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 – Last Updated: 6/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Slow-Fair 0.33-1 lbs. Some being caught off the marina dock using minnows.
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, stinkbait, liver, and sunfish. Some being caught in the outlet.
Flathead catfish Fair 3-30 lbs. Some being caught in the outlet using swimbaits. In the lake using nightcrawlers or sunfish.
General Comments
June 24 water level 1.24 feet high, release rate = 1500 cfs , water temperature = 79. 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 – Last Updated: 6/19/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish Fair-Good 2 – 7 lbs. 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 nightcrawler in water 5 to 12 feet.
White bass/wipers Slow-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 is now falling and is currently 6 to 7 feet high. With higher inflows the lake clarity is now turbid. The Corps water release rate of is approximately 1,500 cfs. so elevation should continue to fall. Most boat ramps are opening. Fishing conditions below the dam should be improving with lower release rates. Fish density and fishing conditions as release rates recede. 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 – Last Updated: 6/24/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth bass Fair 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. Some being caught on nightcrawlers or minnows. Some being caught using stink bait off feeders.

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