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: 9/14/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair to Good 1-4 pounds Bass fishing will be best during the cooler parts of the day early and late.  Fishing with topwater baits around catttails and other woody structures might be your best bet.  Plastic baits and Ned rigs should also work well throughout the day for catching some bass.
Bluegill Fair to Good 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 Good 12-25 inches If there is any inflow, catfish will normally congregate there to feed.  Shad sides, shad gizzards, shrimp, and chicken livers are all good baits to try for catfish.  Fishing in the evening and after dark may yield the best results. There are normally a lot of catfish around the outlet area near the dam throughout the summer.
Saugeye Fair 12-24 inches Anglers generally find saugeye lakewide this time of year, but there may be better concentrations along the dam and the creek channel in deeper water during the day.  Fishing off the jetties could also be productive using jig and crawler or jig and minnow combinations.  Casting a variety of crankbaits and swim baits can also yield some saugeye.  When the wind is blowing, the saugeye will often follow the shad into the windblown points, banks, and jetties.
Crappie Fair Most 8-12 inches The fish will likely be found around the main lake brush piles.  Anglers should try using minnows and jigs tipped with minnows for best results. There are some very nice crappie in the lake right now!
General Comments

Water temperature: 73ºF

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: 9/13/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing minnows, jigs, and slab spoons around the fish attractors has been the best bet.  Anglers report catching 10 to 20 fish most days, and the keeper sized fish are running primarily in the 11 to 14 inch range.  Remember, a 10 inch minimum length limit is in effect on black and white crappie.
Walleye Slow Up to 28 inches No Reports.  Remember a 21 inch minimum length limit went into effect January 1, 2018 and the creel limit remains 5 fish/day.
White Bass/Wipers Slow/Fair

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

The bite has been slow.  Anglers report catching a few white bass vertically fishing live shad or slab spoons near drop offs or trolling deep diving crankbaits along edges of underwater shelves.

Anglers report catching a few wipers using the same tactics as those used to catch white bass.

WATER TEMPERATURE-75

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2121.24-22.76' below conservation pool

NEW FOR 2018:

Effective January 1, 2018 changes to fish harvest regulations are as follows;

Walleye-21" minimum length limit, 5 fish/day creel limit

Crappie-10" minimum length limit, 50 fish/day creel limit

ATTENTION: An established zebra mussel population has been documented at this water making Cedar Bluff an ANS designated water.  With this designation, regulations are 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: 9/14/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-13 inches The fish will be hanging out around the deeper brush piles and Georgia cubes.  They can be much harder to catch in the summer, but using minnows and jigs tipped with minnows may yield a few fish.  There is also a summer pattern with fish hanging out near standing timber.  They can also be caught using dead stick minnows.
Walleye Fair 14-28 inches Things have slowed a bit and the walleye bite has been tougher.  There will be a few caught by anglers trolling for white bass and wipers using a variety of crankbaits.  There is also a shallow water pattern throughout the summer with anglers catching fish in 3 to 6 feet of water along the state park shoreline and in Walnut Creek.  Trolling shallow running crankbaits works well as does casting swim baits and slab spoons.

White Bass

Wipers

Good

11-18 inches

19-29 inches

Same as last week.  There has been a fair amount of surface activity with mainly white bass, but also with a few wipers.  Look for these fish chasing shad on calm days around the state park, dam, and south bluffs, especially during the last hour of daylight.  There are also fish being caught around the outlet depending on how much water is moving through.  Anglers should also target the windblown side of the reservoir as schools of whites will follow the shad close to shore.  Trolling along the old highway 24 roadbed and in Walnut Creek has also been productive.
Black Bass Fair to Good 12 to 18 inches

Black bass fishing can still be good in the summer when fishing early in the day and late in the evening.  Casting topwater lures has been very productive for both species, but using plastic worms, Senkos, and Ned rigs will also work well.

Remember, there is a 21 inch length limit on smallmouth bass and an 18 inch length limit on largemouth bass.  All fish less than those lengths should be immediately released with care.

Catfish Good All Sizes Chumming activity will offer the best angling opportunities using a variety of stink baits.  Anglers should also target moving water and fish for catfish up the rivers and near the outlet as water is being released.  Set line anglers will have success on the west end and in the creek coves for both flatheads and channel catfish.

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: 75°F        Current Water Level: 2.0 feet above 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: 9/14/2018

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-11 inches Anglers should target fish around the brush piles and Georgia cubes.  The fish may still be caught in shallow water on occasion, but will be in 10-20 feet of water for the most part.  Anglers should fish with minnows and jigs tipped with minnows for best results.
Largemouth Bass Good 13-22 inches

We completed our spring electrofishing sample for largemouth bass and collected a very nice population with a mix of sizes.  The best numbers were 16 to 17 inch fish, but plenty of 18 to 22 inch fish were also collected with the biggest weighing 6.2 pounds. There are also good numbers of young fish coming into the population indicating these strong numbers should continue for many years with the new 18 inch length limit.  The fish were found lakewide, but islands of phragmites and cattails just off the bank seemed to hold the best numbers with open pockets in the middle of tall vegetation also being key locations to target bass.

There is now an 18 inch Minimum length limit on all bass in Jewell!!!

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.  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 6-9 inches

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 past 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.

For now, traditional fishing with a worm and bobber around the jetties and other cover may be the best way to catch some of these guys.  Fly fishing with a variety of nymphs and wet flies should also be productive.

