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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass and hybrid striped bass at Kirwin Reservoir in Kansas.

Kirwin Reservoir, KS

There are somewhat limited amenities at Kirwin Reservoir, but there is camping, RV hookups and boat ramps to make boating and fishing easy at this 5,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at the town of Kirwin.

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Kirwin Reservoir, located in north-central Kansas, is a popular fishing destination known for its scenic beauty and diverse fish populations. The reservoir offers anglers a variety of fishing opportunities, making it a favorite spot for both local and visiting anglers.

Largemouth bass is one of the primary targets for anglers at Kirwin Reservoir. The lake's structure, including submerged vegetation, rocky points, and fallen trees, provides excellent habitat for largemouth bass. Anglers can use a variety of techniques, such as casting with soft plastics, crankbaits, or topwater lures, to entice these hard-fighting fish into biting. Kirwin Reservoir's favorable habitat and healthy bass population make it a favorite among bass anglers.

Walleye is another prized fish species found in Kirwin Reservoir. Anglers can target walleye by trolling with crankbaits, casting with jigs, or drifting with live bait along the lake's drop-offs, rocky points, or submerged structures. Successful walleye fishing at Kirwin Reservoir often requires knowledge of the lake's structure and the use of techniques that appeal to these predator fish. Catching a walleye at Kirwin Reservoir can be a thrilling experience for any angler.

Hybrid stripers, a cross between striped bass and white bass, are also abundant in Kirwin Reservoir. These hard-fighting fish provide anglers with an exciting challenge and the opportunity to catch trophy-sized specimens. Trolling with crankbaits, casting with swimbaits, or vertically jigging can entice hybrid stripers to bite. Anglers targeting these fish can enjoy the thrill of reeling in these powerful predators.

Kirwin Reservoir is home to a healthy population of channel catfish, providing anglers with excellent opportunities for catfishing. Anglers can target catfish using a variety of baits such as cut bait, stink bait, or live bait. Fishing near the lake's deeper areas, including channels and drop-offs, can increase the chances of landing a catfish. Kirwin Reservoir's catfish population offers both quantity and quality catches, making it a favorite destination for catfish enthusiasts.

White bass and white crappie are additional popular species found in Kirwin Reservoir. White bass can be caught by casting with jigs, spoons, or crankbaits, particularly during their spring spawning runs. White crappie can be targeted by vertical jigging near submerged structures or brush piles. Anglers can enjoy the thrill of catching these panfish species while appreciating the scenic surroundings of the reservoir.

More than 35 miles of shoreline await fishing enthusiasts who enjoy fishing from the bank or from a boat. Wrapped by the Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge, there are no private homes at the lake. Anglers arrive seeking catfish, crappie, walleye, bass and wipers - all of which thrive in good numbers.

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Primary fish species residing in Kirwin Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish White Crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Hybrid Stripers

Kirwin Reservoir Amenities

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

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Kirwin Reservoir offers amenities for boating and camping, allowing anglers to make the most of their fishing trips. Anglers can explore the reservoir's 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 enjoy the outdoor experience.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

North Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off E Xavier Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Southeast Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off S Kirwin Lake Road, this is a two-lane, earthen ramp with gravel parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Fort Kirwin RV & Camping - 785 543-6736

Kirwin Reservoir KS Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Kirwin Reservoir
Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge
702 E Xavier Rd
Kirwin, KS 67644
785 543-6673


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