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: 11/30/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 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. 

Bass fishing will be slow throughout the winter, but warm sunny days may find some fish moving shallow to feed near the rock jetties or submerged stumps.  A slow presentation of plastic worms or Senkos should work best.
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.

If we get safe ice, bluegill can be caught in good numbers around the fish attractors and other submerged structure.  Until then, fishing may be tough for these guys.
Channel Catfish Slow 10-20 inches Fair numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.  In the winter, 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.  Whether through the ice or in open water, they are a cool water species and can be caught using a variety of shad imitation lures.
Wiper Poor up to 24 inches Wipers are not abundant, but some can be caught on shad imitation lures and topwater baits.
Crappie Fair to 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.

These guys will offer some great winter fishing opportunities as they school up in the cold water.  Boat anglers will do well fishing over the fish attractors and other submerged structure, but ice fishing should be good too if we get safe ice this winter.
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: 2/5/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie No Report Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing small slab spoons or jigs over the fish attractors.  
Walleye No Report Up to 28 inches Vertically fishing slab spoons over deeper points, drop-offs, and around the fish attractors.
White Bass/Wipers No Report

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over deeper points and drop-offs.
Rainbow Trout No Report 0.5 lb. Average

The second stocking of approximately 500 rainbow trout occurred on 1-28-2016.

Fishing powerbait, nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, marshmallows, and corn off the bottom can be effective.  Anglers casting inline spinners and small spoons can be successful as well.

The reservoir is approximately 30% ice covered.  The Overland and Muley boatramps are iced in by a one inch thick sheet of ice that is beginning to melt.  Both boat ramps are snowpacked and slick.  The stilling basin is essentially open.  No ice safe for ice fishing exists.

WATER TEMPERATURE-33

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2119.34'----24.66' 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: 2/2/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Ice Conditions
Poor
 
ALL BOAT RAMPS ARE ICED IN!!!  There is patchy ice across the reservoir and on the west end, but it is not safe for fishing.  Anglers are advised to stay off the ice!  There is some old ice in the coves and fishing is not recommended at this time.
Crappie Fair 8-14 inches Winter crappie are typically found schooled up around the fish attractors on the west end, near Harrison Point, Campground 3, Swim Beach, and in Walnut Creek.  Anglers have also had luck in the past locating big schools along the river channel breaks between the dam and the south bluffs in 20-25 feet of water.  It may take some time to find the fish, but once a school has been located anglers should be able to have some decent success. 
Trout Good 10-12 inches, some 4-5 pounds

Anglers have been having fair success thus far, but a few fish have been taken.  Try using Velveeta cheese, Powerbait, and worms for best results.  Other anglers prefer artificial lures like Panther Martins, Roostertails, and Roadrunners.  Remember to use small hooks like size 12 or smaller when fishing natural baits and smaller diameter line like 4 or 6 pound test will work best.

UPDATE: Trout were stocked on January 28th and they are very nice fish!  Most are in the 11-13 inch range, but some are 16 inches.  The warmer weather should allow the park pond to thaw out and offer some excellent angling this weekend!
Remember, a trout permit is required of all anglers 16 and older fishing in the park pond through April 15!

The trout pond is ice free at this time and angler success should be excellent with 3 stockings so far this year!

Walleye Fair 15-24 inches Anglers don't tend to catch many walleye this time of year, but they can be caught once located.  Large swim baits seem to work well, but slab spoons may also produce some fish.  Try fishing the deeper channel breaks around Wally World, Waconda Springs, Campground 3, and Swim Beach Point.  They tend to hang out near the dam in late winter in preparation for the spring spawn.

White Bass

Wipers

Fair to Good

10-15 inches

14-24 inches

Most of the wintertime fishing for these guys takes place along the causeway and west in the river channels.  There are some fish up river now, but we are still seeing fair numbers along the dam, near Waconda Springs, and off the main lake points in the state park.  Vertically jigging Kastmasters, slab spoons, roadrunners, and other types of jigs works best when a school is located.  Numbers are down a little this winter compared to the past few years, but there are still plenty of whites and wipers to be caught.
Black Bass Slow 10-19 inches Very few anglers pursue black bass in the winter and the bite is tough.  Best locations to check would be the deeper water near the state park river channel area, off the dam, and around the fish attractors.
Channel Catfish Slow All Sizes A few catfish are caught incidentally while fishing for other species, but for the most part catfish angling is tough during the winter.  Some anglers report catching a few using stinkbait or chicken liver in a variety of locations like near old foundations or up the west end.
This is a generic fishing report that will only change if specific reports come in.  It should serve as a general guide for anglers wanting to fish the reservoir during the winter.  If ice fishing gets going, I'll make sure and report that on here as 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: 32ºF         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: 1/4/2016

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 6-11 inches

The crappie population is dominated by one year old fish in the 6-7 inch range as we collected many of these during our annual fall sample.  There are also a few 10-11 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.

Ice fishing opportunities will be available with safe ice formation this winter.  There are decent numbers of crappie that could provide for some fun wintertime angling.
Channel Catfish Slow 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

Fair to Good 6-11 inches

The bluegill numbers appear to be depressed right now with fish between 5 and 8 inches dominating the catch.  Anglers are doing fair catching a variety of sizes. 

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 6-7 inch fish and fair numbers of 9 to 11 inch fish.

Winter fishing for panfish will be fairly tough until we see good ice formation on the lake.  Then anglers should be able to catch a mix of panfish and crappie around the fish attractors and other brush in the water.
Largemouth Bass Slow 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.

Bass can be tough to catch when the water cools down, but warmer, sunny days will find some fish moving up shallow and offer some angling opportunities.
General Comments

Water temperature: Report on Monday, January 4th is that the ice is 3.5 inches thick.

Water level: 3.5 feet low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/20/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good Variety Fish worms, liver, and cutbait from 3 to 10 foot of water or shallower at night. Most are being caught on humps (elevation changes) and up lake in the shallows with float lines.
Crappie Fair Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches Fish near brushpiles off of Loder Point or near the tower.  Fishing is slow.
Trout     The third round of trout were stocked 1/20/2016.  Stockings were as follows (from the N boundary of the seep stream to the S): 105 trout at power pole #20; 105 trout at power pole #17; 105 trout at power pole #14; 105 trout at power pole #10; 105 trout at power pole #6; 105 trout at power pole #4; 150 trout at the parking lot pool. Stockings contain both Brown and Rainbow trout! Good Luck!
Walleye/Saugeye Fair Variety, up to 21" Saugeye are moving more as the water temperature drops and are actively feeding.  Fish crankbaits by trolling or casting off of points and the dam early and late in the day.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches A few are being caught off reservoir points and creek channels.  Use kastmasters and flashy lures that resemble gizzard shad but live shad work best this time of year.  Fish are being caught off the dam but slowing down.
Wiper Fair All sizes Wipers mix in with white bass and generally hang below their schools.  Live minnows and shad are best. Big wipers have been caught this summer and more are out there.
General Comment

Elevation:  0.5 feet below conservation pool.

Water Temperature:  42 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: 1/28/2016

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. All the fish attractors on the reservoir are currently ice free at this time.
Saugeye/Walleye Fair 14 to 26 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week, however, would try fishing in Leota Cove and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs tipped with worms.  Also, try up to the west end, off the point just south of the Park office and up by the Marsh Dike.  Also heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18 inch length limit. Stocked 45,000 Saugeye in on 05-18-2015.
Wiper Fair 15 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. However, would try fishing in Leota Cove, point South of the Park Office and along the North end of the Dam using jigs and jigs with worms. Stocked 45,000 wiper fry in on 05-04-2015.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. However would try fishing 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 not have any reports of fish being caught this week. However, would try fishing 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- 33 °

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2287.89 ---- 16.41' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.25 feet lower 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 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: 1/28/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did have reports of fish being caught this week around the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs.  The Reservoir is closed to boats from October 1 to April 1, 2016, therefore, would try fishing off the dam using jigs and jigs with minnows.  Added new trees to all marked fish attractors. Reservoir is currently mostly ice covered with approx. 3 inches of ice around the fish attractors. All fish attractors on the reservoir are currently ice free at this time.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week.  The Reservoir is closed to boats from October 1 to April 1, 2016, therefore, would try fishing along the dam using jigs and jigs with worms. Stocked 100,000 walleye fingerlings in on 05-20-2015.  
White Bass/ Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. However, would try fishing along the crappie point area using jigs.  The Reservoir is closed to boats from October 1 to April 1, 2016, therefore, would try fishing along the dam using jigs.  Stocked 150,000 wiper fry in on 05-04-2015.
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- 33 °

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1713.31 ---- 15.94' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS CLOSED TO BOATS STARTING OCTOBER 1 AND WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 1, 2016.  However, boats can put in at the Bow Creek/Scout

Cove Ramp and fish ONLY IN BOW CREEK SOUTH OF THE BOW CREEK/SCOUT COVE RAMP.  No boat allowed on main Reservoir.

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 1.96 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: 2/2/2016

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Slow 15-27 inches

We did not see a lot of walleye during fall sampling this year, but the fish we did catch were either 9-10 inch cigars or 25-27 inch trophies.  The fish seem to be moving shallow in the evening off the main lake points and are feeding heavily on shad at this time.  The best numbers of fish were off the jetties near the marina, swim beach and Cabin Point.

Wintertime fishing is usually slower for walleye, but anglers catch a few around the brush piles while fishing for crappie and white bass.
White Bass/Wipers Fair

7-15 inches

14-23 inches

The whites were found in areas similar to the walleye, focusing on rocky main lake points and jetties.  We did see a few whites in deeper water, but for the most part the whites seem to be hanging out in 6-10 feet of water.  There is a very nice year class of 7-8 inch white bass in Lovewell right now and they will help this population bounce back in the next couple of years.  Anglers should try roadrunners, Kastmasters, and slab spoons for best results.

The wipers were heavily concentrated off Walleye Point in 18-22 feet of water.  We found good schools of wipers mixed in with blue catfish as well and they are in excellent shape like all of the other sportfish species.  Best way to catch these guys now would be slabbing with white or chartreuse slab spoons or Kastmasters.  Fish up to 6 pounds were collected this fall.

