Fishing in Kansas

The Kansas state fish wasn't officially named until the year 2018 when they called the channel catfish the official fish. You might think of this state by the great plains and farming that it states symbol displays, but some great fishing lakes in Kansas. Some of the bodies of water have our flat at the surface level, so white caps will sometimes move anglers to their creeks and streams where walleye fishing can be at its best.
  • Best Fishing in Kansas

    Waconda Lake

    • You may have heard it called Glen Elder Reservoir. On this 21,000 acres of water, you will find some good bass, crappie fishing, white bass, and walleye. If your fishing during the winter, make sure to look up, and you'll probably spot some bald eagles. The department of wildlife parks has done an excellent job maintaining and improving public fishing over the years for anglers.

    Milford Lake

    • This is the largest lake in the state, with 163 miles of shoreline. This near city lake is located in Milford State Park, not far from Junction City, and is surrounded by hiking trails. It's because of the efforts by the wildlife parks and tourism, and it's excellent fish programs that this lake has been named a Top 200 Town to live in for fishing and hunting.
    • If you start to experience some of the stiff wind while out on the lake head to one of the big feeder creeks for some safety and walleye. The Kansas Department of Wildlife keeps the lake stocked well. A jig and a nightcrawler is a go-to method for catching walleye on this lake.

    Clinton Lake

    • One of the state's fishing lakes located just West of Lawrence, Kansas. We recommend jigs over brush for Crappie between Apil and May. When June comes around, try fishing for catfish with chicken livers.

    Others Fishing Spots

    • Turtle Creek Lake, Perry Lake, and Kanopolis Lake
  • Licenses and Regulations

    Residents ages 16 to 74 years of age must possess a license on their person while fishing. A resident's one-day license is $8.50. For an annual fishing license, it costs $27.50. For non-residents obtaining a one-day license to fish will cost $14.50, and for an annual fishing license, it will cost you $52.50.

    A Permit is needed for fishing for Trout and Paddlefish. Trout season typically runs from November - April 15th, and the permit costs $14.50. Paddlefish snagging requires a permit for $12.50.

Fishing Calendar for the Best Times to Fish in Kansas


Where: Waconda Lake

Species: Crappie


Where: Clinton Lake

Species: Crappie


Where: Scott State Fishing Lake

Species: Trout


Where: Fall River

Species: White Bass


Where: Burlington City Parks

Species: Spoonbill


Where: Clinton Lake

Species: Channel Catfish


Where: Milford Lake

Species: Largemouth Bass


Where: Milford Lake

Species: Channel Catfish


Where: Milford Lake

Species: Blue Catfish


Where: Milford Lake

Species: Walleye


Where: Waconda Lake

Species: Crappie


Where: Clinton Lake

Species: Walleye


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