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REGION 1
Update dates are shown at the top of the report of the individual lake.
State reports last checked April 19, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.

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RESERVOIRS

CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR -

Last Updated: 4/13/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Locating fish this time of year can be difficult as they tend not to be concentrated to any great degree.  Fishing jigs and small spoons over steep drop-offs, especially near spawning areas can be good locations to start looking.  Anglers generally reported slow crappie fishing this past week.  
Walleye Good Up to 28 inches The spawn is really winding down, but anglers are still catching male walleye frequenting the dam and associated shorelines at night casting brightly colored jigs and shallow running crankbaits.  Post-spawn female walleye should start feeding and can be caught fishing mainlake points, submerged parking lots and roads, and other structures.  Jig and nightcrawler combos are popular lures for post-spawn fish.
White Bass/Wipers Fair/Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

The white bass bite has been heating up as they begin their spawning run.  Casting jigs along the dam and sandy points, especially those close to the dam, has been good for some real nice fish.  Best activity is usually early and late in the day and should continue for a good part of this month.

Anglers are catching wipers throwing shallow running crank baits and swimbaits over windswept, shallow, mainlake points.

WATER TEMPERATURE-52

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2118.95-25.05 below conservation

ATTENTION: An established zebra mussel population has been documented at this water making Cedar Bluff an ANS designated water.  With this designation a few new rules are now in effect primarily aimed at discouraging water containing microscopic zebra mussel larvae from leaving the property and establishing in new waters.  Any time one leaves the reservoir it is best to clean mud, vegetation, or attached zebra mussel adults off of boats and other equipment, drain any thing on a boat or other equipment that holds water, and allow boats and other equipment to dry completely before using them at another body of water.  It is now illegal to use wild-caught bait from Cedar Bluff at any other water.  Live fish are not to be taken off the property.  And all livewells and bilges must be drained prior to leaving the property.

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related prospects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District

GLEN ELDER FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? - Last Updated: 4/6/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches The crappie appear to have scattered off the brush and are now hanging out on the river channel breaks prior to moving in for the spawn at the end of the month.  Anglers may have a harder time catching crappie during this pre-spawn period, but with persistence some fish may be caught along the dam and in the channel at depths of 20-25 feet using jigs and minnows.
Trout Good 10-15 inches

The fishing pressure has dropped off a little over the last couple of weeks, but there are still fair numbers of trout left in the pond.  Anglers have had the best success this winter using minnows under a bobber, worms, and Powerbait.  Many anglers using minnows have also caught decent numbers of crappie to go along with the trout.

A trout permit is still required through April 15th for ALL anglers fishing the trout pond.

Walleye Fair 14-23 inches

The walleye spawn continues, but is beginning to slow down a bit.  The catch rates are not always high with this kind of fishing, but it is a unique opportunity for shoreline anglers to catch some walleye.  The best fishing will be from dusk until dawn along the dam and south bluffs.  Walk trolling is popular along the Glen Elder dam using floating Rapalas.  Casting horizontal to the bank can also be productive using Rapalas, X-raps, and jigs.

Walleye that are done spawning have likely headed west and can be found along the river channel breaks with some annually moving to the causeway.  Anglers will begin to catch these fish in the next couple of weeks as they resume a regular feeding pattern with jig/minnow and jig/crawler combos often working best.  Fishing off the river channel near the south bluffs can also produce fish throughout April.

Remember, it is illegal to snag fish and any foul-hooked fish must be immediately returned to the water!!!  Tickets will be given for fish that were not caught in the mouth!!!

White Bass

Wipers

Fair to Good

11-18 inches

19-27 inches

The white bass spawn is getting closer as the water temperature approaches the low 50's.  As a result, anglers should look for these guys along the Cawker City causeway and in the river channels west of the causeway.  Anglers will also catch some along the dam and trolling along the river channel on the lower half of the reservoir.
Black Bass Good 10-19 inches With the water warming up, the bass fishing is picking up as well.  The smallmouth can be found in their regular spots along the dam, the north shore between the dam and Granite Creek, and along the south bluffs.  Largemouth bass should be targeted in Mill Creek, Schoen's Cove, Osage Cove, and Walnut Creek.  Slowly fishing sot plastics can work well, but half ounce white and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat for spring bass angling.
Channel Catfish Good All Sizes No change here.  Your best bet to catch some catfish now is to fish up the creeks feeding into the reservoir.  Mill Creek, Oak Creek, Carr Creek, and Walnut Creek are all good choices.  Fresh dead shad is the best bait to use, but stinkbait and shad gizzards also work well.
Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.
Current water temperature: 48 degrees        Current Water Level: 0.5 feet below Conservation

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!


KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 4/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Fair 16 - 21" Fair. The bite has slowed due to cool water temperatures but should pick up soon; try cutbait from 8 to 20 foot of water or shallower after lunch and toward the evening.
Crappie Good 10 to 13 inches Good. Water temps have risen to the low 50s. Folks are catching fish on brush piles and in Marina Cove and 1 report mentioned catching limits of Crappie.
Trout     NOTICE: The last stocking (3/8/2017) consisted of 800 Brown Trout within the stream and 100 Rainbow Trout in the bottom pool.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair/good 14 - 22" Fair/good. Reports of fish over the new 18" length limit near Loder point and tower. Some are having 30 fish days and others are having very little success. The spawn has slowed the fishing down some but fishing is still fair. Some are being caught on the dam.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Fair. White Bass moved up the river prior to the heavy rains. I suspect the fish are still there but conditions will make it a bit tough until the water recedes another foot or so.
Wiper Fair All sizes Fair. No current reports from anglers. Summer reports documented fish up to 11 pounds and limits being caught off points and deeper flats near river channel. Try live minnows and trolling soft baits on shallow flats near the river channel or wind-blown points.
General Comment

Elevation: Water level is 3.3' above conservation pool and rising.

Water Temperature:  55 degrees.

Current lake elevation and water temperature is available on the location page linked to this fishing report. It is updated daily by the Corps of Engineers.

This is a general winter fishing report. If a hot tip is received, the report will be updated. Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.

KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT (NORTON) - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 4/19/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Would try fishing off the public fishing dock and private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the 3 fish attractors.  Have not had any reports of fish being up shallow yet. 
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Would try fishing off the East side of Leota cove, along the dam and along the south road bed using jigs and jigs tipped with worms.  Did have reports of fish being caught trolling diving lures around the Dam and Monkey Island.  Also, heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18-inch length limit.  Stocked 500,000 saugeye fry on 4-18-17.
Wiper Good 15 to 28 inches Would try fishing around the mouth of Leota cove and Concrete cove using jigs and jigs with worms and/or minnows.  The point just south of the swim beach might be a good bet also.
Catfish Poor 14 to 30 inches Would try fishing up to the west end using stink bait, liver and worms on the bottom. Also, look for them to come up shallow as they start feeding as the water starts warming up.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Would try fishing along the Dam, in Leota and Schoen's coves and up by the sand pit using artificial baits and crankbait's.  Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 59°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2292.11 ---- 12.19' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 3.43 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time. 

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



KIRWIN RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 4/19/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did have reports of crappie being caught on the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs and jigs with minnows.  Have not had any report of them being up shallow yet.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Walleye spawn is pretty much over, however, may still be some coming into the dam to spawn.  So, make sure your waders don't leak and check to make sure your jigs, roadrunner's and crankbait supply is adequate.  Best times will be before sunup or after sundown. Stocked 1,200,000 walleye fry into the Reservoir on 4-18-17.   
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing along the Dam, Crappie Point and Cottonwood Grove areas using jigs depending on the wind direction.  Also had reports of fish being caught up in the SF Solomon river @ Cowley using white twister tail's.
Catfish Poor 20 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the Gray's park area and up towards the west end using shad and stink bait on the bottom. Would also try fishing up in Bow creek using shrimp and liver on the bottom.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 59°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1726.89 ---- 2.36' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS OPEN TO BOATS. 

Currently, the water level is 12.66 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.

Fish cleaning station is NO LONGER on the NE corner of the square in Kirwin. The USFWS, BOR and KDWPT are in the process of constructing a new facility just West of the water tower.   

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) has been put into effect at Kirwin, so if you have any questions contact the Service at 785-543-6673 or stop by their office at 702 Xavier Road.  

