Waconda Lake is the fourth largest lake in the state and is sometimes also known as Glen Elder Lake. It has been considered by many to be the best overall fishing lake in Kansas and a premier huting location. The reservoir has excellent populations of walleye, white bass, striped bass, crappie, largemouth bass, and catfish.
For a "local" fishing report click on Wayne's Sporting Goods Banner. He gives a great report on what's going on around the lake. He is a quality source of information and a store that covers most everything a person will need while at the lake.
The whole family can enjoy this lake. Waconda provides a variety of activities that fits almost anyone's list for a great day, weekend or extended vacation. Boat, fish, hunt, wildlife watch, swim, rest, relax, hike, bike and more at this great Kansas lake. It has a swimming and beach area, nature trails, nice restrooms and showers, marina, boat rentals, lots of camping areas, shelters, boat ramps and just minutes away are communities that provide places to eat, shop, stay, or explore.
Walleye are more susceptible to anglers in the spring when they enter their most active feeding period. Anchoring or drifting shallow water near drop offs using jigs tipped with worms is most productive. Trolling with hot-n-tots and shadraps is also popular with local anglers.
White Bass can be caught year round. Winter ice fishing, spring spawning, summertime night fishing under floating lights, and fall fishing along rocky shorelines all provide for seasonal opportunities
Channel and Flathead Catfish numbers are strong and will provide for quality angling the entire year.
Crappie numbers fluctuate with water levels and quality, habitat and other environmental factors. Look for crappie to congregate near brush piles, fish attractors and other forms of structures.
Striped Bass are stocked in low numbers every three years to provide for shad and rough fish control, as well as trophy fishing.
Catchable size Rainbow Trout will be stocked each fall into the stilling basin and Park Pond to provide for seasonal "put-n-take" fishing.
Big Game: Deer populations cycle with habitat and hunter harvest. Most deer are whitetails with a few mule deer in the area. Turkey numbers are currently low due to habitat loss caused by flooding.
Upland Game: Pheasant populations fluctuate yearly with the most hunting pressure during the season opener. Diverse habitats - grass, crops, weeds - produce the best results. Quail numbers are generally fair. In some areas vegetation is heavy and can be difficult to walk through.
Special Hunts: A special pheasant hunt is offered in mid-December through the end of the season in the State Park. For more details about special hunts, contact the Glen Elder Office.
Migratory Birds: Doves are plentiful until cold weather moves in. Sunflower fields are the best hunting. Geese and ducks use the area during migration, depending upon habitat conditions. Most goose hunting occurs when the geese leave the area to feed. Duck numbers usually peak in December.
Refuges: From Oct. 1 to Mar. 1, 1,200 acres are closed to all activities. The refuge's purpose is to hold more waterfowl in the area for recreational activities.
Fees: Park Permits Required
Location: 11 miles west of Beloit on Hwy #24