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: 4/27/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Good up to 6 lbs We collected good numbers during the May 2015 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 great bass angling. 
Bluegill Slow 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 will be tough to catch until the water warms up a bit more.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good 10-20 inches Fair numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.  In the spring, the best numbers can usually be found on the upper half of the reservoir in 4-6 feet of water.  They can often be located in the coves where the water is warmer.
Saugeye Good 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 this fall while test netting.

Saugeye should offer some decent fishing this time of year.  They are starting to get more active now and anglers will have some success once they locate them.  Points and jetties with a drop off may produce best.
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.  The crappie spawn is progressing and anglers have been catching shallow crappie on the upper end of the lake and along the dam using minnows and jigs slowly retrieved under a bobber.
General Comments

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: 4/29/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Fish should move shallow to spawn soon.  Fishing jigs around flooded brush and laydown trees in 5 to 8 feet of water up in coves us usually best.  It might be best to start looking for spawning fish toward the western portion of the lake as this is usually where the early spawners start.  
Walleye Fair/Good Up to 28 inches Fish are feeding on points, over drop-offs, and over submerged roads and parking lots.  Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers are the most popular bait for post spawn fish early in the season.  There have been a bunch of short fish in the 14 to 17 inch range reported, but anglers report most of the keeper sized fish ranging from 18 to 24 inches
White Bass/Wipers Good

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

White bass are spawning along the dam and adjacent shorelines  Fishing white marabou and curly-tail jigs early and late is typically best.  Most of the whites caught have been in the 13 to 15 inch range.  A few wipers are being caught by anglers fishing for whites off the dam, but casting bucktail jigs over shallow, windswept points has been productive too.  Wipers in the 2 to 6 lb. range are most common.
Rainbow Trout Fair 0.5 lb. Average The 2015/2016 trout season ends April 15, 2016.  Subsequent to the season end, a valid trout permit is no longer required to catch and keep trout.  However, anglers 16 to 74 years old must possess a valid state fishing license.  All anglers possessing trout must adhere to the 5 fish/day creel limit.

Attention:  For the most part the bite has generally slowed over the past week due to cool, unstable weather.  When/If the weather stabilizes and water temperature begins warming again the above fishing report will be more applicable.

WATER TEMPERATURE-59

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2119.84'----24.16' below conservation 

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: 4/27/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Same as last week. The crappie are in prespawn mode and are typically difficult to catch this time of year.  Look for them in staging areas in 15-20 feet of water near prime spawning grounds.  Jigs and minnows will work best.  Anglers recently reported catching crappie in Osage Cove and Mill Creek using minnows under a bobber.  Things should continue to pick up through this month and into May.  There have also been a few crappie caught along the dam and on the Campground 3 brush pile.
Walleye Fair to Good 15-24 inches The fish have started to move to the river channel and are often times found on the west end of the reservoir between Schoen's Cove and the causeway for the next month.  Try fishing in 18-24 feet of water with slab spoons, swim baits, jigs and minnows, and jigs and crawlers.  Some reports indicate walleye are showing up around the Waconda Springs area in 10-12 feet of water and in Wally World.  Trolling has been working best, but drifting jig and crawler will also continue to work.  There are still a few walleye showing up along the dam as well.

White Bass

Wipers

Good

10-15 inches

14-24 inches

The white bass are in full spawning mode and have moved up the river channels and onto the rocky banks.  Fishing along the dam can be very good for both whites and wipers throughout April and May.  Other fish will routinely be found along the Cawker and Granite Creek causeway and can be caught trolling crankbaits or by casting off the bank.  Some anglers catch whites as they move up river to the North Fork log jam.  The South Fork log jam has been washed away and the fish can likely pass through it this year.
Black Bass Good 10-19 inches The smallmouth bass are spawning right now and anglers can take advantage of these fish moving shallow for the next couple of weeks.  Anglers should target traditional smallmouth areas at Glen Elder like the dam, north shore state park area, and the south bluffs.  Largemouth bass numbers will be up slightly this year and can be caught in the above mentioned areas as well as in Mill Creek and along the Cawker City causeway.
Channel Catfish Fair to Good All Sizes Try fishing the shallow creeks and coves where the water is warmest.  The catfish are often found feeding in these areas this time of year and bank anglers have reported limits in previous years.  Oak Creek, Carr Creek, and Mill Creek are all good places to start.  Cut shad, shad gizzards, and chicken livers are all good baits to try.  Recent reports indicate some limits have been taken in the above mentioned areas.  There are also decent numbers on the dam right now.
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: 62ºF         Current Water Level: 0.9 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: 4/27/2016

