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This is a collection of all the Region 5 Fishing Reports

BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8-10" There are a few reports of crappie being caught during warmer afternoons.  Look for gravel or sand banks toward the backs of coves where water is warmer.
Channel Catfish Poor 16-24" Channel catfish fishing has been slow.  Fish should begin to move into a summer pattern sometime in May.
Largemouth Bass Good 12-18" Anglers are beginning to catch largemouth bass on warmer afternoons.  Look for south-facing rocky shorelines and bounce a purple or watermelon jig.
General Comments
New District Newsletter

Water temperature was 58 degrees at Timber Hill on 04/14/2014

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

 
 



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass Excellent 10-20" Both species are present in this lake, and offer great fishing throughout the year especially during the later and earlier parts of the year. Anglers have good success with both species in the warm water discharge during the winter and early spring months.
Walleye Fair up to 25" Fair to good walleye angling can be expected with most fish ranging from 13-18" but fish over 21" are available.
Channel Catfish Good up to 5 lbs. Good channel cat fishing can be expected lake wide.
Blue Catfish Good up to 35" The blue catfish population is doing well, and many anglers have experienced good success with blue catfish drifting with cut bait around the warm water. Reports of fish over 20 lbs. are not uncommon, and fish over 50 lbs. have also been recorded.
White Bass Excellent 8-16" There is an excellent population of white bass in this lake. White bass is one of the most caught species in the lake. Anglers have success lake wide on twister tails and small jigs and spinners.
Crappie Good up to 15" Crappie fishing will continue to be good. Fish 10-12" are common and fish greater than 12" are readily available.
Wipers Fair 2-5 lbs. Wiper fishing will be fair. A few fish around the 4-5 lb. range are available but the overall numbers are low.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
largemouth bass Slow-Fair 8 in to 18 inches crankbaits or slow rolling spinnerbaits along deep points and ledges
walleye Fair 14-25 inches  Trolling along the riprapped banks with crankbaits or jig and nightcrawler.
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair 1/2-5 lbs shad sides, stink bait, or cut bait drifting along points or drop offs
smallmouth bass Fair-Good 10-20 inches plastics and jerkbaits along riprap or secondary rocky points in deep water.
white bass Fair-Good 8-15 inches small spinners or jigs along windy points or channel breaks where baitfish are concentrated
wipers Fair-Good 2-5 lbs shad imitation around windy points and dropoffs
crappie Fair 11-15 inches Crappie will be moving into shallower waters in the next several days with the upcoming forecast. Jigs are probably the best way to catch them this time of year.
General Comments

Entrance gate phone number is 620-364-2475 call for lake conditions.

ZEBRA MUSSELS have been confirmed in Coffey County Lake! Please help stop the spread. Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving this lake. It is illegal to transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on waters in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson counties click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie fishing has been inconsistent in State Park Cove.  Fish are in early stages of spawning and will be more concentrated along the shoreline on warm afternoons.
Channel catfish Poor 10-25 inches Fishing has been slow.
White bass Good 8-16 inches White bass are tapering off in the Elk River and beginning to head back to the main lake.  However, there will be still be some spawning activity through the next couple of weeks and rains might concentrate fish in riffles.
Outlet      
 

Water temperature on 04/15/2014 was 60 degrees.

Float line fishing will be allowed from July 15 through September 15.  A floatline permit ($2.50) is required.

Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

Youth/Mentor Pond

The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/16/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish good

31% 11"-16"

25% 16"-24"

44% 24"-28"

0% >28"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides below riffles and mouth of river.
crappie good

70% 5"- 8"

14% 8"-10"

9% 10"-12"

8% 12"-15"

0% 15"+

Use a minnow or jig over gravel and rocky bottom in river and coves.  Watch for water running into coves to really trigger spawning.
largemouth bass fair

43% 8"-12"

22% 12"-15"

29% 15"-20"

7% >20"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of the river produces a fair density bass population. There were 14 bass per hour of electrofishing around the Ladd Bridge section of the river. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, worm, spinner or crank bait around stumps in the river.
white bass good

0% 6"- 9"

25% 9"-12"

54% 12"-15"

21% >15"

Fish are spawning below riffles in river and Otter Creek.  Use a silver spinner or jig.
General Comments

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2012 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2013 test netting.

