Fishing at Marion Reservoir picking up, according to KDWP

Overall, fishing at the Marion Reservoir is beginning to show signs of rebirth after the winter season.

The lake temperature is hovering at about 60 degrees and the elevation is normal.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reported that channel catfish, walleye and white bass fishing is fair, while crappie and wiper fishing is poor at the reservoir.

The best success for channel cat has been around French Creek, in the flooded timber, and the catfish hole by the dam.

Cats are also being caught in areas baited with grain. Some have been caught on lines using shad.

The best baits have been live bait (shad), prepared baits, blooded dough baits and worms.

The walleye that have been caught are by anglers using vertical jigging techniques with heavy spoons.

The average weight of the walleyes that have been caught is around 5 pounds.

White bass have been caught from the causeway area and up river using jigs and plastic baits.

The water temperature at the Marion Reservoir is dropping, causing the crappie, walleye and white bass fishing to pick up.

All fish species will be moving to shallow areas (less than 5 feet) to feed on gizzard shad.

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