KANSAS FISHING REPORTS: Region 2
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CLINTON RESERVOIR (7,000 Acres)
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 875.5
Inflow: 10 cfs Outflow: 21 cfs
Level: 4.38 feet low Temp:
Report by: Richard Sanders Fisheries Biologist Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Crappie - Good anglers are catching fish off the bank on minnows and jigs.
Most fish are 0.3- 1 lb.Be aware there are a lot of Asian Carp in the outlet, these fish are illegal to possess alive.
HILLSDALE RESERVOIR (4,580 Acres)
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 917.0
Inflow: 115 cfs Outflow: 24 cfs
Level: 1.92 feet high Temp:
Report by: Hillsdale Lake Guide Service
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Up to 10 lbs. Good numbers of channel catfish were captured during fall netting. Try using shad sides fished along windy banks or in the upper end of the reservoir for catfish.
Walleye Fair Up to 10 lbs. Fall netting indicated a low abundance of walleye. The biggest walleye captured during fall netting was 6 lbs.
Crappie Good Fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Good numbers of crappie were captured during fall netting. Try fishing jigs or minnows near brushpiles or fishing along rocky areas during the spawn.
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Fall netting indicated a moderate abundance of white bass. Most of the white bass captured were 12-15 inches in length. Try fishing jigs off mainlake points for white bass.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4 lbs. Spring electrofishing indicated a low abundance of largemouth bass. Some larger bass are available to anglers as the biggest bass captured was 5 lbs. A research project aimed at improving the bass population will be continued in 2014 at Hillsdale Reservoir.
BOAT RAMP CONDITIONS: All ramps froze. Lake is about 60% covered in ice.
REMEMBER; DO NOT MOVE BAIT AMONG WATER BODIES!!
MILFORD RESERVOIR (16,200 Acres)
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1144.4
Inflow: 2000 cfs Outflow: 25 cfs
Level:3.82 feet high Temperature:
Black bass Good up to 7 lbs
Smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass are all available to anglers in Milford.
Smallmouth are most abundant, and provide a trophy opportunity.
Largemouth are less abundant but increasing, and trophys are also present.
Spotted bass are few in numbers, but provide a unique fishery. In combination, these species should provide good angling.
Catfish Good up to 50 lbs Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are present in Milford. Blue cats provide both a trophy and abundant fishery, while channel cats offer good numbers of smaller fish. Flatheads also provide a trophy fishery of their own, although not as abundant as channels or blues. Together these 3 species offer good fishing to anglers.
Crappie Fair .5-1.5lbs Crappie numbers have decreased. Although most are smallish, keepers are present. Fishing can be good in Spring and late Fall/Winter when crappie become more concentrated.
Walleye Good up to 8 lbs Walleye numbers are good in Milford. Many fish will be sub-legal, but there are still keepers available. Fishing along the dam during the spawn, drifting the flats in late Spring/early Summer, and summertime trolling are the most reliable methods.
White bass Fair .5-2lbs White bass density declined. Fishing the river and rocks in the Spring, jigging and trolling in early summer, and topwater in the late Summer/early Fall should be most productive.
Wiper Good up to 10 lbs Wiper of all sizes are also abundant in Milford. In addition to the techniques for white bass listed above, live bait fishing for Wipers can produce real lunkers for those with appropriate tackle.
CAUTION: DO NOT TRANSFER LIVE BAIT FROM ONE BODY OF WATER TO ANOTHER!!! ALONG WITH ZEBRA MUSSEL INFESTATION, ASIAN CARP ARE IN DRAINAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE KANSAS RIVER AND CAN EASILY BE MISTAKEN FOR SHAD!!!
WARNING! ZEBRA MUSSELS NOW IN RESERVOIR AND OUTLET!
PERRY RESERVOIR (11,630 Acres)
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 891.5
Inflow: 150 cfs Outflow: 2969 cfs
Level: 2.95 feet high Temperature:
Zebra Mussels Super Infectious! up to 3/4" Since the infestation was discovered in Oct. of 2007 these mussels have spread throughout the lake. It's up to all of us to make sure these are not spread to other area lakes, Clean-Drain-Dry everything that is taken out of Perry. Mussels will be start spawning as the water temperature gets to around 54 degrees, I've collected 6 samples and just shipped the last one, numbers have stayed pretty low this year. If you haven't heard Clinton has them now!!!!
Channel Catfish Slow up to 13.4 lbs In October we sampled 115 channel catfish in gill nets: 7 were less than 11", 24 were between 11-16", 76 were between 16-24", 7 were between 24-28"and 1 was between 28-36" with the largest channel catfish being 31.0" and weighing 13.4 lbs. Shad sides work great this time of year even through the ice, shallow.
Sauger Slow up to 2.6 lbs. In October we sampled 48 sauger in gill nets: 1 was between 7-11", 9 were between 11-14", 27 were between 14-17" and 11 were between 17-20" with the largest sauger being 19.9" and weighing 2.6 lbs. Jigs and twisters off of the breaks.
Largemouth Bass Slow up to 6.2 lbs. In May we sampled 61 largemouth bass by electrofishing: 9 were less than 8", 8 were between 8-12", 15 were between 12-15", 25 were between 15-20" and 4 were between 20-25" with the largest largemouth being 20.7" and weighing 6.2 lbs. Big plastics worked around the structure.
White Bass Slow up to 2.1 lbs. In October we sampled 135 white bass in gill nets: 16 were less than 6", 47 were between 6-9", 33 were between 9-12", 36 were between 12-15" and 3 were between 15-18" with the largest white bass being 15.8" and weighing 2.1 lbs. Twister or roadrunners will still produce a few fish.
White Crappie Slow up to 0.9 lbs. In October we sampled 1,311 white crappie in traps: 134 were less than 5", 697 were between 5-8", 396 were between 8-10", 81 were between 10-12" and 3 were between 12-15" with the largest crappie being 12.4" and weighing 0.9 lbs. Fish on brush 12-16" or at the Marinas.
Blue Catfish Slow up to 2 lbs. We sampled a couple blue catfish in gill nets the largest being 15.6" and weighing 1.5 lbs. We will continue to see these fish mature, hopefully into a population like Milford has.
The Topeka Boat Show is February 7-9th. Richard Sanders will be talking about Clinton and Melvern on Friday February 7th at 5 pm. I'll be speaking about Perry and other waters in my District at 11 am on Saturday February 8th. The Mobile Aquarium will not be there, stuck in the snow!
Looks like it is time to get the ice fishing gear out: remember to fish with a buddy, drill some test holes and dress in layers!
TUTTLE CREEK RESERVOIR (12,500 Acers)
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1075.0
Inflow: 975 cfs Outflow: 4833 cfs
Level: 7.00 feet high Temperature :
Catfish Good 1 to 9 pounds Sample numbers of channel catfish are looking good with nice numbers of fish over 24". Blue catfish are starting to get established in the Reservoir and hopefully there will be a good population in a few years.
Crappie Good 1/2 to 1.5 pounds Largest crappie sample in 25 years. Tuttle has good numbers of crappie over 11 inches and a bunch of young fish that are growing well.
White Bass Good 1/2 to 4 pounds White bass number have improved a lot over the last few years. There are pretty good numbers of 12" to 15" fish and there are some real trophys over 4 pounds in the reservoir.
Largemouth Bass Fair 1 to 5 pounds Coves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing.
Saugeye Good Up to 6 pounds Good sample numbers of saugeye over the 15" length limit.
DOUGLAS (SFL) (180 Acres)
Temperature: Clarity: 30 inches Lake level: at full pool
Report by Sports Cache Bait & Tackle
Fishing pressure: Moderate on weekdays and nights, fairly heavy on weekends.
Channel catfish: Many reports of success using night crawlers, dough baits or cut fish bait at night,
Flathead catfish: One report of a 30-pounder. Bait unknown, probably sunfish or goldfish. Smaller ones reported caught on dough bait.
Bullhead catfish: A few being taken on dough bait or night crawlers.
Black crappie: Spotty, but several good reports. Crappie is reported taking live minnows and jigs. Most are taken by boaters anchored over brush piles.
Bass: Many positive reports. Most are less than 13 inches and are therefore o.k. to take. A few keepers are longer than 18 inches. Those between 13 and 18 inches must be returned to the lake to improve the fishery. Best baits minnows or Texas rigged plastic worms... Crank baits and spinner baits tend to end up in a ball of floating plant life.
