Glen Elder Reservoir

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GPS Location: N39 30.821 W98 20.408

2131 180 Road
Glen Elder, KS 67446

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 12,586 acres

Maximum Depth: 55 ft

Normal Lake Level: 1455.6 MSL

Current Lake Level: 2.6 feet below conservation, releasing 12 cfs

Lake Temperature: 52 degrees at marina, 60 degrees at log jam

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Walleye 5*** 18 inches
White Bass
Wiper 2**
Striped Bass 2**
Largemouth Bass 5* 18 inches
Spotted Bass 5* 15 inches
Smallmouth Bass 5* 18 inches
Crappie 20
Channel Catfish 10****
Blue Catfish 5****
Flathead Catfish 5
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
ZEBRA MUSSELS     Zebra mussels were detected in Glen Elder Reservoir on August 31, 2013 and the reservoir has now been established as a Designated Aquatic Nuisance Water. This means that no bait can be caught from Glen Elder and used in another water body. Anglers are not allowed to leave Glen Elder with ANY live fish. All harvested fish must be dead prior to leaving the reservoir. Also, anglers should be extra careful when leaving Glen Elder to follow all state laws that require anglers to CLEAN all equipment for anything attached (plants, animals, mud) and remove anything found. Second, DRAIN all water from equipment (livewell, bilge, bait buckets) before using at a different location. Finally, DRY all equipment for a minimum of 5 days before using again. If you need to use it sooner, wash with hot (140 F) water. Everyone is asked to do their part to prevent the spread of this aquatic nuisance species to other waters!
Crappie Slow 8-13 inches The crappie are in their transition period between winter schooling and moving in shallow to spawn.  They appear to be scattered with most anglers struggling to catch 10 fish a day by slowly working the river channel on the lower end of the reservoir.  Big schools have been tough to come by so anglers may have to work at it to catch a limit.  A few fish have been caught around the brush piles as well, but that has been relatively slow.  The fish will begin to move in shallow in a couple of weeks as the water warms into the mid-50's.
Walleye Fair to Good 15-23 inches

The walleye spawn is winding down and anglers did very well this year walk trolling the dam at night and during the day.  Most of the catch consisted of males with fish up to 24 inches reported.  This opportunity will continue for another week or so, but many of the fish have started to move off the dam.  Anglers should start looking for post spawn fish off south shore points like Gibbs point and Harrison Point, and around the causeway.

Approximately 9 million walleye fry were stocked in April.

White Bass Fair to Good 11-17 inches The white bass spawn is very close now and a few fish have already been caught up the river channels.  There is not a lot of inflow now and the rivers are mostly knee deep at the log jams, but there have been a few males caught using white twistertails and roadrunners.  Anglers should also start looking for pre-spawn whites along the causeway and the dam.
Black Bass Fair to Good 10-19 inches The bass bite is very good now with the cooler water temperatures with smallies offering the best opportunities around the dam, Marina Cove, Timber Cove, and along the south bluffs. Largemouth can be found in Osage Cove, Mill Creek, and Schoen's Cove.
Wipers Fair 12-22 inches There are a lot of young wipers coming into the population between 12 and 14 inches so make sure to identify your catch carefully when catching white bass and wipers. We found the best numbers of wipers along the dam and in Walnut Creek during our fall netting. The biggest fish are between 5 and 6 pounds and are in excellent shape right now. There are also some wipers hanging out around the Cawker causeway and up the river channels on the west end.  They tend to follow similar movement patterns as white bass this time of year so look for good numbers along the dam and up the river channels.
Channel Catfish Good All Sizes Recent angler reports indicate the catfish are biting very well right now in shallow water where dead shad can be found.  They are mainly on the west end in the creeks and river channel, but there are also catfish being caught in Mill Creek and the upper end of Walnut Creek.  Dead shad and shad gizzards are working best right now.

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at . 

REMINDER TO ALL ANGLERS!!! There is a creel limit of 20 crappie/day at Glen Elder Reservoir, effective January 1, 2013. Make sure to spread the word that it is now illegal to possess more than 20 crappie each day!!!

Boat Ramp Update: The reservoir is only 2.6 feet below conservation so low water is not limiting access at this time, but Granite Creek could be difficult to launch large boats due to the shallow water.

Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.  Check it out for the recent additions we made in March 2014.  Special thanks to the over 20 volunteers who made it possible for these brush piles to continue to get upgrades as well as the new piles that we constructed.

For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Glen Elder Reservoir" link above this report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!