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: 9/14/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 1-4 pounds Bass fishing will be best during the cooler parts of the day early and late.  Fishing with topwater baits around catttails and other woody structures might be your best bet.  Plastic baits and Ned rigs should also work well throughout the day for catching some bass.
Bluegill Fair to Good 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.
Channel Catfish Good 12-25 inches If there is any inflow, catfish will normally congregate there to feed.  Shad sides, shad gizzards, shrimp, and chicken livers are all good baits to try for catfish.  Fishing in the evening and after dark may yield the best results. There are normally a lot of catfish around the outlet area near the dam throughout the summer.
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.  When the wind is blowing, the saugeye will often follow the shad into the windblown points, banks, and jetties.
Crappie Fair Most 8-12 inches The fish will likely be found around the main lake brush piles.  Anglers should try using minnows and jigs tipped with minnows for best results. There are some very nice crappie in the lake right now!
General Comments

Water temperature: 73ºF

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: 9/21/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing minnows, jigs, and slab spoons around the fish attractors has been the best bet.  Anglers report catching 10 to 20 fish most days, and the keeper sized fish are running primarily in the 11 to 14 inch range.  Remember, a 10 inch minimum length limit is in effect on black and white crappie.
Walleye Slow Up to 28 inches No Reports.  Remember a 21 inch minimum length limit went into effect January 1, 2018 and the creel limit remains 5 fish/day.
White Bass/Wipers Slow/Fair

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

The bite has improved some, but remains slower than usual.  Anglers report catching a few white bass vertically fishing live shad or slab spoons near drop offs or trolling deep diving crankbaits along edges of underwater shelves.

Anglers report catching a few wipers using the same tactics as those used to catch white bass.

WATER TEMPERATURE-74

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2121.14-22.86' 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: 9/14/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches The fish will be hanging out around the deeper brush piles and Georgia cubes.  They can be much harder to catch in the summer, but using minnows and jigs tipped with minnows may yield a few fish.  There is also a summer pattern with fish hanging out near standing timber.  They can also be caught using dead stick minnows.
Walleye Fair 14-28 inches Things have slowed a bit and the walleye bite has been tougher.  There will be a few caught by anglers trolling for white bass and wipers using a variety of crankbaits.  There is also a shallow water pattern throughout the summer with anglers catching fish in 3 to 6 feet of water along the state park shoreline and in Walnut Creek.  Trolling shallow running crankbaits works well as does casting swim baits and slab spoons.

White Bass

Wipers

Good

11-18 inches

19-29 inches

Same as last week.  There has been a fair amount of surface activity with mainly white bass, but also with a few wipers.  Look for these fish chasing shad on calm days around the state park, dam, and south bluffs, especially during the last hour of daylight.  There are also fish being caught around the outlet depending on how much water is moving through.  Anglers should also target the windblown side of the reservoir as schools of whites will follow the shad close to shore.  Trolling along the old highway 24 roadbed and in Walnut Creek has also been productive.
Black Bass Fair to Good 12 to 18 inches

Black bass fishing can still be good in the summer when fishing early in the day and late in the evening.  Casting topwater lures has been very productive for both species, but using plastic worms, Senkos, and Ned rigs will also work well.

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 Chumming activity will offer the best angling opportunities using a variety of stink baits.  Anglers should also target moving water and fish for catfish up the rivers and near the outlet as water is being released.  Set line anglers will have success on the west end and in the creek coves for both flatheads and channel catfish.

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: 75°F        Current Water Level: 2.0 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!



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/14/2018 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-11 inches Anglers should target fish around the brush piles and Georgia cubes.  The fish may still be caught in shallow water on occasion, but will be in 10-20 feet of water for the most part.  Anglers should fish with minnows and jigs tipped with minnows for best results.
Largemouth Bass Good 13-22 inches

We 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: 73°F

Water level: 2.5 feet low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/17/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Good. Channel cats are being caught in the middle and upper ends of the lake. Try using worms and cutbait in 2-8' of water throughout the lake. Liver and dough bait is also a good choice this time of year.
Crappie Fair 10 to 14 inches Fair. The bite is very slow but several 9-14" crappie have been caught near the marina and off brush piles and other deeper structure. Some boaters are targeting structure along the river channel breaks in the SW area of the lake.
Trout     NOTICE: Trout season is over.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair 14 - 22" Fair. Try trolling or jigging in 12-20' of water near the river channel, along the dam, and deeper areas off of points.
White Bass Fair 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 4.5' above conservation pool

Water Temperature: 74 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: 9/20/2018 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 using jigs and jigs with minnows under a bobber or try fishing 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 Fair 14 to 26 inches Been hearing reports of fish being caught up by the Marsh Dike around Duck Blind point and trolling around Monkey Island and the swim beach.  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 Good 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- 77°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2293.22 ---- 11.08' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.04 feet higher 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: 9/20/2018 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 using jigs and jigs with minnows. 
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught along 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, in catfish cove on the Bow Creek arm and around railroad Flats and the Borrow Pit south of Knob Hill using shad, cut bait and stink bait on the bottom.
Largemouth Bass Good 6 to 15 inches Would try fishing around the north and south shore boat ramps, along Knob Hill and up in the coves using crankbait's and soft plastics.  
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 77°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1729.38 ---- 0.13' above conservation pool

Currently, the water level is 4.59 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time. 

Started releasing for irrigation on 06-18-2018 and have shut releases off, therefore, are currently releasing 0 cfs.

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: 9/14/2018 Print

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair to Good 17-24 inches Anglers have been catching some walleye around the inlet, off Walleye Point, and near the Cedar Point boat ramp.  Most of the fish are legal size, but measure carefully as there are a handful of fish just short of the 18 inch minimum length limit.
White Bass/Wipers Good

7-13 inches

14-23 inches

White bass are being caught in good number near the Cedar Point boat ramp, especially with the wind blowing in.  Anglers have also been catching some near the inlet and outlet using twistertails, Rattletraps, and slab spoons.  Trolling around Cabin Point, the cross area, and Oak Hill should also produce some white bass with a few wipers mixed in as well.
Crappie Fair 7-13 inches During the summer, the fish will be hanging out around the deeper brush piles and Georgia cubes.  They can be much harder to catch in the summer, but using minnows and jigs tipped with minnows may yield a few fish.  There is also a summer pattern with fish hanging out near standing timber.  They can also be caught using dead stick minnows.
Catfish Good All Sizes

The summer pattern continues.  Catfish are being caught all over the reservoir and anglers shouldn't have much trouble finding some fish.  Blue catfish are feeding on flats off the river channel in 12 to 16 feet of water and can be caught drifting shad and cut carp.  There are plenty of flatheads to be found around the brush piles, off the dam, near the inlet, and around the Georgia cubes.  The channel catfish bite has been fair to good near the inlet and outlet areas when water is moving through.

Remember, Blue Catfish must be 35 inches long to be kept.  Any Blue Catfish less than 35 inches must be immediately returned to the water!!!

Comments

There has been a minor fish kill at Lovewell Reservoir for the last month with a few fish dying daily. KDWPT and KDHE are aware of the situation and are conducting water quality testing and examining fish to determine the cause of the fish kill.  The most likely cause was a combination of elevated temperatures and high nutrient load from incoming water that caused thermal stress to the fish and increased their susceptibility to common organisms which are always in the water. For now, anglers are advised not to consume any fish that appear sick or diseased.  Simply return these fish to the water.  Healthy looking fish are fine for consumption.  We will continue to monitor this situation until it is resolved.

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:  73°F         Current water level: 0.2 feet low

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: 9/20/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Fair 6-18 inches Stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 06-08-2018.
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.
Black Crappie Good 4-6 inches Catching them lake wide using jigs, jigs with worms and jigs with minnows. 
General Comments

Water Temp. 75 Degrees

Lake is currently full.  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: 9/21/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Slow Up to 13 inches Drifting or trolling small crankbaits, minnows, or jigs over deeper water or vertically fishing minnows around deep fish attractors.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5 lbs. Casting spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and soft plastics around shoreline brushpiles, along the dam, or around the fishing pier.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Drifting minnows along the dam.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber along rocky shorelines and around deeper brush.
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Up to 19 lbs. Worms, cut bait, and shrimp fished lake-wide mainly at night.
Wiper Fair Up to 2 lbs. Casting small, shad imitating baits like white road runners.
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: 9/20/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Would try fishing around the north and south shore breakwater's, along the Dam and outlet areas and around the fish attractor's using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Recently added cedar trees to all 4 fish attractors.
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 point. Would also try fishing off the dam and drop offs trolling diving lures or using jigs with night crawlers.  Remember the 15-inch length limit.  Stocked 1.2 million fry in on 4-17-18. 
White Bass/Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of some nice wipers being caught.  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.  Starting Jan. 1, 2018 Wiper creel limit will be going up to 5/Day instead of 2/Day. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Would try fishing the windward side of the Reservoir up in the shallows and up west using worms, liver, shrimp, shad and stink bait on the bottom.  Trot lines and set lines could also be productive. 
Largemouth Bass Good 6 to 15 inches Would try fishing along the north and south shore breakwater's, up in the coves and along the Dam and Bluff's using crankbait's and soft plastics.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 77°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1892.83 ---- 0.38' above conservation pool

Currently, the water level is 2.99 feet higher 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 irrigation/flood releases on 6-18-2018 and are currently releasing 0 cfs.  Irrigation releases were shut off on August 30th.  

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: 9/17/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Poor 10-14 inches Poor. No reports. Few crappie occur in Wilson Reservoir.
Striped Bass Fair 2-25 pounds Fair. Reports are that stripers have become difficult to locate. They are likely moving shallow throughout the middle and upper sections of the reservoir chasing shad. Try spoons and large jigs in less than 6' of water. If you find the shad, you might find some stripers.
 Walleye Fair 16-25 inches Fair. The walleye bite is still slow. Try nearshore habitat along the reed grass towards the upper and middle portions of the lake. Try deeper points and ledges during the day. For bait, try jigs, spoons, and trolling crankbaits.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

Channel Catfish) Some are having success chumming throughout the lower reservoir (Otoe, Hell Creek, etc.). Try using worms, liver, and dough bait this time of year.

Blue Catfish) Blue catfish are being caught throughout the reservoir but upper end seems to have the most fish. Areas closer to the mouths of creeks and the main river channel seem to hold the most fish. 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 Fair. White bass are scattered. Try jigging deep shoreline near the bluffs and throughout horseshoe bend.
Black Bass Fair 12-19 inches Fair. Bass fishing has improved. The water temps have dropped just a bit. Try gizzard shad imitation baits near vegetation and rocky shorelines (jerk baits, spinner baits, etc.). Try topwater baits near the reed grass in the early morning and late evening.
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. A lot of white perch were observed in Indian Creek Cove.

- 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 = 0.7' ABOVE conservation pool.

Surface Temperature = 74 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: 8/31/2018 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 seeking refuge from the summer heat in deeper waters above the thermocline.
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 have been filled and go off twice in the morning and twice in the evening. Channel catfish are being 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
If you have information that you would like to contribute to the fishing report contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/31/2018 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 have been filled and are set to go off twice in the morning and twice in the evening. Catfish are being 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
If you have information that you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514  



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 8/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great channel catfish population.  
White Bass Slow to Fair 1/2 to 1 lb. Not a lot of white bass this year but the fish are nice sized. 
Wiper Slow to Fair 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 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has lots of good sized crappie.  Fish are scattered in the standing timber, usually 6 to 9 feet deep.  Jigs and or minnows.  Summer crappie fishing is good if you can find them.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. It has been a good year for saugeye fishing.  Trolling crankbaits or dragging a nightcrawler.
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: 9/13/2018 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.
       
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-5 lbs Anglers chumming with soybeans and those running lines are catching some fish.
Wiper Fair 4-6 lbs Fish have been chasing shad some evenings.  Crankbaits cast into the melee have produced fish.
White bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Same techniques as for wiper.
       
       
       
       
       
       
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 Sept.12 was 1.70 feet below normal pool level, release rate = 21 cfs, water temp. = 78.  Feeders should be emptying out of feed for this year.  They will began operating again prior to Memorial Day 2019.  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: 9/13/2018 Print

       
       
       
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.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Liver and stinkbait, and minnows have been producing some fish.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-3 lbs Casting crankbaits and jigs.
General Comments
 



