Elk City Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Good 8-12" Crappie fishing has started to pick up.  Look for Crappie to be along the dam and up in the Elk River.  The fishing piers in the state park have also been producing some Crappie.  Vertical jigging small baits have been producing the most fish.
Blue and channel catfish Fair 18-26" Catfishing remains slow.  Look for Catfishing to improve with warmer temps in the forcast.  Shad sides have been the best bait.
White Bass Fair 10-14" The white bass fishing should start to pick up.  Look for White Bass to be along the fishing piers in the state park as well as in the Elk River.  Soft plastic swim baits have been producing the most fish.
Outlet Fair 12-20" Water release has picked up. Fishing has remained slow but should increase with increasing water tempertures.
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.