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.

Melvern Lake – Last Updated: 8/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow 0.33-1 lbs Fish being caught on jigs and minnows over brush.
Black bass Fair-Good 0.5-3 lbs Casting spinnerbaits along rocky shorelines.
Channel catfish Good 1-5 lbs Using nightcrawlers and chicken livers.
Lake level was 0.03′ below normal, release = 20 cfs, and temperature = 79 on August 4.  Melvern Lake has zebra mussels. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes.

Pomona Lake – Last Updated: 8/5/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Good 2 – 7 pounds Fish feeders are ON, Use worms or dip baits and crappie entrails or cut shad, stink/prepared baits.  Lakewide or stilling basin.
Walleye Slow varies The walleye population is improving, try off windy points, crank baits or jigs tipped with nightcrawler.
White bass/wipers Good varies Lakewide and the windy side of the points, wipers are following the schools of shad; minnows or shad colored lures, off the Corps swim beach.
Crappie Slow most were 9 – 14 inches Lakewide, marina docks, over brush piles, black and pink tube jigs, minnows.about 6 ft on the winds side, most fish are over 10 inches, fish are slowly moving in.
When large releases of water occur at the stilling basin, fishing there can be better.

Osage State Fishing Lake – Last Updated: 8/4/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill Fair-Good Up to 0.3 lbs. Using worm under bobber.
Largemouth Bass Fair 0.5-3 lbs. Using jigs, crankbaits and spinners.
Channel catfish Fair 1-6 lbs. Using worms, chicken liver, stinkbait around feeders.

Local fishermen are invited to comment below to update fishing conditions or other local lake information.


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