The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks anticipates fishing at the Marion Reservoir to “pick up” for most species despite the fluctuation in temperature.
The water temperature is dropping, causing the crappie, walleye and white bass to move into shallow waters (less than 5 feet deep) to feed on gizzard shad, KDWP said.
A few crappie have been caught and the KDWP expects action to pick up soon.
Walleye have been caught using vertical jigging techniques with heavy spoons.
White bass that have been caught have been taken from the cause-way area and up the river using jigs and plastic baits.
Channel cat fishing has been poor.
But some fishermen have found success around French Creek, in the flooded timber and the catfish hole by the dam. The best baits have been live bait (shad), prepared baits, blooded dough baits and worms.
The reservoir elevation is normal and is about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.