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Kansas Fishing Records






American Eel 4lbs 7.04oz Kansas River  Ralph B. Westerman 6/23/1987
Bigmouth Buffalo 58lbs 0oz Lovewell Reservoir Tammie Overton 5/21/2009
Black Crappie 4lbs 10oz Woodson Lake  Hazel Fey 10/21/1957
Blue Catfish 94lbs 0oz Kansas River  James Edmiston 7/14/2000
Bullhead 7lbs 5.4oz private pond  David A. Tremain 5/15/1985
Carp 47lbs 1.6oz Carey Park Phil McAmis 6/10/1997
Channel Catfish 36lbs 8oz Mined Land RickBarnow 6/6/2003
Drum 31lbs .5oz Blue River Bill Hull 9/2/2008
Flathead Catfish 123lbs 0oz Elk City Reservoir  Ken Paulie 5/14/1998
Goldeye 2lbs 4oz Milford Reservoir  Mike Augustine 6/19/1980
Grass Carp 60lbs 0oz Sugar Valley Lakes  Darrell Lancaster 7/6/2000
Green Sunfish 2lbs 5.76oz private pond  Fae Vaupel 9/26/1982
Largemouth Bass 11lbs .80oz Private Pit Lake Kenneth M. Bingham 5/3/2008

Longnose Gar 31lbs 8oz Perry Reservoir reservoir outlet Ray Schroeder 5/21/1974
Northern Pike 24lbs 12oz Council Grove Reservoir  H.A. Bowman 8/28/1971
Paddlefish 144lbs 0oz Kansas River Ralph B. Westerman 5/5/2004
Rainbow Trout 9lbs 0oz Shawnee Mission Park Lake Ken Phelps 3/3/2009
Redear Sunfish 1lbs 0.04oz Finney Wildlife Area Larry Fox 7/4/1995
Sauger 4lbs 12.8oz Melvern Reservoir  Jimmy Barnes 11/29/1996
Saugeye 9lbs 13oz Sebelius Reservoir  Raymond Wait 11/13/1997
Shortnose Gar 5lbs 15oz Milford Reservoir  Jack M. Frost 5/4/1985
Smallmouth Bass 6lbs 6oz Milford Reservoir  Jimmy Gilreath 4/26/1997
Smallmouth Buffalo 51lbs 0oz private pond  Scott Butler 5/2/1979
Spotted Bass 4lbs 7oz N/A Clarence E. McCarter 4/16/1977
Spotted Gar 7lbs 12oz Chetopa dam  Charles Harbert 5/13/1983
Striped Bass 43lbs 8oz Wilson Reservoir  Chester Nily 5/18/1988
Sturgeon 5lbs 3.68oz Lovewell Reservoir  Edwin P. Hood 7/4/1999
Walleye 13lbs 2.56oz Wilson Reservoir  Dustin Ritter 4/17/1996
Warmouth 1lbs 1.76oz Mined Land WA #7  Vivian A. Bradley 4/30/1988
White Bass 5lbs 10.72oz Rvr. above John Redmond Marvin W. Gary, 4/11/2002
White Crappie 4lbs 0.25oz private pond  Frank Miller 3/30/1964
Wiper (Whiterock) Bass 22lbs 39oz Perry Spillway Chris Wilcox, 7/9/2005
Yellow Perch 1lbs 1oz private pond  Walker Trimble 5/7/2000


Kansas Fish and Game Website

Kansas Fishing

That's right. Kansas fishing isn't what it used to be. It's much more. Oh, we still have some of the best channel, flathead, and blue catfishing to be found, but today Kansas anglers have great variety.
If you're an old-school angler and still want to catch the whiskered fish native to our streams and rivers, you have more opportunities today than ever.
Channel catfish are found in nearly every stream, river, pond, lake, and reservoir in the state. They remain one of the most popular angling species. 
To keep up with demand, state
fish hatcheries produce millions of channel cats each year. Some are stocked into lakes as fry, but more are fed and grown to catchable size, then stocked into one of many state and community lakes around the state. Our reservoirs hold amazing numbers of channel catfish, and for the most part, the reservoir cats are overlooked by anglers fishing for other species. Fisheries biologists consider channel cats an underutilized resource in most large reservoirs.
For sheer excitement,
flathead catfish is still king. Monster flatheads weighing 60, 70 and even 80 pounds are caught each summer. Most of the truly large flatheads come from the larger rivers in the eastern half of the state, where setting limb and trot lines is a tradition.
There are
24 large reservoirs in Kansas. Most were built in the 1960s for flood control, water supply, and recreation. The reservoirs range in size from 1,200 to 16,000 surface acres, and most offer park facilities. Fishing is the number one attraction, and reservoir anglers have a variety to cast to. Depending on individual reservoir characteristics, each has its own specialty. In the northeast, reservoirs are known for producing crappie, white bass, and channel catfish. In the southeast, crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, and catfish are tops. In the central part of the state, reservoirs draw anglers looking for walleye, white bass, striped bass, wipers, and channel cats. In the west, reservoirs are known for walleye, largemouth bass, wipers, and crappie.
For those who prefer smaller waters, there are plenty to choose from. The department owns and operates more than
40 state fishing lakes. These impoundments can be as small as 50 acres or as large as 300. Some primitive facilities are available, and boating is allowed for fishing only. State fishing lakes are great places for family trips and provide good fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, and channel catfish. More than 200 community lakes are owned by local governments, and these jewels can provide outstanding angling opportunities. The Community Fisheries Assistance Program has leased fishing rights to most of these lakes to allow fishing from the shore or a boat with no additional fees. All you need is a Kansas fishing license. Less than 10 percent of community lakes still require daily or annual fees. They may establish creel and length limits more restrictive than state regulations, so it's a good idea to check locally before fishing.
There are more than
10,000 miles of streams and rivers in Kansas, most of which are privately owned. The three navigable rivers - the Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas - are open to the public, although one must have permission to access the river through private land. The rest of our streams are privately owned, but some reaches are leased by the department through the Fish Impoundments and Stream Habitats (F.I.S.H) Program, while other reaches are in public ownership. Many streams provide excellent channel and flathead catfishing, and those in the east and southeast may also hold spotted bass. A little research using the Fishing Atlas and legwork visiting with landowners could open some great stream fishing.
More than 150,000 privately-owned farm
ponds also provide outstanding fishing opportunities. Tucked away in beautiful prairie settings, these secret fishing holes are largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and channel cat hotspots. Permission from the landowner is needed to fish on any private water, except those waters enrolled in the department's F.I.S.H program.
The F.I.S.H. program works like the popular
Walk-In Hunting Area program. The department leases pond and stream access from private landowners and opens it to public fishing. The leases run from March through October and allows fishing only from sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
Other special programs include the
trout program, which provides catchable-size trout in select waters across the state from October through April. A trout permit is required of all anglers who fish for trout during the season. The urban program stocks catchable-sized channel catfish in select urban lakes. Check out the Fishing Forecast, which is a compilation of biologists' sampling efforts and can help you decide where to fish according to the type of fishing you prefer. For up-to-date information, look up the fishing report for the lake of your choice. Field staff update the fishing reports each week through the fishing season, reporting on fishing success, lake levels, water temperatures, and other important information.

There's no doubt that Kansas fishing has come a long way. Anglers can specialize in catfish or crappie, wipers or walleye, or better yet, they can fish for them all! Use this guide to find a lake, stream, or reservoir that fits your style. Then, hang on and have fun.

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