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REGION 5
Reservoirs are listed first, then state lakes, city and local lakes and streams
Update dates are shown at the top of the report of the individual lake.
State reports last checked August 18, 2017 at 4:25 p.m.

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BIG HILL RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/16/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 6-12" Crappie are still being caught along fishing piers and in the flooded trees using minnows.  Sorting is required to catch bigger fish.
Channel Catfish Good 16-24" Catfish are being caught after dark using shad and chicken livers.  Look for flow after rain events to target channel catfish.
Largemouth and Smallmouth  Bass Good 12-18" Look for fish along structure in the early morning and evenings. For smallmouth bass look for rocky areas to hold fish. Fish appear to have moved to deeper water.
Flathead Catfish Fair 30+" Use live bait around rocky areas to find flatheads.
General Comments
New for 2017
There is a new length limit in effect for Largemouth Bass
Release all Largemouth Bass 15-21" in Length, daily creel remains 5/day.
New District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

ELK CITY RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/16/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 6-10" Crappie are still being caught on the upper end of the lake in the timber and in the inlet.  Sorting will be required to find bigger fish.
Blue and channel catfish Excellent 18-26 inches Catfishing has continued to be great.  Drifting chicken liver and cut bait along flats adjacent to the river channel is producing fish.  After rain events look for channel catfish in the tributaries.  
Outlet Fair   Water release has increased. Some small catfish are being caught.  Use the link below to determine release volume.
 

Blue catfish are currently managed with a 35-in minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit in hopes that they will establish a self-sustaining population.

Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

Youth/Mentor Pond

The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.


FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - FALL RIVER GUIDE -

Last Updated: 8/17/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

13% 11"-16"

47% 16"-24"

13% 24"-28"

27% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on mud flats and windy shoreline. Watch for water entering the reservoir from recent rains when fish will actively feed at the confluence of the river mouth.  Fish actively feed at the outlet when water is released.  USACE just closed the gate Monday.
crappie good

81% 5"- 8"

7% 8"-10"

4% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around brush piles, rocky shorelines, and channel breaks in Rock Ridge Cove, Gobblers Knob point, and Brown's Cove area.
largemouth bass poor

50% 8"-12"

38% 12"-15"

13% 15"-20"

0% 20"+

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of the river produces a fair density bass population. There were 19 bass per hour of electrofishing around the Ladd Bridge section of the river. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, worm, spinner or crank bait around stumps and brush in the river.
white bass good

44% 6"- 9"

33% 9"-12"

22% 12"-15"

0% 15"-18"

Use a spinner or shad imitation crank bait around brush piles, rocky shorelines, and channel breaks in Rock Ridge Cove, Gobblers Knob point, and Brown's Cove area.  Watch for schools of gizzard shad breaking the surface.
General Comments:

The county has closed the old iron Honey Creek Bridge east of Climax.  Also, the narrows has eroded too much and it is closed to vehicle traffic.  You may still access Twin Falls area of Fall River on foot.  KDWPT is working on alternatives to access this area.  Refer to the alternative route map on the Fall River Reservoir KDWPT web page for directions to the narrows.

To view a map of brush piles in Fall River Reservoir and the old sunken Ladd Bridge in the river, copy this file into Google Earth and zoom into the reservoir.

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2016 electrofishing. The size structure listed for crappie, white bass and channel catfish is from October 2016 test netting.

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


\JOHN REDMOND RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/16/2017
Species Size Rating Bait, Method, Location
Channel Catfish up to 15lbs. Fair-Good Drifting various baits lakewide has been productive with some fish being caught over 10 lbs.
White Bass up to 3lbs. Fair Along the dam or out in the dredged area. Look for large schools of shad and use small spinners or crankbaits. Below the dam during low releases is a good place to try.
Crappie up to 15" Slow Fishing up in the river and creeks around logjams and timber with jigs and minnows should produce some fish. Otherwise fishing in the deeper water near the dam and dredged area may be a good choice.

Comments - The boat ramp by the dam is OPEN.

Boaters beware of shallow water! For current lake level and release information click the following link http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html.

ALERT! This lake contains Zebra Mussels please help stop the spread Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment after leaving this water body. It is Illegal transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on lakes in the New Strawn district click the following link. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District


LA CYGNE RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -  Last Updated: 8/15/2017

species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel, blue and flathead catfish,  Fair to Good all sizes,  Use sunfish or cutshad,worms, liver, prepared baits. The lake has lots of channel catfish, big flathead and blues to catch. Recent fish population indicates a good population of channel catfish and a growing population of blue catfish up to  50 pounds.  Catfishing can be very good at night, some anglers really target large blue cats now at drop offs close to the creek channel. use live or cut baits or worms. The fish feeders are ON.
Crappie Fair to good 9 - 12 inches On warm windy days fish the downwind shore where the waves are bouncing onto the shore. There are a good numbers of fish 10- 12 inches long. Best lures to use are jigs/ minnows in about 6 to 9 feet of water, near structure.  some nice crappie caught in the hot water area.  At the dam, bounce jigs off the outlet wall, but don't go over the restrictive cable.
Largemouth Bass Good  to Excellent varies but 16 to 20 inches is common bass fishing is good, with the warm weather.  fish the riprap areas, high water levels will have bass in the back into the weedbeds or along the riprap, use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits like shad imitations.  a recent tournament caught a bass at almost 11 pounds.
white bass Fair to Good varies, some 1.5 pounds Use shad imitations, silver spoons big jigs, or cut shad while casting, drifting or trolling near shallow points or rip rap.  The hot water areas is always good this time of year. There have been some wb caught in the 1.5 to 2 pound range.
wiper Fair to Good some up to 12 pounds trolling with sassy shads, with crankbaits, spoons, or cut shad, and fish out from the  hot water areas as lots of wipers are along the warm water mixing area.   
General Comments

In a boat or fishing from the shore, the hot water area is a great place to fish. This is where the hot water from the power plant enters the main pool of the lake.  The warm water prevents freezing and attracts forage fish and predators.  Many wipers, white bass, crappie, channel and blue cats are caught here.

