Glen Elder Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches Anglers have been catching crappie off the river channel in 20-25 feet of water, around the established brush piles and other natural cover, and off the marina docks.  Fishing a variety of small jigs and spoons seems to be working best.
Trout Excellent 10-17 inches

The latest batch of trout was stocked on March 5th, 2018 in the Glen Elder pond.  Anglers can now catch fish in either the outlet area or in the pond. Anglers have been having excellent success using a variety of small jigs and inline spinner baits as well as salmon eggs, Powerbait, and cheese.  

The second batch of trout was stocked in the Glen Elder Outlet in late February.  A trout permit is required of all anglers to fish the outlet area between November 1st and April 15th. Powerbait and a variety of small lures are both working well.

Anglers fishing the park pond and the Glen Elder outlet between now and April 15 are required to purchase a trout stamp ($14.50) if age 16-74 and must adhere to a daily creel limit of 5 fish per day.  Anglers 15 and younger may fish the park pond without a trout stamp, but the daily creel limit is 2 trout per day.  

Walleye Fair 14-24 inches Anglers have been catching a few walleye along the river channel on the lower end of the reservoir and off the main lake points near Walnut Creek and along the state park shoreline using plastic swim baits and Jigging Raps.  The walleye have also moved to the dam in preparation for the annual spawn and anglers have started fishing the dam after dark.  Catches have been minimal thus far, but should pick up as the spawn progresses.  Floating rapalas are the lure of choice for this type of angling.

White Bass



11-18 inches

19-27 inches

There have been a few fish caught recently, but no big numbers yet.  As the spring spawn commences in mid-April, anglers will have much better success fishing for white bass along the dam and causeway and up the rivers.  For now anglers may find some fish hanging out along the river channel on the west end and may be able to catch a few using slab spoons.
Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.
Current water temperature: 43°F        Current Water Level: 1.1 feet below conservation

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!