HorseThief Reservoir

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8 miles W of Jetmore of US-156
Jetmore, KS 67854

Impoundment Type: Community Lake

Surface Acres: 450

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

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/9/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report   Fish around deeper brush or vegetation.especially in the creek channel to the west. Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish Good   Nightcrawlers, liver or shrimp up in the creek channel
Largemouth bass Fair   Jigs and finesse plastics in the creek channel or along the dam.
Bluegill No report   Worms under bobbers
Walleye slow   Jig and nightcrawlers along the dam and on points.
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time! 

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

General Comments


With the warmer temperatures, fishing should begin to improve. Crappie should be moving out of the deeper water and begin to move towards the shallows.  Try for them using small jigs and minnows along the vegetation, rocks and brushpiles. Try for channel catfish using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver.  there were 672 lbs of channel catfish stocked March 20.  Try for largemouth bass with jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Try for walleye using a jig and nightcrawler or leech combination drifted with the wind. Try for bluegill using small jigs, or a cricket or piece of worm under a bobber.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

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