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Kansas Fishing

All about fishing in the Sunflower State

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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.

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 in Kansas and cross references these waters with the major species to be found there.

Kansas Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wolf Creek Reservoir is a 5,100-acre lake in the eastern part of the state, at New Strawn, KS.

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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.

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Fish for big bass in Kansas

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

Fish Species in Kansas

Fishing for bass in Kansas

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

KS State Record: 11 lbs 13 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

KS State Record: 6 lbs 14 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

KS State Record: 4 lbs 7 oz

Fishing for catfish in Kansas

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

KS State Record: 36 lbs 8 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

KS State Record: 123 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

KS State Record: 102 lbs 13 oz

Fishing for crappie in Kansas

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

KS State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

KS State Record: 4 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for walleye in Kansas

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

KS State Record: 13 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for trout in Kansas

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

KS State Record: 15 lbs 11 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

KS State Record: 4 lbs 3 oz

Fishing for panfish in Kansas

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

KS State Record: 2 lbs 5 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

KS State Record: 2 lbs 5 oz

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish

World record: N/A

KS State Record: 2 lbs 10 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

KS State Record: 1 lbs 11 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

KS State Record: 1 lbs 1 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

KS State Record: 5 lbs 11 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

KS State Record: 1 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Kansas

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

KS State Record: 44 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for other species in Kansas

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

KS State Record: 31 lbs 8 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

KS State Record: 24 lbs 12 oz

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

KS State Record: 144 lbs 0 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

KS State Record: 4 lbs 13 oz

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

KS State Record: 9 lbs 13 oz

Spotted Gar

Spotted gar

World record: 9 lbs 12 oz

KS State Record: 7 lbs 12 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.