Fishing at La Cygne produces a mixed bag of fish from big blue, channel or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Good shoreline angler access is provided by the Linn County Park on the west side of the lake. On the east side of the lake access to the hot water return, where a lot of fish are caught when its cold, is: at 69 HWY and Ks HWY 152, go east and drive across the dam on E.2200 Rd., turn north at Young Rd. and go West at E. 2400 Rd. to the parking lot.  Anglers walk from the parking lot west on the path to the hot water return area. But this is a great place to fish.  

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

 Call the Linn County Park at 913-795-6633 for more information or camping, and cabins reservations.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat, motor, trailer and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Get the family, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment. Don't move water from any lake.

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

Location La Cygne Reservoir

Habitat                                longititude             latititude              description    date

hot water weir                   N 38 22.852           W 094 39.112      13 cubes       2017                 
big bass spot                     N 38 22.420           W 094 39.643      3   cubes      2017          
off park cabins                  N 38 22.324            W 094 39.659      3  cubes       2017          
off NE marina parking lot    N 38 22.068           W 094 39.805      9 cubes        2017          
                                        N 38 21.141           W 094 38.683      7 cubes        2017          
over bridge                       N 38 221.40            W 094 38.133      9 cubes        2017          
           

 

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! 

 Check out this video on fish management in Kansas provided by KDWPT! http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management  

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

Anglers when fishing at the hot water outlet,or at the outlet gate at the dam, DO NOT GO OVER THE CABLES. FISHING IN A RESTRICTED AREA COULD GET YOU ARRESTED.

MELVERN RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - MELVERN GUIDE -

Last Updated: 8/17/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location  
Fisheries Newsletter     If you would like to receive additional information about this lake a couple of times a year, sign up for the newsletter at the following link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District  
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish daily limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation change is to protect adult brood fish which hopefully will allow increased production of young blue catfish, translating into increased numbers of blues in Melvern.  
Sauger     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes sauger and walleye have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
Spotted Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes all black bass (i.e. largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
Crappie Fair 0.25-1.5 lb Anglers continue to catch some crappie using minnows and jigs over brush in about 10-12 feet of water.  Lots of small fish being caught right now.  
Smallmouth bass Good 0.5-3 lbs Smallies have been caught on a variety of lures, including jigs and crankbaits.  North end of dam has been good.  
Channel catfish Good 0.5-4 lbs Good catches reported using crappie guts, shad guts, shad and cut bait.  
Walleye Fair 1-4 lbs Walleye are shallow and hanging around rocky shores.  Anglers have had luck trolling crankbaits and drifting jig and nightcrawlers.  
White bass Fair-Good 0.5-2 lbs Casting crankbaits and spinners off the north end of the dam and rocky coves to the west of the dam.  
General Comments
August 17 water level 0.01 feet above conservation pool, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 78.  Melvern Reservoir has Zebra Mussels, Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes.

POMONA RESERVOIR - Need a Map? - POMONA GUIDE -

Last Updated: 8/15/2017
 Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish   GOOD all sizes Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  THE FISH FEEDERS ARE ON. THE outlet can be very good when releasing larger amounts of water.  There is the occasional harvest of the blue catfish.
Walleye Slow varies off points or deeper steep banks on crank baits or jigs tipped with night crawlers
White bass/Wipers  Slow  varies lakewide and the windy side of the points, wipers are following the schools of shad, minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes liver and shad imitation lures
Crappie Fair    varies but range 8 -12 inches Fishing is On or OFF depends on weather.  Try close to structure and in deeper water 6 ft. plus.  Best baits are dark jigs and/or minnows.  Recent sampling indicates that that there are good numbers of larger crappie  around the 11 inch or bigger range.
Largemouth Bass Slow Most are 10 to 15 inches Pomona has a limited black bass fishery. Catches are more common in the Marina area and in the coves on a variety of baits to include crankbaits and soft baits
General Comments

This fishing report is from Game Warder Ryan Twellmann: Water level is up and fishing generally is slow.  Fishing at the outlet may be improving with the high water release.  Some ramps maybe closed.

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

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

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

 Zebra mussels now inhabit this lake. This means take EXTRA PRECAUTION to help prevent the spread into uncontaminated impoundments.

"Clean, Drain and Dry" before  and after using any equipment on this lake.

 For additional information, water temperature, release rates, please check:http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Pomona-Lake/Daily-Lake-Information/ 

Have FUN,Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The State and COE Parks are ready for family fishing.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

Check out this video on fish management provided by KDWPT http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 


TORONTO RESERVOIR - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/17/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
channel catfish good

15% 11"-16"

54% 16"-24"

15% 24"-28"

15% 28"-36"

Use a worm, stink bait, or shad sides on mudflats and windy shoreline.  Watch for water entering the reservoir from recent rains when fish will actively feed at the confluence of the river mouth.  Fish are actively feeding below the spillway due to water release.
largemouth bass poor

37% 8"-12"

29% 12"-15"

34% 15"-20"

0% 20"-25"

The main body of the reservoir doesn't have the necessary largemouth bass habitat to support a high density bass population. However, the flooded timber and clearer water in the backwater section of Walnut Creek produces a fair density bass population. There were 59 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in Walnut Creek. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour. Use a jig, spinner, worm, or crank bait around stumps and brush in river and Walnut Creek.
white bass good

31% 6"-9"

50% 9"-12"

8% 12"-15"

4% 15"-18"

7% 18"+

Use a spinner or shad imitation crank bait around brush piles and rocky shorelines and points at Toronto Point, north side of Duck Island, Manns Cove point, and Woodson Cove. Watch for schools of gizzard shad breaking the surface.
white crappie good

73% 5"-8"

17% 8"-10"

3% 10"-12"

7% 12"-15"

1% 15"+

Use a jig or minnow around brush piles, rocky shorelines, and channel breaks at Toronto Point, entrance to Manns Cove, north side of Duck Island, and Woodson Cove.
General Comments

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

TORR brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 1.74 kB)

The size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2016 electrofishing. The size structure for crappie, white bass, and channel catfish is from October 2016 test netting.

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

STATE FISHING LAKES

BOURBON STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 7/30/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass FAIR Fish 10 to 18 inches dominate the population Fish the deeper water structure, weedbeds and piers,  spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers.
Bluegill/redear sunfish GOOD all sizes Nice redear are available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float. Bluegill are also available but are smaller in size.  
Walleye FAIR varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish GOOD 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms,the fish feeders are ON, lakewide,
Crappie GOOD 8 - 12 inches and up Shoreline, the fish are in shallow. using minnows, jigs under a 2.5 ft float,  hit or miss until weather warms up and stays warmer.  Most fish I saw caught were 10 plus inches with some 14's.
General Comments

This lake produces some nice crappie each year.  Recent sampling indicates that there are many good crappie to catch this fall.  The bass population at this impoundment consists of spotted and largemouth bass.  Spotted bass tend to hang near rocks and the dam, whereas on the south side of the lake your more likely to catch only largemouths.  

This impoundment recieved a small stocking of walleye fingerlings near the end of May.  Several thousand channel catfish were stocked in mid October.  This will really increase fishing success.

Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and go fishing. This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry.

 To improve shoreline angling success, Georgia cubes have been placed along the deep end of the fishing piers.  These fish attractors will attract fish to shoreline accessible areas and improve angling success.  Each earthen pier have some Georgia cubes at their deep end.  These cubes are designed to be very hard to snag.

Georgia cubes locations.

location                  habitat #     longitude          latitude        date     

1st pier s of dam       4             N 37.47.830         W 95 04.038     2017  
2nd pier s of dam      4            N  37 47.816         W 95 04.043     2017  
3rd pier s of dam       3             N 37 47.795           W 95 04.043     2017  
4th pier s of dam      2              N 37 47.795           W 95 04.058     2017  
5th pier s of dam      2             N 37 47.657           W  95 04.100      2017  
north side of ramp cove  2        N 37 47.731          W 95 04.417       2017  
floating dock             6         N 37 47.564           W  95 04.156       2017  
pier e of boatramp     6          N  37 47.614          W 95 04.156       2017  
2nd pier east of ramp  7       N  37 47.549          W  95 04.113      2017  
3rd pier s of ramp cove  6     N 37 47.333         W  95 04.269      2017  
4th pier s of ramp cove  3      N 37 47.614         W  95 04.254       2017  
   

 

In an effort to improve shoreline fishing success 45 Georgia cubes have been placed in the water around the fishing piers.  These cubes will attract fish to shoreline accessable areas improving fishing.  They are located at the deep end of all of the earthen piers.  The gps locations are as follows:

location                  habitat #

1st pier s of dam       
 


COFFEY COUNTY LAKE - COFFEY COUNTY GUIDE - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/16/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, Locations
largemouth bass Fair 8 in to 21 inches Fish the deeper weedbeds with weedless plastics such as a soft jerkbait or senko, swim jigs in and around the weeds may also work. Topwater baits such as poppers, buzzbaits, and frogs are good choices early in the day.
walleye Slow 14-25 inches Crankbaits around the rocks and points. This population is low in abundance and not many keepers are available. Trolling or drifting with jigs and crawlers may also produce a few fish
channel catfish/blue catfish Fair 1/2-5 lbs, Blues up to 50lbs. Drifting various baits over flats or humps will be the most productive. Channel Cats are probably on wind blown flats and will bite on a variety of bait options but the blue cats prefer fresh cut bait.
smallmouth bass Fair-Good 10-20 inches Various baits and presentations can be effective with this population. Topwater baits should be a primary bait early in the day along rocky points and steeper banks. Finesse rigged plastics such as a drop shot rigged with a 4" stick bait should also be good. Don't shy away from the spinnerbaits though.
white bass/Wipers Fair up to 5lbs. Smaill spinners, grubs, or crankbaits worked around points, dropoffs, and humps. If you can find big schools of baitfish you can find white bass and wipers.
crappie Slow 11-15 inches  Look for them near dropoffs and in the timber. Jigs of various colors or minnows.
General Comments

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

A large brush pile was created north of the boat ramp in the old creek channel and is marked with a fish attractor buoy. There were also several trees sunk at the end of the hot water dike and should be easily marked on your locator. These spots should be really good in the fall and winter months.

ZEBRA MUSSELS have been confirmed in Coffey County Lake! Please help stop the spread. Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving this lake. It is illegal to transport live fish, bait, and water from this lake.

For more information on waters in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson counties click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District

CRAWFORD STATE FISHING LAKE - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method &Location
Bluegill / redear  Good  6 - 8" Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. 
Channel catfish  Good

 All sizes.

 (15" minimum length limit)

Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. The four fish feeders are now operating. Feeding times are at 7:00 am, 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 1:00 am.
Crappie  Fair/good Mostly 7 to 9-inch fish. Try minnows or small jigs near brush and structure. Mostly small 7 to 9-inch fish with some bigger fish mixed in. 
Largemouth bass  Fair  All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits or spinner baits fished along drop-offs, brush piles, or structure. Bass numbers are relatively low, but a high percentage are 15-inches or larger.


LYON STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/17/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill and Redear good

52% 4-7"

31% 7-9"

17% 9-11"

Bluegill and redear sunfish are most easily caught on 2-6 pound test line, a number eight (small) hook baited with a worm, very small jig, small silver spoon, or grasshopper. Dry flies work very well in the clear water.  They can be caught around rocks on jetties, brush piles, and weed line.
Channel Catfish good

88% 11-16"

12% 16-24"

0% 24-28"

0% 28-36"

Channel catfish are typically caught on or near the bottom on worms, shad sides, or stink bait.  They can be caught in coves around feeders and along the weed line. Channel catfish congregate at the inlet when rain water is running into the lake. 
Largemouth Bass good

46% 8-12"

26% 12-15"

28% 15-20"

<1% 20"

Artificial baits such a spinners, jigs, beetle spins, plastic worms, and surface lures work very well for largemouth bass. Natural baits such as minnows, worms, crayfish, and grasshoppers are also excellent choices. Bass can be caught around rock jetties, brush piles, and edges of aquatic vegetation. Big bass will hit any of the above baits but not as readily as smaller fish. Technique is important if you want to catch big bass.  Top-water jerk baits along the weed line can produce some exciting angling.
Crappie good

9% 5-8"

54% 8-10"

31% 10-12"

5% 12-15"

Crappie are most easily caught on light line. Small jigs or minnows are best fished around brush piles, rock jetties, and channel breaks. 
General Comments

Size structure listed for largemouth bass is from May 2017 electrofishing. The size structures listed for crappie, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish are from October 2016 test netting.

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

LYSL brush piles 17 (OCTET-STREAM 2.07 kB)

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


MINED LAND WILDLIFE AREA FISHING REPORT -  

Last Updated: 8/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. 
Channel Catfish  Good  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish are stocked in the Mined Land Wildlife every October. These fish are 8-16 inches in length and average 1/3 pound each.
Crappie  Fair  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure. 
Largemouth Bass  Fair/good  All sizes Try jigs, worms, or spinner baits fished slowly around brush, weed-lines and structure. 
Rainbow trout  Slow  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. Trout will be favoring deeper, cooler water as surface temperatures remain warm. The first trout stocking of the fall/winter season occurred October 24, 2016 when approximately 1,500 rainbow trout were planted by Crystal Lakes Trout Farm. Regular stockings were made (8 total) with the final stocking of the season on April 6, 2017. Most rainbows are 10 inches in length when stocked, and average 1/2 lb. each. Five percent of each stocking is comprised of 14-inch or larger fish. Trout can live year-around in this unique strip-mined lake, so fish in the 3-5 pound range are occassionally caught.
General Comments
Trout Anglers - 3,500 small 6 to 9-inch brown trout were stocked on Jan. 24, 2017. Brown trout must be 20-inches in length to be your possession. Please handle these small browns with care and release them immediately so we may produce some quality-size fish in the future. Youth 15 and younger are not required to purchase a trout permit, but their daily creel limit is 2 trout/day. All anglers 16 and older are required to have a trout stamp to fish in the trout lake in Area # 30.



MONTGOMERY STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/16/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair 14-24" Shad sides and chicken livers at dark have been producing catfish.
Largemouth Bass Good  8-18" Look for bass in cover in the early morning or evening.  Bass have seemed to move to a little deeper water.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish Fair 6-8" Bluegill and redears are still being caught.  Shore fishing has slowed.  Fishing has been best in the early morning.
General Comments

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Montgomery State Fishing Lake at the link above.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

NEOSHO STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / redear  Good All sizes Try worms or small jigs fished slowly near the bottom along weed-lines. Many harvestable-size bluegill and redear are available.
Channel catfish  Good All sizes Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits, worms, or shrimp. The three fish feeders are now operating.
Crappie  Fair Mostly 7 to 10-inches Try fishing small jigs or minnows near brush or cover. Many 7 to 10-inch fish are available, with some quality fish mixed in.
Largemouth bass  Fair/good All sizes Try jigs, plastic baits or spinner baits fished around structure and along weed-lines. 

OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Fisheries Newsletter     If you want to receive additional information about this lake (including GPS coordinates to any newly placed brush piles) a couple of times during the year, sign up to receive a newsletter using this link http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Lawrence-Fishing-District
LM Bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs, spinnerbaits,  and crankbaits.
Bluegill/Redear sunfish Fair Up to 0.25 lbs Using worms under bobber.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-5 lbs Using livers, stinkbait, and cut bait.  Feeders have fish on them.
General Comments

Note:  Zebra Mussels were found at this lake April 27, 2017.  Lake users should clean, drain and dry fishing equipment and boats to keep from moving zebra mussels to other waters. 

GPS coordinates (Datum =NAD 83 in decimel degrees) for cedar tree fish habitat are:                         

1.  N38.76493             W095.674210                   2. N38.76591              W095.670920                  

  1.  N38.76540           W095.67353               4.  N38.76628             W095.67362 
  1.  N38.76263           W095.67154               6. N38.76833              W095.67339 
  1. N38.77290            W095.67194               8. N38.76469              W095.66955 
  1. N38.76276            W095.67139               10. N38.76506            W095.67109 
  1. N 38.76291           W095.66969               12. N38.76287            W095.67497 

WILSON STATE FISHING LAKE -  

Last Updated: 8/16/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location  
Channel Catfish Good 16-24 inches Channel catfish are still being caught at dark.  After rain events look for flow to find channels.  
Largemouth and Spotted Bass Good 10-22 inches Look for fish in the early morning and evenings.  Fish have appeared to move to a little deeper water.  
         
Bluegill and Redear Fair 6-8" Bluegill are still being caught in the early morning.  Look for them in deeper water.  
General Comments

Both maintained boat ramps are currently usable.

A bathymetric map is available for Wilson State Fishing Lake at the link above.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.


WOODSON STATE FISHING LAKE (Lake Fegan) - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/16/2017
Species Rating Size Bait, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 6 lbs. Crankbaits along the rocky points and dropoffs. Dragging a big plastic worm around the same habitat may also be good. With the lake as low as it is, the bigger fish are feeding heavily on the smaller baitfish.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 15+ lbs. Chicken livers or prepared bait along dropoffs or windy flats. 
Crappie Fair up to 12" Along the deeper rocky banks using minnows.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations in open water or windy points, vertical jigging with spoons. Look for schools of shad and the wipers should be close.

FISH SALVAGE ORDER IS IN EFFECT: ALL LENGTH AND CREEL LIMITS HAVE BEEN REMOVED. LEGAL MEANS OF TAKE ARE ROD AND REEL ONLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. NO SNAGGING, LIMB LINES OR FLOAT LINES ARE ALLOWED AT THIS TIME.

The lake is 15 ft. low and the boat ramp is high and dry.

Anglers please do your part to stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and livewell after leaving a water body and do not transfer live fish or bait between water bodies

For more info. on lakes in the New Strawn district, click on the following link. New Strawn Fishing District Newsletter

62 Georgia Cube fish attractors have been added to the lake click the following link to access the Google Earth File.http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/Fishing-Atlas/GPS-KML-Information-Files/Google-KMZ-file-of-Artificial-Habitat-Fish-Attractor-GPS  

Woodson State Fishing Lake Brush Piles - 

WOSL BRUSH PILES (OCTET-STREAM 12.12 kB)

CITY AND LOCAL LAKES

BONE CREEK FISHING REPORT - Need a Map? -

Last Updated: 8/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  6-10" Try worms, small jigs and spinners fished slowly on the bottom along weed-lines. 
Channel catfish  Fair/good  15-24" Try shad sides, liver, prepared baits or worms. 
Crappie  Slow  8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure. Bone Creek supports a good crappie population, with some quality-size fish available.
Largemouth bass  Fair/good Mostly 8-16 inch fish. Try jigs, plastic baits, stick baits or spinners around structure or weed-lines. Clear water conditions often keep fish in deeper water.


BOURBON COUNTY - ELM CREEK -

Last Updated: 8/15/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish GOOD varies Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is dingy colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat. try off dam on bluegill chunks, chicken livers or cut shad, Lakewide. Recent fish population sampling lots of nice channel catfish from 3 - 8 pounds.  The fish feeders are ON for the season. Lots of very nice catfish are using the feeders  
Largemouth/Smallmouth bass GOOD varies lakewide, fish are in shallow, use silver crank and spinner baits, or dark jigs, go top water with a spook or a jitterbug for eXtra fun.  
Bullheads FAIR varies use worms,or liver lake wide  
Bluegill FAIR varies small baits and worms under floats, along weedbeds around fish attractors  
Walleye FAIR  varies also try the dam and rocky structure in the south half of the lake with jigs or minnows  
Crappie FAIR lots of small fish with 50 limit in spawning areas and along dam, brushpiles on the windy side, use minnows and dark jigs  
Comments

Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is clear colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

Due to a leak in the dam water levels are low and will remain low until financing and approval for repair are made. The channel catfish population in this lake is doing well.  The fish feeders are ON.  Also there have been some very sizeable largemouth bass (up to 6 lbs) caught in this lake recently- try deeper weedbeds and brush piles with your spinners, jigs. 

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

This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms. Remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

With questions about this lake call Donald George, Fisheries Biologist, at 913-795-2218, or Bourbon County at 620-223-3800.

CEDAR CREEK LAKE, BOURBON COUNTY -

Last Updated: 8/15/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Black Bass FAIR Fish 10 to 18 inches dominate the population Fish the deeper water structure, weedbeds and piers,  spinners, plastic baits, crankbaits, lakewide along cover in and around the piers.
Bluegill/redear sunfish GOOD all sizes Nice redear are available by slow fishing along the piers with jig, worm under a float. Bluegill are also available but are smaller in size.  
Walleye FAIR varies Fish drop offs and at the head of the inflow areas using crank baits, jigs and or minnow
Channel Catfish GOOD 12-22 inches Use cut bait, stink baits, chicken liver, worms,the fish feeders are ON, lakewide,
Crappie GOOD 8 - 12 inches and up Shoreline, the fish are in shallow. using minnows, jigs under a 2.5 ft float,  hit or miss until weather warms up and stays warmer.  Most fish I saw caught were 10 plus inches with some 14's.
General Comments

This lake produces some nice crappie each year.  Recent sampling indicates that there are many good crappie to catch this fall.  The bass population at this impoundment consists of spotted and largemouth bass.  Spotted bass tend to hang near rocks and the dam, whereas on the south side of the lake your more likely to catch only largemouths.  

