Critzer Lake Fishing Report

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches work the trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, about 8-10 ft deep, close to structure,
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky shorelines
Channel Catfish Fair 12" to 8 pounds recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (14 to 25 inches), use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats, 
Crappie Fair any size recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (9 to 12 inches) but angler success is slow,  minnows and jigs, lakewide
Walleye Fair most between 15 to 17 inches recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (17.5 to 22 inches) along the dam and creek channels where fish are spawning, jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

Critzer Lake the newest lake in KANSAS and opened to fishing in August of 2011. This lake is featured in many of Brent Chapman's utube articles as he fishes heavy cover. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There is a double lane boat ramp and the lake is primarily a boat lake. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit. The lake maybe ice covered. Lake brouchures are available at the Linn County Courthouse information display case or online at or contact Fisheries Biologist Don George at 913-795-2218. Remember to Clean, Drain and Dry.

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!