Keith Sebelius

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Bureau of Reclamation 785-877-2953

GPS Location: N39 48.757 W99 57.794

Norton, KS 67654

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 2,300

Maximum Depth: 42 feet

Normal Lake Level: 2304.3 conservation pool

Current Lake Level: 2287.96, 16.34' below conservation pool

Lake Temperature: 35 degree's

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Black Bullhead
Channel Catfish 10
Crappie 50
Flathead Catfish 5
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass 5 15
Saugeye 5 18
Spotted Bass 5 15
Walleye 5 18
Wiper 2
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 12/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 FISHING OUTLOOK     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.
Saugeye Good Majority 15 to 18 inches Saugeye fishing should be good as numbers are up this year with 17% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 58% being in the 15 to 18 inch size range and 25% being over 18 inches. The largest fish sampled weighed 4.09 lbs. Rated #1 in state for density for fish 14 inches and above.
Wiper Good Majority 15 to 20 inches Numbers are up from last year with the majority of fish being in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 57%, fish 7 to 15 inches accounted for 21% and fish 20 to 25 inches accounted for 22%. The biggest fish weighed 7.00 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for fish 12 inches and above.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 24 to 30 inches Catfishing should be fair; however, the numbers are down from last year. The population is dominated by 24 to 30 inch fish accounting for 67% and fish 17 to 24 inches accounted for 33%. Biggest fish weighed 10.97 lbs. All the flatheads sampled were over 22 inches and the biggest fish weighed 5.19 pounds.
Crappie Good & Fair Majority 2 to 5 inches Crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for both with 96% of the being 2 to 5 inches. However, the density rating for black crappie is #3 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The biggest black crappie sampled weighed 1.75 lbs and the biggest white crappie weighed 1.09 pounds.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Good Majority 12 to 15 inches Numbers are up from last year with the majority of the largemouth being in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 69%. Fish 7 to 12 inches accounted for 12%, and fish over 15 inches accounted for 19%. The biggest fish weighed 3.39 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for largemouth 12 inches and above. Spotted bass numbers are up from last year and the fishing should be good as well. The majority of spot's are in the 11 to 14 inch size range accounting for 45% and 14 inch + fish accounted for 26%. Density rating for the state is #1 for spotted bass 11 inches and above.
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the public fishing dock and the private boat slips using jigs. Also catching fish using jigs and jigs with minnows under a bobber.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. Remember the 18 inch length limit. Stocked 65,000 saugeye fingerlings (2-3" fish) on 5-5-14
Wiper Good 15 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. Stocked 200,000 wiper fry on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being this week.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments


SURFACE ELEVATION- 2287.96 ---- 16.34' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.80 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time. 

Reservoir is ice free at this time, however, this could change rather quickly with the Kansas weather.

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at 

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

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at .

KDWPT will be releasing 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 on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: