Fishing Reports

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For up-to-date information, look up the fishing report for the lake of your choice. Field staff update the fishing reports each week through the fishing season, reporting on fishing success, lake levels, water temperatures, and other important information.

You also can get helpful information from the Fishing Forecast.

Below are links to Google .kmz files for all fish attractors statewide.

All statewide fish attractors' GPS (KMZ)

All artificial statewide fish attractors' GPS (KMZ)

All artificial statewide fish attractors' GPS (PDF)

Listing of Downloadable Bathymetric Maps

Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 1-4 pounds We recently completed our annual spring electrofishing sample for largemouth bass and the numbers look fair to good at this time.  The majority of the fish are 14-16 inches long with fish up to 18 inches or 3 pounds collected.  There were also fair numbers of younger fish indicating some recruitment is occurring.  The bass numbers were greatest near the flooded cattails and underneath the overhanging brush along the west shore and in the creek in the northeast part of the lake.  They appear to be feeding on crayfish primarily, but sunfish and shad imitation baits should also produce some fish.
Bluegill Fair 4 to 6 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bet.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.  Some anglers prefer to fly fish with small nymphys or dry flies fished on the surface.  The bluegill spawn is quickly approaching and the fish will begin to congregate in traditional spawning areas.
Channel Catfish Good 12-25 inches The best channel catfish action may be in the shallow water and along the rocky banks where they will begin to move in to spawn.  Also, if there is any inflow, the catfish will normally congregate there to feed.  Shad sides, shad gizzards, shrimp, and chicken livers are all good baits to try for catfish.
Saugeye Fair 12-24 inches Anglers generally find saugeye lakewide this time of year, but there may be better concentrations along the dam and the creek channel in deeper water during the day.  Fishing off the jetties could also be productive using jig and crawler or jig and minnow combinations.  Casting a variety of crankbaits and swim baits can also yield some saugeye.
Crappie Good Most 8-12 inches Same as last week.  The crappie are spawning now and anglers have been catching them shallow basically lake wide.  Casting a jig with a bobber or using minnows under a bobber are working best.
General Comments

Water temperature: 75ºF

We will be running a creel survey at Ottawa State Fishing Lake this year.  If you are stopped by the creel clerk, he will simply ask you a few questions about your trip.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated and will help us to better manage the fishery in the future.

CAUTION: LONGER BOAT TRAILERS MAY FALL OFF EDGE OF BOAT RAMP WHEN WATER IS LOW

The cabin can now be rented - call the Hays Regional Office - 785-628-8614 - for reservations or more information.



CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Black Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Largemouths are spawning and spots and smallies are pretty much done.  Casting soft plastics around flooded timber and brush lining drop-offs and secondary points in coves has been best for largemouths.  Spotted bass and smallies can be caught casting soft plastics around rocky mainlake and secondary points.
Crappie Good Up to 15 inches Spawning activity is winding down but a few fish can still be caught fishing jigs around standing timber and brush in 4 to 8 feet of water mainly in the coves.  However, post-spawn fish are beginning to scatter from spawning areas.  Thus, anglers are catching fish vertically fishing jigs around standing timber in 8 to 12 feet of water and there have even been reports of anglers catching fish off the fish attractors.  Remember, a 10 inch minimum length limit is in effect on black and white crappie.
Walleye Good Up to 28 inches The bite has been good as fish are feeding over shallower points and shelves.  Vertically fishing, drifting, or casting jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or minnows are popular baits this time of year.  But, anglers trolling deep-running crankbaits or worm and spinner rigs along the edges of mainlake shelves have been successful as well.  Anglers report catching really good numbers of fish with most shorter than the minimum length limit, but there have been a few reports of 21 inch plus fish caught.  Remember a 21 inch minimum length limit went into effect January 1, 2018 and the creel limit remains 5 fish/day.
White Bass/Wipers Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

The white bass spawn is winding down but anglers are still catching a few fish casting jigs along the dam and adjacent points.  Most fish have spread throughout the lake where they can be caught casting jigs, small crankbaits, and swimbaits around mainlake points and other structure.  Trolling crankbaits along edges of mainlake drop-offs and points is productive too.

Anglers casting curlytail and bucktail jigs over shallow, windswept points have been catching some fish.  Drifting live sunfish over mainlake points or submerged roadbeds can also be good this time of year.

WATER TEMPERATURE-69

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2116.94-27.06' below conservation pool

NEW FOR 2018:

Effective January 1, 2018 changes to fish harvest regulations are as follows;

Walleye-21" minimum length limit, 5 fish/day creel limit

Crappie-10" minimum length limit, 50 fish/day creel limit

ATTENTION: An established zebra mussel population has been documented at this water making Cedar Bluff an ANS designated water.  With this designation, regulations are in effect primarily aimed at discouraging water containing microscopic zebra mussel larvae from leaving the property and establishing in new waters.  Any time one leaves the reservoir it is best to clean mud, vegetation, or attached zebra mussel adults off of boats and other equipment, drain any thing on a boat or other equipment that holds water, and allow boats and other equipment to dry completely before using them at another body of water.  It is now illegal to use wild-caught bait from Cedar Bluff at any other water.  Live fish are not to be taken off the property.  And all livewells and bilges must be drained prior to leaving the property.

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

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related prospects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair to Good 8-13 inches With water temperatures warming up the crappie have started to move in shallow for the annual spawn.  These fish normally spawn in 3 to 5 feet of water, but with the clear water on the lower end of the reservoir they may be spawning from 6-10 feet deep.  Anglers should target the state park coves, creeks, and coves on the south side of the reservoir with flooded habitat.  Casting a minnow or slowly retrieving a jig under a bobber in spawning areas will yield the best results this time of year.  Not all crappie spawn at once so anglers can also find fish staging in 10-15 feet over water around brush.
Walleye Good 14-28 inches

The walleye fishing is starting to pick up with several limits reported over the past couple of weeks.  Anglers are also reporting lots of shorts to go along with the keepers so please handle these fish with care when you release them.  Best reports have come from Gibbs Point in 20 feet of water, but fishing around the Cawker City causeway and Wally World are also good bets.  Anchoring up on old foundations seems to be working well for a mixed bag of walleye, crappie, and white bass.  Jig and worm and jig and minnow are both working well.

Over 6 million walleye fry were stocked in Glen Elder this spring!  We are currently stocking 200,000 walleye fingerlings this month!

White Bass

Wipers

Good to Excellent

11-18 inches

19-29 inches

The white bass are actively spawning now and anglers should have some luck catching a mess of whites with the good numbers in the reservoir right now.  Look for spawning males around rocky shorelines and along the dam.  Kastmasters, spoons, slabs, roadrunners, and Rattletraps will all work well with these guys.  There are also some whites being caught up the rivers near the log jams using white twistertails.  Other anglers have reported catching whites and big wipers trolling around Walnut Creek, the south bluffs, and along the dam.  The bite typically picks up just before dark and anglers should target areas on the north shore with a south wind blowing in.
Black Bass Good to Excellent 12 to 18 inches

This is a great time of the year to catch smallmouth and largemouth bass as the water warms throughout the spring.  The smallmouth are getting still in spawning mode which means they are going to be found shallow and feed aggressively on most baits.  The largemouth bass have also moved in shallow and can be caught using spinnerbaits, soft plastics, crainkbaits, and Ned Rigs.  

Remember, there is a 21 inch length limit on smallmouth bass and an 18 inch length limit on largemouth bass.  All fish less than those lengths should be immediately released with care.

Catfish Good All Sizes Anglers have been catching very good numbers of catfish in 2-3 feet of water around cove shorelines using shrimp and worms fished on the bottom.  Look for these fish to be concentrated around flooded timber and vegetation.  The spawn is not too far away and the fish will be moving to the rocky banks shortly for this annual event.  They can easily be caught using a leech or a worm fished under a bobber in 2-3 feet of water around the Cawker City causeway, Granite Creek causeway, and rocky shorelines in the state park area.

Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.

Current water temperature: 71°F        Current Water Level: 0.3 feet below conservation

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



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Good 8-11 inches Anglers should be able to find crappie shallow now as they are spawning around the lake.  Casting jigs under bobbers with a slow retrieve works well, but using minnows under a bobber is another good method as well.
Largemouth Bass Good 13-22 inches

We recently completed our spring electrofishing sample for largemouth bass and collected a very nice population with a mix of sizes.  The best numbers were 16 to 17 inch fish, but plenty of 18 to 22 inch fish were also collected with the biggest weighing 6.2 pounds. There are also good numbers of young fish coming into the population indicating these strong numbers should continue for many years with the new 18 inch length limit.  The fish were found lakewide, but islands of phragmites and cattails just off the bank seemed to hold the best numbers with open pockets in the middle of tall vegetation also being key locations to target bass.

There is now an 18 inch Minimum length limit on all bass in Jewell!!!

Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches

The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be pleased with the numbers of cats in the lake.  Many of these fish are in the 3-5 pound range, but there are also a handful of larger fish between 7 and 10 pounds.  

Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.  Anglers have been catching them off the jetties and the boat dock.

Remember there is a 15 inch minimum length limit on channel catfish!

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Good 6-9 inches

Bluegill numbers appear to be stable right now with fish between 4 and 7 inches dominating the catch, but fish up to 8 inches were collected this past fall.

Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 10 inches collected this fall.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-8 inch fish and fair numbers of 9 to 10 inch fish.

For now, traditional fishing with a worm and bobber around the jetties and other cover may be the best way to catch some of these guys.  Fly fishing with a variety of nymphs and wet flies should also be productive.

General Comments

ATTENTION ANGLERS!  Beginning January 1, 2018, the new minimum length limit on largemouth bass will be 18 inches at Jewell.  ALL largemouth bass less than 18 inches will need to be released immediately. 

Water temperature: 75°F

Water level: 2 feet low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/21/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Good. Try catfish on worms and cutbait in 2-8' of water throughout the lake.
Crappie Fair 10 to 14 inches Fair. There are reports of many crappie from 9-14" being caught near the marina and off brush piles and other structure.
Trout     NOTICE: The 6th and final trout stocking occurred on Thursday, April 12th. Many are being caught but pressure seems to be low. Good luck!
Walleye/Saugeye Fair/Good 14 - 22" Good. The saugeye bite has heated up and several limits have been reported. Folks are catching 17-22" fish off of the dam, windblown points, and rocky shorelines. Try chartreuse, white, or pink jigs tipped with an earthworm in 6-12' depths. Deep/moderate running swimbaits work well too.
White Bass Good All sizes - up to 17 inches Fair. Try jigging small spoons and road runners near the river channel in the middle and lower portions of the reservoir.
Wiper Fair All sizes Slow. No reports for this species.
General Comment

Elevation: Water level is 6" above conservation pool.

Water Temperature: 72 degrees.

Current lake elevation and water temperature is available on the location page linked to this fishing report. It is updated daily by the Corps of Engineers.

 



KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock and private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also look for them up in the coves and in the shallows using jigs and jigs with minnows under a bobber.  Would also try around the 3 fish attractors. Recently added new cedar trees to the fish attractors, end of private dock and around the public fishing dock. 
Saugeye/Walleye Good 14 to 26 inches Been hearing quite a few reports limits of fish being caught up by the Marsh Dike around Duck Blind point and trolling around Monkey Island.  Would also try fishing along the south road bed using jigs and jigs tipped with worms or trolling diving Lures.  Also, heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18-inch length limit. Stocked in 500,000 saugeye fry on 4-17-18. 
Wiper Fair 15 to 28 inches Would try fishing around the mouth of Leota cove and Concrete cove using jigs and jigs with worms and/or minnows.  The point just south of the swim beach might be a good bet also. Starting Jan. 1, 2018 Wiper creel limit will be going up to 5/Day instead of 2/Day.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Would try fishing up to the west end using stink bait, liver and worms on the bottom. Also, try using trot lines and set lines towards the west end.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Would try fishing along the Dam, in Leota and Schoen's coves and up by the sand pit using artificial baits and crankbait's.  Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 70°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2292.92 ---- 11.38' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.25 feet lower than it was one year ago, at this time. 

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

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. 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. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



KIRWIN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did hear of some crappie being caught around the North and South fish attractors, off the Dam and around the Outlet, the river channel drop offs and up in the coves using jigs and jigs with minnows. 
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the dam using jigs and crank baits.  Also catching them off the river channel drop offs using jigs and night crawlers.  Would also start fishing the flats with night crawlers.  Remember the 15-inch length limit. Stocked in 1.5 million fry on 4-17-18.
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the fish attractors and up west by the Cowley area using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  Also catching them off the Dam using jigs.  Starting Jan. 1, 2018 Wiper creel limit will be going up to 5/Day instead of 2/Day. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught up by the Cowley area and also in catfish cove on the Bow Creek arm, using shad, cut bait and stink bait on the bottom.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 70°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1730.34 ---- 1.09' above conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS OPEN TO BOATS. 

Currently, the water level is 2.25 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time. 

Will be performing a creel survey starting in March and going thru October.  Therefore, if approached by our creel clerk, please take a few minutes to answer some questions.

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 new fish cleaning station is now open for the summer.  Please use it with respect and help keep it clean for the next user.

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) has been put into effect at Kirwin, so if you have any questions contact the Service 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! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. 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. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District

 



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 15-28 inches

The walleye have moved toward the central and western portions of the reservoir with the spawn over.  They should be feeding heavily now and anglers can catch them on jig and worm or jig and minnow combos in 15 to 20 feet of water.  Try fishing off Cedar Point, Cabin Point, and near the 2 mile road area.

3 million walleye fry were stocked in Lovewell this spring!

White Bass/Wipers Good

7-13 inches

14-23 inches

The white bass are spawning now and the best place to catch them is along the dam and other rocky shorelines around the reservoir.  Casting roadrunners, slab spoons, Kastmasters, and Rattletraps can catch both white bass and wipers.  If there is water coming in the inlet, that would be another place to target.  Other anglers may have luck trolling a variety of crankbaits around Walleye Point, Oak Hill, the Cross, and along the dam.
Crappie Good 7-13 inches The crappie spawn is going strong and anglers should benefit from the fish moving shallow and aggressively attacking a variety of baits.  Try casting a jig under a bobber or fishing with a minnow under a bobber in likely looking spawning areas.  They will typically spawn in 3-6 feet of water near some sort of structure with a small gravel substrate.  Montana Creek, Inner Mill Creek, John's Creek, and Marina Cove are all good places to look for spawning crappie.
Catfish Good All Sizes The catfish bite is picking up with fish being caught in the inlet around the moving water and in some creeks and coves on the west end of the reservoir.  Anglers may also find fish along the creek channel in 10-15 feet of water or just off the dam as the move into pre-spawn areas.  Flathead catfish will be found around the brush piles and other woody structures.
Comments

Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell.  Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information.

Current water temperature:  72°F         Current water level: 0.5 feet above conservation

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



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Poor 6-18 inches Stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 05-16-2017.
Bluegill Fair 3-9 inches Would try use worms under a bobber around the jetty and along the Dam.
Catfish Fair 10-25 inches Would try using worms, stinkbait and shrimp on the bottom.  Stocked 140 channel catfish that averaged 7 pound a piece on 08-15-2017.  Stocked in another 6,700 channel catfish that averaged 4 fish/pound on 09-19-2017.
General Comments

Water Temp. 73 Degrees

Lake is currently approx. one foot low.  Have stocked channel catfish and bluegill and stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 05-16-2017. Also, stocked 140 channel catfish that averaged 7 pounds a piece on 08-15-2017.  Stocked another 6,700 channel catfish that averaged 4 fish/pound on 09-19-2017.  Stocked 28,750 bluegill (mix of adult, intermediate and fingerling) on 09-27-17.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Fish are pretty much done spawning and have moved to deeper water where they can be caught trolling small crankbaits or drifting jigs.  A few fish are being caught around the deeper brush on vertically fished jigs or jigs under a bobber.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5 lbs. There may be a few bass spawning right now where they can be caught in shallows especially in areas possessing a firm bottom and some sort of flooded vegetation, brush/timber, or rock.  But this activity should be winding down and post-spawn fish will begin associating with brush and rock habitat in deeper water.   Casting soft plastics to bedded fish is most productive and post-spawn fish can be caught using various baits including soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits.
Saugeye Good Up to 3 lbs. Drifting jig and nightcrawler combos or spinner rigs baited with nightcrawlers lake-wide has been productive.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber around flooded vegetation and brush or rock in shallow water.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Various baits fished in the shallows on warmer days.
Comments

It is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water, so please discard any unused bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the McCormick's bridge on the south road by the Bow City Campground, would also try fishing around the north and south shore breakwater's, around the outlet structure, up in Old Marina and Rock Point Coves and around the fish attractor's using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the Old Swim Beach and Old Marina Cove point, and also west of the Methodist Camp. Would also try fishing off the dam and drop offs trolling diving lures or using jigs with night crawlers.  They should be up on the flat's, so get the jig and night crawlers out.  Remember the 15-inch length limit.  Stocked 1.2 million fry in on 4-17-18. 
White Bass/Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the north & south shore breakwaters, Old Marina Point, along the Dam and along Rock Point cove using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms.  Did have reports of some white bass being caught off the McCormick's bridge.  Starting Jan. 1, 2018 Wiper creel limit will be going up to 5/Day instead of 2/Day. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off McCormick's bridge.  Would also try fishing the windward side of the Reservoir up in the shallows using worms, liver, shrimp, shad and stink bait on the bottom. 
Rainbow Trout Fair 10 to 20 inches They have been catching them on powerbait, salmon eggs, little spinner's and on flies.  Trout season is over, therefore, a trout stamp is no longer needed, however, the 5 fish creel still applies.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 70°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1893.78 ---- 1.33' above conservation

Currently, the water level is 1.10 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time. All high-water boat ramps are usable (Old Marina, Rock Point and Goose Flats)

Started releasing water to maintain lake elevation on 2-22-2018 and are currently releasing 0 cfs, releases were shut off on 5-24-2018. 

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

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's is currently 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. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



WILSON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/21/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair/Poor 10-14 inches Slow. No reports. Few crappie occur in Wilson Reservoir.
Striped Bass Fair/Good 2-15 pounds Fair/Good. A few reports of stripers being caught on the West end and some towards Lucas Point. Stripers are in the West end but moving out towards deeper water near the river channel. Try jigging spoons and swimbaits on river channel breaks.
 Walleye Fair 14-25 inches Fair. The walleye bite is heating up. There were recent reports of limits being caught with fish ranging from 17-21". Try nearshore habitat (rocky shorelines, points, and along reed grass edges). Try using colored jigs (1/8 - 1/4 oz.) tipped with an earthworm, or crankbaits, jerkbaits, spoons along reed grass edges.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

Channel Catfish) A few 2-5 lb. fish have been caught on the West end (Elm Creek, Horseshoe Bend, etc.). Try using cut bait this time of year (shad, carp, bluegill, etc.)

Blue Catfish) Blue catfish are being caught throughout the reservoir. A legal, 36" fish was reported recently. Try cut bait (shad, carp, bluegill) for blue catfish.

Be on the lookout for blue catfish which are also in the reservoir. They are not legal size yet so make sure and take care to return them to the water. There is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Wilson Reservoir!

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds Good. White bass have moved back up the river to finish their spawn. Double-digit catches have been reported from Horseshoe Bend to Bunker Hill. Try steady slow retrieves with small spinners and grubs on light jigs (1/16 oz.).
Black Bass Good 12-19 inches Good. Some largemouth are still spawning but most have moved into postspawn mode. Try texas-rigs, crankbaits, and shaky heads near reed grass and rocky shorelines.
White Perch Good 9 to 13 inches

Good. White perch can be caught throughout the lake but conditions are best in the upper reservoir as the shallow part of the lake warms up quicker.

- IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

The white perch numbers are down in Wilson right now which is the goal of managing aquatic nuisance species.  While this species will continue to thrive and reproduce in Wilson, they are still an ANS species and KDWPT has managed the predator base in such a way to limit their numbers.  The hope is that the white bass will be able to make a comeback at the expense of the white perch numbers declining.

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 5 inches ABOVE conservation pool.

Surface Temperature = 70 degrees.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: All boat ramps are useable. WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS and be courteous at boat ramps!

We have two Aquatic Nuisance Species - white perch and zebra mussels and have joined Cheney and El Dorado as lakes with both species. The law now says that if anyone leaves the lake with water in your livewell or boat, you are subject to a ticket for transporting Zebra Mussels since they will spawn and the microscopic little mussels will probably be in every drop of water in the lake. Make sure you drain all water from the boat before you leave the boat ramp area!!! We have been taking veliger samples and the samples were high so be sure to drain and dry everything!!!!!!



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry Newsletter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my district.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 0.9 lbs For best luck, try a jig and minnow over brush piles. Fish should be up shallow  and easy to catch from bank. 
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill can be caught with a night crawler under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs The fish feeders are still empty and will likely be filled in the coming weeks. Channel catfish can be caught from shore using cut shad, dough balls, or chunks of worm.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinnerbaits or plastics worked around brush piles and rocks.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Redear can be caught jigging a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.  
General Comments
 



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/22/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry Newsletter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Best luck for Crappie would come from fishing the brush piles next to and in between the fishing jetties. 
Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs The fish feeders are still empty and likely will be filled in the coming weeks. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, dough baits, or chicken livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or plastics working the shallows, along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Redear may be caught using a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.
General Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as the information becomes available.  



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great channel catfish population.  Fish have been up shallow.
White Bass Fair 1/2 to 1 lb. Not a lot of white bass this year but the fish are nice sized. 
Wiper Fair to Slow Up to 26" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of 15 to 22" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has lots and lots of good sized crappie.  Has been a spotty spring, but people have been catching them on and off.
Saugeye Fair to Good 2 to 8 lbs. Saugeye numbers are good and it should be a productive year of fishing.  Saugeye can be caught this time of year by casting cranks or jigs along the bank.
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght limit.
General Comments

Centralia Lake is a 400 acre lake that is noted for good channel cat, saugeye and crappie fishing. The lake facilities include multiple ramps, picnic tables, plenty of camping pads and many sites with electricity. Centralia is enrolled in the CFAP program, which means a City permit is not required for fishing visits. Perry Reservoir has zebra mussels and with Centralia Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

Be sure to CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY all equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from spreading them to another lake.

Current Fishing Conditions
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 daily creel limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation was implemented to protect brood fish, so that the population could have a chance to improve.
       
Smallmouth Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This regulation change makes smallmouth bass regulations the same as those for largemouth bass.
       
Crappie Fair-Good 0.5-1.25 lbs Crappie has slowed a little, but can still be good.  Most fish are being caught on jigs and minnows in about 10-12 feet of water.  There are still some males being caught shallow, although not as many as in previous weeks.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-3 lbs Channel catfish are strung out all along the shoreline.  They can be caught on a variety of baits (shad, nightcrawlers, minnows, liver, stinkbait, and in some cases jigs, and spinners.
Walleye/Sauger Fair-Good 0.5-3 lbs Bouncing jig and nightcrawler off flats.
       
       
       
       
       
       
District Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what is going on with Clinton Reservoir (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) and other lakes in DG, SN, and OS Counties sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter by clicking this link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Water level May 23 was 0.32 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 21 cfs, water temp. = 74.  Feeders are operational, and should be through Labor Day.  Brush piles placed into Clinton August 11 and 12, 2008. GPS locations in degrees, minutes, seconds using Datum WGS 84: 1) N38 55.755 W095 24.146, 2) N38 56.4444 W095 24.466, 3) N38 56.283 W095 23.465, 4) N38 56.014 W095 23.096, 5) N38 55.036 W095 22.568, 6) N38 56.011 W095 23.085, 7) N38 55.073 W095 22.565, 8) N38 55.785 W095 22.235.



