Region 5

This a collection of all the Region 5 Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers No ducks seen on the reservoir today
Water level Reservoir is 2.0' above conservation pool, Marsh at 54 hwy is dry.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success 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: 10/16/2014

Waterfowl numbers  A few hundred ducks, mixed bag of teal, pintails, shovelers and some white-fronts moving through.
Water level Reservoir up 2 feet, but is being drawn down by the Corps of Engineers.
Hunting conditions Wetlands have excellent but rank moist soil vegetation and very good water.
Expected hunting success  Good conditions, depending upon reservior water levels.
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: 9/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers No ducks seen on the reservoir today
Water level 0.6' above conservation pool
Hunting conditions Reservoir is open.
Expected hunting success 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: 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: 10/24/2014

Waterfowl numbers Oct 23 = 2,500 ducks, mostly teal, wood ducks, and early migrants.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 0.

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

Water levels Unit A-East = 70%, A-North = 40% (pumping), C-South = 0%, E = 100%, F-East = 50%, F-South and F-West = full-->currently discharging water, and G = 50% (very shallow, pumping).  Water levels in refuge units are good.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Good.
Hunting success Teal season total:  389 teal / 209 hunters = 1.9 success.

Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area is in the Southeast Zone - opening day is November 8.

We cannot pump into Unit C-South until corn is harvested and with current conditions, this will likely not occur for some time yet.  Progress and conditions elsewhere are good.

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.

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 - Last Updated: 9/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 100 teal
Water level Lake level 1035.42.
Hunting conditions No water is available in the marshes due to low flow in the river and minimal runoff.  Teal hunting opportunities are available in the refuge portion of the lake.  Moist soil vegetation looks excellent.  Portions of planted corn in 3-Duck and Willow Marshes were flooded out in June.    
Expected hunting success  Poor-Fair

Mallard migration: 0

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 October  2014.

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

NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/17/2014

Waterfowl numbers 3500 mixed ducks, 100 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 and 4 currently have water.  Pumping stopped on Monday Oct 13 and will resume sometime the week of Oct 20th.  We had over 3 inches of rainfall over the last week that brought pool elevations up several inches.  We are still trying to get into pools and mow openings since most plants are just now to the mature stage.    
Hunting conditions Currently vegetation is tall and water is shallow.    
Expected hunting success  

For those of you who did not make it to the public meeting and have questions about the area please feel free to give us a call or stop by the office and we would be happy to visit with you.

2014-15 South East Zone season dates are YOUTH Nov 1-2. Regular Season Opens Nov. 8-9 and Nov. 15-Jan 25.

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.

For additional area news please visit the area website at:

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

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