Region 5

This a collection of all the Region 5 Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/16/2014

Waterfowl numbers No ducks seen on the reservoir today.   Some local farm ponds on private land are holding good numbers of Canada geese and Mallards.   
Water level Reservoir is 2.0' above conservation pool, Marsh at 54 hwy is mostly dry.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 100% open. 
Expected hunting success Poor - Fair
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: 12/8/2014

Waterfowl numbers 3000-4000, mix of mallards, gadwall and mixed species.  5000 snows and a few canada geese around the county.  
Water level Reservoir at pool level with mud flats showing.
Hunting conditions Wetlands have excellent but rank moist soil vegetation and very good water, Quaker/Chetopa Creek access road is open during duck season. Some mud flats on the shoreline.
Expected hunting success Good conditions. Most of the birds are leaving the area and flying out to area ponds. The birds are educated and difficult to get back onto the reservoir before dark.
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: 12/16/2014

Waterfowl numbers No ducks seen on the reservoir today.  Some local ponds on private land are holding good numbers of Canada Geese and Mallards. 
Water level 0.6' above conservation pool
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 100% open.
Expected hunting success Poor - Fair
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: 12/17/2014

Waterfowl numbers  3500 Mallards, some divers mixed in.  650 Dark Geese, 2500 Snow Geese. 
Water level

Current Level: 1041.69

Conservation Pool Level: 1043.0

Hunting conditions  Will improve with colder conditions.  Lots of waterfowl scattered across area on smaller ponds and lakes, need smaller water bodies to start icing over to concentrate waterfowl on reservoir.  
Expected hunting success  Fair
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: 12/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers > 25,000 ducks, mostly mallards.  Few geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 7.

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

Water levels All units have good water levels for this point in the season.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions No ice.
Hunting success Wed - Thur:  136 ducks / 136 hunters = 1.0 success.  Season:  3,194 / 2,148 hunters = 1.5 success.  Success better on Monday & Tuesday, but declining later in the week.  Dark goose harvest = 25.

Waterfowl hunters must register 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.  Isportsman electronic registration is not available for Marais des Cygnes this season.

There is construction work along the river side of Unit G – for your safety, please stay away from the construction area.

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.

Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.

MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 6,500 ducks (5,000 dabblers and 1,500 divers, primarily goldeneyes) and 500 geese.  A mixed bag of dabbling ducks but about 90% mallards.  80% of birds observed were on the refuge.
Water level Lake level 1034.42; Conservation pool = 1036.
Hunting conditions There is huntable water in all wetlands.  Most ice cover should be off of shallow water areas by this weekend with the warmer forecast weather.  Moist soil vegetation looks excellent.     
Expected hunting success  Good

Mallard migration: 5

All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit through the new electronic permit system. Hunters can register now to begin using the electronic system at    For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Rd.  Paper permits will also be available through the 2014 hunting season.

Youth waterfowl season is October . Regular waterfowl season opens November 1, 2014.

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

NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/17/2014

Waterfowl numbers 20,000 +/- mixed puddle ducks mainly Teal and Mallards and various divers species.  500 Canada Geese. 
Mallard Migration Rank


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

Water level Refuge pool is currently 2 ft.  Pools 1, 2, 4 and upper 5 currently have water.  The South Unit pump project is on hold for now as there was a problem arise with the pump and its ability to work under low river flows. Contractor is supposed to be here sometime in December. Boats can access any pool.  Pumping is basically done for the year.        
Hunting conditions Good.  No ice.      
Expected hunting success Poor.   Hunter success has been very poor for the month of December.  Please remember to utilize the isporstman electronic check in and out system.  We have had good compliance but still a few that are using the old paper system.  Area staff would really like to see the paper cards system numbers decline as we are running low on cards so we would like to encourage everyone to use electronic system.  Thanks so much for your cooperation in transitioning into this new system!!! 

2014-15 South East Zone season dates are Nov. 8-9 and Nov. 15-Jan 25.

If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks

Neosho WA is transitioning to a new daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunitng to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit to register prior to hunting season.


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

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POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/26/2014

Waterfowl numbers 1500 ducks, 
Water level Lake is 972.41 ft. conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success Fair

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