Glen Elder Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Good 8-13 inches

No change here. There have been several reports of crappie being caught in 2 to 6 feet of water while spawning near the shoreline.  Cold fronts and shifts in wind speed and direction can move fish off the bank so pay attention to the weather.  Jigs, minnows, and jigs slowly retrieved under a bobber are all good options for catching spawning crappie.  There have also been decent numbers of fish caught over the grate and in the outlet below the dam.  Remember to measure your crappie carefully with the new 10 inch length limit.

Beginning in January 2019 there will be a 10 inch minimum length limit on crappie at Glen Elder!

Rough Fish Excellent All Sizes The gar are spawning on the rocks right now beginning on May 14th.  The carp and buffalo are in the flooded vegetation spawning as well.  Bow fishermen should be able to have a lot of success right now just about anywhere around the reservoir.
Walleye Good 14-22 inches Anglers have been catching good numbers of walleye around the Cawker City Causeway, the flats south of the golf course, and off the state park points.  Most fish are coming from 10-15 feet of water using jigs and worms or jigs and minnows.
Black Bass Good 12-20 inches Angling opportunities should continue to improve as the water warms through the 60's. Smallies can be caught along the dam and north shore around the state park area, as well as the south bluffs.  Largemouth bass numbers are best in the back end of Walnut Creek, Granite Creek, Mill Creek, and Mealls Cove.  Jig and Pig, white spinnerbaits, and Ned Rigs are all good options for early spring bass.
Channel Catfish Good 15-30 inches

Anglers have been using shad sides, shad gizzards, shrimp, and stinkbaits to catch mostly channel cats with a few small blue catfish mixed in.  Best areas to try now include Carr Creek, Oak Creek, Fisherman's Bridge, Boller Point, Cawker City dike, and Granite Creek. Also, with the recent rains the catfish will congregate near areas of inflow and anglers should be able to capitalize by focusing their efforts in these high flow areas.

Remember, there is a 35 inch length limit on blue catfish at Glen Elder.

White Bass Good to Excellent 11-18 inches White bass can be caught in good numbers out here throughout the spring in a variety of locations.  Check around the outlet area with the high outflows occurring right now.  Also, fish can be found off main lake points along the north shore and near the south bluffs.  Fish have also been caught up the river channels and along the rocky banks while spawning which should continue for the next couple of weeks.
Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.

Current Water Temperature: 71°F        Current Water Level: 2.7 feet ABOVE conservation

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!