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District

 


LOVEWELL RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 4/12/2017
Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 15-25 inches

The walleye spawn is just getting started and anglers may have some luck fishing for these guys between dusk and dawn along the dam and the south shore.  Casting floating rapalas and jigs parallel to the shoreline works well although catch rates are not always high.  Boat anglers may also have some luck slabbing and trolling for walleye during the day along the river channel west of the dam.  Fishing off Cedar Point and Walleye Point can also be productive at times.

The inlet area is closed to fishing until April 15th to protect spawning walleye!

1.5 million walleye were stocked on April 3rd at Lovewell!

White Bass/Wipers Fair to Good

7-13 inches

14-23 inches

Anglers will find white bass and wipers scattered across the reservoir now with no discernible pattern to their location or movements.  Following the creek channel may be the best bet to try and locate some whites and wipers, but often times they will begin to move in to shallower water as the water temperature warms into the 50's.  The upper ends of coves can be good if it is warm enough and the rocky shorelines may also yield some fish.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 3-12 pounds

Catfish prefer to move up into coves and creek channels in the spring to feed on incoming food washed into the reservoir.  Using fresh shad is the best bait, but stink baits, shad gizzards, and chicken liver can also produce fish this time of year.

Anglers have reported catching blue catfish on the upper end recently using cut bait.  These fish are less than the legal length limit so please release all blue catfish that you catch.

There is a 35 inch length limit on blue catfish.  All blue catfish less than 35 inches should be returned to the water immediately.  Please handle these fish with care if you do catch one.

Crappie Fair to Good 7-13 inches

There are a lot of crappie in the reservoir now, but most of them are one year old fish less than 10 inches.  There are, however, a fair number of fish between 10 and 13 inches for anglers to target.  Fishing around the deep brush piles off Cabin Point, Cedar Point, and the Marina will be good places to start, but fishing around the marina boat docks can also yield some fish.

Anglers have been catching some nice crappie over the past couple of weeks with some coming off the creek channel west of the dam.  Large schools often congregate in 20-25 feet of water between the dam and Oak Hill.

Comments
Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell.  Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information.
Current water temperature:  52ºF            Current water level: 1.7 feet above conservation

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

NORTON - SEE KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT

WEBSTER RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 4/19/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Poor 9 to 17 inches Would try fishing around the north and south shore breakwater's and fish attractor's using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  All boat ramps are open and usable.  Have not been many anglers out yet but should pick up as the weather starts warms up a little.
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches The walleye spawn is pretty much done, however, there may still be some coming into the dam, so would make sure the waders don't leak and make sure your jigs, roadrunner's and crankbait supply is adequate.  Best times will be before sunup or after sundown.  Also had reports of fish being caught off the Goose Flat's area and around the Lakeview area using worms on the bottom.  Remember the 15-inch length limit.  Stocked 1,000,000 walleye fry into the Reservoir on 4-18-17.
White Bass/Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the north shore breakwater, Old Marina Point, along the Dam and along Rock Point cove using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms.
Catfish Poor 20 to 36 inches Would try fishing the windward side of the Reservoir up in the shallows using worms, liver and stink bait on the bottom.  Would also try using shrimp and shad. 
Rainbow Trout Excellent 10 to 20 inches The last load of trout was stocked on Feb. 27th.  Trout are being caught on little spinners, salmon eggs, corn and powerbait. 
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 59°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1893.37 ---- 0.92' above conservation

Currently, the water level is 22.26 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.      

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's is currently available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



WILSON RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? - One of the top 100 Bass lakes in the US

Last Updated: 4/17/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Poor 10-14 inches Poor. Crappie numbers are very low and no reports of fish being caught yet but fish are likely moving towards shallower rock and cover to feed prior to spawning. Coves towards the upper end of the reservoir and Otoe in Hell Creek are your best bets.
Striped Bass Fair 2-8 pounds Fair. Some are being caught on the West end, Hell Creek, and a few near the dam at moderate depths. Fish in the morning and/or evening with live shiners, spinners, or shad imitation jerkbaits. There is an abundance of stripers in the 16 - 18" range. These fish have excellent body condition compared to the last few years.
 Walleye Fair to Good 14-24 inches Fair/good. Few reports. Most have spawned or are finishing up. Cool but warming water has a few being caught at shallow to moderate depths. Fish late evening and early morning on shallow wind-blown points and rocky shorelines (or the dam). This time of year you might try swimming or jigging 3 - 4" swimbaits. Wilson ranks 2nd in the state for density of 12" and larger fish.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-10 pounds

Fair. Try cutbait and worms near the river channel and off points such as Minooka, Lucas, etc. Look for fish to move shallower (<8 feet depths) towards sundown. The channel catfish population in Wilson has been a nice surprise the last few years. Water temps are still very low so be patient.

