Hays Big Creek

City of Hays 785-628-7377

GPS Location: 38.8644 -99.3354

Hays, KS 67601

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 7 acres

Maximum Depth: 3'

Current Lake Level: Full

This community lake is formed by the damming of Big Creek as it flows around the south end of Hays. A small, low-water dam located in Frontier Park backs up the creek through City and FHSU owned property. It is very shallow and slightly turbid but does contain several sportfish species. KDWP annually supplements the existing fishery with catchable largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and channel catfish around the time of the Wild West Festival. Other than these occurrences, it is not intensively managed.

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Largemouth Bass 5 15
Black Bullhead
Channel Catfish 5
Crappie 50
Green Sunfish
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination