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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.

CLINTON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

Be sure to CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from spreading them to another lake.

Crappie Fair-Good 0.5-1 lb Anglers have been catching a lot of fish, but most are small.  Keepers have been tough to catch lately.  Vertically fishing chartreuse jigs over deep water structure along channels and just off channels has been producing fish.
Trout Good 0.5-1.5 lbs Latest trout stocking occurred at Lake Henry the week of Dec. 1.  Anglers should be able to catch fish using powerbait, worms, flies, small jigs, and small spinners.  I spoke to 2 anglers Dec. 18 that caught their limits on worms.  Henry may get more trout stocked before Christmas.
District Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what is going on with Clinton Reservoir (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) and other lakes in DG, SN, and OS Counties sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter by clicking this link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Water level December 18 was 1.06 feet below normal pool level, release rate = 7 cfs, water temperature =  35.  Be aware there are a lot of Asian Carp in the outlet, these fish are illegal to possess alive. Brushpiles placed into Clinton August 11 and 12, 2008. GPS locations in degrees, minutes, seconds using Datum WGS 84: 1) N38 55.755 W095 24.146, 2) N38 56.4444 W095 24.466, 3) N38 56.283 W095 23.465, 4) N38 56.014 W095 23.096, 5) N38 55.036 W095 22.568, 6) N38 56.011 W095 23.085, 7) N38 55.073 W095 22.565, 8) N38 55.785 W095 22.235.



HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Species  Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 Fishing Forecast  
Walleye Fair Up to 10 lbs. Fall netting indicated a low abundance of walleye. The biggest walleye captured during fall netting was 6 lbs.
Crappie Fair to Good Fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Good numbers of crappie were captured during fall netting. Try fishing jigs or minnows near brushpiles or fishing along rocky areas during the spawn.
White Bass Fair to Good Up to 2 lbs. Fall netting indicated a moderate abundance of white bass. Most of the white bass captured were 12-15 inches in length. Try fishing jigs off mainlake points for white bass.

Largemouth

Bass 

Fair Up to 4 lbs. Spring electrofishing indicated a low abundance of largemouth bass. Some larger bass are available to anglers as the biggest bass captured was 5 lbs. A research project aimed at improving the bass population will be continued in 2014 at Hillsdale Reservoir.
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Current    Fishing  Information 
Crappie  Good Fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches A few crappie are being taken on jigs or minnows in the marina arm and in timber near Marysville boat ramp to the causeway.  A few fish shallower near standing timber. 
Walleye Fair Up to 8 lbs. Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers, slabs or deep diving crank baits near deep channels or drop offs. 
Catfish  Fair to Good  Up to 10 lbs. Channels and flatheads continue to be taken on a variety of baits using the traditional prepared or live baits on pole & line and set lines.  
White Bass Fair/Good Majority of the population is 12-15 inches White bass can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. A few fish are being taken along east shore near Windsurfer Beach and near Hillsdale Point. 
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of November 17th the water level is 0.5 ft. above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

Looks like conditions might be favorable this winter for ice-fishing opportunities.  Remember exercise good judgement about ice conditions and bring along necessary safety equipment (e.g., ice pick, life jacket, extra dry clothes).  Four inches of clear, new ice will usually be safe for fishing, but be cautious and remember ice weakens as it refreezes.   



