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: 2287.84, 16.46' below conservation pool
Lake Temperature: 34 degree's
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
Fishing Report - Last Update: 11/20/2014
|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 have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock, Shoens Cove, around the Marsh Dike and in Leota Cove using jigs and worms. 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 have reports of fish being caught in the mouth of Leota Cove, along the Dam and along the road bed on the south side. Stocked 200,000 wiper fry on 5-5-14.|
|Catfish||Fair||14 to 30 inches||Did have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock and off set and trot lines using live bait. Remember that all limb lines must be clearly marked with either your KDWPT fishing license number and name, or your name address and a phone number.|
|Largemouth/Spotted Bass||Fair||10 to 20 inches||Did have reports of fish being caught in Leota Cove and along the Dam using plastic baits and crank baits. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.|
WATER TEMPERATURE- 34 Degree's.
SURFACE ELEVATION- 2287.84 ---- 16.46' below conservation
Currently, the water level is 2.96 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time.
Reservoir currently has a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice, however, this could change rather quickly with the warmer 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk
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 http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .
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 http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ
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: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District