Don George, Fisheries Biologist 913-795-2218
Driving Directions: From Mound City go north on Hwy 7 to 875 Road; turn west onto 875 Road and follow the blacktop surface. The road will change from 875 Road to 900 Road and then to 1000 Road. From 1000 Road turn south onto Ingrahm Road. At 950 Road turn west and proceed to Hahn Cove, the Critzer Lake entrance. The lake entrance is south off of 950 Road.
Critzer Lake was designed and built as a regional water supply impoundment by Public Wholesale Water Supply District #13. The recreational opportunities are managed by Linn County. For additional information click on the link provided below and you will be directed to the Linn County, Kansas website.
GPS Location: +38 degrees 9' 38.20", -94 degrees 55' 28.87"
Mound City, KS 66056
Impoundment Type: Community Lake
Surface Acres: 220
Maximum Depth: 50
Normal Lake Level: conservation pool
Current Lake Level: Normal
Critzer Lake is 220 surface acres with a maximum depth of 50 feet. It is 2.4 miles long and has a large quantity of standing trees and habitat below the surface, so please adhere to the no wake policy. This is a fishing lake only not open to recreational boating. In 2007, the lake was impounded and stocked with walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redear, sunfish and black crappie. Fishing has been very good generally for all species. Largemouth bass anglers have been especially successful. This is primarily a boat lake.
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
Fishing Report - Last Update: 1/6/2014
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
|Largemouth Bass||Good||13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches||work the trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, about 8-10 ft deep, close to structure,|
|Smallmouth Bass||Slow||13 to 15"||jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky shorelines|
|Channel Catfish||Slow||12" to 8 pounds||the fish feeder is OFF, recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (14 to 27 inches), use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats, nice 3-8 pound fish have been caught.|
|Crappie||Slow||any size||recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (9 to 12 inches) but angler success is slow, fish are shallow, minnows and jigs, lakewide|
|Walleye||Fair/Good||most between 15 to 17 inches||recent sampling indicates very good numbers of large fish (17.5 to 22 inches) along the dam and dropoffs, jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel|
Critzer Lake is ice covered. Critzer Lake the newest lake in KANSAS and opened to fishing in August of 2011. This lake is featured in many of Brent Chapman's utube articles as he fishes heavy cover. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There ia a double lane boat ramp and the lake is primarily a boat lake. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit. Lake brouchures are available at the Linn County Courthouse information display case or online at www.linncountyks.com or contact Fisheries Biologist Don George at 913-795-2218. Remember to Clean, Drain and Dry.
KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepageon February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!