Cowley State Fishing Lake

Arkansas City, KS

13 miles E of Arkansas City

Lake Area Office 620-876-5730

GPS Location: 37.09815 -96.80505

Arkansas City, KS

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 84 acres

Maximum Depth: 32 feet

Normal Lake Level: N/A

Current Lake Level: Normal Pool

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Channel Catfish 5 15
Crappie 50
Flathead Catfish 5
Largemouth Bass 5 15
Walleye 5 15
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: 4/13/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
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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.

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Black Crappie Fair up to 11-inch Jigs or minnows near brush or dropoffs.
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 7-inch Bluegill are being caught in shallow water during the warmer days near rock, piers, and other cover.  A small piece of worm under a float works well.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs

Shallow areas with wind using stinkbaits, shad sides/guts, and liver.

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 16-inch Working plastic worms or jigs through cover or rock on the sunny shorelines.
Redear Sunfish     Few recent reports
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