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Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes on the KDWPT Public Fishing Reports blog at http://ksfishing.blogspot.com.

CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

Be sure to CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from spreading them to another lake.

Crappie Fair-Good 0.33-1 lb Things have slowed somewhat, fewer anglers catching limits.  Boat fisherman having better luck than those on the bank.  Got reports of fish being caught in 4-8 feet of water on jigs and minnows.
White bass Fair-Good 0.3-1.25 lbs Using jigs and spinners.
Walleye Slow-Fair 1-4 lbs Got a few reports of anglers catching some fish in main lake area trolling crankbaits.
Black Bass Slow-Fair 0.3-3 lbs Using jigs.
District Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what is going on with Clinton Reservoir (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) and other lakes in DG, SN, and OS Counties sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter by clicking this link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Water level April 22 was 0.98 feet below normal pool level, release rate = 21 cfs, water temp = 58-61.   Brushpiles placed into Clinton August 11 and 12, 2008. GPS locations in degrees, minutes, seconds using Datum WGS 84: 1) N38 55.755 W095 24.146, 2) N38 56.4444 W095 24.466, 3) N38 56.283 W095 23.465, 4) N38 56.014 W095 23.096, 5) N38 55.036 W095 22.568, 6) N38 56.011 W095 23.085, 7) N38 55.073 W095 22.565, 8) N38 55.785 W095 22.235.



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/22/2015

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2015 Fishing Forecast  
Walleye Fair - Good Up to 8 lbs. The walleye spawn has for the most part completed and walleye should begin actively feeding to restore energy stores.  Look for them along flats and drop-offs, and moving shallow to feed at dusk.  
Crappie Good Fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie have moved shallow and many are being taken along the rocks and shoreline structure.  Jigs or minnows on slip-bobbers work best at this time.   
White Bass Fair-Good Up to 2 lbs. White bass can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. A few fish are being taken in the Little Bull Arm near the causeway and the shore near Windsurfer Beach. Also a good bite being reported near the Antioch area. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Fair Up to 4 lbs. Early spring bass fishing is best near the shoreline that allows for early water warming. The traditional lures such as spinner baits and plastics presented in a slower presentation.
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Channel Catfish Slow  Up to 10 lbs. Channel cat can be taken on a variety of baits using the traditional prepared or live baits on pole & line and set lines. Shallower areas in the upper reaches of the reservoir tend to be better at this time of the year.  
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of April 22rd the water level is 0.2 ft. above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

  



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black bass Good up to 7 lbs Smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass are all available to anglers in Milford. Smallmouth are most abundant, and provide a trophy opportunity. Largemouth are less abundant but increasing, and trophys are also present. Spotted bass are few in numbers, but provide a unique fishery. In combination, these species should provide good angling.
Catfish Good up to 50 lbs Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are present in Milford. Blue cats provide both a trophy and abundant fishery, while channel cats offer good numbers of smaller fish. Flatheads also provide a trophy fishery of their own, although not as abundant as channels or blues. Together these 3 species offer good fishing to anglers.
Crappie Fair .5-1.5lbs Crappie numbers have increased. Although most are smallish, keepers are present. Fishing can be good in Spring and late Fall/Winter when crappie become more concentrated.
Walleye Good up to 8 lbs Walleye numbers are good in Milford. Many fish will be sub-legal, but big fish numbers are good, too. Fishing along the dam during the spawn, drifting the flats in late Spring/early Summer, and summertime trolling are the most reliable methods.
White bass Fair .5-2lbs White bass density is low. Fishing the river and rocks in the Spring, jigging and trolling in early summer, and topwater in the late Summer/early Fall should be most productive.
Wiper Good up to 10 lbs Wiper of all sizes are also abundant in Milford. In addition to the techniques for white bass listed above, live bait fishing for Wipers can produce real lunkers for those with appropriate tackle.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Good up to 65lbs blue cats good on fresh cut bait 5-10ft deep along windy banks and channel ledges in north end
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs tube jigs and minnows suspended 5ft deep near points and ledges with brush or rock or channel ledges
Walleye Fair   along dam on jigs and minnow baits and near flats on worms
White Bass/Wipers Fair   along shallow rock/riprap on jigs
Smallmouth Bass Fair up to 4lbs suspending jerkbaits 5-10ft deep near rock/gravel points
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5lbs jigs and jerkbaits near points with brush/rock/ledges
Outlet slow   catfish on cut bait and white bass/wipers on jigs when releasing water
General Comments

NEW!!! CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT THE 2015 MILFORD WALLEYE TAGGING STUDY!!!

http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/3-26-15/WALLEYE-TAGGING-STUDY-AT-MILFORD-RESERVOIR

CAUTION: DO NOT TRANSFER LIVE BAIT FROM ONE BODY OF WATER TO ANOTHER!!! ALONG WITH ZEBRA MUSSEL INFESTATION, ASIAN CARP ARE IN DRAINAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE KANSAS RIVER AND CAN EASILY BE MISTAKEN FOR SHAD!!!

Blue-Green Algae: Current information listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

This includes a report covering the fishing forecast for the 2015 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with regular weekly fishing reports starting March 2015.

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels Super Infectious! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will be start spawning as the water temperature gets to around 54 degrees, I'll start sampling soon. 
Spring Fishing Opportunities COOL   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a news letter for Perry and other waters in my District. The next issue is available now, Perry Reservoir and Horton Little Lake are in this edition. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Horton Little Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 10.0 lbs Cut bait, either shad or bluegill/greensunfish on those areas where the wind is blowing in.
Sauger Fair up to 2.6 lbs. Stocked 1,000,000 sauger fry on Tuesday.  These guys are about done spawning, few fish up the river.  Fish those rocky areas along the west side down towards the dam or look for them moving up river to spawn.  We are done netting unless something bad happens, saw plenty of nice fish.  Ran nets just north of Devil's Gap boat ramp and collected lots of sauger.     
Largemouth Bass Slow-Fair up to 3.0 lbs. Crank baits or plastics worked slow around the shallow brush.     
White Bass Fair-Good up to 2.0 lbs. Fish are done spawning but there are still some hanging around the low water dam in Valley Falls.  Use twisters and jigs around the low water dam in Valley Falls and on the rocky shores in the Reservoir.      
White Crappie Fair-Good up to 1.0 lbs. Fish in Rock Creek and Slough Creek fishing jigs and minnows.  Fish are starting to move into the rocks, few being caught off the bank.
Blue Catfish Slow up to 8 lbs. Fresh shad in the northern 3rd or the Reservoir, up towards Hwy 92 and north.  
Comments

Take the day off and go catch some crappie!  Still some mushrooms to be found!

Added a couple new sauger pictures.

I see some of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting on it: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing photos from other lakes that are not on the fishing reports click this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

Click on Perry Reservoir above the fishing report to look at the October netting pictures. Click on the underlined fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast. Zebra mussels were confirmed on 10-9-07, so make sure you clean, drain and dry your boat after leaving Perry.



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 4/20/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1.5 pounds Crappie fishing has been decent with most of the fishing being caught in 10 to 12 feet of water.  Fish are thinking about spawning and on these warmer afternoons fish can be found up in the shallows in the northern half of the reservoir.
White Bass Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass can be found up shallow along rocky banks during this spawning time or migrating up some of the creeks connected to the reservoir.  Overall numbers are down this year, but the fish are of a good size.
Catfish Slow to Fair Up to 20 pounds Fishing for channel catfish has been fair in the backs of coves where the water temperatures are a little higher.
Largemouth Bass Slow 1 to 5 pounds Coves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing.
Saugeye Fair Up to 6 pounds Fishing has been fair along the North McIntyre point and the South Carnahan point with plastic jigs.  Saugeye are also being caught at the outlet area below the dam.
General Comments

Tuttle Creek is two feet below conservation pool. You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/TuttleCreekLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

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ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Horton Little Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair-Good up to 0.8 lbs Fish are moving shallow to spawn, below the cabin and off the piers with a jig and minnow, piers on the east side are producing fish.  
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs   Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush piles 
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 4.0 lbs Fish feeders are in and feeding sinking feed at 7:30, 8, noon, 7 & 7:30 pm. Fresh shad or cut bait in the shallows.   
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 2.5 lbs Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow brush.
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 1.1 lbs. Small hunk or worm or cricket under a bobber around the shallow brush off of the piers.  
General Comments

Feeders are in and feeding 5 times a day.

It is time to be fishing and stop the wishing!

I see some of you have visited my Facebook page.  I've been posting a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, fish stocking and electrofishing photos of lakes that are not in the fishing reports.  Just click this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!  

October netting pictures, check out these fish! To see the new electrofishing pictures, click on Atchison State Fishing Lake. Also Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities COOL   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Horton Little Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair-Good up to 1.3 lbs. Fish are thinking about spawning, work that shallow brush and the ends of the piers, jig and minnow, will move shallow shortly.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber off the piers or around the bursh.   
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 8.0 lbs Fish feeders are in and feeding sinking food at 7:30, 8, noon, 7 & 7:30 pm.  Cut bait or fresh shad in the shallows where the wind is blowing in.   
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or cranks baits worked slow around the shallow brush, these guys are soaking up some sunshine.  
Redear Sunfish Slow up to 0.4 lbs. Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush on the north end.   
General Comments

Feeders are in and feeding 5 times a day.

It is time to be fishing and not wishing!  Take a look around for those mushrooms too!

I've had a Facebook page for about a year now and it has photos of: walleye egg collection, sauger collection, stocking, electrofishing and fall netting on lakes in my area.  Just click on this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pictures, lots of bass and good crappie and bluegill, click on Brown State above the fishing report to see some of these fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast.



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/22/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Douglas State Fishing Lake sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-1 lb Fishing jigs and minnows off piers.
LM Bass Fair 0.3-1 lb Using jigs , spinners and minnows
Redear Sunfish Fair Up to 0.3 lb Using worms under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
General Comments
 



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 4/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black bass Good up to 22" Largemouth and smallmouth are both available, with the majority being largemouth. They can be caught with traditional methods lakewide throughout the seasons.
Bluegill Fair up to 8" Bluegill are found near shallow water cover, and caught on small jigs and live bait.
Catfish Fair up to 20" Although smaller in size, channel catfish can be caught lakewide on standard catfish baits. Flatheads can be caught along rocky areas on live bait.
Crappie Good up to 14" Crappie numbers are good, and should provide fun angling, primarily in the Spring and Winter periods.
Saugeye Good up to 21" Saugeye numbers remain steady, with some keepers available for harvest. Most are caught along the dam and rock points on crankbaits and jig/worm.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Crappie Good up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near rock and creek channels 5-10ft deep
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lbs jig and worms and crankbaits along dam and rock points/banks
Black bass Fair up to 4lbs jerkbaits near rock/brush/points
Bluegill Fair   tube jigs and worms near shallow cover
General Comments

This includes a fishing report covering the fishing forecast for the upcoming 2015 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with weekly fishing reports starting March 2015.

This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2015 should be saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/20/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities COOL   For Fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click on Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry Newsletter Good 4 pages (Lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Horton Little Lake Fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
LM Bass Fair up to 3.0 lbs Spinner baits or plastics worked in the new flooded vegetation.  
Channel Catfish Fair up to 5.0 lbs   Cut bait or livers off of the fishing piers and around the feeders. Started the fish feeders today!  All 7 are working and feeding sinking fish food at 7, 7:30, noon, 7 & 7:30 pm.  
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber along the brush.    
Crappie Slow-Fair up to 1.7 lbs Few fish moving in shallow thinking about spawning, work those piers and islands with a jig and minnow. 
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.6 lbs Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the flooded vegetation.  
Wiper Slow up to 3.7 lbs These guys are always hungry and looking for shad.  Shad colored cranks just out of the vegetation. 
Walleye fair Up to 3.0 lbs Twisters or crankbaits close to the dam and rocky points these guys are trying to spawn.  
General Comments

Adam is the new Creel Clerk at the Lake.  He'll be asking you a few quick questions that will help us better manage the fish population, he likes a good fish story!

The lake is full and running out the spillway!  

I some of you have been visiting my new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of photos to.  All kinds of things like walleye spawning, fish stockings and lots of other stuff.  Just click on this link and your there https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see! 

