Fishing Kansas

Kansas is completely filled with hundreds of lakes and reservoirs. The reservoirs (about 24 of them) range in size from 1,200 to over 16,000 acres and most offer park facilities. The lakes are on the smaller side and usually range from 50 to 300 acres in size. To the pleasure of all anglers alike, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism regularly stocks many thousands of channel catfish and trout in many of these bodies of water for your fishing enjoyment. 

One other thing that separates the state of Kansas when it comes to providing for it’s anglers, the KDWPT leases over 200 private lakes and ponds and over 50 miles of private-owned rivers and streams. It has also recently opened upwards of 70 miles of river and stream banks for public fishing. In order to fish on these leased private properties, anglers can enroll in the F.I.S.H Program. This program allows anglers to fish in the leased bodies of water from March 1 through October 31 (or year-round for certain F.I.S.H bodies of water).

Possibly one of the biggest attractions to Kansas fishing is the opportunity to catch one or more of the famous 60, 70, and up to 80 pound Flathead Catfish that are caught each summer. For the best chance of catching one of these “monster” catfish, anglers should target some of the rivers in the eastern half of the state. 

Pretty much everywhere in the state, you will have great opportunities to catch Crappie, White Bass, Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Channel Catfish, and Flathead Catfish. 

For a list of licenses, fees and where to buy, see our Kansas Fishing License page.

The locations below are listed alphabetically and just a sampling of the many places to go fishing and some of the species you can catch in Kansas. 

Places To Go Fishing In Kansas

Clark State Fishing Lake: This lake is approximately 300 acres and sits in Clark County of southwest Kansas. It has a max depth of about 42 feet when full. Camping, hunting, and picnicking are available around the lake. There are also 4 boat ramps available and boats may only be used for fishing purposes.

Popular Species To Catch: Black Crappie, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Common Carp, Green Sunfish Largemouth Bass

To see the full list of Kansas fishing licenses and prices, please visit our Kansas Fishing License page.

Many more locations to come. If you have any favorite spots or bodies of water that you think should definitely be on this page, please send us a note. 

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