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RESERVOIRS

CLINTON RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - CLINTON GUIDE -  

Last Updated: 2/7/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

Be sure to CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY all equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from spreading them to another lake.

Current Fishing Conditions
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 daily creel limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation was implemented to protect brood fish, so that the population could have a chance to improve.
Smallmouth Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This regulation change makes smallmouth bass regulations the same as those for largemouth bass.
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Crappie Poor 0.5-1.25 lbs Anglers are catching a few fish around standing timber, brush piles using small jigs.
White bass Poor 0.5-1.5 lbs Vertically fishing small jigs
Trout     Road to Lake Henry barricaded due to ice/snow conditions, Henry was frozen over Feb. 6.
2018 Fishing Forecast      
Blue Catfish Slow 2.5-20 lbs This fishery is still trying to develop.  There is a 35" minimum length limit tp protect young broodfish.  Fishing will generally be slow for this species, as density is still low.
Black Bass Slow 0.5-5 lbs Angling for smallmouth and largemouth bass will be slow.  Both species are at low density.
Channel Catfish Good 1-6 lbs Fishing for channel catfish should be good.  Size should be slightly improved over the past 5 years.
Crappie Fair-Good 0.25-1.5 lbs Crappie fishing should be at least fair, similar to last year.  There are decent numbers of keeper fish, and a lot of small ones.
Sauger/Walleye Fair 0.5-4 lbs We caught more sauger in samples than walleye this year.  Many sauger were 18-22" in length, while most walleye measured from 15 to 20" long.  Sauger/Walleye fishing should be fair.
White Bass Fair-Good 0.5-2 lbs Clinton has had very good white bass fishing over the past 5 years.  However, 2017 saw a marked decline in numbers of white bass sampled.  The good news is that a lot of big fish (i.e. up to 17") are still present.
Wiper Fair 3-8 lbs Numbers of wiper sampled in 2017 was slightly higher than in 2016.  Most fish observed in samples were 3-6 lbs.  Anglers did report catching wiper in excess of 10 lbs throughout the year.
District Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what is going on with Clinton Reservoir (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) and other lakes in DG, SN, and OS Counties sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter by clicking this link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Water level February 6 was 0.28 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 400 cfs.  Marina Boat Ramp iced-in Feb 7, #2 Boat Ramp (one in cove prior to reaching Marina Boat Ramp) is open.  Main lake still open Feb. 6.  Brush piles placed into Clinton August 11 and 12, 2008. GPS locations in degrees, minutes, seconds using Datum WGS 84: 1) N38 55.755 W095 24.146, 2) N38 56.4444 W095 24.466, 3) N38 56.283 W095 23.465, 4) N38 56.014 W095 23.096, 5) N38 55.036 W095 22.568, 6) N38 56.011 W095 23.085, 7) N38 55.073 W095 22.565, 8) N38 55.785 W095 22.235.


HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 12/5/2017
Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Good Up to 9 lbs. Walleye are being caught drifting nightcrawlers and jigging on flats. Some larger, keeper sized fish have been being caught.              
Crappie Fair Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie are biting off channel breaks and structure near channel ledges. A number of fish are also being caught at Jayhawk Marina off the docks. 
White Bass Slow Up to 2 lbs. Target white bass off wind blown points.  Jigs and shad imitation lures are the best baits right now. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Slow Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass should be in a late fall/winter pattern now, target deeper structure and trees.   
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Channel Catfish Good  Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken on a variety of baits using prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are being taken lake wide at this time. A good bite is being reported off the marina docks as well.     
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of December 5th the water level is 0.8 feet above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

Zebra mussel infestation has been confirmed at Hillsdale Reservoir.  As of 6/17/16 the lake has been designated an Aquatic Nuisance Species water.  Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters.  Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and equipment before using another waterbody.  Dispose of all bait on dry land.  Please search ksoutdoors.com for more information about zebra mussels.       

