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 Kansas Fishing Report
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State reports last checked May 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

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RESERVOIRS

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CHENEY RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 5/24/2017

SPECIES RATING SIZE BAITS, LOCATION, METHODS
Fishing Newsletter     All KDWPT fisheries districts are offering a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. The newsletters are aimed at keeping anglers informed about fishing opportunities and information in their areas of interest. The first few editions of the Cheney Fisheries District have been completed and are ready for distribution.
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS, AND BILGES!!!

Zebra mussel numbers have decreased at Cheney; however, anglers and boaters should still use caution to avoid moving adults and veligers from the lake.

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

White Bass and Wiper Good Up to 24" Look for Wipers and White Bass to move to points and underwater humps over the coming days and weeks, as well as along the dam. Fish are still being caught in the river upstream of the reservoir.
Walleye Poor Up to 28" The recent rains and high, muddy water have made Walleye  fishing difficult lately. Try crankbaits on points, drop-offs, and underwater humps.
Crappie Fair Up to 15" Crappie are beginning to move to their summer patterns. Some are still being caught in sheltered coves and near flooded vegetation with the recent water level increases.
Blue Catfish Fair Up to 15 lb Try live or cut shad near the old river channel and adjacent flats.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lb Prepared baits and cut bait work well. Catfish are being caught in the river upstream of the reservoir. With the recent runoff, fishing near creek mouths is a good bet.
White Perch Good  

Netting results this fall indicate that white perch numbers decreased this year; however, there are many catchable-size white perch (10+") in the lake.

White perch cannot be used as live bait, but they do make good cut bait. For tips on identifying a white perch from a white bass, wiper or striped bass click HERE.

All white perch in your possession must be dead. It is illegal to posses live white perch.

COMMENTS
The continued rains have made fishing unpredictable. Some of the boat ramps are flooded, and boating access may be somewhat difficult at Cheney until the water level recedes. The lake is currently 3.75 feet above normal conservation pool and the water is turbid. 

http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us


COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 5/24/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove Reservoir.

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lb cut bait and worms near windy flats and flooded creek mouths
Saugeye Fair 2-4lbs near flats and deeper points on worms, jigs, and crankbaits
White Bass Fair 1-2lbs near rock points and channel ledges on jigs and spinners
Wiper Fair up to 24 inches crankbaits and large jigs/swimbaits near windy rock banks
White Crappie Fair up to 15-inch

Near brush and rock banks 5ft deep on jigs and minnows.

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

3.47 feet high, releasing 350cfs

Outlet good for channel cats and saugeye on jigs

Click HERE for water level information.


COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Black Crappie Slow to Fair Up to 11 inch Jigs or minnows near ledges along the southern shoreline in 5 to 8 feet of water.  Shallower on warmer days.  
Bluegill Good Up to 7 inch Fishing with small worms or other live bait close to shore near rock or weeds.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 3 lbs

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Stinkbaits off the piers and along windblown shorelines.  

Largemouth Bass Good Up to 16 inch Spinnerbaits and crankbaits on rocky shorelines and weedless plastics fished in vegetated areas.
Redear Sunfish Fair up to 9 inch Starting to see a few redear show up in 3 to 5 of water on shorelines with rocky/gravelly bottoms.


EL DORADO RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? - Last Updated: 5/19/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in the Trout Area below the dam!!

Blue catfish Fair 17 to 28 inches

Shallow windy points and in the creeks during inflows.  Fresh cut shad has been the best bait within in the lake while worms are best in the creeks.

A video showing electrofishing for blue catfish at El Dorado Reservoir can be seen HERE.

Effective January 1, 2016:  25 inch to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish.  Daily creel limit is 5 per day with no more than 2 35 inches and longer.

Take time to properly identify your catfish catch. Click HERE for information on how to properly identify your catch.

Wiper Fair 18 to 22 inch

Trolling crankbaits along ledges or old roads.  

Be sure to properly ID your catch as there is there is an 21-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit on wiper.. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White bass Fair up to 15 inch

Look for white bass on windy points or in the creeks when inflow is occurring.  7 to 9 feet deep on jigs with larger plastics.

