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: 7/26/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 0.33-1.5 lbs On jigs and minnows around brushpiles in 10-15 feet of water.
Walleye Fair-Good 1-4 lbs Using jig and nightcrawler on the flats.
Channel catfish Fair 1-6 lbs Stinkbait, shad and nightcrawlers.
Flathead catfish Fair Up to 30 lbs On set lines baited with sunfish.
White bass Fair-Good 0.33-1.5 lbs Casting crankbaits and jigs into surfacing schools of white bass chasing shad.
Boat ramp conditions All ramps in Corps parks and State Park have sufficient depth for launching.
General Comments
Lake level was 3.11′ below normal, release = 20 cfs, and temperature = 80 F, July 26. 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: 8/1/2013

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. anglers baiting areas with sour soybeans having good success, lakewide or stilling basin.
Walleye Slow varies The walleye population is improving, try off of windy points, crank baits or jigs tipped with nightcrawler.
White bass/Wipers Good varies Lakewide and the windy side of the points, wipers are following the schools of shad, minnows or shad colored lures, off the Corps swim beach.
Crappie Slow most 9 – 14 inches lakewide, marina docks, over brush piles, 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: 7/26/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel catfish Fair 1-5 lbs. Using stinkbait, shad sides, nightcrawlers, minnows and sunfish.
Bluegill Fair Up to 0.33 lb. Using small spinners, jigs, and worms.
Largemouth bass Fair 0.5-2.5 lbs. 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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