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Reservoirs are listed first, then state lakes, city and local lakes and streams
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State reports last checked April 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

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RESERVOIRS

Check reports from Kansas Anglers for reports from Cheney

CHENEY RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? - Last Updated: 4/6/2017
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 Fair Up to 24" A few Wipers are starting to show up at the dam. Fall test netting showed that Wiper and White bass densities remain excellent in Cheney.
Walleye Fair Up to 28" The Walleye spawn is beginning to wind down. Some Walleyes are still at the dam and some are starting to show up in post-spawn areas. 
Crappie Fair Up to 15" Crappie are in pre-spawn mode. Look for them near flooded vegetation with the recent water level increases.
Blue Catfish Good Up to 15 lb Fishing for Blue Catfish has been good for the last several weeks. Try live or cut shad near the old river channel and adjacent flats.
Channel Catfish Good Up to 10 lb Channel Catfish have been good recently, prepared baits and cut bait work well for Channel Catfish.
White Perch    

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 water level at Cheney Reservoir has come up a few feet from the recent rains. 

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


COUNCIL GROVE RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 4/19/2017

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 near windy flats and in creek mouths
Saugeye Fair 2-4lbs near rocky points on worms, jigs, and crankbaits
White Bass Fair 1-2lbs in river/creeks on jigs and spinners
Wiper Fair up to 24 inches crankbaits and large jig/swimbaits near windy rock banks
White Crappie Fair up to 15-inch

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

Creel limit 20/day

General Comments

2.07 feet high, releasing 478cfs

Click HERE for water level information.


COWLEY STATE FISHING LAKE -

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


EL DORADO RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? - Last Updated: 4/13/2017

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 Good 17 to 28 inches with some over 35" being reported.

Windy points on the west side between Boulder Bluff and Sailboat Cove.  Boat anglers are also catching fish on fresh cut shad along the river channels in the upper half of the lake.

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

Crankbaits along rocky shorelines and points.  Areas with wind are best.

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 Slow up to 15 inch

Look for white bass on windy points or in the creeks when inflow is occurring.  There haven't been any angler reports for white bass recently.

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

Few recent angler reports available.  Small hooks and live bait, smaller jigs, or spoons are all good baits.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Good up to 15 inches 8 to 11 feet deep in brush.  Few fish are in shallow, but that will change quickly with the forecasted warmer weather.  
Channel Catfish Fair to Good up to 8 lbs In the creeks during inflows on worms or cut bait.  Also windy points on shad sides, worms, or cut bait.
Walleye Fair to Good Up to 28 inches

Walleye are spawning along shallow rocky shorelines and rocky points.  Good baits include stickbaits, crankbaits, and jig and plastic or jig and minnow.  Low light periods are best.

Success has been sporadic with good reports coming in one day and bad reports the next.  Males up to 24 inches have been reported and females over 26 inches.  There are still very good numbers of fish on the spawning grounds.  Consistent water temps recently has likely drawn the spawn out this year, but currently increasing water temps will bring an end to the spawn more quickly.

 

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

Rainbow Trout Poor   Trout fishing has wrapped up for the spring season.  Success has been poor and recent lake releases have displaced the trout that were present.
General Comments

0.73 feet high, releasing 257 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

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: 4/13/2017

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 Good Up to 4 lbs Catfishing has been good with the recent inflows.  Fresh but bait or shad sides has been best.
White Crappie Slow Up to 12 inch A few fish are being caught in the river shallow and tight to cover.  Not many reports from the mainlake area this week.  Recent inflows have muddied the water up.
Walleye Fair up to 24 inch The walleye are spawning and can be found along shallow rocky areas.  Just after sunset and before sunrise are the best times.  Artificial baits such as suspending jerk baits or jigs are good bets.
White Bass Slow up to 14 inch Few recent reports this week for white bass
Wiper Slow to Fair Up to 20 inch A few wipers have been found in shallow wind blown areas recently.  
General Comments
0.61 feet high, releasing 670 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: 4/13/2017
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.

Shad sides or prepared baits along windy shorelines

Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 18 inch Spinnerbaits and crankbaits next to cover.  Fish are shallow during mid-day hours of warm, sunny days.
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 Fair up to 7 inch Small live bait offerings near shoreline cover on warmer afternoons.


CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE FISHING REPORT -

Last Updated: 4/13/2017
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 Fair Up to 8 lbs

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

Fresh cut bait on deeper shorelines near the dam.

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.

Stickbaits or crankbaits along shorelines and off points on warmer days.

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 Off the points and off the dam 8 to 12 feet deep over deeper water.  Jigs and/or minnows.  Check shallow areas as fish should be looking to spawn soon.


