Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Pomona Lake, Osage County Fishing Lake

The following fishing and lake 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: 8/26/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Fair 0.33-1.5 lbs. On jigs and minnows around brushpiles in 15-18 feet of water.
Walleye Fair 1-4 lbs. Drifting the flats using jig and nightcrawler in about 10 feet of water.
Channel catfish Fair-Good 1-6 lbs. Stinkbait, shad and nightcrawlers. Stinkbait working best over baited areas.
Blue catfish Fair 4-20 lbs. Using turkey and chicken livers or shad around the dam and in the outlet.
Black bass(Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Spotted) Good 0.5-4 lbs. Using a variety of baits, including jigs, crawdad and shad imitation crankbaits along shoreline cover.
Boat ramp conditions All ramps in Corps parks and state park have sufficient depth for launching.
General Comments
Lake level was 1.77′ below normal, release was 20 cfs, and temperature was 77 F, on Aug. 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: 8/19/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
channel catfish Good 2 – 7 pounds Use worms or dip baits and crappie entrails or cut shad, stink/prepared baits. The fish feeders are on. Anglers baiting areas with sour soybeans are having good success. Lake wide 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, wipers are following the schools of shad, minnows or shad colored lures, off the Corps swim beach.
Crappie Slow Most were 9-14 inches Lakewide, marina docks, over brush piles, black and pink tube jigs, minnows; at about 6 feet, most fish are over 10 inches, fish are slowly moving in.
General Comments
When large releases of water occur at the stilling basin then fishing there can be better. Overall the fishing has really improved in the last couple of weeks and it is expected to continue to improve as the water warms. If you can locate the schooled crappie at this time it can be very rewarding. Rangers have constructed some spawning fish habitat which should improve spring fishing success. These areas are located near North Shore Marina and the Rock Quarry and near Adams Grove and Wolf Creek Park.

OSAGE STATE FISHING LAKE – Last Updated: 8/26/2013

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

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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