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: 12/20/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 1-4 pounds Winter bass fishing is fairly slow, but fish can still be caught.  Fishing around the flooded cattails, jetties, and lily pads are good places to try.  Soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits are good lures to try this time of year.
Bluegill Slow 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 Slow 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 year.
Saugeye Slow 12-24 inches

Saugeye can be found along the creek channel in 8 to 10 feet of water this time of year.  The lower half of the lake is probably holding the best numbers.  Many of the saugeye in the lake are of legal size and anglers should be able to have some success if targeting saugeye.  Jig and crawler, minnows, crankbaits, and swim baits are all good options to use for catching saugeye now.

The minimum length limit for saugeye will drop from 18 inches to 15 inches in 2019.  Anglers should immediately realize the benefits of harvesting more saugeye with the lower length limit.  The daily creel limit will remain at 5 fish per day.

Crappie Fair to Good Most 8-13 inches Some very nice crappie up to 13 inches can be caught now using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  Also, casting road runners and Panther Martins along the jetties and brush near shore may also yield some nice crappie this time of year as they are feeding on shad now.  Anglers  might also target the brush piles which are marked with fish attractor buoys.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report.  It will only be changed when there are new reports or conditions change.  Check back for updates on open boat ramps, ice conditions, fishing reports, etc.

Water temperature: 35ºF

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: 3/15/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie No Report Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing jigs or small slab spoons around the fish attractors has been the best bet.  Remember, a 10 inch minimum length limit is in effect on black and white crappie.
Walleye No Report Up to 28 inches Vertically fishing slab spoons over deeper drop-offs especially near the dam during the day.  Spawning activity should be on the increase so fish should be frequenting the dam face and associated points at night where they can be caught casting brightly colored jigs or floating stick baits.  Remember a 21 inch minimum length limit went into effect January 1, 2018 and the creel limit remains 5 fish/day.
White Bass/Wipers No Report

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over deeper drop-offs, submerged road beds, and around the fish attractors. 

White bass anglers are catching a few wipers here and there fishing vertically.

ICE REPORT-The reservoir is nearly ice free and all boat ramps are open. 

WATER TEMPERATURE-32 degrees F

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2124.57-19.43' below conservation pool

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: 3/14/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair to Good 8-13 inches

Anglers have been reporting improved crappie catch rates from deep drops along the river channel and in the marina slips.  Small jigs and minnows are working best.  The bite is often best early in the morning and late in the afternoon.  There have also been some fish caught off the brush piles around the state park area.

Beginning in January 2019 there will be a 10 inch minimum length limit on crappie at Glen Elder!

Walleye Fair 14-22 inches Anglers do not catch many walleye during the winter out here.  Best bets to catch some now would be to target deeper water along the river channel in the lower half of the reservoir.  During the day, fish can be found as deep as 40 feet, but they will move shallower at night.
Trout Good 10-15 inches

Anglers have been catching good numbers of trout using cheese, Powerbait, minnows, and worms.

The latest stocking of trout occurred on March 12th with 300 more pounds added to the already stocked 2,000 pounds.   The ice is gone and anglers should have no problem fishing in the pond.  Make sure to purchase a trout permit before fishing the pond!

White Bass Good 11-18 inches White bass can be caught in good numbers out here throughout the winter in a variety of locations.  Check around the outlet area with the high outflows occurring right now.  Also, fish can be found off main lake points along the north shore and near the south bluffs.  Fish will also be stacking up west of the causeway and anglers should be able to find some along the river channels in that area.

The recent winds have cleared the reservoir of ice except for the east end.  Most of the boat ramps are open now and anglers should be able to launch a boat and fish nearly anywhere lake wide.

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: 32°F        Current Water Level: 2.4 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: 1/4/2019 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 Slow 13-22 inches

Winter fishing for bass can be slow, but fish can still be caught.  Bass can be found lakewide, but islands of phragmites and cattails just off the bank seem to hold the best numbers with open pockets in the middle of tall vegetation also being key locations to target bass.  Soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Ned rigs are all good options to try for bass this time of year.

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

Channel Catfish Slow 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

Fair 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 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

The lake is full and running over on January 4th and is 100% ice covered, but the ice is not safe for ice fishing.

This is a generic winter fishing report.  It will only be changed when there are new reports or conditions change.  Check back for updates on open boat ramps, ice conditions, fishing reports, etc.

ATTENTION ANGLERS!  There will be a new regulation for all sunfish species beginning in January 2019.  Fish between 6 and 9 inches must be immediately released.  There is no limit on the number of fish less than 6 inches, but anglers are limited to only 5 fish greater than 9 inches per day.  This applies to bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish, and their hybrids.

Water temperature: 100% Ice Covered

Water level: FULL



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/13/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Fair. No winter reports.
Crappie Fair 10 to 14 inches Fair. Try jigs on fish attractors.
Trout     The final trout stocking occurred on Tuesday, March 12th. All trout were stocked in the lower pool by the parking lot due to the poor, muddy conditions of the access road.
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 1.5 feet below conservation pool for dam maintenance.

Water Temperature: Ice, nearly full coverage.

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: 2/20/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Crappies have migrated to their winter haunts concentrating around deeper brush, the artificial brushpiles under private boat slips, and the fish attractor structures close to the public fishing dock near the mouth of Leota Cove.  Just a few reports received, but the anglers able to access these locations have been successful using jigs, small slab spoons, and minnows.  
Saugeye/Walleye no reports   Due to the iced-up conditions, boat access to traditional saugeye hideouts has been limited.  If the ice becomes sufficient to allow foot access to these locations, anglers should seek underwater breaks and the outside edges of brush structure to tempt saugeyes and/or walleyes.  Slab spoons, jigs, or jigs tipped with live baits would work best.  An 18" minimum length limit is in effect.
Wiper no reports   Again, ice has been the limiting factor regarding access to wiper locations.  However, if ice fishing activity commences, wipers would be found in areas of more dense forage (shad) concentrations: towards the upper end of the reservoir over underwater flats.  Slab spoons and bucktail jigs mimicking the shad are the better baits to use. Five (5) fish daily creel limit.
Catfish no reports   If a warming trend would happen and ice would thaw, channel catfish would go on a feeding spree foraging on shad and other fish having succumbed to the effects of cold temps and ice.  Shad undergo a degree of mortality each winter with many embedded in the ice. As ice melts, the dead shad sink or wash up on wind-blown shores making for an easy meal for catfish.  This is a great time for catfish anglers! 
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches A few black bass are reported by crappie anglers from time to time when fishing the underwater brush and the shade provided by boat slips and docks.  Live bait, namely minnows, help out this scenario.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2294.66 ---- 9.64' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.63 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time.  All boat ramps are iced in at this time.  Ice conditions are approx. 5 inches, therefore, use extreme caution when venturing out on any ice and never traverse the ice alone! 

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

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

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: 2/20/2019 Print

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

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 1/4/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Slow 18-27 inches Anglers do not catch many walleye during the winter out here.  Best bets to catch some now would be to target deeper water along the river channel in the lower half of the reservoir.  During the day, fish can be found as deep as 25 feet, but they will move shallower at night.
White Bass/Wipers Fair

7-13 inches

12-25 inches

The best concentrations of white bass and wipers can be found in 20-25 feet of water off Walleye Point, off the dam in 10-15 feet of water, and in the John's Creek area in 8 to 10 feet.  Slabbing on the deeper schools of fish should work very well, but trolling along main lake points and casting a variety of small crankbaits and road runners will also work.

There is a big year class of wipers between 12 and 14 inches.  They look very similar to white bass so make sure and carefully identify your catch.  The daily creel limit on wipers is 2!

Crappie Fair 7-13 inches Anglers should be able to find very good numbers of crappie around the marina, close to the outlet area, off Cabin Point, and near Cedar Point.  Traditional methods include fishing with jigs and minnows or minnows only.  The fish can be found in 15-20 feet of water near brush during the day, but will move in shallow in the evening to feed.  There are a lot of smaller crappie to go along with fish over 10 inches and anglers are encouraged to release these young fish.  We also found decent numbers in some of the creeks including Windmill and John's Creek.
Comments

The reservoir is 100% ice covered, but the ice is not safe for ice fishing at this time.

