KANSAS FISHING REPORTS: Region 5
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Report Updated 11/17/2017
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Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 858.0
Inflow: 0 cfs Outflow: 0 cfs
Level: 1.23 feet high Temperature:
Crappie fair 7-9 inches 3-6 foot of water jig and minnow around structure.
Largemouth Bass good 12-16 inches Tournament reports have been indicating good catches of largemouth. The bass spawn is 90% complete with most fish showing a post spawn pattern.
Channel catfish fair 14-22 inches Cut shad are producing some action in the 6-8 foot of water.
Bluegill/Sunfish good 7-8 inches Sunfish are spawning and are in 2-4 foot of water.
Note: Several anglers have reported catching Largemouth Bass > 18" with sores on there sides. If any bass are found floating and unable to right themselves, please contact your area Fish and Wildlife Office.
Temp: Level:68 Clarity:
Bluegill / Redear Good 6-10" Try worms, jigs, or small spinners fished slowly on the bottom around weedlines and structure. Some bluegill and Redear are still in shallower water to spawn.
Channel catfish Good 15-24" Try liver, prepared baits, live bait, shad sides, or worms fished on or near the bottom. The four fish feeders are now operating.
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Try minnows or small jigs fished near trees and structure in 10 - 25 feet of water. Crappie have completed spawning and most have moved to deeper water. 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 deep water structure and weed lines. Bass have completed spawning and many have moved to deeper water.
Coffey County usually closes if the security level goes up.
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1087.0 Temperature:
Largemouth bass Slow 8 in to 18 inches
Walleye 18-24 inch are now protected Good 14-25 inches Along the rip rap Walleye length limit now protected 18-24, inches
channel catfish excellent 1/2-5 lbs. scattered
smallmouth bass Good 10-20 inches rip rap areas
white bass good 8-15 inches Windy rocky points, along baffle dikes
wipers fair 2-5 lbs.
Crappie fair 11-15 inches around cover, deep
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 794.0
Inflow: 20 cfs Outflow: 11 cfs
Level: 15.00 feet high Temperature:
Largemouth BassNo Report
Channel CatfishNo Report
Walleye No Report
White Bassno Report
Crappie fair 8-12 inches A few fish have been caught in the early mornings but action is spotty.
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 948.50
Inflow: 20 cfs Outflow: 12 cfs
Level: 1.85 feet high Temperature:
Channel Catfish Good Worms, stink bait, or shad sides in river, rocky shorelines, and spillway.
Crappie Good Jig or minnow around brush in river, brush piles in Casner Creek Cove, and rocky shorelines
Largemouth bass Fair 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 46 bass per hour of electrofishing around the Ladd Bridge section of the river. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour.
White bass Good Twister tail jig and spinner or minnows, on rocky shorelines and mud flats.
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1039.0
Inflow: 200 cfs Outflow: 6700 cfs
Level: 12.00 feet high Temperature:
Channel catfishexcellent 1-10 lbs shad, trot lines live bait, drifting with fresh shad
Flathead catfishgood 5-50 lbs trot lines, live bait, gold fish, green fish, carp
White Bass fair 1/2 to 3 lbs in the spillway, jigs and road runners,
Crappie slow 1/2 to 2 lbs in clear water areas of eagle and lebo creeks, old river channel and Hickory Creek
Water Temp Level:
Fishing was good on moving baits….spinner baits, rattle traps around the spillway and power plant. Pattern seemed to be points with grass. We threw rattletraps most of the time and caught 2 dozen Fish… biggest about 4-5 pounds in 2-4 feet of water.
No luck below the discharge around the bluff or up the river.
Anglers when fishing at the hot water inflow at the outlet gate at the dam, DO NOT GO OVER THE CABLES. DUE TO RECENT EVENTS FISHING IN A RESTRICTED AREA COULD GET YOU ARRESTED.
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1036.0
Inflow: 550 cfs Outflow: 896 cfs
Level: 2.00 feet high Temperature:
Report by: Richard Sanders Fisheries Biologist Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Crappie fair mainly on jigs, few on minnows over brush piles.
Most fish are 0.3-0.75 lb.
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 974.0
Inflow: 5 cfs Outflow: 12 cfs
Level: 1.66 feet high Temperature:
Channel catfish Good varies Use worms or baits like cuts had, stink/prepared baits, Lake wide or stilling basin.
Walleye Slow varies try off windy points, crank baits or jigs tipped with nightcrawlers
White bass/Wipers Slow varies lakewide, minnows or shad colored lures
Crappie Good varies lakewide, some crappie are still in shallow, or try vertical jigging along the drop offs, over brushpiles, use red, chartreuse jigs or minnows.
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 901.5
Inflow: 20 cfs Outflow: 1900 cfs
Level: 17.00 feet high Temperature:
Channel catfishGood Worms, stink bait, or shad sides in river, walnut creek, rocky shorelines, and outlet.
Largemouth bassFair 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 62 bass per hour of electrofishing sampled in Walnut Creek. The ideal catch rate would be 100 bass per hour.
White BassGood Twister tail jig and spinners around stumps in Walnut Creek, Verdigris River, rocky shorelines, and mud flats.
White Crappie Good Jig or minnow around stumps in Walnut Creek, Mann's Cove, Toronto Cove, north side of Duck Island, Woodson Cove, and rocky shorelines.
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Channel Catfishfair 15-22 inches Shad sides and livers typically do well this time of year.
Largemouth Bass good 10-17 inches Fish are associated with structure in 4-8 foot of water.
Bluegill & RedearSunfish good 6-9 inches Fish are in 2-4 foot of water, with males getting in the shallows.
Channel Catfish GOOD 17-28 inches Prepared baits have been doing well this past week.
Largemouth BassGOOD 12-17 Inches
Crappie fair 1/2-1, minnows, jigs around deeper brush piles, spawn finished
Channel CatfishExcellent 1-20lbs
Largemouth BassFair Mostly small Bass numbers have improved since last year
Walleyefair 15-24 inches points and flats drifting a jig and night crawler, lake has some large walleye
This page was last updated: 11/18/17
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