Glen Elder Reservoir

Glen Elder 3D
This Location does have Boat Access Fishing Forecast Good Fishnig Spots State Park Wildlife Area

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: 2.1 feet below conservation, releasing 12 cfs

Lake Temperature: 55 degrees

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: 10/9/2014

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 10-16 inches There have been very few crappie reports this summer, even the brush piles haven't been producing any fish.  Normally when water temperatures cool into the low 60's and 50's the crappie activity begins to pick up.  Until the water cools down, I would expect the crappie fishing to remain difficult.  The last half of October and November should be a good time to catch some crappie though.
Walleye Slow 15-24 inches

Similar to crappie, the walleye fishing has been tough this year.  Anglers have been catching a few while drifting around Walnut Creek and near Campground 3 using jigs and worms, but trolling crankbaits has also yielded a few keepers.  As the water cools, the fishing will pick up with some of the better areas off the north shore points, under the Granite Creek and causeway bridges, and near the old foundations on the west end.  Fall walleye fishing can be fantastic and the fish usually bite throughout the day after the water has cooled.

Approximately 9 million walleye fry were stocked in April.

White Bass Good 11-17 inches White bass are providing most of the action right now and many anglers have been catching fair to good numbers of whites over the past several weeks.  Trolling has been working best in Walnut Creek, along the dam, and in the state park area.  Other anglers have been vertically jigging slab spoons and jigs around the outlet, brush piles, and Waconda Springs area.  Shoreline anglers have been doing well fishing the causeway, Marina Cove, Osage Cove, and the north shore near the dam.
Black Bass Fair 10-19 inches The bass bite remains good now with smallies offering the best opportunities around the dam, Marina Cove, Osage Cove, Timber Cove, and along the south bluffs. Largemouth can be found in Osage Cove, Mill Creek, and Schoen's Cove.  Topwater lures fished early in the morning and toward dusk work very well for smallmouth while crankbaits and soft plastics will often yield both species throughout the day.
Wipers and Stripers 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! 

No change here.  Anglers have been catching good numbers of wipers while fishing for white bass.  Walnut Creek, the north end of the dam, Campground 3, and the river channel on the west end are all good places to look for wipers.  There have also been schooling wipers caught around the rocky point just west of the swim beach on the north side.

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes Chumming is still working well for a few anglers that are sticking with it.  They continue to catch good numbers of fish using stinkbait and cut shad.  Other anglers are having luck catching channels and flatheads while trolling crankbaits around the bluffs and Cawker causeway.  There are also a few anglers using setlines in Mill Creek and in the South Fork west of Boller Point that have reported good catches of channels and blue catfish.  They have been releasing all of the blue catfish to allow the population to build to a naturally-reproducing population.
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 2.1 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!