El Dorado Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Zebra Mussels    

Zebra mussel veligers (larval zebra mussels) are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water.

Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS AND BOAT LIVEWELLS AND BILGES!!!

CLEAN DRAIN & DRY Every Lake, Every Time!

Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  REMEMBER!! Zebra Mussels are also present in the Trout Area below the dam!!

Blue catfish Fair 17 to 28 inches

Main lake areas near flooded creek channels. Fresh cut or whole shad is the best bait.

25 inch to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish.  Daily creel limit is 5 per day with no more than 2 35 inches and longer.

Take time to properly identify your catfish catch. Click HERE for information on how to properly identify your catch.

Wiper Good 18 to 24 inch

Best action has come from surface feeding fish.  Watch for diving birds and surfacing fish.  Shad imitating lures such as spoons, sassy shads, or crank baits are all good bets.  Wind blown shorelines and points are ideal places to target.

Be sure to properly ID your catch as there is there is an 21-inch minimum length limit and 2/day creel limit on wiper.. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White bass Good up to 16 inch

See Wiper report.

Wipers can be caught along with white bass so it is important to properly identify your catch before putting it on a stringer. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White Perch Good up to 11 inch

Small hooks and live bait, smaller jigs, or spoons fished on rocky points and shorelines.  White perch also being found on top of humps and old roads.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair to Good up to 15 inches 8 to 11 feet deep along the timbered creek channels on larger jigs.  Smaller fish hanging in the brush.
Channel Catfish Good up to 8 lbs Upper ends of the lake 8 to 14 feet deep near channel edges over chummed areas.
Walleye Slow Up to 27 inches

The walleye bite has been pretty slow recently with few anglers reporting much action.


General Comments

2.5 feet low, releasing 0 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

ZEBRA MUSSEL & WHITE PERCH WARNING! El Dorado Reservoir and the Walnut River below the reservoir contain zebra mussels and white perch. Take zebra mussel control precautions when leaving the lake, Trout Area, and Stilling Basin. For information on Zebra Mussels click Here.