Region 5 Fishing Reports Fishing Locations Fishing Forecast Region 5 Public Fishing Reports

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.

BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8-10" Crappie angling has been slow for most anglers. Successful anglers are finding suspended fish near timber in 12-15' of water.
Channel Catfish Fair 16-24" Channel catfish anglers are having sporadic luck upstream of Rea Bridge.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18" Anglers have been picking up largemouth bass along water willow and smallmouth bass from rocky points. Expect largemouth bass to hit white spinnerbaits and smallmouth bass to hit chrome rattletraps.
General Comments
New District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

 
 



COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass Excellent 10-20" Both species are present in this lake, and offer great fishing throughout the year especially during the later and earlier parts of the year. Anglers have good success with both species in the warm water discharge during the winter and early spring months.
Walleye Fair up to 25" Fair to good walleye angling can be expected with most fish ranging from 13-18" but fish over 21" are available.
Channel Catfish Good up to 5 lbs. Good channel cat fishing can be expected lake wide.
Blue Catfish Good up to 35" The blue catfish population is doing well, and many anglers have experienced good success with blue catfish drifting with cut bait around the warm water. Reports of fish over 20 lbs. are not uncommon, and fish over 50 lbs. have also been recorded.
White Bass Excellent 8-16" There is an excellent population of white bass in this lake. White bass is one of the most caught species in the lake. Anglers have success lake wide on twister tails and small jigs and spinners.
Crappie Good up to 15" Crappie fishing will continue to be good. Fish 10-12" are common and fish greater than 12" are readily available.
Wipers Fair 2-5 lbs. Wiper fishing will be fair. A few fish around the 4-5 lb. range are available but the overall numbers are low.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
largemouth bass Fair 8 in to 18 inches crankbaits or slow rolling spinnerbaits near points or brush
walleye Fair 14-25 inches  Trolling along the main lake points with crankbaits or jig and nightcrawler.
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs shad sides, stink bait, or cut bait drifting along points or drop offs
smallmouth bass Good 10-20 inches plastics and jerkbaits along riprap or secondary rocky points, topwater baits should also produce some fish
white bass Fair-Good 8-15 inches small spinners or jigs along windy points or channel breaks where baitfish are concentrated. topwater baits when the fish are busting the surface
wipers Fair 2-5 lbs shad imitation around windy points and dropoffs
crappie Fair 11-15 inches Focus on the deeper water around timber and channel ledges.
General Comments

Entrance gate phone number is 620-364-2475 call for lake conditions.

ZEBRA MUSSELS have been confirmed in Coffey County Lake! Please help stop the spread. Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving this lake. It is illegal to transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on waters in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson counties click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Poor 8-14 inches Crappie angling has been slow. Some anglers have had luck in deep brush in the Elk River.
Channel catfish Excellent 10-25 inches Anglers have been having luck drifting and with floatlines. Shad, chicken liver, stinkbait, and shrimp have all been successful.
White bass Poor 8-16 inches White bass fishing has been poor. Occasional fish have been picked up by catfish and crappie anglers.
Outlet     Fishing is good at the outlet when water is being released.  Use the link below to determine release volume.
 

Float line fishing will be allowed from July 15 through September 15.  A floatline permit ($2.50) is required.

Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

Youth/Mentor Pond

The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish good

31% 11"-16"

25% 16"-24"

44% 24"-28"

0% >28"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on mud flats and windy shorelines.
crappie good

70% 5"- 8"

14% 8"-10"

9% 10"-12"

8% 12"-15"

0% 15"+

Use a minnow or jig around brush, rocky shorelines, and channel breaks. 
largemouth bass poor

75% 8"-12"

25% 12"-15"

0% 15"-20"

0% >20"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of the river produces a fair density bass population. There were 17 bass per hour of electrofishing around the Ladd Bridge section of the river. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, worm, spinner or crank bait around stumps and brush in the river.
white bass good

0% 6"- 9"

25% 9"-12"

54% 12"-15"

21% >15"

Troll a silver spinner, shad like crank bait, or plastic shad on mud flats. Watch for seagulls feeding on schools of shad.
General Comments

To view a map of brush piles in Fall River Reservoir and the old sunken Ladd Bridge in the river, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir.

Fall River above Ladd Bridge is blocked by a log jam.

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2013 test netting.

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For more information about the Fall River Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.



LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish, Good all sizes, Use sunfish or cutshad,worms, liver, prepared baits. Fish around the hot water outlet,  The lake has big flathead and blues to catch.
Crappie Slow/Good 10 - 13 inches fish are Off/On, when they are On the fishing is good, try the tubes at the plant entrance, the outlet at the dam, center lake over the bridge, best on minnows some on jigs white/blue, most fish over 10 - 12 inches
Largemouth bass Excellent varies bass are best along weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations
white bass Good varies, some 1.5 pounds use shad imitations, silver spoons big jigs, or cut shad. 
wiper Slow some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad
General Comments

Wipers around 6-8 pounds and white bass up to 2 pounds.

Water levels are good for fishing. Recent bass sampling indicates that La Cygne produces some of the best large largemouth bass in the state. 

 Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake. Anglers can walk in to the hot water outlet area from the east parking lot. The location is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot. Unload gear and walk west down the trail to where the hot water from the power plan empties into the lake.

Call the Linn County Park at 913-795-6633 for more information or camping, and cabins reservations.

Get the family, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! 

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

Anglers when fishing at the hot water outlet,or at the outlet gate at the dam, DO NOT GO OVER THE CABLES. FISHING IN A RESTRICTED AREA COULD GET YOU ARRESTED.



MELVERN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you would like to receive additional information about this lake a couple of times a year, sign up for the 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 Slow-Fair 0.33-0.75 lbs Fish being caught on jigs and minnows over brush.  High percentage of small fish, but few keepers.
Black bass Slow-Fair 0.5-3 lbs Casting crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs along rocky shorelines.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs Using cut bait and dead minnows.
General Comments
Lake level was 0.48' below normal, release = 20 cfs, and temperature = 80 on August 28.  Melvern Reservoir has Zebra Mussels, Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish Good 2 - 7 pounds the fish feeders are ON, Use worms or dip baits and crappie entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  Lakewide or stilling basin.
Walleye Slow varies  the walleye population is improving, tryoff windy points, crank baits or jigs tipped with nightcrawler
White bass/Wipers Good varies lakewide and the windy side of the points, wipers are following the schools of shad, minnows or shad colored lures, off the COE Swim beach
Crappie Slow most were 9 - 14 inches lakewide, marina docks, over brushpiles, black and pink tube jigs, minnows.about 6 ft on the winds side, most fish are over 10 inches, fish are slowly moving in
General Comments

When large releases of water occur at the stilling basin then fishing there can be better. For additional information, water temperature, release rates, please check:http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/po/daily.cfm .

Have FUN,Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The State and COE Parks are ready for family fishing.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

 If you can locate the schooled crappie at this time it can be very rewarding. Rangers have constructed some spawning fish habitat which should improve spring fishing success. These areas are located near North Shore Marina and the Rock Quarry and near Adams Grove and Wolf Creek Park.

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

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TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish good

30% 11"-16"

50% 16"-24"

20% 24"-28"

0% >28"

Use worms, stink bait, or shad sides on mud flats and windy shorelines.
largemouth bass fair

43% 8"-12"

39% 12"-15"

18% 15"-20"

0% >20"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of Walnut Creek produces a fair density bass population. There were 50 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in Walnut Creek. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, spinner, worm, or crank bait around stumps and brush in river and Walnut Creek.
white bass good

23% 6"-9"

26% 9"-12"

43% 12"-15"

9% 15"-18"

Troll a silver spinner, shad like crank bait, or plastic shad on mud flats. Watch for seagulls feeding on shad schools.
white crappie good

70% 5"-8"

14% 8"-10"

10% 10"-12"

5% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use minnow or jig around brush and timber in Walnut Creek, river, Mann's Cove, channel north of Duck Island, north shore of Duck Island, and Toronto Point Cove. 
General Comments

To view a map of Toronto Reservoir brush piles, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir.

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2013 test netting.

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BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Good 12-18 inches fish the shoreline, weedbeds and piers, use spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers,
Bluegill/redear sunffish Good all sizes beautiful redear some 1/2 ot 3/4 pound available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float 
Walleye Poor varies try the dam on windy, cloudy days off the creek channel dropoffs, with crank baits or jigs,
Channel Catfish Good 12-26 inches the fish feeders are On. use cut bluegill/stink baits, lakewide,
Crappie Slow 8 - 12 inches and up recent sampling indicates nice crappie in the 9-12 inch range along the dam,--over brushpiles,near dropoffs, minnows, jigs ,
General Comments

Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and go fishing. This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms.

 Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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



CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/13/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / redear  Fair  6 - 8" Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weedlines. Grasshoppers are also a good bait for bluegill and redear.
Channel catfish  Fair/good

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try liver, prepared baits, live bait, shad sides, or worms. Channel catfish like grasshoppers too. Four fish feeders are in operation, and fishing in the vicinity of one of the feeders often increases success. Feeding times are at 7:00 am, 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 1:00 am.
Crappie  Fair Mostly 7-9 inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Many small 7-9 inch fish are available with some bigger fish mixed in. There are ten brush piles marked with fish attractor bouys that often hold fish.
Largemouth bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished along weedlines, drop-offs, brush piles, and other structure.
General Comments
Surface water temperature is ~ 85 degrees.



LYON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill & Redear good

55% 4-7"

23% 7-9"

23% 9-11"

Bluegill and redear sunfish are most easily caught on 2-6 pound test line, a number eight hook baited with a worm, grasshopper, or cricket, a single split shot for weight, and a small bobber or simply tight line. They can be caught around rocks on jetties, brush piles, and over aquatic vegetation. Dry flies and poppers over spawning beds are also effective.
Channel Catfish good

4% 11-16"

83% 16-24"

4% 24-28"

8% 28-36"

Channel catfish are typically caught on or near the bottom on worms, shad sides, or stink bait. They can be caught in coves around feeders and along the weed line. Channel catfish congregate at the inlet when rain water is running into the lake.
Largemouth Bass good

31% 8-12"

67% 12-15"

3% 15-20"

0% >20"

Bass are spawning in shallows. Artificial baits such a spinners, jigs, beetle spins, plastic worms, and surface lures work very well for largemouth bass. Natural baits such as minnows, worms, crayfish, and grasshoppers are also excellent choices. Bass can be caught around rock jetties, brush piles, and edges of aquatic vegetation. Big bass will hit any of the above baits but not as readily as smaller fish. Technique is important if you want to catch big bass.
Crappie good

7% 5-8"

4% 8-10"

82% 10-12"

7% 12-15"

Crappie are most easily caught on light line using small jigs or minnows around brush piles, channel breaks, and aquatic vegetation edges.
General Comments

To view a map of brush pile locations, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the lake.

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2013 test netting.

The American Pond Weed and Sago Pond Weed form dense mats that make fishing difficult in shallow water during summer. Use top water baits, weedless hooks, or fish the edges.

For more information about the Fall River/Toronto Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.



MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 8/13/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weedlines. Grasshoppers are also a good bait for bluegill and redear.
Channel Catfish  Fair/good  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, live bait, worms or prepared baits. Grasshoppers are also a good bait for catfish. 14,000 channel catfish are stocked in the Mined Land Wildlife every October. These fish are 8-16 inches in length and average 1/3 pound each.
Crappie  Fair  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure.  
Largemouth Bass  Fair/good  All sizes Try jigs, worms, spinner baits, or crankbaits fished around brush, structure, or along weedlines. 
Rainbow trout  Slow  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. Trout will generally be found in depths of 20 to 40 feet throughout  the summer months. Bi-weekly stockings of 935 fish ended in May, and will resume in October 2014. Most rainbows are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. Five percent of each stocking is comprised of 14-inch or larger fish. Trout can live year-around in this unique strip-mined lake, so fish in the 3-5 pound range are occassionally caught.
General Comments
Surface water temperatures are 83 - 87 degrees. Water levels on many lakes are two to three feet low. Use extreme caution when using the boat ramp. Trout Anglers - Youth 15 and younger are not required to purchase a trout permit, but their daily creel limit is 2 trout/day. All anglers 16 and older are required to have a trout stamp to fish in the trout lake in Area # 30. Brown trout less than 20-inches in length must be returned to the water immediately. The creel limit for browns is one fish per day. 