 October netting pictures, check out these fish! To see the new netting pictures, click on Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. Also Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
LM Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished off the fishing piers.
Bluegill Good Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Fair 1-5 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Good Up to 14 inches Crappie being taken on jigs near culvert and brush.
White Bass Good 14-17 inches A good population of White Bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White Bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs. Look for them to be near shore and shallow in the spring.  
General Comments
NEW FOR 2014:  13-18 inch protected slot limit on largemouth bass.  



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 11 lbs. Catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits. Look for them in areas of shallower warmer water.    
Crappie Good Up to 15 inches Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found. Crappie can be taken on jigs fished near the submerged roadbed and deep brush right now.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near trees in the coves.
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits fished near mainlake points.
General Comments
 



NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities COOL   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available shortly and features Perry and Horton Little Lake. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Slow-Fair up to 0.3 lbs. Small hunk of work under a bobber off of the fishing pier.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 5.0 lbs Feeders are in and feeding sinking food at 7:30, 8, noon, 7 and 7:30 pm. Cut bait, either shad or bluegill.  I'll be getting the fish feeders in shortly.
Largemouth Bass Slow-Fair up to 3.0 lbs Spinner baits or cranks worked slow around the brush piles.  
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow around the brush piles on the dam. 
 Comments

Feeders are in and feeding sinking food.  It is time to be fishing and stop the wishing!

I see a few if you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of photos that aren't in the fishing reports: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing.  Just click on this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pictures are up now, still some nice largemouth in this lake! Click on NEBO above fishing report to see these fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 4/20/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches The lake has a fairly good bluegill population this year. Fish are still holding deep and can be found around the habitat buoy.
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers are down some this year, but the fish in the lake are of nice size.  Some being caught around the habitat buoy with jigs or minnows.
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with most of the fish 12 to 15 inches. 
General Comments
This small 24 acre lake is similar to pond fishing. The lake is known for catch and release of largemouth bass and harvest of nice bluegill. The lake's channel catfish are protected by a 15 inch minimum length limit.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 4/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. 
Channel Catfish Fair 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish. This allows for good harvest rates of eater size catfish.  1,300 channel catfish were stocked on 04/23/2015.  This brings the yearly total to 2,300 channel catfish stocked so far this year.
Crappie Fair to Good 1/4 to 1 pound Crappie fishing has been good the last week along the dam and rocky piers.  Most being caught with a minnow under a bobber.
General Comments

Pott. # 2 is noted for family outings, scenic views, catch and release bass fishing, harvest of small crappie and channel catfishing. The channel cat population is maintained with 2 fish feeders and frequent stockings of 12+ inch fish from March through September.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.



SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a good population of black bass over 15 inches. 
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The lake does not have a lot of crappie over 10 inches this year.  Fish can be found along rocky shorelines looking to spawn.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish. On April 16th there was 1,250 channel catfish stocked into the lake. These fish were larger than normal and should offer some good angling opportunities. Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

Located north of Silver Lake, Shawnee State Fishing Lake is the site of good catch and release largemouth bass fishing. The lake is also noted for channel catfish harvest since the lake receives frequent stockings of harvestable sized catfish from March through September. The Jeffrey Energy Center Lakes and Perry Reservoir both have zebra mussels and with Shawnee State Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.200640° W - 95.805438°
N 39.200351° W -95.801881°
N 39.201053° W -95.801924°



WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/20/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Slow to Fair Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a large bluegill population, but is dominated by small fish. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 7 lbs Fair numbers of channel cats are available.  The upper end of the lake is a good spot this time of year.
Crappie Fair Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs Recent saugeye samples have been low, but there are some keepers around. There is a 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
Washington State Fishing Lake is full.



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/20/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has very good numbers of nice sized catfish.  They can be found cruising the shallows and feeding up.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Wiper Slow Up to 12" Wiper were introduced last year to help control the gizzard shad population.  The first stocking did well and there are low numbers of 10 to 12" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Highest sample numbers of crappie in over 10 years. Most of the crappie are below 10 inches, but fair numbers of larger crappie around.  They are moving into the shallows looking to spawn and rocky areas will usually be the best spots this time of year.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Overall, saugeye numbers are looking good.  Near the dam or road beds with big jigs or crankbaits.
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght limit.
General Comments
Centralia Lake is a 400 acre lake that is noted for good channel cat, white bass and crappie fishing. The lake facilities include multiple ramps, picnic tables, plenty of camping pads and many sites with electricity. Centralia is enrolled in the CFAP program, which means a City permit is not required for fishing visits. Perry Reservoir has zebra mussels and with Centralia Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 4/22/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
       
