Tuttle Creek Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds High water, dropping water and muddy water has greatly hampered the normally good winter crappie fishing.  Hoping for a good spring.  
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass numbers continue to be low due to poor spawning success the last six years. 
Catfish Slow to Fair Up to 40 pounds

The lake and the connected river system maintains a good channel catfish population and is one of the best places around to catch channel over 8 pounds.  

The blue catfish population is finally starting to get established.  The vast majority of the fish are below 28 inches and not sexually mature yet.  To protect these fish until they have a chance to spawn, a new 35-inch minimum length limit is in place starting January 1, 2018.  The plan is to only have a length limit on blue catfish for a few years until the population can sustain itself through natural reproduction.  

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging some to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek Lake.  It is up to you if you wish to release the fish or harvest it (if legally applicable), but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or ely.sprenkle@ks.gov  A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

Largemouth Bass Slow 1 to 5 pounds Coves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing.
Saugeye Fair Up to 6 pounds

The high release rates have been moving fish from the Reservoir downstream which has led to some good fishing in the river pond, the river below the dam or at Rocky Ford.

Starting in 2017, the minimum length limit does not apply to saugeye in the River Pond or at the "tubes".  The 15-inch minimum length limit is still in effect in the Reservoir.

Rainbow Trout Good! Up to 5 pounds

Trout season is underway at Willow Lake, which is located in the Southeast corner of the Tuttle Creek State Park below the dam. Willow Lake was stocked with 800 pounds of rainbow trout on 01/08/19.  So far this trout season the lake has been stocked with 5,260 catchable sized rainbow trout.  Fishing has been good with the ice gone.  Best baits are commercial trout baits, worms, corn or lures.  Best places have been the rock piers or the North bank.  Limit is 5 fish a day.

A trout permit is needed to fish at Willow Lake during the trout season, except that anyone under 16 years of age with a properly licensed adult can fish and harvest up to 2 trout without a trout permit.

General Comments

Fishing has been slow in the reservoir with the fluctuating water levels.

You can check current water conditions HERE

Zebra mussels were found in Tuttle Creek on August 16, 2017.  This makes the Reservoir, River Pond and Rocky Ford as designated Aquatic Nuisance Species waters. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and please do not move fish you have caught or your bait.

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