Clinton Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl  numbers are high.

Roughly 2,000 ducks were observed when surveying the reservoir. An additional 500 Canada geese were also observed. Waterfowl were in open water or next to it on the reservoir. Species observed include Mallard, Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Merganser and pintail. Majority of ducks identified were mallards. 

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 6

Lake level 874.54 (A foot below pool and dropping) 
Hunting conditions

All of the marsh pools are open. Pumping has ended for the season.

Reservoir releases are around 11 c.f.s. Lake is a foot low.

Coblentz- the north and middle pool are holding the majority of water.

East Coblentz is 60% full. Vegetation is very thick and less than half of the flooded pool has open water.  

Elk creek marsh pools are 100% full. (Refuge is open).

Shadden marsh is mostly dry.

Expected hunting success Success is expected to be fair. Waterfowl are moving around the area, but have reliably been on open water, geese have been seen in large numbers in harvested crop fields.

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area is utilizing an electronic check-in system required of all hunters. To register, please go to This will be mandatory for everyone hunting the wildlife area, not just waterfowl hunters. The card survey stations have been removed. Plan ahead and sign up for I-sportsman now.  

Please remember that trapping is also allowed on the Wildlife Area.

Rock Creek Boat Ramp is CLOSED.