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Reservoirs are listed first, then state lakes, city lakes and streams
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State reports last checked March 22, 2017 at 7:20 p.m.

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CLINTON RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - CLINTON GUIDE - Last Updated: 3/16/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

Be sure to CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY all equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from spreading them to another lake.

Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 daily creel limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation was implemented to protect brood fish, so that the population could have a chance to improve.
Smallmouth Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This regulation change makes smallmouth bass regulations the same as those for largemouth bass.
Crappie Fair 0.5-1.5 lb Anglers have been fishing jigs in 10-15 feet of water catching fish off brushpiles.
Walleye Poor 1-4 lbs Received a few reports of walleye being caught off the dam.
Trout - Lake Henry Fair-Good 0.5-1 lb The last trout stocking for the season happened the week of Feb 13.  Fishing has been fair to good after the stocking.  Anglers are catching fish on a variety of baits; including worms, powerbait, jigs, flies, and small spinners.
District Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what is going on with Clinton Reservoir (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) and other lakes in DG, SN, and OS Counties sign up for the Lawrence District Newsletter by clicking this link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
General Comments
Water level March 16 was 1.21 feet below normal pool level, release rate = 7 cfs, temp = 49.  Brush piles placed into Clinton August 11 and 12, 2008. GPS locations in degrees, minutes, seconds using Datum WGS 84: 1) N38 55.755 W095 24.146, 2) N38 56.4444 W095 24.466, 3) N38 56.283 W095 23.465, 4) N38 56.014 W095 23.096, 5) N38 55.036 W095 22.568, 6) N38 56.011 W095 23.085, 7) N38 55.073 W095 22.565, 8) N38 55.785 W095 22.235.

HILLSDALE RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - Last Updated: 3/17/2017
Species  Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Walleye Fair Up to 9 lbs. Walleye are in spawning habitat now. Target shallow rip-rap. Cast and slowly retrieve a jig with curly-tailed grub to target walleye in the shallows.             
Crappie Fair Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie bite has been really hit or miss lately, but so has been the weather patterns. Some crappie are being caught off the marina docks and some are being found near channel breaks and ledges in 20 feet of water. Jigs are producing best right now.    
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. White bass are chasing schools of gizzard shad right now.  Jigs and shad imitation lures are the best baits right now. 

Largemouth

Bass 

Slow Up to 4 lbs. Some largemouth bass being caught with spinner-baits or plastics near structure.  
Newsletter Good 4 pages Click the following link to sign up for the newsletter http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Kansas-City-Fishing-District
Channel Catfish Fair  Up to 10 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken on a variety of baits using prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are being taken lake wide at this time.     
       
General Comments

WATER LEVEL: As of March 9th the water level is 2.0 feet below conservation pool.  You can check current water conditions at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/HillsdaleLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx

Zebra mussel infestation has been confirmed at Hillsdale Reservoir.  As of 6/17/16 the lake has been designated an Aquatic Nuisance Species water.  Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters.  Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and equipment before using another waterbody.  Dispose of all bait on dry land.  Please search ksoutdoors.com for more information about zebra mussels.       