Be on the lookout for blue catfish which are also in the reservoir. They are not legal size yet so make sure and take care to return them to the water. There is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Wilson Reservoir!

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds Fair. No current reports of White Bass moving up the river but if they do it should be any day now.
Black Bass Good 14-18 inches Good. Many smallmouth are being caught by casual anglers and tournament anglers up to 3 lbs. Largemouth are also being caught but in much less numbers. Use slow presentations with crawfish colored or chartreuse crankbaits. Also try texas and carolina-rigged soft plastic tubes, craws, or worms off of rocky shorelines or reed grass margins.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

Fair. Some are being caught up to 12" in size. We found moderate numbers of white perch around the upper end of the reservoir as well as Hell Creek.  The lower end of the reservoir didn't have nearly as many.  The fish we collected seemed to be targeting the river channel and moving up and down it while feeding.  The west end had the biggest white perch I've seen in some time with 12-13 inch fish common.  Anglers might try spoons and spinners off of the river channel near the bluffs towards Minooka - IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

The white perch numbers are down in Wilson right now which is the goal of managing aquatic nuisance species.  While this species will continue to thrive and reproduce in Wilson, they are still an ANS species and KDWPT has managed the predator base in such a way to limit their numbers.  The hope is that the white bass will be able to make a comeback at the expense of the white perch numbers declining.

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 1.2' ABOVE conservation pool - THE LAKE FILLED IN SEPTEMBER!!!

Surface Temperature = 54 degrees.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: All boat ramps are useable. WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS and be courteous at boat ramps!

We have two Aquatic Nuisance Species - white perch and zebra mussels and have joined Cheney and El Dorado as lakes with both species. The law now says that if anyone leaves the lake with water in your livewell or boat, you are subject to a ticket for transporting Zebra Mussels since they will spawn and the microscopic little mussels will probably be in every drop of water in the lake. Make sure you drain all water from the boat before you leave the boat ramp area!!! We have been taking veliger samples and the samples were high so be sure to drain and dry everything!!!!!!

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STATE FISHING LAKES

JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 4/12/2017
Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-11 inches

The crappie population is dominated by three and four year old fish in the 8-10 inch range as we collected many of these during our 2016 fall sample.  There are also a few 11-13 inch fish as well, but they are not as common.  This 2013 year class should provide a boost to the crappie numbers as they continue to grow.  Anglers will have success fishing crappie around the deep brush piles using jigs and minnows.

Anglers have been reporting fair numbers of crappie from the shoreline using minnows placed about 18 inches under a bobber off the dam, deep jetty near the boat ramp, and Cattail Cove.  Also look for them along the jetty on the west side north of the boat ramp.

Channel Catfish Fair 11-25 inches

The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be pleased with the numbers of cats in the lake right now.  Many of these fish are in the 3-5 pound range, but there are also a handful of larger fish between 7 and 10 pounds.  

Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.  Anglers are encouraged to target them in shallow coves and areas of inflow.  The upper end could be a great place to try as the water warms up during spring.

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Fair to Good 6-11 inches

The bluegill numbers appear to be stable right now with fish between 4 and 7 inches dominating the catch, but fish up to 8 inches were collected this fall.

Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 11 inches collected this fall.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-9 inch fish and fair numbers of 10 to 11 inch fish.

Largemouth Bass Good 10-20 inches

There are good numbers of 15-16 inch fish in the lake right now with a handful of fish over the 18 inch upper slot limit. The biggest fish collected last spring was a 5 pound female.

White and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat, but slowly fishing soft plastics including Senkos can be productive. Smaller baits like roadrunners and Panther Martins will also catch a fair amount of fish.

