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Region 4 Fishing Reports Fishing Locations Fishing Forecast Region 4 Public Fishing Reports

Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes on the KDWPT Public Fishing Reports blog at http://ksfishing.blogspot.com.

CHENEY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/24/2015

SPECIES RATING SIZE BAITS, LOCATION, METHODS
Fishing Newsletter     All KDWPT fisheries districts are offering a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. The newsletters are aimed at keeping anglers informed about fishing opportunities and information in their areas of interest. The first few editions of the Cheney Fisheries District have been completed and are ready for distribution.
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS, AND BILGES!!!

Zebra mussel numbers have decreased at Cheney; however, anglers and boaters should still use caution to avoid moving adults and veligers from the lake.

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

White Bass and Wiper Good Various

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

Fall netting results indicate excellent white bass and wiper populations. There are high densities of temperate bass and lots of quality fish. Fishing should be as good for temperate bass in 2015 as it has been in recent years.

Walleye Good Up to 28"

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

Gill net samples were encouraging for walleyes. Although numbers will be down slightly in 2015, there are still plenty of sublegal and legal-sized fish in the population.  Decent numbers of of fish from the 2014 stocking were captured, which is a good sign for the future.

Crappie Fair Up to 15" Crappie will be moving to the shallower waters in coves and around brush, as well as along the dam.  
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lb Channel and blue catfish can provide fun winter angling. Focus on structure and channel borders.
White Perch    

Netting results this fall indicate that white perch numbers increased this year; however, there are many catchable-size white perch (10+") in the lake.

White perch cannot be used as live bait, but they do make good cut bait. For tips on identifying a white perch from a white bass, wiper or striped bass click HERE.

All white perch in your possession must be dead. It is illegal to posses live white perch.

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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir. Click HERE for the news release.

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  

New Video Available    

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

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

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

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

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

2.9 feet below normal pool, releasing 6 CFS.

Click HERE for water level information.



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

Video

Spring Bass Sampling

   

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

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

New Video

Fall Test Netting Fish Sampling

   

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

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

Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in the Trout Area below the dam!!

Blue catfish   15 to 30 inch

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

Minimum length limit of 35-inches in effect.  Fish less than 35-inches must be immediately released.

Most of the blue catfish in the lake are below the 35-inch minimum length limit and must be released immediately. Take time to properly identify your catfish catch. Click HERE for information on how to properly identify your catch.

Wiper Fair Up to 25-inch

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

Be sure to properly ID your catch as there is there is an 21-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit on wiper.. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White bass Fair to Good up to 14-inch

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

Wipers can be caught along with white bass so it is important to properly identify your catch before putting it on a stringer. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White Perch   Up to 8-inch

White perch can be found on old roads, humps, and river channels.  Live bait is deadly on white perch but they can also be caught on small spoons, jigs, and small crankbaits.  Fishing is fast and furious when you get on a school of white perch.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fish to 6.75 lbs have been reported this year.

For more information on the trout program click HERE.

General Comments

2.6 feet low, releasing 5 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

ZEBRA MUSSEL & WHITE PERCH WARNING! El Dorado Reservoir and the Walnut River below the reservoir contain zebra mussels and white perch. Take zebra mussel control precautions when leaving the lake, Trout Area, and Stilling Basin. For information on Zebra Mussels click Here.



MARION RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/17/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels     Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!
Channel Cat Fair up to 5 lbs Shallow windblown shorelines on cut shad, shad sides, or liver.
White Crappie Fair to Good 10" and over Crappie have been hit or miss through the ice, but some anglers have had good luck on the dam.
Walleye Fair Up to 24" Walleye will be heading to spawning areas and will be there over the next several weeks.  Look for spawning walleye along the dam and any other rocky, shallow shoreline that has deeper water near by.  Suspending crank baits or jerk baits are great choices during the spawn.
White Bass Fair to Good Up to 15" Shallow water areas during warmer days.  Also along points and ends of the dam.  Casting jigs, roadrunners, or small crankbaits.
Wiper Fair to Good 1-5 lbs Same as white bass.
General Comments
 



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8" to 10" Fish with small minnows and jigs around brush. There are a few nice crappie in the lake although most are fairly small.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" Worms under a bobber. There are mostly small bluegill in the lake.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-4 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 18" Fish shallow brush. A few large fish (up to 22") are caught in the lake each year.
General Comments
This is a general winter fishing report. If a good bite is reported, it will be posted. Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

New video

Spring Bass Sampling

   

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

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

Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 6 lbs

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

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

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

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

The majority of the crappie in the lake or small and need to be thinned down.  Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed  the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back.  Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!

