Rooks State Fishing Lake News

2011 Update

Sufficient inflows have kept the lake nearly full during the past year. Channel catfish, bluegill and large-mouth bass have been stocked in the lake. Shorelines have been mowed and will be continued to be improved to facilitate fishing. Picnicing and limited camping is permitted on the area.

East side gates are open. The gate to the west side has remained closed to provide time for the road to dry. The gate will be opened when the road can sustain traffic.

Continuing in the fall of 2011, the area which was delineated as Safety Zone No Shooting will be resigned as Hunting By Special Permit Only. Mentor/novice deer hunts will be awarded for the area this fall. Check the Special Hunt application for 2011 for available hunts.

Rooks Area Map

Fall Hunting Forecast:

Dove; some doves may be harvested near trees associated with creek drainage.

Upland birds; a limited number of quail and a few pheasants are present.

Turkey; opportunities exist to harvest a turkey in the fall as birds travel along the drainage.

Deer; white-tail and occasionally mule deer are present on the area.

Spring Hunting Forecast:

Turkey; Limited opportunities exist to harvest a turkey in the spring. However, success is directly proportional to the amount of hunting pressure. As hunting pressure increases, turkeys are pushed off the area and success decreases.

If you have questions, please contact Michael Zajic, Area Manager at 785-425-6775 or at