Mound City Lake is located 4 miles west of Mound City and covers 148 acres, and is a fishing only lake. The lake is owned by the city of Mound City and is enrolled into the (CFAP) Community Fisheries Assistance Program where a city fishing permit is no longer required. The lake provides one boat ramp and one floating fishing dock on the Northwest side and has limited shoreline access and is primarily a fishing boat lake. Several floating fish feeders are used to attract fish to the maintained shoreline adjacent to the boat ramp area. The lake is perfect for picnics and outings, as the city has provided nice picnic areas on the west side near accessible shoreline.
This lake has Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Green Sunfish, and Redear Sunfish.
Channel Catfish have a creel limit of 2 with a minimum length of 15 inches.
Walleye have a creel limit of 2 with a minimum length of 18 inches.
Largemouth Bass have a creel limit of 5 with a minimum length of 13-18 inches.
Crappie have a creel limit of 50 with no length limit.
All other fish have no creel or length limit.
Fishing Report: Mound City Lake is a great lake to fish, especially for Crappie, Largemouth Bass, and Catfish. This is also a very good bank fishing lake if you do not have a boat. Along with Largemouth Bass, Crappie, and Catfish, the lake also has a good population of Blue Gill and Redear Sunfish. The past year the lake was stocked with 4,200 Channel Catfish and 149 Grass Carp to keep down the moss on the lake.
La Cygne Reservoir is the largest body of water to fish on in Linn County at 2,500 acres! It is not a deep lake, as the maximum depth is only around 40 feet. The power plant is on La Cygne Lake, which makes it unique in both the county and state as the water is warm all year-round. La Cygne Lake is also one of the best Bass fishing spots in the state of Kansas. In August 2020, the lake was featured in Bass Master Magazine as a top-10 Midwest Bass Lake. Though no swimming or water skiing is allowed on the lake, fishing is allowed 24 hours year-round.
The lake has a variety of fish. The most common are Bluegill, Black Bullhead, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Flathead, Green Sunfish, Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Wiper, Walleye, and White Bass.
Channel Catfish have a creel limit of 10 with a minimum length of 18 inches.
Flathead & Blue Catfish have a creel limit of 5 with a minimum length of 18 inches.
Stripped Bass and Wiper have a creel limit of 2 with a minimum length of 18 inches.
Walleye have a creel limit of 5 with a minimum length of 15 inches.
All other fish listed have an unlimited creel limit and no length limit.
Fishing Report: La Cygne is an ideal fishing spot in Linn County. The lake is great for year round fishing due to its hot water outlet from the power plant. It is a good lake for multiple species, but what it’s specifically known for is its Largemouth Bass fishing. It is one of the top Bass fishing lakes in the state of Kansas and one of the top 100 Largemouth Bass fishing lakes in the United States. Aside form great Bass fishing, the lake is known for good Catfish fishing as well. Big Channel, Blue & Flathead Catfish can be caught in many places on the lake but especially near the hot water outlet. La Cygne Lake also has a good amount of Crappie, White Bass, Wiper, Carp, Buffalo, Bluegill, Green Sunfish, and Redear Sunfish. The lake is frequently stocked with a variety of fish and just this past year was stocked with 40,000 Wiper, 2,600 Blue Catfish, and 2,600 Paddlefish.
The Marais des Cygne Wildlife Area, Located 7 miles north of Pleasanton, is another great public fishing location.
Common fish in the wildlife area are Bluegill, Black Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Flathead, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, and Blue Catfish.
Bluegill, Black Bullhead, and Green Sunfish have unlimited creel limits and no length limits.
Crappie have a creeel limit of 50 with no length limit.
Channel and Blue Catfish have a creel limit of 10 with no length limit.
Largemouth have a creel limit of 5 with a 15 inch length limit.
Flathead have a creel limit of 5 with no length limits.
Fishing Report: The Marais des Cygne Wildlife Area is used more for its Duck and Goose hunting than its fishing but fish certainly can be caught there. The Wildlife Area has Blue and Channel Catfish along with White Bass and Wiper. Crappie can also be caught in there, but Largemouth Bass are scarce, especially compared with other lakes in Linn County. Carp and Buffalo are common and the Marais des Cygne Wildlife Area is known to provide a good bow fishing for these fish especially when the waters are running.