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.

Melvern Lake

Reported May 2, 2013

Crappie – fair to good, 0.33-1.5 pounds, on jigs and minnows from the bank on west end of Eisenhower State Park. Heated dock reported increased catches this past week.

All boat ramps in Corps and state parks have sufficient depth for launching. Lake level was 3.9 feet below normal, release was 20 cubic feet per second, and temperature was 50 degrees F on May 2. 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.

Osage State Fishing Lake

Reported May 2, 2013

Channel catfish – poor to fair, 1-5 pound using shad sides, nightcrawlers, minnows and sunfish.

Crappie – poor to fair, 0.4-1 pound. Using jigs and minnows from the bank; some still being caught in deeper water over brush piles.

Pomona Lake

No current report is available from KDWPT for Pomona Lake, but in a report of April 19, 2013, all fishing was slow. In its lake condition report, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake water temperature is warming up slower than usual this year with the colder than usual weather. Suggested fishing areas are the Rock Quarry or on coves on the north side of the lake for best results with early crappie fishing. The Corps reports crappie have not began spawning, but with the rising temperatures spawn should be soon. Water temperature was recorded at 52 degrees F on May 5.

For current lake conditions, see these U.S. Army Corps of Engineers links:

Pomona Lake

Melvern Lake

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

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