Glen Elder Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches With the crappie spawn over, the fish will be hanging out around the deeper brush piles and Georgia cubes.  They can be much harder to catch in the summer, but using minnows and jigs tipped with minnows may yield a few fish.  There is also a summer pattern with fish hanging out near standing timber.  They can also be caught using dead stick minnows.
Walleye Fair 14-28 inches

Things have slowed a bit and the walleye bite has been tougher.  There will be a few caught by anglers trolling for white bass and wipers using a variety of crankbaits.  There is also a shallow water pattern throughout the summer with anglers catching fish in 3 to 6 feet of water along the state park shoreline and in Walnut Creek.  Trolling shallow running crankbaits works well as does casting swim baits and slab spoons.

Over 6 million walleye fry were stocked in Glen Elder this spring!  We also stocked 200,000 walleye fingerlings in May!

White Bass



11-18 inches

19-29 inches

No change here.  There has been a fair amount of surface activity with mainly white bass, but also with a few wipers.  Look for these fish chasing shad on calm days around the state park, dam, and south bluffs.  There are also fish being caught around the outlet depending on how much water is moving through.  Anglers should also target the windblown side of the reservoir as schools of whites will follow the shad close to shore.  Trolling along the old highway 24 roadbed and in Walnut Creek has also been productive.
Black Bass Fair to Good 12 to 18 inches

Black bass fishing can still be good in the summer when fishing early in the day and late in the evening.  Casting topwater lures has been very productive for both species, but using plastic worms, Senkos, and Ned rigs will also work well.

Remember, there is a 21 inch length limit on smallmouth bass and an 18 inch length limit on largemouth bass.  All fish less than those lengths should be immediately released with care.

Catfish Good All Sizes Same as last week.  Chumming activity will offer the best angling opportunities using a variety of stink baits.  Anglers should also target moving water and fish for catfish up the rivers and near the outlet as water is being released.  Set line anglers will have success on the west end and in the creek coves for both flatheads and channel catfish.

Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.

Current water temperature: 85°F        Current Water Level: At conservation pool

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!