|Waterfowl numbers||Around 500 ducks have been seen on and around the reservoir this week. The majority are teal but there are also wood ducks, gadwal, pintail, and a few mallards. The waterfowl numbers are expected to fluctuate with migration, hunting pressure, and changing habitat conditions.|
|Water level||The marshes have very little to no water in them. Heavy rains will be required to get runoff to fill the marshes. Today, the reservoir is 1.4 ft above pool level. For current Reservoir levels visit http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ELKC.lakepage.html|
|Hunting conditions||There has been pretty good moist soil production this year. Heavy rain is still needed to improve hunting conditions. We had 2-3 inches last week but the only runoff was in simmons and wigeon marshes which are still less than half full.|
|Expected hunting success||Poor. REGULAR DUCK SEASON IS NOV. 6-JAN. 2 AND JAN. 15-30|
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).
Japanese Millet was planted around the area wetlands with good results, and there was a very good natural response of wild millet (barnyard grass) and smartweed in most wetlands. Overall, there should be plenty of food to attract waterfowl as long as we get some rain to fill the marshes.