This is a generic winter fishing report.  It will only be changed when there are new reports or conditions change.  Check back for updates on open boat ramps, ice conditions, fishing reports, etc.

ATTENTION ANGLERS: The crappie regulations at Lovewell will change in January 2019.  There will be a new creel limit of 20 fish per day and a minimum length limit of 10 inches for all crappie.  These regulations are intended to improve the quality and quantity of crappie in Lovewell and will be strictly enforced.

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:  100% Ice Covered         Current water level: 0.7 feet high

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: 2/20/2019 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. 32 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: 12/21/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Slow/Fair Up to 13 inches Drifting or trolling small crank baits and jigs over deeper water or vertically fishing jigs around deep fish attractors.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5 lbs. Casting swim baits and soft plastics around shoreline brushpiles, along the dam, or around the fishing pier.
Saugeye Good Up to 3 lbs. Casting or trolling crankbaits along the dam and over shelves adjacent to creek channel drop-offs.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber around deeper brush.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Cut bait fished off the bottom on warmer days.
Wiper Fair/Good Up to 2 lbs. Casting small, shad imitating baits like white road runners.
Comments

ATTENTION: This is a generic winter fishing report and will be updated as notable changes warrant.  Weekly updated fishing reports will resume around March 2019.

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: 2/20/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie no reports 7 to 17 inches Ice has been problematic relative to accessing typical winter time crappie hangouts.  If cold air creates thick enough ice to get out on, the fish attractor brushpiles would be target locations to fish.  Jigs, small slab spoons, or minnows fish deep in or near the submerged cedar trees should produce.
Walleye no reports   It won't be long before pre-spawn female walleye will begin cruising the dam and adjacent shallow underwater breaks.  We still have six weeks of winter and cold water temps to endure, but the walleye spawn will be here before you know it. 
White Bass/Wiper no reports   With no boating due to iced-up launching facilities, access to white bass and wipers has been non-existent.
Catfish no reports   Catfish are concentrated in deeper regions of the lake for the winter.  If ice thaws, the dinner bell rings and catfish become slightly more active seeking dead shad that become dislodged from the ice.  Shallow areas near wind blown shores where the shad will pile up are good places to fish.  This scenario can be short-lived so anglers are encouraged to keep abreast of melting/thawing conditions. 
Largemouth Bass no reports   If crappie action commences with improved ice thickness, a few smaller black bass are normally creeled when fishing live bait such as fathead minnows.  However, the better, consistent bass fishing is still several months away.  
Rainbow Trout Good 8 to 18 inches The past two stockings of trout have barely been pressured due to the limitations imposed by the weather and associated ice. The best trout baits are assorted powerbaits, salmon eggs, and small spinners. The next stocking is slated for the middle part of March. The stilling basin currently has approx. 3-5 inches of ice cover.  Stay tuned for conditions, if warm air arrives, trout success could be excellent as the ice melts, or conversely, if cold air creates good, thick ice, ice fishing would be good! Anglers are currently able to fish on the ice.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1892.34 ---- 0.11' below conservation pool

The water level is 1.63' lower than it was one year ago at this time. All high-water boat ramps are usable (Old Marina, Rock Point and Goose Flats) at this level.  However, they are all currently iced in and ice thickness throughout the lake ranges from variable in thickness, to open out over the deeper reaches.  Ice cover in frozen coves is not suitable for foot traversing and is highly discouraged!  Use extreme caution if venturing out on any ice in any area of the reservoir, and never travel across the ice alone!  

A current release rate of 130 cfs from the irrigation canal is being conducted to maintain the lake level.  

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

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter which includes informative fisheries information about Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoirs 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.  

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: 11/19/2018 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 moved near deeper points but remain close to the river channel in the upper and middle portions of the reservoir. Try jigging spoons and smaller swimbaits.
 Walleye Fair 16-25 inches Fair. The walleye bite is still slow. Most walleye have likely moved deeper. Try jigging near offshore ledges.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

Channel Catfish) There have been no reports for catfish. The bite is slow but you can try cutbait 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 become very tough with the cold water temperatures.
White Perch Good 9 to 13 inches

Good. White perch have moved, mostly, to deeper areas of the lake.

- 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 = 0.5' ABOVE conservation pool & rising.

Surface Temperature = 44 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: 3/14/2019 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 may be deeper in the morning and moving into the shallower water as the day warms the water. 
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill can be caught with a night crawler under a bobber near brushpiles.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs The fish feeders should be empty and will not be filled until late April. Channel catfish can still be caught from shore using cut shad, dough balls, or chunks of worm.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinnerbaits or plastics worked around brush piles and rocks.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Redear can be caught jigging a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.  
General Comments
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: 3/14/2019 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  and jigging it over brush piles.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs The fish feeders are empty and will not be filled until late April. Catfish can still be caught from shore using cut bait, dough baits, or chicken livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or plastics working the shallows, along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Redear may be caught using a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.
General Comments
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: 1/15/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Slow 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.  Schooled up in deeper water by dam.
Wiper Slow  Up to 26" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of 15 to 22" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Fair to Slow 1/2 to 1 pound The crappie population has come down from the historically high numbers seen in 2017, but there is still good numbers of crappie over 10 inches.  Fishing has been spotty this winter and hearing of a few anglers having fair days.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. The saugeye population has also come down from the exceptional numbers seen in 2017.  However, there are still good numbers of saugeye in the lake and 44.7% of the fish sampled in fall of 2018 were over the 18 inch minimum length limit.
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.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.



CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/14/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       
       

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

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

Current Fishing Conditions
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 daily creel limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation was implemented to protect brood fish, so that the population could have a chance to improve.
       
Smallmouth Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This regulation change makes smallmouth bass regulations the same as those for largemouth bass.
       
Crappie Fair-Good up to 2 lbs Anglers have been catching good numbers of fish using jigs.
White bass Fair 0.5-1 lbs Using jigs.
Trout Good 0.5-1 lb Anglers are catching trout using powerbait, jigs and small spinners.
       
       
       
       
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-Larkwrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Lake was 0.84' below normal, water temperature = 38 F release = 7 cfs (March 14).



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 3/7/2019 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
       
       
       
General Comments
No one out fishing lately.



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/7/2019 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
No Report      
       
       
General Comments
 



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/15/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Slow 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 Slow 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: 3/18/2019 Print

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

This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2019 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.

WARNING..ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW PRESENT!!!



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 3/18/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Slow/Fair   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Crappie Fair   near points, brush, and rock 10ft deep on jigs and minnows
Walleye Slow/Fair   along the dam and edges of flats and points on jigs, worms, and spoons
White Bass/Wipers Fair   along creeks, dam and points on spinners, jigs, and crankbaits
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2019 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 3/18/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Slow   near wind blown flats and creeks on cut bait and worms
Crappie Fair   near brush and rock 5ft deep on jigs and minnows
Largemouth Bass Slow    
Bluegill Fair   near brush/rock 5ft deep on jigs and worms
White Bass Fair   along creeks and dam on spinners and crankbaits
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: 3/15/2019 Print

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Slow Up to 9 lbs. Walleye should be entering a pre-spawn pattern. The males will congregate in spawning areas before the females. Target shallow rocky areas or wind-swept mud banks.     
Crappie Good Most fish are 8 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie fishing at the marina docks has picked up recently. Keepers (10 + inches) are being caught frequently. Target brush piles and structure in 20 feet of water. Jigs and smaller ice spoons are productive baits right now.
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Target white bass off wind blown points.  Jigs and shad imitation lures are the best baits right now. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Slow Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass should be transitioning to deeper structure right now. Target bait fish to find the bass.    
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 Slow  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.  
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of March 15th the water level is 0.3 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: 3/14/2019 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.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Bluegill can be caught over brush piles using chunks of worm or small 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.  
White Bass Fair up to 2.5 lbs. Recent netting efforts sampled a lot of 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

Last spring, 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 in the lake. Those locations and locations for other waters can be found here.

