El Dorado Reservoir Fishing Information
Creel limits for similar species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass; or walleye, saugeye, and sauger; or wiper and striped bass; or blue and channel catfish apply to single species or in combination. For example, at El Dorado Reservoir, an angler may keep five largemouth bass OR three largemouth bass and two smallmouth bass OR two largemouth bass, two smallmouth bass, and one spotted bass or any other combination of the three.
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, &amp;amp;amp; Location|
Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.
See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .
|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 &amp;amp;amp; 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||15 to 25 inch|| |
A video showing electrofishing for blue catfish at El Dorado Reservoir can be seen HERE.
Most blue cat action recently has been in the mainlake areas on the river channels. Worms and cut bait have been producing. Most fish are less than the 35 inch minimum length limit and must be released.
Minimum length limit of 35-inches in effect. Fish less than 35-inches must be immediately released.
Most of the blue catfish in the lake are below the 35-inch minimum length limit and must be released immediately. Take time to properly identify your catfish catch. Click HERE for information on how to properly identify your catch.
|Wiper||Fair||Up to 26-inch|| |
Boat anglers are picking up a few wipers off of points trolling crankbaits. Cat anglers are picking up some wipers fishing liver on the bottom. Some surface feeding activity has been seen early and late in the day.
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||Fair||up to 14-inch|| |
Trolling crankbaits or casting jigs to windswept shorelines and points.
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 8-inch|| |
White perch can be found on old roads, humps, and river channels. Live bait is deadly on white perch but they can also be caught on small spoons, jigs, and small crankbaits. Best white perch action has been found at depths less than 8 feet.
Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.
|White crappie||Slow||up to 14 inches||Crappie anglers aren't reporting much action this week|
|Channel Catfish||Fair to Good||up to 4 lbs||On liver and worms in old Bluestem Lake. Drifting fresh shad on the mainlake points is also producing.|
|Walleye||Fair||up to 26-inch|| |
Walleye are being caught on jig and crawler, crawlers with spinners, and crank baits along points, flats, and old roads.
THE WALLEYE LENGTH LIMIT IS 21-INCHES WITH A 2/day CREEL LIMIT.
1.5 feet high, releasing 13 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.
ZEBRA MUSSEL &amp;amp;amp; 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.
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination