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CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/23/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

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

Crappie Good 0.3-1 lbs Crappie are on the bank.  Anglers have been having success with both minnows and jigs. 
       
Boat Ramp Conditions     Concerning low water levels - boat ramps should be OK depth-wise , except be advised that Wakarusa River ramp has at least one foot drop off at the end and Rock Creek ramp not useable. Coon Creek Boat Ramp has minimal water depth and is probably useful for only small boats.
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 April 23 was 4.38 feet low, release rate = 21 cfs, water temperature =  59.  Be aware there are a lot of Asian Carp in the outlet, these fish are illegal to possess alive. Brushpiles placed into Clinton August 11 and 12, 2008. GPS locations in degrees, minutes, seconds using Datum WGS 84: 1) N38 55.755 W095 24.146, 2) N38 56.4444 W095 24.466, 3) N38 56.283 W095 23.465, 4) N38 56.014 W095 23.096, 5) N38 55.036 W095 22.568, 6) N38 56.011 W095 23.085, 7) N38 55.073 W095 22.565, 8) N38 55.785 W095 22.235.



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/16/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Up to 10 lbs. Good numbers of channel catfish were captured during fall netting. Try using shad sides fished along windy banks or in the upper end of the reservoir for catfish.
Walleye Fair Up to 10 lbs. Fall netting indicated a low abundance of walleye. The biggest walleye captured during fall netting was 6 lbs.
Crappie Good Fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Good numbers of crappie were captured during fall netting. Try fishing jigs or minnows near brushpiles or fishing along rocky areas during the spawn.
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Fall netting indicated a moderate abundance of white bass. Most of the white bass captured were 12-15 inches in length. Try fishing jigs off mainlake points for white bass.
Largemouth
Bass
Fair Up to 4 lbs. Spring electrofishing indicated a low abundance of largemouth bass. Some larger bass are available to anglers as the biggest bass captured was 5 lbs. A research project aimed at improving the bass population will be continued in 2014 at Hillsdale Reservoir.
KC District Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Crappie Fair Fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Jigs tipped with a minnow fished near brushpiles.  Few reports of crappie captured near rocky areas.
General Comments

BOAT RAMP CONDITIONS: All ramps are open.

WATER LEVEL: The water level is currently 2.2 ft. below conservation pool.



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/23/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black bass Good up to 7 lbs Smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass are all available to anglers in Milford. Smallmouth are most abundant, and provide a trophy opportunity. Largemouth are less abundant but increasing, and trophys are also present. Spotted bass are few in numbers, but provide a unique fishery. In combination, these species should provide good angling.
Catfish Good up to 50 lbs Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are present in Milford. Blue cats provide both a trophy and abundant fishery, while channel cats offer good numbers of smaller fish. Flatheads also provide a trophy fishery of their own, although not as abundant as channels or blues. Together these 3 species offer good fishing to anglers.
Crappie Fair .5-1.5lbs Crappie numbers have decreased. Although most are smallish, keepers are present. Fishing can be good in Spring and late Fall/Winter when crappie become more concentrated.
Walleye Good up to 8 lbs Walleye numbers are good in Milford. Many fish will be sub-legal, but there are still keepers available. Fishing along the dam during the spawn, drifting the flats in late Spring/early Summer, and summertime trolling are the most reliable methods.
White bass Fair .5-2lbs White bass density declined. Fishing the river and rocks in the Spring, jigging and trolling in early summer, and topwater in the late Summer/early Fall should be most productive.
Wiper Good up to 10 lbs Wiper of all sizes are also abundant in Milford. In addition to the techniques for white bass listed above, live bait fishing for Wipers can produce real lunkers for those with appropriate tackle.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Good up to 30lbs blue cats good in the upper end on fresh cut bait
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs tube jigs and minnows 5ft deep near points with brush
Walleye Fair up to 7lbs deep edges of flats on jigs and worms
White Bass/Wipers Fair   in the river on jigs and along rip rap on jigs and spinners
Smallmouth Bass Good up to 4 lbs crankbaits near secondary rock points and gravel
Largemouth Bass Good up to 4 lbs jerkbaits and jigs near points with brush and rock
Outlet Fair   few catfish on cut bait and white bass on jigs
General Comments

