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Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes on the KDWPT Public Fishing Reports blog at http://ksfishing.blogspot.com.

CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing jigs, and small slab spoons over the fish attractors has been best.  Overall number of fish caught has been low, but quality was excellent as fish ranged from 13 to 15 inches in length.
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches Anglers reported catching a few fish while crappie fishing.  Vertically fish larger slab spoons over mainlake points and drop-offs should begin producing especially as the water cools down this fall.
White Bass/Wipers

White bass-Fair

Wipers-Fair

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over mainlake points and drop-offs has been best.  Anglers report catching relatively low numbers of nice quality white bass mainly in the 13 to 16 inch range with wipers up to 7 lbs. mixed in.
Rainbow Trout Slow 0.5 lb. average

We stocked 625 rainbow trout in the stilling basin on 10-31-2014. 

Stillfishing powerbait, corn, worms, marshmallows, and combinations of these baits are popular and effective.  Anglers casting small inline spinners and fly anglers fishing small nymphs and wet flies can be successful too.

Due to the recent cold snap, thermal stratification of the stilling basin was broken by fall turnover resulting in poor water quality.  The trout bite has really slowed due to the stressful conditions associated with fall turnover.  Trout fishing should improve as water quality improves, but this just takes time.

WATER TEMPERATURE-42

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2121.20'----22.80' below conservation 

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related prospects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
ZEBRA MUSSELS     Zebra mussels were detected in Glen Elder Reservoir on August 31, 2013 and the reservoir has now been established as a Designated Aquatic Nuisance Water. This means that no bait can be caught from Glen Elder and used in another water body. Anglers are not allowed to leave Glen Elder with ANY live fish. All harvested fish must be dead prior to leaving the reservoir. Also, anglers should be extra careful when leaving Glen Elder to follow all state laws that require anglers to CLEAN all equipment for anything attached (plants, animals, mud) and remove anything found. Second, DRAIN all water from equipment (livewell, bilge, bait buckets) before using at a different location. Finally, DRY all equipment for a minimum of 5 days before using again. If you need to use it sooner, wash with hot (140 F) water. Everyone is asked to do their part to prevent the spread of this aquatic nuisance species to other waters!
Trout Fair 10-16 inches

We stocked 1,100 trout on Friday, October 31st and they look like very good fish.  Approximately 150 of the fish are between 14 and 16 inches and the rest are 10-12 inches.  I would recommend using Panther Martins and Powerbait.  I would also suggest trying roadrunners, Velveeta Cheese, worms, and Blue Fox lures.

The trout pond is 100% ice covered, but probably not safe to fish at this time.  Anglers will need to wait until it reopens or until the ice thickens before it can be fished.  The warmer forecast might allow it to reopen over the weekend.

Crappie Slow 10-14 inches Anglers should target their efforts for crappie around the Cawker City causeway, north end of the dam, main lake brush piles like Campground 3, Swim Beach, and the bluffs, and the river channel bends south of the marina.  The crappie will be schooling up now with the cold water temperatures and these are the most likely areas to find them.
Walleye Slow 15-24 inches The best places to find walleye this time of year include about any rocky bank like Granite Creek, the causeway, the south bluffs, or the state park points.  The walleye tend to move up into these areas to feed and anglers will sometimes do well fishing in 4-8 feet of water.  We also see walleye hanging out around Waconda Springs, Walnut Creek, and near old foundations adjacent to the river channel.
White Bass Good 11-17 inches We found white bass nearly lake wide while netting this month and anglers should be able to catch quite a few once they find them.  There are a wide variety of sizes available and they are feeding on shad at this time.  Concentrating around the causeway and dam are good places to start, but anglers can also find them west of the causeway in the river channels (similar to ice fishing), near Campground 3, and around the South Bluffs.
Black Bass Slow 10-19 inches Both smallmouth and largemouth bass really seem to slow down this time of year when the water temperature drops and there probably won't be much pressure on them until spring.  The smallmouth can still be found around the rocky areas in the state park and along the dam, but they tend to hang out in deeper water and require a slow approach to catch them.
Wipers and Stripers Fair 12-22 inches

There are a lot of young wipers coming into the population between 12 and 14 inches so make sure to identify your catch carefully when catching white bass and wipers! 

Wipers can be found mixed in with the white bass, but there are better numbers of them around Walnut Creek, along the dam, and near Campground 3 and Swim Beach.  Bucktail jigs, roadrunners, and slabs are all good lures to for catching wipers.  Some anglers have been doing well trolling in those areas using Hot-n-Tots, Shad Raps, and Rattletraps.

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes There has already been a large shad die off with the rapidly declining water temperatures and the catfish are likely feeding on these dead shad.  The river channels west of the causeway are a great place to start now, but any wind blown points on the lake where the shad are being washed in can also yield some good catches.

There is some ice developing at Glen Elder now, but it is fairly minimal at this time.  The west end around Boller Point and up both river channels has the most, but there is also ice around Granite Creek and in several of the main lake coves.  The state park boat ramps are still open, but Boller Point has ice around it and could be difficult to launch a boat.

Boat Ramp Update: The reservoir is 2.4 feet below conservation so low water is not limiting access at this time, but Granite Creek could be difficult to launch large boats due to the shallow water.

Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.  Check it out for the recent additions we made in March 2014.  Special thanks to the over 20 volunteers who made it possible for these brush piles to continue to get upgrades as well as the new piles that we constructed.

For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Glen Elder Reservoir" link above this report.

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!



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good Variety Winter can be a productive time for catfishing. Fish near structure or on windblown shores.
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches Fish near brushpiles off of Loder Point or near the tower.
Trout Excellent   Trout have been stocked for the November 1 opener. Trout stockings will occur once a month, but an official schedule will not be posted due to the variability in stocking times.  If you have questions about trout stockings, please call Jeff at the Cheney Wildlife Area (620) 459-6922.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair Variety, up to 21" Saugeye will hang on dropoffs and points during the winter. Fish slowly with jigs or jerk baits.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Troll or jig on main lake points.  Use kastmasters and flashy lures that resemble gizzard shad.
Wiper Fair All sizes Wipers mix in with white bass and generally hang below their schools.
General Comment

Current lake elevation and water temperature is available on the location page linked to this fishing report. It is updated daily by the Corps of Engineers.

This is a general winter fishing report. If a hot tip is received, the report will be updated. Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.

 



KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 FISHING OUTLOOK     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.
Saugeye Good Majority 15 to 18 inches Saugeye fishing should be good as numbers are up this year with 17% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 58% being in the 15 to 18 inch size range and 25% being over 18 inches. The largest fish sampled weighed 4.09 lbs. Rated #1 in state for density for fish 14 inches and above.
Wiper Good Majority 15 to 20 inches Numbers are up from last year with the majority of fish being in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 57%, fish 7 to 15 inches accounted for 21% and fish 20 to 25 inches accounted for 22%. The biggest fish weighed 7.00 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for fish 12 inches and above.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 24 to 30 inches Catfishing should be fair; however, the numbers are down from last year. The population is dominated by 24 to 30 inch fish accounting for 67% and fish 17 to 24 inches accounted for 33%. Biggest fish weighed 10.97 lbs. All the flatheads sampled were over 22 inches and the biggest fish weighed 5.19 pounds.
Crappie Good & Fair Majority 2 to 5 inches Crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for both with 96% of the being 2 to 5 inches. However, the density rating for black crappie is #3 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The biggest black crappie sampled weighed 1.75 lbs and the biggest white crappie weighed 1.09 pounds.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Good Majority 12 to 15 inches Numbers are up from last year with the majority of the largemouth being in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 69%. Fish 7 to 12 inches accounted for 12%, and fish over 15 inches accounted for 19%. The biggest fish weighed 3.39 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for largemouth 12 inches and above. Spotted bass numbers are up from last year and the fishing should be good as well. The majority of spot's are in the 11 to 14 inch size range accounting for 45% and 14 inch + fish accounted for 26%. Density rating for the state is #1 for spotted bass 11 inches and above.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the public fishing dock and the private boat slips using jigs. Also catching fish using jigs and jigs with minnows under a bobber.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock, Shoens Cove, around the Marsh Dike and in Leota Cove using jigs and worms. Remember the 18 inch length limit. Stocked 65,000 saugeye fingerlings (2-3" fish) on 5-5-14
Wiper Good 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in the mouth of Leota Cove, along the Dam and along the road bed on the south side. Stocked 200,000 wiper fry on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock and off set and trot lines using live bait. Remember that all limb lines must be clearly marked with either your KDWPT fishing license number and name, or your name address and a phone number.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in Leota Cove and along the Dam using plastic baits and crank baits. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 34 Degree's.

