Glen Elder Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair to Good 9-15 inches Fall crappie fishing can be very productive as the fish become more active and feed aggressively in preparation for winter. Anglers should target these fish in 10-20 feet of water around the reservoir with efforts concentrated on submerged brush piles and other structure.  Fishing with minnows and jigs works well but casting roadrunners and small slab spoons can also produce in the coves when the fish move in shallow to feed.
Walleye Fair to Good 11-25 inches

The walleye are starting to move back out to the river channel but many still remain in shallow water. Fish can be found in the Walnut Creek area, west of the causeway, and in the shallow end of the north shore state park coves. Some fish are residing in 4-8 feet of water now while a handful can be found in 30-35 feet along the river channel. Anglers should try standard walleye angling methods through the fall and focus their efforts along the state park, near Waconda Springs, and off the Walnut Creek points. 

Tagged Glen Elder Walleye

Tagged Glen Elder Walleye

Anglers need to be on the lookout for adult walleye with a Pink Tag attached to the dorsal fin in Glen Elder. A multi-year telemetry study is underway examining walleye mortality patterns, habitat use, and movement. Anglers catching a tagged fish will receive a $100 reward for return of the transmitter which has been placed in the internal cavity of these fish. You may keep the pink tag but we need the transmitter returned. Angler reporting is very critical to this study and you can all do your part by calling the park office, 785-545-3345, if you catch one of these fish or simply drop the transmitter off at the office.  You will receive $100 shortly thereafter.  Thank you for doing your part in helping us learn all we can about the Glen Elder walleye population!

Black Bass Good 12-20 inches

No change here. Smallmouth bass fishing continues to produce with anglers catching some fish around the state park along the north shore. With a 21 inch length limit these fish are almost all sublegal so please handle them with extreme care and release them immediately after catching them.  They can also be found along the dam, Granite Creek, and the south bluffs. Anglers typically catch them using a variety of crankbaits, soft plastics, and Ned Rigs.

Largemouth bass can also be caught in most of the main lake coves as well as in the state park using spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Senkos.

The spring electrofishing sample illustrates the quality smallmouth bass and largemouth bass that can be found at Glen Elder Reservoir across much of the reservoir.

Channel Catfish Good 15-30 inches

Catfish can be caught just about anywhere lakewide. The best numbers in the fall can be found around the mouth of Walnut Creek, along Sandy Beach, near Takota Point, and on the flats south of the golf course. Anglers can try drift fishing for them using shad sides, shad gizzards, and stinkbait.

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

White Bass Good to Excellent 11-18 inches Same as last week. Anglers continue to catch good numbers of large white bass across the reservoir.  Slab spoons, white and chartreuse twistertails, roadrunners, and Rattletraps are all good bets to catch some white bass now. There have been plenty of Master Angler size fish between 16 and 18 inches caught this year. Fishing with jigs and minnows or jigs and nightcrawlers along river channel drops has yielded high numbers of fish as well.

The lake is open to all fishing activities and anglers are encouraged to cure that cabin fever with some outdoor activities as long as social distancing is practiced!

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: 70°F        Current Water Level: 0.8 feet high

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!