Cedar Bluff Reservoir

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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: 48'

Normal Lake Level: 2144' MSL

Current Lake Level: 2118.41' ----25.59' below conservation

Lake Temperature: 52

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: 4/11/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 8 lbs. Anglers report catching respectable numbers of fish ranging from 2 up to 8 lbs. fishing cut shad in the shallows of coves and toward the upper end of the reservoir.
Crappie Fair Up to 14 inches Fish are still being caught off the fish attractors as anglers report catching 10 to 20 keeper sized fish on a good day.  However, fish should start to scatter from deeper water and begin staging over steep drop-offs near the mouths of coves in preparation for spawning.
Rainbow Trout Slow/Fair 0.5lb./fish average Anglers continue to report catching a few fish.  The trout season ends April 15, and after the season end a trout permit is no longer required to fish for and keep trout.  Anglers fishing trout after April 15 must adhere to the 5 fish/day creel limit and anglers aged 16 to 74 are still required to possess a valid state fishing license.
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches The majority of spawning activity is winding down so catching fish on the dam should be pretty tough.  However, fish are beginning to transition toward the post-spawn feeding period as a few anglers have reported picking up a few fish out on mainlake points.  Drifting or retrieving jig and nightcrawler combos or trolling worm and spinner combos are usually effective on post-spawn fish.
White Bass/Wipers Fair/Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

White bass spawning activity should begin increasing where they are typically caught in good numbers off the dam and associated points by anglers casting or trolling white bucktail and curly-tail jigs.  There have been a few fish reported from the dam area so the spawn is likely just getting started.

Anglers continue catching both white bass and wipers in sun-warmed shallows of coves casting various jigs.



SURFACE ELEVATION- 2118.41'----25.59' 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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