Brush Piles

NAME LONGITUDE LATITUDE
bp1 W094.93048 N38.64805
bp2 W094.93014 N38.64744
bp3 W094.93223 N38.64613
bp4 W094.93239 N38.64601
bp5 W094.93257 N38.64593
bp6 W094.93297 N38.64557
bp7 W094.93325 N38.64539
bp8 W094.93337 N38.64528
bp9 W094.93371 N38.64509
bp10 W094.93403 N38.64495
bp11 W094.89748 N38.67773
bp12 W094.89828 N38.69222
bp13 W094.89741 N38.69251
bp14 W094.89702 N38.69279
bp15 W094.94708 N38.69250
bp16 W094.94691 N38.69360
bp17 W094.94704 N38.69379
bp18 W094.94713 N38.69395
bp19 W094.94722 N38.69413
bp20 W094.94779 N38.69478
bp21 W094.94782 N38.69492
bp22 W094.94421 N38.69326
bp23 W094.94534 N38.69457
bp24 W094.94288 N38.69476
bp25 W094.94215 N38.69504
NAME LONGITUDE LATITUDE
bp25 W094.94215 N38.69504
bp26 W094.94205 N38.69519
bp 27 W094.93699 N38.66412
bp28 W094.94645 N38.66321
bp29 W094.94644 N38.66343
bp30 W094.94643 N38.66366
bp31 W094.94641 N38.66384
bp32 W094.94634 N38.66403
bp33 W094.94635 N38.66417
bp34 W094.94640 N38.66433
bp35 W094.94645 N38.66451
bp36 W094.90004 N38.67656
bp37 W094.89887 N38.67613
bp38 W094.89917 N38.67590
bp39 W094.89849 N38.67479
bp40 W094.89835 N38.67491
bp41 W094.89771 N38.67667
bp42 W094.89577 N38.67619
bp43 W094.89524 N38.67595
bp44 W094.89519 N38.67651
bp45 W094.89592 N38.67677
bp46 W094.89638 N38.67762
bp47 W094.89677 N38.67734
bp48 W094.89712 N38.67773
bp49 W094.89818 N38.67848

MILFORD RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 2/7/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish No report   New regulation for Blue Catfish in 2018...all between 25"-40" must be released...creel limit is still 5, but only 1 can be 40" or longer
Crappie No report    
Walleye No report   21" minimum length limit, 2/day creel limit.
White Bass/Wipers No report   New regulation for Wiper in 2018...creel limit is now 5/day
Smallmouth Bass No report    
Largemouth Bass No report    
Outlet Fair   some wipers, white bass, catfish, and walleye being caught
General Comments

New regulation for Wiper in 2018...creel limit is now 5/day

New regulation for Blue Catfish in 2018...all between 25"-40" must be released...creel limit is still 5, but only 1 can be 40" or longer

CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT THE MILFORD WALLEYE TAGGING STUDY!!!

http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/3-26-15/WALLEYE-TAGGING-STUDY-AT-MILFORD-RESERVOIR

CAUTION: DO NOT TRANSFER LIVE BAIT FROM ONE BODY OF WATER TO ANOTHER!!! ALONG WITH ZEBRA MUSSEL INFESTATION, ASIAN CARP ARE IN DRAINAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE KANSAS RIVER AND CAN EASILY BE MISTAKEN FOR SHAD!!!

Blue-Green Algae: Current information listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

Sign up for the most recent Milford district fisheries newsletter today!


PERRY RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - PERRY GUIDE - One of the top 100 Bass lakes in the US

Last Updated: 1/11/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Invasive! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dryeverything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will start spawning as the water temperature rises to around 54 degrees. Please do not move water from Perry Reservoir.
Perry Newsletter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) We publish a newsletter for Perry and other waters in the district twice a year. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Good up to 10.0 lbs Anglers are having good luck catching Channel Catfish from shore using cut-shad and dough baits.
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir but are difficult to target. Try fishing a minnow in deeper water or old channels.

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 3.0 lbs.

