Southeast

This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/8/2017

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl has apparently not arrived in significant numbers in the Toronto area, yet. Ponds are somewhat low on water, due to lack of any recent rain.

Teal season for the Low Plains Zone is Sept. 9-24, 2017. Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 11 - Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 6-28, 2018. See regulations for various open season dates on geese.

Water level Reservoir is 0.08' below conservation pool. The marsh on Hwy 54 remains empty until rain arrives to fill it.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 100% open.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments This is the first waterfowl report of the season. A new report will be posted approximately every two weeks. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 9/8/2017

Waterfowl numbers We have seen around 200 teal a day around the reservoir.  There may be more along the shoreline that we cannot see.  A couple of small groups on some ponds. 
Water level Reservoir at pool level.  Reservoir flooded up this summer 17 ft so shoreline vegetation was impacted.  Very limited water in most marshes.
Hunting conditions Simmons Marsh upgrades starting in August.  Work includes additional repair of levee bank erosion and borrow fill, A new Water Control Structure is completed in Simmons Marsh and dirt work will back fill will continue next week after curing.  Most portions planted to millet late after drying out and hopefully will have survived and will provide open water areas.  Some excellent smartweed responses.
Expected hunting success Poor
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: 9/8/2017

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl has apparently not arrived in significant numbers in the Fall River area, yet. Only one Canada goose was observed on Fall River Reservoir on 9/7/17.

Teal season for the Low Plains Zone is Sept. 9-24, 2017. Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 11 - Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 6-28, 2018. See regulations for various open season dates on geese.

Water level 0.43' below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 100% open.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments This is the first waterfowl report of the season. A new report will be posted approximately every two weeks. For questions pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call: 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/9/2017

Waterfowl numbers As of Monday morning, 01/09/2017, Redmond is  10% Open.  There were aprox. 600 dark geese, and 3500 mixed ducks loafing in open water.    
Water level Current Level: 1042.46 Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0
Hunting conditions

Reservoir is  90% Iced Up- Ottumwa Ramp is froze.   COE Dam Site ramp is froze.    Ice at Otter Creek WA Ramp is froze.  

   DU Marsh is open, and consist of standing flooded soy beans, 100% Iced up.     Lower marsh will not be filled this season, as it needs a dry down and infrastructure project completion.  Upper Marsh below dam is froze.  Ducks are loafing in open water thorough day. The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under private ownership, but should benefit all, as protected loafing areas that are out of the wind.

Expected hunting success  Expect better with warming temperatures and wind to thin out ice.
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: 9/19/2017

Waterfowl numbers Unknown.  Fair numbers for opening day.  Some migration with cool front over the weekend.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 0.

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

Water levels There is huntable water in all pools -- much more water than is typical for teal season.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Wetland vegetation is generally good with the exception of Unit G.  Unit G is being held full and will be lake-like for regular waterfowl season.
Hunting success

Season = 460 teal / 192 hunters = 2.4 success.  Weekend (Sept 16 & 17) = 60 teal / 41 hunters = 2.1 success.

Please check in and out using iSportsman (be sure to check in for Marais des Cygnes WA not La Cygne WA)--this information is critical to direct management efforts and to secure funding for the Marais des Cygnes area.  Check-in is required by regulation.

Comments

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:

https://kdwpt.isportsman.net

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 general waterfowl habitat.  Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/13/2017

Waterfowl numbers

Early Teal season is open in the low plains unit East of Hwy. U. S. 283!

Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the numbers of waterfowl on the area.   

Mallard Migration Rank = 0 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

09/13/2017---3 Duck Marsh- Full of food, no water yet! 

                      Willow Marsh- Full of food, no water yet!  

                      Sundance Marsh- Water has been pumped, plenty of water to hunt!

Water level Lake level = 1033.00; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         0% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions Japanese and German millet (50/50 mix) has been drilled in all 3 of our wetlands and is flush from great growing conditions throughout the summer. Millet as well as Milo was planted in alternating strips throughout all of our wetlands to provide varying structure heights as well as options for ducks to feed on moist soil vegetation and grains. Varying food sources an abundance of invertebrates should provide enough food for the ducks to hang around all season.    
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

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 https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/  For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Road.

Please remember to fill out the permit 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.

The Refuge Area is CLOSED October 1st through January 15th.

We are currently in the process constructing our new 2017 Marsh. We have put some money together from local donors to aid in this project. If you are interested in helping with this project call the Wildlife Area office at (620) 699-3372.



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/8/2017

Waterfowl numbers

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

500 Teal, 100 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

MMR=0

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

Water level

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

There is huntable water in the oxbow portion of pool 2B and some water was pumped in Pool 4A for Early Teal season.  As of 9/7/17 No Teal have been seen in these areas. 

Waterlevels for the upcoming season should be good.  The areas that are currently available to be pumped this fall are Pools 1, 4A, 4B, 2A, and the South Unit (River flow dependent).  For more information on the water level conditions for upcoming season please see the area news by clicking link below and clicking on the "NEWS" icon.

      

Hunting conditions

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

Excellent.  Habitat conditions look extremely good as of August 22, 2017.  Please see the area news page for a breakdown of habitat types within each pool.

    

Expected hunting success

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

Fair.  

Thanks again for your patience during this period while renovation work is being completed.

Comments
Early Teal September 9th - 24th
SE Zone Regular Duck Season November 11 - Dec 31 and January 6 - 28 

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

Neosho WA is utilizing 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 https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Please remember to fill out the permit 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.

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: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-5/Neosho/Area-News.



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
Comments

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