Region 5

This a collection of all the Region 5 Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers No ducks seen on the reservoir today
Water level Reservoir is 2.0' above conservation pool, Marsh at 54 hwy is dry.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments Counts are done on a weekly basis and information will be posted immediately following counts. For other info. call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 10/30/2014

Waterfowl numbers  A few hundred ducks, mixed bag of teal, pintails, shovelers, a few mallards and some white-fronts moving through.
Water level Reservoir up 0.3 feet.
Hunting conditions Wetlands have excellent but rank moist soil vegetation and very good water. Quaker/Chetopa Creek access road is open for the youth season.
Expected hunting success  Good conditions, depending upon reservoir water levels.
Comments For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers No ducks seen on the reservoir today
Water level 0.6' above conservation pool
Hunting conditions Reservoir is open.
Expected hunting success fair
Comments Counts are conducted on a weekly basis and information is posted immediately following counts. For other questions call: 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 10/30/2014

Waterfowl numbers   2500 Coot, 1000 Cormorants, few pods of Blue-wing Teal, no large ducks yet.
Water level

Current Level: 1043.01

Conservation Pool Level: 1043.0

Hunting conditions  Poor on main Reservoir,  Marsh below damn-Upper is full and holds good vegetation, lower is 50% full and has good vegetation.  
Expected hunting success  Poor
Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 10/30/2014

Waterfowl numbers Oct 23 = 2,500 ducks, mostly teal, wood ducks, and early migrants.   Some increase this week, but numbers still very low.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 0.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels All units have good water levels for early in the season with a few notable exceptions:  Unit C-South = corn has been cut and water delivery started today; Unit G = some water, but very shallow (pump is down, but should be back in next week); Small Wetland #22 (E 1700 Rd & Trego) = dry.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Good.
Hunting success Teal season total:  389 teal / 209 hunters = 1.9 success.
Comments

Marais des CygnesWildlife Area is in the Southeast Zone - opening day is November 8.  Waterfowl hunters must register before hunting and report harvest after the hunt (KAR 115-8-1). Notice: You must fill out reports completely and accurately. False reports will be prosecuted.

There is construction work along the river side of Unit G – for your safety, please stay away from the construction area.

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area and are allowed in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted. Boats must be operated at wakeless speed.

Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE - Last Updated: 9/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 100 teal
Water level Lake level 1035.42.
Hunting conditions No water is available in the marshes due to low flow in the river and minimal runoff.  Teal hunting opportunities are available in the refuge portion of the lake.  Moist soil vegetation looks excellent.  Portions of planted corn in 3-Duck and Willow Marshes were flooded out in June.    
Expected hunting success  Poor-Fair
Comments

Mallard migration: 0

All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit through the new electronic permit system. Hunters can register now to begin using the electronic system at https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/    For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Rd.  Paper permits will also be available through the 2014 hunting season.

Youth waterfowl season is October . Regular waterfowl season opens October  2014.

Refuge Area is CLOSED Oct. 1st through Jan. 15th



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/30/2014

Waterfowl numbers 5000 mixed puddle ducks with a few divers mixed in.  150 Canada Geese.
Mallard Migration Rank

MMR=1

0= No Mallards, 1= Very Few Mallards, 5= Moderate Numbers, 10= Peak

Water level Refuge pool is currently 2 ft.  Pools 1, 2 and 4 currently have water.  Pumping has been in full swing since mid October.  Water levels are at normal stages for this time of year and pools will continue to build as the season progresses.      
Hunting conditions Good.  Not as much mowing occurred as we would have hoped due to super wet conditions  
Expected hunting success Good to excellent for Youth Weekend
Comments

For those of you who did not make it to the public meeting and have questions about the area please feel free to give us a call or stop by the office and we would be happy to visit with you.

2014-15 South East Zone season dates are YOUTH Nov 1-2. Regular Season Opens Nov. 8-9 and Nov. 15-Jan 25.

Neosho WA is transitioning to a new daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunitng to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.

For additional area news please visit the area website at: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-5/Neosho/Area-News.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/22/2013

Waterfowl numbers 1500, 50/50 mix of divers and puddle ducks mostly mallards
Water level Lake is 973.19 ft. conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success poor
Comments

The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling and are currently dry or holding very little water.