Marais des Cygnes Waterfowl Report -
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.