Saugeye: One report of a 15-inch fish caught and released several weeks ago. Caught on live minnow.
Redear sunfish: A few reported. Most are smaller than the hand size bluegill, but larger than the average sunfish. Most are caught on a size 8 or 6 long shank hook baited with a small piece of night crawler and suspended about 18 inches below a small bobber,
Bluegill sunfish: Hand size bluegill are being taken in good numbers with night crawler pieces or small curly-tail jigs.
Green sunfish: Abundant and easy to catch on night crawler pieces or jigs. Most are small, but make good bait for flatheads or big channel.
GEARY (SFL) (97 Acres)
Black bass Fair up to 5 lbs Largemouth and smallmouth are both available, with the majority being largemouth. They can be caught with traditional methods lakewide throughout the seasons.
Bluegill Good up to 1/3 lb Bluegill are found near shallow water cover, and caught on small jigs and live bait.
Channel catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Although smaller in size, channel catfish can be caught lakewide on standard catfish baits. Flatheads can be caught along rocky areas on live bait.
Crappie Good up to 1.5 lb Crappie numbers are good for smaller fish, and should provide fun angling, primarily in the Spring and Winter periods.
Saugeye Fair up to 6 lbs Saugeye numbers remain steady, with some keepers available for harvest. Most are caught along the dam and rock points on crankbaits and jig/worm.
MIAMI (SFL) (101 Acres)
LM Bass Fair/Good 0.5-4 lbs Finesse plastics fished near shoreline structure.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Livebait under a bobber fished along the fishing piers.
Channel Cat Fair 1-5 lbs Nightcrawlers or shad sides fished along the fishing piers.
MIDDLE CREEK (SFL) (281 Acres)
Channel Catfish No Report
Crappie No Report
Saugeye No Report
Largemouth Bass No Report
Wiper/White Bass No Report
POTTAWATOMIE #1 (24 Acres)
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches The lake has a fair bluegill population this year. The North West bank tends to be the best spot.
Channel Catfish Slow 3/4 to 5 pounds The lake has a low level catfish population.
Crappie Fair 1/2 to 1 pound The lake has fair numbers of 8-10" crappie.
Largemouth Bass Good 1/2 to 5 pounds The lake has excellent numbers of bass with most of the fish 12 to 15 inches.
POTTAWATOMIE #2 (75 Acres)
Black Bass Fair 1/2 to 4 pounds The lake has good numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth. The East bank was the best area in the most recent sample.
Channel Catfish Good! 3/4 to 3 pounds The lake is in the Urban Stocking Program and is frequently stocked with 12 to 18 inch fish. This allows for good harvest rates of eater size channel catfish. 445 catfish were stocked on May 23 and these fish were bigger than normal. So far 2,250 channel catfish have been stocked this year. A video about the Urban Stocking Program can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ
Crappie Fair 1/4 to 1 pound Along the rock piers and off of the docks with jigs or minnows. Most of the crappie are 8 to 10 inches, but sampled a 2 lb one this spring!
CATDADDY THE KANSAS CATMAN.
LAKE (56 Acres)
Temperature: Clarity: Lake level:
Largemouth BassNo Report
Channel CatfishNo Report
Bluegill No Report
OLATHE LAKE (172
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 5 lbs. Nightcrawlers fished near mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 6 lb. Jigs or finesse plastics fished along shallow brushpiles.
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the flat.
Wiper Fair Up to 11 lbs. Jigs fished along rocky points.
White Crappie Fair Most fish around 9 inches, but some up to 13 inches. Jigs tipped with a minnow fished near deep brushpiles.
WYANDOTTE COUNTY LAKE
Report coming soon from Al's Bait & Tackle
Black Crappie Fair Up to 12 inches Jigs fished in 15 ft. of water on the mainlake.
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Livebait under a bobber fished along shoreline vegetation.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 10 lbs. Shad sides fished along mainlake points.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Finesse plastics fished near shoreline brush.
Smallmouth Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. Crankbaits fished along rocky habitat.
Wiper/White Bass Fair Up to 6 lbs. Jigs fished along mainlake points.
Walleye Slow Up to 2 lbs. No Reports.
Note: You will need a state fishing license, and a Wyandotte County fishing permit is also required. The county fishing permits are available through the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and other selected vendors.
This page was last updated: 02/28/15
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