Elk City Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 8-14" Crappie fishing has picked up.  Look for crappie along the dam and other rocky shorelines.  Vertical jigging has been working best.
Blue and channel catfish Excellent 18-26" Catfishing remains good.  Drift fishing the flats has been producing the most fish. Whole shad have been working best.
White Bass Fair 10-14" The white bass fishing has slowed.  Look for white bass near schools of shad on calm days.  Swim baits imitating shad have been working best.
Outlet Fair 12-20" Water release has been steady.  Fishing has been hit and miss with water releases.  Use the link below to monitor reservoir release.
Both boat ramps are currently open and usable.
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.