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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 June 22, 2016 at 8:25 p.m.

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BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 6/20/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 9-12" Crappie fishing has been good off the Mound Valley dock and around rocks at Timber Hill at night. Fish are suspended near the channel during the day.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Anglers have been having success drifting shallow flats around timber.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18" Reaction bites have been good along the shoreline early and late in the day. Fish are holding on deep points mid-day and into the evening.
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 (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

 
 

ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 6/20/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Look for crappie suspending near the dam in schools. Some fish are also suspended near timber in the Elk River.
Blue and channel catfish Fair 18-26 inches Catfish angling has been periodically good off the dam face recently. Fish can also be found by drifting flats.
White bass Fair 8-16 inches Anglers will have success trolling Rat-L-Traps in the Elk River near the Card Creek boat ramp through the summer.
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.

Eleven habitat structures were placed on a small hump on the northeast end of the reservoir at 37.26575, -95.77932. An additional four structures will be placed seasonally in State Park Cove to attract spawning crappie.

Approximately 45,000 blue catfish from 5 to 8" were stocked in both 2014 and 2015. Blue catfish are currently managed with a 35-in minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit in hopes that they will establish a self-sustaining population.

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 (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson 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: 6/15/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

29% 11"-16"

50% 16"-24"

14% 24"-28"

7% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on windy shoreline and mudflats.
crappie good

25% 5"- 8"

32% 8"-10"

31% 10"-12"

11% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a minnow or jig around rocky shorelines, windy shoreline, and brush piles in Rock Ridge Cove and Engineer Bay.
largemouth bass poor

40% 8"-12"

20% 12"-15"

40% 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 good

29% 6"- 9"

28% 9"-12"

32% 12"-15"

11% 15"-18"

Use a jig with spinner or shad imitation crank bait trolled over mud flats.
 

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 2015 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2015 test netting.

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


\JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 6/22/2016

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair-Good Drifting livers or prepared bait lakewide or below the dam with same baits nightcrawlers also work well below the dam.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Good Fishing is pretty good below the dam now. Small jigs or spinners.
Crappie up to 15" Fair below the dam and around the rip rap. on jigs. Up in the river or creeks around fallen trees or logjams on minnows and jigs

Comments - Fishing below the dam has increased with the decreased release rates, and anglers are having decent luck on catfish and white bass.

 

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: 6/22/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish,  Fair to 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 and the growing blue catfish up to  40 pounds
Crappie Slow 9 - 12 inches There are a good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. This time of year harvest  improves with the cooling waters on jigs/ minnows  near structure.  
Largemouth Bass Good with a strong reservoir  population   varies but good size is not uncommon Available water levels will have bass in the weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations. As the waters cool fish tend to start moving and congregate near warmer waters
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 - 5 pound range.
General Comments

Wipers around 1-5 pounds and white bass up to 2 pounds.  Sampled the last week of May,  we saw largemouth bass up to 6 pounds.  The bass seem to be located off the points more than in the coves.  Water willow on the edges seems to be a preferred habitat. 

- with lots of rain recently, Crappie seem to be suspending in deeper water.  A variety of fish are being harvested right now, including some largemouth bass, wiper and white bass, as well as a few catfish.  3 of the 4 feeders are filled and functioning.  The fourth feeder, which would usually be located at the north boat ramp, had serious damage and is needing repair.  PVC  fish habitat cubes were sunk in clusters earlier this year around the Marina and around the feeder at the horse trail area, accessible for bank anglers.

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.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

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! 

 Check out this video on fish management in Kansas provided by KDWPT! http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management  

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

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: 6/20/2016
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
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish daily limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation change is to protect adult brood fish which hopefully will allow increased production of young blue catfish, translating into increased numbers of blues in Melvern.
Sauger     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes sauger and walleye have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.
Spotted Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes all black bass (i.e. largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.
Crappie Poor    
Smallmouth bass Fair - Good 0.5-3 lbs Anglers have caught bass on a variety of baits, including jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits on rock ledges in 4-6 feet of water..
Channel Catfish Good 1-4 lbs Some anglers have done well on nightcrawlers, cut shad and sunfish.   
White bass Poor - Fair 0.5-1.5 lbs Using minnows and jigs.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using small jigs and worms along dam and breakwater walls.
       
General Comments
June 20  water level 0.93 feet high, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 82.  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.  Feeders are operational.


POMONA RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - POMONA GUIDE -

Last Updated: 3/1/2016
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 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 but has improved with cooler waters    varies but range 8 -12 inches Some taken over or around woody habitat, structures and large rocks 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 on a variety of baits to include crankbaits and soft baits
General Comments

The lake level is now 6 inches low.  The lake clarity has improved to approximately 2 feet. and outflows are at 15 cfs . Boat ramps are open as usual.

Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch crappie, largemouth bass, and walleye.  Minnows are often good bait this time of year, and as water temperatures continue to rise and spawn approaches, try out your spinners and jigs!

 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!

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 


TORONTO RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 4/29/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

17% 11"-16"

63% 16"-24"

11% 24"-28"

9% 28"-36"

Use a worm, shad sides, or stink bait in river, Walnut Creek, and river inlet channel.   Inflows have triggered feeding pattern.
largemouth bass poor

41% 8"-12"

21% 12"-15"

35% 15"-20"

3% 20"-25"

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 good

78% 6"-9"

9% 9"-12"

11% 12"-15"

2% 15"-18"

Use a jig in holes in river and gravel riffles in river and Walnut Creek.  Fish are spawning over gravel riffles.
white crappie good

3% 5"-8"

30% 8"-10"

55% 10"-12"

11% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around brush piles and flooded timber in Manns Cove, Verdigris River inlet channel, Walnut creek, and Toronto Point Cove.  Inflows have triggered the spawning.
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 2015 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2015 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: 6/22/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass GOOD Fish 10 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. As waters cool, better during warmer time of day
Bluegill/redear sunffish Fair all sizes Nice redear 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 12-22 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

Feeders are filled and functioning and fish are definitely active.  This lake was recently sampled mid May, and has a very high bass population density, great for kids! The bass population at this impoundment consists of spotted and largemouth bass.  Spotted bass tend to hang near rocks and the dam, whereas on the south side of the lake your more likely to catch only largemouths.  One sizeable walleye was sampled, and this impoundment recieved a small stocking of walleye fingerlings near the end of May.

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.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

 Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY"

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

Check out this video on fish management in Kansas provided by KDWPT! http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 


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

Last Updated: 6/22/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair 8 in to 18 inches Topwater worked around vegetation early in the day and crankbaits or plastic worms or creature baits during the day.
walleye Fair 14-25 inches Crankbaits on rocky banks or drifting live bait on mainlake points
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair 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 crankbaits on points and around rocky banks. Drop shot rigs or Ned rigs if the bite seems tough. Topwater baits can also be real productive all day if fish are aggressive
white bass/Wipers Fair up to 5lbs. trolling cranks or vertical jigging around windy points, dropoffs, or shad. Topwater baits are a good choice if fish are busting shad.
crappie Fair 11-15 inches fish have moved back to deeper water near wood and channel breaks
General Comments

Entrance gate phone number is 620-364-2475 call for lake conditions. 

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: 6/15/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &Location
Bluegill / redear  Good  6 - 8" Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and weed-lines. Some bluegill are in shallower water to spawn.
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 in operation with feeding times set at 7:00am, 1:00pm, 7:00 pm, and 1:00am.
Crappie  Fair Mostly 7 to 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 drop-offs, brush piles, or along weed-lines. Bass numbers are relatively low, but a high percentage are 15-inches or larger.
General Comments
 


LYON STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 6/15/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill and Redear good

70% 4-7"

18% 7-9"

13% 9-11"

Bluegill and redear sunfish are most easily caught on 2-6 pound test line, a number eight hook baited with a worm, grasshopper, or cricket, a single split shot for weight, and a small bobber or simply tight line. They can be caught around rocks on jetties, brush piles, and over aquatic vegetation.
Channel Catfish good

33% 11-16"

67% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

0% 28-36"

Channel catfish are typically caught on or near the bottom on worms, shad sides, or stink bait. They can be caught in coves around feeders and along the weed line. Channel catfish congregate at the inlet when rain water is running into the lake.
Largemouth Bass good

23% 8-12"

59% 12-15"

18% 15-20"

0% 20"

Artificial baits such a spinners, jigs, beetle spins, plastic worms, and surface lures work very well for largemouth bass. Natural baits such as minnows, worms, crayfish, and grasshoppers are also excellent choices. Bass can be caught around rock jetties, brush piles, and edges of aquatic vegetation. Big bass will hit any of the above baits but not as readily as smaller fish. Technique is important if you want to catch big bass.
Crappie good

41% 5-8"

32% 8-10"

14% 10-12"

14% 12-15"

Due to very clear water in Lyon SFL, crappie are most easily caught on light line. Small jigs or minnows are best fished around brush piles, rock jetties, and aquatic vegetation edges. Due to clear water, fish spook easily so be stealthy.
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 2015 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2015 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: 6/15/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and weed-lines. Some bluegill and redear can be found in shallower water spawning.
Channel Catfish  Fair/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. Larger strip-mined lakes stratify during summer months, so fishing in oxygen-rich water less than ~15 feet deep will be much more productive.
Crappie  Fair  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure. 
Largemouth Bass  Good  All sizes Try jigs, worms, spinner baits, or crankbaits fished around brush, weed-lines and structure. 
Rainbow trout  Slow  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. Trout will spend most of their time in deeper, cooler water during summer months. The final stocking until next October was made on April 25th. Nearly 16,000 fish were stocked in the trout lake from October 2015 through April 2016.  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: 5/2/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 14-24" Catfish angling has been hit or miss. Anglers are having success fishing the creek channel, but the jetties have been uncharacteristically unproductive.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Anglers are having success with soft plastics along the shoreline. Try dragging jigs or Texas-rigged lizards through likely bedding areas.
Crappie Fair 6-12" Crappie are moving toward the shoreline and can be caught from the bank and the docks. Try a small jig fished slow on the PVC trees placed on the east fishing dock on the north side of the reservoir.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 8-11" Bluegill and redears can be caught by fishing a nightcrawler about 18" below a cork in 2 to 6 ft of water. Look for fish on beds through the early part of the summer.
General Comments

Six habitat cubes were placed near 37.16237, -95.68882 in 2015. Five habitat trees were placed around the east fishing dock and one habitat tree was placed in front of the west fishing dock in 2015 as well.

Montgomery State Fishing Lake is a study lake for evaluating hybrid catfish (channel catfish female x blue catfish male) in small impoundments. We stocked equal numbers (1,838) of channel catfish and hybrid catfish in 2013, 2014, and 2015 and will continue to evaluate their growth and catchability. 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.  

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Montgomery State Fishing Lake at the link above.

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 (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 4/20/2016
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  Fair All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, minnows, worms, or shrimp fished near the bottom. The three fish feeders are off until about May 1st.
Crappie  Good Mostly 7 to 10-inches Try fishing small jigs or minnows near brush or cover. Crappie will be moving into shallower water to spawn soon. Fishing a jig or worm a foot or two below a bobber can be effective during the spawn. The surface water temperature is now around 60 degrees. 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 along weed-lines. 

OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 5/2/2016
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
Crappie Fair 0.3-0.75 lbs Using jigs around brushpiles and rocky shorelines.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs and spinnerbaits.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using pieces of worm under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 0.5-4 lbs Using nightcrawlers, minnows, and cut bait.
General Comments

 

GPS coordinates (Datum =NAD 83 in decimel degrees) for cedar tree fish habitat are:                         

1.  N38.76493             W095.674210                   2. N38.76591              W095.670920                  

  1.  N38.76540           W095.67353               4.  N38.76628             W095.67362 
  1.  N38.76263           W095.67154               6. N38.76833              W095.67339 
  1. N38.77290            W095.67194               8. N38.76469              W095.66955 
  1. N38.76276            W095.67139               10. N38.76506            W095.67109 
  1. N 38.76291           W095.66969               12. N38.76287            W095.67497 

WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 5/2/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 16-24 inches Catfish anglers will become more successful as water warms throughout spring. Chicken livers from the peninsula or the eastern cove is a good bet.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22 inches Jigs and wacky rigged trick worms have been successful near rocky outcroppings. Some anglers are having luck banging squarebill crankbaits on the rocks. Try burning a spinnerbait along water willow edges midday.
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie fishing has picked up with recent warm weather. Fish jigs slowly on rocky or sandy shorelines on the outer edge of water willow. The peninsula on the west side and the bridge have been the most productive spots.
General Comments

Six habitat cubes were placed at 37.69780, -95.67415

Wilson State Fishing Lake is a study lake for evaluating hybrid catfish (channel catfish female x blue catfish male) in small impoundments. We stocked equal numbers (1,375) of channel catfish and hybrid catfish in 2013, 2014, and 2015 and will continue to evaluate their growth and catchability. 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 at the link above.

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 (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

Last Updated: 10/30/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair 1-3 lbs. Crankbaits and jerkbaits near dropoffs or shallow cover
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. mostly on liver, can be caught using various shad imitating lures. 
channel catfish Fair 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Jigs or crankbaits around the rocks, and dropoffs
crappie Fair-Good up to 14" Look for crappie in deeper water around the dam or creek channel. Some crappie have been caught off of the newly placed Georgia Cubes.
General Comments

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required. The lake is about 2 ft. low. 

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


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

Last Updated: 4/29/2016
Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 6 lbs.  Flipping jigs or plastics into water willow or shallow brush.
Channel Catfish Fair-Good up to 15+ lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. 
Crappie Fair-Good up to 12"  A lot of smaller fish 6-9" remember there is no length limit on crappie at Woodson so feel free to keep these smaller fish. 
Wipers Slow 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 full.

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)

CITY AND LOCAL LAKES

BONE CREEK FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 6/15/2016

 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and weed-lines. Some bluegill remain in shallow water on spawning beds.
Channel catfish  Fair/good  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, live bait or worms. Five fish feeders are now in operation, and fishing in the vicinity of one of the feeders often increases success. 
Crappie  Fair/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  Fair/good Mostly 8-16 inch fish. Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around deep-water structure and weed-lines. 
General Comments
 


BOURBON COUNTY - ELM CREEK -

Last Updated: 6/22/2016

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

Summer is officially here and the water is warm and fish are biting.  Due to a leak in the dam water levels are low and will remain low until financing and approval for repair are made.  The channel catfish population in this lake is doing well.  Also there have been some very sizeable largemouth bass (up to 6 lbs) caught in this lake recently- try weedbeds and brush piles with your spinners, jigs, and buzzbaits. 

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

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

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: 6/22/2016
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

It is officially summer and the water has warmed up greatly!  The catfish in this impoundment are active and ready for action- Try liver, shad, or live bait fish.  Channel catfish are great after a rain in the north end where the creek comes in.  For largemouth bass try fishing some of the standing timber and weedbeds with spinners and buzzbaits.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

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

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

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: 6/20/2016
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 jigs, 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 is one of Kansas' newest lakes and was opened to fishing in August of 2011. 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. 

This lake was sampled on 5/19/2016, and many largemouth bass were caught and released, varying in size (nothing over 4 lbs.), as well as a few smallmouth bass.  There is a great channel cat population, and a few walleye between 14 and 21 inches were seen as well.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Remember CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!

We have improved the area with a floating dock, located just west of the boat ramp.

For tips on spring bass fishing watch this KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

Check out this video from Brent Chapman fishing for bass in Critzer Lake! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngvw2uz3oH0 

FORT SCOTT CITY LAKE

Last Updated: 1/21/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Good varies water level is high and bass will be shallow and in the weedbeds. useshad crank baits, soft plastic baits,  
channel catfish Good varies  High populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide, use cut shad, may bugs,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: 6/22/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches fish are probably suspended near brush or dropoffs 8-15 ft. minnows under a slip bobber or jigs
Channel catfish Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good up to 4lbs. Square bill crankbaits along the water willow and rocky banks. Topwater baits should also be productive, but if the bite is tough switch to finesses rigged plastics. Lots of small bass in the lake utilize the slot limit and harvest fish up to 13"
Wipers Slow-Fair up to 6 lbs Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. 
Walleye Slow   curly tailed jigs or crankbaits along the bank near deeper water.
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 SOUTH -

Last Updated: 6/22/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Topwater baits should be productive. Texas rigged creature baits or large plastic worms may also produce some fish. Try weightless straight tail worms if the bite is slow.
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with with a worm
Channel Catfish Good 8-30 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Slow 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

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: 3/1/2016

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

Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch crappie and largemouth bass!  Minnows are often good bait this time of year, look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees and at the first sign of spawn try your spinners and jigs! 

Sign up for the Mound City District Newsletter today!

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

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: 3/1/2016
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.   
Walleye, saugeye Slow 18-24 inches An incidental fish taken near deeper habitat.
white crappie Slow to Fair 8-14 inches Many crappie are in the 8 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

Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass and crappie!  Minnows often are good bait this time of year, also look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees, and at the first sign of spawn try your spinners and jigs! 

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. 

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

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: 3/1/2016
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

Although fish are still lethargic, early spring can be a good time to catch largemouth bass and crappie!  Minnows often are good bait this time of year, also look for the water temperature to climb over 45 degrees, and at the first sign of spawn try your spinners and jigs! 

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

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

 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: 4/29/2016
Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Fair-Good small jigs around deep weed lines
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Good Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18". Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or texas rigged plastics near woody cover or weedlines. Bass should be feeding heavily before spawning time.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Fair 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" Good jigs around the rocky banks. Some fish may be done spawning and have moved back to deeper water.
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. 

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: 4/29/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair-Good 1-5 lbs. Spinnerbaits or plastics along rocky banks or water willow.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations along windy shorelines
channel catfish Fair 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Jigs or crankbaits around the rocks, and dropoffs
crappie Fair up to 14" A lot of fish are done spawning and have moved into deeper water. Remember a 10" length limit is in effect.
General Comments

The city of Yates Center has signed up for the CFAP program. A city permit is no longer required. The lake is full, the boat dock has been repaired.

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: 6/22/2016
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. The Marais des Cygnes River is confirmed to contain zebra mussels.  Please take extra precaution by not removing fish and placing them in another body of water (bait fish included), and cleaning, draining, and drying boats motors trailers and all equipment before entering another body of water.  This helps prevent the spread to uncontaminated impoundments!

 Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

Check out this video on fish management in Kansas provided by KDWPT! http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management 

 



NEOSHO RIVER AT CHETOPA DAM -

Last Updated: 5/2/2016 Print

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish Variable   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 poor to excellent 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 IS OPEN FROM MARCH 15 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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