Yates Center City Lake

Yates Center New 3D
This Location does have Boat Access CFAP Lake Fishing Forecast Region 5 Public Fishing Reports

Yates Center, KS

2 miles W, 3 miles S of Yates Center

City of YatesCenter (620) 625-2118

Fisheries Biologist: Justin Morrison (620) 637-2748

GPS Location: 37.83512 -95.80374

Yates Center, KS

Impoundment Type: Community Lake

Surface Acres: 205 acres

Maximum Depth: 30

Normal Lake Level: N/A

The City of Yates Center has signed up in the enhanced CFAP program. A city permit is no longer needed to fish this lake.

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Channel Catfish 2 15
Crappie 20
Largemouth Bass 5 13-18
Walleye 2 15
Wiper 2 18
Yellow Perch 5 10
White Bass No Limit None
Redear Sunfish
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/18/2014

Species Size Rating Baits, Method, and Location
Redear and Bluegill up to 11" Good A good population of redear and bluegill is present in this lake. Redear up to 11" are not uncommon and are usually caught around the weedbeds using worms or small jigs.
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Good Sampling shows a moderate to high density of largemouth bass which should provide anglers with some good fishing. Many anglers have had success fishing along the abundant vegetation.
Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish up to 10 lbs. Good Both channel catfish and blue catfish are present in this lake, however, the blue catfish population is fairly new so the fish have not reached large sizes yet. The largest blue cat sampled was just over 4 lbs. The channel catfish population continues to show good numbers and will provide good angling.
Wipers/White Bass up to 5.5 lbs. Fair-Good A moderate population of wipers and white bass exist in this lake. Be sure you are familiar with the identifying characteristics of each species. There is no limit on white bass, but an 18" length limit is in effect for Wipers
Crappie up to 12" Fair Sampling efforts show a low to moderate abundance of crappie. Crappie up to 12" are available but fish in the 6-9" range are the most common.
Walleye up to 24" Fair A fair population of walleye is present in this lake. Fish 12-20" are most common.
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair Worms under bobber near vegetation or small lures can also be productive
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Fair Slow-rolling spinnerbaits or crankbaits around brush or vegetation. Texas rigged plastics should also produce some fish.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Fair livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair-Good White bass are being caught trolling with crankbaits or small spinners along the dam and old road bed.
Crappie up to 12" fair Crappie should be in pre-spawn staging areas and feeding good to prepare for spawning time. Look for fish around brushpiles or standing timber 8-15 ft. deep. Jigs under a bobber or worked slowly should produce some fish. The upcoming forecast looks promising to really start a good bite.
Walleye 15-24" slow-fair Walleye should be moving in to spawning grounds. Try along the dam at night using curly tailed grubs or jerkbaits.


The crappie regulation has changed and is now 20 fish/day with no length limit. Water temp 57°

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required.

This lake contains Eurasian Watermilfoil. Please remember to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment when leaving water bodies.