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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: 1/23/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie No Report Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing jigs, and small slab spoons over the fish attractors has been pretty good for nice sized 12 to 15 inch fish.
Walleye No Report Up to 28 inches Vertically fishing larger slab spoons over mainlake points, drop-offs, and around the fish attractors should be productive.
White Bass/Wipers No Report

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over mainlake points and drop-offs should be best.
Rainbow Trout No Report 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.

No trout have been stocked since the initial stocking during late October 2014 due to lack of trout availability and scheduling conflicts with trout vendors.  We are still working to negotiate additional stockings and hope to have more trout stocked by the first week of February.  This stocking date is tentative so check this fishing report in upcoming days as I will publicize the date of the next stocking as soon as a stocking is made.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Attention:  The stilling basin is 90% ice covered and there is open water against the north wingwall.   The reservoir is 90% ice covered, a hole of open water exists on the main body of the reservoir, and all boat ramps are iced in.  Ice on both the stilling basin and reservoir have undergone substantial melting with the warm weather we've experienced over the past couple of weeks thus no safe ice to support ice fishing activity exists.  Any attempt to get out on either body of water is strongly discouraged.

WATER TEMPERATURE-32

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2121.03'----22.97' 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: 1/27/2015

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 ice free now.

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 last 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.

Osage boat ramp is now open.  The other boat ramps are not yet open.  The marina docks do offer some fishing as well as the trout pond.

Boat Ramp Update: The reservoir is 2.5 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: 1/9/2015

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   2,000 rainbow trout were stocked into the seep stream on January 8. The next stocking will occur in early March. We apologize for the delay in stockings. 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: 1/28/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2015 FISHING OUTLOOK     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2015 and are based on the 2014 Fall sampling.
Saugeye Good Majority 7 to 18 inches Saugeye fishing should be good this year with 42% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 24% being in the 15 to 18 inch size range and 34% being over 18 inches. The largest fish sampled weighed 3.64 lbs. Rated #1 in the 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 43%, fish 5 to 15 inches accounted for 40% and fish 20 to 25 inches accounted for 17%. The biggest fish weighed 6.34 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for fish 12 inches and above.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 17 to 24 inches Catfishing should be fair; however, the numbers are up from last year. The population is dominated by 17 to 24 inch fish accounting for 58% and fish 24 to 30 inches accounted for 42%. Biggest fish weighed 13.49 lbs. No flathead's were sampled during the Fall sample, however, were quite a few observed while conducting other sampling around the reservoir.
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 93% of the fish being 2 to 5 inches. However, the density rating for black crappie is #2 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The biggest black crappie sampled weighed 1.69 lbs and the biggest white crappie weighed 0.32 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 84%. Fish 3 to 12 inches accounted for 7%, and fish over 15 inches accounted for 9%. The biggest fish weighed 4.41 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 37%, fish 3 to 11 inches accounted for 32% and 14 inch + fish accounted for 31%. 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 and slab spoons. Reservoir has approx. 0-2 inches of soft ice cover at this time. Even if you could, would not recommend getting out on the ice at this time.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. 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 not have any reports of fish being caught this week. Stocked 200,000 wiper fry on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being this week.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32 Degree's.

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2288.14 ---- 16.16' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.65 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time. 

Reservoir is covered with approx. 0-2 inches of soft ice at this time. Even if you could, would not recommend getting out on the ice at this time.

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: 1/28/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2015 FISHING OUTLOOK     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2015 and are based on the 2014 Fall sampling.
Walleye Good Majority 20 to 25 inches Walleye fishing should be good again this year with 13% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 38% being in the 15 to 20 inch size range, 40% being in the 20 to 24 inch size range and 9% being over 25 inches. Therefore 87% are over the 15 inch length limit. The largest fish sampled weighted 7.69 lbs. Rated #2 in the state for density of fish 15 inches and above.
White Bass Fair Majority 6 to 9 inches Numbers are up slightly from last year with the majority of fish being in the 6 to 9 inch size range accounting for 47%. Fish 9 to 12 inches accounted for 20% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 12%. The biggest fish weighted 1.94 lbs. Rated #16 in the state for density of fish 9 inches and above.
Wiper Good Majority 15 to 20 inches Numbers are down 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 8%, 10 to 15 inch fish accounted for 15% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 12%. The biggest fish weighted 6.38 lbs. Ranked #7 in the state for density of fish 12 inches and above.
Channel Catfish Good Majority 16 to 24 inches Catfishing should be good with the numbers being up from last year. The population is still fairly young with fish 10 to 16 inches accounting for 38%, fish 16 to 24 inches accounting for 50% and fish over 24 inches accounted for 12%. Biggest fish weighted 8.26 lbs. Flathead's were all over 20 inches. Ranked #13 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 88% being 2 to 5 inches, 2% being 5 to 10 inches, 10 to 12 inch fish accounted for 4% and 12 to 16 inch fish accounted for 6%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #31 in the state for fish 8 inches and above and #13 for white crappie.
Largemouth Bass Poor Majority 15 to 20 inches No largemouth bass were collected during the spring sample, however, largemouth bass were observed while conducting other sampling around the reservoir.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the North & South shore fish attractors using jigs and slab spoons.  Reservoir has approx. 0-2 inches of soft ice cover at this time. Even if you could, would not recommend getting out on the ice at this time.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the North & South shore fish attractors using jigs and slab spoons. Reservoir has approx. 0-2 inches of soft ice cover at this time. Even if you could, would not recommend getting out on the ice at this time.
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the North & South shore fish attractors using jigs and slab spoons.  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- 32 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1715.27 ---- 13.98' below conservation pool