MILFORD RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black bass Good up to 7 lbs Smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass are all available to anglers in Milford. Smallmouth are most abundant, and provide a trophy opportunity. Largemouth are less abundant but increasing, and trophys are also present. Spotted bass are few in numbers, but provide a unique fishery. In combination, these species should provide good angling.
Catfish Good up to 50 lbs Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are present in Milford. Blue cats provide both a trophy and abundant fishery, while channel cats offer good numbers of smaller fish. Flatheads also provide a trophy fishery of their own, although not as abundant as channels or blues. Together these 3 species offer good fishing to anglers.
Crappie Fair .5-1.5lbs Crappie numbers have decreased. Although most are smallish, keepers are present. Fishing can be good in Spring and late Fall/Winter when crappie become more concentrated.
Walleye Good up to 8 lbs Walleye numbers are good in Milford. Many fish will be sub-legal, but there are still keepers available. Fishing along the dam during the spawn, drifting the flats in late Spring/early Summer, and summertime trolling are the most reliable methods.
White bass Fair .5-2lbs White bass density declined. Fishing the river and rocks in the Spring, jigging and trolling in early summer, and topwater in the late Summer/early Fall should be most productive.
Wiper Good up to 10 lbs Wiper of all sizes are also abundant in Milford. In addition to the techniques for white bass listed above, live bait fishing for Wipers can produce real lunkers for those with appropriate tackle.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Fair up to 50lbs blue cats good on fresh cut bait 15-25ft deep near channel ledges
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs tube jigs and minnows 10-15ft deep near points and ledges with brush or rock or channel ledges
Walleye Fair up to 7lbs points and channel ledges on jigs and spoons
White Bass/Wipers Good   near rocky points, humps, and drop offs on jigs and shad, in the backs of creeks and along causeways on jigs and crankbaits
Smallmouth Bass Good up to 4 lbs jigs and crankbaits near rock points and gravel banks in creek arms
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 4 lbs jigs near points with flooded brush and rock in creek arms, crankbaits along steeper rock banks
Outlet Good   catfish on cut bait and white bass/wipers on jigs when releasing water
General Comments

CAUTION: DO NOT TRANSFER LIVE BAIT FROM ONE BODY OF WATER TO ANOTHER!!! ALONG WITH ZEBRA MUSSEL INFESTATION, ASIAN CARP ARE IN DRAINAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE KANSAS RIVER AND CAN EASILY BE MISTAKEN FOR SHAD!!!

Blue-Green Algae: Current information listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

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

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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PERRY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/8/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Zebra Mussels Super Infectious! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will be start spawning as the water temperature gets to around 54 degrees. I've taken five samples this year, no big jump in numbers!
Winter Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a news letter for Perry and other waters in my District. The next issue is available now, Perry Reservoir and Leavenworth State Fishing Lake are in this edition. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Leavenworth SFL Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 10.0 lbs We sampled 99 channel catfish in core panel gill nets with the largest one being 28.9" weighing 8.49 lbs. 
Sauger Fair up to 2.6 lbs. We sampled 60 sauger in core panel gill nets with the largest one being 19.7" weighing 2.64 lbs.   
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5.7 lbs. In late May we sampled 131 largemouth by electrofishng with the largest one being 20.1" and weighing 5.66 lbs. We also sample 108 smallmouth bass with the largest one being 16.9" and weighing 2.32 lbs.     
White Bass Fair-Good up to 2.0 lbs. We sampled 329 white bass in core panel gill nets with the largest one being 16.0" and weighing 1.96 lbs. Fish are chasing shad, spoons, twisters or jigs.    
White Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. We sample 1,151 white crappie in 17 traps with the largest one being 12.0" and weighing 0.9 lbs. Fish will be schooling as the water is cooling, tube jigs or minnows, 10-12' of water over brush and along the creek channels and at the Marinas.
Blue Catfish Slow up to 8 lbs. We sampled 2 blue catfish in core panel gill nets with the largest one being 21.1" and weighing 3.29 lbs.  
Comments

I see some of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting on it: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing photos from other lakes that are not on the fishing reports click this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

This is a generic report and will be updated as current information is available.  Look for updated reports starting again in March.    

Click on Perry Reservoir above the fishing report to look at the October netting pictures. Click on the underlined fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast. Zebra mussels were confirmed on 10-9-07, so make sure you clean, drain and dry your boat after leaving Perry.



TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 12/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair to Slow 1/2 to 1.5 pounds Crappie can be found around brush in 16 to 20 feet of water.  Fishing has been spotty with a few anglers finding some schools of fish.  
White Bass Fair to Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds They can be found near schools of shad or along rocky points.  Overall numbers are down this year, but the fish are of a good size.
Catfish Fair to Slow Up to 20 pounds A few catfish are being caught in the upper end of the reservoir along the river channel. 
Largemouth Bass Slow 1 to 5 pounds Coves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing.
Saugeye Slow Up to 6 pounds Saugeye fishing has been slow in the reservoir.  Some being caught at the tubes on jigs.  
Rainbow Trout Fair Up to 5 pounds

1,750 rainbow trout were stocked into Willow Lake on December 3rd.  So far 3,750 trout have been stocked this season.  The lake will receive regular stockings until April for a total of 12,750 trout.  The best bait has been brightly colored trout baits suspended a foot from the bottom.  Fish have also been caught on worms, corn or lures. 

Willow Lake is located in the Southeast corner of the Tuttle Creek River Pond area.  A trout permit is needed to fish at Willow Lake during trout season.  Anyone under 16 years of age with a properly licensed adult can harvest up to 2 trout without a trout permit.

General Comments

Tuttle Creek is three feet above conservation pool. You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/TuttleCreekLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

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ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/8/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Winter Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Leavenworth SFL Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 0.8 lbs We sampled 37 black crappie in 4 traps with the largest being 11.3 inches and weighing 0.7 lbs.  We also sampled 59 white crappie in 4 traps with the largest being 12.4" and weighing 1.01 lbs.  
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs We sampled 122 bluegill in 4 traps with the largest being 8.1" and weighing 0.5 lbs.   
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 4.0 lbs We sampled 41 channel catfish in 4 core panel gill nets with the largest being 21.5" and weighing 3.46 lbs. 
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 4.5 lbs In May we electrofished 250 largemouth bass with the largest being 20.7" and weighing 4.3 lbs.
Redear Sunfish Good up to 1.1 lbs. We sampled 29 redear sunfish in 4 traps with the largest being 10.8" and weighed 1.13 lbs.  
General Comments

I see some of you have visited my Facebook page.  I've been posting a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, fish stocking and electrofishing photos of lakes that are not in the fishing reports.  Just click this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!  

This is a generic report and will be updated as current information is available.  Look for updated reports starting again in March.  

October netting pictures, check out these fish! To see the new electrofishing pictures, click on Atchison State Fishing Lake. Also Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/8/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Winter Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Leavenworth SFL  Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Good up to 1.3 lbs. We sampled 177 black crappie in 4 traps with the largest being 12.8" and weighed 1.3 lbs.  We sampled 172 white crappie in 4 traps with the largest being 12.8" and weighed 1.1 lbs.
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs. We sampled 146 bluegill in 4 traps with the largest being 8.1" and weighing 0.46 lbs.   
Channel Catfish Fair up to 8.0 lbs We sampled 38 channel catfish in 4 core panel gill nets with the largest being 27.4" and weighed 7.72 lbs. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 4.0 lbs. We electrofished 231 largemouth in May with the largest being 20.3" and weighing 4.3 lbs.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. We sampled 5 redear sunfish in 4 traps with the largest being 9.3" and weighing 0.53 lbs.   
General Comments

I've had a Facebook page for about a year now and it has photos of: walleye egg collection, sauger collection, stocking, electrofishing and fall netting on lakes in my area.  Just click on this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

This is a generic report and will be updated as current information is available.  Look for updated reports starting again in March.

October netting pictures, lots of bass and good crappie and bluegill, click on Brown State above the fishing report to see some of these fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast.



DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Douglas State Fishing Lake sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Fair 0.25-0.75 lbs Minnows and jigs off rock piers in deeper water.  Boat anglers have been having some luck off deeper water brush piles.
General Comments
 



GEARY STATE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black bass Good up to 22" Largemouth and smallmouth are both available, with the majority being largemouth. They can be caught with traditional methods lakewide throughout the seasons.
Bluegill Fair up to 8" Bluegill are found near shallow water cover, and caught on small jigs and live bait.
Catfish Fair up to 20" Although smaller in size, channel catfish can be caught lakewide on standard catfish baits. Flatheads can be caught along rocky areas on live bait.
Crappie Good up to 14" Crappie numbers are good, and should provide fun angling, primarily in the Spring and Winter periods.
Saugeye Good up to 21" Saugeye numbers remain steady, with some keepers available for harvest. Most are caught along the dam and rock points on crankbaits and jig/worm.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near rock and creek channels 5-10ft deep
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Saugeye Good up to 5 lbs jig n worms and crankbaits along dam and rock points/banks
Black bass Fair up to 4 lbs jigs near deeper points, brush, and rocks
Bluegill Fair   tube jigs and worms near shallow cover
General Comments

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

This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2014 should be saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.



LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/8/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Winter Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For Fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click on Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry Newsletter Good 4 pages (Lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Leavenworth SFL  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
LM Bass Fair-Good up to 3.0 lbs In May we electrofished 146largemouth bass with the largest one being18.3" and weighing 3.12 lbs.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 13.0 lbs We sampled 18 channel catfish in 6 core panel gill nets with the largest one being 30.1" and weighing 13.23 lbs.    
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs We sampled 1,039 bluegill in 4 traps with the largest one being 8.5" and weighing 0.44 lbs.    
Crappie Slow up to 1.7 lbs We sampled 15 black crappie in 4 traps with the largest one being 10.0" and weighing 0.52 lbs.  We also sampled 16 white crappie with the largest one being 14.8" and weighing 1.74 lbs. 
Redear Sunfish Fair-Good up to 0.6 lbs We sampled 397 redear sunfish in 4 traps with the largest one being 10.8" and weighing 0.6 lbs.  
Wiper Fair-Good up to 3.7 lbs We sampled 16 wipers with the largest one being20.7" and weighing 3.65 lbs. 
Walleye fair Up to 3.0 lbs We sampled 1 walleye which was 15.5" and weighed1.2 lbs.  
General Comments

I some of you have been visiting my new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of photos to.  All kinds of things like walleye spawning, fish stockings and lots of other stuff.  Just click on this link and your there https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see! 

This is a generic report and will be updated as current information is available.  Look for updated reports starting in March. 

 October netting pictures, check out these fish! To see the new netting pictures, click on Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. Also Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/16/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
LM Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished off the fishing piers.
Bluegill Good Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Slow 1-5 lbs No Reports.
Crappie Good Up to 14 inches Crappie being taken on jigs near culvert and brush.
White Bass Good 14-17 inches A good population of White Bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White Bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs. Look for them to be near shore and shallow in the spring.  
General Comments
NEW FOR 2014:  13-18 inch protected slot limit on largemouth bass.  



LOUISBURG-MIDDLE CREEK SFL - Last Updated: 12/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 11 lbs. Catfish are settling into winter pattern. Fish feeder has been pulled for winter but will return next spring.  
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 15 inches Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found. Crappie can be taken on jigs fished near the submerged roadbed and deep brush right now.
Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near trees in the coves.
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits fished near mainlake points.
General Comments
 



NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/8/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Winter Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available shortly and features Perry and Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Leavenworth SFL  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Fair up to 0.3 lbs. We sampled 42 bluegill in 4 traps with the largest being 7.3" and weighing 0.3 lbs.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 5.0 lbs We sampled 11 channel catfish in 4 core panel gill nets with the largest being 23.8" and weighing 4.93 lbs.    
Largemouth Bass Good up to 8.5 lbs We sampled 89 largemouth bass by electrofishing in May with the largest one being 22.2" and weighing 8.47 lbs.  
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. We sampled 1 5.7" black crappie and 319 white crappie with the largest being 11.6" and weighing 0.86 lbs. 
 Comments

I see a few if you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of photos that aren't in the fishing reports: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing.  Just click on this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

This is a generic report and will be updated as current information is available.  Look for updated reports starting in March.