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Good 14-24" Anglers are having good luck fishing stinkbait in early mornings. Hybrid catfish are still under the 15" minimum length limit, but some should eclipse it before winter. 
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Fishing remains good for smaller fish. Please consider harvesting fish under the 13"-18" protected slot length limit.
Crappie Poor 6-12" Crappie can be found at times near the fishing docks, but it's spotty.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 7-10" Some bluegill and redear are on beds, but most are finished. Look for fish to feed along water willow edges.
General Comments

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present.  Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin.  Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin.  Both species have their adipose fin clipped.  Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Montgomery County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.  

Anglers should note that there are no alcoholic beverages allowed on the area.

The maintained boat ramp at Montgomery State Fishing Lake is usable.

A bathymetric map of Montgomery State Fishing Lake is available. Contact Ben Neely (ben.neely@ksoutdoors.com) to receive a copy via email.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE.



NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/13/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / redear  Good All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly around structure and weedlines. Grasshoppers are another good bait when fished a few feet below a bobber.
Channel catfish  Fair/good All sizes Try liver, prepared baits, minnows, worms, shad sides, or shrimp fished near the bottom. Channel castfish like grasshoppers too. Three feeders are in operation, and fishing near them often increases success.
Crappie  Fair 7 -12 inches Try minnows or small 1/64 oz. jigs fished around structure and brush. Many 7 to 10-inch fish are available, with some quality fish mixed in.
Largemouth bass  Fair/good All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around structure and weedlines. 
General Comment
Surface water temperature is about 85 degrees.



OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/28/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to receive additional information about this lake (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) a couple of times during the year, sign up to receive a newsletter using this link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Bluegill Slow-Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using worm under bobber
Largemouth Bass Slow-Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs, crankbaits and spinners.
Channel catfish Fair 1-4 lbs Using worms, chicken liver, stinkbait around feeders.
General Comments
 



WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/7/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 16-24 inches Anglers are having luck with chicken liver in the mornings. Hybrid catfish are around 12" and most should exceed 15" in 2015.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22 inches Crankbaits and jigs on rocks and in water willow have proven successful for bass anglers. There have even been several reports of bass anglers hooking into big flathead catfish using this approach.
Crappie Poor 8-14 inches Crappie fishing has been slow. Some anglers are having luck off the bridge.
General Comments

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present.  Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin.  Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin.  Both species have their adipose fin clipped.  Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Wilson County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.  

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Wilson State Fishing Lake. Contact Ben Neely (ben.neely@ksoutdoors.com) to receive one via email or visit www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/content/download/33395/238994/file/WLSL_email.pdf to download.

New District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.



BONE CREEK RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/13/2014

 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weedlines. Grasshoppers are also a good bait for bluegill and redear.
Channel catfish  Fair/good  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, live bait or worms. Four fish feeders are in operation.  Fishing in the vacinity of one of the feeders often increases success.
Crappie  Fair  8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population, with some quality-size fish available.
Largemouth bass  Fair/good Mostly 8-16 inch fish. Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around weedlines and deep-water structure.
General Comments
  The surface water temperature is ~85 degrees.



BOURBON COUNTY ELM CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Good varies  the fish feeders are ON, try off dam on bluegill chunks, or cut shad, Lakewide,  
Largemouth/Smallmouth bass Good varies lakewide, fish are in shallow, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs.  
Bullheads Poor varies use worms,or liver lake wide  
Bluegill Fair varies small baits and worms under floats, along weedbeds around fish attractors  
Walleye Poor lots of fish over and under the length limit also try the dam and rocky structure in the south half of the lake with jigs or minnows  
Crappie Slow lots of small fish with 50 limit along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

Water levels have improved.

The fish feeders are ON. This lake has a high density of channel catfish that really increases angling opportunity. Buy your license and go fishing. The water level is great for fishing.

This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms. Remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17. 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!

With questions about this lake call Donald George, Fisheries Biologist, at 913-795-2218, or Bourbon County at 620-223-3800.



BOURBON COUNTY CEDAR CREEK - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

species ratings size baits,methods, locations
Crappie slow 8 to 12 inches water levels have enhanced fishing. slow reports for crappie in cover, try jigs, minnows.
Channel catfish Slow varies, try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits,
Largemouth bass Excellent most bass in the 14 to 20 inch range good reports of bass in deep water- jigs, spinners, plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure,
General Comments

Water levels are perfect. Both ramps are open for use. The east parking will be refitted to a larger size to accommodate the tuesday bass tournament anglers.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

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

NO special permits required, this is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake. Use caution, this lake has quantities of standing and submerged trees and limited shoreline access. This is a 220 acre lake with approximately 180 acres of standing trees. Fishing only lake. The lake has a boat ramp, parking lot, security light, floating dock, and vault toilet on the east side of the lake and a boat ramp and parking on the west side..



