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Kansas River
Desoto to Eudora


Updated 11/21/2015

Lake Map    

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.

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Updated 11/21/2015

Lake Map

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.


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Updated 11/21/2015

Lake Map

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.   



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PERRY RESERVOIR  (11,630 Acres)

Updated 11/21/2015

Lake Map

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!

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Updated 11/21/2015

Lake Map

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.

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DOUGLAS (SFL)  (180 Acres)

Updated 11/21/2015

Temperature: Clarity: 30 inches Lake level: at full pool

Lake Map

Report by Sports Cache Bait & Tackle  

No Report

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GEARY (SFL)   (97 Acres)

Updated 11/21/2015

Lake Map


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.

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MIAMI (SFL)  (101 Acres)

Updated 11/21/2015


Lake Map

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.

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MIDDLE CREEK (SFL)   (281 Acres)

Updated 11/21/2015

Lake Map

Temperature: Level:

Channel Catfish  No Report

 Crappie  No Report

 Saugeye  No Report

 Largemouth Bass  No Report

 Wiper/White Bass  No Report

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POTTAWATOMIE #1    (24 Acres)

  Updated 11/21/2015

Water Temp: 

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.

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POTTAWATOMIE #2   (75 Acres)

 Updated 11/21/2015

Water Temp: 

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!

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Kaw River

Updated 11/21/2015

Report By: Catdaddy Catfish Adventures     Pro Staff

The fish has plenty of water to hide in , go for the weeds , and shore line use a big bobber and some shad guts put it in the weeds and hang on. 


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Kansas River
(Desoto to Eudora)

Updated 11/21/2015


Report By: Catdaddy Catfish Adventures     Pro Staff

The fish has plenty of water to hide in , go for the weeds , and shore line use a big bobber and some shad guts put it in the weeds and hang on. 

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CEDAR LAKE   (56 Acres)
(City Lake)

Updated 11/21/2015

Lake Map

Temperature:   Clarity:  Lake level:

Largemouth Bass No Report

Crappie No Report

Channel Catfish No Report

Bluegill No Report

Sunfish No Report

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OLATHE LAKE   (172 Acres)
(City Lake)

Updated 11/21/2015

Lake Map

Temperature:              Clarity: 

Lake level: 


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.

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Updated 11/21/2015


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.

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