Bluegill     Few recent reports.
General Comments
 



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels Have Been Discovered in Chase State Fishing Lake.    

Chase SFL is now an ANS designated water. Read the news release HERE.

 Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

 Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

 Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

New Video Available    

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

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

New Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Fair up to 10 pounds

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

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

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 15-inch

Jigs and plastics near shallow cover.

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

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



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
New Video Available    

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

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

Black Crappie     Few recent reports
Bluegill     Few recent reports
Channel Catfish    

Few recent reports 

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

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



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Good 10" to 10 lb. Kingman is a good channel catfish destination. There are lots of catfish and good numbers of large fish. Fish lakewide with cutbait during the cold-water period.
Largemouth Bass Fair 6" to 16" Fish lures with slow presentations during winter. Jerk baits are a good cold-water bait. The bass are growing quickly after the renovation.  The largest bass in fall samples was about 16".
Northern Pike Fair Up to 28" Pike are active in cold water and will bite about any lure at any time. There were pike approaching 30" captured in fall samples.
Bluegill Fair Up to 6" The biggest bluegill in the lake are around 6 inches.  Use worms under a bobber near structure.
General Comments

The unarmored portion of the dam is currently being protected with rip rap from the highway project. Please be careful in these areas as the material will need to be cleaned of excess metal before next spring. Thank you!

A bathymetric map of the lake is now posted on the lake page.  It clearly shows the location of the springs at the north end.



MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Good Up to 30" Fish with cutbait lakewide, especially on the windblown shore. The lake is an excellent spot for keeper-sized and the occasional trophy-sized channel catfish.
Crappie Fair 8-10" Crappie overwinter in deeper water. A few will remain shallow to feed. The crappie population at McPherson SFL is generally poor; however, a few big crappie were sampled this spring.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7 lb. Use lures fished at a slow pace. Soft plastics or jerk baits are good bets in the winter.
Saugeye Fair 15-20" Saugeye seem to like the lower end of the reservoir around rocks.  Decent numbers of saugeye were captured in gill nets and more and more are showing up in angler creels.
General Comments

This is a general winter fishing report. If a good bite is reported, it will be posted. Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.

A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.



ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth bass Poor   No recent reports.
Channel catfish Poor   No recent reports.
Bluegill Poor   No recent reports.
General Comments
The lake is full and was restocked in the fall of 2013 with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish fingerlings.  These fish will need a year or two to grow into catchable-sized individuals.  Other species such as crappie may be considered for stocking after a few years; however, until the bass population is established in the lake, crappie have a high likelihood of overpopulating. 



COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/15/2014

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

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

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

Bluegill      
Crappie      
Channel catfish      
Largemouth bass      
Spotted bass      
Walleye      
General Comments

Regular reports will return Spring 2015

The City of Council Grove requires Aquatic Nuisance Species certification of anglers and boaters at Council Grove City Lake. Go to ANS Certification to obtain the certificate. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.



HARVEY COUNTY WEST LAKE - Last Updated: 3/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill good up to 1/2lb bluegill fishing should pick up along the shorelines as the water warms and the bluegill begin spawning.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18 inches Largemouth bass samples in 2104 showed some improvement in the bass populations, and bass fishing should be fair in 2015.
White Crappie Fair 8-12 inches Crappie will be moving into the coves and onto brush piles as the water warms. 
Channel Catfish Good 1 lb plus Channel Catfish are picking up in the next few weeks, and 2014 samples showed good populations of catfish.
Saugeye No recent reports.
General Comments

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please call Jessica at 316-683-8069.

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



HARVEY COUNTY EAST LAKE - Last Updated: 3/23/2015

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please call Jessica at 316-683-8069.

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



MARION COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 1/7/2015

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

Boat and bait inspections are MANDATORY at Marion County Lake to prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Nuisance Species. Protect our waters... don't forget to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY!

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.



WELLINGTON CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lb. Catfish will distribute lakewide and generally feed on the windblown shorelines.
Wiper Fair Up to 10 lb. Wipers will generally hold on steep dropoffs and near structure in the winter. Spoons and jigs are good baits.
Crappie Fair Up to 14" Crappie will generally hang on deep structure during the winter. Fish will move shallow to feed on nice days.
Saugeye Fair Up to 5 lb. Use slowly-fished jigs from the old dam for saugeye.
Flathead Catfish Fair all sizes Use lively bait near structure.
General Comments
This is a general winter fishing report. If a hot tip is received, the report will be updated.  Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.



WINFIELD CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/17/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels were verified in Winfield City Lake in December 2006. Lake users should follow recommended control practices found HERE .

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

New Video Available    

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

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

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

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

Walleye Minimum length limit 18 inches.

   
General Comments
The City of Winfield requires additional permits for anglers using the lake. Stop in to the lake office before fishing at the lake.



WELLINGTON HARGIS CREEK - Last Updated: 10/23/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair all sizes Fish shallow with shad sides, shrimp, or liver.
Crappie Fair up to 14" Recent netting showed a great crappie population with lots of 9-13" crappie. Use minnows or jigs around brush.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18" Fish any cover with lures or live bait.
Saugeye Fair Up to 18" Recent netting indicates a very good saugeye population.  Cast crankbaits early and late lakewide for a chance at 25+ inch fish.
General Comments
 



DILLON NATURE CENTER - Last Updated: 3/23/2015

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



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

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs. Catfish were stocked on March 16, and will be stocked monthly until September.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. There are a few bass in the pond, usually caught on live bait and lures.
General Comments
White perch are present in Carey Park Fishing Pond. White perch are a nuisance species that are illegal to possess alive and SHOULD NOT be transported to other waters for any reason.



SEDGWICK CO. - LAKE AFTON - Last Updated: 3/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Adult Zebra Mussels were found 7/31/08 at Lake Afton.

The zebra mussels reproduce during the warmer summer months and veligers (larval zebra mussels) are present in the water column. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in Clearwater Creek below the spillway!

White Perch no report Up to 1 lb Use a small hook with a small piece of worm, or a small spinning lure. Remember that white perch may be possessed or used as live bait ONLY while on this water, and may not be transported alive.
Channel Catfish Fair 1-3 lbs Channel cat were stocked on March 16, and will be stocked monthly until September.  A few reports of catfish being caught, and fishing will be picking up in the next few weeks as the water warms.
Saugeye Poor   No Recent Reports
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 3 pounds Largemouth bass samples in 2014 showed quite a few nice looking bass.  Bass fishing at Afton should be better in 2015 than it has been in recent years. 
Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Fish around brushpiles and creek channel dropoffs with small jigs or spoons. 2014 samples showed crappie up to 14".  Crappie fishing in 2015 should be good.
Bluegill Sunfish Good Up to 1 lb Bluegill can easily be caught with a small piece of worm or a small spinner or jig.
General Comments
Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.

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



WICHITA - URBAN FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow Trout Excellent Up to 2 lbs Rainbow trout are being stocked at KDOT East Lake and Vic's Lake in Wichita.  Slough creek is VERY LOW on water, and trout will be stocked at that location when conditions improve. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 2-3 lbs The first stocking of Catfish occurred on March 16, and stockings will continue monthly through September. Prepared baits, dough baits and even hot dogs will catch Channel Catfish in the Wichita Area. Chisholm North, Watson and the KDOT lakes are excellent for Catfish.
White Crappie Good Up to 12" Use small jigs or a minnow and fish around brush piles close to the shoreline.  Crappie are best at the KDOT Lakes, Watson Park, K-96 lake and Chisholm North lake.
Largemouth Bass Poor Up to 18" Bass fishing in Wichita can be found at any of the lakes, but the best reports come from the KDOT lakes, Emery Park, Blackbird and Sunflower Ponds and Chisholm north lake.  Use large spinning lures and fish around logs and woody debris or near standing vegetation.
Bluegill Good Up to 1 lb Sunfish are a great choice when other fishing gets a little slow.  A simple small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the shore will yield the best catches.  Bluegill are present in every lake in the area, but are especially good at Blackbird and Sunflower ponds, Chisholm North lake, and Emery Park Pond.
General Comments

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

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

For more information see our Fish Stocking Page.

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

Local fishing reports depend on information from anglers like YOU! To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Sedgwick, Marion or Harvey County area, please contact Jessica at 316-683-8069 or click here to email Jessica.