Bourbon County Cedar Creek Fishing Information
Ft Scott, KS
4 miles west, 3 miles south of Ft. Scott
For information call: Don George, District Fisheries Biologist @ 913-795-2218
This lake is cooperatively managed by Bourbon County and KDWPT. This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A county fishing permit is no longer required.
During construction most of the timber was left standing in the basin. Since the lake opening, many trees have fell over leaving stumps at or below the water level. However there is still large quantities of standing timber. This lake supports a great largemouth bass population and is primarily a boat lake as the shoreline access is limited. There are two boatramps and one floating dock to enhance angler success.
|species||ratings||size||baits, methods, locations|
|Crappie||Good||8 to 12 inches||crappie are usually close to structure and breaks. Try jigs, minnows. Recent sampling show a nice population of 10 - 14 inch crappie, some nice reports lately. Fish the creek mouth where the fresh water comes in and the fish are stacked up.|
|Channel catfish||Good||varies,||The water is clear with a little color. Go fishing, the fish have to eat. Try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits. Fish the creek mouth where the fresh water comes in and the fish are stacked up. Fishing is productive in the evening or at night.|
|Largemouth bass||Excellent||most bass in the 13 to 16 inch range||some bass are suspended in deeper water, some are in the feeder creeks and shallow water, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure. 5 to 7 pounds are fairly common. Fish the creek mouth where the fresh water comes in and the fish are stacked up.|
The best way to measure social distancing is with a fishing pole. This lake has limited shoreline access so please spread out, social distance. Crappie have been starting to pick up on minnows or dark jigs. Largemouth bass can be good but fish the deeper water in the trees for suspended fish. Fishing is cooler in the evening or at night.
The catfish in this impoundment are active and ready for action- Try liver, shad, or live bait fish. Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in. For largemouth bass try fishing some of the standing timber and weedbeds with spinners and buzzbaits.
Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water.
Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.
For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k
For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk
NO special permits required, this is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake. Use caution, this lake has quantities of standing and submerged trees and limited shoreline access. This is a 220 acre lake with approximately 180 acres of standing trees. Fishing only lake. The lake has a boat ramp, parking lot, security light, floating dock, and vault toilet on the east side of the lake and a boat ramp and parking lot on the west side..
|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