Butler State Lake

Butler SFL 3D
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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

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
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: 4/13/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream


Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

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Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 6 lbs

Some nice cats have been caught recently with the warming water temperatures.  Productive baits have been cut shad, shad sides, and livers.  Shallow shorelines with lots of sun have been best as the water is warmest in these areas.

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 16-inch Big slow moving baits are good bets in cool water.  Look for bass on shallow shorelines.
Black Crappie Fair up to 8-inch

Crappie have been 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. Warming water temperatures will attract the crappie to shallow water.

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 Fair up to 6-inch Shallow areas near cover on worms or small jigs.
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