McPherson State Fishing Lake

Canton, KS

6 miles, N, 2 ½ miles W of Canton

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks 620-628-4592

GPS Location: 38.4819 -97.4682

2450 Pueblo Road if on west side of lake; 2475 Pueblo Road if on east side of lake
Canton, KS 67428

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 46 acres

Maximum Depth: 30 feet

Normal Lake Level: Full

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Channel Catfish 2 15"
Crappie 50
Flathead Catfish 5
Largemouth Bass 5 13-18" protected slot
Green Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Saugeye 5 18
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 5/6/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Good Up to 30" Fish with earthworms, cutbait, and liver lakewide, especially on the windblown shore. The lake is an excellent spot for keeper-sized and the occasional trophy-sized channel catfish.
Crappie Fair 8-10" Fish for crappie around trees and brush with live minnows or small jigs. The crappie population at McPherson SFL is generally poor; however, a few big crappie were sampled last spring.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7 lb. Use Texas rigged softbaits, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits near vegetation.  You might have some luck fishing large swimbaits and crankbaits off the dam.
Saugeye Fair 15-20" Saugeye seem to like the lower end of the reservoir around rocks.  Try using jigs with nightcrawlers or horsehair jigs. Decent numbers of saugeye were captured in gill nets and more and more are showing up in angler creels.
General Comments
A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.