Fishing At Waconda Lake
AKA: Glen Elder Reservoir
What to fish for...
Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white crappie, walleye, bluegill and white bass at Waconda Lake in Kansas.
Cawker City, Glen Elder State Park and the town of Glen Elder wrap around the northern borders of Waconda Lake, creating easy access for boating fishing and camping. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy this 12,600-acre lake, in the north-central part of the state, for hiking, sightseeing, picnicking, boating and most of all great fishing. Explore more than 100 miles of shoreline in search of largemouth, smallmouth and white bass, plus crappie, catfish and walleye. Visit Glen Elder Marina for camping and fishing supplies as well as convenience items, boat slips, fuel and live bait. Four major campgrounds offer campsites and RV hookups, as well as areas for swimming and fishing from the bank.
Primary fish species residing in Waconda Lake
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Glen Elder Reservoir Amenities
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
Glen Elder Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off State Route 128, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.
Glen Elder Wildlife Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off US Highway 24, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.
Northeast Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off US Highway 24, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.
Southeast Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off 1 Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.
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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Kanza Campground - 785 545-3345
Pawnee Campground - 785 545-3345
Kaw Campground - 785 545-3345
Arikaree Campground - 785 545-3345
Waconda Lake KS Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Glen Elder State Park
2131 180 Rd
Glen Elder, KS 67446
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Glen Elder Reservoir in KS
General Fishing Info
Fishing for walleye, white bass and catfish in north-central KS.