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LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish, Slow all sizes, Use sunfish or cutshad,worms, liver, prepared baits. Fish around the hot water outlet,  The lake has big flathead and blues to catch.
Crappie Slow/Good 10 - 13 inches fish are Off/On, when they are On the fishing is good, try the tubes at the plant entrance, the outlet at the dam, center lake over the bridge, best on minnows some on jigs white/blue, most fish over 10 - 12 inches
Largemouth bass Slow varies bass are best along weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations
white bass Good varies, some 1.5 pounds use shad imitations, silver spoons big jigs, or cut shad. best at the hot water outlet,
wiper Slow some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, best at the hot water outlet area, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad
General Comments

Wipers around 6-8 pounds and white bass up to 2 pounds are slow/good at the hot water outlet with warm water production.

Water levels are good for fishing. Recent bass sampling indicates that La Cygne produces some of the best large largemouth bass in the state. Boat ramps at the marina are usually okay to use.

 Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake. Anglers can walk in to the hot water outlet area from the east parking lot. The location is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot. Unload gear and walk west down the trail to where the hot water from the power plan empties into the lake.

Call the Linn County Park at 913-795-6633 for more information or camping, and cabins reservations.

Get the family, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundment.

 Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepageon February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

Anglers when fishing at the hot water outlet,or at the outlet gate at the dam, DO NOT GO OVER THE CABLES. FISHING IN A RESTRICTED AREA COULD GET YOU ARRESTED.



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/23/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you would like to receive additional information about this lake a couple of times a year, sign up for the newsletter at the following link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Fair 0.33-1 lbs Fish being caught on jigs and minnows over brush.
       
Boat ramp conditions     All ramps in CORPS Parks and State Park have sufficient depth for launching.
General Comments
Lake level was 3.26' below normal, release = 20 cfs, and temperature = 50 on April 23.  Melvern Reservoir has Zebra Mussels, Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish Slow 2 - 7 pounds Use worms or dip baits and crappie entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits, The fish feeders are OFF. Lakewide or stilling basin.
Walleye Slow varies  the walleye population is improving, tryoff windy points, crank baits or jigs tipped with nightcrawler
White bass/Wipers Poor varies lakewide and the windy side of the points, wipers are following the schools of shad, minnows or shad colored lures, off the COE Swim beach
Crappie Slow/Good most were 9 - 14 inches lakewide, marina docks, over brushpiles, black and pink tube jigs, minnows.about 6 ft on the winds side, most fish are over 10 inches, fish are slowly moving in
General Comments

When large releases of water occur at the stilling basin then fishing there can be better. For additional information, water temperature, release rates, please check:http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/po/daily.cfm .

Have FUN,Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The State and COE Parks are ready for family fishing.

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 If you can locate the schooled crappie at this time it can be very rewarding. Rangers have constructed some spawning fish habitat which should improve spring fishing success. These areas are located near North Shore Marina and the Rock Quarry and near Adams Grove and Wolf Creek Park.

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepageon February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

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TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/16/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish good

30% 11"-16"

50% 16"-24"

20% 24"-28"

0% >28"

Use worms, stink bait, or shad sides on below riffles and mouth of river.
largemouth bass fair

39% 8"-12"

26% 12"-15"

35% 15"-20"

0% >20"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of Walnut Creek produces a fair density bass population. There were 17 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in Walnut Creek. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, spinner, worm, or crank bait around stumps in river and Walnut Creek.
white bass good

23% 6"-9"

26% 9"-12"

43% 12"-15"

9% 15"-18"

Fish are spawning below riffles in river and Walnut Creek.  Use a silver spinner or jig.
white crappie good

70% 5"-8"

14% 8"-10"

10% 10"-12"

5% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use minnow or jig on channel breaks in river, Walnut Creek, and Mann's Cove.  Watch for a rise in the river and Walnut Creek to trigger spawning.
General Comments

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2012 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2013 test netting.

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BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Slow 12-18 inches fish the shoreline, weedbeds and piers, use spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers,
Bluegill/redear sunffish Poor all sizes beautiful redear some 1/2 ot 3/4 pound available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float 
Walleye Poor varies try the dam on windy, cloudy days off the creek channel dropoffs, with crank baits or jigs,
Channel Catfish Slow 12-26 inches the fish feeders are OFF. use cut bluegill/stink baits, lakewide,
Crappie Slow 8 - 12 inches and up recent sampling indicates nice crappie in the 9-12 inch range along the dam,--over brushpiles,near dropoffs, minnows, jigs ,
General Comments

Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and go fishing. This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms.

 Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepageon February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!



CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / redear  Fair  6 - 8" Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weedlines. 
Channel catfish  Fair

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try liver, prepared baits, live bait, shad sides, or worms. The four fish feeders won't be operating until late April.
Crappie  Fair Mostly 7-9 inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Some crappie have moved in shallow to spawn. You might try fishing a jig fished a few feet below a bobber near shorelines. Many small 7-9 inch fish are available with some bigger fish mixed in. There are ten brush piles marked with fish attractor bouys that often hold fish.
Largemouth bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished along weedlines, drop-offs, brush piles, and other structure.
General Comments
Surface water temperature is ~ 60 degrees.



LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/16/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill & Redear good

55% 4-7"

23% 7-9"

23% 9-11"

Use a worm around brush piles. Use light line in clear water.
Channel Catfish good

4% 11-16"

83% 16-24"

4% 24-28"

8% 28-36"

Use a worm, shad sides, or stink bait on channel breaks.
Largemouth Bass good

50% 8-12"

44% 12-15"

6% 15-20"

1% >20"

Use a worm, jig, or silver spoon or spinner around brush piles and rocky shorelines.
Crappie good

7% 5-8"

4% 8-10"

82% 10-12"

7% 12-15"

Use a small jig or minnow around brush piles. Use light line in clear water.
General Comments

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2013 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2013 test netting.

The American Pond Weed and Sago Pond Weed form dense mats that make fishing difficult in shallow water during summer. Use top water baits, weedless hooks, or fish the edges.

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MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 4/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Fair  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weedlines.
Channel Catfish  Fair  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, live bait, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish are stocked in the Mined Land Wildlife every October. These fish are 8-16 inches in length and average 1/3 pound each.
Crappie  Fair  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure. Some crappie have now moved in shallow to spawn. You might try fishing a jig fished a few feet below a bobber near shorelines.
Largemouth Bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, worms, spinner baits, or crankbaits fished around brush, structure, or along weedlines.
Rainbow trout  Good  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. Bi-weekly stockings of 935 fish resumed on October 16, 2013 and will continue through May 2014. Most rainbows are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. Five percent of each stocking is comprised of 14-inch or larger fish. Trout can live year-around in this unique strip-mined lake, so fish in the 3-5 pound range are occassionally caught.
General Comments
Surface water temperatures are 57 -61 degrees. Shallower lakes warm up first. Most lakes are one or two feet low. Trout Anglers - Youth 15 and younger are not required to purchase a trout permit, but their daily creel limit is 2 trout/day. All anglers 16 and older are required to have a trout stamp to fish in the trout lake in Area # 30. Brown trout less than 20-inches in length must be returned to the water immediately. The creel limit for browns is one fish per day. 



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 10-20" Channel catfish can be found on warmer days feeding along the channel border in shallower water.  Try chicken liver.
Largemouth Bass Fair 8-18" Largemouth bass will bite on warmer days, but can be finicky.  Try a slow presentation along rocks exposed to sun.
Crappie Poor 6-12" Crappie can be found at times near the fishing docks, but it's spotty.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 5-9" Worms and a bobber produce year round off of jetties and in vegetated areas.
General Comments

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present.  Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin.  Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin.  Both species have their adipose fin clipped.  Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Montgomery County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.  

Anglers should note that there are no alcoholic beverages allowed on the area.

The maintained boat ramp at Montgomery State Fishing Lake is usable.

A bathymetric map of Montgomery State Fishing Lake is available. Contact Ben Neely (ben.neely@ksoutdoors.com) to receive a copy via email.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE.



NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / redear  Fair All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly around structure and weedlines.
Channel catfish  Fair All sizes Try liver, prepared baits, minnows, worms, shad sides, or shrimp fished near the bottom. The three feeders are idle until late-April, 2014.
Crappie  Fair 7 -12 inches Try minnows or small 1/64 oz. jigs fished around structure and brush. Some crappie are now in shallow to spawn. You might try fishing a jig fished a few feet below a bobber near shorelines. Many 7 to 10-inch fish are available, with some quality fish mixed in.
Largemouth bass  Fair All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around structure.
General Comments
Surface water temperature is about 60 degrees.



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to receive additional information about this lake (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) a couple of times during the year, sign up to receive a newsletter using this link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-1 lb Using jigs over brush piles.
General Comments
 



WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 16-24 inches Chicken livers and shrimp have produced nice fish in shallow areas near deeper channels. The peninsula on the west side of the lake and biggest cove on the east side have been the most popular places.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Fair 10-22 inches Look for fish holding on rocky shorelines on sunny days.  Slow presentations will be most effective.
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie are mostly offshore, but some have been caught in shallow water as well. Look for more fish to feed in shallow water as the lake warms.
General Comments

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present.  Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin.  Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin.  Both species have their adipose fin clipped.  Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Wilson County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.  

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Wilson State Fishing Lake. Contact Ben Neely (ben.neely@ksoutdoors.com) to receive one via email or visit www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/content/download/33395/238994/file/WLSL_email.pdf to download.

New District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.



BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/17/2014

 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Fair  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weedlines.
Channel catfish  Fair  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, live bait or worms fished on or near the bottom. The four fish feeders will not be in operation until late April. KDWPT fish samplings have shown that there is a very good channel catfish fishery. Good numbers of 2-5 pound fish are available.
Crappie  Fair  8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure. Some crappie have moved in shallower water to spawn. You might try fishing a jig fished a few feet below a bobber near shoreline spawning areas. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population, with some quality-size fish available.
Largemouth bass  Fair Mostly 8-16 inch fish. Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around weedlines and deep-water structure.
General Comments
  The surface water temperature is ~60 degrees.



BOURBON COUNTY ELM CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 4/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Slow varies  try off dam on bluegill chunks, or cut shad, Lakewide,  
Largemouth/Smallmouth bass Slow varies lakewide, fish are in shallow, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs.  
Bullheads Poor varies use worms,or liver lake wide  
Bluegill Poor varies small baits and worms under floats, along weedbeds around fish attractors  
Walleye Poor lots of fish over and under the length limit also try the dam and rocky structure in the south half of the lake with jigs or minnows  
Crappie Slow lots of small fish with 50 limit along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

Water levels have improved.

The fish feeders are OFF. This lake has a high density of channel catfish that really increases angling opportunity. Buy your license and go fishing. The water level is great for fishing.

This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms. Remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

With questions about this lake call Donald George, Fisheries Biologist, at 913-795-2218, or Bourbon County at 620-223-3800.



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 4/9/2014

species ratings size baits,methods, locations
Crappie slow 8 to 12 inches water levels have enhanced fishing. slow reports for crappie in cover, try jigs, minnows.
Channel catfish Slow varies, recent sampling indicates a good density of large channel catfish along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits,
Largemouth bass Slow most bass in the 14 to 20 inch range some reports of bass in deep water- jigs, spinners, plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure,
General Comments

Water levels are perfect. Both ramps are open for use. The east parking will be refitted to a larger size to accommodate the tuesday bass tournament anglers.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

NO special permits required, this is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake. Use caution, this lake has quantities of standing and submerged trees and limited shoreline access. This is a 220 acre lake with approximately 180 acres of standing trees. Fishing only lake. The lake has a boat ramp, parking lot, security light, floating dock, and vault toilet on the east side of the lake and a boat ramp and parking on the west side..



FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 4/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Slow varies motor oil colored jigs, soft plastic baits, up against the banks/along the weed beds, in trees/fish attractors and dropoffs,
channel catfish Slow varies The fish feeders are OFF for the season. High populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide, use cut shad, sponge baits, worms,
walleye Slow varies jigs, minnows along the dropoffs.
white crappie Fair/Good varies, many over 11 inches crappie have been ON and OFF depends daily, when they are ON nice fish are caught over 10 inches, some good fish in deeper water over the new brushpiles, with black&white, blue&white jigs, fish are in nice condition and slowing moving in
bluegill Fair varies use small baits, such as worms, jigs suspended under a float, in deeper water
General Comments

Lake level is full. Water levels are fine for fishing. Fish for crappie in deeper water over brushpiles for good success. Recent tree/habitat placements will improve angler success for bass and crappie.

The fish feeders are OFF.

 Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and have fun. Please remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Lake Cooperator,no city permits for fishing and boating while fishing. City permit required for recreational boating.



MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Slow varies most legal size, with some large fish chunks of bluegill, also try stink baits, chicken liver, cut shad or chunks of sunfish, lake wide
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Poor varies use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie Slow 8 to 16 inches some larger along the south tree line or structure and drop offs along the creek channel. lots of good fish...
Largemouth Bass Poor varies bass are in or close to deeper water structure, with plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments
Sign up for the Mound City District Newsletter today!

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepageon February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE EAST - Last Updated: 4/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Wipers Poor size varies, wipers are in deeper water along drop offs, use shad diving or surface plugs, hang on. lake wide trolling with sassy shads, from the bank and boat, with crankbaits, spoons,.
Channel catfish Poor All sizes, The fish feeders are OFF, recent sampling indicates lots of nice fish, best baits are chicken liver or use stink baits, shrimp, worms, prepared baits, lakewide, Fish the south end creek after a rain.
Largemouth bass Slow varies some results along the dam and weedbed edge, silver or blue crank baits or soft baits, fish slow
Walleye, saugeye Poor 18-24 inches fish the rocks for prespawn fish, use jigs tipped with a worm
white crappie Slow 8-14 inches recent sampling indicates good numbers of nice crappie around 9inches to mostly 10 to 12 inches, fish around the floating dock, and drop offs, fish are not in real shallow.Try over the brushpiles, use dark jigs,minnows
General Comment

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundment.

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A city fishing permit is no longer required.Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE WEST - Last Updated: 4/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish Slow Size varies, 4 pounds and up use cut shad, (best on chicken liver), shrimp, worms, prepared baits, along dam,
crappie Slow/Good All sizes Fish are nice size and the density is good, fish are along the dam, south east pier, and in the brushpiles fish with jigs, blue /white, minnows,
largemouth bass Slow 12-22 inches dam, the brushpiles with crank baits or spinners,
bluegill Slow varies use a small worm or jig under a float.
General Comments

Water levels are good. This Lake has produced some nice stringers of crappie and great should continue to do so. Fish the creek channel over the brush piles with minnows or jigs. Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundments.

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepageon February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

 This lake has a high density of channel catfish that increases angling opportunity. Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake, no fishing permits required.



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OLD - Last Updated: 4/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1-5 lbs. Spring sampling indicates a fair population of largemouth bass. Most of the population consists of quality sized fish or larger (fish larger than 12").
Wipers Poor up to 5 lbs. Sampling efforts indicate a low population of wipers due to no stockings in recent years. The fish that are available should be harvestable sized individuals.
Channel Catfish Good up to 15 lbs. A good populaiton of channel catfish is present in this lake with many harvestable size fish available.
Walleye Fair up to 6 lbs. Sampling efforts show a fair population of walleye. Most fish available should be of harvestable size (15" or greater).
Crappie Fair up to 14" A fair population of both black crappie and white crappie are present in this lake. Harvestable sized fish larger than 10" are available and even fish up to 14" have been caught.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Largemouth bass Fair 1-5 lbs Slow-rolling spinnerbaits or lipless crankbaits along rocky shorelines and near deeper water. The warmer weather in the upcoming days will make the fish want to move shallower.
Wipers Slow   mostly on liver, can be caught using various shad imitating lures
channel catfish fair 1/2-15 lbs  shad sides or guts lakewide.
Walleye slow-fair 1-6 pounds Some walleye are being caught along the rocks using crankbaits and curly tailed grubs.
crappie slow-fair up to 14" Crappie will be moving into spawning grounds in the upcoming days with the warm weather coming the bite should improve. Try small green or white jigs under a bobber worked slowly along the rocks or brush.
General Comments

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required. Water temp is 57°

STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell before leaving an area. DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT between waters.

District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



MARAIS DES CYGNES WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 3/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
blue, channel catfish Poor varies The river is at normal level, fish are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, worms
walleye Poor varies use minnows, jigs, work the pools below riffles
white bass/wipers Poor varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
paddlefish  Poor varies snagging, water level is low
General Comments

Paddlefish season starts March 15 to May 15, therer is a 34 inch length limit, a paddlefish permit is $12.50 including 6 carcass tags.  See your fishing regulations for aditional information.  The marais des cygnes river from the north bundary of Unit G to stateline bridge is open to paddlefish snagging.  Non sport fish (carp, drum,grass carp,gar, buffalo,gizzard shad) may be snagged and kept during this season.  There are no limits on non sport fish.

