Sheridan State Fishing Lake

Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks Norton, KS 913-877-2953

GPS Location: N39 21 31.21 W100 13 39.23

Hoxie, KS 67740

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 67 acres

Maximum Depth: 22 feet

Normal Lake Level: Full is 4 feet below overflow structure.

Current Lake Level: At normal full operating level.

Lake Temperature: 51

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Crappie 50
Channel Catfish 5
Flathead Catfish 5
Largemouth Bass 5 15
Redear Sunfish
Saugeye 5 15
Wiper 2
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 12/24/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Jigs, minnows, or shad fished around the fish attractors.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. Suspending crank or swimbaits fished in sunny shallows on warm days using an ultra-slow presentation.
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Trolling or casting small, shad imitating crankbaits along the dam or along drop-offs.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber around deeper fish attractors.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 19 lbs. Cutbait fished over wide-open flats.
Wiper Slow Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting or trolling small shad imitating crankbaits.

Ice Conditions: As of 12-23-2013 the lake was 100% ice covered and ice thickness off the boat ramp was approximately 3 inches thick and given warmer forecasted temperatures the ability of the ice to safely support ice fishing will likely become questionable over the next day or two. Any attempt to ice fish is strongly discouraged.

This generic fishing report will not be updated on a weekly basis and is intended to provide general guidance for those fishing this fall and winter. Updates may be made when/if noteworthing fishing information becomes available.

ATTENTION: The east boatramp is open for use, but launching from the west boatramp is discouraged due to low water.

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:

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