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-0.75 lb Using jigs off shoreline and near brushpiles.
LM Bass Slow 0.3-3 lbs Using jigs and spinnerbaits.
General Comments
 



ESKRIDGE-LAKE WABAUNSEE - Last Updated: 4/20/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair Up to 7 pounds The lake has fair numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth. Bass are protected by an 18 inch minimum length limit. 
Bluegill and Yellow Perch Fair Up to 1/3 pound There is a good population of bluegill at the lake and there are a few yellow perch around.
White Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie can be found along the bank looking to spawn.  The lake has a good crappie population.
Channel Catfish Slow 1 to 15 pounds The lake does not have a lot of catfish, but they tend to be big.
General Comments

Lake Wabaunsee is designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species Water since zebra mussels were discovered there in 2013. It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies and dump your bait.

This scenic lake is noted for largemouth bass fishing along the abundant shoreline weed beds during the spring and summer. Smallmouth bass are also available along the dam and rocky shoreline. Saugeye and crappie can also be taken at this 200 acre lake located in the flint hills. Since this lake is not part of the CFAP Program, annual or day use permits are available at the boat ramp bait house on the northeast shore.



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lb. No Reports.
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Jigs fished in 12-15 ft. of water.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits fished near the docks and near edges of vegetation. 
White Bass Good 14 to 17 inches A good population of White Bass exists in this lake. White Bass can be taken in open water on shad imitation lures.  
General Comments
 



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 4/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Fair 1-4 lbs Good numbers of small channel catfish should be caught lakewide using traditional catfish techniques. Good numbers of flatheads of all sizes may be caught along the dam and rocks using live bait.
Crappie Good .5-1.5lb Good numbers of harvestable crappie are available to anglers. Best fishing should be in the Spring near cover on jigs and spinners. Summer fishing would be best using jigs and/or live bait near standing timber, the same for Winter.
Largemouth bass Poor up to 3 lbs Largemouth abundance is low, but best fishing is using lures near cover, and crankbaits along dam.
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs Most walleye will be below the length limit. Good catch and release angling should be available throughout the fishing season with a few keepers present.
White bass Good up to 2 lbs White bass abundance is good. Large white bass are available, and should be accessible throughout the year.
Wipers Good up to 10 lbs Wipers should provide good fishing along with trophy possibilities for lucky anglers.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Good up to 4 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Crappie Good up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near brush 5-10ft deep
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs along dam on jigs and minnow baits, and deep edges of flats on crawlers and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Fair   along dam and near creek mouths on jigs
General Comments

This includes a fishing report covering the fishing forecast for the upcoming 2015 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with regular weekly fishing reports starting March 2015.

This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2015 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 4/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Lake Contour Map Pretty Good 8.5"x11" Color Banner Creek has been mapped by the Kansas Biological Survey and there is a map available at Contour Map
Sping Fishing Opportunities Good   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available NOW and features Perry and Horton Little Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair-Good up tp 1.0 lbs. Fish are moving shallow with a jig and minnow, spot on the dam, brushy cove on the south side and boat ramp cove. 
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber around the shallow brush.   
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 7.0 lbs. Cut bait in the shallow areas works great this time of year. I'll get the fish feeders going shortly.
Largemouth Bass Slow-Fair up to 2.0 lbs. Spinners or cranks around the shallow brush. 
Walleye/ Sauger Fair-Good up to 3 lbs. These guys are done spawning and will be feeding like crazy!  Jigs and crawlers on those humps and bumps.  
General Comments

Stocked several hundred thousand sauger fry last week, these guys will be about 5" by fall.  Bags of fry, looking into the bag of fry and jars of walleye eggs at Milford Hatchery.

The lake is still down, water is up on the concrete at the boat ramp a couple of inches.

