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Reservoirs are listed first, then state lakes, city lakes and streams
Update dates are shown at the top of the report of the individual lake.
State reports last checked April 19, 2018 at 7:35 p.m.

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RESERVOIRS

CLINTON RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - CLINTON GUIDE -  

Last Updated: 4/19/2018
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.
       
Crappie Fair 0.5-1.25 lbs Anglers are catching fish around standing timber, and brush piles using small jigs.  Some action on the Wakarusa River near Elk Creek Boat Ramp area.
White bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Some are being caught on the Wakarusa River near Elk Creek Boat Ramp area.
Trout Fair 0.5-1.5 lbs Anglers are having some luck, trout were stocked into Lake Henry March 6.  Also, channel catfish were stocked March 8.  Anglers are using worms, powerbait. small jigs and spinners.
Channel catfish/blue catfish Fair 0.5-6 lbs Using shad in upper end of reservoir.
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 April 19 was 0.34 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 21 cfs, water temp. = 50.  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: 4/10/2018
Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair Up to 9 lbs. A few walleye are still in spawning areas. Target rocky windswept shorelines.               
Crappie Fair Most fish are 8 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie are biting in deeper water (12-17 feet) off channel breaks and structure near channel ledges. Most of the crappie being caught right now are in the 8-10 inch length range. 
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. Target largemouth bass in deeper structure and trees right now.   
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 Fair  Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken on a variety of baits using prepared or live baits. Look for warmer water in the upper arms. 
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of April 10th the water level is at 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: 4/18/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Fair Blues up to 45lbs

Near wind blown flats on cut bait in upper end, or channel ledges in upper end when little wind...a few channels caught in the river

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 Fair   10 ft deep near points and brush on jigs and minnows
Walleye Fair  

along dam on jigs and minnow baits

21" minimum length limit, 2/day creel limit.

White Bass/Wipers Fair  

along rocky banks on spinners

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

Smallmouth Bass Fair   near secondary gravel points and pockets on jigs and jerk baits
Largemouth Bass Fair   near points with brush/rock on jerk baits
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: 4/5/2018
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-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 District 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 here and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Good up to 10.0 lbs Catfish can be caught in the arms and coves of the reservoir using cut shad
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir but are difficult to target. Fish should be staged up in deeper water this time of year before beginning their run up river.

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 3.0 lbs.

Bass are probably a little groggy still from the cold weather. Try fishing a jig or crankbait in deeper water.
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 using cut and whole shad near the winter kill spots up in the arms and coves. 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 April 5th, the current lake elevation is at 889.50 (2.01' below conservation pool) and staying steady with a release of 25 cfs. For current lake conditions click here and for the lake forecast click here.

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

39 Georgia Cube fish habitat structures were recently placed in the reservoir in the following locations:

5 cubes @ N 39.1563, W 095.4885

6 cubes @ N 39.1537, W 095.4931

3 cubes @ N 39.1516, W 095.4849

4 cubes @ N 39.1506, W 095.4825

3 cubes @ N 39.1292, W 095.4662

3 cubes @ N 39.1468, W 095.4707

3 cubes @ N 39.1313, W 095.4700

3 cubes @ N 39.1480, W 095.4809 (GPS plot doesn't agree with my memory, may not be in this exact spot)

3 cubes @ N 39.1352, W 095.4724

3 cubes @ N 39.1421, W 095.4774

3 cubes surrounding the jetty at the north ramp of Perry State Park

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


TUTTLE CREEK RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

-  Last Updated: 4/3/2018

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.  

The crappie are beginning to stage for spawning and can be found holding 12 - 18 feet deep off of spawning areas.  Warm afternoons some crappie may move into the shallows but the spawn doesn't get kicked into high gear until late April and runs until late May.

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 and the connected river system 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 if you wish 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 some this time of year.

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 fishing has been good.  This time of year rainbow trout are stocked into Willow Lake, which is located in the southeast corner of the Tuttle Creek State Park.  The lake will receive regular stockings from October through March.  The seventh stocking was put in on March 6th and these fish were larger than normal.  So far this season 7,600 trout have been stocked into Willow Lake.  Best baits have been power bait, corn or minnows.  

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 and please do not move fish you have caught or 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: 4/5/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry Newsletter 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 hereand 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 still empty and likely won't be filled until late April. 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: 4/5/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry Newsletter 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 hereand 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 still empty and will likely not be filled until late April. 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: 4/19/2018

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
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-1 lbs Some crappie have been caught off deep water brush piles.

GEARY STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 4/18/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good   near brush/rock drop offs and channel ledges on tube jigs and worms
Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats on cut bait
Saugeye Fair   near dam and rock points on jigs and minnow baits
Black bass Fair   near rock and brush on jerk baits and jigs
Bluegill Poor    
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: 4/5/2018

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 here 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 still empty and will likely not be filled until late April.
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: 4/10/2018
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 Fair 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 Fair 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 will be coming on in the next few weeks. Spot-treatment will occur later in the spring to clear areas for access. Fishing can be great by targeting the vegetation edges. 

MIDDLE CREEK STATE FISHING LAKE (LOUISBURG) -

Last Updated: 4/10/2018
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 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 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 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: 4/5/2018

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 still empty and will not be refilled until late April.

Perry District Newsletter 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 here 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. 
WhiteBlack 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: 4/3/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair 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 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie abundance has been below average the last few years.  There was some improvements in numbers of crappie 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!  Take a kid or two!
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.

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: 4/3/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Slow to Fair 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 Fair 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 The lake does not support a robust crappie population but abundance has improved the last two years.  In addition, there is a good size structure with the majority of the fish seen in the fall samples were over 10 inches.  There are some artificial habitat structures just out from each dock that can be good this time of year.
General Comments

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

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.


SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 3/22/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 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 yet be characterized as being a good fishery as most of the fish are still stunted below 8 inches.
Channel Catfish Fair 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 first stocking of the year was on March 6th with 1,600 channel catfish.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

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: 4/9/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Slow 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
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CITY LAKES

CENTRALIA CITY LAKE -

Last Updated: 4/9/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great channel 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 26" 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 Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has lots and lots of good sized crappie. No recent reports of success.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Saugeye numbers are good and it should be a productive year of fishing.  Saugeye can be caught this time of year by casting cranks or jigs along the bank.
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, 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: 4/19/2018

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
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.25-1 lbs Using minnows and jigs off brush piles.

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: 4/10/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Slow 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. 
Crappie Slow 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: 4/18/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats on cut bait
Crappie Fair   near points and rock 5-10 ft deep on jigs and minnows
Walleye Fair   along the dam on jigs and minnow baits
White Bass/Wipers Fair   along dam and creek mouths on spinners
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: 4/18/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair   near wind blown flats on cut bait
Crappie Fair   near brush and rock 5 ft deep on jigs and minnows
Largemouth Bass Poor    
Bluegill Fair   near brush/rock 5 ft deep on jigs
White Bass Fair   along dam and creek mouths on spinners
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: 4/5/2018

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 emailed to you click hereand 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. 
WalleyeSauger 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.  

Some keeper Sauger are being caught from shore.

General Comments

Recently, the Leavenworth Elite Bass Club received a small grant to install some artificial habitat structures into Banner Creek. They placed seven clusters of Mossback artificial trees at the following locations:

N 39 27.113, W 095 46.355

N 39 26.547, W 095 46.648

N 39 27.034, W 095 46.448

N 39 27.230, W 095 46.448

N 39 27.015, W 095 46.440

N 39 26.946, W 095 47.041

N 39 26.946, W 095 47.140

And the fisheries biologist placed 30 Georgia cubes at the following spots:

3 @ N 39 27.560, W 095 46.227

5 between jetty and danger buoy @ N 39 27.305, W 095 46.636

3 @ N 39 27.480, W 095 46.224

3 @ N 39 27.450, W 095 46.222

3 @ N 39 27.533, W 095 46.130

3 @ N 39 27.188, W 095 46.355

3 @ N 39 26.870, W 095 46.638

5 surrounding jetty @ N 39 27.402, W 095 46.566

2 on north side of jetty @ N 39 27.054, W 095 46.338

Please leave all habitat at these locations. Do not drag these to your own secret locations. 

JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE -

 Last Updated: 4/3/2018

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 Slow to 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 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 the 2017 fall sampling, 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 Fair 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.  Can be found schooled up in deeper water or near where the inlet water is discharged.
Wipers Fair  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

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: 4/3/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 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 Fair Up to 3 lbs The lake has a great white bass population with most of the fish sampled last being over 12 inches. A few being caught out of deeper water with spoons.  Will be moving shallower soon.
Wiper Fair Up to 12 lbs There are good numbers of wiper in the lake.  No recent reports.
Walleye Slow 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.  No recent reports.
Crappie Slow to Fair Up to 1.5 lbs Crappie numbers have been improving the last two years.  There are some habitat cubes along the dock that may hold some fish this time of year.
General Comments

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: 4/10/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs. Live and prepared baits fished near mainlake points and other shoreline structure.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Target largemouth bass in 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: 4/10/2018
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 Good 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.

New Brushpiles were added on 3/9/18. Many of the new brushpiles can also be accessed by casting from the shore. 

GPS Coordinate locations for brushpiles. 

N 38.58540, W 094.84338

N 38.58954, W 094.84549 

N 38.58493, W 094.84037

N 38.59411, W 094.84538

N 38.58334, W 094.84544




POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE -

 - Last Updated: 4/3/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. The crappie population is below average this year and harvest is expected to be low.
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. 
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: 4/5/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry District Newsletter 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 herenewsletter 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

Attention anglers, If you fish this water body and would like to contribute your knowledge to the fishing report give me a call at 785-246-4514. Thanks!

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


SHAWNEE COUNTY-LAKE SHAWNEE - Need a map? Click here!

Last Updated: 4/19/2018

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.
       
Trout Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using a variety of baits/lures including worms, power bait, roostertails, and little cleos.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.25-1 lb Using jigs over brush.
LM Bass Slow 0.25-2 lbs Casting jigs.
       
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: 4/10/2018
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 or worms on a slip-bobber fished in deeper water. 
Channel Catfish Slow 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 Slow 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: 4/10/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Some crappie are being caught on minnows or jigs suspended near structure. 
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Worms and wax worms under a bobber fished in the shallows.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lbs. Some channel catfish are being taken on dough-bait or liver.  
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics, spinner-baits, and crankbaits fished near structure or near vegetation edges are producing fish.   
Smallmouth Bass Slow Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Slow Up to 6 lbs. Trolling shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. Drifting across mud flats and points, minnows are producing best right now. 
Rainbow Trout Good Catchable Trout are being taken on powerbait, small spinner-baits, and minnows.
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: 4/9/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Catfish Slow 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. During the warm spell last week fishing picked up for awhile.

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. Starting in 2018: Wiper daily creel is 5 per day.

Crappie Fair to Good Up to 2 pounds Crappie fishing has been pretty decent this spring at Rocky Ford.  Anglers have been doing well floating minnows or slowing working jigs.
Drum Slow 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.  Seen a few bigger stringers last couple of weeks coming out of the swifter current.

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

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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