Critzer Lake

Don George, Fisheries Biologist 913-795-2218

Driving Directions: From Mound City go north on Hwy 7 to 875 Road; turn west onto 875 Road and follow the blacktop surface. The road will change from 875 Road to 900 Road and then to 1000 Road. From 1000 Road turn south onto Ingrahm Road. At 950 Road turn west and proceed to Hahn Cove, the Critzer Lake entrance. The lake entrance is south off of 950 Road.

Critzer Lake was designed and built as a regional water supply impoundment by Public Wholesale Water Supply District #13. The recreational opportunities are managed by Linn County. For additional information click on the link provided below and you will be directed to the Linn County, Kansas website.

Linn County, Kansas Website

GPS Location: W38 9 38.20 N94 55 28.87

Mound City, KS 66056

Impoundment Type: Community Lake

Surface Acres: 220

Maximum Depth: 50

Normal Lake Level: conservation pool

Current Lake Level: Normal

Critzer Lake is 220 surface acres with a maximum depth of 50 feet. It is 2.4 miles long and has a large quantity of standing trees and habitat below the surface, so please adhere to the no wake policy. This is a fishing lake only not open to recreational boating. In 2007, the lake was impounded and stocked with walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redear, sunfish and black crappie. Fishing has been very good generally for all species. Largemouth bass anglers have been especially successful. This is primarily a boat lake.

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Largemouth Bass 2 21
Smallmouth Bass 2 18
Channel Catfish 2 15
Walleye 2 18
Crappie 10 10
* 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
Largemouth Bass Fair 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches work the trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, about 8-10 ft deep, close to structure,
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky shorelines
Channel Catfish Fair 12" to 8 pounds recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (14 to 25 inches), use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats, 
Crappie Fair any size recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (9 to 12 inches) but angler success is slow,  minnows and jigs, lakewide
Walleye Fair most between 15 to 17 inches recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (17.5 to 22 inches) along the dam and creek channels where fish are spawning, jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

Critzer Lake the newest lake in KANSAS and opened to fishing in August of 2011. This lake is featured in many of Brent Chapman's utube articles as he fishes heavy cover. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There is a double lane boat ramp and the lake is primarily a boat lake. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit. The lake maybe ice covered. Lake brouchures are available at the Linn County Courthouse information display case or online at or contact Fisheries Biologist Don George at 913-795-2218. Remember to Clean, Drain and Dry.

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