Crankbaits or plastics worked around shoreline cover and woody habitat. The emerging Smallmouth Bass population are being caught. Generally off rocky shoreline and points.    
White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Some White Bass are being taken fishing rocky points in the reservoir casting jigs and crankbaits resembling shad.  
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Crappie can be caught in the old channels or brush piles surrounding them. 
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Anglers are catching a few Blue Cats, drifting along the flats. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, many fish are below the length limit, with a few blue catfish over the 35 inch minimum length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  
Comments

As of January 10th, the majority of Perry is still covered with ice, however, it has been weakened by warmer temperatures the past few days. The current lake elevation is at 893.37 (1.87' above conservation pool) and holding steady. For more up to date lake conditions: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Perry-Lake/Daily-Lake-Info-2/ 

If you would like to place habitat in Perry Reservoir, please contact the Fish Biologist, Nick, at 785-246-4514 to obtain a permit. 

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.

Zebra mussels were confirmed on 10-9-07, so make sure you clean, drain and dry your boat after leaving PerryEven if you do not see any mussels attached, you may still be transporting microscopic veligers, "baby mussels" on your boat.


TUTTLE CREEK RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

-  Last Updated: 1/9/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds

The crappie population has been improving the last few years with sampling this fall producing the most fish over 10 inches in five years.  In addition, the future looks bright as the 2017 year-class was the largest recorded in 25 years.  There should be decent harvest in 2018.  

During the winter months crappie can be found holding 14 - 20 feet deep off of main points or near good brush piles

White Bass Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds White bass numbers continue to be low due to poor spawning success the last five years.
Catfish Fair Up to 40 pounds

The lake maintains a good channel catfish population and is one of the best places around to catch channel over 8 pounds. 

The blue catfish population is finally starting to get established.  The vast majority of the fish are below 28 inches and not sexually mature yet.  To protect these fish until they have a chance to spawn, a new 35-inch minimum length limit is in place starting January 1, 2018.  The plan is to only have a length limit on blue catfish for a few years until the population can sustain itself through natural reproduction.

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging some to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek.  It is up to you to release the fish or harvest it (if legally applicable), but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or ely.sprenkle@ks.gov  A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

Largemouth Bass Slow 1 to 5 pounds Coves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing.
Saugeye Slow Up to 6 pounds

Record numbers of young saugeye sampled in the lake in 2017.  Hopefully, these little fish have a chance to stay in the Reservoir and grow past the 15-inch minimum length limit.  The tubes is a good place to catch a few in the winter months on jigs or minnows.

Starting in 2017, the minimum length limit does not apply to saugeye in the River Pond or at the "tubes".  The 15-inch minimum length limit is still in effect in the Reservoir.

Rainbow Trout Good Up to 5 pounds

Trout season is here!  During the fall and winter, rainbow trout are stocked into Willow Lake, which is located in the southeast corner of the Tuttle Creek State Park.  The lake will receive a stocking once a month from October through March.  The fourth stocking was put in on January 9th.  So far this season 5,050 trout have been stocked into Willow Lake.  Best baits have been power bait, corn or minnows. As of 01/09/2018 Willow Lake was covered with 8 inch thick ice and people have been out on it ice fishing. 

A trout permit is required of all anglers visiting Willow Lake during trout season, except anyone under 16 years of age with a properly licensed adult can harvest up to 2 trout without a trout permit.

General Comments

Zebra mussels were found in Tuttle Creek on August 16, 2017.  This makes the Reservoir, River Pond and Rocky Ford as designated Aquatic Nuisance Species waters. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies, do not move fish and dump your bait.

You can check current water conditions HERE

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.



STATE FISHING LAKES

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 11/28/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my district.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 0.9 lbs For best luck, try a jig and minnow over brush piles.
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill can be caught with a night crawler under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs The fish feeders are empty and done for the year. Channel catfish can be caught from shore using cut shad, dough balls, or chunks of worm.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinner or plastics worked around brush piles and rocks.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Redear can be caught jigging a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.


BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 11/28/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Best luck for Crappie would come from fishing brush piles in about 10-15 feet of water using a jig and minnow. 
Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs The fish feeders are empty and will not be filled until next spring. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, dough baits, or chicken livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or plastics working the shallows, along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Redear may be caught using a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.
General Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as the information becomes available.  

DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 12/4/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
2018 Fishing Forecast      
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" While there are some larger (>7") bluegill at Douglas, many small ones were observed in 2017 samples.  Because of low numbers of larger fish, this fishery is rated fair for 2018.
Channel Catfish Good 0.5-4 lbs High numbers of 16"+ fish were caught in 2017 and should supply good fishing in 2018.
Crappie Fair 0.25-1 lb Moderate numbers of crappie were caught in 2017 samples, and should provide fair angling.
Largemouth Bass Good 0.25-4 lbs Lots of bass were sampled in 2017.  Size has improved over the years, as more bass > 15" were sampled in 2017 than in recent memory.
Redear Sunfish Fair Up to 9" Lots of redear are present at Douglas.  Good numbers of redear exceed 7" long.
Saugeye Poor 2-4 lbs This population is at very low density, but fish over 22" long were collected in 2017.
Current Fishing Conditions      
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Douglas State Fishing Lake sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
LM Bass Fair 0.3-3 lbs Using spinnerbaits, and jigs.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-1 lbs A few being taken off brushpiles on jigs.

GEARY STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 2/7/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie No report    
Catfish No report    
Saugeye No report    
Black bass No report    
Bluegill No report    
General Comments

This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2018 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.

WARNING..ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW PRESENT!!!

LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 11/28/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Invasive Species Alert Not Good   Brittle Naiad has been found near the boat ramp. Please inspect your boat and trailer before leaving to ensure you are not transporting this invasive plant.
Perry Newsletter Good 4 pages (Lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Bass are being caught by anglers using jigs or plastics along the shoreline and in & around brush piles, rip-rap, and fallen trees.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Channel Catfish may be taken occasionally from shore using cut bait or livers. The feeders are empty and will not be filled until next spring.
Flathead Catfish Fair to Good up to 30 lbs This lake has a decent number of Flathead Catfish. They can be caught using a small sunfish along the dam or other rocky areas.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber and fished in shallow coves.
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs The best bet for crappie would be to fish a jig and minnow near brush piles and rip rap or vertical jigging along steep drop offs. 
Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs This lake has a good population of shellcrackers. Redear can be caught using a small chunk of worm near brushpiles and shoreline habitat.
Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs Wiper can be caught near points in the lake using baits that resemble shad. Schools can also be located by shad breaking the surface.  
Walleye Slow Up to 3.25 lbs Fish a jig and minnow along the dam.
General Comments

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available. 

Special note: The lake has non-native aquatic plants! Please inspect your trailer and fishing gear before leaving the lake to ensure you are not transporting these plants to any other lakes.    

Please pick up and take home any trash that you may have brought with you. 


MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 12/5/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Fair 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Good Up to 16 inches Crappie can be taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Crappie are being caught on both sides of the culvert at this time.   
White Bass Slow 14-17 inches A good population of white bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
The curly-leaf pondweed stand had died-off for the year due to warmer water temperatures. Spot treatment was conducted on March 14th to clear some shoreline fishing areas. 

MIDDLE CREEK STATE FISHING LAKE (LOUISBURG) -

Last Updated: 12/5/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 11 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits lakewide.   
Flathead Catfish Slow  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. Target structure and vegetation edges with live bait. Boulders south of the dam also hold some flathead catfish.    
Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Crappie bite is being reported in 10-13 feet of water near the submerged roadbed.  Minnows and jigs are producing the most fish right now. Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 3 lbs. Largemouth can be taken on finesse plastics and spinnerbaits fished near trees in the coves and at vegetation edges.  
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near submerged road also target near schools of gizzard shad.    

NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 11/28/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fish Feeders    

The fish feeder on the northern side of the lake has been vandalized. If this type of behavior continues, the feeders will not be returning next year. 

The feeders are empty and will not be refilled until next spring.

Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Slow to Fair up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill can be caught using a small chunk of worm under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.   
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs  Channel catfish can still be caught using worms, cut shad, or doughballs.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 7.0 lbs The lake contains a nice population of larger fish for a small State Fishing Lake. They can be caught using spinnerbaits, plastics, or crankbaits around the brush piles. 
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow along shoreline and around the brush piles. Water is cloudy so choose baits that will make a lot of noise both in color and in sound. Best luck would come near the islands on the north shore.
 Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.


POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE # 1 -

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 9 inches The bluegill population offers decent numbers of harvestable sized fish. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Slow to Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers improved in 2017 but most of the fish are still below 10-inches.
Largemouth Bass Good! 1/2 to 5 pounds The 2017 annual sampling effort produced the highest number of bass on record with 61% of the fish being over 12 inches.  The lake is absolutely full of 12 - 15 inch bass.  A great place for catch and release bass fishing!
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

This small 24 acre lake is similar to pond fishing. The lake is known for catch and release of largemouth bass and harvest of nice bluegill. The lake's channel catfish are protected by a 15 inch minimum length limit.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.


POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 -

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Good 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population. Bass in this lake can be tough to catch because they have all seen a lot of lures.
Channel Catfish Good 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  The most recent stocking was on September 27th of 550 pounds of catfish.  For 2017, the lake received 4,130 channel catfish through this program.  Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Slow to Fair 1/4 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have improved the last two years but overall the lake does not support a robust crappie population.  There are some artificial habitat structures just out from each dock.
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

Pott. # 2 is noted for family outings, scenic views, catch and release bass fishing, harvest of small crappie and channel catfish. 

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SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a very good population of black bass over 15 inches.  You can watch a news story about the bass at this lake at http://www.wibw.com/content/news/Fish-go-belly-up-after-shocking-research-422730604.html
Crappie Slow to Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie size structure has been improving with the 2017 sample having the most fish over 10 inches in seven years.  However, the population would not be characterized as being a good fishery as most of the fish are still stunted below 8 inches.
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish which leads to good catch rates of fish in this range.  The most recent stocking was on September 14th.  For 2017, the lake was stocked with 3,400 pounds of channel catfish.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

Located north of Silver Lake, Shawnee State Fishing Lake is the site of good catch and release largemouth bass fishing. The lake is also noted for channel catfish harvest since the lake receives frequent stockings of harvestable sized catfish from March through September. The Jeffrey Energy Center Lakes and Perry Reservoir both have zebra mussels and with Shawnee State Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.200640° W -95.805438°
N 39.200351° W -95.801881°
N 39.201053° W -95.801924°


WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE -

- Last Updated: 1/9/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a decent bluegill population. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills.
Channel catfish Fair Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. 
Crappie Fair Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Slow to Fair Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 3 lbs The lake has fair numbers of saugeye over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

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CITY LAKES

CENTRALIA CITY LAKE -

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great catfish population. 
White Bass Fair to Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Not a lot of white bass this year but the fish are nice sized.
Wiper Fair to Slow Up to 22" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of 15 to 22" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Good 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has lots and lots of good sized crappie. 
Saugeye Good 2 to 8 lbs. It has been a good year for saugeye fishing at the lake. 
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght limit.
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

Centralia Lake is a 400 acre lake that is noted for good channel cat, saugeye and crappie fishing. The lake facilities include multiple ramps, picnic tables, plenty of camping pads and many sites with electricity. Centralia is enrolled in the CFAP program, which means a City permit is not required for fishing visits. Perry Reservoir has zebra mussels and with Centralia Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE -

Last Updated: 12/4/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method and Location
2018 Fishing Forecast      
Bluegill Good Up to 8" Good numbers and sizes of bluegill were observed in 2017 samples.
Channel Catfish Fair 0.5-5 lbs Fewer channel catfish were sampled in 2017 than previous years.
Crappie Fair 0.25-1 lb Low numbers of crappie were sampled in 2017, but fish were of good size.
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-5 lbs High numbers and quality sized bass were sampled in 2017.
Redear Sunfish Fair Up to 9" Good numbers and decent sizes of redear were observed in 2017 collections.
White Bass Fair 0.5-1.5 lbs Low numbers, but large (15"+) fish were observed in 2017 samples and should provide fair angling for this species at times.
Wiper Poor 1-3 lbs Few wipers were netted in 2017.
Current Fishing Conditions      
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Crappie Fair 0.25-1 lbs Using minnows and jigs off rock points and brush piles.
White bass Fair 0.25-1.5 lbs Casting small spinners, rattletraps, and jigs in coves.

ESKRIDGE-LAKE WABAUNSEE

Last Updated: 5/14/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair Up to 7 pounds The lake has fair numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth. Bass are protected by an 18 inch minimum length limit. 
Bluegill and Yellow Perch Fair Up to 1/3 pound There is a good population of bluegill at the lake and there are a few yellow perch around.
White Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie can be found along the bank looking to spawn.  The lake has a good crappie population.
Channel Catfish Slow 1 to 15 pounds The lake does not have a lot of catfish, but they tend to be big.
General Comments

Lake Wabaunsee is designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species Water since zebra mussels were discovered there in 2013. It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies and dump your bait.

This scenic lake is noted for largemouth bass fishing along the abundant shoreline weed beds during the spring and summer. Smallmouth bass are also available along the dam and rocky shoreline. Saugeye and crappie can also be taken at this 200 acre lake located in the flint hills. Since this lake is not part of the CFAP Program, annual or day use permits are available at the boat ramp bait house on the northeast shore.

GARDNER CITY LAKE -

 Last Updated: 12/5/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lb. No Reports.
Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs near vegetation edges. 
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits target docks and deeper structure.  
White Bass Slow 14 to 17 inches A good population of white bass exists in this lake. White bass can be taken in open water on shad imitation lures.  

HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW -

Last Updated: 2/7/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish No report    
Crappie No report    
Walleye No report    
White Bass/Wipers No report    
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2018 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.

HERINGTON CITY LAKE-OLD -

Last Updated: 2/7/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish No report    
Crappie No report    
Largemouth Bass No report    
Bluegill No report    
White Bass No report    
General Comments

This shallow lake has the best fishing for crappie and channel catfish which are stocked annually.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm


HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE -

Last Updated: 11/28/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Lake Contour Map Pretty Good 8.5"x11" Color Banner Creek has been mapped by the Kansas Biological Survey and there is a map available at Contour Map
Perry Newsletter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will publish a newsletter discussing Perry and other waters in the district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.25 lbs. Crappie can be caught by vertical jigging minnows over brush piles or standing timber. Some can be caught along rocky shore lines as well.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Bluegill can be caught near shoreline structure using chunks of worm or jigs. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.5 lbs. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, stink bait, or livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Crankbaits, spinners or plastics along the shoreline, rip rap and structure. 
Walleye/ Sauger Slow to Fair

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

Some anglers are having luck catching Walleye along the dam or off of submerged humps.  

JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE -

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have been trending downwards the last few years due to poor spawning success.  However, most of the fish are over 10-inches.  There is a brushpile just south of the dock.
Channel Catfish Fair to Slow 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate. 
Walleye Slow to Fair 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers have been improving due to good survival from recent stockings.  Of the fish netted in 2017, two out of three were over 15 inches.  There should be decent harvest rates this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch minimum length limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has a very good white bass population with 58.5% of the fish collected last fall were over 12 inches.
Wipers Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds Wiper sample numbers were at a 7 year high in 2017 with most of the fish from 15 to 20 inches. 
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy.  You can call the Guard House to check on availability at (785) 456-6149.  The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time.  If the inlet is flowing, then good fishing can usually be found there. 

