Bourbon County - Elm Creek Lake

Hiattville, KS

1 mile east, 2 miles north of Hiattville

Bourbon County (620) 223-3800

Don George,KDWP&T Fisheries Biologist

GPS Location: 37.761 -94.8522

Hiattville, KS

Impoundment Type: Community Lake

Surface Acres: 106 acres

Maximum Depth: N/A

Normal Lake Level: full pool

Current Lake Level: N/A

Lake Temperature: normal

This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A county fishing permit is no longer required.This county lake has been recently renovated and reopened to angling in January of 2006. During the renovation many small fishing piers were constructed to improve angler access and deepen areas of the shoreline. Approximately 480 fish attracting brushpiles were placed to improve angling. Fish feeders are used to improve channel catfish growth and attract fish to areas where anglers have access thereby improving angler success. This lake supports a excellent channel catfish and largemouth population. The walleye and smallmouth populations will suprise many anglers. The maintained shoreline provides many places for anglers to access good fishing areas. There is one boatramp at the north east side of the lake. Bourbon County rents out several shelter houses/building to the public.

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Bluegill unlimited unlimited
Channel Catfish 2 15
Crappie 50 unlimited
Largemouth Bass 2 21
Saugeye 2 18
Smallmouth Bass 2 18
Walleye 2 18
Green Sunfish unlimited unlimited
Redear Sunfish unlimited unlimited
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/6/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish FAIR varies  the fish feeders are OFF, try off dam on bluegill chunks, chicken livers or cut shad, Lakewide, Recent fish population sampling lots of nice channel catfish from 3 - 8 pounds.  
Largemouth/Smallmouth bass FAIR varies lakewide, fish are in shallow, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs.  
Bullheads FAIR varies use worms,or liver lake wide  
Bluegill FAIR varies small baits and worms under floats, along weedbeds around fish attractors  
Walleye FAIR  varies also try the dam and rocky structure in the south half of the lake with jigs or minnows  
Crappie FAIR to GOOD lots of small fish with 50 limit in spawning areas and along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  

Water levels have improved.

The fish feeders are OFF. This lake has a high density of channel catfish that really increases angling opportunity. Recent channel catfish stocking have really boosted the populations.  Buy your license and go fishing. The water level is great for fishing.

This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms. Remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

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KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

With questions about this lake call Donald George, Fisheries Biologist, at 913-795-2218, or Bourbon County at 620-223-3800.