Hillsdale Lake

Current Temperature:

Est Water Temperature:
60° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
29.99 (Normal)

Wind Speed:
South-East at 12 Knots (14 MPH)

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Hillsdale Lake General Information
Welcome to FishingNotes.com Hillsdale Lake fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Hillsdale Lake water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!

Hillsdale Lake is one of Kansas' premier fishing lakes. With over 75% of the standing timber left in the lake, fish populations have ideal habitat to grow and reproduce. Crappie are the species of choice for most fishermen at Hillsdale Lake. The lake reached conservation pool in 1985, since that time, crappie numbers have stayed at excellent levels to provide fishermen with plenty of action. A 10" length limit has been implemented for Crappie and a 20 fish limit has been implemented for Creel. Hillsdale is known as one of the top Largemouth Bass lakes in the state, with an 18" length limit on bass, bass numbers remain at high levels with many quality to trophy size bass. Another species of fish that is getting recognition in Hillsdale Lake is the Walleye, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist have stocked millions of Walleye into Hillsdale. Netting samples show that the lake contains many quality to trophy size walleye. An 18" length limit applies to Hillsdale Lake Walleye. Hillsdale Lake also maintains a large population of catfish. Channel, and Flathead catfish prowl the lake always looking for a meal. Fishermen will need a state fishing license and a State Park Permit to fish from State Park areas. [Hillsdale Lake. www.nwk.usace.army.mil, 01/24/2008]

Fishing. Walleye




Inpoundment Type:

Surface Area (acres):

Lake Management:
Army Corps



Water Clarity:
1-3 ft

Water Temp Factors:

Maximum Depth (ft):

Normal Elevation (ft):

Boat Access:
Paved Ramps

Boat Limits:
No Restrictions

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Hillsdale Lake Community Fishing Reports
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature:
Crappie and walleye on medium size shad lures and worm rigs is fair. Normally catch a catfish or twelve in the process but oddly caught none.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 2
Water Temperature: 53
Fishing was pretty slow last weekend. Caught a few nice crappie, but a lot of work for each fish. Water temperature around 50-55 in different parts of the lake.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Fishing was great this morning early before the storms hit. Windy fishing but pretty good. Catching a lot of crappie and whites \'.
Species: Crappie
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature:
crappie are hitting pretty decent at the heated dock. drop minnow about 20 ft and slowly raise minnow up and crappie seem to follow it up and grab it before reaching 5 ft.
Species: Crappie
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Crappie fishing is on at Hillsdale. Water is still really cold, but catching crappie deep. It\'s going to be a great year!
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature:
Weather is finally warming here in Kansas. Fishing should soon be ready.
Species: White Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 59
Had the best luck where the creek hits the lake under the bridge. Took home and cleaned 52 nice whites.
Species: White Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
The white bass are making their run up the river. Went fishing last Thursday and caught 63 nice fish. Best of luck.
Species: Crappie
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 65
We fished on Saturday and if you can find less stained water, it was good. Caught several 11+ and one 13". They were suspended over the creek channels prior to moving in. Good luck
Species: Crappie
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
If you can get on the main lake, the crappie fishing is pretty good.
Hillsdale Lake Largemouth Bass Fishing

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- Rock pile is hit and miss for largemouth bass, but a great spot to try.
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Hillsdale Lake Smallmouth Bass Fishing

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- If you are looking for Smallmouth Bass at hillsdale, you have your work cut out for you. There are no Smallmouth in Hillsdale
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Hillsdale Lake Crappie Fishing

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- Crappie fishing is great by the bridge piers
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Fall Fishing Tip provided by Guide Chatt Martin: One tactic is all you need. Trolling. Get a pink or black colored crankbait that gets down 8-12 feet (I like Bandit 200 and 300 series crankbaits), and put it 80-100 feet behind a boat and drive that boat around in 8-12 feet of water pretty slow. 1.2-1.8 miles per hour seems to be the blessed speed. You will catch crappies, and you'll be surprised how many. This is a great tactic when you don't have a fishfinder.
Hillsdale Lake Walleye Fishing

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- Walleye fishing is getting better on Hillsdale. I have caught several decent walleye's while bass fishing here. Jerk baits mostly.
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Hillsdale Lake Catfish Fishing

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- Caught a couple one-pound catfish off beef liver. Lots of bites.
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Hillsdale Lake Spotted Bass Fishing

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- spots do not live in this lake
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Hillsdale Lake White Bass Fishing

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- A couple weeks ago tried for white bass running up the river. Not a bite, but managed to catch a
couple small ones in the spillway.
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Hillsdale Lake Trout Fishing

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- There is no Trout in this lake.
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Hillsdale Lake Solar and Lunar Conditions
Current Lunar Fishing Tip:
The full moon is right around the corner. The gravitational pull is starting to increase with the moon and sun being on opposite sides of the planet. Watch the peak fishing times and make sure you are on the water during that part of the day to take full advantage of today's solar/lunar peaks. It's always fun trying something new at the peak times to change things up a bit and test out the Lunar Theory each time you hit the water in close to full and full moon situations. Good luck you there.
08:16 CST

Moon Phase:

% Illuminated
Days to Full

17:57 CST

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