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 0.25-1.5 lb Fishing has been slow lately.  Anglers report catching a few crappie using jigs and minnows.   
Smallmouth bass Fair 0.5-3 lbs Smallies have been caught on a variety of lures, including jigs and crankbaits.  
Channel catfish Fair 0.5-5 lbs Using a variety of baits, including nightcrawlers, minnows, livers and shad.  
FH catfish Poor-Fair 5-20 lbs Report of a 62 pounder being caught!  Flatheads have been caught on nightcrawlers, minnows, and sunfish.  
General Comments
May 17 water level 3.22 feet above conservation pool, release rate = 250 cfs, water temp = 65-68.  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.