License and Regulation Questions
License requirements, catch and length limits, and legal equipment answers.
For answers to further questions, view and download a copy of our fishing regulations summary here. These pages and this publication are not intended to be a complete listing of all Kansas fishing regulations.
However, you may purchase an additional three pole permit, which allows you to fish with one additional pole by clicking here.
For instance, if the slot length limit for bass is 13-18 inches, bass from 13-18 inches long must be returned to the water. Bass shorter than 13 inches and longer than 18 inches, however, may be kept.
Any legally taken sport fish, of legal length and having been taken by hook and line only, may be used for bait.
No, any type of net is illegal for taking sport fish.
Northern Pike, walleye, sauger, saugeye, yellow perch, striped bass, white bass, wiper (white bass/striped bass hybrid), black bass (largemouth, spotted and smallmouth), trout, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, paddlefish, and panfish (bullhead, black and white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish, warmouth and rock bass).
Minnow or carp family (Cyprinidae), sucker family (Catostomidae), top minnows or killifish family (Cyprinodontidae), shad family (Clupeidae), sunfish family (Centrarchidae), excluding black basses and crappie. Bait fish exclude any of those fishes specifically named by regulation as Kansas threatened or endangered species.
Check city and county laws for waters managed by these localities. Some may have local ordinances against chumming.
All public waters are open to bow fishing, unless posted otherwise, so consult local rules before bow fishing. Bow fishermen must have in possession a valid Kansas fishing license, unless exempt by law. Arrows must have barbed heads, and each arrow must be attached by a line to the bow and must be shot from the bow. Waters within 50 yards of an occupied boat dock or ramp, occupied swimming area, occupied picnic site or camping area, and other public use areas are closed to bow fishing. Firearms may not be used to take fish.
This phone number is for the reporting of violations only. Contact phone numbers for the Conservation Officer in each county are also available in the regulations handbook.