Cedar Bluff Reservoir

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Cedar Bluff Reservoir Map
This Location does have Boat Access Trout Lake Fishing Forecast Good Fishnig Spots State Park Wildlife Area

Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks Cedar Bluff Area Office 785-726-3212

13 miles South of I-70 Ogallah Interchange (exit 135) on K-147

GPS Location: 38.7961 -99.7244

Ellis, KS 67637

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 6,869 @ conservation level

Maximum Depth: 42'

Normal Lake Level: 2144' MSL

Current Lake Level: 2121.45' ----22.55' below conservation

Lake Temperature: 58

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Walleye 5 18''
White Bass No Limit
Crappie 50
Wiper 2
Channel Catfish 10
Largemouth Bass 5 15"
Smallmouth Bass 5 15"
Spotted Bass 5 15"
Flathead Catfish 5
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 11/20/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing jigs, and small slab spoons over the fish attractors has been best.  Overall number of fish caught has been low, but quality was excellent as fish ranged from 13 to 15 inches in length.
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches Anglers reported catching a few fish while crappie fishing.  Vertically fish larger slab spoons over mainlake points and drop-offs should begin producing especially as the water cools down this fall.
White Bass/Wipers

White bass-Fair


Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over mainlake points and drop-offs has been best.  Anglers report catching relatively low numbers of nice quality white bass mainly in the 13 to 16 inch range with wipers up to 7 lbs. mixed in.
Rainbow Trout Slow 0.5 lb. average

We stocked 625 rainbow trout in the stilling basin on 10-31-2014. 

Stillfishing powerbait, corn, worms, marshmallows, and combinations of these baits are popular and effective.  Anglers casting small inline spinners and fly anglers fishing small nymphs and wet flies can be successful too.

Due to the recent cold snap, thermal stratification of the stilling basin was broken by fall turnover resulting in poor water quality.  The trout bite has really slowed due to the stressful conditions associated with fall turnover.  Trout fishing should improve as water quality improves, but this just takes time.


SURFACE ELEVATION- 2121.20'----22.80' below conservation 

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.

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