Jewell State Fishing Lake

Jewell State Fishing Lake
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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism 785-545-3345

GPS Location: 39.69745 -98.28092

Jewell, KS

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 57 acres

Maximum Depth: 17.5 feet

Normal Lake Level: 22 feet when full

Current Lake Level: 4.5 feet low

Lake Temperature: 60 degrees

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Walleye 5*** 15 inches
Saugeye 5*** 15 inches
Largemouth Bass 5* 13-18 inch slot
Channel Catfish 5**** 15 inches
Crappie 50
Redear Sunfish
Green Sunfish
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/17/2015

Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair to Good 6-11 inches

The crappie population is dominated by one year old fish in the 6-7 inch range as we collected many of these during our annual fall sample.  There are also a few 10-11 inch fish as well, but they are not as common.  This 2013 year class should provide a boost to the crappie numbers as they continue to grow.  Anglers will have success fishing early spring crappie around the deep brush piles using jigs and minnows.

The crappie are spawning in area ponds now and are likely doing the same at Jewell.  Look for the fish to be concentrated in wind protected areas with gravel or sand bottoms.  Depth can vary from 3-6 feet depending on water clarity.

Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches

The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be very pleased with the numbers of cats in the lake right now.  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.  The fish appear to be concentrated toward the dam and on the upper 1/3 of the lake.  Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.

The early spring period can be good when the catfish move in shallow to take advantage of feeding in the warm water.  Try fishing the upper end of the lake and the back of the coves where food is available and the water is warmest.


Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Fair 6-11 inches

The bluegill numbers appear to be depressed right now with fish between 5 and 8 inches dominating the catch.  There just don't appear to be as many now as we have seen out here the past couple of years. 

Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 11 inches collected this past fall.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-7 inch fish and fair numbers of 9 to 11 inch fish.

Largemouth Bass Good 10-19 inches There are very high numbers of 13-14 inch fish in the lake right now, but also a fair number of 15-19 inch fish with several fish up to 4 pounds collected this past spring while shocking. White and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat, but slowly fishing soft plastics including Senkos can be productive in cool water. Smaller baits like roadrunners and Panther Martins will also catch a fair amount of fish.
General Comments
Jewell State Lake is currently under a blue-green algae WARNING.  Anglers should not come into contact with the water and pets are not allowed to be near the water.  Fish that are to be consumed should be cleaned thoroughly with clean water.  This warning will remain until spring 2015!!!

Water temperature: 60 degrees

Water level: 4.5 feet low