McPherson State Fishing Lake

Canton, KS

6 miles, N, 2 ½ miles W of Canton

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks 620-628-4592

GPS Location: N38.4819 W97.4682

2450 Pueblo Road if on west side of lake; 2475 Pueblo Road if on east side of lake
Canton, KS 67428

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 46 acres

Maximum Depth: 30 feet

Normal Lake Level: Full

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Channel Catfish 2 15"
Crappie 50
Flathead Catfish 5
Largemouth Bass 5 13-18" protected slot
Green Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Saugeye 5 18
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Good Up to 30" Fishing has picked up in shallow water.  The lake is an excellent spot for keeper-sized and the occasional trophy-sized channel catfish. Use dead shad on windblown shores during the fall and winter, especially during warm periods.
Crappie Fair 8-10" Crappie should be moving shallow, especially on nice days. The crappie population at McPherson SFL is generally pretty poor; however, several 14+" crappie were sampled last year.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 5 lb. Fishing is picking up as the water warms. The population looks great, with the big fish of last year's sample weighing in at 7.1 lb.
Saugeye Fair 15-20" No reports. A few saugeye were sampled this fall. Most saugeye are caught by bass anglers. Saugeye seem to like the corners of the dam.
General Comments
A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.