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: 38.4819 -97.4682

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: 10/23/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Good Up to 30" Fishing has been good with livers, cut bait, and stink bait. The lake is an excellent spot for keeper-sized and the occasional trophy-sized channel catfish.  Fishing is good lakewide.
Crappie Fair 8-10" Crappie are offshore in deeper water. A few will remain shallow to feed. The crappie population at McPherson SFL is generally poor; however, a few big crappie were sampled this spring.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7 lb. Fishing has been good on plastics fished around structure.
Saugeye Fair 15-20" Some good recent reports on saugeye from the north end of the lake using crankbaits. Saugeye seem to like the lower end of the reservoir around rocks.
General Comments
A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.