Rooks State Fishing Lake News

2016 Update

Rainfall in early summer 2016 had raised the lake level to 4 feet but had declined to 1 foot by the end of August.  However, two heavy rainfalls in September have resulted in the lake filling completely on Sept 7, 2016.  The access gate to the shelter house has been open since early spring and will remain open until November 1, 2016.  The access gates to the south fishing area and the one at the dam to the west side will remain closed till next spring.  The area around the restroom, boat ramp and walkway to the shelter house is open year round. 

Restocking of 8 - 13" channel catfish is tentatively scheduled for the end of September.  Other species of fish are planned to be stocked. 

Continuing in the fall of 2016, the Northern half of the Area has been designated as Hunting By Special Permit Only. Mentor/novice deer hunts will be awarded for the area this fall. Check the Special Hunt application for 2016 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