Montgomery State Fishing Lake


Independence, KS
GPS: N37 09.874 W95 41.381

Contact Information

Manager: Darin Porter
Fish Biologist: Sean Lynott

Phone Number: (620) 331-6820

The area staff are often in the field, please leave a message and they will return your call at the first available chance.

Location: The Montgomery State Fishing Lake is located in southeast Kansas, approximately 4 miles south and 1 east of Independence in Montgomery County.


Montgomery State Fishing Lake was built in 1953 with 105 acres of water and 303 acres of terrestrial habitat. The property was purchased, developed and is maintained by fee monies from licensed anglers and the Sportfish Restoration Program. In 1984 the lake was renovated to eliminate undesirable fish and prevent contamination after restocking.


The area is primarily managed for fishing. Fish species present are largemouth bass, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish and channel catfish. Brush piles have been placed along the shorelines to improve angling success. Also rock piers and floating docks give anglers access to deeper water and additional structure. Harvest regulations have become important to sustain good fishing in public waters, due to increasing use and harvest of certain species. Therefore, special creel and length limits may be in effect for some fish species. Check the Fishing Location Page and all posted notices. Hunting is not allowed on the area; however there are abundant opportunities to view and study wildlife. Facilities for the area include gravel access roads, three boat ramps, two floating fishing docks, one boating courtesy dock, seven rock fishing piers, and two vault toilets. There are several angler campsites. There are not any electric, water, or sewage hookups, showers, or drinkable water.

Special Regulations:
  • All off-road vehicle and horse use are prohibited.
  • No alcohol and cereal malt beverage possession or consumption is allowed.
  • All channel catfish less than 15 inches must be returned immediately when caught, as well as all bass 13-18 inches.
  • Other statewide fishing regulations apply.
  • No hunting or firearm discharge is allowed.

Special Features: The area adjacent to coal creek was surface mined for coal, and evidence of this activity can still be seen. Scenic bluffs overlook the lake, covered with oak and hickory woodlands. Camping, fishing piers, boat ramps and shoreline fishing access is available.