Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern 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: 9/24/2013

Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Slow-fair 0.33-1.5 lbs. Anglers have been catching a few on jigs and minnows around brushpiles in 18-20 feet of water.
Channel catfish Fair 1-6 lbs. Stinkbait, shad and nightcrawlers. Stinkbait working best over baited areas.
Black bass(Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Spotted) Fair 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 2.25′ below normal, release = 20 cfs, and temperature = 75 F, Sept. 24. 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 – Last Updated: 9/24/2013

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

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

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