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2018 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
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using pieces of worm or crickets under bobber, jigs, and small spinners around rock piers.
Channel catfish Fair 1-4 lbs Using stinkbait, and livers.
Largemouth bass Slow 0.5-2 lbs Using crankbaits, and jigs.
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/7/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. Fishing near the feeder and by docks is producing some fish. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs near vegetation edges. 
Largemouth Bass Slow 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: 9/19/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair/Good   near brush/rock drop offs and channel ledges suspended 10 ft deep on jigs, minnows, and spinners
Catfish Good   near wind blown flats on cut bait, shrimp, and worms
Saugeye Fair   near dam and rock points on jigs, worms, and crank baits
Black bass Good   near rock and brush on jigs, crank baits, and topwater lures
Bluegill Good   on small jigs and worms in coves and near brush
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: 9/19/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait, shrimp, and worms
Crappie Fair/Good   near points, brush, and rock 10ft deep on jigs and minnows
Walleye Fair   along the dam and deep edges of flats and points on jigs, worms, and crank baits
White Bass/Wipers Good   along dam and points on spinners, jigs, and topwater lures
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: 9/19/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait, shrimp, and worms
Crappie Fair/Good   near brush and rock 5-8 ft deep on jigs and minnows
Largemouth Bass Poor    
Bluegill Good   near brush/rock 3-5ft deep on jigs and worms
White Bass Fair   along dam on spinners, crank baits, and topwater lures
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: 9/7/2018 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair Up to 9 lbs. Some walleye are being caught off main lake points and flats. Early morning and shallow seems to be the best bite. Vertical jigging with worms and trolling with crankbaits are both producing some fish.     
Crappie Fair Most fish are 8 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Some crappie are being found shallower (6-10 feet of water) and are starting to enter their fall pattern. Both minnows and jigs are productive baits right now. Some crappie are being caught off the marina docks.   
White Bass Good Up to 2 lbs. Target white bass off wind blown points.  Jigs and shad imitation lures are the best baits right now. Some top-water action is occurring chasing shad schools. 

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 Fair  Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken on a variety of baits using prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are biting lakewide right now, but especially good near channel ledges right now.  
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of September 7th the water level is 1.9 feet below 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: 8/31/2018 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

If you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514

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: 8/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has traditionally had a good smallmouth bass population, but the current population abundance is well below the historical average.  Hopefully, the population rebounds in the near future.  The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Slow 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. A good spot is where the inlet water enters the lake or near the fish feeder.
Walleye Fair 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers have been improving due to good survival from recent stockings.  Of the fish collected in the 2017 fall sampling, two out of three were over 15 inches.  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.  
Wipers Fair to Good 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.  Crankbaits, large jigs or spoons.
General Comments

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

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: 8/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Good 1 to 4 lbs

The 2018 sample documented that smallmouth bass numbers are down, but the size of fish is up with 58.8% of the fish seen this spring were over 14 inches.  The lake is well known for the excellent smallmouth fishing along most of the rocky shoreline.  

The lake has a low level largemouth bass population dominated by smaller fish.  The population is improving with the 2018 sample collecting the most fish in 15 years.  The East bank and around the island are usually the best largemouth spots.

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. Look for white bass chasing schools of shad near the surface. 
Wiper Fair Up to 12 lbs There are good numbers of wiper in the lake.  Being caught trolling crank baits or jigging spoons below shad.
Walleye Slow to Fair Up to 5 lbs Walleye numbers are below average.  Sporadic fishing the last month with some anglers doing well.  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

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: 8/31/2018 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

If you have information that you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514. 

Construction on the spillway is underway 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: 9/7/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 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 Slow 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. Some are being taken on the flats with crankbaits.   
Wiper/White Bass Good 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: 9/7/2018 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 Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Fair 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Good 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 Slow 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 gone for the year and there are currently no vegetation issues at the waterbody. 



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/19/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Fair/Good Blues up to 73lbs

along channel ledges and flats on cut bait, worms, and shrimp

LOOK FOR RECENTLY TAGGED BLUE CATS!!!

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 Fair/Good   15ft deep suspended near points, brush, and ledges on jigs and minnows
Walleye Fair  

scattered near deeper flats, points, and ledges on jigs, worms, and crank baits 20ft deep

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

White Bass/Wipers Good  

along windy banks, humps, and points chasing shad, using jigs, crankbaits, and good topwater action

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

Smallmouth Bass Fair/Good   near deep gravel/rock points and banks on jigs, crank baits, and topwater lures
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good   near points and flooded brush/rock on jigs, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures
Outlet Good   catfish on cut bait, white bass and wipers on jigs
General Comments

LOOK FOR RECENTLY TAGGED BLUE CATS!!!

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: 8/31/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fish Feeders     The smaller feeder is filled and operational. The larger feeder is lost to the lotus for the time being. 
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
If you have information that you would like to contribute to this fishing report, contact Nick Kramer at 785-246-4514.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 9/7/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs. Channel catfish are being taken on live and prepared baits lake wide right now.  
Largemouth Bass Fair 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 Fair 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: 9/7/2018 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 Slow 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: 8/31/2018 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 up shallow along the rocks using cut shad, night crawlers, shrimp, or stink bait.
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 can be caught using any bait resembling a shad or even from crappie jigs. Try casting around rocks or look for schools of fish breaking up the balls of shad.   
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Crappie have begun to move up into some shallower locations. Target brush piles or brush locations in areas near creek or old river channels. Some success can also come dipping jigs next to trees in Slough Creek arm. Anglers have also been having success fishing at night under a light.
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 August 31st, the current lake elevation is at 888.70 (2.8' 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 or contribute to the fishing report, 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: 8/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Slow to Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. Crappie numbers are below average and harvest rates will likely be down for the near future.
Bluegill Good 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.  It has been a good year for bluegill fishing.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.  Where the stream enters the lake is a good spot, especially after a rain.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great largemouth bass population.  Bass 13 to 18 inches long are protected.
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.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 8/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Good Up to 9 inches The bluegill population offers good numbers of 6 to 8 inch fish.  Been a good year for bluegill fishing.
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. 
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The 2018 annual sampling effort documented that the population has come down from the very high abundance seen the last few years, but the lake can still be characterized as having lots of bass.  Of the fish collected this spring, 71.4% were over 12 inches.  The lake is known for being a good spot for catch and release bass fishing.
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: 8/31/2018 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. The 2018 sample collected the most largemouth bass in 5 years and 32% were over 15 inches.  The 2018 sample also documented improved numbers of smallmouth bass with most of the fish being from 11 to 15 inches long.  Bass in this lake can be tough to catch because they have all seen a lot of lures. 
Channel Catfish 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 fourth stocking of the year was on August 29th of 700 pounds of channel catfish.  So far this year the lake has been stocked with 3,130 channel catfish.  Fishing has been good around the two feeders.  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.
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: 8/23/2018 Print

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

Fishing for flathead, channel and blue catfish has all been pretty good this summer.  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 1/2 to 8 pounds

Fishing for whites and wiper has been ok in the current with white jigs or crankbaits. 

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.

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

Starting to see quiet a few being caught the last two weeks.  Best baits have been brightly colored jigs or crankbaits in the current.

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: 8/31/2018 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: 9/13/2018 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.
       
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using worms under bobber, small spinners, and jigs around cover.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs Stinkbait, liver, and minnows.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-3 lbs Using crankbaits and jigs.
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: 9/7/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Jigs near structure are producing the best.  
Channel Catfish Good Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide using dough-bait and cut bait. 
Wiper Fair 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 deeper structure. 
Trout   Catchable The trout season is over. Look for them to be stocked again next winter.   
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: 8/31/2018 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 largemouth bass and the 2018 sample produced the second highest abundance seen in the last decade.  In addition, there is a great size structure with 41% of the fish were over 15 inches. 

The lake has been stocked several times with smallmouth bass but so far they have not flourished and few are caught by anglers.

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.  Brush pile coordinates below. 
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 fourth stocking of the year was on August 8th of 680 pounds of catfish.  So far this year the lake has been stocked with 6,275 channel catfish.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. The two fish feeders are in operation and fishing has been GOOD!
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: 8/23/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The crappie population has been improving the last few years with sampling last 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.  Fish are in their summer pattern and are scattered along rocky shorelines or in brush.  A good starting point is 8 to 12 feet down with minnows.
White Bass Fair to Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass numbers continue to be low due to poor spawning success the last five years.  Main lake points has been producing some fish.
Catfish Fair to Good 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.  Saw plenty of big channels up shallow this week while sampling.

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

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

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

Record numbers of young saugeye sampled in the lake in 2017.  These fish have started reaching the 15-inch minimum length limit and anglers are beginning to take more home.  Saugeye can be caught casting or trolling crankbaits.  The river pond has been steady for saugeye fishing, with anglers dragging a nightcrawler or casting jigs & crankbaits.

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: 8/23/2018 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 Good Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. The North bank is a popular spot to fish for cats.
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 Fair Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has been really improving the last few years and the 2018 sample recorded the highest abundance in over a decade.  Most of the population is still below 15 inches but there are a few big fish around.
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: 9/7/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Some crappie are being caught on minnows or jigs suspended near structure. Evening and night bite has picked up. 
Bluegill Good 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. The majority of fish are being caught at night right now.  
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics, spinner-baits, and crankbaits fished near deeper structure or near vegetation edges are producing fish.   
Smallmouth Bass Slow 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 Slow Up to 2 lbs. Drifting across mud flats and points, minnows are producing best right now. 
Rainbow Trout   Catchable Trout season is over. Look for them to be stocked again next winter. 
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: 8/31/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish any deeper brush or vegetation you can find from 6 to 15 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 worms

Most species remain in typical summer time patterns.  Walleye should be on the points and flats.  Water temperature in the 80'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: 8/31/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Fish any brush or vegetation you can find in 6 - 20  feet of water.  Use minnows, roadrunners, or jigs.
Channel catfish Good 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 6 lbs Largemouth are in typical summer patterns and can be taken on topwater lures early and  late and crankbaits & plastic baits during the day.
Bluegill Good 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. 

Lake full and there are huge schools of 3 inch gizzard shad swimming around.   Walleye are setting up on the points and flats.  The largemouth can be caught on topwater lures early and late and plastic baits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits during the day.  Water temperature in the 80'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: 8/31/2018 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 Good Up to 11 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. 

Most species remain in typical summer time patterns.  Walleye should be on the points and flats.  Water temperature in the 80'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: 8/31/2018 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.

Most species remain in typical summer time patterns.  Largemouth can be caught on topwaters early and late and plastics, jigs and spinnnerbaits during the day.  Water temperature n the 80'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: 8/31/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report 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 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 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.  

Most species remain in typical summer time patterns.  Walleye should be on the points and flats.  Water temperature in the 80'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: 9/21/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Fishing prepared bait lake-wide has been productive.
Crappie Slow Up to 13 inches Vertically fishing minnows around the fish attractors has been best.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5.5 lbs. Soft plastics and swimbaits fished around brushpiles, laydown trees, and along rocky shorelines.
Sunfish Fair Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber around brush, laydown trees, vegetation, and rock in shallow water.
Saugeye/Walleye Slow Up to 7 lbs. No Reports.
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: 9/17/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Catfishing has been slow recently. Try dip-bait on sponges, worms, and/or liver near the shore during the evenings or deeper during the day.
Crappie Fair 8-13" Fair. Few reports of crappie being caught near the bank and on brush piles. Small chartreuse and pink jigs have been working well. The bite has slowed but should pick up as the water temps decrease a bit.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Fair. Slow, but a few large bass have been caught and several smaller fish are active. The topwater bite is fair in the mornings and evenings. Try darker colored soft plastics in the brush and vegetation. Try vibrating jigs and spinnerbaits on windy days. With warm water temps, bass aren't as shallow during the day. Try offshore flats and creek channels with finesse tactics on the bottom (shaky-head worm, jig).
Saugeye Poor 15-26" Poor. Only a few Saugeye have been reported. 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: 78 degrees

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ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/21/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair up to 2lbs Channel Catfish are biting on cut bait and prepared baits.
Crappie Poor to fair Up to 13" Crappie fishing should pick up as the water begins to cool. 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: 9/14/2018 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 .
      The KDWPT Fisheries Division is producing walleye exceeding 8-inches for stocking in Kansas walleye waters. Walleye enter the 3 Phase rearing program as tiny fry and leave the hatchery at over 8-inches in roughly 180 days.  Click HERE to watch the video. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12 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 Fair 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.  Buzzbaits early and late in the day are providing some action.  
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: 9/14/2018 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 to Good up to 5 lbs

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

Fish feeders are up and running.

Prepared baits and worms near the feeders are producing fish.  Larger fish are being caught on fresh cut bait.

New Video on Kansas Walleye Stocking     The KDWPT Fisheries Division is producing walleye exceeding 8-inches for stocking in Kansas walleye waters. Walleye enter the 3 Phase rearing program as tiny fry and leave the hatchery at over 8-inches in roughly 180 days.  Click HERE to watch the video. 
Largemouth Bass Fair 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 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: 9/21/2018 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 Good Up to 24" Look for Wipers and White Bass on points, humps and dropoffs. Also keep an eye out for fish chasing shad on the surface.
Walleye Fair Up to 28" Points and submerged humps are good places to start looking. Shallow flats can be surprisingly good at times too. 
Crappie Poor Up to 15" Look for crappie in summer locations. They can be caught if you can locate them.
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 and prepared baits. 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: 9/19/2018 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 Good   near gravel banks and docks on small jigs and worms
Crappie Fair/Good   10-15 ft deep near ledges on jigs and minnows
Channel catfish Good   near windy flats and ledges on cut bait and worms
Black bass Good   on jigs, topwater lures, and crankbaits 5-15ft deep near docks, points, and ledges
Walleye Fair   along dam and deeper points/banks on jigs, worms, and crank baits
White bass Fair   along dam and points on spinners and jigs, some topwater activity
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: 9/19/2018 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, ledges, and creeks on cut bait and worms
Saugeye Fair/good   near gravel/rock points on jigs, worms, and crankbaits 5-15ft deep
White Bass Fair/good   along deeper rock points and ledges on spinners and jigs, some topwater action
Wiper Fair   a few in with white bass
White Crappie Fair  

suspended 15 ft deep on minnows and jigs near points and ledges

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

.38 feet high, releasing 104 cfs

Outlet fishing is slow

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/14/2018 Print

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

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Worms or dough bait off the piers and in the coves and prepared baits near the fish feeders.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 16 inch Crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished near cover.  Also larger plastic baits along the rocky south shoreline, especially near woody cover.  Early and late in the day have been the best times.  Fishing has been pretty slow during the heat of the day.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 7 inch Live bait fished in areas with a rocky bottom in 5 to 8 feet of water.
New Video on Kansas Walleye Stocking     The KDWPT Fisheries Division is producing walleye exceeding 8-inches for stocking in Kansas walleye waters. Walleye enter the 3 Phase rearing program as tiny fry and leave the hatchery at over 8-inches in roughly 180 days.  Click HERE to watch the video. 
General Comments
 



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/14/2018 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!!

New Video on Kansas Walleye Stocking     The KDWPT Fisheries Division is producing walleye exceeding 8-inches for stocking in Kansas walleye waters. Walleye enter the 3 Phase rearing program as tiny fry and leave the hatchery at over 8-inches in roughly 180 days.  Click HERE to watch the video. 
Blue catfish Fair Up to 36 inches

Blue catfish are being caught on fresh shad on shallow flats, on the edges of river channels, in recently submerged vegetation, and in the upper ends of the lake in areas with inflow.

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

Watch for surface feeding activity in the evenings and use shad imitating lures such as jig and plastics, spoons, crankbaits, or inline spinners.

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 Slow up to 12 inch

Few reports available this week for white perch.  Look along breaks or on humps using small jigs, spoons, or spinners.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Good up to 15+ inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Although high numbers of crappie have not been caught this week the fish that are being caught are of quality size in the 12 to 15 inch range.  Best reports are coming from standing timber along channels or old roads dipping jigs 7 to 11 feet deep.

Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 25 inch Drifting fresh shad on the flats is a good tactic this time of year.  Liver and stink baits fished on the bottom on windy points or shorelines is also producing.  Worms fished in areas with inflow should be a productive tactic with the recent runoff.
Walleye Fair up to 28 inch

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

Medium sized crank baits (#7 and #9) trolled along breaks, windy flats, and old roads have been catching walleye.  Vertically fishing slab spoons near old roads or ledges also producing.

General Comments

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

0.15 feet low, releasing 12 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.



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 9/21/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-4lbs Channel Catfish have been hitting on cut bait and prepared baits.
Crappie Poor to Fair up to 13 inches Crappie fishing should pick up when the water begins to cool. Morning and evening are your best bets.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5 lbs Try along any of the fishing jetties or the face of the dam.
Saugeye Poor up to 4 lbs Try fishing on rocky points or along the dam.
Bluegill Fair up to 8 inches Try a small piece of worm fished along the rock jetties or along the dam.
General Comments
 



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/21/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 10" to 7 lb. Try cutbait. Shad works best, but bluegill works well too. Prepared baits work well in the summer too.
Largemouth Bass Fair 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 congregated near the spring to avoid the summer temperatures.
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
 



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 8/31/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 4 lbs Worms, stinkbaits, and cut bait fished on windy shallow areas.
White Crappie Slow 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 Slow up to 16 inch

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

Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or plastics fished near cover.

Saugeye Fair Up to 19 inch Curly tailed grubs fished on windy points
Bluegill Fair up to 8 inch Worm and bobber or small jigs near brush or near docks
White Bass Good up to 15 inch Early morning and late evening on topwater baits and spoons when the fish are hitting shad on the surface.
Wiper Good up to 21 inch 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: 9/14/2018 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!
New Video on Kansas Walleye Stocking     The KDWPT Fisheries Division is producing walleye exceeding 8-inches for stocking in Kansas walleye waters. Walleye enter the 3 Phase rearing program as tiny fry and leave the hatchery at over 8-inches in roughly 180 days.  Click HERE to watch the video. 
Channel Cat Fair to Good up to 26 inches Fresh cut bait, worms or stink bait along windy shorelines.  Punch baits over chummed areas.
White Crappie    

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Not many recent reports this week.

Walleye Fair up up to 24 inches Trolling crankbaits in water 6 to 9 feet deep.  
White Bass Fair to Good up to 15 inch Same as wiper report
Wiper Fair to Good up to 24 inch Casting or trolling shad imitating baits in areas with surface feeding activity early and late in the day.
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.

3.5 feet below pool, releasing 8 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 9/21/2018 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 8" 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" Use prepared or cut baits for best results.
Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12 inches Evening and mornings are best.
Bluegill Fair up to 8 inches Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 20 inches Try near any hard structure such as rock or brush.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 8/31/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 9 lbs Worms, prepared baits or cut bait on windblown points.
Wiper Fair to Good up to 22 inches Look for wipers along windblown points or shorelines.  Also early and late in the day watch for surface feeding activity as the wipers chase shad.
Crappie Fair up to 12 inches On ledges or near timber 9 to 12 feet deep on jigs or jig and minnow.
Saugeye Fair 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: 9/14/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good up to 3 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 16 inch Crank baits or spinnerbaits fished near cover.  Early morning and late evening have been best.
Saugeye Fair up to 19 inch Crank baits or jigs along the dam and windy shorelines.
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 9/21/2018 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 Poor to Fair Up to 12" Crappie fishing should pick up when the water starts to cool. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair to 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 Fair Up to 1 lb Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. 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: 9/14/2018 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!!!

New Video on Kansas Walleye Stocking     The KDWPT Fisheries Division is producing walleye exceeding 8-inches for stocking in Kansas walleye waters. Walleye enter the 3 Phase rearing program as tiny fry and leave the hatchery at over 8-inches in roughly 180 days.  Click HERE to watch the video. 
Crappie Good up to 13 inches Jigs and minnows in the coves near timber 8 to 12 feet deep.  Best bite has been first light for a couple of hours.
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Wind swept shorelines on cut bait or prepared baits.
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.  Casting jig and plastic or lipless crankbaits are good choices.  Also watch for surface feeding activity as white bass and wipers chase shad to the surface.
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.

BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/5/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 6-12" Crappie fishing has improved.  Look for crappie to be around the docks and other brushy structure around the shoreline.  Minnows have been working best.  Some sorting will be required to find the bigger fish.
Channel Catfish Fair 16-24" Catfishing has remained slow.  Look for fish in the evenings.  Shad sides and chicken livers have been working best.  Look for shore angling to continue to improve as water temps cool.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Fair 12-18" Largemouth bass fishing remains slow.  Look for fish to be near shoreline vegetation in the early morning and evenings.
Bluegill and Redears Fair 6-8" Look for bluegill and redear just outside of the weed line.  A worm under a bobber has been working best.
       
General Comments

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

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.



LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/20/2018 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, small silver spoon, dry fly, or grass hopper.  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.  The cool front will slow down feeding activity. 
Largemouth Bass good

48% 8-12"

39% 12-15"

13% 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. Top water baits, jerk baits work well along the 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, minnows, or nymphs are best fished around brush piles and weed line.   
General Comments

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2018 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)

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BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/6/2018 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. Quality sized bluegill and redear sunfish can be found at Bone Creek. Coves and submerged trees coupled with abundant aquatic vegetation will congregate panfish; fish with a bobber and worms, or fly rod with a floating fly or popper. 
Channel catfish  Fair  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. Quality sized fish are present at Bone Creek; fishing prepared baits, stink bait, and live bait in the shallows during the morning or evening hours may yield fish greater than 24 inches.
Crappie  Good  8-14" Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure in 10 to 15 feet of water where they'll be suspending in their summertime patterns. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population with some quality-size fish available. 
Largemouth bass  Fair  12-16"  Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around structure or aquatic vegetation. Clear water conditions often keep fish in deeper water near structure. 
General Comments
Be sure to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat, bait buckets, and recreational watercraft before and after launching your boat. It is important to remove your drain plug on your watercraft upon departure to drain live wells and water inside of your boat; it will protect our natural resources in Kansas for current anglers and future generations to enjoy. Eurasian watermilfoil is an invasive aquatic vegetation that can be found in nearby water bodies. Be sure to inspect your boat, boat trailer, and bait buckets prior to launching at Bone Creek to prevent the spread. Zebra mussels, white perch, and asian carp are all invasive species that can be found in Kansas. Be sure to stay up to date on information regarding Aquatic Nuisance Species. The following link will provide you with information on Aquatic Nuisance Species in Kansas: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species 



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 9/15/2018 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 color.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. Try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits,  
Largemouth bass GOOD 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.  Largemouth bass can be great but fish the deeper water in the trees for suspended fish. 

 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: 9/15/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish GOOD 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 POOR  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

Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  Catfish angling around the fish feeders can be fantastic.  Remember the length and creel limits.

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.   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: 9/15/2018 Print

stillSpecies Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass GOOD Fish 10 to 19 inches dominate the population  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 POOR 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  try using minnows, jigs under a 6ft float, along the piers.  
General Comments
In the spring of 2018, another 95 Georgia cubes have been placed to attract fish to shoreline areas.  Shoreline fishing can be good in deeper water around 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.  The feeders are still OFF.



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 9/17/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Slow-Fair 8 in to 21 inches The recent bite has been tough. Use finesse tactics around ideal structure weedlines, timber, or deep breaks. Carolina rigs, Ned rigs,  or drop shots. The topwater bite may be decent in some areas during the early part of the day.
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 Fair 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Drifting various prepared baits or fresh cut bait around points, humps, or creek channel should produce some fish. We have tagged some blue catfish in the lake, if you catch one please take note of the tag number and report it to the gatehouse. You may keep the tagged fish if you desire or you can practice "CPR" OR CATCH PHOTO AND RELEASE.
smallmouth bass Fair 10-20 inches The bite has been tough this year so finesse tactics may be your best shot at catching them. Wacky rigs or Ned rigs are excellent finesse tactics to use. Focus on deeper rocky points or humps.
white bass/Wipers Fair-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. Also look for them busting shad on the surface and try topwater shad imitations.
crappie Slow 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: 9/6/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &Location
Bluegill / redear  Good  6 - 7" Bluegill and redear sunfish are abundant. Sizes up to 7 inches. Try coves, shoreline, tree structures, and rock habitat with a bobber and worm, small 1/16 ounce jigs, and fly fishing gear. Bluegill and redear sunfish both provide ample opportunity to catch plenty of fish in a short amount of time. 
Channel catfish  Fair  All sizes. Channel catfish can be found throughout all portions of the lake. Prepared baits, worms, stink bait, and live bait fished during all times of the day, specifically in the early morning and evening hours, will provide opportunity to catch catfish. Focus on shallow water in the morning and evening followed by deeper water that is in close proximity of shallow water habitat. 
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 9-inch fish. Anglers can expect to find crappie up to 9 inches. Summertime patterns include fishing structure, rock jetties, and cove habitat. Crappie tend to congregate in schools in deeper water during the summer. Try slip bobbers with a minnow, or jigs tipped with minnow or worm. Artificial structure, such as Georgia Cubes, are present in Crawford. 
Largemouth bass  Fair  All sizes Largemouth bass densities are relatively low, although there are largemouth bass in excess of 15 inches. Anglers should use spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, top water lures, and plastics fished along aquatic vegetation, rock jetties, cove habitat, and in coves will provide fishing opportunity. 
General Comments

Update 7/27/2018: The fish feeders are now filled and operational. They are set to go off three times a day at 7:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 7:00 PM.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism fisheries staff recently undertook a project to produce lake maps, or bathymetric maps, for public waters statewide. The lake map for Crawford State Fishing Lake can be found at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Where-to-Fish-in-Kansas/Bathymetric-Lake-Maps This link will provide you with a link for all bathymetric lake maps for the state of Kansas. Scroll down to find Crawford State Fishing Lake. This will allow for anglers to view the depths of the lake to choose different habitats and lake depths to fish for different species, year-round. You will also find current GPS locations of habitat structures placed by KDWPT fisheries staff to easily input into your sonar unit, or find if you are fishing from shore. 

Be sure to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat, bait buckets, and recreational watercraft before and after launching your boat. It is important to remove your drain plug on your watercraft upon departure to drain live wells and water inside of your boat; it will protect our natural resources in Kansas for current anglers and future generations to enjoy. Zebra mussels, white perch, and asian carp are all invasive species that can be found in Kansas. Be sure to stay up to date on information regarding Aquatic Nuisance Species. The following link will provide you with information on Aquatic Nuisance Species in Kansas: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species 



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 9/15/2018 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. 
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.  Lots of good catfish around the feeder. 
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.  Some good bass and catfish were caught this week.

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 catch bigger fish.  There is a great channel cat population, with a lot of fish in the 2 to 8 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: 9/5/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 8-12" Crappie fishing has remained steady. Jigging vertically along the dam has been producing the most fish.  Fish have also been caught from the dock and rock jetties in the state park.
Blue and channel catfish Good 18-26" Catfishing remains good.  Look for fish to move into the shallows in the evenings.  Drift fishing has also been producing good fishing.  Shad sides have been working the best.
White Bass Fair 10-14" The white bass fishing remains slow.  Look for white bass to start moving in near the shore at the state park with cooling water.
Outlet Fair 12-20" Water release has diminished.  Fishing has slowed.
 
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.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

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: 9/20/2018 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 on windy shoreline and mud flats.  The cool front will slow feeding activity.
crappie good

1% 5"- 8"

18% 8"-10"

65% 10"-12"

16% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

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

37% 8"-12"

16% 12"-15"

42% 15"-20"

5% 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 19 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 trolled over mudflats, windy shoreline, and rocky points.  Watch for schools of gizzard shad breaking the surface as white bass chase them.
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 May 2018 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: 9/15/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass EXCELLENT 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: 9/17/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie fair 8-14 inches Use minnows under a bobber around deeper water dropoffs and brush.
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 rigged weightless or wacky style on a drop shot
Wipers Fair up to 6 lbs Chicken livers or topwater 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!

For more information on waters in Woodson, Coffey, Anderson, and Allen 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



GARNETT SOUTH - Last Updated: 9/17/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Swim jigs, crankbaits, topwater baits like buzzbaits or whopper ploppers, and weightless plastics like floating worms, senkos, or flukes should also be considered and can be very productive during tough conditions.
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 Slow 6-10 inches Minnows under a slip bobber around deeper structure.
       
       

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: 9/17/2018 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Good Drifting various baits lakewide has been productive. Fishing around the flooded timber should be good. Worms, dough baits, dip baits, and livers are all good choices.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Fair Fishing windy shorelines where shad will stack up and white bass should be close. Small spinners, crankbaits, or bucktail jigs should work. Also look for them busting shad on the surface.
Crappie up to 15" Fair With the lake up a few feet jigging around the flooded willow trees may produce some fish. During moderate releases crappie can be caught below the dam.

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: 9/15/2018 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. The fish feeder at the horse trail parking lot has lots of channel catfish around it.
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 good fish caught in the weedbeds.  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 pound Good to excellent at the hot water outlet. Use shad imitations, silver spoons.  Most of the fish caught at the hot water outlet have been the 1 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.  Some fish caught out over the bridge.
carp EXCELLENT all sizes along the shoreline in weedbeds and lots of fish around the feeders.
General Comments

BASSMASTERS has recognized LA CYGNE RESERVOIR in its TOP 10 bass lakes of the Midwest.  We know La Cygne  Reservoir is a great bass lake but its nice to receive this type of recognition from Bassmasters.  For more information check out these two sites.

http://www.cjonline.com/sports/20180707/kansas-la-cygne-reservoir-named-one-of-nations-top-100-bass-lakes

https://www.hayspost.com/2018/07/15/kansas-lake-is-one-of-the-countrys-top-100-bass-fishing-lakes/

The water level is very full and has flooded lots of weedbeds that are full of crappie, channel catfish and bass.  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. 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: 9/15/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
blue, channel catfish GOOD varies fish in the river 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: 9/13/2018 Print

         
Crappie Good 0.25-0.75lb Anglers continue to catch lots of crappie mainly on jigs, but almost everything caught has been shorter than 10".  
         
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
Sept. 13 water level 2.02 feet below conservation pool, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 75.  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: 9/21/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear / Warmouth  Good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. Fly fishing opportunities are also present; hook sizes of 10-12 with a floating fly or popper may yield fish up to 8 inches. 
Channel Catfish  Fair  All sizes Channel catfish can be found in abundance all across the wildlife area. Try shad sides, liver, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish were stocked on the Mined Land Wildlife Area throughout all of the accessible strip pits. Stockings were made on September 13, and 18-20, 2018. These fish are 8-15 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  Good  All sizes Try jigs, worms, or spinner baits fished slowly around brush, aquatic vegetation, and structure. 
Rainbow trout  Good  10 - 15" Rainbow trout are stocked each spring, fall, and winter in Unit #30 in the "Trout Pit". Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. The first rainbow trout stocking of the spring season was made on January 10, 2018 of approximately 924 fish. Additional stockings were made on February 5, 2018 of 1036 fish and February 28, 2018 of 560 fish. 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. Rainbow trout are managed under a daily creel limit of five fish. 
Brown trout  Fair  15-20" Brown trout have been stocked in Unit #30 in the Trout Pit to provide an additional species and trophy opportunity for anglers. Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. Remember to correctly identify the trout you have caught as a Rainbow, or Brown, Trout. Brown trout are managed under a 20-inch minimum and 1 fish in the daily creel limit. 
Walleye  Fair  18-21" Walleye have been stocked on the Mined Land Wildlife Area in Units 7, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 31, 33, 34, 39, 40, 41, and 44 to provide an additional species and angling opportunity on the wildlife area. The units and strip pits that have been stocked with walleye provide adequate habitat with deeper water and cooler water temperatures. Trolling and vertical jigging techniques will be a good technique to try. 
Wiper (Striped bass x White bass hybrid)  Fair  15-20" Wiper have been stocked on the Mined Land Wildlife Area in Unit #21. A fish feeder is also present on the Wiper Pit in Unit #21 that provides supplemental food on this specific pit. Techniques to try would be to vertical jig spoons and jigs, trolling with Rapalas and spoons, and casting jigs, spoons, and spinning baits. Other opportunities would be to try a slip bobber with live bait, or chicken liver has been reported to yield a few fish. 
General Comments

Channel catfish were stocked on the Mined Land Wildlife Area throughout all of the accessible pits. The channel catfish stocked range in size from 8 to 15 inches in length. These fish will bite readily on worms, stink bait, and shrimp. Grab the tackle box, fishing reels, and introduce someone to fishing on the unique opportunity that the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits provides. 

