Milford Reservoir

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Milford Reservoir Map
This Location does have Boat Access Fishing Forecast Region 2 Public Fishing Reports State Park Wildlife Area

5 mi NW of Junction City on US-77

GPS Location: N39 06.241 W96 53.682

Location/Address:
Junction City, KS

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 16,200 acres

Maximum Depth: 65 feet

Normal Lake Level: 1144.4

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Bluegill
Blue Catfish 5
Channel Catfish 10
Crappie 50
Flathead Catfish 5
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass 5 15
Smallmouth Bass 5 15
Spotted Bass 5 15
Walleye 5 18
White Bass
Wiper 2
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 8/27/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black bass Good up to 7 lbs Smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass are all available to anglers in Milford. Smallmouth are most abundant, and provide a trophy opportunity. Largemouth are less abundant but increasing, and trophys are also present. Spotted bass are few in numbers, but provide a unique fishery. In combination, these species should provide good angling.
Catfish Good up to 50 lbs Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are present in Milford. Blue cats provide both a trophy and abundant fishery, while channel cats offer good numbers of smaller fish. Flatheads also provide a trophy fishery of their own, although not as abundant as channels or blues. Together these 3 species offer good fishing to anglers.
Crappie Fair .5-1.5lbs Crappie numbers have decreased. Although most are smallish, keepers are present. Fishing can be good in Spring and late Fall/Winter when crappie become more concentrated.
Walleye Good up to 8 lbs Walleye numbers are good in Milford. Many fish will be sub-legal, but there are still keepers available. Fishing along the dam during the spawn, drifting the flats in late Spring/early Summer, and summertime trolling are the most reliable methods.
White bass Fair .5-2lbs White bass density declined. Fishing the river and rocks in the Spring, jigging and trolling in early summer, and topwater in the late Summer/early Fall should be most productive.
Wiper Good up to 10 lbs Wiper of all sizes are also abundant in Milford. In addition to the techniques for white bass listed above, live bait fishing for Wipers can produce real lunkers for those with appropriate tackle.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Good up to 30lbs blue cats good on fresh cut bait 15-25ft deep near channel ledges, channel cats near rock banks, flatheads on live bait along rock banks
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs tube jigs and minnows 15ft deep near points and ledges with brush or rock or channel ledges
Walleye Fair up to 7lbs deep edges of flats and points on jigs and worms and spoons, and trolling crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Good   near rocky points, humps, and drop offs on crankbaits, jigs, and shad, good surface activity under low light conditions
Smallmouth Bass Good up to 4 lbs topwater lures and crankbaits near deep rock points and gravel
Largemouth Bass Good up to 4 lbs topwater baits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs near points with flooded brush and rock, crankbaits along steeper rock banks
Outlet Good   catfish on cut bait and white bass/wipers on jigs
General Comments

CAUTION: DO NOT TRANSFER LIVE BAIT FROM ONE BODY OF WATER TO ANOTHER!!! ALONG WITH ZEBRA MUSSEL INFESTATION, ASIAN CARP ARE IN DRAINAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE KANSAS RIVER AND CAN EASILY BE MISTAKEN FOR SHAD!!!

Blue-Green Algae: Current information listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

This includes a report covering the fishing forecast for the 2014 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with regular weekly fishing reports starting March 2014.

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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