Glen Elder: Boat Ramp Update: All boat ramps are open at this time. The reservoir is only 1.9 feet below conservation so low water is not limiting access at this time except for large boats at Granite Creek where it is shallow.
The crappie spawn was underway this past weekend and early this week until the cold weather pushed them off the banks. Anglers might try looking for them in the deeper brush piles or in staging areas near the spawning grounds until the water warms back up.
Anglers have been catching some walleye around the marina boat slips, crappie fish attractors, Gibbs Point, and along the causeway. Jig and worm seem to be working, but jig and minnow might be a better bet now.
The whites have started to run up the river and anglers report good catches at both the North and South Fork log jams. Other anglers have been catching a few along the Cawker City causeway, and we observed very good numbers along the dam earlier this week while sampling.
The bass have begun to move shallow and we observed a mix of smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass in the state park coves this week while sampling. The smallies are just now preparing for the spawn while the largemouth won't be spawning until later this month when the water warms into the upper 60's.
There have been some good catches of wipers in the state park coves, especially Marina Cove. Watch the wind and when it warms up and blows in from the south, the wipers can be found chasing shad in the backs of the coves.
Good spots in the spring include up the North and South Fork river channels as anglers often catch fish under the North Fork and Fisherman's bridge. We also see catfish in good concentrations along the Cawker City dike around the flooded stickups. There are probably a few catfish below the dam in the outlet as well. Stinkbaits, dead shad, and chicken liver all work this time of year.