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2287.84 ---- 16.46' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.96 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time. 

Reservoir currently has a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice, however, this could change rather quickly with the warmer weather.

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk 

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

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. 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 on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



KIRWIN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 FISHING OUTLOOK     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.
Walleye Good Majority 20 to 25 inches Walleye fishing should be good again this year with11% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 37% being in the 15 to 20 inch size range and 43% being in the 20 to 25 inch size range. Therefore 80% are over the 15 inch length limit. The largest fish sampled weighted 7.32 lbs. Rated #1 in state for density of fish 15 inches and above.
White Bass Fair Majority 12 to 15 inches Numbers are down slightly from last year with the majority of fish being in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 43%. Fish 9 to 12 inches accounted for 28% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 29%. The biggest fish weighted 2.71 lbs. Rated #14 in state for density of fish 9 inches and above.
Wiper Good Majority 15 to 20 inches Numbers are up slightly from last year with the majority of fish being in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 65%. Fish 7 to 10 inches accounted for 1%, 10 to 15 inch fish accounted for 15% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 19%. The biggest fish weighted 9.08 lbs. Ranked #3 in the state for density of fish 12 inches and above.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 16 to 24 inches Catfishing should be fair with the numbers being down from last year. The population is still fairly young with fish 12 to 16 inches accounting for 20% and fish 16 to 24 inches accounting for 80%. Biggest fish weighted 4.47 lbs. Flathead's were all in the 17 to 20 inch size range. Ranked #2 in the state for density of fish 20 inches and above.
Crappie Good Majority 2 to 5 inches Although low numbers of fish were caught in the trap nets due to cold fronts passing through crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for both with 61% being 2 to 5 inches, 4% being 5 to 10 inches, 10 to 12 inch fish accounted for 16% and 12 to 16 inch fish accounted for 16%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #1 in the state for fish 8 inches and above and #17 for white crappie.
Largemouth Bass Fair Majority 15 to 20 inches The bass fishery is starting to come around and should be fair.  Fish in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 50% and fish 15 to 20 inches accounted for 50% as well.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught.  Not enough ice cover to do any ice fishing yet, however, a thin layer (1/4 inch) is on the reservoir.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught.  Not enough ice cover to do any ice fishing yet, however, a thin layer (1/4 inch) is on the reservoir.
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught.  Stocked 210,000 wipers on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 34 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1714.83 ---- 14.42' below conservation pool

The reservoir is closed to boats until April 1, 2015 because the water elevation is below 1722.

Reservoir currently has a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice at this time, however, with the warmer weather this could change fairly quickly.

Due to low water conditions all watercraft operators are asked to be aware of shallow water and near surface obstacles.

Currently, the water level is 3.03 feet lower than one year ago at this time.   

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) has been put into effect at Kirwin, so if you have any questions contact the Service at 785-543-6673 or stop by their office at 702 Xavier Road.  

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk 

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. 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 on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

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

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District

 



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Walleye Slow 15-28 inches We collected some very nice walleye this fall during our annual test netting in October.  Fish over 20 inches were common with the biggest at 28 inches or 8 pounds.  Best areas to fish for walleye now include Walleye Point, Cedar Point, and Cabin Point.  They will come shallow in the evening and early morning to feed and are available to be caught at these times.
White Bass/Wipers Slow 9-16 inches

Anglers haven't been fishing for whites and wipers much lately, but we did find decent numbers in a few areas.  Fishing along the dam, around Oak Hill, near the Cross, and off Cabin Point would be some good places to start.  The fish are feeding heavily on shad right now so slabbing, trolling crankbaits, and casting windblown points are all good methods to try now.

Many anglers have been caught with more than two wipers recently at Lovewell due to misidentification of white bass and wipers.  There are good numbers of 12-14 inch wipers in the reservoir now that can be confused with white bass.  Anglers should make sure they can positively identify each fish they catch.  For help on distinguishing between the two species go to this website and click on the "Fish I.D. Poster--Temperate Bass Family" link to read up on the differences.  You will get ticketed for  possessing more than 2 wipers at Lovewell!

Channel Catfish Slow All Sizes

Catfish can be found lakewide right now as our fall netting revealed a nice population of cats.  Anglers might want to target the upper half of the reservoir as we found good numbers of fish up to 12 pounds there, but the area around Walleye Point is also very good this time of year.

There are blue catfish in the reservoir and we are asking anglers to please release any they catch.  We would like to allow them to grow and reproduce so they can become a self-sustaining population.  There are also several hundred with yellow tags that we are asking anglers to release as these fish are part of an age and growth study.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Crappie Slow 8-13 inches Crappie can be caught this time of year at Lovewell, and the last open water before ice formation can be some of the best fishing of the year.  Anglers will want to target the deep brush piles, specifically off Cedar Point, Cabin Point, and the marina.  The crappie tend to concentrate in these areas as the water cools and can be caught using minnows, jigs, and jigs tipped with minnows.
Comments

The reservoir is 80% ice covered, but not safe yet for ice fishing.  There are no open boat ramps.  If there are any changes to these conditions where a boat ramp opens up or the ice thickens to the point that it is safe to ice fish, I will be sure to update it on this page.

Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell. Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information.

For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Lovewell Reservoir" link above this report.

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!



