Lyon State Fishing Lake

Lyon State Fishing Lake
Lyon State Fishing Lake Map
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Reading, KS

12.5 miles N of Emporia on KS-99, 1.8 miles E on Rd 270

KDWP Reading 620-699-3372

GPS Location: 38.54652 -96.05805

Reading , KS

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 135 acres

Maximum Depth: N/A

Normal Lake Level: N/A

Current Lake Level: Full

Lyon SFL Habitat

Lyon SFL Habitat

LYSL water willow

Lyon SFL

Lyon County State Fishing Lake is situated on the eastern edge of the Flint Hills region in Kansas. The lake is located 13 miles north of Emporia on Kansas Highway 99 then two miles east on County Road 270. The 135 acre lake is surrounded by 442 acres of state owned public wildlife area. Fourteen hundred acres of native tall grass prairie comprise most of the lake's drainage basin and contribute greatly to its average 39 inches of water clarity.

Kansas acquired the lake property in 1931. The Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps were responsible for much of the construction. Their craftsmanship is still visible in the native limestone guard posts and inlaid rip-rap on the face of the dam and spillway. The limestone shelter house was constructed in 1951. Other improvements at the lake include a concrete boat ramp, boat loading dock, seven rip-rapped fishing piers, three rip-raped islands, two outhouses, picnic tables and camping sites. The lake was renovated in 2000 to restore a desirable fish population.

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

Fishing Report - Last Update: 10/16/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill & Redear good

55% 4-7"

23% 7-9"

23% 9-11"

Bluegill and redear sunfish are most easily caught on 2-6 pound test line, a number eight hook baited with a worm, grasshopper, or cricket, a single split shot for weight, and a small bobber or simply tight line. They can be caught around rocks on jetties, brush piles, and over aquatic vegetation. Dry flies and poppers over spawning beds are also effective.
Channel Catfish good

4% 11-16"

83% 16-24"

4% 24-28"

8% 28-36"

Channel catfish are typically caught on or near the bottom on worms, shad sides, or stink bait. They can be caught in coves around feeders and along the weed line. Channel catfish congregate at the inlet when rain water is running into the lake.
Largemouth Bass good

31% 8-12"

67% 12-15"

3% 15-20"

0% >20"

Bass are spawning in shallows. Artificial baits such a spinners, jigs, beetle spins, plastic worms, and surface lures work very well for largemouth bass. Natural baits such as minnows, worms, crayfish, and grasshoppers are also excellent choices. Bass can be caught around rock jetties, brush piles, and edges of aquatic vegetation. Big bass will hit any of the above baits but not as readily as smaller fish. Technique is important if you want to catch big bass.
Crappie good

7% 5-8"

4% 8-10"

82% 10-12"

7% 12-15"

Crappie are most easily caught on light line using small jigs or minnows around brush piles, channel breaks, and aquatic vegetation edges.
General Comments

To view a map of brush pile locations, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the lake.

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2013 test netting.

The American Pond Weed and Sago Pond Weed form dense mats that make fishing difficult in shallow water during summer. Use top water baits, weedless hooks, or fish the edges.

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