Northwest Region Fishing Reports

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

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/16/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

We stocked another 5,000 channel catfish in August 2017!!!

Saugeye Fair 12-24 inches

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

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

Crappie Good Most 8-12 inches

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

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

General Comments
Water temperature: 39ºF

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

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

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



CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/22/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair/Good Up to 15 inches Minnows, jigs, and small slab spoons fished vertically around the fish attractors has been best.  Anglers report catching some nice fish up to 13 or 14 inches long.
Walleye Fair/Good Up to 28 inches Vertically fishing slab spoons or live bait over deeper drop-offs and points has been best.  Most of fish caught have been around 18 inches in length, but fish up to 25 inches have been reported on occasion.
White Bass/Wipers Good/Excellent

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons over moderately deep points, humps, submerged roadbeds, and mouths of coves or casting spoons and other shad imitations over shallow, windswept points has produced good numbers of white bass and a wiper here or there.  Anglers report especially good white bass fishing as catches of 30 to 50 fish have not been uncommon.  Whites in the 12 to 14 inch range are in good condition and yielding nice, thick fillets! 

WATER TEMPERATURE-46

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2117.96-26.04' below conservation pool

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: 11/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches With the cooler water, the crappie will congregate in bigger schools and can often be found along river channel bends, brush piles, old foundations, or the marina slips.  Often times the best fishing will be early in the morning or late in the day and smaller baits tend to work better in the winter. 
Trout Good 12-17 inches

The first batch of trout was stocked on November 1st and anglers have been catching fish using cheese, Powerbait, and minnows.  Lures such as Panther Martins, Roostertails, and roadrunners are also good bets to catch these fish.  Use small hooks, size 12 or smaller when using artificial baits to increase your hook rate.

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

Walleye Good 14-24 inches There are good numbers of walleye in the reservoir now and anglers have been doing fairly well catching them.  Jigs and crawlers or jigs and minnows are the easiest way to catch walleye now, but trolling swim baits and other crankbaits can work well.  The north shore points around the state park, the dam, and Waconda Springs are all good places to look for walleye in the winter.  They move in shallow during the evening and tend to spend the day in deeper water.

White Bass

Wipers

Good to Excellent

11-18 inches

19-27 inches

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

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

Black Bass Slow 10-19 inches Winter time bass fishing is generally slow and few anglers target bass this time of year.  Continue to look for bass in the same general areas like the dam, state park shoreline, Mill Creek, Schoen's Cove, or the south bluffs.  The fish tend to move to deeper water in the winter, however, and slowing down fishing techniques is often required.
Channel Catfish Slow All Sizes

There have been very few anglers targeting catfish, but they can be caught on windblown points or along the river channel using shad gizzards, shad sides, or stink bait.

Remember there is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Glen Elder!!!  You are required to immediately release all blue catfish less than 35 inches once caught!
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: 39°F        Current Water Level: 0.3 feet below conservation

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



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/16/2017

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

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

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

Channel Catfish Good 11-25 inches

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

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

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

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Good 6-10 inches

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

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

Anglers have been catching a lot of bluegill and a few redear sunfish this year.  They can be caught just about anywhere around the lake using worms under a bobber or small jigs.  Fly fishing is another good option to catch some of these sunfish.

Largemouth Bass Good 10-21 inches

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

The largemouth bass bite is usually very good during the fall and early winter as the bass are feeding aggressively in preparation for the winter.  Fish can be caught using spinnerbaits, Ned rigs, soft plastics, jig-n-pig, and buzzbaits.

General Comments

Water temperature: 39°F

Water level: 1 foot low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Good. Few reports but try small cutbait and worms from 4 - 18 foot of water most of the day but even shallower at night. Fish near the river channel on the lower end of the reservoir with float lines and rod and reel. Some are successfully drifting for catfish with cut bait and dip bait.
Crappie Fair 10 to 13 inches Fair. Water temps have dropped to the lower 50s and the crappie bite should be reasonable. Try 1/16 oz. jigs or jigs with small, live shiners near the tower and in Yankee Run cove.
Trout     NOTICE: The second stocking of trout occurred Friday, November 17th. Approximately 1,200 rainbows were stocked throughout. Good luck!
Walleye/Saugeye Fair/Poor 14 - 22" Fair/Poor. Very slow success but try trolling crankbaits in the early mornings and towards the evening. Wind blown point and moderate sloping rock/gravel banks should be best. Try coves towards the evening.
White Bass Good All sizes - up to 17 inches Good. Try white bass on the river channel edges, rocky points, and the dam. Folks are having moderate success on the North side river channel and rocky points (near Buzzard Bay Cove).
Wiper Fair All sizes Fair. Mostly being caught while catching white bass. Try trolling the river channel edges with spoons and cranks.
General Comment

Elevation: Water level is 2.2' above conservation pool.

Water Temperature: 45 degrees 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: 11/21/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught, however, would try fishing off the public fishing dock and private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also try around the 3 fish attractors. Recently added new cedar trees to the fish attractors, end of private dock and around the public fishing dock. 
Saugeye/Walleye Good 14 to 26 inches Would try fishing off the East side of Leota cove, along the dam and along the south road bed using jigs and jigs tipped with worms.  Did have reports of fish being caught trolling diving lures around the Dam and Monkey Island.  Also, heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18-inch length limit.  Stocked 500,000 saugeye fry on 4-18-17 and 39,990 fingerlings on 5-24-17.
Wiper Good 15 to 28 inches Would try fishing around the mouth of Leota cove and Concrete cove using jigs and jigs with worms and/or minnows.  The point just south of the swim beach might be a good bet also. Stocked 100,000 wiper fry in on 5-9-2017.
Catfish Fair 14 to 30 inches Would try fishing up to the west end using stink bait, liver and worms on the bottom. Also, try using trot lines and set lines towards the west end.
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Good 10 to 20 inches Would try fishing along the Dam, in Leota and Schoen's coves and up by the sand pit using artificial baits and crankbait's.  Remember there is a 15" length limit on all bass.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 47°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2291.43 ---- 12.87' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 0.40 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 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: 11/21/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Poor 7 to 17 inches Did not have any reports of crappie being caught, however, would try fishing on the North and South shore fish attractors using jigs and jigs with minnows.  Would also try fishing on the river channel drop offs and along the dam.
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of walleye being caught, however, would try fishing the river channel and trolling diving lures along the Dam and river channel.  Stocked 1,200,000 walleye fry into the Reservoir on 4-18-17 and 150,000 fingerlings on 5-30-17.   
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing along the Dam, Crappie Point and Cottonwood Grove areas using jigs depending on the wind direction.  Would also try fishing under the lights at night using minnows and jigs.  Stocked 300,000 wiper fry in on 5-9-2017.
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the Gray's park area and up towards the west end using shad and stink bait on the bottom. Would also try fishing up in Bow creek using shrimp and liver on the bottom. Also, catching some south of Knob Hill.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 47°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1727.90 ---- 1.35' below conservation pool

THE RESERVOIR IS OPEN TO BOATS. 

Currently, the water level is 3.75 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time.  Started irrigation releases on 6-19-17 and shut the water off for the season on 09-01-17.

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

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

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

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

 



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/16/2017

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair 15-28 inches

Late fall should be a great time to catch some walleye.  We often find big walleye on the upper end of the reservoir this time of year as well as decent numbers off Cedar Point, the dam, and Oak Hill.  They can be caught using a variety of methods including jig and worm, jig and minnow, trolling, and casting crankbaits and slabs.

1.5 million walleye fry were stocked in April.

50,000 fingerling walleye were stocked in May.

White Bass/Wipers Good

7-13 inches

14-23 inches

No change here. There has been some fair to good fishing for small white bass off Cedar Point when the wind is blowing in from the south and anglers have had the best luck using roadrunners, jigs, and Kastmasters.  A few fish can also be found in the inlet depending on flows.  Trolling around walleye point, Cabin Point, and Oak Hill can also be a productive method to catch some white bass.  Watch the wind as shore anglers can catch good numbers of fish where the wind is blowing shad into shallow water.

Channel Catfish

Blue Catfish

Good 3-12 pounds

There have not been as many catfish anglers over the past month, but they can be caught throughout the winter.  Most of the catch is channel catfish, but keep an eye out for blue catfish which can also be caught.  Drifting shrimp and shad is a great way to catch some cats, but dead shads and shad gizzards will also work.  Similar to white bass and wipers, channel catfish can be caught where there is moving water around the inlet or where the wind is blowing food into the shoreline.

