Scott State Lake

Scott SFL 3D
This Location does have Boat Access Trout Lake Fishing Forecast Region 3 Public Fishing Reports State Park Wildlife Area

Scott City, KS

11 miles N of Scott City

Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks

Area Office 620-872-2061

GPS Location: N38.6914 W100.9244

Scott City, KS

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 115 acres

Maximum Depth: 15 feet

Normal Lake Level: A natural spring keeps this lake full.

Current Lake Level: N/A

Additional License Required: A trout permit is required to fish for and possess trout during the trout season.

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Channel Catfish 5
Crappie 50
Largemouth Bass 5 15
Walleye/Saugeye 5 15
Trout 5
Black Bullhead
Green Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6.5 lbs. Cutbait fished off the bottom in sun-warmed shallows has produced a few fish.
Crappie Good Most up to 9 inches Jigs fished around the fish attractors and in the creek below the Steele Home has been best.  Anglers report keeping mainly 8 to 9 inch fish with a few 10 inch plus fish in the mix.  Fish should move shallow to spawn soon.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair/Good

Saugeye up to 3.6 lbs.

Walleye up to 6.1 lbs.

Jig and nightcrawler or minnow combos drifted or slow retrieved over well defined points or over gravelly shelves.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5.5 lbs. Slow retrieving soft plastics, suspending jerkbaits, and slow-rolling spinnerbaits around structure along sunny shorelines.
Rainbow Trout Fair 0.5 lb./fish average Anglers continue to report catching a few fish in the Barrel Springs Pond and in the creek above the State Lake.  After April 15 no trout permit will be required, but anglers must still adhere to the 5 fish/day creel limit and anglers aged 16 to 74 must possess a valid state fishing license.
Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Vertically fishing small jig heads tipped with small pieces of nightcrawler or whole mealworms around the fish attractors, and along rip-rapped shorelines and edges of the cattails.
General Comments

Release all walleye/saugeye and largemouth bass less than 15 inches.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

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