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 Fishing Outlook     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.
Wipers Good Majority 6 to 15 inches with 15 to 20 inches close behind The supply should be good again this year. Six to 15 inch fish accounted for 29%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 56% and 20 inch plus fish accounted for 15%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 8.60 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 3rd in the state.
White Bass Good Majority 12 to 15 inches This population is currently dominated by fish in the 12 to 15 inch size accounting for 68%. Individuals in the 9 to 12 inch size range accounted for 14% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 13%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 1.84 lbs. Density rating for fish 9 inches and above ranked 1st this year.
Walleye Good Majority 15 to 28 inches Walleye fishing should be good again this year with 70% being over 15 inches. Fish in the 7 to 15 inch size range accounted for 33%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 55% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 11%. The largest fish sampled weighed 6.61 lbs. Density rating for fish 15 inches and above ranked #3 in state this year.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 16 to 24 inches Catfishing should be fair with the numbers about the same as last year. The population is still fairly young with fish 11 to 16 inches being 11% and fish 16 to 24 inches accounted for 89%. The largest channel sampled weighed 4.37 lbs. The largest flathead sampled weighed 46.30 lbs. Density rating for flathead's 20 inches and above ranked #1 in state this year. 
Crappie Good & Fair Majority 2 to 8 inches Although low numbers of fish were caught in the trap nets due to cold fronts passing through crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for with 54% of the crappie being 2 to 5 inches. Will still be some 8 to 15 inch fish accounting for 28%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #6 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The largest black sampled weighed 1.08 lbs and a white weighing 1.09 lbs.
Largemouth Bass Good Majority 15 to 20 inches The bass fishery is starting to come around and should be good. The majority of fish were in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 58% and fish 3 to 15 inches accounted for 42%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 3.15 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 2nd this year.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Heard of some fish being caught around the north and south fish attractors and North breakwater using jigs, jigs and minnows, and little spinners.  Added new cedar trees to all the marked fish attractors (90 trees on the South two and 80 trees to the North two). 
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught while trolling the Dam using diving lures.  Also catching some off the underwater humps and river channel using jigs and night crawlers or minnows.  Remember the 15 inch length limit. Short fish need to be released.
White Bass/Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Have had reports of white bass and wipers being caught around north and south fish attractors and around the Goose Flats area casting jigs and using worms and minnows on the bottom. Trolling diving lures along the dam has also been productive.  Stocked 135,000 wiper fry on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Did have reports of fish being caught on the south side up by the Bow City parking lot and Methodist Camp point on the North side using shad and stink bait on the bottom.  Also heard of some still being caught around the breakwater's and trolling along the dam. Stocked 600 channels in the stilling basin on 9-17-2014 that were approx. 3 fish per pound or 1/3 pound each.
Rainbow Trout Good 10 to 18 inches Stocked the first round of 2100 trout on Oct. 31 for the season opener Nov. 1.  Have been catching trout on salmon eggs, power bait and small slab spoons or spinners.  Next load is projected for around the 1st of December. Stilling basin has a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice cover at this time, however, with this warmer weather it could change fairly quickly.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 34 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1870.79 ---- 21.66' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 1.15 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.  

The boat ramps are iced in with a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice and approx. 50 percent of the reservoir is ice covered. the stilling basin has a thin layer (1/4 inch) of ice cover at this time also, however, with this warmer weather it could change fairly quickly.   

Due to low water conditions all watercraft operators are asked to be aware of shallow water and near surface obstacles.

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk  

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. 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 on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

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

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's is currently available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



WILSON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow 10-14 inches The crappie numbers are still very low in Wilson, but some quality fish can be found.  We collected the best numbers around the marina and  Elm Creek while sampling last month.  Numbers may be low, but the quality is excellent with 14 inch white crappie and 13 inch black crappie available to anglers willing to look for them.
Stripers Fair to Good 3-8 pounds We found most of the stripers on the lower half of the reservoir and most of them were between 4 and 8 pounds with a few over 10 collected as well.  While some are in good shape, there are also some very skinny stripers due to a lack of forage.  The best areas to find them right now include Lucas Point, Rock Town, Hell Creek, and Nelson Cove.  There were also a few located around Duvall Cove.
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-25 inches

The adult walleye numbers are looking very similar to last year with most of the fish less than 20 inches, but we did collect adults up to 25 inches or 6 pounds so there are some larger fish in the reservoir.  We also collected one of the best year classes of walleye in quite some time with many of those 10-12 inch cigars present in the sample.  In addition, the 2013 year class was represented illustrating two young up and coming year classes that will give the walleye population a big boost in the next couple of years.

Due to the big 2014 year class of walleye resulting from natural reproduction, KDWPT will not need to stock walleye again in 2015.

Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

We found catfish all over the reservoir and the numbers and sizes look to be very good right now.  Best numbers came from the west end around Elm Creek, Minooka, and Lou's Point.  These guys will continue to bite through November so don't give up on them too early.

Be on the lookout for blue catfish which are also in the reservoir. They are not legal size yet so make sure and take care to return them to the water. There is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Wilson Reservoir!