These guys can be caught throughout the winter, but ice fishing may offer the best opportunities with fish congregating around fish attractors and along river channel breaks.  As the water continues to cool, whites and wipers will likely spend more time in deeper water.
Channel Catfish Slow 2-10 pounds

We saw fair numbers of channels throughout the reservoir while netting, but the best numbers were along the dam and in the river channel in the middle portion of the reservoir.  Anglers should try drifting a variety of baits like shrimp, shad sides, shad gizzards, and stink bait for best results.

There is a new 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.

Winter fishing for blue cats can be very good, but most of the fish will be less than the minimum length limit and need to be immediately returned to the water.  Channel catfish are caught on occasion while ice fishing for other species, but are generally tougher to pattern and catch in the winter.

Crappie Good 7-14 inches

We found good numbers of crappie again this year with fish spread out over several areas of the reservoir.  Currently, anglers are doing well catching fish around the marina slips and off the Cedar Point brush pile.  Other fish attractors should work well too, but we also found some nice fish along the river channel near Walleye Point and east of Cedar Point.

If we get good ice this winter, it would be worth giving crappie a try on the above mentioned spots, but traditionally they have been tough to catch out here once ice forms.
Comments

The reservoir is 90% ice covered with poor ice.  The area around the Marina had the best ice, but is not safe for fishing at this time!!!  We recommend 4 inches of good, clear ice before safe ice fishing is available so use extreme caution if venturing out there.  Always bring someone with you and don't fish alone!

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:  Frozen             Current water level: At Conservation Pool

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: 9/24/2015

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: 9/17/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Fishing jigs or minnows around deeper brush has been best.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Soft plastics, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits fished around brush and rip rap.
Saugeye Fair Up to 3 lbs. Drifting or casting jig and nightcrawler or minnow combos on points, near drop-offs, and along rocky shorelines.  Casting or trolling small shad imitating crankbaits can be productive too.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Nightcrawlers under a bobber around the fish attractors.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Stillfishing worms, shrimp, or cutbait on shallow flats at night.
Wiper Fair Up to 4.5 lbs. Casting small spoons or white jigs.
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: 1/28/2016

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week, however, would try fishing around the Outlet, the North and South shore fish attractors and breakwater's using jigs and also jigs tipped with minnows. Added new cedar trees to all the marked fish attractors in 2014 (90 trees on the South two and 80 trees to the North two). Reservoir is mostly ice covered and the fish attractors on the south have approx. 3 inches and the north fish attractors don't have enough to get out on because the waterfowl had been keeping it open around them.  
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week.  However, would try fishing the drop offs using worms and also trolling diving lures along the dam.  Would also try fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors, along the dam and the unimproved launch area using jigs, jigs with worms and/or minnows.  Remember the 15 inch length limit. Short fish need to be released. Stocked 50,000 walleye fingerlings in on 05-19-2015.
White Bass/Wiper Fair 10 to 30 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week.  However, would try fishing around the North and South shore fish attractors, along the dam, and the unimproved launch area using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms and trolling diving lures. Stocked 77,500 wiper fry in on 05-04-2015. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week.  However, would try 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 Trout season started on November 1 with the last stocking occurring on January 28th.  Fish are being caught on little spinners, powerbait and salmon eggs.  Next stocking is projected for around the end of February. Stilling basin is currently fishable with about 1/3 to 1/2 that is not ice covered. With the warmer weather what ice is left won't last long.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 33 °

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1870.08 ---- 22.37' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.86 feet lower than it was one year ago at this time.  

All the fish attractors on the reservoir are ice free at this time and you could probably get a boat on from Rock Point.

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: 12/4/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 10-14 inches

The crappie numbers are still very low in Wilson, but some quality fish can be found.  We collected the best numbers around the marina, and  Elm Creek while sampling last fall.  There were fairly good numbers around Lou's Point as well. Numbers may be low, but the quality is excellent with 14 inch white crappie and 13 inch black crappie available to anglers willing to look for them.

Fish brush piles and shallow ledges that lead to deeper water.  Fish have moved deeper and the bite is slow. Few reports of anglers catching them this summer.

Stripers Fair to Good 3-8 pounds With the water cooling down a lot look for the striper bite to turn up.  Troll with crankbaits or use live bait.  There are reports of fish being caught on the West end.
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-21 inches With the water cooling down a lot look for the fall Walleye bite to pick up.  Anglers have reported catching some fish between depths of 8 and 15 feet off points and medium depth flats.  Anglers are reporting a very slow walleye bite but optimistic for the next few weeks.
Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

The channel catfish bite at Wilson right has slowed.  Look for these guys in the upper end of the reservoir around Elm Creek and Duvall Cove, and shallow to medium depth flats.  The river channel around Lou's Point is another good place to find catfish now.

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 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 With the water starting to dip around 40 degrees look for the bite to shut down.  Some smallmouth bass are found deeper or off of main points ambushing shad and crayfish.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

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 = 44 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!!!!!!