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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: 3/27/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow Up to 15 inches Fish seem to have scattered from their deeper haunts and aren't as concentrated as they were earlier.  Anglers are still catching a few over the fish attractors, but fish have generally been tough to locate.
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches Fish are in the middle of spawning.  Casting suspending or shallow running stick baits along the dam or stick baits and jigs along rocky shorelines near the dam at night should be effective.  Anglers have reported catching a few nice fish up to 8 lbs.
White Bass/Wipers Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Casting bucktail jigs and other shad imitating baits over shallow, sun-warmed flats and points during the warmest part of the day has been a productive pattern.  Finding areas where the water warms quickly is the key.
Rainbow Trout Good 0.5 lb. average

We stocked approximately 1,800 rainbow trout on Monday, February 9, 2015. 

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.

Anglers report catching good numbers of fish stillfishing salmon eggs and powerbait.

WATER TEMPERATURE-45

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2120.80'----23.20' 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: 3/17/2015

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 Good 10-16 inches We stocked 400 1 pound trout on Monday, February 9th and they look like very good fish.  I would recommend using Panther Martins and Powerbait.  I would also suggest trying roadrunners, Velveeta Cheese, worms, and Blue Fox lures.  Fly fishing along the dam has been successful this week as well.  Anglers have been catching limits the last two weeks using a variety of prepared baits.
Crappie Fair 10-14 inches There haven't been any recent crappie reports, but they should still be schooled up along the river channel in 20-30 feet of water between the dam and Campground 3.  Also, check the brush piles at Swim Beach, Harrison Point, the causeway bridge, and west of the causeway.
Walleye Fair to Good 15-24 inches There have been a few anglers reporting some decent walleye catches along the river channel in 25-30 feet of water.  Slab spoons and large swim baits seem to be working best in this cold water.  The walleye spawn is just about ready to get going and I would expect to see fish along the dam any day now.  There are probably already males cruising the dam and other rocky banks at night awaiting females to arrive and this weekend should be a great time to get out and try it.  Other good spawning areas to try include the north shore between Marina Cove and the dam, the Cawker causeway, and the south bluffs.
White Bass Fair to Good 10-15 inches White bass seem to be located on the upper and lower ends of the reservoir this time of year.  The causeway area can be good and west in the river channels is also a great place to look.  There are also white bass near the dam now and anglers can even find them off main lake points with the wind blowing in.
Black Bass Fair 10-19 inches The smallmouth bite will be picking up now as late March and April are great times to catch these cool water fish.  The smallies spawn near the end of April, but will be active between now and then feeding on insects, crawdads, and small fish.  Anglers should target the dam, north shore in the state park, south bluffs, and Granite Creek to find some smallmouth action.  There are some very nice fish in the reservoir so be on the lookout for these trophy fish.
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 is often very good spring time catfish action in the river channels west of the causeway and in the feeder creeks including Mill, Carr, and Walnut.  The upper ends of many coves will also find channel catfish feeding on dead shad and other detritus material.  Try using cut shad, small shad, chicken liver, or shrimp for best results.  You don't have to fish deep either as the fish will often be found in less than 5 feet of water.

Boat Ramp Update: The reservoir is 2.2 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.

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: 3/11/2015

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   2,000 rainbow trout were stocked into the seep stream on January 8. The next stocking will occur On March 12. We apologize for the delay in stockings. 
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: 3/12/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2015 FISHING OUTLOOK     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2015 and are based on the 2014 Fall sampling.
Saugeye Good Majority 7 to 18 inches Saugeye fishing should be good this year with 42% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 24% being in the 15 to 18 inch size range and 34% being over 18 inches. The largest fish sampled weighed 3.64 lbs. Rated #1 in the 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 43%, fish 5 to 15 inches accounted for 40% and fish 20 to 25 inches accounted for 17%. The biggest fish weighed 6.34 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for fish 12 inches and above.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 17 to 24 inches Catfishing should be fair; however, the numbers are up from last year. The population is dominated by 17 to 24 inch fish accounting for 58% and fish 24 to 30 inches accounted for 42%. Biggest fish weighed 13.49 lbs. No flathead's were sampled during the Fall sample, however, were quite a few observed while conducting other sampling around the reservoir.
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 93% of the fish being 2 to 5 inches. However, the density rating for black crappie is #2 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The biggest black crappie sampled weighed 1.69 lbs and the biggest white crappie weighed 0.32 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 84%. Fish 3 to 12 inches accounted for 7%, and fish over 15 inches accounted for 9%. The biggest fish weighed 4.41 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 37%, fish 3 to 11 inches accounted for 32% and 14 inch + fish accounted for 31%. 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 and slab spoons.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in Leota Cove and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs with worms.  Also heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18 inch length limit.
Wiper Good 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in Leota Cove and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs with worms.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being this week.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 46 Degree's.

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2288.32 ---- 15.98' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.70 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time. 

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: 3/12/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2015 FISHING OUTLOOK     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2015 and are based on the 2014 Fall sampling.
Walleye Good Majority 20 to 25 inches Walleye fishing should be good again this year with 13% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 38% being in the 15 to 20 inch size range, 40% being in the 20 to 24 inch size range and 9% being over 25 inches. Therefore 87% are over the 15 inch length limit. The largest fish sampled weighted 7.69 lbs. Rated #2 in the state for density of fish 15 inches and above.
White Bass Fair Majority 6 to 9 inches Numbers are up slightly from last year with the majority of fish being in the 6 to 9 inch size range accounting for 47%. Fish 9 to 12 inches accounted for 20% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 12%. The biggest fish weighted 1.94 lbs. Rated #16 in the state for density of fish 9 inches and above.
Wiper Good Majority 15 to 20 inches Numbers are down 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 8%, 10 to 15 inch fish accounted for 15% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 12%. The biggest fish weighted 6.38 lbs. Ranked #7 in the state for density of fish 12 inches and above.
Channel Catfish Good Majority 16 to 24 inches Catfishing should be good with the numbers being up from last year. The population is still fairly young with fish 10 to 16 inches accounting for 38%, fish 16 to 24 inches accounting for 50% and fish over 24 inches accounted for 12%. Biggest fish weighted 8.26 lbs. Flathead's were all over 20 inches. Ranked #13 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 88% being 2 to 5 inches, 2% being 5 to 10 inches, 10 to 12 inch fish accounted for 4% and 12 to 16 inch fish accounted for 6%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #31 in the state for fish 8 inches and above and #13 for white crappie.
Largemouth Bass Poor Majority 15 to 20 inches No largemouth bass were collected during the spring sample, however, largemouth bass were observed while conducting other sampling around the reservoir.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. However, a good spot to try would be around the North & South shore fish attractors using jigs. 
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. However, a good spot to try would be around the North & South shore fish attractors and along the Dam using jigs and jigs and worms. Fish will be coming into the dam to spawn so get ready. 
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. However, a good spot to try would be around the North & South shore fish attractors and along the Dam using jigs and jigs and worms. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 46 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1715.68 ---- 13.57' below conservation pool

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

Currently, the water level is 2.32 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: 3/17/2015

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Walleye Fair to Good 15-28 inches Walleye can be caught from the river channel on the lower end of the reservoir as they prepare for the spawn which will begin any day now.  Anglers should try fishing slab spoons and swim baits along the channel edges during the day and fish shallower in the evenings and mornings.  The fish can often be found in 8-10 feet of water near the dam and along the south shore this time of year.  Remember the inlet is closed to fishing until April 15th to discourage illegal harvest of walleye in that area during the spawn.
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 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 Good All Sizes

There is a very good spring catfish bait going on right now as the fish will often move into the shallow water to feed on dead shad and other fish.  Anglers should focus their efforts on the upper end of the reservoir and the backs of coves.  Baits of choice now include shad gizzards, shad sides, and chicken leiver.

There is a new 35 inch length limit on blue catfish.  All blue catfish less than 35 inches should be returned to the water immediately.  Please handle these fish with care if you do catch one.

Crappie Fair 8-13 inches Crappie can be caught this time of year at as they are likely still schooled up on the river channel breaks and near the brush piles.  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.  The river channel bends between Cedar Point and the dam are also prime areas to target crappie in March.
Comments

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: 3/12/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2015 Fishing Outlook     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2015 and are based on the 2014 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 14%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 83% and 20 inch plus fish accounted for 3%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 4.17 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 4th 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 82%. Individuals in the 8 to 12 inch size range accounted for 9% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 9%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 1.73 lbs. Density rating for fish 9 inches and above ranked 3rd this year.
Walleye Good Majority 15 to 28 inches Walleye fishing should be good again this year with 82% being over 15 inches. Fish in the 7 to 15 inch size range accounted for 18%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 77% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 5%. The largest fish sampled weighed 4.29 lbs. Density rating for fish 15 inches and above ranked #1 in the 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 86% and fish 16 to 24 inches accounted for 14%. The largest channel sampled weighed 1.46 lbs. The largest flathead sampled weighed 46.63 lbs. Density rating for flathead's 20 inches and above ranked #3 in the state this year. 
Crappie Fair & 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 fair for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for with 34% of the crappie being 2 to 4 inches. Will still be some 8 to 15 inch fish accounting for 58%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #9 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The largest black sampled weighed 1.03 lbs and a white weighing 1.24 lbs.
Largemouth Bass Good Majority 15 to 20 inches The majority of fish were in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 60% and fish 8 to 15 inches accounted for 40%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 1.76 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 10th in the state this year.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the North & South shore fish attractors using jigs and slab spoons. 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 this week around the North & South shore fish attractors, along the dam and the unimproved launch area using jigs, jigs with worms and trolling diving lures. Also look for the walleye along the dam as they come into spawn. Remember the 15 inch length limit. Short fish need to be released.
White Bass/Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Have had reports of fish being caught this week around the North & South shore fish attractors using jigs and trolling diving lures. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the North & South shore fish attractors using jigs and slab spoons. Also had some anglers fishing off the Unimproved launch area, Old broken up concrete ramp and Old Marina point fishing shad on the bottom.
Rainbow Trout Good 10 to 18 inches Stocked the last load of fish for the season on March 12, 2015.  Have been catching trout on flies, salmon eggs, power bait and small slab spoons or spinners. 
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 46 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1871.09 ---- 21.36' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 1.58 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.  

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: 3/17/2015

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 fall.  There were fairly good numbers around Lou's Point as well. 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 Good places to find spring stripers include wade fishing off the points in Hell Creek and fishing around the Lucas Point area. Anglers may also have some luck trolling small shad crankbaits in the upper end and the lower end.
 Walleye Good 10-21 inches

There have been some excellent walleye reports over the last couple of weeks including limits of walleye taken in 10-12 feet of water casting white twistertails.  Anglers have been reporting walleye around the Hell Creek area, Lucas Point, and the main lake points between Lucas and the dam.  Swim baits and tube jigs appear to still be working for fish in the 20-25 foot range.  The walleye spawn is just about to get going and anglers will have some success fishing at night using floating rapalas and dark colored jigs.

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

There is always a good channel catfish bait in the spring when the fish move in shallow to feed on dead shad and other bottom dwelling food.  Look for these guys in the upper end of the reservoir and the backs of the coves where the water is warmest.  This is typically a good pattern for at least a month and anglers might want to try cut shad, shad gizzards, and chicken liver this time of year.

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 to Good 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, Lucas Point,  Lou's Point, and Duvall Cove.
Black Bass Good 10-18 inches With the water warming into the upper 40's the bass fishing should really begin to heat up as well.  Smallmouth bass will become especially active and anglers will start to see these guys move shallow along the rocky points and banks along the north shore, near the dam, and around Minooka.  The largemouth will also get more active now and are routinely caught in the warmer water back in many of the major coves using large white or chartreuse spinnerbaits.
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.  Anglers are currently catching white perch off Lucas Point using tube jigs and slab spoons. - 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

Big thanks to the Salina and Hays bass clubs for assisting with habitat work this month.  With the help of 20 volunteers were were able to construct and sink 30 of the new Georgia Cubes which will provide long-lasting habitat for young bass and other species as well as serving as a fish attractor for larger fish.  In addition, they placed 200 cedar trees around the shoreline in Duvall Cove and Lou's Point to act as brood rearing habitat for the young bass.  We also wired 30-40 trees to the old bridge foundation in Elm Creek to create a new brush pile.  The pictures below were taken by the Hays Bass Club.

Building Georgia Cubes

Members of the Hays and Salina Bass clubs assist with Georgia cube construction.

Bass club members taking out cubes

Members of the Hays and Salina bass clubs haul Georgia Cubes out at Wilson Reservoir.

Georgia Cubes in Wilson Reservoir

This first cubes placed in Wilson Reservoir that should last for many years.

New Elm Creek brush pile

The old bridge in Elm Creek was covered with 40 cedar trees wired to it for a permanent fish attractor.

The Spillway and Hell Creek boat ramps are open and safe for all boats to launch from.  The other boats ramps including Lucas Point and East Minooka are very shallow now and are not recommended for launching boats.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 8.4 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 ramp is unusable until water levels come back up a couple of feet.

Lucas: This boat ramp is very shallow now and is not usable at this time.  Dock is high/dry.

Spillway:  Poured 20 yards to the low water lane on April 1st, 2014. A new dock was installed in October 2014 and there is still adequate depth for mooring boats.  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.  The dock has been extended and now sits in 4-5 feet of water so most boats should be able to use it.

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: 3/31/2015

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 Slow    
BLUEGILL Slow    
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 edge
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 2015 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with regular weekly fishing reports starting March 2015.

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: 1/21/2015

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: 3/17/2015

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair to Good 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 early spring crappie around the deep brush piles using jigs and minnows.

There have also been reports of fish being caught fairly shallow in other lakes using a jig and bobber with a slow retrieve which will likely work at Jewell as well.

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.

The early spring period can be good when the catfish move in shallow to take advantage of feeding in the warm water.  Try fishing the upper end of the lake and the back of the coves where food is available and the water is warmest.

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 past 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
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: 47 degrees

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: 3/26/2015

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.

Trout Fair 0.75-1.5 lbs Latest trout stocking occurred at Lake Henry the week of Feb. 26, this was the last stocking until fall.  Anglers should be able to catch fish using powerbait, jigs, spinners, spoons, and worms.
Crappie Good 0.33-1 lb Using mainly jigs (black and white has been good), some good reports on minnows too, near the bottom.  Best bite has been late evening.  Mostly boat anglers having luck, but a few shore anglers fishing over deep water have caught fish.  Anglers having action over brush piles and near rocky areas.
White bass Fair 0.3-1.25 lbs Anglers are catching white bass while fishing for crappie on jigs and minnows.
Walleye Slow-Fair 1.5-5 lbs Walleye are spawning.  Got a few reports of walleye being caught off the dam at night using jigs and floating/diving lures such as those made by Rapala.
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 March 26 was 0.97 feet below normal pool level, release rate = 7 cfs, water temp = 44.   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: 3/26/2015

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2015 Fishing Forecast  
Walleye Fair - Good Up to 8 lbs. Water temperatures are at walleye spawning temperatures. Fish will congregating off the dam and other rocky/gravel area around the lake. Fishing will be best using shad imitation lures at dawn, dust or night when fish move into shallower water. It should noted that the walleye egg taking project by KDWPT personnel on the dam has initiated for 2015.
Crappie Good Fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie are in transition from winter areas to closer to shoreline. Crappie will move close to shore when spawning temperature of approximately 60 degrees are met. Some crappie are being taken on jigs or minnows in the marina arm and in timber near Marysville boat ramp to the causeway.  
White Bass Fair-Good Up to 2 lbs. White bass can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. A few fish are being taken in the Little Bull Arm near the causeway and the shore near Windsurfer Beach. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Fair Up to 4 lbs. Early spring bass fishing is best near the shoreline that allows for early water warming. The traditional lures such as spinner baits and plastics presented in a slower presentation.
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
Channel Catfish Fair-Good  Up to 10 lbs. Channel cat can be taken on a variety of baits using the traditional prepared or live baits on pole & line and set lines. Shallower areas in the upper reaches of the reservoir tend to be better at this time of the year.  
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of March 23rd the water level is 1.2 ft. below conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

  



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/31/2015

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 increased. 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 big fish numbers are good, too. 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 is low. 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 Good up to 65lbs blue cats good on fresh cut bait 5-10ft deep along windy banks in north end
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs tube jigs and minnows suspended 10-15ft deep near points and ledges with brush or rock or channel ledges
Walleye Fair   along dam on jigs and minnow baits
White Bass/Wipers slow    
Smallmouth Bass Fair up to 4lbs suspending jerkbaits 5-10ft deep near rock/gravel points
Largemouth Bass slow    
Outlet slow   catfish on cut bait and white bass/wipers on jigs when releasing water
General Comments

NEW!!! CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT THE 2015 MILFORD WALLEYE TAGGING STUDY!!!

http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/3-26-15/WALLEYE-TAGGING-STUDY-AT-MILFORD-RESERVOIR

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 2015 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with regular weekly fishing reports starting March 2015.

