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REGION 1

CEDAR BLUFF GLEN ELDER KANOPOLIS KIRWIN LOVEWELL
SEBELIUS WEBSTER WILSON
 

CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR     (6,869 Acres)

Updated 11/22/2013

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 2144.0 

Inflow: 20 cfs Outflow: 0 cfs

Level:  22.61 feet low Temperature:

Channel Catfish  Fair  Up to 11.5 lbs.  Trotlines fished near creek channels or other drop-offs up in coves or toward the west end of the reservoir has been the most productive method lately.   

Crappie  Fair  Up to 15 inches  Vertically fishing minnows, small slab spoons, and jigs over the fish attractors and along timber lined drop-offs in 20-25 feet of water.   

Walleye  Slow  Up to 28 inches  Anglers report picking up a few walleye trolling crankbaits. Vertically fishing slab spoons over deeper points and drop-offs may be productive too.   

White Bass/Wipers  Fair/Good  Whites up to 17 inches Wipers up to 13 lbs.  There has been some white bass surface activity early and late and anglers have reported catching fish on topwater or shallow running shad imitations. During the day whites move deeper and can be caught on shad imitating crank baits, small slab spoons, and live shad. Most anglers report catching 12 to 20 nice fish in the 12 to 14 inch range most days.

 The daily Creel Limit for Wipers is 2.

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GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR (12,586 Acres)
(WACONDA)

Updated  11/22/2013

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1455.6

Inflow: 85 cfs Outflow: 13 cfs

Level: 1.79 Feet high Temperature: 

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 Report By: The Little Bait Shop

Crappie  Fair  10-15 inches  Most of the fish have moved to the channel breaks and deeper brush piles. Minnows might work better now than jigs.  

Walleye  Fair  15-23 inches  There are some walleye being caught around Walnut Creek in 5 feet of water and others being caught on the channel breaks on the west end.   

White Bass  Good  11-16 inches  The white bass have moved into their summer pattern and anglers have been catching them along the dam, river channel drops, and on main lake points on the north shore, especially on windy days. There has been some good top water action around the marina as well.   

Black Bass  Fair  10-19 inches  A few anglers have been reporting some very nice catches of smallmouth bass along the dam and in Marina Cove lately. These fish will hit topwater early and late in the day and can be caught on crankbaits during the heat of the day. There have also been some largemouth and spotted bass reported from the state park coves and Mill Creek using topwater and plastic baits.  

Wipers  Slow  19-27 inches  Anglers have been catching a few wipers while fishing for other species along the river channel breaks on the east end of the reservoir. Best depths include 15 to 25 feet and most of these fish have been caught using jig/minnow combinations. There should also be some wipers showing up at the mouth of Walnut Creek as they tend to hang out on the submerged humps throughout the summer.  

Channel Catfish  Good  All Sizes  Chumming has been going very strong for many anglers and that is your best bet at this time. Stinkbaits and cut shad fished over fermented beans and wheat are working best.   

Flathead Catfish  Good  3-62 pounds  We conducted our annual flathead sample recently and found them stacked along the rocks and in all of the brush piles. Biggest fish collected was 62 pounds with several other 20-30 pound fish collected as well.   

REMINDER TO ALL ANGLERS!!! There is a new creel limit of 20 crappie/day at Glen Elder Reservoir, effective January 1, 2013. Make sure to spread the word that it is now illegal to possess more than 20 crappie each day!!!  

Boat Ramp Update: All boat ramps are open at this time. The reservoir is only 2.1 feet below conservation so low water is not limiting access at this time.

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KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR  (16,000 Acres)

Updated  11/22/2013

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1463.0

Inflow: 25 cfs Outflow: 15 cfs

Level:3.95 feet low Temperature: 

 

Channel Catfish  Good  Variety  Fishing has picked up near rocks and also on the humps on the south side.   

Crappie  Fair  Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches  Fish in deep brush and breaks with small jigs and minnows.   

Trout  Slow Trout stockings will begin around November 1.   

Walleye/Saugeye  Good  Variety, up to 21"  Fishing has slowed down a bit, but some saugeye are still being caught on the flats by trolling crankbaits or spinners.

 White Bass  Good  All sizes - up to 17 inches  Look for white bass surfacing early and late in the day. Shad are about 2" currently. Match lures to size and shape of small shad.   

Wiper  Fair  All sizes  Some big wipers have been mixed in with white bass and generally hang below their schools.

All main boat ramps have been closed due to low water.

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KIRWIN RESERVOIR (5,000 Acres)

Updated 11/22/2013

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1729.3

Inflow: 10 cfs Outflow: 80 cfs

Level: 5.73 feet low Temperature:

Walleye  Good  Majority 20 to 25 inches  Walleye fishing should be good, however, numbers are down slightly from last year with17% being in the 7 to 10 inch size range, 24% being in the 11 to 15 inch size range, 17% being in the 15 to 20 inch size range and 34% being in the 20 to 25 inch size range. Therefore 51% are over the 15 inch length limit. The largest fish sampled weighted 8.1 lbs. Rated #5 in state for density of fish 15 inches and above.   

White Bass  Fair  Majority 12 to 15 inches  Numbers are down from last year with the majority of fish being in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 80%. Fish 9 to 12 inches accounted for 4% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 14%. The biggest fish weighted 2.43 lbs.  

Wiper  Good  Majority 15 to 20 inches  Numbers are up from last year with the majority of fish being in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 46%. Fish 8 to 11 inches accounted for 7%, 12 to 15 inch fish accounted for 33% and fish over 20 inches accounted for 14%. The biggest fish weighted 8.49 lbs. Ranked #2 in the state for density of fish 12 inches and above.   

Channel Catfish  Good  Majority 16 to 24 inches  Catfishing should be good with the numbers up from last year. The population is still fairly young with fish 9 to 12 inches accounting for 6%, fish 12 to 16 inches accounting for 39%, fish 16 to 24 inches accounting for 45% and fish 24 inch plus accounted for 9%. Biggest fish weighted 23.37 lbs.   

Crappie  Fair & Good  Majority 2 to 5 inches  Although low numbers of fish were caught in the trap nets due to cold fronts passing through crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for both with 87% of the blacks and 99% of the whites being 2 to 5 inches. However, the density rating for black crappie is #5 in the state for fish 8 inches and above.  

Largemouth Bass  Good  Majority 15 to 20 inches  The bass fishery is starting to come around and should be good. The majority of fish were in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 58%, fish 6 to 12 inches accounted for 25%, and fish 13 to 15 inches accounted for 17%. Density rating for the state is #7 for fish 12 inches and above.

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LOVEWELL RESERVOIR  (2,986 Acres)

Updated 11/22/2013

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1582.6  

Inflow: 20 cfs Outflow: 112 cfs

Level: 4.60 feet high Temperature:

Walleye  Good  12-29 inches  There have been some good reports of walleye catches while trolling crankbaits and twistertails along the dam and around Walleye Point. Depths have varied from 5 to 15 feet and the fish have been very nice size.   

White Bass/Wipers  Fair  9-16 inches  The white bass have started to move into their summer pattern and anglers should have plenty of opportunities to catch some whites. Fishing upstream of the fish barrier near the outlet could yield some fish as well as near the inlet during periods of inflow. Other good summer spots include the Cabin Point road bed, the dam, and the Oak Hill area.   

Crappie  Slow  8-13 inches  The crappie spawn is over for the year and the crappie fishing may be tough for awhile. The fish will move to the deeper river channel breaks and the deep brush piles. Jigs might not work as well during the hot summer months so anglers should try a jig and minnow or just a minnow fished around this structure.  

Channel Catfish  Good  All Sizes  There have been some very nice catches of catfish using a variety of methods. Some anglers are doing very well catching them at the inlet as the fish are up in the current feeding on shad and other species of fish. Chumming has been effective as well for a few anglers, and drifting shrimp and stink baits along the dam, near the Cross and south of Cabin Point has been another productive method.  

