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: 8/25/2016

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 Fair to Good 6 to 8 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 summer using a variety of techniques.

We will be stocking 3,000 adult bluegill this year!

Channel Catfish Fair to Good 10-20 inches

Good numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.  In the summer, the fish can be found lakewide and will often bite on chicken liver, shad sides, shad gizzards, and stinkbait.  Nighttime fishing can really pay off on these hot, sunny days.

We will be stocking 5,000 additional catfish in September!

All three fish feeders are filled and will dispense food at 7 am, noon, and 7 pm each day.

Saugeye Fair 13-24 inches

Saugeye numbers and sizes are very good. 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 8-10 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 15 inches can also be caught. 
General Comments

Water temperature: 82°F

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: 8/26/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Slow/Fair Up to 15 inches Jigs, minnows, or small slab spoons fished around the fish attractors or over deeper points and drop-offs.  
Walleye Slow Up to 28 inches No recent reports.  Although the bite is typically slow during the hot months, vertically fishing slab spoons over deep drop-offs can produce a few fish.
White Bass/Wipers Fair/Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Anglers continue to catch white bass on the surface but the action has become more hit-and-miss depending on the day.  The surface bite is usually best around sunrise and sunset with cloud cover prolonging the action.  Floating or shallow running shad imitations like silver spoons, small bucktail jigs, and plugs have been best for surfacing fish.  Otherwise, anglers are catching whites vertically fishing spoons or live shad around the fish attractors or over deeper mainlake points.  Trolling deep running crankbaits can also be effective.  Anglers report catching up to 25 fish in the 12 to 15 inch range on a good day.

Drifting live sunfish, minnow, and shad or vertically fishing slab spoons over deep points and drop-offs has produced fish in the 3-8 lb. range.

WATER TEMPERATURE-75

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2120.03'----23.97' below conservation 

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: 8/25/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Slow 8-14 inches No change here. Anglers have not been reporting many crappie recently.  The best reports have come from walleye anglers fishing the drops in 22-25 feet of water and near the outlet structure.  Minnows fished near the bottom seems to be working best.  We did see a few crappie in Marina Cove this week while collecting fish.  They were in 3-5 feet of water.
Walleye Slow 11-22 inches Summer walleye are difficult to catch and this year is no exception.  A few anglers have been catching some in Walnut Creek and others will be caught trolling shallow running crankbaits in 5-10 feet of water near the causeway, Mill Creek, and the state park.  Overall, walleye fishing will be tough until things cool down in September.  We have been seeing fair numbers of walleye hanging out in the aquatic vegetation along the north shore in 3-5 feet of water feeding on shad.

White Bass

Wipers

Good

10-15 inches

14-24 inches

There have been some surfacing white bass and wipers around the south bluffs, in Osage Cove, and along the dam.  On calm days, anglers should have success chasing these fish.  Night fishing is just starting up and anglers may have some success fishing the above mentioned areas as well as the causeway bridge with floating lights.  Casting topwater lures and Rattletraps along the dam in the early morning and evening hours should also produce some wipers and whites.
Black Bass Fair to Good 10-19 inches With the hot weather the best bass bite will be during the cooler hours of the day early in the morning and closer to evening.  Topwater lures are hard to beat in the summer, but soft plastics will also produce some fish in the normal areas.  There have been some excellent reports of nice smallies coming from the bluffs in the morning hours.
Channel Catfish Good All Sizes Anglers have been catching good numbers of cats while chumming along the river channel using stinkbait and shad gizzards.  Rotten soybeans are the chum of choice, but wheat and milo will also work as well.  Some fish can also be caught drifting shrimp, shad sides, and shad gizzards on the flats.
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: 78ºF         Current Water Level: 0.8 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!



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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

The crappie population is dominated by three year old fish in the 8-9 inch range as we collected many of these during our annual fall sample.  There are also a few 11-12 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.

While there is no length limit on crappie at Jewell, anglers are strongly encouraged to release the smaller fish less than 10 inches to help sustain the population.  Angler over harvest can occur on this limited population if anglers harvest small crappie.

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

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 9 inches were collected last 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 7-9 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

Water temperature: 78ºF

Water level: 1 foot low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 8/17/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good Variety Good. The bite is heating up; try cutbait from 8 to 20 foot of water or shallower after lunch and toward the evening. Try juglines but make sure to read the regulations on their use.
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches Fair. Crappie have moved from shallow water to intermediate depths. Find brush piles or rock off the bank from 6 - 16 ft. depths. Fish near brushpiles off of Loder Point or near the tower. 
Trout     NOTICE: There are tagged trout due to a research study. Please release tagged fish and contact me at the Wilson Area Office with the tag information (785)658-2465; I would appreciate the assistance ! Tag number information is critical to this study even if you decide to keep the fish.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair Variety, up to 21" Fair. The bite is slow because the water temperature has fish fairly lethargic. Try fishing at night. Previous reports show a lot of 14" fish being caught.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Fair. Reports of fish on points, river channel, and dam.
Wiper Good All sizes Good; reports of fish up to 11 pounds and limits being caught off points and flats near river channel. Try live minnows and trolling soft baits.
General Comment

Elevation: 2.97 feet above conservation pool.

Water Temperature:  79 - 82 F

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: 8/26/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Are catching fish off the public fishing dock and private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the 3 fish attractors.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Are catching fish 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 Are catching them at 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 Fair 14 to 30 inches Are catching catfish up to the west end using stink bait, liver and worms on the bottom.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Are catching bass along the Dam, in Leota and Schoens 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- 75°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2287.88 ---- 16.42' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.25 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time. 

We will be conducting a creel survey that will run from March 1 thru October 31, 2016, therefore, if approached by our creel clerk Gary Williams please take a few minutes to answer some questions.  I would like to THANK YOU in advance for your cooperation.

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: 8/26/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Are catching crappie between Crappie Point and the Bow Creek boat ramp, around the south shore ramp, along the dam and north of crappie point in the brush using jigs and jigs with minnows. The Reservoir is back open to boats as of April 1, 2016, therefore, would also try fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors. Added new trees to all marked fish attractors. 
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Are catching a few off the river channel and railroad flats using jigs and jigs with worms and/or minnows.  The Reservoir is back open to boats as of April 1, 2016, therefore, would try fishing along the dam and river channel.  
White Bass/ Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Are catching fish along the Dam and Cottonwood Grove areas.  Would also try fishing along the Crappie Point area using jigs depending on the wind direction.  The Reservoir is back open to boats as of April 1, 2016. Stocked 100,000 wiper fry on 05-11-16.
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Are catching catfish from Gray's park and up towards the west end with the new water that is coming in using shad and stink bait on the bottom. Would also try fishing up in Bow creek using shrimp and liver on the bottom since there is some new water coming down Bow Creek.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 75°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1710.91 ---- 18.34' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS BACK OPEN TO BOATS AS OF APRIL 1, 2016. 

Currently, the water level is 2.83 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time.

Started irrigation releases on 06-20-2016 and are currently releasing at 90 cubic feet per second (cfs). 

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: 8/25/2016

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Slow 15-27 inches The walleye fishing will be slow throughout the summer and anglers should temper their expectations.  A few are caught each summer trolling along the dam and Walleye Point using crankbaits with a doll fly trailer.  This also works well for other species.  Night fishing may also yield a few walleye while fishing for whites and wipers.
White Bass/Wipers Fair to Good

7-15 inches

14-23 inches

No change here.  White bass fishing has been about the best thing going on in the last couple of weeks with anglers reporting catches up to 40 fish on the south side near Oak Hill, near the inlet when water is coming in and off the north shore points on south windy days.  Night fishing is also picking up with anglers targeting these species off Walleye, Cedar, and Cabin Points.  Calm days will find the fish surface feeding lakewide and anglers may be able to pick up a few by looking for the topwater action.
Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

Same as last week.  Anglers have been chumming and catching good numbers of cats in those areas.  Other anglers have been catching some cats around the inlet when the shad move in.  Another good summer technique is to drift shrimp and shad sides along the dam and north of the cross and Oak Hill areas.  Blue catfish are also biting good on shad, but are too small to keep at this time and must be released.

