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 Kansas Fishing Report - Region 5 Southeast Kansas

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REGION 5
Reservoirs are listed first, then state lakes, city and local lakes and streams
Update dates are shown at the top of the report of the individual lake.
State reports last checked October 16, 2018 at 4:33 p.m.

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BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 9/27/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 6-12" Crappie fishing remains steady.  Look for crappie to be around the docks and other brushy structure around the shoreline.  Minnows have been working best.  Fishing should continue to improve in the coming weeks.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfishing has improved.  Look for fish in the evenings on the upper end of the reservoir.  Shad sides and chicken livers have been working best.  Look for shore angling to continue to improve as water temps cool.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18" Largemouth bass fishing has improved.  Look for fish to be near shoreline vegetation in the early morning and evenings.  Fishing should continue to improve as water temps cool.
Bluegill and Redears Fair 6-8" Look for bluegill and redear just outside of the weed line.  A worm under a bobber has been working best.
       
General Comments

Release all Largemouth Bass 15-21" in Length, daily creel remains 5/day.

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: 9/27/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 8-12" Crappie fishing has remained steady. Jigging vertically along the dam and in the card creek area have been productive.  Fish have also been caught from the dock and rock jetties in the state park.  Minnows have been working best.
Blue and channel catfish Good 18-26" Catfishing remains good.  Look for fish to move into the shallows in the evenings.  Drift fishing has also been producing good fishing.  Shad sides have been working the best.
White Bass Fair 10-14" The white bass fishing remains slow.  Look for white bass to start moving in near the shore at the state park with cooling water.
Outlet Fair 12-20" Water release has diminished.  Fishing has slowed.
 
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? -

Last Updated: 10/15/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

17% 11"-16"

50% 16"-24"

22% 24"-28"

11% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides in mouth of river, outlet, and below riffles in river.
crappie fair

1% 5"- 8"

18% 8"-10"

65% 10"-12"

16% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around newly flooded shoreline vegetation. Fish are more active on warmer days, but cold fronts reduce feeding for at least 24 hours.  Fish are spread out due to high muddy water.
largemouth bass poor

37% 8"-12"

16% 12"-15"

42% 15"-20"

5% 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 when water level return to conservation pool.
white bass fair

28% 6"- 9"

26% 9"-12"

28% 12"-15"

18% 15"-18"

Use a spinner, jig, or crank bait along windy shoreline and outlet.
General Comments:

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.

FLRR brush piles 1.52 kB

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2018 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2017 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: 10/1/2018
Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Good Drifting various baits lakewide has been productive. Fishing around the shallow timber should be good especially if cormorants are roosting in the trees. Worms, dough baits, dip baits, and livers are all good choices.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Fair-Good Fishing windy shorelines where shad will stack up and white bass should be close. Small spinners, crankbaits, or bucktail jigs should work. Also look for them busting shad on the surface.
Crappie up to 15" Fair-Good Dipping the shallow trees or fishing up in Otter Creek, or the river around the logjams may be good. Otherwise look for them around the dam and dredged area.

Comments - The boat ramp by the dam is OPEN.

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? -  Selected in top 100 bass lakes in U.S. by Bassmaster Magazine

- Last Updated: 9/15/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish,  EXCELLENT all sizes,  Sunfish or cutshad, worms, prepared baits, liver are usually good baits. Fish sampling indicates that this lake has lots of channel catfish, big flathead and blues to catch. There is a growing population of blue catfish up to 60 pounds or larger.  Catfishing can be very good at night, some anglers really target large blue cats now at drop offs close to the creek channel. use live or cut baits or worms. The fish feeders are ON. The fish feeder at the horse trail parking lot has lots of channel catfish around it.
Crappie Fair to good 9 - 12 inches crappie are moving into the shallow areas.  Some fish caught off of marina coves and at the hot water.  There are a good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. Best lures to use are jigs/ minnows in about 6 to 9 feet of water, near structure. At the dam, bounce jigs off the outlet wall, but don't go over the restrictive cable. Try any of the brushpiles or Georgia cubes placed for fish habitat.  There are some close to the marina shoreline.
Largemouth Bass EXCELLENT  varies but 16 to 20 inches is common Largemouth bass fishing is excellent, some good fish caught in the weedbeds.  Fish the riprap areas, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations.  Bass over 10 and close to 11 pounds have been caught in the last year.  
white bass GOOD varies, some 1.5 pound Good to excellent at the hot water outlet. Use shad imitations, silver spoons.  Most of the fish caught at the hot water outlet have been the 1 to 2 pound range.
wiper GOOD some up to 12 pounds some good fish caught at the hot water area.   Most fish are in the 4 - 6 pound range with a few larger.  Some fish caught out over the bridge.
carp EXCELLENT all sizes along the shoreline in weedbeds and lots of fish around the feeders.
General Comments

BASSMASTERS has recognized LA CYGNE RESERVOIR in its TOP 10 bass lakes of the Midwest.  We know La Cygne  Reservoir is a great bass lake but its nice to receive this type of recognition from Bassmasters.  For more information check out these two sites.

http://www.cjonline.com/sports/20180707/kansas-la-cygne-reservoir-named-one-of-nations-top-100-bass-lakes

https://www.hayspost.com/2018/07/15/kansas-lake-is-one-of-the-countrys-top-100-bass-fishing-lakes/

The water level is very full and has flooded lots of weedbeds that are full of crappie, channel catfish and bass.  For information on the Linn County Marina boat ramps call 913 757-6633.  Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue, channel 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.

HOT WATER ACCESS. 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 the parking lot west on the path to the hot water return area. But this is a great place to fish.  

This lake has had a reproducing blue catfish population for many years, fingerling blue cats were stocked this fall to supplement that population. Another goal for this lake is to improve blue cat angling.

 Call the Linn County Park at 913-757-6633 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.

Habitat improvement and shoreline enhancement continue to improve by adding Georgia cubes.  I have added Georgia cubes to several areas to enhance angling especially along shoreline areas.  The gps coordinates are:

Location La Cygne Reservoir

Habitat                                longititude             latititude              description    date

hot water weir                   N 38 22.852           W 094 39.112      13 cubes       2017                 
big bass spot                     N 38 22.420           W 094 39.643      3   cubes       2017 


MELVERN RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - MELVERN GUIDE -

Last Updated: 10/4/2018
Crappie Good 0.25-0.75lb Anglers continue to catch lots of crappie on jigs and minnows, but almost everything caught has been shorter than 10".  
Walleye Slow 0.5-3 lbs Trolling crankbaits  
White bass Good 0.5-2 lbs Trolling crankbaits  
Smallmouth bass Good 0.25-3 lbs Anglers are catching fish on a variety of lures, but plastics (worms and jigs), along with small spinnerbaits (like roostertails) are accounting for most fish.  
Channel catfish Good 1-5 lbs In the outlet on worms and livers.  Not much action in the lake itself.  
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.  
General Comments
Oct. 4 water level 2.34 feet below conservation pool, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 70.  Note:  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 and should be through Labor Day.

POMONA RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - POMONA GUIDE -

Last Updated: 9/15/2018
 Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish   GOOD all sizes Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  THE FISH FEEDERS ARE ON, and fish are using these attractors. THE outlet can be very good when releasing larger amounts of water.  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 varies reports indicate that white bass are improving as the water warms up.  use minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes liver and shad imitation lures
Crappie Slow varies but range 8 -12 inches  some nice fish occasionally caught especially around the rock quarry and along dragoon.  Best baits are dark jigs and/or minnows.  Recent sampling indicates that that there are good numbers of larger crappie  around the 11 inch or bigger range.  Hot weather has slowed angler success.
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 Informatiom

Fishing at the outlet usually improves with higher water releases.  The crappie population is good with a few older fish that are in the 12 to 14 inch range and a lot of younger fish up to 11 inches.   

The catfish population in this impoundment is good, try fishing with live bait, liver or shad or assorted stick baits, especially after rain/inflow events.

Also remember this lake has a good wiper population.  These are often caught at the drop offs along creek channels, and around concentrations of gizzard shad.

The reservoir also supports some larger walleye and blue catfish, though in low numbers.  These numbers will be improved by future stockings. 

 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: 10/15/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

9% 11"-16"

57% 16"-24"

26% 24"-28"

9% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides in mouth of river, outlet, and below riffles in river.
largemouth bass poor

20% 8"-12"

25% 12"-15"

50% 15"-20"

5% 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 20 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 when water level returns to normal.
white bass fair

45% 6"-9"

12% 9"-12"

35% 12"-15"

9% 15"-18"

0% 18"+

Use a spinner, jig, or crank bait on windy shoreline and outlet.
white crappie fair

5% 5"-8"

8% 8"-10"

66% 10"-12"

20% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around newly flooded shoreline vegetation.  Fish are more active on warmer days, but cold fronts reduce feeding for at least 24 hours.  Fish are spread out due to high muddy water.
General Comments

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

TORR brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 1.74 kB)

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2018 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2017 test netting.

