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
Current Lake Level: 917.0
Lake Temperature: 38
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
Fishing Report - Last Update: 1/23/2014
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
|Channel Catfish||Fair/Good||Up to 10 lbs.||Good numbers of channel catfish were captured during fall netting. Try using shad sides fished along windy banks or in the upper end of the reservoir for catfish.|
|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||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||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.|
|KC District Newsletter||Good||4 pages||Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District|
|Current Fishing Opportunity|
|Crappie||Slow/Fair||Fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches||Few reports of crappie being caught off the marina docks using jigs.|
BOAT RAMP CONDITIONS: All ramps froze. Lake is about 60% covered in ice.
WATER LEVEL: The water level is currently 1.95 ft. below conservation pool.
This is a generic fishing report covering the 2014 fishing forecast for Hillsdale Reservoir. Regular weekly fishing reports will continue spring 2014. The Current Fishing Opportunity will be updated periodically over the winter.