GPS Location: N39 25.373 W099 26.141
1210 9 Road
Stockton, KS 67669
Impoundment Type: Reservoir
Surface Acres: 3,740 acres
Maximum Depth: 42 feet
Normal Lake Level: 1892.45 conservation pool
Current Lake Level: 1870.79, 21.66' below conservation pool
Lake Temperature: 34 degrees
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
Fishing Report - Last Update: 11/20/2014
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
|2014 Fishing Outlook||The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.|
|Wipers||Good||Majority 6 to 15 inches with 15 to 20 inches close behind||The supply should be good again this year. Six to 15 inch fish accounted for 29%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 56% and 20 inch plus fish accounted for 15%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 8.60 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 3rd in the state.|
|White Bass||Good||Majority 12 to 15 inches||This population is currently dominated by fish in the 12 to 15 inch size accounting for 68%. Individuals in the 9 to 12 inch size range accounted for 14% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 13%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 1.84 lbs. Density rating for fish 9 inches and above ranked 1st this year.|
|Walleye||Good||Majority 15 to 28 inches||Walleye fishing should be good again this year with 70% being over 15 inches. Fish in the 7 to 15 inch size range accounted for 33%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 55% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 11%. The largest fish sampled weighed 6.61 lbs. Density rating for fish 15 inches and above ranked #3 in state this year.|
|Channel Catfish||Fair||Majority 16 to 24 inches||Catfishing should be fair with the numbers about the same as last year. The population is still fairly young with fish 11 to 16 inches being 11% and fish 16 to 24 inches accounted for 89%. The largest channel sampled weighed 4.37 lbs. The largest flathead sampled weighed 46.30 lbs. Density rating for flathead's 20 inches and above ranked #1 in state this year.|
|Crappie||Good & Fair||Majority 2 to 8 inches||Although low numbers of fish were caught in the trap nets due to cold fronts passing through crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for with 54% of the crappie being 2 to 5 inches. Will still be some 8 to 15 inch fish accounting for 28%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #6 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The largest black sampled weighed 1.08 lbs and a white weighing 1.09 lbs.|
|Largemouth Bass||Good||Majority 15 to 20 inches||The bass fishery is starting to come around and should be good. The majority of fish were in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 58% and fish 3 to 15 inches accounted for 42%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 3.15 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 2nd this year.|
|Crappie||Fair||9 to 17 inches||Heard of some fish being caught around the north and south fish attractors and North breakwater using jigs, jigs and minnows, and little spinners. Added new cedar trees to all the marked fish attractors (90 trees on the South two and 80 trees to the North two).|
|Walleye||Fair||14 to 28 inches||Did have reports of fish being caught while trolling the Dam using diving lures. Also catching some off the underwater humps and river channel using jigs and night crawlers or minnows. Remember the 15 inch length limit. Short fish need to be released.|
|White Bass/Wiper||Good||10 to 30 inches||Have had reports of white bass and wipers being caught around north and south fish attractors and around the Goose Flats area casting jigs and using worms and minnows on the bottom. Trolling diving lures along the dam has also been productive. Stocked 135,000 wiper fry on 5-5-14.|
|Catfish||Fair||20 to 36 inches||Did have reports of fish being caught on the south side up by the Bow City parking lot and Methodist Camp point on the North side using shad and stink bait on the bottom. Also heard of some still being caught around the breakwater's and trolling along the dam. Stocked 600 channels in the stilling basin on 9-17-2014 that were approx. 3 fish per pound or 1/3 pound each.|
|Rainbow Trout||Good||10 to 18 inches||Stocked the first round of 2100 trout on Oct. 31 for the season opener Nov. 1. Have been catching trout on salmon eggs, power bait and small slab spoons or spinners. Next load is projected for around the 1st of December. Stilling basin has a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice cover at this time, however, with this warmer weather it could change fairly quickly.|
WATER TEMPERATURE- 34 Degree's
SURFACE ELEVATION- 1870.79 ---- 21.66' below conservation
Currently, the water level is 1.15 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.
The boat ramps are iced in with a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice and approx. 50 percent of the reservoir is ice covered. the stilling basin has a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice cover at this time also, however, with this warmer weather it could change fairly quickly.
Due to low water conditions all watercraft operators are asked to be aware of shallow water and near surface obstacles.
The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas. Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk
KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .
KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!
KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ
Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.
Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's is currently available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall 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-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District