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method and Location
       
       
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Fair Up to 0.33 lb Using pieces of worm under bobber, small spinners and jigs.
Crappie Fair 0.25-1 lbs Using minnows and jigs off brush piles.
LM Bass Fair-Good 0.5-4 lbs Using spinnerbaits, and jigs around weedbeds.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       
       
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Douglas State Fishing Lake sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Fair 0.3-1.5 lbs Using jigs and minnows.  Some big ones were caught this past week.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, jigs, and small spinners around rock piers.
LM Bass Fair-Good 0.5-3 lbs Using a variety of baits, including crankbaits, spinners and jigs.
Channel catfish fair-Good 1-4 lbs Using nightcrawlers, minnows and livers.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs near vegetation edges. 
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits target docks and deeper structure.  
White Bass Slow 14 to 17 inches A good population of white bass exists in this lake. White bass can be taken in open water on shad imitation lures.  
General Comments
 



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good   near brush/rock drop offs and channel ledges 5-10 ft deep on tube jigs, minnows, and spinners
Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Saugeye Fair   near dam and rock points on jigs and minnow baits
Black bass Good   near rock and brush on jerk baits, jigs, and crankbaits
Bluegill Good   on small jigs and worms in coves
General Comments

This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2018 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.

WARNING..ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW PRESENT!!!



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good   near wind blown flats on cut bait and worms
Crappie Good   near points and rock 5ft deep on jigs and minnows
Walleye Fair   along the flats on jigs, worms, and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Fair   along dam, points, and creek mouths on spinners and jigs
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2018 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Crappie Good   near brush and rock 5 ft deep on jigs and minnows
Largemouth Bass Poor    
Bluegill Fair/Good   near brush/rock 3 ft deep on jigs and worms
White Bass Fair   along dam and creek mouth on spinners
General Comments

This shallow lake has the best fishing for crappie and channel catfish which are stocked annually.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Good Up to 9 lbs. Walleye are being caught on flats, points, and channel edges near timber. Drifting on Hillsdale Point also producing some fish. Worms and jigs are producing the most fish.                
Crappie Good Most fish are 8 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Good crappie bite shallow along the banks, good reports from Wade Branch Arm and upper end of Big Bull Arm and around brush piles in the Little Bull Arm. Both minnows and jigs are productive baits right now.   
White Bass Slow Up to 2 lbs. Target white bass off wind blown points.  Jigs and shad imitation lures are the best baits right now. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Slow Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass are near the water willow and vegetation edges right now.    
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Channel Catfish Good  Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken on a variety of baits using prepared or live baits. Creek channel edges are the best areas to target right now. 
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of May 25th the water level is at conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

Zebra mussel infestation has been confirmed at Hillsdale Reservoir.  As of 6/17/16 the lake has been designated an Aquatic Nuisance Species water.  Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters.  Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and equipment before using another waterbody.  Dispose of all bait on dry land.  Please search ksoutdoors.com for more information about zebra mussels.       

  



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 5/22/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Lake Contour Map Pretty Good 8.5"x11" Color Banner Creek has been mapped by the Kansas Biological Survey and there is a map available at Contour Map
Perry Newsletter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will publish a newsletter discussing Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter emailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.25 lbs. Crappie can be caught by vertical jigging minnows over brush piles or standing timber. Some can be caught along rocky shore lines as well.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Bluegill can be caught near shoreline structure using chunks of worm or jigs. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.5 lbs. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, stink bait, or livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Crankbaits, spinners or plastics along the shoreline, rip rap and structure. 
Walleye/ Sauger Slow to Fair

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

Some anglers are having luck catching Walleye along the dam or off of submerged humps.  

Some keeper Sauger are being caught from shore.

White Bass Fair up to 2.5 lbs. There are some nice White Bass in this reservoir if anglers wish to pursue them. Cast a jig along the rocks or along the dam to target them.
General Comments

Recently, the Leavenworth Elite Bass Club received a small grant to install some artificial habitat structures into Banner Creek. They placed seven clusters of Mossback artificial trees at the following locations:

N 39 27.113, W 095 46.355

N 39 26.547, W 095 46.648

N 39 27.034, W 095 46.448

N 39 27.230, W 095 46.448

N 39 27.015, W 095 46.440

N 39 26.946, W 095 47.041

N 39 26.946, W 095 47.140

And the fisheries biologist placed 30 Georgia cubes at the following spots:

3 @ N 39 27.560, W 095 46.227

5 between jetty and danger buoy @ N 39 27.305, W 095 46.636

3 @ N 39 27.480, W 095 46.224

3 @ N 39 27.450, W 095 46.222

3 @ N 39 27.533, W 095 46.130

3 @ N 39 27.188, W 095 46.355

3 @ N 39 26.870, W 095 46.638

5 surrounding jetty @ N 39 27.402, W 095 46.566

2 on north side of jetty @ N 39 27.054, W 095 46.338

Please leave all habitat at these locations. Do not drag these to your own secret locations. 



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Slow to Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have been trending downwards the last few years due to poor spawning success.  However, most of the fish are over 10-inches.  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. 
Walleye Fair 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers have been improving due to good survival from recent stockings.  Of the fish netted in the 2017 fall sampling, two out of three were over 15 inches.  There should be decent harvest rates this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch minimum length limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has a very good white bass population with 58.5% of the fish collected last fall were over 12 inches.  Fishing has been good where the water dumps into the lake or along rocky banks.
Wipers Fair  Up to 12 pounds Wiper sample numbers were at a 7 year high in 2017 with most of the fish from 15 to 20 inches. 
General Comments

The lake will be closed to public access on June 2nd and 3rd.  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. 

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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JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Good 1 to 4 lbs The lake has an excellent smallmouth bass population.  They can be found along any of the rocky shoreline.  The lake has a low level largemouth bass population dominated by smaller fish. 
White Bass Good Up to 3 lbs The lake has a great white bass population with most of the fish sampled last fall being over 12 inches. Anglers reported catching a lot of white bass so far this spring.  Fish will be up shallow cruising the dam and rock banks.
Wiper Fair Up to 12 lbs There are good numbers of wiper in the lake.  Being caught with the white bass or trolling cranks.
Walleye Slow to Fair Up to 5 lbs Walleye numbers are below average and harvested is expected to be low, but anglers have been doing fairly well this month.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15-inch minimum length limit. 
Crappie Slow to Fair Up to 1.5 lbs Crappie numbers have been improving the last two years.  There are some habitat cubes along the dock that may hold some fish this time of year.
General Comments

The lake will be closed to public access on June 2nd and 3rd. 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. 

Auxiliary Lake has zebra mussels which makes the lake designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water. 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 dump your bait.



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Invasive Species Alert Not Good   Brittle Naiad has been found near the boat ramp. Please inspect your boat and trailer before leaving to ensure you are not transporting this invasive plant.
Perry Newsletter Good 4 pages (Lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Bass are being caught by anglers using jigs or plastics along the shoreline and in & around brush piles, rip-rap, and fallen trees.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Channel Catfish may be taken occasionally from shore using cut bait or livers. The feeders are still empty and will likely be filled in the coming weeks.
Flathead Catfish Fair to Good up to 30 lbs This lake has a decent number of Flathead Catfish. They can be caught using a small sunfish along the dam or other rocky areas.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber and fished in shallow coves.
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs The best bet for crappie would be to fish a jig and minnow near brush piles and rip rap or vertical jigging along steep drop offs. 
Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs This lake has a good population of shellcrackers. Redear can be caught using a small chunk of worm near brushpiles and shoreline habitat.
Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs Wiper can be caught near points in the lake using baits that resemble shad. Schools can also be located by shad breaking the surface.  
Walleye Slow Up to 3.25 lbs Fish a jig and minnow along the dam.
General Comments

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available. 

Construction on the spillway will begin soon resulting in an 8 ft. drawdown of the lake. More updates can be found here as available. 

Special note: The lake has non-native aquatic plants! Please inspect your trailer and fishing gear before leaving the lake to ensure you are not transporting these plants to any other lakes.    

Please pick up and take home any trash that you may have brought with you. 

                                                                                                                                                            



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 to 11 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits lakewide.   
Flathead Catfish Fair  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. Target structure and vegetation edges with live bait. Boulders south of the dam also hold some flathead catfish.    
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs are producing the most fish right now. Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. Largemouth can be taken on finesse plastics and spinnerbaits fished near trees in the coves and at vegetation edges.  
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near submerged road also target near schools of gizzard shad.    
General Comments
 



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Good Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Good 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Fair Up to 16 inches Crappie can be taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Crappie are being caught on both sides of the culvert at this time.   
White Bass Fair 14-17 inches A good population of white bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
The curly-leaf pondweed stand is at peak growth right now. It should start to die-off naturally in the coming weeks and mostly be gone by mid-June.   



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Fair/Good Blues up to 45lbs

along channel ledges on cut bait, worms, and shrimp

New regulation for Blue Catfish in 2018...all between 25"-40" must be released...creel limit is still 5, but only 1 can be 40" or longer

Crappie Good   5-10ft deep near points, brush, and spawning bays on jigs and minnows
Walleye Fair/Good  

on flats and points on jigs, worms, and crankbaits

21" minimum length limit, 2/day creel limit.

White Bass/Wipers Good  

along windy rocky banks and points chasing shad, using jigs, crankbaits, and some topwater action

New regulation for Wiper in 2018...creel limit is now 5/day

Smallmouth Bass Good   near secondary gravel points and pockets on jigs and crankbaits
Largemouth Bass Good   near points and coves with brush/rock on jerk baits, jigs, and spinnerbaits
Outlet poor    
General Comments

New regulation for Wiper in 2018...creel limit is now 5/day

New regulation for Blue Catfish in 2018...all between 25"-40" must be released...creel limit is still 5, but only 1 can be 40" or longer

CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT THE MILFORD WALLEYE TAGGING STUDY!!!

http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/3-26-15/WALLEYE-TAGGING-STUDY-AT-MILFORD-RESERVOIR

CAUTION: DO NOT TRANSFER LIVE BAIT FROM ONE BODY OF WATER TO ANOTHER!!! ALONG WITH ZEBRA MUSSEL INFESTATION, ASIAN CARP ARE IN DRAINAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE KANSAS RIVER AND CAN EASILY BE MISTAKEN FOR SHAD!!!

Blue-Green Algae: Current information listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fish Feeders     The feeders are still empty but will be filled in the coming weeks.
Perry District Newsletter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my district. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Slow to Fair up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill can be caught using a small chunk of worm under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.   
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs  Channel catfish can still be caught using worms, cut shad, or doughballs.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 7.0 lbs The lake contains a nice population of larger fish for a small State Fishing Lake. They can be caught using spinnerbaits, plastics, or crankbaits around the brush piles. 
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow along shoreline and around the brush piles. Water is cloudy so choose baits that will make a lot of noise both in color and in sound. Best luck would come near the islands on the north shore.
 Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs. Live and prepared baits fished near mainlake points and other shoreline structure.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 6 lb. Target largemouth bass in deeper structure and drop-offs.   
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Slow Up to 11 lbs. Jigs and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points. Some nice sized wiper (14-19 inches) have been being taken on the north end of the reservoir.  
White Crappie Slow Most fish around 7 inches, but some are greater than 10 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles. 
General Comments

Caution!!! Asian Carp have made their way up stream to below Lake Olathe dam.

Remember it is illegal to move fish from below dam to above the dam or use fish captured below dam for bait above the dam. 

Boats will not be allowed on Lake Olathe during weekdays till mid-June 2018 due to construction efforts and blasting. Boats will be allowed on evenings and weekends. 



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure.   
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Chicken liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Fair 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Fair Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be found drifting or trolling mudflats using jigs tipped with nightcrawler or jigging spoons. 
Wiper  Fair Up to 24 inches Use shad imitation baits fished near main lake points. 
Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Good Up to 10 inches The bluegill and redear sunfish populations are in really good shape right now with many fish in the 7-9 inch length range. Use piece of nightcrawler or small jig at vegetation edges and rocky structures to target the panfish. 
 
General Comments

Zebra mussels have been found at Paola City Lake (Lake Miola). The lake has been designated as an Aquatic Nuisance Species water. 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 dump your bait.

New Brushpiles were added on 3/9/18. Many of the new brushpiles can also be accessed by casting from the shore. 

GPS Coordinate locations for brushpiles. 

N 38.58540, W 094.84338

N 38.58954, W 094.84549 

N 38.58493, W 094.84037

N 38.59411, W 094.84538

N 38.58334, W 094.84544



PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Invasive! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will start spawning as the water temperature rises to around 54 degrees. Please do not move water from Perry Reservoir.
Perry District Newsletter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) We publish a newsletter for Perry and other waters in the district twice a year. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click here and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Good up to 10.0 lbs Catfish can be caught in the arms and coves of the reservoir using cut shad
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir but are difficult to target.  Try trolling crankbaits along the dam or mudflats in early morning. Casting a jig or crankbait in areas under a light may produce some fish during the night. 

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 5.0 lbs.

Recent Bass tournaments have landed some nice fish including a few of both species over 5 lbs and numerous over 4 and 3. There are some nice fish in the lake for folks to hook into.
White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. White Bass should begin running soon if they haven't already.   
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Some anglers have still been catching some very nice fish from bank and boaters can still find some up shallow as well. Both jigs and minnows have been working.
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Anglers are catching a few Blue Cats using cut and whole shad along the river channels in the upper end of the reservoir. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, many fish are below the length limit, with a few blue catfish over the 35 inch minimum length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  
Comments

As of May 23rd, the current lake elevation is at 890.44 (1.06' below conservation pool) and staying steady with a release of 25 cfs. For current lake conditions click here and for the lake forecast click here.

If you would like to place habitat in Perry Reservoir, please contact the Fish Biologist, Nick, at 785-246-4514 to obtain a permit. 

39 Georgia Cube fish habitat structures were recently placed in the reservoir in the following locations:

5 cubes @ N 39.1563, W 095.4885

6 cubes @ N 39.1537, W 095.4931

3 cubes @ N 39.1516, W 095.4849

4 cubes @ N 39.1506, W 095.4825

3 cubes @ N 39.1292, W 095.4662

3 cubes @ N 39.1468, W 095.4707

3 cubes @ N 39.1313, W 095.4700

3 cubes @ N 39.1480, W 095.4809 (GPS plot doesn't agree with my memory, may not be in this exact spot)

3 cubes @ N 39.1352, W 095.4724

3 cubes @ N 39.1421, W 095.4774

3 cubes surrounding the jetty at the north ramp of Perry State Park

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. The crappie population is below average this year and harvest is expected to be low.  Fish have been feeding up and anglers doing well lately.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great largemouth bass population. 
General Comments
This small 49 acre lake is located in northeast Pott. County. The fishing conditions are very similar to that of a large farm pond. The lake is noted for good catch and release largemouth bass fishing due to the abundance of the species. Bass 13 to 18 inches long are protected.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 9 inches The bluegill population offers decent numbers of harvestable sized fish.  Fish have been up shallow making nests.
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie abundance has been below average the last few years.  There was some improvements in numbers of crappie in 2017 but most of the fish are still below 10-inches.  Has been some decent harvest this spring.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The 2017 annual sampling effort produced the highest number of bass on record with 61% of the fish being over 12 inches.  The lake is absolutely full of 12 - 15 inch bass.  A great place for catch and release bass fishing!  Take a kid or two!
General Comments

This small 24 acre lake is similar to pond fishing. The lake is known for catch and release of largemouth bass and harvest of nice bluegill. The lake's channel catfish are protected by a 15 inch minimum length limit.

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POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population. Bass in this lake can be tough to catch because they have all seen a lot of lures.  Bass have been up shallow and feeding up.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  The first stocking of the year was on April 10th of 700 pounds of channel catfish.  Anglers have been doing fairly well catching these fish.  Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Fair 1/4 to 1 pound The lake does not support a robust crappie population but abundance has improved the last two years.  In addition, there is a good size structure with the majority of the fish seen in the fall samples were over 10 inches.  There are some artificial habitat structures just out from each dock that can be good this time of year.
General Comments

Pott. # 2 is noted for family outings, scenic views, catch and release bass fishing, harvest of small crappie and channel catfish. 

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ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Catfish Fair 1 to 20+ pounds

Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.  Blue catfish are usually caught on fresh cut bait.

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 and the Big Blue River.  Feel free to harvest or release the fish, 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!

White Bass and Wipers Fair to Good 1/2 to 8 pounds

Fishing for whites and wiper has been good in the current. 

To distinguish between the two species you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for id. Starting in 2018: Wiper daily creel is 5 per day.

Crappie Fair Up to 2 pounds Anglers have been doing fairly well floating minnows on the slow side.
Drum Good 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are an abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds

Best baits are jigs, crankbaits or live bait.  Always a few being caught. 

Starting in 2017, the statewide 15-inch minimum length limit for walleye, sauger and saugeye does not apply to rivers, streams and tailwaters.

General Comments

Rocky Ford , a river fishery, is located just south of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue River. Anglers have the opportunity to harvest fishes generally associated with moving water. Saugeye, white bass, the catfishes, drum, crappie and carp can be harvested. Angler access and success is affected by release rates from the nearby Tuttle Creek Reservoir. You can check current 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, do not move fish and dump your bait.

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SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry District Newsletter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click here newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs Crappie can be caught over brush piles or near standing timber using a small jig tipped with a plastic lure or minnow.
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 17.0 lbs There are some nice sized Channel Catfish in this impoundment. They can be caught from shore using cut bait or livers 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Best success for bass is coming by using soft plastic worms near structure in 3-10 ft or water or just off of the many ledges. 
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.5 lbs. Walleye should be along shallow flats and off of points.
Wiper  Great up to 7.5 lbs. Wipers can be caught by fishing along points in the lake using any lure that resembles a shad. 
General Comments

Attention anglers, If you fish this water body and would like to contribute your knowledge to the fishing report give me a call at 785-246-4514. Thanks!

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.  



SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
       
Crappie Fair 0.25-1 lb Using jigs and minnows near shore.
LM Bass Fair-Good 0.25-2 lbs Casting jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits along shoreline cover.
Bluegill Fair-Good Up to 0.25 lbs Using worms under bobber, small spinners, and jigs around cover.
General Comments
Brushpiles were constructed and placed at 5 locations in April 2010. Locations were marked with GPS using datum NAD83: 1) N38.99217 W095.63188, 2) N39.00736 W095.62968, 3) N38.99254, W095.63210, 4) N38.99619 W095.632202, 5) N39.01043, W095.63014. November 07 locations were marked with GPS using datum WGS84 in decimel degrees: 1) N39.00740 W095.62978; 2) N39.00819 W095.63046; 3) N39.00810 W095.63055; 4) N39.00806 W095.63043; 5) N39.00638 W095.62261; 6) N39.00247 W095.62495; 7) N38.99622 W095.63205; 8) 39.00274 W095.63202.
 
 



SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Good Up to 15 inches Jigs near structure are producing the best.  
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide using dough-bait.
Wiper Slow Up to 9 lbs. Live bait and shad imitation baits along the dam are producing the best.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics are working best right now fished near shoreline structure. 
Trout Fair  Catchable A few trout are still being caught as the season is almost over. Trout are mostly biting on Powerbait or prepared baits, but can also be caught on in-line spinners and small spoons.     
General Comments
In addition to a state fishing license, a Johnson County fishing permit is required. If you plan to fish for trout, a Johnson County trout permit is also required. Johnson County fishing/trout permits are available through Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and other select vendors.



SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a very good population of black bass over 15 inches.  You can watch a news story about the bass at this lake at http://www.wibw.com/content/news/Fish-go-belly-up-after-shocking-research-422730604.html
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie size structure has been improving with the 2017 sample having the most fish over 10 inches in seven years.  However, the population would not yet be characterized as being a great fishery as most of the fish are still stunted below 8 inches.  Fish have been up shallow along the rocks. 
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish which leads to good catch rates of fish in this range.  The second stocking of the year was on April 30th.  The next stocking is scheduled for May 24th.  So far this year the lake has been stocked with 2,750 channel catfish.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. The two fish feeders are in operation.
General Comments

Located north of Silver Lake, Shawnee State Fishing Lake is the site of good catch and release largemouth bass fishing. The lake is also noted for channel catfish harvest since the lake receives frequent stockings of harvestable sized catfish from March through September. The Jeffrey Energy Center Lakes and Perry Reservoir both have zebra mussels and with Shawnee State Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.200640° W -95.805438°
N 39.200351° W -95.801881°
N 39.201053° W -95.801924°



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Good 1/2 to 2 pounds

The crappie population has been improving the last few years with sampling this fall producing the most fish over 10 inches in five years.  In addition, the future looks bright as the 2017 year-class was the largest recorded in 25 years.  There should be decent harvest in 2018.  

Crappie fishing has been really good the last two weeks.  Fish have been holding in 2 to 5 feet of water along any rocky banks or towards the backs of coves in the lower part of the reservoir.  The dam has been good as well. Bobber and minnow is always a good bet this time of year.  The crappie spawn usually lasts until late May at Tuttle Creek.

White Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass numbers continue to be low due to poor spawning success the last five years.  Along the dam and rocky points has been really good lately.
Catfish 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.  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

Record numbers of young saugeye sampled in the lake in 2017.  Hopefully, these little fish have a chance to stay in the Reservoir and grow past the 15-inch minimum length limit.  The river pond has been the best place this spring.

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.

General Comments

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.

You can check current water conditions HERE

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a decent bluegill population. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. 
Crappie Fair Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Slow to Fair Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 3 lbs The lake has fair numbers of saugeye over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Some crappie are being caught on minnows or jigs suspended near structure. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms and wax worms under a bobber fished in the shallows.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 10 lbs. Some channel catfish are being taken on dough-bait or liver.  
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics, spinner-baits, and crankbaits fished near structure or near vegetation edges are producing fish.   
Smallmouth Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Slow Up to 6 lbs. Trolling shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Fair Up to 2 lbs. Drifting across mud flats and points, minnows are producing best right now. 
Rainbow Trout Slow Catchable A few trout may be caught as the season is almost over. Trout are being taken on powerbait, small spinner-baits, and minnows.
General Comments
A Wyandotte County fishing permit is required to fish this property. A Wyandotte County trout permit is required for trout fishing. Please contact Wyandotte County Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department at 913-573-8327 for more information.



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

BARBER STATE FISHING LAKE - LOWER - Last Updated: 5/16/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find from 1 to 5 feet of water.   Use minnows, roadrunners, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers off of points and flats.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Typical early summer patterns.  Try crankbaits, jigs, grubs and topwater baits.  
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs, crickets or worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on the points & flats.  Try jig & minnow or wormss. 

Crappie are about done spawning but the bluegill should be getting started.  Walleye are setting up on the points and flats.  The largemouth spawn is about done.  Water temperature n the high 60's to low 70's.  

If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

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

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/16/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find in 1 - 6 feet of water.  Use minnows, roadrunners, or jigs.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 3lbs Largemouth are about done spawning, try crankbaits & plastic baits as well as topwater lures..
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs, or crickets & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye Good Up to 25 inches Walleye are on the breaks around points and flats.  Try slab spoons or wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches. Also try trolling small minnow type crank baits. 
White bass Good Up to 1.5 lbs Try small white jigs off windblown points as well as crank baits,small jigs and spinners in areas the wind is blowing into the shore. 

Crappie are about done spawning but the bluegill should be getting started.  Walleye are setting up on the points and flats.  The largemouth spawn is about done.  Water temperature n the high 60's to low 70's.  