Brush Piles

NAME LONGITUDE LATITUDE
bp1 W094.93048 N38.64805
bp2 W094.93014 N38.64744
bp3 W094.93223 N38.64613
bp4 W094.93239 N38.64601
bp5 W094.93257 N38.64593
bp6 W094.93297 N38.64557
bp7 W094.93325 N38.64539
bp8 W094.93337 N38.64528
bp9 W094.93371 N38.64509
bp10 W094.93403 N38.64495
bp11 W094.89748 N38.67773
bp12 W094.89828 N38.69222
bp13 W094.89741 N38.69251
bp14 W094.89702 N38.69279
bp15 W094.94708 N38.69250
bp16 W094.94691 N38.69360
bp17 W094.94704 N38.69379
bp18 W094.94713 N38.69395
bp19 W094.94722 N38.69413
bp20 W094.94779 N38.69478
bp21 W094.94782 N38.69492
bp22 W094.94421 N38.69326
bp23 W094.94534 N38.69457
bp24 W094.94288 N38.69476
bp25 W094.94215 N38.69504
NAME LONGITUDE LATITUDE
bp25 W094.94215 N38.69504
bp26 W094.94205 N38.69519
bp 27 W094.93699 N38.66412
bp28 W094.94645 N38.66321
bp29 W094.94644 N38.66343
bp30 W094.94643 N38.66366
bp31 W094.94641 N38.66384
bp32 W094.94634 N38.66403
bp33 W094.94635 N38.66417
bp34 W094.94640 N38.66433
bp35 W094.94645 N38.66451
bp36 W094.90004 N38.67656
bp37 W094.89887 N38.67613
bp38 W094.89917 N38.67590
bp39 W094.89849 N38.67479
bp40 W094.89835 N38.67491
bp41 W094.89771 N38.67667
bp42 W094.89577 N38.67619
bp43 W094.89524 N38.67595
bp44 W094.89519 N38.67651
bp45 W094.89592 N38.67677
bp46 W094.89638 N38.67762
bp47 W094.89677 N38.67734
bp48 W094.89712 N38.67773
bp49 W094.89818 N38.67848

MILFORD RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - Last Updated: 3/22/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Catfish Fair   near wind blown shorelines in the upper end on cut bait
Crappie Fair   jigs and minnows suspended 10-15ft deep near brush/points
Walleye     New regulation...21" minimum length limit, 2/day creel limit
White Bass/Wipers      
Smallmouth Bass Fair   near deeper points with rock and gravel on jerkbaits
Largemouth Bass      
Outlet      
General Comments

NEW WALLEYE REGULATION STARTING IN 2017!!! RELEASE WALLEYE LESS THAN 21", AND 2/DAY CREEL LIMIT!!!

CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT THE MILFORD WALLEYE TAGGING STUDY!!!

http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/3-26-15/WALLEYE-TAGGING-STUDY-AT-MILFORD-RESERVOIR

CAUTION: DO NOT TRANSFER LIVE BAIT FROM ONE BODY OF WATER TO ANOTHER!!! ALONG WITH ZEBRA MUSSEL INFESTATION, ASIAN CARP ARE IN DRAINAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE KANSAS RIVER AND CAN EASILY BE MISTAKEN FOR SHAD!!!

Blue-Green Algae: Current information listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm

WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!

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PERRY RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - PERRY GUIDE - One of the top 100 Bass lakes in the US

Last Updated: 3/13/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels Invasive! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will start spawning as the water temperature rises to around 54 degrees. Please do not move water from Perry Reservoir.
Perry News Letter Good-Excellent 4 Pages (lots of pics) We publish a newsletter for Perry and other waters in the district twice a year. If you would like the letter e-mailed to you click Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Channel Catfish Good up to 10.0 lbs Anglers are catching some Channel Catfish as the weather warms up. Try using cut or whole dead shad from shore or from boat.  
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. There are good numbers in the reservoir. These fish are staged up along the dam before they begin their spawning run and if you catch one, there should be others close by. 

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fair

Fair

up to 5.0 lbs.

up to 3.0 lbs.

Crankbaits or plastics worked slowly around shoreline cover and woody habitat. The emerging Smallmouth Bass population are being caught. Generally off rocky shoreline and points.    
White Bass Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Some White Bass are being taken fishing rocky shorelines in the upper portion of the reservoir casting jigs and crankbaits resembling shad.  
White Crappie  Slow to Fair up to 1.5 lbs. Many anglers have been coming out to the Lake with the warmer weather. Most are having success catching crappie using a jig with any color and chartreuse combination. 
Blue Catfish  Fair  up to 25.0 lbs. Anglers are catching a few Blue Cats already, drifting along the flats. A few nice fish in the 35 inch length limit range can be taken, many fish are below the length limit, with a few blue catfish over the 35 inch minimum length limit. Remember blue cats look similar to channel catfish, so be careful with identification.  
Comments

As of March 13th, water temperature at Perry Lake is currently 48 degrees and the water level is steady at 889.34 (2' below conservation pool) with discharge at 25 cfs.  For more up to date lake conditions: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Perry-Lake/Daily-Lake-Info-2/ 

Two clusters of fish habitat were placed into the Rock Creek Arm this fall and should be holding fish. Approximate coordinates are:

N 39°09.091’  W 095°29.067’ 

N 39°09.053’  W 095°29.174’ 

If you would like to place habitat in Perry Reservoir, please contact the Fish Biologist, Nick, at 785-246-4514 to obtain a permit. 