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

STATE FISHING LAKES

BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 9/15/2018
stillSpecies Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass GOOD Fish 10 to 19 inches dominate the population  try shallow areas using spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers.
Bluegill/redear sunfish 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 POOR 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,the fish feeders are OFF, lakewide,
Crappie FAIR 8 - 12 inches and up  try using minnows, jigs under a 6ft float, along the piers.  
General Comments
In the spring of 2018, another 95 Georgia cubes have been placed to attract fish to shoreline areas.  Shoreline fishing can be good in deeper water around the lake.  This lake produces some nice crappie each year.  Recent sampling indicates that there are many good crappie to catch.  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 end of the lake your more likely to catch only largemouths.  The feeders are still OFF.


COFFEY COUNTY LAKE (WOLF CREEK)- COFFEY COUNTY GUIDE - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 10/1/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Slow-Fair 8 in to 21 inches The recent bite has been tough. Use finesse tactics around ideal structure weedlines, timber, or deep breaks. Carolina rigs, Ned rigs,  or drop shots. The topwater bite may be decent in some areas during the early part of the day.
walleye Fair 14-25 inches Drifting jig and crawler over points or flats. Trolling crankbaits over the same areas should also work.
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair-Good 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Drifting various prepared baits or fresh cut bait around points, humps, or creek channel should produce some fish. We have tagged some blue catfish in the lake, if you catch one please take note of the tag number and report it to the gatehouse. You may keep the tagged fish if you desire or you can practice "CPR" OR CATCH PHOTO AND RELEASE.
smallmouth bass Fair-Good 10-20 inches The bite has been tough this year so finesse tactics may be your best shot at catching them. Wacky rigs or Ned rigs are excellent finesse tactics to use. Focus on deeper rocky points or humps.
white bass/Wipers Good up to 5lbs. A variety of lures can be used to catch white bass crankbaits, grubs, bucktail jigs, and small spinners thrown around wind blown shorelines or points. Also look for them busting shad on the surface and try topwater shad imitations.
crappie Slow 11-15 inches  Look for them near dropoffs and in the timber. Jigs of various colors or minnows.
General Comments

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

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 Newsletterhttp://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: 10/15/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &Location
Bluegill / redear  Good  6 - 7" Bluegill and redear sunfish are abundant. Sizes up to 7 inches. Try coves, shoreline, tree structures, and rock habitat with a bobber and worm, small 1/16 ounce jigs, and fly fishing gear. Bluegill and redear sunfish both provide ample opportunity to catch plenty of fish in a short amount of time. 
Channel catfish  Fair  All sizes. Channel catfish can be found throughout all portions of the lake. Prepared baits, worms, stink bait, and live bait fished during all times of the day, specifically in the early morning and evening hours, will provide opportunity to catch catfish. Focus on shallow water in the morning and evening followed by deeper water that is in close proximity of shallow water habitat. 
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 9-inch fish. Anglers can find crappie up to 9 inches. Summertime patterns include fishing structure, rock jetties, and cove habitat. Crappie tend to congregate in schools in deeper water during the summer. Try slip bobbers with a minnow, or jigs tipped with minnow or worm. Artificial structure, such as Georgia Cubes, are present in Crawford. 
Largemouth bass  Fair  All sizes Largemouth bass densities are relatively low, although there are largemouth bass greater than 15 inches. Anglers should use spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, top water lures, and plastics fished along aquatic vegetation, rock jetties, cove habitat, and in coves will provide fishing opportunity. 
General Comments

As District Fisheries Biologists, we send out a newsletter to inform anglers of fish sampling result, aquatic outreach events, fish stockings, and habitat improvement projects, for example. We have a spring and fall edition of our newsletters that you can subscribe to. This is sent directly to your email. If you would like to stay up to date on what is happening on Neosho State Fishing Lake (Lake McKinley), Crawford State Fishing Lake (Farlington Lake), Bone Creek Lake, CFAP and FISH properties, and the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits, you can subscribe to the Pittsburg District Newsletter at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Pittsburg-Fishing-District 

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism fisheries staff recently undertook a project to produce lake maps, or bathymetric maps, for public waters statewide. The lake map for Crawford State Fishing Lake can be found at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Where-to-Fish-in-Kansas/Bathymetric-Lake-Maps This link will provide you with a link for all bathymetric lake maps for the state of Kansas. Scroll down to find Crawford State Fishing Lake. This will allow for anglers to view the depths of the lake to choose different habitats and lake depths to fish for different species, year-round. You will also find current GPS locations of habitat structures placed by KDWPT fisheries staff to easily input into your sonar unit, or find if you are fishing from shore. 

Be sure to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat, bait buckets, and recreational watercraft before and after launching your boat. It is important to remove your drain plug on your watercraft upon departure to drain live wells and water inside of your boat; it will protect our natural resources in Kansas for current anglers and future generations to enjoy. Zebra mussels, white perch, and asian carp are all invasive species that can be found in Kansas. Be sure to stay up to date on information regarding Aquatic Nuisance Species. The following link will provide you with information on Aquatic Nuisance Species in Kansas: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species 


LYON STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 10/15/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill and Redear good

73% 4-7"

24% 7-9"

3% 9-11"

Use worm, very small jig, or small silver spoon on deep brush piles or ends of rock jetties.  
Channel Catfish good

40% 11-16"

57% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

3% 28-36"

Use worms, shad sides, or stink bait on channel breaks or windy shoreline.  Cool front will slow down feeding activity. 
Largemouth Bass good

48% 8-12"

39% 12-15"

13% 15-20"

<1% 20"

Use spinners, jigs, or plastic worms around rock jetties, brush piles, and drop offs.  
Crappie good

3% 5-8"

24% 8-10"

62% 10-12"

12% 12-15"

Use small jigs or minnows around brush piles and channel breaks.  Fish are more active on warmer days, but cold fronts reduce feeding for at least 24 hours.
General Comments

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2018 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2017 test netting.

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

LYSL brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 2.07 kB)

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


MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA FISHING REPORT -  

Last Updated: 10/15/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear / Warmouth  Good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. Fly fishing opportunities are also present; hook sizes of 10-12 with a floating fly or popper may yield fish up to 8 inches. 
Channel Catfish  Fair  All sizes Channel catfish can be found in abundance all across the wildlife area. Try shad sides, liver, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish were stocked on the Mined Land Wildlife Area throughout all of the accessible strip pits. Stockings were made on September 13, and 18-20, 2018. These fish are 8-15 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  Good  All sizes Try jigs, worms, or spinner baits fished slowly around brush, aquatic vegetation, and structure. 
Rainbow trout  Good  10 - 15" Rainbow trout are stocked each spring, fall, and winter in Unit #30 in the "Trout Pit". Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. The first rainbow trout stocking of the spring season was made on January 10, 2018 of approximately 924 fish. Additional stockings were made on February 5, 2018 of 1036 fish and February 28, 2018 of 560 fish. 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. Rainbow trout are managed under a daily creel limit of five fish. 
Brown trout  Fair  15-20" Brown trout have been stocked in Unit #30 in the Trout Pit to provide an additional species and trophy opportunity for anglers. Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. Remember to correctly identify the trout you have caught as a Rainbow, or Brown, Trout. Brown trout are managed under a 20-inch minimum and 1 fish in the daily creel limit. 
Walleye  Fair  18-21" Walleye have been stocked on the Mined Land Wildlife Area in Units 7, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 31, 33, 34, 39, 40, 41, and 44 to provide an additional species and angling opportunity on the wildlife area. The units and strip pits that have been stocked with walleye provide adequate habitat with deeper water and cooler water temperatures. Trolling and vertical jigging techniques will be a good technique to try. 
Wiper (Striped bass x White bass hybrid)  Fair  15-20" Wiper were stocked on the Mined Land Wildlife Area in Unit #21 on October 2, 2018. Stockings have occurred since 2007. A fish feeder is also present on the Wiper Pit in Unit #21 that provides supplemental food on this specific pit. Techniques to try would be to vertical jig spoons and jigs, trolling with Rapalas and spoons, and casting jigs, spoons, and spinning baits. Other opportunities would be to try a slip bobber with live bait, or chicken liver has been reported to yield a few fish. 
General Comments

As District Fisheries Biologists, we send out a newsletter to inform anglers of fish sampling result, aquatic outreach events, fish stockings, and habitat improvement projects, for example. We have a spring and fall edition of our newsletters that you can subscribe to. This is sent directly to your email. If you would like to stay up to date on what is happening on Neosho State Fishing Lake (Lake McKinley), Crawford State Fishing Lake (Farlington Lake), Bone Creek Lake, CFAP and FISH properties, and the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits, you can subscribe to the Pittsburg District Newsletter at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Pittsburg-Fishing-District 

Channel catfish were stocked on the Mined Land Wildlife Area throughout all of the accessible pits. The channel catfish stocked range in size from 8 to 15 inches in length. These fish will bite readily on worms, stink bait, and shrimp. Grab the tackle box, fishing reels, and introduce someone to fishing on the unique opportunity that the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits provides. 

