Fishing is a great activity to enjoy the outdoors by yourself or with friends and family. Whether you’re a first-timer, a self-proclaimed pro or a visitor looking to learn more about the area we have answered some FAQs below. From what you will need to bring, some of the best spots around Manhattan, as well as regulations you should be aware of, we’ve got it all.


What will I catch?

Depending on your location you can catch fish like crappie, white bass, catfish, largemouth bass, trout, bluegill, drum, green sunfish and saugeye.  

Where do I get a fishing license?

These can be purchased online, at any Kansas Department Wildlife Parks Office or from a licensed agent like a tackle shop or even a gas station. Purchase a permit at one of these locations.

How much is it?

Prices vary by age and resident/nonresident. Visitors can buy a 1-Day fishing permit for $10, a 5-day permit for $27.50, or a year-long permit for $52.50. Learn more here.

What are the limits?

Find statewide limits here. Find fishing regulations for each body of water on their website page above. Fishing regulations can be different for each body of water even if they are only a short distance apart.


What are the best spots around Manhattan?

Tuttle Creek Reservoir – The Tuttle Creek Reservoir is huge with over 10,900 surface acres and multiple spots to drop a fishing line or put in a boat. Catch fish like crappie, white bass, catfish, largemouth bass and saugeye.  

Tuttle Creek Willow Lake – Located just below the Tuttle Creek Reservoir. This is a fun place to fish with plenty of spots to cast your hook. Great for catching channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass and trout.

Rocky Ford Fishing Area  – Located on the northeast side of Manhattan. Here you can catch fish like catfish, white bass, drum and saugeye. 

Pottawatomie No. 2 – Located on the northeast side of Manhattan.  This is a great spot to spend a long afternoon fishing. Catch fish like black bass, channel catfish, crappie and bluegill. A great place to try out kayak fishing as well. 

Jerry Dishman Lake – Located in Anneberg Park on the west side of town. This is a small lake perfect for a short afternoon of fishing fun. Here you can catch bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, green sunfish, flathead catfish and largemouth bass. 

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What else do I need to bring?

You will need a basic fishing kit. Check out to learn about picking equipment to go fishing. Don’t forget to grab pliers and a small rag to help you handle the fish you catch.

Can I bring my boat?

Both Tuttle Creek Reservoir and Pottawatomie No. 2 allow boats. Be sure to look over the area’s general boating regulations here

What else should I know?

Many locations like the Tuttle Creek River Pond require you to have a vehicle permit to access the park. Day fees are $5 or $25 for the whole year and can be purchased on-site.


Come cast a line or two in Manhattan. You might just find your new favorite spot!