Southwest

This is a collection of all the Southwest Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 5/23/2024

Waterfowl numbers

Few nesting pairs of ducks and Canada geese

If the report has not been updated in a few days, please assume that conditions and bird numbers are the same as the last update.

Water level Pool 1A-Less than 6", Pool 1B-dry, Pool 1C-dry, Pool 2-dry, Pool 3A-dry, Pool 3B-dry, Pool 4A-dry,  Pool 4B-dry, Pool 5-dry.  All creeks and rivers that Cheyenne Bottoms diverts water from are completely dry. Cheyenne Bottoms has no ground water pumps to fill pools.  
Hunting conditions Pool 2-  A total of 996 acres of cattails and Phragmites were sprayed August 2023.  Blind islands are being rebuilt.  Refuge portion of Pool 2 open for teal season only.    Pool 3B- 34 acres of wheat planted in the fall of 2023.  Pool 3A-  4A- 4B- 5-  All blind islands in 3A, 3B, 4A, and 4B have been rebuilt.
Expected hunting success Poor.  
Comments

ISPORTSMAN IS NO LONGER IN USE.  HUNTERS CAN CHECK IN VIA THE GOOUTDOORSKS APP OR THE WEBSITE https://license.gooutdoorskansas.com/Licensing/CustomerLookup.aspx

ALL BOATS MUST BE OPERATED AT NO WAKE SPEEDS.  REGARDLESS OF THE TIME OR SCENERIO, ALL BOATS MUST BE OPERATED AT NO WAKE SPEEDS 100% OF THE TIME, NO EXCEPTIONS.

POOL 4A IS CLOSED AT 1 P.M. DAILY TO MOTORIZED BOATS.  ANY BOAT WITH A MOTOR ON IT MUST BE OUT OF THE WATER AT 1 P.M.  NO MOTORING OUT PRIOR TO 1 P.M. THEN ROWING OR DRAGGING BOAT BACK IN AFTER 1 P.M.

3A IS CLOSED TO MOTORIZED BOATS

MOTORIZED BOATS ALLOWED ONLY DURING OPEN WATERFOWL SEASON.  THIS MEANS NO SCOUTING FROM A MOTOR BOAT PRIOR TO SEASON. 

ALL WATERCRAFT ARE PROHIBITED FROM APRIL 15-AUGUST 15 TO PROTECT NESTING BIRDS ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

DURING THE YOUTH/VETERANS/MILITARY WEEKEND, POOL 4B IS DESIGNATED AS A YOUTH ONLY POOL.

LEGAL SHOOTING HOURS ARE 30 MINUTES BEFORE SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

UNLAWFUL TO SHOOT FROM ROADS OR DIKES ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

DO NOT PARK BLOCKING ROADS, GATES, BOAT RAMPS, FOOT CROSSINGS, ETC.

DO NOT LAUNCH TRAILERED BOATS FROM DIKES OR FOOT CROSSINGS.  ANY BOATS ON A TRAILER MUST USE DESIGNATED BOAT RAMPS.

NO TRASH POLICY ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

CAMP IN DESIGNATED CAMPGROUND ONLY

Use footcrossings in Pools 2, 3A, 3B, 4A, and 4B as the ditches have been cleaned out and are very deep.

No Special Hunts for the 2023-2024 season due to dry conditions.

For waterfowl season dates, Cheyenne Bottoms is in the Low Plains Early Zone.



ISABEL - Last Updated: 1/18/2024

Waterfowl numbers 3 mallards observed 1/18/24.
Water level The West pool is nearly dry.  The main lake is full with some water standing outside the waterway on the upper end. There is some water in the pool south of the main lake.
Hunting conditions 100% ice-covered
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  September 9-September 24, 2023

Youth, Veteran, Active Military Waterfowl (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 21-22, 2023

Ducks (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 28, 2023 - December 31, 2023 (first segment) and January 20 - January 28, 2024 (second segment)

Daily check-in and harvest reporting is required

Check-in/Check-out on The Web

  1. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin
  2. Click the “Check-in/Check-out” link in the top menu

Check-in/Check-out on The App

  1. Download “Go Outdoors KS” from the Apple or Google Play store
  2. Click “Check-in/Check-out”
  3. Select a location
  4. Login with KDWP credentials
  5. Complete and submit “Check-in" form 

Only non-toxic shot is allowed on Isabel Wetland Wildlife Area for all species.



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 12/20/2023

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 600-1,000 ducks - mostly mallards.  Also green-winged teal and pintail.
Water levels Currently, there is water in pools 1, 2, 3B, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9.  There is also water north of pool 6.
Hunting conditions 2ND SEGMENT OF THE LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE OPENS 12/23 AND RUNS THROUGH 1/7/24
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  9/9/23 - 9/24/23

Youth, Veteran, Active Military Waterfowl (Low Plains Early Zone):  9/30/23 - 10/1/23

Regular Ducks (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/7/23 - 12/3/23 and 12/23/23 -1/7/24

Daily check-in and harvest reporting is required

Check-in/Check-out on The Web

  1. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin
  2. Click the “Check-in/Check-out” link in the top menu

Check-in/Check-out on The App

  1. Download “Go Outdoors KS” from the Apple or Google Play store
  2. Click “Check-in/Check-out”
  3. Select a location
  4. Login with KDWP credentials
  5. Complete and submit “Check-in" form

Only non-toxic shot is allowed for all shotgun hunting at Texas Lake Wildlife Area.