Coffey County Lake Fishing Information
No fees required. No reservations required
Must always wear a life jacket.
No trotlines or setlines will be allowed.
Open 30 minutes after sunup to 30 minutes before sundown
Closed during winter under certain weather conditions. Call the gatehouse at 620-364-2475
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Methods, Locations|
|largemouth bass||Slow-Fair||8 in to 21 inches||Focusing on typical largemouth habitat, wood, weedbeds, or rock. Slow rolling heavy spinnerbaits or chatterbaits might work or working big swimbaits or jigs around the same cover. If you need to slow it down try Texas-rigged plastics either creature baits or big worms. Topwater baits may also be a good option around the same cover.|
|walleye||Fair||14-25 inches||Trolling various crankbaits or live bait over broad flats, points, or humps should produce some fish. Some nice keepers have been caught recently.|
|channel catfish/blue catfish||Good||1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs.||Various prepared baits, liver, and worms usually good for channel catfish lakewide. Using fresh cut bait such as shad or carp usually is best for blue catfish. Fishing wind blown banks or up in the riprap should be productive or try creek channel swings and humps. Don't be afraid to fish shallow water for both species. We have tagged some blue catfish in the lake, if you catch one please take note of the tag number and report it to the gatehouse.|
|smallmouth bass||Slow-Fair||10-20 inches||Throwing small shad imitators like compact spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Crayfish imitating baits should also work. Ned rigs or drop shots are great techniques to use for smallmouth. Topwater baits can also be productive on rocky points near deep water. There have been some nice sized fish caught recently, but numbers are hard to come by.|
|white bass/Wipers||Good||up to 5lbs.||Use shad imitation lures like small spinners, crankbaits or bucktail jigs. and look for schools of shad or focus on wind blown flats or rocky points. Vertical jigging slab spoons is also a good technique.|
|crappie||Fair||11-15 inches||Look for crappie back out in deeper water near the standing timber or brush near creek channel bends or ledges.|
Entrance gate phone number is 620-364-2475 call for lake conditions.
Registration for Coffey County Lake is now available online at https://www.coffeycountyks.org/home/showdocument?id=3502.
A large brush pile was created north of the boat ramp in the old creek channel and is marked with a fish attractor buoy. There were also several trees sunk at the end of the hot water dike and should be easily marked on your locator. These spots should be really good in the fall and winter months.
ZEBRA MUSSELS have been confirmed in Coffey County Lake! Please help stop the spread. Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving this lake. It is illegal to transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.
For more information on waters in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson counties click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
|White Bass||No creel limit|
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination