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CLINTON RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - CLINTON GUIDE -

Last Updated: 11/23/2016
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 Slow 0.5-1.5 lb Fishing for crappie has been slow this week.  A few have been caught using jigs.
Wiper Slow 3-5 lbs A few have been caught by crappie anglers using jigs.
Trout Fair 0.5-1 lb More trout were stocked the week of Nov. 14.  Anglers were catching a few fish.
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 Nov. 23 was 1.52 feet above normal pool level, release rate = 7 cfs, temp = 51.  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: 11/29/2016
Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair Up to 9 lbs. Some walleye are being caught on shallow points and near shallow structure.  Good bet to use shad imitation lures as walleye should be actively feeding on abundant young-of-the-year gizzard shad.           
Crappie Good Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Really good numbers and size of crappie being caught in the Little Bull Arm right now. Both minnows and jigs are producing fish right now.    
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. White bass are chasing schools of gizzard shad right now and can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. 

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 Fair  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.     
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of November 29th the water level is 0.2 feet above conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

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

Brush Piles

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

MILFORD RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 12/7/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Fair   near deeper wind blown shorelines and channel ledges on fresh cut bait
Crappie Fair   minnows and jigs near points and ledges with rock and brush 15-20ft deep
Walleye Fair   near edges of deep flats and points on jigs and spoons
White Bass/Wipers Fair   rocky points and ledges on jigs and spoons
Smallmouth Bass Good   near rocky banks/points on plastics and crankbaits
Largemouth Bass Fair   near rock breaks on jigs, jerkbaits, and swimbaits
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: 11/28/2016
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 News Letter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) We publish a news letter for Perry and other waters in my District. 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 With water cooling down fish should be moving to deeper water. Try fishing flats along creek channels or drop offs using cut shad or nightcrawlers.     
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir. The best opportunity seems to be trolling sandy or gravel flats with crankbaits. Some may be caught if prey is present along shore where the wind crashes into a soft bank.

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

 Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 3.0 lbs.

Crankbaits or plastics worked slowly around shoreline cover and woody habitat. The emerging Smallmouth Bass population are being caught. Generally off rocky shoreline and points.    
White Bass   Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Some White Bass are being taken fishing rocky shorelines in the upper portion of the reservoir casting jigs and crankbaits resembling shad.  
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Some crappie are being taken fishing the rock shores near the bridges and along the marinas using minnows and artificial lures.
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Some Blue Catfish are being caught drifting the flats using shad. Others being caught from windblown shore using cut shad. 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 November 28th, water temperature at Perry Lake is currently 55 degrees and the water level holding steady at 893.66 with discharge at 25 cfs. Boat ramps are open.

Two clusters of fish habitat were placed into the Rock Creek Arm this past weekend and should be holding fish soon. Approximate coordinates are:

N 39°09.091’  W 095°29.067’ 

N 39°09.053’  W 095°29.174’ 

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

The creel survey at Perry Reservoir is complete for this year.  Thank you to everyone that took the time to respond to Jacob and Jared's questions. This information will be used in conjunction with the sampling date to better evaluate the fishing opportunities in Perry Reservoir. 

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


TUTTLE CREEK RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 10/24/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1.5 pounds The lake has decent numbers of larger fish.  Fishing has picked up the last month and anglers have been catching some in 10 to 14 feet of water.  Best places have been near brush or rocky points near channels.
White Bass Slow to Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake does not have a lot of white bass this year but the fish are big. Near rock points.
Catfish Fair Up to 20 pounds

Fair channel catfish numbers and a young blue catfish population. Decent fishing in the upper third of the reservoir with cutbait.  Fishing at the tubes has been good for catfish. 

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.  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@ksoutdoors.com.  A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

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, but lots of little ones growing quickly for next year. 
General Comments

You can check current water conditions HERE

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STATE FISHING LAKES

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 11/9/2016
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.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 0.9 lbs Not many crappie picked up in our fall samples, however, what's there is of nice size with some reaching 15 inches and weighing nearly a pound. For best luck, try a jig and minnow over brush piles.   
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs

Small hunk of worm under a bobber along the piers and lakewide. 

We sampled 66 bluegill in our October nets: 56 were <3", 8 were 3-6" and 2 were 6-8".

Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs

The fish feeders are empty and will not be filled until spring. Channel catfish can still be caught from shore using cut shad, dough balls, or chunks of worm.  

We sampled 37 channels in our October nets: 10 were <11", 18 were 11-16" and 8 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 7.7 lbs. 

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow cover. 
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Small hunk or worm or cricket under a bobber around the shallow vegetation.  


BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 11/9/2016
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.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 1.0 lbs.

Best luck for Crappie would come from fishing brush piles surrounding fishing jetties using a jig and minnow. Some fish are being caught along the dock as well 

We sampled 167 crappie in our October nets: 31 were <5", 45 were 5-8", 77 were 8-10" and 6 were 10"+ with the largest crappie weighing 0.55 lbs.

Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs.

Using a chunk of worm under a bobber or small spinner around the vegetation and off the piers is tough to beat.  

We sampled 56 bluegill in our fall nets: 1 were <3", 41 were 3-6" and 14 were 6-8" with the largest bluegill weighing 0.3 lbs.     

Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs

The feeders are empty and will not be filled again until spring. Channel Catfish can still be caught regularly using cut bait, doughballs, and worms this time of year. 

We sampled 16 channels in our fall nets: 7 were <11", 8 were 11-16" and 1 were 16-24" with the largest channel weighing 5.5 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 chunk of worm or cricket under a bobber in the brush piles. 
General Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as the information becomes available.  

DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 11/23/2016
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 0.3-1.5 lbs Some being caught on worms, jigs and spinnerbaits around shoreline cover.
Channel catfish Poor-Fair 0.5-4 lbs Using nightcrawlers, minnows, and cut bait.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-1 lb Using jigs and minnows off deeper rock piers and brushpiles.

GEARY STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 12/7/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good up to 1 lb jigs and minnows near rock and brush 15ft deep.
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs Cut bait and worms along windy banks
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lbs jigs and spoons along dam and rock points
Black bass Fair up to 4lbs jigs and jerkbaits near rock/brush/points
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: 11/16/2016
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. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Bass are still being caught by anglers using jigs or plastics worked slowly along the shoreline and in & around brush piles and rip-rap.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs The fish feeders are empty and will not be filled again until this spring. Channel Catfish can still be caught using traditional baits on the bottom.   
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs

A small chunk of worm under a bobber near the brush piles and off of the jetties is hard to beat 

We sampled 47 bluegill in our October traps spread pretty evenly between 2 and 8 inches. 

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. 

We sampled 9 crappie in our October traps all but one were below 10 inches. The larger fish was 13 inches and weighed 1.25 pounds.

Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs

Use a small chunk of worm or cricket under a bobber near breaks in shoreline vegetation.

We sample 171 redear in our October traps, the majority of which were between 6 and 9 inches. 

Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs

Wiper can be caught by using shad colored crankbaits off the points and jetties. If on a boat, follow the schools of shad to find the wipers or try trolling to find mobile fish.

We sampled 14 wipers in our October nets, half were near 8-9 inches and the others were between 17 and 21 inches.

Walleye Slow Up to 3.25 lbs

Twisters or crankbaits close to the dam and rocky points. 

We sampled 3 walleye in our October nets all of which were above 18 inches. 

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.                                                                                                                                                                 

I see some of you have been visiting the Facebook page. If not, 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: 11/29/2016
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 is gone right now.  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: 11/29/2016
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.   
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Crappie bite is being reported in 10-13 feet of water near the submerged roadbed.  Minnows and jigs are producing the most fish right now. Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 3 lbs. Largemouth can be taken on finesse plastics and spinnerbaits fished near trees in the coves and at vegetation edges.  
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.   

NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 10/31/2016
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. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Slow to Fair up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill can be caught using a small chunk of worm under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.   
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs The fish feeders have been pulled for the winter. Channel catfish can still be caught using worms, cut shad, or doughballs.
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. They can be caught using spinnerbaits, plastics, or crankbaits around the brush piles. However, the recent rains have impacted water clarity so choose baits that will make a lot of noise both in color and in sound.
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow along shoreline and around the brush piles. Water is cloudy so choose baits that will make a lot of noise both in color and in sound.
 Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.


POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE # 1 -

Last Updated: 10/24/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 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 Fair 1/2 to 1 pound A few crappie are being caught.
Largemouth Bass Fair to 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: 10/24/2016
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 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.  In 2016 a total of 4,000 channel catfish were stocked in the lake. 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 catfish. 

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SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 10/24/2016
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. 
Crappie Fair to Slow 1/2 to 1 pound The current crappie population is dominated by fish less than 10 inches.  
Channel Catfish Good 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish.  For 2016 a total of 4,650 channel catfish have been stocked into the lake.  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: 10/24/2016
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: 10/24/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great catfish population. 
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Wiper Fair Up to 22" 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 getting bigger.  There are a lot of 9 to 10 inch crappie in the lake this year.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Overall saugeye numbers are down some, but the fish are of a nice size. Casting 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: 11/23/2016
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 0.5-5 lbs Casting jigs, spinners, and crankbaits along shoreline cover.
Channel catfish Slow-Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using nightcrawlers, shad and cut bait.
Crappie Fair 0.25-0.75 lbs Using jigs and small crankbaits.  Some activity from shore, some in deeper water.

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: 11/29/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lb. No Reports.
Crappie Good Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs near vegetation edges. 
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits fished near the docks and near edges of vegetation. Best bite occurring during low-light conditions.  
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: 12/7/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs cutbait and worms along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rock 15-20ft deep
Walleye Fair up to 5 lbs along points and river channel on spoons
White Bass/Wipers Good   along dam and channel ledges on jigs and spoons
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: 12/7/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs cut bait and worms along windy flats
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 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: 10/27/2016
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. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.25 lbs.

Crappie can be caught by vertical jigging minnows over brush piles or standing timber. Some can be caught along rocky shore lines as well.

We sampled 258 crappie in our October nets: 87 were <4", 98 were 4-8", 10 were 8-12", 64 were 10-12" and 9 were 12-16" with the largest fish weighing 1.25 lbs.   

Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs.

Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm under a bobber near shorelines. 

We sampled 169 bluegill in our October nets: 40 were <3", 83 were 3-6", 42 were 6-8" and 1 was 8"+ with the largest fish weighing 0.43 lbs.   

Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.5 lbs.

Catfish can be taken from shore using cut shad or nightcrawlers. For best luck, fish along the windblown shore. 

We sampled 22 channels in our fall nets: 1 was <12", 3 were 12-16", 13 were 16-24", 4 were 24-28" and 1 was 28"+ with the largest fish weighing 12.5 lbs.  

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Crankbaits, spinners or plastics along the shoreline, rip rap and structure. 
Walleye/ Sauger Fair

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

Jigs and crawlers or spoons on those humps and bumps. Some luck could be had drifting minnows or crawlers.   

We sampled 24 Walleye in our October nets: 3 were <12", 10 were 12-18", 5 were 18-24" and 5 was 24"+ with the largest Walleye weighing 6.2 lbs. 

We also sampled 32 Sauger in our October nets: 2 were <12", 27 were 12-18", and 3 were 18-24" with the largest Sauger weighing 2.0 lbs.  

General Comments
This lake has invasive vegetation present! Please take the time to inspect you fishing gear or watercraft before and after entering the lake to ensure you are not transporting any vegetation or other invasive species. 

JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE -

Last Updated: 10/24/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has decent numbers of fish 11" to 12" long.  Anglers have been catching a few lately.  There is a brushpile just south of the dock.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate. 
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 Good 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.  Can be found chasing schools of shad.
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.  Can be found near schools of shad.  Casting crankbaits, spoons, or live bait.
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 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: 10/24/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 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.  
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. 
Walleye Fair 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.  Daily creel of 2.
General Comments

The lake is closed to fishing during the waterfowl hunting season which starts October 29th. Fishing access will resume in March.

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.

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: 11/29/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Slow 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. Largemouth bass are being found shallow near vegetation. A good bite on plastic tube jigs being reported.
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 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: 11/29/2016
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 Fair 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  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: 10/24/2016
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 Fair to 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: 10/27/2016
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. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs

Currently there is also some harvest near rocky shores and standing timber or brush piles on jigs and/ or minnows.

We sampled 70 crappie in our October nets: 8 were less than  5", 36 were 5-8", 11 were 8-10", and 15 were 10-12" with the largest fish weighing 1.4 lbs. 

Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs

Bluegill can be taken using a small chunk of worm under a bobber around the shoreline and some in the brush piles.  

We sampled 91 bluegill in our October nets: 17 were <3", 69 were 3-6", and 5 were 6-8" with the largest fish weighing 0.41 lbs.

Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 17.0 lbs

Some larger Channel Catfish have been taken by anglers fishing from shore using cut shad and other traditional catfish baits. 

We sampled 24 channels in our October nets: 3 were 11-16", 17 were 16-24", 1 was 24-28" and 3 were 28-36" with the largest fish weighing 17.1 lbs.   

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Largemouth Bass can still be caught by fishing artificial baits around shore lines or weed lines. 
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.5 lbs.

Drifting jigs and crawlers in front of the pump house hit both sides of the drop off. 

We sampled 10 walleye in our October nets: 3 were of 10-15", 5 were of 15-20" and 2 were of 20-25" with the largest fish weighing 5.4 lbs.     

Wiper  Great up to 7.5 lbs.

Wipers can be caught by casting shad or shad colored artificial baits from shore. Anglers with boat access should have luck drifting or trolling crankbaits or whole shad through open water. 

We sampled 88 wipers in our October nets: 28 were less than 12", 12 were 12-15", 24 were 15-20", 10 were 20-25" and 1 was 26" with the largest weighing 6.6 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: 11/23/2016
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 jigs.
Crappie Fair 0.3 - 1 lbs Anglers are catching crappie off the shore casting and retrieving jigs in 2-6 feet of water.
Channel catfish Poor-Fair 0.5-4 lbs Using worms, shad, bluegill,  and cut bait.
Trout Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using powerbait, little cleos, small spinners and spoons.
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: 11/29/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Slow Up to 15 inches Minnows on a slip-bobber fished in deeper water. 
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide using doughbait or cut-bait fished in the evenings.
Wiper Fair Up to 9 lbs. Shad imitation baits or worms fished near mainlake points are producing best right now. 
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics and spinner-baits are working best right now fished near shoreline structure.  
Trout Good  Catchable Trout are biting on powerbait, worms, small spinner-baits, and kastmasters.  
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: 11/29/2016
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 Fair Up to 8 inches Worms and wax worms under a bobber fished in the shallows.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 10 lbs. Liver or livebait fished near mainlake points. Best bite is occurring in the evenings.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished shallow and near vegetation edges. Best bite early-mornings and late-evenings. 
Smallmouth Bass Fair 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. 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: 10/24/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Catfish Fair 1 to 20+ pounds

Fishing for channel catfish and flathead catfish has slowed down some with the cooler weather, but catches have still been fair.  A few nice blue catfish are also being caught.  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@ksoutdoors.com.  A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

White Bass and Wipers Fair to Good 1/2 to 8 pounds

Fishing has been pretty good the last month.  Jigs, crankbaits or live bait.

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

Drum Fair to Good 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

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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