General Comments
Water temperature: 53 degrees

Water level: FULL

KDWPT is conducting a creel survey on Jewell SFL from March to October 2017.  Please take a few minutes to speak with the creel clerk as your information and opinions are used to help guide our management activities on our public waters.  Thank you for your cooperation!


OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 4/12/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 6 lbs

We collected fair numbers during the last sample with fish up to 19 inches represented.  The best numbers of fish were found near the cattails and the overhanging trees in the water.  The fish are in excellent shape and should provide some nice bass angling. 

This time of year, anglers are advised to pull out the white and chartreuse spinnerbaits and slowly fish soft plastics.  Bass will move into the warmer, shallow water on sunny days and are willing to bite with the right presentation.

Bluegill Slow 4 to 6 Inches

Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bait.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.

We stocked 3,000 adult bluegill in October!

Channel Catfish Fair to Good 10-22 inches

Good numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.  In the spring, the fish can be found lakewide and will often bite on chicken liver, shad sides, shad gizzards, and stinkbait.  Fall netting revealed the best numbers along the east bank in shallow water.

We stocked 5,000 additional catfish in August!

Saugeye Fair to Good 12-24 inches

Saugeye numbers are good, but most are less than 18 inches. Our fall 2016 sample included 75 saugeye of which only 8 were over 18 inches. Most will be caught on shad imitation baits, or jig and a worm.  We found the best numbers on the upper half of the reservoir in 4-5 feet of water last fall while test netting.

This time of year look for the saugeye to move toward the dam and rocky points for a false spawn.  They will behave somewhat like walleye and can be caught during low light conditions on floating rapalas and dark colored jigs.

We stocked 5,000 saugeye last spring!

Crappie Good Most 8-11 inches

Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair/good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush/rocks.  There are a lot of 8-10 inch crappie right now, but fish between 12 and 14 inches can also be caught. 

This is probably the best bet to catch some fish as the crappie seem to begin biting before many other species.  Some anglers have been reporting crappie coming from the bank using minnows placed about 18 inches under a bobber.

General Comments

Water temperature: 53ºF

CAUTION: LONGER BOAT TRAILERS MAY FALL OFF EDGE OF BOAT RAMP WHEN WATER IS LOW

The cabin can now be rented - call the Hays Regional Office - 785-628-8614 - for reservations or more information.


ROOKS STATE LAKE FISHING REPORT -

 Last Updated: 4/19/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Poor None None, Lake finally filled up.  Will stock this Spring.
Bluegill Poor 3-5 inches Fish are going to be small, but would use worms under a bobber.
Catfish Poor 5-15 inches Fish will probably be small, but would use worms, stinkbait and shrimp on the bottom.
General Comments

Water Temp. 59

Lake is currently about one foot low.  Have stocked channel catfish and bluegill and will be stocking more fish this spring.

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

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District




SALINE STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 11/6/2014
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
PUBLIC SALVAGE     DUE TO THE LOW LAKE CONDITIONS WE ARE ALLOWING ANGLERS TO TAKE FISH BY THE MEANS LISTED BELOW AND YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO KEEP ALL THE FISH YOU TAKE.
General Comments
 

The area is open for walk-in traffic but the gate will remain locked and the vault toilet locked.

THE LAKE IS NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC SALVAGE - ALL LENGTH AND CREEL LIMITS ARE OFF. YOU CAN NOW TAKE FISH WITH ROD AND REEL OR BY SNAGGING, SEINE, GIG, OR BY HAND.

Please comply with posted signs!!!!!

SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 4/13/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 13 inches Crappie should be spawning soon.  Fishing various colored jigs around the shoreline brushpiles and other shoreline oriented structure is best.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Fishing soft plastics or suspending jerkbaits around flooded vegetation, brush, and shoreline oriented brushpiles.
Saugeye Fair/Good Up to 3 lbs. Fishing fish imitating swimbaits along the dam and other rocky shorelines.
Bluegill Slow/Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber along rocky shorelines or around deeper brush.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 19 lbs. Cut bait fished off the bottom.
Wiper Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting white bucktail jigs lake-wide.  Locating fish is the trick, but if one is caught more are likely to follow.
Comments

It is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water, so please discard any unused bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District


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