Cedar Bluff Reservoir

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Cedar Bluff Reservoir Map
This Location does have Boat Access Trout Lake Fishing Forecast Good Fishnig Spots State Park Wildlife Area

Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks Cedar Bluff Area Office 785-726-3212

13 miles South of I-70 Ogallah Interchange (exit 135) on K-147

GPS Location: 38.7961 -99.7244

Ellis, KS 67637

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 6,869 @ conservation level

Maximum Depth: 42'

Normal Lake Level: 2144' MSL

Current Lake Level: 2121.03' ----22.97' below conservation

Lake Temperature: 32

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Walleye 5 18''
White Bass No Limit
Crappie 50
Wiper 2
Channel Catfish 10
Largemouth Bass 5 15"
Smallmouth Bass 5 15"
Spotted Bass 5 15"
Flathead Catfish 5
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 1/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No Report Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing jigs, and small slab spoons over the fish attractors has been pretty good for nice sized 12 to 15 inch fish.
Walleye No Report Up to 28 inches Vertically fishing larger slab spoons over mainlake points, drop-offs, and around the fish attractors should be productive.
White Bass/Wipers No Report

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over mainlake points and drop-offs should be best.
Rainbow Trout No Report 0.5 lb. average

We stocked 625 rainbow trout in the stilling basin on 10-31-2014. 

Stillfishing powerbait, corn, worms, marshmallows, and combinations of these baits are popular and effective.  Anglers casting small inline spinners and fly anglers fishing small nymphs and wet flies can be successful too.

No trout have been stocked since the initial stocking during late October 2014 due to lack of trout availability and scheduling conflicts with trout vendors.  We are still working to negotiate additional stockings and hope to have more trout stocked by the first week of February.  This stocking date is tentative so check this fishing report in upcoming days as I will publicize the date of the next stocking as soon as a stocking is made.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Attention:  The stilling basin is 90% ice covered and there is open water against the north wingwall.   The reservoir is 90% ice covered, a hole of open water exists on the main body of the reservoir, and all boat ramps are iced in.  Ice on both the stilling basin and reservoir have undergone substantial melting with the warm weather we've experienced over the past couple of weeks thus no safe ice to support ice fishing activity exists.  Any attempt to get out on either body of water is strongly discouraged.


SURFACE ELEVATION- 2121.03'----22.97' below conservation 

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related prospects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District