Keith Sebelius Fishing Information
Bureau of Reclamation 785-877-2953
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, and Location|
|Crappie||Fair||7 to 16 inches||Crappies have migrated to their winter haunts concentrating around deeper brush, the artificial brushpiles under private boat slips, and the fish attractor structures close to the public fishing dock near the mouth of Leota Cove. Just a few reports received, but the anglers able to access these locations have been successful using jigs, small slab spoons, and minnows.|
|Saugeye/Walleye||no reports||Due to the iced-up conditions, boat access to traditional saugeye hideouts has been limited. If the ice becomes sufficient to allow foot access to these locations, anglers should seek underwater breaks and the outside edges of brush structure to tempt saugeyes and/or walleyes. Slab spoons, jigs, or jigs tipped with live baits would work best. An 18" minimum length limit is in effect.|
|Wiper||no reports||Again, ice has been the limiting factor regarding access to wiper locations. However, if ice fishing activity commences, wipers would be found in areas of more dense forage (shad) concentrations: towards the upper end of the reservoir over underwater flats. Slab spoons and bucktail jigs mimicking the shad are the better baits to use. Five (5) fish daily creel limit.|
|Catfish||no reports||If a warming trend would happen and ice would thaw, channel catfish would go on a feeding spree foraging on shad and other fish having succumbed to the effects of cold temps and ice. Shad undergo a degree of mortality each winter with many embedded in the ice. As ice melts, the dead shad sink or wash up on wind-blown shores making for an easy meal for catfish. This is a great time for catfish anglers!|
|Largemouth/Spotted Bass||Fair||10 to 20 inches||A few black bass are reported by crappie anglers from time to time when fishing the underwater brush and the shade provided by boat slips and docks. Live bait, namely minnows, help out this scenario.|
WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°
SURFACE ELEVATION- 2294.66 ---- 9.64' below conservation
Currently, the water level is 2.63 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time. All boat ramps are iced in at this time. Ice conditions are approx. 5 inches, therefore, use extreme caution when venturing out on any ice and never traverse the ice alone!
Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. Please discard leftover bait in a trash can.
Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that includes fisheries related information about Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoirs is available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list.
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination