Southeast

This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

ELK CITY RESERVOIR/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/13/2019

Waterfowl numbers Still a few thousand ducks around the reservoir and wildlife area after heavy hunting pressure opening weekend. Appears to be primarily GW Teal and Mallards. Around 5,000 light geese have showed up as well. There is a good amount of ice on the shallow water areas as of today but temps are forecasted to rise. Expect numbers to fluctuate with varying weather and hunting pressure.
Water level The Wetlands are full. Reservoir 1.14 ft. above pool and slowly dropping. For current Reservoir levels visit http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ELKC.lakepage.html
Hunting conditions ELK CITY RESERVOIR WAS FULL FOR OVER 60 DAYS THIS SUMMER.  The lake edge is primarily mud bank now due to summer flooding and small elevation changes this early fall.  Wetlands are in Fair to Good shape.  See Comments Section.
Expected hunting success Fair to Good. REGULAR DUCK SEASON OPENS NOV. 9
Comments

For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).

Wetland water levels and vegetation vary greatly this year due to the duration and extent of the reservoir flood. Some wetlands were not drained at all and some were drained late to attempt to grow some moist soil vegetation. The wetlands that did not flood have good production but vegetation is thick and we were not able to do much mowing. Finding open areas may be difficult, especially in the early parts of the season. 



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/15/2019

Waterfowl numbers

11/15/19

Not many ducks were seen in the Fall River area this week, but several hundred Canada geese have been seen arriving, using ponds and harvested crop fields.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 9, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020 and Jan. 11-26, 2020. The season for Canada geese and light geese opens initially for two days Oct. 26 and 27, 2019. It then re-opens Nov. 6, 2019 and continues through Feb. 16, 2020. The season for white-fronted geese opens Oct. 26 through Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 25 through Feb. 16, 2020. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 17 to Apr. 30, 2020.

Water level The reservoir is at about 0.5 ft. above conservation pool level. The river is at about normal level.
Hunting conditions Fall River Reservoir is 0% frozen over, but area ponds and wetlands have had a thin layer of ice covering them.
Expected hunting success With periods of cold weather interrupted with short warm-ups, new waves of ducks and geese may be moving through the area, potentially resulting in good hunting opportunities.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 11/14/2019

Waterfowl numbers 7,000-8,000 mixed big duck, 300 dark geese  and couple small groups of light geese starting to show up.
Water level Current Level: 1041.8 Conservation Pool Level: 1041
Hunting conditions

Teal ----Sept. 14-29. 2019

Youth Duck---- Nov. 2-3 2019

Duck---- Nov. 9, 2019- Jan. 5, 2020

Dark Geese- Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019 through Feb. 12, 2020

 Light Geese- Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019 through Feb. 16, 2020

Due to extreme high water throughout much of the summer months, vegetation is exceedingly poor on the reservoir this year.  Watch out for submerged timber and flood debris, throughout the lake.

Below Dam- Lower marsh is full, and vegetation looks pretty good.  Upper marsh is approx. 100% full, and also looks above average.    The DU Marsh on the east corner, has been planted to millet, and wheat on upper edges.  This areas is currently flooded and birds are actively feeding and should produce some quality hunting opportunity.  All department managed marshes are open for public waterfowl hunting, and are located below John Redmond Dam south of spillway.  Beware, both the upper and lower marsh's contain some deep water in lower portions, well over 6 feet in depth.   The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under private ownership.  

Expected hunting success

Good

To see real time John Redmond elevations please visit----  http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html

Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 11/15/2019

Waterfowl numbers Estimated >25,000 early migrants (about 35% mallards). before opener -- likely fewer now due to opening weekend + ice.
Water levels Adequate to abundant water in all units except A-East.  Pumping into A-East will resume when ice thaws.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Vegetation = fair to good.   Mostly frozen this (Friday, 11/15) morning. Ice is thin and will likely be melted by afternoon.
Hunting success This week (Mon - Thur):  221 ducks / 131 hunters = 1.7 success.  Season:  847 ducks / 384 hunters = 2.2 success.  About 40% mallards.
Comments

Road along the north side of Unit G will be closed just east of Queens Road to allow undisturbed hunting in the north end of the marsh.

All hunters must check-in daily using iSportsman electronic check-in from a PC, smartphone, or by phone before hunting and check out at the end of the hunt regardless of harvest.  We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman and check station requirements. Please remember to fill out the check-out report with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.  Go to:

https://kdwpt.isportsman.net

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area and are allowed in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted. Boats must be operated at wakeless speed.  Boats must have sufficient PFDs for occupants.

