Glen Elder Reservoir
GPS Location: N39 30.821 W98 20.408
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: 2.7 feet below conservation, releasing 12 cfs
Lake Temperature: 32 degrees, 90% ice covered
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
|Largemouth Bass||5*||18 inches|
|Spotted Bass||5*||15 inches|
|Smallmouth Bass||5*||18 inches|
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
Fishing Report - Last Update: 3/7/2014
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
A very nice load of 1,100 trout was stocked at the park pond on Tuesday December 3rd and a second batch of trout was stocked on February 13th. These were very good sized fish that anglers should be pleased with. The pond is currently wide open with no ice so come on out and catch some trout. Anglers have been catching limits using Velveeta cheese and worms both under a bobber and on the bottom.
Reminder that a trout permit is required to fish in the trout pond whether you are fishing for trout or not unless you are under 16. Also, the daily creel limit is 5 trout except for anglers under 16 without a trout permit where the creel limit is 2 fish/day.
|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!|
|Crappie||Good||8-13 inches||Crappie can be caught around the boat slips in Marina Cove early in the morning and late in the afternoon using small jigs, minnows, and small spoons. Other spots to try include the Cawker City causeway, South Fork river channel, and the fish attractors on Campground 3, Swim Beach Point, and the bluffs.|
|Walleye||Fair to Good||15-23 inches||The best fall and early winter areas to find walleye include the main lake points on the north shore in the state park area, specifically, Takota Point, Campground 3, Swim Beach Point, and the north end of the dam. Walleye can also be found in Walnut Creek and around the causeway.|
|White Bass||Good to Excellent||11-16 inches||The best area to find white bass now would be the area west of the causeway in both the South Fork and North Fork river channels. They are thick up there right now and can be caught using a variety of shad imitation baits like Kastmasters roadrunners, and marabou jigs. There are also good numbers of whites along the dam now, but the size isn't as big as what you'll find out west.|
|Black Bass||Fair||10-19 inches||The bass bite is very good now with the cooler water temperatures with smallies offering the best opportunities around the dam, Marina Cove, Timber Cove, and along the south bluffs. Largemouth can be found in Osage Cove, Mill Creek, and Schoen's Cove.|
|Wipers||Good||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. We found the best numbers of wipers along the dam and in Walnut Creek during our fall netting. The biggest fish are between 5 and 6 pounds and are in excellent shape right now. There are also some wipers hanging out around the Cawker causeway and up the river channels on the west end.|
|Channel Catfish||Fair||All Sizes||Catfish can be found lakewide right now, but the best numbers typically come from the mid-lake area between the bluffs and the causeway. We also collected good numbers off Takota Point, Walnut Creek, and Swim Beach Point. There are a lot of 2-4 pound cats out there now as well as a fair number of 10-15 pounders. Dead shad, shad gizzards, and chicken livers all work well out here this time of year.|
ICE UPDATE: The recent cold snap refroze the entire reservoir and there are no open boat ramps at this time. The warmer weather forecasted for this weekend and early next week may open up the lake again. Check back here for updates or call the park office at 785-545-3345 for the latest information.
REMINDER TO ALL ANGLERS!!! There is a creel limit of 20 crappie/day at Glen Elder Reservoir, effective January 1, 2013. Make sure to spread the word that it is now illegal to possess more than 20 crappie each day!!!
Boat Ramp Update: The reservoir is only 2.7 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. Marina Cove, Schoen's, and Walnut Creek are still iced in.
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!