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair to Good 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.
Channel Catfish Fair to 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.  The fish appear to be concentrated toward the dam and on the upper 1/3 of the lake.  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 depressed 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 10-21 inches

There are very high numbers of 14-16 inch fish in the lake right now with just a handful of fish over the 18 inch upper slot limit. The biggest fish collected last spring was a 6 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.

With the water warming up, anglers can also expect the bass fishing to pick up.  Warm, sunny days will find bass moving up shallow, especially in the coves and can be caught slow rolling spinnerbaits and slowly working Senkos and other soft plastics.
General Comments

Water temperature: 66ºF

Water level: 3 feet low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/18/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good Variety Slow this time of year, but try cutbait from 3 to 10 foot of water or shallower after lunch and toward the evening.
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches Crappie are starting to move shallow towards 6 - 10 foot rock and brush. Fish near brushpiles off of Loder Point or near the tower.  Fishing is good/average right now.
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" The spawn is mostly over. Look for hungry fish to move shallow in the next few weeks. The water temperature is rising very slowly but 2 - 5 fish days are still common near the dam.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches No reports but the look for fish to start heading towards the river and on the dam now and in the coming weeks.
Wiper Fair All sizes No reports.
General Comment

Elevation: 5" above conservation pool.

Water Temperature:  56 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: 4/28/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the public fishing dock and the private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the fish attractors.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week in Leota Cove and along the North end of the Dam 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 Did have reports of fish being caught this week in Leota Cove, point South of the Park Office and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs with worms.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week off the public fishing dock, off the point south of the office and east bank of Schoen's Cove using worms on the bottom.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week along the dam and in Leota Cove using artificial plastic baits and crankbait's. Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 59 °

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2288.94 ---- 15.36' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.43 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time. 

We will be starting 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: 4/28/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week on the Dam, around the Outlet, Crappie Point area and Cottonwood Grove area using jigs.  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 the dam using jigs and jigs with minnows.  Added new trees to all marked fish attractors. 
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week off the Crappie Point area 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 Did have reports of fish being caught this week along the Dam and Cottonwood Grove area.  Would also try fishing along the Crappie Point area using jigs.  The Reservoir is back open to boats as of April 1, 2016. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being this week.  However, you might try fishing along Grays Park, along Cottonwood Grove and the South Shore Boat ramp using shad and stink bait on the bottom.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 59 °

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1714.67 ---- 14.58' below conservation pool

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

Added new cedar trees to all the marked fish attractors (175 trees on the South two and 126 trees to the North two). 

Currently, the water level is 1.19 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time.    

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: 4/27/2016

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair to Good 15-27 inches Anglers report catching walleye off the state park shoreline using slab spoons, swim baits, and jigs.  Fish can also be found along the river channel between Walleye Point and Cabin Point and may be caught using jig/crawler and jig/minnow combos.
White Bass/Wipers Fair to Good

7-15 inches

14-23 inches

The white bass spawn is in full gear and the fish have moved into the rocky banks.  The dam can be a great place to catch white bass during April, but other rocky shorelines along the state park and around Oak Hill have also been known to produce good results.  Wipers will be somewhat mixed in with them as well, but may also be found off Cedar Point and near the Cross this time of year.  Trolling can work great to catch whites and wipers, but casting roadrunners and Rattletraps is also very effective.
Channel Catfish Fair 2-10 pounds

This time of year your best bet for catching catfish is to target the upper end of the reservoir and the creek arms where water temperatures may have already reached 60 degrees.  Try using cut shad, shad gizzards, and chicken livers in water depths of 4-10 feet in these warmer areas.  Blue catfish may still be schooled up along the river channel between Cedar Point and Walleye Point and can be caught drifting cut shad and cut carp.

