Melvern Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, &Location
       
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Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish daily limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation change is to protect adult brood fish which hopefully will allow increased production of young blue catfish, translating into increased numbers of blues in Melvern.
Sauger     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes sauger and walleye have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.
Spotted Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes all black bass (i.e. largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.
Crappie Poor 0.33-1.5 Fishing has been slow recently.  Anglers are picking a few off brushpiles.
Smallmouth bass Fair 0.5-3 lbs Anglers have caught bass on a variety of baits, including jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits on rock ledges in 4-6 feet of water..
Channel Catfish Fair 1-4 lbs Some anglers have done well on nightcrawlers, stinkbait, cut shad and sunfish.   
White bass Poor - Fair 0.5-1.5 lbs Using minnows and jigs.
       
General Comments
July 20 water level 0.37 feet high, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 81.  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.  Feeders are operational.