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 RESERVOIR – Updated: 6/1/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.33-1.3 lb. On minnows and jigs in 20-30 feet of water.
Black Bass Fair 0.3-3 lbs. Using a variety of baits including crawdad crankbaits, spinners, and jigs.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-5 lbs. Using worms during runoff events has been good.  Lately fishing has slowed somewhat.
Flathead catfish Fair-Good 5-50 lbs. Using sunfish, nightcrawlers, and goldfish.
Blue catfish Fair-Good 5-25 lbs. Using goldfish, nightcrawlers, goldfish, and shad.
Walleye Fair 1-4 lbs. Using jig and nightcrawler on the flats.
General Comments
June 1 water level 9.89 feet high, release rate = 2000 cfs , water temperature = 67. 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 RESERVOIR – Updated: 6/2/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish  Fair to Good 2 – 7 pounds Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cut shad, stink/prepared baits. Lakewide or stilling basin in the calmer segments of the stream.
Walleye Slow varies Off windy points, crank baits or jigs tipped with nightcrawlers in water 5 to 12 feet.
White bass/Wipers Fair 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 most are 9 – 14 inches Some may be taken over brushpiles, black and pink tube jigs, minnows, most fish are over 10 inches,
General Comments
The lake level has risen to 15 feet high with recent rains.  With higher inflows the lake clarity is now turbid or muddy. The Corps is planning a water release rate of approximately 2,000 cfs. so elevation should start to fall. Most boat ramps are closed but the State Park ramps are open. Fishing conditions below the dam could be difficult but fish density will increase and fishing conditions should improve when release and recede 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.

OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE – Updated: 6/1/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
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. Some being caught using stinkbait off feeders.

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


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