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 Kansas Fishing Report - Region 5 Southeast Kansas

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REGION 5
Reservoirs are listed first, then state lakes, city and local lakes and streams
Update dates are shown at the top of the report of the individual lake.
State reports last checked August 31, 2015 at 7:27 p.m.

Video and instructions to help prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels

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BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 7/15/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 9-12" Crappie anglers are having success finding suspended schools with electronics. Minnows and jigs are effective.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfish anglers are having success on set lines throughout the reservoir.
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass Good 12-18" Bass anglers have had success cranking deep points during the day and bouncing squarebills off tree stumps at first and last light.
General Comments
New District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 7/15/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie are suspended offshore near structure and abrupt depth changes.
Channel catfish Good 18-26 inches Look for catfish to move back into a typical summer pattern as waters recede. Target flats near the river channel.
White bass Poor 8-16 inches White bass anglers can be successful trolling the Elk River, but success is inconsistent.
Outlet Fishing is good at the outlet when water is being released. Use the link below to determine release volume.

Float line fishing will be allowed from July 15 through September 15. No float line permit is required in 2015.

Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

Youth/Mentor Pond

The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.


FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - FALL RIVER GUIDE -

Last Updated: 8/28/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

11% 11"-16"

59% 16"-24"

30% 24"-28"

0% >28"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on mud flats and windy shoreline.
crappie fair

78% 5"- 8"

12% 8"-10"

7% 10"-12"

3% 12"-15"

0% >15"

Use a minnow or jig around brush piles, channel breaks, rocky shorelines, and points.
largemouth bass poor

75% 8"-12"

25% 12"-15"

0% 15"-20"

0% >20"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of the river produces a fair density bass population. There were 17 bass per hour of electrofishing around the Ladd Bridge section of the river. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, worm, spinner or crank bait around stumps and brush in the river.
white bass fair

14% 6"- 9"

33% 9"-12"

27% 12"-15"

26% >15"

Use a jig, minnow, or shad crank bait on mud flats and points.  Watch for white bass chasing schools of gizzard shad at the surface. 
General Comments

The county has closed the old iron Honey Creek Bridge east of Climax.  Also, the narrows has eroded too much and it is closed to vehicle traffic.  You may still access Twin Falls area of Fall River on foot.  KDWPT is working on alternatives to access this area.  Refer to the alternative route map on the Fall River Reservoir KDWPT web page for directions to the narrows.

To view a map of brush piles in Fall River Reservoir and the old sunken Ladd Bridge in the river, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir.

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2014 test netting.

Sign up to receive a copy of the Fall River District Fisheries Newsletter.

For more information about the Fall River Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.


\JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/28/2015

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Good Anglers are having some luck drifting various baits in the main lake.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Fair-Good Trolling cranks all over the lake should produce fish along the dam probably the best.
Crappie up to 14" Fair Fish are scattered all over the lake may be best to try trolling with cranks or jigs.

Comments

 The boat ramp is now open.   Fishing below the dam may be good during moderate releases, be sure to wear a life jacket if fishing in the spillway.

Boaters beware of shallow water! For current lake level and release information click the following link http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html.

ALERT! This lake contains Zebra Mussels please help stop the spread Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment after leaving this water body. It is Illegal transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on lakes in the New Strawn district click the following link. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District

 


LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/26/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish, Good all sizes, Use sunfish or cutshad,worms, liver, prepared baits. The lake has big flathead and blues to catch. Recent fish population indicates a good population of channel catfish around 3 pounds and the growing blue catfish up to  43 pounds
Crappie Slow 10 - 13 inches There are a good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. This time of year occasional harvest occurs on minnows some on jigs white/blue near structure.  
Largemouth Bass Good, Best early and late in day  varies but good size is common Available water levels will have bass in the weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations
white bass Fair to Good varies, some 1.5 pounds Use shad imitations, silver spoons big jigs, or cut shad while casting, drifting or trolling near shallow points or rip rap.  
wiper Fair to Good some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad, lots of wipers along open areas of water in the 1 - 7 pound range.
General Comments

Wipers around 6-8 pounds and white bass up to 2 pounds.  Obviously it is summer so fish have moved away from the warm water outlet. Lake water temperatures are in the mid 80's 

Water levels are good for fishing. Recent bass sampling indicates that La Cygne produces some of the best large largemouth bass in the state. 

 Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake. The location is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot.

Call the Linn County Park at 913-795-6633 for more information or camping, and cabins reservations.

Get the family, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment. Don't move water from any lake.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! 

KDWPT released the “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video.  This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage  and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

Anglers when fishing at the hot water outlet,or at the outlet gate at the dam, DO NOT GO OVER THE CABLES. FISHING IN A RESTRICTED AREA COULD GET YOU ARRESTED.

MELVERN RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - MELVERN GUIDE -

Last Updated: 8/26/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Fisheries Newsletter     If you would like to receive additional information about this lake a couple of times a year, sign up for the 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
Channel catfish Fair to Good 1.5-5 lbs Drifting with shad.  Some being caught on cut bait and sunfish.  Stinkbait, liver and worms working around feeders.
Black bass Fair to Good 0.5-4 lbs Using jigs, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-1 lb Using minnows and jigs over cover.
General Comments
August 26 water level 0.3 feet high, release rate = 20 cfs , water temperature = 77.   Melvern Reservoir has Zebra Mussels, Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes.


POMONA RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - POMONA GUIDE -

Last Updated: 8/25/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish  Fair to Good 2 - 7 pounds Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  Lakewide or stilling basin. There is the occasional harvest of the blue catfish.
Walleye Slow varies off windy points or deeper steep banks on crank baits or jigs tipped with night crawlers
White bass/Wipers  Fair to Good varies lakewide and the windy side of the points, wipers are following the schools of shad, minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes liver and shad imitation lures
Crappie Slow    most are 9 - 14 inches Some may be taken during the hot months over or around woody habitat on jigs and/or minnows.
Largemouth Bass Slow Most are 10 to 15 inches Pomona has a limited black bass fishery. Catches are more common in the Marina area and in the coves. During the warm weather fishing is best early in the morning and evening on a variety of baits to include crankbaits and soft baits
General Comments

The lake level is now 3 inches high.  The lake clarity has improved to some extent since the Corps reduced outflows to 15 cfs . Boat ramps are open as usual.

 Zebra mussels now inhabit this lake.  Please be extra careful and " Clean, Drain and Dry" before  and after using any equipment on this lake.

 For additional information, water temperature, release rates, please check:http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/po/daily.cfm .

Have FUN,Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The State and COE Parks are ready for family fishing.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!  

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!


TORONTO RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/28/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

33% 11"-16"

57% 16"-24"

10% 24"-28"

0% >28"

Use worms, stink bait, or shad sides on mud flats and windy shoreline.
largemouth bass fair

43% 8"-12"

39% 12"-15"

18% 15"-20"

0% >20"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of Walnut Creek produces a fair density bass population. There were 50 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in Walnut Creek. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, spinner, worm, or crank bait around stumps and brush in river and Walnut Creek.
white bass fair

18% 6"-9"

24% 9"-12"

29% 12"-15"

29% 15"-18"

Use a jig, minnow, or shad crank bait on mud flats, windy shoreline, or rocky points.  Watch for white bass chasing schools of gizzard shad at the surface.
white crappie fair

34% 5"-8"

28% 8"-10"

28% 10"-12"

10% 12"-15"

1% >15"

Use minnow or jig around brush piles, channel breaks, rocky shorelines, and windy shoreline.  Crappie are located around stumps in Manns Cove, Toronto Point Cove, and river inlet channel. 
General Comments

To view a map of Toronto Reservoir brush piles, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir.

 

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2014 test netting.

Sign up to receive a copy of the Fall River/Toronto District Fisheries Newsletter.

For more information about the Fall River/Toronto Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.

