Cedar Bluff Reservoir

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Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks Cedar Bluff Area Office 785-726-3212

13 miles South of I-70 Ogallah Interchange (exit 135) on K-147

GPS Location: 38.7961 -99.7244

Ellis, KS 67637

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 6,869 @ conservation level

Maximum Depth: 42'

Normal Lake Level: 2144' MSL

Current Lake Level: 2122.84' ----21.16' below conservation

Lake Temperature: 79

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Walleye 5 18''
White Bass No Limit
Crappie 50
Wiper 2
Channel Catfish 10
Largemouth Bass 5 15"
Smallmouth Bass 5 15"
Spotted Bass 5 15"
Flathead Catfish 5
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 7/11/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 14 inches Minnows, jigs, or small slab spoons fished over the fish attractors or over steep, deep drop-offs has been best.  Anglers report catching around a dozen fish in the 11 to 14 inch range on a good day.
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches Anglers report catching fish drifting mainlake points with jig and nightcrawler combos.  Fish ranging from 16 to 24 inches have been reported.
White Bass/Wipers

White bass-Good


Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

White bass-fish are being caught by anglers trolling deep diving crankbaits off the ends of mainlake points and drop-offs or vertically fishing slab spoons over drop-offs or edges of mainlake points during the middle of the day.  White bass are busting shad on the surface in the early morning, late evening, or during overcast periods of the day.  Small topwater plugs, shallow running crankbaits, or castmasters casted into surfacing schools of whites has worked well.  A few fish are still being caught on live bait such as nightcrawlers, too.

Wiper-Anglers are catching good numbers of fish typically ranging in length from 15 inches up to 8 lbs.  Drifting or still fishing live sunfish, liver, or nightcrawlers over points and drop-offs continues to be productive.  Wipers should start feeding on shad as the young shad grow.  So casting baits such as castmasters into schooling white bass and letting the bait fall a little before beginning the retrieve may pick up wipers schooling below the whites.  There are quite a few small wipers that are similar in size to the larger white bass so be sure of your identification skills.



SURFACE ELEVATION- 2122.84'----21.16' below conservation 

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

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