Elk City Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 8-12" Crappie fishing has remained steady. Jigging vertically along the dam and in the card creek area have been productive.  Fish have also been caught from the dock and rock jetties in the state park.  Minnows have been working best.
Blue and channel catfish Good 18-26" Catfishing remains good. Recent sampling has indicated that fish have moved into the shallower water.  Shad sides have been working the best.
White Bass Fair 10-14" The white bass fishing should continue to pick up.  Cooling water has them in shallower water chasing shad.
Outlet Good 12-20" Water release has increased over the past week and fishing has been good for catfish.  Use the link below to view current water releases.
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.