Cedar Bluff Reservoir

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Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks Cedar Bluff Area Office 785-726-3212

13 miles South of I-70 Ogallah Interchange (exit 135) on K-147

GPS Location: 38.7961 -99.7244

Ellis, KS 67637

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 6,869 @ conservation level

Maximum Depth: 42'

Normal Lake Level: 2144' MSL

Current Lake Level: 2120.70' ----23.30' below conservation

Lake Temperature: 56

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Walleye 5 18''
White Bass No Limit
Crappie 50
Wiper 2
Channel Catfish 10
Largemouth Bass 5 15"
Smallmouth Bass 5 15"
Spotted Bass 5 15"
Flathead Catfish 5
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow Up to 15 inches Fish seem to have scattered from their deeper haunts and aren't as concentrated as they were earlier.  A few fish have been caught vertically fishing jigs around flooded timber standing on drop-offs toward the mouths of coves.  Anglers also reported catching fish in 6 to 8 feet of water around standing timber and flooded brush in coves.  These fish are likely shallow in search of food as it is a bit early for spawning.
Walleye Fair/Good Up to 28 inches Fish are feeding on hard-bottomed points, roadbeds, and parking lots.  Drifting or casting/slow-retrieving jigs tipped with nightcrawlers are effective at this time.  Anglers report catching good numbers of fish from time to time, and as usual, quite a few fish have been shorter than the 18" minimum length limit.  However, there have been a respectable number of reports of 18 to 24 inch fish being caught.
White Bass/Wipers Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Anglers continue to do fairly well catching spawning fish off the dam an associated points.  Casting white bucktail and curlytail jigs are usually effective.  Wipers are often caught by anglers wade-fishing shallow, windswept points casting shad imitating crankbaits and jigs.
Rainbow Trout Fair 0.5 lb. average

The trout season technically ended on April 15, but there are still trout to be had in the stilling basin.  Since the season is over no trout permit is required to catch and possess trout, but the 5 fish per day creel limit still applies.

Stillfishing powerbait, corn, worms, marshmallows, and combinations of these baits are popular and effective.  Anglers casting small inline spinners and fly anglers fishing small nymphs and wet flies can be successful too.

Fishing salmon eggs, powerbait, and corn off the bottom in shallower water is best.


SURFACE ELEVATION- 2120.80'----23.20' below conservation 

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

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