Rocky Ford Fishing Area

4 miles NE of Manhattan


GPS Location: 39.2389 -96.5872

Manhattan, KS

Surface Acres: 18 acres

Normal Lake Level: Full

Current Lake Level: 12 feet

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Crappie 50
Channel Catfish 10
Flathead Catfish 5
Saugeye 5 15
Walleye 5 15
White Bass
Largemouth Bass 5 15
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Slow to Fair 1 to 20+ pounds

Channel catfish can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.

Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.

White Bass & Wipers Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds

Fishing for white bass and wipers has been fair, with a few always being caught. 

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 Good 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum fishing has been good. They can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds A few saugeye being caught with jigs or crankbaits below the dam.  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