Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Osage County Fishing Lake and Pomona 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: Nov. 13, 2015

Species Rating Size Baits
Channel catfish Slow 1.5-5 lbs. Using crappie entrails and chicken livers.
Black bass Fair 0.5-4 lbs. Mainly smallmouth are being caught – many small ones.  Using jigs and crankbaits.
Crappie Fair 0.3-1 lbs. Lots of little ones.  Using minnows and jigs over cover.
White bass Fair 0.3-1.5 lbs. Casting shad imitation crank baits into surfacing schools of shad or trolling crank baits.  Some action vertically fishing jigs over drop-off points.
General Comments
Nov 12, water level 0.96 feet low, release rate = 30 cfs , water temperature = 57. 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 County State Fishing Lake – Last updated: Nov. 13, 2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.25 lbs. Using pieces of worm under bobber, small jigs and spinners.
Channel catfish Slow-Fair 1-5 lbs. Some being caught on nightcrawlers or minnows.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs. Using jigs and crankbaits, along shoreline cover.

Pomona Lake – Last Updated: Oct. 20, 2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Channel Catfish  Fair to Good 2 – 7 lbs. Use worms or dip baits and sunfish entrails or cut shad, stink/prepared baits.  Lakewide or stilling basin. There is the occasional harvest of the blue catfish.
Walleye Slow varies Off points or deeper steep banks on crank baits or jigs tipped with night crawlers.
White bass/Wipers  Fair to Good 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 but has improved with cooler waters varies but range 8 -12 inches Some taken over or around woody habitat, structures and large rocks on jigs and/or minnows.
Largemouth Bass Slow Most are 10 to 15 inches Pomona has a limited black bass fishery. Catches are more common in the Marina area and in the coves on a variety of baits to include crankbaits and soft baits.
General Comments
The lake level is now 6 inches low. The lake clarity has improved to approximately 2 feet and outflows are at 15 cfs. Boat ramps are open as usual. Zebra mussels now inhabit this lake. Please be extra careful and “clean, drain and dry” before and after using any equipment on this lake.

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

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