Rocky Ford Fishing Area

4 miles NE of Manhattan

785-539-9999

GPS Location: N39.2389 W96.5872

Location/Address:
Manhattan, KS

Surface Acres: 18 acres

Normal Lake Level: Full

Current Lake Level: 12 feet

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

Fishing Report - Last Update: 8/11/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Fair to Good 1 to 20+ pounds

Fishing for channel catfish has been good and they are being caught on worms or cut bait.

Flathead fishing has been good while the release rates have been low.  They can be taken on live bait or lures.

White Bass & Wipers Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds

Fishing for white bass and wipers has been fair lately, with a few always being caught. 

To distinguish between the two species you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for id. Wiper daily creel is 2.

Drum Good 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum fishing has been good. They can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds Anglers have been catching a few saugeye with jigs or crankbaits.  There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on saugeye. 
General Comments
Rocky Ford , a river fishery, is located just south of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue River. Anglers have the opportunity to harvest fishes generally associated with moving water. Saugeye, white bass, the catfishes, drum, crappie and carp can be harvested. Angler access and success is affected by release rates from the nearby Tuttle Creek Reservoir. You can check current conditions at  http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/TuttleCreekLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx