Fort Scott Lake Ft. Scott

Fort Scott Lake 3D
This Location does have Boat Access CFAP Lake Fishing Forecast

Fort Scott, KS

2 miles S, 3 miles W of Fort Scott

City of Fort Scott 620-223-0550

Fisheries Biologist -- Don George-- 913-795-2218

GPS Location: 37.7894 -94.7575

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Impoundment Type: Community Lake

Surface Acres: 360 acres

Maximum Depth: N/A

Normal Lake Level: N/A

Current Lake Level: full pool

Lake Temperature: normal

This lake is owned by the City of Ft.Scott and is open to all boating/recreation and fishing. This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A city fishing permit is no longer required. There is a double lane boat ramp, two floating docks, and toilets on the northwest side. There are several areas managed for shoreline fishing. After a rain get to the inflow areas with good line and some worms, prepared bait--channel catfish can be great. Go have fun. Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t and have floating fish feeders. Much of the lake's shoreline is housing developments. This lake has quite a reputation for large flathead and channel catfish, largemouth and spotted bass are abundant also.

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Bluegill unlimited unlimited
Black Bullhead unlimited unlimited
Channel Catfish 2 15
Crappie 50 unlimited
Largemouth Bass 2 18
Smallmouth Bass 2 18
Spotted Bass 2 15
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
black bass Fair varies motor oil colored jigs, soft plastic baits, up against the banks/along the weed beds, in trees/fish attractors and dropoffs, 
channel catfish Slow varies  High populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide, use cut shad, sponge baits, worms. Recent fish population sampling indicates a great population of channel catfish in the 2 - 5 pound range.
walleye Slow varies jigs, minnows along spawning areas.
white crappie GREAT varies, many over 11 inches crappie have been ON and OFF depends daily, when they are ON nice fish are caught over 10 inches, some good fish in the south end around the creek channels, with black&white, blue&white jigs under a float, fish are in nice condition 
bluegill Slow varies use small baits, such as worms, jigs suspended under a float, in deeper water
General Comments

Lake level is full. Water levels are fine for fishing. Fish for crappie in shallow or mid depth water over brushpiles or spawning areas for good success. Recent tree/habitat placements will improve angler success for bass and crappie.  

 Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and have fun. Please 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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This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Lake Cooperator,no city permits for fishing and boating while fishing. City permit required for recreational boating.