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CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/3/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 14 inches Minnows, jigs, or small slab spoons fished over the fish attractors or over steep, deep drop-offs has been best.  Anglers report catching around a dozen fish in the 11 to 14 inch range on a good day.
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches Anglers report catching fish drifting mainlake points with jig and nightcrawler combos.  Fish ranging from 16 to 24 inches have been reported.
White Bass/Wipers

White bass-Good

Wipers-Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

White bass-fish are being caught by anglers trolling deep diving crankbaits off the ends of mainlake points and drop-offs or vertically fishing slab spoons over drop-offs or edges of mainlake points during the middle of the day.  White bass are busting shad on the surface in the early morning, late evening, or during overcast periods of the day.  Small topwater plugs, shallow running crankbaits, or castmasters casted into surfacing schools of whites has worked well.  A few fish are still being caught on live bait such as nightcrawlers, too.

Wiper-Anglers are catching good numbers of fish typically ranging in length from 15 inches up to 8 lbs.  Drifting or still fishing live sunfish, liver, or nightcrawlers over points and drop-offs continues to be productive.  Wipers should start feeding on shad as the young shad grow.  So casting baits such as castmasters into schooling white bass and letting the bait fall a little before beginning the retrieve may pick up wipers schooling below the whites.  There are quite a few small wipers that are similar in size to the larger white bass so be sure of your identification skills.

 

WATER TEMPERATURE-80

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2122.32'----21.68.85' 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: 6/27/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
District Newsletter Excellent 31 pages The Spring 2014 newsletter is complete and available to anyone who would like to subscribe to it.  There are detailed fishing forecasts for Glen Elder, Wilson, and Lovewell Reservoirs, information about zebra mussels in Glen Elder and much more.  To subscribe simply click on this link and follow the directions.  The next newsletter will be released late this summer.
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!
Crappie Fair 10-16 inches Summertime crappie tend to hang out near the brush piles and other submerged structure, especially along the river channel.  Walleye anglers catch them around Wally World, Waconda Springs, and the river channel between Gibbs Point and the causeway.  The best fish attractors to try include Campground 3, South Bluffs, Swim Beach, and the river junction west of the causeway.  Minnows work much better than jigs during the hot summer months.  Kentucky rigs are a proven minnow presentation out here in the summer.
Walleye Fair 15-24 inches

The walleye bite has slowed considerably since early June and the ratio of short fish has increased immensely.  Only 10% of the walleye tagged in April for the Fish-a-Thon have been caught, however, indicating that very good numbers of keeper walleye remain.  Anglers may need to change their approach and/or locations to get results now.  The bigger walleye often go deep and are more likely to bite deep running cranks or bottom bouncers than a standard jig and crawler rig.

There are a lot of short fish being caught now so handle these fish carefully.  They are the future keeper walleye!

Approximately 9 million walleye fry were stocked in April.

White Bass Good 11-17 inches The summer patterns for white bass have begun since the shad hatch and anglers are catching some whites using a variety of methods.  Night fishing with floating lights around the dam, south bluffs, and causeway has produced some fish with several up to 18 inches reported.  Calm days will find fish schooling on the surface chasing shad lakewide and anglers can catch good numbers by looking for this surface activity.  Also, the days with south winds will push shad back into the state park coves and along the main lake points with the whites right behind.
Black Bass Fair 10-19 inches The bass bite remains good now with smallies offering the best opportunities around the dam, Marina Cove, Osage Cove, Timber Cove, and along the south bluffs. Largemouth can be found in Osage Cove, Mill Creek, and Schoen's Cove.  Topwater lures fished early in the morning and toward dusk work very well for smallmouth while crankbaits and soft plastics will often yield both species throughout the day.
Wipers Fair to Good 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! 

Anglers have been catching good numbers of wipers while fishing for white bass.  Walnut Creek, the north end of the dam, Campground 3, and the river channel on the west end are all good places to look for wipers.

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes Chumming is the main method for catching summertime cats and this year appears to be no exception.  Anglers using rotten beans, wheat, and milo have reported fair to good catches using stinkbait, shrimp, and cut shad.  Other anglers continue to catch some channel catfish and flatheads along the rocky shorelines of the causeway, Granite Creek, and the jetties in the state park.  Set line anglers may have luck in Mill Creek, Granite Creek, and the river channels west of the causeway throughout the summer.  Best baits include goldfish, green sunfish, crayfish, and cut shad.

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 . 

REMINDER TO ALL ANGLERS!!! There is a creel limit of 20 crappie/day at Glen Elder Reservoir, effective January 1, 2013. Make sure to spread the word that it is now illegal to possess more than 20 crappie each day!!!

Boat Ramp Update: The reservoir is only 1.2 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.  Check it out for the recent additions we made in March 2014.  Special thanks to the over 20 volunteers who made it possible for these brush piles to continue to get upgrades as well as the new piles that we constructed.

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

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



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/2/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Variety Catfish should be moving shallow to spawn in rocks. Use bait shrimp in shallow water. Other good spots include the mouth of the river during inflow and the humps on the south side of the reservoir.
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches A few fish are being caught on the deep brush.
Trout Slow   The last stocking for the year occurred on the 11th of March.  Please call Jeff at the Cheney Wildlife Area (620-459-6922) for questions regarding trout stockings.  Trout stockings will resume in November.
Walleye/Saugeye Good Variety, up to 21" Fishing has been hit and miss on nightcrawlers on the west side of the lake on dropoffs.  Trolling crankbaits or rattletraps is a productive method as the young shad get larger.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches White bass are scattered on points and flats.  Anglers drifting crawlers and jigs are catching a few.
Wiper Fair All sizes Some big wipers have been mixed 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.
 



KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 7/10/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 FISHING OUTLOOK     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.
Saugeye Good Majority 15 to 18 inches Saugeye fishing should be good as numbers are up this year with 17% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 58% being in the 15 to 18 inch size range and 25% being over 18 inches. The largest fish sampled weighed 4.09 lbs. Rated #1 in state for density for fish 14 inches and above.
Wiper Good Majority 15 to 20 inches Numbers are up from last year with the majority of fish being in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 57%, fish 7 to 15 inches accounted for 21% and fish 20 to 25 inches accounted for 22%. The biggest fish weighed 7.00 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for fish 12 inches and above.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 24 to 30 inches Catfishing should be fair; however, the numbers are down from last year. The population is dominated by 24 to 30 inch fish accounting for 67% and fish 17 to 24 inches accounted for 33%. Biggest fish weighed 10.97 lbs. All the flatheads sampled were over 22 inches and the biggest fish weighed 5.19 pounds.
Crappie Good & Fair Majority 2 to 5 inches Crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for both with 96% of the being 2 to 5 inches. However, the density rating for black crappie is #3 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The biggest black crappie sampled weighed 1.75 lbs and the biggest white crappie weighed 1.09 pounds.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Good Majority 12 to 15 inches Numbers are up from last year with the majority of the largemouth being in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 69%. Fish 7 to 12 inches accounted for 12%, and fish over 15 inches accounted for 19%. The biggest fish weighed 3.39 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for largemouth 12 inches and above. Spotted bass numbers are up from last year and the fishing should be good as well. The majority of spot's are in the 11 to 14 inch size range accounting for 45% and 14 inch + fish accounted for 26%. Density rating for the state is #1 for spotted bass 11 inches and above.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the public fishing dock and the private boat slips using jigs. Also catching them up shallow using jigs and jigs with minnows under a bobber.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock, Shoens Cove, around the Marsh Dike and in Leota Cove using jigs and worms. Remember the 18 inch length limit. Stocked 65,000 saugeye fingerlings (2-3" fish) on 5-5-14
Wiper Fair 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in the mouth of Leota Cove and along the road bed on the south side. Did have reports of fish chasing shad on the surface.  Stocked 200,000 wiper fry on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did have reports of a 20" fish being caught off the public fishing dock. Remember that all limb lines must be clearly marked with either your KDWP&T fishing license number and name, or your name address and a phone number. Any lines found that are not marked will be removed. 
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in Leota Cove and along the Dam using plastic baits and crank baits. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 78 Degree's.

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2290.89 ---- 13.41' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 1.83 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: 7/10/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 FISHING OUTLOOK     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.
Walleye Good Majority 20 to 25 inches Walleye fishing should be good again this year with11% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 37% being in the 15 to 20 inch size range and 43% being in the 20 to 25 inch size range. Therefore 80% are over the 15 inch length limit. The largest fish sampled weighted 7.32 lbs. Rated #1 in state for density of fish 15 inches and above.
White Bass Fair Majority 12 to 15 inches Numbers are down slightly from last year with the majority of fish being in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 43%. Fish 9 to 12 inches accounted for 28% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 29%. The biggest fish weighted 2.71 lbs. Rated #14 in state for density of fish 9 inches and above.
Wiper Good Majority 15 to 20 inches Numbers are up slightly from last year with the majority of fish being in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 65%. Fish 7 to 10 inches accounted for 1%, 10 to 15 inch fish accounted for 15% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 19%. The biggest fish weighted 9.08 lbs. Ranked #3 in the state for density of fish 12 inches and above.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 16 to 24 inches Catfishing should be fair with the numbers being down from last year. The population is still fairly young with fish 12 to 16 inches accounting for 20% and fish 16 to 24 inches accounting for 80%. Biggest fish weighted 4.47 lbs. Flathead's were all in the 17 to 20 inch size range. Ranked #2 in the state for density of fish 20 inches and above.
Crappie Good Majority 2 to 5 inches Although low numbers of fish were caught in the trap nets due to cold fronts passing through crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for both with 61% being 2 to 5 inches, 4% being 5 to 10 inches, 10 to 12 inch fish accounted for 16% and 12 to 16 inch fish accounted for 16%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #1 in the state for fish 8 inches and above and #17 for white crappie.
Largemouth Bass Fair Majority 15 to 20 inches The bass fishery is starting to come around and should be fair.  Fish in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 50% and fish 15 to 20 inches accounted for 50% as well.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Good 7 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the north and south shore fish attractors using jigs.  Fish are also being caught up shallow on jigs, little spinners and jigs and minnows under a bobber. Fish are also being picked up drifting with jig head and worm.
Walleye Good 15 to 28 inches Have had reports of fish being caught trolling diving lures along the Dam.  Also hearing of fish being caught using worms and minnows on the drop-offs and in the shallows.
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Have had reports of fish being caught trolling diving lures, drifting jigs with worms or minnows and up in the shallows using shad and shad gizzards. Also heard that fish are starting to chase shad on the surface. Stocked 210,000 wipers on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught on the north shore west of the USFWS headquarters, up by the Kiln and around the outlet using shad and shad gizzards on the bottom.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 78 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1717.49 ---- 11.76' below conservation pool

The reservoir is back open to boats and will remain open until October 1, 2014, unless the water elevation would get above 1722.

They are currently releasing water at 131cfs. The releasing of the water started on 6/25/14.

Currently, the water level is 4.42 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: 6/27/2014

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
District Newsletter Excellent 31 Pages The Spring 2014 newsletter is complete and available to anyone who would like to subscribe to it.  There are detailed fishing forecasts for Glen Elder, Wilson, and Lovewell Reservoirs, information about zebra mussels in Glen Elder and much more.  To subscribe simply click on this link and follow the directions.  The next newsletter will be released late this summer.
Walleye Fair 15-28 inches Try fishing around the dam, Walleye Point, Cedar Point, and Willow Point.  Other fish will likely be found along the river channel between Walleye Point and Oak Creek.  There  have also been good reports on 2 Mile Road.
White Bass/Wipers Good 9-16 inches

The inlet and outlet are great places to find whites and wipers this time of year with some water coming in.  Roadrunners and twistertails are tough to beat.  Anglers have also been trolling along the dam and near Cedar Point and having decent success with some whites and wipers.  We saw good numbers of larger wipers along the dam recently while sampling.  There will also be fish moving to the Cabin Point road bed and they can be caught by drifting or trolling along there.  Night fishing with floating lights usually takes off in July off Cabin Point and Walleye Point.

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

Channel Catfish Good to Excellent All Sizes Anglers drifting with stinkbait and shrimp have been catching some catfish around the Cross, Walleye Point, and the dam.  A couple of anglers have been chumming along the river channel west of Cedar Point and catching good numbers.  Other anglers continue to run set lines around the inlet and up Montana Creek with some success.
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches The crappie will likely move deep for the summer and be tough to catch.  Dedicated anglers should look around the fish attractors and at the mouth of the creeks as the crappie will hang around these areas feeding on young shad and other forage.  Fishing minnows on a Kentucky rig is the best way to go in the summer as jigs just don't seem to work as well during the hot months.
Comments

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 . 

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: 7/10/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 Fishing Outlook     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.
Wipers Good Majority 6 to 15 inches with 15 to 20 inches close behind The supply should be good again this year. Six to 15 inch fish accounted for 29%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 56% and 20 inch plus fish accounted for 15%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 8.60 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 3rd in the state.
White Bass Good Majority 12 to 15 inches This population is currently dominated by fish in the 12 to 15 inch size accounting for 68%. Individuals in the 9 to 12 inch size range accounted for 14% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 13%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 1.84 lbs. Density rating for fish 9 inches and above ranked 1st this year.
Walleye Good Majority 15 to 28 inches Walleye fishing should be good again this year with 70% being over 15 inches. Fish in the 7 to 15 inch size range accounted for 33%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 55% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 11%. The largest fish sampled weighed 6.61 lbs. Density rating for fish 15 inches and above ranked #3 in state this year.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 16 to 24 inches Catfishing should be fair with the numbers about the same as last year. The population is still fairly young with fish 11 to 16 inches being 11% and fish 16 to 24 inches accounted for 89%. The largest channel sampled weighed 4.37 lbs. The largest flathead sampled weighed 46.30 lbs. Density rating for flathead's 20 inches and above ranked #1 in state this year. 
Crappie Good & Fair Majority 2 to 8 inches Although low numbers of fish were caught in the trap nets due to cold fronts passing through crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for with 54% of the crappie being 2 to 5 inches. Will still be some 8 to 15 inch fish accounting for 28%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #6 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The largest black sampled weighed 1.08 lbs and a white weighing 1.09 lbs.
Largemouth Bass Good Majority 15 to 20 inches The bass fishery is starting to come around and should be good. The majority of fish were in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 58% and fish 3 to 15 inches accounted for 42%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 3.15 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 2nd this year.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Heard of some fish being caught around the north and south fish attractors and North breakwater using jigs, jigs and minnows, and little spinners.  
Walleye Good 14 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught while trolling the Dam using diving lures.  Also starting to catch some off the swim beach and river channel using jigs and night crawlers or minnows. Are also catching some off the shore on the north side of the reservoir using worms and minnows on the bottom.  Remember the 15 inch length limit. Short fish need to be released.
White Bass/Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Have had reports of white bass and wipers being caught around north and south fish attractors and around the Goose Flats area casting jigs and using worms and minnows on the bottom. Had reports of some fish chasing shad on the surface already.  Stocked 135,000 wiper fry on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Did have reports of fish being caught on the south side up by the Bow City parking lot and Methodist Camp point on the North side using shad and stink bait on the bottom.  Also heard of some still being caught around the breakwater's. 
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 78 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1870.30 ---- 22.15' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 6.34 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  

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: 6/27/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
District Newsletter Excellent 31 Pages The Spring 2014 newsletter is complete and available to anyone who would like to subscribe to it.  There are detailed fishing forecasts for Glen Elder, Wilson, and Lovewell Reservoirs, information about zebra mussels in Glen Elder and much more.  To subscribe simply click on this link and follow the directions.  The next newsletter will be released late this summer.
Crappie Slow 10-14 inches Look for the crappie in the deeper brush piles around Minooka, Hell Creek, Elm Creek, and out from the marina.  There may also be some around the deep structure along the river channel on the lower end of the reservoir.
Stripers Fair 3-8 pounds During the summer, the stripers will move to their deep water haunts like the deep roadbeds and the river channel between Lucas Point and the dam.  Downrigger trolling with large crankbaits or live bait is a productive method now as well as still fishing live bait straight down in 30 to 50 feet of water.  There may also be some surface activity throughout the summer, especially toward the dam and Lucas Point areas.
 Walleye Fair 11-20 inches The walleye tend to head to deep water during the hot summer months with anglers catching fish from 30 to 40 feet on occasion.  Jig and crawler or jig and leech are still productive, but trolling techniques similar to those mentioned for stripers may work even better now.
Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

Same as last week.  There are channel catfish in the upper ends of many coves feeding in less than 2 feet of water.  Some of the better spots to try include Marshall Cove, Duvall Cove, and Elm Creek.  Shad sides, shrimp, and nightcrawlers will all catch channel catfish now.  A few anglers will be chumming for cats throughout the summer using rotten beans, wheat, and milo to attract them into an area.  They can then be caught on stinkbait, cut shad, and nightcrawlers.