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: 3/16/2017
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 Fair up to 5lbs Try a plastic worm near cover or in shallow water along windblown shorelines on warm, sunny days.
Northern Pike Good Up to and over 30" Northern Pike are in the spawn and post-spawn phase. As the spawning period wraps up, look for pike to be scattered around the lake actively feeding until summer. 
Bluegill Poor Up to 1lb" 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: 4/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Cool, but warming, water temperatures have these fish moving around a little bit although still tough to catch. 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.
Crappie Good 8-13" Good. The bite should be heating up on brush piles and sunken logs. Try jigging small jigs from 6 - 10' depths.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 7 lb. Fair. Cold water (55 - 57 degrees) makes for tough Largemouth Bass fishing. However, memorable-sized (prespawn) fish can be caught in colder temperatures with slow presentations. Slowly drag large soft-plastic worms and tubes over points and gravel banks. Also try slow cranking around the rocks on 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.
General Comments
A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.

pdated: 3/20/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1 - 5 lbs. Fair. Cold, but warming, water temperatures have these fish moving around a little bit although still tough to catch. 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.
Crappie Good 8-13" Good. The bite is still slow but heating up on brush piles and sunken logs. Try jigging small jigs from 6 - 10' depths.
Largemouth bass Fair Up to 7 lb. Fair. Cold water (48 - 50 degrees) makes for tough Largemouth Bass fishing. However, memorable-sized fish can be caught in colder temperatures with slow presentations. Slowly drag large soft-plastic worms and tubes over points and gravel banks. Also try slow cranking around the rocks on the dam.
Saugeye Fair 15-23" Fair. Saugeye will likely be going through the motions of spawning near the dam and rocky banks. Try jigs and 3 - 4" swimbaits in 5 - 10' depths.
General Comments
A bathymetric map with depth contours has been recently completed and is available on the lake page.



ANTHONY CITY LAKE - Last Updated: 4/7/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Fair up to 18" Largemouth Bass should become more active with the warming water.
Channel catfish Good up to 2lbs Channel Catfish are biting on prepared catfish baits or prepared cutbait.
Bluegill Poor up to 1lb Bluegill fishing has been slow lately, but should pick up as the water continues to warm.
Crappie Fair Up to 12" Some good catches were reported before the recent rains. Fishing should pick up as soon as the weather stabilizes.



BLACK KETTLE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 5/6/2015
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8" 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 Fair Up to 8" Worms under a bobber. There are mostly small bluegill in the lake.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-4 lbs. Fish with cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers lakewide.
Largemouth Bass Fair 12" to 18" Fish shallow brush with Texas rigged softbait, jigs, and spinnerbaits. A few large fish (up to 22") are caught in the lake each year.
General Comments
Water is warming up and Largemouth and crappie might be spawning.



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: 4/19/2017
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 suspended 5ft deep near cover and rock
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Cut bait, worms, and shrimp in windblown areas
Black bass Fair up to 4lbs jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs near points and cover
Walleye Fair 2-5lbs on points near flats using jigs, worms, and crankbaits
White bass Fair 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: 4/6/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 1-4lbs Channel Catfish are stocked periodically throughout the year at East Lake, and will provide plenty of catfishing for anglers in 2017.
White Crappie Fair  up to 12 inches Crappie are in pre-spawn mode.
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5 lbs Largemouth bass should be actively feeding in shallow bays on warm, sunny days.
Saugeye Fair to Good 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.
White bass Poor Up to 2 lbs  
Bluegill Poor Up to 1/2 lb Bluegill will probably be in deep water until the water warms some more. You might be able to make some good catches if you can locate them.


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: 4/13/2017
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 in 8 to 12 feet of water, but shallower on the warmer days.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 16 inch Spinnerbaits or plastics near shoreline cover.
Saugeye Fair Up to 18 inch Worms, minnows, or jigs on rocky shorelines.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inch Worms or jigs in brushy/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: 4/13/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 5 lb Cutbait or shad sides on shallow windy flats.
Wiper Fair 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 Look for saugeye near the dam and old dam as the water continues to warm.  Crankbaits, like Rat-L-Traps are good springtime saugeye choices. 


WELLINGTON - HARGIS CREEK -

Last Updated: 4/13/2017
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 Up to 10 inch Jigs or minnows close to cover
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 15 inch Fish for bass in shallow protected areas during the warmer part of the day.  Slow to medium speed lures such as stickbaits or jigs are good choices.
Saugeye Fair to Good up to 22 inch Crank baits along windy shorelines.

WINFIELD CITY LAKE FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 4/13/2017

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 in the coves near standing timber 7 to 11 feet of water on minnows and jigs.  Fish will be heading to shallow shoreline cover as the water temperatures increase.
Channel catfish Slow to Fair Up to 3 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
Wipers 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.

Walleye continue to spawn and can be found shallow along the dam and rocky points and shorelines during night time hours.  Suspending jerk baits are an excellent choice for spawning walleye.

   
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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