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 5/21/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Slow 0.33-1.3 lb. On minnows and jigs.
Black Bass Fair 0.3-3 lbs. Using a variety of baits including crawdad crankbaits, spinners and jigs.
White Bass Slow 0.5-1.5 lbs. On jigs and minnows.
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs. Using worms during runoff events.
May 21 water level 3.48 feet high, release rate=20 cfs, water temperature=66. Melvern Reservoir 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 5/20/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel catfish Fair to Good 2-7 lbs. The fish feeders are OFF, Use worms or dip baits and crappie entrails or cutshad, stink/prepared baits.  Lakewide or stilling basin in the calmer segments of the stream.
Walleye Slow to FAIR varies off windy points, crank baits or jigs tipped with nightcrawler in water 5 to 12 feet.
White bass/wipers Fair – Good influx of turbid water varies lakewide and the windy side of the points, wipers are following the schools of shad, minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes liver and shad imitation lures
Crappie Slow to fair, slowed since inflows most are 9 – 14 inches Spawning areas have cooled off, but some taken over brushpiles, black and pink tube jigs, minnows, most fish are over 10 inches.
General Comments
The lake level has been rising in recent days. The lake should be up about 6 feet by mid-week. With higher inflows the lake clarity has declined. The Corps is planning a water release rate of approximately 1,000 cfs. Fishing conditions below the dam could be difficult but fish density will increase and fishing conditions should improve when release recedes at a later date. It is believed that zebra mussels now inhabit this lake.  Please be extra careful and ” Clean, Drain and Dry” before  and after using any equipment on this lake. Rangers have constructed some spawning fish habitat which should improve spring fishing success. These areas are located near North Shore Marina and the Rock Quarry and near Adams Grove and Wolf Creek Park.

Osage State Fishing Lake – Last updated 5/21/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Slow 0.3-0.75 lb. Using minnows under a bobber set about 3-4 feet down. Some action on jigs as well.
Largemouth Bass Fair-Good 0.3-2 lbs. Using jigs, minnows, crankbaits, and spinners.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs. Using pieces of worm under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-5 lbs. Good during runoff events on nightcrawlers. Some being caught on minnows.
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