Region 5

This a collection of all the Region 5 Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/16/2014

Waterfowl numbers At least 2000 Mallards and 1000 Canada Geese on the reservoir Wednesday. Good numbers of Ducks and Geese in the general area around the Wildlife Area, feeding in crop fields as well.  Many more birds may be using the reservoir than what is present at the time counts were conducted. 
Water level Reservoir is 0.1' above conservation pool, Marsh at 54 hwy is full.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is nearly open.  54 marsh has fair vegetation and water is mostly open.
Expected hunting success Good - Excellent
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: 1/27/2014

Waterfowl numbers 5,000 snows. 500 canada geese.
Water level Elk City reservoir currently 795.5 after being lowered for shoreline repairs.
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair
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: 1/16/2014

Waterfowl numbers 3000 mallards on the reservoir Wednesday.  Good numbers of ducks and geese in the area using the reservoir at times and crop fields mostly on private land.
Water level 0.3' above conservation pool
Hunting conditions Reservoir is mostly open.
Expected hunting success Good - Excellent
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: 1/31/2014

Waterfowl numbers    250 Large Canadian Geese, 750 Snow geese, 500 ducks, mostly mallards.  
Water level

Current Level: 1040.99

Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0

Hunting conditions  85% Ice Up on lake and marshes.  Ramps still ice locked.
Expected hunting success  Poor
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: 3/17/2014

Waterfowl numbers Few snow geese moving through the area on some days.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 0.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels All major units, except Unit E, have good water. Boats, especially larger boats with more draft, may find it challenging to access some units. Unit E is supplied by runoff only and is still low, but has some huntable area.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Vegetation condition (food production) ranges from fair to excellent, with an average of very good.  Note: some areas closed to snow goose hunting--see below.
Hunting success 0 snow geese harvested this season.
Comments

NOTICE:  Portions of the wildlife area are CLOSED to snow goose hunting due to mowed grain crops.  Hunting over mowed crops is considered to be baiting and is illegal.  Maps of closed areas are posted in the check-in booth.  Fields in Unit D north of E1800 Rd remain closed until March 26.

Waterfowl hunters must register before hunting and report harvest after the hunt. Marais des Cygnes WA waterfowl hunters are required to register daily at headquarters 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.

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.



MELVERN LAKE - Last Updated: 1/25/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 3,500 ducks. 95% mallards with a few divers. 12,000 geese, approximately 50/50 snows and canadas. All birds observed were roosting in a few locations on the ice in the middle of the lake and likely feeding in area agriculture fields.
Water level Lake level 1033.23.
Hunting conditions All wetlands are 100% iced over, 90% of lake iced over with all open water located in the middle of the lake.  Vegetation looks excellent in all pools and along the shoreline at the upper end of the reservoir.
Expected hunting success Fair, plenty of waterfowl in the area.  Please take extra precaution when hunting on and around ice!!  Best hunting will likely be found by locating agricultural fields birds are using.  
Comments

Mallard migration: 4

All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit. Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Rd. Permits will be available at 10 locations across the property including Willow marsh. Hunters utilizing 3-duck marsh (north of RR tracks 1 mile east of Reading) can obtain permits from the kiosk on Hwy 170 just east of the river or at the Melvern WA office on the east side of Reading. Maps illustrating locations to obtain permits are available at the kiosks on Hoch Rd and Highway 170, the Melvern Wildlife Area office, the Emporia office, and the website

Youth waterfowl season is October 19-20. Regular waterfowl season opens October 26, 2012.

Refuge Area is CLOSED Oct. 1st, 2013 through Jan. 15th, 2014



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 4/7/2014

Waterfowl numbers 3,000 ducks
Mallard Migration Rank

MMR=0

0= No Mallards, 1= Very Few Mallards, 5= Moderate Numbers, 10= Peak

Water level Refuge pool is being drawn down to allow for structure repairs and favorable vegetation growing conditions. All other pools are dry.
Hunting conditions    
Expected hunting success 4939 ducks were harvested by 2419 hunter trips in the 2013-14 season on Neosho Wildlife Area giving a 2.04 bird/hunter average for the season. In the 17 days of November, 1224 hunters harvested 2384 ducks. In December, 1400 ducks were harvested by 719 hunters. January had 26 days open to hunting which allowed 476 hunters to harvest 1155 ducks.
Comments

South East Zone 2013/2014 regular waterfowl season is CLOSED.

South Unit no longer closes at 1:00 to waterfowl hunting. It is open to all hunting during legal shooting hours.

ALL WATERFOWL HUNTERS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A DAILY PERMIT AND PLEASE REMEMBER TO FILL OUT BOTH PORTIONS OF YOUR CARD WITH ACCURATE INFORMATION. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

PUT THE TOP HALF OF THE CARD IN THE BOX BEFORE YOU HUNT AND THE BOTTOM PORTION IN THE BOX FOLLOWING YOUR HUNT. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE INFORMATION ON THESE CARDS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA.

Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.

For additional area news please visit the area website at: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-5/Neosho/Area-News.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/22/2013

Waterfowl numbers 1500, 50/50 mix of divers and puddle ducks mostly mallards
Water level Lake is 973.19 ft. conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success poor
Comments

The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling and are currently dry or holding very little water.