October netting pictures are up now, still some nice largemouth in this lake! Click on NEBO above fishing report to see these fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 1 - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 8 inches The lake has a fairly good bluegill population this year. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair to Slow 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers are down some this year, but the fish in the lake are of nice size.  A few being caught around the habitat buoy with jigs or minnows.
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with most of the fish 12 to 15 inches. 
General Comments
This small 24 acre lake is similar to pond fishing. The lake is known for catch and release of largemouth bass and harvest of nice bluegill. The lake's channel catfish are protected by a 15 inch minimum length limit.



POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 12/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Slow to Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish. This allows for good harvest rates of eater size catfish. The most recent stocking was on August 6th when 725 channel catfish were put into the lake.   So far this year 5,400 channel catfish have been stocked. 
Crappie Slow 1/4 to 1 pound A few crappie are being caught around the fishing docks.
General Comments

Pott. # 2 is noted for family outings, scenic views, catch and release bass fishing, harvest of small crappie and channel catfishing. The channel cat population is maintained with 2 fish feeders and frequent stockings of 12+ inch fish from March through September.

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SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has an excellent population of black bass over 15 inches. 
Crappie Slow 1/2 to 1 pound The lake does not have a lot of crappie over 10 inches this year.  Fish can be found around the brush piles that are listed below.
Channel Catfish Slow 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish. This year 5,560 channel catfish were stocked at the lake.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

Located north of Silver Lake, Shawnee State Fishing Lake is the site of good catch and release largemouth bass fishing. The lake is also noted for channel catfish harvest since the lake receives frequent stockings of harvestable sized catfish from March through September. The Jeffrey Energy Center Lakes and Perry Reservoir both have zebra mussels and with Shawnee State Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.200640° W - 95.805438°
N 39.200351° W -95.801881°
N 39.201053° W -95.801924°



WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 10/27/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a large bluegill population, but is dominated by small fish. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 7 lbs Fair numbers of channel cats are available.
Crappie Fair Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs Recent saugeye samples have been low, but there are some keepers around. There is a 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
Washington State Fishing Lake is full.



CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has very good numbers of nice sized catfish.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Wiper Slow Up to 12" Wiper were introduced last year to help control the gizzard shad population.  The first stocking did well and there are low numbers of 10 to 12" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound Highest sample numbers of crappie in over 10 years. Most of the crappie are below 10 inches, but fair numbers of larger crappie around.  They can be found in the standing timber with minnows.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Overall, saugeye numbers are looking good.  Near the dam or road beds with big jigs, crankbaits or worms.
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght limit.
General Comments
Centralia Lake is a 400 acre lake that is noted for good channel cat, white bass and crappie fishing. The lake facilities include multiple ramps, picnic tables, plenty of camping pads and many sites with electricity. Centralia is enrolled in the CFAP program, which means a City permit is not required for fishing visits. Perry Reservoir has zebra mussels and with Centralia Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.



DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 12/18/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Fair 0.33-0.75 lb Using minnows and jigs in deeper water.
       
General Comments
 



ESKRIDGE-LAKE WABAUNSEE - Last Updated: 10/27/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair Up to 7 pounds The lake has fair numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth. Bass are protected by an 18 inch minimum length limit. 
Bluegill and Yellow Perch Fair Up to 1/3 pound There is a good population of bluegill at the lake.
White Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie can be found in 8 to 15 feet of water.  The lake has a very good crappie population.
Channel Catfish Slow to Fair 1 to 15 pounds The lake does not have a lot of catfish, but they tend to be big.
General Comments

Lake Wabaunsee is designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species Water since zebra mussels were discovered there in 2013. It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies and dump your bait.

