Brown State Fishing Lake

8 miles east and 1/4 mile north of Hiawatha

GPS Location: 39.84509 -95.37681

Hiawatha, KS

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 62 acres

Maximum Depth: 13 feet

Normal Lake Level: Full




C cat


Red and blue

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Channel Catfish 2 15
Crappie 20
Flathead Catfish 5
Largemouth Bass 2 18
Redear Sunfish
Walleye 2 18
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Fall 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.
Blue-Green Algae     KDHE has removed Brown SFL from the Warning and Advisory Levels since the October 27th sample showed normal levels of Blue-Green algae.
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 Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Leavenworth SFL  Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair-Good up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig around the piers, brush piles and off the end of the dock.  These fish will be schooling as the water is cooling, work over those brush piles.
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.43 lbs. Small jig or spinner tipped with worm around the brush piles and around the lilies.   
Channel Catfish Fair up to 8.0 lbs I've pulled the fish feeders for the winter, look for them again in spring.  Shad sides work great this time of year also stink baits.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner baits worked slow around the brush piles and off the end of the piers.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Small hunk of worm or jig in the brush piles with the bluegill.  
General Comments

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 hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

We conducted our fall netting and the lake looks pretty good, I'll have some numbers up in a couple of weeks when we're done netting.  New netting pictures are up now!

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.