Yates Center City Lake

Yates Center New 3D
This Location does have Boat Access CFAP Lake Fishing Forecast

Yates Center, KS

2 miles W, 3 miles S of Yates Center

City of YatesCenter (620) 625-2118

Fisheries Biologist: Justin Morrison (620) 637-2748

GPS Location: 37.83512 -95.80374

Yates Center, KS

Impoundment Type: Community Lake

Surface Acres: 205 acres

Maximum Depth: 30

Normal Lake Level: N/A

The City of Yates Center has signed up in the enhanced CFAP program. A city permit is no longer needed to fish this lake.

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Channel Catfish 2 15
Crappie 20
Largemouth Bass 5 13-18
Walleye 2 15
Wiper 2 18
Yellow Perch 5 10
White Bass No Limit None
Redear Sunfish
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/13/2015

Species Size Rating Baits, Method, and Location
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Good A good population of redear and bluegill is present in this lake. Redear up to 10" are not uncommon and are usually caught around the weedbeds using worms or small jigs.
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Good Sampling shows a moderate to high density of largemouth bass which should provide anglers with some good fishing. Most fish in the 13-18" range. Many anglers have had success fishing along the abundant vegetation.
Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish up to 10 lbs. Good Both channel catfish and blue catfish are present in this lake, however, the blue catfish population is fairly new so the fish have not reached large sizes yet. The largest blue cat sampled was just over 4 lbs. The channel catfish population continues to show good numbers and will provide good angling.
Wipers/White Bass up to 5.5 lbs. Fair-Good A moderate population of wipers and white bass exist in this lake. Be sure you are familiar with the identifying characteristics of each species. There is no limit on white bass, but an 18" length limit is in effect for Wipers
Crappie up to 12" Fair Sampling efforts show a low to moderate abundance of crappie. Crappie up to 12" are available but fish in the 6-9" range are the most common.
Walleye up to 24" Fair A fair population of walleye is present in this lake. Fish 12-20" are most common.
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair Worms under bobber near vegetation or small lures can also be productive. Several 9-10" redear sundfish were seen while electrofishing.
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Fair-Good Spinnerbaits or  jigs around creek channel, timber, or weed beds.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Fair livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair Curly-tailed grubs or swim baits around schools of shad. 
Crappie up to 12" Fair-Good Fish are beginning to move shallow and are being caught along the piers on jigs.
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits around rocky banks.

The crappie regulation has changed and is now 20 fish/day with no length limit. 

The lake is full Water temp 60s.

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required.

This lake contains Eurasian Watermilfoil. Please remember to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment when leaving water bodies.