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Expand catfishing horizons at Pomona Lake as floatline season opens

PRATT – Want to expand your catfishing horizons? Floatline fishing, sometimes called jugline fishing, is a fun and effective method for catching catfish in reservoirs.

If you remember the excitement of watching a bobber when you were a kid, floatline fishing is bobber fishing on steroids. Big “bobbers” and big fish.

The floatline fishing season opened July 15 and closes September 15, and it’s allowed on 12 select reservoirs, including Pomona, Council Grove, Elk City, Fall River, Glen Elder, Hillsdale, John Redmond, Kanopolis, Lovewell, Tuttle Creek, Toronto and Wilson.

Floatline fishing consists of free drifting large floats, each fitted with line, a hook, and weight. Floats drift with the breeze, suspending the baited hook. When the float begins bobbing up and down or moving unnaturally, you’ve got a bite.

Floatline fishing is allowed from sunrise to sunset and anglers are allowed up to eight floatlines, which must be under immediate supervision of the angler at all times, and removed from the water when fishing ceases. Floats must be made only from plastic, wood, or foam and shall be a closed-cell construction, meaning a solid body incapable of containing water.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Pomona Lake and Osage County Fishing Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Young fishermen brave flood waters to compete for Pomona Lake fishing titles

Two fishermen discuss the best bait to use for Saturday’s kids fishing competition at Pomona State Park.

Though the day started out cloudy with a few scattered large raindrops, dedicated fishermen of all ages lined the banks at Pomona State Park’s boat ramp No. 2 Saturday for the Friends of Pomona State Park’s annual kids fishing derby.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Pomona Lake and Osage County Fishing Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Pomona Lake and Osage County Fishing Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Ottawa woman found dead in Pomona Lake Sunday

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported that an Ottawa woman was found dead in Pomona Lake on Sunday.

In a press release issued today, Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said that Cynthia Steward, 44, of Ottawa, was found in the lake after emergency personnel responded to a report of body near the boat ramp at 110-Mile Park around 3:25 p.m. Sunday.

The sheriff reported that after further investigation and after a report of missing kayaker, it was determined the victim was Steward. The release said Steward had gone kayaking around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and her family notified the sheriff’s office she was missing about 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of Steward’s death.

“The autopsy will help determine whether Mrs. Steward had drowned or possibly died of hypothermia,” Dunn said in the release.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Pomona Lake and Osage County Fishing Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Pomona Lake and Osage County Fishing Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Camp as if it were 1964: Go retro at Pomona Lake with vintage campers, car cruise

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Greg Thill, Lyndon, drove his 1959 Chevy Impala in area parades to remind everyone of the July 12 Going Retro at Pomona Lake.

It will be a fun weekend to visit Pomona State Park and step back in time, as Pomona Lake “goes retro” as part of the lake’s 50th anniversary celebration. Friends of Pomona State Park has invited owners of vintage boats, campers and recreational vehicles to visit or camp at the lake during “Going Retro at Pomona Lake” this weekend, July 11-13. A classic car “cruise-in” is also planned for Saturday.

Pomona Lake campers named as first members of the 50 on 50 club

Jayson Sunderland, interim Pomona State Park manager, left, David Green, Pomona Lake operations manager, right, and Will Bolt, Pomona Lake park ranger, present a framed certificate to Doug and Jean Higbie, of Williamsburg, in recognition of the couple camping more than 50 nights at Pomona Lake this year.

The U.S. Corps of Engineers and Pomona State Park have announced the first campers to become part of the “50 on 50” club, as part of the celebration of Pomona Lake’s 50th anniversary.

Doug and Jean Higbie, of Williamsburg, were recently notified they are the first 50 on 50 club members, after having camped for 56 nights already this year at Pomona Lake State Park.

Pomona Lake 50th anniversary logo unveiled

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pomona Project, has released the official logo of Pomona Lake’s 50th anniversary, to be celebrated this year.

During a meeting Jan. 29, Corps officials reported the logo was in development, and would be available for use during the celebration. The Corps will use the same logo with the addition of the Corps’ insignia, but a logo without the insignia is being made available to promote this year’s celebration. The logo can be used on flyers and advertising to promote events, activities, special offers or other highlights of the communitywide celebration.

On Windy Hill: Let’s celebrate 50 years of Pomona Lake hospitality

Last week, a few folks sat down at Breck’s Green Acres, near Pomona Dam, for a cinnamon roll and coffee, and to discuss a milestone of a local landmark that has had notable impact on Osage County and its inhabitants for more than 50 years.

The topic of discussion was how to celebrate Pomona Lake’s 50th anniversary. The lake was dedicated in September 1964.

The gathering of local government employees, business people and interested citizens agreed the lake’s 50th birthday is something to celebrate. But also agreed was that funds are scarce for promoting and hosting a grand celebration, excepting possible grass-roots fundraising efforts. Federal, state and county governments are more strapped for cash now than any time in the lake’s 50 years, it seems.

Young anglers catch stringer-full of prizes during Pomona Lake fishing derby

About 40 youth and 50 adults enjoyed a beautiful Saturday morning at Pomona State Park during the Friends of Pomona State Park Annual Memorial Youth Fishing Derby on June 1.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Osage County Fishing Lake, Pomona Lake

The following fishing reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Osage County Fishing Lake, Pomona Lake

The following fishing reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Corps plans public meeting on high water conditions at Pomona and Melvern lakes

LYNDON, Kan. – Due to above average water levels being held in Melvern Lake and Pomona Lake, both in Osage County, Kan., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District and lake project personnel will hold a public meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Lyndon High School auditorium, 421 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, Kan.

District personnel will present a brief summary of current conditions, a description of how the Corps manages the system, the impacts on recreation and stakeholders, expected releases and overall outlook. Attendees will be invited to ask questions.

Blue-green algae closes Michigan Valley swim beach at Pomona Lake

VASSAR, Kan. – The U.S Army Corps of Engineers at Pomona Lake has announced the existence of a blue-green algae bloom at the Michigan Valley swim beach at Pomona Lake.

According to project operations manager Scott Rice, yesterday, Aug. 16, 2018, what appeared to be blue-green algae was noticed in the beach area and around the dam.

“Preliminary tests show the presence of blue green algae,” Rice said. “The beach will be tested Monday by KDHE but for safety reasons the beach has been closed.”

According to an announcement from the Corps, swimming will not be allowed at the Michigan Valley Swim Beach, and all wading and contact with algae is highly discouraged. Visitors are encouraged to use the beach located in Pomona State Park on the south side of the lake.

The Corps reported the most recent tests showed the presence of the toxin microcystin, but noted levels can increase or decrease on a daily basis. Hot and sunny weather conditions combined with high nutrient levels create ideal conditions for harmful algae bloom growth.

Pet owners need to be particularly mindful of the presence of blue-green algae. Dogs are highly susceptible to algae toxins and frequently ingest concentrated toxins from shoreline areas. Pets that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom or those that eat dried algae along the shore, may become seriously ill.

Boat ramps and lake activities are not affected at this time. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms.

Corps closes 110 Mile Park campground at Pomona Lake

VASSAR, Kan. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced the permanent closure of 110 Mile Campground at Pomona Lake effective May 1, 2018.

The closure was blamed on underutilization and projected budget restrictions. According to a statement from the Corps, the camping area, equestrian area, and nature trail will close in an effort to improve other park operating efficiencies and provide quality recreation opportunities for the public.

The day-use boat ramp facility at 110 Mile Park will remain open with no operational changes. Equestrian camping and a day use parking lot has been moved to Cedar Park, positioning the equestrian area in the middle of Black Hawk Trail.

Along with Cedar Park, 110 Mile Park was one of the last two free federal campgrounds located in Osage County.

For more information, contact the Pomona Lake Project Office at 785-453-2201. 

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Osage County Fishing Lake and Pomona Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Osage County Fishing Lake and Pomona Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Pomona Lake: A sparkling jewel in the Water Sports Capital of Kansas

In Osage County, the Water Sports Capital of Kansas, few would disagree that Pomona Lake is a jewel among the two federal lakes and a state fishing lake that give this water playground its title.

Pomona Lake celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, having been dedicated on Sept. 5, 1964, when the lake was opened to begin control of flooding of 110-mile, Dragoon, Plummer and Valley Brook creeks, and the downstream Marais des Cygnes River. Area residents, businesses, friends, Pomona State Park, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invite everyone to take a look at all the lake still has to offer after 50 years of operation. Every year, as spring arrives and the crappie start biting, and Osage County’s local hospitality offers a warm welcome to all who come to enjoy Pomona Lake’s abundant recreational opportunities.

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