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 7-14 inches Anglers will need to look for these guys a little deeper around the main lake brush piles and other fish attractors. They will probably need minnows to trigger a bite during the hot summer months.  At times a few crappie are being caught at the inlet when the shad move in, but they have been on the small side and are likely not keepers.
Comments

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:  78ºF             Current water level: 1.7 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: 8/10/2016

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

Water Temp. NA

Lake is currently at a level that is not able to sustain a fish population.

This report will not be updated until the lake receives water or there is something to report.

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: 8/26/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Jigs or minnows around the fish attractors or trolling small crankbaits along the dam.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. Fishing soft plastics, swimbaits, and spinner baits around shoreline brush, laydown trees, rip-rap, and flooded vegetation.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. No reports.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber along rocky shorelines or around deeper brush.
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Up to 19 lbs. Live sunfish, shad, or prepared baits fished on bottom on shallow flats has been best.
Wiper Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting small white or silver jigs and spoons early and late.  Anglers have caught smaller wipers fishing worms off the bottom
Comments

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: 8/26/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Poor 9 to 17 inches Catching a few crappie around the outlet, north and south shore breakwater's and fish attractor's using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Have been catching a few off the Little Saraha Swim Beach drifting and jigging worms on the bottom. Also been catching them off the river channel and Old Marina point using jigs with worms and/or minnows.  Would also try trolling diving lures along the Dam and Bluff areas. Remember the 15 inch length limit.
White Bass/Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Are catching white bass around the north shore breakwater, along the Dam and along Rock Point cove using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms and trolling diving lures. Stocked 50,000 wiper fry on 05-11-16.
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Catfish are being caught from Old Broken up concrete ramp on the north side of Reservoir and up to the west part of the Reservoir.  They are being caught using worms, liver and stink bait on the bottom. Would also try using shrimp and shad.  Heard of a few flathead's being caught around the outlet and breakwater's.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 75°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1876.32 ---- 16.13' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 5.44 feet higher than it was one year ago 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: 8/17/2016

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 20 - 30' of water. Fish in the morning and/or evening with livebait, spinners, or shad imitation jerkbaits. The shad spawn have stripers chasing them.
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-21 inches Poor. Few fish are being caught deeper but bite is slow due to warm water. 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

Good. 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 on the West end in 30' of water trolling. White bass continue to hang in there at relatively low numbers, but trophy sized fish up to 18 inches were collected again this fall.  Best areas to catch white bass now include Hell Creek, the dam, and the river on the west end of the reservoir.  If you locate the shad, you'll locate some white bass.
Black Bass Fair 10-18 inches Fair. Bass are in their early morning/late evening feeding stage. Recent elevation rise of 5' has fish more difficult to locate. 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. Try crankbaits, carolina rigged soft baits, and shaky heads near shore or less than 12' of water.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

Fair. Some are being caught up to 12". We found moderate numbers of white perch around the upper end of the reservoir as well as closer to the dam and Hell Creek.  The middle 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 Lucas point and the dam - 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 = 5.23 feet below conservation pool

Surface Temperature = 80 - 83 F

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: There are currently 6 usable boats ramps due to a recent elevation rise. Hell Creek, Otoe, Spillway, East Minooka, and Lucas boat ramps are usable. Elm Creek boat ramp is now usable for small boats only and the barriers have been removed; use these with caution as the water is shallow. However, The other 2 Minooka ramps are not usable. 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!!!!!!