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 7-14 inches Crappie numbers are good in Lovewell right now and they will begin spawning near the end of the month.  This pre-spawn period is usually a difficult time to locate and catch crappie, but target the traditional brush piles and other staging areas in 8-12 feet of water where a drop or submerged structure is present.
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:  64ºF             Current water level: 2.0 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: 4/6/2016

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 dry.

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: 4/29/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 13 inches Anglers are catching some pretty nice small-lake crappies fishing jigs around shallower brush.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Fishing soft plastics, swimbaits, and spinner baits around shoreline brush, laydown trees, rip-rap, and flooded vegetation.
Saugeye Fair/Good Up to 3 lbs. Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or minnows slow drifted or retrieved over points and along drop-offs.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber around the fish attractors.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Cutbait off the bottom is often best this time of year.
Wiper Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. There have been a few wipers caught by anglers fishing off the bottom for catfish.
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: 4/28/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week fishing around the Outlet, the North and South shore fish attractors and breakwater's using jigs and also jigs tipped with minnows.
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the fish attractors, river channel and along the Dam using crankbait's, jigs, jigs with worms and/or minnows.  Remember the 15 inch length limit. Short fish need to be released.
White Bass/Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week off the Dam, unimproved launch and Old Marina point.  Would also try fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms and trolling diving lures.
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs, off the Unimproved launch area, Old broken up concrete ramp, Methodist Camp point, Bow City parking lot and Old Marina point fishing shad and stink bait on the bottom.
Rainbow Trout Good 10 to 15 inches The last trout stocking occurred on March 18th.  Fish are being caught on little spinners, powerbait and salmon eggs.  Trout season is over and no trout permit is required to fish for trout, however, the 5 fish limit still applies.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 60 °

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1871.93 ---- 20.52' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.74 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: 4/18/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 10-14 inches Crappie numbers are very low and no reports of fish being caught yet but fish are likely 1 week away from 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 There are reports of fish being caught on the West end and a few near the dam. Fish in the evening with livebait, spinners, or shad imitation jerkbaits.
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-21 inches The walleye spawn is over. Fish are being caught in moderate depths and success on the dam is rising. The shallow water bite should pick up towards the middle of April but for now look for gravel substrates, ledges, or points towards the middle and lower ends of the reservoir (6 - 20' depths). Anglers using colored jig heads with earthworms, curly tail grubs, or shad swimbaits are having success.
Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

Slow, but try cutbait off points this time of year. Look for fish to move shallow (<8 feet depths) towards sundown.

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 Good 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds Reports of anglers catching a few on the West end. 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 Good 10-18 inches The bite seems to be picking up. 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.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

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 = 10.3 feet below conservation pool

Surface Temperature = 56 F

The Spillway and Hell Creek boat ramps are open and safe for all boats to launch from.  The other boats ramps including Lucas Point and East Minooka are very shallow now and are not recommended for launching boats.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 10 feet low anglers need to be aware of the following boat ramp conditions and limitations.  In addition, the boat docks are high and dry for the most part and will likely stay that way until a water level rise floods them again.  Anglers are asked to use caution when launching and loading and unloading persons into boats with most of the docks unusable at this time.  The ramp conditions are as follows:

Cedar Point: Closed

Elm Creek: Both ramps at Elm Creek are high and dry.  Launching boats is not recommended.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

Minooka: West Ramp:  Unadvised access.  Dock is high/dry, Middle Ramp:  Unadvised access. Dock is high/dry, East Ramp:  The ramp is unusable until water levels come back up a couple of feet.

Lucas: This boat ramp is very shallow now and is not usable at this time.  Dock is high/dry.

Spillway:  Poured 20 yards to the low water lane on April 1st, 2014. A new dock was installed in October 2014 and there is still adequate depth for mooring boats.  This low water lane has deep water and good access.  This may be the primary ramp for many anglers to use this year.

Hell Creek: Hell Creek boat ramp is still usable and there is a courtesy dock in the water.  The dock has been extended and now sits in 4-5 feet of water so most boats should be able to use it.

Otoe: This ramp is very shallow at the time, but still open.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

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!!!!!!