Rocky Ford Fishing Area

4 miles NE of Manhattan


GPS Location: 39.2389 -96.5872

Manhattan, KS

Surface Acres: 18 acres

Normal Lake Level: Full

Current Lake Level: 12 feet

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Crappie 50
Channel Catfish 10
Flathead Catfish 5
Saugeye 5 15
Walleye 5 15
White Bass
Largemouth Bass 5 15
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/20/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Fair 1 to 20+ pounds A few channel catfish are being caught and the occasional flathead.  Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.
White Bass & Wipers Fair to Good 1/2 to 6 pounds

Action has picked up the last week and anglers are doing fairly well in the area just below the dam.  Jigs, crankbaits or minnows under a bobber.

To distinguish between the two species you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for id. Wiper daily creel is 2.

Drum Fair 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds Saugeye are catching some in the current on jigs or rattle traps.  There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on saugeye. 
General Comments
Rocky Ford , a river fishery, is located just south of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue River. Anglers have the opportunity to harvest fishes generally associated with moving water. Saugeye, white bass, the catfishes, drum, crappie and carp can be harvested. Angler access and success is affected by release rates from the nearby Tuttle Creek Reservoir. You can check current conditions at