Butler State Lake

Butler SFL 3D
Butler State Lake Map
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Latham, KS

3 miles W, 1 mile N of Latham

Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks 316-683-8069

GPS Location: N37 32.708 W96 41.832

Location/Address:
Latham, KS

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 124 acres

Maximum Depth: 22 feet

Normal Lake Level: N/A

Current Lake Level: 3.5 feet low

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Channel Catfish 2 15
Crappie 50
Flathead Catfish 5
Largemouth Bass 5 15
Walleye 5 15
Bluegill
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: 12/15/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

New video

Spring Bass Sampling

   

KDWPT Fisheries Biologists annually sample largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass populations to gather valuable data which is used in formulating fisheries management plans. This video shows a summary of a typical day in the electrofishing boat while sampling is being conducted.

See the video at http://youtu.be/R1jK9YZJYuI .

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Channel Catfish Slow up to 4 pounds

Feeders are done for the year.  Cat fishing will be pretty slow during the winter months.  Good wintertime baits are shad sides and stink baits.

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 17-inch Big slow moving baits are good bets in cold water.  Few anglers have been out to provide reports.
Black Crappie Fair up to 8-inch

Crappie have been slow to fair recently. Look for concentrations along breaks on the south shore near the dam.  Vertical fishing jigs can produce some good action although many of the crappie at Butler are small. 

The majority of the crappie in the lake or small and need to be thinned down.  Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed  the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back.  Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!

Bluegill     Few recent reports.
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