Bureau of Reclamation 785-877-2953
GPS Location: N39 48.757 W99 57.794
Norton, KS 67654
Impoundment Type: Reservoir
Surface Acres: 2,300
Maximum Depth: 42 feet
Normal Lake Level: 2304.3 conservation pool
Current Lake Level: 2288.50, 15.80' below conservation pool
Lake Temperature: 57 degree's
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
** 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|
|2015 FISHING OUTLOOK||The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2015 and are based on the 2014 Fall sampling.|
|Saugeye||Good||Majority 7 to 18 inches||Saugeye fishing should be good this year with 42% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 24% being in the 15 to 18 inch size range and 34% being over 18 inches. The largest fish sampled weighed 3.64 lbs. Rated #1 in the state for density for fish 14 inches and above.|
|Wiper||Good||Majority 15 to 20 inches||Numbers are up from last year with the majority of fish being in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 43%, fish 5 to 15 inches accounted for 40% and fish 20 to 25 inches accounted for 17%. The biggest fish weighed 6.34 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for fish 12 inches and above.|
|Channel Catfish||Fair||Majority 17 to 24 inches||Catfishing should be fair; however, the numbers are up from last year. The population is dominated by 17 to 24 inch fish accounting for 58% and fish 24 to 30 inches accounted for 42%. Biggest fish weighed 13.49 lbs. No flathead's were sampled during the Fall sample, however, were quite a few observed while conducting other sampling around the reservoir.|
|Crappie||Good & Fair||Majority 2 to 5 inches||Crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for both with 93% of the fish being 2 to 5 inches. However, the density rating for black crappie is #2 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The biggest black crappie sampled weighed 1.69 lbs and the biggest white crappie weighed 0.32 pounds.|
|Largemouth/Spotted Bass||Good||Majority 12 to 15 inches||Numbers are up from last year with the majority of the largemouth being in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 84%. Fish 3 to 12 inches accounted for 7%, and fish over 15 inches accounted for 9%. The biggest fish weighed 4.41 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for largemouth 12 inches and above. Spotted bass numbers are up from last year and the fishing should be good as well. The majority of spot's are in the 11 to 14 inch size range accounting for 37%, fish 3 to 11 inches accounted for 32% and 14 inch + fish accounted for 31%. Density rating for the state is #1 for spotted bass 11 inches and above.|
|Crappie||Fair||7 to 16 inches||Did have reports of fish being caught around the public fishing dock and the private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the fish attractors.|
|Saugeye/Walleye||Fair||14 to 26 inches||Did have reports of fish being caught in Leota Cove and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs with worms. Also catching some up to the west end off the point just south of the Park office and up by the Marsh Dike. Also heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18 inch length limit.|
|Wiper||Good||15 to 28 inches||Did have reports of fish being caught in Leota Cove and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs with worms.|
|Catfish||Fair||14 to 30 inches||Did have a reports of a fifty pound flathead caught off the public fishing dock using worms on the bottom.|
|Largemouth/Spotted Bass||Fair||10 to 20 inches||Did have reports of fish being caught this week along the dam and in Leota Cove using artificial plastic baits and crankbait's. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.|
WATER TEMPERATURE- 57 Degree's.
SURFACE ELEVATION- 2288.50 ---- 15.80' below conservation
Currently, the water level is 2.63 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time.
The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas. Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk
Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.
KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .
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!
KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ
Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District