Aquatic Nuisance Species Alert: Be on the look out for Eurasian Watermilfoil if you're fishing on the Mined Land Wildlife Area. This aquatic nuisance plant is present and abundant on multiple strip pits on the Mined Land Wildlife Area. The plant can reproduce rapidly and develop dense mats that don't allow for other beneficial aquatic plants to grow. Eurasian watermilfoil can also impact the fish community in a lake, so please be sure to inspect and clean your fishing gear. Please remember to Clean, Drain, and Dry your kayak, boat, boat trailer, and bait buckets. More information on Eurasian Watermilfoil may be found at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species-List/Eurasian-Watermilfoil  

Habitat Structures have been placed on the Mined Land Wildlife Area. Locations to the habitat structures (i.e., Georgia Cubes) that have been placed by KDWPT staff can be found at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Fish-Attractor-GPS

Trout Anglers - 3,500 small 6 to 9-inch brown trout were stocked on Jan. 24, 2017. Brown trout must be 20-inches in length to be in your possession. Please handle these small browns with care and release them immediately, so we may produce some quality-sized fish in the future. 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 Unit #30.



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE -

- Last Updated: 9/27/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 14-24" Catfishing remains good.  Catfish have been moving into the shallow at dark to feed.  Shad sides and chicken livers have been working the best.
Largemouth Bass Fair 8-18" Largemouth bass fishing has remained slow.  Fishing should start to pick up as water temps cool down.  Look for bass to move into the shallow around the shoreline in the coming weeks.
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie fishing has remained hit or miss.  Look for crappie under the docks around the lake.  Minnows have been working the best.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Good 6-8" Bluegill and redear fishing remains good.  Look for them just outside of the weed line.  Worms under a bobber and small hair jigs have been working the best.
General Comments

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: 10/15/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good Up to 8"                                  Bluegill and redear sunfish are abundant up to 8 inches. Fish along aquatic vegetation edges, rock jetties, or habitat structures with a 1/16 ounce jig, bobber and worm, or fly fishing gear. Fish can be found in shallow water and will provide anglers of all ages the chance at catching a fish.
Channel catfish  Fair All sizes Channel catfish can be caught using a variety of baits. Try using prepared baits, worms, and stink bait fishing off of the jetties and brushpiles on the southwest end of the lake. All sizes of catfish are present. 
Crappie  Fair/good 8-12" Crappie are abundant with the most common sizes ranging from 8 to 11 inches. Try fishing 1/16-1/8 ounce jigs, bobber with a minnow, or worm around rock jetties, coves, and tree structures where deeper water will congregate crappie. 
Largemouth bass  Fair All sizes Largemouth bass are in high densities with fish greater than 15 inches present. Jigs, plastic lures, buzz baits, or spinner baits fished around structure and along aquatic vegetation may yield a memorable catch. 
General Comment

As District Fisheries Biologists, we send out a newsletter to inform anglers of fish sampling result, aquatic outreach events, fish stockings, and habitat improvement projects, for example. We have a spring and fall edition of our newsletters that you can subscribe to. This is sent directly to your email. If you would like to stay up to date on what is happening on Neosho State Fishing Lake (Lake McKinley), Crawford State Fishing Lake (Farlington Lake), Bone Creek Lake, CFAP and FISH properties, and the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits, you can subscribe to the Pittsburg District Newsletter at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Pittsburg-Fishing-District 

A partial renovation is planned for Neosho State Fishing Lake this winter. A low-dose rotenone treatment will be applied to eradicate gizzard shad from the lake. Gizzard shad compete with largemouth bass, channel catfish, and crappie, to name a few, for food and space. This treatment will open up more room in the impoundment for desired fish species to grow and survive. Neosho State Fishing Lake will be closed to boat traffic on the day of application. Daily creel limits and length limits will still apply. More information on the application and influence of gizzard shad in small impoundments can be found here: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/9-27-18/Partial-Renovations-Scheduled-at-Four-State-Fishing-Lakes 

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism fisheries staff recently undertook a project to produce lake maps, or bathymetric maps, for public waters statewide. The lake map for Neosho State Fishing Lake can be found at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Where-to-Fish-in-Kansas/Bathymetric-Lake-Maps This link will provide you with a link for all bathymetric lake maps for the state of Kansas. Scroll down to find Neosho State Fishing Lake. This will allow for anglers to view the depths of the lake to choose different habitats and lake features to fish for different species, year-round. You will also find current GPS locations of habitat structures placed by KDWPT fisheries staff to easily input into your sonar unit, or find if you are fishing from shore. 

Be sure to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat, bait buckets, and recreational watercraft before and after launching your boat. It is important to remove your drain plug on your watercraft upon departure to drain live wells and water inside of your boat; it will protect our natural resources in Kansas for current anglers and future generations to enjoy. Zebra mussels, white perch, and asian carp are all invasive species that can be found in Kansas. Be sure to stay up to date on information regarding Aquatic Nuisance Species. The following link will provide you with information on Aquatic Nuisance Species in Kansas: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species

OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 10/4/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Current Fishing Condition      
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to receive additional information about this lake (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) a couple of times during the year, sign up to receive a newsletter using this link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using worms under bobber.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-5 lbs Using nightcrawlers, stinkbait, and liver.  Some catches being reported off of feeders.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using a variety of baits including crankbaits, spinners and jigs.
General Comments

Feeders received their last batch of food for the year.  After feeders empty, they will not be operational until Memorial Day weekend 2019.  Note:  Zebra Mussels were found at this lake April 27, 2017.  Lake users should clean, drain and dry fishing equipment and boats to keep from moving zebra mussels to other waters.  Feeders are operational, and should be through Labor Day. 

