Atchison State Fishing Lake

Atchison State Lake Office 913-367-7811

GPS Location: N39.6371 W95.17722

Atchison, KS

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 66 acres

Maximum Depth: 32 feet

Normal Lake Level: Full

Current Lake Level: Full


ATSL BG 5-14


ATSL WC 5-14

ATSL FH Cat 5-14

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Channel Catfish 2 15
Crappie 20
Flathead Catfish 5
Largemouth Bass 2 18
Smallmouth Bass 2 18
Redear Sunfish
Walleye 2 18
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Summer Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Holton Banner Creek. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Banner Creek Newsletter and fill in the blanks. I'll be working on a new newsletter shortly!
Black Crappie Fair up to 0.8 lbs Tube jigs tipped with a minnow off the piers on the east side, fish have scattered for the summer.  
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.35 lbs Small jug or spinner tipped with a worm around the brush piles.  Curly leaf pondweed has died back so work the brush piles and piers.  May electrofishing data: we sampled 210 bluegill in 1.19 hours of electrofishing time, the largest fish was just over 8" and weighed 0.4 lbs.  There are lots of 6-8" fish in good body condition. 
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 8.0 lbs Fish feeders are feeding sinking food at 7, 7:30am, noon, 7 and 7:30 pm.  Shad sides work great this time of year, fish shallow with the stinky stuff. 
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 3.0 lbs Smaller spinner baits or twisters in that shallow water around brush and vegetation.  We sampled 250 largemouth bass in 1.19 hours of electrofishing or 205.04 Stock length fish (8' or greater)/hour with the largest lm bass weighing 4.32 lbs.  These fish are in pretty good body condition.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Small jig tipped with worm around the boat ramp and in the open spots in the curly leaf pondweed.  We also sampled some nice redear while electrofishing, 76 of them with the largest being 9" and weighing 0.6 lbs these fish are healthy!
General Comments

I see some of you have visited my Facebook page.  I've been posting a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, fish stocking and electrofishing photos of lakes that are not in the fishing reports.  Just click this link hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!  

I filled the fish feeders for the last time on Thursday, you'll have about 3 weeks of fishing until the feeders run dry.  

May electrofishing pictures, check out these fish! To see the new electrofishing pictures, click on Atchison State Fishing Lake. Also Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.