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Channel Catfish Forecast

CHANNEL CATFISH

The channel catfish is the bread and butter of Kansas fishing. Found in nearly all waters from large rivers and reservoirs to small prairie streams, good channel cat fishing is never far away. State lakes are also popular places to catch channel cats. Department hatcheries produce millions of channel cats each year. The state record channel cat weighed 36 pounds, 8 ounces. The world record is 58 pounds.

Updated: 2/21/14
Waterbody Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish (Weight in Pounds) Biologist's Rating Three Year Moving Average of Density Rating
  (>16”) (>24”) (>28”) (lbs.)   (>16”)
KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE 13.17 3.50 0.33 10.47 E 13.17
PARSONS CITY LAKE 9.50 1.25 0.00 6.17 E 9.50
GARNETT-CEDAR CREEK LAKE 9.13 0.13 0.00 6.46 E 8.69
CLARK STATE FISHING LAKE 8.00 1.33 0.00 8.60 G 6.56
PLEASANTON - WEST LAKE 8.00 1.33 0.33 10.72 E 7.11
DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE 7.83 0.50 0.17 7.79 G 8.33
NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE 7.67 0.67 0.00 5.70 G 7.56
CRITZER LAKE 7.33 0.33 0.00 7.14 E 5.72
PLEASANTON CITY LAKE - OLD 7.00 0.33 0.00 5.90 G 3.67
BOURBON COUNTY LAKE 6.83 1.17 0.00 8.10 E 6.83
CENTRALIA CITY LAKE 6.63 1.00 0.13 12.08 E 3.83
PLEASANTON - EAST LAKE 6.00 1.00 0.33 13.15 G 6.39
BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE 5.50 0.50 0.00 8.04 G 4.33
HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE 5.38 0.75 0.25 14.77 G 7.88
GARNETT-CRYSTAL LAKE 5.33 0.67 0.67 18.30 E 7.78
ESKRIDGE-LAKE WABAUNSEE 5.25 0.25 0.00 5.18 G 3.46
NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE 5.25 0.25 0.00 7.50 G 4.50
BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE 5.00 0.50 0.00 7.76 G 3.50
SEDAN - NEW (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 5.00 0.50 0.25 9.26 E 5.00
SEDAN - OLD (NORTH) CITY LAKE 5.00 0.00 0.00 3.53 G 5.50
DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONESTAR LAKE 4.83 0.33 0.00 5.23 F 4.33
CHANUTE CITY LAKE 4.50 0.25 0.00 5.64 G 3.33
JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE 4.50 0.50 0.00 8.07 G 3.33
SHAWNEE COUNTY-LAKE SHAWNEE 4.50 0.38 0.00 7.01 G 3.04
GARNETT CITY LAKE-NORTH 4.25 0.75 0.00 10.93 G 3.78
CARBONDALE CITY LAKE - EAST 4.00 0.67 0.17 8.27 G 7.67
LYON STATE FISHING LAKE 3.83 0.50 0.33 17.20 E 2.33
EUREKA CITY LAKE 3.67 1.00 0.50 23.15 E 5.06
OLATHE-CEDAR LAKE 3.67 0.00 0.00 4.33 F 4.86
CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE 3.50 0.67 0.17 9.19 G 2.61
HOLTON-PRAIRIE LAKE 3.50 0.25 0.00 6.50 F 4.88
MIDDLE CREEK STATE FISHING LAKE 3.50 0.17 0.00 4.53 F 2.67
GRIDLEY CITY LAKE 3.33 0.00 0.00 6.42 G 5.17
POTTAWATOMIE CO-CROSS CREEK LAKE 3.33 0.00 0.00 4.38 F 3.67
SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE 3.33 0.00 0.00 3.81 G 2.89
OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE 3.33 0.00 0.00 4.31 F 2.00
BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE 3.17 0.33 0.00 5.50 G 5.64
SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE 3.17 0.50 0.50 16.76 G 3.61
HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR 3.00 0.67 0.33 7.39 G 1.89
MADISON CITY LAKE 2.83 0.33 0.00 6.94 G 2.78
YATES CENTER-SOUTH OWL LAKE 2.83 0.33 0.00 7.08 G 3.25
WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE 2.67 0.50 0.17 15.19 G 2.26
CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE 2.50 0.00 0.00 3.95 G 2.42
MOLINE OLD (SOUTH) CITY LAKE 2.50 0.00 0.00 3.09 G 2.50
BIG HILL WA-NORTH POND 2.33 0.00 0.00 2.16 G 2.33
JAWHAWK BOY SCOUT LAKE 2.33 0.00 0.00 2.61 F 2.04
PRATT COUNTY LAKE 2.33 0.67 0.00 6.70 G 2.94
ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE 2.25 0.00 0.00 3.83 F 3.25
BONE CREEK LAKE 2.25 1.00 0.38 9.59 G 3.21
HOWARD-POLK DANIELS LAKE 2.25 0.25 0.00 4.85 G 2.42
MELVERN RIVER POND 2.25 1.00 0.50 9.74 G 3.53
COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE 2.00 0.00 0.00 1.98 G 2.61
WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE 2.00 0.25 0.25 7.52 F 1.67
SEDGWICK COUNTY-LAKE AFTON 1.83 0.00 0.00 4.14 G 2.61
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW 1.75 0.00 0.00 4.14 F 0.67
LEBO CITY LAKE 1.75 0.25 0.00 8.33 G 1.00
WINFIELD CITY LAKE 1.70 0.30 0.00 8.11 G 1.83
MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE 1.67 0.00 0.00 5.09 G 2.78
JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE UP LAKE 1.33 0.33 0.00 5.63 F 1.33
PRESCOTT CITY LAKE 1.33 0.00 0.00 3.99 F 1.00
GRAHAM COUNTY-ANTELOPE LAKE 1.25 0.00 0.00 3.18 F 0.78
JEFFREY ENG. CTR.- AUX. MAKEUP LAKE 1.25 0.25 0.00 5.82 F 1.63
ALTAMONT CITY LAKE-EAST 1.00 0.33 0.33 12.70 G 1.00
ATCHISON COUNTY LAKE 1.00 0.00 0.00 3.87 P 1.00
LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE 1.00 0.00 0.00 4.00 F 1.67
MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.96 F 1.33
OSAWATOMIE CITY LAKE 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.68 F 1.00
POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE #2 1.00 0.00 0.00 3.24 G 1.42
GARDNER CITY LAKE 0.67 0.00 0.00 3.88 F 0.83
PAOLA CITY LAKE 0.67 0.00 0.00 1.91 F 2.44
YATES CENTER CITY LAKE-NEW 0.67 0.00 0.00 2.93 G 1.44
GEARY STATE FISHING LAKE 0.50 0.00 0.00 2.58 F 0.75
HERINGTON CITY LAKE-OLD 0.50 0.00 0.00 3.42 F 1.42
MEADE STATE LAKE 0.50 0.00 0.00 4.62 P 1.00
OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE 0.50 0.00 0.00 2.11 F 0.56
SCOTT STATE LAKE 0.50 0.08 0.00 5.67 G 0.54
THAYER CITY LAKE 0.50 0.00 0.00 2.27 F 0.75
WELLINGTON CITY LAKE 0.50 0.13 0.00 5.36 F 2.58
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #9 0.33 0.33 0.00 8.27 F 0.33
BLUE MOUND - CITY LAKE 0.33 0.00 0.00 1.59 F 0.33
LENEXA-LAKE LENEXA 0.33 0.00 0.00 1.47 F 0.44
RICHMOND CITY LAKE 0.33 0.00 0.00 1.39 F 0.33
OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 1.65 F 1.36
SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE 0.25 0.00 0.00 2.68 P 0.34
MOLINE NEW (NORTH) CITY LAKE 0.17 0.00 0.00 1.68 F 0.72
ATWOOD-LAKE ATWOOD-MAIN 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.50 P 0.22
BARBER STATE FISHING LAKE-LOWER 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.74 F 0.75
KIOWA STATE FISHING LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.12 F 0.00
POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE #1 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.92 P 0.00
WICHITA-SOUTH LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.37 G 0.00
Updated: 2/21/14
Waterbody Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish (Weight in Pounds) Biologist's Rating Three Year Moving Average of Density Rating
  (>16”) (>24”) (>28”) (lbs.)   (>16”)
PARKER CITY LAKE 2.33 0.00 0.00 3.67 F 2.33
JEWELL CITY LAKE 2.00 0.00 0.00 2.83 G 1.17
BALDWIN - SPRING CREEK LAKE 1.67 0.00 0.00 3.92 F 1.44
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #2 0.67 0.33 0.00 4.96 F 0.67
SEVERY CITY LAKE 0.67 0.33 0.00 4.41 F 0.78
ATCHISON CITY LAKE #4 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.08 F 0.00
GLEN ELDER STATE PARK POND 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.65 F 0.50
HIAWATHA CITY LAKE 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.54 P 0.00
Updated: 3/20/14
Waterbody Density Rating Preferred Rating Lunker Rating Biggest Fish (Weight in Pounds) Biologist's Rating Three Year Moving Average of Density Rating
  (>16”) (>24”) (>28”) (lbs.)   (>16”)
KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR 6.75 0.13 0.00 8.11 G 4.83
BIG HILL RESERVOIR 5.90 0.90 0.20 9.04 E 4.50
CLINTON RESERVOIR 4.44 0.25 0.00 5.73 G 4.60
PERRY RESERVOIR 4.20 0.40 0.05 13.45 G 3.98
WILSON RESERVOIR 3.79 0.42 0.00 8.65 G 2.98
MELVERN RESERVOIR 3.44 0.13 0.06 11.64 G 3.23
POMONA RESERVOIR 2.58 0.08 0.00 5.58 G 2.60
GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR 2.33 0.41 0.11 12.39 G 3.10
LOVEWELL RESERVOIR 2.00 0.57 0.14 12.04 G 2.18
CHENEY RESERVOIR 1.85 0.70 0.35 11.90 F 1.72
WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR 1.70 0.00 0.00 4.10 G 1.28
MILFORD RESERVOIR 1.60 0.20 0.05 7.96 F 1.37
TORONTO RESERVOIR 1.17 0.33 0.00 5.73 G 1.53
FALL RIVER RESERVOIR 1.10 0.70 0.00 7.50 G 1.18
HILLSDALE RESERVOIR 1.08 0.00 0.00 3.88 F 2.03
LACYGNE RESERVOIR 0.92 0.00 0.00 4.29 F 2.57
WEBSTER RESERVOIR 0.80 0.00 0.00 4.37 F 0.66
EL DORADO RESERVOIR 0.73 0.07 0.00 4.96 F 1.66
COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR 0.67 0.17 0.00 5.22 F 1.22
JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR 0.50 0.00 0.00 5.45 G 0.50
CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR 0.47 0.05 0.00 7.81 F 0.46
KIRWIN RESERVOIR 0.33 0.00 0.00 4.47 F 0.75
SEBELIUS (NORTON) RESERVOIR 0.30 0.20 0.10 10.97 F 2.03
TUTTLE CREEK RESERVOIR 0.25 0.10 0.00 7.01 P 1.48
MARION RESERVOIR * * * * G 1.50