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Channel Catfish Forecast

CHANNEL CATFISH

The channel catfish is the bread and butter of Kansas fishing. Found in nearly all waters from large rivers and reservoirs to small prairie streams, good channel cat fishing is never far away. State lakes are also popular places to catch channel cats. Department hatcheries produce millions of channel cats each year. The state record channel cat weighed 36 pounds, 8 ounces. The world record is 58 pounds.

Updated: 1/27/15
Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Bioligist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>16”) (>24”) (>28”) (lbs.)   (>16”)
PLEASANTON - WEST LAKE 12.33 0.67 0.33 8.10 E 8.89
BOURBON CO. LAKE 11.33 1.33 0.00 5.95 E 9.08
DOUGLAS SFL 9.50 0.00 0.00 3.96 G 9.28
ATCHISON CL #23 (WARNOCK) 9.25 2.00 0.75 14.75 G 9.25
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 8.13 1.38 0.13 8.59 E 6.04
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 8.00 0.00 0.00 5.36 G 6.11
SEDAN - OLD (NORTH) CITY LAKE 7.50 1.25 0.75 12.84 G 6.83
EUREKA CITY LAKE 6.17 0.67 0.33 24.25 G 5.17
SEDAN - NEW (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 5.75 1.25 0.00 7.05 G 5.83
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 5.63 0.25 0.00 7.05 G 7.58
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 5.63 0.63 0.00 6.11 G 7.67
ATCHISON SFL 5.50 0.00 0.00 3.46 G 4.25
BROWN SFL 5.50 0.50 0.00 7.72 G 5.92
HARVEY CO. LAKE - EAST 5.33 0.00 0.00 2.82 G 4.75
JEWELL SFL 5.33 0.33 0.00 5.39 G 4.78
KINGMAN SFL 5.00 2.50 0.00 7.45 G 9.08
MIAMI SFL 4.83 0.17 0.00 9.47 G 2.94
SABETHA CITY LAKE 4.50 0.50 0.00 5.68 G 6.75
FORT SCOTT CITY LAKE 4.38 0.25 0.00 6.27 G 4.81
SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE 4.33 2.50 1.50 14.66 G 3.67
SEDGWICK CO.-LAKE AFTON 4.33 0.17 0.00 5.38 G 3.22
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 4.25 0.25 0.00 6.17 G 3.08
NEOSHO SFL 4.25 0.00 0.00 4.56 G 5.17
BOURBON SFL 4.00 1.00 0.00 7.07 G 2.97
BUTLER SFL 4.00 0.50 0.25 19.75 G 4.25
GARNETT-CRYSTAL LAKE 4.00 1.00 0.00 6.77 G 4.44
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 3.33 1.00 0.33 10.01 G 3.83
CHANUTE CITY LAKE 3.33 0.67 0.00 6.44 G 4.11
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 3.25 1.00 0.25 11.22 G 3.75
CRITZER LAKE 3.17 0.33 0.00 6.36 G 4.83
WELLINGTON CITY LAKE 3.13 0.13 0.00 5.51 F 2.75
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 3.00 0.00 0.00 2.59 F 2.89
WOODSON SFL 3.00 0.67 0.00 7.74 G 2.06
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 3.00 0.67 0.00 7.79 F 5.94
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #8 3.00 0.00 0.00 4.94 F 3.00
ALTAMONT CITY LAKE-WEST 3.00 0.00 0.00 5.18 F 3.00
MONTGOMERY SFL 2.83 0.33 0.00 5.76 G 4.25
OLATHE-CEDAR LAKE 2.75 0.25 0.00 7.14 G 4.03
CLARK SFL 2.75 0.13 0.00 4.45 G 4.86
SHAWNEE SFL 2.67 0.00 0.00 2.15 G 2.94
CRAWFORD SFL 2.67 0.00 0.00 4.65 G 2.44
MADISON CITY LAKE 2.50 0.00 0.00 4.63 G 2.33
OSAGE SFL 2.50 0.17 0.00 4.71 F 2.33
LYON SFL 2.33 0.17 0.00 8.60 G 2.50
LEAVENWORTH SFL 2.33 0.17 0.17 13.23 F 1.78
NEBO SFL 2.25 0.00 0.00 4.93 F 4.97
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 2.17 0.17 0.17 15.70 G 1.58
MELVERN RIVER POND 2.00 1.25 0.00 8.73 G 2.75
MEADE STATE LAKE 2.00 0.33 0.00 7.87 F 1.50
MARION CO. LAKE 2.00 0.33 0.00 6.13 G 3.75
WILSON SFL 2.00 0.25 0.00 6.99 G 2.92
WELLINGTON - HARGIS CREEK LAKE 2.00 0.00 0.00 3.09 F 2.00
HORTON-MISSION LAKE 1.83 0.00 0.00 4.62 F 9.33
BONE CREEK LAKE 1.75 0.25 0.13 13.01 G 2.92
CHASE SFL 1.75 0.00 0.00 2.43 G 2.33
MCPHERSON SFL 1.67 0.33 0.33 9.08 G 2.56
COLDWATER LAKE 1.60 0.40 0.00 7.34 F 1.60
HARVEY CO. LAKE - WEST 1.50 0.00 0.00 2.60 F 1.50
THAYER CITY LAKE (NEW) 1.33 0.00 0.00 2.67 F 1.17
PAOLA CITY LAKE 1.33 0.00 0.00 4.94 F 1.78
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 1.20 0.40 0.00 7.41 G 1.63
GARDNER CITY LAKE 1.17 0.50 0.33 11.25 F 0.89
