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State reports last checked May 24, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

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RESERVOIRS

Check reports from Kansas Anglers for reports from Cheney

CHENEY RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map?

Last Updated: 5/10/2016
SPECIES RATING SIZE BAITS, LOCATION, METHODS
Fishing Newsletter     All KDWPT fisheries districts are offering a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. The newsletters are aimed at keeping anglers informed about fishing opportunities and information in their areas of interest. The first few editions of the Cheney Fisheries District have been completed and are ready for distribution.
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS, AND BILGES!!!

Zebra mussel numbers have decreased at Cheney; however, anglers and boaters should still use caution to avoid moving adults and veligers from the lake.

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

White Bass and Wiper Fair Various White Bass and Wiper have been being caught recently in the upper end of the lake. There are high densities of temperate bass and lots of quality fish. Fishing should be as good for temperate bass in 2016 as it has been in recent years, and many of the wiper that were smaller in 2015 will have reached 19-21" this spring.
Walleye Fair Up to 28" Walleye are being caught sporadically.
Crappie Good Up to 15" Crappie fishing has picked up in the last two weeks.  
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lb Channel and blue catfish have been good recently, prepared baits work well for channel cat, use live or fresh shad for blues. Focus on structure and channel borders.
White Perch    

Netting results this fall indicate that white perch numbers decreased this year; however, there are many catchable-size white perch (10+") in the lake.

White perch cannot be used as live bait, but they do make good cut bait. For tips on identifying a white perch from a white bass, wiper or striped bass click HERE.

All white perch in your possession must be dead. It is illegal to posses live white perch.

COMMENTS
The new fishing dock area near the marina cove was improved with some snag-resistant habitat structures after construction, made from pvc pipe and concrete blocks.  Additional fish habitat is planned for placement near the dock later this spring.  <embed href='ezobject://47019' />

http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us


COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 5/17/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir.

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Channel Catfish Good up to 4 lb cut bait near windy flats and creeks
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lb Jigs and crankbaits near rocky points and dam.
White Bass Good up to 15-inch near creeks and dam on jigs
Wiper Fair up to 20-inch See white bass report.
White Crappie Good up to 13-inch

Near brush and rock 2-5ft deep on jigs and minnows.

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

.22 feet high, releasing 6 CFS. Fishing below the dam is fair with decreased releases.

Click HERE for water level information.


COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/6/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Black Crappie Fair to Good up to 11 inch Crappie are spawning at the lake.  Fish the shallow areas near cover with jigs or minnows.  Move frequently until you find a productive spot. 
Bluegill Good up to 8 inch Live bait fished under a float in water less than 3 feet deep nearly lakewide.  Fish are up shallow preparing for the spawn.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Catfish activity beginning to increase as the water temperatures rise.  Nightcrawlers during times of inflow are hard to beat in Spring.  Livers and stink baits are also effective.  Areas where the wind is pushing water to shore or across a point are good spots to look for hungry cats.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 17 inches Shallow water cover during warm days using plastic worms or jig and plastic.
Redear Sunfish Fair to Good up to 11 inches Same as bluegill report


EL DORADO RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? - Last Updated: 5/6/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in the Trout Area below the dam!!

Blue catfish Fair up to 28 inch

A video showing electrofishing for blue catfish at El Dorado Reservoir can be seen HERE.

Blues are being caught on shallow wind blown shorelines and points on fresh cut shad.

Effective January 1, 2016:  25 inch to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish.  Daily creel limit is 5 per day with no more than 2 35 inches and longer.

Take time to properly identify your catfish catch. Click HERE for information on how to properly identify your catch.

Wiper Fair up to 24 inch

Trolling or casting crankbaits along rocky windblown shorelines, shallow flats, and points.

Be sure to properly ID your catch as there is there is an 21-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit on wiper.. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White bass Fair to Good  

Along the dam and rocky causeways on crankbaits, rat-l-traps, and jig and plastic.

Wipers can be caught along with white bass so it is important to properly identify your catch before putting it on a stringer. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White Perch Good up to 11 inch

Off points and on humps in water 3 to 8 feet deep on worms and small hooks.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair up to 14 inches Crappie fish beginning to pick up.  Fish beginning to show up shallow but most still being caught in deeper water near structure.  Things should take off anytime!
Channel Catfish     Few reports available this week
Walleye Fair to Good Up to 28 inches

Walleye are beginning to show up on the flats and action should improve with warmer weather.  Crankbaits and night crawlers are catching fish.

THE WALLEYE LENGTH LIMIT IS 21-INCHES WITH A 2/day CREEL LIMIT.

General Comments

0.44 feet high, releasing 509 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

ZEBRA MUSSEL & WHITE PERCH WARNING! El Dorado Reservoir and the Walnut River below the reservoir contain zebra mussels and white perch. Take zebra mussel control precautions when leaving the lake, Trout Area, and Stilling Basin. For information on Zebra Mussels click Here.

 

MARION RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 5/6/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels     Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Channel Cat     No recent reports from anglers this week
White Crappie Fair up to 12 inch Anglers report catching a few crappie in the river in cover.  Fish are becoming scattered with the warmer temps and will begin to move towards the warmer water.
Walleye Slow to Fair Up to 24 inch Jig and crawler combos and trolling crankbaits on flats, humps, and points.
White Bass Slow Up to 14 inch Pretty slow action on whites right now.  Fish the shallow flats with crankbaits, lipless cranks, or jig and plastic.
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 24 inch Anglers report some success on wipers on crankbaits and lipless crankbaits.  Trolling crankbaits in 13 to 18 feet of water in the mornings and shallower as the water warms during the day.  Areas that have had the wind blowing in for several days usually hold the most wipers. 
General Comments
0.22 feet high, releasing 1 CFS.

STATE FISHING LAKES

BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 5/6/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8" to 10" Fish with small minnows and jigs around brush. There are a few nice crappie in the lake although most are fairly small.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" Worms under a bobber. There are mostly small bluegill in the lake.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-4 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 18" Fish shallow brush with Texas rigged softbait, jigs, and spinnerbaits. A few large fish (up to 22") are caught in the lake each year.
General Comments
Water is warming up and Largemouth and crappie might be spawning.

BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 5/6/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lb

Channel catfish action beginning to increase as the water warms.  Nightcrawlers and shad sides are producing some bites.  Best areas have been shallow along wind swept shorelines.

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

Largemouth Bass Fair up to 17 inch Fish are in the shallow weeds all around the lake.  Anglers were reporting a slow bite yesterday morning.  The fish are prepping for the spawn and will be shallow for the next couple of weeks.  Working larger plastics through shallow weeds and around cover will tempt active fish.
Crappie     The majority of the crappie in the lake are small and the crappie population density needs to be reduced.  Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed  the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back.  Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!
Bluegill Good   Bluegill are in the shallow weeds and can be caught on pieces of worm on a small hook.  A small float aids in positioning the bait in front of the fish.


CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 5/6/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Have Been Discovered in Chase State Fishing Lake.    

Chase SFL is now an ANS designated water. Read the news release HERE.

 Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

 Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

 Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

New Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs

Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit.

In the upper end and the coves using shad sides.  Fish areas where the wind is coming in to the bank.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 16 inches

There is a 13 to 18 inch slot limit on Largemouth Bass in effect at the lake.

Crankbaits and plastics in shallow water during the warmer parts of the day

Saugeye Slow   Few reports available from anglers this week
Spotted Bass Fair to Good   Crank baits and spinner baits along rocky shorelines in the bottom half of the lake.
Bluegill Fair   Live bait fished in shallow near shore areas close to vegetation, brush, or rock.
White Crappie Fair   Anglers are reporting Fair success on crappie on brush piles, dropoffs, and near the dam.


COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 4/18/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
      Weekly Fishing Reports will return during March 2016
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Cowley,Butler, Chase, & Morris counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Black Crappie Slow   No anglers reporting this week.  Crappie will begin moving shallow on the banks as the water warms and the spawn approaches.
Bluegill     No anglers reporting this week
Channel Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Catfish activity beginning to increase as the water temperatures rise.  Nightcrawlers during times of inflow are hard to beat in Spring.  Livers and stink baits are also effective.  Areas where the wind is pushing water to shore or across a point are good spots to look for hungry cats.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 17 inches Shallow water cover during warm days using plastic worms or jig and plastic.
Redear Sunfish     No anglers reporting this week

KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 5/10/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Excellent 10" to 10 lb. Kingman is a good channel catfish destination. There are lots of catfish and good numbers of large fish. Fish lakewide with cutbait or commercially prepared baits.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 18" Bass are growing and reaching lengths up to 17-18 inches since the lake was renovated. Try white spinners or pumpkin colored worms along rocky shorelines.
Northern Pike Fair Up to 28" Pike are active in colder water and will bite about any lure at any time. There were pike approaching 30" captured in fall samples.  The pike have been spawning since Mid-February and are wrapping up their spawning thru the end of March. A few people have recently reported catching Pike at Kingman. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 6" The biggest bluegill in the lake are around 6 inches.  Use worms under a bobber near structure, or a small spinning lure.
General Comments
A bathymetric map of the lake is now posted on the lake page.  It clearly shows the location of the springs at the north end.


http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 5/9/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good Up to 30" Slow but picking up. Fish with earthworms, cutbait, and liver lakewide, especially on the windblown shore. As the season progresses into May look for fish towards sundown on the upper 1/2 of the lake in the shallower areas. The lake is an excellent spot for keeper-sized and the occasional trophy-sized channel catfish.
Crappie Fair 8-10" Anglers are catching lots of spawning and post spawning fish. Many are being caught near rock and brush piles. Most are less than 10" but some over 15" are being reported.
Largemouth bass Good Up to 7 lb. The water temperature is in the 60s and bass are spawning. The bite is tough but with the right presentations there are many fish to be caught. Fish slow with crankbaits, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits in windy conditions. Fish slow with texas rigs and jigs in cover. Try carolina rigs off the few rocky banks and dam.
Saugeye Fair 15-20" Moderate. Saugeye are biting right now. Saugeye seem to like the lower end of the reservoir around rocks.  Try using jigs with nightcrawlers or horsehair jigs. Recent reports are good for 12 - 20" fish with spinning jigs and plastic worms around aquatic vegetation and near the shoreline.
General Comments
A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.



ANTHONY CITY LAKE -

Last Updated: 5/18/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good   Largemouth bass have begun to move closer to the shoreline and can be caught lakewide.  Use lures near structure and shoreline vegetation.
Channel catfish Good   Channel Catfish have picked up with the warmer weather, and are best caught on prepared catfish baits or prepared cutbait. Feeders are on the lake.
Bluegill Good   Bluegill fishing is good near the shoreline with small lures and a worm fished under a bobber.
General Comments

The lake is full and was restocked in the fall of 2013 with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish fingerlings.  These fish will need a year or two to grow into catchable-sized individuals.  Other species such as crappie may be considered for stocking after a few years; however, until the bass population is established in the lake, crappie have a high likelihood of overpopulating. 

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please email Jessica.



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/6/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8" to 10" Fish with small minnows and jigs around brush. There are a few nice crappie in the lake although most are fairly small.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8" Worms under a bobber. There are mostly small bluegill in the lake.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-4 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 18" Fish shallow brush with Texas rigged softbait, jigs, and spinnerbaits. A few large fish (up to 22") are caught in the lake each year.
General Comments
Water is warming up and Largemouth and crappie might be spawning.



ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/23/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair   Largemouth bass fishing should be picking up in the later part of April or early May as we reach warmer water temperatures.  Bass can be caught on large spinning lures, or rubber worms.
Channel catfish Fair   Channel Catfish will start biting soon, and are best caught on prepared catfish baits or prepared cutbait.
Bluegill Fair   Bluegill will start preparing for spawning in mid-april and will bite on any small lure or a piece of worm fished under a bobber.
General Comments

The lake is full and was restocked in the fall of 2013 with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish fingerlings.  These fish will need a year or two to grow into catchable-sized individuals.  Other species such as crappie may be considered for stocking after a few years; however, until the bass population is established in the lake, crappie have a high likelihood of overpopulating. 

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please email Jessica.




CITY AND LOCAL LAKES

ANTHONY CITY LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 10/21/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair   No recent reports.
Channel catfish Fair   No recent reports.
Bluegill Fair   No recent reports.
General Comments

The lake is full and was restocked in the fall of 2013 with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish fingerlings.  These fish will need a year or two to grow into catchable-sized individuals.  Other species such as crappie may be considered for stocking after a few years; however, until the bass population is established in the lake, crappie have a high likelihood of overpopulating. 

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please email Jessica.


COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 5/17/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussel     Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove City Lake. Click HERE for more information.

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Bluegill Fair up to 7-inch jigs, worm near cover 2-5ft deep
Crappie Fair up to 11-inch Jigs or minnows in water 5 feet deep near brushpiles, rocks, and dropoffs
Channel catfish Good up to 4 lbs Cut bait in windblown areas
Black bass Good up to 16-inch Jigs, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits near cover 5ft deep
Walleye Fair Up to 22-inch near dam and points on jigs and crankbaits.
White bass Good up to 2 lbs near dam on jigs
General Comments
The City of Council Grove requires Aquatic Nuisance Species certification of anglers and boaters at Council Grove City Lake. Go to ANS Certification to obtain the certificate. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.


HARVEY CO. LAKE WEST -

Last Updated: 3/23/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill good up to 1/2lb Bluegill will become more active in the next week or two as the water reaches warmer temperatures.  The best baits are small spinning lures (white, chartreuse) or a small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the rocky shorelines.  Bluegill on a fly rod are a really nice opportunity at West Lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18 inches Largemouth bass will begin spawning in April, and should be picking up soon this spring.  They are most active until June and into the summer.  Large spinning lures or dark colored worm rigs are the best for bass fishing.
White Crappie Fair 8-12 inches After a few years of small crappie, the population is showing some real promise this year.  A report from March 14 of 12-14 inch crappie is a welcome sight.  Crappie bite best on jigs near brush, especially on the west side of the lake.
Channel Catfish Good 1 lb plus Channel Catfish are stocked periodically throughout the year at West Lake, and will provide plenty of catfishing for anglers in 2016.
General Comments

Recent flooding has receded and the water level has returned to near normal.  Campsites and boat ramps are currently open, but check the Harvey County Facebook page for the most recent information. 

HARVEY COUNTY LAKE-EAST - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 5/18/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-4lbs Channel Catfish are stocked periodically throughout the year at East Lake, and will provide plenty of catfishing for anglers in 2016.
White Crappie Good  up to 12 inches White Crappie are being caught this week and will be active around brush piles and standing timber through the month of June. Try small jigs or minnows especially around brush piles. 
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5 lbs Largemouth bass will are picking up and moving into the shoreline areas.  They are most active until June and into the summer.  Large spinning lures or dark colored worm rigs are the best for bass fishing.
Saugeye Fair to Good up to 4 lbs There are some nice looking saugeye at East lake, but they're spread out.  Try fishing on rocky points off the fishing piers.
White bass Fair to Good Up to 2 lbs Spinning jigs will work during this spring, especially with the recent rains, White Bass have moved up into the upper end of the lake.
Bluegill Excellent Up to 1/2 lb Bluegill can be caught lakewide next to the shorelines. The best baits are small spinning lures (white, chartreuse) or a small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the rocky shorelines.  Bluegill on a fly rod are a really nice opportunity at East Lake!
General Comments

The county has many family and fishing events scheduled this summer! Check the Harvey County Parks Facebook page for the most recent information.

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


HUTCHINSON CAREY PARK POND -

Last Updated: 5/18/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs. Catfish will be stocked 3/16, 4/29, 5/27, 7/7 and 9/8 
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. There are a few bass in the pond, usually caught on live bait and lures.
General Comments
White perch are present in Carey Park Fishing Pond. White perch are a nuisance species that are illegal to possess alive and SHOULD NOT be transported to other waters for any reason.



HUTCHINSON - DILLON NATURE CENTER -

Last Updated: 5/18/2016 Print
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Rainbow trout N/A 10 to 18-inches The next trout stocking will occur in November, 2016.  Trout season ends April 15.
Channel catfish Good 1-5 lb Catfish will be stocked 3/16, 4/29, 5/27, 7/7 and 9/8 .
Bluegill Good Up to 8" Near the bank and around structure on night-crawlers.


MARION COUNTY LAKE REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 5/6/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs Shad sides and nightcrawlers off points and along wind blown shorelines.
White Crappie Fair up to 11 inch Crappie are gearing up for the spawn as the water temperatures increase.  Look for crappie in areas with cover in semi sheltered areas.  Jigs work well this time of year but minnows fished under a bobber are also a good choice.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 15 inch Small crank baits or plastic baits near submerged cover and brush.
Saugeye     Few reports available recently.
Bluegill Fair up to 8 inches As the water temp continues to increase, bluegill will head to shallow water with abundant cover.  Small live bait offerings fished under a float are always a good bet for bluegill.
White Bass     Few reports available recently.
General Comments
Boat and bait inspections are MANDATORY at Marion County Lake to prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Nuisance Species. Protect our waters... don't forget to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY!

WELLINGTON CITY LAKE -

Last Updated: 5/6/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Shad sides or nightcrawlers on windy points
Wiper Fair to Good up to 20 inches Trolling crankbaits along the dam and old dam and casting crankbaits on wind blown shorelines
Crappie Fair up to 12 inches Jigs and minnows close to cover
Saugeye Fair up to 22 inches Crank baits and spinner rigs off of points and along the dam


WELLINGTON - HARGIS CREEK -

Last Updated: 5/6/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs Nightcrawlers and livers in water 3 to 5 feet deep
Crappie Fair up to 10 inches Near shoreline cover and trees on jigs
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 16 inches Spinnerbaits and plastic worms near shoreline cover
Saugeye     No recent angler reports available

WINFIELD CITY LAKE FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 5/6/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels were verified in Winfield City Lake in December 2006. Lake users should follow recommended control practices found HERE .

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Crappie Fair to Good up to 12 inch Fish have moved shallow to spawn.  Look near shoreline cover.  Jigs and minnows are good baits this time of year.
Channel catfish Fair up to 5 lbs Shad sides, nightcrawlers, or stink baits on the north shore flats.
Black bass Fair   Anglers have reported catching largemouth and smallmouth recently but overall success is Fair at best.  Smallmouth bass are protected with an 18-inch minimum length limit and few, if any, smallies have reached this size.  Look for largemouth around flooded shoreline cover and look for smallies along rocky shorelines, points, and along the dam.
White bass Fair to Good up to 16 inch Trolling crankbaits along the dam and also casting crankbaits and jigs along points or other rocky areas.
Wipers Fair to Good up to 21 inch Same as white bass
Walleye Fair up to 26 inch

Walleye Minimum length limit 18 inches.

Walleye are on the flats and points where they can be caught on jig and crawler combos or spinner rigs.

   
General Comments
The City of Winfield requires additional permits for anglers using the lake. Stop in to the lake office before fishing at the lake.


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