Southwest 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.

BARBER STATE FISHING LAKE - LOWER - Last Updated: 9/2/2021

Species Rating Sizes Possible Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches

Crappie should be back in deeper water.  Try jigs & minnows around brush and weeds.  

Harvest regulations include 50/day creel limit.

Channel Catfish No report Most in the 1 lb. size range

Fishing cut bait, frozen shrimp or stink bait lake wide.

Harvest regulations include a 5/day creel limit.

Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs.

Casting topwater baits early and late then soft plastics, swimbaits and jerk baits around fish attractors, shoreline brush and vegetation the rest of the day.

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

Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches

Worms under a bobber and small jigs fished vertically around brush in deeper water.

There are no harvest restrictions at this time.

Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs

Drifting worm and nightcrawlers over points, flats and along rip-rapped shorelines adjacent to deeper water.

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

Water temperatures should be in the mid 80's.  Hopefully we will start seeing some cooler weather but for now typical summer time patterns for channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass should continue to work.      

All waters in the Dodge City District are currently open to fishing during this COVID-19 outbreak.  Remember to utilize social distancing and avoid congregating at boat ramps.   

We have not received any reports from anglers.  You may call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.  

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! 

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District

Great Kansas Fishing Derby May 1 to July 31 - for more info visit www.ksfishderby.com  Tagged fish at this location = Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill/Green Sunfish



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/2/2021

 

Species Rating Sizes Possible Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches

Should be around brush and cubes an deeper water.  Try jigs or minnows. 

Harvest regulations include 50/day creel limit.

Channel Catfish Good Most in the 1 lb size range Fishing cut bait, shrimp or stink bait lake wide.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 4 lbs

Top water baits early and late then soft plastics, swimbaits and jerk baits around fish attractors, shoreline brush and vegetation the rest of the day.

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

Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches

Worms under a bobber and small jigs fished vertically around brush in deeper water.

There are no harvest restrictions at this time.

Walleye Good Up to 4 lbs

Lots of 12 - 14 inch fish being caught on jig and worm.  Also casting crankbaits and swimbaits over points, shelves, and along rip-rapped shorelines adjacent to deeper water.

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

White Bass

 

 

Good Up to 17 inches

Shad bodies on small jig heads have been doing ok.  Vertically fishing slab spoons over the tops of fish attractors or prominent windblown main lake points and shelves.  Most of the larger white bass range from 12 to 17 inches.

There are no harvest restrictions at this time.

Water temperatures in the low to mid 80's and the lake is 5 feet low.   Hopefully we will start seeing some cooler weather but for now typical summer time patterns for channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass should continue to work.     

All waters in the Dodge City District are currently open to fishing during this COVID-19 outbreak.  Remember to utilize social distancing and avoid congregating at boat ramps.  

We have received very few reports from anglers.  You may call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.  

Boats are being put on the water only at ramps on the south east side.    

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! 

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/2/2021

 

Species Rating Sizes Possible Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches

Should be about done spawning.  Still catching lots of fish around shallow rocks. 

Harvest regulations include 50/day creel limit.

Channel Catfish Good Most in the 1 lb size range

Fishing cut bait, shrimp or stink bait lake wide.

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

Largemouth bass Fair Up to 4 lbs

Try topwater baits early and late and then soft plastics, swimbaits and jerk baits around fish attractors, shoreline brush and vegetation the rest of the day.

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

Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches

Worms under a bobber and small jigs fished vertically around brush in deeper water.

There are no harvest restrictions at this time.

Walleye Good Up to 8 lbs

Drifting jig and nightcrawlers over points, shelves, and along rip-rapped shorelines adjacent to deeper water.

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

Lake is above conservation pool after rains last Sunday.  Water temperatures should be in the upper 70's.   Hopefully we will start seeing some cooler weather but for now typical summer time patterns for channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass should continue to work.   

We have received very few reports from anglers.  You may call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.   

All waters in the Dodge City District are currently open to fishing during this COVID-19 outbreak.  Remember to utilize social distancing and avoid congregating at boat ramps. 

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 9/2/2021

Species Rating Sizes Possible Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Most of these fish are 5-7 inches with an occasional 14 incher.

Crappie should be in deeper water.  Try jigs or minnows around deeper brush and weeds.   

Harvest regulations include 50/day creel limit.

Channel Catfish Good Most in the 1 lb size range

Fishing cut bait or stink bait lake wide.

Harvest regulations include a 5/day creel limit.

Largemouth bass Slow Up to 6 lbs

Try topwater baits early and late then casting soft plastics, swimbaits and jerk baits around fish attractors, shoreline brush and vegetation the rest of the day.

Harvest regulations include a 13-18 inch slot length limit and 5/day creel limit.

Bluegill/Redear No report Up to 8 inches

Worms under a bobber and small jigs fished vertically around brush in deeper water.

There are no harvest restrictions at this time.

Saugeye Slow Up to 16 inches

Casting crankbaits and swimbaits over points and along rip-rapped shorelines adjacent to deeper water.

This is a new species in the lake and a few should make it to the minimum length limit of 18-inches by this summer.  There will be a  2/day creel limit when they do reach 18 inches.

 

Lake is about 3 feet low, water temperature in the mid 80's.   Hopefully we will start seeing some cooler weather but for now typical summer time patterns for channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass should continue to work.     

All waters in the Dodge City District are currently open to fishing during this COVID-19 outbreak.  Remember to utilize social distancing and avoid congregating at boat ramps.     

We have not received any reports from anglers.  You may call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.  

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! 

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



PRATT COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/2/2021

 

Species Rating Sizes Possible Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow Mostly 3 - 5 inch fish that were spawned last year.

Crappie should be back in deeper water.  Try jigs or minnows around any deeper cover.  

Harvest regulations include 50/day creel limit.

Channel Catfish Good Most in the 1-2 lb size range but up to 7 lbs

Fishing cut bait or stink bait lake wide.

Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit.

Largemouth bass Fair Up to 18 inches

Try topwater baits early and late then casting soft plastics, swimbaits and jerk baits around fish attractors, shoreline brush and vegetation the rest of the time.

Harvest regulations include a 18-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit.

Bluegill/Redear No report Up to 8 inches

Worms under a bobber and small jigs fished vertically around brush in deeper water.

There are no harvest restrictions at this time.

Walleye No report Nearing 15 inches

Try drifting ji9g & nightcrawlers over points and along rip-rapped shorelines adjacent to deeper water.

Harvest regulations include a 18-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit.

Wipers

 

 

Fair Nearing 15 inches

Jigs around windblown main lake points.  

Harvest regulations include a 18-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit.

 

Water temperatures should be in the low to mid 80's.   Hopefully we will start seeing some cooler weather but for now typical summer time patterns for channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass should continue to work.    

We have received very few reports from anglers.  You may call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.   

All waters in the Dodge City District are currently open to fishing during this COVID-19 outbreak.  Remember to utilize social distancing and avoid congregating at boat ramps. 

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 9/23/2021

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good/Excellent Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Still fishing cut or prepared baits off the bottom over shallow shelves or up in the creek at night has been best.  Most fish have been in the 15 inch range, but fish up to 6 lbs. have been reported.
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Vertically fishing jigs or minnows around deeper brushpiles.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Casting soft plastics around shoreline brush and laydown trees.
Sunfish Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber along riprapped shorelines, around brush, or along the edges of cattail beds.
Saugeye Fair Up to 7 lbs. Drifting or casting jigs tipped with worm or minnows over points and shelves early and late.
General Comments

 

Release all saugeye less than 18 inches and largemouth bass less than 15 inches.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District

Great Kansas Fishing Derby May 1 to July 31 - for more info visit www.ksfishderby.com  Tagged fish at this location = Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Saugeye