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CEDAR BLUFF FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 9/26/2014
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 14 inches Anglers reported catching fish vertically fishing minnows and small slab spoons over the fish attractors.  Overall number of fish caught was low, but quality was excellent as fish ranged from 13 to 15 inches in length.
Walleye Slow Up to 28 inches Anglers reported catching a few fish while crappie fishing.  Vertically fish larger slab spoons over mainlake points and drop-offs should begin producing especially as the water cools down this fall.
White Bass/Wipers

White bass-Fair

Wipers-Fair

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing or drifting small shad or vertically fishing slab spoons over mainlake points and drop-off remains productive.  But look for fish to begin moving onto shallow, windswept points, parking lots, and roadbeds as the water cools where they can be caught casting bucktail jigs, slab spoons, and other shad imitations.

WATER TEMPERATURE-72

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2122.02'----21.98' below conservation 

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related prospects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District

GLEN ELDER FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 9/30/2014
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
ZEBRA MUSSELS     Zebra mussels were detected in Glen Elder Reservoir on August 31, 2013 and the reservoir has now been established as a Designated Aquatic Nuisance Water. This means that no bait can be caught from Glen Elder and used in another water body. Anglers are not allowed to leave Glen Elder with ANY live fish. All harvested fish must be dead prior to leaving the reservoir. Also, anglers should be extra careful when leaving Glen Elder to follow all state laws that require anglers to CLEAN all equipment for anything attached (plants, animals, mud) and remove anything found. Second, DRAIN all water from equipment (livewell, bilge, bait buckets) before using at a different location. Finally, DRY all equipment for a minimum of 5 days before using again. If you need to use it sooner, wash with hot (140 F) water. Everyone is asked to do their part to prevent the spread of this aquatic nuisance species to other waters!
Crappie Slow 10-16 inches There have been very few crappie reports this summer, even the brush piles haven't been producing any fish.  Normally when water temperatures cool into the low 60's and 50's the crappie activity begins to pick up.  Until the water cools down, I would expect the crappie fishing to remain difficult.  The last half of October and November should be a good time to catch some crappie though.
Walleye Slow 15-24 inches

Similar to crappie, the walleye fishing has been tough this year.  Anglers have been catching a few while drifting around Walnut Creek and near Campground 3 using jigs and worms, but trolling crankbaits has also yielded a few keepers.  As the water cools, the fishing will pick up with some of the better areas off the north shore points, under the Granite Creek and causeway bridges, and near the old foundations on the west end.  Fall walleye fishing can be fantastic and the fish usually bite throughout the day after the water has cooled.

Approximately 9 million walleye fry were stocked in April.

White Bass Good 11-17 inches White bass are providing most of the action right now and many anglers have been catching fair to good numbers of whites over the past several weeks.  Trolling has been working best in Walnut Creek, along the dam, and in the state park area.  Other anglers have been vertically jigging slab spoons and jigs around the outlet, brush piles, and Waconda Springs area.  Shoreline anglers have been doing well fishing the causeway, Marina Cove, Osage Cove, and the north shore near the dam.
Black Bass Fair 10-19 inches The bass bite remains good now with smallies offering the best opportunities around the dam, Marina Cove, Osage Cove, Timber Cove, and along the south bluffs. Largemouth can be found in Osage Cove, Mill Creek, and Schoen's Cove.  Topwater lures fished early in the morning and toward dusk work very well for smallmouth while crankbaits and soft plastics will often yield both species throughout the day.
Wipers and Stripers Fair 12-22 inches

There are a lot of young wipers coming into the population between 12 and 14 inches so make sure to identify your catch carefully when catching white bass and wipers! 

No change here.  Anglers have been catching good numbers of wipers while fishing for white bass.  Walnut Creek, the north end of the dam, Campground 3, and the river channel on the west end are all good places to look for wipers.  There have also been schooling wipers caught around the rocky point just west of the swim beach on the north side.

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes Chumming is still working well for a few anglers that are sticking with it.  They continue to catch good numbers of fish using stinkbait and cut shad.  Other anglers are having luck catching channels and flatheads while trolling crankbaits around the bluffs and Cawker causeway.  There are also a few anglers using setlines in Mill Creek and in the South Fork west of Boller Point that have reported good catches of channels and blue catfish.  They have been releasing all of the blue catfish to allow the population to build to a naturally-reproducing population.
REMINDER TO ALL ANGLERS!!! There is a creel limit of 20 crappie/day at Glen Elder Reservoir, effective January 1, 2013. Make sure to spread the word that it is now illegal to possess more than 20 crappie each day!!!

Boat Ramp Update: The reservoir is 2.1 feet below conservation so low water is not limiting access at this time, but Granite Creek could be difficult to launch large boats due to the shallow water.

Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.  Check it out for the recent additions we made in March 2014.  Special thanks to the over 20 volunteers who made it possible for these brush piles to continue to get upgrades as well as the new piles that we constructed.

For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Glen Elder Reservoir" link above this report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!


KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 9/26/2014
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good Variety Catfishing has been good recently on cutbait.  Anglers are having luck on the humps on the south side, and on the flats near the channel. 
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches A few fish are being caught on the deep brush.
Trout Slow   Trout stockings will resume in November.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair Variety, up to 21" Fishing has been slow. Trolling crankbaits or rattletraps is a productive method.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Troll or jig on main lake points.  Use kastmasters and flashy lures that resemble gizzard shad.
Wiper Fair All sizes Wipers mix in with white bass and generally hang below their schools.
General Comment
Current lake elevation and water temperature is available on the location page linked to this fishing report. It is updated daily by the Corps of Engineers.

KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT (NORTON) - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 9/24/2014
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 FISHING OUTLOOK     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.
Saugeye Good Majority 15 to 18 inches Saugeye fishing should be good as numbers are up this year with 17% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 58% being in the 15 to 18 inch size range and 25% being over 18 inches. The largest fish sampled weighed 4.09 lbs. Rated #1 in state for density for fish 14 inches and above.
Wiper Good Majority 15 to 20 inches Numbers are up from last year with the majority of fish being in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 57%, fish 7 to 15 inches accounted for 21% and fish 20 to 25 inches accounted for 22%. The biggest fish weighed 7.00 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for fish 12 inches and above.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 24 to 30 inches Catfishing should be fair; however, the numbers are down from last year. The population is dominated by 24 to 30 inch fish accounting for 67% and fish 17 to 24 inches accounted for 33%. Biggest fish weighed 10.97 lbs. All the flatheads sampled were over 22 inches and the biggest fish weighed 5.19 pounds.
Crappie Good & Fair Majority 2 to 5 inches Crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for both with 96% of the being 2 to 5 inches. However, the density rating for black crappie is #3 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The biggest black crappie sampled weighed 1.75 lbs and the biggest white crappie weighed 1.09 pounds.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Good Majority 12 to 15 inches Numbers are up from last year with the majority of the largemouth being in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 69%. Fish 7 to 12 inches accounted for 12%, and fish over 15 inches accounted for 19%. The biggest fish weighed 3.39 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1 for largemouth 12 inches and above. Spotted bass numbers are up from last year and the fishing should be good as well. The majority of spot's are in the 11 to 14 inch size range accounting for 45% and 14 inch + fish accounted for 26%. Density rating for the state is #1 for spotted bass 11 inches and above.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the public fishing dock and the private boat slips using jigs. Also catching fish using jigs and jigs with minnows under a bobber.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock, Shoens Cove, around the Marsh Dike and in Leota Cove using jigs and worms. Remember the 18 inch length limit. Stocked 65,000 saugeye fingerlings (2-3" fish) on 5-5-14
Wiper Good 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in the mouth of Leota Cove and along the road bed on the south side. Stocked 200,000 wiper fry on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock and off set and trot lines using live bait. Remember that all limb lines must be clearly marked with either your KDWPT fishing license number and name, or your name address and a phone number. Any lines found that are not marked will be removed. 
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did have reports of fish being caught in Leota Cove and along the Dam using plastic baits and crank baits. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 67 Degree's.

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2288.36 ---- 15.94' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.70 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time. 

They are currently releasing water at 0 cfs. The releasing of the water started on 7/13/14 and only went until 7/22/14.

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk 

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

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 homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District

KIRWIN RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 9/24/2014
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 FISHING OUTLOOK     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.
Walleye Good Majority 20 to 25 inches Walleye fishing should be good again this year with11% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range, 37% being in the 15 to 20 inch size range and 43% being in the 20 to 25 inch size range. Therefore 80% are over the 15 inch length limit. The largest fish sampled weighted 7.32 lbs. Rated #1 in state for density of fish 15 inches and above.
White Bass Fair Majority 12 to 15 inches Numbers are down slightly from last year with the majority of fish being in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 43%. Fish 9 to 12 inches accounted for 28% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 29%. The biggest fish weighted 2.71 lbs. Rated #14 in state for density of fish 9 inches and above.
Wiper Good Majority 15 to 20 inches Numbers are up slightly from last year with the majority of fish being in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 65%. Fish 7 to 10 inches accounted for 1%, 10 to 15 inch fish accounted for 15% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 19%. The biggest fish weighted 9.08 lbs. Ranked #3 in the state for density of fish 12 inches and above.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 16 to 24 inches Catfishing should be fair with the numbers being down from last year. The population is still fairly young with fish 12 to 16 inches accounting for 20% and fish 16 to 24 inches accounting for 80%. Biggest fish weighted 4.47 lbs. Flathead's were all in the 17 to 20 inch size range. Ranked #2 in the state for density of fish 20 inches and above.
Crappie Good Majority 2 to 5 inches Although low numbers of fish were caught in the trap nets due to cold fronts passing through crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for both with 61% being 2 to 5 inches, 4% being 5 to 10 inches, 10 to 12 inch fish accounted for 16% and 12 to 16 inch fish accounted for 16%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #1 in the state for fish 8 inches and above and #17 for white crappie.
Largemouth Bass Fair Majority 15 to 20 inches The bass fishery is starting to come around and should be fair.  Fish in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 50% and fish 15 to 20 inches accounted for 50% as well.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the north and south shore fish attractors using jigs.  Fish are also being caught on jigs, little spinners and jigs and minnows under a bobber. Fish are also being picked up drifting with jig and worm.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Have had reports of fish being caught trolling diving lures along the Dam.  Also hearing of fish being caught using worms and minnows on the drop-offs and in the shallows.
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Have had reports of fish being caught trolling diving lures, drifting jigs with worms or minnows and up in the shallows using shrimp, shad and shad gizzards.  Stocked 210,000 wipers on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught on the north shore west of the USFWS headquarters, Gray's Park point, along the Dam and around the outlet using shad and shad gizzards on the bottom. With the new water coming in these fish should be moving upstream.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 66 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1715.06 ---- 14.19' below conservation pool

The reservoir is back open to boats and will remain open until October 1, 2014, unless the water elevation would get above 1722.

They are currently releasing no water at this time.  The releasing of the water started on 6/25/14.

Due to low water conditions all watercraft operators are asked to be aware of shallow water and near surface obstacles.

Currently, the water level is 3.19 feet lower than one year ago at this time.  Also, if boating keep an eye out for floating logs and debris that came in from the rains. 

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) has been put into effect at Kirwin, so if you have any questions contact the Service at 785-543-6673 or stop by their office at 702 Xavier Road.  