Wipers can be caught along with white bass so it is important to properly identify your catch before putting it on a stringer. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White Perch Fair up to 11 inch

Small hooks and live bait, smaller jigs, or spoons fished on rocky points and shorelines.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair to Good up to 15 inches 6 to 7 feet deep in brush.  A few fish have been caught in shallower water during the warmer days, but this has been a very hit and miss pattern again this week.
Channel Catfish Good up to 8 lbs In the creeks and upper creek arms during inflows on worms or cut bait.
Walleye Slow to Fair Up to 24 inches

Slow action continues again this week as no real pattern has developed.  Walleye are being caught sporadically by anglers looking for crappie.

THE WALLEYE LENGTH LIMIT IS 21-INCHES WITH A 2/DAY CREEL LIMIT.

General Comments

4.9 feet high, releasing 13 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

The high water is impacting the boat ramps.  Boulder Bluff South boat ramp is not accessible.  Launching is becoming more difficult at the Sailboat, Shady Creek, Bluestem #1, and Bluestem #2 ramps as the lake level reaches above the ramps and into the parking lots.  The Area 1 boat ramp is the best ramp for launching boats during high water.  Walkways to all courtesy docks have water over the top of them so plan on getting wet unless you beach your boat on shore.

ZEBRA MUSSEL & WHITE PERCH WARNING! El Dorado Reservoir and the Walnut River below the reservoir contain zebra mussels and white perch. Take zebra mussel control precautions when leaving the lake, Trout Area, and Stilling Basin. For information on Zebra Mussels click Here.

 

MARION RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -  Last Updated: 5/19/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels     Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!
Channel Cat Fair to Good Up to 4 lbs Fresh cut bait and stinkbaits fished along windy shorelines or points.  Areas of inflow are always good after a rain.
White Crappie Fair Up to 12 inch 3 to 5 feet deep near brush or other cover.
Walleye Fair to Good 17 to 19 inches Jig and worm combos drifted along breaks and across points are a good choice this time of year.  Most of the walleye recently have been below the 18 inch length limit.
White Bass Fair to Good up to 14 inch Same as wiper report
Wiper Fair to Good Up to 22 inch Crankbaits or jig and plastics along windy shorelines.  Fish are moving in to shallower water on the warmer days.  Trolling crankbaits is a good way to find active fish. 
General Comments
1.0 feet high, releasing 7 CFS

STATE FISHING LAKES

BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT - Last Updated: 3/16/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Poor 6" to 10" Fish with small minnows and jigs around brush. There are a few nice crappie in the lake although most are fairly small.
Bluegill Poor   Worms under a bobber. There are mostly small bluegill in the lake.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-6 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 20" Fish shallow brush with Texas rigged softbait, jigs, and spinnerbaits. The water here is typically murky so try darker colored lures (black & blue, dark purple, green pumpkin).

BUTLER STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 5/19/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Good up to 8 lbs

Creel limit 2/day Length Limit 15-inches.

Worms in the upper during times of inflow.  Stink bait or cut bait near windy shorelines with water willow.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 18 inch Spinnerbaits and crankbaits next to cover.  Shoreline vegetation is growing nicely and providing very good cover.  Large plastics including creature type baits worked in the vegetation works well.  Fish continue to be in the water willow.
Crappie     The majority of the crappie in the lake are small and the crappie population density needs to be reduced.  Take those smaller crappie home (as long as you don't exceed  the 50/day creel limit!) as they won't get much bigger in Butler if you throw them back.  Overpopulation of the crappie has created slow growth rates so don't feel bad about taking home a nice bucket of smallish crappie...you'll be doing the lake a favor!
Bluegill Good up to 7 inch Small live bait offerings near shoreline cover and in the water willow beds.


CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 5/19/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
       
Zebra Mussels Have Been Discovered in Chase State Fishing Lake.    

Chase SFL is now an ANS designated water. Read the news release HERE.

 Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

 Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

 CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

 Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

New Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Channel Catfish Good Up to 6 lbs

Harvest regulations include a 15-inch minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit.

Shad sides or worms during inflow events in the upper end.  Worms fished on shallow shorelines with the wind blowing in is also producing some fish.

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 18 inches

There is a 13 to 18 inch slot limit on Largemouth Bass in effect at the lake.

Spinnerbaits near cover or fishing plastics in the vegetation in the coves and upper end.

Saugeye Slow to Fair Up to 18 inches Look for saugeye along the dam and rocky shorelines.
Spotted Bass Fair up to 14 inch Crank baits or plastics along the dam and rocky points.
Bluegill Fair up to 6 inchess Live bait fished in shallow near shore areas close to vegetation, brush, or rock.
White Crappie Fair to Good 9 to 12 inches Crappie are gradually going shallow.  Some stable weather would sure help.  Start with a jig and bobber worked parallel to shore in 2 to 3 feet of water.  If no action, slowly work the jig deeper.


COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 4/13/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Fishing Newsletter     We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the El Dorado District (Sumner, Cowley, Butler, Chase, & Marion counties) only. To subscribe, click HERE .
Black Crappie Slow to Fair Up to 11 inch Jigs or minnows near ledges along the southern shoreline in 5 to 8 feet of water.  Shallower on warmer days.
Bluegill Fair Up to 7 inch Fishing with small worms or other live bait near rock or shoreline cover.  Fish are following the warmer water.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs

15-inch minimum length limit 5/day creel limit

Stinkbaits off the piers and along windblown shorelines.  Cutbait or shad sides are also a good choice.

Largemouth Bass Good Up to 16 inch Look for bass in the shallower areas of the lake during warm days.  Slow to medium speed lures with a large profile are good bait choices this time of year.
Redear Sunfish     Few recent reports

KINGMAN STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 5/24/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 10" to 7 lb. Prepared baits and cut bait work well for Channel Catfish.
Largemouth Bass Excellent up to 5lbs Bass are spawning right now. They're biting well on a wide variety of lures. Try near any submerged brush or along the rip-rap shoreline. 
Northern Pike Fair Up to 30" Look for pike to be scattered around the lake actively feeding until summer water warms a bit more. During this time they can be caught on a wide variety of lures such as spinnerbaits, spoons, and minnowbaits. 
Bluegill Good Up to 7" Use worms under a bobber near structure, or a small spinning lure. Few quality-sized Bluegill are present.


http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us

MCPHERSON STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 5/16/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Water is warm so the bite should be on. Last years' reports show a lot of fish below the 15" length limit and some from 15" to 18". Recently, a 20# fish was caught. Try cutbait and worms this time of year throughout the day but late evening and night should be best.
Crappie Good 8-13" Good. The bite is reasonable on brush piles and sunken logs and even a few off the piers. Try jigging small jigs from 6 - 10' depths.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 7 lb. Fair/good. Some fish are spawning as water temps are near 70 degrees but most are finishing up. Try small texas rigs (dark colors) in and around fallen logs and brush. Try moderate depth crankbaits along piers, the rocky shoreline near the East bathroom, and the dam.
Saugeye Fair 15-23" Fair. Saugeye should be entering a post spawn pattern. Try night crawlers on 1/8 oz. jigs and 3 - 4" swimbaits in 5 - 10' depths.


ANTHONY CITY LAKE -

Last Updated: 5/24/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Good up to 2lbs Channel Catfish are biting on prepared catfish baits or prepared cutbait.
Crappie Fair to Poor Up to 12" Crappie are moving out to their summer patterns. A small tube jig or minnow under a bobber is a good bet. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Look for them near structure, or suspended in open water. Morning and evening hours are best.
General Comments
Recent heavy rains in the area have made the water very turbid and the fishing unpredictable.



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 5/3/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Poor 6" to 10" Fish with small minnows and jigs around brush. There are a few nice crappie in the lake although most are fairly small.
Bluegill Poor   Worms under a bobber or very small jigs.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-6 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 20" Fish shallow brush with Texas rigged softbait, jigs, and spinnerbaits. The water here is typically murky so try darker colored lures (black & blue, dark purple, green pumpkin).



ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 3/23/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair   Largemouth bass fishing should be picking up in the later part of April or early May as we reach warmer water temperatures.  Bass can be caught on large spinning lures, or rubber worms.
Channel catfish Fair   Channel Catfish will start biting soon, and are best caught on prepared catfish baits or prepared cutbait.
Bluegill Fair   Bluegill will start preparing for spawning in mid-april and will bite on any small lure or a piece of worm fished under a bobber.
General Comments

The lake is full and was restocked in the fall of 2013 with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish fingerlings.  These fish will need a year or two to grow into catchable-sized individuals.  Other species such as crappie may be considered for stocking after a few years; however, until the bass population is established in the lake, crappie have a high likelihood of overpopulating. 

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please email Jessica.




CITY AND LOCAL LAKES

ANTHONY CITY LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 10/21/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair   No recent reports.
Channel catfish Fair   No recent reports.
Bluegill Fair   No recent reports.
General Comments

The lake is full and was restocked in the fall of 2013 with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish fingerlings.  These fish will need a year or two to grow into catchable-sized individuals.  Other species such as crappie may be considered for stocking after a few years; however, until the bass population is established in the lake, crappie have a high likelihood of overpopulating. 

Local fishing reports depend on information from local anglers themselves. To provide fishing information on this lake or any in the Wichita area, please email Jessica.


COUNCIL GROVE CITY LAKE FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

 Last Updated: 5/24/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussel     Zebra mussels have been discovered in Council Grove City Lake. Click HERE for more information.

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Bluegill Fair 5-8 inches near weed edges on jigs and worms
Crappie Fair up to 11-inch Jigs and minnows 5ft deep near cover and rock
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Cut bait, worms, and shrimp in windblown flooded areas
Black bass Good up to 4lbs jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs near points and cover
Walleye Fair 2-5lbs on points and flats using jigs, worms, and crankbaits
White bass Fair/Good 1.5 lbs along dam on spinners and crankbaits
General Comments
The City of Council Grove requires Aquatic Nuisance Species certification of anglers and boaters at Council Grove City Lake. Go to ANS Certification to obtain the certificate. You must have this certificate in your possession while fishing and/or boating at Council Grove City Lake.

HARVEY COUNTY LAKE-EAST - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 5/24/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-4lbs Channel Catfish have been hitting prepared baits and cut baits. Try near creek mouths with the recent runoff.
White Crappie Fair up to 12 inches Crappie are moving out to their summer locations. Look for them suspended in open water or near some structure such as logs or brush. A small tube jig or minnow under a bobber is a good bet. Vary your depth until you start catching fish. Mornings and evenings are best.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5 lbs Largemouth Bass are in spawning right now. They will hit a variety of lures at this time. Try flipping soft plastic baits near shallow structure.
Saugeye Poor up to 4 lbs There are some nice saugeye at East lake, but they're spread out.  Try fishing on rocky points or along the dam.
General Comments
Recent heavy rains have made the water very turbid and the fishing unpredictable.


HARVEY CO. LAKE WEST - Last Updated: 6/9/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill Excellent up to 1/2lb Bluegill will be excellent throughout June and into July as the fish spawn. The best baits are small spinning lures (white, chartreuse) or a small piece of worm fished under a bobber near the rocky shorelines. Bluegill on a fly rod are a really nice opportunity at West Lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 18 inches Largemouth bass are moving into the shoreline areas, and can be caught lakewide. They are most active beginning this month and throughout the summer. Large spinning lures are best during windy days, while dark colored worm rigs and creature baits are effective around structure.
White Crappie Good 8-12 inches After a few years of small crappie, the population is showing some real promise this year. Crappie bite best on jigs near brush, especially on the west side of the lake.
Channel Catfish Good 1 lb plus Channel Catfish are stocked periodically throughout the year at West Lake, and will provide plenty of catfishing for anglers in 2016.
General Comments

Recent flooding has receded and the water level has returned to near normal. Campsites and boat ramps are currently open, but check the Harvey County Facebook page for the most recent information.

