Elk City Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie fishing has slowed with the turbid water conditions.  Look for Crappie to be along the dam and the fishing piers in the state park.  Vertical jigging small baits have been producing the most fish.
Blue and channel catfish Good 18-26" Catfishing remains good.  Look for catfish on the dam and also near any flowing water. Shad sides have been the best bait.
White Bass Fair 10-14" The white bass fishing remains slow.  Look for white bass in the Elk River upstream from the card creek boat ramp and also around the rock jetties in the state park.  Soft plastics or minnows under a bobber have been working best.
Outlet Fair 12-20" Water release has been shut down due to flooding river conditions.  Look for fishing to improve when water releases continue.
Both boat ramps are currently under water.
Blue catfish are currently managed with a 35-in minimum length limit and 5/day creel limit in hopes that they will establish a self-sustaining population.
Water Level

Current water levels and discharge can be viewed HERE.

District Newsletter

We have created a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that subscribe to it. This newsletter is for fishing information for the Independence District (Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson counties) only.

Youth/Mentor Pond

The Elk City State Park Youth/Mentor pond is now open. The pond is open to anglers 15 and younger as well as their mentor. A mentor may take more than one youth fishing, but only one mentor may fish per youth they accompany. Two channel catfish can be harvested daily, but largemouth bass are catch and release only. See the park office for more information.