Glen Elder Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches With the cooler water, the crappie will congregate in bigger schools and can often be found along river channel bends, brush piles, old foundations, or the marina slips.  Often times the best fishing will be early in the morning or late in the day and smaller baits tend to work better in the winter. 
Trout Good 12-17 inches

The second batch of trout was stocked in the Glen Elder Outlet in mid-November.  Anglers have been having excellent success using a variety of small jigs and inline spinner baits as well as salmon eggs, Powerbait, and cheese.  A trout permit is required of all anglers to fish the outlet area between November 1st and April 15th.

The first batch of trout was stocked on November 1st and anglers have been catching fish using cheese, Powerbait, and minnows.  Lures such as Panther Martins, Roostertails, and roadrunners are also good bets to catch these fish.  Use small hooks, size 12 or smaller when using artificial baits to increase your hook rate.

Anglers fishing the park pond 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 Good 14-24 inches There are good numbers of walleye in the reservoir now and anglers have been doing fairly well catching them.  Jigs and crawlers or jigs and minnows are the easiest way to catch walleye now, but trolling swim baits and other crankbaits can work well.  The north shore points around the state park, the dam, and Waconda Springs are all good places to look for walleye in the winter.  They move in shallow during the evening and tend to spend the day in deeper water.

White Bass


Good to Excellent

11-18 inches

19-27 inches

White bass can be found nearly lakewide and anglers have been catching them using a variety of methods.  The north shore state park area, the dam, Walnut Creek, the Cawker causeway, and the river channel are all good places to find white bass.  Good numbers of larger white bass (15 to 18 inches) can be found west of the causeway and in Walnut Creek.

Wipers can be found in the same areas and can be caught trolling crankbaits, slabbing, or using live bait.

Black Bass Slow 10-19 inches Winter time bass fishing is generally slow and few anglers target bass this time of year.  Continue to look for bass in the same general areas like the dam, state park shoreline, Mill Creek, Schoen's Cove, or the south bluffs.  The fish tend to move to deeper water in the winter, however, and slowing down fishing techniques is often required.
Channel Catfish Slow All Sizes

There have been very few anglers targeting catfish, but they can be caught on windblown points or along the river channel using shad gizzards, shad sides, or stink bait.

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: 45°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!