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 1/15/2019 Print

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

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

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: 1/15/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass   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   Up to 3 lbs White bass fishing should be great in 2019 as the population is well above average for abundance with 59.2% of the fish sampled last fall being over 12 inches and 16.9% were over 15 inches.  
Wiper   Up to 12 lbs There are fairly good numbers of wiper in the lake with most of the fish sampled last fall being over 20 inches.
Walleye   Up to 5 lbs The walleye population is finally recovering due to good survival of stocked fish the last two years.  There should be good harvest in 2019 with most of the population right around the legal length.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15-inch minimum length limit. 
Crappie   Up to 1.5 lbs Crappie numbers have been improving the last three years and the population is offering decent numbers of fish over 10 inches.  There are some habitat cubes along the dock.
General Comments

Attention:  Auxiliary Lake is closed to fishing during the waterfowl hunting season and will be open to fishing again in March (Make-Up Lake is still open to fishing during the winter months).  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: 3/14/2019 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 not be filled until late April.
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 jigged over brush piles and weed beds.
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. More Wiper were sampled this year than in previous years. 
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. 

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: 11/21/2018 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 Fair Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs are producing the most fish right now. Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found.  
Saugeye Good 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: 11/21/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Good Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat 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: 3/18/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Fair  

anglers starting to target blue catfish now since ice has come off the lake. Higher lake levels are expected which could impact angling success. 

LOOK FOR RECENTLY TAGGED BLUE CATS!!!

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

Crappie Fair   10-20ft deep suspended near points, flooded brush, and ledges on jigs and minnows
Walleye Slow  

walleyes should start staging in spawning areas along the dam. Target rocky or wind-swept mud banks

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

White Bass/Wipers Fair  

along windy banks and points using jigs

Wiper creel limit is now 5/day

Smallmouth Bass Slow    
Largemouth Bass Slow    
Outlet Slow/Fair   catfish on cut bait; walleye, white bass, and wipers on jigs
General Comments

LOOK FOR RECENTLY TAGGED BLUE CATS!!!

Wiper...creel limit is 5/day

Blue Catfish...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: 3/14/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fish Feeders     The feeders are empty and will not be filled until late April.
Perry District Newsletter Good to Excellent   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 or small ice jigs over brush piles
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: 11/21/2018 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. The bite is very good in the upper end.    
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 Slow Up to 11 lbs. Jigs and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points. Some nice sized wiper (14-19 inches) have been being taken on the north end of the reservoir.  
White Crappie Fair 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: 11/21/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure.   
Channel catfish Slow 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 Fair 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: 3/14/2019 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   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 along deeper mudflats 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. Many anglers have been out recently targeting crappie. Target brush piles or brush locations in areas near creek or old river channels in 10-15 feet of water. 
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 March 14th, the current lake elevation is at 899.21 (7.71' above conservation pool) and rising 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 placed in the reservoir last spring. Their locations can be found here.

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 1/15/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Slow  1/3 to 1 lb. Crappie numbers are below average and harvest rates will likely be down for 2019.
Bluegill Slow to Fair 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Slow 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.  
Largemouth Bass Fair 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: 1/15/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 9 inches The bluegill population offers good numbers of 6 to 8 inch fish. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Slow 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie abundance continues to be below average with few fish over 10 inches. 
Largemouth Bass Fair 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 and lots of bass.  Of the fish collected in 2018, 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: 1/15/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Slow to 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 Slow to Fair 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 most recent stocking was on September 26th of 550 pounds of channel catfish.  Total for 2018 the lake was stocked with 3,810 channel catfish.  Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Slow to Fair 1/4 to 1 pound The lake does not support a robust crappie population but there is usually some good crappie fishing in the spring. There are some artificial habitat structures just out from each dock that can be good in the winter and early spring.
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: 1/15/2019 Print

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

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

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

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

Fishing for whites and wiper has been hit or miss with the changes in release rates. 

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 Slow to Fair 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are an abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Fair to Good 3/4 to 5 pounds

The amount of water being released from Tuttle Creek dam has been all over the place the last two months, but when it has been steady for a few days then saugeye fishing has been pretty good.  Best baits have been brightly colored jigs.

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: 3/14/2019 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. There are a good number of nice fish to be caught if you can find a brush pile.
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm or a small jig over brush piles.
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 the dam 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. Luck could also be had by trolling along the dam and open areas.
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: 3/7/2019 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.
Trout Fair-Good 0.75-5 lbs Spinners, jigs, and prepared baits
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.4-0.75 lbs Using jigs over brush piles
       
       
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: 3/15/2019 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 Slow Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide using dough-bait and cut bait. 
Wiper Slow Up to 9 lbs. Live bait and shad imitation baits along the dam are producing the best.  
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics are working best right now fished near deeper structure. 
Trout Good Catchable Trout have been stocked and are biting on worms or power bait. 
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: 1/15/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Fair  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 Slow to Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The crappie size structure continues to be dominated by small fish with only 6% of the crappie sampled in 2018 were over 10 inches.  Brush pile coordinates below should hold fish during the winter months. 
Channel Catfish Fair 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 most recent stocking was on September 12th of 780 pounds of catfish.  For 2018 the lake received 7,430 channel catfish.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. The two fish feeders have been repeatedly vandalized and the program has been suspended at the lake.
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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Fish habitat GPS coordinates Decimal Degrees Degrees Minutes
East end of dam cedar trees 39.200351 -95.801881 N 39 12.021 W 95 48.113
West end of dam cedar trees 39.200640 -95.805438 N 39 12.038 W 95 48.326
Out from ramp brush pile 39.201053 -95.801924 N 39 12.063 W 95 48.115



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 3/5/2019 Print

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rainbow Trout Good! Up to 5 pounds

Trout season is in full force at Willow Lake, which is located in the Southeast corner of the Tuttle Creek State Park below the dam. Willow Lake was stocked with 650 pounds of rainbow trout on 03/05/19.  So far this trout season the lake has been stocked with 7,675 catchable sized rainbow trout.  Fishing has been good to excellent.  Ice conditions have been changing weekly, but there have been some anglers able to get out on the ice or just breaking holes by the docks when the ice is not safe.  Best baits are commercial trout baits, worms, corn or lures.  Limit is 5 fish a day.

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

General Comments

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

You can check current water conditions HERE

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

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WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/15/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Slow 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 Slow Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. The North bank is a popular spot to fish for cats.
Crappie Slow Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Slow 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  Up to 3 lbs The lake has fair numbers of saugeye over the 21 inch minimum length limit.
General Comments
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WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/30/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie   Up to 12 inches  
Bluegill   Up to 8 inches  
Channel Catfish   Up to 10 lbs.  
Largemouth Bass   Up to 5 lbs.   
Smallmouth Bass   Up to 2 lbs.  
Wiper/White Bass   Up to 6 lbs.  
Walleye   Up to 2 lbs.  
Rainbow Trout   Catchable  
General Comments

Fishing at Wyandotte County Lake is closed for the winter. Look for it to reopen Saturday March 2, 2019. 

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: 11/27/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish around any deeper brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
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 Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.

This is a generic winter fishing report and will be updated only if a hot report is reported to theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  A trout permit is required to fish for and possess trout during the trout season.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2017. 

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.  

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: 3/14/2019 Print

Work to repair the Clark County State Fishing Lake spillway will begin around the end of April 2019, and will entail drawing the reservoir down about 11 feet. To learn more, CLICK HERE. 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 15 inches Fish around any deeper brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers
Largemouth bass No report Up to 6 lbs Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs, or crickets & worms under a bobber around brush and rock piles.
Walleye No report Up to 25 inches Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.
White bass Fair 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. 

As of 11.19.18, Clark was about 8 feet below spillway level and dropping about 2.25 inches per day.  This is a generic winter fishing report and will be updated only if a hot report is reported to theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  A trout permit is required to fish for and possess trout during the trout season.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2017. 

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.  

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: 11/27/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 10 inches Fish around any deeper brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs
Channel catfish No report Up to 11 lbs Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
Bluegill No report Up to 8 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around riprap.
Walleye No report Up to 4 lbs Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.

