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Lake Information for Hillsdale Lake


Hillsdale Lake is a 4,580 acre reservoir near Paola, Kansas.

Fishing Description: 

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. 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 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.

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Brown's Bait & Tackle
  • 1000 S Payne St - Olathe, KS
  • (913) 764-8675
    Sports Cache Bait & Tackle
  • 321 Ames St - Baldwin City, KS
  • (785) 594-3622
    Debbie's Bait & Tackle
  • 5148 Highway K268 - Quenemo, KS
  • (785) 453-2376

Boat Rental

    Wyandotte Boat Rental
  • 4280 West Dr - Kansas City, KS
  • (913) 299-8488
    Mid-West Performance Boats
  • 313 Delaware St - Kansas City, MO
  • (816) 502-2960

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