STATE FISHING LAKES

BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/26/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Black Bass GOOD Fish 12 to 18 inches dominate the population Fish the shoreline, weedbeds and piers, use spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers. Best during the cool part of day.
Bluegill/redear sunffish Fair to GOOD all sizes Nice redear some up to 1/2 to 3/4 pound are available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float. Bluegill are also available but are smaller in size.  
Walleye Slow to Fair varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 12-26 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms, lakewide,
Crappie Slow to FAIR 8 - 12 inches and up Over brushpiles,near drop-offs this time of year using minnows, jigs ,
General Comments

Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and go fishing. This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms.

 Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!


COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - COFFEY COUNTY GUIDE - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/28/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair 8 in to 18 inches Plastics and topwater baits around points and weed beds.
walleye Slow-Fair 14-25 inches Crankbaits or jig and crawler around points
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Blue cats- cut carp or shad around deep points or dropoffs. Channel cats -various baits lakewide drifting.
smallmouth bass Good 10-20 inches spinnerbaits or plastics on the riprap or near points and ledges, topwater lures can also be productive early and later in the day.
white bass/Wipers Good up to 5lbs. Vertical jigging spoons near schools of shad and cranks along points or channel ledges.
crappie Fair 11-15 inches Focus on the deeper water around timber and channel ledges.
General Comments

Entrance gate phone number is 620-364-2475 call for lake conditions. Surface water temp. near the boat ramp is around 90 degrees.

ZEBRA MUSSELS have been confirmed in Coffey County Lake! Please help stop the spread. Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving this lake. It is illegal to transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on waters in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson counties click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District

CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/21/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill / redear  Fair/good  6 - 8" Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weed-lines. 
Channel catfish  Good

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try liver, prepared baits, live bait, shad sides, or worms. The four fish feeders are now operating. Feeding times are 7:00am, 1:00pm, 7:00pm, and 1:00am.
Crappie  Fair Mostly 7-9 inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Many small 7-9 inch fish are available with some bigger fish mixed in. 
Largemouth bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished along weed-lines, drop-offs, brush piles, and other structure.


LYON STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/28/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill and Redear good

71% 4-7"

15% 7-9"

14% 9-11"

Bluegill and redear sunfish are most easily caught on 2-6 pound test line due to clear water.  Use a small hook baited with a worm or a tiny spoon or jig. Dry flies are also excellent bait.  They can be caught around rocks on ends of jetties, weedline, and brush piles.
Channel Catfish good

0% 11-16"

93% 16-24"

7% 24-28"

0% 28-36"

Channel catfish are typically caught on or near the bottom on worms, shad sides, or stink bait.  They typically feed near the weedline in coves and around feeders.  Fish feed in inlet creek after rain run-off.
Largemouth Bass good

31% 8-12"

67% 12-15"

3% 15-20"

0% >20"

Artificial baits such a spinners and jigs work well for largemouth bass. Natural baits such as minnows and worms are also good choices. Bass can be caught in around brush piles, weedline, and channel breaks.  Top water jerk baits are fun and exciting this time of year.
Crappie fair

66% 5-8"

8% 8-10"

13% 10-12"

14% 12-15"

Use light line and small jigs or minnows around brush piles and channel breaks.
General Comments

To view a map of brush pile locations, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the lake.

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2014 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2014 test netting.

For more information about the Fall River/Toronto Fisheries District, click here to access newsletters.


MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 8/21/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weed-lines. 
Channel Catfish  Good  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, live bait, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish are stocked in the Mined Land Wildlife every October. These fish are 8-16 inches in length and average 1/3 pound each.
Crappie  Fair/slow  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure.   
Largemouth Bass  Fair/good  All sizes Try jigs, worms, spinner baits, or crankbaits fished around brush, structure, or along weedlines. 
Rainbow trout  Slow  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn.  Trout will be found in deeper, cooler water. Bi-weekly stockings of 935 fish resumed on October 16, 2014 and continued through May 11, 2015.  Stockings will again resume in mid-October 2015. Most rainbows are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. Five percent of each stocking is comprised of 14-inch or larger fish. Trout can live year-around in this unique strip-mined lake, so fish in the 3-5 pound range are occassionally caught.
General Comments
Trout Anglers - Youth 15 and younger are not required to purchase a trout permit, but their daily creel limit is 2 trout/day. All anglers 16 and older are required to have a trout stamp to fish in the trout lake in Area # 30. Brown trout less than 20-inches in length must be returned to the water immediately. The creel limit for browns is one fish per day. 



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 7/15/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 14-24" Anglers are having success with prepared stink baits and livers.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Fishing remains good for smaller fish with some fish over the slot showing up. Please consider harvesting fish under the 13"-18" protected slot length limit to improve size structure of the largemouth bass population.
Crappie Fair 6-12" Crappie have moved into a summer pattern and are aggregated offshore.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 8-11" Bluegill and redears will remain in shallow water through the summer and can be taken with a worm and bobber, small topwater popper, or trout jigs.
General Comments

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present. Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin. Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin. Both species have their adipose fin clipped. Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Montgomery County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.

Anglers should note that there are no alcoholic beverages allowed on the area.

The maintained boat ramp at Montgomery State Fishing Lake is usable.

A bathymetric map of Montgomery State Fishing Lake is available. Contact Ben Neely (ben.neely@ksoutdoors.com) to receive a copy via email.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE.

NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/21/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill / redear  Good All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly around structure and weed-lines. 
Channel catfish  Good All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, minnows, worms, or shrimp fished near the bottom. The three fish feeders now in operation.
Crappie  Slow 7 -12 inches Try fishing small jigs or minnows near brush or cover. Many 7 to 10-inch fish are available, with some quality fish mixed in.
Largemouth bass  Fair/good All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around structure and weedlines. 

OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/26/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to receive additional information about this lake (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) a couple of times during the year, sign up to receive a newsletter using this link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
Channel catfish Good 1-5 lbs Some being caught on nightcrawlers or minnows.  Some being caught using liver or stinkbait off feeders.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs and crankbaits, along shoreline cover.

WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 7/30/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Good 16-24 inches Catfish anglers have been having success on chicken and turkey livers.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22 inches Bass are biting crankbaits and minnows under a bobber.
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie have moved into a summer pattern and can be found in schools offshore.
General Comments

Six habitat cubes were placed at 37.69780, -95.67415

Both channel catfish and hybrid catfish are present.  Hybrid catfish can be identified by a vertical brand behind their right pectoral fin under their dorsal fin.  Channel catfish stocked in 2013 can be identified by a similar vertical mark except behind their left pectoral fin.  Both species have their adipose fin clipped.  Harvest regulations for channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids in Wilson County State Fishing Lake include a 15" minimum length limit and a five fish daily creel.  

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Wilson State Fishing Lake. Contact Ben Neely (ben.neely@ksoutdoors.com) to receive one via email or visit www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/content/download/33395/238994/file/WLSL_email.pdf to download.

New District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.


WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE (Lake Fegan) - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/28/2015
Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18"  Texas or Carolina rigged creature baits and worms along woody structure and dropoffs. Topwater in shallow early and late.
Channel Catfish Good up to 15+ lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. 
Crappie Fair-Good up to 12" Lots of fish in 8-15 ft. range around brush. and dropoffs
Wipers Fair up to 5lbs. Shad imitations in open water or windy points, vertical jigging with spoons. Look for schools of shad and the wipers should be close.

The lake is 3.5 ft. low  Boat ramp still usable

Anglers please do your part to stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving a water body and do not transfer live fish or bait between water bodies.

For more info. on lakes in the New Strawn district, click on the following link. New Strawn Fishing District Newsletter

Woodson State Fishing Lake Brush Piles - 

WOSL BRUSH PILES (OCTET-STREAM 12.12 kB)

 The lake is FULL.  WATER TEMP. 70

Anglers please do your part to stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving a water body and do not transfer live fish or bait between water bodies.

For more info. on lakes in the New Strawn district, click on the following link.http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District

Woodson State Fishing Lake Brush Piles - 

WOSL BRUSH PILES 12.12 kB

CITY AND LOCAL LAKES

BONE CREEK FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/21/2015

 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weed-lines. Have received some reports of good success in 5-10 feet of water.
Channel catfish  Fair/good  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, live bait or worms. The four fish feeders are now in operation.  
Crappie  Slow  8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population, with some quality-size fish available.
Largemouth bass  Good Mostly 8-16 inch fish. Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around weedlines and deep-water structure. 


BOURBON COUNTY - ELM CREEK - Last Updated: 5/23/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish GOOD varies  try off dam on bluegill chunks, chicken livers or cut shad, Lakewide, Channel catfish are great after a rain in the south end where the creek comes in. Recent fish population sampling lots of nice channel catfish from 3 - 8 pounds.  
Largemouth/Smallmouth bass GOOD varies lakewide, fish are in shallow, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs.  
Bullheads GOOD varies use worms,or liver lake wide  
Bluegill FAIR varies small baits and worms under floats, along weedbeds around fish attractors  
Walleye FAIR  varies also try the dam and rocky structure in the south half of the lake with jigs or minnows  
Crappie FAIR to GOOD lots of small fish with 50 limit in spawning areas and along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

Water levels have improved.

This lake has a high density of channel catfish that really increases angling opportunity. Recent channel catfish stocking have really boosted the populations.  Buy your license and go fishing. The water level is great for fishing.

This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms. Remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

With questions about this lake call Donald George, Fisheries Biologist, at 913-795-2218, or Bourbon County at 620-223-3800.

CEDAR CREEK LAKE, BOURBON COUNTY -

Last Updated: 5/21/2015
  • species
ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie FAIR 8 to 12 inches water levels have enhanced fishing. try jigs, minnows. Recent sampling show a nice population of 10 - 14 inch crappie
Channel catfish Great varies, try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits, Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in. 
Largemouth bass Good most bass in the 14 to 20 inch range good reports of bass in recently flooded weedbeds, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure, 
General Comments

Water levels are perfect. Both ramps are open for use. The east parking has been refitted to a larger size to accommodate the tuesday bass tournament anglers.  Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in. 

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

KDWPT has recently released the “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage  and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

NO special permits required, this is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake. Use caution, this lake has quantities of standing and submerged trees and limited shoreline access. This is a 220 acre lake with approximately 180 acres of standing trees. Fishing only lake. The lake has a boat ramp, parking lot, security light, floating dock, and vault toilet on the east side of the lake and a boat ramp and parking on the west side..

CRITZER LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/26/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches The water is at full pool and water clarity is good at this time. Work the shore and water willow areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms.
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" A limited fishery exists some are taken on igs, spinners, along the dam and rocky areas
Channel Catfish Good 12" to 8 pounds This is a good catfish population with fish over 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds. Use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats, 
Crappie Slow to Fair any size Sampling indicates good numbers of nice fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and jigs, lakewide
Walleye Slow to Fair most between 15 to 17 inches Recent sampling indicates good numbers of  fish (17.5 to 22 inches) are available. Some are taken on jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

Critzer Lake the newest lake in KANSAS and opened to fishing in August of 2011. This lake is featured in many of Brent Chapman's utube articles as he fishes heavy cover. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There is a double lane boat ramp and the lake is primarily a boat lake. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit. Lake brouchures are available at the Linn County Courthouse information display case or online at www.linncountyks.com

Remember to Clean, Drain and Dry.

We are improving the area with a floating dock, located just west of the boat ramp.  This project is a cooperative project between Linn County and Kansas Dept. of W,P,T.  This wet weather has hampered our efforts but we hope to finish this project by the end of June.  We apologize for any inconvenience to our anglers.

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

FORT SCOTT CITY LAKE

Last Updated: 5/21/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
black bass Good varies shad crank baits, soft plastic baits, up against the banks/along the weed beds, in trees/fish attractors and dropoffs, 
channel catfish Good varies  High populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide, use cut shad, sponge baits, worms. Recent fish population sampling indicates a great population of channel catfish in the 2 - 5 pound range. South end where creek comes in during or after a rain.
walleye Slow varies jigs, minnows along spawning areas.
white crappie Good varies, many over 11 inches crappie are moving back after the  spawn, lots of nice fish over 10 inches, some good fish in the south end around the creek channels, with black white, blue white jigs under a float, fish are in nice condition 
bluegill Slow varies use small baits, such as worms, jigs suspended under a float, in deeper water
General Comments

Lake level is full. Water levels are fine for fishing. Fish for crappie in shallow or mid depth water over brushpiles or spawning areas for good success. Recent tree/habitat placements will improve angler success for bass and crappie.  Channel catfish are great after a rain in the south end where the creek comes in. 

 Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and have fun. Please remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT has released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage  and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Lake Cooperator,no city permits for fishing and boating while fishing. City permit required for recreational boating.



GARNETT CITY LAKE - NORTH -

Last Updated: 8/28/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Slow-Fair 8-14 inches Small jigs around brush along the steep banks fish are probably 8-15 ft. deep
Channel catfish Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events
Largemouth Bass Good up to 3lbs. crankbaits, Texas rigged creature baits, or drop shot rigs around brush and shallow cover. Lots of small bass in the lake utilize the slot limit and harvest fish up to 13"
Wipers Fair-Good up to 10 lbs. Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. 
Walleye Slow   trolling with crankbaits or jig and crawler
General Comments

Please remember to help STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell when leaving water bodies. 

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

For more information on waters in Woodson, Coffey, Anderson, and Allen counties, click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District

GARNETT CITY LAKE - SOUTH -

Last Updated: 8/28/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Spinnerbaits, swimbaits, or big plastic worms worked slowly around structure and shallow water. Topwater frogs or buzzbaits around vegetation early and late may also be productive.
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber along shoreline vegetation and structure small jigs or flies can also be productive
Channel Catfish Good 8-30 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Slow-Fair 6-10 inches Small jigs or minnows under a bobber around structure
Wiper Slow    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
       

Comments: This lake is currently under a Blue Green Algae Warning!

Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and livewells to help stop the spread of ANS species. For more information on this lake and other lakes in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson Counties, click on the link below to subscribe to the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.

 http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District

Comments:

Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and livewells to help stop the spread of ANS species. For more information on this lake and other lakes in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson Counties, click on the link below to subscribe to the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.

 http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District

 

 

MOUND CITY LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/26/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Good Size varies but most are of  legal size, with some large fish Cut bait, also try stink baits, chicken liver, cut shad or chunks of sunfish, Channel catfish are great after a rain in the south end where the creek comes in. or lake wide,
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish FAIR varies Use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie Slow to Fair 8 to 14 inches some larger Along the south tree line or habitat structures and drop offs along the creek channel.
Largemouth Bass Good varies Bass are in shallow and close to weed beds, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments
Sign up for the Mound City District Newsletter today!

KDWPT released the “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

PLEASANTON CITY LAKE - EAST -

Last Updated: 8/26/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Wipers Slow to Fair size varies, use live shad or shad artificials and hang on. lake wide trolling with sassy shads, from the bank and boat, with crankbaits, spoons, worms.
Channel catfish Fair to Good All sizes, this lake has a good catfish population and produces nice fish.  Anglers can catch fish in the 2- 7 pound range.   Best baits are the traditional chicken liver or use stink baits, shrimp, may bugs, worms, prepared baits, lakewide.
Largemouth bass Fair to Good varies good results along the shoreline weedbeds, dam, and woody habitat using silver or blue crank baits or soft baits. Fishing better early & late in day during this time of year.  
Walleye, saugeye Slow 18-24 inches An incidental fish taken this time of year near deeper habitat.
white crappie Slow to Fair 8-14 inches Many crappie are in the 9 inch range to 11 to 12 inches long. Fishing around the floating dock, and drop offs. Try over the brushpiles, use pink or green jigs,minnows
General Comment

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundment. 

KDWPT released the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!
This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A city fishing permit is no longer required.Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.

PLEASANTON CITY LAKE - WEST -

Last Updated: 8/26/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish Good Size varies, some up to 8 pounds Use cut shad or sunfish, (best on chicken liver), shrimp, worms, prepared baits, along dam, lots of fat fish from 2 - 6 pounds.
crappie Slow to Fair All sizes Fish are nice size and the density is good, fish are traditionally along the dam, south east pier, and in the brushpiles fish with jigs, blue /white, minnows,
largemouth bass Good 12-22 inches Along the water willow along the dam, piers and the brushpiles with crank baits or spinners,
bluegill Fair varies Most fish are under 8 inches. use a small worm or jig under a float.
General Comments

Water levels are good. Recent rains have brought up the water level into the waterwillow so work this area for bass and bluegill.  This Lake can  produce some nice stringers of fish.  Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water.

KDWPT released the  “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video.  This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

 This lake has a high density of channel catfish that increases angling opportunity. Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake, no fishing permits required.


YATES CENTER RESERVOIR - NEW -

Last Updated: 8/28/2015
Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Good Worms under bobber near vegetation or small lures can also be productive. Several 9-10" redear sundfish were seen while electrofishing. Good numbers of larger bluegill are also available.
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Good Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18". Creature baits and weightless worms around woody structure or the weeds. Topwater frogs or poppers along the weeds early and late in the day.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Fair-Good livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair Curly-tailed grubs or swim baits around schools of shad. Wind blown shorelines should be good places to start.
Crappie up to 12" Fair-Good Focus on deeper water around timber and dropoffs. Anywhere between 10-20 ft.  
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits or dragging a jig and crawler around the points and rocky banks

The crappie regulation has changed and is now 20 fish/day with no length limit.  Water Temp. 77

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required.

This lake contains Eurasian Watermilfoil. Please remember to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment when leaving water bodies.

YATES CENTER - SOUTH OLD LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/28/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Largemouth bass Good 1-3 lbs. Spinnerbaits or creature baits worked slowly in the water willow. Topwater baits are also good around the water willow this time of year.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. mostly on liver, can be caught using various shad imitating lures. 
channel catfish Good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Jigs or crankbaits around the rocks.
crappie Slow-Fair up to 14" Look for crappie in deeper water around the dam or creek channel. Trolling jigs or cranks.
General Comments

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required. 

Eleven Georgia Cubes have been placed in the lake for habitat use the following GPS coordinates to find them.

37° 51'56.46"N             37° 51'55.68"N           37° 51'55.44" N         37°51'54.30" N         37°51'54.12" N

95° 44'44.52"W            95° 44'52.50"W           95° 44'41.34" W         95° 44'41.82" W       95°44'43.38" W

STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell before leaving an area. DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT between waters.

District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District


STREAMS

MARAIS DES CYGNES RIVER -

Last Updated: 6/19/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
blue, channel catfish Fair to Good varies The river is high level, fish are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, worms
walleye Slow to Fair varies use minnows, jigs, work the pools below riffles
white bass/wipers Fair varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
General Comments

The river and streams on the state wildlife area are open to fishing. The Marias des Cygnes River is a great place to float and fish. Some of the wildlife area pools are draining. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area and along stateline road bridge. For additional opportunities call 913-352-8941 for accurate information on wildlife pool drainage.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepageon February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!



NEOSHO RIVER AT CHETOPA DAM -

Last Updated: 7/15/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Paddlefish CLOSED Use a large barbless treble hook and 4-6 oz of weight to snag paddlefish immediately downstream of Chetopa City Dam. Fishing can go from excellent to poor within a few hours depending on flow. Use the link below to monitor river flow. Fishing will be best when discharge is 10,000 to 15,000 cubic feet per second and rising.
General Comments
THE SNAGGING SEASON OPENS MARCH 15 AND RUNS THROUGH MAY 15TH.

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

•A fish must be kept if placed on a stringer. Culling is not allowed.

•A state-issued permit is required. Two paddlefish may be harvested daily and six may be harvested in a season.

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

The best fishing occurs at river flows of 10-15,000 cubic feet per second. The following link will take you to the Kansas Water Watch website. Click HERE for river flow data.



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