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.

Zebra mussels were confirmed on 10-9-07, so make sure you clean, drain and dry your boat after leaving PerryEven if you do not see any mussels attached, you may still be transporting microscopic veligers, "baby mussels" on your boat.


TUTTLE CREEK RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - Last Updated: 3/9/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake has decent numbers of larger fish.  Fish have started moving shallow already.  Warm days they can be found 10 - 12 feet deep along creek channels or near steeper banks.
White Bass Slow to Fair 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake does not have a lot of white bass this year but the fish are big.  Near rock point drop-offs.
Catfish Slow to Fair Up to 20 pounds

Fair channel catfish numbers and a young blue catfish population.  Fishing has picked up some with the warmer weather.  Wind swept banks in the upper end of the reservoir has been fair with cut bait on warm days.

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging some to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek.  Feel free to harvest or release the fish, but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or ely.sprenkle@ks.gov  A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

Largemouth Bass Slow 1 to 5 pounds Coves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing.
Saugeye Slow Up to 6 pounds

Most of the population is below the 15 inch length limit and harvest is expected to be low, but lots of little ones growing fast. 

Starting in 2017, the minimum length limit does not apply to saugeye in the River Pond or at the "tubes".  The 15-inch minimum length limit is still in effect in the Reservoir.

Rainbow Trout

Willow Lake

Good! Up to 5 pounds

The fifth stocking of rainbow trout for the season was put into Willow Lake on 3/9/17.  The fish in this stocking were bigger than normal. So far this winter 6,000 trout have been stocked into the lake.  

Fishing has been really good this week.  Anglers are already catching some of the bigger trout just put in.  Commercial trout baits or salmon eggs have been the best.  A few being caught on jigs or spinners.

General Comments

Trout fishing is here at Willow Lake, located in Tuttle Creek State Park.  A trout permit is needed to fish at Willow Lake during trout season.  Anyone under 16 years of age with a properly licensed adult can harvest up to 2 trout without a trout permit.  Good Luck!

You can check current water conditions HERE

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STATE FISHING LAKES

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/13/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 0.9 lbs Not many crappie picked up in our fall samples, however, what's there is of nice size with some reaching 15 inches and weighing nearly a pound. For best luck, try a jig and minnow over brush piles.   
Bluegill  Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill can be caught jigging a worm near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 7.7 lbs The fish feeders are empty and will not be filled until later in spring. Channel catfish can still be caught from shore using cut shad, dough balls, or chunks of worm.  
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.0 lbs Spinner or plastics worked slow around the shallow cover. 
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.75 lbs. Redear can be caught jigging a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.


BROWN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/13/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District.  If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie  Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Best luck for Crappie would come from fishing brush piles surrounding fishing jetties using a jig and minnow. 
Bluegill  Fair - Good up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.5 lbs The fish feeders are currently empty and will not be filled up until later in spring. Catfish can still be caught from shore using cut bait, dough baits, or chicken livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.0 lbs. Spinner or plastics working the shallows, along the face of the dam and the brush piles.  
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 0.4 lbs. Redear may be caught using a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.
General Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as the information becomes available.  

DOUGLAS STATE FISHING LAKE -Last Updated: 3/16/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
       
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Douglas State Fishing Lake sign up for the Lawrence District 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
Crappie Poor-Fair 0.3-0.75 lbs Using jigs around deep water brush piles.
Largemouth bass Poor-Fair 0.5-2 lbs Casting spinnerbaits and small crankbaits.

GEARY STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/22/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair up to 1 lb jigs and minnows near rock and brush 10-15ft deep.
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs Cut bait along windy banks
Saugeye Fair   along rocks on jigs and stick baits
Black bass Fair   jerkbaits near brush/points
Bluegill      
General Comments
This deep clear lake offers a diverse fishery. Best for 2017 should be for saugeye, crappie, and largemouth bass.

LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/13/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry Newsletter Good 4 pages (Lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in the District. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  Newsletter and fill in the blanks.  
Red Water?     That has been a Euglena algae bloom occurring all winter long at Leavenworth State Fishing Lake. This results in the red tint or red algae present along the coves and shorelines. It is still safe to fish. 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Bass are being caught by anglers using jigs or plastics worked slowly along the shoreline and in & around brush piles and rip-rap.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 2.5 lbs Channel Catfish may be taken occasionally from shore using cut bait or livers. The feeders are currently empty and will not be filled until later in spring.     
Bluegill Fair up to 0.4 lbs Bluegill can be caught using a chunk of worm fished along shoreline structure.
Crappie Slow to Fair up to 1.25 lbs The best bet for crappie would be to fish a jig and minnow near brush piles and rip rap or vertical jigging along steep drop offs. 
Redear Sunfish Slow to Fair up to 0.75 lbs This lake has a good population of shellcrackers. Redear can be caught using a small chunk of worm near brushpiles and shoreline habitat.
Wiper  Fair up to 4.0 lbs Wiper can be caught near points in the lake using baits that resemble shad. Schools can also be located by shad breaking the surface.  
Walleye Slow Up to 3.25 lbs Fish a jig and minnow along the dam.
General Comments

This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available. 

Special note: The lake has non-native aquatic plants! Please inspect your trailer and fishing gear before leaving the lake to ensure you are not transporting these plants to any other lakes.    


MIAMI STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/17/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Slow 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Crappie Fair Up to 16 inches Crappie can be taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Crappie are being caught on both sides of the culvert at this time. Also crappie are being caught from deeper holes around the waterbody.  
White Bass Fair 14-17 inches A good population of white bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.   
General Comments
The curly-leaf pondweed stand is starting to come on for the spring. Spot treatment was conducted on March 14th to clear some shoreline fishing areas. Curly-leaf pondweed will continue to die-off through June.          

MIDDLE CREEK STATE FISHING LAKE (LOUISBURG) - Last Updated: 3/17/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Slow 1/2 to 11 lbs. Channel catfish can be taken right now on a variety of baits lakewide.   
Flathead Catfish Slow  Most 4-10lbs. But some up to 30lbs. Target structure and vegetation edges with live bait.   
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Crappie bite is being reported in 10-13 feet of water near the submerged roadbed.  Minnows and jigs are producing the most fish right now. Majority of the population is 8-10 inches, but some nicer ones can be found.  
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished near submerged roadbed.
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 3 lbs. Largemouth can be taken on finesse plastics and spinnerbaits fished near trees in the coves and at vegetation edges.  
Wiper/White Bass Slow Up to 4 lbs. Crankbaits and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.   

NEBO STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/13/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. If you would like to have the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake  newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Bluegill Slow to Fair up to 0.3 lbs. Bluegill can be caught using a small chunk of worm under a bobber off of the fishing pier or the corners of the dam.   
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs The fish feeders have been pulled for the winter and will be placed back on the lake later in spring. Channel catfish can still be caught using worms, cut shad, or doughballs.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 4.5 lbs The lake contains a nice population of larger fish for a small State Fishing Lake. They can be caught using spinnerbaits, plastics, or crankbaits around the brush piles. 
White/ Black Crappie Fair up to 1.0 lbs. Tube jig or minnow along shoreline and around the brush piles. Water is cloudy so choose baits that will make a lot of noise both in color and in sound.
 Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.


POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE # 1 - Last Updated: 3/9/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 9 inches The bluegill population offers decent numbers of harvestable sized fish. 
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound A moderate crappie population with few fish over 10-inches.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with 60% of the fish in the most recent sample were over 12 inches. 
General Comments

This small 24 acre lake is similar to pond fishing. The lake is known for catch and release of largemouth bass and harvest of nice bluegill. The lake's channel catfish are protected by a 15 inch minimum length limit.

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POTTAWATOMIE STATE FISHING LAKE NO. 2 - Last Updated: 3/9/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of largemouth bass and a low level smallmouth bass population.  
Channel Catfish Fair 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch channel catfish.  In 2016 a total of 4,000 channel catfish were stocked in the lake. Channel catfish creel at the lake is 5 a day.
Crappie Fair to Good 1/4 to 1 pound The lake supports a moderate crappie population.  Anglers have been doing very well the last two weeks with the warm weather.  Fish being caught in 3 - 5 feet of water on warm days with jigs or minnows under a bobber.  Most of the fish are below 10-inches but there are some bigger ones around.
General Comments

Pott. # 2 is noted for family outings, scenic views, catch and release bass fishing, harvest of small crappie and channel catfish. 

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SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/9/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has a very good population of black bass over 15 inches. 
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The current crappie population is dominated by fish less than 10 inches.  Anglers have been catching some shallow crappie already with this warm weather.  Around the rock piers or dam has been best.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 - 4 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch catfish.  For 2016 a total of 4,650 channel catfish were stocked into the lake.  Channel catfish daily limit is 5. 
General Comments

Located north of Silver Lake, Shawnee State Fishing Lake is the site of good catch and release largemouth bass fishing. The lake is also noted for channel catfish harvest since the lake receives frequent stockings of harvestable sized catfish from March through September. The Jeffrey Energy Center Lakes and Perry Reservoir both have zebra mussels and with Shawnee State Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.200640° W -95.805438°
N 39.200351° W -95.801881°
N 39.201053° W -95.801924°


WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 3/9/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Bluegill Slow Up to 1/3 lb The lake has a decent bluegill population. Just North of the boat ramp is usually a good spot for bigger gills.
Channel catfish Slow Up to 7 lbs Good numbers of channel cats are available. 
Crappie Fair to Slow Up to 1lb The lake has lots of crappie, but not too many over 10 inches. Along the dam or East bank tends to be the best spots.
Largemouth bass Slow Up to 4 lbs The largemouth bass population has struggled in recent years and current numbers are low, but improving.
Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 3 lbs The lake has fair numbers of saugeye over the 18 inch minimium length limit.
General Comments
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CITY LAKES

CENTRALIA CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/9/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 12 pounds The lake has a great catfish population. 
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Wiper Fair Up to 22" Wiper were introduced to help control the gizzard shad population.  There are moderate numbers of 15 to 22" wiper in the lake.  Wiper creel limit is 2 a day.  To determine if it is a wiper or white bass, you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for identification.
Crappie Good 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has lots of crappie.  Most of the fish are below 8-inches, but there are still good numbers of fish over 10-inches in the lake.  There has been some anglers doing well lately but they did not tell me where...?
Saugeye Fair to Good 2 to 8 lbs. Saugeye numbers have been improving nicely due to recent stocking success.  The 2016 sampling effort collected the most saugeye on record, with 35% of them over the 18-inch minimum length limit.  It should be a good year for saugeye fishing at the lake. 
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght limit.
General Comments

Centralia Lake is a 400 acre lake that is noted for good channel cat, saugeye and crappie fishing. The lake facilities include multiple ramps, picnic tables, plenty of camping pads and many sites with electricity. Centralia is enrolled in the CFAP program, which means a City permit is not required for fishing visits. Perry Reservoir has zebra mussels and with Centralia Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY-LONE STAR LAKE - Last Updated: 3/16/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method and Location
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with fisheries developments at Lonestar (including GPS coordinates for any newly placed brush piles), sign up for the Lawrence District Newletter at the following link: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
       
Crappie Poor-Fair 0.3-1 lb Some being caught over deep water brushpiles, mainly on jigs.
LM Bass Fair 0.3-2 lbs Using spinnerbaits, cranks, and jigs.

ESKRIDGE-LAKE WABAUNSEE

Last Updated: 5/14/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass Fair Up to 7 pounds The lake has fair numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth. Bass are protected by an 18 inch minimum length limit. 
Bluegill and Yellow Perch Fair Up to 1/3 pound There is a good population of bluegill at the lake and there are a few yellow perch around.
White Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie can be found along the bank looking to spawn.  The lake has a good crappie population.
Channel Catfish Slow 1 to 15 pounds The lake does not have a lot of catfish, but they tend to be big.
General Comments

Lake Wabaunsee is designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species Water since zebra mussels were discovered there in 2013. It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies and dump your bait.

This scenic lake is noted for largemouth bass fishing along the abundant shoreline weed beds during the spring and summer. Smallmouth bass are also available along the dam and rocky shoreline. Saugeye and crappie can also be taken at this 200 acre lake located in the flint hills. Since this lake is not part of the CFAP Program, annual or day use permits are available at the boat ramp bait house on the northeast shore.

GARDNER CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/17/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near structure.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 14 lb. Channel catfish can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits. 
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lb. No Reports.
Crappie Slow Up to 12 inches Minnows and jigs near vegetation edges. 
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs Finesse plastics, jigs, or spinner-baits fished near the docks and near edges of vegetation.  
White Bass Slow 14 to 17 inches A good population of white bass exists in this lake. White bass can be taken in open water on shad imitation lures.  

HERINGTON CITY LAKE-NEW - Last Updated: 3/22/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs cutbait and along windy banks
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs jigs and minnows near brush and rock 10-15ft deep
Walleye Fair   near rocks on jigs and stick baits
White Bass/Wipers      
General Comments
This lake provides a diverse fishery, but best in 2017 should be crappie, wiper, and white bass.

HERINGTON CITY LAKE-OLD - Last Updated: 3/22/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs cut bait along windy flats
Crappie Fair up to 1.5 lbs Jigs and minnows near brush and rocks 5-8FT deep
Largemouth Bass      
Bluegill      
White Bass      
General Comments

This shallow lake has the best fishing for crappie and channel catfish which are stocked annually.

Blue-Green Algae: Current advisories and warnings are listed here: http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm


HOLTON - BANNER CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 3/13/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Lake Contour Map Pretty Good 8.5"x11" Color Banner Creek has been mapped by the Kansas Biological Survey and there is a map available at Contour Map
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will publish a newsletter discussing Perry and other waters in the District. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake Newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Fair up to 1.25 lbs. Crappie can be caught by vertical jigging minnows over brush piles or standing timber. Some can be caught along rocky shore lines as well.
Bluegill Fair up to 0.5 lbs. With the warmer weather, Bluegill will begin being caught near shoreline structure using chunks of worm or jigs. 
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 12.5 lbs. Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait, stink bait, or livers. 
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 3.5 lbs. Crankbaits, spinners or plastics along the shoreline, rip rap and structure. 
Walleye/ Sauger Fair

Walleye up to 6.25 lbs.

Sauger up to 2 lbs.

Some anglers are having luck catching Walleye along the dam.    
General Comments
This lake has invasive vegetation present! Please take the time to inspect you fishing gear or watercraft before and after entering the lake to ensure you are not transporting any vegetation or other invasive species. 

JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - MAKE-UP LAKE - Last Updated: 3/10/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds The lake has a good smallmouth bass population. The dam and along the East bank are the best places for smallmouth.  
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound Crappie numbers have dropped the last two years, but most of the fish are over 10-inches.  There is a brushpile just south of the dock.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 pounds The lake supports a good channel catfish harvest rate. 
Walleye Slow 1 to 5 pounds Walleye numbers have been improving due to good survival from recent stockings.  There should be moderate harvest rates this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15 inch lenght limit.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 2 pounds The lake supports a good white bass population.
Wipers Fair Up to 12 pounds The current wiper population is dominated by young fish 12 to 15-inches long, but there are still some big ones around. 
General Comments

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy.  You can call the Guard House to check on availability at (785) 456-6149.  The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time.  If the inlet is flowing, then good fishing can be found there. 

Make-Up Lake has zebra mussels which makes the lake designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water.  It is illegal to transport alive fish from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

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JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER AUX. LAKE - Last Updated: 3/10/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Bass Good 1 to 4 lbs The lake has an excellent smallmouth bass population with the highest sample numbers on record.  They can be found along any of the rocky shoreline.  The lake has a low level largemouth bass population dominated by smaller fish. 
White Bass Good Up to 3 lbs The lake has an good white bass population.  In the most recent sample, 95.5% of the fish were over 12 inches.  There should be some good harvest in 2017. 
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 12 lbs There are fair numbers of wiper in the lake with 32% over 20 inches and 3.6% over 24 inches in the most recent sample. 
Walleye Fair Up to 5 lbs Walleye numbers are below average and harvested is expected to be low this year.  Walleye regulations are 2 a day and a 15-inch minimum length limit.
General Comments

The lake will be open to fishing access again starting on March 13th.

