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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: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs, crankbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits.
Walleye No report No report 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 No report No report Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Minnows, or jigs, about 20 inches under a small bobber are pretty good.
Channel catfish No report No report 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

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!

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

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.

 



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair up to 6 lbs Try drifting a jig and worm across flats and points.
Flathead catfish No Report no reports Try live bait around channel swings and bends.
Crappie Slow up to 10 inches Fish around any sun washed rock or brush you can find as well as drop-offs, using minnows & jigs.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 5 lbs Try topwater baits early and late, then jigs, crankbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits 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 Fair Up to 6 lbs Best bait has been fresh shad sides.  Also liver, shrimp, worms or other live baits or also any cut baits.
General Comments

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!



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: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish No Report 1 lb Try using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver. 
General Comments

On July 23, 500 lbs of channel catfish averaging 1 lb each were stocked.

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!



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: 8/7/2014

pecies Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report Up to 12 inches Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Minnows under a bobber are doing the best. Crappie should be about done spawning, casting a small white marabou jig can be effective as well.
Flathead catfish No report No report Fish live bait around the brush piles.
Wipers No report No report Try drifting live shad, sunfish, minnows, or vertically fishing slabspoons.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 5 lbs Try jigs, crankbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits around wood in the vegetation.
Channel catfish No report Up to 5 lbs Try liver, shrimp, worms or cut bait.
General Comments

 On 4.23.2014, 800 lbs of channel catfish averaging 1.25 lbs were stocked. 

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!



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 7/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, & Location
Crappie No report 3-6 inches Fish around any brush or vegetation. Minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs should work.
Bluegill No report No reports Try small pieces of worm under a bobber.
Channel catfish No report up to 10 lbs Try liver, shrimp, worms, or cut bait.
Largemouth bass No report   Try topwater baits early and late, then jigs, crankbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits in the middle of the day. Flipping jigs or plastic baits into brush piles will get you bass.
Flathead catfish No report up to 30 lbs  Live bluegill at night close to the shore.
General Comments

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 or ask questions.

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!



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Up to 6.5 lbs. Fishing minnows, worms, cutbait, and prepared baits off the bottom along the dam and up in the creek.  Most of the fish have been in the 11 to 14 inch range but larger fish up to 8 lbs have been reported from time to time.
Crappie Fair Most up to 9 inches Minnows under a bobber fished along the edges of weedbeds and around the fish attractors.
Walleye/Saugeye Slow

Saugeye up to 3.6 lbs.

Walleye up to 6.1 lbs.

Fishing small fish imitating jigs and swimbaits along edges of weedbeds bordering creek channel drop-offs or over points has produced a few fish.  A few nice 5 lb.+ walleye were reported last week.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5.5 lbs. Casting spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and other fish imitating baits around the fish attractors, laydown trees, overhanging bushes, edges of weedbeds, and cattails adjacent to deeper water.  Most of the fish have been in the 11 to 14 inch range.
Sunfish Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Vertically fishing small jig heads tipped with small pieces of nightcrawler or whole mealworms around the fish attractors, and along rip-rapped shorelines and edges of the cattails.
General Comments

The Beach House located at Scott Lake is open Thursday through Sunday 10:00am to 8:00pm and offers a good selection of fishing bait, tackle, and lures along with other items for your outdoor recreation needs.

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

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

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

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



CIMARRON GRASSLAND PITS - Last Updated: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish no report Up to 4 lbs Try worms or stinkbait.
Largemouth bass no report no report Try jigs, spinnerbaits around cover
General Comments

On June 30, 500 lbs of channel catfish were stocked in the Handicapped and Donut ponds

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: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No reports No reports Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Using minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs work.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 4 lbs 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 Fair Up to 20 inches Try jigs and crankbaits on wind blown shores or shrimp fished on the bottom off the face of the dam.
Largemouth bass No reports No report Fishing with any shad imitation lures should work, especially around the stump rows and along shoreline vegetation.
General Comments

The lake has returned to full pool, 5+ inches of rain had the water going over the spillway on June 1st. Good reports of channel catfish and wipers coming on worms and shrimp fished on the bottom on the face of the dam.

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!



JETMORE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Slow    
General Comments

Recent rains have resulted in removal of the fish salvage condition at Jetmore City Lake.

While mid summer is not typically when many fish are available through our fish culture section, efforts to locate and stock largemouth bass, bluegill, wiper and channel catfish are ongoing.



DODGE CITY LAKE CHARLES - Last Updated: 7/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Good Up to 3 lbs  Try worms and stink bait
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs and spinnerbaits
General Comments

On 06.30.2014, 375 lbs of channel catfish averaging 1.25 lbs were stocked. 

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: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 3 lbs Try topwater baits early and late, crankbaits and plastics around heavy cover during the day.
Bluegill Fair Up to 9 inches Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around the rocks. Also try crickets or grasshoppers.
Walleye No Report Up to 4 lbs Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or slim minnow type crankbaits.
Channel catfish No Report Up to 7 lbs Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Crappie No Report 7-9 inches Fish 4-6 feet deep around brush, logs, rocks or vegetation. Usually best on minnows, but jigs should work as well.
Wiper No Report Up to 5 lbs 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.

On 06.30.2014, 550 lbs of channel catfish averaging 1.25 lbs were stocked. 

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!

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: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, & Location
Channel catfish NO REPORT Up to 2 pounds Try using worms, liver or stink bait.
Carp NO REPORT Various sizes Doughbait
General Comments

On June 30, 1000  fish averaging 1.25 lbs each were stocked.  The next stocking of channel catfish will be in August.

On April 15, 5000 fingerling bluegill were stocked. 

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!



GREAT BEND STONE LAKE - Last Updated: 7/9/2014

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, & Location
Channel catfish good Up to 3 lbs Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom.
Bluegill No Report   Try small pieces of worm or crickets under a bobber or small twister tail jigs. These fish should be getting reeady to spawn.
Largemouth bass No Report Up to 4 lbs Try topwater baits early and late, then jigs, crankbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits in the middle of the day.
Crappie No Report   Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Minnows, or jigs, about 20 inches under a small bobber are pretty good
Wiper No Report   Try trolling jigs and crankbaits, or shrimp fished on the bottom. You can also try casting slab spoons and bucktail jigs over shallow water. Another thing you can try is drifting live shad, sunfish or minnows.
General Comments

On 05.30.2014, 375 lbs of channel catfish were stocked. 

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: 7/9/2014

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, & Location
       
General Comments

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: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish No report No report Try using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver.
General Comments

On July 23, 500 lbs of channel catfish averaging 1 lb each were stocked.

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!



FORD COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish No Report  1 lb each Try using prepared stinkbait, worms or liver.
General Comments

On July 23, 500 lbs of channel catfish averaging 1 lb each were stocked.

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 CENTENNIAL POND - Last Updated: 1/31/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Rainbow Trout No Report No Report Try using spinner baits, swim baits, or flies.
General Comments

Trout were stocked on January 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: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report 5-7 inches Fish around deeper brush or vegetation.especially in the creek channel to the west. Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish No report Up to 2 lbs Nightcrawlers, liver or shrimp.
Largemouth bass No report Up to 4 lbs Plastic worms, crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
Walleye No report Up to 23 inches 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.

New Kansas Crappie Fishing Video    

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

You can find a preview of the video HERE. 

General Comments

On July 23, 500 lbs of channel catfish averaging 1 lb each were stocked and on August 5, ove 100 channel catfish averaging 5+ lbs were stocked. 

  Here is a link to check out the weather at HorseThief Reservoir: 
  http://www.weatherlink.com/user/horsethiefres

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!