Northeast Kansas Reservoirs

Northeast Kansas Reservoirs


Large and small flatland reservoirs in the Topeka area offer fine multispecies fishing, with options for largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, crappies, walleyes, saugers, saugeyes, white bass, wipers and more.

"Melvern and Coffey lakes are stellar smallmouth bass lakes," says In-Fisherman Field Editor Ned Kehde. "Coffey is a power-plant reservoir, and some years, smallmouth bass can be readily caught in shallow water in winter. April into November are the best months. It's possible for two anglers to catch 50 to 60 smallmouth bass in four hours.

"Scores of the area's small flatland reservoirs that range in size from 50 to 400 acres have stellar year-round largemouth bass fishing," he says. "These are great Midwest finesse venues and it's fun fishing. For more information, check in-fisherman.com for Ned Kehde's extensive column on Midwest finesse fishing.


While largemouth and smallmouth bass are currently top options in the region's lakes, other opportunities exist to round out a multispecies trip with catfish, crappies, temperate basses (white bass and hybrid striped bass), and walleyes.

"Chummers at lakes Perry, Clinton, Pomona, Melvern, and Coffey catch numbers of channel and blue cats in July and August," Kehde says. Anglers who ply riprap dams and causeways in late May and June catch channel catfish, as well as some flathead and blue catfish. A jig-and-night crawler rig works well, and it's a finesseful way to fish for catfish.

"Walleye anglers who use jigs and nightcrawlers ply main-lake mudflats at Melvern, Coffey, Hillsdale, and Clinton lakes in late April, May, and June. Walleyes generally run smaller, and there are saugers and saugeyes in the mix, too.


"While fishing for temperate bass and crappies isn't what to used to be, Guide Clyde Holscher had several fruitful outings in April and May at Coffey County Lake this year, and there are signs the fishery might be coming back. Offshore fishing is best in the summer. Plying windblown main-lake shorelines and points are the primary focus in the fall. Also check lakes Perry, Clinton, Pomona, Melvern, and Hillsdale for crappies, where knowledgeable anglers still catch them year-around.

Contact: Guide Clyde Holscher, 785/267-0065.

[navionics zoom="7" long="-95.4" lat="39.1"]

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

Bass

10 Best Bass Fishing States In America

Matt Straw - November 01, 2017

Which of the ten is the best? You decide.

Accessories

Costa Baffin Sunglasses Review

Chris Schneider - April 26, 2019

Made from 100% recycled fishing nets, the Costa Baffin's are a must-have for any serious...

Bass

Deep Cranking Confessions from the Pro's

John Neporadny Jr - December 18, 2017

Here's some important crankbait lessons from the big leagues.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Travel Destinations on Ice

The In-Fisherman staff targets all fish during each and every season, with many of our favorite winter option are on the ice.

MLF BPT angler and former Classic champ Casey Ashley has been with Costa del Mar sunglasses his whole career. At ICAST 2019, he shows OSG writer Lynn Burkhead some new products and talks how to pick the right lens color for the water.

Lowrance Enters Trolling-Motor Market with Ghost

Lowrance's Lucas Steward shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead what all of the fuss is about in the brand new Ghost trolling motor being brought to market by the Tulsa, Okla.-based fishing equipment manufacturer.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Walleye

Understanding Spring Walleye Migrations

Gord Pyzer - June 02, 2018

'Walleyes spawn in spring and understanding spring walleye migrations, whether you live north...

Catfish

Catfish Pole Rigs

Richard Peterson with In-Fisherman - April 28, 2016

Pole lines illustrate the paradox of catfishing. At a time when excellent rods, reels, and...

Pike & Muskie

How To Catch Pike In Spring

Dan Johnson - April 26, 2016

Spring is prime time for pike. The Prespawn and Postspawn periods offer excellent odds at...

See More Stories

More Adventures

Adventures

Tiger Trout

Steve Quinn - April 04, 2017

Utah boasts the world's best fishing for tiger trout.

Adventures

Mississippi Madness at Cat Island

Steve Quinn - April 04, 2017

Cat Island, lying some 8 miles off Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi, in the Gulf of Mexico, is...

Adventures

Michigan Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Dr. Hal Schramm - July 07, 2016

Smallmouth bass fishing tips for a couple Michigan hotspots.

See More Adventures

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.