Hillsdale Reservoir

Hillsdale 3D
Hillsdale Reservoir Map
This Location does have Boat Access Fishing Forecast State Park Wildlife Area

GPS Location: N38 39.754 W94 53.422

Paola, KS 66071

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 4,580 acres

Maximum Depth: 57 feet

Normal Lake Level: 917 msl

Lake Temperature: 38

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Channel Catfish 10
Crappie 20 10
Flathead Catfish 5
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass 5 18
Walleye 5 18
White Bass
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 9/2/2014

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 Fishing Forecast H
Walleye Fair Up to 10 lbs. Fall netting indicated a low abundance of walleye. The biggest walleye captured during fall netting was 6 lbs.
Crappie Fair to Good Fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Good numbers of crappie were captured during fall netting. Try fishing jigs or minnows near brushpiles or fishing along rocky areas during the spawn.
White Bass Fair to Good Up to 2 lbs. Fall netting indicated a moderate abundance of white bass. Most of the white bass captured were 12-15 inches in length. Try fishing jigs off mainlake points for white bass.



Fair Up to 4 lbs. Spring electrofishing indicated a low abundance of largemouth bass. Some larger bass are available to anglers as the biggest bass captured was 5 lbs. A research project aimed at improving the bass population will be continued in 2014 at Hillsdale Reservoir.
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Current    Fishing  Information 
Crappie  Fair Fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Jigs or minnows fished in 12-15 ft. of water near fish attractors and causeways.  A few fish shallower near standing timber. 
Walleye Fair Up to 8 lbs. Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers, slabs or deep diving crank baits near deep channels or drop offs. 
Catfish  Fair to Good    Channels and flatheads continue to be taken on a variety of baits using the traditional prepared or live baits on pole & line and set lines. Float line fishing season opened on July 15 to anglers purchasing the $ 2.50 Float line fishing permit.  
White Bass Fair/Good  1/2 to 1 1/2 pound White bass can and are being taken a wide range of shad imitation lures 
General Comments

BOAT RAMP CONDITIONS: All ramps are open.

WATER LEVEL: The water level is currently 0.2 ft. below conservation pool.