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: 9/27/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location  
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfishing remains good.  Look for fish to bite in the shallows during the evening.  Chicken livers and shad sides have been working best.  
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22" Bass fishing has improved.  Look for fish to be in shallower water as the water temps cool.  Fishing should improve in the coming weeks with cooler water temps.  
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie fishing remains hit or miss.  Look for fish to be near structure or around the fishing docks.  Minnows have been working the best.  Crappie fishing should pick up as the water temps cool.  
Bluegill and Redear Good 6-8" Bluegills and redears fishing remains good.  Look for them just outside of the weed line.  Small jigs tipped with a worm have been working the best.  
General Comments
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: 5/16/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good 1-5 lbs. Jerkbaits or crankbaits near shallow cover or slow it down and fish Texas-rigged plastics. Topwater baits should be considered early in the day.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations along windy shorelines
channel catfish Fair-Good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. 
Walleye slow 10-24" Jig and crawlers or trolling crankbaits around dropoffs or over the flats.
crappie Fair-Good up to 14"  Some fish can be caught in shallow water still using jigs. Georgia Cube locations may be good to try as well.
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.

We sank 30 Georgia Cube Fish Attractors in this lake and they are holding fish. Click on the following link to download the Google Earth File and get the coordinates. http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Artificial-Habitat-Fish-Attractor-GPS 

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: 3/9/18
Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
       
The lake is dry.

CITY AND LOCAL LAKES

BONE CREEK FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 10/15/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly on the bottom along weed-lines. Quality sized bluegill and redear sunfish can be found at Bone Creek. Coves and submerged trees coupled with abundant aquatic vegetation will congregate panfish; fish with a bobber and worms, or fly rod with a floating fly or popper. 
Channel catfish  Fair  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. Quality sized fish are present at Bone Creek; fishing prepared baits, stink bait, and live bait in the shallows during the morning or evening hours may yield fish greater than 24 inches.
Crappie  Good  8-14" Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure in 10 to 15 feet of water where they'll be suspending in their summertime patterns. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population with some quality-size fish available. 
Largemouth bass  Fair  12-16"  Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around structure or aquatic vegetation. Clear water conditions often keep fish in deeper water near structure. 
General Comments

As District Fisheries Biologists, we send out a newsletter to inform anglers of fish sampling result, aquatic outreach events, fish stockings, and habitat improvement projects, for example. We have a spring and fall edition of our newsletters that you can subscribe to. This is sent directly to your email. If you would like to stay up to date on what is happening on Neosho State Fishing Lake (Lake McKinley), Crawford State Fishing Lake (Farlington Lake), Bone Creek Lake, CFAP and FISH properties, and the Mined Land Wildlife Area strip pits, you can subscribe to the Pittsburg District Newsletter at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Pittsburg-Fishing-District 

Be sure to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat, bait buckets, and recreational watercraft before and after launching your boat. It is important to remove your drain plug on your watercraft upon departure to drain live wells and water inside of your boat; it will protect our natural resources in Kansas for current anglers and future generations to enjoy. Eurasian watermilfoil is an invasive aquatic vegetation that can be found in nearby water bodies. Be sure to inspect your boat, boat trailer, and bait buckets prior to launching at Bone Creek to prevent the spread. Zebra mussels, white perch, and asian carp are all invasive species that can be found in Kansas. Be sure to stay up to date on information regarding Aquatic Nuisance Species. The following link will provide you with information on Aquatic Nuisance Species in Kansas: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species 


BOURBON COUNTY - ELM CREEK -

- Last Updated: 9/15/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish GOOD varies The water is clear.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. 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.  Fish feeders are ON  
Largemouth bass GOOD varies lake wide, 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 POOR  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 along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  Catfish angling around the fish feeders can be fantastic.  Remember the length and creel limits.

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 deeper weedbeds and brush piles with your spinners, jigs. 

Low water levels could make launching a large boat at the boatramp questionable.

