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 on the KDWPT Public Fishing Reports blog at http://ksfishing.blogspot.com.

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 2/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good up to 6 lbs We collected fair numbers during the last sample with fish up to 19 inches represented.  The best numbers of fish were found near the cattails and the overhanging trees in the water.  The fish are in excellent shape and should provide some nice bass angling. 
Bluegill Slow 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 bait.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.

We stocked 3,000 adult bluegill in October!

Channel Catfish Fair to Good 10-22 inches

Good numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.  In the fall, the fish can be found lakewide and will often bite on chicken liver, shad sides, shad gizzards, and stinkbait.  Fall netting revealed the best numbers along the east bank in shallow water.

We stocked 5,000 additional catfish in August!

Saugeye Fair to Good 12-24 inches

Saugeye numbers are good, but most are less than 18 inches. Our fall 2016 sample included 75 saugeye of which only 8 were over 18 inches. 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 last fall while test netting.

We stocked 5,000 saugeye this spring!

Crappie Good Most 8-11 inches Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair/good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush/rocks.  There are a lot of 8-10 inch crappie right now, but fish between 12 and 14 inches can also be caught. 
General Comments

Water temperature: 40F

No recent fishing reports, but crappie and saugeye are both quick to get going as the water temperature warms.  Look for crappie around  the brush piles while the saugeye will be located off the jetties and toward the dam.  Catfish may also be caught in the warm shallow water on the upper end where there is inflow.

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: 2/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 15 inches Jigs and small slab spoons fished around the fish attractors have been productive over the past couple of weeks.  
Walleye Fair Up to 28 inches Vertically fishing slab spoons over edges of deeper points and other drop-offs, or around the fish attractors has produced fish.
White Bass/Wipers Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons around the fish attractors can be productive.  Casting white curly-tail and marabou jigs over shallow, sun-warmed flats in coves on warmer days has resulted in fast action fishing on the right days.
Rainbow Trout N/A N/A Trout will not be stocked in the Cedar Bluff Stilling basin during the 2016/2017 trout season.  For a list of alternative trout waters visit http://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Trout-Fishing-Program/Trout-Stocking-Locations

WATER TEMPERATURE-38

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2118.72-25.28 below conservation

The reservoir is nearly ice free except that some thin ice may form over night in the shallows of coves, but usually melts during the day.  All boat ramps are open.

ATTENTION: An established zebra mussel population has been documented at this water making Cedar Bluff an ANS designated water.  With this designation a few new rules are now 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: 2/15/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches Anglers have been reporting some decent crappie catches across the reservoir since ice out using a mix of small jigs and slab spoons.  Some crappie are being caught along the river channel in 20-25 feet of water while others are coming from the brush piles on the west end and along the south bluffs.
Trout Good 10-15 inches The trout pond is ice free again and anglers are encouraged to get out there and give trout fishing a try.  We have stocked approximately 1,500 trout this winter and will have another stocking in February.  Baits like corn, cheese, worms, and Powerbait probably work best, but fish can also be caught using small spinnerbaits and jigs.  Make sure to use small hooks and light line as these fish can be very finicky at times.
Walleye Fair to Good 9-23 inches Anglers have been catching walleye over the last week with fish concentrated around 25 feet deep along the river channel on the lower half of the reservoir.  There have been quite a few short males to be released, but keepers are also being reported.  Vertically slabbing spoons seems to be working best.

White Bass

Wipers

Good

11-18 inches

19-27 inches

There are still very good numbers of white bass and wipers on the west end and anglers should be able to have some success using jigs, Kastmasters, and slab spoons fished along the river channel.  The south bluffs area is also holding some wipers, and the dam seems to be producing a mix of whites, walleye, and wipers for those trolling crankbaits in 15-20 feet of water.
Black Bass Excellent 10-19 inches The bass fishing will be fairly slow until things warm up.  Look for these guys to be hanging out in deep water near their normal haunts.  Warm, sunny days might bring some fish into the shallows and white and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat this time of year.
Channel Catfish Good All Sizes Your best bet to catch some catfish now is to fish up the creeks feeding into the reservoir.  Mill Creek, Oak Creek, Carr Creek, and Walnut Creek are all good choices.  Fresh dead shad is the best bait to use, but stinkbait and shad gizzards also work well.
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: 40 degrees        Current Water Level: 0.8 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: 2/15/2017

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 2016 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 around the deep brush piles using jigs and minnows.
Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches

The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be very 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.

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Fair to Good 6-11 inches

The 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 11 inches collected this fall.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-9 inch fish and fair numbers of 10 to 11 inch fish.

Largemouth Bass Good 10-20 inches There are good numbers of 15-16 inch fish in the lake right now with a handful of fish over the 18 inch upper slot limit. The biggest fish collected this spring was a 5 pound female. White and chartreuse spinnerbaits are hard to beat, but slowly fishing soft plastics including Senkos can be productive. Smaller baits like roadrunners and Panther Martins will also catch a fair amount of fish.  Summertime fishing means topwater so pull out those Zara Spooks and buzzbaits for some great action.
General Comments

The lake is ice free, but I have not heard of any recent fishing reports.

Water temperature: 40 degrees

Water level: FULL



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/6/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good Variety Slow. The bite has slowed due to cooling water temperatures; try cutbait from 8 to 20 foot of water or shallower after lunch and toward the evening.
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches Fair. Crappie have moved to intermediate and deeper depths. Find brush piles or rock off the bank from 6 - 16 ft. depths. Fish near brushpiles off of Loder Point and Yankee Run or near the tower. 
Trout     NOTICE: The third stocking took place on Thursday, January 5th with nearly 1,200 rainbow trout. Fish were stocked (from N to S) at power poles #19, 16, 10, 5 and in the bottom pool. Good luck!
Walleye/Saugeye Fair Variety, up to 21" Fair. Reports of fish in Buzzard Bay Cove. The Fall bite has slowed but fish can still be caught; look for fish at moderate depths off the dam and deeper points. Try jigging small swimbaits or earthworms.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Good. The best fishing will be towards the dam or just off the river channel in the middle of the reservoir.
Wiper Good All sizes Good; reports of fish up to 11 pounds and limits being caught off points and deeper flats near river channel. Try live minnows and trolling soft baits.
General Comment

Elevation: 0.4 feet above conservation pool as they're lowering it for the winter.

Water Temperature:  Ice has formed in most of the upper reservoir and coves. Do not try ice fishing unless you take the necessary precautions and are prepared. There must be at least 4" of safe, clear ice.

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: 1/26/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Would try fishing off the public fishing dock and private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the 3 fish attractors. Main part of Reservoir is ice free, however, the coves are still iced in.  I would not recommend getting out on the ice at this time.  If venturing out on the ice use extreme caution and fish with a buddy.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Would try fishing off the swim beach and up west by the Marsh Dike using jigs and jigs tipped with worms. Would also try fishing along the North end of the Dam and along the south road bed using jigs and jigs tipped with worms.  Stocked in 45,000 saugeye fry on 05-19-2016.  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. Stocked 40,000 wiper fry on 05-11-16.
Catfish Poor 14 to 30 inches Would try fishing up to the west end using stink bait, liver and worms on the bottom. Also, look for them to come up shallow as they start feeding up for the winter. 
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- 2291.56 ---- 12.74' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 3.68 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time. Main part of the Reservoir is ice free, however, the coves are still iced in at this time.  I would not recommend getting out on the 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: 1/26/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Would try fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs and jigs with minnows. Reservoir has approximately 1-2 inches of ice cover at this time. I would not recommend getting out on the ice at this time.  If venturing out on the ice use extreme caution and fish with a buddy.
Walleye Poor 15 to 28 inches Would try fishing around the outsides of the fish attractors using jigs and jigs with worms and/or minnows.   
White Bass/ Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing along the Dam and Cottonwood Grove areas.  Would also try fishing along the Crappie Point area using jigs depending on the wind direction.  Stocked 100,000 wiper fry on 05-11-16.
Catfish Poor 20 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the Gray's park area and up towards the west end using shad and stink bait on the bottom. Would also try fishing up in Bow creek using shrimp and liver on the bottom.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1725.57 ---- 3.68' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS OPEN TO BOATS. 

