Hillsdale Reservoir

Hillsdale 3D
Hillsdale Reservoir Map
This Location does have Boat Access Fishing Forecast State Park Wildlife Area

GPS Location: N38 39.754 W94 53.422

Paola, KS 66071

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 4,580 acres

Maximum Depth: 57 feet

Normal Lake Level: 917 msl

Lake Temperature: 38

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Channel Catfish 10
Crappie 20 10
Flathead Catfish 5
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass 5 18
Walleye 5 18
White Bass
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/22/2015

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2015 Fishing Forecast  
Walleye Fair - Good Up to 8 lbs. The walleye spawn has for the most part completed and walleye should begin actively feeding to restore energy stores.  Look for them along flats and drop-offs, and moving shallow to feed at dusk.  
Crappie Good Fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie have moved shallow and many are being taken along the rocks and shoreline structure.  Jigs or minnows on slip-bobbers work best at this time.   
White Bass Fair-Good Up to 2 lbs. White bass can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. A few fish are being taken in the Little Bull Arm near the causeway and the shore near Windsurfer Beach. Also a good bite being reported near the Antioch area. 



Fair Up to 4 lbs. Early spring bass fishing is best near the shoreline that allows for early water warming. The traditional lures such as spinner baits and plastics presented in a slower presentation.
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Channel Catfish Slow  Up to 10 lbs. Channel cat can be taken on a variety of baits using the traditional prepared or live baits on pole & line and set lines. Shallower areas in the upper reaches of the reservoir tend to be better at this time of the year.  
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of April 22rd the water level is 0.2 ft. above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx