5 mi NW of Junction City on US-77
GPS Location: N39 06.241 W96 53.682
Junction City, KS
Impoundment Type: Reservoir
Surface Acres: 16,200 acres
Maximum Depth: 65 feet
Normal Lake Level: 1144.4
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
Fishing Report - Last Update: 3/27/2015
|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 in north end|
|Crappie||Fair||up to 2 lbs||tube jigs and minnows suspended 10-15ft deep near points and ledges with brush or rock or channel ledges|
|Walleye||Fair||along dam on jigs and minnow baits|
|Smallmouth Bass||Fair||up to 4lbs||suspending jerkbaits 5-10ft deep near rock/gravel points|
|Outlet||slow||catfish on cut bait and white bass/wipers on jigs when releasing water|
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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!!!
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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.
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