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk 

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

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 homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District


LOVEWELL RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 9/30/2014
Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Walleye Fair 15-28 inches Walleye fishing has been fairly slow this summer and there hasn't been a lot to report.  Angling success should really increase with cooling water temperatures as the walleye bite very well when water temperatures are in the 60's and 50's.  Best areas in the fall to locate walleye include Cedar Point,  the dam, Walleye Point, and Cabin Point.  Trolling crankbaits will often yields some fish, but fishing live bait also works very well.
White Bass/Wipers Good 9-16 inches

Anglers continue to report a few whites and wipers, but catch rates haven't been as high since the irrigation season came to an end.  With no water coming in or going out the inlet and outlet areas aren't productive right now.  The best numbers of white bass and wipers in the fall can normally be found on the west end of the reservoir around Oak Hill and Pawnee Point.  Focusing on the river channel on the west end is a good place to start.  There may also be decent numbers along the old roadbed off Cabin Point and around Cedar Point.

Many anglers have been caught with more than two wipers recently at Lovewell due to misidentification of white bass and wipers.  There are good numbers of 12-14 inch wipers in the reservoir now that can be confused with white bass.  Anglers should make sure they can positively identify each fish they catch.  For help on distinguishing between the two species go to this website and click on the "Fish I.D. Poster--Temperate Bass Family" link to read up on the differences.  You will get ticketed for  possessing more than 2 wipers at Lovewell!

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes

Same as last week.  Anglers drifting with stinkbait and shrimp have been catching some catfish around the Cross, Walleye Point, and the dam.  A couple of anglers have been chumming along the river channel west of Cedar Point and catching good numbers.  Other anglers continue to run set lines with some success.

There are blue catfish in the reservoir and we are asking anglers to please release any they catch.  We would like to allow them to grow and reproduce so they can become a self-sustaining population.  There are also several hundred with yellow tags that we are asking anglers to release as these fish are part of an age and growth study.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Crappie Fair 8-13 inches The best time to catch Lovewell crappie is in October and November prior to ice formation.  Water temperatures are still a little warm, but as things cool off into the 50's the crappie will really congregate around the brush piles, especially at Cedar Point.  Anglers typically do well vertically jigging a variety of jigs, small slabs, and sliders.  Minnows can also yield some crappie this time of year.  There are several other productive brush piles that can be found on the Good Fishing Spots link below.
Comments
Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell. Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information.

For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Lovewell Reservoir" link above this report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

NORTON - SEE KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT

WEBSTER RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 9/24/2014
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
2014 Fishing Outlook     The information that is below is an outlook on how the fish populations should be in 2014 and are based on the 2013 Fall sampling.
Wipers Good Majority 6 to 15 inches with 15 to 20 inches close behind The supply should be good again this year. Six to 15 inch fish accounted for 29%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 56% and 20 inch plus fish accounted for 15%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 8.60 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 3rd in the state.
White Bass Good Majority 12 to 15 inches This population is currently dominated by fish in the 12 to 15 inch size accounting for 68%. Individuals in the 9 to 12 inch size range accounted for 14% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 13%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 1.84 lbs. Density rating for fish 9 inches and above ranked 1st this year.
Walleye Good Majority 15 to 28 inches Walleye fishing should be good again this year with 70% being over 15 inches. Fish in the 7 to 15 inch size range accounted for 33%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 55% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 11%. The largest fish sampled weighed 6.61 lbs. Density rating for fish 15 inches and above ranked #3 in state this year.
Channel Catfish Fair Majority 16 to 24 inches Catfishing should be fair with the numbers about the same as last year. The population is still fairly young with fish 11 to 16 inches being 11% and fish 16 to 24 inches accounted for 89%. The largest channel sampled weighed 4.37 lbs. The largest flathead sampled weighed 46.30 lbs. Density rating for flathead's 20 inches and above ranked #1 in state this year. 
Crappie Good & Fair Majority 2 to 8 inches Although low numbers of fish were caught in the trap nets due to cold fronts passing through crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for with 54% of the crappie being 2 to 5 inches. Will still be some 8 to 15 inch fish accounting for 28%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #6 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. The largest black sampled weighed 1.08 lbs and a white weighing 1.09 lbs.
Largemouth Bass Good Majority 15 to 20 inches The bass fishery is starting to come around and should be good. The majority of fish were in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 58% and fish 3 to 15 inches accounted for 42%. The biggest fish sampled weighed 3.15 pounds. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 2nd this year.
      CURRENT FISHING
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Heard of some fish being caught around the north and south fish attractors and North breakwater using jigs, jigs and minnows, and little spinners. Also added new cedar trees to all the marked fish attractors (90 trees on the South two and 80 trees to the North two). 
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught while trolling the Dam using diving lures.  Also catching some off the swim beach and river channel using jigs and night crawlers or minnows.  Remember the 15 inch length limit. Short fish need to be released.
White Bass/Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Have had reports of white bass and wipers being caught around north and south fish attractors and around the Goose Flats area casting jigs and using worms and minnows on the bottom. Trolling diving lures along the dam has also been productive.  Stocked 135,000 wiper fry on 5-5-14.
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Did have reports of fish being caught on the south side up by the Bow City parking lot and Methodist Camp point on the North side using shad and stink bait on the bottom.  Also heard of some still being caught around the breakwater's and trolling along the dam. Stocked 600 channels in the stilling basin on 9-17-2014 that were approx. 3 fish per pound or 1/3 pound each.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 67 Degree's

