Sheridan State Fishing Lake

Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks Norton, KS 913-877-2953

GPS Location: N39 21 31.21 W100 13 39.23

Hoxie, KS 67740

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 67 acres

Maximum Depth: 22 feet

Normal Lake Level: Full is 4 feet below overflow structure.

Current Lake Level: At normal full operating level.

Lake Temperature: 51

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Crappie 50
Channel Catfish 5
Flathead Catfish 5
Largemouth Bass 5 15
Redear Sunfish
Saugeye 5 15
Wiper 2
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 10/3/2014

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

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

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