Anglers need to check into the Jeffrey Energy Center Guard House located north of St. Mary's, then west off K-63 Hwy.  You can call the Guard House to check on availability at (785) 456-6149.  The Jeffrey Energy Center allows 30 anglers to fish at any one time.

Auxiliary Lake has zebra mussels which makes the lake designated as a Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.

Brush piles at GPS coordinates

N 39.24842° W -96.15163°
N 39.24899° W -96.15149°
N 39.25150° W -96.14638°
N 39.23917° W -96.15172°

OLATHE-LAKE OLATHE - Last Updated: 3/17/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawler under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs. Live and prepared baits fished near mainlake points and other shoreline structure.
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 6 lb. Largemouth bass are being found shallow near vegetation. 
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Slow Up to 11 lbs. Jigs and shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points. Some nice sized wiper (14-19 inches) have been being taken on the north end of the reservoir.  
White Crappie Slow Most fish around 9 inches, but some up to 13 inches. Jigs or minnows fished near brushpiles. 
General Comments

Caution!!! Asian Carp have made their way up stream to below Lake Olathe dam.

Remember it is illegal to move fish from below dam to above the dam or use fish captured below dam for bait above the dam. 

PAOLA CITY LAKE - LAKE MIOLA - Last Updated: 3/17/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near vegetation edges and structure.   
Channel catfish Slow 0.5-6 lbs Chicken liver or worms fished near mainlake points.
Crappie Fair 0.5-1 lbs Minnows fished near brushpiles.
Saugeye Slow Up to 22 inches Saugeye can be found drifting or trolling mudflats using jigs tipped with nightcrawler or jigging spoons. 
Wiper  Slow Up to 24 inches Use shad imitation baits fished near main lake points. 
 
General Comments
Zebra mussels have been found at Paola City Lake (Lake Miola). The lake has been designated as an Aquatic Nuisance Species water. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and dump your bait.




POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/9/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Black Crappie Fair 1/3 to 1 lb. The lake has good numbers of 8 - 10" crappie.
Bluegill Fair 6 to 10 inches The lake has a nice bluegill population.
Channel Catfish Fair 1/2 to 6 lbs. The lake contains good numbers of catfish for a small lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 lbs. The lake has a great largemouth bass population with the highest sample number in 15 years.
General Comments
This small 49 acre lake is located in northeast Pott. County. The fishing conditions are very similar to that of a large farm pond. The lake is noted for good catch and release largemouth bass fishing due to the abundance of the species. Bass 13 to 18 inches long are protected.

SABETHA - PONY CREEK LAKE - Last Updated: 3/13/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Perry News Letter Good to Excellent 4 pages (lots of pics) Twice a year I will be publishing a newsletter with Perry and other waters in my District. If you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you click on Perry/Sabetha Pony Creek Lake newsletter and fill in the blanks. 
Black Crappie Good up to 1.5 lbs Crappie may be caught over brush piles or near standing timber using a small jig tipped with a plastic lure or minnow.
Bluegill Fair to Good up to 0.5 lbs Bluegill may be caught using a chunk of worm near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 17.0 lbs Catfish can be caught from shore using cut bait or livers 
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 5.0 lbs. Largemouth Bass can be caught fishing spinners or plastics near structure. 
Walleye Slow to Fair up to 5.5 lbs. Walleye should begin moving along the dam soon with warmer water temperatures. 
Wiper  Great up to 7.5 lbs. Wipers can be caught by fishing along points in the lake using any lure that resembles a shad. 
General Comments
This is a generic report and will be updated as information becomes available.  


SHAWNEE COUNTY-LAKE SHAWNEE - Last Updated: 3/16/2017
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to keep up with what's going on at Lake Shawnee (including GPS coordinates for any new brush piles placed into the lake) sign up for the Lawrence District 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
Zebra Mussels were found in Lake Shawnee during the summer of 2013. Lake users should Clean, Drain, and Dry boats, trailers, and any equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from moving zebra mussels elsewhere.
       
