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 RESERVOIR – Last updated: 7/10/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 0.33-1.5 pounds On jigs and minnows around brushpiles in 10-20 feet of water.
Walleye Fair 1-4 pounds Using jig and nightcrawler on the flats.
Channel catfish Fair 1-6 pounds Shad and nightcrawlers.
Flathead catfish Fair Up to 20 pounds On set lines baited with sunfish.
Boat ramp conditions All ramps in Corps parks and state park have sufficient depth for launching.
General Comments: Lake level was 2.86 feet below normal, release was 20 cfs, and temperature was 77 F on July 10. 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: 7/12/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Good 2-7 pounds Use worms or dip baits and crappie entrails or cut shad, stink or prepared baits, The fish feeders are on. Lakewide or stilling basin.
Walleye Slow varies The walleye population is improving, try off windy points, crank baits or jigs tipped with nightcrawler.
White bass/Wipers Good varies Lakewide and the windy side of the points, minnows or shad colored lures, off the Corps swim beach.
Crappie Slow most were 9-14 inches Lakewide, marina docks, over brushpiles, black and pink tube jigs, minnows, about 6 feet, most fish are over 10 inches, fish are slowly moving in.


OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE – Last updated: 7/10/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 pounds Using stinkbait, shad sides, nightcrawlers, minnows and sunfish. Feeders started running May 7, so these should be good places to try.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 pound Using small spinners, jigs, and worms.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2.5 pounds Using jigs and crankbaits.

Fishing reports thanks to Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. 

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

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