Rocky Ford Fishing Area

4 miles NE of Manhattan

785-539-9999

GPS Location: N39.2389 W96.5872

Location/Address:
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: 4/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Slow to Fair 1 to 20+ pounds A few channels being caught.  Channels can be caught on minnows, worms, prepared bait and fresh cut bait. Flatheads can be taken on live baits and lures.
White Bass & Wipers Fair to Good 1/2 to 6 pounds

Catching some in the current right below the dam with jigs or crankbaits.

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 are an abundant species that are taken on worms, minnows, and jigs.
Saugeye Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds Anglers have been catching some saugeye below the dam on jigs or crankbaits. Bright colors seem to be the ticket.  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  http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/TuttleCreekLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx