Wilson State Fishing Lake

Wilson State Fishing Lake
This Location does have Boat Access Fishing Forecast

Buffalo, KS

1 mile south, 1 mile east of Buffalo

GPS Location: 37.6920 -95.6767

Buffalo, KS

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 110 acres

Maximum Depth: 40 feet

Normal Lake Level: Full

Current Lake Level: N/A

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

Fishing Report - Last Update: 11/5/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 16-24 inches Fishing has been fair on the southeast side of the lake. Stinkbait and chicken livers are usually productive baits. Hybrid catfish should begin to reach 15" in 2015.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Fair 10-22 inches Try a slow approach around rocks in direct sunlight. Motor oil and purple have been the best colors.
Crappie Poor 8-14 inches Crappie fishing has been slow. Some anglers are having luck off the bridge.
General Comments

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present.  Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin.  Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin.  Both species have their adipose fin clipped.  Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Wilson County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.  

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Wilson State Fishing Lake. Contact Ben Neely (ben.neely@ksoutdoors.com) to receive one via email or visit www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/content/download/33395/238994/file/WLSL_email.pdf to download.

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