Region 5

This a collection of all the Region 5 Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/13/2015

Waterfowl numbers Less than 500 geese seen on the reservoir today. 
Water level Reservoir is 0.3' above conservation pool, Marsh at 54 hwy is mostly dry.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is open. .   
Expected hunting success Poor-Fair 
Comments Counts are done on a weekly basis and information will be posted immediately following counts. For other info. call 620-583-6783.

ELK CITY - Last Updated: 6/17/2015

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Comments 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: 2/13/2015

Waterfowl numbers Less than 500 geese seen on Fall River WA today. 
Water level 0.3' above conservation pool
Hunting conditions Reservoir is open. 
Expected hunting success Poor-Fair.
Comments Counts are conducted on a weekly basis and information is posted immediately following counts. For other questions call: 620-583-6783.

JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/21/2015

Waterfowl numbers  700 Mallards, 200 assorted divers. 100 Dark Geese, 200 Snow Geese. 
Water level

Current Level: 1041.10

Conservation Pool Level: 1043.0

Hunting conditions  Reservoir is starting to open up rather well.  COE Dam Boat ramp is currently open.    Otter Creek earthen ramp is still useable, with patchy ice aprox. 1/4" thick.  Thicker Ice is on the south side of lake and mouth of Otter Creek.
Expected hunting success  Poor
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: 2/17/2015

Waterfowl numbers Few snow geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 3.

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

Water levels All units have good water levels.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions NOTICE:  Much of the wildlife area is closed to snow goose hunting due to mowed grain.  These sites are considered to be "baited" until 10 days after grain is consumed.  Map of closures is posted in check-in kiosk.
Hunting success Season ducks:  5,508 / 3,629 hunters = 1.5 success (this is well above average).  Season dark goose harvest = 111.  Zero snow geese harvested since Nov 16.

Snow goose hunters must register before hunting and report harvest after the hunt (KAR 115-8-1). Notice: You must fill out reports completely and accurately. False reports will be prosecuted.  Isportsman electronic registration is not available for Marais des Cygnes this season.

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.

Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.

MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/15/2015

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 10,000 ducks (9,000 dabblers, primarily mallards and 1,000 divers, primarily goldeneyes) and 11,000 geese.  All of the birds observed were located on open water located on the east end of the lake in very deep water.  The lake is approximately 85% iced over.
Water level Lake level 1034.42; Conservation pool = 1036.
Hunting conditions All wetlands are iced over, warmer forecast weather should begin opening holes in the wetlands by the weekend.  PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON OR NEAR ICE!!
Expected hunting success  Fair-Good  Hunting should improve as warmer weather creates additional open water.

Mallard migration: 8

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    For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Rd.  Paper permits will also be available through the 2014 hunting season.

Youth waterfowl season is October . Regular waterfowl season opens November 1, 2014.

Refuge Area is CLOSED Oct. 1st through Jan. 15th

NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 2/26/2015

Waterfowl numbers +/- 20,000 ducks, beginning to see some species variation.  Snow goose numbers are fluctuating daily  
Mallard Migration Rank


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

Water level Drawdown efforts have continued.  Pools will be completely dewatered by the end of next week.                
Hunting conditions       
Expected hunting success For the 2014-2015 Regular season 2732 hunters harvested 4422 ducks for a 1.6 BPH average.  The season seemed a little slow with the weather patterns and one mass migration that we encountered.  However, this is still a very respectable BPH average for public hunting.  We still have around 90 hunters that have not logged out of isportsman so please check your account and make sure you have checked out.  Please remember the isportsman electronic check in and out system will be live starting this spring and no paper cards will be available.  Thanks so much for your cooperation and support in transitioning into this new system!!! 

2014-15 South East Zone season dates are Nov. 8-9 and Nov. 15-Jan 25.

If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks

Neosho WA is transitioning to a new 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 hunitng to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit to register prior to hunting season.


Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.

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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

The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling and are currently dry or holding very little water.