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Guide to fishing for channel catfish, white crappie, bluegill and white bass at John Redmond Reservoir in Kansas.

John Redmond Reservoir, KS

Fishing from the bank is quite popular at John Redmond Reservoir, as is boating and camping. Come visit and enjoy this 9,400-acre lake in the eastern part of the state, at New Strawn.

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John Redmond Reservoir, located in the eastern section of Kansas, is a popular fishing destination that offers anglers a diverse range of fishing opportunities. The reservoir is known for its serene beauty and abundant fish populations, attracting anglers from near and far.

Channel catfish are highly sought after in John Redmond Reservoir. Anglers can target these bottom-dwelling fish using a variety of baits, such as cut bait, stink bait, or live bait. Fishing near the lake's channels, drop-offs, or deeper areas can increase the chances of landing a catfish. John Redmond Reservoir is renowned for its excellent catfish fishing, providing anglers with both quantity and quality catches.

White bass is another popular species found in John Redmond Reservoir. These schooling fish provide exciting angling opportunities, especially during their spring spawning runs. Anglers can target white bass by casting with jigs, spoons, or crankbaits near submerged structures, rocky points, or in open water where schools of baitfish are present. Catching white bass in John Redmond Reservoir can result in fast-paced action and multiple hookups.

Bluegill, a sunfish species, are abundant in John Redmond Reservoir. These feisty fish are known for their willingness to bite and provide excellent panfishing opportunities. Anglers can catch bluegill using small hooks and bait, such as worms or crickets, near submerged structures, weed beds, or around the lake's shoreline. Bluegill fishing in John Redmond Reservoir offers a relaxing and enjoyable experience for anglers of all ages.

White crappie is another popular species sought after by anglers in John Redmond Reservoir. These panfish can be targeted by vertical jigging near submerged structures, brush piles, or docks. Anglers can use a variety of bait options, such as minnows or soft plastics, to entice white crappie into biting. John Redmond Reservoir's population of white crappie provides anglers with the opportunity to catch these prized panfish and enjoy their delicate and tasty fillets.

There are more than 15 miles of shoreline, much of which is scattered with flooded timber making it an ideal home for big crappie. Catfish, sunfish and white bass also roam these waters. RV hookups are available at the campgrounds and lodging is nearby, making this a nice fishing destination for extended stays.

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Primary fish species residing in John Redmond Reservoir

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Channel catfish White Crappie Bluegill White Bass

John Redmond Reservoir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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John Redmond Reservoir also offers amenities for boating and camping. Anglers can explore the reservoir's vast waters, navigate with ease, and access various fishing spots. The reservoir's campgrounds and recreational facilities provide convenient options for anglers looking to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the outdoor experience.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Dam Site Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Embankment Road, this is two, two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Otter Creek West Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southern section of the lake, off Embankment Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Riverside West Campground - 620 364-8613

Wolf Creek Resort RV Park - 620 490-0962

John Redmond Reservoir KS Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

John Redmond Reservoir
Riverside West Campground
1565 Embankment Rd
Burlington, KS 66839
620 364-8613


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