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/26/2015

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. The numbers were up a little from last year!
Spring Fishing Opportunities COOL   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 Horton Little Lake are in this edition. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Horton Little Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 10.0 lbs  
Sauger Fair up to 2.6 lbs. These guys are trying to spawn.  Fish those rocky areas along the west side down towards the dam or look for them moving up river to spawn.  We are done netting unless something bad happens, saw plenty of nice fish.  Ran nets just north of Devil's Gap boat ramp and collected lots of sauger.   
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 3.0 lbs. Crank baits or plastics worked slow around the shallow brush.     
White Bass Fair up to 2.0 lbs. Fish will be moving up the rive to spawn shortly.  We twisters and jigs around the low water dam in Valley Falls and on the rocky shores in the Reservoir.  Started seeing them in the nets on Tuesday, they are moving shallow.    
White Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Fish in Rock Creek and Slough Creek fishing jigs and minnows.  12-16 ft. brush seems to be producing the best.
Blue Catfish Slow up to 8 lbs. Fresh shad in the northern 3rd or the Reservoir, up towards Hwy 92 and north.  
Comments

Corps will be releasing 650 CFS until Friday and then they will shut it down! 

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!

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: 3/18/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1.5 pounds Crappie fishing has been spotty with some occasional good catches in brush around 16 to 20 feet of water.  Fishing at the tubes has been fairly good with white or chartreuse jigs.  A few are being caught in the river pond.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds Overall numbers are down this year, but the fish are of a good size.
Catfish Slow to Fair Up to 20 pounds For a couple of weeks after ice-out is a good time to catch channel catfish and blue catfish when they come into the shallows to feed on winter-kill shad.  Best places are where the wind is blowing into the shore.
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 Fair Up to 6 pounds Fishing at the tubes has picked up the last week.  Most fish being caught on large plastic jigs.
Rainbow Trout Fair to Good Up to 5 pounds

1,500 rainbow trout were stocked into Willow Lake on February 26th for a total of 7,000 trout this season.  The lake is free of ice as of 3/9/15 and fishing is starting to pick up.  The best bait has been brightly colored trout baits suspended a foot from the bottom.  Fish have also been caught on worms, minnows, 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 one foot below conservation pool. You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/TuttleCreekLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

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

 



ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring 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 Horton Little Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Slow up to 0.8 lbs Fish that deeper brush with a jig and minnow, piers on the east side are producing a few fish.  
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs    
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 4.0 lbs Fresh shad or cut bait in the shallows. 
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 2.5 lbs Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow brush.
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 1.1 lbs. Small hunk or worm or cricket under a bobber around the shallow brush off of the piers.  
General Comments

It is time to be fishing and stop the wishing!

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!  

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: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities COOL   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 Horton Little Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.3 lbs. Fish are in that 6-10ft. brush, jig and minnow.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber off the piers or around the bursh.   
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 8.0 lbs Cut bait or fresh shad in the shallows where the wind is blowing in. 
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or cranks baits worked slow around the shallow brush, these guys are soaking up some sunshine.  
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 0.4 lbs. Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush on the north end.   
General Comments

It is time to be fishing and not wishing!

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!

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: 3/26/2015

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 Slow-Fair 0.3-1 lb Fishing jigs near the bottom over deep water.
General Comments
 



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/31/2015

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 Fair up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lbs jig n worms and crankbaits along dam and rock points/banks
Black bass Fair up to 4lbs jerkbaits near rock/brush/points
Bluegill Fair   tube jigs and worms near shallow cover
General Comments

This includes a fishing report covering the fishing forecast for the upcoming 2015 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with weekly fishing reports starting March 2015.

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



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities COOL   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 Horton Little Lake Fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
LM Bass Slow up to 3.0 lbs Spinner baits or plastics worked in the new flooded vegetation.  
Channel Catfish Fair up to 5.0 lbs     
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber along the brush.    
Crappie Slow up to 1.7 lbs Fish those deeper brush piles with a jig and minnow. 
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.6 lbs Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the flooded vegetation.  
Wiper Slow up to 3.7 lbs These guys are always hungry and looking for shad.  Shad colored cranks just out of the vegetation. 
Walleye fair Up to 3.0 lbs Twisters or crankbaits close to the dam and rocky points these guys are trying to spawn.  
General Comments

Adam is the new Creel Clerk at the Lake.  He'll be asking you a few quick questions that will help us better manage the fish population, he likes a good fish story!

The lake is full and running out the spillway!  

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! 

 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: 3/26/2015

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 Fair 1-5 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Good Up to 14 inches Crappie being taken on jigs near culvert and brush.
White Bass Good 14-17 inches A good population of White Bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White Bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs. Look for them to be near shore and shallow in the spring.  
General Comments
NEW FOR 2014:  13-18 inch protected slot limit on largemouth bass.  



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 11 lbs. Catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits. Look for them in areas of shallower warmer water.    
Crappie Good Up to 15 inches Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found. Crappie can be taken on jigs fished near the submerged roadbed and deep brush right now.
Saugeye Slow 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: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities COOL   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 Horton Little Lake. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Slow up to 0.3 lbs. Small hunk of work under a bobber off of the fishing pier.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 5.0 lbs  
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 3.0 lbs Spinner baits or cranks worked slow around the brush piles.  
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow around the brush piles on the dam. 
 Comments

It is time to be fishing and stop the wishing!

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!

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: 3/9/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair 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: 3/18/2015

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 Slow to 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.  1,000 channel catfish were stocked on 03/18/2015.
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: 3/9/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a good population of black bass over 15 inches. 
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 Slow 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish. Last year 5,560 channel catfish were stocked at the lake.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
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: 3/9/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Slow 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: 3/9/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Slow 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 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 schooled up in deeper water.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Overall, saugeye numbers are looking good.  Near the dam or road beds with big jigs or crankbaits.
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: 3/26/2015

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 Slow-Fair 0.3-0.75 lb Using jigs off Marina dock and off deep water rocky areas.
General Comments
 



ESKRIDGE-LAKE WABAUNSEE - Last Updated: 3/9/2015

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 Slow 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 schooled up in deeper water.  The lake has a good crappie population.
Channel Catfish Slow 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: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
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, jigs, or spinner-baits fished near the docks and near edges of vegetation. 
White Bass Good 14 to 17 inches A good population of White Bass exists in this lake. White Bass can be taken in open water on shad imitation lures.  
General Comments
 



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 3/31/2015

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 10ft deep
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs along dam on jigs and minnow baits
White Bass/Wipers Slow    
General Comments

This includes a fishing report covering the fishing forecast for the upcoming 2015 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with regular weekly fishing reports starting March 2015.

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



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 3/26/2015

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
Sping 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 Horton Little Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up tp 1.0 lbs. Fish that deeper brush with a jig and minnow, spot on the dam and boat ramp cove. 
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber around the shallow brush.   
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 7.0 lbs. Cut bait in the shallow areas works great this time of year.
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 2.0 lbs. Spinners or cranks around the shallow brush. 
Walleye/ Sauger Fair-Good up to 3 lbs. It is spawning time!  Netted a bunch of nice sauger around the beach last week.  Walleye will be on the dam.  Shad colored cranks or twisters. 
General Comments

The lake is still down, water is up on the concrete at the boat ramp a couple of inches.

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!

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: 3/9/2015

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. Schooled up deep.
Channel Catfish Slow 1/2 to 6 pounds No recent reports.
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 Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass can be found schooled up around shad.
Wipers Fair 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: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill 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 Fair Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Trout Good Catchable Trout can be taken now on small spinner-baits or prepared baits. 
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: 3/26/2015

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 Good  Up to 6 lb. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure. High abundance of largemouth bass with the majority of the largemouth bass obtaining 12-20 inches in length.  
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: 3/26/2015

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.
Saugeye Fair Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be taken on live bait, jigs, or shad imitation lures along rocky shoreline structure or in open water along mud flats. 
 
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: 3/9/2015

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 Slow 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair to 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: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities COOL   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 Horton Little Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs Fish are still in that deep brush catch them on a jig and minnow. 
Bluegill Slow up to 0.5 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush piles.  
Channel Catfish Fair up to 14.7 lbs Cut bait or shad on those windblown banks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5.65 lbs. Spinner baits or plastics worked slow around the shallow brush.   
Walleye Fair up to 4.0 lbs. These guys will be spawning shortly, rocky areas along with east side with cranks or twisters.  Weather this next week should warm the water to the right temperature.  
Wiper Fair up to 8.3 lbs. Either side of the pump house cove drifting shad or crank baits.   
General Comments

The boat dock has been pulled for repairs but should be back in soon!  

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!

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: 3/26/2015

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 Slow-Fair 0.33-1 lb Using minnows and jigs in heated dock and over deep water structure.
Trout Slow-Fair   Anglers are using a variety of baits including: worms, power bait, small jigs, spoons,  and spinners.
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: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Jigs or minnows fished in the mainlake.
Bluegill Fair 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 Fair Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Smallmouth Bass Fair/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: 3/9/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Slow 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 Slow to Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds

A few being caught last week. 

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 Fair 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds Saugeye fishing has picked up the last week with some being caught on jigs in the current.  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: 3/31/2015

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 Fair 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 Slow    
General Comments

This includes a fishing report covering the fishing forecast for the upcoming 2015 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with weekly fishing reports starting March 2015.

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: 3/9/2015

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 during the waterfowl hunting season and opens back up to fishing on March 15th.

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: 3/27/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6.5 lbs. Stillfishing cut or prepared baits over shallow flats on warm days has been good for a few fish.
Crappie Good Most up to 9 inches Vertically fishing jigs or fishing jigs under a bobber around the fish attractors or along deeper rip-rapped shorelines.  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.

Fish should be spawning so casting jigs and stickbaits along the dam at night should be best.  Anglers have reported catching a few fish
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Casting soft plastic baits, suspending jerkbaits, and swimbaits around fish attractors or structure along sun-warmed shorelines is good this time of year.  There have been a few real nice fish in the 4 to 6 lb. range caught.
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 Good 0.5 lb. average

We stocked approximately 1,000 trout in the State Lake on 3-12-2015.

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.

Stillfishing salmon eggs, corn, worms, or powerbait lakewide has produced limits this past week.

General Comments

Release all walleye/saugeye less than 18 inches 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: 3/24/2015

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

White Bass and Wiper fishing will pick up soon, especially if we see spring rains increasing flow in the river above the reservoir.

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 Good Up to 28"

We're hearing a few reports of walleye being caught on the dam. Use shallow stick lures along the rocks at night for the best results.

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" Crappie will be moving to the shallower waters in coves and around brush, as well as along the dam.  
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.

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COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/16/2015

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.  

New Video Available    

KDWPT Fisheries Biologists annually sample largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass populations to gather valuable data which is used in formulating fisheries management plans. This video shows a summary of a typical day in the electrofishing boat while sampling is being conducted.

See the video at http://youtu.be/R1jK9YZJYuI .

Channel Catfish Slow up to 4 lb A few cats are being caught in shallow water where wind is blowing in.  Liver, cut shad, and shad sides have been productive.
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lb Casting plastics or jerk baits on flats 5 to 7 feet deep, shallower if the water is stirred up.
White Bass Fair up to 15-inch Jigging on breaks and channel edges.  Casting crankbaits and jigs to rocky shorelines will produce fish as water continues to warm.
Wiper Fair up to 20-inch See white bass report.
White Crappie Fair up to 13-inch

Crappie are still being caught from traditional winter time locations in 15 to 22 feet of water.  Some fish beginning to move up in shallower water during the warmer days along rip rapped areas in the 4 to 6 foot range.  

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

2.9 feet below normal pool, releasing 6 CFS.

