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

Location/Address:
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: 2.3 feet below conservation, releasing 20 cfs

Lake Temperature: 56 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
Bluegill
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/28/2015

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 Fair 10-14 inches The crappie spawn will probably get started this weekend given the forecast of warmer day and nighttime temperatures and anglers should begin to see fish move into traditional spawning areas.  They are staging in their pre spawn locations off the dam and in brush in 10-15 feet of water and there have been a handful of reports of crappie caught in these areas.  Best bait to catch spawning crappie is a minnow under a bobber, but slowing retrieving jigs under a bobber or wade fishing with a long pole and dipping around trees can also be effective.
Walleye Fair to Good 15-24 inches Anglers have reported 2-3 keepers apiece over the last week with about 1 out of 3 fish caught of legal size.  The best reports have come from the river channel breaks in 19-29 feet of water near the bluffs, Gibbs Point, Wally World, and south of the golf course.  Jig and crawler or jig and minnow are working well, but trolling crankbaits has also yielded a few fish.  Other anglers have picked up a few walleye shore fishing with floating rapalas and twistertails in Marina Cove and off the Cawker causeway.
White Bass Good 10-15 inches The white bass spawn is on and the fish are being caught upstream at the log jams.  There haven't been any big numbers caught yet this year, but anglers are consistently picking up 5-10 nice whites, especially at the south fork log jam.  They are also stacking up on the dam and the causeway as they often do to spawn on the rocky shorelines.  Watch the wind direction and fish the area the wind is blowing in to.
Black Bass Good 10-19 inches The smallmouth bite is picking up now and May is a great month to catch these cool water fish.  The smallies spawn near the end of April, but will be active all spring feeding on insects, crawdads, and small fish.  Anglers should target the dam, north shore in the state park, south bluffs, and Granite Creek to find some smallmouth action.  There are some very nice fish in the reservoir so be on the lookout for these trophy fish.
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! 

Wipers can be found mixed in with the white bass, but there are better numbers of them around Walnut Creek, along the dam, and near Campground 3 and Swim Beach.  Bucktail jigs, roadrunners, and slabs are all good lures to use for catching wipers.  Some anglers have been doing well trolling in those areas using Hot-n-Tots, Shad Raps, and Rattletraps.

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes There is often very good spring time catfish action in the river channels west of the causeway and in the feeder creeks including Mill, Carr, and Walnut.  The upper ends of many coves will also find channel catfish feeding on dead shad and other detritus material.  Try using cut shad, small shad, chicken liver, or shrimp for best results.  You don't have to fish deep either as the fish will often be found in less than 5 feet of water.  We saw high numbers of channel catfish along the dam last week while sampling, especially toward the south end of the dam.

Boat Ramp Update: The reservoir is 2.3 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.

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!