Fishing Regulations

YELLOW PERCH

yellow_perch_imagelarge10" minimum length limit - 5 per day creel limit
There were 1,150 adult yellow perch stocked in 2004 in the YC Reservoir. These perch were trained to eat dry feed. This was an experimental program to provide fishing during cooler times of the year and provide a fish that has excellent eating qualities. It is hoped that the perch will continue to feed from the feeders in the lake and grow as large as they do in the northern states. Small yellow perch have been caught in the lake to prove they are reproducing. More yellow perch will be stocked in the future.

GREEN SUNFISH

No length limit - No creel limit
The green sunfish is one of the most common sunfish in Kansas and is found in almost every body of water. Green sunfish prefer rocky habitats along the shoreline. The green sunfish is distinguished from the bluegill by having a much larger mouth, more bass like.

REDEAR SUNFISH

No length limit - No creel limit
The redear sunfish prefers deeper water than the bluegill, which it resembles in appearance, and is more difficult to catch. The redear has a narrow band of red on the gill cover lobe and usually shows vertical barring. These fish interrupt the life cycle of some common fish parasites, enhance the pan fish community, and offer a challenge to anglers. They are much less abundant than the bluegill, but have been caught up to one pound.

BLUEGILL SUNFISH

No length limit - No creel limit
The bluegill is perhaps the most common pan fish in Kansas. It provides many youngsters with their first fishing thrill. The bluegill has commonly been found throughout Kansas waters, but large sizes were not. They are fed a supplement of dry pellets and can reach large sizes of 10" or more.

BLACK CRAPPIE

YC Reservoir - 20 fish per day creel limit / South Owl Creek - 10" minimum length limit - 10 fish per day creel limit
Black crappie are not as wide spread in Kansas as the white crappie. The black is more suited for clear water and small impounds. The regulations and the large amount of habitat will allow for good production. The black crappie is perfectly suited for YC Reservoir and will offer good pan fishing opportunities every year.

WIPER (PALMETTO BASS)

18" minimum length limit - 2 per day creel limit
Perhaps one of the best fighting fish in Kansas waters, the wiper is the cross between a white bass and a striped bass. The wipers are also trained to feed on dry pellets which allow them to reach a very large size. Wipers are commonly caught on artificial bait and provide excellent catch and release fishing before they reach the length limit. Wipers can reach weights up to 10 pounds at the YC Reservoir.

WALLEYE

15" minimum length limit - 2 per day creel limit
The walleye population is very good at YC Reservoir. The city maintains a rearing facility that provides a stocking of walleye every other year. The restrictive length and creel limits protect them from overharvest and allow them to grow to larger sizes.

 

LARGEMOUTH BASS

YC Reservoir - 13" - 18" slot length limit - 5 per day creel limit / South Owl Lake - 18" minimum slot length limit - 5 per day creel limit
YC Reservoir has an excellent largemouth bass population. The large amount of flooded timber provides excellent habitat and the restrictive length and creel limits protect the fish from overharvest . South Owl lake maintains a good population of largemouth bass despite the turbidity problem.

SMALLMOUTH BASS

13" - 18"length limit - 1 per day creel limit
YC Reservoir has a small population of smallmouth bass. They can be found most commonly on the dam area and around rocky points.

CHANNEL CAT

15" minimum length limit - 2 per day creel limit
The channel catfish is the bread and butter of Kansas fishing, as well the the Yates Center Lakes. Supplemental feeding allows them to grow to be very large. Fish in excess of 25 pounds have been caught. Supplemental stocking is done each year to maintain a quality population of catfish with good harvest.