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Kansas is divided into five regions for KDWPT administrative purposes. Each region has a full-service regional office, as well as numerous local and district offices.

For up-to-date information, look up the fishing report for the lake of your choice. Field staff update the fishing reports each week through the fishing season, reporting on fishing success, lake levels, water temperatures, and other important information.

You also can get helpful information from the Fishing Forecast.

Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes on the KDWPT Public Fishing Reports blog at http://ksfishing.blogspot.com.

CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing jigs, and small slab spoons over the fish attractors has been best.  Overall number of fish caught has been low, but quality was excellent as fish ranged from 13 to 15 inches in length.
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches Anglers reported catching a few fish while crappie fishing.  Vertically fish larger slab spoons over mainlake points and drop-offs should begin producing especially as the water cools down this fall.
White Bass/Wipers

White bass-Fair

Wipers-Fair

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over mainlake points and drop-offs has been best.  Anglers report catching relatively low numbers of nice quality white bass mainly in the 13 to 16 inch range with wipers up to 7 lbs. mixed in.
Rainbow Trout Slow 0.5 lb. average

We stocked 625 rainbow trout in the stilling basin on 10-31-2014. 

Stillfishing powerbait, corn, worms, marshmallows, and combinations of these baits are popular and effective.  Anglers casting small inline spinners and fly anglers fishing small nymphs and wet flies can be successful too.

Due to the recent cold snap, thermal stratification of the stilling basin was broken by fall turnover resulting in poor water quality.  The trout bite has really slowed due to the stressful conditions associated with fall turnover.  Trout fishing should improve as water quality improves, but this just takes time.

WATER TEMPERATURE-42

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2121.20'----22.80' below conservation 

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related prospects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/24/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
ZEBRA MUSSELS     Zebra mussels were detected in Glen Elder Reservoir on August 31, 2013 and the reservoir has now been established as a Designated Aquatic Nuisance Water. This means that no bait can be caught from Glen Elder and used in another water body. Anglers are not allowed to leave Glen Elder with ANY live fish. All harvested fish must be dead prior to leaving the reservoir. Also, anglers should be extra careful when leaving Glen Elder to follow all state laws that require anglers to CLEAN all equipment for anything attached (plants, animals, mud) and remove anything found. Second, DRAIN all water from equipment (livewell, bilge, bait buckets) before using at a different location. Finally, DRY all equipment for a minimum of 5 days before using again. If you need to use it sooner, wash with hot (140 F) water. Everyone is asked to do their part to prevent the spread of this aquatic nuisance species to other waters!
Trout Fair 10-16 inches

We stocked 1,100 trout on Friday, October 31st and they look like very good fish.  Approximately 150 of the fish are between 14 and 16 inches and the rest are 10-12 inches.  I would recommend using Panther Martins and Powerbait.  I would also suggest trying roadrunners, Velveeta Cheese, worms, and Blue Fox lures.

The trout pond is open and there is NO ICE at this time.

Crappie Slow 10-14 inches Anglers should target their efforts for crappie around the Cawker City causeway, north end of the dam, main lake brush piles like Campground 3, Swim Beach, and the bluffs, and the river channel bends south of the marina.  The crappie will be schooling up now with the cold water temperatures and these are the most likely areas to find them.
Walleye Slow 15-24 inches The best places to find walleye this time of year include about any rocky bank like Granite Creek, the causeway, the south bluffs, or the state park points.  The walleye tend to move up into these areas to feed and anglers will sometimes do well fishing in 4-8 feet of water.  We also see walleye hanging out around Waconda Springs, Walnut Creek, and near old foundations adjacent to the river channel.
White Bass Good 11-17 inches We found white bass nearly lake wide while netting this month and anglers should be able to catch quite a few once they find them.  There are a wide variety of sizes available and they are feeding on shad at this time.  Concentrating around the causeway and dam are good places to start, but anglers can also find them west of the causeway in the river channels (similar to ice fishing), near Campground 3, and around the South Bluffs.
Black Bass Slow 10-19 inches Both smallmouth and largemouth bass really seem to slow down this time of year when the water temperature drops and there probably won't be much pressure on them until spring.  The smallmouth can still be found around the rocky areas in the state park and along the dam, but they tend to hang out in deeper water and require a slow approach to catch them.
Wipers and Stripers Fair 12-22 inches

There are a lot of young wipers coming into the population between 12 and 14 inches so make sure to identify your catch carefully when catching white bass and wipers! 

Wipers can be found mixed in with the white bass, but there are better numbers of them around Walnut Creek, along the dam, and near Campground 3 and Swim Beach.  Bucktail jigs, roadrunners, and slabs are all good lures to for catching wipers.  Some anglers have been doing well trolling in those areas using Hot-n-Tots, Shad Raps, and Rattletraps.

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes There has already been a large shad die off with the rapidly declining water temperatures and the catfish are likely feeding on these dead shad.  The river channels west of the causeway are a great place to start now, but any wind blown points on the lake where the shad are being washed in can also yield some good catches.

There is no ice on the reservoir at this time and all boat ramps are open.

Boat Ramp Update: The reservoir is 2.4 feet below conservation so low water is not limiting access at this time, but Granite Creek could be difficult to launch large boats due to the shallow water.

Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.  Check it out for the recent additions we made in March 2014.  Special thanks to the over 20 volunteers who made it possible for these brush piles to continue to get upgrades as well as the new piles that we constructed.

For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Glen Elder Reservoir" link above this report.

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!



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good Variety Winter can be a productive time for catfishing. Fish near structure or on windblown shores.
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches Fish near brushpiles off of Loder Point or near the tower.
Trout Excellent   Trout have been stocked for the November 1 opener. Trout stockings will occur once a month, but an official schedule will not be posted due to the variability in stocking times.  If you have questions about trout stockings, please call Jeff at the Cheney Wildlife Area (620) 459-6922.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair Variety, up to 21" Saugeye will hang on dropoffs and points during the winter. Fish slowly with jigs or jerk baits.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Troll or jig on main lake points.  Use kastmasters and flashy lures that resemble gizzard shad.
Wiper Fair All sizes Wipers mix in with white bass and generally hang below their schools.
General Comment

Current lake elevation and water temperature is available on the location page linked to this fishing report. It is updated daily by the Corps of Engineers.

This is a general winter fishing report. If a hot tip is received, the report will be updated. Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.

 



KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 FISHING OUTLOOK     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.
Saugeye Good Majority 15 to 18 inches Saugeye fishing should be good as numbers are up this year with 17% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 58% being in the 15 to 18 inch size range and 25% being over 18 inches. The largest fish sampled weighed 4.09 lbs. Rated #1 in state for density for fish 14 inches and above.
Wiper Good Majority 15 to 20 inches Numbers are up from last year with the majority of fish being in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 57%, fish 7 to 15 inches accounted for 21% and fish 20 to 25 inches accounted for 22%. The biggest fish weighed 7.00 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for fish 12 inches and above.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 24 to 30 inches Catfishing should be fair; however, the numbers are down from last year. The population is dominated by 24 to 30 inch fish accounting for 67% and fish 17 to 24 inches accounted for 33%. Biggest fish weighed 10.97 lbs. All the flatheads sampled were over 22 inches and the biggest fish weighed 5.19 pounds.
Crappie Good & Fair Majority 2 to 5 inches Crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for both with 96% of the being 2 to 5 inches. However, the density rating for black crappie is #3 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The biggest black crappie sampled weighed 1.75 lbs and the biggest white crappie weighed 1.09 pounds.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Good Majority 12 to 15 inches Numbers are up from last year with the majority of the largemouth being in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 69%. Fish 7 to 12 inches accounted for 12%, and fish over 15 inches accounted for 19%. The biggest fish weighed 3.39 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for largemouth 12 inches and above. Spotted bass numbers are up from last year and the fishing should be good as well. The majority of spot's are in the 11 to 14 inch size range accounting for 45% and 14 inch + fish accounted for 26%. Density rating for the state is #1 for spotted bass 11 inches and above.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the public fishing dock and the private boat slips using jigs. Also catching fish using jigs and jigs with minnows under a bobber.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock, Shoens Cove, around the Marsh Dike and in Leota Cove using jigs and worms. Remember the 18 inch length limit. Stocked 65,000 saugeye fingerlings (2-3" fish) on 5-5-14
Wiper Good 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in the mouth of Leota Cove, along the Dam and along the road bed on the south side. Stocked 200,000 wiper fry on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock and off set and trot lines using live bait. Remember that all limb lines must be clearly marked with either your KDWPT fishing license number and name, or your name address and a phone number.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in Leota Cove and along the Dam using plastic baits and crank baits. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 34 Degree's.

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2287.84 ---- 16.46' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.96 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time. 

Reservoir currently has a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice, however, this could change rather quickly with the warmer weather.

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk 

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

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. 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!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



KIRWIN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 FISHING OUTLOOK     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.
Walleye Good Majority 20 to 25 inches Walleye fishing should be good again this year with11% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 37% being in the 15 to 20 inch size range and 43% being in the 20 to 25 inch size range. Therefore 80% are over the 15 inch length limit. The largest fish sampled weighted 7.32 lbs. Rated #1 in state for density of fish 15 inches and above.
White Bass Fair Majority 12 to 15 inches Numbers are down slightly from last year with the majority of fish being in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 43%. Fish 9 to 12 inches accounted for 28% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 29%. The biggest fish weighted 2.71 lbs. Rated #14 in state for density of fish 9 inches and above.
Wiper Good Majority 15 to 20 inches Numbers are up slightly from last year with the majority of fish being in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 65%. Fish 7 to 10 inches accounted for 1%, 10 to 15 inch fish accounted for 15% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 19%. The biggest fish weighted 9.08 lbs. Ranked #3 in the state for density of fish 12 inches and above.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 16 to 24 inches Catfishing should be fair with the numbers being down from last year. The population is still fairly young with fish 12 to 16 inches accounting for 20% and fish 16 to 24 inches accounting for 80%. Biggest fish weighted 4.47 lbs. Flathead's were all in the 17 to 20 inch size range. Ranked #2 in the state for density of fish 20 inches and above.
Crappie Good Majority 2 to 5 inches Although low numbers of fish were caught in the trap nets due to cold fronts passing through crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for both with 61% being 2 to 5 inches, 4% being 5 to 10 inches, 10 to 12 inch fish accounted for 16% and 12 to 16 inch fish accounted for 16%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #1 in the state for fish 8 inches and above and #17 for white crappie.
Largemouth Bass Fair Majority 15 to 20 inches The bass fishery is starting to come around and should be fair.  Fish in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 50% and fish 15 to 20 inches accounted for 50% as well.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught.  Not enough ice cover to do any ice fishing yet, however, a thin layer (1/4 inch) is on the reservoir.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught.  Not enough ice cover to do any ice fishing yet, however, a thin layer (1/4 inch) is on the reservoir.
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught.  Stocked 210,000 wipers on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 34 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1714.83 ---- 14.42' below conservation pool

The reservoir is closed to boats until April 1, 2015 because the water elevation is below 1722.

Reservoir currently has a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice at this time, however, with the warmer weather this could change fairly quickly.

Due to low water conditions all watercraft operators are asked to be aware of shallow water and near surface obstacles.

Currently, the water level is 3.03 feet lower than one year ago at this time.   

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) has been put into effect at Kirwin, so if you have any questions contact the Service at 785-543-6673 or stop by their office at 702 Xavier Road.  

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk 

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. 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!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

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

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District

 



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/24/2014

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Walleye Slow 15-28 inches We collected some very nice walleye this fall during our annual test netting in October.  Fish over 20 inches were common with the biggest at 28 inches or 8 pounds.  Best areas to fish for walleye now include Walleye Point, Cedar Point, and Cabin Point.  They will come shallow in the evening and early morning to feed and are available to be caught at these times.
White Bass/Wipers Slow 9-16 inches

Anglers haven't been fishing for whites and wipers much lately, but we did find decent numbers in a few areas.  Fishing along the dam, around Oak Hill, near the Cross, and off Cabin Point would be some good places to start.  The fish are feeding heavily on shad right now so slabbing, trolling crankbaits, and casting windblown points are all good methods to try now.

Many anglers have been caught with more than two wipers recently at Lovewell due to misidentification of white bass and wipers.  There are good numbers of 12-14 inch wipers in the reservoir now that can be confused with white bass.  Anglers should make sure they can positively identify each fish they catch.  For help on distinguishing between the two species go to this website and click on the "Fish I.D. Poster--Temperate Bass Family" link to read up on the differences.  You will get ticketed for  possessing more than 2 wipers at Lovewell!

Channel Catfish Slow All Sizes

Catfish can be found lakewide right now as our fall netting revealed a nice population of cats.  Anglers might want to target the upper half of the reservoir as we found good numbers of fish up to 12 pounds there, but the area around Walleye Point is also very good this time of year.

There are blue catfish in the reservoir and we are asking anglers to please release any they catch.  We would like to allow them to grow and reproduce so they can become a self-sustaining population.  There are also several hundred with yellow tags that we are asking anglers to release as these fish are part of an age and growth study.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Crappie Slow 8-13 inches Crappie can be caught this time of year at Lovewell, and the last open water before ice formation can be some of the best fishing of the year.  Anglers will want to target the deep brush piles, specifically off Cedar Point, Cabin Point, and the marina.  The crappie tend to concentrate in these areas as the water cools and can be caught using minnows, jigs, and jigs tipped with minnows.
Comments

The reservoir is free of ice at this time and the state park boat ramps are open.  Pawnee Point boat ramp is also usable for smaller boats.

Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell. Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information.

For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Lovewell Reservoir" link above this report.

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!



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 Fishing Outlook     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.
Wipers Good Majority 6 to 15 inches with 15 to 20 inches close behind The supply should be good again this year. Six to 15 inch fish accounted for 29%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 56% and 20 inch plus fish accounted for 15%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 8.60 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 3rd in the state.
White Bass Good Majority 12 to 15 inches This population is currently dominated by fish in the 12 to 15 inch size accounting for 68%. Individuals in the 9 to 12 inch size range accounted for 14% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 13%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 1.84 lbs. Density rating for fish 9 inches and above ranked 1st this year.
Walleye Good Majority 15 to 28 inches Walleye fishing should be good again this year with 70% being over 15 inches. Fish in the 7 to 15 inch size range accounted for 33%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 55% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 11%. The largest fish sampled weighed 6.61 lbs. Density rating for fish 15 inches and above ranked #3 in state this year.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 16 to 24 inches Catfishing should be fair with the numbers about the same as last year. The population is still fairly young with fish 11 to 16 inches being 11% and fish 16 to 24 inches accounted for 89%. The largest channel sampled weighed 4.37 lbs. The largest flathead sampled weighed 46.30 lbs. Density rating for flathead's 20 inches and above ranked #1 in state this year. 
Crappie Good & Fair Majority 2 to 8 inches Although low numbers of fish were caught in the trap nets due to cold fronts passing through crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for with 54% of the crappie being 2 to 5 inches. Will still be some 8 to 15 inch fish accounting for 28%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #6 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The largest black sampled weighed 1.08 lbs and a white weighing 1.09 lbs.
Largemouth Bass Good Majority 15 to 20 inches The bass fishery is starting to come around and should be good. The majority of fish were in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 58% and fish 3 to 15 inches accounted for 42%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 3.15 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 2nd this year.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Heard of some fish being caught around the north and south fish attractors and North breakwater using jigs, jigs and minnows, and little spinners.  Added new cedar trees to all the marked fish attractors (90 trees on the South two and 80 trees to the North two). 
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught while trolling the Dam using diving lures.  Also catching some off the underwater humps and river channel using jigs and night crawlers or minnows.  Remember the 15 inch length limit. Short fish need to be released.
White Bass/Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Have had reports of white bass and wipers being caught around north and south fish attractors and around the Goose Flats area casting jigs and using worms and minnows on the bottom. Trolling diving lures along the dam has also been productive.  Stocked 135,000 wiper fry on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Did have reports of fish being caught on the south side up by the Bow City parking lot and Methodist Camp point on the North side using shad and stink bait on the bottom.  Also heard of some still being caught around the breakwater's and trolling along the dam. Stocked 600 channels in the stilling basin on 9-17-2014 that were approx. 3 fish per pound or 1/3 pound each.
Rainbow Trout Good 10 to 18 inches Stocked the first round of 2100 trout on Oct. 31 for the season opener Nov. 1.  Have been catching trout on salmon eggs, power bait and small slab spoons or spinners.  Next load is projected for around the 1st of December. Stilling basin has a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice cover at this time, however, with this warmer weather it could change fairly quickly.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 34 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1870.79 ---- 21.66' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 1.15 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.  

The boat ramps are iced in with a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice and approx. 50 percent of the reservoir is ice covered. the stilling basin has a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice cover at this time also, however, with this warmer weather it could change fairly quickly.   

Due to low water conditions all watercraft operators are asked to be aware of shallow water and near surface obstacles.

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk  

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. 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!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

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

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's is currently available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



WILSON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow 10-14 inches The crappie numbers are still very low in Wilson, but some quality fish can be found.  We collected the best numbers around the marina and  Elm Creek while sampling last month.  Numbers may be low, but the quality is excellent with 14 inch white crappie and 13 inch black crappie available to anglers willing to look for them.
Stripers Fair to Good 3-8 pounds We found most of the stripers on the lower half of the reservoir and most of them were between 4 and 8 pounds with a few over 10 collected as well.  While some are in good shape, there are also some very skinny stripers due to a lack of forage.  The best areas to find them right now include Lucas Point, Rock Town, Hell Creek, and Nelson Cove.  There were also a few located around Duvall Cove.
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-25 inches

The adult walleye numbers are looking very similar to last year with most of the fish less than 20 inches, but we did collect adults up to 25 inches or 6 pounds so there are some larger fish in the reservoir.  We also collected one of the best year classes of walleye in quite some time with many of those 10-12 inch cigars present in the sample.  In addition, the 2013 year class was represented illustrating two young up and coming year classes that will give the walleye population a big boost in the next couple of years.

Due to the big 2014 year class of walleye resulting from natural reproduction, KDWPT will not need to stock walleye again in 2015.

Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

We found catfish all over the reservoir and the numbers and sizes look to be very good right now.  Best numbers came from the west end around Elm Creek, Minooka, and Lou's Point.  These guys will continue to bite through November so don't give up on them too early.

Be on the lookout for blue catfish which are also in the reservoir. They are not legal size yet so make sure and take care to return them to the water. There is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Wilson Reservoir!

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds White bass continue to hang in there at relatively low numbers, but trophy size.  Fish up to 18 inches were collected again this fall.  Best areas to catch white bass now include Hell Creek, the north end of the dam, and Duvall Cove.
Black Bass Good 10-18 inches Bass fishing is excellent throughout the month of October and even into early November.  Both species will be feeding throughout the day and are very aggressive this time of year.  Smallmouth can be found anywhere from 4 to 20 feet deep around the rocky shorelines of Rock Town, Marshall Cove, Hell Creek, and Lucas Point.  Largemouth tend to hang out in the coves and can usually be found around brush or other submerged structure.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

We found good numbers of white perch around the upper end of the reservoir as well as closer to the dam and Hell Creek.  The middle of the reservoir didn't have nearly as many.  The fish we collected seemed to be targeting the river channel and moving up and down it while feeding.  The west end had the biggest white perch I've seen in some time with 12-13 inch fish common. - IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

The white perch numbers are down in Wilson right now which is the goal of managing aquatic nuisance species.  While this species will continue to thrive and reproduce in Wilson, they are still an ANS species and KDWPT has manged the predator base in such a way to limit their numbers.  The hope is that the white bass will be able to make a comeback at the expense of the white perch numbers declining.

General Comments

ICE CONDITIONS:  There is ice on the west end from Elm Creek west, but it is not safe yet for ice fishing.  The warmer weather forecasted will probably open most of that up this weekend.  If there are any changes or additional reports, I will be sure to include it on this page.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 8.1 feet low anglers need to be aware of the following boat ramp conditions and limitations.  In addition, the boat docks are high and dry for the most part and will likely stay that way until a water level rise floods them again.  Anglers are asked to use caution when launching and loading and unloading persons into boats with most of the docks unusable at this time.  The ramp conditions are as follows:

Cedar Point: Closed

Elm Creek: Both ramps at Elm Creek are high and dry.  Launching boats is not recommended.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

Minooka: West Ramp:  Unadvised access.  Dock is high/dry, Middle Ramp:  Unadvised access. Dock is high/dry, East Ramp:  The south lane only has adequate depth for most average fishing boats. Dock is high/dry and the north lane is silted in.

Lucas: Ramp has adequate depth for most average fishing boats.  Dock is high/dry.

Spillway:  Poured 20 yards to the low water lane on April 1st. The dock is still accessible and moored on the shoreline.  This low water lane has deep water and good access.  This may be the primary ramp for many anglers to use this year.

Hell Creek: Hell Creek boat ramp is still usable and there is a courtesy dock in the water.

Otoe: This ramp is very shallow at the time, but still open.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

The current lake elevation and water temperature are posted on the location page daily by the Corp of Engineers - it is linked to this fishing report page for your convenience.

We have two Aquatic Nuisance Species - white perch and zebra mussels and have joined Cheney and El Dorado as lakes with both species. The law now says that if anyone leaves the lake with water in your livewell or boat, you are subject to a ticket for transporting Zebra Mussels since they will spawn and the microscopic little mussels will probably be in every drop of water in the lake. Make sure you drain all water from the boat before you leave the boat ramp area!!! We have been taking veliger samples and the samples were high so be sure to drain and dry everything!!!!!!



OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Good up to 6 lbs Largemouth are abundant, but large fish are scarce. Angling will be best near rock and brush on artificials.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 8 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bait.
Channel Catfish Fair Small Fair numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.
Saugeye Good up to 24" Saugeye numbers and sizes are very good. Most will be caught on shad imitation baits, or jig and a worm.
Wiper Poor up to 24" Wipers are not abundant, but some can be caught on shad imitation lures and topwater baits.
Crappie Fair up to 15" Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair/good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush/rocks.
Current Fishing Opportunity      
LARGEMOUTH BASS Fair up to 4 lbs jigs near deeper cover
BLUEGILL Fair   jigs and worms near rocks and brush
CHANNEL CATFISH Fair up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
SAUGEYE Fair up to 5 lbs jig n worms and crankbaits near dam and creek channel
WIPER Slow    
CRAPPIE Fair up to 1 lb jigs and minnows near rock/brush and dam 5-10ft deep
General Comments

CAUTION: LONGER BOAT TRAILERS MAY FALL OFF EDGE OF BOAT RAMP WHEN WATER IS LOW

This includes a fishing report covering the fishing forecast for the upcoming 2014 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with regular weekly fishing reports starting March 2014.

The cabin is rentable now - get ahold of the Hays Regional Office - 785-628-8614 - for reservations or more information.



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/30/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Poor None None, Lake is dry.
Bluegill Poor None None, Lake is dry.
Catfish Poor None None, Lake is dry.
General Comments

Water Temp. NA

Lake is currently dry.

This report will not be updated until the lake receives water or there is something to report.

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. 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!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/3/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Jigs or minnows fished vertically from a boat or under a bobber from shore around brush has been best.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Soft plastics, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits fished around brush and rip rap.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Trolling or casting shad imitating crankbaits or swimbaits early or late has been good for a few fish.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber around the fish attractors.
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Up to 19 lbs. Various baits around brush or along rip-rapped shorelines early, late, or at night.
Wiper Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting or trolling small shad imitating crankbaits has been best.
Comments

It is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water, so please discard any unused bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District

Anglers who fish Sheridan State Fishing Lake might consider sharing their experiences with other anglers through the public fishing report. If you would like to post a fishing report please go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/



SALINE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
PUBLIC SALVAGE     DUE TO THE LOW LAKE CONDITIONS WE ARE ALLOWING ANGLERS TO TAKE FISH BY THE MEANS LISTED BELOW AND YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO KEEP ALL THE FISH YOU TAKE.
       
       
       
General Comments
 

The area is open for walk-in traffic but the gate will remain locked and the vault toilet locked.

THE LAKE IS NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC SALVAGE - ALL LENGTH AND CREEL LIMITS ARE OFF. YOU CAN NOW TAKE FISH WITH ROD AND REEL OR BY SNAGGING, SEINE, GIG, OR BY HAND.

Please comply with posted signs!!!!!



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 6-11 inches The crappie population is dominated by one year old fish in the 6-7 inch range as we collected many of these during our annual fall sample.  There are also a few 10-11 inch fish as well, but they are not as common.  This 2013 year class should provide a boost to the crappie numbers as they continue to grow.  Anglers will have success fishing fall and winter crappie around the deep brush piles using jigs and minnows.
Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be very pleased with the numbers of cats in the lake right now.  Many of these fish are in the 3-5 pound range, but there are also a handful of larger fish between 7 and 10 pounds.  The fish appear to be concentrated toward the dam and on the upper 1/3 of the lake.  Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Fair 6-11 inches

The bluegill numbers appear to be depressed right now with fish between 5 and 8 inches dominating the catch.  There just don't appear to be as many now as we have seen out here the past couple of years. 

Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 11 inches collected this fall.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-7 inch fish and fair numbers of 9 to 11 inch fish.

Largemouth Bass Good 10-19 inches There are very high numbers of 13-14 inch fish in the lake right now, but also a fair number of 15-19 inch fish with several fish up to 4 pounds collected this past spring while shocking. White and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat, but slowly fishing soft plastics including Senkos can be productive in cool water. Smaller baits like roadrunners and Panther Martins will also catch a fair amount of fish.
General Comments
The lake is currently ice covered, but I do not recommend ice fishing it yet.  Whenever there is safe ice I will be sure to report that on this page.  There is good potential for catching crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, bass, and even catfish once it is safe to ice fish.  For now, we'll just have to wait until it opens back up or the ice becomes safe to fish.
Jewell State Lake is currently under a blue-green algae WARNING.  Anglers should not come into contact with the water and pets are not allowed to be near the water.  Fish that are to be consumed should be cleaned thoroughly with clean water.  This warning will remain until spring 2015!!!

Water temperature: Ice Covered

Water level: 4.5 feet low



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes on the KDWPT Public Fishing Reports blog at http://ksfishing.blogspot.com.

CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/26/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

Be sure to CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from spreading them to another lake.

Crappie Good 0.5-1.5 lbs Using jigs and crappie nibbles in about 20-25 feet of water.
Trout Slow-Fair 0.5-1.5 lbs Using powerbait, worms, flies, small jigs, and small spinners.
District Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what is going on with Clinton Reservoir (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) and other lakes in DG, SN, and OS Counties sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter by clicking this link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Water level November 26 was 1.18 feet below normal pool level, release rate = 7 cfs, water temperature =  38.  Be aware there are a lot of Asian Carp in the outlet, these fish are illegal to possess alive. Brushpiles placed into Clinton August 11 and 12, 2008. GPS locations in degrees, minutes, seconds using Datum WGS 84: 1) N38 55.755 W095 24.146, 2) N38 56.4444 W095 24.466, 3) N38 56.283 W095 23.465, 4) N38 56.014 W095 23.096, 5) N38 55.036 W095 22.568, 6) N38 56.011 W095 23.085, 7) N38 55.073 W095 22.565, 8) N38 55.785 W095 22.235.



