Clinton Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers


There was another increase in waterfowl numbers  observed on the survey this week. The most numerous were Canada geese (5,200) Mallards (1,800), Hooded Mergansers (700), Common Merganseres (600), and Goldeneye (250).

Other species observed included Scaup and Bufflehead.

All waterfowl was observed in the small unfrozen areas near the dam.

 Total waterfowl numbers were just under 10,000.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 9

Lake level 876.55 (1.05 feet high)
Hunting conditions

Marshes are 100% ice covered. The lake was entirely frozen except for a few small areas near the dam and the marina as of 1/4/18.

Coblentz- the southeast pool is empty, southwest pool is half full, the middle pool is full, and the north pool is 3/4 full.

East Coblentz- is full. Water has been held in this pool a majority of the year to try and kill a few trees.  

Elk creek marsh- pool 1 is full and pool 2 is full.  Pool 3 is currently empty but will be getting new control structures this week and flooded after installation. The refuge is full and CLOSED to all activities.

Shadden- marsh is full.

Expected hunting success Low

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area is utilizing an electronic check-in system required of all hunters. To register, please go to This will be mandatory for everyone hunting the wildlife area, not just waterfowl hunters. The card survey stations have been removed. Plan ahead and sign up for I-sportsman now.  

Please remember that trapping is also allowed on the Wildlife Area.

Rock Creek Boat Ramp is CLOSED.