This scenic lake is noted for largemouth bass fishing along the abundant shoreline weed beds during the spring and summer. Smallmouth bass are also available along the dam and rocky shoreline. Saugeye and crappie can also be taken at this 200 acre lake located in the flint hills. Since this lake is not part of the CFAP Program, annual or day use permits are available at the boat ramp bait house on the northeast shore.



GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/16/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 14 lb. Fish feeder has been pulled for winter, look for it again in the spring.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lb. No Reports.
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Jigs fished in 12-15 ft. of water.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near the docks.
White Bass Fair 14 to 17 inches A good population of White Bass exists in this lake. White Bass can be taken in open water on shad imitation lures.  
General Comments
 



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (NEW) - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Fair 1-4 lbs Good numbers of small channel catfish should be caught lakewide using traditional catfish techniques. Good numbers of flatheads of all sizes may be caught along the dam and rocks using live bait.
Crappie Good .5-1.5lb Good numbers of harvestable crappie are available to anglers. Best fishing should be in the Spring near cover on jigs and spinners. Summer fishing would be best using jigs and/or live bait near standing timber, the same for Winter.
Largemouth bass Poor up to 3 lbs Largemouth abundance is low, but best fishing is using lures near cover, and crankbaits along dam.
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs Most walleye will be below the length limit. Good catch and release angling should be available throughout the fishing season with a few keepers present.
White bass Good up to 2 lbs White bass abundance is good. Large white bass are available, and should be accessible throughout the year.
Wipers Good up to 10 lbs Wipers should provide good fishing along with trophy possibilities for lucky anglers.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near brush 5-10ft deep
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs along channel edges and points trolling crankbaits and drifting jigs with worms
White Bass/Wipers Good up to 6 lbs along dam deeper points on jigs and crankbaits
General Comments

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.

This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2014 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.



HOLTON - BANNER CREEK - Last Updated: 12/8/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Lake Contour Map Pretty Good 8.5"x11" Color Banner Creek has been mapped by the Kansas Biological Survey and there is a map available at Contour Map
Winter Fishing Opportunities Good   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available NOW and features Perry and Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Leavenworth SFL Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair-Good up tp 1.0 lbs. We sampled 171 black crappie in 8 traps with the largest being 11.6" and weighing 0.86 lbs. We also sampled 72 white crappie with the largest being 12" weighing 0.67 lbs. 
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs. We sampled 542 bluegill in 8 traps with the largest being 8.6" weighing 0.48 lbs.   
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 7.0 lbs. We sampled 71 channel catfish in 8 core panel gill nets with the largest being 26.6" weighing 7.1 lbs. 
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 6.0 lbs. In May we sampled 157 largemouth bass while electrofishing with the largest being 21.5" weighing 5.6 lbs. 
Walleye/ Sauger Fair-Good up to 3 lbs. We sample 14 walleye in 8 core panel gill nets with the largest being 25.4" weighing 5.72 lbs.  We also sampled 35 sauger in core panel gill nets with the largest being 18.7" and weighed 2.0 lbs. 
General Comments

I see some of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've posted a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing of lakes that are not in the fishing reports.  Just click this link  https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

This is a generic report and will be updated as current information is available.  Look for updated reports starting in March.

I October netting pictures are up, we have white bass now! Click on Banner Creek above fishing report to see some of these fish . Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank tends to be the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Good 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have greatly improved the last few years and there is currently very good numbers of fish around 10" to 11" long. People have really started catching them this last week.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds A few catfish are still being caught.  Worms or cut bait.
Walleye Slow 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers are down this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch lenght limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass can be found schooled up around shad.
Wipers Good 1 to 12 pounds Wiper can be found with the white bass around schools of shad.  The lake has good numbers of 16-22" wipers with a few bigger ones around. The daily creel limit for wipers is 2.
General Comments

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy. The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time. If the inlet is flowing, then good fishing can be found there. As of November 25th the lake was full and the boat ramp was usuable.

