Glen Elder Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches Fall is a good time to catch some crappie.  They will begin to move into shallower water and concentrate around rocky shorelines and brushy areas.  Anglers can catch them using jigs, minnows, and jigs tipped with minnows.
Walleye Fair to Good 14-24 inches Walleye fishing can also be good in the fall with fish moving into shallower water especially early in the morning and late in the day.  Fishing the lower half of the reservoir around main lake points and shallow drops can yield some fish through fall.  Casting jigs and crankbaits in these areas can be very productive in addition to fishing jig and minnows and jig and crawler combos.  There are often bigger walleye found west of the causeway in the river channel near the Boller Point boat ramp and up the North Fork River as well.

White Bass


Good to Excellent

11-18 inches

19-27 inches

Anglers continue to have great success catching good numbers of white bass with fish up to 18 inches reported regularly.  Just about all of the traditional methods have been working with anglers catching them trolling, wade fishing, vertically slabbing along the river channel, and night fishing with lights.  There has also been some top water activity over the last several weeks, but these are often the smaller 10-12 inch fish.  With the strong 2015 and 2016 year classes of white bass, the fishing should be good for several years as they continue to grow.

Anglers are still reporting some fish coming from the lower end of the reservoir.  The dam has produced nice fish along with Walnut Creek and the main lake points like Swim Beach.  Fishing around the shallow, rocky foundations will also give you a chance to catch a mixed bag of white bass and wipers.

Black Bass Good 10-19 inches Bass fishing during the fall can be a lot of fun.  The fish tend to move into shallower water and feed aggressively as the water cools.  Fishing the traditional areas like the dam, state park area, Mill Creek, south bluffs, Walnut Creek, and Schoens Cove are your best bets.  Soft plastics, Ned rigs, jig-n-pig, and spinnerbaits should all work well this time of year.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good All Sizes

Anglers have been catching some catfish drifting over the flats between Granite Creek and the Cawker causeway using stinkbait and shrimp.  Set line anglers could likely have success setting trotlines in the major creek arms like Mill, Granite, and Walnut.  Baits like green sunfish, bluegill, crawdads, and goldfish work best this time of year.  Fall catfish often congregate off Takota Point, Walnut Creek, and near the Sandy Beach area.

Remember there is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Glen Elder!!!  You are required to immediately release all blue catfish less than 35 inches once caught!
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: 59°F        Current Water Level: 0.3 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!