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 Up to 30 inches

A few blue catfish are being caught on fresh cut bait on wind blown points and shorelines.

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 Slow Few reports recently

Little recent activity for wiper.

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 Slow to Fair up to 14 inches

A few whites have been found in shallow water during the warmer days casting jig and plastic.

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 Fair up to 12 inch

Worms on humps and ledges in 8 to 11 feet of water.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair to Good up to 13 inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Jigs or minnows fished in brush or near timbered creek channels 9 to 11 feet down. 

Channel Catfish Fair up to 20 inch A few channel catfish have been caught on windy shorelines on shad sides.
Walleye Fair, should improve over the next several weeks as the spawn progresses. up to 28 inches


Walleye are in spawn mode and are moving in to the spawning areas on the dam and other rocky points and shorelines.  Casting floating jerk baits, suspending crankbaits, or working jigs and minnow combos along rocky shorelines after dark are good tactics during the walleye spawn.

General Comments

New crappie creel limit of 20/day effective January 1, 2018.

4 feet low, releasing 5 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.