  For details on the new limits, please see the El Dorado District Fisheries Newsletter.  
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     Drifting fresh cut bait along windy shorelines and nightcrawlers or prepared baits where the wind is blowing in.  Also cut bait or prepared baits in the river.
White Crappie Good up to 14 inches

20/day creel limit

Still a few crappie being caught in shallow water near shore as they are spawning.  A jig worked under a bobber is a good spawn tactic.  Live minnows are also an excellent choice for spawning crappie.  Cottonwood Cover has been popular this week, but crappie will be active across the lake.  

Walleye Good Up to 26 inches

NEW WALLEYE HARVEST REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2022.

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

Walleye fishing has been good recently as the walleye have begun to move towards the flats.  Drifting jig and crawler combo or trolling larger 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.  The low water level and lack of flows in the creek has resulted in a weak white bass run in the river so far this year.
Wiper Fair 18 to 24 inches Mainlake points or breaks on jigging raps or jig and plastic.
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
1.81 ft below Normal Pool, releasing 10 CFS.  Water depth at the Hillsboro boat ramp is becoming shallow as the lake level continues to decrease.



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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. Remember that white perch may not be possessed alive.
Channel Catfish Good up to 24" Try cut bait, worms, or stink bait near wind blown areas. 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.
Crappie Poor up to 12" Crappie are done spawning and moved offshore 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 shallow structure. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 21" 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: 5/19/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish     Not many reports this week
Wiper Slow    
Crappie Fair up to 11 inch Crappie are heading to shallower water during the warmer days where jigs and minnows are productive.  
Saugeye Fair up to 20 inch Rocky shorelines on flukes early and late in the day
General Comments
Great Kansas Fishing Derby May 15 to Sept 15  Visit www.ksfishderby.com for more info; Tagged Fish - Channel Catfish, Crappie, Saugeye



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 5/19/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 26 inch Night crawlers fished on windy points or where the wind is blowing in to the shoreline.
Crappie Fair to Good up to 9 inch Crappie are being caught near shoreline cover on jigs or minnows, but size is running small.
Largemouth Bass Slow to Fair up to 16 inch Shallow protected areas on warmer days on smaller jerk baits or crankbaits.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/2/2022

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5lbs OJ Watson Park, KDOT East, K-96/Cruiser, South Lake, SG County Park and other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are stocked regularly in the Spring and Fall with harvest-sized Channel Catfish. They can be easilty caught on worms, hotdogs, stink bait, and other natural/prepared baits. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-Fishing-Programfor the stocking information.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie in Wichita area should be spawning at this time , making this the best time to catch them!Try using minnows or a small jig near structure near shore. Crappie fishing is best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass 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 and 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 and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond. Try a small piece of worm or a small jig. 
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good 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
 



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/19/2022

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 to Good up to 12 inch Crappie are on the spawning banks and can be caught on jigs, "jig and bobber" rigs, and minnows.  Look for areas with a solid lake bottom near shore with any form of cover such as brush or weeds.
Channel catfish Fair up to 22 inch Warm days will bring channel catfish into shallow windblown areas where wave action is stirring up food.  Stinkbaits, shadsides, and worms are good springtime baits.
Black bass Fair up to 17 inch Spinnerbaits or crankbaits near cover in shallow water.  Upper ends of coves has the warmer water which is attractive to the bass.
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

Not much walleye activity this week.  Walleye will soon be moving to the north shore flats and fishing action will increase.

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.