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

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

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

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels Super Infectious! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will be start spawning as the water temperature gets to around 54 degrees. If you haven't heard Clinton has them now!!!!
Spring 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-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 Holton Banner Creek are in this edition. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Banner Creek Newsletter and fill in the blanks. You can read it while you're waiting for the fish to bite!
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 10.0 lbs Shad sides work great this time of year, fished shallow on wind swept banks.
Sauger Fair up to 2.0 lbs. Jigs and twisters off of the those gravel rocky points, fish are trying to spawn.  Done running nets, saw a good number of large females and plenty of males.
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 6.2 lbs. Big plastics worked slow around the structure.
White Bass Fair-Good up to 2.1 lbs. Twister or roadrunners will produce a few fish off of those rocky points or off of the Hwy 92 rip-rap.  Fish are moving up the river to spawn.  Most people catching a few fish up the River but fish are scattered.  Rain will murk the water for a couple of days, you may have to take a day off work when the river clears.
White Crappie Fair-Good up to 1.5 lbs. Fish on brush 8-12', catching pretty good numbers in the marinas on the sunny days.  Fishing is going to get better as the temps. increase, tube jigs or minnows.
Blue Catfish Slow up to 2 lbs. We will continue to see these fish mature, hopefully into a population like Milford has.
Comments

Stocked almost 1,000,000 Sauger fry this week, these guys are about 3/16" in length.  Mostly mouth, eyes and stomach at this stage of life.   

Click on Perry Reservoir above the fishing report to look at the October Netting fish 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: 4/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1.5 pounds The crappie spawn is slowly developing.  Some are being caught shallow along rocky banks in the upper part of the Reservoir. Minnows under a bobber have been best.
White Bass Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds Have been catching some spawners running up the creeks connected to the reservoir.  Should be spawning along the rocky banks in the reservoir soon.
Catfish Fair to Good Up to 20 pounds Along wind swept points or in the river upstream of the reservoir.  Cut bait or worms.
Largemouth Bass Slow to Fair 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 Along rocky banks 10 to 15 feet deep with jigs.  A few being caught at the tubes.
General Comments

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

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ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring 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 Holton Banner Creek. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Banner Creek Newsletter and fill in the blanks. You can read the letter while you're waiting for the fish to bite!
Black Crappie Fair up to 0.8 lbs Tube jigs tipped with a minnow off the piers on the east side.  Saw a few caught below the cabin on Wednesday.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.35 lbs Small jug or spinner tipped with a worm around the brush piles.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4.0 lbs Started two of the fish feeders on Friday, feeding sinking food at 7, 7:30am, noon, 7 and 7:30 pm.  Got the other feeder going on Wednesday.  Shad sides work great this time of year, fish shallow with the stinky stuff. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.0 lbs Smaller spinner baits in that shallow water around brush, fish are looking for some warmer water.
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 0.75 lbs. Small jig tipped with worm around the brush piles.
General Comments

Someone caught a huge largemouth bass, near a State Record, last week!  I'll get a picture up if I get one.

All three fish feeders are feeding.  

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: 4/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring 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 Holton Banner Creek. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Banner Creek  Newsletter and fill in the blanks. You can read the letter while you're waiting for the fish to bite.
Black Crappie Fair-Good up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig around the piers, brush piles and off the end of the dock.  As the water warms these guys will be much easier to catch, will happen soon!
Bluegill Fair up to 0.43 lbs. Small jig or spinner tipped with worm around the brush piles, Curly leaf pondweed will be coming up soon.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 8.0 lbs Started the fish feeders on Friday, feeding sinking feed at 7, 7:30 am, noon, 7 and 7:30 pm.  Shad sides work great this time of year, fish those shallow areas under a bobber.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner baits worked slow around the brush piles and off the end of the piers.
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 0.4 lbs. Small hunk of worm or jig at the north end off the points.
General Comments

Fish feeders are in and working!

October Netting pictures, nice 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: 4/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Douglas State Fishing Lake sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Fair-Good 0.3-0.75 lbs Using jigs over brush piles.  Some anglers caught fish using minnows both from shore and in water about 9 feet deep.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs Using worms on bottom.
LM Bass Good 0.3-1 lbs Using jigs and crankbaits.
General Comments
 



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/23/2014

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

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

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



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities Good   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 Holton Banner Creek. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Banner Creek  Newsletter and fill in the blanks. You can read it while you're waiting for the fish to bite!
LM Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs Work those shallow areas along the curly leaf pondweed, plastics or small spinners, fish will be looking for some warmer water.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4.0 lbs Fish feeders are feeding sinking food 5 time a day, 7, 7:30 am, noon, 7 and 7:30 pm. Shad sides work great this time of year, fish those wind blown banks pretty shallow.  
Bluegill Fair up to 0.3 lbs Small tube jig or spinner tipped with a worm right in the brush.
Crappie Slow up to .5 lbs Small tube jigs tipped with a minnow around those brush piles in 10-12' of water.  These guys will be next to spawn, look for them to move a little more shallow this next week with warmer weather.
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 0.6 lbs Small hunk of worm or small spinner near the brush.
Wiper Fair up to 5.0 lbs Large shad colored plastics off of the points.
Walleye fair Up to 4.5 lbs Fish the points and face of the dam with big jig tipped with minnow, fish are about done spawning.
General Comments

Fish Feeders are in and feeding!  I still have one more to get when the lake level goes up. 

Stocked 200,000 walleye fry last week, will be a while before these guys are big enough to eat. 

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: 4/16/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
LM Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Jigs fished off the fishing piers.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs fished off the fishing piers.
Channel Cat Fair/Good 1-5 lbs Liver fished off the fishing piers.
General Comments
NEW FOR 2014:  13-18 inch protected slot limit on largemouth bass



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 4/16/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 11 lbs. Liver fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Minnows fished near the trees in the coves.
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Crankbaits fished near rocky habitat.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. Finesse plastics fished in the coves.
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Jigs fished near mainlake points.
General Comments
 



NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
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 shortly and features Perry and Holton Banner Creek. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Banner Creek  newsletter and fill in the blanks. You can read it while you're waiting for the fish to bite.
Bluegill Slow up to 0.2 lbs. Small hunk of worm or spinner around the piers.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 6 lbs Started the fish feeder on Friday, feeding sinking food at 7, 7:30am, noon, 7 and 7:30 pm.  Shad sides work great this time of year, corner of the dam.  
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 5 lbs Spinner baits worked slow around the brush piles.
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to .75 lbs. Tube jigs around the brush, fish will move shallow early in this lake since it is a little murky.  Few small males have moved into 2-4' of water.
 Comments

Ken Heaton is the new Creel Clerk for NEBO.  He will be asking you fishermen a few simple questions and recording the information to help us better manage the fishery for you!

Started the fish feeders, time to start fish and stop the wishing!

October netting pictures are up now! 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: 4/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Slow to Fair Up to 8 inches The lake has a fair bluegill population this year.  Still holding deeper along the weed line.
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 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 along the rock piers with jigs or minnows.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 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: 4/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth.
Channel Catfish Fair 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish. This allows for good harvest rates of eater size catfish. The most recent stocking was on April 17th when 1300 channel catfish were put into the lake.  So far this year 2,900 channel catfish have been stocked.  The best fishing lately has been along rocky areas with worms.
Crappie Fair 1/4 to 1 pound Lots of small crappie this year with a few really big ones.  Crappie are being caught off of both of the fishing docks, along rocky points, or near brush.
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.

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SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has an excellent population of black bass over 15 inches.
Crappie Fair to Slow 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers are below average for the lake this year. Moving shallow to spawn and being caught along the dam or shallow structure.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish. Over 7,600 channel catfish were stocked in 2013. Channel catfish daily limit is 5.  A few being caught with worms or dip bait in the upper part of the lake.
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: 4/8/2014

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



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has good numbers of nice sized catfish. Worms or cut bait along wind swept banks or in the creeks feeding into the lake.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound Highest sample numbers of crappie in over 10 years. Most of the crappie are below 10 inches, but fair numbers of larger crappie around.  Holding along breaks or brush in 10 feet of water and starting to move shallow for spawning.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Overall, saugeye numbers are looking good.  Near the dam or road beds with big jigs.
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: 4/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-1 lb Using jigs over brush piles and along weed beds.
       
       
General Comments
 



ESKRIDGE-LAKE WABAUNSEE - Last Updated: 4/8/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair Up to 7 pounds The lake has fair numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth. Bass are protected by an 18 inch minimum length limit.  Smallmouth fishing has been decent off of the rocky points and a few largemouth being caught under docks.
Bluegill and Yellow Perch Fair Up to 1/3 pound There is a good population of bluegill at the lake.
White Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound Good numbers of bigger crappie at the lake.  They are holding around 10 feet deep along rocky banks or near brush.
Channel Catfish Slow 1 to 15 pounds The lake does not have a lot of catfish, but they tend to be big.
General Comments

Zebra mussels have been found at Lake Wabaunsee. The lake is now 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 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: 4/16/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Jigs fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 14 lb. Nightcrawlers or liver fished near mainlake points.
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lb. Crankbaits fished near rocky habitat.
Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches No Reports.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near the docks.
General Comments
 



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 4/23/2014

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

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

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



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 4/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Lake Contour Map Pretty Good 8.5"x11" Color Banner Creek has been mapped by the Kansas Biological Survey and there is a map available at Contour Map
Spring 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 Banner Creek. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Banner Creek Newsletter and fill in the blanks. You can read the letter while you're waiting for the fish to bite.
Black Crappie Fair-Good up tp 1.0 lbs. Tube jigs and minnow around brush, boat ramp cove and the dam.  Fish will be moving shallow as the water temp. goes up, next to spawn.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.44 lbs. Small jig or spinner tipped with a worm in the brush.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 8.0 lbs. Shad sides work great this time of year, wind swept banks.
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 6.4 lbs. Spinners or plastics worked slow around the brush and standing timber.
Walleye/ Sauger Fair up to 3 lbs. Fish will be moving out to feed, walleye on the dam and sauger by the beach.  Jigs tipped with a minnow.
General Comments

I have had several calls about getting a boat in at Banner Creek, attached are some pictures.  I wadded in and I think the south lane of the double lane north ramp is the best option. 

