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: 10/20/2023

Species Rating Sizes Possible Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair  Up to 12 inches Try jigs & minnows around brush and weeds near shallow structure. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Most in the 1 lb. size range Fishing cut bait, frozen shrimp or stink bait lake wide morning, evening, and night.
Largemouth bass  Fair to Good Up to 4 lbs. Try using soft plastics, spinner baits, and crank baits near structure. 
Sunfish Fair  Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber and small jigs fished vertically around brush.
Walleye Poor to Fair Up to 4 lbs Try using large crankbaits or jigs near flats and points morning, evening, and night.

Barber State Fishing Lake and all other public fishing waters in Pratt and Barber counties are now a part of the Cheney district. This district also includes Harper, Kingman, Reno, and Harvey counties. 



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/16/2023

 

 

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

Drifting jigs over deeper water in the main body of the lake or vertically fishing minnows, jigs, and slab spoons over the tops of the fish attractors and other deeper structures. 

Harvest regulations include 50/day creel limit.

Channel Catfish Slow Most in the 1 lb size range

Fishing cut bait or stink bait lake wide.

Harvest regulations is 5/day creel limit.

Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs

Casting soft plastics, swimbaits and jerk baits around fish attractors, shoreline brush and vegetation along sun-warmed shorelines.

Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum 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.

Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs

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

 

 

Fair Whites up to 17 inches 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 16 inches..

 

This is a generic wintertime fishing report, water temperatures should be in the mid to upper 40's and dropping into the 30’s.   If new reports are received it will be updated.  We have received very few reports from anglers.  You may call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.   Regular reporting will resume in April of 2023.

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!



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/16/2023

 

 

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

Drifting jigs over deeper water in the main body of the lake or vertically fishing minnows, jigs, and slab spoons over the tops of the fish attractors and other deeper structures. 

Harvest regulations include 50/day creel limit.

Channel Catfish Slow Most in the 1 lb size range

Fishing cut bait or stink bait lake wide.

Harvest regulations are 5/day creel limit.

Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs

Casting soft plastics, swimbaits and jerk baits around fish attractors, shoreline brush and vegetation along sun-warmed shorelines.

Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum 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.

Walleye/saugeye No report Up to 4 lbs

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.

 

This is a generic wintertime fishing report, water temperatures should be in the mid to upper 40's and dropping into the 30’s.   If new reports are received it will be updated.  We have received very few reports from anglers.  You may call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.   Regular reporting will resume in April of 2023.

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!



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 11/16/2023

 

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

Drifting jigs over deeper water in the main body of the lake or vertically fishing minnows, jigs, and slab spoons over the tops of the fish attractors and other deeper structures. 

Harvest regulations include 50/day creel limit.

Channel Catfish Slow Most in the 1 - 2 lb size range

Fishing cut bait or stink bait lake wide.

Harvest regulations are 5/day creel limit.

Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs

Casting soft plastics, swimbaits and jerk baits around fish attractors, shoreline brush and vegetation along sun-warmed shorelines.

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 No report Up to 5 lbs

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.

 

This is a generic wintertime fishing report, water temperatures should be in the mid to upper 40's and dropping into the 30’s.   If new reports are received it will be updated.  We have received very few reports from anglers.  You may call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.   Regular reporting will resume in April of 2023.

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!



PRATT COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/20/2023

 

Species Rating Sizes Possible Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Poor to Fair  4-8" Try jigs or minnows near structure.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Most in the 1-2 lb size range but up to 7 lbs Fishing cut bait or stink bait lake wide morning, evening, and night.
Largemouth bass Fair to Good Up to 18 inches Try using soft plastics or crank baits near structure in.
Bluegill Fair  Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber and small jigs fished vertically around brush and rocks.
Walleye Poor to Fair Up to 21" Try large jigs, jerk baits, and crank baits near shallow rocks.
Wipers Fair  Up to 18" Jigs, spoons, and crank baits around windblown points.

Pratt County Lake and all other public fishing waters in Pratt and Barber counties are now a part of the Cheney district. This district also includes Harper, Kingman, Reno, and Harvey counties.



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 2/9/2024

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Most in the 13 to 18 inch range No Report
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing minnows and small slab spoons around deeper brush piles.
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 5.5 lbs. No Report
Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Vertically fishing various presentations involving wax worms, and to a lesser degree nightcrawlers, around deeper brushpiles.
Saugeye Slow Up to 7 lbs. No Report
Rainbow Trout Good Up to 3 lbs.

The second stocking of the trout season occurred on 2-9-2024 as approximately 900 fish were stocked.

Still fishing power bait, corn, worms, marshmallows alone or in various combinations or casting small spoons and spinners are popular methods.  Casting various nymphs with a fly rod can be good too.

General Comments

Ice Report-As of 2-9-2024, the State Lake and Barrel Springs are ice free and the boat ramp is open.

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!