Fall River Reservoir

Fall River 3D
Fall River Reservoir Map
This Location does have Boat Access Fishing Forecast State Park Wildlife Area

US Army Corps of Engineers 620-637-2213

GPS Location: N37 39.368 W096 03.208

Severy, KS

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 2,500 acres

Normal Lake Level: 948.5

There are 14 miles of public access to Fall River beginning at the Hwy. 99 bridge.

FLRR CHC cavity

Natural spawning cavities for channel catfish like this one are limited in Fall River Reservoir.  Lake level was four feet low when picture was taken.

Fall River Access


Fall River Reservoir

FLRR Spillway

Fall River Reservoir Outlet

FLRP Kids Pond

Fall River State Park Kid's Pond

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

Fishing Report - Last Update: 2/3/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish good

11% 11"-16"

59% 16"-24"

30% 24"-28"

0% >28"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides near channel breaks.
crappie good

78% 5"- 8"

12% 8"-10"

7% 10"-12"

3% 12"-15"

0% 15"+

Use a minnow or jig on channel breaks, especially near the outlet gates, and logs at Ladd Bridge.
largemouth bass poor

75% 8"-12"

25% 12"-15"

0% 15"-20"

0% >20"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of the river produces a fair density bass population. There were 17 bass per hour of electrofishing around the Ladd Bridge section of the river. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, worm, spinner or crank bait around stumps and brush in the river.
white bass good

14% 6"- 9"

33% 9"-12"

27% 12"-15"

26% >15"

Jig a spoon or plastic shad on channel breaks.
General Comments

This is a general fishing report for winter months.

To view a map of brush piles in Fall River Reservoir and the old sunken Ladd Bridge in the river, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir.

Fall River above Ladd Bridge is blocked by a log jam.

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2014 test netting.

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