The river and streams on the state wildlife area are open to fishing. The river is a great place to float and fish. Some of the wildlife area pools are draining. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area and along stateline road bridge. For additional opportunities call 913-352-8941 for accurate information on wildlife pool drainage.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

 Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepageon February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

 



NEOSHO RIVER AT CHETOPA DAM - Last Updated: 4/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish Poor   Paddlefish season is open from March 15 - May 15.  Snagging is allowed in Chetopa City Park from the low-head dam to the boat ramp on the Labette/Cherokee County line.
General Comments
THE SNAGGING SEASON OPENS MARCH 15 AND RUNS THROUGH MAY 15TH.

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

•A fish must be kept if placed on a stringer. Culling is not allowed.

•A state-issued permit is required. Two paddlefish may be harvested daily and six may be harvested in a season.

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

The best fishing occurs at river flows of 10-15,000 cubic feet per second. The following link will take you to the Kansas Water Watch website. Click HERE for river flow data.



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 4/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches work the trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, about 8-10 ft deep, close to structure,
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky shorelines
Channel Catfish Slow 12" to 8 pounds the fish feeder is OFF, recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (14 to 27 inches), use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats, 
Crappie Slow any size recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (9 to 12 inches) but angler success is slow,  minnows and jigs, lakewide
Walleye Fair/Good most between 15 to 17 inches recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (17.5 to 22 inches) along the dam and dropoffs, jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

Critzer Lake the newest lake in KANSAS and opened to fishing in August of 2011. This lake is featured in many of Brent Chapman's utube articles as he fishes heavy cover. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There ia a double lane boat ramp and the lake is primarily a boat lake. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit. Lake brouchures are available at the Linn County Courthouse information display case or online at www.linncountyks.com or contact Fisheries Biologist Don George at 913-795-2218. Remember to Clean, Drain and Dry.

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!



GARNETT SOUTH - Last Updated: 4/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
Largemouth Bass Good up to 6 lbs. This lake has a good bass population. A good percentage of the sampled population is in the 15-20" range.
Bluegill Excellent up to 8" This lake has an excellent bluegill population. A total of 383 bluegill were caught in 2 nets and most of the bluegill caught were 6-8" in length.
Channel Catfish Good 8-30" A nice population of quality sized fish is available with most fish ranging from 2-4 lbs, however 2 lunkers were caught during fall sampling one tipped the scale at 18.25 lbs. and the other at 16.5 lbs.
Crappie Fair up to 13" The crappie population seems to be comprised mainly of sub legal fish but there are some larger fish available.
Wiper Fair up to 15 lbs. There is a fair population of wipers in this lake. Most fish are quality sized however some trophy sized fish are available.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 7lbs. Spinnerbaits and large jigs worked slowly around the shoreline structure. The warmer weather in upcoming days should trigger a good bite the fish should move shallower chasing baitfish.
Bluegill Fair up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber along shoreline vegetation and structure small jigs or flies can also be productive
Channel Catfish fair-good 8-30 inches shad sides or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie fair 6-10 inches Small jigs fished around any type of structure or along the bank.
Wiper Slow up to 15lbs!  Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver will produce some fish.
Rainbow Trout     Trout Season is now closed

Comments:

Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and livewells to help stop the spread of ANS species. For more information on this lake and other lakes in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson Counties, click on the link below to subscribe to the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.

 http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



GARNETT NORTH - Last Updated: 4/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches The warmer weather in the upcoming days should really trigger a good crappie bite. Look for the fish to move to shallower water and try using small tube or maribou jigs under a bobber worked slowly along the rocks.
Channel catfish Fair 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 6 lbs. Slow rolling spinnerbaits or jigs and plastics worked slowly around dropoffs or brushpiles.
Wipers Fair-Good   Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide.
Walleye Slow   trolling with crankbaits around schools of shad
General Comments

Please remember to help STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell when leaving water bodies. Water Temp. 55°

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

For more information on waters in Woodson, Coffey, Anderson, and Allen counties, click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