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds White bass continue to hang in there at relatively low numbers, but trophy size.  Fish up to 18 inches were collected again this fall.  Best areas to catch white bass now include Hell Creek, the north end of the dam, and Duvall Cove.
Black Bass Good 10-18 inches Bass fishing is excellent throughout the month of October and even into early November.  Both species will be feeding throughout the day and are very aggressive this time of year.  Smallmouth can be found anywhere from 4 to 20 feet deep around the rocky shorelines of Rock Town, Marshall Cove, Hell Creek, and Lucas Point.  Largemouth tend to hang out in the coves and can usually be found around brush or other submerged structure.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

We found good numbers of white perch around the upper end of the reservoir as well as closer to the dam and Hell Creek.  The middle of the reservoir didn't have nearly as many.  The fish we collected seemed to be targeting the river channel and moving up and down it while feeding.  The west end had the biggest white perch I've seen in some time with 12-13 inch fish common. - IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

The white perch numbers are down in Wilson right now which is the goal of managing aquatic nuisance species.  While this species will continue to thrive and reproduce in Wilson, they are still an ANS species and KDWPT has manged the predator base in such a way to limit their numbers.  The hope is that the white bass will be able to make a comeback at the expense of the white perch numbers declining.

General Comments

ICE CONDITIONS:  There is ice on the west end from Elm Creek west, but it is not safe yet for ice fishing.  The warmer weather forecasted will probably open most of that up this weekend.  If there are any changes or additional reports, I will be sure to include it on this page.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 8.1 feet low anglers need to be aware of the following boat ramp conditions and limitations.  In addition, the boat docks are high and dry for the most part and will likely stay that way until a water level rise floods them again.  Anglers are asked to use caution when launching and loading and unloading persons into boats with most of the docks unusable at this time.  The ramp conditions are as follows:

Cedar Point: Closed

Elm Creek: Both ramps at Elm Creek are high and dry.  Launching boats is not recommended.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

Minooka: West Ramp:  Unadvised access.  Dock is high/dry, Middle Ramp:  Unadvised access. Dock is high/dry, East Ramp:  The south lane only has adequate depth for most average fishing boats. Dock is high/dry and the north lane is silted in.

Lucas: Ramp has adequate depth for most average fishing boats.  Dock is high/dry.

Spillway:  Poured 20 yards to the low water lane on April 1st. The dock is still accessible and moored on the shoreline.  This low water lane has deep water and good access.  This may be the primary ramp for many anglers to use this year.

Hell Creek: Hell Creek boat ramp is still usable and there is a courtesy dock in the water.

Otoe: This ramp is very shallow at the time, but still open.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

The current lake elevation and water temperature are posted on the location page daily by the Corp of Engineers - it is linked to this fishing report page for your convenience.

We have two Aquatic Nuisance Species - white perch and zebra mussels and have joined Cheney and El Dorado as lakes with both species. The law now says that if anyone leaves the lake with water in your livewell or boat, you are subject to a ticket for transporting Zebra Mussels since they will spawn and the microscopic little mussels will probably be in every drop of water in the lake. Make sure you drain all water from the boat before you leave the boat ramp area!!! We have been taking veliger samples and the samples were high so be sure to drain and dry everything!!!!!!



OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Good up to 6 lbs Largemouth are abundant, but large fish are scarce. Angling will be best near rock and brush on artificials.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 8 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bait.
Channel Catfish Fair Small Fair numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.
Saugeye Good up to 24" Saugeye numbers and sizes are very good. Most will be caught on shad imitation baits, or jig and a worm.
Wiper Poor up to 24" Wipers are not abundant, but some can be caught on shad imitation lures and topwater baits.
Crappie Fair up to 15" Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair/good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush/rocks.
Current Fishing Opportunity      
LARGEMOUTH BASS Fair up to 4 lbs jigs near deeper cover
BLUEGILL Fair   jigs and worms near rocks and brush
CHANNEL CATFISH Fair up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
SAUGEYE Fair up to 5 lbs jig n worms and crankbaits near dam and creek channel
WIPER Slow    
CRAPPIE Fair up to 1 lb jigs and minnows near rock/brush and dam 5-10ft deep
General Comments

CAUTION: LONGER BOAT TRAILERS MAY FALL OFF EDGE OF BOAT RAMP WHEN WATER IS LOW

This includes a fishing report covering the fishing forecast for the upcoming 2014 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with regular weekly fishing reports starting March 2014.

