Cedar Bluff Reservoir
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: 2120.70' ----23.30' below conservation
Lake Temperature: 56
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
|White Bass||No Limit|
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/23/2015
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
|Crappie||Slow||Up to 15 inches||Fish seem to have scattered from their deeper haunts and aren't as concentrated as they were earlier. A few fish have been caught vertically fishing jigs around flooded timber standing on drop-offs toward the mouths of coves. Anglers also reported catching fish in 6 to 8 feet of water around standing timber and flooded brush in coves. These fish are likely shallow in search of food as it is a bit early for spawning.|
|Walleye||Fair/Good||Up to 28 inches||Fish are feeding on hard-bottomed points, roadbeds, and parking lots. Drifting or casting/slow-retrieving jigs tipped with nightcrawlers are effective at this time. Anglers report catching good numbers of fish from time to time, and as usual, quite a few fish have been shorter than the 18" minimum length limit. However, there have been a respectable number of reports of 18 to 24 inch fish being caught.|
|White Bass/Wipers||Good|| |
Whites up to 17 inches
Wipers up to 13 lbs.
|Anglers continue to do fairly well catching spawning fish off the dam an associated points. Casting white bucktail and curlytail jigs are usually effective. Wipers are often caught by anglers wade-fishing shallow, windswept points casting shad imitating crankbaits and jigs.|
|Rainbow Trout||Fair||0.5 lb. average||
The trout season technically ended on April 15, but there are still trout to be had in the stilling basin. Since the season is over no trout permit is required to catch and possess trout, but the 5 fish per day creel limit still applies.
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.
Fishing salmon eggs, powerbait, and corn off the bottom in shallower water is best.
SURFACE ELEVATION- 2120.80'----23.20' 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.
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