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 Kansas Waterfowl Report
Region 5 Southeast Kansas

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Region 5 Waterfowl Report Summary

State Reports Last Checked February 19, 2009 at 4:35 p.m.

ELK CITY - Last Updated: 2/11/2009
Waterfowl numbers 6500 snows and 650 canada geese. Many of the waterfowl are now on private land. Numbers are changing daily with weather conditions and hunting pressure. Most Geese are leaving the reservoir property to feed.
Water level The lake level is at 797. The Reservoir has flooded significantly 4 times this summer. Boaters need to be aware of possible hazards from logs and debris. Limited shoreline vegetation will be found around the reservoir at conservation pool, but flooded shoreline contains fair food resources. The receeding water line is exposing large mudflats.
Hunting conditions The gates are now open for dewatering. The reservoir is dropping a few inches per day. One boat ramp available at the state park due to ice damage to courtesy dock. Boat hunters need to be aware of refuge boundaries.
Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam)or at the State Park (on the lake side).

FALL RIVER - Last Updated: 2/11/2009
Waterfowl numbers


No Canada Geese on the reservoir this morning but several hundred Canada's are using crop fields near Moss Ford.

Water level Almost 1 foot above Conservation pool
Hunting conditions


Resevoir is ice free.

Expected hunting success Fair.


For other questions call: 620-583-6783.

JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/12/2009
Waterfowl numbers 1600 Mallards, 70 unidentifed ducks, 6000 Snow Geese, 900 Canada Geese
Water level Current level 1041.5 Conservation Pool 1041.0
Hunting conditions Hunting pressure moderate.
Expected hunting success Fair

For updates please call: 620-392-5553 or 620-637-2748.

Flinthills National Wildlife Refuge has all marshes full. Frozen over. Duck Season: Oct 25-Dec 28 and Jan 17-25, 2009.

MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 2/19/2009
Waterfowl numbers Few snow geese.
Water levels All pools, except C-South, have good to excellent water for hunting.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions
Hunting success A few snow geese being taken on some days. Total season dark goose havest = 143. Total season light [snow] goose harvest = 17.

Opportunities for snow geese are sporatic--best chances on days with south winds.

Waterfowl hunters are required to register at headquarters before hunting and report harvest after the hunt.

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area. Outboards are allowed everywhere in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units.

Hunters are encouraged to stay out of construction areas. Do not drive off road or into restricted areas. Do not park along the US Hwy 69 right-of-way!

For information on road access, construction activities, or management of Unit C-South, click on news.

MELVERN - Last Updated: 1/22/2009
Waterfowl numbers

9,000 ducks and divers. Main specie is mallard with a few pintails mixed in, 6,000 canada geese and 1000 snow geese in the area

Mallard Migration Rank: 9

Water level Lake level is approximately 2 foot low conservation pool, conservation pool is 1036.0
Hunting conditions Marshes are frozen. West end of the lake is broken ice to open water, east end is maily ice with a few open water areas. State parks boat ramp is open
Expected hunting success good
Comments Refuge Area is now open to hunting

NEOSHO - Last Updated: 2/16/2009
Waterfowl numbers 10 to 12,000 mixed ducks 800 Canada Geese. Snow gees have begun to make there way back North. We have been seeing migrators and numbers are fluctuating daily.
Mallard Migration Rank


0= No Mallards, 1= Very Few Mallards, 5= Moderate Numbers, 10= Peak

Water level Refuge pool is Full. We Have begun drawdowns already in pools 1, 4, 5 & 8 to accomidate engineers to do survey work for upcoming NACWA Grant submittel.
Hunting conditions Habitat conditions are excellent with a nice mixture of Corn, Millet, Milo and Buckwheat.
Expected hunting success Duck & dark goose season is Closed. Birds are still using the refuge for loafing/roosting. Hunter success for the 08-09 Waterfowl season were first segment 3518 hunters harvested 6403 ducks = 1.82 birds/hunter/trip, second segment 547 hunters harvested 1089 ducks = 1.99 birds/huunter/trip. Overall season totals for 08-09 were 4065 hunters harvested 7492 ducks = 1.84 birds/hunter/trip which represents the 5th best season on record forNeosho Wildlife Area.


For additional area news please visit the area website at: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-5/Neosho/Area-News or call (620)-449-2539 to speak with Monte or J.R. If we are unavailable please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Hunter success for the 2007 season was 7282 ducks harvested with 3597 hunters for a 2.02 birds/hunter average which represents the 6th best season on record for Neosho Wildlife Area.


Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays. Waterfowl hunting at the South Unit ends at 1 PM daily. Waterfowl numbers and habitat conditions can change on a daily basis. Hunters are encouraged to contact the wildlife area by calling 620-449-2539 for updated conditions on the answering machine. For upcoming projects and news on the Neosho Wildlife Area please visit our website at www.kdwp.state.ks.us.

POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/22/2009
Waterfowl numbers approximately 2,000 ducks, mostly mallards
Water level Lake is 972 conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success fair

The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling. Some of the marshes have filled since the rains

TORONTO - Last Updated: 2/11/2009
Waterfowl numbers No geese currently using the reservoir.
Water level

Marsh at 54 Highway is 95% full and.

Reservoir is 1.0' high

Hunting conditions Water is open.
Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments For more info. call 620-583-6783.

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