Melvern Reservoir Fishing Report -
         
         
Crappie Slow 0.25-1.5 lbs Anglers have struggled lately to catch fish.  
Channel catfish Fair 1-4 lbs Using nightcrawlers in flowing water.  Some being caught on minnows, and cut bait.  
White bass Fair 0.5-1.5 lbs Vertically fishing jigs or trolling crankbaits.  
Smallmouth bass Good 0.5-3 lbs Using jigs and crankbaits off rocky shorelines.  
Walleye Fair 0.5-4 lbs Using jig and nightcrawler on the flats or trolling crankbaits.  
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Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 fish daily limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation change is to protect adult brood fish which hopefully will allow increased production of young blue catfish, translating into increased numbers of blues in Melvern.  
Sauger     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes sauger and walleye have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
Spotted Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This change makes all black bass (i.e. largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) have the same regulations at Melvern Reservoir.  
General Comments
Lake level was 12.43 feet above normal, water temp was 66 o F, and release rate was decreased to 20 cfs due to rainfall forecast for upcoming week (May 20).  Only usable boat ramp is the east ramp in the State Park.  Melvern Reservoir has Zebra Mussels, Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing equipment when leaving the lake to keep from spreading them to other lakes.