Region 5

This a collection of all the Region 5 Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/22/2015

Waterfowl numbers 2000 mergansers
Water level Reservoir is 0.3' above conservation pool, Marsh at 54 hwy is mostly dry.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 75% open.  The boat ramp at Toronto point is open.   
Expected hunting success Poor 
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: 1/20/2015

Waterfowl numbers 5000-10,000 mallards and a mix of gadwall, pintails and teal.    10,000 snows and a few canada geese.
Water level Reservoir at near pool.
Hunting conditions The reservoir is 15% frozen.  Wetlands have good food and water.  
Expected hunting success Fair.  Area ponds are open and some birds are dispersing to private feed fields, ponds and the rivers during the day.
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: 1/23/2015

Waterfowl numbers No ducks or geese seen on the reservoir today.  2500 Hooded Mergansers Present 
Water level 0.3' above conservation pool
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 40% open water, mostly toward the upper end of the Reservoir.  The boat ramp near the Fredonia Bay campground is open.  The River at Ladd Bridge still has nearly solid ice cover.
Expected hunting success Poor.
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: 1/21/2015

Waterfowl numbers  700 Mallards, 200 assorted divers. 100 Dark Geese, 200 Snow Geese. 
Water level

Current Level: 1041.10

Conservation Pool Level: 1043.0

Hunting conditions  Reservoir is starting to open up rather well.  COE Dam Boat ramp is currently open.    Otter Creek earthen ramp is still useable, with patchy ice aprox. 1/4" thick.  Thicker Ice is on the south side of lake and mouth of Otter Creek.
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: 1/23/2015

Waterfowl numbers Unknown waterfowl numbers-->30,000 ducks.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 8.

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

Water levels All units have good water levels.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Old ice virtually gone.  Some new ice developed this (Friday) a.m., but shouldn't be much of a factor.  Expect crowded conditions this weekend!
Hunting success Last 2 days (Jan 21 & 22):  300 ducks / 91 hunters = 3.3 success.  Season:  4,962 / 3,337 hunters = 1.5 success.  Season dark goose harvest = 58.

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.  Isportsman electronic registration is not available for Marais des Cygnes this season.

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.  Boats must have sufficient PFDs for occupants.

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

MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/15/2015

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 10,000 ducks (9,000 dabblers, primarily mallards and 1,000 divers, primarily goldeneyes) and 11,000 geese.  All of the birds observed were located on open water located on the east end of the lake in very deep water.  The lake is approximately 85% iced over.
Water level Lake level 1034.42; Conservation pool = 1036.
Hunting conditions All wetlands are iced over, warmer forecast weather should begin opening holes in the wetlands by the weekend.  PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON OR NEAR ICE!!
Expected hunting success  Fair-Good  Hunting should improve as warmer weather creates additional open water.

Mallard migration: 8

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 November 1, 2014.

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

NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/20/2015

Waterfowl numbers 30,000 +/- mixed puddle ducks mainly Teal and Mallards and various divers species.  2200 Canada Geese 500 White Fronts.  60 Swans 
Mallard Migration Rank


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

Water level Refuge pool is currently 1.5 ft.  The South Unit pump project is back in construction mode and the contractors are making good progress.   Pumping is basically done for the year.        
Hunting conditions Good.  No Ice      
Expected hunting success Fair.  Hunter numbers and harvest have been down with the exception of the opening days.  On the season 2459 hunters have harvested 3871 ducks for a 1.6 BPH average.  This is still a very respectable BPH average for public hunting.  Hopefully mother nature will cooperate and we will have two good weeks of hunting to finish up the season.  Please remember to utilize the isporstman electronic check in and out system.  Thanks so much for your cooperation and support in transitioning into this new system!!! 

2014-15 South East Zone season dates are Nov. 8-9 and Nov. 15-Jan 25.

If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks

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: 11/26/2014

Waterfowl numbers 1500 ducks, 
Water level Lake is 972.41 ft. conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success Fair

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