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-Fair 0.75-1.5 lb Have gotten some reports of anglers catching crappie this past week using minnows and jigs, some from bank others away from shore.
Smallmouth bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Anglers have caught bass on a variety of baits, including jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits.
Channel Catfish Fair-Good 1-4 lbs Some anglers have done well on nightcrawlers, cut shad and crappie guts.   
White bass Poor - Fair 0.5-1.5 lbs Using minnows and jigs.
       
General Comments
May 16  water level 1.21 feet high, release rate = 500 cfs, water temp = 65.  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.