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 Fair-Good 0.25-1.5 lb Anglers continue to catch some crappie down about 10-16 feet, using minnows and jigs over brush.  Lots of small fish continue to be caught.  Keepers hard to come by, only about 1 in 30 exceed 10".  
Smallmouth bass Fair-Good 0.5-3 lbs Smallies have been caught on a variety of lures, including jigs and crankbaits.  
Channel catfish Good 0.5-4 lbs Good catches reported using minnows, stinkbait, liver, worms, crappie guts, shad guts, shad and cut bait.  
Walleye Fair-Good 1-4 lbs Anglers have had some luck on north side flats trolling crankbaits and drifting jig and nightcrawlers.  Lots of small fish being caught, not many keepers.  
White bass Fair-Good 0.5-2 lbs Casting crankbaits in coves and off rocky points.  Best action has been in the west half of lake.  
General Comments
September 21 water level 0.1 feet above conservation pool, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 75.  Note:  Feeders are done for the year, they will start back up the week before Memorial Day.  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.