This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/1/2016

Waterfowl numbers Duck Season is now Closed.  Relatively few geese in the area.
Water level Reservoir is 0.6' above conservation pool.    Marsh at 54 hwy is full. 
Hunting conditions Reservoir is open.    Marsh at 54 hwy is open.     
Expected hunting success Poor - Fair. 
Comments Counts are done on a weekly basis and information will be posted immediately following counts. For other info. call 620-583-6783.

ELK CITY - Last Updated: 1/29/2016

Waterfowl numbers 8000 mallards, a few teal and gadwall.  Ramps are open at state park.  10,000 Snows.  A few flocks of Canada Geese also using area farm ponds and a handful on the marshes.
Water level Reservoir about to pool.   
Hunting conditions The big marshes west of Elk City are full.  Ducks spreading out to area farm ponds and sloughs.
Expected hunting success Fair to Good.
Comments For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).

FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/1/2016

Waterfowl numbers Duck Season is now Closed.  No geese seen on the Reservoir today.   Good numbers of Geese using crop fields and ponds off of the Wildlife Area near Eureka. 
Water level 0.7' above conservation pool.   
Hunting conditions Reservoir is mostly open with ice in the upper end and shallower coves.  Ice should continue to dissipate if weather forecast remains accurate.   Fredonia Bay Boat Ramp is open. 
Expected hunting success Poor - Fair.
Comments Counts are conducted on a weekly basis and information is posted immediately following counts. For other questions call: 620-583-6783.

JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/20/2016

Waterfowl numbers 300 Mallards- 150 Geese
Water level

Current Level: 1041.31

Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0

Hunting conditions    Iced up.  Ice is 1"- 1 1/2" thick at COE boat ramp east side of dam.  Reservoir is aprox. 99% completely iced over.  Few ducks keeping a few holes open out in middle of lake.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.

MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 1/28/2016

Waterfowl numbers Few ducks, but numbers changing with ice conditions.  A couple thousand geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 2.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels Hunting units have good to excellent water.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Good.  For more habitat info go to MDCWA and click on the "News" icon. Marshes are still >98% frozen this morning.  Ice at the Unit F boat ramp is still 1" thick and fairly solid at 8:00 a.m.  Ice is generally getting thinner and weaker each day.  With predicted temperatures and sunny days, we should see some open water this afternoon and considerable open water (possibly ice-free) by the weekend.
Hunting success Mon - Mon (Jan. 18-25):  13 ducks / 31 hunters = 0.4 success.  Season:  4,498 ducks / 3,323 hunters = 1.4 success.  Season goose: 56.

All hunters must check in daily using iSportsman electronic check-in from a PC, smartphone, or by phone before hunting and check out at the end of the hunt regardless of harvest.  Please remember to fill out the check-out report with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.  Go to:

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area and are allowed in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted. Boats must be operated at wakeless speed.  Boats must have sufficient PFDs for occupants.

Go to MDCWA and click the "News" icon near the top for more information on waterfowl habitat.  Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.

MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 3/17/2016

Waterfowl numbers A couple hundred mallard and northern shoveler seen on and flying around the wildlife area. Only Canada geese were seen around, on water, in fields, and flying.  Scaup, Bufflehead, and Pintail  were also observed on this weeks survey.
Water level Lake level 1034.5; Conservation pool = 1036.
Hunting conditions No ice cover. Ducks and geese are around anywhere there is some open water. Plenty of waterfowl observed on open water and in crop fields.
Expected hunting success Poor

All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit through the new electronic permit system. Hunters can register now to begin using the electronic system at    For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Rd.

Refuge Area is CLOSED Oct. 1st through Jan. 15th

Spring Conservation order on Light Geese is Feb. 15-April 30, 2016.

NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 8/23/2016

Waterfowl numbers Starting to see a few Blue Winged Teal showing up on the area.
Mallard Migration Rank


0= No Mallards, 1= Very Few Mallards, 5= Moderate Numbers, 10= Peak

Water level

Poor.  There will be little to no water available for early teal. For water level conditions for upcoming season please see the area news by clicking link below and clicking on the "NEWS" icon.    

Hunting conditions Poor  
Expected hunting success


Totals for the year were hunters 3188, harvest 5432 ducks for a 1.7 BPH average.  If you wonder how this ranks out over the past 30 years it was 14th in harvest, 17th in hunter #'s and 11th in BPH average.   We still have over 100 folks that have not checked out on the isportsman page.  If you are one of those people we would greatly appreciate your cooperation in getting checked out so we can get the final data tallied up.  Thanks so much for your cooperation and support in transitioning into this new system!!!  This information is very valuable in making management decisions and generating funding for future projects.   



If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks

Neosho WA is transitioning to a new daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunitng to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit to register prior to hunting season.


Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.

For additional area news please visit the area website at:

POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/26/2014

Waterfowl numbers 1500 ducks, 
Water level Lake is 972.41 ft. conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success Fair

The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling and are currently dry or holding very little water.