Coffey County Lake Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Slow-Fair 8 in to 21 inches Topwater baits around shallow woody cover or vegetation. Use jerkbaits, swimbaits, crankbaits, or rattletraps. Fishing deep points or ledges with shaky heads, jigging spoons, or hair jigs might also work. 
walleye Fair 14-25 inches Trolling crankbaits or spinner rigs with live nightcrawlers or minnows over points and humps. Vertical jigging live bait on ledges may also be productive.
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-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 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 It's topwater season so get out the walking baits and poppers, but Don't be afraid to go offshore and fish deeper around humps and dropoffs, using drop shot or Ned rigs. The population density has decreased dramatically, but some nice fish are still available.
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 Slow-Fair 11-15 inches Look for crappie around deep standing timber and brush piles or near the channel breaks. Using various colored jigs or minnows should produce some fish.
General Comments

Entrance gate phone number is 620-364-2475 call for lake conditions. 


Registration for Coffey County Lake is now available online at

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.

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