Currently, the water level is 12.27 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time. The reservoir has approximately 1-2 inches of ice cover at this time.  I would not recommend getting out on the ice at this time.  If venturing out on the ice use extreme caution and fish with a buddy.  Reservoir is approximately 90-95 percent ice covered.

Fish cleaning station is NO LONGER on the NE corner of the square in Kirwin. The USFWS, BOR and KDWPT are in the process of constructing a new facility just West of the water tower.   

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: 2/15/2017

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 15-25 inches The best walleye numbers in the fall are consistently found off the north shore between Cedar Point and Walleye Point and along the north half of the dam.  We also collected good numbers of large walleye around Pawnee Point and the 2-mile Road area this past fall.  Slowly trolling crankbaits might just be the best option this time of year.
White Bass/Wipers Fair to Good

7-13 inches

14-23 inches

The wipers and white bass were scattered a bit during fall sampling last month, but days with a strong south wind has yielded good numbers of fish along the north shore from Cabin Point to Walleye Point.  There have also been decent numbers of whites along the 2-mile road bridge area and near Pawnee Point.
Channel Catfish Fair 3-12 pounds

We had a very nice sample of catfish this past fall and they were found pretty much lakewide.  Sizes varied considerably, but many of the fish were between 16 and 22 inches.  These fish can be caught using shad sides, shad gizzards, and stinkbait.

There is a 35 inch length limit on blue catfish.  All blue catfish less than 35 inches should be returned to the water immediately.  Please handle these fish with care if you do catch one.

Crappie Fair to Good 7-13 inches There are a lot of crappie in the reservoir now, but most of them are one 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
The lake is wide open and anglers have been reporting fair to good catches of smaller crappie while fishing the brush piles.

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:  40 degrees            Current water level: 1.2 feet above 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: 9/8/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Poor None None, Lake finally filled up.
Bluegill Poor None None, Lake finally filled up.
Catfish Poor None None, Lake finally filled up.
General Comments

Water Temp. 74

Lake is currently full and running over the spillway.  Hope to be stocking fish by the end of the month if water quality allows.

KDWPT will be releasing the recently completed “Kansas Crappie Bonanza” video on February 17, 2012. This 25-minute video covers Kansas crappie fishing during spring, summer, fall, and winter with tips and tactics to make you a better crappie angler. Visit the KDWPT homepage on February 17th and click on the Kansas Crappie Bonanza link to view the video!

KDWPT will be releasing the Urban Stocking Fish Program video soon and it can be found at http://youtu.be/5l4QiSfsQbQ

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



SALINE STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/6/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
PUBLIC SALVAGE     DUE TO THE LOW LAKE CONDITIONS WE ARE ALLOWING ANGLERS TO TAKE FISH BY THE MEANS LISTED BELOW AND YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO KEEP ALL THE FISH YOU TAKE.
       
       
       
General Comments
 

The area is open for walk-in traffic but the gate will remain locked and the vault toilet locked.

THE LAKE IS NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC SALVAGE - ALL LENGTH AND CREEL LIMITS ARE OFF. YOU CAN NOW TAKE FISH WITH ROD AND REEL OR BY SNAGGING, SEINE, GIG, OR BY HAND.

Please comply with posted signs!!!!!



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/19/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie No Report Up to 13 inches Jigs or minnows around the fish attractors.
Largemouth Bass No Report Up to 4.5 lbs. Fishing soft plastics or suspending jerkbaits along sun-warmed shallows on warm days.
Saugeye No Report Up to 3 lbs. Casting or trolling shad imitating crankbaits or casting white jigs along the dam and over shallower shelves has produced fish.
Bluegill No Report Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber along rocky shorelines or around deeper brush.
Channel Catfish No Report Up to 19 lbs. Cut bait fished off the bottom.
Wiper No Report Up to 4.5 lbs. Vertically jigging or casting shad imitating baits around the fish attractors.
Comments

Attention: The lake is covered by a sheet of ice that is approximately 3 inches thick.  The ice has undergone significant melting and is likely too weak to safely support ice fishing activities.  Attempts to get out on the ice are strongly discouraged.