This impoundment recieved a small stocking of walleye fingerlings near the end of May.  Several thousand channel catfish were stocked in mid October.  This will really increase fishing success.

Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and go fishing. This is a great family fishing lake with good shoreline access and bathrooms.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry.

 To improve shoreline angling success, Georgia cubes have been placed along the deep end of the fishing piers.  These fish attractors will attract fish to shoreline accessible areas and improve angling success.  Each earthen pier have some Georgia cubes at their deep end.  These cubes are designed to be very hard to snag.

Georgia cubes locations.

location                  habitat #     longitude          latitude        date     

1st pier s of dam       4             N 37.47.830         W 95 04.038     2017  
2nd pier s of dam      4            N  37 47.816         W 95 04.043     2017  
3rd pier s of dam       3             N 37 47.795           W 95 04.043     2017  
4th pier s of dam      2              N 37 47.795           W 95 04.058     2017  
5th pier s of dam      2             N 37 47.657           W  95 04.100      2017  
north side of ramp cove  2        N 37 47.731          W 95 04.417       2017  
floating dock             6         N 37 47.564           W  95 04.156       2017  
pier e of boatramp     6          N  37 47.614          W 95 04.156       2017  
2nd pier east of ramp  7       N  37 47.549          W  95 04.113      2017  
3rd pier s of ramp cove  6     N 37 47.333         W  95 04.269      2017  
4th pier s of ramp cove  3      N 37 47.614         W  95 04.254       2017  
   

 

In an effort to improve shoreline fishing success 45 Georgia cubes have been placed in the water around the fishing piers.  These cubes will attract fish to shoreline accessable areas improving fishing.  They are located at the deep end of all of the earthen piers.  The gps locations are as follows:

location                  habitat #

1st pier s of dam       
 

CRITZER LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/15/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good 13 to 18 inches with a few at 22 inches The lake is at full pool, water clarity is a little turbid at this time. Work the shore and rocky areas, or trees, some larger fish available up to 6 pounds, best luck with dark colored jipnpigs, plastic worms, crank baits in shallow water close to cover. Especially after these rains work any of the feeder streams coming into the lake.  
Smallmouth Bass Slow 13 to 15" A limited fishery exists some are taken on jigs, spinners, along the dam and rocky areas
Channel Catfish Good to Excellent 15" to 8 pounds This is a good catfish population with fish over 3 pounds and up to 15 pounds. Use cut shad, worms, liver, prepared baits, spinners, lakewide or on the flats. The fish feeder is ON for the season. Lots of channel catfish are using the feeder. Especially after these rains fish any of the feeder streams coming into the lake.
Crappie Slow to Fair any size Sampling indicates good numbers of nice fish (9 to 12 inches) use minnows and jigs, lakewide.
Walleye Slow to Fair most between 15 to 17 inches Recent sampling indicates good numbers of  fish (17.5 to 22 inches) are available. Some are taken on jigs tipped with worms, spinners, dam and upper creek channel
General Comments

Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is dingy colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

Critzer Lake is one of Kansas' newest lakes and was opened to fishing in August of 2011. Many anglers use kayaks or tubes to float into the cover and are very successful. There is a double lane boat ramp. The floating dock is finished and compliments this great fishing lake.  The lake is primarily a boat lake but there is shoreline access east of the boatramp where anglers can set up on the two piers and be very close to the parking lot. This 220 acre lake offers 180 acres of standing timber so there is a no-wake speed limit. 

This lake was sampled on 5/19/2016, and many largemouth bass were caught and released, varying in size (nothing over 4 lbs.), as well as a few smallmouth bass. There is a great channel cat population, with a lot of fish in the 2 to 6 pound range.  There are a few walleye between 14 and 21 inches were seen as well.  White crappie are abundant and caught close to cover, with light colored jigs.  The water is clear unless there have been heavy rains.

The fish feeder is ON for the season.  Channel catfish go crazy when the feeder goes off. 

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Remember CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!

We have improved the area with a floating dock, located just west of the boat ramp.

For tips on spring bass fishing watch this KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

Check out this video from Brent Chapman fishing for bass in Critzer Lake! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngvw2uz3oH0 

FORT SCOTT CITY LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/15/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
black bass Good varies water level is perfect, bass are in or close to the shoreline and  cover.  Use shad crank baits, soft plastic baits to fish structure and along rocky points,  and the shallow south end.  Best early and late.
channel catfish Good varies, some very nice  High populations of channel catfish improves success. lakewide, use cut shad, sponge baits, worms. Recent fish population sampling indicates a great population of channel catfish in the 2 - 5 pound range. Fish the South end where creek comes in during or after a rain.  The fish feeders are on.
walleye Slow varies jigs, minnows along spawning areas.
white crappie Slow varies, many over 11 inches Crappie have been hit or miss according to the weather, when its good its real good, lots of nice fish over 10 inches, some good fish in the south end around the creek channels, with black&amp;amp;white, blue&amp;amp;white jigs under a float, fish are in nice condition 
bluegill Slow varies use small baits, such as worms, jigs suspended under a float, in deeper water
General Comments

 

The fish feeders are on for the season.  Ft Scott Lake has a good reputation for producing good stringers of channel catfish.  Channel catfish from the rearing pond were recently stocked in to this lake.