YATES CENTER - Last Updated: 4/18/2014

Species Size Rating Baits, Method, and Location
Redear and Bluegill up to 11" Good A good population of redear and bluegill is present in this lake. Redear up to 11" are not uncommon and are usually caught around the weedbeds using worms or small jigs.
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Good Sampling shows a moderate to high density of largemouth bass which should provide anglers with some good fishing. Many anglers have had success fishing along the abundant vegetation.
Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish up to 10 lbs. Good Both channel catfish and blue catfish are present in this lake, however, the blue catfish population is fairly new so the fish have not reached large sizes yet. The largest blue cat sampled was just over 4 lbs. The channel catfish population continues to show good numbers and will provide good angling.
Wipers/White Bass up to 5.5 lbs. Fair-Good A moderate population of wipers and white bass exist in this lake. Be sure you are familiar with the identifying characteristics of each species. There is no limit on white bass, but an 18" length limit is in effect for Wipers
Crappie up to 12" Fair Sampling efforts show a low to moderate abundance of crappie. Crappie up to 12" are available but fish in the 6-9" range are the most common.
Walleye up to 24" Fair A fair population of walleye is present in this lake. Fish 12-20" are most common.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair Worms under bobber near vegetation or small lures can also be productive
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Fair Slow-rolling spinnerbaits or crankbaits around brush or vegetation. Texas rigged plastics should also produce some fish.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Fair livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair-Good White bass are being caught trolling with crankbaits or small spinners along the dam and old road bed.
Crappie up to 12" fair Crappie should be in pre-spawn staging areas and feeding good to prepare for spawning time. Look for fish around brushpiles or standing timber 8-15 ft. deep. Jigs under a bobber or worked slowly should produce some fish. The upcoming forecast looks promising to really start a good bite.
Walleye 15-24" slow-fair Walleye should be moving in to spawning grounds. Try along the dam at night using curly tailed grubs or jerkbaits.

Comments

The crappie regulation has changed and is now 20 fish/day with no length limit. Water temp 57°

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required.

This lake contains Eurasian Watermilfoil. Please remember to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment when leaving water bodies.



JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/18/2014

Species Size Rating Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Good Good channel cat fishing will continue. Anglers have the most success along the old river channel.
White Bass up to 3 lbs. Good White bass do well in this shallow reservoir. Anglers have good success in the upper end in the river channel during the spring spawning run.
Crappie up to 13" Good Crappie fishing will be fair to good anglers should focus on the deeper water and on the face of the dam. Many crappie over 10" were captured during fall netting.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair Anglers catching some fish behind the dam on shad sides and guts.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Slow-Fair Main river channel and along dam using small spinners or shad imitations
Crappie up to 13" Fair-Good Jigs and minnows along the dam rip rap and up in the river around woody structure. The crappie may be close to spawning in the river.
       

Comments

The Hartford boat ramp should be usable now for river access.

Boaters beware of shallow water! For current lake level and release information click the following link http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html.

ALERT! This lake contains Zebra Mussels please help stop the spread Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment after leaving this water body. It is Illegal transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on lakes in the New Strawn district click the following link. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 4/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5 lbs. Spring sampling indicated a fair to good population of largemouth. The population continues to grow. The largest fish sampled was 4lbs. however larger fish were observed but not caught.
Channel Catfish Good up to 15 lbs. The Fall gill net sample indicates a good population of channel catfish. There are many harvestable size fish in the population along with many fish larger than 6 lbs. The largest fish of the sample weighed in at just over 15 lbs.
Crappie Fair up to 14 inches Sampling efforts indicate a large population of crappie with the majority in the 6-8" range, however, larger individuals up to 14" are available.
Wipers Fair up to 5 lbs. Fall sampling indicates a fair population of wipers. Many quality sized wipers should be available from recent stockings.
       
Current fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Fair 8-18" Slow-rolling spinnerbaits or working texas rigged plastics near structure in shallower water. The warmer weather in the upcoming days will have both the baitfish and the bass pushing up in the shallows.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 12lbs. shad sides or other stinkbait along dropoffs or windy flats. The feeders will not be filled again until May.
Crappie fair up to 12" Fish are still in the pre-spawn pattern and should be feeding to prepare for the spawn. Next week's forecast looks promising to really start a good crappie bite. Try small tube jigs or road runners under a bobber worked slowly around rocks or brush.
Wipers Fair up to 5lbs. Shad imitations in open water or windy points, vertical jigging with spoons
       

Comments:

Surface water temp. 57°  The lake is full and is currently stained after the recent heavy rain event.

Anglers please do your part to stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving a water body and do not transfer live fish or bait between water bodies.

For more info. on lakes in the New Strawn district, click on the following link.http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District