Southeast

This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/12/2018

Waterfowl numbers

1/12/17

Very few ducks and no geese were observed on Toronto Reservoir this week.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 11 - Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 6-28, 2018. The season for Canada geese and light geese is open now and runs until Feb. 18. The season for white-fronted geese is open now and runs until Dec. 31, when it closes temporarily. It opens again from Jan. 27 to Feb. 18, 2018. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 19 to Apr. 30, 2018.

Water level Reservoir is basically at conservation pool level. The marsh on Hwy 54 remains empty until rain arrives to fill it.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 80% frozen over.
Expected hunting success Hunting success is likely be very slow, based on the apparent lack of waterfowl in the area.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 1/16/2018

Waterfowl numbers We have been seeing around 10,000 ducks in the area, mostly mallards.  10,000 snows.  
Water level Near Pool.  Frozen.
Hunting conditions Boat ramps at State Park, Chetopa Creek and Card Creek are frozen.
Expected hunting success Poor.  Most ducks flying off the reservoir.
Comment 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: 1/12/2018

Waterfowl numbers

1/9/17

Although the reservoir and ponds remain almost completely frozen over, many large flocks of ducks, both dabblers and divers, have been flying over the area morning and evening, presumably using open portions of Fall River and harvested crop fields. Significant numbers of Canada geese continue to use the area as well, loafing and feeding in harvested crop fields. Use by geese of the crop fields within the wildlife area has been limited.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 11 - Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 6-28, 2018. The season for Canada geese and light geese is open now and runs until Feb. 18. The season for white-fronted geese is open now and runs until Dec. 31, when it closes temporarily. It opens again from Jan. 27 to Feb. 18, 2018. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 19 to Apr. 30, 2018.

Water level Water level is 0.45 ft. below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 95% frozen over.
Expected hunting success Hunting success will likely be quite variable, dependent upon locating an open pocket of water on Fall River where mallards are hanging out or harvested crop fields are drawing geese.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly. For questions pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call: 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/16/2018

Waterfowl numbers  Very few.  Predominant waterfowl is Merganser.
Water level Current Level: 1041.72 Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0
Hunting conditions

Southeast Zone-  Opens Nov. 11, 2017 through December 31, 2017      and        January 6, 2018 through January 28, 2018

99% locked up in ice.   Extreme cold temperatures are keeping holes iced up.    Ice is thicker up against shore line where wind has broken and stacked layers of ice.  Freezing temperatures expected for next 5-6 days.

   DU Marsh is open, and consist of standing flooded Milo and Corn, 85% of full water level, but 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 open to hunting, but 100% iced up.    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 On reservoir- Poor.   Lots of birds in Area, but roosting has all moved to Wolf Creek. 
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: 1/17/2018

Waterfowl numbers Variable with weather and ice--virtually none during this cold period.  See comments for La Cygne Wildlife Area.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 0.

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

Water levels Water levels good nearly everywhere.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions

Frozen and snow covered.  Ice is very thick and strong.

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 In the last 4 days 2 hunters reported hunting with no harvest.  Season:  2,099 ducks / 2,182 hunters = 1.0 success.
Comments

La Cygne Wildlife Area:  Waterfowl numbers much lower at La Cygne Wildlife Area this week.  The 399th Street boat ramp is frozen in. Marina and North boat ramps were frozen in on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan 16th and 17th, but ice did not extend very far into the lake (possible to break ice out to open water??).  County Park ramps will likely be usable as soon as temperatures warm. A Linn County Parks pass is required to launch at the Marina. 

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.  We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman and check station requirements. 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: 1/12/2018

Waterfowl numbers

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 = 1 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

01/12/2017 ( 9:00 AM )---3 Duck Marsh- 0 mallards 

                      Willow Marsh- 0 mallards 

                      Sundance Marsh- 0 mallards

Refuge- No ducks were seen on the refuge

Melvern Lake Reservoir: 

300 Goldeneyes

200 Shovlers 

200 Mallards

50 Common Mergansers

All wetlands on Melvern are frozen over

Water level Lake level = 1035.14; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         50% 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.



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/17/2018

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.

No ducks seen on the area.

ATTENTION: Swans are present on the area and are not legal to be harvested in the state of Kansas!!!

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.

All BOATS MUST OPERATE AT NO-WAKE SPEEDS WITHIN BOATING CANALS

Pool 1- 250 acres 

Pool 2A- 90 acres

Pool 2B- 15 Acres (Oxbow Area)

Pool 4A- 95 acres (12 inches)

Pool 4B- 50 acres

Pool 5 - 25 acres

Pool 6 and Pool 8 DRY.

Pool 7- Full

South Unit- Moist soil Pools close to full. Timber-dry

 The areas that are currently available to be pumped this fall are Pools 1, 2A, 4A, 4B, and the South Unit. The South Unit timber will not be pumped for the 2017-2018 waterfowl season. 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.

Poor.    Habitat conditions look extremely good.  Please see the area news page for a breakdown of habitat types within each pool.  Click on link below for a current map of the area.

As of 1/17/2018 area is 100% ice covered. Ice is up to 4" thick.  With temperatures forcasted to warm up towards the end of the week we could possibly open up next week.  Waterfowl report will be updated as conditions change.

    

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.

Poor, until ice melt.       

Comments
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 requires all hunters to utilize the 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 hunting 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.