Fishing & Boating

Overview

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We want to make sure that you have an enjoyable time when you visit our beautiful lakes. So for your full enjoyment on the water, familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations to preserve our natural resources and learn about boat, fishing, and hunting safety.

Administration reserves the right to prohibit any or all fishing and boating at any time.

Wyandotte County Lake Park Map(PDF, 455KB)

Boat Slip Waiting List(PDF, 122KB) - This list will be updated as names are taken off and added. 

Rules & Regulations

Fishing

Fishing Hours:

  • Wyandotte County Lake, Pierson and Bonner: 6:00AM - 11:30PM.
  • Big 11 Lake: 6:00AM - 10:00PM.

Fishermen must have vacated the parks by 12:00AM/Midnight.

Kansas residents 16-64 years must have:

  • A Unified Government fishing permit in their possession, and;
  • State fishing license (required for ages 16-74) to fish at Wyandotte County Lake and Pierson Lake.

Kansas residents (75+) are not required to purchase local or state fishing permits even if they reside in a county other than Wyandotte.

All non-Kansas residents (16+) years of age must have a permit.

Trot lines, bank lines, jug lines, netting or seining of fish is not permitted.

  1. Each angler is limited to (2) lines with no more than (2) baited hooks or artificial lures per line.
  2. Anglers must keep fish on a separate individual stringer or suitable container so that Park Police can easily identify possession and creel limits.
  3. Anglers may fish the entire lake except where posted. NO bank fishing in the boathouse cove.
  4. Anglers must abide by State Rules & Regulations.

 

Size Limit

Fish not meeting the length limit must be immediately returned to the water.

Wiper, Walleye and Smallmouth Bass: 18 inches long (minimum)
Largemouth Bass: 15 inches long (minimum)
Catfish: 12 inches long (minimum)
Crappie: 9 inches long (minimum)

 

Daily Possession Limits

No open season on frogs, snakes or turtles.

Wyandotte County Lake:
  • 2 Wiper
  • 20 Crappie
  • 4 Trout
  • 5 Catfish
  • 2 Walleye
  • 5 Bass (Large or Smallmouth)
Pierson Lake:
  • 3 Bass
  • 3 Catfish
  • 15 Crappie
Bonner Lake:
  • 2 Bass
  • 2 Catfish
Big 11 Lake:
  • 2 Catfish

Boating

Boating Hours:
Wyandotte County Lake: 6:00AM - 11:30PM.
Boaters must be off the lake by 11:30PM.

Boating season is the last Saturday in February - November 30th.

State of Kansas and U.S. Coast Guard Boating Rules and Regulations are strictly enforced. Park Police have complete jurisdiction of all craft on the lake.

All boats must have their Certificate of Registration on board at all times.

Who has the right-of-way?

  • Hand powered and wind powered crafts have the right-of-way over motor boats.
  • Pontoon boats have right-of-way over motor boats.

All boats, except sailboats, must be launched from the launching ramp in Boathouse Cove only. Boat slips in Boathouse Cove are to be used only by the party reserving the slip for the season. Other boats are not allowed to fish, or tie up at rental docks or the pay fishing dock in Boathouse Cove.

Water Vessels
Permitted on Wyandotte County Lake only. All vessels must have permits displayed on the right rear transom of the vessel.

Lighting
Proper lighting must be displayed on the vessel from sunset to sunrise.

Life Preservers
All children 12 and under must wear Coast Guard approved life preservers while on the vessel. Life preservers must be visible and easily accessible for all passengers on the vessel.

Do's & Don'ts

  • No reckless operation of a vessel will be tolerated.
  • No wake in coves.
  • 20 mph Speed limit throughout the lake.
  • No personal watercraft, tubing or water-skiing.
  • No one will operate a vessel while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
  • Sailboards and Kayaks are permitted. Preservers and permits are required for both.
  • No vessel may fish from or tie up to any pontoon dock. Slip owners are excluded, but they must be on their boat and in their own slip. No fishing from the docks.
  • Vessels will be respectful and courteous to bank anglers.
  • Swimming is only allowed from boats – there are no swimming entrances anywhere on the lake.

     

Misconduct or violation of rules and regulations will result in fines and loss of boating privileges.

This permit is NON-Transferable and NON-Refundable.

Licenses/Permits Fees

Fishing & Boating Permit Fees

(There is no trout option this year.)

Type Fee
Wyandotte County Resident Season Fishing $20
Wyandotte County Resident Daily Fishing $10
Non-Resident Season Fishing $40
Non-Resident Daily Fishing $20
Wyandotte County Resident Season Boating $30
Wyandotte County Resident Daily Boating $15
Non-Resident Season Boating $60
Non-Resident Daily Boating $25

All prices above do not include $1.00 vendor write-up charge.

Boat permits available: at:

  • Wyandotte Boat Rental (Boathouse Cove), and;
  • Parks & Recreation Administration Office

Gas and bait are available at:

Entrance into the park, vehicle parking, boat trailer parking and boat launching is free.
Local permit not required at Big 11 Lake or Bonner Lake.
 

Kansas Wildlife Parks Fish & Game Permits:

Purchase Licenses

Learn more about hunting regulations or boat registration for the State of Kansas:

  • Kansas Wildlife & Parks District Office:
  • Pratt Field Office:

For information specific to Wyandotte County, see the Rules & Regulations (above) for fishing in Wyandotte County.

Locations to buy State Hunting & Fishing Licenses/Permits in Wyandotte County

All annual hunting licenses can be purchased:

The County Clerk’s Office sells fish & game permits upon request. Both residents and non-residents are charged a $1.50 processing fee in addition to the fees imposed by the Kansas Fish & Game Dept.

Fishing & Hunting licenses are to be filled out according to the instructions on the permit. A photo ID is required at time of purchase. Customer receives the white copy as proof of purchase. It is Kansas Law that this information be on your person while participating in the sport you are licensed for. HIP (Habitat Improvement Program), trout and waterfowl stamps are also available through the Clerk’s office. The cost is $1.00 plus the process fee.

Parking permits to State Parks can be purchased:

Kansas Wildlife & Parks District Office (KWPDO)
8304 Hedge Lane Ter, Shawnee, KS 66227
(913) 422-1314


Parking permits can be purchased at the time of tag registration or renewal and are good for (1) year. If you desire to purchase a permit at any time other than when receiving your tags contact KWPDO.

Hunting Applications & Fees

  • Residents age (16) - (74) must have a resident license in possession while fishing in Kansas, unless exempt by law.
  • All Non-Residents (16+) must have a valid Non-Resident license to fish in Kansas.
  • All licenses expire Dec. 31 each year, except (5) day, lifetime, and (24) hr fishing licenses.
  • Kansas residents age (65) - (74) are required to have hunting and/or fishing license.

Purchase a Federal Water Fowl Stamp locally at:

Kansas Wildlife & Parks District Office (KWPDO)
8304 Hedge Lane Ter, Shawnee, KS 66227 (913) 422-1314


You must have a State Hunting Permit and a Harvest Information Permit (HIP) prior to purchasing this stamp.


These requirements can all be met at the Shawnee office. See other options for purchasing the Duck Stamps. E-Stamps are also available for purchase in some States.

Legal Kansas residents who have been separated from the armed services under honorable conditions and have a disability certified by the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs as being service-connected and such disability is equal to or greater than 30% may apply through the Pratt Operations Office for free hunting & fishing licenses (not applicable for park permits). Applications are also available here.

Residency is defined as living in the state for (60) days immediately prior to purchase, except for lifetime licenses, which require (1) year.

Request a Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary Booklet
Contact: Clerk’s Office: (913) 573-2876   |   Email

Lakes

 

Rivers

Kaw Point Park
1403 Fairfax Trafficway
Access to fishing in the Kaw River and the Missouri River. A Kansas State Fishing License is required to fish in the river.