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  • Cedar Bluff Lake, KS
  • Cheney Reservoir, KS
  • Clinton Lake, KS
  • Coffey County Lake, KS
  • Council Grove Lake, KS
  • El Dorado Lake, KS
  • Elk City Lake, KS
  • Fall River Lake, KS
  • Hillsdale Lake, KS
  • John Redmond Reservoir, KS
  • Kanopolis Lake, KS
  • Keith Sebelius Lake, KS
  • Kirwin Reservoir, KS
  • La Cygne Lake, KS
  • Lovewell Reservoir, KS
  • Marion Reservoir, KS
  • Melvern Lake, KS
  • Milford Lake, KS
  • Perry Lake, KS
  • Pomona Lake, KS
  • Toronto Lake, KS
  • Tuttle Creek Lake, KS
  • Waconda Lake, KS
  • Webster Reservoir, KS
  • Wilson Lake, KS

The state of Kansas offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. The vast majority of fishing in Kansas is for bass, walleye, crappie and Catfish. There are also waters offering striper and "wiper" (a cross between white bass and stripers) fishing. Ice fishing is available at a limited number of lakes in winter, when conditions allow.

The state of Kansas offers a very wide variety of fishing choices. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth, white bass, yellow perch, stripers, longnose gar, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, saugeye and spotted gar in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Additionally, there are small ponds and streams which offer a variety of panfish including bluegills. Some streams and lakes are also stocked with trout. Look here for stocking locations for trout fishing in Kansas.

Major Kansas Lakes

Kansas major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This section of the website is focused on the larger impoundments and lakes. The lakes chart lists the major fishing lakes and cross references these waters with the major species to be found there.

For a detailed list of primary fish species in KS, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Big Hill Lake is a 1,200-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Dennis.

Cedar Bluff Lake is a 6,000-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 10 miles north of Brownell.

Cheney Reservoir is a 9,500-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, 5 miles north of Cheney.

Clinton Lake is a 7,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, on the southwest outskirts of Lawrence.

Coffey County Lake is a 5,100-acre lake in the eastern part of the state, at New Strawn.

Council Grove Lake is a 3,300-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Council Grove.

El Dorado Lake is an 8,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, at El Dorado.

Elk City Lake is a 4,500-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Independence.

Fall River Lake is a 2,500-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Fall River.

Hillsdale Lake is a 5,400-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 2 miles southwest of Spring Hill.

John Redmond Reservoir is a 9,400-acre lake in the eastern part of the state, at New Strawn.

Kanopolis Lake is a 3,400-acre lake in the central part of the state, 5 miles southeast of Kanopolis.

Keith Sebelius Lake is a 2,200-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 2 miles southwest of Norton.

Kirwin Reservoir is a 5,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Kirwin.

La Cygne Lake is a 2,600-acre lake at the eastern border of the state, 3 miles east of La Cygne.

Lovewell Reservoir is a 3,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 2 miles south of Webber.

Marion Reservoir is a 6,200-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, 2 miles west of Marion.

Melvern Lake is a 7,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Olivet.

Milford Lake is a 15,700-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Milford.

Perry Lake is a 11,100-acre lake in the central-eastern part of the state, at Ozawkie.

Pomona Lake is a 4,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Vassar.

Toronto Lake is a 2,800-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Toronto.

Tuttle Creek Lake is a 12,500-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Randolph.

Waconda Lake is a 12,600-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Glen Elder.

Webster Reservoir is a 3,700-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 7 miles east of Bogue.

Wilson Lake is a 9,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 5 miles south of Wilson.

Winfield City Lake is a 1,200-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, 5 miles northwest of Winfield.

Fish Species & State Records in Kansas

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 11.80 lbs

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 6.88 lbs

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 4.44 lbs

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 36.5 lbs

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 123.0 lbs

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 102.8 lbs

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 4.63 lbs

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 4.02 lbs

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 13.16 lbs

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 4.80 lbs

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 9.81 lbs

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 15.72 lbs

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 4.62 lbs

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 2.31 lbs

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.2 lbs

State Record: 2.36 lbs

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish

World record: N/A

State Record: 2.65 lbs

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

State Record: 1.69 lbs

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

State Record: 1.11 lbs

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 5.67 lbs

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 1.06 lbs

Stripers

Striped Bass

Striped Bass

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

State Record: 44.0 lbs

Hybrid Striped Bass

Hybrid Striper (Wiper)

World record: 27 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 25.0 lbs

Other species

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 31.5 lbs

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 24.75 lbs

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

State Record: 144.0 lbs

Spotted Gar

Spotted gar

World record: 9 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 7.75 lbs

Click the images and links above for species details.

State of KS Fishing Information

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has a website loaded with information about fishing in Kansas including rules and regulations. Apply online, here, for a Kansas fishing license.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Kansas.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

Excellent largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers.

 

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