I see some of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've posted a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing of lakes that are not in the fishing reports.  Just click this link  https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

I October netting pictures are up, we have white bass now! Click on Banner Creek above fishing report to see some of these fish . Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 4/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank tends to be the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Slow 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has very good numbers of fish around 10" to 11" long. Not many being caught yet this spring, but things should pick up soon....
Channel Catfish Slow 1/2 to 6 pounds No recent reports.
Walleye Slow 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers are down this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch lenght limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass are up shallow for spawning and there has been some good reports of harvest.
Wipers Fair 1 to 12 pounds A few being caught along the dam or near the inlet.  The lake has good numbers of 16-22" wipers with a few bigger ones around. The daily creel limit for wipers is 2.
General Comments

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy. The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time. If the inlet is flowing, then good fishing can be found there. As of April 14th, the lake was full and the boat ramp was usuable.

Zebra mussels have infested Make-Up Lake. The lake has been designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water. It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.



SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Jigs or minnows fished in 12-15 ft. of water.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Doughbait or liver fished along the north shore.
Wiper Fair Up to 9 lbs. Topwater fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Trout Good Catchable Trout can be taken now on small spinner-baits or prepared baits. 
General Comments
In addition to a state fishing license, a Johnson County fishing permit is required. If you plan to fish for trout, a Johnson County trout permit is also required. Johnson County fishing/trout permits are available through Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and other select vendors.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs. Doughbait fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Good  Up to 6 lb. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure. High abundance of largemouth bass with the majority of the largemouth bass obtaining 12-20 inches in length.  
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Fair Up to 11 lbs. Jigs fished near mainlake points.
White Crappie Fair Most fish around 9 inches, but some up to 13 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles.
General Comments
 



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
LM Bass Fair/Good 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Fair 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Fair Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be taken on live bait, jigs, or shad imitation lures along rocky shoreline structure or in open water along mud flats. 
 
General Comments
Brushpiles were placed at several locations November 07. Locations were marked using WGS 84 in decimel degrees: 1) N38.58320 W094.84451; 2) N38.58696 W094.84709; 3) N38.58315 W094.84453; 4) N38.58710 W09484722; 5) N38.58785 W094.84595; 6) N38.58768 W094.84595; 7) N38.58770 W094.84600; 8) N38.58727 W094.84810; 9) N38.58734 W094.84807; 10) N38.58736 W094.84768; 11) N38.58706 W094.84595; 12) N38.58715 W094.84641; 13) N38.58726 W094.84611; 14) N38.59237 W094.84518; 15) N38.58313 W094.84462; 16) N38.58318 W094.84466; 17) N38.59250 W094.84519; 18) N038.59231 W094.84511; 19) N38.59077 W094.84518; 20) N38.59158 W094.84512; 21) N38.59444 W094.84327; 22) N38.58772 W094.84164; 23) N38.58538 W094.84326; 24) N38.58583 W094.84547; 25) N38.58771 W094.84779.



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/20/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has fair numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a large population that contains all sizes of fish, but the fishery is dominated by 12 to 15 inch bass.
General Comments
This small 49 acre lake is located in northeast Pott. County. The fishing conditions are very similar to that of a large farm pond. The lake is noted for good catch and release largemouth bass fishing due to the abundance of the species. Bass 13 to 18 inches long are protected.



SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 4/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Spring Fishing Opportunities COOL   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Horton Little Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Horton Little Lake newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair-Good up to 1.5 lbs Fish are moving up shallow, time for them to be spawning.  Weather needs to be calm for a few days.  To the south end on minnow and jig. 
Bluegill Slow-Fair up to 0.5 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the brush piles, these guys will start moving into nesting areas.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 10.0 lbs Cut bait or shad on those windblown banks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5.65 lbs. Spinner baits or plastics worked slow around the shallow brush.   
Walleye Fair up to 4.0 lbs. These guys are spawning right now, rocky areas along with east side with cranks or twisters.  Stocked several hundred thousand walleye fry yesterday.  
Wiper Fair up to 8.3 lbs. Either side of the pump house cove drifting shad or crank baits.   
General Comments

Added a couple of photos, bag of walleye fry-about 1/4" in length and bags of fry tempering on the bank of the lake.

The boat dock has been pulled for repairs but should be back in soon!  