Click HERE for water level information.



EL DORADO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/20/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

Video

Spring Bass Sampling

   

KDWPT Fisheries Biologists annually sample largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass populations to gather valuable data which is used in formulating fisheries management plans. This video shows a summary of a typical day in the electrofishing boat while sampling is being conducted.

See the video at http://youtu.be/R1jK9YZJYuI .

New Video

Fall Test Netting Fish Sampling

   

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism Fisheries 
Biologists take to the water during October to sample fish 
populations. For five to six weeks each year the biologists 
utilize trap nets and gill nets to sample fish and collect data 
for use in formulating fisheries management plans in 
their assigned waters. The goal is to provide the best fishing 
opportunities possible for anglers in Kansas waters.
This video summarizes a day on the water with a KDWPT 
Fisheries Biologist during the fall test netting season.

See the video at  http://youtu.be/oJzT5z-0t2Y .

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   15 to 30 inch

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

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 25-inch

Wipers are beginning to show up on shallow flats during days with warmer temperatures.  They can be caught on jigs, crankbaits, or spinners.  Look for areas where the wind is coming in to the shore in shallow water.

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 to Good up to 14-inch

White bass action has been fair to good over the last several weeks when weather allows boats on the lake.  Fish are being found along creek channels and ledges

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   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 13 inches 15 to 18 feet deep in brush piles on jigs.  Also along river channels and ledges.  Creeks are beginning to produce good catches of crappie with the warmer weather.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Windy shorelines using shad sides.
Walleye  Fair up to 26-inch

Walleye are in the prespawn/spawn mode now.  Fish will be coming in to rocky shallow shorelines to spawn.  Working jigs, crank baits, or jerk baits are good spawn techniques.  Night time is often best, but fish can be caught all day.  The dam is very popular during the spawn, but don't overlook the numerous mainlake rocky points that are also attractive to spawning walleye.

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

Rainbow Trout Good to Excellent up to 14 inch with some large fish reported. 

The last 10th and final trout stocking occurred March 19th 2015.  There were some very nice fish in this stocking so get out there and give them a shot!

Fishing has been good recently with a variety of baits producing fish.  PowerBait, worms, cheese, and minnows have all produced fish.  Creel limit is 5 trout per angler per day.  Trout permit required for anglers 16 and older.  Those 15 and under can fish for trout without a trout permit but their daily creel limit is 2 trout per day.

Fish to 6.75 lbs have been reported this year.

For more information on the trout program click HERE.

General Comments

2.6 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: 3/17/2015

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 Fair up to 5 lbs Shallow windblown shorelines on cut shad, shad sides, or liver.
White Crappie Fair to Good 10" and over Crappie have been hit or miss through the ice, but some anglers have had good luck on the dam.
Walleye Fair Up to 24" Walleye will be heading to spawning areas and will be there over the next several weeks.  Look for spawning walleye along the dam and any other rocky, shallow shoreline that has deeper water near by.  Suspending crank baits or jerk baits are great choices during the spawn.
White Bass Fair to Good Up to 15" Shallow water areas during warmer days.  Also along points and ends of the dam.  Casting jigs, roadrunners, or small crankbaits.
Wiper Fair to Good 1-5 lbs Same as white bass.
General Comments
 



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: 3/17/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

New video

Spring Bass Sampling

   

KDWPT Fisheries Biologists annually sample largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass populations to gather valuable data which is used in formulating fisheries management plans. This video shows a summary of a typical day in the electrofishing boat while sampling is being conducted.

See the video at http://youtu.be/R1jK9YZJYuI .

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 Fair to Good up to 6 lbs

Some nice cats have been caught recently with the warming water temperatures.  Productive baits have been cut shad, shad sides, and livers.  Shallow shorelines with lots of sun have been best as the water is warmest in these areas.

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 16-inch Big slow moving baits are good bets in cold water.  Look for bass on shallow shorelines.
Black Crappie Fair up to 8-inch

Crappie have been fair recently. Look for concentrations along breaks on the south shore near the dam.  Vertical fishing jigs can produce some good action although many of the crappie at Butler are small. Warming water temperatures will attract the crappie to shallow water.

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     Few recent reports.
General Comments
 



CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/17/2015

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 Video Available    

KDWPT Fisheries Biologists annually sample largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass populations to gather valuable data which is used in formulating fisheries management plans. This video shows a summary of a typical day in the electrofishing boat while sampling is being conducted.

See the video at http://youtu.be/R1jK9YZJYuI .

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 Fair up to 10 pounds

Chase SFL usually produces some good cold water fishing action for channel catfish.  Look in the deeper portions of the lake.  Good baits are fresh cut shad, fresh cut sunfish, or shad sides.  On warmer days, look for the catfish in shallow water where the temperature is greatest.

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

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 15-inch

Jigs and plastics near shallow cover.

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

Saugeye Fair up to 18-inch Swimbaits, flukes, jigs, and jerk baits off the rocky points and the dam.
Spotted Bass     Jigs and small crank baits fished near the dam and shoreline breaks.
Bluegill     Few recent reports
White Crappie Fair up to 10-inch Look for concentrations of crappie along ledges, brush piles, and points in the deeper areas of the lake.  Vertically fishing jigs is a great wintertime tactic.  Warming water temperatures will attract the crappie to shallower water around cover.
General Comments
 



COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/15/2014

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 .
New Video Available    

KDWPT Fisheries Biologists annually sample largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass populations to gather valuable data which is used in formulating fisheries management plans. This video shows a summary of a typical day in the electrofishing boat while sampling is being conducted.

See the video at http://youtu.be/R1jK9YZJYuI .

Black Crappie     Few recent reports
Bluegill     Few recent reports
Channel Catfish    

Few recent reports 

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Largemouth Bass     Few recent reports
Redear Sunfish     Few recent reports
General Comments
Regular reports will return Spring 2015.



KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/23/2015

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

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: 3/23/2015

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: 12/15/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussel     Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove City Lake. Click HERE for more information.
New Video Available    

KDWPT Fisheries Biologists annually sample largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass populations to gather valuable data which is used in formulating fisheries management plans. This video shows a summary of a typical day in the electrofishing boat while sampling is being conducted.

See the video at http://youtu.be/R1jK9YZJYuI .

Bluegill      
Crappie      
Channel catfish      
Largemouth bass      
Spotted bass      
Walleye      
General Comments

Regular reports will return Spring 2015

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: 3/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill good up to 1/2lb bluegill fishing should pick up along the shorelines as the water warms and the bluegill begin spawning.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18 inches Largemouth bass samples in 2104 showed some improvement in the bass populations, and bass fishing should be fair in 2015.
White Crappie Fair 8-12 inches Crappie will be moving into the coves and onto brush piles as the water warms. 
Channel Catfish Good 1 lb plus Channel Catfish are picking up in the next few weeks, and 2014 samples showed good populations of catfish.
Saugeye 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: 3/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1-4lbs Channel catfish are stocked seasonally, and can be caught lakewide. Catfish have been picking up recently, with a few reports of nice channel cats being caught.
White Crappie Good  up to 12 inches Try small jigs or minnows especially around brush piles. Crappie fishing will pick up as the water warms, and the crappie move into the coves and onto brush piles.
Largemouth Bass Fair All sizes 2014 sampling of bass revealed a small decline in the bass population at East lake, however bass fishing should remain fair in 2015.
Saugeye No Reports 18" length limit No Recent Reports
White bass Fair 12" + No Recent Reports, but white bass will pick up in the next few weeks as spring rain arrives.
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: 1/7/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs No Recent Reports
       
White Crappie Fair to Good Up to 14 inches Crappie fishing has been hit or miss on the heated dock.
Largemouth Bass Fair 8-22 inches  
Saugeye Fair Up to 18 inches No Recent Reports
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Bluegill are biting readily on worms and small jigs or spinners.
White Bass / Wiper Fair 1 lb No Recent Reports
General Comments

Boat and bait 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: 3/17/2015

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!!!

New Video Available    

KDWPT Fisheries Biologists annually sample largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass populations to gather valuable data which is used in formulating fisheries management plans. This video shows a summary of a typical day in the electrofishing boat while sampling is being conducted.

See the video at http://youtu.be/R1jK9YZJYuI .

Crappie Fair up to 12-inch Look along breaks, points, and timbered coves.  Crappie have been caught in 15 to 20 feet of water but are beginning to come shallow with the warming water temperatures.  
Channel catfish Fair up to 6 lbs Fishing livers and shad sides on windblown shallow shorelines
Black bass Slow   Few recent reports
White bass Fair   Look for white bass along the dam and also along shallow rocky points during warm parts of the day.  
Wipers Fair up to 22-inches Look for shallow, warm water to find the wipers.  Casting jigs or bucktails on warm windy days is a good springtime wiper technique.
Walleye Fair to Good up to 25-inch

The walleye spawn has begun.  Look for walleye at night in shallow water over a rocky bottom.  Suspending jerk baits are a good choice for spawning walleye.

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: 3/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow trout Excellent 10 to 18-inches The last trout stocking until November was made on March 19.
Channel catfish Good 1-5 lb Catfish were stocked on March 16, and will be stocked monthly through September.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" Near the bank and around structure on nightcrawlers.
General Comments
 



CAREY PARK POND - Last Updated: 3/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs. Catfish were stocked on March 16, and will be stocked monthly until September.
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: 3/23/2015

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 Fair 1-3 lbs Channel cat were stocked on March 16, and will be stocked monthly until September.  A few reports of catfish being caught, and fishing will be picking up in the next few weeks as the water warms.
Saugeye Poor   No Recent Reports
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 3 pounds Largemouth bass samples in 2014 showed quite a few nice looking bass.  Bass fishing at Afton should be better in 2015 than it has been in recent years. 
Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Fish around brushpiles and creek channel dropoffs with small jigs or spoons. 2014 samples showed crappie up to 14".  Crappie fishing in 2015 should be good.
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 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: 3/23/2015

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 Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. 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 Poor 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

Rainbow Trout are stocked approximately every 2 weeks from November 1 - April 15 at KDOT East Lake and SG County Park (Vic's lake and Slough Creek.)

Channel Catfish are stocked monthly across the Wichita Metro Area from April - September.

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: 3/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8-10" Some anglers are finding crappie in the backs of coves with warming water. Others are finding suspended fish near trees or Rea Bridge.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfish are biting in shallow flats with warming water.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Fair 12-18" Anglers are having the most luck upstream in warmer water. Some anglers have been successful cranking deep 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: 3/31/2015

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 Slow-Fair 8 in to 18 inches Jigs or suspending jerkbaits on points and dropoffs
walleye Fair 14-25 inches Crankbaits or twister tail grubs along rip rap. Try shallow water at low light.
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 Fair 10-20 inches spinnerbaits or plastics on the riprap or near points and ledges
white bass Fair-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 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.

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: 3/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Good 8-14 inches Anglers are beginning to catch crappie shallow when the water warms. Look for fish suspended in deeper water near spawning areas when water cools.
Channel catfish Good 18-26 inches Catfish are actively feeding in shallows during the day.
White bass Fair 8-16 inches White bass fishing will pick up in the Elk River following rain.
Outlet     Fishing is good at the outlet when water is being released.  Use the link below to determine release volume.
 

Water temperature was 61 degrees at the boat ramp on 03/23/2015 afternoon

Water temperature was 53 degrees at the boat ramp on 03/24/2015 morning

Float line fishing will be allowed from July 15 through September 15. No float line permit is required in 2015.

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: 3/4/2015

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

11% 11"-16"

59% 16"-24"

30% 24"-28"

0% >28"

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

78% 5"- 8"

12% 8"-10"

7% 10"-12"

3% 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

14% 6"- 9"

33% 9"-12"

27% 12"-15"

26% >15"

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

This is a general fishing report for winter months.

The county has closed the old iron Honey Creek Bridge east of Climax.  Also, the narrows has eroded too much and it is closed to vehicle traffic.  You may still access Twin Falls area of Fall River on foot.  KDWPT is working on alternatives to access this area.  Refer to the alternative route map on the Fall River Reservoir KDWPT web page for directions to the narrows.

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 2014 test netting.

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LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/6/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish, Slow to good 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 Off/On 10 - 13 inches Crappie maybe on/off  but when ON there are alot of nice fish, primarily in the 10 - 13 inch range.  Try the tubes under the plant entrance road, the outlet at the dam, center lake over the bridge, best on minnows some on jigs white/blue,  
Largemouth bass Slow, improving with the warm weather 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. The hot water discharge is always a favorite area
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: 3/26/2015

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-Fair 0.33-1.3 lb Vertically fishing jigs about 16 feet deep. 
Walleye Slow 1-4 lbs A few being taken off the dam on crankbaits at night.
General Comments
March 26 water level 2.05 feet low, release rate = 20 cfs, water temperature = 42.   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: 3/6/2015

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 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!  The lake maybe ice covered.

 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: 2/3/2015

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

33% 11"-16"

57% 16"-24"

10% 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

18% 6"-9"

24% 9"-12"

29% 12"-15"

29% 15"-18"

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

34% 5"-8"

28% 8"-10"

28% 10"-12"

10% 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 2014 test netting.

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BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/6/2015

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.  The lake maybe ice covered.

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: 3/27/2015

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/good 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. Crappie will be moving into shallow water to spawn soon.
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: 2/3/2015

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

71% 4-7"

15% 7-9"

14% 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

0% 11-16"

93% 16-24"

7% 24-28"

0% 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

66% 5-8"

8% 8-10"

13% 10-12"

14% 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 2014 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: 3/27/2015

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. Crappie will be moving in shallow to spawn soon.  
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: 3/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Good 14-24" Both channel catfish and hybrids over 15" are now in the lake. Anglers are having success in shallow flats during the day.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Fishing remains good for smaller fish with some fish over the slot showing up. Please consider harvesting fish under the 13"-18" protected slot length limit to improve size structure of the largemouth bass population.
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: 3/27/2015

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 shad sides, liver, prepared baits, minnows, worms, 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. Crappie will be moving in shallow to spawn soon. A jig or minnow fished a few feet below a bobber  is effective then. 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: 3/26/2015

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 0.3-0.75 lb Using jigs over deep water brush piles.
General Comments
 



WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Good 16-24 inches Fishing has been good as fish are feeding in warming water.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Fair 10-22 inches Bass anglers are doing well working rocky shoreline with jigs and jerkbaits. 
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie fishing will pick up through April as fish move in to spawn.
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: 3/27/2015

 

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 now in operation.  
Crappie  Fair/Good  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. Some crappie have already moved into shallow water to spawn. 
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: 3/6/2015

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: 3/6/2015

  • 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.  The lake maybe ice covered.

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: 3/6/2015

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 Slow 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.  The lake maybe ice covered.

 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: 3/6/2015

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: 3/6/2015

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 Slow 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 Slow 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 Slow 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.  The lake maybe ice covered.

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: 3/6/2015

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.

The lake maybe ice covered.

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: 3/31/2015

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 Fair 1-5 lbs Large jigs or creature baits worked slowly in shallow water.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. mostly on liver, can be caught using various shad imitating lures. 
channel catfish fair 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow-fair 10-24" Jigs or crankbaits around the rocks.
crappie fair up to 14" Some crappie are being caught in shallower water on both minnows and jigs.
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. 58 on 3-31-15.

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: 3/6/2015

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: 3/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish Depends on flow   Use a large barbless treble hook and 4-6 oz of weight to snag paddlefish immediately downstream of Chetopa City Dam. Fishing can go from excellent to poor within a few hours depending on flow. Use the link below to monitor river flow. Fishing will be best when discharge is 10,000 to 15,000 cubic feet per second and rising.
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: 3/6/2015

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 Slow 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 Slow 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 Slow 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. The lake maybe ice covered. 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: 3/31/2015

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 Fair up to 5lbs. Large jigs or creature baits worked slowly around structure and shallow water.
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 Fair 8-30 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Fair 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. 1370 trout were stocked Feb. 10.

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: 3/31/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Small jigs around brush
Channel catfish Fair 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3lbs. jigs or finesse plastics around brush
Wipers Fair   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

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: 3/31/2015

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" Fair Jerkbaits or slow-moving jigs around creek channel, timber, or weed beds.
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-Good Find the creek channel and look for trees on the bends of the channel in 15-20 ft. Small jigs fished vertically
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits around rocky banks.

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

The lake is full Water temp 56 degrees 3-31-15.

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: 3/31/2015

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. Fair-Good Below the dam during releases on small jigs and spinners or along face of the dam or up in the river and creeks
Crappie up to 14" Fair-Good Jigs and minnows along the dam rip rap and up in the river around woody structure. Otter Creek and Eagle Creek may also be places to try
       

Comments

Hartford boat ramp is open but does have some silt build up on it.

Water Temp. 56 on 3-31-15

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: 3/31/2015

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 or jigs around dropoffs or structure
Channel Catfish Fair up to 15 lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. 
Crappie Fair up to 12" Some fish are being caught in 6-10 ft. of water mostly around brush or other structure on both minnows and jigs.
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.
       

 The lake is 5 FT. low. The boat ramp is still usable. WATER TEMP. 56.

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