La Cygne Reservoir

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La Cygne, KS

SE of La Cygne

Kansas Department of Wildlife,Parks and Tourism, Don George, Fisheries Biologist 913-795-2218 Linn County Park 913-757-6633

GPS Location: N38 20 40.67 W94 40 8.60

LaCygne, KS 66040

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 2,600 acres

Maximum Depth: 40 feet

Normal Lake Level: 841 msl

Current Lake Level: below conservation pool

Lake Temperature: varies with the time of year, but lake rarely freezes over completely

Lake levels vary some but normally are at conservation pool. There are three boat ramps in the main lake and one boat ramp in the cooling pool on the east side of the project. Two of these ramps are inside the Linn County Park and one ramp is maintained by KDWP. Usability is determined by the weather. For winter time ramp conditions call the Linn County Park at 913-757-6633. With cold weather anglers can always use the walk-in area on the east side of the lake. This trail provides access to the hot water outlet into the lake. In cold weather this is one of the premier angling spots. The warm water produced by the KCP&L Plant attracts quantities of bait fish and predators of all kinds. Best baits are shad imitations.

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Bluegill unlimited
Black Bullhead unlimited
Blue Catfish 10
Channel Catfish 10
Crappie 50 10
Flathead Catfish 5
Green Sunfish unlimited
Largemouth Bass 5 18
Smallmouth Bass 5 18
Striped Bass 2 18
Wiper 2 18
Walleye 5 15
White Bass unlimited
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/6/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish, Slow to good all sizes, Use sunfish or cutshad,worms, liver, prepared baits. Fish around the hot water outlet,  The lake has big flathead and blues to catch. Recent fish population indicates a good population of channel catfish around 3 pounds and a 43 pound bluecatfish.
Crappie FAIR 10 - 13 inches Crappie maybe on/off  but when ON there are alot of nice fish, primarily in the 10 - 13 inch range.  Try the tubes under the plant entrance road, the outlet at the dam, center lake over the bridge, best on minnows some on jigs white/blue,  
Largemouth bass Slow, improving with the warm weather varies bass are best along weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations
white bass Slow varies, some 1.5 pounds use shad imitations, silver spoons big jigs, or cut shad. 
wiper Slow some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad, lots of wipers along open areas of water in the 1 - 7 pound range. The hot water discharge is always a favorite area
General Comments

Wipers around 6-8 pounds and white bass up to 2 pounds.  The colder the weather the hotter the fishing at this lake.  Start fishing at the hot water outlet for great results.

Water levels are good for fishing. Recent bass sampling indicates that La Cygne produces some of the best large largemouth bass in the state. 

 Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake. Anglers can walk in to the hot water outlet area from the east parking lot. The location is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot. Unload gear and walk west down the trail to where the hot water from the power plan empties into the lake.

Call the Linn County Park at 913-795-6633 for more information or camping, and cabins reservations.

Get the family, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment. Don't move water from any lake.

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Anglers when fishing at the hot water outlet,or at the outlet gate at the dam, DO NOT GO OVER THE CABLES. FISHING IN A RESTRICTED AREA COULD GET YOU ARRESTED.