Top Places for Bass Fishing in Kansas

The Kansas state-record largemouth is 11 pounds, 12 ounces. Most of the biggest fish are caught in state fishing lakes, which are intensely managed for quality bass fishingyear-round. Here are your best bets for bass fishing in Kansas.

McPherson Lake

McPherson State Fishing Lake is located 6 miles north and 2 miles west of Canton. It is impounded by an earthen dam and managed in conjunction with the adjoining Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. This 46-acre lake is set in a scenic location in the southeastern tip of the Smoky Hills on the upper end of the Gypsum creek drainage. It has a nice wooded campground on the west shore.

Nebo Lake

Nebo Lake covers 38 acres but has plenty of shoreline brush and structure to attract bass. The daily bag limit is two bass over 18 inches. Local experts recommend fishing from a boat and casting into brushy cover with noisy topwater lures, crankbaits or plastic worms rigged to run deep and slow.

Butler Lake

Butler State Fishing Lake is in Butler County three miles west and one mile north of Latham, Kansas. The lake covers 124 acres and is surrounded by 196 acres of Flint Hills prairie. The lake was drained for rehabilitation in 1980, refilled and stocked with largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegills and sunfish. Three earthen fishing piers have been constructed to increase the shoreline area and to provide shore anglers access to deeper water.

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