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Ideas and locations to take kids fishingin KS.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Kids fishing

Fishing and the great outdoors offers kids an alternative to many influences they encounter in their busy lives today. A single fishing trip could be the turning point in a young life. The purpose of this page is to share the basics about taking kids fishing and tips to make it fun by keeping it simple. We encourage you to invest the time. The rewards are endless and it takes so little effort. Try ice fishing in winter, as it can be a great way to introduce kids to fishing.

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Kansas provides great opportunities for kids to go fishing, with various fish species available in urban fishing locations throughout the state. These designated fishing spots are designed to be accessible and family-friendly, offering a safe and convenient environment for kids to cast their lines.

One of the popular fish species targeted by kids in Kansas is bluegill. These small, colorful fish are abundant in many urban fishing locations and provide an excellent introduction to fishing for young anglers. Bluegill are known for their willingness to bite and provide plenty of action, ensuring that kids stay engaged and excited while fishing.

Another popular species for kids to target is catfish. Channel catfish, in particular, can be found in urban fishing locations, and they offer a thrill when caught. These hard-fighting fish are often more active during warmer months and can provide a memorable experience for young anglers.

Urban fishing locations in Kansas can be found in city parks, community ponds, and small lakes throughout the state. Some popular spots include Shawnee Mission Park Lake, Lake Shawnee, Watson Park Pond, and Herman Hill Park Pond. These areas are typically stocked with fish by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, ensuring that kids have a good chance of catching fish during their outings.

These urban fishing locations often provide amenities such as fishing piers, easy access points, and picnic areas, making them ideal for family outings. They are typically well-maintained and offer a safe and comfortable environment for kids to learn and enjoy fishing.

Participating in kids fishing programs and events, such as fishing derbies or fishing clinics, can further enhance the experience for young anglers. These programs often provide education on fishing techniques, safety guidelines, and environmental stewardship, fostering a deeper appreciation for the sport and the importance of conservation.

Kansas's urban fishing locations and the variety of fish species available make it an ideal place for kids to develop their fishing skills and create lasting memories. Whether it's catching bluegill or reeling in a catfish, kids can enjoy the excitement and thrill of fishing while exploring the natural beauty of their local communities.

Places in Kansas to take kids fishing

Consider these small lakes, ponds, creeks and urban fishing locations as places to take a kid fishing in the Sunflower State.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Kansas

- Atchison City Lakes

- Big Hill Lake

Great Bend
- Great Bend Stone Lake

- Brown State Fishing Lake

- Herington City Lakes

- Clinton State Park
- Douglas Fishing Lake
- Prairie Park
- Riverfront Park

- Hillsdale Reservoir
- Middle Creek Fishing Lake
- Louisburg City Lake
- Miami State Fishing Lake
- Osawatomie Beaver Lake
- Paola Lake Miola

- Geary Fishing Lake
- Milford Reservoir
- Milford State Park Pond

- Amesbury Lake
- Kingston Lake Park
- Lake Lenexa
- Lake Olathe
- Lenexa Rose's Pond
- Olathe Cedar Lake
- Olathe Prairie Center Pond
- Overland Park Lakes
- Spring Hill City Lake
- Summercrest Lake
- Swarner Park

Overland Park
- Jerry's Lake
- Big Shunga Park
- Forty and Eight Lake
- Governor`s Ponds
- Lake Shawnee Park
- Lansing City Lake
- Leavenworth Fishing Lake
- Shawnee Fishing Lake

- Cross Creek Lake
- Wamego City Lake

- Salina Lakewood Lake
- Salina Indian Rock Lake
- Saline Fishing Lake

- Topeka Cedar Crest Pond
- Topeka Central Park Lake
- Topeka Clarion Lake
- Topeka West Lake

- Buffalo Park
- Chisholm Creek Park
- Dillons Pond Park
- Harveyville City Lake
- High Park Lake
- Meadows Park
- South Lakes Park
- Towne Park

Kansas offers many opportunities for kids to fish and experience the thrill of the “tap-tap-tap”. Watch the eyes of a youth light up no matter how big or small their catch may be. You have the opportunity to experience it with them and share their joy.

Top 3 tips for taking kids fishing in KS

1. Make sure that the goal is to have fun. Catching fish is a bonus.

2. Keep it simple. Simple tackle, techniques and locations.

3. Keep the focus on the kids. Be a hero by helping them enjoy the day.

Click here for additional tips to create a successful day of fishing for kids.

Youngsters with their prized catch


Korina Pruyn shows off a nice stringer of channel catfish which weighed roughly 20 pounds. She caught these during a fishing derby at Jerry Dishman Lake.


Callie Serber shows off a real nice crappie!

Kids fishing photo

Kids, fishing and smiles naturally go together. Take a kid fishing and you just might change the course of their life. Then take pictures and send us one of them holding their prized catch. We will happily post it here.

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Kids fishing locations and information, by state.

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Help us identify other youth fishing spots in KS.

If you are aware of a great place to take kids fishing in your area, please let us know. We can add it to our list. Every kid that catches a fish will appreciate the fact that you made the effort.