Flathead Catfish  Good  5-50 pounds  The big flatheads can always be found around the marked fish attractors or up any of the creek arms throughout the summer. Anglers with some patience willing to fish live bait such as bluegill, green sunfish, or goldfish could be rewarded with a nice catch of big flatheads.   

FISH BARRIER UPDATE: Anglers fishing at Lovewell will notice a new structure located near the outlet area. This is a large mesh screen suspended between floats on the surface and anchors on the bottom. This mesh curtain has been installed to keep fish from leaving the reservoir during irrigation releases and to improve the fishery at Lovewell. Please do not approach this structure or try to fish near it. This will result in damage to your equipment, loss of lures, and damage to the barrier. This fish-saving device is very important to the future fish populations at Lovewell and will work well if it is not tampered with. Thank you for your cooperation.  

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 5 feet low now, the highway 14 ramp is closed and the Oak Hill ramp is getting fairly shallow. The state park ramps can still be used with no problem at this time.

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KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR   (2,300 Acres)
(NORTON)

Updated 11/22/2013

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 2304.3

Inflow: 5 cfs Outflow 1 cfs

Level: 9.86 feet low Temperature:

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Saugeye  Good  Majority 15 to 18 inches  Saugeye fishing should be good as numbers are up this year with 24% being in the 8 to 15 inch size range, 62% being in the 15 to 18 inch size range and 14% being over 18 inches. The largest fish sampled weighted 6.97 lbs. Rated #1 in state for density for fish 14 inches and above.   

Wiper  Good  Majority 15 to 20 inches Numbers are down from last year with the majority of fish being in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 55% and fish 20 to 25 inches accounted for 45%. The biggest fish weighted 9.59 lbs. Density rating for the state is #8 for fish 12 inches and above.  

Channel Catfish  Good  Majority 24 to 30 inches  Catfishing should be good; however, the numbers are down from last year. The population is dominated by 24 to 30 inch fish accounting for 67% and fish 17 to 24 inches accounted for 33%. Biggest fish weighted 8.07 lbs.   

Crappie  Good & Fair  Majority 2 to 5 inches  Crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for both with 58% of the blacks and 82% of the whites being 2 to 5 inches. However, the density rating for black crappie is #3 in the state for fish 8 inches and above. 

Largemouth/Spotted Bass  Good  Majority 8 to 12 inches  Numbers are up from last year with the majority of the largemouth being in the 8 to 12 inch size range accounting for 41%. Fish 3 to 8 inches accounted for 17%, 12 to 15 inch fish accounted for 28% and fish over 15 inches accounted for 14%. The biggest fish weighted 4.86 lbs. Density rating for the state is #1. Spotted bass numbers are up from last year and the fishing should be good as well. The majority of spot's are in the 11 to 14 inch size range accounting for 44% and 14 inch + fish accounted for 24%. Density rating for the state is #1.

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WEBSTER RESERVOIR    (3,740 Acres)

Updated 11/22/2013

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool:1892.5  

Inflow: 20 cfs Outflow: 85 cfs

Level: 12.84 feet low Temperature:

Wipers  Good  Majority 6 to 15 inches with 15 to 20 inches close behind  Numbers doubled from last year and the fishing should be good. 6 to 15 inch fish accounted for 46%, 15 to 20 inch fish accounted for 42% and 20 plus fish accounted for 12%. The biggest fish sampled weighted 11.0 lbs. Density rating for fish 12 inches and above ranked 5th in the state. The biggest fish sampled weighted 8.79 pounds.   

White Bass  Fair  Majority 12 to 15 inches  Numbers doubled from last year with the majority of fish being in the 12 to 15 inch size range accounting for 53%. Fish over 15 inches accounted for 22% and the biggest fish weighted 1.93 lbs. Density rating for fish 9 inches and above ranked 10th this year.  

