Bourbon County Cedar Creek

Ft Scott, KS

4 miles west, 3 miles south of Ft. Scott

For information call: Don George, District Fisheries Biologist @ 913-795-2218

GPS Location: 37.8564 -94.8393

Ft Scott, KS

Impoundment Type: Community Lake

Surface Acres: 220 acres

Maximum Depth: 50 feet

Normal Lake Level: N/A

Current Lake Level: Full Pool

Lake Temperature: varies

This lake is cooperatively managed by Bourbon county and KDWP. This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A county fishing permit is no longer required.

During construction most of the timber was left standing in the basin. Since the lake opening, many trees have fell over leaving stumps at or below the water level. However there is still large quantities of standing timber. This lake supports a great largemouth bass population and is primarily a boat lake as the shoreline access is limited. There are two boatramps and two floating docks to enhance angler success.

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Bluegill unlimited unlimited
Channel Catfish 2 15
Crappie 50 unlimited
Largemouth Bass 2 21
Smallmouth Bass 2 18
Walleye 2 18
Redear Sunfish unlimited unlimited
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/6/2015

  • species
ratings size baits,methods, locations
Crappie FAIR 8 to 12 inches water levels have enhanced fishing. try jigs, minnows. Recent sampling show a nice population of 10 - 14 inch crappie
Channel catfish FAIR varies, try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits,
Largemouth bass FAIR most bass in the 14 to 20 inch range good reports of bass in deep water- jigs, spinners, plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure, some bass in the 8 pound range caught recently.
General Comments

Water levels are perfect. Both ramps are open for use. The east parking has been refitted to a larger size to accommodate the tuesday bass tournament anglers.  

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NO special permits required, this is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake. Use caution, this lake has quantities of standing and submerged trees and limited shoreline access. This is a 220 acre lake with approximately 180 acres of standing trees. Fishing only lake. The lake has a boat ramp, parking lot, security light, floating dock, and vault toilet on the east side of the lake and a boat ramp and parking on the west side..