Scott State Lake

Scott SFL 3D
This Location does have Boat Access Trout Lake Fishing Forecast State Park Wildlife Area

Scott City, KS

11 miles N of Scott City

Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks

Area Office 620-872-2061

GPS Location: 38.6914 -100.9244

Scott City, KS

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 115 acres

Maximum Depth: 15 feet

Normal Lake Level: A natural spring keeps this lake full.

Current Lake Level: N/A

Additional License Required: A trout permit is required to fish for and possess trout during the trout season.

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Channel Catfish 5
Crappie 50
Largemouth Bass 5 15
Walleye/Saugeye 5 15
Trout 5
Black Bullhead
Green Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6.5 lbs. Stillfishing cut or prepared baits over shallow flats on warm days has been good for a few fish.
Crappie Fair/Good Most up to 9 inches Fish should move shallow to spawn with the return of warmer weather.  Fishing a jig under a bobber in spawning areas can result in catches of good numbers of fish.  Some traditional spawning beds you might try are the north shore of Timber Canyon Cove and the rip-rap along the Apache area.  Although the up and down weather made the bite hit and miss, anglers reported catching fish around 15 to 25 fish in the 9 to 12 inch range on the right days.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair

Saugeye up to 3.6 lbs.

Walleye up to 6.1 lbs.

Jig and nighcrawler or minnow combos fished over points and along drop-offs can be productive this time of year.  Anglers reported catching some nice saugeye in the 21 to 23 inch range and a few larger walleye last week.  Also reported were catches of good numbers of smaller saugeye in the 12 to 15 inch range.  Remember, as of January 1, 2015, all saugeye and walleye must be 18 inches or larger to be legal for harvest.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Casting soft plastic baits, suspending jerkbaits, and swimbaits around fish attractors, rocky shorelines, or laydown trees has produced fish and some nice-sized ones in the 4 to 6 lb. range to boot.
Sunfish Fair Up to 8 inches Vertically fishing small jig heads tipped with small pieces of nightcrawler or whole mealworms around the fish attractors.
Rainbow Trout Slow/Fair 0.5 lb. average

The trout season technically ended on April 15, but there are still trout to be had.  Since the season is over, no trout permit is required to possess trout and the 5 fish per day creel limit still applies.

Stillfishing powerbait, corn, salmon eggs, worms, marshmallows, and various combinations of the above baits are typically effective.  But anglers casting small inline spinners are successful too.

There were a few reports of limits caught last week so trout fishing appears to still be productive on the right day.  Stillfishing salmon eggs, corn, powerbait, or some combination has been best.

General Comments

Release all walleye/saugeye less than 18 inches and largemouth bass less than 15 inches.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

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