Elk City Reservoir Fishing Information
Corps of Engineers (620) 331-6820
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method & Location|
|Crappie||Fair||8-14 inches||Look for crappie suspending near the dam in schools. Some fish are also suspended midlake along the river channel or near timber in the Elk River.|
|Blue and channel catfish||Fair||18-26 inches||Use cut shad along windblown shallow shorelines when the water cools.|
|White bass||Fair||8-16 inches||White bass fishing is tough in winter but will pick up in the Elk River in early spring.|
|Outlet||Fishing is good at the outlet when water is being released. Use the link below to determine release volume.|
Float line fishing will be allowed from July 15 through September 15. No float line permit is required.
Eleven habitat structures were placed on a small hump on the northeast end of the reservoir at 37.26575, -95.77932. An additional four structures will be placed seasonally in State Park Cove to attract spawning crappie.
Approximately 45,000 blue catfish from 5 to 8" were stocked in both 2014 and 2015. Blue catfish are currently managed with a 35-in minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit in hopes that they will establish a self-sustaining population.
Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.
We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.
The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
****Channel Catfish or Blue Catfish in combination