Zebra mussels have infested Make-Up Lake. The lake has been designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water. It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.



SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 6/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Jigs or minnows fished in 12-15 ft. of water.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Doughbait or liver fished along the north shore.
Wiper Fair Up to 9 lbs. Topwater fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Trout Slow Catchable No Reports.
General Comments
In addition to a state fishing license, a Johnson County fishing permit is required. If you plan to fish for trout, a Johnson County trout permit is also required. Johnson County fishing/trout permits are available through Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and other select vendors.



OLATHE - LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 12/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs. Doughbait fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Fair Up to 11 lbs. Jigs fished near mainlake points.
White Crappie Fair Most fish around 9 inches, but some up to 13 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles.
General Comments
 



PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 12/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
LM Bass Fair/Good 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Fair 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
 
General Comments
Brushpiles were placed at several locations November 07. Locations were marked using WGS 84 in decimel degrees: 1) N38.58320 W094.84451; 2) N38.58696 W094.84709; 3) N38.58315 W094.84453; 4) N38.58710 W09484722; 5) N38.58785 W094.84595; 6) N38.58768 W094.84595; 7) N38.58770 W094.84600; 8) N38.58727 W094.84810; 9) N38.58734 W094.84807; 10) N38.58736 W094.84768; 11) N38.58706 W094.84595; 12) N38.58715 W094.84641; 13) N38.58726 W094.84611; 14) N38.59237 W094.84518; 15) N38.58313 W094.84462; 16) N38.58318 W094.84466; 17) N38.59250 W094.84519; 18) N038.59231 W094.84511; 19) N38.59077 W094.84518; 20) N38.59158 W094.84512; 21) N38.59444 W094.84327; 22) N38.58772 W094.84164; 23) N38.58538 W094.84326; 24) N38.58583 W094.84547; 25) N38.58771 W094.84779.



POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Fair to Slow 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has fair numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Slow 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a large population that contains all sizes of fish, but the fishery is dominated by 12 to 15 inch bass.
General Comments
This small 49 acre lake is located in northeast Pott. County. The fishing conditions are very similar to that of a large farm pond. The lake is noted for good catch and release largemouth bass fishing due to the abundance of the species. Bass 13 to 18 inches long are protected.



SABETHA PONY CREEK - Last Updated: 12/8/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Winter Fishing Opportunities RED HOT   For fishing tips or more current information provided by fishermen like yourself click Got to Fish and look for your lake.
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Leavenworth State fishing Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Leavenworth SFL newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs We sampled 39 black crappie in 4 traps with the largest one being 13.2" and weighing 1.5 lbs. 
Bluegill Fair-Good up to 0.5 lbs We sampled 218 bluegill in 4 traps with the largest one being 8.5" and weighing 0.50 lbs.  
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 14.7 lbs We sampled 28 channel catfish in 6 core panel gill nets with the largest one being 30.5" and weighing 14.7 lbs.  
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 5.65 lbs. In May we sampled 168 largemouth bass with electrofishing, the largest was 20.7" and weighed 5.65 lbs.   
Walleye Fair up to 7.37 lbs. We sampled 9 walleye in core panel gill nets with the largest one being 27" and weighing 7.37 lbs. 
Wiper Fair-Good up to 8.3 lbs. We sampled 42 wipers in core panel gill nets with the largest one being 25" and weighing 8.27 lbs.  Also netted 14 white bass with the largest one being 17.1" and weighing 2.4 lbs.   
General Comments

I see a few of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of pictures: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing pictures.  Just click on this link  https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

This is a generic report and will be updated as current information is available.  Look for updated reports starting in March.

October netting pictures, nice wipers, good crappie, catfish and bluegill! Click on Pony Creek above the fishing report and see some nice fish! We electrofished some nice fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.