This is a generic winter fishing report and will be updated only if a hot report is reported to theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  A trout permit is required to fish for and possess trout during the trout season.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2017. 

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.  

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: 11/27/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish around any deeper brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channels or around a drop-offs.  Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try fishing on the sunny, wind blown side of the lake. Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 5 lbs Try jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day daily warm-up.
Flathead catfish No Report Up to 50 lbs Live bait fished around cover.

This is a generic winter fishing report and will be updated only if a hot report is reported to theDodge Cityoffice at 620-227-8609.  A trout permit is required to fish for and possess trout during the trout season.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2017. 

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.  

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: 11/27/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report    
Channel catfish No report    
Largemouth bass No report    
Bluegill No report    
Wiper No report    
Walleye No report    

Pratt County Lake will be drained in the spring of 2019 to make repairs to the road and both inflow and outflow structures that were compromised by the flood in 2018.  Length and Creel limits will be removed by posted order sometime in early December 2018.

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: 3/15/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Slow Most in the 13 to 18 inch range No Reports.
Crappie Slow Up to 13 inches Fishing jigs around the fish attractors has produced a few fish mainly in the 9 to 10 inch range.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5.5 lbs. A few fish have been caught vertically fishing jigs around the fish attractors.
Rainbow Trout Good 0.5 lb. average

The fifth and final stocking of the 2018/2019 trout season was conducted March 12, 2019 with the release of approximately 950 trout that averaged a little better than 0.5 lbs. each.  There were a fair number of fish in the stocking that ranged from 1.5 to 3.0 lbs. each.

Anglers 16 years old and older are required to possess a valid trout permit in addition to their fishing license to fish the pond during the trout season.  A 5 fish/day/person creel limit applies to above mentioned anglers.  Anglers less than 16 years old possessing a valid trout permit may harvest up to 5 trout/day/person.  Anglers less than 16 years old may fish for, and harvest trout without a trout permit, but a 2 fish creel limit applies.  In any case, possession limit is three times the daily limit.

Still fishing worms, power bait, salmon eggs, marshmallows, and corn alone or in various combination off the bottom is a popular approach using traditional casting equipment.  Fly rod anglers can also be effective casting nymphs, small streamers, wooly buggers, or salmon egg imitations.  Anglers report catching limits.

Sunfish Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Worms and small jigs fished around the fish attractors has been productive for some pretty nice fish in the 6-7 inch range.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair Up to 7 lbs. Saugeye should go be spawning so they can be caught casting brightly colored jigs and floating stick baits along the dam at night.
General Comments

Ice Report:  The State Lake and Barrel Springs Pond are almost completely ice free and the boat ramp is open.

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: 1/7/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair up to 2lbs Channel Catfish will be feeding on winter-killed shad. Try fishing cut shad on the windy side of the lake.
Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 13" 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: 11/26/2018 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. 
    REGULAR FISHING REPORTS WILL RETURN MARCH 2019  
Channel Catfish     Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches
Largemouth Bass      
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      
General Comments
Lake level is at normal pool.



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/26/2018 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.

    REGULAR FISHING REPORTS WILL RETURN MARCH 2019  
Channel Catfish     Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit.
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     There is a 13 to 18 inch slot limit on Largemouth Bass in effect at the lake.
Saugeye      
Spotted Bass      
Bluegill      
White Crappie      
General Comments
 



CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/7/2019 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!!!

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

White Bass and Wiper Poor Up to 24" Look for Wipers and White Bass on humps and dropoffs in deeper water.
Walleye Fair Up to 28" Points and submerged humps are good places to start looking.
Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 15" They can be caught if you can locate them. Try near deeper brush piles or artificial habitat structures. 
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 will be feeding on winter-killed shad. Try fishing cut shad on the windy side of the lake. The fish are usually shallower than you think. If you aren't getting bites within 10-15 minutes, move to another location.
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.

COMMENTS
 The lake is currently ice-free as of 1/7/2019, but icing conditions can change rapidly depending on the weather this time of year.



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/18/2019 Print

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

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

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

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

Bluegill Fair   near gravel banks and vegetation on small jigs and worms
Crappie Fair/Good   10 ft deep near ledges on jigs and minnows
Channel catfish Fair   near windy flats and flooded brush on cut bait and worms
Black bass Slow   on jigs 5-15ft deep near docks, points, and brush
Walleye Fair   along dam and deeper points/banks on jigs and spoons
White bass Fair   along dam and points on spinners and jigs
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: 3/18/2019 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 Fair   near wind blown flats and creek channel ledges on cut bait and worms
Saugeye Fair   near dam and gravel/rock points on jigs and worms
White Bass Fair   along deep rock points and ledges on spinners and jigs
Wiper Fair   a few in with white bass
Crappie Fair  

10-20 ft deep on minnows and jigs near points, brush, and ledges

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

1.75 feet high, releasing 573 cfs

Outlet fishing is fair for catfish, white bass, and saugeye

Click HERE for water level information.



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/26/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill   REGULAR FISHING REPORTS WILL RETURN MARCH 2019  
Channel Catfish     15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit
Largemouth Bass      
Redear Sunfish      
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: 3/7/2019 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. 
Wiper Slow 18 to 23 inch

Few reports available this week.

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

Few reports available this week.

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 Fair up to 15+ inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Crappie are being found 16 to 20 feet deep near timber or on brushpiles on jigs or minnows.  

Channel Catfish Slow up to 25 inch Few reports this week
Walleye Fair up to 28 inch

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

Few reports available this week.

Rainbow Trout Ice cover is limiting access up to 18 inch

Trout have been stocked on November 13, November 27, December 13, January 10, and February 7

Rainbow trout were most recently stocked today Thursday March 7 and also earlier this week on Monday March 4.

Daily creel limit for trout at the El Dorado Trout Area is 5/day.

The recent cold temperatures have covered the trout stream, but ice is melting with the warmer temperatures.  Trout fishing should be excellent once the ice melts and allows anglers access to the fish.

       
General Comments

0.24 feet high, releasing 10 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.  As of March 7 the lake is mostly ice covered and all boat ramps are locked in ice.

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: 1/7/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-4lbs Channel Catfish will be feeding on winter-killed shad. Try fishing cut shad on the windy side of the lake.
Crappie Fair to good up to 13 inches Try a jig and minnow fished under a slip bobber. Use the smallest bobber possible.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Poor up to 5 lbs Try fishing near deeper structure with a small lure fished slowly such as a Ned-rig or a senko. 
Saugeye Fair 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 near deeper structure.
General Comments
 



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/7/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good 10" to 7 lb. Catfish will be feeding on winter-killed shad this time of year. Try fishing cut shad on the windy side of the lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5lbs Try a Ned rig or a senko fished slowly near deeper brush piles.
Northern Pike Fair Up to 35" Look for pike throughout the lake near any aquatic vegetation or other cover.
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: 11/26/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish   REGULAR FISHING REPORTS WILL RETURN MARCH 2019  
White Crappie     New 20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018
Largemouth Bass     13 inch to 18 inch slot limit effective January 1, 2018
Saugeye      
Bluegill      
White Bass      
Wiper      
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: 3/19/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location

***ATTENTION

ANGLERS***

   

Message from the Corps of Engineers at Marion Reservoir:

The Marion Bridge which is the bridge across the Marion Reservoir Dam is being replaced beginning the fall of 2018.  The estimated time for replacement is approximately 1.5 years or the spring of 2020.  During that time and due to the safety concerns with the construction site, there will be no public access to the stilling basin area, along the dam crest road itself, or within a 500 foot perimeter of the construction zone on the face of the dam.  Additionally, buoys have been placed in front of the dam to restrict boating activities away from the project site.

 

If any questions arise, please direct them to the Marion Reservoir Corps of Engineers Office at 620-382-2101

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. 
    REGULAR FISHING REPORTS WILL RETURN MARCH 2019  
Channel Cat      
White Crappie     20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018
Walleye      
White Bass      
Wiper      
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.

0.5 feet above pool, releasing 102 CFS



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 1/7/2019 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" Catfish will be feeding on winter-killed shad this time of year. Try cut shad on the windy side of the lake.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12 inches Winter crappie fishing can be good. A jig and minnow combo under a slip bobber is a good bet. Use the smallest bobber necessary to float the bait. Evening and mornings are best.
Bluegill Fair up to 8 inches Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Poor up to 20 inches Anglers seeking winter bass should try small lures fished slowly near deep structure. Several days of warming weather can activate the bite. Cold fronts will shut them down.
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/26/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish   REGULAR FISHING REPORTS WILL RETURN MARCH 2019  
Wiper      
Crappie      
Saugeye      
General Comments
 



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 11/26/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish   REGULAR FISHING REPORTS WILL RETURN MARCH 2019  
Crappie      
Largemouth Bass      
Saugeye      
General Comments
 



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 1/7/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs Chisholm North, Watson, Emery Park, the KDOT lakes and the other lakes in the Wichita Metro Area are excellent for Catfish.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12" Winter Crappie fishing can be good, try a jig and minnow combo fished under a slip bobber. Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Poor Up to 18"  Anglers seeking winter bass should fish deeper structure and use smaller lures worked slowly. Several consecutive days of warm weather may activate the bite. 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 fished around deep structure. 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.
Rainbow Trout Excellent 8" to 14" Remember that KDOT East, Vic's Lake, and Slough Creek are Type 1 trout waters and all anglers fishing those waters November 1st - April 15th must have a trout permit.
General Comments
 



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/26/2018 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. 
    REGULAR FISHING REPORTS WILL RETURN MARCH 2019  
Crappie      
Channel catfish      
Black bass      
White bass      
Wiper      
Walleye     Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.    
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: 3/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 6-12" Crappie fishing is slow this spring yet.  Fish have started moving under the bridge at the north end of the reservoir, but have been slow to bite.  Vertical jigging small baits has been producing the most fish.
Channel Catfish Fair 16-24" Catfishing is slow with the cool temps.  Look for Catfishing to improve with warmer temps in the forecast.  Shad sides have been producing the most fish.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Poor 12-18" Largemouth bass fishing has been slow.  Slow fish soft plastics around the submerged timber or rocky areas for the best success.
Bluegill and Redears Fair 6-8" Look for bluegill and redear just outside of the weed line.  Small bait under a bobber has been working the 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: 11/19/2018 Print

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

73% 4-7"

24% 7-9"

3% 9-11"

Use worm, very small jig, or small silver spoon on deep brush piles or ends of rock jetties.  Fishing is best on warm sunny days.
Channel Catfish good

40% 11-16"

57% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

3% 28-36"

Use worms, shad sides, or stink bait on channel breaks.   
Largemouth Bass good

48% 8-12"

39% 12-15"

13% 15-20"

<1% 20"

Use spinners, jigs, or plastic worms around deep brush piles, channel breaks, and drop offs.  Fish are more active on warm sunny days.
Crappie good

3% 5-8"

24% 8-10"

62% 10-12"

12% 12-15"

Use small jigs or minnows around deep brush piles and channel breaks.  Fish are more active on warmer days.
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)

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



- COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair 8 in to 21 inches Fish should be around the warm water, using reaction style baits should produce some fish. Jerkbaits, lipless cranks, vibrating jigs, or spinnerbaits
walleye Fair 14-25 inches Crankbaits or swimbaits around ledges, humps, points, or rocky banks.
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Drifting baits along wind blown flats with fresh shad should work. 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 Slow-Fair 10-20 inches Crankbaits, swimbaits, and finesse plastics around rocky habitat.
white bass/Wipers Good up to 5lbs. white bass should be biting pretty good in the hot water area. Use shad imitation lures like small spinners, crankbaits or bucktail jigs.
crappie Fair 11-15 inches  Look for them near dropoffs and in the timber. Jigs of various colors or minnows.
General Comments

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

A large brush pile was created north of the boat ramp in the old creek channel and is marked with a fish attractor buoy. There were also several trees sunk at the end of the hot water dike and should be easily marked on your locator. These spots should be really good in the fall and winter months.

ZEBRA MUSSELS have been confirmed in Coffey County Lake! Please help stop the spread. Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving this lake. It is illegal to transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

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



.JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/12/2019 Print

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair Drifting with various baits is usually productive or try along the wind swept banks. There are a few nice blue cats in the lake if you can find them. 
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. White bass bite well in cool water and should be feeding up for the spawning run.
Crappie up to 15" Fair Fish are probably schooled up in the deeper water near the dredged breaks

Comments - The boat ramp is open. Water Temp. 41 on 3-11-19

Fishing in the old river channel below the dam might be a good spot when there are high releases.

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



BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear Sunfish  Good

 2-4" -- 72%

4-6" -- 24%

7-9" -- 4%

Bluegill and redear sunfish, or "shellcrackers", can be found lakewide near the shoreline. Anglers should focus their efforts along the shoreline in depths less than 6' deep near submerged trees and edges of aquatic vegetation. Areas to pursue will be on the north and south ends of the dam, coves, and rocky habitats. A bobber and worm, fly rod with small flies, and 1/16 ounce jig with a twister tail will be good baits to try. During the spring and early summer months, redear sunfish and bluegill will build nests during the spawn and can provide a memorable angling experience. 
Channel catfish  Good

 10-15" -- 36%

16-24" -- 36%

24-27" -- 14%

> 28" -- 14%

The channel catfish population is flourishing across all sizes and anglers may just find the rod tip bending and the drag peeling on their next fishing trip to Bone Creek. Anglers should focus on flats in the fall and winter months where the gizzard shad congregate, if utilizing a boat, in 12-14'. Anglers from the shoreline should focus on the coves, both the north and south side of the dam, and the handicap access on the south side of the lake near the boat ramp. Prepared baits, shrimp, chicken liver, and shad will be good baits to try. Fall sampling indicated a variety of sizes of channel catfish with 14% of the population above 28", so be sure to set the drag loose and experience the chance at reeling in a trophy channel catfish at Bone Creek. 
Crappie  Fair

< 8" -- 93%

10-12" -- 3%

> 12" -- 3%

Lots of submerged trees, high water clarity, and adequte forage (i.e., gizzard shad).... the perfect recipe for a crappie population to flourish! Crappie can be found at Bone Creek in a variety of habitats. Anglers should focus on submerged trees that are in 15-20' that are in close proximity to depth changes, or creek channels. There are a variety of coves that will hold crappie during the spawn in the spring time. Live minnows under a bobber, spinners, or 1/8-1/16 ounch jigs with twister tails will all be good options. Fall sampling indicated a successful spawn and strong year class of Age-0 crappie, as well as crappie up to 14". 
Largemouth bass  Good

 8-12" -- 13%

12-15" -- 26%

15-20" -- 65%

Bone Creek provides a high quality largemouth bass angling experience. They can be found lakewide in a variety of habitats that are available at Bone Creek. Anglers should try fishing the edges of vegetation that can be found along the shoreline and coves. There is an abundance of submerged trees in a range of depths that will also hold fish. The water clarity will effect fishing, depending on time of day, so don't hesitate to fish the trees that can be found in deeper water. Casting swimbaits, plastic worms, and spinnerbaits will be your best bet. Don't hesitate to throw the classic "ned rig" in the summertime when fish will be deeper and provide a chance at a strike. 
Saugeye   Good 

7-9" -- 13%

14-16" -- 83%

> 18" -- 4%

Saugeye were stocked in Bone Creek in 2013. Since then, the saugeye population has established and provides another sportfish opportunity for anglers. They are managed under a 18" and daily creel of 2. Fall sampling provided that there is a high percentage of fish in the 14-16" range as well as a few that can be caught over the 18" minimum length limit. Saugeye can be found on flats of 10-14 ft that is near deeper water of 20 feet and deeper at this time of the year. Any depth changes, or structure, will hold fish and can be caught by a variety of methods, such as trolling or vertical jigging. 
General Comments

Water temperature: 39 degrees, 03/12/2019

As District Fisheries Biologists, we send out a newsletter to inform anglers of fish sampling result, aquatic outreach events, fish stockings, and habitat improvement projects, for example. We have a spring and fall edition of our newsletters that you can subscribe to. This is sent directly to your email. If you would like to stay up to date on what is happening on Neosho State Fishing Lake (Lake McKinley), Crawford State Fishing Lake (Farlington Lake), Bone Creek Lake, CFAP and FISH properties, and the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits, you can subscribe to the Pittsburg District Newsletter at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Pittsburg-Fishing-District 

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 

If you would like to provide a fishing report for Bone Creek Lake, don't hesitate to contact Connor Ossowski, District Fisheries Biologist, at (620) 231-3173.



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 3/11/2019 Print

species ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie Slow 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 Slow most bass in the 13 to 16 inch range some bass are suspended in deeper water, some are in the feeder creeks and shallow water, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure. 5 to 7 pounds are fairly common
General Comments

Crappie have been really hit or miss.  Largemouth bass can be good but fish the deeper water in the trees for suspended fish. The lake may have some ice cover so use common sense.

 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: 1/3/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Slow varies The water is clear.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. try off dam on bluegill chunks, chicken livers or cut shad, Lakewide. Recent fish population sampling lots of nice channel catfish from 3 - 8 pounds.  Fish feeders are ON  
Largemouth bass Slow varies lake wide, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs,   
Bullheads Slow varies use worms,or liver lake wide  
Bluegill Slow 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: 3/11/2019 Print

stillSpecies Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Slow 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 Slow 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 Slow 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms,the fish feeders are OFF, lakewide, The fall stocking was received and will make fishing even better.
Crappie Slow 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.



CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/6/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &Location
Bluegill / Redear sunfish  Poor

 2-4" -- 66%

4-6" -- 34%

> 6" -- 0%

The fall sample indicated a poor size structure of bluegill and redear sunfish. However, there is an abundance of bluegill and redear sunfish up to 6" in good numbers. Panfish are a wonderful species to get someone hooked to fishing! They can be caught readily using a simple bobber and worm, 1/16-1/32 ounce jighead, and a fly rod and small fly to name a few tactics. Locations to try would be near the swim beach in the northwest corner, coves where shallow water and aquatic vegetation can be found, and marina cove.  
Saugeye  Fair Up to 21" The fall sample indicated a low-density, high-quality population of saugeye up to 21". A variety of ways to target saugeye are trolling with swimbaits and Rapalas, or vertical jigging. Anglers can also find saugeye up shallow in the fall, winter, and spring when water temperatures are cooler and where they can be found feeding on the flats and shallow habitat. 
Wiper (White bass x Striped Bass hybrid) Fair 

5-10" -- 58%

14-16" -- 21%

20-22" -- 21%

Wiper have been stocked in Crawford State Lake and provide a quality sportfish for anglers to target. Wipers are pelagic, or open water, predators lurking in deeper water during the day, but come up shallow to feed in the morning, evening, and during the night. Some baits to try would be jerkbaits, swimbaits, jigs, and live bait. Trolling and vertical jigging over schools of gizzard shad may yield a fish, or two. The fall sample indicated good numbers above the 18" minimum length limit and a quality population for anglers to utilize. 
Channel catfish  Good

 < 10" -- 26%

10-15" -- 53%

16-24" -- 18%

> 25" -- 3%

Channel catfish can be found throughout all portions of the lake. Anglers can target the whiskered fish in coves on the upper end of the lake, especially during periods of inflow, main lake where submerged trees and Georgia Cubes have been placed, and jetties and docks that can be fished from shore. Prepared baits, gizzard shad, live bait, and chicken liver are all popular baits that anglers might give a try. 
Flathead catfish Fair All sizes Flathead catfish can be found in deep water next to submerged trees and structure. There have been reports of flathead catfish being caught up to 30 lbs. Live bait and fresh cut bait are two tactics to try. 
Crappie  Good

< 8" -- 35%

8-10" -- 63%

> 11" -- 2%

The crappie population has a slightly improved size structure with fish sampled up to 12". However, the majority of the crappie that anglers may find at the end of their line will be in the 8-10" size range. Georgia Cubes, an artificial habitat structure placed by KDWPT staff, are present in Crawford State Lake and the link in the "General Comments" section will provide you with GPS coordinates. Crappie will congregate near the Georgia Cubes, submerged trees, structure, and docks. Anglers should try live minnows under a bobber, jigs with a twister tail, and streamers with a fly rod. 
Largemouth bass  Good

 8-12" -- 51%

12-15" -- 19%

15-20" -- 29%

Largemouth bass densities and size structure is improved, since being infected with LMBV (Largemouth Bass Virus) in 2007. Strong year classes in the 8-12" size category indicate good numbers that haven't been as prominent since 2007. Quality fish up to 20" were sampled and anglers will benefit from the improved numbers and quality of largemouth bass in Crawford State Lake. Anglers should focus on coves and jetties using a variety of methods, which include spinnerbaits, top-water lures, plastic lures, and jerkbaits. An often overlooked method, the "Ned Rig" can also be utilized during all times of the year, but specifically in the summer months, when largemouth bass don't seem as willing to bite other types of lures. 
General Comments

KDWPT Fisheries and State Park staff submerged nearly 100 cedar trees in February 2019. 40 "Georgia Cubes" and additional cedar trees will be placed on the south end later this spring. If you would like to assist with this effort, please contact Connor Ossowski, District Fisheries Biologist, at (620) 231-3173. 

Cedar trees were placed on existing brushpiles. The GPS coordinates for those existing brushpiles are as follows:

16 trees @ N 37.642683, W 094.806843 (Northeast corner dock)

13 trees @ N 37.641414, W 094.807232 (East cove dock on west side of cove)

17 trees @ N 37.640050, W 094.809163 (Middle arm, east side)

24 trees @ N 37.637126, W 094.811680 (East fishing pier)

Cedar trees were placed on new brushpiles. The GPS coordinates for the new brushpile locations are as follows:

18 trees @ N 37.642581, W 094.808307 (North point) 

8 trees and stumps @ N 37.644641, W 094.810386 (North boat ramp)

11 trees and stumps @ N 37.643394, W 094.811154 (Marina northeast dock)

7 trees @ N 37.641860, W 094.812640 (Marina Cove southwest dock)

As District Fisheries Biologists, we send out a newsletter to inform anglers of fish sampling result, aquatic outreach events, fish stockings, and habitat improvement projects, for example. We have a spring and fall edition of our newsletters that you can subscribe to. This is sent directly to your email. If you would like to stay up to date on what is happening on Neosho State Fishing Lake (Lake McKinley), Crawford State Fishing Lake (Farlington Lake), Bone Creek Lake, CFAP and FISH properties, and the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits, you can subscribe to the Pittsburg District Newsletter at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Pittsburg-Fishing-District 

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 

If you would like to provide a fishing report for Crawford State Fishing Lake, don't hesitate to contact Connor Ossowski, District Fisheries Biologist, at (620) 231-3173.



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 3/11/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 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 Slow 15" to 8 pounds This is a good catfish population with fish over 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds. Use cut shad, cut sunfish, worms, liver, prepared baits, lakewide or along the piers along the parking lot. The fish feeder is OFF for the season. 
Crappie Slow  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  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.  The lake may have ice cover so use common sense.

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: 3/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 8-12" Crappie fishing has started to pick up.  Look for Crappie to be along the dam and up in the Elk River.  The fishing piers in the state park have also been producing some Crappie.  Vertical jigging small baits have been producing the most fish.
Blue and channel catfish Fair 18-26" Catfishing has been slow with the cool weather.  Look for Catfishing to improve with warmer temps and rain in the forecast.  Shad sides have been the best bait.
White Bass Fair 10-14" The white bass fishing should start to pick up.  Look for White Bass to be along the fishing piers in the state park as well as in the Elk River.  Soft plastic swim baits have been producing the most fish.
Outlet Fair 12-20" Water release has been mimimal lately.  Look for more steady water release with the rain in the forecast. Water releases can be checked at the link below.
 
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: 11/19/2018 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 deep channel breaks.
crappie good

1% 5"- 8"

18% 8"-10"

65% 10"-12"

16% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow on deep channel breaks. Fish are more active on warmer days. 
largemouth bass poor

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 crank bait on deep channel breaks.
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.