Make-Up Lake has zebra mussels which makes the lake designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water.  It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters.To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

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JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE -  

Last Updated: 12/27/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass   1 to 4 lbs The lake has an excellent smallmouth bass population.  They can be found along any of the rocky shoreline.  The lake has a low level largemouth bass population dominated by smaller fish. 
White Bass   Up to 3 lbs The lake has a great white bass population. 
Wiper   Up to 12 lbs There are good numbers of wiper in the lake. 
Walleye   Up to 5 lbs Walleye numbers are below average and harvested is expected to be low.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15-inch minimum length limit. 
General Comments

AUXILIARY LAKE IS CLOSED TO FISHING DURING THE WATERFOWL HUNTING SEASON.  The lake will be open to anglers again on March 16th.

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy.  You can call the Guard House to check on availability at (785) 456-6149.  The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time. 

Auxiliary Lake has zebra mussels which makes the lake designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

 

OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE -

Last Updated: 12/5/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 5 lbs. Live and prepared baits fished near mainlake points and other shoreline structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Largemouth bass are in late fall/winter pattern, target deeper structure and drop-offs.   
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Slow Up to 11 lbs. Jigs and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points. Some nice sized wiper (14-19 inches) have been being taken on the north end of the reservoir.  
White Crappie Slow Most fish around 9 inches, but some up to 13 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles. 
General Comments

Caution!!! Asian Carp have made their way up stream to below Lake Olathe dam.

Remember it is illegal to move fish from below dam to above the dam or use fish captured below dam for bait above the dam. 


PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA -

Last Updated: 12/5/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure.   
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Chicken liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Good 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Slow Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be found drifting or trolling mudflats using jigs tipped with nightcrawler or jigging spoons. 
Wiper  Fair Up to 24 inches Use shad imitation baits fished near main lake points. 
Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Fair Up to 10 inches The bluegill and redear sunfish populations are in really good shape right now with many fish in the 7-9 inch length range. Use piece of nightcrawler or small jig at vegetation edges and rocky structures to target the panfish. 
 
General Comments
Zebra mussels have been found at Paola City Lake (Lake Miola). The lake has been designated as an Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.




POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE -

 - Last Updated: 1/9/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has good numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Good 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great largemouth bass population. 
General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

This small 49 acre lake is located in northeast Pott. County. The fishing conditions are very similar to that of a large farm pond. The lake is noted for good catch and release largemouth bass fishing due to the abundance of the species. Bass 13 to 18 inches long are protected.


SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE -

Last Updated: 11/28/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my district. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs Crappie can be caught over brush piles or near standing timber using a small jig tipped with a plastic lure or minnow.
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber in shallow coves.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 17.0 lbs There are some nice sized Channel Catfish in this impoundment. They can be caught from shore using cut bait or livers 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Largemouth Bass can be caught fishing spinners or plastics near structure. 
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.5 lbs. Walleye should be along shallow flats and off of points.
Wiper  Great up to 7.5 lbs. Wipers can be caught by fishing along points in the lake using any lure that resembles a shad. 
General Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.  


