Harvey County East Lake

Harvey County East Lake 3D
This Location does have Boat Access CFAP Lake Fishing Forecast Region 4 Public Fishing Reports

 7 miles east of Newton, KS on First Street, 1/4 mile north on East Lake Road
 Harvey County

GPS Location: 38.046 -97.1976

Newton, KS

Impoundment Type: Community Lake

Surface Acres: 320 acres

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Channel Catfish 5
Crappie 50
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass 5 13-18
Saugeye 2 18
Walleye 2 18
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 7/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-4lbs Channel catfish are stocked seasonally, and can be caught lakewide.
White Crappie Fair  up to 12 inches Try small jigs or minnows especially around brush piles.
Largemouth Bass Fair All sizes When fishing for largemouth bass in the summer try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around structures or along weed lines.
Saugeye No Reports 18" length limit Saugeye may be caught lakewide, but it's been pretty slow.
White bass Fair 12" + As the water temperatures increas, white bass will be feeding on shad. Good bait choices for this time of year are crankbaits, plastics, and slab spoons. 
General Comments

Carp Removal Project at Harvey County East Park

In an effort to improve fishing for bass and crappie, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will be making a special effort in the coming days to reduce the population of common carp in East Lake.  Carp are not native to Kansas and were introduced to the United States many years ago from Asia.  They are somewhat invasive, and large populations of them can cause problems with the lake ecosystem.  Because they grow and reproduce quickly, they take up valuable space and resources in the lake that would be used by largemouth bass.  Carp also "root" around in the mud, stirring up sediments into the water, which decreases the water clarity.  

Bass depend on clearer water to be able to feed and reproduce, so the muddy water conditions can result in smaller, less healthy bass populations.  Because bass are the main predator of crappie in East Lake, the crappie population is also at risk for "stunting," because too many of the newly hatched crappie will survive, resulting in too many little crappie and not enough space and food for them to grow into larger fish.

Spring and summer are the best time to remove carp because they are easier to catch as they move into the shallow shoreline for spawning.  To make a big difference in the water quality, as many carp as possible should be removed at once - or they will quickly repopulate again.  While it is impossible to remove every carp in the lake, removing a large number of them should produce a noticeable improvement in the water clarity and ultimately a  better fishable popualtion of both largemouth bass and crappie.  
The results of this effort will be monitored by KDWPT in the next three years with annual fish population sampling.  With questions, please contact Jessica Mounts, District Fisheries Biologist at 316.683.8069 or at jessica.mounts@ksoutdoors.com.

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please call Jessica at 316-683-8069.

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