Stocked 500,000 walleye fry last week, will be about 10" by this fall.

Stocked 250,000 sauger fry on Tuesday, will be about 5" by this fall.

Boat Ramp pictures uploaded, saw some nice walleye, crappie and catfish. 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: 4/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds Nice numbers of smallmouth bass and a low level largemouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.   Around 10 feet deep with jigs.
Crappie Good 1/2 to 2 pounds Crappie numbers have greatly improved the last few years and there is currently good numbers of fish around 10" long. Crappie are up shallow and starting to spawn.  Anglers have been doing really well the last few weeks.
Channel Catfish Slow 1/2 to 6 pounds No recent reports of catfish harvest.
Walleye Slow 1 to 5 pounds Overall numbers are down. 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 cruising the shallows or near the water inlet.
Wipers Fair 1 to 12 pounds 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 March 10th, the lake was Full.

Zebra mussels have infested Make-Up 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.

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: 4/16/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Jigs fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Jigs tipped with a minnow fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 6 lbs. No Reports.
Wiper Slow Up to 9 lbs. No Reports.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near structure.
Trout Fair Catchable Powerbait fished along north shore and in coves.
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: 4/16/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Jigs fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs. Liver fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Finesse plastics fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Crankbaits fished near rocky habitat.
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 tipped with a minnow fished near brushpiles.
General Comments
 



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 4/16/2014

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



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has fair numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Fair to Slow 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Slow 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 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: 4/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring 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 Holton Banner Creek. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Banner Creek newsletter and fill in the blanks. You can read it while you're waiting for the fish to bite!
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs Tube jigs tipped with minnows in structure, pile of these guys were caught through the ice but there are still some nice ones left.
Bluegill Slow up to 0.4 lbs Small jig or spinner tipped with a hunk of worm around the brush.
Channel Catfish Slow-Fair up to 16.75 lbs Shad sides are great this time of year, fish them shallow on the wind swept banks.
Largemouth Bass Slow-Fair up to 5.3 lbs. Large jigs or spinners worked slow around the brush, fish will be looking for some warmer water.  South end on the old creek channel.
Walleye Slow-Fair up to 6.1 lbs. Stocked 300,000 walleye fry on Tuesday, will be several years before they are keeper size. Twisters off of the points either side of the pump house cove, fish will be trying to spawn.
Wiper Slow up to 5.0 lbs. Large twisters or shad at the mouth of the cove on the east side.
General Comments

Stocked 300,000 walleye fry this week.  Spring is finally here, may go straight to summer with temps in the 80's next week!

October netting pictures, you fishermen in NE Kansas truely live near the Great Lakes! 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: 4/21/2014

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-1 lb Using jigs and minnows from shore.
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: 4/16/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Jigs tipped with a minnow fished near structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Jigs 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 structure.
Smallmouth Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Jigs fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 6 lbs. Jigs fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Fair Up to 2 lbs. Crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
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: 4/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Slow to Fair 1 to 20+ pounds A few channels being caught.  Channels can be caught on minnows, worms, prepared bait and fresh cut bait. Flatheads can be taken on live baits and lures.
White Bass & Wipers Fair to Good 1/2 to 6 pounds

Catching some in the current right below the dam with jigs or crankbaits.

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 are an abundant species that are taken on worms, minnows, and jigs.
Saugeye Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds Anglers have been catching some saugeye below the dam on jigs or crankbaits. Bright colors seem to be the ticket.  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: 4/23/2014

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

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

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

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 4/8/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair Up to 5 lbs The lake has a good smallmouth population.  They can be caught along any of the rocky shoreline, but the dam is the best spot.
Channel Catfish Slow to Fair Up to 8 lbs The lake has a fair catfish population.  The cove just North of the boat ramp is one of the better spots.
Walleye Slow Up to 6 lbs No recent reports
White Bass Fair Up to 16" White bass numbers are doing good this year, with most of the population being 12 to 15" long.
Wiper Slow to Fair Up to 8 lbs The lake supports a moderate wiper population.  A few nice fish are being caught from shore along the dam.
General Comments

As of March 26th, the water level was very low and the boat ramp was not usable.

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°