Kansas State Fish Records (Map)

It is clear that when it comes to fishing, Kansas has something to offer everyone. From the small sunfish that can be caught in farm ponds to the state record catches on reservoirs and rivers, there is no shortage of opportunities for anglers. And with careful conservation efforts, fishing enthusiasts are sure to have plenty of fish to catch for many years to come.

Where the Largest Fish in Kansas Have Been Caught

Explore the map below to see where anglers have caught the largest fish in Kansas over the the years.

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The largest fish caught in Kansas was a Northern Pike, weighing 144 pounds and measuring 54 1/4 inches, caught at Council Grove Reservoir by Clinton Boldridge on May 5th 2004. This impressive catch is the current state record for fish size and weight. Over the years, anglers have caught many different species of fish from Kansas waterways, with a range of sizes and weights. Some notable examples include: the 31.5 pound Goldeye caught in Milford Reservoir by Ray Schroeder on May 21st 1974; the 63-pound Grass Carp caught at Atchison State Fishing Lake by Trey Patterson on June 8th 2019; and the 9.81-pound Blue Catfish caught in the Missouri River by Raymond Wait on November 13th 1998. Other notable species that have been caught include Trout, Walleye, Saugeye and Buffalo. With a wide range of fish in its waters, Kansas continues to be an ideal destination for fishing enthusiasts from all over the country.

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Largest Fish Caught in Kansas

wdt_ID Fish Weight (lbs) Length (inches) Place Angler Date
1 Largemouth Bass 11.80 28.25 Private Pit Lake, Cherokee Co. Tyson Hallam May 3, 2008
2 Striped Bass 44.00 44.00 Wilson Reservoir Paul Bahr May 14, 2010
3 Wiper 25.00 33.50 Perry Reservoir Outlet James M. Moore August 8, 2010
4 Bass, Warmouth 1.11 10.50 Mined Land WA #7 Vivian A. Bradley April 30, 1988
5 Sauger 4.80 23.75 Melvern Reservoir Jimmy Barnes November 29, 1996
6 Perch, Yellow 1.46 13.66 Farm Pond, Sherman County Tami Sanderson February 20, 2022
7 Catfish, Channel 36.50 38.00 Mined Land, WA-Cherokee Co. RickBarnow June 3, 2003
8 Catfish, Bullhead 7.33 24.50 Farm Pond, Montgomery County David A. Tremain May 15, 1985
9 Crappie, Black 4.63 22.00 Woodson State Fishing Lake Hazel Fey October 21, 1957
10 Sunfish, Hybrid (Green/ Bluegill) 2.65 13.38 Farm Pond Ron Fountain May 17, 1999
11 Bluegill 2.65 13.38 Farm Pond, Scott County Ron Fountain May 17, 1999
12 Buffalo, Smallmouth 2.31 11.00 Farm Pond, Douglas County Robert Jefferies May 26, 1962
13 Drum 51.00 41.00 Blue River, Riley Co. Scott Butler May 2, 1979
14 Gar, Spotted 31.50 40.13 Chetopa Dam Bill Hull September 2, 2008
15 Gar, Longnose 7.75 33.50 Perry Reservoir outlet Charles Harbert May 13, 1983
16 Goldeye 31.50 0.00 Milford Reservoir Ray Schroeder May 21, 1974
17 Eel, American 2.25 17.75 Kansas River Mike Augustine June 19, 1980
18 Trout, Rainbow 4.44 35.25 Kill Creek Park Lake Ralph B. Westerman June 23, 1987
19 Spotted Bass (Kentucky) 15.72 28.50 Marion County Lake Josh McCullough February 23, 2014
20 Smallmouth Bass 4.44 18.50 Milford Reservoir Clarence E. McCarter April 16, 1977
21 White Bass 6.88 21.50 Rvr. above John Redmond Frank Evans Jr. April 4, 2010
22 Walleye 5.67 20.38 Wilson Reservoir Marvin W. Gary April 11, 2002
23 Saugeye 13.16 29.00 Sebelius Reservoir Dustin Ritter April 17, 1996
24 Catfish, Blue 9.81 28.50 Missouri River Raymond Wait November 13, 1998
25 Catfish, Flathead 102.80 56.75 Elk City Reservoir Robert Stanley August 11, 2012
26 Crappie, White 123.00 61.00 Farm Pond, Greenwood County Ken Paulie May 14, 1998
27 Sunfish, Green 4.02 17.50 Farm Pond Frank Miller March 30, 1964
28 Sunfish,Redear 4.02 17.50 Finney Wildlife Area Frank Miller March 30, 1964
29 Buffalo, Bigmouth 2.36 11.50 Cheney Reservoir Fae Vaupel September 26, 1982
30 Carp 1.69 11.75 Carey Park (Hutchinson) Larry Fox July 4, 1995
31 Grass Carp 62.50 45.75 Atchison State Fishing Lake Trey Patterson June 8, 2019
32 Gar, Shortnose 47.10 40.25 Delaware River above Perry Lake Phil McAmis June 10, 1997
33 Shovelnose Sturgeon 77.75 45.75 Lovewell Reservoir Kenneth Mosby JR September 30, 2012
34 Paddlefish 9.64 35.50 Atchison Co. Pond Kevin Dishong July 1, 2017
35 Trout, Brown 5.23 35.50 Kanopolis Reservoir Seep Stream Edwin P. Hood July 4, 1999
36 Pike, Northern 144.00 54.25 Council Grove Reservoir Clinton Boldridge May 5, 2004

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