Butler State Lake
3 miles W, 1 mile N of Latham
Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks 316-683-8069
GPS Location: N37 32.708 W96 41.832
Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake
Surface Acres: 124 acres
Maximum Depth: 22 feet
Normal Lake Level: N/A
Current Lake Level: 3.5 feet low
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
Fishing Report - Last Update: 3/17/2015
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
Spring Bass Sampling
KDWPT Fisheries Biologists annually sample largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass populations to gather valuable data which is used in formulating fisheries management plans. This video shows a summary of a typical day in the electrofishing boat while sampling is being conducted.
See the video at http://youtu.be/R1jK9YZJYuI .
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|Channel Catfish||Fair to Good||up to 6 lbs||
Some nice cats have been caught recently with the warming water temperatures. Productive baits have been cut shad, shad sides, and livers. Shallow shorelines with lots of sun have been best as the water is warmest in these areas.
Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.
|Largemouth Bass||Fair||up to 16-inch||Big slow moving baits are good bets in cold water. Look for bass on shallow shorelines.|
|Black Crappie||Fair||up to 8-inch||
Crappie have been fair recently. Look for concentrations along breaks on the south shore near the dam. Vertical fishing jigs can produce some good action although many of the crappie at Butler are small. Warming water temperatures will attract the crappie to shallow water.
The majority of the crappie in the lake or small and need to be thinned down. Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back. Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!
|Bluegill||Few recent reports.|