By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

WEBSTER RESERVOIR -- Ranked as the top walleye lake in Kansas, anglers have been rushing to stake out a spot along the shores near the dam at Webster Reservoir.

"I think they're doing pretty good," fisheries biologist Mark Shaw said of the hot walleye fishing now under way at Webster. "I've been hearing people going out and catching their limits."

With Webster ranked as the No. 1 walleye lake in the state, that's no surprise. Kirwin Reservoir, coming in as the lake with the second highest density of walleye, however, isn't seeing the kind of activity that Webster is seeing.

"I haven't heard of as many fishing Kirwin," said Shaw, with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism.

He thinks that's a result of the gates being closed on the dam at Kirwin, making it difficult for anglers to fish off the face of the dam.

At Webster, people walk a makeshift trail at water's edge, walk the highway on the top of the dam and a few even park their vehicles to the south and ride bicycles down.

Anglers at Webster are catching fish anywhere from 15 to 22 inches long.

"I've heard of some just over 20 inches," he said.

Length limit is 15 inches with a daily limit of five fish.

Fishing will likely continue through the first week of April.

"There may be some stragglers there, but it's going to taper off," Shaw said, with fishing moving onto the flats around Mother's Day.