Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area Fishing Information
7 miles N of Pleasanton
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks 913-352-8941
The Marais des Cygnes River, from the north end of Unit G to stateline is open to paddlefish snagging. The season starts March 15 to May 15.
The Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area supports many lakes. These waterfowl mangement lakes are open to fishing on April 15. Many pools support good angling when they are draining. During draining some pools are open to public fish salvage. Call the Wildlife Area Office at 913-352-8941 for more information.
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
|blue, channel catfish||Slow||varies||fish in the river are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver,|
|white bass/wipers||Slow||varies||minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,|
|crappie||slow||varies||on the river use jigs just below riffles|
|carp, buffalo||slow but could improve with more river flow.||varies||fishing or bowfishing can be good to excellent when wildlife pools are draining or the river is flooding.|
|spoonbill||slow but improving||varies up to huge||River flow is increasing and could bring up more fish|
This area has shoreline angling, lots of room to spread out, for social distancing. The river and streams on the state wildlife area are open to fishing. The Marias des Cygnes River is a great place to float and fish.
Some of the wildlife area pools are flooded or draining and contain fish trapped by the recent flooding. Rough and some game fish are available. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area. For additional opportunities call 913-352-8941 for accurate information on wildlife pool drainage.
Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing.
Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The Marais des Cygnes River is confirmed to contain zebra mussels. Please take extra precaution by not removing fish and placing them in another body of water (bait fish included), and cleaning, draining, and drying boats motors trailers and all equipment before entering another body of water. This helps prevent the spread to unc
|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