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Bluegill

BLUEGILL

The bluegill is one of the most common panfish in Kansas, and it provides many youngsters with their first fishing thrill. Although it doesn't grow to enormous weights, the tenacious, saucer-shaped fish makes up for size with a scrappy fight. Common in most farm ponds and smaller community and state fishing lakes, bluegill are most easily caught when they move into shallow water and begin dishing out spawning beds. The state record bluegill weighed 2 pounds, 5 ounces. The world record is 4 pounds, 12ounces.

Updated: 1/23/15
Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Bioligist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (lbs.)   (>6”)
GARNETT-CRYSTAL LAKE 38.00 0.00 0.00 0.26 G 79.33
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #8 34.00 0.50 0.00 0.43 G 34.00
GARDNER CITY LAKE 33.75 0.00 0.00 0.33 G 19.67
ALTAMONT CITY LAKE-WEST 33.50 0.00 0.00 0.28 G 33.50
LENEXA-LAKE LENEXA 31.50 1.00 0.00 0.33 G 16.33
DOUGLAS CO.-LONESTAR LAKE 23.00 0.50 0.00 0.34 G 11.56
WILSON SFL 19.00 0.33 0.00 0.35 G 13.75
ATCHISON SFL 18.75 0.50 0.00 0.50 G 8.67
DOUGLAS SFL 18.25 0.00 0.00 0.29 G 9.08
MIAMI SFL 17.50 1.50 0.00 0.37 G 14.42
EUREKA CITY LAKE 15.25 0.50 0.00 0.40 G 55.33
SABETHA CITY LAKE 14.75 0.00 0.00 0.28 G 9.13
ATCHISON CL #23 (WARNOCK) 14.50 4.25 0.25 0.51 G 14.50
SCOTT STATE LAKE 13.33 0.00 0.00 0.33 G 18.24
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 13.25 0.25 0.00 0.41 G 6.50
SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE 13.25 2.25 0.00 0.50 G 6.92
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 13.00 1.00 0.00 0.46 G 48.17
OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE 12.75 0.00 0.00 0.25 F 9.33
BUTLER SFL 11.25 0.25 0.00 0.00 F 5.25
SEDAN - OLD (NORTH) CITY LAKE 11.00 0.25 0.00 0.36 G 6.08
COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE 11.00 1.83 0.00 0.37 G 13.00
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #1 10.75 0.25 0.00 0.38 G 11.92
BROWN SFL 9.50 0.25 0.00 0.46 F 5.92
WASHINGTON SFL 9.50 0.00 0.00 0.32 F 17.83
COWLEY SFL 8.25 0.75 0.00 0.35 G 10.42
LEBO CITY LAKE 8.00 0.00 0.00 0.42 F 5.17
BOURBON SFL 8.00 0.00 0.00 0.28 G 3.75
LEAVENWORTH SFL 7.75 1.50 0.00 0.44 F 3.92
SEDAN - NEW (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 6.75 0.25 0.00 0.31 G 3.50
OLATHE-CEDAR LAKE 6.50 0.00 0.00 0.23 F 5.00
CHASE SFL 6.25 0.25 0.00 0.35 G 5.92
MIDDLE CREEK SFL 6.00 0.00 0.00 0.27 F 5.00
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 6.00 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 6.83
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 5.25 0.00 0.00 0.38 F 6.42
SHAWNEE CO.-LAKE SHAWNEE 5.25 0.13 0.00 0.41 F 19.67
GEARY SFL 5.25 0.00 0.00 0.25 F 11.42
PRATT CO. LAKE 5.00 0.00 0.00 0.33 G 10.83
CHANUTE CITY LAKE 4.50 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 10.33
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 4.50 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 2.58
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 4.50 0.00 0.00 0.27 F 5.63
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 3.80 0.00 0.00 0.24 F 2.53
MOLINE OLD (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 3.75 0.00 0.00 0.32 G 5.63
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 3.63 0.00 0.00 0.35 F 10.63
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 3.63 0.75 0.00 0.50 F 2.38
MADISON CITY LAKE 3.50 0.00 0.00 0.37 G 2.00
MONTGOMERY SFL 3.25 0.75 0.00 0.42 G 3.85
THAYER CITY LAKE (NEW) 3.00 0.25 0.00 0.49 F 1.63
PRESCOTT CITY LAKE 3.00 0.50 0.00 0.35 G 1.75
BONE CREEK LAKE 3.00 0.38 0.00 0.49 G 2.46
LOUISBURG CITY LAKE 2.50 0.00 0.00 0.30 P 2.50
SHERIDAN SFL 2.25 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 1.07
NEOSHO SFL 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.20 G 8.89
NEBO SFL 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.28 F 2.06
MELVERN RIVER POND 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.34 G 21.50
MARION CO. LAKE 2.00 0.75 0.00 0.46 G 1.50
GRAHAM CO.-ANTELOPE LAKE 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.30 F 6.25
ALMA CITY LAKE 1.67 0.00 0.00 0.30 P 2.46
JEFFREY EC - MAKE UP LAKE 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.28 P 4.42
MCPHERSON SFL 1.25 0.00 0.00 0.33 F 5.75
WOODSON SFL 1.25 0.00 0.00 0.15 P 0.92
POTTAWATOMIE SFL #2 1.25 0.00 0.00 0.22 P 0.83
PAOLA CITY LAKE 1.25 0.00 0.00 0.25 P 10.42
SEDGWICK CO.-LAKE AFTON 1.20 0.00 0.00 0.26 F 1.98
LYON SFL 1.00 0.25 0.00 0.51 G 2.50
CRAWFORD SFL 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.20 F 2.42
KIOWA SFL 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.18 F 0.25
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 0.75 0.25 0.00 0.37 F 0.92
WELLINGTON CITY LAKE 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.20 P 0.58
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-OLD 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.19 F 2.00
HARVEY CO. LAKE - EAST 0.75 0.25 0.00 0.42 G 2.75
FORT SCOTT CITY LAKE 0.63 0.00 0.00 0.26 F 3.00
JEWELL SFL 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.27 F 4.58
BOURBON CO. LAKE 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 1.50
PLEASANTON - WEST LAKE 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.19 F 2.78
HORSETHIEF 0.40 0.00 0.00 0.23 F 0.30
JEFFREY EC- AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 0.38 0.13 0.00 0.36 F 4.33
BARBER SFL-LOWER 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.16 P 0.50
COLDWATER LAKE 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.27 F 0.33
CLARK SFL 0.29 0.00 0.00 0.35 F 2.43
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD-MAIN 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.24 P 0.92
WELLINGTON - HARGIS CREEK LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 0.25
BOURBON CO. CEDAR CREEK LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 0.23
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 0.67
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.11 F 0.00
MEADE STATE LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.09 F 0.17
CRITZER LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02 F 1.58
KINGMAN SFL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 P 0.00
SHAWNEE SFL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.06 P 0.00
HARVEY CO. LAKE - WEST 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 0.00
OTTAWA SFL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.11 F 0.25
OSAGE SFL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 1.58
Updated: 4/1/14
Waterbody Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish (Weight in Pounds) Biologist's Rating Three Year Moving Average of Density Rating
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (lbs.)   (>6”)
JEWELL CITY LAKE 28.00 0.00 0.00 0.31 G 58.00
HIAWATHA CITY LAKE 18.50 0.00 0.00 0.22 F 18.50
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #2 15.50 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 15.50
BALDWIN - SPRING CREEK LAKE 11.00 0.00 0.00 0.24 F 11.83
OVERBROOK LAKE 8.00 0.00 0.00 0.32 F 8.00
SEVERY CITY LAKE 6.50 0.00 0.00 0.28 F 13.00
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #4 5.50 0.00 0.00 0.21 F 5.50
PARKER CITY LAKE 4.50 0.50 0.00 0.33 F 4.50
GLEN ELDER STATE PARK POND 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.21 F 7.33
Updated: 1/23/15
Impoundment Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish Bioligist's Rating 3 Year Average
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (lbs.)   (>6”)
SEBELIUS (NORTON) 11.50 3.63 0.00 0.64 G 17.29
BIG HILL 5.00 0.10 0.00 0.35 G 4.97
PERRY 4.24 0.00 0.00 0.32 F 2.22
HILLSDALE 2.44 0.00 0.00 0.27 F 8.02
JOHN REDMOND 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.33 P 1.25
CLINTON 1.50 0.00 0.00 0.34 P 1.96
MILFORD 1.44 0.19 0.00 0.50 F 2.98
WOLF CREEK 1.38 0.06 0.00 0.53 F 2.01
LACYGNE 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.32 F 1.67
CHENEY 0.88 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.88
WEBSTER 0.88 0.00 0.00 0.34 F 2.44
MELVERN 0.69 0.00 0.00 0.29 P 0.77
EL DORADO 0.63 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.44
WILSON 0.56 0.00 0.00 0.31 P 0.42
CEDAR BLUFF 0.44 0.00 0.00 0.36 P 1.07
FALL RIVER 0.38 0.00 0.00 0.35 P 0.15
COUNCIL GROVE 0.31 0.00 0.00 0.11 P 0.63
LOVEWELL 0.27 0.07 0.00 0.68 P 1.52
TORONTO 0.13 0.00 0.00 0.17 P 0.06
KIRWIN 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.23 F 0.35
TUTTLE CREEK 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.71
POMONA 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.15 F 0.15
GLEN ELDER 0.04 0.04 0.00 1.00 P 0.29
KANOPOLIS 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.04