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1871.33 ---- 21.12' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 1.38 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.    

Due to low water conditions all watercraft operators are asked to be aware of shallow water and near surface obstacles.

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk  

KDWPT has released the "Walleye for Tomorrow" video and uploaded the video to the KDWPT You Tube channel. The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/8BMsifSvf-U .

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 homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's is currently available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District


WILSON RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? - One of the top 100 Bass lakes in the US

Last Updated: 9/30/2014
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow 10-14 inches No change here.  Look for the crappie in the deeper brush piles around Minooka, Hell Creek, Elm Creek, and out from the marina.  There may also be some around the deep structure along the river channel on the lower end of the reservoir.
Stripers Fair to Good 3-8 pounds During the summer, the stripers will move to their deep water haunts like the deep roadbeds and the river channel between Lucas Point and the dam.  Downrigger trolling with large crankbaits or live bait is a productive method now as well as still fishing live bait straight down in 30 to 50 feet of water.  There may also be some surface activity throughout the summer, especially toward the dam and Lucas Point areas.  Did have a recent report of some stripers surfacing for a long time near Nelson Cove.  There is a good shad population at Wilson this year and the stripers seem to be taking advantage of it most days.  Anglers can use this to their advantage when chasing stripers.
 Walleye Fair 11-20 inches The walleye tend to head to deep water during the hot summer months with anglers catching fish from 30 to 40 feet on occasion.  Jig and crawler or jig and leech are still productive, but trolling techniques similar to those mentioned for stripers may work even better now.
Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

There are channel catfish in the upper ends of many coves feeding in less than 2 feet of water.  Some of the better spots to try include Marshall Cove, Duvall Cove, and Elm Creek.  Shad sides, shrimp, and nightcrawlers will all catch channel catfish now.  A few anglers will be chumming for cats throughout the summer using rotten beans, wheat, and milo to attract them into an area.  They can then be caught on stinkbait, cut shad, and nightcrawlers.

Be on the lookout for blue catfish which are also in the reservoir. They are not legal size yet so make sure and take care to return them to the water. There is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Wilson Reservoir!

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds White bass can often be found feeding on shad when the wind is blowing from the south.  Look for them along the north shore and back in the coves as they will push the baitfish back in there while feeding.  Calm days will find white bass surface activity throughout the reservoir.  Night fishing with floating lights can yield a variety of species including white bass, white perch, crappie, and stripers.  This is a great way to beat the summer heat.  Some of the better spots for this activity include under the Hell Creek bridge, around Rocktown, and the hump out in front of the outlet tower near the dam.  Small jigs and minnows seem to work the best under the lights.
Black Bass Good 10-18 inches The bass start to get lazy throughout the day, but are still active during the early morning hours and toward dusk as they do most of their feeding at these times.  Topwater lures are tough to beat during the summer as both smallies and largemouth will readily attack them.  Deeper running crankbaits and Senkos work well during the day or in choppy conditions.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

White perch will go deep like many other species when it is hot out and they can be very easy to catch once you find them.  Jigs and slabs are great ways to catch white perch, but jigs and worms still work very well too.  Look for them in 20-25 feet of water around the brush piles, along the river channel breaks around Minooka, and on the north side around Rocktown.  Once you find a school of them, you can stay busy all day long catching tasty white perch. - IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

The white perch numbers are down in Wilson right now which is the goal of managing aquatic nuisance species.  While this species will continue to thrive and reproduce in Wilson, they are still an ANS species and KDWPT has manged the predator base in such a way to limit their numbers.  The hope is that the white bass will be able to make a comeback at the expense of the white perch numbers declining.

General Comments

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk . 

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 7.3 feet low anglers need to be aware of the following boat ramp conditions and limitations.  In addition, the boat docks are high and dry for the most part and will likely stay that way until a water level rise floods them again.  Anglers are asked to use caution when launching and loading and unloading persons into boats with most of the docks unusable at this time.  The ramp conditions are as follows:

Cedar Point: Closed

Elm Creek: Both ramps at Elm Creek are high and dry.  Launching boats is not recommended.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

Minooka: West Ramp:  Unadvised access.  Dock is high/dry, Middle Ramp:  Unadvised access. Dock is high/dry, East Ramp:  Ramp has adequate depth for most average fishing boats. Dock is high/dry.

Lucas: Ramp has adequate depth for most average fishing boats.  Dock is high/dry.

Spillway:  Poured 20 yards to the low water lane on April 1st. The dock is still accessible and moored on the shoreline.  This low water lane has deep water and good access.  This may be the primary ramp for many anglers to use this year.

Hell Creek: Hell Creek boat ramp is still usable and there is a courtesy dock in the water.

Otoe: This ramp is very shallow at the time, but still open.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

The current lake elevation and water temperature are posted on the location page daily by the Corp of Engineers - it is linked to this fishing report page for your convenience.

We have two Aquatic Nuisance Species - white perch and zebra mussels and have joined Cheney and El Dorado as lakes with both species. The law now says that if anyone leaves the lake with water in your livewell or boat, you are subject to a ticket for transporting Zebra Mussels since they will spawn and the microscopic little mussels will probably be in every drop of water in the lake. Make sure you drain all water from the boat before you leave the boat ramp area!!! We have been taking veliger samples and the samples were high so be sure to drain and dry everything!!!!!!

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STATE FISHING LAKES

JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 9/30/2014
Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Walleye/Saugeye Fair 10-20 inches Fall netting revealed a fair population of walleye and saugeye. Most of these fish are legal and anglers may be able to find some of these during the spring. Best numbers appear to be on the upper end of the lake, but we did see a few on the east side north of the boat ramp.
Crappie Fair to Good 10-13 inches We did find some crappie hanging out near shore this fall while netting, but there were many suspended in the middle of the lake. They are running 8-13 inches and look like they are in great shape, but there just aren't many of them in there now. We did see a lot of small crappie indicating there was excellent reproduction in 2013.
Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches Catfish can be caught throughout the fall out here.  Traditional baits like nightcrawlers, shad sides, shad gizzards, and shrimp should all work.