SHAWNEE CO. LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 12/18/2014

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
Crappie Fair 0.33-1 lb Using minnows and jigs off piers.
Trout Slow-Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using Little Cleos, small jigs and spinners.  Some on powerbait.
General Comments
Brushpiles were constructed and placed at 5 locations in April 2010. Locations were marked with GPS using datum NAD83: 1) N38.99217 W095.63188, 2) N39.00736 W095.62968, 3) N38.99254, W095.63210, 4) N38.99619 W095.632202, 5) N39.01043, W095.63014. November 07 locations were marked with GPS using datum WGS84 in decimel degrees: 1) N39.00740 W095.62978; 2) N39.00819 W095.63046; 3) N39.00810 W095.63055; 4) N39.00806 W095.63043; 5) N39.00638 W095.62261; 6) N39.00247 W095.62495; 7) N38.99622 W095.63205; 8) 39.00274 W095.63202.



WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 12/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Crappie Fair/Good Up to 12 inches Jigs or minnows fished in the mainlake.
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lbs. Liver fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Smallmouth Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 6 lbs. Jigs fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. No Reports.
General Comments
A Wyandotte County fishing permit is required to fish this property. A Wyandotte County trout permit is required for trout fishing. Please contact Wyandotte County Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department at 913-573-8327 for more information.



ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Catfish Slow to Fair 1 to 20+ pounds

Channel catfish can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.

Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.

White Bass & Wipers Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds

Fishing for white bass and wipers has been fair, with a few always being caught. 

To distinguish between the two species you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for id. Wiper daily creel is 2.

Drum Good 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum fishing has been good. They can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds A few saugeye being caught with jigs or crankbaits below the dam.  There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on saugeye. 
General Comments
Rocky Ford , a river fishery, is located just south of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue River. Anglers have the opportunity to harvest fishes generally associated with moving water. Saugeye, white bass, the catfishes, drum, crappie and carp can be harvested. Angler access and success is affected by release rates from the nearby Tuttle Creek Reservoir. You can check current conditions at  http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/TuttleCreekLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx



HERINGTON CITY LAKE (OLD) - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair up to 8" This lake contains a population of 6-8" bluegill. They are caught primarily on live bait near shallow water cover and rock.
Catfish Fair up to 26" Good numbers of smaller channel cats are caught lakewide on traditional catfish baits. Flatheads are caught along the rocky dam on live bait.
Crappie Fair up to 14" Crappie are available, some up to 14". They are caught on jigs and/or live bait near brush, primarily in the Spring and Winter.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3 lbs Largemouth bass are present, but in low numbers. They are caught near brush on artificials, and along the dam on crankbaits.
White bass Fair up to 17" There are decent numbers of white bass currently available, some rather large. Most can be found in the creek and along the dam in the Spring and Fall. Best baits are jigs and spinners.
Current Fishing Opportunity     Listed Below
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rocks
Largemouth Bass Slow    
Bluegill Fair   tube jigs and worms near brush and rocks
White Bass Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and spinners near dam
General Comments

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

This shallow lake has the best fishing for crappie and channel catfish which are stocked annually.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 11/25/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass   Up to 5 lbs  
Channel Catfish   Up to 8 lbs  
Walleye   Up to 6 lbs  
White Bass   Up to 18"  
Wiper   Up to 8 lbs  
General Comments

The lake is closed to fishing starting November 1st for the waterfowl season.

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy. The Jeffrey Energy Center allows up to 30 anglers to fish at any one time. As of September 4th, the lake was full and the boat ramp was usable.

Zebra mussels have been found at Auxiliary Lake. The lake has been designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.24842° W -96.15163°
N 39.24899° W -96.15149°
N 39.25150° W -96.14638°
N 39.23917° W -96.15172°
N 39.23441° W -96.14757°
N 39.23475° W -96.14803°