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 Fishing Forecast  
Walleye Fair Up to 10 lbs. Fall netting indicated a low abundance of walleye. The biggest walleye captured during fall netting was 6 lbs.
Crappie Fair to Good Fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Good numbers of crappie were captured during fall netting. Try fishing jigs or minnows near brushpiles or fishing along rocky areas during the spawn.
White Bass Fair to Good Up to 2 lbs. Fall netting indicated a moderate abundance of white bass. Most of the white bass captured were 12-15 inches in length. Try fishing jigs off mainlake points for white bass.

Largemouth

Bass 

Fair Up to 4 lbs. Spring electrofishing indicated a low abundance of largemouth bass. Some larger bass are available to anglers as the biggest bass captured was 5 lbs. A research project aimed at improving the bass population will be continued in 2014 at Hillsdale Reservoir.
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Current    Fishing  Information 
Crappie  Good Fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches A few crappie are being taken on jigs or minnows in the marina arm and in timber near Marysville boat ramp to the causeway.  A few fish shallower near standing timber. 
Walleye Fair Up to 8 lbs. Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers, slabs or deep diving crank baits near deep channels or drop offs. 
Catfish  Fair to Good  Up to 10 lbs. Channels and flatheads continue to be taken on a variety of baits using the traditional prepared or live baits on pole & line and set lines.  
White Bass Fair/Good Majority of the population is 12-15 inches White bass can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. A few fish are being taken along east shore near Windsurfer Beach and near Hillsdale Point. 
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of November 17th the water level is 0.5 ft. above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

Looks like conditions might be favorable this winter for ice-fishing opportunities.  Remember exercise good judgement about ice conditions and bring along necessary safety equipment (e.g., ice pick, life jacket, extra dry clothes).  Four inches of clear, new ice will usually be safe for fishing, but be cautious and remember ice weakens as it refreezes.   



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black bass Good up to 7 lbs Smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass are all available to anglers in Milford. Smallmouth are most abundant, and provide a trophy opportunity. Largemouth are less abundant but increasing, and trophys are also present. Spotted bass are few in numbers, but provide a unique fishery. In combination, these species should provide good angling.
Catfish Good up to 50 lbs Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are present in Milford. Blue cats provide both a trophy and abundant fishery, while channel cats offer good numbers of smaller fish. Flatheads also provide a trophy fishery of their own, although not as abundant as channels or blues. Together these 3 species offer good fishing to anglers.
Crappie Fair .5-1.5lbs Crappie numbers have decreased. Although most are smallish, keepers are present. Fishing can be good in Spring and late Fall/Winter when crappie become more concentrated.
Walleye Good up to 8 lbs Walleye numbers are good in Milford. Many fish will be sub-legal, but there are still keepers available. Fishing along the dam during the spawn, drifting the flats in late Spring/early Summer, and summertime trolling are the most reliable methods.
White bass Fair .5-2lbs White bass density declined. Fishing the river and rocks in the Spring, jigging and trolling in early summer, and topwater in the late Summer/early Fall should be most productive.
Wiper Good up to 10 lbs Wiper of all sizes are also abundant in Milford. In addition to the techniques for white bass listed above, live bait fishing for Wipers can produce real lunkers for those with appropriate tackle.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Fair up to 50lbs blue cats good on fresh cut bait 15-25ft deep near channel ledges
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs tube jigs and minnows 10-15ft deep near points and ledges with brush or rock or channel ledges
Walleye Fair up to 7lbs points and channel ledges on jigs and spoons
White Bass/Wipers Good   near rocky points, humps, and drop offs on jigs and shad, in the backs of creeks and along causeways on jigs and crankbaits
Smallmouth Bass Good up to 4 lbs jigs and crankbaits near rock points and gravel banks in creek arms
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 4 lbs jigs near points with flooded brush and rock in creek arms, crankbaits along steeper rock banks
Outlet Good   catfish on cut bait and white bass/wipers on jigs when releasing water
General Comments

CAUTION: DO NOT TRANSFER LIVE BAIT FROM ONE BODY OF WATER TO ANOTHER!!! ALONG WITH ZEBRA MUSSEL INFESTATION, ASIAN CARP ARE IN DRAINAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE KANSAS RIVER AND CAN EASILY BE MISTAKEN FOR SHAD!!!

Blue-Green Algae: Current information listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

This includes a report covering the fishing forecast for the 2014 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with regular weekly fishing reports starting March 2014.

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels Super Infectious! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will be start spawning as the water temperature gets to around 54 degrees. I've taken five, no big jump in numbers!
Fall Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a news letter for Perry and other waters in my District. The next issue is available now, Perry Reservoir and Leavenworth State Fishing Lake are in this edition. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Leavenworth SFL Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 10.0 lbs I've removed the fish feeders for the winter, look for them next spring.  Shad sides work great this time of year, fished shallow on wind swept banks.  Saw good numbers of shad when we sampled, little bigger than I'd like but there are tons of them!
Sauger Fair up to 2.0 lbs. Jigs and twisters off of the those gravel rocky points, fish are feeding on all those bite size shad now.  
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 4.5 lbs. Crank and spinner baits worked slow around the structure, rip-rap.  Netted a couple of these fish and wow are they plump, shad every where.   
White Bass Fair-Good up to 1.5 lbs. Twister or roadrunners will produce fish off of those rocky points or the humps or islands.  Have seen some busting shad on the surface.  
White Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Fish will be schooling as the water is cooling, tube jigs or minnows, 10-12' of water over brush and along the creek channels.
Blue Catfish Slow up to 2 lbs. Electrofished a couple weeks ago and saw a few small ones.  Tried a couple new spots on Wednesday and sampled one that was 24" long, I know we are getting some bigger fish out there.
Comments

I see some of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting on it: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing photos from other lakes that are not on the fishing reports click this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

We finished sampling Perry last week, I've stuck up a couple of pictures and I'll put some more up along with some numbers as soon as I get done netting!

Few gizzard shad pictures from our sampling a month or so ago.

   

Click on Perry Reservoir above the fishing report to look at the October netting pictures. Click on the underlined fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast. Zebra mussels were confirmed on 10-9-07, so make sure you clean, drain and dry your boat after leaving Perry.



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair to Slow 1/2 to 1.5 pounds Crappie can be found around brush in 10 to 16 feet of water.  Fishing has been slow the last two months since the water has be come muddy.  
White Bass Fair to Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds They can be found near schools of shad or along rocky points.  Overall numbers are down some this year, but the fish are of a good size.
Catfish Fair Up to 20 pounds Fishing for catfish has been fair in the upper end of the reservoir along the river channel. 
Largemouth Bass Slow 1 to 5 pounds Coves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing.
Saugeye Slow Up to 6 pounds Saugeye can be caught in the reservoir trolling or casting crankbaits along rocky/gravel points.  
Rainbow Trout Fair Up to 5 pounds

2,000 rainbow trout were stocked into Willow Lake on October 28th.  The lake will receive regular stockings until April for a total of 12,750 trout.  These hatchery reared fish are usually caught on commercial trout baits, worms, corn or lures. 

Willow Lake is located in the Southeast corner of the Tuttle Creek River Pond area.  A trout permit is needed to fish at Willow Lake during trout season.  Anyone under 16 years of age with a properly licensed adult can harvest up to 2 trout without a trout permit.

General Comments

Tuttle Creek is three feet above conservation pool. You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/TuttleCreekLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

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ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Fall Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Leavenworth SFL Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 0.8 lbs Tube jigs tipped with a minnow off the piers on the east side, fish will be schooling as the water is cooling.  
Bluegill Fair up to 0.35 lbs Small jug or spinner tipped with a worm or cricket around the brush piles.   
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 5.0 lbs I've remove the fish feeders for the winter, look for them in the spring.  Shad sides work great this time of year, fish shallow with the stinky stuff. 
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 3.0 lbs Smaller spinner baits or twisters in that shallow water around brush and vegetation.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Small jig tipped with worm around the boat ramp and shallow brush piles.  
General Comments

I see some of you have visited my Facebook page.  I've been posting a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, fish stocking and electrofishing photos of lakes that are not in the fishing reports.  Just click this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!  

We conducted our fall netting and the lake looked pretty good, I'll get some numbers up when we are done netting, the new pictures are up!  

October netting pictures, check out these fish! To see the new electrofishing pictures, click on Atchison State Fishing Lake. Also Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Fall Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Blue-Green Algae     KDHE has removed Brown SFL from the Warning and Advisory Levels since the October 27th sample showed normal levels of Blue-Green algae.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Leavenworth SFL  Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair-Good up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig around the piers, brush piles and off the end of the dock.  These fish will be schooling as the water is cooling, work over those brush piles.
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.43 lbs. Small jig or spinner tipped with worm around the brush piles and around the lilies.   
Channel Catfish Fair up to 8.0 lbs I've pulled the fish feeders for the winter, look for them again in spring.  Shad sides work great this time of year also stink baits.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner baits worked slow around the brush piles and off the end of the piers.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Small hunk of worm or jig in the brush piles with the bluegill.  
General Comments

I've had a Facebook page for about a year now and it has photos of: walleye egg collection, sauger collection, stocking, electrofishing and fall netting on lakes in my area.  Just click on this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

We conducted our fall netting and the lake looks pretty good, I'll have some numbers up in a couple of weeks when we're done netting.  New netting pictures are up now!

October netting pictures, lots of bass and good crappie and bluegill, click on Brown State above the fishing report to see some of these fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast.



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/26/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Douglas State Fishing Lake sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Fair 0.25-0.75 lbs Minnows and jigs off rock piers in deeper water.
General Comments
 



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black bass Good up to 22" Largemouth and smallmouth are both available, with the majority being largemouth. They can be caught with traditional methods lakewide throughout the seasons.
Bluegill Fair up to 8" Bluegill are found near shallow water cover, and caught on small jigs and live bait.
Catfish Fair up to 20" Although smaller in size, channel catfish can be caught lakewide on standard catfish baits. Flatheads can be caught along rocky areas on live bait.
Crappie Good up to 14" Crappie numbers are good, and should provide fun angling, primarily in the Spring and Winter periods.
Saugeye Good up to 21" Saugeye numbers remain steady, with some keepers available for harvest. Most are caught along the dam and rock points on crankbaits and jig/worm.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near rock and creek channels 5-10ft deep
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Saugeye Good up to 5 lbs jig n worms and crankbaits along dam and rock points/banks
Black bass Fair up to 4 lbs jigs near deeper points, brush, and rocks
Bluegill Fair   tube jigs and worms near shallow cover
General Comments

This includes a fishing report covering the fishing forecast for the upcoming 2014 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with weekly fishing reports starting March 2014.

This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2014 should be saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Fall Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For Fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click on Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry Newsletter Good 4 pages (Lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Leavenworth SFL  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
LM Bass Fair-Good up to 2.0 lbs Work those shallow areas along the new flooded vegetaion, plastics or small spinners.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 5.0 lbs I've removed the fish feeders for the winter, look for them next spring.  Liver, worms or stinky stuff off the piers.  Stocked 3,500 young fish about a month and a half ago.  
Bluegill Fair up to 0.3 lbs Small tube jig or spinner tipped with a worm in the flooded vegetation.   
Crappie Slow-Fair up to .75 lbs Small tube jigs tipped with a minnow around those brush piles 8-10' of water.  These guys will be schooling as the water starts cooling.
Redear Sunfish Fair-Good up to 0.6 lbs Small hunk of worm or small spinner right in all the new flooded vegetation.  
Wiper Fair-Good up to 5.0 lbs Large shad colored plastics off of the points.  Trolling a crankbait will produce something.
Walleye fair Up to 4.5 lbs Fish the points and face of the dam with big jig tipped with minnow or crawler.
General Comments

I some of you have been visiting my new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of photos to.  All kinds of things like walleye spawning, fish stockings and lots of other stuff.  Just click on this link and your there https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see! 

Lake is only about a foot low and both boat ramps and courtesy docks can be used.  Netted on Friday and I've got the new pictures up, I'll have the numbers up when I'm done netting. 

 

October netting pictures, check out these fish! To see the new netting pictures, click on Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. Also Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
LM Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished off the fishing piers.
Bluegill Good Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Slow 1-5 lbs No Reports.
General Comments

Fishing has been tough due to heavy curly-leaf pondweed infestation.

NEW FOR 2014:  13-18 inch protected slot limit on largemouth bass



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 9/2/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair/Good 1/2 to 11 lbs. Prepared baits in 6-10 feet of water or near the fish feeder.
Crappie Slow to Fair Up to 15 inches Jigs fished near the submerged roadbed.
Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near trees in the coves.
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits fished near mainlake points.
General Comments
 



NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Fall Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available shortly and features Perry and Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Leavenworth SFL  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Fair up to 0.3 lbs. Small hunk of worm or spinner around the piers and the corners of the dam.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 6.0 lbs I've pulled the fish feeders for the winter, look for them in the spring.  Fresh shad or cut bait work great this time of year or a dough bait.   
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5.0 lbs Spinner baits and crankbaits worked slow around the brush fish and lilies.  
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jigs in the brush piles.  Fish will be schooling since the water is cooling!
 Comments

Ken Heaton is almost done with the creel so thank you all for answering a few simple questions this helps us better manage the fishery for you!

I see a few if you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of photos that aren't in the fishing reports: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing.  Just click on this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

We ran the nets a week or so ago and saw some pretty nice catfish, saugeye and fewer but larger white crappie I'll put some numbers up after I'm done netting.

October netting pictures are up now, still some nice largemouth in this lake! Click on NEBO above fishing report to see these fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 8 inches The lake has a fairly good bluegill population this year. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair to Slow 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers are down some this year, but the fish in the lake are of nice size.  A few being caught around the habitat buoy with jigs or minnows.
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with most of the fish 12 to 15 inches. 
General Comments
This small 24 acre lake is similar to pond fishing. The lake is known for catch and release of largemouth bass and harvest of nice bluegill. The lake's channel catfish are protected by a 15 inch minimum length limit.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Slow to Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. 
Channel Catfish Fair 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish. This allows for good harvest rates of eater size catfish. The most recent stocking was on August 6th when 725 channel catfish were put into the lake.   So far this year 5,400 channel catfish have been stocked. 
Crappie Slow 1/4 to 1 pound A few crappie are being caught around the fishing docks.
General Comments

Pott. # 2 is noted for family outings, scenic views, catch and release bass fishing, harvest of small crappie and channel catfishing. The channel cat population is maintained with 2 fish feeders and frequent stockings of 12+ inch fish from March through September.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.



SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has an excellent population of black bass over 15 inches.  They can be found around structure or the dam in 5 to 12 feet of water.
Crappie Slow 1/2 to 1 pound The lake does not have a lot of crappie over 10 inches this year.  Fish can be found around the brush piles that are listed below.
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish. 1010 channel catfish were stocked on August 5th. So far this year 5,560 channel catfish have been stocked at the lake.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5.  Cats are being caught with worms or dip bait.
General Comments

Located north of Silver Lake, Shawnee State Fishing Lake is the site of good catch and release largemouth bass fishing. The lake is also noted for channel catfish harvest since the lake receives frequent stockings of harvestable sized catfish from March through September. The Jeffrey Energy Center Lakes and Perry Reservoir both have zebra mussels and with Shawnee State Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.200640° W - 95.805438°
N 39.200351° W -95.801881°
N 39.201053° W -95.801924°



WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/27/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a large bluegill population, but is dominated by small fish. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 7 lbs Fair numbers of channel cats are available.
Crappie Fair Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs Recent saugeye samples have been low, but there are some keepers around. There is a 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
Washington State Fishing Lake is full.



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has very good numbers of nice sized catfish.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Wiper Slow Up to 12" Wiper were introduced last year to help control the gizzard shad population.  The first stocking did well and there are low numbers of 10 to 12" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound Highest sample numbers of crappie in over 10 years. Most of the crappie are below 10 inches, but fair numbers of larger crappie around.  They can be found in the standing timber with minnows.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Overall, saugeye numbers are looking good.  Near the dam or road beds with big jigs, crankbaits or worms.
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght limit.
General Comments
Centralia Lake is a 400 acre lake that is noted for good channel cat, white bass and crappie fishing. The lake facilities include multiple ramps, picnic tables, plenty of camping pads and many sites with electricity. Centralia is enrolled in the CFAP program, which means a City permit is not required for fishing visits. Perry Reservoir has zebra mussels and with Centralia Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 11/26/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Fair 0.33-0.75 lb Using minnows and jigs in deeper water.
       
General Comments
 



ESKRIDGE-LAKE WABAUNSEE - Last Updated: 10/27/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair Up to 7 pounds The lake has fair numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth. Bass are protected by an 18 inch minimum length limit. 
Bluegill and Yellow Perch Fair Up to 1/3 pound There is a good population of bluegill at the lake.
White Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie can be found in 8 to 15 feet of water.  The lake has a very good crappie population.
Channel Catfish Slow to Fair 1 to 15 pounds The lake does not have a lot of catfish, but they tend to be big.
General Comments

Lake Wabaunsee is designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species Water since zebra mussels were discovered there in 2013. It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies and dump your bait.

This scenic lake is noted for largemouth bass fishing along the abundant shoreline weed beds during the spring and summer. Smallmouth bass are also available along the dam and rocky shoreline. Saugeye and crappie can also be taken at this 200 acre lake located in the flint hills. Since this lake is not part of the CFAP Program, annual or day use permits are available at the boat ramp bait house on the northeast shore.



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 14 lb. Liver or doughbait fished near the fish feeder.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lb. No Reports.
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Jigs fished in 12-15 ft. of water.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near the docks.
General Comments
 



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Fair 1-4 lbs Good numbers of small channel catfish should be caught lakewide using traditional catfish techniques. Good numbers of flatheads of all sizes may be caught along the dam and rocks using live bait.
Crappie Good .5-1.5lb Good numbers of harvestable crappie are available to anglers. Best fishing should be in the Spring near cover on jigs and spinners. Summer fishing would be best using jigs and/or live bait near standing timber, the same for Winter.
Largemouth bass Poor up to 3 lbs Largemouth abundance is low, but best fishing is using lures near cover, and crankbaits along dam.
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs Most walleye will be below the length limit. Good catch and release angling should be available throughout the fishing season with a few keepers present.
White bass Good up to 2 lbs White bass abundance is good. Large white bass are available, and should be accessible throughout the year.
Wipers Good up to 10 lbs Wipers should provide good fishing along with trophy possibilities for lucky anglers.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near brush 5-10ft deep
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs along channel edges and points trolling crankbaits and drifting jigs with worms
White Bass/Wipers Good up to 6 lbs along dam deeper points on jigs and crankbaits
General Comments

This includes a fishing report covering the fishing forecast for the upcoming 2014 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with regular weekly fishing reports starting March 2014.

This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2014 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 10/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Lake Contour Map Pretty Good 8.5"x11" Color Banner Creek has been mapped by the Kansas Biological Survey and there is a map available at Contour Map
Fall Fishing Opportunities Good   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available NOW and features Perry and Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Leavenworth SFL Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up tp 1.0 lbs. Tube jigs and minnow or small spinner around brush, boat ramp cove and the dam.  Fish will be schooling as the water is cooling.  Look for them in the regular places, along the dam and the boat ramp cove brush.
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs. Small jig or spinner tipped with a worm in the brush and along the weed edges.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 12.0 lbs. Pulled the fish feeders for the winter look for them next spring in the same places. Shad sides work great this time of year, wind swept banks.  Fish were pretty active all day around the feeder on the north side.  Looks like tons of small gizzard shad.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5.0 lbs. Spinners or plastics worked slow around the brush, standing timber and flooded vegetation. 
Walleye/ Sauger Fair-Good up to 3 lbs. Fish are feeding like crazy, jigs tipped with a minnow or crawler or trolling.  Saw some small shad being chased around by something.
General Comments

I see some of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've posted a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing of lakes that are not in the fishing reports.  Just click this link  https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

The lake is still down several feet so be careful out there, I'll get some netting numbers up after I'm done netting.

I October netting pictures are up, we have white bass now! Click on Banner Creek above fishing report to see some of these fish . Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank tends to be the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Good 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have greatly improved the last few years and there is currently very good numbers of fish around 10" to 11" long. People have really started catching them this last week.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds A few catfish are still being caught.  Worms or cut bait.
Walleye Slow 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers are down this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch lenght limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass can be found schooled up around shad.
Wipers Good 1 to 12 pounds Wiper can be found with the white bass around schools of shad.  The lake has good numbers of 16-22" wipers with a few bigger ones around. The daily creel limit for wipers is 2.
General Comments

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy. The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time. If the inlet is flowing, then good fishing can be found there. As of November 25th the lake was full and the boat ramp was usuable.

Zebra mussels have infested Make-Up Lake. The lake has been designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water. It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.



SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 6/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Jigs or minnows fished in 12-15 ft. of water.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Doughbait or liver fished along the north shore.
Wiper Fair Up to 9 lbs. Topwater fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Trout Slow Catchable No Reports.
General Comments
In addition to a state fishing license, a Johnson County fishing permit is required. If you plan to fish for trout, a Johnson County trout permit is also required. Johnson County fishing/trout permits are available through Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and other select vendors.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 6/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs. Doughbait fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Fair Up to 11 lbs. Jigs fished near mainlake points.
White Crappie Fair Most fish around 9 inches, but some up to 13 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles.
General Comments
 



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 6/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
LM Bass Fair/Good 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Fair 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
 
General Comments
Brushpiles were placed at several locations November 07. Locations were marked using WGS 84 in decimel degrees: 1) N38.58320 W094.84451; 2) N38.58696 W094.84709; 3) N38.58315 W094.84453; 4) N38.58710 W09484722; 5) N38.58785 W094.84595; 6) N38.58768 W094.84595; 7) N38.58770 W094.84600; 8) N38.58727 W094.84810; 9) N38.58734 W094.84807; 10) N38.58736 W094.84768; 11) N38.58706 W094.84595; 12) N38.58715 W094.84641; 13) N38.58726 W094.84611; 14) N38.59237 W094.84518; 15) N38.58313 W094.84462; 16) N38.58318 W094.84466; 17) N38.59250 W094.84519; 18) N038.59231 W094.84511; 19) N38.59077 W094.84518; 20) N38.59158 W094.84512; 21) N38.59444 W094.84327; 22) N38.58772 W094.84164; 23) N38.58538 W094.84326; 24) N38.58583 W094.84547; 25) N38.58771 W094.84779.



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Fair to Slow 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has fair numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Slow 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a large population that contains all sizes of fish, but the fishery is dominated by 12 to 15 inch bass.
General Comments
This small 49 acre lake is located in northeast Pott. County. The fishing conditions are very similar to that of a large farm pond. The lake is noted for good catch and release largemouth bass fishing due to the abundance of the species. Bass 13 to 18 inches long are protected.



SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 10/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Fall Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Leavenworth State fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Leavenworth SFL newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs Tube jigs tipped with minnows in structure.  These fish will be schooling as the water is cooling.
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs Small jig or spinner tipped with a hunk of worm around the shallow brush and weed edges.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 11.0 lbs Shad sides are great this time of year, fish them shallow on the wind swept banks.  Late night fishing will produce some fish, better take a jacket.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Large jigs or spinners worked slow around the shallow brush and weed edges.  
Walleye Fair up to 3.0 lbs. Stocked 300,000 walleye fry in April, will be several years before they are keeper size. Twisters off of the points either side of the pump house cove, fish are feeding like crazy now.  Try a little drifting on a less windy day.
Wiper Fair-Good up to 7.0 lbs. Large twisters or shad at the mouth of the cove on the east side. 
General Comments

I see a few of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of pictures: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing pictures.  Just click on this link  https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

Netted yesterday, what a lake!  Water is down a couple feet but there are some really nice fish: bluegill, black crappie, wipers, channel catfish and walleye. I put up the new pictures and I'll get some numbers up when I'm done netting.

October netting pictures, nice wipers, good crappie, catfish and bluegill! Click on Pony Creek above the fishing report and see some nice fish! We electrofished some nice fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 11/26/2014

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
Crappie Fair 0.33-1 lb Using minnows and jigs off piers.
Trout Slow-Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using Little Cleos, small jigs and spinners.  Some on powerbait.
General Comments
Brushpiles were constructed and placed at 5 locations in April 2010. Locations were marked with GPS using datum NAD83: 1) N38.99217 W095.63188, 2) N39.00736 W095.62968, 3) N38.99254, W095.63210, 4) N38.99619 W095.632202, 5) N39.01043, W095.63014. November 07 locations were marked with GPS using datum WGS84 in decimel degrees: 1) N39.00740 W095.62978; 2) N39.00819 W095.63046; 3) N39.00810 W095.63055; 4) N39.00806 W095.63043; 5) N39.00638 W095.62261; 6) N39.00247 W095.62495; 7) N38.99622 W095.63205; 8) 39.00274 W095.63202.



WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Jigs or minnows fished in the mainlake.
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lbs. Liver fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Smallmouth Bass Good Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 6 lbs. Jigs fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. No Reports.
General Comments
A Wyandotte County fishing permit is required to fish this property. A Wyandotte County trout permit is required for trout fishing. Please contact Wyandotte County Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department at 913-573-8327 for more information.



ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Slow to Fair 1 to 20+ pounds

Channel catfish can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.

Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.

White Bass & Wipers Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds

Fishing for white bass and wipers has been fair, with a few always being caught. 

To distinguish between the two species you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for id. Wiper daily creel is 2.

Drum Good 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum fishing has been good. They can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds A few saugeye being caught with jigs or crankbaits below the dam.  There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on saugeye. 
General Comments
Rocky Ford , a river fishery, is located just south of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue River. Anglers have the opportunity to harvest fishes generally associated with moving water. Saugeye, white bass, the catfishes, drum, crappie and carp can be harvested. Angler access and success is affected by release rates from the nearby Tuttle Creek Reservoir. You can check current conditions at  http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/TuttleCreekLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair up to 8" This lake contains a population of 6-8" bluegill. They are caught primarily on live bait near shallow water cover and rock.
Catfish Fair up to 26" Good numbers of smaller channel cats are caught lakewide on traditional catfish baits. Flatheads are caught along the rocky dam on live bait.
Crappie Fair up to 14" Crappie are available, some up to 14". They are caught on jigs and/or live bait near brush, primarily in the Spring and Winter.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3 lbs Largemouth bass are present, but in low numbers. They are caught near brush on artificials, and along the dam on crankbaits.
White bass Fair up to 17" There are decent numbers of white bass currently available, some rather large. Most can be found in the creek and along the dam in the Spring and Fall. Best baits are jigs and spinners.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rocks
Largemouth Bass Slow    
Bluegill Fair   tube jigs and worms near brush and rocks
White Bass Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and spinners near dam
General Comments

This includes a fishing report covering the fishing forecast for the upcoming 2014 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with weekly fishing reports starting March 2014.

This shallow lake has the best fishing for crappie and channel catfish which are stocked annually.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass   Up to 5 lbs  
Channel Catfish   Up to 8 lbs  
Walleye   Up to 6 lbs  
White Bass   Up to 18"  
Wiper   Up to 8 lbs  
General Comments

The lake is closed to fishing starting November 1st for the waterfowl season.

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy. The Jeffrey Energy Center allows up to 30 anglers to fish at any one time. As of September 4th, the lake was full and the boat ramp was usable.

Zebra mussels have been found at Auxiliary Lake. The lake has been designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.24842° W -96.15163°
N 39.24899° W -96.15149°
N 39.25150° W -96.14638°
N 39.23917° W -96.15172°
N 39.23441° W -96.14757°
N 39.23475° W -96.14803°

 



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes on the KDWPT Public Fishing Reports blog at http://ksfishing.blogspot.com.

BARBER STATE FISHING LAKE - LOWER - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth bass     Try jigs and finesse plastics in the afternoon.
Walleye     Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.
Crappie     Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Minnows or jigs are the best baits.
Channel catfish     Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. They tend to feed on the wind blown side of the lake.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2015.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call theDodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye     Try drifting a jig and worm across flats and points.
Flathead catfish     Try live bait around channel swings and bends.
Crappie     Fish around any sun washed rock or brush you can find as well as drop-offs, using minnows & jigs.
Largemouth bass     Try jigs and finesse plastics in the middle of the day.
White bass Good Up to 1 lb Small jigs or roadrunners or minnow type baits along the along windswept shorelines for schooling fish.
Channel catfish     Try liver, shrimp, worms or other live baits or also any cut baits.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2015.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call theDodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



FINNEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/30/2011

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
General Comments
LAKE IS STILL DRY



GOODMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/9/2014

       
General Comments
The recent rains have continued to miss the lake and it is basically dry.



HAIN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish     Try using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. 
General Comments

Restocking efforts will continue in 2015.  

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2015.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call theDodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



HODGEMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/29/2011

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
  No reports No reports No recent reports available
General Comments
 

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in March 2011.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



KIOWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

pecies Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie     Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Minnows under a bobber is probably the best option.
Flathead catfish     Fish live bait around the brush piles.
Wipers     Try drifting live shad, sunfish, minnows, or vertically fishing slabspoons.
Largemouth bass     Try jigs, crankbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits around wood in the vegetation.
Channel catfish     Try liver, shrimp, worms or cut bait.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2015.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call theDodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, & Location
Rainbow trout Good    2 / lb Try small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits. 
Crappie     Fish around any brush or vegetation. Minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs should work.
Bluegill     Try small pieces of worm under a bobber.
Channel catfish     Try liver, shrimp, worms, or cut bait.
Largemouth bass     Try jigs, finesse plastics and slow rolled spinnerbaits later in the day. 
Flathead catfish      Live bluegill at night close to the shore.
General Comments

2000 rainbow trout were stocked in Meade SFL for the start of the trout season.  Meade Lake is a Type 2 water, meaning that a trout permit is required only for trout anglers.  

The rest of this is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2015.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call theDodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6.5 lbs. Stillfishing cut or prepared baits on warmer days has been best.  Most fish have been running in the 12 to 16 inch range.
Crappie Fair Most up to 9 inches Jigs fished around the fish attractors either vertically from a boat or under a bobber from shore.  Most fish range in length from 8 to 9 inches.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair

Saugeye up to 3.6 lbs.

Walleye up to 6.1 lbs.

Fishing small fish imitating jigs and swimbaits along the edges of the creek channel drop-offs or over points has produced a few fish.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5.5 lbs. Casting slow rolling spinnerbaits or unweighted swimbaits around the fish attractors or along sunny shorelines on warmer days.
Sunfish Fair Up to 8 inches Vertically fishing small jig heads tipped with small pieces of nightcrawler or whole mealworms around the fish attractors.
Rainbow Trout Fair/Good 0.5 lb. average

We stocked 2,100 trout in the State Lake and 150 trout in the Barrel Springs Pond on 10-31-2014.

Stillfishing powerbait, corn, salmon eggs, worms, marshmallows, and various combinations of the above baits are typically effective.  But anglers casting small inline spinners are successful too.

General Comments

Release all walleye/saugeye and largemouth bass less than 15 inches.

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!

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.



CIMARRON GRASSLAND PITS - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow trout Good   2 / lb Try small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits. 
General Comments

1000 rainbow trout were stocked at the Grasslands Recreation Area ponds for the start of trout fishing this year.  These are Type 2 Water, meaning that a trout permit is required only for trout anglers.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!



COLDWATER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie     Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Using minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs work.
Channel catfish     Try liver, shrimp, worms, or other live baits. Normally they will be feeding on the wind blown side of the lake. You can also try drifting nightcrawlers or using cut bait.
Wiper     Try jigs and crankbaits on wind blown shores or shrimp fished on the bottom off the face of the dam.
Largemouth bass     Fishing with any shad imitation lures should work, especially around the stump rows and along shoreline vegetation.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2015.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call theDodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



JETMORE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish     Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
       
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2015.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call theDodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



DODGE CITY LAKE CHARLES - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow trout Good 2 / lb  Try small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits. 
General Comments

800 rainbow trout were stocked in Lake Charles on October 28.  Lake Charles is a Type 1 Water, meaning that ALL anglers 16 or older must have a trout permit until April 15.

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!



PRATT COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth bass     Jigs and finesse plastics around sunny banks later in the day.
Bluegill     Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around the rocks. 
Walleye     Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or slim minnow type crankbaits.
Channel catfish     Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Crappie     Fish around brush, logs, rocks or vegetation. Usually best on minnows, but jigs should work as well.
Wiper     Try jigs and crankbaits on the windy banks. You could also try using sunfish, minnows, or vertically fishing slab spoons.
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.

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2015.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call theDodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District

Release all largemouth bass, walleye and wipers less than 18 inches.



GREAT BEND (VETERAN PARK) - Last Updated: 4/19/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
General Comments

Veteran's Lake remains under a Public Health Warning- http://kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

  • Conditions are unsafe
  • Water contact should not occur

Additional information on blue-green algae can be found here:

http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/BLUE-GREEN-ALGAE-INFORMATION/BLUE-GREEN-ALGAE-INFORMATION

If you have any questions or concerns, KDHE can be contacted during normal business hours at 785-296-6603



LIBERAL ARKALON AREA - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, & Location
       
       
General Comments
Arkalon is closed for the winter.



GREAT BEND STONE LAKE - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, & Location
Rainbow trout   2/lb Try small spinners, spoons, power bait, worms, corn and small crankbaits.
Channel catfish     Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom.
Bluegill     Try small pieces of worm or crickets under a bobber or small twister tail jigs. 
Largemouth bass     Try jigs and finesse plastics later in the day.
Crappie     Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs, using minnows or jigs
Wiper     Try trolling jigs and crankbaits, or shrimp fished on the bottom. You can also try jigging slab spoons and bucktail jigs. Drifting live shad, sunfish or minnows may also work
General Comments

1049 rainbow trout were stocked to kick off the trout fishing season.  Stone Lake is a Type 2 Water, meaning that a trout permit is required only for trout anglers.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

REMEMBER: 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.



LACROSSE WARREN STONE MEMORIAL LAKE - Last Updated: 9/5/2014

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, & Location
       
General Comments

A significant blue green algae bloom is taking place and access to the lake is restricted.

Recent rain has resulted in a nearly full lake again.  Decaying vegetation in newly filled waters prevents adequate dissolved oxygen levels to sustain fish.  When water conditions improve and fish become available, fish stocking will commence.  While mid summer is not typically when many fish are available through our fish culture section, efforts to locate and stock largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish are ongoing.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



CONCANNON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish     Try using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver.
General Comments

Restocking efforts will continue in 2015.  

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2015.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call theDodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



FORD COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish     Try using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver.
General Comments

Restocking efforts will continue in 2015.  

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2015.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call theDodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



PRATT CENTENNIAL POND - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Rainbow Trout Good  2 / lb Try using spinners, swim baits, spoons or flies.
General Comments

Trout were stocked on  October 30. Pratt Centennial Pond is a Type 1 trout area, which requires all anglers age 16 and older fishing during the trout season to have a trout permit.

All species, other than trout, are catch and release only. Please remember to discard your trash properly. Thank you for purchasing your fishing license and trout permit to fish this location, your dollars support the trout program! Normal fishing license requirements still apply.

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!

 If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie     Fish around deeper brush or vegetation.especially in the creek channel to the west. Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish     Nightcrawlers, liver or shrimp up in the creek channel
Largemouth bass     Jigs and finesse plastics in the creek channel or along the dam.
Bluegill     Worms under bobbers
Walleye     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

  

This is a generic winter fishing report.  Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves.  This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2015.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.  You may also call theDodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

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!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes on the KDWPT Public Fishing Reports blog at http://ksfishing.blogspot.com.

CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

SPECIES RATING SIZE BAITS, LOCATION, METHODS
Fishing Newsletter     All KDWPT fisheries districts are offering a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. The newsletters are aimed at keeping anglers informed about fishing opportunities and information in their areas of interest. The first few editions of the Cheney Fisheries District have been completed and are ready for distribution.
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers 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, BOAT LIVEWELLS, AND BILGES!!!

Zebra mussel numbers have decreased at Cheney; however, anglers and boaters should still use caution to avoid moving adults and veligers from the lake.

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

White Bass and Wiper Good Various

Good fall and winter spots for white bass are off of deep dropoffs near M&M point and the west toadstool shelters. Anglers also do well in the upper end in the river channel.

Fall netting results indicate excellent white bass and wiper populations. There are high densities of temperate bass and lots of quality fish. Fishing should be as good for temperate bass in 2015 as it has been in recent years.

Walleye Fair Up to 28"

Walleyes are tough to find in the cold water; however, fish hold on deep structure and are likely feeding on 4-6" gizzard shad.  Match your bait to the forage.

Gill net samples were encouraging for walleyes. Although numbers will be down slightly in 2015, there are still plenty of sublegal and legal-sized fish in the population.  Decent numbers of of fish from the 2014 stocking were captured, which is a good sign for the future.

Crappie Fair Up to 15" Fall and winter can be the best times to focus on crappie. Look for them on sharp drops in deep water.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lb Channel and blue catfish can provide fun winter angling. Focus on structure and channel borders.
White Perch    

Netting results this fall indicate that white perch numbers increased this year; however, there are many catchable-size white perch (10+") in the lake.

White perch cannot be used as live bait, but they do make good cut bait. For tips on identifying a white perch from a white bass, wiper or striped bass click HERE.

All white perch in your possession must be dead. It is illegal to posses live white perch.

COMMENTS
This is a general winter fishing report. If a good bite is reported, it will be posted. Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.



COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir. Click HERE for the news release.

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.  

Channel Catfish Fair up to 8 lb Drifting worms or shad on the flats.
Saugeye Fair up to 6 lb Trolling crankbaits along windblown shorelines or vertically fishing jigs on shallow breaks.
White Bass Fair up to 14-inch Casting to windblown points or pulling crankbaits.
Wiper Fair up to 20-inch Same as white bass
White Crappie Fair up to 12-inch

Off of points, channel breaks, and creek ledges on jigs and minnows.

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

1.8 feet below normal pool, releasing 14 CFS.

For information on current boat ramp conditions please contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at the Council Grove Reservoir Office 620-767-5195.

Click HERE for water level information.



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/3/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

New Video from KDWPT

Fisheries Management in Kansas

    The video "Fisheries Management in Kansas" is now available on YouTube.  This 24-minute video details fisheries management practices in Kansas that are used by Department biologists to create good fishing for Kansas anglers.  See the video at http://youtu.be/J31chIla9Tk .
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.  REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in the Trout Area below the dam!!

Blue catfish Fair 15 to 30 inch

A video showing electrofishing for blue catfish at El Dorado Reservoir can be seen HERE.

Blues are being caught out of the the river channels on fresh shad or cut baits.  Most are 15 to 21 inches in length with the occasional bigger fish caught.

Minimum length limit of 35-inches in effect.  Fish less than 35-inches must be immediately released.

Most of the blue catfish in the lake are below the 35-inch minimum length limit and must be released immediately. Take time to properly identify your catfish catch. Click HERE for information on how to properly identify your catch.

Wiper Fair up to 26-inch

Trolling crankbaits is a good way to locate active fish.  Casting shad imitating lures or jigs in to actively feeding fish is a good early fall pattern.

Be sure to properly ID your catch as there is there is an 21-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit on wiper.. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White bass Fair up to 14-inch

Some white bass are being caught but most catches have consisted of wipers recently.  See report for wiper.

Wipers can be caught along with white bass so it is important to properly identify your catch before putting it on a stringer. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White Perch Good Up to 8-inch

White perch can be found on old roads, humps, and river channels.  Live bait is deadly on white perch but they can also be caught on small spoons, jigs, and small crankbaits.  Fishing is fast and furious when you get on a school of white perch.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair to Good up to 14-inch 10 to 15 deep in brush piles on jigs.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Liver fished on the bottom in old Bluestem Lake and drifting cut bait on the mainlake area.
Walleye  Fair up to 26 inch

Trolling crankbaits or vertical jigging with plastics on old roads or breaks in 12 to 20 feet of water.

