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BARBER STATE FISHING LAKE - LOWER - Last Updated: 12/13/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs, crankbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits.
Walleye No report No report Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or small minnow type crank baits as the bottom presentation. You can also try slab spoons.
Crappie No report No report Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Minnows, or jigs, about 20 inches under a small bobber are pretty good.
Channel catfish No report No report Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom. They tend to feed on the wind blown side of the lake.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report. Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2014.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

Release all largemouth bass less than 15 inches and walleye less than 15 inches.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.



CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye No Report 15 inches Try crankbaits, drifting a jig and worm or vertically fishing minnows.
Flathead catfish No Report up to 12 lbs Try live bait around channel swings and bends.
Crappie No Report up to 10 inches Fish around any sun washed rock or brush you can find as well as drop-offs, using minnows & jigs.
Largemouth bass No Report Up to 3 lbs Try jigs, crankbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits.
White bass No Report Up to 1 lb Small jigs or roadrunners along the west shore and off the points or along windswept shorelines.
Channel catfish No Report Up to 12 lbs Try liver, shrimp, worms or other live baits or also any cut baits.
General Comments

Lots of anglers out last weekend April 12 & 13. Several Conservation Officers spent much of the weekend at Clark and saw a sum total of 1 crappie caught.    A few crappie and white bass have been reported, still in deep water, but the action remains slow.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



FINNEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/30/2011

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
General Comments
LAKE IS STILL DRY



GOODMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/10/2012

       
General Comments
The recent rains have continued to miss the lake and it is basically dry.



HAIN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/10/2012

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
General Comments
Hain Lake is dry.



HODGEMAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/29/2011

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
  No reports No reports No recent reports available
General Comments
 

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in March 2011.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



KIOWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/25/2014

pecies Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No report No report Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs are pretty good.
Flathead catfish No reports No report Fish live bait around the brush piles.
Wipers No reports No report Try drifting live shad, sunfish, minnows, or vertically fishing slabspoons.
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs, crankbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits.
Channel catfish No report No reports Try liver, shrimp, worms or cut bait.
General Comments

 On 3.24.2014, 500 lbs of channel catfish averaging 1.25 lbs were stocked. 

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



MEADE STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 4/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, & Location
 Rainbow Trout Fair  .50 lb each Try standard baits such as power bait, corn or spinners
Crappie Slow 3-6 inches Fish around any brush or vegetation. Minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs should work.
Bluegill No report No reports Try small pieces of worm under a bobber.
Channel catfish Fair 1-2 lbs Try liver, shrimp, worms, or cut bait.
Largemouth bass Slow   Try jigs or minnows under a bobber.
General Comments

The final rainbow trout was March 27. 

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



SCOTT STATE LAKE - Last Updated: 4/11/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6.5 lbs. Cutbait fished off the bottom in sun-warmed shallows has produced a few fish.
Crappie Good Most up to 9 inches Jigs fished around the fish attractors and in the creek below the Steele Home has been best.  Anglers report keeping mainly 8 to 9 inch fish with a few 10 inch plus fish in the mix.  Fish should move shallow to spawn soon.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair

Saugeye up to 3.6 lbs.

Walleye up to 6.1 lbs.

The spawn is essentially over and fish have begun transitioning into feeding on flats and points.  Jig and nightcrawler or minnow combos are typically effective.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5.5 lbs. Slow retrieving soft plastics, suspending jerkbaits, and slow-rolling spinnerbaits around structure along sunny shorelines.
Rainbow Trout Fair 0.5 lb./fish average Anglers continue to report catching a few fish in the Barrel Springs Pond and in the creek above the State Lake.  After April 15 no trout permit will be required, but anglers must still adhere to the 5 fish/day creel limit and anglers aged 16 to 74 must possess a valid state fishing license.
Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Vertically fishing small jig heads tipped with small pieces of nightcrawler or whole mealworms around the fish attractors, and along rip-rapped shorelines and edges of the cattails.
General Comments

Release all walleye/saugeye and largemouth bass less than 15 inches.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

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: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.



CIMARRON GRASSLAND PITS - Last Updated: 1/31/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish No report No report Try worms or stinkbaitt.
 Rainbow trout  Fair Half pound average  try power bait, spinners or corn
Largemouth bass no report no report Try jigs, spinnerbaits around cover
General Comments

Rainbow trout were stocked January 29th

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



COLDWATER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/13/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No reports No reports Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Using minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs work.
Channel catfish No reports No reports Try liver, shrimp, worms, or other live baits. Normally they will be feeding on the wind blown side of the lake. You can also try drifting nightcrawlers or using cut bait.
Wiper No reports No reports Try jigs and crankbaits on wind blown shores
Largemouth bass No reports No report Fishing with any shad imitation lures should work, especially around the stump rows and along shoreline vegetation.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report. Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in April 2014.

The lake has returned to full pool. If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



JETMORE CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 7/23/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
General Comments

As authorized by K.S.A. 32-807, and as further specified under K.A.R.115-7-1, a fish salvage condition will exist at Jetmore City Lake as a result of drought.

It shall be legal to take fish from this project as designated by posted signage. Legal means of take are rod and reel only. All length and creel limits have been removed until further notice.

This order will take effect when posted (8-17-2012) and remain in effect until posted notice is removed.