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Good 6-11 inches There is a tremendous sunfish population in the lake right now with anglers having a chance to catch big bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish, and hybrid sunfish on the same trip. They can be caught on small spinners, jigs, and flies pretty much lake wide. Young anglers will have a good time catching them with a simple worm under a bobber.
Largemouth Bass Good 10-19 inches There are very high numbers of 13-14 inch fish in the lake right now, but also a fair number of 15-19 inch fish with several fish up to 4 pounds collected this past spring while shocking. White and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat, but slowly fishing soft plastics including Senkos can be productive in cool water. Smaller baits like roadrunners and Panther Martins will also catch a fair amount of fish.
General Comments
Jewell State Lake is currently under a blue-green algae WARNING.  Anglers should not come into contact with the water and pets are not allowed to be near the water.  Fish that are to be consumed should be cleaned thoroughly with clean water.  This warning will remain in effect until at least the middle of October.
Water temperature: 68 degrees

Water level: 4 feet low


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OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 10/1/2014
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Largemouth Bass Good up to 6 lbs Largemouth are abundant, but large fish are scarce. Angling will be best near rock and brush on artificials.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 8 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bait.
Channel Catfish Fair Small Fair numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.
Saugeye Good up to 24" Saugeye numbers and sizes are very good. Most will be caught on shad imitation baits, or jig and a worm.
Wiper Poor up to 24" Wipers are not abundant, but some can be caught on shad imitation lures and topwater baits.
Crappie Fair up to 15" Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair/good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush/rocks.
Current Fishing Opportunity      
LARGEMOUTH BASS Good up to 4 lbs topwater baits, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits and jigs near cover
BLUEGILL Fair   jigs and worms near rocks and brush
CHANNEL CATFISH Good up to 3 lbs cutbait, worms, and stinkbait along windy banks
SAUGEYE Fair up to 5 lbs jig n worms and crankbaits near dam
WIPER Slow    
CRAPPIE Good up to 1 lb jigs and minnows near rock/brush and dam 5ft deep
General Comments

CAUTION: LONGER BOAT TRAILERS MAY FALL OFF EDGE OF BOAT RAMP WHEN WATER IS LOW

This includes a fishing report covering the fishing forecast for the upcoming 2014 fishing season. The Current Fishing Opportunity section will be updated with regular weekly fishing reports starting March 2014.

The cabin is rentable now - get ahold of the Hays Regional Office - 785-628-8614 - for reservations or more information.


ROOKS STATE LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 7/30/2014
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Poor None None, Lake is dry.
Bluegill Poor None None, Lake is dry.
Catfish Poor None None, Lake is dry.
General Comments

Water Temp. NA

Lake is currently dry.

This report will not be updated until the lake receives water or there is something to report.

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 homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District


SALINE STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 10/1/2014
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
PUBLIC SALVAGE     DUE TO THE LOW LAKE CONDITIONS WE ARE ALLOWING ANGLERS TO TAKE FISH BY THE MEANS LISTED BELOW AND YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO KEEP ALL THE FISH YOU TAKE.
      The lake is almost completely dewatered now so not much activity.
       
       
General Comments
 

The area is open for walk-in traffic but the gate will remain locked and the vault toilet locked.

THE LAKE IS NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC SALVAGE - ALL LENGTH AND CREEL LIMITS ARE OFF. YOU CAN NOW TAKE FISH WITH ROD AND REEL OR BY SNAGGING, SEINE, GIG, OR BY HAND.

Please comply with posted signs!!!!!

SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 9/26/2014
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Jigs or minnows fished around deeper brush has been best.  Trolling small crankbaits off the dam can be effective too.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Small topwater plugs, shad imitating swimbaits, and spinnerbaits fished around the fish attractors in the early morning and evening.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Trolling or casting shad imitating crankbaits or swimbaits early or late has been good for a few fish.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber around the fish attractors.
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Up to 19 lbs. Various baits around brush or along rip-rapped shorelines early, late, or at night.
Wiper Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting or trolling small shad imitating crankbaits has been best.
Comments

It is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water, so please discard any unused bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District

Anglers who fish Sheridan State Fishing Lake might consider sharing their experiences with other anglers through the public fishing report. If you would like to post a fishing report please go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/


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