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 1.17 0.33 0.00 5.89 F 2.56
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 1.17 0.17 0.00 7.83 F 0.72
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 1.13 0.13 0.13 15.00 F 2.92
LENEXA-LAKE LENEXA 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.41 F 0.67
LEBO CITY LAKE 1.00 0.25 0.00 7.12 F 1.00
COWLEY SFL 1.00 0.00 0.00 2.07 G 2.17
SHERIDAN SFL 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.55 F 0.56
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-OLD 1.00 0.25 0.25 9.56 F 1.50
OLPE CITY LAKE 1.00 0.00 0.00 4.85 F 1.00
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 0.83 0.00 0.00 3.09 G 0.67
OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE 0.83 0.17 0.00 6.29 F 0.78
WASHINGTON SFL 0.75 0.00 0.00 4.11 F 1.83
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW 0.75 0.00 0.00 2.00 F 0.92
ALMA CITY LAKE 0.67 0.00 0.00 3.09 F 1.33
SCOTT STATE LAKE 0.67 0.08 0.00 5.34 G 0.76
PRESCOTT CITY LAKE 0.67 0.00 0.00 1.88 F 1.00
GEARY SFL 0.50 0.00 0.00 1.44 F 0.58
MOLINE OLD (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 0.50 0.00 0.00 1.45 F 1.50
KIOWA SFL 0.50 0.00 0.00 3.62 F 0.17
GRAHAM CO.-ANTELOPE LAKE 0.50 0.00 0.00 4.33 F 0.83
HORSETHIEF 0.25 0.00 0.00 2.60 G 1.08
OTTAWA SFL 0.25 0.00 0.00 3.62 F 0.17
JEFFREY EC - MAKE UP LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 1.32 F 1.11
BARBER SFL-LOWER 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.08 F 0.00
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD-MAIN 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.75 P 0.11
LOUISBURG CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.83 P 0.00
PRATT CO. LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.36 G 1.28
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.05 G 1.00
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #1 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.80 P 0.00
Updated: 1/27/15
Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Bioligist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>16”) (>24”) (>28”) (lbs.)   (>16”)
HORTON-LITTLE LAKE 5.00 0.33 0.33 11.13 F 3.33
TROY 4-H LAKE 2.50 0.00 0.00 3.03 F 2.50
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #7 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.94 F 1.00
COFFEYVILLE-LECLERE 0.33 0.00 0.00 4.76 F 0.33
JEWELL CITY LAKE 0.33 0.00 0.00 1.72 F 1.11
SEVERY CITY LAKE 0.33 0.00 0.00 2.29 P 0.67
TUTTLE CREEK RIVER POND 0.25 0.00 0.00 5.12 G 0.25
LAWRENCE-P. DAWSON BILLINGS-S 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.23 F 0.00
GLEN ELDER STATE PARK POND 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.40 F 0.00
LAWRENCE-P. DAWSON BILLINGS-N 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.71 F 0.00
Updated: 1/27/15
Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Bioligist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>16”) (>24”) (>28”) (lbs.)   (>16”)
MARION 6.25 1.25 0.25 10.41 E 4.75
BIG HILL 5.11 0.00 0.00 4.78 G 5.24
CLINTON 3.69 0.19 0.00 8.33 G 4.48
KANOPOLIS 3.67 0.00 0.00 4.37 G 5.56
WOLF CREEK 3.63 0.00 0.00 5.07 G 2.13
HILLSDALE 3.17 0.50 0.17 10.26 G 2.28
WILSON 3.07 0.33 0.07 12.33 G 3.04
POMONA 2.63 0.19 0.06 9.81 G 2.28
PERRY 2.60 0.20 0.05 8.49 G 3.45
MELVERN 2.50 0.06 0.00 5.18 F 3.15
FALL RIVER 2.00 0.67 0.00 8.51 G 1.47
GLEN ELDER 1.83 0.46 0.04 9.61 G 2.32
KIRWIN 1.33 0.25 0.00 8.26 F 1.06
CHENEY 1.27 0.20 0.00 7.54 G 1.69
SEBELIUS (NORTON) 1.20 0.50 0.20 13.49 F 0.80
TORONTO 1.17 0.17 0.00 5.95 G 1.61
LOVEWELL 1.12 0.24 0.06 7.70 G 2.11
COUNCIL GROVE 1.08 0.08 0.00 5.14 G 1.14
MILFORD 1.05 0.05 0.00 5.30 F 1.48
EL DORADO 0.93 0.20 0.00 7.76 F 1.22
LACYGNE 0.63 0.00 0.00 6.50 G 1.39
CEDAR BLUFF 0.38 0.06 0.00 4.83 F 0.52
JOHN REDMOND 0.15 0.05 0.00 5.78 F 0.33
WEBSTER 0.10 0.00 0.00 1.46 F 0.52
TUTTLE CREEK 0.10 0.00 0.00 0.83 F 0.68