Walleye  Good  Majority 15 to 28 inches  Walleye fishing should be good as numbers are up this year with 85% being over 15 inches and another 15% being in the 7 to 15 inch size range. The largest fish sampled weighted 7.47 lbs. Density rating for fish 15 inches and above ranked #1 in state this year.   

Channel Catfish  Good  Majority 16 to 24 inches  Catfishing should be good with the numbers about the same as last year. The population is still fairly young with fish 8 to 10 inches being 7% and fish 11 to 16 inches accounted for 40% and 53% were 16 to 24 inches.   

Crappie  Good & Fair  Majority 2 to 6 inches  Although low numbers of fish were caught in the trap nets due to cold fronts passing through crappie fishing should be good for black crappie and fair for white crappie. Had a really good crappie spawn for both with 61% of the blacks and 80% of the whites being 2 to 5 inches. Will still be some 8 to 15 inch fish accounting for 23%. However, the density rating for black crappie is #1 in the state for fish 8 inches and above.  

Largemouth Bass  Good  Majority 15 to 20 inches  The bass fishery is starting to come around and should be good. The majority of fish were in the 15 to 20 inch size range accounting for 49% and fish 11 to 15 inches accounted for 40%. The biggest fish sampled weighted 3.68 pounds.

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WILSON RESERVOIR  (1,917 Acres)

Updated 11/22/2013

Lake Map

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1516.0

Inflow: 10 cfs Outflow: 15 cfs

Level: 2.03 feet high Temperature:

Crappie  Good  10-14 inches  The crappie spawn is on right now and anglers can catch some fish in the coves near flooded timber and small brush between 5 and 8 feet deep. Minnows under a bobber work well, but jigs cast under a bobber seem to work even better at times.  

Stripers  Fair  3-8 pounds  Not much change here yet this spring. The best areas to fish this time of year continue to be Hell Creek and the upper end of the reservoir. The fish will be staging for a run up the river and anglers sometimes have success trolling small shad crankbaits in the upper end and around the lower river for both whites and stripers. Trolling seems to work better than slabbing for many folks. There are still a few anglers wade fishing the points in Hell Creek catching stripers on large buck tails.  

Walleye  Good  11-23 inches  The walleye tournament was a big success with most of the teams bringing in their 6 fish limits. Walleye can be caught from a variety of depths right now with some reports of fish in 8-12 feet of water near rocky points and other anglers catching them in 25-35 feet of channel ledges. Jig and crawler continue to work best, but jig and leech or minnow will also yields some eyes. Trolling a variety of crankbaits is a good idea this time of year as well. Thanks to the last 2 large year classes there are high numbers of sublegal fish so handle them carefully.  

Channel Catfish  Fair  3-8 pounds  Best areas to look for cats are the back end of Hell Creek and in other creek areas. Best baits include shad sides, shad gizzards, and cut carp. You may catch a striper or two while fishing for cats as well. Target your efforts during the warmer part of the day. Anglers usually catch a few channel catfish from the river this time of year as they seem to be a little more active up there. It won't be long before the catfish move into the rocky areas to spawn. This should happen in the next couple of weeks.  

White Bass  Fair  12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds  The best areas to fish this time of year continue to be Hell Creek and the upper end of the reservoir. Some fish are still up the river and anglers sometimes have success trolling small shad crankbaits in the upper end and around the lower river for both whites and stripers. Trolling seems to work better than slabbing for many folks.  

Black Bass  Excellent  10-18 inches  This is a great time to catch both smallmouth and largemouth bass. The smallmouth spawn is just about over for the year and the largemouth spawn is just beginning. They will be found in the backs of the coves and creeks near flooded vegetation while the smallies can be found off rocky points and ledges.  

White Perch  Fair  9 to 13 inches  The white perch typically emerge from hiding and start feeding actively on shad often stacking up just off the steep rocky bluffs in Hell Creek, near the north end of the dam, and off Minooka. Continue to keep all you catch. Our fall netting showed good numbers of perch near the north end of the dam and further west along the north shore to Lucas. - IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

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