DODGE CITY LAKE CHARLES - Last Updated: 3/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Rainbow trout Fair Half pound average Try worms, corn or powerbait
Channel catfish Fair No report  Try worms and stink bait
Largemouth bass No report No report Try jigs and spinnerbaits
General Comments

On 3.24.2014, 395 lbs of channel catfish averaging 1.25 lbs were stocked. The last stocking of rainbow trout will be on 3.27.2014.

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



PRATT COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth bass No report No report Largemouth bass population is good. Try jigs, crankbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits.
Bluegill No report No report Try small jigs & worms under a bobber around the rocks. Also try crickets or grasshoppers.
Walleye No report No report Try jigs tipped with worms, minnows or leaches or slim minnow type crankbaits.
Channel catfish No report No report Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber on the bottom. Also try drifting nightcrawlers.
Crappie No report No report Fish 4-6 feet deep around brush, logs, rocks or vegetation. Minnows, or jigs, about 20 inches under a small bobber are pretty good.
Wiper No report No report Try jigs and crankbaits on the windy banks. You could also try using sunfish, minnows, or vertically fishing slab spoons.
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.

On 3.25.2014, 750 lbs of channel catfish averaging 1.25 lbs were stocked. 

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

Release all largemouth bass, walleye and wipers less than 18 inches.



GREAT BEND (VETERAN PARK) - Last Updated: 4/19/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
General Comments

Veteran's Lake remains under a Public Health Warning- http://kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

  • Conditions are unsafe
  • Water contact should not occur

Additional information on blue-green algae can be found here:

http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/BLUE-GREEN-ALGAE-INFORMATION/BLUE-GREEN-ALGAE-INFORMATION

If you have any questions or concerns, KDHE can be contacted during normal business hours at 785-296-6603



LIBERAL ARKALON AREA - Last Updated: 4/14/2014

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Fair Up to 2 pounds Try using worms, liver or stink bait.
Carp Good Various sizes Doughbait
General Comments

1000  fish averaging 1.25 lbs each were stocked on on March 25.  The area will open on April 1.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



GREAT BEND STONE LAKE - Last Updated: 4/14/2014

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, & Location
Channel catfish No Report   Try prepared stinkbait, cut bait or liver under a bobber or on the bottom.
Bluegill No Report   Try small pieces of worm or crickets under a bobber or small twister tail jigs. These fish should be getting reeady to spawn.
Largemouth bass No Report   Try jigs, crankbaits and slow rolled spinnerbaits during the day. Using any shad imitating lures would also work.
Crappie No Report   Fish around any brush or vegetation you can find as well as drop-offs. Minnows, or jigs, about 20 inches under a small bobber are pretty good
Wiper No Report   Try trolling jigs and crankbaits, or shrimp fished on the bottom. You can also try casting slab spoons and bucktail jigs over shallow water. Another thing you can try is drifting live shad, sunfish or minnows.
General Comments

On 3.24.2014, 375 lbs of channel catfish were stocked. Rainblow trout were stocked on 3.22.2014.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

REMEMBER: 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.



LACROSSE WARREN STONE MEMORIAL LAKE - Last Updated: 4/20/2012

Species Rating Size Bait, Method, & Location
Channel catfish No report Up to 2 lbs. Liver and Worms off the bottom. Also try Lures or even stinkbait. Look for these fish in shallow water around rocky areas. They usually feed on the windblown side of the lake. You can also try drifting nightcrawlers.
General Comments

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



CONCANNON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 6/15/2011

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish No report No report Fish for Channel catfish in shallow water around rocky areas. They tend to feed on the windblown side of the lake.
General Comments

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. This site will be updated if a hot report is sent in. Regular weekly fishing reports will resume in March 2011.

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

A Dodge City District newsletter is available. Information about fishing and fisheries management throughout southwest Kansas will be updated at least twice each year. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Dodge-City-Fishing-District



FORD COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 8/17/2012

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
General Comments

As authorized by K.S.A. 32-807, and as further specified under K.A.R.115-7-1, a fish salvage condition will exist at Ford State Fishing Lake as a result of drought.

It shall be legal to take fish from this project as designated by posted sigh. Legal means of take are rod and reel only. All length and creel limits have been removed until further notice.

This order will take effect when posted (8-17-2012) and remain in effect until posted notice is removed.



PRATT CENTENNIAL POND - Last Updated: 1/31/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Rainbow Trout No Report No Report Try using spinner baits, swim baits, or flies.
General Comments

Trout were stocked on January 30. Pratt Centennial Pond is a Type 1 trout area, which requires all anglers age 16 and older fishing during the trout season to have a trout permit.

All species, other than trout, are catch and release only. Please remember to discard your trash properly. Thank you for purchasing your fishing license and trout permit to fish this location, your dollars support the trout program! Normal fishing license requirements still apply.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

 If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing.



HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/14/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow 5-7 inches Fish around any deeper brush or vegetation you can find especially in the creek channel to the west. Use minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 2 lbs Nightcrawlers, liver or shrimp.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 4 lbs Try jigs, plastic worms, and spinnerbaits.
Walleye No report   Try live minnows or jig and nightcrawlers along the dam and on points.
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.

New Kansas Crappie Fishing Video    

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

You can find a preview of the video HERE. 

General Comments

On 3.24.2014, 750 lbs of channel catfish averaging 1.25 lbs were stocked. 

If you would like to post a fishing report go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/ and post a report for Region 3 and the lake you have been fishing. You may also call the Dodge City Regional office as 620-227-8609 to make a report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!