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: 8/3/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any deeper brush or vegetation you can find from 6 to 15 feet of water.   Use minnows, roadrunners, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers off of points and flats.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Typical early summer patterns.  Try crankbaits, jigs, grubs and topwater baits.  
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs, crickets or worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on the points & flats.  Try jig & minnow or worms

Most species should be in typical summer time patterns.  Walleye should be on the points and flats.  Water temperature in the 80's.  

If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

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



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/3/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find in 6 - 20  feet of water.  Use minnows, roadrunners, or jigs.
Channel catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 6 lbs Largemouth are in typical summer patterns and can be taken on topwater lures early and  late and crankbaits & plastic baits during the day.
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Try small jigs, or crickets & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Good Up to 25 inches Walleye are on the breaks around points and flats.  Try slab spoons or wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches. Also try trolling small minnow type crank baits. 
White bass Good Up to 1.5 lbs Try small white jigs off windblown points as well as crank baits,small jigs and spinners in areas the wind is blowing into the shore. 

Lake full and there are huge schools of 3 inch gizzard shad swimming around.   Walleye are setting up on the points and flats.  The largemouth can be caught on topwater lures early and late and plastic baits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits during the day.  Water temperature n the 80's.  

If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

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



DODGE CITY LAKE CHARLES - Last Updated: 3/16/2017



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/3/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 10 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the deeper creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 4 lbs Try crankbaits, plastics and topwater luures.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around riprap.
Walleye Fair Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on the breaks around points and flats.  Try slab spoons or wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches. Also try trolling small minnow type crank baits. 

Most species should be in typical summer time patterns.  Walleye should be on the points and flats.  Water temperature in the 80's.    

 If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

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: 8/3/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find in 1 - 6 feet of water.  Use minnows, roadrunners, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 5 lbs Try spinnerbaits, topwaters and soft plastic around wood or vegetation.
Flathead catfish No Report Up to 50 lbs Live bait fished around cover.

Most species should be in typical summer time patterns.  Largemouth can be caught on topwaters early and late and plastics, jigs and spinnnerbaits during the day.  Water temperature n the 80's.   

If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

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: 8/3/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find off of the piers.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Try spinnerbaits, topwaters, crankbaits and soft plastic around wood and vegetation.
Bluegill No report Up to 9 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rocks.
Wiper No report   Try jigs and slim minnow baits where the wind is blowing into the shore.
Walleye No report Up to 6 lbs Try drifting jig and night crawlers across the points.  

Most species should be in typical summer time patterns.  Walleye should be on the points and flats.  Water temperature in the 80's.    

If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

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: 8/10/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Fishing prepared bait lake-wide has been productive.  Most fish reported have been less than 15 inches in length, but a few fish up to 3 lbs. have been caught.
Crappie Slow Up to 13 inches Vertically fishing minnows around the fish attractors has been best.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5.5 lbs. Soft plastics and swimbaits fished around brushpiles, laydown trees, and along rocky shorelines.
Sunfish Fair Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber around brush, laydown trees, vegetation, and rock in shallow water.
Saugeye/Walleye Slow Up to 7 lbs. No Reports.
General Comments

Release all walleye/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