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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 December 7, 2016 at 5:25 p.m.

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BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 10/4/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 9-12" Look for crappie to move into tight schools as water cools. Schools will move around, but typically associate with the creek channel. Slow moving soft plastics or minnows will produce fish.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Use cut shad along wind-blown shorelines throughout winter.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18" Slow presentations with soft plastics near offshore habitat will produce fish through winter.

ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 10/4/2016
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 midlake along the river channel or near timber in the Elk River.
Blue and channel catfish Fair 18-26 inches Use cut shad along windblown shallow shorelines when the water cools.
White bass Fair 8-16 inches White bass fishing is tough in winter but will pick up in the Elk River in early spring.
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: 12/1/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

29% 11"-16"

50% 16"-24"

14% 24"-28"

7% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on channel breaks.  Fish will congregate to feed when water flows in the reservoir.
crappie good

25% 5"- 8"

32% 8"-10"

31% 10"-12"

11% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Winter fishing for crappie can be better than summer.  The water is usually clearer and stable compared to flood events.  Crappie school on the channel breaks, especially right in front of the outlet.  They can also be found in deep holes in the river, especially near Ladd Bridge.  A minnow or jig work well on warm sunny days when crappie venture to shallower water to feed. 
largemouth bass poor

50% 8"-12"

38% 12"-15"

13% 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 19 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

29% 6"- 9"

28% 9"-12"

32% 12"-15"

11% 15"-18"

White bass can be caught along side crappie. They school along channel breaks and deep holes in the river, but venture to shallow water on warm sunny days to feed on gizzard shad.  Once gizzard shad die off under the ice, they switch to aquatic insects. 
General Comments:

This is a generalized winter fishing report.

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 2016 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2015 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: 10/31/2016

Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair 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. Fair Spinners, cranks or curly tailed grubs along dam or below the dam.
Crappie up to 15" Fair below the dam or up in the river or creeks around fallen trees or logjams on minnows and jigs. Best bet is probably up in the river around the logjams.

Comments - 

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: 11/18/2016
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 a growing population of 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 early fall/cooling waters on jigs/ minnows  near structure.  
Largemouth Bass Very Good   varies but 16 to 21 inches 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 - 5 pound range.
General Comments

Wipers around 1-6 pounds and white bass up to 2 pounds.  White bass and wipers will be chasing shad on the surface.   Sampled for bass 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.   This lake has had a reproducing blue catfish population for many years, fingerling blue cats were stocked this fall to supplement that population.  It is another goal for this lake to improve blue cat angling.

A variety of fish are being harvested right now, including some largemouth bass, wiper and white bass, as well as a few catfish. All 3 of the fish feeders are OFF for the season.  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. On the east side of the lake access to the hot water return, where a lot of fish are caught when its cold, is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east and drive across the dam on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot.  Anglers walk from there west on the path to the hot water return area.

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: 11/23/2016
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 Slow-Fair 0.33-1.5 Anglers are having to move around a lot to find fish.  Best bite using bright colored jigs, some on minnows.
Smallmouth bass Fair-Good 0.5-3 lbs Anglers are catching fish primarily on small crankbaits and jigs.
Channel catfish Slow 1-5 lbs Some action reported using cut sunfish and shad.  Worms have accounted for a few fish.
       
General Comments
Nov. 23 water level 1.05 feet high, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 55.  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: 11/7/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish   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.  Recent sampling indicates that that there are good numbers of larger crappie  around the 11 inch or bigger range.
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 weather is perfect for fishing! The catfish population in this impoundment is good, try fishing with live bait, liver or shad.  Also remember this lake has a good wiper population! 

 Zebra mussels now inhabit this lake. This means take EXTRA PRECAUTION to help prevent the spread into uncontaminated impoundments.

"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/Locations/District-Lakes/Pomona-Lake/Daily-Lake-Information/ 

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!

Check out this video on fish management 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 


TORONTO RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 12/1/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish fair

17% 11"-16"

63% 16"-24"

11% 24"-28"

9% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on top edge of channel break.  Fish will congregate to feed when water flows in the reservoir and fishing can be quite good.
largemouth bass poor

37% 8"-12"

29% 12"-15"

34% 15"-20"

0% 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 59 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

78% 6"-9"

9% 9"-12"

11% 12"-15"

2% 15"-18"

White bass follow a similar winter feeding pattern as crappie, and you are likely to catch them while fishing for crappie.  They school on channel breaks and around deep standing timber and brush piles in Mann's Cove, Toronto Point Cove, and deep holes near sandstone cliffs in Walnut Creek and the river.  They can be caught on a jig, minnow, or spoon. 
white crappie good

3% 5"-8"

30% 8"-10"

55% 10"-12"

11% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Fall and winter may be the best time to catch crappie in Toronto Reservoir.  Water levels are stable and clearer than during high water events.  In winter, crappie congregate near the outlet channel break in front of the dam, deep brush piles and timber in Mann's Cove, Toronto Point Cove, and deep holes in river and Walnut Creek.  They are most easily caught on a jig, minnow, or spoon. Fish come up to feed in shallower water on warm sunny days.
General Comments

This is a generalized winter fishing report. 

