Marion Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl Numbers Numbers are still low but starting to increase. Approximately 45 Mallard, 20 Northern Shoveler, 5 Rudy Duck, and 10 Goldeneye were seen on 11/24 along with 40 Canada Geese. There were also rafts of 60 - 100 ducks that were to far out to positively identify.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=1 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is currently 1349.88 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels have been above conservation pool for most of the year with an extended period of high water levels this summer. Moist soil plants like smart weed and barnyard grass are prominent around the reservoir with large patches of smart weed on the north end just west of the causeway bridge.
Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments Remember the Reservoir now has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water. Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on.