FT. SCOTT LAKE - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Good varies motor oil colored jigs, soft plastic baits, up against the banks/along the weed beds, in trees/fish attractors and dropoffs,
channel catfish Good varies The fish feeders are ON for the season. High populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide, use cut shad, sponge baits, worms,
walleye Slow varies jigs, minnows along the dropoffs.
white crappie Fair/Good varies, many over 11 inches crappie have been ON and OFF depends daily, when they are ON nice fish are caught over 10 inches, some good fish in deeper water over the new brushpiles, with black&white, blue&white jigs, fish are in nice condition 
bluegill Fair varies use small baits, such as worms, jigs suspended under a float, in deeper water
General Comments

Lake level is full. Water levels are fine for fishing. Fish for crappie in shallow or mid depth water over brushpiles for good success. Recent tree/habitat placements will improve angler success for bass and crappie.

The fish feeders are ON.

 Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and have fun. Please remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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

This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Lake Cooperator,no city permits for fishing and boating while fishing. City permit required for recreational boating.



MOUND CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Excellent varies most legal size, with some large fish fish around the feeders,chunks of bluegill, also try stink baits, chicken liver, cut shad or chunks of sunfish, lake wide
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good varies use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie Good 8 to 16 inches some larger along the south tree line or structure and drop offs along the creek channel. lots of good fish...
Largemouth Bass Good varies bass are in or close to deeper water structure, with plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments
Sign up for the Mound City District Newsletter today!

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

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE EAST - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Wipers Good size varies, wipers maybe found on the surface chasing gizzard shad especially on calm days. or deeper water along drop offs, use shad diving or surface plugs, hang on. lake wide trolling with sassy shads, from the bank and boat, with crankbaits, spoons, worms.
Channel catfish Excellent All sizes, around and downwind of the fish feeders, recent sampling indicates lots of nice fish, best baits are chicken liver or use stink baits, shrimp, worms, prepared baits, lakewide, Fish the south end creek after a rain.
Largemouth bass Good varies good results along the dam and weedbed edges, silver or blue crank baits or soft baits, 
Walleye, saugeye Slow 18-24 inches fish the rocks for fish, use jigs tipped with a worm
white crappie Fair/Good 8-14 inches recent sampling indicates good numbers of nice crappie around 9inches to mostly 10 to 12 inches, fish around the floating dock, and drop offs, fish are not in real shallow.Try over the brushpiles, use dark jigs,minnows
General Comment

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundment.

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

This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A city fishing permit is no longer required.Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.



PLEASANTON CITY LAKE WEST - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish Excellent Size varies, some up to 8 pounds around and downwind of the fish feeders, use cut shad, (best on chicken liver), shrimp, worms, prepared baits, along dam,
crappie Slow All sizes Fish are nice size and the density is good, fish are along the dam, south east pier, and in the brushpiles fish with jigs, blue /white, minnows,
largemouth bass Excellent 12-22 inches dam, the brushpiles with crank baits or spinners,
bluegill Slow varies use a small worm or jig under a float.
General Comments

Water levels are good. This Lake has produced some nice stringers of fish and great should continue to do so.  Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundments.

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

 This lake has a high density of channel catfish that increases angling opportunity. Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake, no fishing permits required.



YATES CENTER - SOUTH OLD - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1-5 lbs. Spring sampling indicates a fair population of largemouth bass. Most of the population consists of quality sized fish or larger (fish larger than 12").
Wipers Poor up to 5 lbs. Sampling efforts indicate a low population of wipers due to no stockings in recent years. The fish that are available should be harvestable sized individuals.
Channel Catfish Good up to 15 lbs. A good populaiton of channel catfish is present in this lake with many harvestable size fish available.
Walleye Fair up to 6 lbs. Sampling efforts show a fair population of walleye. Most fish available should be of harvestable size (15" or greater).
Crappie Fair up to 14" A fair population of both black crappie and white crappie are present in this lake. Harvestable sized fish larger than 10" are available and even fish up to 14" have been caught.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Largemouth bass Fair-Good 1-5 lbs Mid range cranks along creek channel. Spinnerbaits along water willow. Topwater baits should be good this time of year.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. mostly on liver, can be caught using various shad imitating lures. 
channel catfish good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Trolling with jig and crawlers or deep crankbaits along the channel breaks
crappie fair up to 14" The crappie have probably moved back to deeper waters. Look for them along the creek channel or near the dam. Minnows should be the choice for bait.
General Comments

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required. 

STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell before leaving an area. DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT between waters.

District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



MARAIS DES CYGNES WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
blue, channel catfish Poor varies The river is at normal level, fish are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, worms
walleye Poor varies use minnows, jigs, work the pools below riffles
white bass/wipers Poor varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
paddlefish  Poor varies snagging, water level is low
General Comments

Paddlefish season starts March 15 to May 15, therer is a 34 inch length limit, a paddlefish permit is $12.50 including 6 carcass tags.  See your fishing regulations for aditional information.  The marais des cygnes river from the north bundary of Unit G to stateline bridge is open to paddlefish snagging.  Non sport fish (carp, drum,grass carp,gar, buffalo,gizzard shad) may be snagged and kept during this season.  There are no limits on non sport fish.

The river and streams on the state wildlife area are open to fishing. The river is a great place to float and fish. Some of the wildlife area pools are draining. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area and along stateline road bridge. For additional opportunities call 913-352-8941 for accurate information on wildlife pool drainage.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

 Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

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 homepageon February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

 



NEOSHO RIVER AT CHETOPA DAM - Last Updated: 6/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish CLOSED   Paddlefish season is closed.
General Comments
THE SNAGGING SEASON OPENS MARCH 15 AND RUNS THROUGH MAY 15TH.

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

•A fish must be kept if placed on a stringer. Culling is not allowed.

•A state-issued permit is required. Two paddlefish may be harvested daily and six may be harvested in a season.

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

The best fishing occurs at river flows of 10-15,000 cubic feet per second. The following link will take you to the Kansas Water Watch website. Click HERE for river flow data.



CRITZER LAKE - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches work the trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, about 8-10 ft deep, close to structure,
Smallmouth Bass Fair 13 to 15" jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky shorelines
Channel Catfish Great 12" to 8 pounds the fish feeder is ON, recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (14 to 27 inches), use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats, 
Crappie Fair any size recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (9 to 12 inches) but angler success is slow,  minnows and jigs, lakewide
Walleye Fair most between 15 to 17 inches recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (17.5 to 22 inches) along the dam and dropoffs, jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

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

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



GARNETT SOUTH - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
Largemouth Bass Good up to 6 lbs. This lake has a good bass population. A good percentage of the sampled population is in the 15-20" range.
Bluegill Excellent up to 8" This lake has an excellent bluegill population. A total of 383 bluegill were caught in 2 nets and most of the bluegill caught were 6-8" in length.
Channel Catfish Good 8-30" A nice population of quality sized fish is available with most fish ranging from 2-4 lbs, however 2 lunkers were caught during fall sampling one tipped the scale at 18.25 lbs. and the other at 16.5 lbs.
Crappie Fair up to 13" The crappie population seems to be comprised mainly of sub legal fish but there are some larger fish available.
Wiper Fair up to 15 lbs. There is a fair population of wipers in this lake. Most fish are quality sized however some trophy sized fish are available.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 5lbs. Shallow crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Topwater baits early and late.
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber along shoreline vegetation and structure small jigs or flies can also be productive
Channel Catfish Fair-Good 8-30 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Slow 6-10 inches Small jigs or spinners around deeper water structure.
Wiper Slow    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
       

Comments:

Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and livewells to help stop the spread of ANS species. For more information on this lake and other lakes in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson Counties, click on the link below to subscribe to the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.

 http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



GARNETT NORTH - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Use minnows around brush in 8-15 ft. of water.
Channel catfish Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide 
Largemouth Bass Good up to 3lbs. Crankbaits along dropoffs or topwater baits early and late.
Wipers Good   Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. Several wipers 4-6 lbs were seen while electrofishing
Walleye Slow   trolling with crankbaits around schools of shad
General Comments

Please remember to help STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell when leaving water bodies. 

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

For more information on waters in Woodson, Coffey, Anderson, and Allen counties, click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



YATES CENTER - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Size Rating Baits, Method, and Location
Redear and Bluegill up to 11" Good A good population of redear and bluegill is present in this lake. Redear up to 11" are not uncommon and are usually caught around the weedbeds using worms or small jigs.
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Good Sampling shows a moderate to high density of largemouth bass which should provide anglers with some good fishing. Many anglers have had success fishing along the abundant vegetation.
Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish up to 10 lbs. Good Both channel catfish and blue catfish are present in this lake, however, the blue catfish population is fairly new so the fish have not reached large sizes yet. The largest blue cat sampled was just over 4 lbs. The channel catfish population continues to show good numbers and will provide good angling.
Wipers/White Bass up to 5.5 lbs. Fair-Good A moderate population of wipers and white bass exist in this lake. Be sure you are familiar with the identifying characteristics of each species. There is no limit on white bass, but an 18" length limit is in effect for Wipers
Crappie up to 12" Fair Sampling efforts show a low to moderate abundance of crappie. Crappie up to 12" are available but fish in the 6-9" range are the most common.
Walleye up to 24" Fair A fair population of walleye is present in this lake. Fish 12-20" are most common.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair-Good Worms under bobber near vegetation or small lures can also be productive. Several 9-10" redear sundfish were seen while electrofishing.
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Good Heavy-weighted plastics in weed beds or around the timber. Topwater baits should also be good around the weeds.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Good livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair-Good Crankbaits or swim baits around schools of shad. 
Crappie up to 12" Fair Find the creek channel and look for trees on the bends of the channel in 8-15 ft. Minnows will probably work the best.
Walleye 15-24" slow Trolling or drifting crankbaits on the flats or rocky banks. However, don't be afraid to throw swimbaits around the weeds.

Comments

The crappie regulation has changed and is now 20 fish/day with no length limit. 

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required.

This lake contains Eurasian Watermilfoil. Please remember to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment when leaving water bodies.



JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Size Rating Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Good Good channel cat fishing will continue. Anglers have the most success along the old river channel.
White Bass up to 3 lbs. Good White bass do well in this shallow reservoir. Anglers have good success in the upper end in the river channel during the spring spawning run.
Crappie up to 13" Good Crappie fishing will be fair to good anglers should focus on the deeper water and on the face of the dam. Many crappie over 10" were captured during fall netting.
       
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair livers, cut bait or other prepared bait. upper end of the lake or behind the dam in the river.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Fair Main river channel and along dam using small spinners or shad imitations
Crappie up to 13" Slow Jigs and minnows along the dam rip rap and up in the river around woody structure. 
       

Comments

Boaters beware of shallow water! For current lake level and release information click the following link http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html.

ALERT! This lake contains Zebra Mussels please help stop the spread Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment after leaving this water body. It is Illegal transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on lakes in the New Strawn district click the following link. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District



WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/29/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5 lbs. Spring sampling indicated a fair to good population of largemouth. The population continues to grow. The largest fish sampled was near 6lbs. 
Channel Catfish Good up to 15 lbs. The Fall gill net sample indicates a good population of channel catfish. There are many harvestable size fish in the population along with many fish larger than 6 lbs. The largest fish of the sample weighed in at just over 15 lbs.
Crappie Fair up to 14 inches Sampling efforts indicate a large population of crappie with the majority in the 6-8" range, however, larger individuals up to 14" are available.
Wipers Fair up to 5 lbs. Fall sampling indicates a fair population of wipers. Many quality sized wipers should be available from recent stockings.
       
Current fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good 8-18" Mid to deep diving crankbaits along ledges, or pitching finesse plastics or jigs around brush.
Channel Catfish Good up to 12lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. 
Crappie Fair up to 12" Vertical jigging spoons, jigs, or minnows around brush in 10-15 ft. of water
Wipers Slow-Fair up to 5lbs. Shad imitations in open water or windy points, vertical jigging with spoons. Look for schools of shad and the wipers should be close.
       

Comments:

 The lake is 3 FT. low. The boat ramp is still usable.

Anglers please do your part to stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving a water body and do not transfer live fish or bait between water bodies.

For more info. on lakes in the New Strawn district, click on the following link.http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District