Sign up to receive a copy of the Fall River District Fisheries Newsletter.

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



FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 3/11/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Slow 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 slow 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 fall stocking was received and will improve fishing.
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: 3/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie fair-Good 8-14 inches Various colored jigs around brush or off of the north dock around the cubes. Fish are probably in deeper water 10-20 ft.
Channel catfish Fair 8-30 inches Livers, shad sides, or other prepared baits along ledges or windy banks.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 4lbs.  Largemouth will become more aggressive as the water warms into upper 40s or 50s. Reaction baits like lipless crankbaits, jerkbaits, or big swimbaits are usually good choices this time of year.
Wipers Fair up to 6 lbs Chicken livers or crankbaits fish around wind blown banks and dropoffs. 
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: 3/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
       
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5lbs. Reaction style baits like spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swimbaits, or jerkbaits should be good as the fish will become more active as the water temps push into upper 40s and into the 50s.
Bluegill Fair up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with a worm
Channel Catfish Fair 8-24 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Fair 6-10 inches Jigs fish around structure or the rocky bank.
Rainbow Trout Fair-good   small jigs, spinners, or prepared trout bait should produce some bites. This is a Type 1 water and requires all anglers 16 or older to have a trout permit.
       

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



LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/11/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish,  Slow 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 89 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. 
Crappie Slow 9 - 12 inches 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, 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 Slow varies but 16 to 20 inches is common Largemouth bass fishing is good and will get better, 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 Slow 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 Slow 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 Slow all sizes along the shoreline in weedbeds
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.  there was a 6 pounder and a 7 pounder caught last week.  Near the hot water outlet.

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: 3/11/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
blue, channel catfish Slow varies fish in the river are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, 
white bass/wipers Slow 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: 3/14/2019 Print

         
Crappie Fair-Good 0.25-0.5 lbs Using jigs around the Marina.  Anglers are catching lots fish just under the 10 inch length limit, but they did catch a few more keepers this past week.  
         
         
         
         
         
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
Lake level was 0.07 feet low, water temp was 35 o F, and release rate = 20 cfs (March 14).  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. 



MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 3/12/2019 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  All sizes Crappie can be found throughout the different units on the wildlife area. Try minnows, small jigs, or small spinners fished around brush and structure. Boat and kayak anglers may have luck trolling deeper water and cove habitats as well. Units where crappie have been reported to be caught this winter and for anglers to focus on for crappie would be the following units: 7, 8, 41. 
Largemouth Bass  Good  All sizes Try jigs, worms, or spinner baits fished slowly around brush, aquatic vegetation, and structure. 
Rainbow trout  Good  10 - 15"

The final rainbow trout stocking of the winter and spring in the Trout Pit (Unit #30) was on March 11, 2019. A total of 1,050 rainbow trout (700 pounds) were stocked.

This is a total of 8,797 rainbow trout that were stocked for the fall and winter of 2018/2019 into the Trout Pit on the Mined Land Wildlife Area. Previous stockings occurred on October 24 (1,260 fish/700 pounds), November 26 (1,218 fish/700 pounds), December 12 (1,125 fish/750 pounds), December 26 (1,120 fish/700 pounds), January 9, 2019 (1,050 fish/700 pounds), February 6, 2019 (1,456 fish/1050 pounds), and February 27, 2019 (518 fish/350 lbs). Rainbow trout are stocked each spring, fall, and winter in Unit #30 in the "Trout Pit". 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 occasionally caught. 

Shoreline anglers have reported the west parking lot, boat ramp and dock area, and fish feeders being places where trout have been caught. However, a kayak or a boat will lend other places to try in this unique strip pit. The fish feeder is running. Try power bait, small spinners (i.e., Kastmasters and Panther Martins), flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn.

Remember anglers -- A trout permit is required to be able to fish on the "Trout Pit" on Unit #30. This is valid for the calendar year. Rainbow trout are managed under a daily creel limit of five fish. Anglers, 15 years and younger, can fish for and possess trout, but their daily creel is 2 per day. 

Directions to the Trout Pit (Unit #30) are as follows: 8 miles south of the McCune turn off on Highway 400 on  NW 100th St. and a half mile to the west on NW Lawton Rd. OR  5 miles west of West Mineral on NW Scammon Rd., 4 miles south on NW 100th St. and a half mile to the west on NW Lawton Rd.

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. 2,500 small 8 to 10-inch brown trout were stocked on October 22, 2018. Please handle these small brown trout with care and release them immediately for the opportunity for these fish to grow and produce a quality fishery in the future. Brown trout tend to be more seclusive than rainbow trout, so early morning and evening hours will be your best bet. Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. 

Remember anglers -- Brown trout are managed under a 20-inch minimum and 1 fish in the daily creel limit. Be sure to correctly identify the trout you have caught as a rainbow, or a brown trout. 

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 were stocked on the Mined Land Wildlife Area in Unit #21 on October 2, 2018. Stockings have occurred since 2007. 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

Habitat improvements through the use of hinge-cutting, cedar trees, and "Georgia Cubes" will be placed throughout the unique strip pits on Mined Land Wildlife Area during the spring of 2019. Angler input is welcomed. If you have individual strip pits that you'd like to see habitat improvements made, please contact Connor Ossowski, District Fisheries Biologist, at (620) 231-3173. These will be advertised on the KDWPT website 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. Fish attractors and habitat additions have been placed on the Mined Land Wildlife Area and the GPS coordinates can be found at the link provided in the previous sentence as well. 

As District Fisheries Biologists, we send out a newsletter to inform anglers of fish sampling result, aquatic outreach events, fish stockings, and habitat improvement projects, for example. We have a spring and fall edition of our newsletters that you can subscribe to. This is sent directly to your email. If you would like to stay up to date on what is happening on Neosho State Fishing Lake (Lake McKinley), Crawford State Fishing Lake (Farlington Lake), Bone Creek Lake, CFAP and FISH properties, and the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits, you can subscribe to the Pittsburg District Newsletter at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Pittsburg-Fishing-District 

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  

If you would like to provide a fishing report for the Mined Land Wildlife Area, don't hesitate to contact Connor Ossowski, District Fisheries Biologist, at (620) 231-3173.



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 14-24" Catfishing has been slow with the cold weather.  With warmer temps and rain in the forecast, look for Channel Catfish near in-flowing water.  Shad sides have been producing the most fish. 
Largemouth Bass Fair 8-18" Largemouth bass fishing has been slow.  Look for bass to be in the shallows in the heat of the day.  Use smaller baits and work them slow to have the best success.
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie fishing has been hit or miss.  Use small jigs off the end of the docks or around brush.  Fish have been day to day, so checking spots daily may allow you to find the best fishing.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Fair 6-8" Bluegill and redear fishing is also slow.  Use small bait under a bobber near vegetation for the best success.
General Comments

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

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.



MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/11/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Channel Catfish Slow 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 OFF for the season.Lots of good catfish, high number of 2 to 5 pounders, in the lake. 
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Slow varies Use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie Slow 8 to 14 inches some larger Sampling indicates that majority of crappie are in the 10 inch range with some fish in the 13 to 15 inch ranges.  Shallow to 6 ft deep.  minnows and dark jigs are best.    Along the south tree line or habitat structures and drop offs along the creek channel.
Largemouth Bass Slow 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

Lake maybe ice covered so use common sense.   Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  Water conditions are good.  The catfish and crappie are very nice this year.

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.

