Jeffrey Energy Center - Make-Up Lake Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Slow to Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has traditionally had a good smallmouth bass population, but the current population abundance is well below the historical average.  Hopefully, the population rebounds in the near future.  The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Slow 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have been trending downwards the last few years due to poor spawning success.  There will be few fish available for harvest in 2019.  There is a brushpile just south of the dock.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate during the summer months.  The south west corner of the lake tends to be a good spot.
Walleye Fair to Good 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers have been improving nicely due to good survival from stockings efforts the last three years.  The 2018 fall gill net samples collected the most walleye since 2009, with 69% over 15 inches.  There are some older fish around with decent numbers of walleye over 18 inches.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch minimum length limit.
White Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has a very good white bass population with 61.5% of the fish collected last fall were over 12 inches.  Can be caught near the two inlets where water enters the lake.
Wipers Fair Up to 12 pounds Wiper numbers are near the long-term average with the most of the fish seen last fall were 18 to 20 inches long.  
General Comments

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy.  You can call the Guard House to check on availability at (785) 456-6149.  The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time.  If the inlet is flowing, then good fishing can usually be found there. Both docks have been repaired.  

Make-Up Lake has zebra mussels which makes the lake designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water.  It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

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