If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

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

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



DODGE CITY LAKE CHARLES - Last Updated: 3/16/2017 Print



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/16/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 10 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find especially in the deeper creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 4 lbs Try crankbaits, plastics and topwater luures.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around riprap.
Walleye Fair Up to 4 lbs Walleye should be on the breaks around points and flats.  Try slab spoons or wobble jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches. Also try trolling small minnow type crank baits. 

Crappie are about done spawning but the bluegill should be getting started.  Walleye are setting up on the points and flats.  The largemouth spawn is about done.  Water temperature n the high 60's to low 70's.  

 If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

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

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 5/16/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find in 1 - 6 feet of water.  Use minnows, roadrunners, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 5 lbs Try spinnerbaits, topwaters and soft plastic around wood or vegetation.
Flathead catfish No Report Up to 50 lbs Live bait fished around cover.

Crappie are about done spawning but the bluegill should be getting started.  Walleye are setting up on the points and flats.  The largemouth spawn is about done.  Water temperature n the high 60's to low 70's.   

If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

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

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



PRATT COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/16/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find off of the piers.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs Try prepared stink bait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting night crawlers.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 4 lbs Try spinnerbaits, topwaters, crankbaits and soft plastic around wood and vegetation.
Bluegill No report Up to 9 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around brush and rocks.
Wiper No report   Try jigs and slim minnow baits where the wind is blowing into the shore.
Walleye No report Up to 6 lbs Try drifting jig and night crawlers across the points.  

Crappie are about done spawning but the bluegill should be getting started.  Walleye are setting up on the points and flats.  The largemouth spawn is about done.  Water temperature n the high 60's to low 70's.  

If you would like to contribute a fishing report, you may also call the Dodge City Regional office at 620-227-8609.

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

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Prepared baits, shrimp, or liver fished over shallow flats.
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Fish are pretty much done spawning although a few smaller fish can still be caught shallow.  Fishing jigs around deeper brush or drifting jigs in deeper, open water has produced fish.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Bass have been spawning and activity is likely beginning to slow down.  Spawning fish can be caught in the shallows around rock, brush, and vegetation casting soft plastics.  Post-spawn fish will associate with brush in, or adjacent to, deeper water where they can be caught on soft plastics, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits.  Anglers reporting catching primarily small bass this past week.
Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber around brush, laydown trees, vegetation, and rock in shallow water.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair/Good Up to 7 lbs. Casting crankbaits, swimbaits, and jig and worm or minnow combinations over points and along drop-offs.  The bite has slowed with the warming weather making early morning, late evening, or night fishing best.
General Comments

Release all walleye/saugeye less than 18 inches and largemouth bass less than 15 inches.

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

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/7/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Catfishing has been slow. It should pick up if we can string together a few warm days. Water temp is currently 55 degrees.
Crappie Good 8-13" Good. Several reports of plenty of crappie being caught near the bank and on brush piles. Small chartreuse and pink jigs have been working well.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7 lb. Good. A few large bass have been caught and several smaller fish are becoming active. However, they are finishing up spawning and many more will be hungry when they finish up. Try shallow crankbaits and texas rigged soft plastics.
Saugeye Fair 15-23" Fair. Only a few Saugeye have been reported. Look for fishing to pick up as the water temperature rises. Try dragging chartreuse, white, or pink jigs tipped with an earthworm around points. Small, deep-running crankbaits should produce as well. Fish slow and on the bottom towards evening and at night. Remember) The minimum length limit has changed from 18" to 21" and only 2 fish can be kept per day.

General Comments

Water temperature: 66 degrees

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/17/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good up to 2lbs Channel Catfish are biting on cut bait.
Crappie Fair Up to 13" The crappie spawn is wrapping up but some fish are still being caught. A small tube jig or minnow under a bobber is a good bet. Morning and evening hours are best.
General Comments
 



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/3/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Poor 6" to 10" Fish with small minnows and jigs around brush. There are a few nice crappie in the lake although most are fairly small.
Bluegill Poor   Worms under a bobber or very small jigs.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-6 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 20" Fish shallow brush with Texas rigged softbait, jigs, and spinnerbaits. The water here is typically murky so try darker colored lures (black & blue, dark purple, green pumpkin).
General Comments
 



BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 4 lbs

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches

Fish feeders are up and running.

Worms during times of inflows and prepared baits near the feeders.

Largemouth Bass Good up to 20 inch Spinnerbaits fished at a medium speed in water 3 to 5 deep and along near shore structure.  Plastic worms and larger creature type plastics are producing fish.  Fish are in any available shoreline vegetation or woody structure.
Crappie     The majority of the crappie in the lake are small and the crappie population density needs to be reduced.  Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed  the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back.  Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!
Bluegill Fair up to 6 inch Small piece of worm or small jig under a float next to rocky or woody cover.
General Comments
Lake level is at normal pool.



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Have Been Discovered in Chase State Fishing Lake.    

Chase SFL is an ANS designated water. Read the news release HERE.

 Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

 Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

 Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

Channel Catfish Fair up to 5 lbs

Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit.

Fish feeders are up and running.

A few cats have been caught recently on shallower windswept shorelines on shad sides or cut bait.  Channel catfish activity around the feeder is increasing.

Largemouth Bass Good up to 16 inch

There is a 13 to 18 inch slot limit on Largemouth Bass in effect at the lake.

Crankbaits and spinnerbaits along the shorelines.  Plastic baits in the coontail beds.

Saugeye Fair up to 18 inch Crankbaits or curly tailed grubs on points and windy shorelines.
Spotted Bass Good up to 14 inch Smaller plastics or crankbaits along the piers and dam
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 7 inch Small live bait offerings under a small float close to cover or weed beds.
White Crappie Fair to Good up to 14 inch Jigs or minnows in water 8 to 12 feet deep off the south shore points and along the dam.  Crappie numbers aren't very good this year, but sizes are very nice.
General Comments

Attention Boaters:

Use caution launching boats as the boat ramp continues to suffer from low water. Larger boats with longer trailers requiring deeper water may have difficulty launching with current low water conditions.



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/17/2018 Print

SPECIES RATING SIZE BAITS, LOCATION, METHODS
Fishing Newsletter     All KDWPT fisheries districts are offering a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. The newsletters are aimed at keeping anglers informed about fishing opportunities and information in their areas of interest. The first few editions of the Cheney Fisheries District have been completed and are ready for distribution.
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS, AND BILGES!!!

Zebra mussel numbers have decreased at Cheney; however, anglers and boaters should still use caution to avoid moving adults and veligers from the lake.

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

White Bass and Wiper Fair to good Up to 24" Look for Wipers and White Bass near the dam or on windswept points. Some are being caught at the river mouth as well.
Walleye Fair Up to 28" Look for Walleye transitioning to their summer locations. Points and submerged humps are good places to start looking. Shallow flats can be surprisingly good at times too. 
Crappie Fair Up to 15" The crappie spawn is tapering off but a few fish are still being caught. Try near any shallow structure such as brush or riprap in sheltered areas.
Blue Catfish Fair Up to 15 lb Try live or cut shad near the old river channel and adjacent flats.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lb Channel catfish have been biting on cut bait. Try near creek inlets and the river mouth after rains.
White Perch Good  

There are many catchable-size white perch (10+") in the lake.

White perch cannot be used as live bait, but they do make good cut bait. For tips on identifying a white perch from a white bass, wiper or striped bass click HERE.

All white perch in your possession must be dead. It is illegal to posses live white perch.

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COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Zebra Mussel     Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove City Lake. Click HERE for more information.

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Bluegill Fair   near gravel banks on small jigs and worms
Crappie Fair   5 ft deep near gravel/brush on jigs and minnows
Channel catfish Fair   near windy flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Black bass Good   on spinnerbaits, jigs, and crankbaits 5-10ft deep in coves near points
Walleye Fair   along dam and points on jigs and minnow baits
White bass Fair   along dam and points on spinners
General Comments
The City of Council Grove requires Aquatic Nuisance Species certification of anglers and boaters at Council Grove City Lake. Go to ANS Certification to obtain the certificate. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.



COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir.

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Channel Catfish Good   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait
Saugeye Fair   near dam and gravel points on jigs and crankbaits
White Bass Fair   along dam and creek mouths/rock points on spinners
Wiper Fair   a few in with white bass
White Crappie Fair/Good  

5 ft deep on minnows and jigs near coves

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

2.18 feet low, releasing 8 cfs

Outlet fishing is slow

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good up to 8 inch Small live bait rigs next to brush, rock, or cover.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Worms or dough bait off the piers and in the coves.

Largemouth Bass Good up to 16 inch Crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished near cover.  Also larger plastic baits along the rocky south shoreline, especially near woody cover.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 7 inch Live bait fished in areas with a rocky bottom in 3 to 5 feet of water.
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in the Trout Area below the dam!!

Blue catfish Fair Up to 36 inches

Anglers are finding blues on the edges of the river channels in the upper half of the lake.

25 inch to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish.  Daily creel limit is 5 per day with no more than 2 35 inches and longer.

Take time to properly identify your catfish catch. Click HERE for information on how to properly identify your catch.

Wiper Good 18 to 23 inch

Wipers are being caught on shallow rocky points and rocky shorelines where the wind is blowing in.  Jig and plastics and crank baits are effective.

Be sure to properly ID your catch as there is there is an 21-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit on wiper.. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White bass Fair up to 14 inches

Same as wiper report.

Wipers can be caught along with white bass so it is important to properly identify your catch before putting it on a stringer. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White Perch Fair up to 12 inch

Worms on humps and ledges in 8 to 11 feet of water.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Good up to 15+ inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Good catches reported this week in water 7 to 11 feet deep next to timber or brush.

Channel Catfish Fair up to 20 inch A few channel catfish have been caught on windy shorelines on shad sides.
Walleye Fair to Good up to 28 inch

THE WALLEYE LENGTH LIMIT IS 21-INCHES WITH A 2/DAY CREEL LIMIT.

Jig and crawler, spinners, and trolled crankbaits are all producing walleye.  Good numbers of legal fish are being caught.  Mainlake points and windy flats have been best.

General Comments

New crappie creel limit of 20/day effective January 1, 2018.

4.1 feet low, releasing 7 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

ZEBRA MUSSEL & WHITE PERCH WARNING! El Dorado Reservoir and the Walnut River below the reservoir contain zebra mussels and white perch. Take zebra mussel control precautions when leaving the lake, Trout Area, and Stilling Basin. For information on Zebra Mussels click Here.

Attention Boaters:  Use caution launching boats at the wildlife area boat ramps in the upper ends of the lake.  The Jumping Bridge and Hackler boat ramps continue to suffer from low water. Larger boats with longer trailers requiring deeper water may have difficulty launching with current low water conditions.  Also use caution launching at the Area 1 boat ramp within the state park.



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 5/17/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good to excellent 1-4lbs Channel Catfish have been hitting on cut bait and prepared baits. Don't be afraid to fish shallow.
Crappie Fair up to 13 inches The crappie spawn is tapering off, but some are still being caught.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5 lbs Try along any of the fishing jetties or the face of the dam.
Saugeye Fair up to 4 lbs Try fishing on rocky points or along the dam. A few nice Saugeye have been caught recently.
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches The bluegill are up shallow spawning.
General Comments
 



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/17/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 10" to 7 lb. Try cutbait on the windy side of the lake. Shad works best, but bluegill works well too.
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs Try a spinnerbait or lipless crankbait near vegetation or a jig or Texas rigged worm near shallow brush. 
Northern Pike Fair Up to 35" The pike are likely congregating near the spring with the hot weather we've been having.
Bluegill Poor Up to 7" Use worms under a bobber near structure, or a small spinning lure. Few quality-sized Bluegill are present.
General Comments
The lake is a couple feet low to facilitate habitat work on Byron Walker Wildlife Area. Boat access to the western and northern lobes of the lake will be difficult during this time. 



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Worms, stinkbaits, and cut bait fished on windy shallow areas.
White Crappie Good up to 12 inch

New 20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018

Jigs and minnows on brush in 8 to 12 feet of water.

Largemouth Bass Good up to 16 inch

13 inch to 18 inch slot limit effective January 1, 2018

Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or plastics fished in shallow water near cover during the warmer parts of the day.

Saugeye Fair Up to 19 inch Curly tailed grubs fished on windy points
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 8 inch Worm and bobber near brush or near docks
White Bass Fair up to 15 inch Wind blown points and shorelines on curly tailed grubs or spinners
Wiper     Same as white bass
General Comments

New crappie creel limit of 20/day effective January 1, 2018.

New largemouth bass 13 inch to 18 inch slot length limit effective January 1, 2018.

Boat and bait inspections are MANDATORY at Marion County Lake to prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Nuisance Species. Protect our waters... don't forget to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY!



MARION RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels     Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!
Channel Cat Good up to 26 inches Fresh cut bait, worms or stink bait along windy shorelines
White Crappie Good Up to 13 inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

8 to 11 feet of water on jigs and minnows along the dam and brushpiles.

Walleye Good up to 26 inch Jig and crawler combos and trolled crankbaits on points and flats.
White Bass Good up to 15 inch Same as wiper report
Wiper Good up to 24 inch Trolling crankbaits or casting cranks or jig and plastics on windblown points and along the dam.
Coordinates for habitat cubes    

4 cubes N38 22.450’ W 097 04.669’

4 cubes N38 22.455’ W 097 04.664’

4 cubes N38 22.426’ W 097 04.694’

3 cubes N38 22.757’ W 097.05.227’

3 cubes N38 22.763’ W 097 05.211’

3 cubes N38 23.407’ W 097 05.460’

2 cubes N38 23.467’ W 097 05.384’

2 cubes N38 23.478’ W 097 05.399’

4 cubes N38 23.481’ W 097 05.408’

Coordinates for brushpiles and cubes.   The first 3 coordinates are for one large brushpile. Coordinates mark areas with multiple habitat structures in the area.

N 38 21.907' W 097 05.562'

N 38 21.912' W 097.05.560'

N 38 21.920' W 097.05.557'

N 38 22.425' W 097 04.697'

N 38 22.767' W 097 05.208'

N 38 22.757' W 097 05.227'

N 38 23.250' W 097 05.491'

N 38 23.357' W 097 05.470'

Coordinates for brushpiles   Near shore brushpile placements fishable from shore in Cottonwood Cove.

N 38 23.438' W 097 05.398'

N 38 23.436' W 097 05.404'

N 38 23.428' W 097 05.402'

N 38 23.426' W 097 05.405'

N 38 23.499' W 097 05.393'

N 38 23.489' W 097 05.399'

N 38 23.480' W 097 05.401'

N 38 23.472' W 097 05.398'

Coordinates for brushpiles constructed March 2018    

N 38 24.459' W 097 06.907'

N 38 24.450' W 097 06.975'

N 38 22.685' W 097 06.279'

N 38 22.680' W 097 06.279'

N 38 22.216' W 097 06.065'

Coordinates for historical habitat sites that had brush added to them in March 2018.    

N 38 21.911' W 097 05.569'

N 38 22.426' W 097 04.702'

N 38 22.776' W 097 05.220'

General Comments

New crappie creel limit of 20/day effective January 1, 2018.

2 feet below pool, releasing 6 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 5/17/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Adult Zebra Mussels were found 7/31/08 at Lake Afton.

The zebra mussels reproduce during the warmer summer months and veligers (larval zebra mussels) are present in the water column. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in Clearwater Creek below the spillway!

White Perch Fair Up to 1 lb Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may not be possessed or transported alive.
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs, up to 20" Catfish were stocked on 5/8/2018. Use prepared or cut baits for best results.
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches The crappie spawn is just about over but some fish are still shallow. fish near shallow cover such as brush and rip rap. Evening and mornings are best.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 6 lbs Shad sides or cut bait on windblown points.
Wiper Fair up to 22 inches Look for wipers along windblown points or shorelines on warmer days.
Crappie Fair up to 12 inches On shoreline cover with jigs and minnows.
Saugeye Good up to 23 inch Along the dam with crankbaits or stick baits.  Also fluke style plastic baits on windy points.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 2.5 lbs Worms and stink baits on wind blown shorelines.
Crappie Fair up to 9 inches Standing timber in 4 to 8 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 17 inch Crank baits or spinnerbaits fished in shallower pockets and near cover.
Saugeye Fair up to 20 inch Crank baits, stick baits, or jigs along the dam.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 5/17/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" The crappie spawn is tapering off, but there are still some fish up shallow. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18"  Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.
Bluegill Good to Excellent Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegill should be shallow, they are spawning in some of the area lakes. Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments
 



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels were verified in Winfield City Lake in December 2006. Lake users should follow recommended control practices found HERE .

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

Crappie Fair to Good up to 12 inches Jigs and minnows in the coves near timber.  Use jigs or jig and minnow near shore in water 5 to 6 feet deep close to cover.
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Wind swept shorelines on shad sides, guts, or worms. 
Black bass Fair varied Look for largemouth in the coves and along the rocky southern shorelines for smallmouth.  Crankbaits fished at a slow to medium speed is producing.  Largemouth are in the coves in the deeper vegetation.
White bass      
Wiper Fair up to 20 inch Look for white bass and wipers along windblown shorelines or on points during the warmer days.  Casting jig and plastic or lipless crankbaits are good choices.
Walleye Fair up to 23 inch

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Trolling crankbaits on windy shorelines and drifting jig and crawler combo on the north side flats.

   
General Comments
The City of Winfield requires additional permits for anglers using the lake. Stop in to the lake office before fishing at the lake.



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill and Redear good

73% 4-7"

24% 7-9"

3% 9-11"

Bluegill and redear sunfish are most easily caught on 2-6 pound test line, a number eight (small) hook baited with a worm, very small jig, or small silver spoon.  They can be caught around rocks on jetties, along the weed line, and brush piles.   
Channel Catfish good

40% 11-16"

57% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

3% 28-36"

Channel catfish are typically caught on or near the bottom on worms, shad sides, or stink bait.  They can be caught in coves around feeders, around brush piles, and along the weed line. Channel catfish congregate at the inlet when rain water is running into the lake.
Largemouth Bass good

46% 8-12"

26% 12-15"

28% 15-20"

<1% 20"

Artificial baits such a spinners, jigs, beetle spins, and plastic worms work well for largemouth bass. Natural baits such as minnows, worms, and crayfish are also excellent choices. Bass can be caught around rock jetties, brush piles, and along weed line. Big bass will hit any of the above baits but not as readily as smaller fish. Technique is important if you want to catch big bass.  
Crappie good

3% 5-8"

24% 8-10"

62% 10-12"

12% 12-15"

Crappie are most easily caught on light line. Small jigs or minnows are best fished around brush piles and weed line.  Fish actively feed on windy shoreline. 
General Comments

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2017 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2017 test netting.

To view a map of brush pile locations, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the lake.

LYSL brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 2.07 kB)

For more information about the Fall River/Toronto Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.



BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 6-12" Crappie fishing has remained good under the bridge at the north end.  However, many of the fish being caught are small.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfishing has improved.  Look for fish to move into the shallows at dark.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18" Largemouth bass fishing remains good.  Recent sampling has indicated that they have moved into deeper water.
Bluegill and Redears Good 6-8" Look for bluegill and redear on beds near the shoreline.  A worm under a bobber has been working best.
White Bass Fair 8-15" White bass fishing remained slow. Look for them under the bridge on the north end.  Minnows and jigs have been working the best.
General Comments

Release all Largemouth Bass 15-21" in Length, daily creel remains 5/day.

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BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/2/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly on the bottom along weed-lines. 
Channel catfish  Fair  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. 
Crappie  good  8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure in 10 to 15 feet of water. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population, with some quality-size fish available.
Largemouth bass  Fair Mostly 8-16 inch fish. Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around structure or weed-lines. Clear water conditions often keep fish in deeper water.
General Comments
Wind and cooler temperatures have slowed the fishing action considerably recently. Crappie action should pick up as we stabilize.



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

species ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie GOOD 8 to 12 inches Try jigs, minnows. Recent sampling show a nice population of 10 - 14 inch crappie
Channel catfish Slow varies, Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is clear with a little colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. Try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits,  
Largemouth bass Slow most bass in the 13 to 16 inch range some bass are suspended in deeper water, some are in the feeder creeks and shallow water, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure. 5 to 7 pounds are fairly common
General Comments

Crappie have been really hit or miss, this warmer weather has fish moving in closer to the shore. 

 The catfish in this impoundment are active and ready for action- Try liver, shad, or live bait fish.  Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in.  For largemouth bass try fishing some of the standing timber and weedbeds with spinners and buzzbaits.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

NO special permits required, this is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake. Use caution, this lake has quantities of standing and submerged trees and limited shoreline access. This is a 220 acre lake with approximately 180 acres of standing trees. Fishing only lake. The lake has a boat ramp, parking lot, security light, floating dock, and vault toilet on the east side of the lake and a boat ramp and parking lot on the west side..



BOURBON COUNTY ELM CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish SLOW varies The water is clear.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. try off dam on bluegill chunks, chicken livers or cut shad, Lakewide. Recent fish population sampling lots of nice channel catfish from 3 - 8 pounds.  Fish feeders are ON  
Largemouth bass GOOD varies lake wide, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs,   
Bullheads GOOD varies use worms,or liver lake wide  
Bluegill FAIR varies small baits and worms under floats, along weedbeds around fish attractors  
Walleye FAIR  varies also try the dam and rocky structure in the south half of the lake with jigs or minnows  
Crappie FAIR lots of small fish with 50 limit along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

The water is warming up and so is the fishing.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

Due to a leak in the dam water levels are low and will remain low until financing and approval for repair are made. The channel catfish population in this lake is doing well.  The fish feeders are OFF. Also there have been some very sizeable largemouth bass (up to 6 lbs) caught in this lake recently- try deeper weedbeds and brush piles with your spinners, jigs. 

Low water levels could make launching a large boat at the boatramp questionable.

This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms. Remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

With questions about this lake call Donald George, Fisheries Biologist, at 913-795-2218, or Bourbon County at 620-223-3800.



BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass GOOD Fish 10 to 19 inches dominate the population Fish are still in spawn mode, try shallow areas using spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers.
Bluegill/redear sunfish FAIR all sizes Nice redear are available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float. Bluegill are also available but are smaller in size.  
Walleye FAIR varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish FAIR 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms,the fish feeders are OFF, lakewide,
Crappie FAIR 8 - 12 inches and up fish are moving into shallow water as it warms up, try using minnows, jigs under a 3 ft float, along the piers.  
General Comments
Water temperatures are increasing and so is the fishing.  Another 95 Georgia cubes have been placed to attract to shoreline areas.  Shoreline fishing can be good in the deeper parts of the lake.  This lake produces some nice crappie each year.  Recent sampling indicates that there are many good crappie to catch.  The bass population at this impoundment consists of spotted and largemouth bass.  Spotted bass tend to hang near rocks and the dam, whereas on the south end of the lake your more likely to catch only largemouths.  



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair 8 in to 21 inches largemouth should be in spawning mode and up in shallow habitat such as brush and weeds. Texas-rigged creature baits and flipping jigs around this cover should produce some fish. Otherwise trying moving baits like cranks or spinnerbaits.
walleye Slow-Fair 14-25 inches Drifting jig and crawler over points or flats. Trolling crankbaits over the same areas should also work.
channel catfish/blue catfish Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Many catfish were seen up shallow while conducting our electrofishing survey, use the usual catfish baits around rocky points or flats. Even some blue cats were seen in shallow water.
smallmouth bass Good 10-20 inches Crankbaits, jerkbaits or 4" stick worms rigged wacky style or 4" tubes fished around rocky habitat such as points and sharp dropoffs. 
white bass/Wipers Good up to 5lbs. A variety of lures can be used to catch white bass crankbaits, grubs, bucktail jigs, and small spinners thrown around wind blown shorelines or points. 
crappie Slow-Fair 11-15 inches  Look for them near dropoffs and in the timber. Jigs of various colors or minnows.
General Comments

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

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.

For more information on waters in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson counties click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/16/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &Location
Bluegill / redear  Good  6 - 7" Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. 
Channel catfish  Fair

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. 
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 9-inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Mostly small 7 to 9-inch fish with some bigger fish mixed in. 
Largemouth bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits or spinner baits fished along drop-offs, brush piles, or structure. Bass numbers are relatively low, but a high percentage are 15-inches or larger.

General Comments

Wind and cooler temperatures have slowed the fishing action considerably recently. Crappie action should pick up as we stabilize.

 



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass GOOD 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches The lake is at full pool, water clarity is great at this time. Work the shore and rocky areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, crank baits in  close to cover.  The majority of fish are in the 12 inch to 4 pound range. Fish are in spawning mode and in shallow.
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" A limited fishery exists some are taken on jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky areas.
Channel Catfish Good to Excellent 15" to 8 pounds This is a good catfish population with fish over 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds. Use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, lakewide or along the piers along the parking lot. The fish feeder is ON for the season.   
Crappie Slow to Fair any size Sampling indicates good numbers of nice fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and jigs, lakewide. Fish are moving into shallow areas for spawning.
Walleye Slow to Fair most between 15 to 17 inches Recent sampling indicates good numbers of  fish (17.5 to 22 inches) are available. Some are taken on jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

 Water levels are normal.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

This is a great Kayak or small craft lake.  Critzer Lake is one of Kansas' newest lakes and was opened to fishing in August of 2011. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There is a double lane boat ramp. The floating dock is finished and compliments this great fishing lake.  The lake is primarily a boat lake but there is shoreline access east of the boatramp where anglers can set up on the two piers and be very close to the parking lot. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit.

There is a second, smaller access area located at the south west part of the lake, from 800 rd. and Gorman, north 1/4 mile.  This area makes it easier for anglers in small craft to launch and paddle/fish the more timbered areas. There is a parking lot and gravel ramp and provides shoreline angling also. 

This lake was sampled on 5/23/2018, and many largemouth bass were caught and released, varying in size (nothing over 4 lbs.), as well as a few smallmouth bass. There is a lot of cover in this lake and electrofishing may not caught bigger fish.  There is a great channel cat population, with a lot of fish in the 2 to 6 pound range.  There are a few walleye between 14 and 21 inches were seen as well.  White crappie are abundant and caught close to cover, with light colored jigs.  The water is clear unless there have been heavy rains.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Remember CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!

We have improved the area with a floating dock, located just west of the boat ramp.

For tips on spring bass fishing watch this KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

Check out this video from Brent Chapman fishing for bass in Critzer Lake! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngvw2uz3oH0 



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie fishing has slowed down.  Fish can still be found in the Card Creek area on the river and on the fishing piers in the state park.
Blue and channel catfish Good 18-26" Catfishing has picked up due to warmer water conditions and an influx of water.  Look for catfish near flowing water on the south or west side of the lake.
White Bass Fair 10-14" The white bass fishing has slowed in the Elk River.  Look for white bass around the fishing piers in the state park and also along the dam.
Outlet Good 12-20" Water release has increased and catfish are being caught at the outlet.
 
Blue catfish are currently managed with a 35-in minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit in hopes that they will establish a self-sustaining population.
Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

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Youth/Mentor Pond

The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

17% 11"-16"

50% 16"-24"

22% 24"-28"

11% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides in outlet and windy shoreline.
crappie good

1% 5"- 8"

18% 8"-10"

65% 10"-12"

16% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around brush piles in coves, rocky shorelines, and windy shoreline.  
largemouth bass fair

17% 8"-12"

39% 12"-15"

44% 15"-20"

0% 20"+

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of the river produces a fair density bass population. There were 11 bass per hour of electrofishing around the Ladd Bridge section of the river. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, worm, spinner or crank bait around stumps and brush in the river.
white bass good

28% 6"- 9"

26% 9"-12"

28% 12"-15"

18% 15"-18"

Use a spinner, jig, or shad imitation crank bait around structure in river and trolled over mud flats.
General Comments:

To view a map of brush piles in Fall River Reservoir and the old sunken Ladd Bridge in the river, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir.

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from August 2017 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2017 test netting.

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FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass GOOD varies water level is perfect,  bass are active and feeding,   Use shad crank baits, soft plastic baits to fish structure, weed beds and along rocky points.
channel catfish Good varies, some very nice Very good populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide and around the feeders, use cut shad, sponge baits, worms. Recent fish population sampling indicates a great population of channel catfish in the 2 - 5 pound range. Fish the South end where creek comes in during or after a rain.  The fish feeders are ON and the catfish are going crazy..
walleye Slow varies use dark jigs and crankbaits, along flats and drop-offs.  most fish are above the 18 inch length limit.
crappie Fair varies, many over 11 inches Crappie are very active and have moved into shallow water.  There are a high percentage of fish over 10 inches.  Try black and white jigs under a float. 
bluegill Slow varies use small baits, such as worms, jigs suspended under a float, in deeper water
General Comments

Ft Scott Lake has a good reputation for producing good stringers of channel catfish.  Channel catfish from the rearing pond are stocked into this lake each fall.

Recent tree/habitat placements, In 2014, 2015 and 2016, 2017 about 900 xmas trees were placed at each end of the dam and along Scorotino Park.  The tree placement along the dam are very accessible for shoreline anglers.  This project is will improve angler success for bass and crappie.   

 Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and have fun. Please remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Lake Cooperator,no city permits for fishing and boating while fishing. City permit required for recreational boating.



GARNETT NORTH - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie should be about done with their spawning activities but some fish may remain in shallower water, otherwise, look for them around dropoffs and brush in deeper water.
Channel catfish Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events. Some nice sized catfish were seen during electrofishing
Largemouth Bass Good up to 4lbs.  There is an abundant bass popuation in this lake with many fish in the 13-16" range, you can benefit the population by harvesting bass less than 13". Topwater baits should produce some fish along with spinnerbaits or finesse plastics such as Senkos or Trick worms.
Wipers Fair up to 6 lbs Chicken livers or spinners or crankbaits fish around wind blown banks and dropoffs. Many nice sized wipers were seen while electrofishing.
Walleye Slow   curly tailed jigs or crankbaits along the bank near deeper water.
General Comments

Please remember to help STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell when leaving water bodies. 

Four Georgia Cube Fish Attractors were placed by the fishing dock (2on the East end and 2 on the West end) on the north end of the lake. 

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

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GARNETT SOUTH - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Swim baits, jigs, and Texas-rigged plastics worked around shoreline habitat. Topwater baits should also be productive.
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with a worm
Channel Catfish Good 8-24 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Fair 6-10 inches Minnows under a slip bobber around deeper structure.
Wiper Poor    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
       

Comments

Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and livewells to help stop the spread of ANS species. For more information on this lake and other lakes in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson Counties, click on the link below to subscribe to the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.

 http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Good Drifting various baits lakewide has been productive.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Good White bass should be biting good along the dam and up in the river and creeks. Use small spinners, grubs, crankbaits or jigs. There are some really nice white bass in the lake and in the river.
Crappie up to 15" Good Fishing up in the river and creeks around logjams and timber with jigs and minnows have been producing some real nice fish. Fishing along the dam and rocky habitat can alos be good. Anglers have reported a good bite around the dam and boat ramp area.

Comments - The boat ramp by the dam is OPEN.

Boaters beware of shallow water! For current lake level and release information click the following link http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html.

ALERT! This lake contains Zebra Mussels please help stop the spread Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment after leaving this water body. It is Illegal transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on lakes in the New Strawn district click the following link. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish,  EXCELLENT all sizes,  Sunfish or cutshad, worms, prepared baits, liver are usually good baits. Fish sampling indicates that this lake has lots of channel catfish, big flathead and blues to catch. There is a growing population of blue catfish up to 60 pounds or larger.  Catfishing can be very good at night, some anglers really target large blue cats now at drop offs close to the creek channel. use live or cut baits or worms. The fish feeders are ON.
Crappie Fair to good 9 - 12 inches crappie are moving into the shallow areas.  Some fish caught off of marina coves and at the hot water.  There are a good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. Best lures to use are jigs/ minnows in about 6 to 9 feet of water, near structure. At the dam, bounce jigs off the outlet wall, but don't go over the restrictive cable. Try any of the brushpiles or Georgia cubes placed for fish habitat.  There are some close to the marina shoreline.
Largemouth Bass EXCELLENT  varies but 16 to 20 inches is common Largemouth bass fishing is excellent, some large fish already caught. Fish the riprap areas, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations.  Bass over 10 and close to 11 pounds have been caught in the last year.  
white bass Good varies, some 1.5 pounds this is improving as the water warms,  Use shad imitations, silver spoons.  There have been some wb caught in the 1.5 to 2 pound range.
wiper Good some up to 12 pounds some good fish caught at the hot water area.   Most fish are in the 4 - 6 pound range with a few larger.
General Comments

For information on the Linn County Marina boat ramps call 913 757-6633.  Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue, channel or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake.

HOT WATER ACCESS. ( Currently not releasing hot water) On the east side of the lake access to the hot water return, where a lot of fish are caught when its cold, is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east and drive across the dam on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot.  Anglers walk from the parking lot west on the path to the hot water return area. But this is a great place to fish.  

This lake has had a reproducing blue catfish population for many years, fingerling blue cats were stocked this fall to supplement that population. Another goal for this lake is to improve blue cat angling.

 Call the Linn County Park at 913-757-6633 for more information or camping, and cabins reservations.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Get the family, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment. Don't move water from any lake.

Habitat improvement and shoreline enhancement continue to improve by adding Georgia cubes.  I have added Georgia cubes to several areas to enhance angling especially along shoreline areas.  The gps coordinates are:

Location La Cygne Reservoir

Habitat                                longititude             latititude              description    date

hot water weir                   N 38 22.852           W 094 39.112      13 cubes       2017                 
big bass spot                     N 38 22.420           W 094 39.643      3   cubes       2017 



MARAIS DES CYGNES WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
blue, channel catfish GOOD varies fish are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, 
white bass/wipers Fair varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
crappie slow varies use jigs just below riffles
General Comments

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 draining and others have very low fish populations. 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



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

         
Crappie Good 0.25-1.5 lb Crappie fishing slowed a little this past week, but is still good.  Best action seems to be in about 8-10 feet using gray and black jigs or minnows  
Walleye/Sauger Fair 0.5-3 lbs Casting small crankbaits on the dam or bouncing jig and nightcrawler over the flats.  
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-4 lbs Using minnows and nightcrawlers.  
Smallmouth bass Fair - Good 0.5-2 lbs Some have been caught recently casting crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs along rocky banks.  
         
Fisheries Newsletter     If you would like to receive additional information about this lake a couple of times a year, sign up for the newsletter at the following link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District  
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish daily limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation change is to protect adult brood fish which hopefully will allow increased production of young blue catfish, translating into increased numbers of blues in Melvern.  
Sauger     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes sauger and walleye have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
Spotted Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes all black bass (i.e. largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
General Comments
May 23 water level 1.22 feet below conservation pool, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 73.  Note:  Melvern Reservoir has Zebra Mussels, Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes.  Feeders are operational and should be through Labor Day.



MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/27/2017 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. 
Channel Catfish  Fair  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish are stocked in the Mined Land Wildlife every October. These fish are 8-16 inches in length and average 1/3 pound each.
Crappie  Fair/good  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure. 
Largemouth Bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, worms, or spinner baits fished slowly around brush, weed-lines and structure. 
Rainbow trout  Good  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. The first rainbow trout stocking of the fall season was made on October 26, 2017. Approximately 1,870 fish were stocked from Crystal Lakes Trout Farm. Most rainbows are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. Five percent of each stocking is comprised of 14-inch or larger fish. Trout can live year-around in this unique strip-mined lake, so fish in the 3-5 pound range are occassionally caught.
General Comments
Trout Anglers - 3,500 small 6 to 9-inch brown trout were stocked on Jan. 24, 2017. Brown trout must be 20-inches in length to be your possession. Please handle these small browns with care and release them immediately so we may produce some quality-size fish in the future. Youth 15 and younger are not required to purchase a trout permit, but their daily creel limit is 2 trout/day. All anglers 16 and older are required to have a trout stamp to fish in the trout lake in Area # 30.



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 14-24" Catfishing remains slow.  Shad sides and chicken liver have been working the best.  Look for catfish near flowing water after rain events.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Largemouth bass are on beds spawning.  Soft plastic baits dropped in the spawning beds have been working best.
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie have been few and far between.  Look for them around the rock piers and the fishing docks.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 6-8" Bluegill and redear are spawning.  Worms under a bobber have been working the best.
General Comments

A bathymetric map is available for Montgomery State Fishing Lake at the link above.

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MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Channel Catfish EXCELLENT Size varies but most are of  legal size, with some large fish Cut bait, also try stink baits, chicken liver, cut shad or chunks of sunfish, The fish feeders are ON for the season.Lots of good catfish in the lake.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish FAIR varies Use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie FAIR 8 to 14 inches some larger Crappie are moving into shallow water as the water warms.  Really good when its good.  Nice fish available.  Along the south tree line or habitat structures and drop offs along the creek channel.
Largemouth Bass EXCELLENT varies Recent sampling indicates a good population with majority of fish 14 to 19 inches.  some up to 7 pounds.  Bass are in shallow water adjacent to structure, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments

The water is warming up and so is the fishing. Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  Water conditions are good. 

Mound City Lake has a great reputation for producing good strings of crappie.  Best baits are  dark colored jigs and minnows, mainly around underwater structure.  Fish feeders are ON.  Largemouth bass numbers have really improved and continues to produce great fishing.

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For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.



NEOSHO RIVER AT CHETOPA DAM - Last Updated: 4/16/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish Poor   Snagging season opened March 15th.  Fishing has remained slow.  Watch for fishing to pick up with increases in water level.  Water level can be checked from the link below.
General Comments
THE SNAGGING SEASON IS OPEN FROM MARCH 15 THROUGH MAY 15TH.

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

•A fish must be kept if placed on a stringer. Culling is not allowed.

•A state-issued permit is required. Two paddlefish may be harvested daily and six may be harvested in a season.

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

The best fishing occurs at river flows of 10-15,000 cubic feet per second. The following link will take you to the Kansas Water Watch website. Click HERE for river flow data.



NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/16/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / redear  Good All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly near the bottom along weed-lines. Many harvestable-size bluegill and redear are available.
Channel catfish  Fair All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, worms, or shrimp. 
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 10-inches Try fishing small jigs or minnows near brush or cover. Many 7 to 10-inch fish are available, with some quality fish mixed in.
Largemouth bass  Fair All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits or spinner baits fished around structure and along weed-lines. 
General Comment
Wind and cooler temperatures have slowed the fishing action considerably recently. Crappie action should pick up as we stabilize.



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Current Fishing Condition      
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to receive additional information about this lake (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) a couple of times during the year, sign up to receive a newsletter using this link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Fair 0.25-0.75 lbs Using jigs and minnows.
LM Bass Fair-Good 0.5-3 lbs Using jigs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits casting along the bank.
Bluegill Fair-Good Up to 0.25 lbs Using worms under bobber.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-5 lbs Using nightcrawlers, stinkbait, and liver.
General Comments

Note:  Zebra Mussels were found at this lake April 27, 2017.  Lake users should clean, drain and dry fishing equipment and boats to keep from moving zebra mussels to other waters.  Feeders are operational, and should be through Labor Day. 

GPS coordinates (Datum =NAD 83 in decimel degrees) for cedar tree fish habitat are:                         

1.  N38.76493             W095.674210                   2. N38.76591              W095.670920                  

  1.  N38.76540           W095.67353               4.  N38.76628             W095.67362 
  1.  N38.76263           W095.67154               6. N38.76833              W095.67339 
  1. N38.77290            W095.67194               8. N38.76469              W095.66955 
  1. N38.76276            W095.67139               10. N38.76506            W095.67109 
  1. N 38.76291           W095.66969               12. N38.76287            W095.67497 



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE EAST - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location
Wipers Slow size varies, use live shad or shad artificials and hang on. lake wide trolling with sassy shads, from the bank and boat, with crankbaits, spoons, worms.  
Channel catfish EXCELLENT All sizes, this lake has a good catfish population and produces nice fish.  Anglers can catch fish in the 2- 7 pound range.   Best baits are the traditional chicken liver or use stink baits, shrimp, worms, prepared baits, lakewide.  The fish feeders are ON for the season. The catfish are going crazy around the feeders.
Largemouth bass GOOD varies good results along the shoreline weedbeds the bass are in spawn mode, try the dam, and woody habitat using silver or blue crank baits or soft baits.   
Walleye Slow 18-24 inches An incidental fish taken near deeper habitat.
white crappie EXCELLENT 8-14 inches Many crappie are in the 8 inch range to 11 to 12 inches long. Fish around the floating dock, shoreline and brushpiles areas.  Try the shoreline and any shallow cover, use pink, blue/white tube or green jigs, minnows.   
General Comment

The best time to fish is anytime you can.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  This is a great kayaking lake, no recreational boating.  Have the  lake to yourself.

There are good crappie here.  This lake has a high density of largemouth bass, great fishing for kids! Also, keep in mind that there is a decent wiper population.  The channel cat population in this lake is doing well, and during our sampling we saw a few walleye, as well as some sizeable flatheads.  channel catfish will be stocked in mid October to increase fishing opportunities.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundment. 

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A city fishing permit is no longer required.Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE WEST - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
channel catfish EXCELLENT Size varies, some up to 8 pounds Use cut shad or sunfish, (best on chicken liver), shrimp, worms, prepared baits, along dam, lots of fat fish from 2 - 6 pounds.  Fish feeders are ON.
crappie Fair to Good All sizes warmer temperatures and fish are close to the shore.  Fish are nice size and the density is good, fish are traditionally along the dam, south east pier, and in the brushpiles fish with jigs, blue /white, minnows,
largemouth bass EXCELLENT 12-22 inches High water levels will have bass back in the water willow along the dam, piers and the brushpiles, use crank baits or spinners,
bluegill Fair varies Most fish are under 8 inches. use a small worm or jig under a float.
General Comments

Best time to fish is anytime you can.   Pleasanton West Lake produces a quality bass fishery.  Largemouth bass, overall are in very good condition and health. The largest bass sampled in 2017 was 4.78 lbs., and 33% of the fish sampled were of memorable or trophy size.  Try your luck with roadrunners, jigs, and spinners for these sizeable fish!

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water.

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

 This lake has a high density of channel catfish that increases angling opportunity. Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake, no fishing permits required.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

fair Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish   GOOD all sizes Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  THE FISH FEEDERS ARE ON, and fish are using these attractors. THE outlet can be very good when releasing larger amounts of water.  There is the occasional harvest of the blue catfish.
Walleye Slow varies off points or deeper steep banks on crank baits or jigs tipped with night crawlers
White bass/Wipers  Fair varies improving as the water warms up.  use minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes liver and shad imitation lures
Crappie Good    varies but range 8 -12 inches Fishing is improving with warmer water, some nice fish occasionally caught especially around the rock quarry and along dragoon.  Best baits are dark jigs and/or minnows.  Recent sampling indicates that that there are good numbers of larger crappie  around the 11 inch or bigger range.
Largemouth Bass Slow Most are 10 to 15 inches Pomona has a limited black bass fishery. Catches are more common in the Marina area and in the coves on a variety of baits to include crankbaits and soft baits
General Informatiom

Fishing at the outlet usually improves with higher water releases.  The crappie population is good with a few older fish that are in the 12 to 14 inch range and a lot of younger fish up to 11 inches.   

The catfish population in this impoundment is good, try fishing with live bait, liver or shad or assorted stick baits, especially after rain/inflow events.

Also remember this lake has a good wiper population.  These are often caught at the drop offs along creek channels, and around concentrations of gizzard shad! 

The reservoir also supports some larger walleye and blue catfish, though in low numbers.  These numbers will be improved by future stockings. 

 Zebra mussels now inhabit this lake. This means take EXTRA PRECAUTION to help prevent the spread into uncontaminated impoundments.

"Clean, Drain and Dry" before  and after using any equipment on this lake.

 For additional information, water temperature, release rates, please check:http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Pomona-Lake/Daily-Lake-Information/ 

Have FUN,Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The State and COE Parks are ready for family fishing.

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Check out this video on fish management provided by KDWPT http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

9% 11"-16"

57% 16"-24"

26% 24"-28"

9% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides below outlet, and windy shoreline.
largemouth bass fair

14% 8"-12"

57% 12"-15"

29% 15"-20"

0% 20"-25"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of Walnut Creek produces a fair density bass population. There were 16 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in Walnut Creek. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, spinner, worm, or crank bait around stumps and brush in river and Walnut Creek.
white bass good

45% 6"-9"

12% 9"-12"

35% 12"-15"

9% 15"-18"

0% 18"+

Use a spinner, jig, or shad imitation crank bait around structure in Walnut Creek, river, and trolled over mud flats. 
white crappie good

5% 5"-8"

8% 8"-10"

66% 10"-12"

20% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around brush piles and timber in coves, rocky shorelines, and windy shoreline.  
General Comments

To view a map of Toronto Reservoir brush piles, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir. 

TORR brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 1.74 kB)

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from August 2017 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2017 test netting.

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WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/25/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location  
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfishing has picked up.  Look for catfish near the bridge at the north end after rain events and also in the shallows after dark.  
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22" Bass are still spawning.  Look for them just outside the weedline on the perimeter of the lake.  
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie fishing has slowed down.  Look for them in deeper brush piles.  
Bluegill and Redear Good 6-8" Bluegills and redears are on the beds spawning.  Look for them in shallow water and use a small worm under a bobber.  
General Comments
Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Wilson State Fishing Lake at the link above.

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WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/9/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
       
The lake is dry.



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OWL - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good 1-5 lbs. Jerkbaits or crankbaits near shallow cover or slow it down and fish Texas-rigged plastics. Topwater baits should be considered around the vegetation early in the day.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations along windy shorelines
channel catfish Good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Jig and crawlers or trolling crankbaits around dropoffs or over the flats.
crappie Fair-Good up to 14"  Some fish can be caught in shallow water still using jigs. Georgia Cube locations may be good to try as well.
General Comments

STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell before leaving an area. DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT between waters.

We sank 30 Georgia Cube Fish Attractors in this lake and they are holding fish. Click on the following link to download the Google Earth File and get the coordinates. http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Artificial-Habitat-Fish-Attractor-GPS 

District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



YATES CENTER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 5/24/2018 Print

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Good A good population of both species is present in this lake. Use the good ol nightcrawler or mealworm under a bobber around deep weedlines.
Largemouth Bass 8-18" Good Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18" you can benefit the population by harvesting the bass you catch under 13". Fishing the large weed beds and woody habitat with various plastic baits and presentations will produce some fish. Throwing topwater baits like frogs or buzzbaits around shallow weeds or timber will produce some fish.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Good livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide. The FISH FEEDERS ARE FULL AND RUNNING, PLEASE DO NOT TIE BOATS TO THE FEEDERS.
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair Curly-tailed grubs, crankbaits or swim baits around schools of shad. Wind blown shorelines should be good places to start.
Crappie up to 12" Good Some crappie are still shallow and can be caught off of the piers otherwise focus on deeper habitat around the standing timber near creek channel,.
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits or dragging a jig and crawler over the flats.

This lake contains Eurasian Watermilfoil. Please remember to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment when leaving water bodies.

The lake is down about 2 fT.