Region 5

This a collection of all the Region 5 Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/13/2014

Waterfowl numbers Very few teal seen on the reservoir 
Water level Reservoir is 0.6' 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: 9/14/2014

Waterfowl numbers  Few teal seen in the area, but numbers can change quickly with weather fronts.
Water level Reservoir during the summer of 2014 was flooded up 8 ft in July.  Shoreline has some vegetation after drawdown, but Corps of Engineers held water up 1.5 ft above normal pool.
Hunting conditions Wetlands have excellent moist soil vegetation. Very Rank.
Expected hunting success  Fair to poor as teal move through.
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: 9/13/2014

Waterfowl numbers Only a few teal seen on the reservoir
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: 1/31/2014

Waterfowl numbers    250 Large Canadian Geese, 750 Snow geese, 500 ducks, mostly mallards.  
Water level

Current Level: 1040.99

Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0

Hunting conditions  85% Ice Up on lake and marshes.  Ramps still ice locked.
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: 9/15/2014

Waterfowl numbers 500 teal.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 0.

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

Water levels Heavy rain on Sept. 3rd provided some runoff.  A little water in most units, but best water in F Units.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Fair unless we receive more runoff rain.  We do not anticipate pumping for teal season.
Hunting success  Saturday:  201 teal / 53 hunters = 3.8 success.  Sunday:  50 teal / 41 hunters = 1.2 success.

Teal hunters must register before hunting and report harvest after the hunt. Marais des Cygnes WA waterfowl hunters are required to register daily at headquarters 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.

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.

MELVERN LAKE - Last Updated: 9/11/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 150 teal
Water level Lake level 1035.57.
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  Fair-Good

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    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: 9/12/2014

Waterfowl numbers 400 ducks mainly blue winged teal.
Mallard Migration Rank


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

Water level Refuge pool is 3 ft. low due to hot dry weather. Pools 1 and 2 currently have water that was pumped August 5th through the 16th.  It is unknown at this time when we will begin pumping water again.  Please keep in mind the regular waterfowl season does not open until November 8th.  
Hunting conditions Hunting conditions at this point are not great.  Vegetation is tall and water is shallow.  There will be some teal hunting opportunities in the Oxbow of Pool 2 and the water transfer ditches in both Pool 1 & 2.  
Expected hunting success


4939 ducks were harvested by 2419 hunter trips in the 2013-14 season on Neosho Wildlife Area giving a 2.04 bird/hunter average for the season. In the 17 days of November, 1224 hunters harvested 2384 ducks. In December, 1400 ducks were harvested by 719 hunters. January had 26 days open to hunting which allowed 476 hunters to harvest 1155 ducks.


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 to register prior to hunting season.


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

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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

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