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 2016 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: 11/7/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass FAIR Fish 10 to 18 inches dominate the population Fish the deeper water structure, weedbeds and piers,  spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers.
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 FAIR varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish FAIR 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

This lake produces some nice crappie each year.  Recent sampling indicates that there are many good crappie to catch this fall.  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.  

This impoundment recieved a small stocking of walleye fingerlings near the end of May.  Several thousand channel catfish were stocked in mid October.  This will really increase fishing success.

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: 11/22/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair-Good 8 in to 18 inches Jerkbaits and swimbaits around the rocky points and weedbeds. Fish will be moving to the hot water area as it gets colder.
walleye Fair 14-25 inches Trolling cranks over points and humps or drifting with jig and crawler. 
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 Fair-Good 10-20 inches Plastic jerkbaits or senkos around rocky shorelines and points. Mid range cranks on rocky structure.
white bass/Wipers Fair-Good up to 5lbs. trolling cranks or vertical jigging around windy points, dropoffs, or shad. Fish will be moving to the warm water as it gets colder.
crappie Fair-Good 11-15 inches fish should be holding on creek channel bends around timber 10-15 ft. deep.
General Comments

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

The hot water is running so many species will be moving in to the hot water discharge as the temperatures continue to fall.

A large brush pile was created north of the boat ramp in the old creek channel and is marked with a fish attractor buoy. There were also several trees sunk at the end of the hot water dike and should be easily marked on your locator. These spots should be really good in the fall and winter months.

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: 12/1/2016

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

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. The four fish feeders are off until spring.
Crappie  Fair/good 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.


LYON STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 12/1/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill and Redear fair

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 (small) hook baited with a worm, very small jig, or small silver spoon. They can be caught around rocks on jetties, brush piles, and channel breaks.
Channel Catfish fair

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 spend most of the colder winter months near the channel breaks. However, watch for fish to congregate in the inlet stream during inflows.
Largemouth Bass fair

43% 8-12"

25% 12-15"

31% 15-20"

1% 20"

Winter feeding activity improves on warm sunny days.  Use a jig, minnow, or silver spoon on channel breaks, around deep brush piles, and the deep end of rock jetties.
Crappie fair

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 deep brush piles, deep end of rock jetties, and channel breaks. Due to clear water, fish spook easily so be stealthy.  Fish are more active on warm sunny days in winter.
General Comments

This is a generalized winter fishing report.

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 2016 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: 12/1/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Fair  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom around structure and weed-lines. 
Channel Catfish  Fair  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, 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/good  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure. 
Largemouth Bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, worms, spinner baits, or crankbaits fished around brush, weed-lines and structure. 
Rainbow trout  Very good  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. The first trout stocking of the fall season occurred October 24, 2016 when approximately 1,500 rainbow trout were planted by Crystal Lakes Trout Farm. Regular stockings will be made through May 2017. 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: 10/4/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 14-24" Catfishing will be good into late fall and even winter. Try punch baits or chicken livers in deep water. The northeast bank is particularly productive when water cools.
Largemouth Bass Good 8-18" Stick with spinnerbaits or crankbaits until water cools into the low 60s. Focus on offshore habitat with soft plastics in cooler water.
Crappie Fair 6-12" Crappie will move into tight schools as water cools. Try to find them off the east dock around the PVC habitat structures.
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. 
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: 12/1/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / redear  Fair All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly near the bottom around structure in deeper water. Spring electrofishing showed many harvestable-size bluegill and redear are available.
Channel catfish  Fair All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, worms, or shrimp. The three fish feeders are off until spring.
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 10-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 All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits, spinner baits, or crank baits fished around structure in deeper water.

OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 11/23/2016
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
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.3-0.75 Using jigs.
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: 10/4/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel and Hybrid Catfish Fair 16-24 inches Catfishing will remain good into late fall as the water cools. Use livers or cut shad on shallow flats to target actively foraging fish.
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22 inches Bass will continue to bite on reaction baits through fall. When water dips into the low 60s, try switching over to slow-moving soft plastics.
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie fishing can be excellent through winter if schools can be located. Try to find schools suspended along the channel and drop soft plastics or minnows.
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.


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

Last Updated: 10/31/2016
Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 6 lbs.  The lake is full so there is a lot of good habitat to flip jigs and plastics into. Texas rigged creature baits should be pretty good or try weightless Senkos or plastic jerkbaits. The bite should be pretty good as the water cools down the fish will be more aggressive and feeding up for the winter.
Channel Catfish Good up to 15+ lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. The upper end when water is coming in can be pretty good. Do Not Tie Boats to Feeders!
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. Focus on deeper water near brush 10-15 ft.
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.

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 - 

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CITY AND LOCAL LAKES

BONE CREEK FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 12/1/2016

 

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Fair/good  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure in deeper water. 
Channel catfish  Fair  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, or worms. 
Crappie  Fair  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. 


BOURBON COUNTY - ELM CREEK -

Last Updated: 11/7/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish FAIR varies  try off dam on bluegill chunks, chicken livers or cut shad, Lakewide. Recent fish population sampling lots of nice channel catfish from 3 - 8 pounds.  The fish feeders are off for the season.  
Largemouth/Smallmouth bass FAIR varies lakewide, fish are in shallow, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs, go top water with a spook or a jitterbug for eXtra fun.  
Bullheads FAIR 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 lots of small fish with 50 limit in spawning areas and along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

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.  The fish feeders are oFF.  Also there have been some very sizeable largemouth bass (up to 6 lbs) caught in this lake recently- try deeper weedbeds and brush piles with your spinners, jigs. 

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: 11/7/2016
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,  
Largemouth bass Good most bass in the 14 to 20 inch range good reports of bass, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure.
General Comments

It is perfect for fishing!  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 lot on the west side..

CRITZER LAKE -

Last Updated: 11/7/2016
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, into a lot of weedbeds, 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. Early morning and evening are good times to work the shoreline with top water baits. With the cooler temp bass can be seen working the surface.
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 15" 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, Fishing around the feeder can be very good. The fish feeder is off for the season.
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. The floating dock is finished and compliments this great fishing lake.  The lake is primarily a boat lake but there is shoreline access east of the boatramp where anglers can set up on the two piers and be very close to the parking lot. 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.

The fish feeder is off for the season.  Though channel catfish are still caught around the feeder area. 

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: 11/7/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Good varies water level is normal the bass are in or close to the cover.  Use shad crank baits, soft plastic baits to fish structure and along rocky points,  
channel catfish Good varies, some very nice  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.  The fish feeders are off.
walleye Slow varies jigs, minnows along spawning areas.
white crappie Fair/Good varies, many over 11 inches 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

 

The fish feeders are off for the season.  Ft Scott Lake has a good reputation for producing good stringers of channel catfish.  Channel catfish from the rearing pond were recently stocked in to this lake.

Recent tree/habitat placements will improve angler success for bass and crappie.   

 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!

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 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: 10/31/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair-Good 8-14 inches fish are probably suspended near brush or dropoffs 8-15 ft. minnows under a slip bobber or jigs. Good numbers of fish over 10 inches seem to be present.
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 or jerkbaits along the water willow and rocky banks, 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". Bass should be feeding heavily this time of year.
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: 10/31/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Soft-bodied jerkbaits or large senkos around structure. Crankbaits and jerkbaits should also produce some fish
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with with a worm
Channel Catfish Fair 8-30 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Fair-Good 6-10 inches Small jigs or minnows under a bobber around structure. A recent sample showed good numbers of larger fish available.
Wiper Poor    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
Trout Fair-Good   various trout baits and small spinners.

Comments

Trout Season starts Nov. 1 and runs through April 15. This is a Type 1 water which means a trout permit is required of all anglers 16 or older.

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

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: 11/7/2016

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, The fish feeders are off for the season.
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 Fair varies Bass are in deeper water adjacent to drop offs and structure, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments

Anglers have been having good luck at Mound City Lake with the crappie this year, with numerous sizeable fish being caught on jigs and minnows, mainly ayround underwater structure.  Fish feeders are on and attracting nice big channel catfish.  Largemouth bass numbers have really improved and continues to produce great fishing.

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: 11/7/2016
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.  Its a great time to float out and cast into a school.
Channel catfish Fair/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, worms, prepared baits, lakewide.  The fish feeders are off for the season.
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, 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

The fish feeders are OFF for the season.  This lake was recently sampled, (06/02/2016) and has a high density of largemouth bass, great fishing for kids! Also, keep in mind that there is a decent wiper population.  The channel cat population in this lake is doing well, and during our sampling we saw a few walleye, as well as some sizeable flatheads.  channel catfish were stocked in mid October to increase fishing opportunities.

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. 

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: 11/7/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish FAIR/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.  The fish feeders are off for the season.
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

Pleasanton West lake was recently sampled, (06/02/16).  61 largemouth bass were sampled with little effort, overall in very good condition and health. The largest bass sampled was 4.78 lbs., and 33% of the fish sampled were of memorable or trophy size.  Try your luck with roadrunners, jigs, and spinners for these sizeable fish!

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. 

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: 10/31/2016
Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Good small jigs around deep weed lines. There is an excellent redear population in this lake focus on the deep weed line edges.
Largemouth Bass 8-21" Good Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18". Vibrating jigs along weedbed edges or weightless senkos. Bass have been biting really good along the hard weedlines various baits have been productive.
Catfish up to 10lbs. 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 Try around brush and dropoffs in the 8-15 ft. range. Jigs near the brush piles close to the piers also may produce some fish.
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits or dragging a jig and crawler around the points and rocky banks, swim baits near the weedlines could produce some fish.
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: 10/31/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair 1-5 lbs.  Pitching creature baits or vibrating jigs in and around the water willow. Bass should be aggressive with the cooling water temps. so faster moving baits should be productive.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations along windy shorelines
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, and dropoffs
crappie Fair-Good up to 14" Fish should be around structure such as rocky points or dropoffs. White or chartreuse jigs fished slowly.
General Comments

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: 11/7/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
blue, channel catfish Fair to Good varies 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 drained and low fish populations. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area. 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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