Aquatic Nuisance Species Alert: Be on the look out for Eurasian Watermilfoil if you're fishing on the Mined Land Wildlife Area. This aquatic nuisance plant is present and abundant on multiple strip pits on the Mined Land Wildlife Area. The plant can reproduce rapidly and develop dense mats that don't allow for other beneficial aquatic plants to grow. Eurasian watermilfoil can also impact the fish community in a lake, so please be sure to inspect and clean your fishing gear. Please remember to Clean, Drain, and Dry your kayak, boat, boat trailer, and bait buckets. More information on Eurasian Watermilfoil may be found at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species-List/Eurasian-Watermilfoil  

Habitat Structures have been placed on the Mined Land Wildlife Area. Locations to the habitat structures (i.e., Georgia Cubes) that have been placed by KDWPT staff can be found at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Fish-Attractor-GPS

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 in your possession. Please handle these small browns with care and release them immediately, so we may produce some quality-sized 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 Unit #30.



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/5/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 14-24" Catfishing remains good.  Look for catfishing to be the best in the evenings.  Shrimp and chicken livers have been working well.
Largemouth Bass Fair 8-18" Largemouth bass fishing has remained slow.  Look for fish to be active during the morning and evening.  Fish just outside of the weed line to find feeding largemouth.
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie fishing has remained hit or miss.  Look for crappie under the docks around the lake.  Minnows have been working the best.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 6-8" Bluegill and redear fishing remains good.  Look for them just outside of the weed line.  Worms under a bobber and small hair jigs 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: 9/15/2018 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. Some really nice catfish are being caught.
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

 Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  Water conditions are good.  The catfish are excellent around the fish feeders.  Fish downwind of the feeders as there will be more fish there.

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: 9/6/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good Up to 8"                                  Bluegill and redear sunfish are abundant up to 8 inches. Fish along aquatic vegetation edges, rock jetties, or habitat structures with a 1/16 ounce jig, bobber and worm, or fly fishing gear. Fish can be found in shallow water, even in the summer months, and will provide anglers of all ages the chance at catching a fish.
Channel catfish  Fair All sizes Channel catfish can be caught using a variety of baits in the summer months during all times of the day in all areas of the lake. Try using prepared baits, worms, and stink bait. All sizes of catfish are present. 
Crappie  Fair/good Up to 10" Crappie are abundant with the most common sizes ranging from 7 to 10 inches. Summertime means warmer water temperatures up to 88 degrees, however crappie can still be found in the right habitats. Try fishing 1/16-1/8 ounce jigs, bobber with a minnow, or worm around rock jetties, coves, and tree structures where deeper water will congregate crappie. 
Largemouth bass  Fair All sizes Largemouth bass are in relatively high densities with fish greater than 15 inches present. Jigs, plastic lures, buzz baits, or spinner baits fished around structure and along aquatic vegetation may yield a memorable catch. 
General Comment

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism fisheries staff recently undertook a project to produce lake maps, or bathymetric maps, for public waters statewide. The lake map for Neosho State Fishing Lake can be found at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Where-to-Fish-in-Kansas/Bathymetric-Lake-Maps This link will provide you with a link for all bathymetric lake maps for the state of Kansas. Scroll down to find Neosho State Fishing Lake. This will allow for anglers to view the depths of the lake to choose different habitats and lake features to fish for different species, year-round. You will also find current GPS locations of habitat structures placed by KDWPT fisheries staff to easily input into your sonar unit, or find if you are fishing from shore. 

Be sure to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat, bait buckets, and recreational watercraft before and after launching your boat. It is important to remove your drain plug on your watercraft upon departure to drain live wells and water inside of your boat; it will protect our natural resources in Kansas for current anglers and future generations to enjoy. Zebra mussels, white perch, and asian carp are all invasive species that can be found in Kansas. Be sure to stay up to date on information regarding Aquatic Nuisance Species. The following link will provide you with information on Aquatic Nuisance Species in Kansas: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2018 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
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using worms under bobber.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs Using nightcrawlers, stinkbait, and liver.  Some catches being reported off of feeders.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using a variety of baits including crankbaits, spinners and jigs.
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: 9/15/2018 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.   Lots of bass in the 12 to 15 inch range.
Walleye Slow 18-24 inches An incidental fish taken near deeper habitat.
white crappie GOOD 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.  Recent rains have raised the water level to full pool and the fishing is good.

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: 9/15/2018 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.  This lake is a great channel catfish lake with great shoreline access.
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, recent sampling shows many bass over 18 inches.
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: 9/15/2018 Print

 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 reports indicate that white bass are improving as the water warms up.  use minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes liver and shad imitation lures
Crappie Slow varies but range 8 -12 inches  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.  Hot weather has slowed angler success.
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: 9/20/2018 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 on mud flats and windy shoreline.  The cool front will slow feeding activity.
largemouth bass fair

20% 8"-12"

25% 12"-15"

50% 15"-20"

5% 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 20 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 trolled on mudflats, rocky points, and rocky points.  Watch for schools of gizzard shad breaking the surface as white bass chase them.
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, rocky points, 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 May 2018 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: 9/5/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location  
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfishing remains good.  Look for fish to bite in the shallows during the evening.  Chicken livers and shad sides have been working best.  
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Fair 10-22" Bass fishing has slowed.  Look for fish just outside the weed line.  Fishing has been best in the early morning and evening.  
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie fishing remains hit or miss.  Look for fish to be near structure or around the fishing docks.  Minnows have been working the best.  
Bluegill and Redear Good 6-8" Bluegills and redears fishing remains good.  Look for them just outside of the weed line.  Small jigs tipped with a worm have been working the best.  
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: 9/17/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good 1-5 lbs. Swimjigs 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.
channel catfish Good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. The feeders are on.
Walleye slow 10-24" Jig and crawlers or trolling crankbaits around dropoffs or over the flats.
crappie Fair up to 14"  Look for them in deeper water near dropoffs or the Georgia Cube locations. Live bait like minnows is probably best bait this time of year. Some fish have been caught shallow around the vegetation.
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: 9/17/2018 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 structure.
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 around deeper brush with Texas-rigged plastics should be productive. Topwater baits may also work well early and late in the day around shallow timber and submerged weeds. If a more subtle approach is needed go with weightless plastics like senkos, flukes, or floating worms.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Good livers, dip baits, worms, and other prepared bait lakewide. The FISH FEEDERS ARE RUNNING, PLEASE DO NOT TIE BOATS TO THE FEEDERS. Many fish are around the feeders, size ranges from 1.5 lbs. to 10 lbs.
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" Fair Efforts should probably be focused on deeper water and brush located near dropoffs or the creek channel. live bait is usually hard to beat during the summer.
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.