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 16, 2013

Crappie – fair to good, 0.33-1.5 pounds, on jigs and minnows from the bank in about 3-10 feet of water from Turkey Point and west to the bridge.

All boat ramps in Corps and state parks have sufficient depth for launching. Lake level was 2 feet below normal, release was 20 cubic feet per second, and temperature was 59 degrees F on May 15. 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 16, 2013

Channel catfish – poor to fair, 1-5 pounds, using shad sides, night crawlers, minnows and sunfish. Feeders started running May 7, so these should be good places to try.

Crappie – fair, 0.4-1 pound. Using jigs and minnows from the bank.

Bluegill – fair to good, up to 0.33 pounds, using small spinners, jigs and worms.

Pomona Lake

No current report is available from KDWPT for Pomona Lake, but in report of April 19, 2013, all fishing was slow. In its lake condition report, the 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 60 degrees F on May 15.

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

Pomona Lake – Daily Lake Information

Melvern Lake – Daily Lake Information

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

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