Elk City Reservoir

Elk City 3D
Elk City Reservoir Map
This Location does have Boat Access Fishing Forecast Region 5 Public Fishing Reports State Park Wildlife Area

Independence, KS

Corps of Engineers (620) 331-6820

GPS Location: N37 15.415 W95 46.487

Independence, KS

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 4,450 acres

Maximum Depth: 24 feet

Normal Lake Level: N/A

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Black Bullhead
Channel Catfish 10
Crappie 50
Flathead Catfish 5
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass 5 15
Saugeye 5 15
White Bass
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/17/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie fishing has been inconsistent in State Park Cove.  Fish are in early stages of spawning and will be more concentrated along the shoreline on warm afternoons.
Channel catfish Poor 10-25 inches Fishing has been slow.
White bass Good 8-16 inches White bass are tapering off in the Elk River and beginning to head back to the main lake.  However, there will be still be some spawning activity through the next couple of weeks and rains might concentrate fish in riffles.

Water temperature on 04/15/2014 was 60 degrees.

Float line fishing will be allowed from July 15 through September 15.  A floatline permit ($2.50) is required.

Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

Youth/Mentor Pond

The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.