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

Anglers who fish Sheridan State Fishing Lake might consider sharing their experiences with other anglers through the public fishing report. If you would like to post a fishing report please go to http://ksfishing.blogspot.com/



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/26/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Poor 9 to 17 inches Would try fishing around the north and south shore breakwater's and fish attractor's using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  Reservoir has approximately 50 to 60 percent ice free at this time.  Old Marina boat ramp is currently open and the two north and Goose Flat's fish attractors are open.
Walleye Poor 14 to 28 inches Would try fishing around the outsides of the fish attractors using jigs or jigs with worms and/or minnows and slab spoons.  Remember the 15-inch length limit.
White Bass/Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the north shore breakwater, Old Marina Point, along the Dam and along Rock Point cove using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms. Stocked 50,000 wiper fry on 05-11-16.
Catfish Poor 20 to 36 inches Would try fishing from Old Broken up concrete ramp on the north side of Reservoir and up to the west part of the Reservoir using worms, liver and stink bait on the bottom.  Would also try using shrimp and shad. 
Rainbow Trout Excellent 10 to 20 inches The Third load of trout was stocked on Jan. 5th.  Trout are being caught on little spinners, salmon eggs, corn and powerbait.  Next load is scheduled for around the 1st of February. Stilling basin is currently ice free at this time. 
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 32°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1891.16 ---- 1.29' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 21.08 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.  Reservoir is approximately 50 to 60 percent ice free at this time and the Stilling Basin is completely ice free at this time.    

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: 1/6/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 10-14 inches Poor. Crappie numbers are very low and no reports of fish being caught yet but fish are likely moving towards shallower rock and cover to feed prior to spawning. Coves towards the upper end of the reservoir and Otoe in Hell Creek are your best bets.
Stripers Fair to Good 3-8 pounds Good. There are reports of fish being caught on the West end, Hell Creek, and a few near the dam in shallow water. Fish in the morning and/or evening with topwaters, livebait, spinners, or shad imitation jerkbaits. There is an abundance of stripers in the 16 - 18" range. These fish have excellent body condition compared to the last few years.
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-21 inches Fair. Cooler water has them being caught at moderate depths. Find contour changes and areas in the middle or lower reservoir with 12 - 30 foot depths with rocky bottoms.  Trollers are having some success but anglers using colored jig heads with earthworms, curly tail grubs, or shad swimbaits are also having success.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-10 pounds

Slow. Try cutbait, liver, dough baits, and worms near the river channel and off points such as Minooka, Lucas, etc. Look for fish to move shallow (<8 feet depths) towards sundown. The channel catfish population in Wilson has been a nice surprise the last few years.

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 Fair. Reports of anglers catching a few off the river channel from the upper reservoir to Minooka. Try jigging the flats adjacent to the channel with small spoons and shad imitations.
Black Bass Fair 10-18 inches Fair. Bass are becoming more spread out with the recent elevation rise and cooling water temperatures. There are reports of both Largemouth and Smallmouth being caught. The Smallmouth Bass are currently the best bet and can be caught off rocky points and shorelines throughout the lake. Fish over 3 lbs. are being caught. Try crankbaits, carolina rigged soft baits, and shaky heads near shore or less than 12' of water.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

Good. Some are being caught up to 12" in size. We found moderate numbers of white perch around the upper end of the reservoir as well as Hell Creek.  The lower end of the reservoir didn't have nearly as many.  The fish we collected seemed to be targeting the river channel and moving up and down it while feeding.  The west end had the biggest white perch I've seen in some time with 12-13 inch fish common.  Anglers might try spoons and spinners off of the river channel near the bluffs towards Minooka - 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 = 8 inches ABOVE conservation pool - THE LAKE FILLED IN SEPTEMBER!!!

Surface Temperature = Ice melted during the last warm spell but it has reformed in the backs of the coves and up the river channel including Horseshoe Bend; ice is still weak. Make sure you have 4" thick ice before attempting and always wear a life vest and fish with a buddy.

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!!!!!!