Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area News

Area News

March 10, 2019

FISH SALVAGE-- A fish salvage has been issued for marsh Units A-East and C-South.  Fish may be legally taken by hand, rod & reel, archery, gig, and nets or seines.  Creel and length limits are not in effect.  Fish may not be sold and must not be wasted.  Salvage is in effect for marsh units only and does not apply to the Marais des Cygnes River or any tributary streams.

WATERFOWL HABITAT --

Unit A-East:  Very good with diverse moist-soil vegetation.  Lots of wild millet.  Should have good water for Early Teal Season.

Unit A-North:  Very good habitat dominated by wild millet and moist-soil plants.  Some Japanese millet planted.  Adequate water for Early Teal Season.

Unit C-South and F-East:  Good corn production, but corn harvest has not started yet.  Web-page will be updated as harvest and flooding of these units progresses.

Unit E:  Lee Lake and West Pool are nearly dry, South Pool has good water but lots of submerged vegation.  Trees are being removed to allow berms to be renovated next year.  Unit is dependent on fall runoff rains to fill.  Vegetation is only fair.

Unit F-South:  Excellent habitat dominated by annual smartweed and moist-soil plants.

Unit F-West:  Very good habitat dominated by wild millet and moist-soil plants.

Unit G:  This unit was dewatered very late and vegetation is still developing, but germination and early growth looks excellent.  Although food production will likely be good, plant stature may be short making it difficult for hunters to hide.  Enough water to attract teal but almost no cover for hunters near the pool of water.

Refuge Units:  Refuge units are in very good to excellent condition.  Refuges should provide habitat to hold good numbers of waterfowl through fall.

To return to the waterfowl report click:  waterfowl report.

River boat ramp:  The Marais des Cygnes River boat ramp located just north of E 1700 Rd is closed due to excessive silt accumulation.