Region 5

This a collection of all the Region 5 Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/18/2014

Waterfowl numbers 2500 ducks, mostly mallards. 
Water level Reservoir is 0.4' above conservation pool, Marsh at 54 hwy is dry.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is nearly 100% ice covered, however ice is less than 1/2" thick at Toronto point boat ramp.  Ice should likely disappear. 
Expected hunting success Fair - good
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: 11/13/2014

Waterfowl numbers  4000-5000, mixed bag of mostly divers, teal, pintails, shovelers, and a few more mallards showing up. 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  but starting to freeze. Quaker/Chetopa Creek access road is open during duck season. Some mud flats on the shoreline.
Expected hunting success  Good conditions, depending upon weather and 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: 11/18/2014

Waterfowl numbers 6500 ducks, mostly mallards on the reservoir today.
Water level 0.3' above conservation pool
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 50% open.  Boat ramp at engineers cove is open and likely will remain open through the coming weekend.
Expected hunting success Good
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: 11/12/2014

Waterfowl numbers  Much Improved- 2500 Large Ducks, mainly Gadwall and Mallards, some divers mixed in.  300 Large Canadian Geese, 450 Snow Geese. 
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  Fair
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: 11/21/2014

Waterfowl numbers Waterfowl numbers are changing daily with ice conditions.  15,000 +/- ducks, few geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 6.

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.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Marshes are still frozen this morning, but ice is generally thin and weak.  This week, hunters have been breaking ice with some success.  If weather predictions are accurate, we anticipate considerable thawing over the next several days.
Hunting success Wednesday and Thursday:  85 ducks / 37 hunters = 2.3 success.  Season:  1,382 / 561 hunters = 2.5 success.  Dark goose harvest = 1.

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.

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/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 8,000 ducks (6,000 dabblers and 2,000 divers, primarily redheads) and 1,500 geese.  A mixed bag of dabbling ducks but about 85% mallards.  80% of birds observed were on the refuge.
Water level Lake level 1034.97; Conservation pool = 1036.
Hunting conditions There is huntable water in all wetlands.  Most ice cover should be off of shallow water areas by this weekend with the warmer forecast weather.  Moist soil vegetation looks excellent.     
Expected hunting success  Good

Mallard migration: 5

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: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers 25,000 mixed puddle ducks mainly Teal and Mallards and various divers species.  150 Canada Geese. 
Mallard Migration Rank


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.   Area beginning to thaw out.  Should be open by 11-21-14.  The South Unit pump project is on hold for now as there was a problem arise with the pump and its ability to work under low river flows. Contractor is supposed to be here sometime the first week of December.  Water levels on the main area are at normal stages or above for this time of year and pools will continue to build as the season progresses.  Boats should be able to access into any pool.  Pumps running 24 hours a day since 11/13/14.    
Hunting conditions Good.  Beginning to thaw out.    
Expected hunting success Good.  Please remember to utilize the isporstman electronic check in and out system.  We have had good compliance but still a few that are using the old paper system.  We are running low on cards so we encourage everyone to use electronic system.  Thanks so much for your cooperation 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: 11/14/2014

Waterfowl numbers 2000-3000 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.