Northwest Region Fishing Reports

Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/20/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 1-4 pounds

We collected improved numbers during the May 2017 sample with fish up to 19 inches represented.  The fish were found along the west shore from the middle jetty south to the boat ramp as well as in the two shallow creek arms.  The fish are in excellent shape and should provide some nice bass angling. 

The fish will be tougher to catch now with the cool water, but anglers can catch them using soft plastics, Ned rigs, spinnerbaits, and jig and pig combos.

Bluegill Fair 4 to 6 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bet.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.  Some anglers prefer to fly fish with small nymphys or dry flies fished on the surface.
Channel Catfish Slow 12-25 inches

Good numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.  In the winter, the fish can be found lake wide and will often bite on chicken liver, shad sides, shad gizzards, and stink bait. 

We collected a nice sample of catfish this fall with better numbers found on the upper end and along the east bank.

Saugeye Fair 12-24 inches

Saugeye numbers are good, but most are less than 18 inches. Our fall 2017 sample indicated approximately 25% of the population is greater than the minimum length limit. Most will be caught on shad imitation baits, or jig and a worm.  

We found the best numbers on the upper half of the reservoir in 4-5 feet of water while test netting this fall.  Diet studies indicate they are feeding heavily on gizzard shad this time of year.

Crappie Good Most 8-12 inches

Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair to good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush and rocks.  There are a lot of 8-10 inch crappie right now, but fish between 12 and 14 inches can also be caught. 

Winter is also a good time to catch some crappie.  They will begin to move into shallower water and concentrate around rocky shorelines and brushy areas.  Anglers can catch them using jigs, minnows, and jigs tipped with minnows.

General Comments
Water temperature: 38ºF

In August, we really beefed up the two brush piles near the dam and another brush pile near the middle of the lake.  We will come back and mark these with buoys in the near future, but anglers should begin to see success fishing around this new habitat.  Approximately 60-70 large cedar trees were added to the existing fish attractors.

CAUTION: LONGER BOAT TRAILERS MAY FALL OFF EDGE OF BOAT RAMP WHEN WATER IS LOW

The cabin can now be rented - call the Hays Regional Office - 785-628-8614 - for reservations or more information.



CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/15/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie No Report Up to 15 inches Minnows, jigs, and small slab spoons fished vertically around the fish attractors has been best.  Anglers report catching some nice fish up to 13 or 14 inches long.
Walleye No Report Up to 28 inches Vertically fishing slab spoons or live bait over deeper drop-offs and points has been best.  Most of fish caught have been around 18 inches in length, but fish up to 25 inches have been reported on occasion.
White Bass/Wipers No Report

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over deeper structure such as humps, points, and roadbeds is best most days primarily for whites, but anglers report catching an occasional wiper.   

WATER TEMPERATURE-33

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2117.58-26.42' below conservation pool

NEW FOR 2018:

Effective January 1, 2018 changes to fish harvest regulations are as follows;

Walleye-21" minimum length limit, 5 fish/day creel limit

Crappie-10" minimum length limit, 50 fish/day creel limit

ICE REPORT: The reservoir is approximately 70% ice covered.  The reservoir is open from the dam west to approximately Coves 3 and 4.  Most of the coves and upper end of the lake remain ice covered by a sheet of thin, weak ice.  The Overland and Muley boat ramps are iced in.  The boat ramps west of Page Creek and east of Cove 3 are open.  All ice is too thin to support ice fishing activities so any attempt to get out on the ice is strongly discouraged. 

ATTENTION: An established zebra mussel population has been documented at this water making Cedar Bluff an ANS designated water.  With this designation, regulations are in effect primarily aimed at discouraging water containing microscopic zebra mussel larvae from leaving the property and establishing in new waters.  Any time one leaves the reservoir it is best to clean mud, vegetation, or attached zebra mussel adults off of boats and other equipment, drain any thing on a boat or other equipment that holds water, and allow boats and other equipment to dry completely before using them at another body of water.  It is now illegal to use wild-caught bait from Cedar Bluff at any other water.  Live fish are not to be taken off the property.  And all livewells and bilges must be drained prior to leaving the property.

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related prospects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/12/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair to Good 8-13 inches Anglers have been catching crappie off the river channel in 20-25 feet of water, around the established brush piles and other natural cover, and off the marina docks.  Fishing a variety of small jigs and spoons seems to be working best.
Trout Good 12-17 inches

The fourth batch of trout was stocked on February 6th, 2018 in the Glen Elder pond due to the high releases in the outlet.  Anglers can now catch fish in either the outlet area or in the pond. Anglers have been having excellent success using a variety of small jigs and inline spinner baits as well as salmon eggs, Powerbait, and cheese.  

The second batch of trout was stocked in the Glen Elder Outlet in mid-November.  A trout permit is required of all anglers to fish the outlet area between November 1st and April 15th. Anglers are still catching trout in the outlet now even after the increase in water releases.

Anglers fishing the park pond between now and April 15 are required to purchase a trout stamp ($14.50) if age 16-74 and must adhere to a daily creel limit of 5 fish per day.  Anglers 15 and younger may fish the park pond without a trout stamp, but the daily creel limit is 2 trout per day.  

Walleye Good 14-24 inches Anglers have been catching walleye around the dam, off the north shore points, near Harry's Island, and off the river channel between Schoen's Cove and the Cawker causeway.  Jig and crawler seem to be working good, but plastic swim baits may be the best bet to catch some nice walleye during the winter.

White Bass

Wipers

Good to Excellent

11-18 inches

19-27 inches

White bass can be found nearly lakewide and anglers have been catching them using a variety of methods.  The north shore state park area, the dam, Walnut Creek, the Cawker causeway, and the river channel are all good places to find white bass.  Good numbers of larger white bass (15 to 18 inches) can be found west of the causeway and in Walnut Creek.

Wipers can be found in the same areas and can be caught trolling crankbaits, slabbing, or using live bait.

ICE FISHING REPORT: New ice has formed on the west end and there were a few anglers out today.  The ice won't last long, though, with the warmer weather in the forecast.  The boat ramps are still locked up with ice and can't be used now. The only other options for anglers now are to fish off the docks in marina cove, fish the outlet below the dam (trout permit required), or trout fish on the park pond. The park pond has about 4 inches of ice on it as of Monday, February 12th.
NOTE: The NEW smallmouth bass minimum length limit will change to 21 inches beginning January 1, 2018.  ALL smallmouth bass less than 21 inches must be immediately released when caught.  The mimimum length limit for largemouth bass remains at 18 inches with spotted bass at 15 inches. This new length limit will allow a trophy smallmouth bass fishery to develop in Glen Elder Reservoir.
This is a generic fishing report that will be updated if new information comes in.
Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.
Current water temperature: 32°F        Current Water Level: 1.1 feet below conservation

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/23/2018

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-11 inches

The crappie population is dominated by three and four year old fish in the 8-10 inch range as we collected many of these during our 2017 fall sample.  There are also a few 11-13 inch fish as well, but they are not as common.  This 2013 year class should provide a boost to the crappie numbers as they continue to grow.  Anglers will have success fishing crappie nearly lake wide.

Winter is a good time to catch crappie.  They will begin to move into deeper water and concentrate around brush piles and other structure.  Anglers can catch them using jigs, minnows, and jigs tipped with minnows.

Channel Catfish Slow 11-25 inches

The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be pleased with the numbers of cats in the lake right now.  Many of these fish are in the 3-5 pound range, but there are also a handful of larger fish between 7 and 10 pounds.  

Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.  Anglers have been catching them off the jetties and the boat dock.

Remember there is a 15 inch minimum length limit on channel catfish!

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Fair 6-9 inches

Bluegill numbers appear to be stable right now with fish between 4 and 7 inches dominating the catch, but fish up to 8 inches were collected this fall.

Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 10 inches collected this fall.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-8 inch fish and fair numbers of 9 to 10 inch fish.

Largemouth Bass Slow 10-21 inches

We conducted our annual bass sample in May and the numbers look much better compared to the 2016 sample.  Good numbers of 16-18 inch fish are available with fish up to 21 inches or 5 pounds collected.  There are also several younger year classes of small fish which will help the population in the next couple of years.

The largemouth bass bite is usually slow in winter.  Some fish can be caught using spinnerbaits, Ned rigs, soft plastics, and jig-n-pig.

General Comments
ICE FISHING REPORT: The ice conditions have deteriorated quickly and there is no longer safe ice for fishing.  The boat ramp is still iced in so fishing opportunities will be limited until things open up again.

ATTENTION ANGLERS!  Beginning January 1, 2018, the new minimum length limit on largemouth bass will be 18 inches at Jewell.  ALL largemouth bass less than 18 inches will need to be released immediately. 

This is a generic winter fishing report.  The report will be updated as new reports are obtained.

Water temperature: 32°F

Water level: 1.5 feet low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/2/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Slow. No winter reports on this species.
Crappie Fair 10 to 13 inches Fair. Ice is no longer safe after the warm spell. Some folks are catching wintertime crappies in marina and yankee run coves. Try jigging small spoons and road runners.
Trout     NOTICE: The Fourth stocking of trout occurred Friday, February 2nd. Approximately 1,500 rainbows were stocked throughout. Good luck!
Walleye/Saugeye Fair/Poor 14 - 22" Slow. No winter reports for this species.
White Bass Good All sizes - up to 17 inches Fair. Ice is no longer safe in most areas of the lake due to the recent warm spell. No reports but should be able to catch them under the ice. Try jigging small spoons and road runners.
Wiper Fair All sizes Slow. No reports for this species.
General Comment

Elevation: Water level is 0.2' above conservation pool.

Water Temperature: Lower 30s. Ice is no longer safe in most areas of the lake due to the recent warm spell.

Current lake elevation and water temperature is available on the location page linked to this fishing report. It is updated daily by the Corps of Engineers.

This is a general winter fishing report. If a hot tip is received, the report will be updated. Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.

 



KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/25/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock and private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the 3 fish attractors. Recently added new cedar trees to the fish attractors, end of private dock and around the public fishing dock. 
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Would try fishing off the East side of Leota cove, along the dam and along the south road bed using jigs and jigs tipped with worms.  Also, heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18-inch length limit. 
Wiper Fair 15 to 28 inches Would try fishing around the mouth of Leota cove and Concrete cove using jigs and jigs with worms and/or minnows.  The point just south of the swim beach might be a good bet also. Starting Jan. 1, 2018 Wiper creel limit will be going up to 5/Day instead of 2/Day.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Would try fishing up to the west end using stink bait, liver and worms on the bottom. Also, try using trot lines and set lines towards the west end.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Would try fishing along the Dam, in Leota and Schoen's coves and up by the sand pit using artificial baits and crankbait's.  Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2291.79 ---- 12.51' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.23 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time. Reservoir is covered with approx. 5-6 inches of ice at this time.  If venturing out on the ice use extreme caution and fish with a buddy.

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



KIRWIN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/25/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Poor 7 to 17 inches Did hear of some crappie being caught around the North fish attractors, would also try fishing on the South shore fish attractors using jigs and jigs with minnows.  Would also try fishing on the river channel drop offs and along the dam and outlet.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of walleye being caught around the fish attractors using jigs rattle traps and jigs with minnow heads.    
White Bass/ Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the fish attractors.  Starting Jan. 1, 2018 Wiper creel limit will be going up to 5/Day instead of 2/Day. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1728.57 ---- 0.68' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS OPEN TO BOATS. 

Currently, the water level is 3.02 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time. Reservoir has approx. 5-6 inches of the ice cover at this time.  If venturing out on the ice use extreme caution and fish with a buddy. 

Will be performing a creel survey starting in March and going thru October.  Therefore, if approached by our creel clerk, please take a few minutes to answer some questions.

Fish cleaning station is NO LONGER on the NE corner of the square in Kirwin. The USFWS, BOR and KDWPT constructed a new facility just West of the water tower.  This new facility is now open to the public.  The new fish cleaning station has been shut down for the winter.

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) has been put into effect at Kirwin, so if you have any questions contact the Service at 785-543-6673 or stop by their office at 702 Xavier Road.  

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District

 



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/12/2018

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 15-28 inches Anglers can catch walleye in the winter if fishing around Walleye Point, Cedar Point, and along the dam in 15-20 feet of water.  Slabbing spoons is the most popular method to catch these fish, but swim baits, and jig-n-crawler also work well.
White Bass/Wipers Good

7-13 inches

14-23 inches

White bass and wipers are often caught in the winter around the brush piles by crappie anglers fishing jigs and spoons.  Anglers can also catch some fish off Cabin Point, Oak Hill, and along the river channel using similar methods.
Crappie Good 7-13 inches There are a lot of crappie in the reservoir now, but most of them are one or two year old fish less than 10 inches.  There are, however, a fair number of fish between 10 and 13 inches for anglers to target.  Fishing around the deep brush piles off Cabin Point, Cedar Point, and the Marina will be good places to start, but fishing around the marina boat docks can also yield some fish.
Comments
ICE FISHING REPORT: The ice has reformed and will be too thick to launch a boat at any of the ramps, but may not be safe for fishing.  Call the park office for more information, but more than likely the ice is going to be too thin to fish on now, especially with the warmer temperatures forecast. Anglers will need to wait until the ice thaws and boat ramps open up again.

Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell.  Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information.

Current water temperature:  99% Ice Covered           Current water level: 1.3 feet below conservation

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/25/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Poor 3-12 inches Stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 05-16-2017.
Bluegill Fair 3-8 inches Fish are going to be small, but would use worms under a bobber.
Catfish Fair 10-25 inches Would use worms, stinkbait and shrimp on the bottom.  Stocked 140 channel catfish that averaged 7 pound a piece on 08-15-2017.  Stocked in another 6,700 channel catfish that averaged 4 fish/pound on 09-19-2017.
General Comments

Water Temp. 32 Degrees

The lake is currently ice covered with approx. 4-5 inches of ice.  If venturing out on the ice use extreme caution and fish with a buddy.

Lake is currently approx. one foot low.  Have stocked channel catfish and bluegill and stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 05-16-2017. Also, stocked 140 channel catfish that averaged 7 pounds a piece on 08-15-2017.  Stocked another 6,700 channel catfish that averaged 4 fish/pound on 09-19-2017.  Stocked 28,750 bluegill (mix of adult, intermediate and fingerling) on 09-27-17.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Drifting minnows or small white jigs through deeper, open water or vertically fishing jigs around deeper brush.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Soft plastics and swim baits around shoreline brush piles and along rip-rapped shorelines.
Saugeye Good Up to 3 lbs. Casting crankbaits, swimbaits, or jigs tipped with minnows along edges of the creek channel and over shallow flats.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber around the brushpiles.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Various baits fished in the shallows on warmer days.
Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report and will only be updated when/if new information becomes available.  Weekly updated reports will resume April 2018

It is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water, so please discard any unused bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/25/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Poor 9 to 17 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught, however, would try fishing around the north and south shore breakwater's, around the outlet structure and fish attractor's using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught, however, would try fishing around the Old Marina point, Bow City Parking lot and around the island by the spillway gates using worms on the bottom.  Would also try trolling diving lures along the Dam.  Remember the 15-inch length limit. 
White Bass/Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the north & south shore breakwaters, Old Marina Point, along the Dam and along Rock Point cove using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms.  Sounds like the white bass are being caught just about everywhere on the lake. Starting Jan. 1, 2018 Wiper creel limit will be going up to 5/Day instead of 2/Day. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Would try fishing the windward side of the Reservoir up in the shallows using worms, liver and stink bait on the bottom.  Would also try using shrimp and shad. 
Rainbow Trout Good 10 to 20 inches Stocked the third load of trout on 12-21-2017.  They have been catching them on powerbait, salmon eggs, little spinner's and on flies. Stilling basin is frozen over with approx. 4 -5 inches of ice.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1893.50 ---- 1.05' above conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.36 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time. Stilling Basin is currently covered with approx. 4-5 inches of ice.  The Reservoir has approx. 4-5 inches in the coves, however, all four fish attractors have open water around them.  If venturing out on the ice use extreme caution, and fish with a buddy.       

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water! Therefore, please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's is currently available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



WILSON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/29/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair/Poor 10-14 inches Slow. We haven't received any winter reports for crappie.
Striped Bass Fair/Good 2-15 pounds Fair/Good. Lower lake boat ramps are open and a recent striper report shows fish are being caught from 30-40' near the river channel (Lucas Park area). Try jigging spoons and swim baits.
 Walleye Fair 14-25 inches Slow. We haven't received any winter reports for walleye.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

Channel Catfish) Very slow during the winter. We haven't received any winter reports for channel cats.

Blue Catfish) Blue catfish can be caught under the ice but the bite is typically slower than stripers and white perch. Try using fresh-cut shad or other fish as bait.

Be on the lookout for blue catfish which are also in the reservoir. They are not legal size yet so make sure and take care to return them to the water. There is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Wilson Reservoir!

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds Slow. Ice is no longer safe in most of the reservoir due to the recent warm spell. The entire lake has locked up with ice but safe ice is only on the western quarter of the lake and back in Hell Creek. Ice fisherman are having success catching White Bass from the Cedar Creek boat ramp to the Bluffs (west end of the lake).
Black Bass Fair/Poor 14-18 inches Slow. We have not received any winter time reports for these species.
White Perch Good 9 to 13 inches

Good. Ice is no longer safe in most of the reservoir due to the recent warm spell.

- IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

The white perch numbers are down in Wilson right now which is the goal of managing aquatic nuisance species.  While this species will continue to thrive and reproduce in Wilson, they are still an ANS species and KDWPT has managed the predator base in such a way to limit their numbers.  The hope is that the white bass will be able to make a comeback at the expense of the white perch numbers declining.

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 0.2' ABOVE conservation pool.

Surface Temperature = Lower 30s. Ice is no longer safe and most lower lake boat ramps are useable. It is unlawful to operate a atv or other vehicle on the ice at Wilson Reservoir.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: All boat ramps are useable. WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS and be courteous at boat ramps!

We have two Aquatic Nuisance Species - white perch and zebra mussels and have joined Cheney and El Dorado as lakes with both species. The law now says that if anyone leaves the lake with water in your livewell or boat, you are subject to a ticket for transporting Zebra Mussels since they will spawn and the microscopic little mussels will probably be in every drop of water in the lake. Make sure you drain all water from the boat before you leave the boat ramp area!!! We have been taking veliger samples and the samples were high so be sure to drain and dry everything!!!!!!