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CLINTON RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - CLINTON GUIDE -

Last Updated: 6/20/2016
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.

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.
Crappie Poor 0.5-1.5 lb A few being taken off brushpiles on jigs or minnows.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-5 lbs Anglers are catching channel catfish on a variety of baits; including sunfish, shad, stink bait, minnows and worms.   Anglers are catching some in the outlet.
White bass Fair 0.5-1.5 lbs Trolling crankbaits in the morning and evening.
Wiper Fair-Good 3-7 lbs Trolling crankbaits in the morning and evening.  Others have been caught using live shad.  Some being caught in the outlet.
Walleye/Sauger Fair-Good 1-4 lbs Walleye and sauger have been caught using jig and nightcrawler on the flats.
Flathead catfish Fair 5-50 lbs Using swim baits in the outlet.
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 June 20 was 0.93 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 1000 cfs, temp = 82.  Fish feeders are running.  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: 6/17/2016
Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair Up to 9 lbs. Some walleye being found on flats and near channel ledges.  Some walleye can be found shallow at dusk.  Best bite reported using bright jig head with nightcrawler in 10-20 feet of water either drifted or slow troll.      
Crappie Good Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie have moved off the banks to deeper water. Look for crappie suspended near structure in 10-20 feet of water.  Using minnow or jig on a slip bobber still producing best results.  Good bite reported in structure and suspended near Tontzville Bridge.    
White Bass Good Up to 2 lbs. White bass can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. Focus for white bass in the upper ends of both main creek arms and along the dam face.  

Largemouth

Bass 

Fair Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass bite has been reported in shallow water in the arms. Lots of 9-12 inch fish being caught right now.  Plastic baits and jigs appear to be the baits of choice, some are also being caught on minnows.  
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 cat can be taken on a variety of baits using prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are being taken lake wide at this time and a good bite has been reported off the rip-rap near the Tontzville Bridge using worms.     
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of June 17th the water level is 0.4 feet above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

As of 6/17/16 a zebra mussel infestation has been confirmed at Hillsdale Reservoir.  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: 6/21/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Good   near wind blown shorelines and channel ledges in upper end on cut bait and worms
Crappie Fair   minnows and jigs near points and ledges with rock and brush suspended 10-20ft deep
Walleye Fair   near edges of flats and points on jigs, worms, and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Good   rocky points and ledges on jigs, worms, and crankbaits
Smallmouth Bass Good   near deep rocky banks/points on plastics and crankbaits, some topwater action under low light conditions
Largemouth Bass Fair   near rock and brush 5ft deep on spinnerbaits and swimbaits, some topwater action under low light conditions
Outlet Good   when releasing water, wipers and walleye on jigs, catfish on worms/cut bait
General Comments

NEW!!! 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: 6/21/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Super Infectious! 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-Dry everything 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 News Letter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) We publish a news letter for Perry and other waters in my District. The last issue covers Perry Reservoir and Holton Prairie Lake. 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   Cut bait in the Delaware River channel and delta area in the upper reaches of the reservoir. Cut bait is a good, but worms and prepared bait are also a good selections during this time of year. Set lines have been good using sunfish for bait have been productive. Fish are also being taken below the dam in the outflow. There some activity associated with chumming. There are also some flathead on artificial lures & live bait.  While wipers are also occasionally taken using artificials, worms and cut baits below the dam. Fish feeder has been added in the State Park Area.      
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs.  There are good numbers in the reservoir but harvest is impacted by summer heat. Harvest is annually slower in the warmer months.  

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Slow to Fair up to 5.0 lbs. Crank baits or plastics worked around the cover/shallow best in the Rock Creek and Slough Creek arms. However, the high water conditions is hampering the catch due to the expanded flooded habitat. Some of the emerging smallmouth bass population are being caught. Generally off rocky shoreline and points.    
White Bass  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Fishing in the Delaware River, feeder streams to the lake and to some extent lake wide by anglers in recent days. White bass fishing in the river below the dam is also Fair to good. Anglers are using chartreuse jigs and traditional shad imitation lures.     
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Crappie fishing has improved slightly. Fish are spread out for the most part but some fish are being taken in deeper structure and near docks basically on jigs. 
Blue Catfish  Fair to Good up to 25.0 lbs. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, but most are below the length limit. Drifting or still fishing using shad or cut bait in the upper reaches on the channel and breaks. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification. You do not want to be caught in possession of a small blue cat below the 35 inch minimum length limit.  
Comments

The lake water temperature is in the 80's and the lake is approximately pool level. Most of the lake is stained in color but the south end is clearing. Releases from the dam has decreased to the normal low rate at near 20 cfs and will continue for a while. Boat ramps are open.

New brush piles locations that were placed in Rock Creek last fall:

N 39°09.139’  W 095°29.482’ N 39°09.150’  W 095°29.471’ N 39°09.123’  W 095°29.498’

N 39°09.126’  W 095°29.484’ N 39°09.177’  W 095°29.472’ N 39°09.169’  W 095°29.452’

N 39°09.162’  W 095°29.418’ N 39°09.150’  W 095°29.338’ N 39°09.084’  W 095°29.162’

N 39°09.094’  W 095°29.198’ N 39°09.039’  W 095°28.951’ N 39°09.088’  W 095°29.528’

N 39°09.090’  W 095°29.149’ N 39°09.073’  W 095°29.155’ N 39°09.173’  W 095°29.532’

N 39°09.110’  W 095°29.108’ N 39°09.047’  W 095°28.911’

 

N 39°08.991’  W 095°28.895’ N 39°09.027’  W 095°28.889’ N 39°09.036’  W 095°28.840’

 

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

There is a creel survey at Perry Reservoir this year that will not end until late October.  Jacob and Jared will be traveling around the reservoir collecting information from you about your fishing.  Please help them out and give the some good information and of course a good fish story!  This information is used in conjunction with the sampling date to better evaluate the Reservoir. 

I see some of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting on it: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing photos from other lakes that are not on the fishing reports click this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

Click on Perry Reservoir above the fishing report to look at the October netting pictures. Click on the underlined fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast. Zebra mussels were confirmed on 10-9-07, so make sure you clean, drain and dry your boat after leaving Perry.



TUTTLE CREEK RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 6/14/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Slow 1/2 to 1.5 pounds Fish are spread out with all the high water.  The lake has decent numbers of larger fish.  Minnows and/or jigs in around 10 feet of water.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 2 pounds The dam has been one of the better spots lately.  The lake does not have good numbers of white bass this year. 
Catfish Fair Up to 20 pounds Fair channel catfish numbers and a young blue catfish population. Cats are up shallow feeding up in the newly flooded weeds in the back of coves.
Largemouth Bass Fair 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 Most of the population is below the 15 inch length limit and harvest is expected to be low in the reservoir this year. 
General Comments

Fishing has been mostly slow with the high water.

You can check current water conditions HERE

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STATE FISHING LAKES

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 6/2/2016
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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. 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 0.8 lbs Fish have moved past the spawning pattern and will tend to spread out. However they can still be taken.  It will be best near structure with a jig and minnow.     
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber along the piers and lakewide.  We sampled 306 bluegill in our October nets: 97 were <3", 196 were 3-6" and 13 were 6-8" with the largest bluegill weighing 0.36 lbs.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4.0 lbs The fish feeders are currently back.  Fresh shad or cut bait in the shallows.  We sampled 58 channels in our October nets: 9 were <11", 24 were 11-16" and 25 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 4.2 lbs. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow cover.  This is the time of year when fish are still congregated along the shoreline and near cover.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Small hunk or worm or cricket under a bobber around the shallow vegetation.  We sampled 6 redear in our October nets: 3 were 4-7" and 3 were 7-9" with the largest redear weighing 0.44 lbs. 
General Comments

I see some of you have visited my Facebook page.  I've been posting a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, fish stocking, electrofishing and netting photos of lakes that are not in the fishing reports.  Just click this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries let me know if you LIKE what you see!  

October netting pictures, check out these fish! To see the new netting pictures, click on Atchison State Fishing Lake. Also Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.


BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 6/2/2016
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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. 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. Fish are still in the shallows following spawning activities. You might also locate a few on shallow structure or deeper brush, using jig and minnow.  We sampled 236 crappie in our October nets: 2 were <5", 208 were 5-8", 27 were 8-10" and 1 was 10"+ with the largest crappie weighing 0.55 lbs.
Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber or small spinner around the vegetation and off the piers.  We sampled 56 bluegill in our fall nets: 8 were <3", 39 were 3-6" and 9 were 6-8" with the largest bluegill weighing 0.3 lbs.     
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs The fish feeders have not been placed this Spring.  Cut bait in the shallows are good bait selections this time of year.  We sampled 22 channels in our fall nets: 2 were <11", 14 were 11-16" and 6 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 3.1 lbs.   
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. Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the brush piles.  We sampled no redear in our fall nets.   
General Comments

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

I've had a Facebook page for about a year now and it has photos of: walleye egg collection, sauger collection, stocking, electrofishing and fall netting on lakes in my area.  Just click on this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pictures, nice catfish and good crappie and bluegill, click on Brown State above the fishing report to see some of these fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast.

DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 6/16/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       
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
Largemouth bass Fair-Good 0.3-1.5 lbs Some being caught on worms, jigs and spinnerbaits around shoreline cover.
Bluegill/Redear sunfish Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber and small jigs.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 0.5-4 lbs Using nightcrawlers, minnows, livers, stinkbait, and cut bait.

GEARY STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 6/21/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows over deep rock and brush suspended 10ft deep.
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs Cut bait and worms along windy banks
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lbs jigs, worms, and crankbaits along dam and rock points
Black bass Good up to 4lbs jigs, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits near rock/brush/points, topwater under low light conditions
Bluegill Fair size varies tube jigs and worms near cover 5ft deep
General Comments
This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2016 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.

LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 6/17/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry Newsletter Good 4 pages (Lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The next issue will be  available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
LM Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Spinner baits or plastics worked along the shoreline and in & around brush piles and rip-rap.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs Cut bait, worms or livers off of the fishing piers. The fish feeders have been placed and seem to be producing some action.     
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs

Small hunk of worm under a bobber right in the brush piles and off of the jetties. 

 We sampled 445 bluegill in our October traps: 416 were 3-6", 16 were 6-8" and 2 were over 8" with the largest weighing 0.42 lbs.  

Crappie Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs

Fish are scattered along the shoreline and near structure after their spawning activities. Fish can be taken with a jig and/or minnow. 

We sampled 4 black crappie in our October traps: one was less than 5" and 3 were 8-10" with the largest weighing 0.5 lbs. 

Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs

Small hunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the coves on the east side of the lake. 

We sample 178 redear in our October traps: one was less than 4", 124 were 4-7", 47 were 7-9" and 6 were 9-11" with the largest weighing 0.6 lbs.  

Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs

Shad colored cranks off the points and jetties. 

We sampled 14 wipers in our October nets: 2 were 8-12" and 12 were 12-15" with the largest weighing 2.8 lbs. 

Walleye Slow Up to 3.0 lbs

Twisters or crankbaits close to the dam and rocky points. 

We sampled 7 walleye in our October nets: 4 were 15-20", 2 were 20-25" and one was 25-30" with the largest weighing 6.4 lbs.  

General Comments

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

I some of you have been visiting my new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of photos to.  All kinds of things like walleye spawning, fish stockings and lots of other stuff.  Just click on this link and your there https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see! 

 October netting pictures, check out these fish! To see the new netting pictures, click on Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. Also Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.


MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 6/10/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges and top-water baits are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Good 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 Fair Up to 16 inches Crappie can be taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Most appear to be suspended near structure 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 is 80% gone right now. Some of the plants remain in the middle of the waterbody, but shorelines are vegetation free for the most part.  Curly-leaf pondweed will continue to die-off through June. Spot treatment with aquatic herbicide was applied the first week of May, in attempt to clear some areas for fishing.          

MIDDLE CREEK STATE FISHING LAKE (LOUISBURG) -

Last Updated: 6/10/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 to 11 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits lakewide.   
Flathead Catfish Fair  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. Target structure and vegetation edges with live bait.   
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found. Good crappie bite has been reported on the submerged bridge and old roadbed, also around structure in the cove south of the dam.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Fair 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 Slow Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.

NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 6/2/2016
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. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. 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. Small hunk of work under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.  We sampled 90 bluegill in our October nets: 9 were <3", 64 were 3-6" and 17 were 6-8" with the largest fish weighing 0.22 lbs.    
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs The fish feeders have not been placed to date.  Cut bait, either shad or bluegill off the piers.  We sampled 35 Channels in our October nets: 9 were <11", 16 were 11-16" and 10 were 16-24" with the largest fish weighing 4.4 lbs.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.5 lbs The lake contains a nice population of larger fish for a small State Fishing Lake. Spinner baits or cranks worked slow around the brush piles. However, the recent rains have impacted water clarity.  
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow along shoreline and around the brush piles. There are a lot of fihs but most are on the smaller side. We sampled 288 crappie in our October nets: 49 were <5", 191 were 5-8", 29 were 8-10", 14 were 10-12" and 5 were 12-15" with the largest crappie weighing 1.8 lbs. 
 Comments

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

I see a few if you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of photos that aren't in the fishing reports: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing.  Just click on this link https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pictures are up now, still some nice largemouth in this lake! Click on NEBO above fishing report to see these fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast.


POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE # 1 -

Last Updated: 6/9/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair to Good Up to 8 inches The bluegill population has seen some improvements in the last year and offers decent numbers of harvestable sized fish. Fish have been shallow making spawning beds.
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie are being caught along the rock piers and around the habitat buoy
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with 60% of the fish in the most recent sample were over 12 inches. 
General Comments

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.

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POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 -

Last Updated: 6/9/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population.  
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.  1050 channel catfish were stocked on May 25th for a total of 2,785 fish stocked so far this year.  Anglers have been doing very well lately around the two fish feeders and along the West and North banks.  Worms or dip bait been best.  Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Slow 1/4 to 1 pound A few being caught off of the docks or along the dam.
General Comments

Pott. # 2 is noted for family outings, scenic views, catch and release bass fishing, harvest of small crappie and channel catfishing. The channel cat population is maintained with 2 fish feeders and frequent stockings of 12+ inch fish from March through September.

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SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 6/14/2016
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. 
Crappie Fair to Slow 1/2 to 1 pound The current crappie population is dominated by fish less than 10 inches.  A few being caught along the rock piers.
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.  On June 14th there were 1,250 channel catfish stocked into the lake.  So far this year 3,600 channel catfish have been stocked.  Anglers have been doing well off the rock piers or near the two fish feeders.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

There is a creel survey being conducted at the lake in 2016.  If you are surveyed by the creel clerk, then please answer completely to help us better understand your angling experience and preferences.  Thanks!!

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: 6/9/2016
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 Fair Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs The lake has fair numbers of saugeye over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
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CITY LAKES

CENTRALIA CITY LAKE -

Last Updated: 6/9/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great catfish population.  Fish have been up shallow or in the streams feeding the lake.
White Bass Fair 1/2 to 1 lb. Fair along the dam.  Low numbers of white bass this year.
Wiper Fair Up to 12" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of 15 to 20" 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 Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound The crappie population has seen some good growth in the last year and the fish are finally reaching 10 inches.  There are a lot of 9 to 10 inch crappie in the lake. 
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Overall saugeye numbers are down some, but the fish are of a nice size. Dragging night crawlers near the bottom or trolling crankbaits.
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

Centralia Lake is a 400 acre lake that is noted for good channel cat, white bass 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: 6/16/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method and Location
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
       
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Casting jigs, spinners, and crankbaits along shoreline cover.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.3 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, and small jigs
Channel catfish Fair-Good 0.5-5 lbs Using nightcrawlers, shad and cut bait.

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: 6/10/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Slow 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 fished near the docks and near edges of vegetation.  
White Bass Fair 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: 6/21/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good up to 4 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rock 10-15ft deep
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs along points and flats on worms and crankbaits
White Bass/Wipers Good   along dam and rocky banks on jigs and crankbaits
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2016 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.

HERINGTON CITY LAKE-OLD -

Last Updated: 6/21/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Good up to 3 lbs cut bait and worms along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs Jigs and minnows near brush and rocks 5-8FT deep
Largemouth Bass Slow    
Bluegill Fair   tube jigs and worms near brush and rocks 2-5ft deep
White Bass Fair   near dam on jigs and crankbaits
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: 6/17/2016
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 News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year  a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. The newest issue is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creek Lake. 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 tp 1.0 lbs. Fish have dispersed from the shoreline and spawning activity. There is some harvest in or near structure using jig and or minnows.  We sampled 81 crappie in our October nets: 14 were <5", 28 were 5-8", 10 were 8-10", 24 were 10-12" and 5 were 12-15" with the largest fish weighing 1.1 lbs.   
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. Hunk of worm under a bobber in the brush piles.  We sampled 217 bluegill in our October nets: 200 were 3-6", 16 were 6-8" and 1 was 8"+ with the largest fish weighing 0.43 lbs.   
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 6.0 lbs. Cut bait, drifting shad or worms off the fishing piers or in the upper reaches near inflows.  We sampled 37 channels in our fall nets: 8 were <11", 15 were 11-16", 10 were 16-24" and 4 were 24-28" with the largest fish weighing 5.8 lbs.  
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Crankbaits, spinners or plastics along the shoreline, rip rap and structure. The fish are still near the shoreline, but we are past the spawning activity. Best fishing early & late.
Walleye/ Sauger Fair up to 4.5 lbs. Jigs and crawlers or spoons on those humps and bumps.  We sampled 24 walleye in our October nets: 1 was <10", 7 were 10-15", 15 were 15-20" and 1 was 20"+ with the largest walleye weighing 4.6 lbs.  We also sampled 73 sauger in our October nets: 4 were 7-11", 24 were 11-14", 42 were 14-17" and 3 were 17-20" with the largest sauger weighing 2.3 lbs.  
General Comments

With recent rains the lake has filled and returned to near pool level.  Air and water temperature have risen and best fishing can be early in the morning and later in the day. This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.  

I see some of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've posted a bunch of photos: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing of lakes that are not in the fishing reports.  Just click this link  https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pictures are up, good water makes good fish! Click on Banner Creek above fishing report to see some of these fish . Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.

JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE -

Last Updated: 5/26/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair to Good 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 The lake has decent numbers of fish 11" to 12" long. A few being caught in 4 to 6 feet of water.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate.  Near the inlet on the West side of the dam is a good spot.
Walleye Slow 1 to 5 pounds Walleye fishing will be tough this year as the population is dominated by young fish below the length limit.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch lenght limit.
White Bass Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake supports a good white bass population and 52% of the fish in the most recent sample were over 12 inches.  Shallow along the dam and near the inlet.
Wipers Fair Up to 12 pounds The current wiper population is dominated by fish less than 15 inches, but there are a few big ones around.
General Comments

Both lakes will be closed to public access on June 4th and 5th.

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. Both lakes will be closed to public access on June 4th and 5th. If the inlet is flowing, then good fishing can 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: 5/26/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Good 1 to 4 lbs The lake has an excellent smallmouth bass population with the highest sample numbers on record and 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 Good Up to 3 lbs The lake has an exceptional white bass population this year.  In the most recent sample, 73% of the fish were over 15 inches.  People have been catching a lot lately.  Casting shallow rocky areas or trolling crankbaits.
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 12 lbs There are pretty good numbers of wiper in the lake with 86% over 20 inches and 5% over 24 inches in the most recent sample.  Being caught with white bass
Walleye Fair to Good Up to 5 lbs Overall walleye numbers are below average, but numbers have been improving the last few years with 40% over the 15 inch length limit.  Anglers have been doing well fishing with night crawlers.  Daily creel of 2.
General Comments

Both lakes will be closed to public access on June 4th and 5th.

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.

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.24842° W -96.15163°
N 39.24899° W -96.15149°
N 39.25150° W -96.14638°
N 39.23917° W -96.15172°

 

OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE -

Last Updated: 6/10/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Good 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 being found shallow near vegetation. Plastic finesse baits and spinner baits are the best bet right now.
Saugeye Fair 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 Fair 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: 6/10/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Good 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 Slow 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Good Up to 22 inches A good Saugeye bite has been reported using jigs or jigging spoons on mudflats. 
Wiper  Slow Up to 24 inches Use shad imitation baits fished near main lake points. 
 
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.

