Montgomery State Fishing Lake

Independence, KS

3 miles S, 1 mile E of Independence

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (620) 331-6820

GPS Location: N37.16184 W95.68679

Independence, KS

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 105 acres

Maximum Depth: 30 feet

Normal Lake Level: Full

Current Lake Level: N/A

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

Fishing Report - Last Update: 6/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 10-20" Channel catfish reports are starting to pick up.  Anglers are picking up some bigger fish in early morning. Fishing liver or stinkbait off the north jetties remains the best bet
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Fishing has been good for smaller fish. Please consider harvesting fish under the 13"-18" protected slot length limit.
Crappie Poor 6-12" Crappie can be found at times near the fishing docks, but it's spotty.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 7-10" Bluegill and redear are currently on beds and will spawn throughout summer.  Run a small jig or nightcrawler onto tended beds for the best action.
General Comments

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present.  Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin.  Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin.  Both species have their adipose fin clipped.  Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Montgomery County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.  

Anglers should note that there are no alcoholic beverages allowed on the area.

The maintained boat ramp at Montgomery State Fishing Lake is usable.

A bathymetric map of Montgomery State Fishing Lake is available. Contact Ben Neely ( to receive a copy via email.

District Newsletter

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