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-Good 0.3-1.5 lb Crappie fishing has been slow at the Marina, but it has been better out on the lake.  Jigs have accounted for most of the catch.  Most action has been reported on the south side of the reservoir.
White bass Fair 0.5-2 lbs Using jigs.
       
General Comments
Feb. 23 water level 1.84 feet low, release rate = 20 cfs, water temp = 42.  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.