I see a few of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of pictures: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing pictures.  Just click on this link  https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pictures, nice wipers, good crappie, catfish and bluegill! Click on Pony Creek above the fishing report and see some nice fish! We electrofished some nice fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 4/22/2015

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
Crappie Fair 0.33-1 lb Using minnows and jigs from shore.
LM Bass Slow-Fair 0.3-2 lbs Using crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits around shoreline cover
General Comments
Brushpiles were constructed and placed at 5 locations in April 2010. Locations were marked with GPS using datum NAD83: 1) N38.99217 W095.63188, 2) N39.00736 W095.62968, 3) N38.99254, W095.63210, 4) N38.99619 W095.632202, 5) N39.01043, W095.63014. November 07 locations were marked with GPS using datum WGS84 in decimel degrees: 1) N39.00740 W095.62978; 2) N39.00819 W095.63046; 3) N39.00810 W095.63055; 4) N39.00806 W095.63043; 5) N39.00638 W095.62261; 6) N39.00247 W095.62495; 7) N38.99622 W095.63205; 8) 39.00274 W095.63202.



WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Jigs or minnows fished in the mainlake.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lbs. Liver fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Smallmouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 6 lbs. Jigs fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. No Reports.
General Comments
A Wyandotte County fishing permit is required to fish this property. A Wyandotte County trout permit is required for trout fishing. Please contact Wyandotte County Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department at 913-573-8327 for more information.



ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 4/20/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Fair 1 to 20+ pounds A few channel catfish are being caught and the occasional flathead.  Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.
White Bass & Wipers Fair to Good 1/2 to 6 pounds

Action has picked up the last week and anglers are doing fairly well in the area just below the dam.  Jigs, crankbaits or minnows under a bobber.

To distinguish between the two species you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for id. Wiper daily creel is 2.

Drum Fair 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds Saugeye are catching some in the current on jigs or rattle traps.  There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on saugeye. 
General Comments
Rocky Ford , a river fishery, is located just south of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue River. Anglers have the opportunity to harvest fishes generally associated with moving water. Saugeye, white bass, the catfishes, drum, crappie and carp can be harvested. Angler access and success is affected by release rates from the nearby Tuttle Creek Reservoir. You can check current conditions at  http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/TuttleCreekLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 4/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair up to 8" This lake contains a population of 6-8" bluegill. They are caught primarily on live bait near shallow water cover and rock.
Catfish Fair up to 26" Good numbers of smaller channel cats are caught lakewide on traditional catfish baits. Flatheads are caught along the rocky dam on live bait.
Crappie Fair up to 14" Crappie are available, some up to 14". They are caught on jigs and/or live bait near brush, primarily in the Spring and Winter.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3 lbs Largemouth bass are present, but in low numbers. They are caught near brush on artificials, and along the dam on crankbaits.
White bass Fair up to 17" There are decent numbers of white bass currently available, some rather large. Most can be found in the creek and along the dam in the Spring and Fall. Best baits are jigs and spinners.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rocks
Largemouth Bass Slow    
Bluegill Fair   tube jigs and worms near brush and rocks
White Bass Fair   along dam on jigs
General Comments

This includes a fishing report covering the fishing forecast for the upcoming 2015 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with weekly fishing reports starting March 2015.

This shallow lake has the best fishing for crappie and channel catfish which are stocked annually.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 4/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Good Up to 5 lbs Lots of smallmouth bass being caught!  The dam is usually the best spot.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 8 lbs No recent reports of much catfish harvest.
Walleye Slow to Fair Up to 6 lbs A few being caught, but still slow so far this spring.
White Bass Good Up to 18" The lake has good numbers of big white bass.  Anglers have been catching them up shallow as the fish are looking to spawn. 
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 8 lbs The lake has moderate numbers of nice sized wipers.  A few being caught with the white bass.
General Comments

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy. The Jeffrey Energy Center allows up to 30 anglers to fish at any one time. As of September 4th, the lake was full and the boat ramp was usable.

Zebra mussels have been found at Auxiliary Lake. The lake has been designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.24842° W -96.15163°
N 39.24899° W -96.15149°
N 39.25150° W -96.14638°
N 39.23917° W -96.15172°
N 39.23441° W -96.14757°
N 39.23475° W -96.14803°