There is a 35 inch length limit on blue catfish!!!  All blue catfish less than 35 inches should be returned to the water immediately.  Please handle these fish with care if you do catch one.
Crappie Fair to Good 7-13 inches There are a lot of crappie in the reservoir now, but most of them are one or two year old fish less than 10 inches.  There are, however, a fair number of fish between 10 and 13 inches for anglers to target.  Fishing around the deep brush piles off Cabin Point, Cedar Point, and the Marina will be good places to start, but fishing around the marina boat docks can also yield some fish.  These fish tend to spend more time in shallow water in the fall and anglers should be able to catch some fish using minnows, jigs, and jigs tipped with minnows.
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:  39ºF            Current water level: 2.3 feet below conservation

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



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/21/2017

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

Water Temp. 45 Degrees

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

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



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 11/9/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair Up to 13 inches Drifting minnows or small white jigs through deeper, open water has been best.
Largemouth Bass Good Up to 5 lbs. Soft plastics and swim baits around shoreline brush piles and along rip-rapped shorelines.
Saugeye Good Up to 3 lbs. Casting crankbaits, swimbaits, or jigs tipped with minnows along edges of the creek channel.
Bluegill Fair/Good Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber around the brushpiles.
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Up to 19 lbs. Various baits fished over flats and shelves at night.
Wiper Good Up to 4.5 lbs. Trolling small shad imitating crankbaits or drifting live shad.
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



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/21/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Poor 9 to 17 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught, however, would try fishing around the north and south shore breakwater's, around the outlet structure and fish attractor's using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught, however, would try fishing around the Old Marina point, Bow City Parking lot and around the island by the spillway gates using worms on the bottom.  Would also try trolling diving lures along the Dam.  Remember the 15-inch length limit.  Stocked 1,000,000 walleye fry into the Reservoir on 4-18-17 and 110,500 fingerlings on 5-23-17
White Bass/Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Would try fishing around the north shore breakwater, Old Marina Point, along the Dam and along Rock Point cove using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms.  Sounds like the white bass are being caught just about everywhere on the lake. Stocked in 200,000 wiper fry on 5-9-2017.
Catfish Good 20 to 36 inches Would try fishing the windward side of the Reservoir up in the shallows using worms, liver and stink bait on the bottom.  Would also try using shrimp and shad. 
Rainbow Trout Good 10 to 20 inches Stocked the second load of trout on 11-20-2017.  They have been catching them on powerbait, salmon eggs, little spinner's and on flies.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 47°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1892.48 ---- 0.03' above conservation

Currently, the water level is 3.15 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time.  They started irrigation releases on 6-21-17 and shut the water off for the season on 8-30-17.      

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: 11/17/2017

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair/Poor 10-14 inches Fair/Poor. Crappie numbers are still low but anglers report fish 5-10" being caught around boat ramps, docks, and riprap rocks. These fish are active at night and being caught under lights. Use spinner-type baits and jigs.
Striped Bass Fair/Good 2-15 pounds Fair/Good. It's that time of year for striper fishing to pick up towards the upper end of the reservoir. Wade off points with road runners, spoons, and slabs. Jigs are good too. Try points in the State Park and Minooka point, Elm Creek bluffs, and Duvall (N side). There's plenty of 19-inch and larger stripers this year.
 Walleye Fair 14-25 inches Fair. Relatively recent reports indicate keepers are still being caught in 12' or less of water near shore but will move deeper as temperatures drop. Fish late evening and early morning on shallow wind-blown points and rocky shorelines but try deeper structure during the day. Most shoreline right now is covered with reed grass so try swimming jigs and spinners in the vegetation and on the outer edge. Try points on the lower end of the reservoir towards the dam.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

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

Blue Catfish) These fish are being caught from 3-20+ lbs. Cut carp, shad, and even trolling (cranks) around the reed grass edge has been working. Remember, fish must be 35" to keep. If you choose to use float lines (jugs), they must not be able to hold water (closed-cell construction) and must be marked with name and information or KDWPT #. You must be within sight of your jugs while they're deployed.

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. There are low number of white bass but locate shad and try spinners and live shiners around Minooka, Lucas, and other rocky points.
Black Bass Fair/Poor 14-18 inches Fair/Poor. Black bass catches have been very slow lately. Some smallmouth are being caught by casual anglers and tournament anglers up to 3 lbs or larger. Largemouth are also being caught but in much less numbers but most are small which should be good for the next few years. Use slow/moderate presentations with crawfish colored or chartreuse crankbaits. Also try texas and carolina-rigged soft plastic tubes, craws, or worms off of rocky shorelines or reed grass margins.
White Perch Good 9 to 13 inches

Good. Some reports of 100 white perch being caught! They're being caught up to 12" in size but most are less than 8" and biting everybody's lures whether your fishing for bass, walleye, or white bass. The fish we collected seemed to be targeting the river channel and moving up and down it while feeding.  The west end had the biggest white perch I've seen in some time with 12-13 inch fish common.  Anglers might try spoons and spinners off of the river channel near the bluffs towards Minooka - IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

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

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 0.95' ABOVE conservation pool.

Surface Temperature = 45 degrees.

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

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