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: 9/15/2018
species ratings size baits, methods, locations
Crappie GOOD 8 to 12 inches Try jigs, minnows. Recent sampling show a nice population of 10 - 14 inch crappie
Channel catfish Slow varies, Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is clear with a little color.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. Try along dam and shoreline, use cut shad, worms, prepared baits,  
Largemouth bass GOOD most bass in the 13 to 16 inch range some bass are suspended in deeper water, some are in the feeder creeks and shallow water, with jigs, spinners, gizzard shad plugs, most about 13-16 inches, around structure. 5 to 7 pounds are fairly common
General Comments

Crappie have been really hit or miss, this warmer weather has fish moving in closer to the shore.  Largemouth bass can be great but fish the deeper water in the trees for suspended fish. 

 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: 9/15/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass GOOD 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches The lake is at full pool, water clarity is great at this time. Work the shore and rocky areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, crank baits in  close to cover.  The majority of fish are in the 12 inch to 4 pound range. 
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 to Excellent 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, lakewide or along the piers along the parking lot. The fish feeder is ON for the season.  Lots of good catfish around the feeder. 
Crappie Slow to Fair any size Sampling indicates good numbers of nice fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and jigs, lakewide. Fish are moving into shallow areas for spawning.
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

 Water levels are normal.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  Some good bass and catfish were caught this week.

This is a great Kayak or small craft lake.  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.

There is a second, smaller access area located at the south west part of the lake, from 800 rd. and Gorman, north 1/4 mile.  This area makes it easier for anglers in small craft to launch and paddle/fish the more timbered areas. There is a parking lot and gravel ramp and provides shoreline angling also. 

This lake was sampled on 5/23/2018, 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 lot of cover in this lake and electrofishing may not catch bigger fish.  There is a great channel cat population, with a lot of fish in the 2 to 8 pound range.  There are a few walleye between 14 and 21 inches were seen as well.  White crappie are abundant and caught close to cover, with light colored jigs.  The water is clear unless there have been heavy rains.

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: 9/15/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass EXCELLENT varies water level is perfect,  bass are active and feeding,   Use shad crank baits, soft plastic baits to fish structure, weed beds and along rocky points.
channel catfish Good varies, some very nice Very good populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide and around the feeders, use cut shad, sponge baits, worms. Recent fish population sampling indicates a great population of channel catfish in the 2 - 5 pound range. Fish the South end where creek comes in during or after a rain.  The fish feeders are ON and the catfish are going crazy..
walleye Slow varies use dark jigs and crankbaits, along flats and drop-offs.  most fish are above the 18 inch length limit.
crappie Fair varies, many over 11 inches Crappie are very active and have moved into shallow water.  There are a high percentage of fish over 10 inches.  Try black and white jigs under a float. 
bluegill Slow varies use small baits, such as worms, jigs suspended under a float, in deeper water
General Comments

Ft Scott Lake has a good reputation for producing good stringers of channel catfish.  Channel catfish from the rearing pond are stocked into this lake each fall.

Recent tree/habitat placements, In 2014, 2015 and 2016, 2017 about 900 xmas trees were placed at each end of the dam and along Scorotino Park.  The tree placement along the dam are very accessible for shoreline anglers.  This project is 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: 10/1/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie fair 8-14 inches Use minnows under a bobber around deeper water dropoffs and brush.
Channel catfish Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events. Some nice sized catfish were seen during electrofishing
Largemouth Bass Good up to 4lbs.  There is an abundant bass popuation in this lake with many fish in the 13-16" range, you can benefit the population by harvesting bass less than 13". Topwater baits should produce some fish along with spinnerbaits or finesse plastics such as Senkos or Trick worms rigged weightless or wacky style on a drop shot cooling water temps. will have bass feeding heavily.
Wipers Fair up to 6 lbs Chicken livers or topwater or crankbaits fish around wind blown banks and dropoffs. Many nice sized wipers were seen while electrofishing.
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. 

Four Georgia Cube Fish Attractors were placed by the fishing dock (2on the East end and 2 on the West end) on the north end of the lake. 

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: 10/1/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Swim jigs, crankbaits, topwater baits like buzzbaits or whopper ploppers, and weightless plastics like floating worms, senkos, or flukes should also be considered and can be very productive during tough conditions.
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with a worm
Channel Catfish Good 8-24 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Slow 6-10 inches Minnows under a slip bobber around deeper structure.

Comments:  Cooling water temps. should have fish starting to feed heavily as they prepare for the winter months.

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

Last Updated: 9/7/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
Current Fishing Opportunity      
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Swim jigs, topwater baits like buzzbaits or whopper ploppers, and weightless plastics like floating worms, senkos, or flukes should also be considered and can be very productive during tough conditions.
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with a worm
Channel Catfish Good 8-24 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Slow 6-10 inches Minnows under a slip bobber around deeper structure.

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: 9/15/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Channel Catfish EXCELLENT 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 ON for the season.Lots of good catfish in the lake. Some really nice catfish are being caught.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish FAIR varies Use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie FAIR 8 to 14 inches some larger Crappie are moving into shallow water as the water warms.  Really good when its good.  Nice fish available.  Along the south tree line or habitat structures and drop offs along the creek channel.
Largemouth Bass EXCELLENT varies Recent sampling indicates a good population with majority of fish 14 to 19 inches.  some up to 7 pounds.  Bass are in shallow water adjacent to structure, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments

 Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  Water conditions are good.  The catfish are excellent around the fish feeders.  Fish downwind of the feeders as there will be more fish there.

Mound City Lake has a great reputation for producing good strings of crappie.  Best baits are  dark colored jigs and minnows, mainly around underwater structure.  Fish feeders are ON.  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: 9/15/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location
Wipers Slow 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 EXCELLENT 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 ON for the season. The catfish are going crazy around the feeders.
Largemouth bass GOOD varies good results along the shoreline weedbeds the bass are in spawn mode, try the dam, and woody habitat using silver or blue crank baits or soft baits.   Lots of bass in the 12 to 15 inch range.
Walleye Slow 18-24 inches An incidental fish taken near deeper habitat.
white crappie GOOD 8-14 inches Many crappie are in the 8 inch range to 11 to 12 inches long. Fish around the floating dock, shoreline and brushpiles areas.  Try the shoreline and any shallow cover, use pink, blue/white tube or green jigs, minnows.   
General Comment

 The best time to fish is anytime you can.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.  This is a great kayaking lake, no recreational boating.  Have the  lake to yourself.  Recent rains have raised the water level to full pool and the fishing is good.

There are good crappie here.  This lake 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 will be 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: 9/15/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
channel catfish EXCELLENT 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.  Fish feeders are ON.  This lake is a great channel catfish lake with great shoreline access.
crappie Fair to Good All sizes warmer temperatures and fish are close to the shore.  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 EXCELLENT 12-22 inches High water levels will have bass back in the water willow along the dam, piers and the brushpiles, use crank baits or spinners, recent sampling shows many bass over 18 inches.
bluegill Fair varies Most fish are under 8 inches. use a small worm or jig under a float.
General Comments

Best time to fish is anytime you can.   Pleasanton West Lake produces a quality bass fishery.  Largemouth bass, overall are in very good condition and health. The largest bass sampled in 2017 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: 10/1/2018
Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Good A good population of both species is present in this lake. Use the good ol nightcrawler or mealworm under a bobber around deep structure.
Largemouth Bass 8-18" Good Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18" you can benefit the population by harvesting the bass you catch under 13". Fishing around deeper brush with Texas-rigged plastics should be productive. Topwater baits may also work well early and late in the day around shallow timber and submerged weeds. If a more subtle approach is needed go with weightless plastics like senkos, flukes, or floating worms.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Good livers, dip baits, worms, and other prepared bait lakewide. The FISH FEEDERS ARE RUNNING, PLEASE DO NOT TIE BOATS TO THE FEEDERS. Many fish are around the feeders, size ranges from 1.5 lbs. to 10 lbs.
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair Curly-tailed grubs, crankbaits or swim baits around schools of shad. Wind blown shorelines should be good places to start.
Crappie up to 12" Fair-Good Efforts should probably be focused on deeper water and brush located near dropoffs or the creek channel. live bait is usually hard to beat but various colored jigs work well during the fall.
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits or dragging a jig and crawler over the flats.

Cooling water temps. in the Fall usually triggers the fish to feed heavily to prepare for the winter months. Fall fishing is some of the best of the year.

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 - OWL

-   Last Updated: 10/1/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good 1-5 lbs. Swimjigs or crankbaits near shallow cover or slow it down and fish Texas-rigged plastics. Topwater baits should be considered around the vegetation early in the day.
channel catfish Good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. The feeders are on.
Walleye slow 10-24" Jig and crawlers or trolling crankbaits around dropoffs or over the flats.
crappie Fair-Good up to 14"  Look for them in deeper water near dropoffs or the Georgia Cube locations. Live bait like minnows is probably best bait this time of year. Some fish have been caught shallow around the vegetation.
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.

We sank 30 Georgia Cube Fish Attractors in this lake and they are holding fish. Click on the following link to download the Google Earth File and get the coordinates. http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Artificial-Habitat-Fish-Attractor-GPS 

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: 9/15/2018
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
blue, channel catfish GOOD varies fish in the river are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, 
white bass/wipers Fair varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
crappie slow varies use jigs just below riffles
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 and others have very 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 unc



NEOSHO RIVER AT CHETOPA DAM -

- Last Updated: 4/16/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Paddlefish Poor   Snagging season opened March 15th.  Fishing has remained slow.  Watch for fishing to pick up with increases in water level.  Water level can be checked from the link below.
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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