The cabin is rentable now - get ahold of the Hays Regional Office - 785-628-8614 - for reservations or more information.



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 7/30/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Poor None None, Lake is dry.
Bluegill Poor None None, Lake is dry.
Catfish Poor None None, Lake is dry.
General Comments

Water Temp. NA

Lake is currently dry.

This report will not be updated until the lake receives water or there is something to report.

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. 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 on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/3/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Jigs or minnows fished vertically from a boat or under a bobber from shore around brush has been best.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Soft plastics, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits fished around brush and rip rap.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Trolling or casting shad imitating crankbaits or swimbaits early or late has been good for a few fish.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber around the fish attractors.
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Up to 19 lbs. Various baits around brush or along rip-rapped shorelines early, late, or at night.
Wiper Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting or trolling small shad imitating crankbaits has been best.
Comments

It is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water, so please discard any unused bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District

Anglers who fish Sheridan State Fishing Lake might consider sharing their experiences with other anglers through the public fishing report. If you would like to post a fishing report please go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/



SALINE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
PUBLIC SALVAGE     DUE TO THE LOW LAKE CONDITIONS WE ARE ALLOWING ANGLERS TO TAKE FISH BY THE MEANS LISTED BELOW AND YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO KEEP ALL THE FISH YOU TAKE.
       
       
       
General Comments
 

The area is open for walk-in traffic but the gate will remain locked and the vault toilet locked.

THE LAKE IS NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC SALVAGE - ALL LENGTH AND CREEL LIMITS ARE OFF. YOU CAN NOW TAKE FISH WITH ROD AND REEL OR BY SNAGGING, SEINE, GIG, OR BY HAND.

Please comply with posted signs!!!!!



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 6-11 inches The crappie population is dominated by one year old fish in the 6-7 inch range as we collected many of these during our annual fall sample.  There are also a few 10-11 inch fish as well, but they are not as common.  This 2013 year class should provide a boost to the crappie numbers as they continue to grow.  Anglers will have success fishing fall and winter crappie around the deep brush piles using jigs and minnows.
Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be very pleased with the numbers of cats in the lake right now.  Many of these fish are in the 3-5 pound range, but there are also a handful of larger fish between 7 and 10 pounds.  The fish appear to be concentrated toward the dam and on the upper 1/3 of the lake.  Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Fair 6-11 inches

The bluegill numbers appear to be depressed right now with fish between 5 and 8 inches dominating the catch.  There just don't appear to be as many now as we have seen out here the past couple of years. 

Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 11 inches collected this fall.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-7 inch fish and fair numbers of 9 to 11 inch fish.

Largemouth Bass Good 10-19 inches There are very high numbers of 13-14 inch fish in the lake right now, but also a fair number of 15-19 inch fish with several fish up to 4 pounds collected this past spring while shocking. White and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat, but slowly fishing soft plastics including Senkos can be productive in cool water. Smaller baits like roadrunners and Panther Martins will also catch a fair amount of fish.
General Comments
The lake is currently ice covered, but I do not recommend ice fishing it yet.  Whenever there is safe ice I will be sure to report that on this page.  There is good potential for catching crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, bass, and even catfish once it is safe to ice fish.  For now, we'll just have to wait until it opens back up or the ice becomes safe to fish.
Jewell State Lake is currently under a blue-green algae WARNING.  Anglers should not come into contact with the water and pets are not allowed to be near the water.  Fish that are to be consumed should be cleaned thoroughly with clean water.  This warning will remain until spring 2015!!!

Water temperature: Ice Covered

Water level: 4.5 feet low