Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area

Pleasanton, KS

7 miles N of Pleasanton

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks 913-352-8941

U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Marais des Cygnes

Pleasanton, KS

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 1,967 acres

Maximum Depth: N/A

Normal Lake Level: N/A

Current Lake Level: N/A

Lake Temperature: varies

The Marais des Cygnes River, from the north end of Unit G to stateline is open to paddlefish snagging. The season starts March 15 to May 15.

The Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area supports many lakes. These waterfowl mangement lakes are open to fishing on April 15. Many pools support good angling when they are draining. During draining some pools are open to public fish salvage. Call the Wildlife Area Office at 913-352-8941 for more information.

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

Fishing Report - Last Update: 3/6/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
blue, channel catfish Poor varies The river is at normal level, fish are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, worms
walleye Poor varies use minnows, jigs, work the pools below riffles
white bass/wipers Poor varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
paddlefish  Poor varies snagging, water level is low
General Comments

Paddlefish season starts March 15 to May 15, therer is a 34 inch length limit, a paddlefish permit is $12.50 including 6 carcass tags.  See your fishing regulations for aditional information.  The marais des cygnes river from the north bundary of Unit G to stateline bridge is open to paddlefish snagging.  Non sport fish (carp, drum,grass carp,gar, buffalo,gizzard shad) may be snagged and kept during this season.  There are no limits on non sport fish.

The river and streams on the state wildlife area are open to fishing. The river is a great place to float and fish. Some of the wildlife area pools are draining. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area and along stateline road bridge. For additional opportunities call 913-352-8941 for accurate information on wildlife pool drainage.

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