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South Central Kansas Guided Fishing Lakes
Book a trip today with Hook'Em Guide Service today to fish one of these fine Kansas fishing lakes. El Dorado Lake, Butler State Fishing Lake, or Coffey County Lake will be your best choice to catch Walleye, Wiper, White Bass, Crappie, Bass or Catfish. Get the current lake level or creel limit information on all of these lakes below.

El Dorado Reservoir

GPS Location: N37 50.037 W96 47.084
Location/Address: Click for El Dorado, Kansas Forecast
El Dorado, KS
Impoundment Type: Reservoir
Surface Acres: 8,000 acres
Maximum Depth: 60 feet
Normal Lake Level: 1339 Conservation Pool

El Dorado 3D

Current Lake Level:
Lake Temperature:
54F mainlake
Creel limits for similar species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass; or walleye, saugeye, and sauger; or wiper and striped bass; or blue and channel catfish apply to single species or in combination. For example, at El Dorado Reservoir, an angler may keep five largemouth bass OR three largemouth bass and two smallmouth bass OR two largemouth bass, two smallmouth bass, and one spotted bass or any other combination of the three.

Butler State Fishing Lake
Butler SFL & WA 483.79 kB


Latham, KS 67072
County/Counties: Butler
GPS: N37 32.708 W96 41.832

Butler State Fishing Lake (196 acre) is located in Butler County 3 miles west and one mile north of Latham, Kansas . The Lake was drained for rehabilitation in 1980. The lake was refilled and fish were stocked, including largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redear sunfish. Three earthen fishing piers have been constructed in the lake to increase shoreline area and to provide shore anglers access to deeper water. Most of the land around the lake is native grass and primarily suitable for quail. The upper end of the lake has some dense woody vegetation along the creek bottoms that provide deer and turkey habitat. Waterfowl hunting on the lake can be excellent in the marsh vegetation at the upper end of the lake above the fishing piers.

Coffey County Lake
Burlington, KS
GPS Location: 38.24642 -95.71781Click for Burlington, Kansas Forecast
Burlington, KS
Impoundment Type: Community Lake
Surface Acres: 5,000 acres
Maximum Depth: 60 feet

Coffey County 3D

The Coffey County Lake has been called the "Crown Jewel" of Kansas fisheries. The 5,090 acre lake provides cooling water for Wolf Creek Generating Station's condenser water system. The lake water helps cool steam to turn it back into water, which is then reheated to once again make steam. The average depth of the lake is 21.5 feet with the deepest point approximately 90 feet. The lake has been filled and stocked since 1982 with a variety of species including walleye, blue, flathead, and channel catfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, black and white crappie, white bass, striper and wiper.

Temperature, Clarity, Habitat - As the lake water passes through the plant, it heats up by 30 to 40 degrees. This water is discharged back into the lake, producing a year-round warm water area. The fish in the lake enjoy this warm water in the winter, but steer clear of it in the summer months. Although the area near the discharge is warm while the plant is operating, the overall temperature of the lake is typically the same as area lakes.

Because of the limited amount of land which provides drainage to the lake, the lake is relatively clear. This allows more submerged vegetation to grow. These underwater plants, combined with standing timber and several miles of rock-lined shores, provide excellent fish habitat.

Predator/Prey Balance Means Prime Fishing - Throughout the Midwest, gizzard shad cause serious problems for power plants which rely on lake or river water for cooling. These fish can get caught in the screens that filter lake water before it enters the plant. If enough shad collect on the screens, the screens can become clogged, causing the plant to shut down.

To control the gizzard shad population, predator fish were stocked in the lake. Bass, crappie, walleye and wipers, as well as other predator species, help control the shad population. The predators were well-fed and their sizes soon increased. In a typical midwestern reservoir, gizzard shad make up 30 to 45 percent, by weight, of the total fish population. In contrast, Coffey County Lake's shad constitute only about two to six percent of the total fishery weight.

What a prime lake for fishing! The fish population in the lake is an important part of power plant operation. To assure efficient plant operation, proper fishery maintenance is important.

Where You'll Find 'Em - As with most lakes, you're likely to find fish in a variety of locations. But at Coffey County Lake there are areas that some species prefer:

* Along the lake's rock-lined shores you're likely to find walleye, channel catfish, and smallmouth bass.
* Largemouth bass and crappie frequent areas where there's standing timber.
* The lake's open water is home to white bass and wipers.
* About 3/4 mile of shoreline is open for fishing.

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