Brushpiles were placed at several locations November 07. Locations were marked using WGS 84 in decimal degrees: 1) N38.58320 W094.84451; 2) N38.58696 W094.84709; 3) N38.58315 W094.84453; 4) N38.58710 W09484722; 5) N38.58785 W094.84595; 6) N38.58768 W094.84595; 7) N38.58770 W094.84600; 8) N38.58727 W094.84810; 9) N38.58734 W094.84807; 10) N38.58736 W094.84768; 11) N38.58706 W094.84595; 12) N38.58715 W094.84641; 13) N38.58726 W094.84611; 14) N38.59237 W094.84518; 15) N38.58313 W094.84462; 16) N38.58318 W094.84466; 17) N38.59250 W094.84519; 18) N038.59231 W094.84511; 19) N38.59077 W094.84518; 20) N38.59158 W094.84512; 21) N38.59444 W094.84327; 22) N38.58772 W094.84164; 23) N38.58538 W094.84326; 24) N38.58583 W094.84547; 25) N38.58771 W094.84779.




POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE -

Last Updated: 3/16/2016
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 Fair 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 with the highest sample number in 15 years.
General Comments
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: 5/17/2016
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. The newest is available now and features Perry and Sabetha Pony Creel Lake. 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 1.5 lbs Fish are still near the shoreline associated with the spawning activity. Currently there is also some harvest near structure on jigs and/ or minnows. Most of the fish are on the smaller side.  We sampled 190 crappie in our October nets: 168 were less than  5", 14 were 5-8", 1 was 8-10", 3 were 10-12" and 4 were 12-15" with the largest fish weighing 1.2 lbs. 
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Small hunk of worm under a bobber around the shoreling and some in the brush piles.  We sampled 268 bluegill in our October nets: 10 were <3", 171 were 3-6", 86 were 6-8" and 8-10" with the largest fish weighing 0.41 lbs.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.0 lbs Cut bait or shad in the south end of the lake are the best bet this time of year.  We sampled 28 channels in our October nets: 4 were 11-16", 17 were 16-24", 5 were 24-28" and 2 were 28-36" with the largest fish weighing 15.4 lbs.   
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Fish are in their spawning mode along the shoreline. Spinner baits or plastics worked slow around the shoreline and/or shallow brush.   
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.0 lbs. Drifting jigs and crawlers in front of the pump house hit both sides of the drop off.  We sampled 9 walleye in our October nets: 4 were of 10-15", 3 were of 15-20" and 2 were of 20-25" with the largest fish weighing 4.6 lbs.     
Wiper  Fair up to 7.5 lbs.  Drifting or casting shad or crank baits in open water. We sampled 24 wipers in our October nets: 16 were 12-15", 7 were 15-20" and 1 was 20-25" with the largest weighing 7.4 lbs.  
General Comments

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

I see a few of you have visited the new Facebook page.  I've been posting lots of pictures: walleye egg collection, stocking and electrofishing pictures.  Just click on this link  https://www.facebook.com/NEKansasFisheries hopefully you'll LIKE what you see!

October netting pitures, nice channel, good crappie, wipers and a blue catfish! Click on Pony Creek above the fishing report and see some nice fish! We electrofished some nice fish. Click on the fish species and it will take you to the updated Fishing Forecast Data.


SHAWNEE COUNTY-LAKE SHAWNEE -

Last Updated: 6/16/2016
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.
       
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, small jigs, and small spinners.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 0.5-4 lbs Using worms, shad, stinkbait, liver,  and cut bait.
Walleye Fair 0.5-3 lbs Using jig and nightcrawler and by trolling crankbaits.
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: 6/10/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Minnows on a slip-bobber fished along dam and north shore. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught using doughbait or cut-bait fished along the north shore.
Wiper Fair Up to 9 lbs. Shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Spinnerbaits are working best right now fished near shoreline structure.  A few being found on point and shore across from marina.  
Trout   Catchable Trout season is over, but look for them again next fall! 
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: 6/10/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Some crappie are being caught on jigs and minnows suspended near structure. 
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inches Worms and wax worms under a bobber fished in the shallows.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lbs. Liver or livebait fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished shallow and near vegetation edges.
Smallmouth Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 6 lbs. Trolling shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. Nightcrawler and a jig drift fished across mud flats
Rainbow Trout   Catchable Trout season is over but target them again next fall.   
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.


STREAMS

ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA -

Last Updated: 6/14/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Catfish Fair 1 to 20+ pounds Fishing for channel catfish and blue catfish has been decent lately with a few flathead being caught also.  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.
White Bass and Wipers Fair 1/2 to 8 pounds

A few being caught on jigs or crankbaits.

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.  There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on saugeye. 
General Comments

Has been tough to fish with the high release rates, but people are still catching fish.  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

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