Pomona Reservoir Fishing Information
Directions - 25 miles S of Topeka
Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks
Don George,KDWP&T Fisheries Biologist, 913-795-2218
This lake has zebra mussels. Please take care and do not transfer water, and clean, drain and dry all equipment.
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
|Channel Catfish, blue catfish||Good,||all sizes||Good baits are worms or dip baits and cut sunfish or cutshad, stink/prepared baits. Both of the Parks provide many good shorelines for bank fishing. The outlet can be very good when releasing larger amounts of water. There is the occasional harvest of a blue catfish. Fishing is productive in the evening or at night.|
|Walleye||Slow||varies||Try off the dam or along deeper steep banks on crank baits or jigs tipped with night crawlers|
|White bass/Wipers||Slow||varies||Good baits are minnows/live baits, cut bait, sometimes for wipers use liver and shad imitation lures.|
|Crappie||Good||varies but range 8 -12 inches||Work the mid depth areas. There are a lot of crappie over 10 inches here. Some nice fish caught especially around the rock quarry. Best baits are dark jigs and/or minnows. When releasing high volume of water the outlet/spillway is fantastic, use minnows or jigs, lots of crappie and many over 10 inches.|
|Largemouth Bass||Slow||Most are 10 to 15 inches||Pomona has a limited black bass fishery. Catches are more common in the Marina area and in the coves on a variety of baits to include crankbaits and soft baits|
The best way to measure social distancing is with a fishing pole. This lake has great shoreline angling, lots of room to spread out, for social distancing. Warm weather will really speed up the fishing. For daily water levels or release rates check out the Pomona COE web site, listed below. Currently the stilling basin should be good during the water releases. Fishing at the outlet usually improves with higher water releases. Overall the crappie population is good with a few older fish that are in the 12 to 14 inch range and a lot of younger fish up to 11 inches.
The catfish population in this impoundment is good, try fishing with live bait, liver or shad or assorted stink baits, especially after rain/inflow events.
Also remember this lake has a good wiper population. These are often caught at the drop offs along creek channels, and around concentrations of gizzard shad.
The reservoir also supports some larger walleye and blue catfish, though in low numbers. These numbers will be improved by future stockings.
Zebra mussels now inhabit this lake. This means take EXTRA PRECAUTION to help prevent the spread into uncontaminated impoundments.
"Clean, Drain and Dry" before and after using any equipment on this lake.
For additional information, water temperature, release rates, please check:http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Pomona-Lake/Daily-Lake-Information/
Have FUN,Get the kids, get your friends and Go Fishing. Remember to "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" your boats and equipment. The State and COE Parks are ready for family fishing.
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Check out this video on fish management provided by KDWPT http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Fishing-Videos/Kansas-Fish-Management
For crappie anglers, watch this 25-minute video that covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazyEuIT_bk
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination