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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, white crappie, rainbow trout, bluegill, redear sunfish, white bass and saugeye at Tuttle Creek Lake in Kansas.

Tuttle Creek Lake, KS

Conveniently located on the northern outskirts of Manhattan, KS, Tuttle Creek Lake is a great place to go fishing, boating, water skiing, sightseeing and many other outdoor activities. This 12,500-acre lake, in the northeast part of the state, has over 100 miles of shoreline with a state park at each end of the lake.

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Tuttle Creek Lake, located in northeastern Kansas, is a popular fishing destination known for its scenic beauty and diverse fish populations. Anglers are drawn to Tuttle Creek Lake for its excellent fishing opportunities and the chance to catch a variety of popular fish species.

Largemouth bass is one of the prized game fish found in Tuttle Creek Lake. Anglers can target these hard-fighting fish by casting with soft plastics, crankbaits, or topwater lures near submerged vegetation, fallen trees, and rocky structures. Tuttle Creek Lake offers ample opportunities to catch quality-sized largemouth bass, making it a favorite spot for bass anglers.

Rainbow trout is another popular species found in Tuttle Creek Lake. The lake is stocked with these vibrant and feisty fish, providing anglers with exciting trout fishing experiences. Anglers can target rainbow trout using various techniques such as casting with spinners, flies, or bait such as worms or PowerBait. The trout fishing season in Tuttle Creek Lake is usually during the cooler months, offering anglers a chance to catch these beautiful fish.

Channel catfish and blue catfish are abundant in Tuttle Creek Lake, providing anglers with excellent catfishing opportunities. These bottom-dwelling fish can be targeted using a variety of baits such as cut bait, stink bait, or live bait. Fishing near the lake's deeper areas, channels, or drop-offs can increase the chances of landing a catfish. Tuttle Creek Lake's catfish population offers both quantity and quality catches, making it an ideal destination for catfish enthusiasts.

White bass and white crappie are also popular species found in Tuttle Creek Lake. 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. White crappie can be caught by vertical jigging near submerged structures, brush piles, or docks. Using minnows or soft plastics as bait can entice both white bass and white crappie into biting. Tuttle Creek Lake's population of these panfish species provides anglers with opportunities for both excitement and relaxation.

Sauger and bluegill are additional fish species found in Tuttle Creek Lake. Anglers can target sauger by trolling with crankbaits, casting with jigs, or drifting with live bait along the lake's drop-offs, rocky points, or submerged structures. Bluegill, known for their aggressive nature, offer anglers enjoyable panfishing opportunities. Tuttle Creek Lake's fish populations make it a versatile fishing destination with options for various angling preferences.

Access is available at the parks for anglers wishing to fish from the bank. Anglers visit in search of bass, catfish, trout, walleye, crappie, sunfish, saugeye and white bass which populate the lake. Several campgrounds, a marina, lodging, stores, bait and tackle, restaurants and other amenities are all available at, or very close by the lake. Several boat launch ramps are available to the public, subject to water levels.

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Primary fish species residing in Tuttle Creek Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Blue catfish White crappie Rainbow trout Bluegill Redear Sunfish White Bass Saugeye

Tuttle Creek Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Tuttle Creek Lake also offers amenities for boating and camping, allowing anglers to make the most of their fishing trips. Anglers can explore the lake's waters, navigate with ease, and access various fishing spots. The lake's campgrounds and recreational facilities provide convenient options for anglers looking to extend their stay and fully enjoy the outdoor experience.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Fancy Creek State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Catfish Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Spillway Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Spillway Marina Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Tuttle Creek Cove Park Campground - 785 539-6523

Broken Arrow Ranch Campground - 785 468-3638

Tuttle Creek State Park Campground - 785 539-7941

Tuttle Creek Lake KS Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information
Tuttle Creek Cove Park
6040 Tuttle Cove Rd
Manhattan, KS 66503
785 539-6523


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Tuttle Creek Lake offers bass, catfish, trout, walleye, crappie, sunfish, saugeye and white bass fishing in northeast KS.

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