KANSAS FISHING REPORTS: Region 2
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CLINTON RESERVOIR (7,000 Acres)
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 875.5
Inflow: 120 cfs Outflow: 21 cfs
Level: 2.00 feet high Temp:
Report by: Richard Sanders Fisheries Biologist Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir
Be sure to CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY all equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from spreading them to another lake.
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.25-1.5 lb Using jigs within one foot of bottom, over water about 15-20 feet deep. Most hits coming when jig is first lowered down. Quite a few 8-9.5 inch fish, keepers hard to come by but some very nice ones up to 14 inches.
Wiper Slow 3-5 lbs Using jigs. Action was good earlier this week (i.e.Dec. 14), but has slowed since.
Trout Fair-Good 0.5-1 lbs Lake Henry was stocked again Dec. 15. Anglers have been catching fish using power bait, worms, jigs, spoons, spinners and flies.
HILLSDALE RESERVOIR (4,580 Acres)
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 917.0
Inflow: 750 cfs Outflow: 500 cfs
Level: 1.00 feet high Temp:
Report by: Hillsdale Lake Guide Service
Walleye Slow Up to 8 lbs. Walleye should be entering a winter pattern, focus on deeper structure and main creek channels.
Crappie Good Most fish are 9 to 11 inches and few up to 13 inches Crappie should be congregating near deeper structure and winter habitats. Jigs or minnows fished in 15-25 ft. of water near structure should produce some fish.
White Bass Fair Up to 2 lbs. White bass can be taken on a wide range of shad imitation lures. Follow the shad schools and look for shad busting on the surface of the water. White bass are biting in the Little Bull Arm and near Hillsdale Point.
Largemouth Bass Slow Up to 4 lbs. Largemouth bass should be holding tight to trees and brush in the cooler water. Plastic baits and jigs appear to be the baits of choice.
Channel Catfish Slow Up to 10 lbs. Channel cat can be taken on a variety of baits using the traditional prepared or live baits. Channel catfish are being taken lake wide at this time.
MILFORD RESERVOIR (16,200 Acres)
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1144.4
Inflow: 1500 cfs Outflow: 2000 cfs
Level:4.00 feet high Temperature:
Catfish Fair up to 50lbs blue cats on cut bait 35ft deep along channel ledges, channel cats fair on cut bait near flats with steep dropoffs
Crappie Fair/Good up to 2 lbs tube jigs and minnows suspended 10-15ft deep near brush, points and ledges with gravel, brush or rock
Walleye Fair near deeper edges of flats and points on jigs and spoons
White Bass/Wipers Fair along points and channel ledges on jigs and spoons
Smallmouth Bass Good up to 4lbs jigs 10ft deep near rock/gravel points
Largemouth Bass Fair up to 5lbs jigs near points with brush/rock/ledges
Outlet Good catfish on cut bait and white bass/wipers on jigs when releasing water
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: 2500 cfs Outflow: 25 cfs
Level: 6.00 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: 2000 cfs Outflow: 2000 cfs
Level: 15.00 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
GEARY (SFL) (97 Acres)
Crappie Fair up to 2 lbs jigs and minnows near rock and creek channels suspended 10-15ft deep.
Catfish Fair up to 3 lbs Cut bait along ledges lakewide
Saugeye Fair up to 5 lbs jig and worms and crankbaits along dam and rock points
Black bass Fair up to 4lbs jigs near rock/brush/points along the shoreline
Bluegill Fair size varies tube jigs and worms near cover 5-10ft deep
MIAMI (SFL) (101 Acres)
Largemouth Bass Slow 0.5-4 lbs Plastic finesse baits along vegetation edges are producing the best right now.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lbs Jigs or worms fished near shoreline structure.
Channel Cat Slow 1-10 lbs Channel cats can be taken now on a variety of live or prepared baits.
Crappie Good Up to 16 inches Crappie being taken on jigs near culvert and rock jetties. Also near structure and vegetation edges on upper end.
White Bass Fair 14-17 inches A good population of White Bass exists in this lake and is not often targeted. White Bass can be taken on shad imitation lures and white marabou jigs.
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!
Big blues are on the bite useing fresh shad cut or Asian carp cut hang on to your pole
CATDADDY THE KANSAS CATMAN.
Big blues are on the bite useing fresh shad cut or Asian carp cut hang on to your pole
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: 11/18/17
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