Elk City Reservoir

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Elk City Reservoir Map
This Location does have Boat Access Fishing Forecast Region 5 Public Fishing Reports State Park Wildlife Area

Independence, KS

Corps of Engineers (620) 331-6820

GPS Location: N37 15.415 W95 46.487

Independence, KS

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 4,450 acres

Maximum Depth: 24 feet

Normal Lake Level: N/A

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Black Bullhead
Channel Catfish 10
Crappie 50
Flathead Catfish 5
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass 5 15
Saugeye 5 15
White Bass
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 6/9/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Crappie have slowed down in the state park but some anglers are finding them up river.  Look for fish in the river to be suspended on timber in around 10' of water.
Channel catfish Fair 10-25 inches Channel catfish anglers have been successful along the dam face periodically the last couple of weeks. Expect fish to move back mid-lake soon. Drifting will be effective along the channel.
White bass Poor 8-16 inches White bass fishing has been poor. Occasional fish have been picked up by catfish and crappie anglers.
Outlet     Fishing is good at the outlet when water is being released.  Use the link below to determine release volume.

Float line fishing will be allowed from July 15 through September 15.  A floatline permit ($2.50) is required.

Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Montgomery, Wilson, and Labette counties) only.

Youth/Mentor Pond

The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.