Go to MDCWA and click the "News" icon near the top for more information on general waterfowl habitat.  Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/15/2019

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the number of waterfowl on the area.   

Mallard Migration Rank = 1 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

11/15/2019 (  1 p.m. )---

                      3 Duck Marsh- Both units are pumped with approximately 75 mallards.

                      Willow Marsh- North and South units are partially pumped with no waterfowl observed at the time of the survey.  

                      Sundance Marsh- This unit is full, hunters were observed at the time of the survey.  

                      Lowman's Cove- All units are completely full. No waterfowl was observed on the survey.

                      Shoveler Slough- LOCATION:  South parking lot for Shoveler Slough is at the intersection of W 317th St. & S Davies Rd. 

                                                  No waterfowl observed at the time of the survey. (NOTE: Motorized boats are prohibited)

                      Refuge- There were approximately 350 waterfowl and 200 geese.

Water level Lake level = 1037.19; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         5% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions Due to the excessive amounts of rain and flooding, there is very little food in the managed units. The majority of impoundments held water all summer long not allowing for regrowth of vegetation, as the entire reservoir was above normal pool.
Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments

All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit through the new electronic permit system. Hunters can register now to begin using the electronic system at https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/  For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Road.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

The Refuge Area is CLOSED October 1st through January 15th.



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/12/2019

Waterfowl numbers
Duck Season Opens November 9th, 2019

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) is required for all hunters, We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman and check station requirements. 

 25,000-30,000 ducks mainly Mallards, Teal, Gadwall and Pintail.  1000 White-fronts, 300 Canada Geese and 8,000 Snow Geese

Water level

Pool 1-250 acres                              Pool 2A- 110 acres

Pool 2B- 145 acres                           Pool 4A-90 acres

Pool 4B- 45 acres

Pool 5-Middle and Upper Pools have some water.Lower pool is dry.                     

Pool 6-Dry                                       Pool 7-Dry 

Pool 8-Full                                       Refuge (Pool 3)- Full

South Unit- 55 acres (Timber is dry; pump was pulled and is hopefully reinstalled after repairs by the end of next week. Will be pumped IF river flows allow according to Division of Water Resources.)

We currently have water at levels that we generally have every year for the opener. Remember it is a long season and water will be staged up through out the season in order to provide food and preferable water depths for foraging waterfowl.

Please take a look at the maps below for a layout of the pools and their respective names.

    

Hunting conditions

Excellent. With all of the wet weather this spring and summer the moist soil production on the area looks fantastic. Wild millets, smartweed, sedge, etc. will provide ample food resources for this upcoming fall and winter for migrating waterfowl. 

Please use caution and allow plenty of space between hunting parties for a safe and enjoyable hunt.

Please see the area news page for a breakdown of habitat types within each pool.  

Expected hunting success
Low Plains Southeast Zone Duck Season Nov. 9, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020 and Jan. 11-26, 2020 

Good.

Regular Season 2019 - opening weekend was a bit crowded but had good success.  Hunters are averaging over 2 BPH.

Teal Season 2019 - 129 Hunters harvested 384 teal for a 2.98 BPH average 

32 Youth Hunters Harvested 133 ducks for a 4.15 bph. 20% of the Harvest was teal, 53% Mallards.

Comments
If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks
All boats must operate at no wake speeds within boating canals (signs are posted)
Watercraft are only permitted within the hunting pools during an open waterfowl season
All Boating regulations are enforced! (Lifejackets, navigation lights, etc)

Neosho WA requires all hunters to utilize the daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/to register prior to hunting season.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, each individual hunter needs to check in/out and report his/her harvest totals. i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/15/2019

Waterfowl numbers

11/15/19

A few hundred ducks were seen in the Toronto area this week, mostly mallards and scaup.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 9, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020 and Jan. 11-26, 2020. The season for Canada geese and light geese opens initially for two days Oct. 26 and 27, 2019. It then re-opens Nov. 6, 2019 and continues through Feb. 16, 2020. The season for white-fronted geese opens Oct. 26 through Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 25 through Feb. 16, 2020. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 17 to Apr. 30, 2020.

Water level The reservoir is about 0.7 ft. above conservation pool level. The wetlands vary at mostly full.
Hunting conditions Toronto Reservoir is 0% frozen over, but area ponds and wetlands have had a thin layer of ice covering them.
Expected hunting success With periods of cooler weather interrupted with short warm-ups, new waves of ducks and geese may be moving through the area, potentially resulting in good hunting opportunities.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.