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North Central Kansas Fishing & Guide Service

North Central Kansas Fishing & Guide Service

Jeff Rader, your fishing guide, has been fishing Waconda lake or otherwise known as Glenelder Reservoir and Wilson Lake for 38 years. Specializing  in walleye,  whitebass, catfish, crappie  and striped bass fishing. We start fishing May 1 and continues thru October each year.

Our boats can comfortably accommodate 6 people and fishing trips are 6 hour days

Fishing Seasons on Lake Waconda in Kansas

  • May is primarily walleye crappie and white bass fishing season.
  • June features  night fishing for walleye and white bass.
  • July is catfishing over chummed holes - This is some spectacular fishing!
  • August is best catfishing and white bass.
  • September is white bass and walleye.
  • October features striper fishing at Wilson lake. 

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Fishing Rates

Our rate is $125 per person per day and includes lodging. 3 person minimum.

Available Dates

Call Jeff for available dates - 785-545-8852

Catch Expectations

  • March 15 to April 5 - The ice is out and we start catfishing. We fish for catfish gorging on gizzard shad that were trapped in the winter ice. Can produce some fantastic catches of 3 to 10 pound channel cats.
  • April 5 - April 25 - Mostly deep water crappies on the crappie beds. White bass are spawning in the rivers and walleye spawning on the rocks.
  • April 25 - June 15 - Walleye and white bass. Also spawning crappie.
  • June 15 - June 30 - White bass surfacing and also catching white bass under the lights. Great fun!!! July chumming catfish and 50 to 100 cats in the boat common. Ranging from 2 pounds to 15 pounds. August features white bass, wipers and stripers. Can be spectacular fishing.
  • September - Mid October - Wiper fishing is at its best. Also white bass, etc.


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