Recent tree/habitat placements, In 2014, 2015 and 2016 about 600 xmas trees were placed at each end of the dam and along Scorotino Park.  The dam tree placements are very accessible for shoreline anglers.  This project is will improve angler success for bass and crappie.   

 Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go. Buy your state fishing license and have fun. Please remember the special length/creel limits.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats, trailers and equipment.

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Lake Cooperator,no city permits for fishing and boating while fishing. City permit required for recreational boating.




GARNETT CITY LAKE - NORTH -  Last Updated: 8/16/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Slow 8-14 inches  Look for them around structure or dropoffs in 10-15 ft. of water. Minnows under a slip bobber is probably best choice of bait.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 8-30 inches Livers or other prepared baits lakewide, upper end during rain events. Some nice sized catfish were seen up shallow during our electrofishing survey.
Largemouth Bass Good up to 4lbs.  There is an abundant bass popuation in this lake with many fish in the 13-16" range, you can benefit the population by harvesting bass less than 13". Buzzbaits along the water willow early in the day, and use deeper presentations during the day such as jigs or carolina rigs with big plastic worms.
Wipers Slow-Fair up to 6 lbs Livers around feeders or shad imitating lures lakewide. 
Walleye Slow   curly tailed jigs or crankbaits along the bank near deeper water.
General Comments

Please remember to help STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell when leaving water bodies. 

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

DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT TO DIFFERENT WATERS!

For more information on waters in Woodson, Coffey, Anderson, and Allen counties, click the following link to sign up for the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District


GARNETT SOUTH -

Last Updated: 8/16/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Methods, and Location
Current Fishing Opportunity      
       
Largemouth Bass Good up to 5lbs. Various topwater baits along shoreline vegetation and structure should be productive and try vairous presentations with plastic worms and creature baits, such as Carolina rig or go weightless with a senko or fluke.
Bluegill Good up to 8 inches Small jigs or flies, also bobber with a worm
Channel Catfish Fair-Good 8-24 inches chicken livers, cut bait or other prepared bait lakewide.
Crappie Slow-Fair 6-10 inches  Try fishing the deeper water around any structure. Minnows are a good choice this time of year.
Wiper Poor    Try using any type of shad imitating lures and even chicken liver may produce some fish.
       

Comments:

Please remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boats and livewells to help stop the spread of ANS species. For more information on this lake and other lakes in Anderson, Allen, Coffey, and Woodson Counties, click on the link below to subscribe to the New Strawn District Fisheries Newsletter.

 http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District

MOUND CITY LAKE -

  Last Updated: 8/15/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
Channel Catfish GOOD Size varies but most are of  legal size, with some large fish Cut bait, also try stink baits, chicken liver, cut shad or chunks of sunfish, The fish feeders are ON for the season.Lots of good catfish are using the feeders. Fish downwind of the feeders for excellent results.
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish FAIR varies Use small baits, jigs or small worm under a float set for shallow water
Crappie Fair to Good 8 to 14 inches some larger Crappie have been hit or miss.  Really good when its good.  Nice fish available.  Along the south tree line or habitat structures and drop offs along the creek channel.
Largemouth Bass GOOD varies Bass are in shallow water adjacent to structure, try  plastics, jig and Pig, slabs
General Comments

Recent rains have brought the lake level up to the overflow level.  The water is dingy colored.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

Mound City Lake has a great reputation for producing good strings of crappie.  Best baits are  dark colored jigs and minnows, mainly around underwater structure.  Fish feeders are off.  Largemouth bass numbers have really improved and continues to produce great fishing.

PLEASANTON CITY LAKE - EAST -

Last Updated: 8/15/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location
Wipers Slow to Fair size varies, use live shad or shad artificials and hang on. lake wide trolling with sassy shads, from the bank and boat, with crankbaits, spoons, worms.  
Channel catfish GOOD to EXCELLENT All sizes, this lake has a good catfish population and produces nice fish.  Anglers can catch fish in the 2- 7 pound range.   Best baits are the traditional chicken liver or use stink baits, shrimp, worms, prepared baits, lakewide.  The fish feeders are ON for the season.
Largemouth bass GOOD varies good results along the shoreline weedbeds, dam, and woody habitat using silver or blue crank baits or soft baits.   
Walleye, Slow 18-24 inches An incidental fish taken near deeper habitat.
white crappie Fair to GOOD 8-14 inches Many crappie are in the 8 inch range to 11 to 12 inches long. Fishing around the floating dock, and drop offs. Try the shoreline and any shallow cover, use pink, blue/white tube or green jigs, minnows.   
General Comment

The best time to fish is anytime you can.  Go fishing, the fish have to eat.

There are good crappie here.  This lake has a high density of largemouth bass, great fishing for kids! Also, keep in mind that there is a decent wiper population.  The channel cat population in this lake is doing well, and during our sampling we saw a few walleye, as well as some sizeable flatheads.  channel catfish were stocked in mid October to increase fishing opportunities.

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today! Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water from any impoundment. 

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

This lake is enrolled into the Community Fisheries Assistance Program. A city fishing permit is no longer required.Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.

PLEASANTON CITY LAKE - WEST -

Last Updated: 8/15/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp; Location
channel catfish GOOD Size varies, some up to 8 pounds These fish excited and feeding. Use cut shad or sunfish, (best on chicken liver), shrimp, worms, prepared baits, along dam, lots of fat fish from 2 - 6 pounds.  The fish feeders are ON for the season.
crappie Fair to GOOD All sizes Fish are nice size and the density is good, fish are traditionally along the dam, south east pier, and in the brushpiles fish with jigs, blue /white, minnows,
largemouth bass GOOD 12-22 inches High water levels will have bass back in the water willow along the dam, piers and the brushpiles, use crank baits or spinners,
bluegill Fair varies Most fish are under 8 inches. use a small worm or jig under a float.
General Comments

Best time to fish is anytime you can.   Pleasanton West Lake produces a quality bass fishery.  Largemouth bass, overall are in very good condition and health. The largest bass sampled in 2017 was 4.78 lbs., and 33% of the fish sampled were of memorable or trophy size.  Try your luck with roadrunners, jigs, and spinners for these sizeable fish!

Zebra Mussels have recently been found in Hillsdale Lake, and we'd like to remind you to stay aware and take all precautions necessary to prevent the spread into uncontaminated waters! This includes cleaning and rinsing your boat and motor, trailer, and equipment, draining any excess water from previous outings, and allowing your boat to dry before using it in a different body of water. 

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. Don't move water.

For tips on spring bass fishing check out the KDWPT video at the following link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIJaiyW32k 

For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk 

 This lake has a high density of channel catfish that increases angling opportunity. Remember- Wear a Lifejacket and Reach - Throw - Don t Go.This is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program Lake, no fishing permits required.


YATES CENTER RESERVOIR - NEW -

- Last Updated: 8/16/2017
Species Size Rating Baits, Methods, Locations
Redear and Bluegill up to 10" Good There is a lot of bluegill and redear up in shallow water using meal worms or night crawlers should produce. There are a lot of redear around 8-10" available and some bluegill over 8". 
Largemouth Bass 8-18" Good Good numbers of fish in the 13-18" range with a few over 18" you can benefit the population by harvesting the bass you catch under 13". Fishing the large weed beds with various plastic baits and presentations will produce some fish. Senkos or flukes rigged weightless are tough to beat. Also rigging creature baits Texas style and flipping the matted vegetation should also be good. Of course topwater baits like frogs and buzzbaits will often produce as well.
Catfish up to 10lbs. Good livers, dip baits, and other prepared bait lakewide. The upper end can be a good place after heavy rain events, focus on where the water is running in. The feeders are on and go off several times/day. Do not tie boats to the feeders.
Wipers/White Bass 8-18" Fair Curly-tailed grubs or swim baits around schools of shad. Wind blown shorelines should be good places to start. look for both species busting shad on the surface.
Crappie up to 12" Fair Crappie are in the summer pattern. Look for them near the timber along the creek channel or big dropoffs. Jigs tipped with minnows around these spots is probably the best bet.
Walleye 15-24" slow crankbaits or dragging a jig and crawler over the flats.
This lake contains Eurasian Watermilfoil. Please remember to help stop the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and equipment when leaving water bodies.

YATES CENTER - SOUTH OLD LAKE -

Last Updated: 8/16/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Largemouth bass Good 1-5 lbs. Flipping into the water willow or other vegetation with weedless plastics is usually a good technique. Also try spinnerbaits or shallow running crankbaits. Topwater baits such as poppers or buzzbaits should be good early and late.
Wipers Slow up to 5lbs. Shad imitations along windy shorelines
channel catfish Good 1/2-15 lbs Chicken liver, cut bait, or other prepared baits lakewide. The feeders are on and go off a few times/day. Do not tie boats to the feeders.
Walleye slow 10-24" Jig and crawlers or trolling crankbaits around dropoffs or over the flats.
crappie Slow up to 14"  Most fish have probably moved back to deeper water look for them around dropoffs and structure such as the Georgia Cubes. Minnows are good bait this time of year.
General Comments

STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS! CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY your boat and livewell before leaving an area. DO NOT MOVE FISH OR BAIT between waters.

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

District Fisheries Newsletter. http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-New-Strawn-Fishing-District


STREAMS

MARAIS DES CYGNES RIVER -

 Last Updated: 8/15/2017
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp;amp; Location
blue, channel catfish Fair varies fish are concentrated below riffles, stink baits, cut shad, liver, s
white bass/wipers Fair varies minnows, jigs, work the pools below the rifles,
       
General Comments

The river is high from recent rains. 

The river and streams on the state wildlife area are open to fishing. The Marias des Cygnes River is a great place to float and fish. 

 Some of the wildlife area pools are drained and others have low fish populations. Access to the river is at the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area. For additional opportunities call 913-352-8941 for accurate information on wildlife pool drainage.

Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing.

Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The Marais des Cygnes River is confirmed to contain zebra mussels.  Please take extra precaution by not removing fish and placing them in another body of water (bait fish included), and cleaning, draining, and drying boats motors trailers and all equipment before entering another body of water.  This helps prevent the spread to uncontaminated impoundments!

 Sign up for the Mound City Fishing District Newsletter today!

Check out this video on fish management in Kansas provided by KDWPT! http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management 



NEOSHO RIVER AT CHETOPA DAM -

Last Updated: 5/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
      Snagging season closed May 15th. 
General Comments
THE SNAGGING SEASON IS OPEN FROM MARCH 15 THROUGH MAY 15TH.

•Catch and release is allowed on the Neosho River

•A fish must be kept if placed on a stringer. Culling is not allowed.

•A state-issued permit is required. Two paddlefish may be harvested daily and six may be harvested in a season.

•Barbless hooks are required at Chetopa.

The best fishing occurs at river flows of 10-15,000 cubic feet per second. The following link will take you to the Kansas Water Watch website. Click HERE for river flow data.

 



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