SHAWNEE COUNTY-LAKE SHAWNEE -

Last Updated: 12/4/2017

Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter at the following link:
http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
Current Fishing Conditions      
Trout Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using a variety of baits/lures including worms, power bait, roostertails, and little cleos.
Crappie Fair 0.25-1 lb Using jigs and crappie over brush.
2018 Fishing Forecast      
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" Lots of bluegill were sampled and decent sized individuals were observed in 2017 samples.
Channel Catfish Good 0.5-5 lbs Good numbers and sizes of catfish were sampled.
Crappie Poor 0.25-0.75 lb Lots of juvenile crappie were captured in 2017 surveys, but only low numbers of adults.
Largemouth Bass Good 0.25-4 lbs The bass population continues to improve.  High numbers of juvenile and adult bass were observed in 2017 samples.  Good size was noted.
Walleye Poor-Fair 0.5-5 lbs Similar, low numbers of walleye were netted in 2017, as in 2016.
White Bass Fair-Good 0.25-1.5 lbs Increased numbers of white bass and good numbers of larger fish should provide at least fair fishing in 2018.
Wiper Poor 1-3 lbs Low numbers of wiper were sampled in 2017.
General Comments
Brushpiles were constructed and placed at 5 locations in April 2010. Locations were marked with GPS using datum NAD83: 1) N38.99217 W095.63188, 2) N39.00736 W095.62968, 3) N38.99254, W095.63210, 4) N38.99619 W095.632202, 5) N39.01043, W095.63014. November 07 locations were marked with GPS using datum WGS84 in decimel degrees: 1) N39.00740 W095.62978; 2) N39.00819 W095.63046; 3) N39.00810 W095.63055; 4) N39.00806 W095.63043; 5) N39.00638 W095.62261; 6) N39.00247 W095.62495; 7) N38.99622 W095.63205; 8) 39.00274 W095.63202.


SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE -

Last Updated: 12/5/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Slow Up to 15 inches Minnows on a slip-bobber fished in deeper water. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide using dough-bait.
Wiper Slow Up to 9 lbs. Live bait and shad imitation baits along the dam are producing the best.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics are working best right now fished near shoreline structure. 
Trout Good  Catchable Trout are mostly biting on Powerbait or prepared baits, but can also be caught on in-line spinners and small spoons.     
General Comments
In addition to a state fishing license, a Johnson County fishing permit is required. If you plan to fish for trout, a Johnson County trout permit is also required. Johnson County fishing/trout permits are available through Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and other select vendors.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE -

Last Updated: 12/5/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie   Up to 12 inches Some crappie are being caught on minnows or jigs suspended near structure. 
Bluegill   Up to 8 inches Worms and wax worms under a bobber fished in the shallows.
Channel Catfish   Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish are being taken lakewide. Best bite is occurring in the evenings on worms, minnows, shad or liver.  
Largemouth Bass   Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics, spinner-baits, and crankbaits fished near structure or near vegetation edges are producing fish.   
Smallmouth Bass   Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass   Up to 6 lbs. Trolling shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Walleye   Up to 2 lbs. Drifting across mud flats and points, minnows are producing best right now. 
Rainbow Trout   Catchable Trout season is over look for them to be stocked again next winter.     
General Comments

A Wyandotte County fishing permit is required to fish this property. A Wyandotte County trout permit is required for trout fishing. Please contact Wyandotte County Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department at 913-573-8327 for more information.

Wyandotte County Lake is closed for the winter and will reopen March 3, 2018


STREAMS

ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA -

Last Updated: 1/9/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Catfish Fair 1 to 20+ pounds

Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.  Blue catfish are usually caught on fresh cut bait.

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging some to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek Lake and the Big Blue River.  Feel free to harvest or release the fish, but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or ely.sprenkle@ks.gov   A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

White Bass and Wipers Fair 1/2 to 8 pounds

Jigs, crankbaits or live bait. 

To distinguish between the two species you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for id. Wiper daily creel is 2.

Drum Fair 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are an abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Slow to Fair 3/4 to 5 pounds

Best baits are jigs, crankbaits or live bait.  Always a few being caught.

Starting in 2017, the statewide 15-inch minimum length limit for walleye, sauger and saugeye does not apply to rivers, streams and tailwaters.

General Comments

This is a generic report and will not be updated regularly during the winter months unless new information becomes available. 

Rocky Ford , a river fishery, is located just south of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue River. Anglers have the opportunity to harvest fishes generally associated with moving water. Saugeye, white bass, the catfishes, drum, crappie and carp can be harvested. Angler access and success is affected by release rates from the nearby Tuttle Creek Reservoir. You can check current conditions HERE 

Zebra mussels were found in Tuttle Creek on August 16, 2017.  This makes the Reservoir, River Pond and Rocky Ford as designated Aquatic Nuisance Species waters. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies, do not move fish and dump your bait.

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