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CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/11/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 8 lbs. Anglers report catching respectable numbers of fish ranging from 2 up to 8 lbs. fishing cut shad in the shallows of coves and toward the upper end of the reservoir.
Crappie Fair Up to 14 inches Fish are still being caught off the fish attractors as anglers report catching 10 to 20 keeper sized fish on a good day.  However, fish should start to scatter from deeper water and begin staging over steep drop-offs near the mouths of coves in preparation for spawning.
Rainbow Trout Slow/Fair 0.5lb./fish average Anglers continue to report catching a few fish.  The trout season ends April 15, and after the season end a trout permit is no longer required to fish for and keep trout.  Anglers fishing trout after April 15 must adhere to the 5 fish/day creel limit and anglers aged 16 to 74 are still required to possess a valid state fishing license.
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches The majority of spawning activity is winding down so catching fish on the dam should be pretty tough.  However, fish are beginning to transition toward the post-spawn feeding period as a few anglers have reported picking up a few fish out on mainlake points.  Drifting or retrieving jig and nightcrawler combos or trolling worm and spinner combos are usually effective on post-spawn fish.
White Bass/Wipers Fair/Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

White bass spawning activity should begin increasing where they are typically caught in good numbers off the dam and associated points by anglers casting or trolling white bucktail and curly-tail jigs.  There have been a few fish reported from the dam area so the spawn is likely just getting started.

Anglers continue catching both white bass and wipers in sun-warmed shallows of coves casting various jigs.

 

WATER TEMPERATURE-52

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2118.41'----25.59' 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: 4/9/2014

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!
Crappie Slow 8-13 inches The crappie are in their transition period between winter schooling and moving in shallow to spawn.  They appear to be scattered with most anglers struggling to catch 10 fish a day by slowly working the river channel on the lower end of the reservoir.  Big schools have been tough to come by so anglers may have to work at it to catch a limit.  A few fish have been caught around the brush piles as well, but that has been relatively slow.  The fish will begin to move in shallow in a couple of weeks as the water warms into the mid-50's.
Walleye Fair to Good 15-23 inches

The walleye spawn is winding down and anglers did very well this year walk trolling the dam at night and during the day.  Most of the catch consisted of males with fish up to 24 inches reported.  This opportunity will continue for another week or so, but many of the fish have started to move off the dam.  Anglers should start looking for post spawn fish off south shore points like Gibbs point and Harrison Point, and around the causeway.

Approximately 9 million walleye fry were stocked in April.

White Bass Fair to Good 11-17 inches The white bass spawn is very close now and a few fish have already been caught up the river channels.  There is not a lot of inflow now and the rivers are mostly knee deep at the log jams, but there have been a few males caught using white twistertails and roadrunners.  Anglers should also start looking for pre-spawn whites along the causeway and the dam.
Black Bass Fair to Good 10-19 inches The bass bite is very good now with the cooler water temperatures with smallies offering the best opportunities around the dam, Marina Cove, Timber Cove, and along the south bluffs. Largemouth can be found in Osage Cove, Mill Creek, and Schoen's Cove.
Wipers 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. We found the best numbers of wipers along the dam and in Walnut Creek during our fall netting. The biggest fish are between 5 and 6 pounds and are in excellent shape right now. There are also some wipers hanging out around the Cawker causeway and up the river channels on the west end.  They tend to follow similar movement patterns as white bass this time of year so look for good numbers along the dam and up the river channels.
Channel Catfish Good All Sizes Recent angler reports indicate the catfish are biting very well right now in shallow water where dead shad can be found.  They are mainly on the west end in the creeks and river channel, but there are also catfish being caught in Mill Creek and the upper end of Walnut Creek.  Dead shad and shad gizzards are working best right now.
       

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 . 

REMINDER TO ALL ANGLERS!!! There is a creel limit of 20 crappie/day at Glen Elder Reservoir, effective January 1, 2013. Make sure to spread the word that it is now illegal to possess more than 20 crappie each day!!!

Boat Ramp Update: The reservoir is only 2.6 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: 4/10/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair Variety Fish dead shad in shallow, warming water.
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches Fish in deep brush and breaks with small jigs and minnows.  A few fish are probably moving towards rocks on nice days.
Trout Fair   The last stocking for the year occurred on the 11th of March.  Please call Jeff at the Cheney Wildlife Area (620-459-6922) for questions regarding trout stockings.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair Variety, up to 21" Look for saugeye around the dam and main lake points in April. Fishing can be productive for big fish on the dam during the spawn. Remember that keeping snagged fish is illegal.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Look for white bass and wipers to make a river run if the reservoir gets some inflow.  Fish should be staging near the river or around the dam.
Wiper Fair All sizes No reports. Some big wipers have been mixed 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.
 



KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/9/2014

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.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock and in Leota Cove using jig and worms and casting jigs and crankbait's. Remember the 18 inch length limit.
Wiper Fair 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in the mouth of Leota Cove.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did have reports of a 35" fish being caught off the public fishing dock.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 49 Degree's.

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2291.07 ---- 13.23' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 3.47 feet lower than it was one year ago 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: 4/9/2014

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 have reports of fish being caught around the north and south shore fish attractors using jigs. 
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Have had reports of fish being caught off the Dam casting jigs and crank bait's and are can being caught in the early morning or evening.
White Bass/ Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Have not had any reports of fish being caught.
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught on the north shore west of the USFWS headquarters.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 49 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1718.03 ---- 11.22' below conservation pool

The reservoir is back open to boats and will remain open until October 1, 2014, unless the water elevation would get above 1722.

Currently, the water level is 5.23 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: 4/11/2014

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Walleye Fair 15-28 inches The walleye spawn is winding down for the year so the fish will begin to move west to begin feeding and recuperate.  Try fishing around the swim beach, Cedar Point, and Willow Point.  Other fish will likely be found along the river channel between Walleye Point and Oak Creek.
White Bass/Wipers Fair to Good 9-16 inches The water temperature is starting to warm up closer to the white bass preferred spawning temperature.  The whites will begin to move to rocky areas like the dam and points in the state park.  There will likely also be some fish moving into the creeks like Montana Creek and John's Creek.  The inlet is also a good place to find whites and wipers this time of year with some water coming in.  Roadrunners and twistertails are tough to beat this time of year.
Channel Catfish Fair All Sizes Try fishing shad gizzards and shad sides off Walleye Point, near the inlet, and off the Boy Scout area.  There may also be some fish congregating in the creeks on the west end like John's Creek and Montana Creek.
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches The crappie are in a transition period now and aren't quite ready to move in shallow to begin spawning.  They can still be found in the mid-depth brush piles and along the creek channels.  Fishing for crappie should really pick up as the water warms into the upper 50's over the next couple of weeks.
Comments

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 . 

The Marina boat ramp is currently the only usable boat ramp on the reservoir due to a combination of low water levels and the Cedar Point ramp being closed due to the breakwater blocking the lanes.

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: 4/9/2014

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 using jigs and slab spoons.
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught while jigging for crappie. Also, fish are being caught off the Dam, therefore, would get out in the early morning or evening casting jigs and crankbait's from the Dam.  Remember the 15 inch length limit because will be some short fish caught that 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.
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.
Rainbow Trout Good 10 to 18 inches Stocked the fifth and last load of 2100 trout on 03-11 and have been getting reports of fish being caught on lures, salmon eggs and power bait.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 49 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1869.29 ---- 23.16' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 10.32 feet lower than it was one year ago 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  

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: 4/11/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
 Crappie Fair 10-14 inches Crappie angling can be very tough through March and early April as the fish seem to scatter from their large winter schools and prep for the spawn to begin later this month.  Anglers should follow the river and creek channels as the fish often hang out here before moving into the coves and creek arms for the annual spawn.  They will begin to move shallow into coves and protected areas toward the end of the month.
Stripers Fair 3-8 pounds Stripers can be found up the river to some extent, but many of them will begin feeding again on the main lake.  They tend to stack up on the windy points and the areas along the dam this time of year.
 Walleye Fair 11-20 inches The spawn is really winding down now and most of the fish will begin to move away from the dam.  They can be very difficult to locate for the next 2-3 weeks so fishing may be tough until May arrives.
Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

If you can find some dead shad you will likely find channel catfish right now.  They are often found in the shallows 2-6 feet where shad have blown into the bank.  Creek arms and the upper ends of coves are great places to find channel catfish this time of year.  Dead shad and shad gizzards make the best baits.

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 can still be caught in Hell Creek and anglers have been reporting some nice sized fish up to 3 pounds.  They can also be caught up the lake as they are staging for the spring spawning running very soon.  Trolling small shad crankbaits in these areas seems to be the best way to catch some nice whites.
Black Bass Good 10-18 inches The smallmouth and largemouth really get up on the structure this time of year--any rocks, logs, or shoreline brush that draws heat will invite bass in.  If there are still any beaver piles in the water, there will be largemouth bass hanging out around them.  The larger smallies are thinking about spawning late in the month and will stack up on the steep rock bluff areas.  Suspending jerk baits are excellent this time of year and this is the best time to harvest the biggest bass of the year.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches Like most other species, white perch will tend to emerge from the deep water and show up on the main lake points. They can also be found on the steep rocky banks of Hell Creek and the brush piles at Minooka. The will also be spawning along the dam so start there for best results over the next few weeks. - 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!!!!!
General Comments

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 . 

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 6 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: The north ramp of Elm Creek boat ramp is usable, but use at your own risk.  The south ramp ends before it reaches the water and is barricaded "Closed Due to Low Water."

Minooka: West Ramp:  Unadvised access.  Dock is high/dry, Middle Ramp:  Unadvised access. Dock is high/dry, East Ramp:  Ramp has adequate depth for most average fishing boats. Dock is high/dry.

Lucas: Ramp has adequate depth for most avg 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 is still usable as far as a boat ramp but the courtesy docks are on dry ground.

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: 4/16/2014

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 Good up to 4 lbs spinnerbaits, jerkbaits and jigs near cover
BLUEGILL Fair   jigs and worms near rocks
CHANNEL CATFISH Fair up to 3 lbs cutbait along windy banks
SAUGEYE Fair up to 5 lbs jigs and minnow baits near dam
WIPER Slow    
CRAPPIE Fair up to 1 lb jigs and minnows near rock/brush 5ft 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: 4/9/2014

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: 12/24/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Jigs, minnows, or shad fished around the fish attractors.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. Suspending crank or swimbaits fished in sunny shallows on warm days using an ultra-slow presentation.
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Trolling or casting small, shad imitating crankbaits along the dam or along drop-offs.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber around deeper fish attractors.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 19 lbs. Cutbait fished over wide-open flats.
Wiper Slow Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting or trolling small shad imitating crankbaits.
Comments

Ice Conditions: As of 12-23-2013 the lake was 100% ice covered and ice thickness off the boat ramp was approximately 3 inches thick and given warmer forecasted temperatures the ability of the ice to safely support ice fishing will likely become questionable over the next day or two. Any attempt to ice fish is strongly discouraged.

This generic fishing report will not be updated on a weekly basis and is intended to provide general guidance for those fishing this fall and winter. Updates may be made when/if noteworthing fishing information becomes available.

ATTENTION: The east boatramp is open for use, but launching from the west boatramp is discouraged due to low water.

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: 4/16/2014

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.
      The lake is almost completely dewatered now so not much activity.
       
       
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: 4/11/2014

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Walleye/Saugeye Fair 10-20 inches Fall netting revealed a fair population of walleye and saugeye. Most of these fish are legal and anglers may be able to find some of these during the fall and winter. Best numbers appear to be on the upper end of the lake, but we did see a few on the east side north of the boat ramp.
Crappie Fair 10-13 inches We did find some crappie hanging out near shore this fall while netting, but there were many suspended in the middle of the lake. They are running 8-13 inches and look like they are in great shape, but there just aren't many of them in there now. We did see a lot of small crappie indicating there was excellent reproduction in 2013.
Channel Catfish Fair 11-25 inches

Catfish can be caught throughout the spring out here, but it is a bit tougher bite than what you'll encounter in the summer. Traditional baits like nightcrawlers, shad sides, shad gizzards, and shrimp should all work.

The fish feeders have been turned off for the year. They will resume operation in May 2014.

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Good 5-10 inches There is a tremendous sunfish population in the lake right now with anglers having a chance to catch big bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish, and hybrid sunfish on the same trip. They can be caught on small spinners, jigs, and flies pretty much lake wide. Young anglers will have a good time catching them with a simple worm under a bobber.
Largemouth Bass Good 10-19 inches There are very high numbers of 10-12 inch fish in the lake right now, but also a fair number of 15-19 inch fish with several fish up to 5 pounds collected this spring while shocking. White and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat, but slowly fishing soft plastics including Senkos can be productive in cold water. Smaller baits like roadrunners and Panther Martins will also catch a fair amount of fish.
General Comments
Water temperature: 55 degrees

Water level: 6 feet low