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

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds White bass can often be found feeding on shad when the wind is blowing from the south.  Look for them along the north shore and back in the coves as they will push the baitfish back in there while feeding.  Calm days will find white bass surface activity throughout the reservoir.  Night fishing with floating lights can yield a variety of species including white bass, white perch, crappie, and stripers.  This is a great way to beat the summer heat.  Some of the better spots for this activity include under the Hell Creek bridge, around Rocktown, and the hump out in front of the outlet tower near the dam.  Small jigs and minnows seem to work the best under the lights.
Black Bass Good 10-18 inches The bass start to get lazy throughout the day, but are still active during the early morning hours and toward dusk as they do most of their feeding at these times.  Topwater lures are tough to beat during the summer as both smallies and largemouth will readily attack them.  Deeper running crankbaits and Senkos work well during the day or in choppy conditions.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches White perch will go deep like many other species when it is hot out and they can be very easy to catch once you find them.  Jigs and slabs are great ways to catch white perch, but jigs and worms still work very well too.  Look for them in 20-25 feet of water around the brush piles, along the river channel breaks around Minooka, and on the north side around Rocktown.  Once you find a school of them, you can stay busy all day long catching tasty white perch. - 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!!!!!
General Comments

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 . 

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 6.2 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: The north ramp of Elm Creek boat ramp is usable, but use at your own risk.  The south ramp ends before it reaches the water and is barricaded "Closed Due to Low Water."

Minooka: West Ramp:  Unadvised access.  Dock is high/dry, Middle Ramp:  Unadvised access. Dock is high/dry, East Ramp:  Ramp has adequate depth for most average fishing boats. Dock is high/dry.

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

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

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

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

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

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



OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/10/2014

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

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

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

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



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/10/2014

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

Water Temp. NA

Lake is currently dry.

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

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

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

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



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/3/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Jigs or minnows fished around deeper brush has been best.  Trolling small crankbaits off the dam can be effective too.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Soft plastics and spinnerbaits fished around brush or along rip-rapped shorelines.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Trolling crankbaits is usually best this time of year.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber around  structure in shallow water.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 19 lbs. Various baits around brush or along rip-rapped shorelines.
Wiper Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting or trolling small shad imitating crankbaits or still fishing liver, shrimp, and nightcrawlers off the bottom.
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: 7/10/2014

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.
      The lake is almost completely dewatered now so not much activity.
       
       
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: 6/27/2014

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Walleye/Saugeye Fair 10-20 inches Fall netting revealed a fair population of walleye and saugeye. Most of these fish are legal and anglers may be able to find some of these during the spring. Best numbers appear to be on the upper end of the lake, but we did see a few on the east side north of the boat ramp.
Crappie Fair to Good 10-13 inches We did find some crappie hanging out near shore this fall while netting, but there were many suspended in the middle of the lake. They are running 8-13 inches and look like they are in great shape, but there just aren't many of them in there now. We did see a lot of small crappie indicating there was excellent reproduction in 2013.
Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches

Catfish can be caught throughout the summer out here.  Traditional baits like nightcrawlers, shad sides, shad gizzards, and shrimp should all work.

One fish feeder was destroyed by anglers, but the other is up and running.  The timer is set to dispense food at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  This is likely the final year of fish feeders at Jewell due to angler misuse and the blue green algae blooms that develop from the extra load of nutrients in the water.

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Good 6-11 inches There is a tremendous sunfish population in the lake right now with anglers having a chance to catch big bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish, and hybrid sunfish on the same trip. They can be caught on small spinners, jigs, and flies pretty much lake wide. Young anglers will have a good time catching them with a simple worm under a bobber.
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 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
Water temperature: 78 degrees

Water level: 7 feet low