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

Reservoir is currently covered with approx. 0-2 inches of soft ice at this time.  Even if you could, would not recommend getting out on the ice at this time.  

Currently, the water level is 2.50 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: 1/26/2015

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 99% ice covered now, but there is no safe ice for fishing.  The boat ramps are still iced in so there is also no boat access at this time. 

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: 1/28/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2015 Fishing Outlook     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2015 and are based on the 2014 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 14%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 83% and 20 inch plus fish accounted for 3%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 4.17 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 4th 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 82%. Individuals in the 8 to 12 inch size range accounted for 9% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 9%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 1.73 lbs. Density rating for fish 9 inches and above ranked 3rd this year.
Walleye Good Majority 15 to 28 inches Walleye fishing should be good again this year with 82% being over 15 inches. Fish in the 7 to 15 inch size range accounted for 18%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 77% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 5%. The largest fish sampled weighed 4.29 lbs. Density rating for fish 15 inches and above ranked #1 in the 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 86% and fish 16 to 24 inches accounted for 14%. The largest channel sampled weighed 1.46 lbs. The largest flathead sampled weighed 46.63 lbs. Density rating for flathead's 20 inches and above ranked #3 in the state this year. 
Crappie Fair & 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 fair for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for with 34% of the crappie being 2 to 4 inches. Will still be some 8 to 15 inch fish accounting for 58%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #9 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The largest black sampled weighed 1.03 lbs and a white weighing 1.24 lbs.
Largemouth Bass Good Majority 15 to 20 inches The majority of fish were in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 60% and fish 8 to 15 inches accounted for 40%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 1.76 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 10th in the state this year.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the North & South shore fish attractors using jigs and slab spoons. Added new cedar trees to all the marked fish attractors (90 trees on the South two and 80 trees to the North two). Reservoir currently has approx. 0 to 2 inches of soft ice cover and is approx. 50% ice free, however, all boat ramps are still iced in at this time . Even if you could, would not recommend getting out on the ice at this time.
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the North & South shore fish attractors using jigs and slab spoons. Remember the 15 inch length limit. Short fish need to be released.
White Bass/Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Have had reports of fish being caught this week around the North & South shore fish attractors using jigs and slab spoons. Stocked 135,000 wiper fry on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the North & South shore fish attractors using jigs and slab spoons. 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 another 2000 fish on Jan. 8, 2015.  Have been catching trout on salmon eggs, power bait and small slab spoons or spinners.  Next load is projected for around the first of February. Stilling basin is currently ice free at this time.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1870.94 ---- 21.51' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 1.45 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.  

All the boat ramps are iced in with approx. 0-2 inches of ice cover on the reservoir and the Stilling Basin is currently ice free at this time. Even if you could, would not recommend getting out on the ice.

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: 1/27/2015

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 Anglers have been catching some stripers on the west side of Lucas Point using slabs and swim baits. 
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-25 inches

No change here.  Anglers have been catching walleye off the west side of Lucas Point using slabs and swim baits. 

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.

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 will be slow with the cold water, but warm sunny days may trigger some to bite in shallow water near rocky shorelines.
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

The Spillway and Hell Creek boat ramps are open and safe for all boats to launch from.  The other boats ramps including Lucas Point and East Minooka are very shallow now and are not recommended for launching boats.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 8.2 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 ramp is unusable until water levels come back up a couple of feet.

Lucas: This boat ramp is very shallow now and is not usable at this time.  Dock is high/dry.

Spillway:  Poured 20 yards to the low water lane on April 1st, 2014. A new dock was installed in October 2014 and there is still adequate depth for mooring boats.  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: 1/21/2015

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: 12/30/2014

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 should be ice covered by now, but may not be safe to fish yet.  The cold weather that is forecasted for the next couple of days will likely thicken up the ice enough to make it safe for fishing, though.  Use extreme caution if you try ice fishing out here and don't fish alone.  You never know where a thin spot of ice may be so don't take any chances!!!
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