Glen Elder Reservoir

Glen Elder 3D
This Location does have Boat Access Fishing Forecast Good Fishnig Spots State Park Wildlife Area

GPS Location: N39 30.821 W98 20.408

Location/Address:
2131 180 Road
Glen Elder, KS 67446

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 12,586 acres

Maximum Depth: 55 ft

Normal Lake Level: 1455.6 MSL

Current Lake Level: 2.2 feet below conservation, releasing 12 cfs

Lake Temperature: 45 degrees

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Walleye 5*** 18 inches
White Bass
Wiper 2**
Striped Bass 2**
Largemouth Bass 5* 18 inches
Spotted Bass 5* 15 inches
Smallmouth Bass 5* 18 inches
Crappie 20
Channel Catfish 10****
Blue Catfish 5****
Flathead Catfish 5
Bluegill
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 3/17/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
ZEBRA MUSSELS     Zebra mussels were detected in Glen Elder Reservoir on August 31, 2013 and the reservoir has now been established as a Designated Aquatic Nuisance Water. This means that no bait can be caught from Glen Elder and used in another water body. Anglers are not allowed to leave Glen Elder with ANY live fish. All harvested fish must be dead prior to leaving the reservoir. Also, anglers should be extra careful when leaving Glen Elder to follow all state laws that require anglers to CLEAN all equipment for anything attached (plants, animals, mud) and remove anything found. Second, DRAIN all water from equipment (livewell, bilge, bait buckets) before using at a different location. Finally, DRY all equipment for a minimum of 5 days before using again. If you need to use it sooner, wash with hot (140 F) water. Everyone is asked to do their part to prevent the spread of this aquatic nuisance species to other waters!
Trout Good 10-16 inches We stocked 400 1 pound trout on Monday, February 9th and they look like very good fish.  I would recommend using Panther Martins and Powerbait.  I would also suggest trying roadrunners, Velveeta Cheese, worms, and Blue Fox lures.  Fly fishing along the dam has been successful this week as well.  Anglers have been catching limits the last two weeks using a variety of prepared baits.
Crappie Fair 10-14 inches There haven't been any recent crappie reports, but they should still be schooled up along the river channel in 20-30 feet of water between the dam and Campground 3.  Also, check the brush piles at Swim Beach, Harrison Point, the causeway bridge, and west of the causeway.
Walleye Fair to Good 15-24 inches There have been a few anglers reporting some decent walleye catches along the river channel in 25-30 feet of water.  Slab spoons and large swim baits seem to be working best in this cold water.  The walleye spawn is just about ready to get going and I would expect to see fish along the dam any day now.  There are probably already males cruising the dam and other rocky banks at night awaiting females to arrive and this weekend should be a great time to get out and try it.  Other good spawning areas to try include the north shore between Marina Cove and the dam, the Cawker causeway, and the south bluffs.
White Bass Fair to Good 10-15 inches White bass seem to be located on the upper and lower ends of the reservoir this time of year.  The causeway area can be good and west in the river channels is also a great place to look.  There are also white bass near the dam now and anglers can even find them off main lake points with the wind blowing in.
Black Bass Fair 10-19 inches The smallmouth bite will be picking up now as late March and April are great times to catch these cool water fish.  The smallies spawn near the end of April, but will be active between now and then feeding on insects, crawdads, and small fish.  Anglers should target the dam, north shore in the state park, south bluffs, and Granite Creek to find some smallmouth action.  There are some very nice fish in the reservoir so be on the lookout for these trophy fish.
Wipers and Stripers Fair 12-22 inches

There are a lot of young wipers coming into the population between 12 and 14 inches so make sure to identify your catch carefully when catching white bass and wipers! 

Wipers can be found mixed in with the white bass, but there are better numbers of them around Walnut Creek, along the dam, and near Campground 3 and Swim Beach.  Bucktail jigs, roadrunners, and slabs are all good lures to for catching wipers.  Some anglers have been doing well trolling in those areas using Hot-n-Tots, Shad Raps, and Rattletraps.

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes There is often very good spring time catfish action in the river channels west of the causeway and in the feeder creeks including Mill, Carr, and Walnut.  The upper ends of many coves will also find channel catfish feeding on dead shad and other detritus material.  Try using cut shad, small shad, chicken liver, or shrimp for best results.  You don't have to fish deep either as the fish will often be found in less than 5 feet of water.

Boat Ramp Update: The reservoir is 2.2 feet below conservation so low water is not limiting access at this time, but Granite Creek could be difficult to launch large boats due to the shallow water.

Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.

For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Glen Elder Reservoir" link above this report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!