THE WALLEYE LENGTH LIMIT IS 21-INCHES WITH A 2/day CREEL LIMIT.

Rainbow Trout Good up to 14 inch

Trout season opens on November 1.

Anglers are catching limits (5/fish) on a variety of baits including Powerbait, corn, and cheese.  Fish are also hitting spoons, spinners, and jigs.

General Comments

1.7 feet low, releasing 5 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

ZEBRA MUSSEL & WHITE PERCH WARNING! El Dorado Reservoir and the Walnut River below the reservoir contain zebra mussels and white perch. Take zebra mussel control precautions when leaving the lake, Trout Area, and Stilling Basin. For information on Zebra Mussels click Here.



MARION RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels     Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers 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, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!
Channel Cat Good All Sizes Channels have been caught up in the river and in deeper water using shad or drifting flats with worms.
White Crappie Fair 10" and over Fish around brushpiles and creek channel dropoffs with small jigs or spoons. Crappie at Marion tend to congregate at the dam and broken bridge.
Walleye Good Up to 18" A few walleye being caught off windy points or in the channels drifting with night crawlers or trolling with lures.
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs Try crankbaits or lures mimicking shad. 
Wiper Good 1-5 lbs Wiper have been picking up in the last couple of weeks. Try shad-like crankbaits or twister tail jigs off of wind blown shorelines and points. Wiper can also be found near brushpiles and other structure this time of year.
General Comments
For information about ramp conditions, please contact the US Army Corps of Engineers office at Marion Reservoir by calling (620) 382-2101.

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8" to 10" Fish with small minnows and jigs around brush. There are a few nice crappie in the lake although most are fairly small.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" Worms under a bobber. There are mostly small bluegill in the lake.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-4 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 18" Fish shallow brush. A few large fish (up to 22") are caught in the lake each year.
General Comments
This is a general winter fishing report. If a good bite is reported, it will be posted. Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.



BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Good up to 12 pounds

Feeders are done for the year.  Cats are biting prepared baits and fresh cut baits.

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 17-inch Bass fishing has been up and down recently.  Larger crankbaits and plastics are producing the best action.
Black Crappie Fair up to 8-inch

Crappie have been slow to fair recently.  

The majority of the crappie in the lake or small and need to be thinned down.  Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed  the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back.  Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!

Bluegill Fair up to 7-inch Live bait fished under a bobber close to shoreline cover. 
General Comments
 



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels Have Been Discovered in Chase State Fishing Lake.    

Chase SFL is now an ANS designated water. Read the news release HERE.

 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, 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.

New Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Good up to 10 pounds

Nightcrawlers, stink bait, and fresh cut bait have all produced some good catches.  Feeders are done for the year.

Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 15-inch

Small crankbaits, grubs and jigs are producing good bass action.  Not many big fish have been caught but there is plenty of action with the smaller sized fish to keep things exciting.  

There is a 13 to 18 inch slot limit on Largemouth Bass in effect at the lake.

Saugeye Fair up to 24-inch Anglers are picking up a few saugeye along the dam and rocky shorelines casting crankbaits.
Spotted Bass Good   Steep rocky shorelines in water at least 4 feet deep on jigs or crankbaits.
Bluegill Good up to 8-inch Fishing live bait with a small bobber is a great technique this time of the year.  Fish off the piers keeping your bait close to the shoreline. 
White Crappie Fair up to 10-inch Jigs and minnows are producing crappie.  Anglers hitting a good day are catching many crappie although most are small in the 7 to 8-inch range.  Crappie numbers are currently high in the lake so please harvest those smaller crappie as long as you don't exceed the 50/day creel limit.  When the crappie density gets too high in the lake, growth rates slow and many of the crappie stay small.  Increased harvest of these smallish crappie will be beneficial for the crappie population and the lake as a whole.
General Comments
 



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Black Crappie Fair up to 11-inches Not many recent crappie reports.
Bluegill Fair up to 8-inch Worm and bobber around the weedbeds.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 6 pounds Stink baits and fresh cut bait fished off the piers and the dock.  Fish feeders are done for the year. 15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 16-inch Anglers are catching bass on plastic worms and smaller crankbaits fished near cover.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 11-inch Small pieces of night crawler fished on bottom near weed bed edges have produced some nice fish.
General Comments
 



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Good 10" to 10 lb. Kingman is a good channel catfish destination. There are lots of catfish and good numbers of large fish. Fish lakewide with cutbait during the cold-water period.
Largemouth Bass Fair 6" to 16" Fish lures with slow presentations during winter. Jerk baits are a good cold-water bait. The bass are growing quickly after the renovation.  The largest bass in fall samples was about 16".
Northern Pike Fair Up to 28" Pike are active in cold water and will bite about any lure at any time. There were pike approaching 30" captured in fall samples.
Bluegill Fair Up to 6" The biggest bluegill in the lake are around 6 inches.  Use worms under a bobber near structure.
General Comments

This is a general winter fishing report. If a good bite is reported, it will be posted. Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.

The unarmored portion of the dam is currently being protected with rip rap from the highway project. Please be careful in these areas as the material will need to be cleaned of excess metal before next spring. Thank you!

A bathymetric map of the lake is now posted on the lake page.  It clearly shows the location of the springs at the north end.



MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Good Up to 30" Fish with cutbait lakewide, especially on the windblown shore. The lake is an excellent spot for keeper-sized and the occasional trophy-sized channel catfish.
Crappie Fair 8-10" Crappie overwinter in deeper water. A few will remain shallow to feed. The crappie population at McPherson SFL is generally poor; however, a few big crappie were sampled this spring.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7 lb. Use lures fished at a slow pace. Soft plastics or jerk baits are good bets in the winter.
Saugeye Fair 15-20" Saugeye seem to like the lower end of the reservoir around rocks.  Decent numbers of saugeye were captured in gill nets and more and more are showing up in angler creels.
General Comments

This is a general winter fishing report. If a good bite is reported, it will be posted. Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.

A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.



ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 6/2/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth bass Poor   No recent reports.
Channel catfish Poor   No recent reports.
Bluegill Poor   No recent reports.
General Comments
The lake is full and was restocked in the fall of 2013 with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish fingerlings.  These fish will need a year or two to grow into catchable-sized individuals.  Other species such as crappie may be considered for stocking after a few years; however, until the bass population is established in the lake, crappie have a high likelihood of overpopulating. 



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussel     Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove City Lake. Click HERE for more information.
Bluegill Fair   Fish the weeds with a worm and bobber combo.
Crappie Fair Up to 11-inch In the coves in and around weed beds in 6 to 10 feet of water.
Channel catfish Fair up to 3 lbs Liver or stinkbaits fished on windblown shorelines
Largemouth bass Fair 13 to 16-inches Jigs and plastic baits fished in the weed cover in 6 to 10 feet of water.
Spotted bass     Same as largmeouth bass.  Not many fish coming off of the rocks right now.
Walleye     Few recent reports on walleye this week.
General Comments
The City of Council Grove requires Aquatic Nuisance Species certification of anglers and boaters at Council Grove City Lake. Go to ANS Certification to obtain the certificate. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.



HARVEY COUNTY WEST LAKE - Last Updated: 10/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Good up to 1/2lb Sunfish can be most easily caught in warm months using a small bit of worm fished under a bobber. Small jigs and spinners can also be productive - but stay close to the shore line.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18 inches When fishing for largemouth bass in warmer months, try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around structures or along weed lines.
White Crappie Fair 8-12 inches Crappie can be caught with minnows or small jigs around structure.
Channel Catfish Good 1 lb plus Channel catfish have been picking up with the recent warmer weather.  Use prepared baits or dough baits for the best success, or drift cut shads or worms.
Little Arkansas River No recent reports.
General Comments

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please call Jessica at 316-683-8069.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 10/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-4lbs Channel catfish are stocked seasonally, and can be caught lakewide.
White Crappie Fair  up to 12 inches Try small jigs or minnows especially around brush piles.
Largemouth Bass Fair All sizes When fishing for largemouth bass in the summer try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around structures or along weed lines.
Saugeye No Reports 18" length limit Saugeye may be caught lakewide, try drifting with worms on flats.
White bass Fair 12" + White bass will be feeding on shad. Good bait choices for this time of year are crankbaits, plastics, and jigging slab spoons.
General Comments

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please call Jessica at 316-683-8069.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lbs Channel cat have been caught in deeper areas using shad or on flats drifting with worms or cut bait.
       
White Crappie Fair to Good Up to 14 inches Crappie fishing varies as water temps have increased recently.
Largemouth Bass Fair 8-22 inches Try lures around structure near the shoreline.
Saugeye Fair Up to 18 inches Try casting crankbaits and plastics near rocky shorelines and off breezy points.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Bluegill are biting readily on worms and small jigs or spinners.
White Bass / Wiper Fair 1 lb Find Wiper and white bass along dam and off points. Good bait choices for this time of year are crankbaits, plastics, and slab spoons. Target white bass in areas where they will be chasing shad.
General Comments

Boat inspections are MANDATORY at Marion County Lake to prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Nuisance Species. Protect our waters... don't forget to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY!

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lb. Catfish will distribute lakewide and generally feed on the windblown shorelines.
Wiper Fair Up to 10 lb. Wipers will generally hold on steep dropoffs and near structure in the winter. Spoons and jigs are good baits.
Crappie Fair Up to 14" Crappie will generally hang on deep structure during the winter. Fish will move shallow to feed on nice days.
Saugeye Fair Up to 5 lb. Use slowly-fished jigs from the old dam for saugeye.
Flathead Catfish Fair all sizes Use lively bait near structure.
General Comments
This is a general winter fishing report. If a hot tip is received, the report will be updated.  Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 10/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels were verified in Winfield City Lake in December 2006. Lake users should follow recommended control practices found HERE .

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!!!

Crappie Fair up to 12-inch Crappie are being caught in the trees and off of the points in water 12 to 20 feet deep.  Jigs and minnows are producing.
Channel catfish Good up to 6 pounds Stinkbait, liver, and cut bait fished on windblown shorelines.
Black bass     No recent reports available
White bass Fair to Good 10 to 16-inch Points and the old road are giving up some white bass.  Vertical jigging, pulling crank baits, and casting are all producing fish.
Wipers Fair to Good up to 25-inch Same as white bass.
Walleye Fair up to 6 lbs Crankbaits, jig and crawler, or spoons fished on the old road.  Trolling crankbaits in the upper end.  Walleye Minimum length limit 18 inches.    
General Comments
The City of Winfield requires additional permits for anglers using the lake. Stop in to the lake office before fishing at the lake.



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 10/23/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair all sizes Fish shallow with shad sides, shrimp, or liver.
Crappie Fair up to 14" Recent netting showed a great crappie population with lots of 9-13" crappie. Use minnows or jigs around brush.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18" Fish any cover with lures or live bait.
Saugeye Fair Up to 18" Recent netting indicates a very good saugeye population.  Cast crankbaits early and late lakewide for a chance at 25+ inch fish.
General Comments
 



DILLON NATURE CENTER - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow trout Excellent 10 to 18-inches Trout stockings will occur approximately every two weeks.  Two stockings have already occurred and anglers are having good luck on a variety of baits.
Channel catfish Good 1-5 lb The last catfish stocking of the year occurred on September 4.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" Near the bank and around structure on nightcrawlers.
General Comments
 



CAREY PARK POND - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs. The last catfish stocking of the year occurred on September 4.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. There are a few bass in the pond, usually caught on live bait and lures.
General Comments
White perch are present in Carey Park Fishing Pond. White perch are a nuisance species that are illegal to possess alive and SHOULD NOT be transported to other waters for any reason.



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 10/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Adult Zebra Mussels were found 7/31/08 at Lake Afton.

The zebra mussels reproduce during the warmer summer months and veligers (larval zebra mussels) are present in the water column. Zebra mussel veligers 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, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

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

REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in Clearwater Creek below the spillway!

White Perch no report Up to 1 lb Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may be possessed or used as live bait ONLY while on this water, and may not be transported alive.
Channel Catfish good 1-3 lbs Channel cat are stocked monthly from May-September.
Saugeye Poor    
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 3 pounds When fishing for largemouth bass in warm months, try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around structures or along weed lines. 
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches  Fish around brushpiles and creek channel dropoffs with small jigs or spoons.
Bluegill Sunfish Good Up to 1 lb Bluegill can easily be caught with a small piece of worm or a small spinner or jig.
General Comments
Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Good Up to 2-3 lbs Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

Channel Catfish are planned for stocking on these dates: April 9/10, 24/25. May 8/9, 22. June 5/6, 26/27. July 10/11, 24. August 7/8, 28. Sept 11/12, 25. These dates may vary slightly, and not all lakes in the Wichita area are stocked on each day.  For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes on the KDWPT Public Fishing Reports blog at http://ksfishing.blogspot.com.

BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8-10" Crappie angling has been slow for most anglers. Successful anglers are finding suspended fish near timber in 12-15' of water.
Channel Catfish Fair 16-24" Channel catfish anglers are having sporadic luck upstream of Rea Bridge.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Fair 12-18" Both species of bass are moving into their winter pattern and will be tough to pick up for a few months. Look for fish to feed near rocks on sunny days. Some anglers are also picking up suspended fish using slow presentations near main lake points.
General Comments
New District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

 
 



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass Excellent 10-20" Both species are present in this lake, and offer great fishing throughout the year especially during the later and earlier parts of the year. Anglers have good success with both species in the warm water discharge during the winter and early spring months.
Walleye Fair up to 25" Fair to good walleye angling can be expected with most fish ranging from 13-18" but fish over 21" are available.
Channel Catfish Good up to 5 lbs. Good channel cat fishing can be expected lake wide.
Blue Catfish Good up to 35" The blue catfish population is doing well, and many anglers have experienced good success with blue catfish drifting with cut bait around the warm water. Reports of fish over 20 lbs. are not uncommon, and fish over 50 lbs. have also been recorded.
White Bass Excellent 8-16" There is an excellent population of white bass in this lake. White bass is one of the most caught species in the lake. Anglers have success lake wide on twister tails and small jigs and spinners.
Crappie Good up to 15" Crappie fishing will continue to be good. Fish 10-12" are common and fish greater than 12" are readily available.
Wipers Fair 2-5 lbs. Wiper fishing will be fair. A few fish around the 4-5 lb. range are available but the overall numbers are low.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
largemouth bass Good 8 in to 18 inches Jigs or spinnerbaits in warm water along rip rap
walleye Fair 14-25 inches  Trolling along the main lake points with crankbaits or jig and nightcrawler.
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs shad sides, stink bait, or cut bait drifting along points or drop offs
smallmouth bass Good 10-20 inches spinnerbaits or plastics on the riprap or near points and ledges
white bass Good 8-15 inches small spinners or jigs along windy points or channel breaks where baitfish are concentrated. topwater baits when the fish are busting the surface
wipers Fair 2-5 lbs shad imitation around windy points and dropoffs
crappie Fair-Good 11-15 inches Focus on the deeper water around timber and channel ledges.
General Comments

Entrance gate phone number is 620-364-2475 call for lake conditions.

Wolf Creek is currently pumping water so fishing by the incoming water should be pretty good.  

ZEBRA MUSSELS have been confirmed in Coffey County Lake! Please help stop the spread. Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving this lake. It is illegal to transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on waters in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson counties click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie angling has been slow. Some anglers have had luck in deep brush in the Elk River. Others have reported a slow bite near the dam.
Channel catfish Fair 10-25 inches Catfish angling has slowed down.
White bass Poor 8-16 inches White bass fishing has been poor. Occasional fish have been picked up by catfish and crappie anglers.
Outlet     Fishing is good at the outlet when water is being released.  Use the link below to determine release volume.
 

Float line fishing will be allowed from July 15 through September 15.

Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

Youth/Mentor Pond

The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish good

31% 11"-16"

25% 16"-24"

44% 24"-28"

0% >28"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides near channel breaks.
crappie good

70% 5"- 8"

14% 8"-10"

9% 10"-12"

8% 12"-15"

0% 15"+

Use a minnow or jig on channel breaks, especially near the outlet gates, and logs at Ladd Bridge.
largemouth bass poor

75% 8"-12"

25% 12"-15"

0% 15"-20"

0% >20"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of the river produces a fair density bass population. There were 17 bass per hour of electrofishing around the Ladd Bridge section of the river. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, worm, spinner or crank bait around stumps and brush in the river.
white bass good

0% 6"- 9"

25% 9"-12"

54% 12"-15"

21% >15"

Jig a spoon or plastic shad on channel breaks.
General Comments

This is a general fishing report for winter months.

To view a map of brush piles in Fall River Reservoir and the old sunken Ladd Bridge in the river, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir.

Fall River above Ladd Bridge is blocked by a log jam.

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2013 test netting.

Sign up to receive a copy of the Fall River District Fisheries Newsletter.

For more information about the Fall River Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.



LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish, Slow all sizes, Use sunfish or cutshad,worms, liver, prepared baits. Fish around the hot water outlet,  The lake has big flathead and blues to catch. Recent fish population indicates a good population of channel catfish around 3 pounds and a 43 pound bluecatfish.
Crappie Slow/Good 10 - 13 inches fish are Off/On, when they are On the fishing is good, try the tubes at the plant entrance, the outlet at the dam, center lake over the bridge, best on minnows some on jigs white/blue, most fish over 10 - 12 inches. The crappie are moving into shallow water now.
Largemouth bass Slow varies bass are best along weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations
white bass Slow varies, some 1.5 pounds use shad imitations, silver spoons big jigs, or cut shad. 
wiper Slow some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad, lots of wipers along open areas of water in the 1 - 7 pound range.
General Comments

Wipers around 6-8 pounds and white bass up to 2 pounds.  The colder the weather the hotter the fishing at this lake.  Start fishing at the hot water outlet for great results.

Water levels are good for fishing. Recent bass sampling indicates that La Cygne produces some of the best large largemouth bass in the state. 

 Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake. Anglers can walk in to the hot water outlet area from the east parking lot. The location is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot. Unload gear and walk west down the trail to where the hot water from the power plan empties into the lake.

Call the Linn County Park at 913-795-6633 for more information or camping, and cabins reservations.

Get the family, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! 

KDWPT released the “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video.  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  and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

Anglers when fishing at the hot water outlet,or at the outlet gate at the dam, DO NOT GO OVER THE CABLES. FISHING IN A RESTRICTED AREA COULD GET YOU ARRESTED.



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/26/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you would like to receive additional information about this lake a couple of times a year, sign up for the newsletter at the following link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Slow-Good 0.33-0.75 lbs Fishing has been somewhat inconsistent.  Some days anglers will do well, other days fishing is slow.  Most anglers have been fishing near the bottom in about 16-20 feet of water with black, grey, or white jigs.
General Comments
Lake level was 1.56' below normal, release = 20 cfs, and temperature = 43 on November 26.  Melvern Reservoir has Zebra Mussels, Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish Slow 2 - 7 pounds the fish feeders are OFF, Use worms or dip baits and crappie entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  Lakewide or stilling basin.
Walleye Slow varies  the walleye population is improving, tryoff windy points, crank baits or jigs tipped with nightcrawler
White bass/Wipers slow varies lakewide and the windy side of the points, wipers are following the schools of shad, minnows or shad colored lures, off the COE Swim beach
Crappie Slow/Good most were 9 - 14 inches lakewide, marina docks, over brushpiles, black and pink tube jigs, minnows.about 6 ft on the winds side, most fish are over 10 inches, fish are slowly moving in
General Comments

It is believed that zebra mussels now inhabit this impoundment.  Please be extra careful and " Clean, Drain and Dry" before  and after using any equipment on this impoundment.

When large releases of water occur at the stilling basin then fishing there can be better. For additional information, water temperature, release rates, please check:http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/po/daily.cfm .

Have FUN,Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The State and COE Parks are ready for family fishing.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

 If you can locate the schooled crappie at this time it can be very rewarding. Rangers have constructed some spawning fish habitat which should improve spring fishing success. These areas are located near North Shore Marina and the Rock Quarry and near Adams Grove and Wolf Creek Park.

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

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TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish good

30% 11"-16"

50% 16"-24"

20% 24"-28"

0% >28"

Use worms, stink bait, or shad sides near channel breaks.
largemouth bass fair

43% 8"-12"

39% 12"-15"

18% 15"-20"

0% >20"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of Walnut Creek produces a fair density bass population. There were 50 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in Walnut Creek. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, spinner, worm, or crank bait around stumps and brush in river and Walnut Creek.
white bass fair

23% 6"-9"

26% 9"-12"

43% 12"-15"

9% 15"-18"

Jig a spoon or plastic shad on channel breaks. 
white crappie good

70% 5"-8"

14% 8"-10"

10% 10"-12"

5% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use minnow or jig on channel breaks, especially near outlet gates, deep water stumps in Mann's Cove, Walnut Creek, river, and Toronto Point Cove brush piles. 
General Comments

This is a general fishing report for winter months.

To view a map of Toronto Reservoir brush piles, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir.

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2013 test netting.

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BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Slow 12-18 inches fish the shoreline, weedbeds and piers, use spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers,
Bluegill/redear sunffish Slow all sizes beautiful redear some 1/2 ot 3/4 pound available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float 
Walleye Slow varies try the dam on windy, cloudy days off the creek channel dropoffs, with crank baits or jigs,
Channel Catfish Slow 12-26 inches the fish feeders are OFF. use cut bluegill/stink baits, chicken liver, lakewide,
Crappie Slow 8 - 12 inches and up recent sampling indicates nice crappie in the 9-12 inch range along the dam,--over brushpiles,near dropoffs, minnows, jigs ,
General Comments

The lake has been lowered as a fisheries management tool.  This process produces faster growing fish populations producing larger fish for anglers.

Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and go fishing. This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms.

 Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!



CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / redear  Fair  6 - 8" Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weedlines. 
Channel catfish  Fair

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try liver, prepared baits, live bait, shad sides, or worms. The fish feeders are off until mid-April 2015.
Crappie  Fair Mostly 7-9 inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Many small 7-9 inch fish are available with some bigger fish mixed in. There are ten brush piles marked with fish attractor bouys that often hold fish.
Largemouth bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished along weedlines, drop-offs, brush piles, and other structure.
General Comments
 



LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill & Redear good

55% 4-7"

23% 7-9"

23% 9-11"

Bluegill and redear sunfish are most easily caught on 2-6 pound test line due to clear water.  Use a small hook baited with a worm or a tiny spoon or jig. They can be caught around rocks on ends of jetties, brush piles, and over channel breaks.
Channel Catfish good

4% 11-16"

83% 16-24"

4% 24-28"

8% 28-36"

Channel catfish are typically caught on or near the bottom on worms, shad sides, or stink bait.  In winter, they typically feed near deep water channel breaks.
Largemouth Bass good

31% 8-12"

67% 12-15"

3% 15-20"

0% >20"

Artificial baits such a spoons and jigs work well for largemouth bass. Natural baits such as minnows and worms are also good choices in winter. Bass can be caught in deep water around brush piles and channel breaks.
Crappie good

7% 5-8"

4% 8-10"

82% 10-12"

7% 12-15"

Due to clear water, use light line and small jigs or minnows around brush piles and channel breaks.
General Comments

This is a general fishing report for the winter months.

To view a map of brush pile locations, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the lake.

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2013 test netting.

The American Pond Weed and Sago Pond Weed form dense mats that make fishing difficult in shallow water during summer. Use top water baits, weedless hooks, or fish the edges.

For more information about the Fall River/Toronto Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.



MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Fair  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weedlines. 
Channel Catfish  Fair  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, live bait, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish are stocked in the Mined Land Wildlife every October. These fish are 8-16 inches in length and average 1/3 pound each.
Crappie  Fair/good  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure.  
Largemouth Bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, worms, spinner baits, or crankbaits fished around brush, structure, or along weedlines. 
Rainbow trout  Very good  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. Bi-weekly stockings of 935 fish resumed on October 16, 2014 and will continue through May 2015. Most rainbows are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. Five percent of each stocking is comprised of 14-inch or larger fish. Trout can live year-around in this unique strip-mined lake, so fish in the 3-5 pound range are occassionally caught.
General Comments
Water levels on many lakes are two to three feet low. Use extreme caution when using the boat ramp. Trout Anglers - Youth 15 and younger are not required to purchase a trout permit, but their daily creel limit is 2 trout/day. All anglers 16 and older are required to have a trout stamp to fish in the trout lake in Area # 30. Brown trout less than 20-inches in length must be returned to the water immediately. The creel limit for browns is one fish per day. 



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/5/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Good 14-24" Anglers are having luck with stinkbait. Hybrid catfish are beginning to eclipse 15" and should begin contributing to the fishery soon.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Fishing remains good on sunny days for smaller fish. Please consider harvesting fish under the 13"-18" protected slot length limit.
Crappie Poor 6-12" Crappie can be found at times near the fishing docks, but it's spotty.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Fair 7-10" Bluegill and redears will still readily take a worm under a bobber on sunny days.
General Comments

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present.  Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin.  Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin.  Both species have their adipose fin clipped.  Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Montgomery County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.  

Anglers should note that there are no alcoholic beverages allowed on the area.

The maintained boat ramp at Montgomery State Fishing Lake is usable.

A bathymetric map of Montgomery State Fishing Lake is available. Contact Ben Neely (ben.neely@ksoutdoors.com) to receive a copy via email.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE.



NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / redear  Fair All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly around structure and weedlines. 
Channel catfish  Fair All sizes Try liver, prepared baits, minnows, worms, shad sides, or shrimp fished near the bottom. 
Crappie  Fair/good 7 -12 inches Try minnows or small 1/64 oz. jigs fished around structure and brush. Many 7 to 10-inch fish are available, with some quality fish mixed in.
Largemouth bass  Fair All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around structure and weedlines. 
General Comment
 



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/26/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to receive additional information about this lake (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) a couple of times during the year, sign up to receive a newsletter using this link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.33-0.75 lbs Using minnows and jigs off deep water brush.
General Comments
 



WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/5/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 16-24 inches Fishing has been fair on the southeast side of the lake. Stinkbait and chicken livers are usually productive baits. Hybrid catfish should begin to reach 15" in 2015.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Fair 10-22 inches Try a slow approach around rocks in direct sunlight. Motor oil and purple have been the best colors.
Crappie Poor 8-14 inches Crappie fishing has been slow. Some anglers are having luck off the bridge.
General Comments

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present.  Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin.  Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin.  Both species have their adipose fin clipped.  Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Wilson County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.  

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Wilson State Fishing Lake. Contact Ben Neely (ben.neely@ksoutdoors.com) to receive one via email or visit www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/content/download/33395/238994/file/WLSL_email.pdf to download.

New District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.



BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Fair  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weedlines. 
Channel catfish  Fair  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, live bait or worms. Four fish feeders are off until next spring.  
Crappie  Fair  8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population, with some quality-size fish available.
Largemouth bass  Fair Mostly 8-16 inch fish. Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around weedlines and deep-water structure.
General Comments
 



BOURBON COUNTY ELM CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 11/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Slow 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 Slow varies lakewide, fish are in shallow, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs.  
Bullheads Poor varies use worms,or liver lake wide  
Bluegill Fair varies small baits and worms under floats, along weedbeds around fish attractors  
Walleye Poor  varies also try the dam and rocky structure in the south half of the lake with jigs or minnows  
Crappie Slow lots of small fish with 50 limit along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

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.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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.



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 11/14/2014

  • species
ratings size baits,methods, locations
Crappie slow 8 to 12 inches water levels have enhanced fishing. try jigs, minnows. Recent sampling show a nice population of 10 - 14 inch crappie
Channel catfish Slow varies, try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits,
Largemouth bass Slow most bass in the 14 to 20 inch range good reports of bass in deep water- jigs, spinners, plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure, some bass in the 8 pound range caught recently.
General Comments

Water levels are perfect. Both ramps are open for use. The east parking has been refitted to a larger size to accommodate the tuesday bass tournament anglers.  Bass anglers are having a fantastic time with many bass over 6 pounds caught.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

KDWPT has recently released the “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

NO special permits required, this is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake. Use caution, this lake has quantities of standing and submerged trees and limited shoreline access. This is a 220 acre lake with approximately 180 acres of standing trees. Fishing only lake. The lake has a boat ramp, parking lot, security light, floating dock, and vault toilet on the east side of the lake and a boat ramp and parking on the west side..



FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 11/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Slow 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 the dropoffs.
white crappie Fair 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 deeper water over the new brushpiles, with black&white, blue&white jigs, 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 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.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT has released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Lake Cooperator,no city permits for fishing and boating while fishing. City permit required for recreational boating.



MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Slow varies most legal size, with some large fish chunks of bluegill, also try stink baits, chicken liver, cut shad or chunks of sunfish, lake wide
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Slow varies use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie Slow 8 to 16 inches some larger along the south tree line or structure and drop offs along the creek channel. lots of good fish...
Largemouth Bass Slow varies bass are in or close to deeper water structure, with plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments
Sign up for the Mound City District Newsletter today!

KDWPT released the “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

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



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE EAST - Last Updated: 11/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Wipers Slow size varies, wipers maybe found on the surface chasing gizzard shad especially on calm days. or deeper water along drop offs, use shad diving or surface plugs, hang on. lake wide trolling with sassy shads, from the bank and boat, with crankbaits, spoons, worms.
Channel catfish Fair All sizes, recent sampling indicates lots of nice fish in the 2 - 7 pound range, best baits are chicken liver or use stink baits, shrimp, worms, prepared baits, lakewide, Fish the south end creek after a rain.
Largemouth bass Fair varies good results along the shoreline weedbeds and dam, silver or blue crank baits or soft baits, 
Walleye, saugeye Slow 18-24 inches fish the island, use jigs tipped with a worm
white crappie Fair 8-14 inches recent sampling indicates good numbers of nice crappie around 9inches to mostly 10 to 12 inches, fish around the floating dock, and drop offs, fish are not in real shallow.Try over the brushpiles, use dark jigs,minnows
General Comment

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundment.

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A city fishing permit is no longer required.Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE WEST - Last Updated: 11/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish Slow Size varies, some up to 8 pounds use cut shad, (best on chicken liver), shrimp, worms, prepared baits, along dam, lots of fat fish from 2 - 6 pounds.
crappie Slow All sizes Fish are nice size and the density is good, fish are along the dam, south east pier, and in the brushpiles fish with jigs, blue /white, minnows,
largemouth bass Slow 12-22 inches dam, the brushpiles with crank baits or spinners,
bluegill Slow varies use a small worm or jig under a float.
General Comments

Water levels are good. This Lake has produced some nice stringers of fish and great should continue to do so.  Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundments.

KDWPT released the  “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video.  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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

 This lake has a high density of channel catfish that increases angling opportunity. Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake, no fishing permits required.



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OLD - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 1-5 lbs. Spring sampling indicates a good population of largemouth bass. Most of the population consists of quality sized fish or larger (fish larger than 12").
Wipers Poor up to 5 lbs. Sampling efforts indicate a low population of wipers due to no stockings in recent years. The fish that are available should be harvestable sized individuals.
Channel Catfish Good up to 15 lbs. A good populaiton of channel catfish is present in this lake with many harvestable size fish available.
Walleye Fair up to 4 lbs. Sampling efforts show a fair population of walleye. Most fish available should be of harvestable size (15" or greater).
Crappie Good up to 14" A good population of  crappie is present in this lake. Sampling data indicates a good abundance of fish over 10".
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Largemouth bass Slow 1-5 lbs Mid range cranks or jerbaits along creek channel or dam.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. mostly on liver, can be caught using various shad imitating lures. 
channel catfish slow 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Trolling with jig and crawlers or deep crankbaits along the channel breaks
crappie fair up to 14" Look for crappie in the creek channel or along the dam. Small jigs white or chartreuse
General Comments

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required. 

The lake is full. Water Temp. low 40s

STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell before leaving an area. DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT between waters.

District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



MARAIS DES CYGNES WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
blue, channel catfish Poor varies The river is at normal level, fish are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, worms
walleye Poor varies use minnows, jigs, work the pools below riffles
white bass/wipers Poor varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
paddlefish  Poor varies snagging, water level is low
General Comments

Paddlefish season starts March 15 to May 15, therer is a 34 inch length limit, a paddlefish permit is $12.50 including 6 carcass tags.  See your fishing regulations for aditional information.  The marais des cygnes river from the north bundary of Unit G to stateline bridge is open to paddlefish snagging.  Non sport fish (carp, drum,grass carp,gar, buffalo,gizzard shad) may be snagged and kept during this season.  There are no limits on non sport fish.

The river and streams on the state wildlife area are open to fishing. The river is a great place to float and fish. Some of the wildlife area pools are draining. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area and along stateline road bridge. For additional opportunities call 913-352-8941 for accurate information on wildlife pool drainage.

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

 Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. 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 homepageon February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

 



NEOSHO RIVER AT CHETOPA DAM - Last Updated: 6/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish CLOSED   Paddlefish season is closed.
General Comments
THE SNAGGING SEASON OPENS MARCH 15 AND RUNS THROUGH MAY 15TH.

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

•A fish must be kept if placed on a stringer. Culling is not allowed.

•A state-issued permit is required. Two paddlefish may be harvested daily and six may be harvested in a season.

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

The best fishing occurs at river flows of 10-15,000 cubic feet per second. The following link will take you to the Kansas Water Watch website. Click HERE for river flow data.



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 11/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 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 Fair 13 to 15" jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky shorelines
Channel Catfish Slow 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 dropoffs, 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. Lake brouchures are available at the Linn County Courthouse information display case or online at www.linncountyks.com or contact Fisheries Biologist Don George at 913-795-2218. Remember to Clean, Drain and Dry.

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. 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 and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!



GARNETT SOUTH - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5 lbs. This lake has a good bass population. A good percentage of the sampled population is in the 15-20" range.
Bluegill Good up to 8" This lake has a good bluegill population. A total of 159 bluegill were caught in 2 nets. Sampling indicates a good abundance of bluegill in the 6-8" range.
Channel Catfish Good 8-30" A nice population of quality sized fish is available with most fish ranging from 2-4 lbs.
Crappie Fair up to 13" The crappie population seems to be comprised mainly of sub legal fish but there are some larger fish available.
Wiper Fair up to 15 lbs. There is a fair population of wipers in this lake. Most fish are quality sized however some trophy sized fish are available.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 5lbs. Suspending jerkbaits worked slowly
Bluegill Slow up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber along shoreline vegetation and structure small jigs or flies can also be productive
Channel Catfish Slow 8-30 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Slow 6-10 inches Small jigs or spinners around deeper water structure.
Wiper Slow    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
Trout Good   small spinners, flies, or berkley trout bait

Comments:

Trout Season starts Nov. 1 and runs through April 15. 1500 trout were stocked on Oct. 30.

ANGLERS 16 OR OLDER MUST HAVE A TROUT PERMIT TO FISH DURING THIS SEASON NO MATTER WHAT SPECIES IS BEING TARGETED!

Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and livewells to help stop the spread of ANS species. For more information on this lake and other lakes in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson Counties, click on the link below to subscribe to the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.

 http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



GARNETT NORTH - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow 8-14 inches Small jigs around brush
Channel catfish Slow 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide 
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 3lbs. Suspending jerbaits by brush or dropoffs
Wipers Slow   Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. Several wipers 4-6 lbs were seen while electrofishing
Walleye Slow   trolling with crankbaits or jig and crawler
General Comments

This is a generic Winter Fishing Report.

Please remember to help STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell when leaving water bodies. 

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

For more information on waters in Woodson, Coffey, Anderson, and Allen counties, click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



YATES CENTER - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Size Rating Baits, Method, and Location
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Good A good population of redear and bluegill is present in this lake. Redear up to 10" are not uncommon and are usually caught around the weedbeds using worms or small jigs.
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Good Sampling shows a moderate to high density of largemouth bass which should provide anglers with some good fishing. Most fish in the 13-18" range. Many anglers have had success fishing along the abundant vegetation.
Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish up to 10 lbs. Good Both channel catfish and blue catfish are present in this lake, however, the blue catfish population is fairly new so the fish have not reached large sizes yet. The largest blue cat sampled was just over 4 lbs. The channel catfish population continues to show good numbers and will provide good angling.
Wipers/White Bass up to 5.5 lbs. Fair-Good A moderate population of wipers and white bass exist in this lake. Be sure you are familiar with the identifying characteristics of each species. There is no limit on white bass, but an 18" length limit is in effect for Wipers
Crappie up to 12" Fair Sampling efforts show a low to moderate abundance of crappie. Crappie up to 12" are available but fish in the 6-9" range are the most common.
Walleye up to 24" Fair A fair population of walleye is present in this lake. Fish 12-20" are most common.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair Worms under bobber near vegetation or small lures can also be productive. Several 9-10" redear sundfish were seen while electrofishing.
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Slow Jerkbaits or slow-moving jigs around creek channel and timber
Catfish up to 10lbs. Fair livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair Curly-tailed grubs or swim baits around schools of shad. 
Crappie up to 12" Fair Find the creek channel and look for trees on the bends of the channel in 8-15 ft. Minnows will probably work the best.
Walleye 15-24" slow Trolling or drifting crankbaits on the flats or rocky banks. However, don't be afraid to throw swimbaits around the weeds.

Comments: This is a generic Winter fishing report. The information at the top is based on recent sampling efforts and should be used as a guide as to what can be expected.

The crappie regulation has changed and is now 20 fish/day with no length limit. 

The lake is full Water temp low 40s

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required.

This lake contains Eurasian Watermilfoil. Please remember to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment when leaving water bodies.



JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Species Size Rating Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Good Good channel cat fishing will continue. Anglers have the most success in the upper end of the lake or upper end of Otter Creek.
White Bass up to 3 lbs. Good-Excellent White bass do well in this shallow reservoir. Anglers have good success in the upper end in the river channel during the spring spawning run.
Crappie up to 13" Good Crappie fishing should be good anglers should focus on any structure and on the face of the dam. Many crappie over 10" were captured during fall netting.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair livers, cut bait or other prepared bait. upper end of the lake or behind the dam in the river.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Good Below the dam during releases on small jigs and spinners or along face of the dam
Crappie up to 14" Fair Jigs and minnows along the dam rip rap and up in the river around woody structure. 
       

Comments

Lake is full. Boat ramps usable at the dam.

Boaters beware of shallow water! For current lake level and release information click the following link http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html.

ALERT! This lake contains Zebra Mussels please help stop the spread Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment after leaving this water body. It is Illegal transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on lakes in the New Strawn district click the following link. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5 lbs. Spring sampling indicated a fair to good population of largemouth. The population continues to grow. The largest fish sampled was near 6lbs. 
Channel Catfish Good up to 15 lbs. The Fall gill net sample indicates a good population of channel catfish. There are many harvestable size fish in the population along with many fish larger than 6 lbs. The largest fish of the sample weighed in at just over 15 lbs.
Crappie Fair up to 14 inches Sampling efforts indicate a large population of crappie with the majority in the 6-8" range, however, larger individuals up to 14" are available.
Wipers Fair up to 5 lbs. Fall sampling indicates a fair population of wipers. Many quality sized wipers should be available from recent stockings.
       
Current fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Slow 8-18" Jerkbaits around dropoffs or structure
Channel Catfish Slow up to 12lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. 
Crappie Fair up to 12" Vertical jigging spoons, jigs, or minnows around brush in 15-20 ft. of water any brush seems to produce, however, most fish are under 10"
Wipers Slow-Fair up to 5lbs. Shad imitations in open water or windy points, vertical jigging with spoons. Look for schools of shad and the wipers should be close.
       

Comments: This is a generic Winter Report. The information at the top of the report is based off of recent sampling efforts.

 The lake is 5 FT. low. The boat ramp is still usable. WATER TEMP. LOW 40s.

My newsletter has a map of most of the brushpiles and associated GPS coordinates for this lake so click on the link below.

Anglers please do your part to stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving a water body and do not transfer live fish or bait between water bodies.

For more info. on lakes in the New Strawn district, click on the following link.http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District