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


HUTCHINSON CAREY PARK POND -

Last Updated: 6/9/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good 1-3 lbs. Catfish will be stocked 3/16, 4/29, 5/27, 7/7 and 9/8
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 3 lbs. There are a few bass in the pond, usually caught on live bait and lures.
General Comments
White perch are present in Carey Park Fishing Pond. White perch are a nuisance species that are illegal to possess alive and SHOULD NOT be transported to other waters for any reason.



HUTCHINSON - DILLON NATURE CENTER -

Last Updated: 6/9/2016
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Rainbow trout N/A 10 to 18-inches The next trout stocking will occur in November, 2016. Trout season ends April 15.
Channel catfish Good 1-5 lb Catfish will be stocked 3/16, 4/29, 5/27, 7/7 and 9/8 .
Bluegill Good Up to 8" Near the bank and around structure on night-crawlers.


MARION COUNTY LAKE REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 5/19/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 4 lbs Worms and stink baits.
White Crappie Fair Up to 11 inch Close to brush/cover 4 to 6 feet of water, but shallower on the warmer days.
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 16 inch Spinnerbaits or plastics near shoreline cover.
Saugeye Fair Up to 18 inch Worms, minnows, or jigs on rocky shorelines.
Bluegill Good Up to 8 inch Worms or jigs in weedy, brushy or rocky areas.
White Bass Good Up to 14 inch Jigs and crankbaits or windblown shorelines.
Wiper Good Up to 18 inch Same as white bass.
General Comments
Boat and bait inspections are MANDATORY at Marion County Lake to prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Nuisance Species. Protect our waters... don't forget to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY!

WELLINGTON CITY LAKE -

Last Updated: 5/19/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Good Up to 5 lb Cutbait or shad sides on shallow windy flats.
Wiper Good Up to 20 inch Crankbaits along windy, rocky shorelines.
Crappie Fair Up to 11 inch Jigs or minnows near timber or brush.
Saugeye Fair up to 22 inch Crankbaits, like Rat-L-Traps are good springtime saugeye choices. Look for saugeye on the edges of shallow flats along the break to deeper water.  Windy points and along the dam and old dam are good areas.


WELLINGTON - HARGIS CREEK -

Last Updated: 5/19/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 3 lbs Shad sides or prepared baits in shallow, windy areas.
Crappie Fair to Good Up to 12 inch Jigs or minnows close to cover
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 17 inch Crank baits, spinner baits, or plastics near shoreline cover or brush piles.
Saugeye Fair to Good up to 22 inch Crank baits along windy shorelines.

WINFIELD CITY LAKE FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

 Last Updated: 5/10/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussels were verified in Winfield City Lake in December 2006. Lake users should follow recommended control practices found HERE .

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream

   

Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.

See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .

Crappie Fair Up to 12-inch Crappie have been caught sporadically in shallow areas on the spawning banks.  Stable weather should provide for good conditions for the spawning activity to increase.  Look for spawning fish in water 1 to 4 deep.  A jig and bobber or jig and minnow approach can be VERY productive this time of year.  Don't fish one spot to long if you aren't getting bit.  Move around a lot until you find active fish.
Channel catfish Fair to Good Up to 5 lbs Shad sides fished on wind blown points
Black bass Slow   Smallmouth bass are protected with an 18-inch minimum length limit and few, if any, smallies have reached this size.  Look for largemouth around flooded shoreline cover and look for smallies along rocky shorelines, points, and along the dam.
White bass Fair Up to 15 inch Same as wipers
Wiper Fair Up to 20 inch Casting crankbaits or jigs to shallow windblown points during the warmer part of the day.
Walleye Fair Up to 25-inch

Walleye minimum length limit 18 inches.

Few reports available this week.

Walleye will be hard to find for the next couple of weeks as they recover from the rigors of the spawn.  By mid-May, walleye will be on the flats on the north side of the lake and on the points throughout the lake.  A jig and crawler combo is an excellent bait for post spawn 'eyes.  A slow drift keeping the jig in contact with the bottom is a great way to locate active fish.

   
General Comments
The City of Winfield requires additional permits for anglers using the lake. Stop in to the lake office before fishing at the lake.


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