Kirwin Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Anglers have been fishing the north and south shore fish attractors through the ice.  Current ice thickness around the attractors is approx. 5 inches.  Crappies are being caught using jigs and slab spoons around the deeper brushpiles. 
Walleye no reports   No boat access due to ramps being frozen in have kept anglers from the traditional winter walleye areas.
White Bass/ Wiper no reports   As above, boat access has prevented anglers from being able to get out to deeper water where white bass and wipers are spending the colder months.
Catfish no reports   If ice would thaw, look for catfish to concentrate in slightly shallower water near wind-swept shores as they scavenge on dead shad that dislodge from ice as it melts.  Catfish angling opportunities usually improve under these conditions.    
Largemouth Bass no reports   About the only winter-time black bass angling that takes place is reported from crappie anglers while fishing the submerged brush.  An occasional small largemouth is caught when minnows are employed to entice crappies.
General Comments


SURFACE ELEVATION- 1729.91 ---- 0.66' above conservation pool

Currently, the water level is 0.97' higher than it was one year ago, at this time.  All boat ramps are currently iced in, and ice conditions throughout the reservoir are approx. 5 inches.  However, use extreme caution if venturing out on the ice in frozen coves, and never traverse across the ice alone!

A current release rate of 70 cfs from Kirwin Reservoir is being conducted to stabilize the lake's level.

Fish cleaning station is NO LONGER on the NE corner of the square in Kirwin. The USFWS, BOR and KDWPT constructed a new facility just West of the water tower.  The fish cleaning station is now CLOSED for the winter. 

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is in effect at Kirwin.   If you have any questions regarding Kirwin Reservoir and the surrounding public lands, contact the USFWS at 785-543-6673 or stop by their office at 702 Xavier Road.  

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water.  Please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that includes fisheries related information about Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoirs is available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list.