Tuttle Creek Reservoir

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Tuttle Creek Reservoir Map
This Location does have Boat Access Trout Lake Fishing Forecast Region 2 Public Fishing Reports State Park Wildlife Area

GPS Location: N39 15.445 W96 34.77

Manhattan, KS

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 12,500 acres

Maximum Depth: 50 feet

Normal Lake Level: 1075 mls

Lake Temperature: 60

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Blue Catfish 10
Channel Catfish 10
Crappie 50
Flathead Catfish 5
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass 5 18
Saugeye 5 15
White Bass
Walleye 5 15
Trout 5
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/8/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1.5 pounds In a pre-spawn behavior and being caught 12 - 18 feet deep around brush or creek channels.  On warm afternoons some are being caught shallower along rocky banks, especially in the upper part of the Reservoir. Jigs or minnows. The crappie spawn at Tuttle Creek usually gets going good after April 15th. 
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds A few being caught off of rocky points in 15 to 20 feet of water.
Catfish Fair to Good Up to 20 pounds Along wind swept points or in the river upstream of the reservoir.  Cut bait or worms.
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 Fair to Slow Up to 6 pounds Along rocky banks 10 to 15 feet deep with jigs.  A few being caught at the tubes.
Rainbow Trout Good Up to 5 pounds So far this winter 12,900 rainbow trout have been stocked into Willow Lake. The most recent stocking was on March 6th of 1,750 trout. Lots of anglers have been out and they have been catching a lot of trout.  Most of the fish have been caught close to the bottom.  Commercial trout baits, worms, minnows or corn. 
General Comments

Trout season is here! Rainbow trout are regularly stocked at Willow Lake during the fall and winter trout season. Willow Lake is located in the Southeast corner of the Tuttle Creek State Park below the dam. A trout permit is required of all anglers 16 years of age and older that are fishing at Willow Lake from November 1st through April 15th. Anyone under 16 years of age can harvest up to 2 trout without a trout permit.

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

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