Rooks State Fishing Lake News

2015 Update

Rainfall during 2015 has helped alleviate the drought conditions in Rooks County but have not been sufficient enough to create runoff into the lake.  Rooks State Fishing Lake has remained dry in 2015.  Access gates to the shelter house, the south fishing area, and the west side are closed until the lake refills.  The area around the restroom, boat ramp and walkway to the shelter house is open year round. 

Continuing in the fall of 2015, the area which was delineated as Safety Zone No Shooting has been resigned as Hunting By Special Permit Only. Mentor/novice deer hunts will be awarded for the area this fall. Check the Special Hunt application for 2015 for available hunts.

Rooks Area Map

Fall Hunting Forecast:

Dove; some doves may be harvested near trees associated with creek drainage.

Upland birds; a limited number of quail and a few pheasants are present.

Turkey; opportunities exist to harvest a turkey in the fall as birds travel along the drainage.

Deer; white-tail and occasionally mule deer are present on the area.

Spring Hunting Forecast:

Turkey; Limited opportunities exist to harvest a turkey in the spring. However, success is directly proportional to the amount of hunting pressure. As hunting pressure increases, turkeys are pushed off the area and success decreases.

If you have questions, please contact Michael Zajic, Area Manager at 785-425-6775 or at