Elk City Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Crappie Fair 8-12" Crappie fishing remains slow with the flooding.
Blue and channel catfish Fair 18-26" Catfishing remains slow overall, but some fish are still being caught from the shore.  Look for catfish near any flowing water, be extremely careful near swiftly flowing and flooded water.  Shad sides have been the best bait.
White Bass Fair 10-14" The white bass fishing remains slow with the flooding.
Outlet Good 12-20" Water release has increased.  Fishing has been good in the slower moving water away from the main flow.  Shad sides have been working best.
Both boat ramps are currently closed due to flooding.  Use extreme caution around the reservoir and on surrounding roads as flood waters have closed access to many areas.
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.