Glen Elder Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Good 9-15 inches In the summer, crappie are not as condensed as they were during the spawn. They can be found on deep structure or drop offs waiting to pick off passing baitfish. Look for brushpiles or river channels holding fish. Suspending fish can be targeted by trolling small crankbaits, jigs, or spinners. Some crappie can be found hiding in shallow vegetation or brushpiles as well. There are good numbers of keeper crappie in the reservoir so success can be had year-round.
Trout Poor 10-15 inches

The final stocking of trout for this season occurred on March 16th with 625 pounds of quality fish stocked in the GLEN ELDER OUTLET. Only a few weeks before that another 825 pounds of trout were stocked which should equate to a substantial number of fish in the outlet going into the end of the season. As water temperatures rise the chances of finding this coldwater species surviving will lessen significantly. The only stocking of the GLEN ELDER STATE PARK POND was in late October of 300 pounds of fish. Many of these fish in the pond expired under the ice this winter due to the low water.  

Don't forget, ALL anglers fishing in the Glen Elder outlet ARE REQUIRED to have a trout permit through April 15th!

Walleye Fair to Good 11-25 inches Fish can be found in shallower flats and bays that hold schools of baitfish like in Walnut Creek. Anglers have been having success along the river channel bends in Schoen's Cove, or off of Gibbs Point. The deeper fish are often caught using jigging spoons, minnows. Trolling crankbaits or worms can be effective throughout the summer. I'm hearing reports of fish being caught on river channel bends on nightcrawlers. 
Black Bass Good 12-20 inches In the summer, bass can be found anywhere from midlake humps and brushpiles, vegetation beds, to rocky points and shorelines. Bass patterns can change from day to day or even throughout the day. Dawn and dusk often have a hot bite while midday can be quite slow. Some have had success chasing the nocturnal topwater bite. Smallmouth tend to prefer harder, rockier bottoms, while Largemouth might be found on softer bottoms and weed beds. Don't overlook standing timber and brush piles. Look for areas that hold baitfish. Use a quarter ounce or an eighth ounce jig tipped with a baitfish or crayfish imitation. You could also have success with hair jigs and jigging spoons. With a 21 inch length limit Smallmouth Bass are almost all sublegal so please handle them with extreme care and release them immediately after catching them.  
Catfish Fair to Good 15-35 inches

Channel Cats can be found almost anywhere in the lake. Targeting inflows can be successful after rains. Blue Cats tend to prefer deeper structure or windblown flats. Try river channel bends, old road beds, and submerged bridges. Fall sampling indicated good numbers of blues and channel catfish in the reservoir now. Best baits to use include cut bait, stinkbait, shad sides, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. 

Remember, there is a 35 inch length limit on blue catfish at Glen Elder.

White Bass Good to Excellent 11-18 inches White Bass and Wipers can be found chasing shad near brushpiles, river channels, drop offs, and other structure. Windblown points and shorelines can also attract fish this time of year. Using a variety of jigs, spinners, or minnows can catch fish all year.  
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: 75ºF        Current Water Level: 5.0 feet low

Some boat ramps are unusable due to low water conditions. This currently includes Granite Creek, North Fork River, Carr Creek, and Walnut Creek. Boller Point ramp is shallow but usable by shallow drafted vessels. Repairs to the face of the dam were completed in February. Water levels should start to rise with rain.