Sign up for the Mound City 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 

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: 3/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish Fair   Snagging season opens March 15th.  Water levels are still low for big congregations of Paddlefish.  With rain in the forecast that could change quickly though.  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: 12/13/2018 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear Sunfish                                                                                                                                                                Good

2-4" -- 10%

4-6" -- 76%

7-9" -- 14%

                                                                                                               

Fall sampling indicated quality numbers of redear sunfish and bluegill. Anglers, whether catching for bait or for the frying pan, should focus their efforts on the upper end of the lake on the north side on the jetties, east and west coves, and the lower end near the dam along the jetties. A bobber and worm, a 1/16 ounce jig with a small twister tail, or a fly rod with a small fly are all good options to try in water less than 6'. With 14% of the fall sample above 7", there is a high quality panfish opportunity for anglers to bring the family out and enjoy the scenery at Neosho State Fishing Lake.
Warmouth Fair

<5" -- 25%

6-8" -- 50%

>9" -- 25%

Warmouth is another species in Neosho State Fishing lake that is often overlooked as a species for anglers to catch. Anglers can find warmouth primarily near rocky habitats, such as jetties. The same tactics for bluegill and redear sunfish can be used to catch warmouth, such as a small hook tipped with a worm under a bobber, fly rod with small flies, and 1/16-1/32 ounce jigs. 
Channel catfish  Fair

10-15" -- 48%

16-20" -- 39%

21-24" -- 13%                                                                                               

The channel catfish population at Neosho State Fishing Lake will provide anglers with a quality fishing opportunity with fish sampled during the fall up to 24", although fishing reports from anglers indicated fish above 24" during the summer. Channel catfish can be found throughout all portions of the lake. Boat anglers can focus their efforts on the flats of 10-12', coves, and the brushpiles located on the southwest corner of the lake. Shoreline anglers can focus their efforts on the rock jetties throughout the entire lake, however the jetties on the southwest side of the lake are in close proximity of brushpiles that may congregate channel catfish. Prepared baits, shrimp, chicken liver, and shad will be your best options to try. 
Flathead catfish Fair All sizes Flathead catfish can caught on live bait, or fresh cut bait, near brushpiles and flats. Brushpiles are located on the southwest corner of the lake. Flathead catfish will move up to the shallows in the morning, evening, and at night, so fishing off the jetties with a bobber and live bait would be a good tactic to try. 
Crappie  Good

<8" -- 19%

8-10" -- 59%

10-12" -- 22%

Fall sampling indicated an improved size structure of crappie at Neosho State Fishing Lake with sizes up to 12". Anglers can focus their efforts on brushpiles, which are located on the lower end on the southwest corner of the lake, drop offs and changes in depth located in close proximity to jetties, and coves. 1/8-1/16 ounce jigs with twister tails or tipped with a minnow, live minnows, worms, and small spinners are all good baits to try. 
Largemouth bass  Good

<8" -- 7%

8-12" -- 37%

12-15" -- 38%

15-20" -- 15%

>21" -- 2%

Neosho State Fishing Lake contains a quality largemouth bass population for a unique opportunity for anglers in the southeast part of Kansas. The lake contains a variety of habitats, such as coves, brushpiles, and jetties that provide access for anglers to be able to come out to the lake and enjoy a quality day spent on the shoreline. Anglers can focus on jetties, if fishing from the shore, where brushpiles are in close proximity. Fishing the edges of aquatic vegetation that is located near the shore can hold largemouth bass in wait to ambush prey that utilize the aquatic vegetation for forage and refuge. Jetties are located on the north end as well as the east and west sides of the lake. Baits to try include spinnerbaits, top-water lures, plastic worms, and live bait under a bobber are all tactics for anglers to pursue. 
General Comment

The lake is currently 3 feet low in preparation for the partial renovation planned for this winter. 

Water temperature: 42 degrees, 12/13/2018

A partial renovation is planned for Neosho State Fishing Lake this winter. A low-dose rotenone treatment will be applied to eradicate gizzard shad from the lake. Gizzard shad compete with largemouth bass, channel catfish, and crappie, to name a few, for food and space. This treatment will open up more room in the impoundment for desired fish species to grow and survive. Neosho State Fishing Lake will be closed to boat traffic on the day of application. Daily creel limits and length limits will still apply. More information on the application and influence of gizzard shad in small impoundments can be found here: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/9-27-18/Partial-Renovations-Scheduled-at-Four-State-Fishing-Lakes 

As District Fisheries Biologists, we send out a newsletter to inform anglers of fish sampling result, aquatic outreach events, fish stockings, and habitat improvement projects, for example. We have a spring and fall edition of our newsletters that you can subscribe to. This is sent directly to your email. If you would like to stay up to date on what is happening on Neosho State Fishing Lake (Lake McKinley), Crawford State Fishing Lake (Farlington Lake), Bone Creek Lake, CFAP and FISH properties, and the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits, you can subscribe to the Pittsburg District Newsletter at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Pittsburg-Fishing-District 

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

If you would like to provide a fishing report for Neosho State Fishing Lake, don't hesitate to contact Connor Ossowski, District Fisheries Biologist, at (620) 231-3173.



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/7/2019 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
No Report      
       
       
General Comments

Feeders will not be operational until Memorial Day weekend 2019.  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: 3/11/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location
Wipers Slow size varies, The density is down but improving.  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 Slow 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 OFF for the season. The fall stocking was received and will make fishing even better.
Largemouth bass Slow varies 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 Slow 8-14 inches Many crappie are in the 8 inch 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: 3/11/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
channel catfish Slow 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 OFF.  This lake is a great channel catfish lake with great shoreline access.  The fall stocking were received and look good.  This will improve fishing.
crappie Slow All sizes Fish are nice size with a lot around the 10 inch group, 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 Slow 12-22 inches 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 Slow 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 RESERVOI - Last Updated: 3/11/2019 Print

 Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Slow all sizes Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  THE FISH FEEDERS ARE OFF. 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 the dam or along deeper steep banks on crank baits or jigs tipped with night crawlers
White bass/Wipers  Slow varies  use minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimesfor wipers use 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.  
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

Lake maybe ice covered, use common sense.  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.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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: 11/19/2018 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 channel breaks.
largemouth bass poor

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 fair

45% 6"-9"

12% 9"-12"

35% 12"-15"

9% 15"-18"

0% 18"+

Use a spinner, jig, or crank bait on deep channel breaks.
white crappie good

5% 5"-8"

8% 8"-10"

66% 10"-12"

20% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow on deep channel breaks and brush piles in Toronto Point Cove.  Fish are more active on warmer days.
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: 3/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location  
Channel Catfish Fair 16-24" Catfishing has been slow with the cool weather.  With warmer temps and rain in the forecast, look for Channel Catfish near in-flowing water.  Shad sides have been producing the most fish.  
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Fair 10-22" Bass fishing is slow.  Look for bass to move into the shallows in the heat of the day.  Target them near the edge of the weedline and brush piles.  Slow fishing soft plastics has been producing the most fish.  
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie fishing has been hit or miss.  Look for Crappie near brush piles and docks.  Vertical jigging small baits has been working best.    
Bluegill and Redear Fair 6-8" Bluegills and redears fishing is slow.  Use small baits under a bobber near weedlines and brush piles for the best success.  
General Comments
Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

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

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.



WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
       
The lake is refilling and will be stocked this year, but will remain closed to fishing.



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OWL - Last Updated: 3/12/2019 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair 1-5 lbs. Reaction style baits are usually the best in cold water try lipless cranks, big swimbaits, or vibrating jigs. The fish will become more aggressive as the water warms into the upper 40s and into the 50s.
channel catfish Fair 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide.
Walleye Fair 10-24" Crankbaits around rocky habitat may produce a few as they should be moving up to spawn.
crappie Fair-Good up to 14" Using jigs of various colors around dropoffs or the Georgia Cubes has been producing some nice fish.
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: 3/12/2019 Print

Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair 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" Fair Reaction style baits should produce this time of year. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, or jerkbaits fished around the woody or rocky habitat. Fish will become more active as the water warms into upper 40s or into the 50s.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Fair livers, dip baits, worms, and other prepared bait lakewide. 
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. Vertical jigging slab spoons or shad imitation jigs around the creek channel may also be productive.
Crappie up to 12" Fair-Good Efforts should probably be focused on deeper water and brush located near dropoffs or the creek channel. Jigs of various colors and sizes usually work well this time of year.
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits around rocky shoreline during low light conditions.

Early spring can be an excellent time to go fishing as the waters start to warm up so do the fish and they will want to eat.

Water Temp. 42 on 3-11-19 

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.