Waconda Lake, KS

Waconda Lake, Kansas

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.

Cities Near Waconda Lake

Waconda Lake Fishingmore

Waconda Lake Fishing
Waconda Lake FishingFishing is generally good for most species, primarily in the spring, fall, and winter.

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.

Waconda Lake Huntingmore

Waconda Lake Wildlife Area
Waconda Lake Wildlife AreaPublic hunting areas are limited in Kansas, so demand is high. less than 1% of land in Kansas is public land. Management continually seeks to enhance quality.

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.

Waconda Lake Campingmore

Glen Elder State Park
Glen Elder State ParkOn the shores of Waconda Lake, Glen Elder State Park offers nearly unlimited recreational opportunities. With its rural setting, Glen Elder is a perfect place to relax.

With four campgrounds totaling 140 electrical and water hook-up sites and over 300 primitive sites, there's plenty of room for both tents and RVs. Extra areas are opened during peak use times. Boat ramps in Kanza and Osage offer excellent lake access.

Modern restroom/shower buildings are open in Sioux, Kanza and Cheyenne from mid-April to October. Select facilities are open all year, including; some utility hookups in Kanza and Cheyenne Campgrounds, primitive campgrounds, frost-free hydrants, trails, vault toilets and the Hopewell Church. The Kanza shower and the visitor center may be open during the winter and early spring, depending on the weather. For RV'ers, the park has two dump stations. New concrete camp pads with secure tie downs, water and 50 amp electricity are available in Kanza and Cheyenne Campgrounds.

The Heritage Village facility provides historical displays and a basement reservable for group events. Future development includes a Waconda Springs replica, a limestone schoolhouse and native American lodge.

Day Use- Swimming, boating hiking, volleyball, softball, horseback riding and bike riding are available recreational opportunities at the park.

Camp hosts are available in the summer to assist you and answer questions.

Waconda Lake Trailsmore

Waconda Lake Trails
Hiking and bicycle riding is permitted throughout the area (except for the refuges). Horse riding is limited to open, maintained roadways.

Waconda Lake Boatingmore

Waconda Lake Boating
Six boat ramps are located around the Wildlife Area.

Waconda Lake Birdwatchingmore

Waconda Lake Wildlife/Bird Watching
Waconda Lake Wildlife/Bird WatchingYou can see and photograph a diversity of wildlife species. In winter, bald eagles and golden eagles visit. Deer and pheasant are common sights. Waterfowl stop on their migrations, and a small Canada Goose flock make the area home.

Waconda Lake Fishing Reportsmore

Glen Elder Lake Fishing Report

This is just to remind you that fishing reports are given with the best intentions to help you catch fish. And do remember fishing reports given a few hours ago can change due to a whole list of circumstances. But ---- they are still one of the best ways to determine if fish are biting or not. You might consider calling someone local to find out if the report is still current. Otherwise go and have a good time in participating in the challenge of catching some fish while you have fun fishing!

And if your at your destination for a day or more check out the LASR menu above for local events, attractions and businesses that are there to help make your trip more enjoyable. And thanks to those who do their best to give us great fishing information!


Waconda Lake Fishing Reportsmore

This lake report is by Wayne Ronnebaum of Waynes Sporting Goods in Glen Elder, Kansas. Great place to get all sorts of fishing and hunting supplies including firearms. His store carries a variety of snacks and beer. He is also a great source of information for fishing or hunting. Click on his banner above and you will see the link to his report just left of the picture.

Waconda Lake Organizationsmore

Kansas Walleye Association
You are invited to the five scheduled tournaments at some of the finest lakes in Kansas.

The KWA welcomes anglers of all ages. It is tournament fishing for fun. Many of our teams consist of men and women, parent and child, grandparent and grandchild, cousins, friends and co-workers.

The 2013 KWA Season starts in May and concludes in mid-June.

Address: 1314 N. Wilshire Drive, Hutchinson, KS 67501
Phone: 620-662-0296
Our Email: webstert@kansaswalleye.org
Our Website:kansaswalleye.org

Waconda Lake Map

Waconda Lake Information

Fees: Park Permits Required

Location: 11 miles west of Beloit on Hwy #24

Contact: 785-545-3345

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