Crappie Poor-Fair 0.3 - 1 lbs Anglers are catching a few crappie using jigs at heated dock and over deep water structure.
Trout Good 0.5-5 lbs Using powerbait, little cleos, small spinners and spoons.
General Comments
Brushpiles were constructed and placed at 5 locations in April 2010. Locations were marked with GPS using datum NAD83: 1) N38.99217 W095.63188, 2) N39.00736 W095.62968, 3) N38.99254, W095.63210, 4) N38.99619 W095.632202, 5) N39.01043, W095.63014. November 07 locations were marked with GPS using datum WGS84 in decimel degrees: 1) N39.00740 W095.62978; 2) N39.00819 W095.63046; 3) N39.00810 W095.63055; 4) N39.00806 W095.63043; 5) N39.00638 W095.62261; 6) N39.00247 W095.62495; 7) N38.99622 W095.63205; 8) 39.00274 W095.63202.


SHAWNEE MISSION PARK LAKE - Last Updated: 3/17/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Minnows on a slip-bobber fished in deeper water. 
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 6 lbs. Some being caught lake wide using doughbait or cut-bait fished in the evenings.
Wiper Slow Up to 9 lbs. Shad imitation baits or worms fished near mainlake points are producing best right now. 
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 4 lbs. Finesse plastics and spinner-baits are working best right now fished near shoreline structure.  
Trout Fair  Catchable Trout are biting lake wide and the best bite is on little cleo spoons or powerbait. 
General Comments
In addition to a state fishing license, a Johnson County fishing permit is required. If you plan to fish for trout, a Johnson County trout permit is also required. Johnson County fishing/trout permits are available through Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and other select vendors.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/17/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Black Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Some crappie are being caught on jigs and minnows suspended near structure. 
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms and wax worms under a bobber fished in the shallows.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lbs. Liver or livebait fished near mainlake points. Best bite is occurring in the evenings.  
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished shallow and near vegetation edges.  
Smallmouth Bass Slow Up to 2 lbs. Finesse plastics and crankbaits fished near rocky habitats.
Wiper/White Bass Slow Up to 6 lbs. Trolling shad imitation baits fished near mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. Nightcrawler and a jig drift fished across mud flats
Rainbow Trout Good Catchable Jigs, small spoons, worms, and powerbait are all catching trout right now.   
General Comments
A Wyandotte County fishing permit is required to fish this property. A Wyandotte County trout permit is required for trout fishing. Please contact Wyandotte County Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department at 913-573-8327 for more information.


STREAMS

ROCKY FORD FISHING AREA - Last Updated: 3/9/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Catfish Slow 1 to 20+ pounds

Channel can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.  Flathead can be taken on live bait or lures.  Blue catfish are usually caught on fresh cut bait.

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging some to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek Lake and the Big Blue River.  Feel free to harvest or release the fish, but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or ely.sprenkle@ksoutdoors.com.  A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!

White Bass and Wipers Fair to Slow 1/2 to 8 pounds

A few being caught.  Jigs, crankbaits or live bait.

To distinguish between the two species you can look at the tooth patch on the tongue. Wiper has two tooth patches. White bass has only one tooth patch. The fishing regs has good pictures for id. Wiper daily creel is 2.

Drum Slow 1/2 to 5 lbs. Drum are an abundant species at Rocky Ford and can be caught on worms, minnows, and jigs. 
Saugeye Fair to Good 3/4 to 5 pounds

Anglers have been doing fairly well recently.  Best baits are jigs, crankbaits or live bait. 

Starting in 2017, the statewide 15-inch minimum length limit for walleye, sauger and saugeye does not apply to rivers, streams and tailwaters.

General Comments

Rocky Ford , a river fishery, is located just south of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue River. Anglers have the opportunity to harvest fishes generally associated with moving water. Saugeye, white bass, the catfishes, drum, crappie and carp can be harvested. Angler access and success is affected by release rates from the nearby Tuttle Creek Reservoir. You can check current conditions HERE

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