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May 20, 2020
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Any Kansas peeps been to this lake?

Looking to fish and camp for a few days in mid May. Is it super crowded?
Was there a couple weeks ago and not bad. We were just passing through and stopped to check out the off road site which closed before we got there.
I’m just west of KC.

Tuttle Creek State Park






Four units (River Pond, Cedar Ridge, Fancy Creek and Randolph) make up the 1,200 - acre park. Electric and water hookups, a swimming beach, boat ramps, courtesy docks, and dump stations are available. Campgrounds contain 159 water/electric campsites, 8 electric/water/sewer campsites, 24 electric-only campsites, 20 electric sites with community water at the Randolph Area horse campground and 500 primitive campsites.

Eleven cabins are offered at Tuttle Creek State Park. Each cabin offers a full kitchen with basic pots and pans, table service for six, a full bathroom, heating, A/C, picnic tables, grill and fire-ring. Reservations can be made by contacting the park office or online.

Numerous nature trails, a mountain biking trail, and a scenic equestrian trail offer explorers a variety of routes to experience the aesthetic Flint Hills environment. Scenic picnic areas, an 18-hole disc golf course, volleyball courts, horse shoe pits, and conveniently placed restroom and shower facilities accommodate park visitors. The state-of-the-art Fancy Creek Shooting Range is open the first and third full weekends of each month. The Luke Nihart archery range is at River Pond Area and open daylight hours. Archers provide their own equipment. The River Pond Area has a swimming beach.

Excellent channel cat and flathead fishing is available in the lake and in the river above and below the lake. Fair numbers of bass are caught near standing timber and brush piles, and saugeye can be taken off the face of the dam as well as in the river below. During the Spring there is ample opportunity to catch master angler white bass and crappie. Trout are stocked in Willow Lake during the Fall and Winter. The 12,000-acre wildlife area adjacent to the park offers excellent hunting and wildlife watching opportunities.
Tuttle Creek Reservoir Fishing Information

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Pottawatomie, Riley
N39 15.445 W96 34.77
Surface Acres:
10,900 acres
Maximum Depth:
50 feet
Normal Lake Level:
1075 mls
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Tuttle Creek Fishing Report - Updated: 04/06/2021
CrappieGood1/2 to 2 poundsThe crappie population is doing great. The 2020 sample collected the most fish over 10 inches in over 20 years. Winter fishing has been good with reports of fish in 18 to 22 feet deep around brush. Jigs and/or minnows. No recent reports, but fish should be moving shallower with the warming up.
White BassSlow1/2 to 2 poundsWhite bass numbers continue to be low due to limited spawning success the last six years.
CatfishFairUp to 40 poundsThe lake and the connected river system maintains a good channel catfish population and is one of the best places around to catch channel over 8 pounds.

The blue catfish population is finally starting to get established with the first successful natural spawn documented in 2016. To protect the population until it can sustain itself, a 35-inch minimum length limit is in place. The plan is to modify the regulations to allow more harvest of blue catfish starting in 2022.

Please check any blue catfish for a yellow tag in its back as we have been tagging fish to collect more information on the species in Tuttle Creek Lake. It is up to you if you wish to release the fish or harvest it (if legally applicable), but please report the tag number and the general location of the catch to (785) 539-7941 or [email protected] A big THANK YOU to all who report their catch!
Largemouth BassSlow1 to 5 poundsCoves in southern third of the Reservoir have some locally good largemouth bass populations. The McIntyre Cove area tends to produce the best fishing with Carnahan Cove second best.
SaugeyeFair Up to 6 poundsCurrent numbers of saugeye in the Reservoir are fairly low. Best saugeye fishing can be found in the River Pond or Rocky Ford.
Rainbow TroutFairUp to 8 poundsTrout season is ongoing at Willow Lake where over 5,600 rainbow trout have been stocked this winter/spring. Fishing has been good and anglers can usually catch trout at the lake until mid-May. Commercial trout dough baits tend to be the best, but lures, worms, or minnows all work well.
You can check current water conditions HERE

Zebra mussels were found in Tuttle Creek in 2017. This makes the Reservoir, River Pond and Rocky Ford as designated Aquatic Nuisance Species waters. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS designated waters. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY all equipment when changing water bodies and please do not move fish you have caught or your bait.

Do you want some more information on fishing in the Manhattan area? You can subscribe to the free Manhattan Fisheries Newsletter by clicking the link.
If you are going to fish Milford lake near junction city would be better. Best blue cat fishing in the country. Tuttle has the orv park though. Milford has a nice ATV park as well.
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