General Comments

ATTENTION ANGLERS!  Beginning January 1, 2018, the new minimum length limit on largemouth bass will be 18 inches at Jewell.  ALL largemouth bass less than 18 inches will need to be released immediately. 

Water temperature: 73°F

Water level: 2.5 feet low



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Good. Channel cats are being caught in the middle and upper ends of the lake. Try using worms and cutbait in 2-8' of water throughout the lake. Liver and dough bait is also a good choice this time of year.
Crappie Fair 10 to 14 inches Fair. The bite is very slow but several 9-14" crappie have been caught near the marina and off brush piles and other deeper structure. Some boaters are targeting structure along the river channel breaks in the SW area of the lake.
Trout     NOTICE: Trout season is over.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair 14 - 22" Fair. Try trolling or jigging in 12-20' of water near the river channel, along the dam, and deeper areas off of points.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Fair. Try jigging small spoons and road runners near the river channel in the middle and lower portions of the reservoir.
Wiper Fair All sizes Slow. No reports for this species.
General Comment

Elevation: Water level is 4.5' above conservation pool

Water Temperature: 74 degrees.

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.

 



KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/13/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the public fishing dock and private boat slips using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Would also look for them up in the coves using jigs and jigs with minnows under a bobber or try fishing 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 Been hearing reports of fish being caught up by the Marsh Dike around Duck Blind point and trolling around Monkey Island and the swim beach.  Would also try fishing along the south road bed using jigs and jigs tipped with worms or trolling diving Lures.  Also, heard of some short fish being caught, therefore, remember the 18-inch length limit. Stocked in 500,000 saugeye fry on 4-17-18. 
Wiper Fair 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. Starting Jan. 1, 2018 Wiper creel limit will be going up to 5/Day instead of 2/Day.
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- 73°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2293.34 ---- 10.96' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 1.99 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: 9/13/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Did hear of some crappie being caught around the North and South fish attractors, off the Dam and around the Outlet using jigs and jigs with minnows. 
Walleye Fair 15 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught along the dam using jigs and crank baits.  Also catching them off the river channel drop offs using jigs and night crawlers.  Would also start fishing the flats with night crawlers.  Remember the 15-inch length limit. Stocked in 1.5 million fry on 4-17-18.
White Bass/ Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught around the fish attractors and up west by the Cowley area using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  Also catching them off the Dam using jigs.   Starting Jan. 1, 2018 Wiper creel limit will be going up to 5/Day instead of 2/Day. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 30 inches Did have reports of fish being caught up by the Cowley area, in catfish cove on the Bow Creek arm and around railroad Flats and the Borrow Pit south of Knob Hill using shad, cut bait and stink bait on the bottom.
Largemouth Bass Good 6 to 15 inches Would try fishing around the north and south shore boat ramps, along Knob Hill and up in the coves using crankbait's and soft plastics.  
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 73°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1729.36 ---- 0.11' above conservation pool

Currently, the water level is 4.47 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time. 

Started releasing for irrigation on 06-18-2018 and have shut releases off, therefore, are currently releasing 0 cfs.

Will be performing a creel survey starting in March and going thru October.  Therefore, if approached by our creel clerk, please take a few minutes to answer some questions.

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.  The new fish cleaning station is now open for the summer.  Please use it with respect and help keep it clean for the next user.

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: 9/14/2018

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Fair to Good 17-24 inches Anglers have been catching some walleye around the inlet, off Walleye Point, and near the Cedar Point boat ramp.  Most of the fish are legal size, but measure carefully as there are a handful of fish just short of the 18 inch minimum length limit.
White Bass/Wipers Good

7-13 inches

14-23 inches

White bass are being caught in good number near the Cedar Point boat ramp, especially with the wind blowing in.  Anglers have also been catching some near the inlet and outlet using twistertails, Rattletraps, and slab spoons.  Trolling around Cabin Point, the cross area, and Oak Hill should also produce some white bass with a few wipers mixed in as well.
Crappie Fair 7-13 inches During the summer, the fish will be hanging out around the deeper brush piles and Georgia cubes.  They can be much harder to catch in the summer, but using minnows and jigs tipped with minnows may yield a few fish.  There is also a summer pattern with fish hanging out near standing timber.  They can also be caught using dead stick minnows.
Catfish Good All Sizes

The summer pattern continues.  Catfish are being caught all over the reservoir and anglers shouldn't have much trouble finding some fish.  Blue catfish are feeding on flats off the river channel in 12 to 16 feet of water and can be caught drifting shad and cut carp.  There are plenty of flatheads to be found around the brush piles, off the dam, near the inlet, and around the Georgia cubes.  The channel catfish bite has been fair to good near the inlet and outlet areas when water is moving through.

Remember, Blue Catfish must be 35 inches long to be kept.  Any Blue Catfish less than 35 inches must be immediately returned to the water!!!

Comments

There has been a minor fish kill at Lovewell Reservoir for the last month with a few fish dying daily. KDWPT and KDHE are aware of the situation and are conducting water quality testing and examining fish to determine the cause of the fish kill.  The most likely cause was a combination of elevated temperatures and high nutrient load from incoming water that caused thermal stress to the fish and increased their susceptibility to common organisms which are always in the water. For now, anglers are advised not to consume any fish that appear sick or diseased.  Simply return these fish to the water.  Healthy looking fish are fine for consumption.  We will continue to monitor this situation until it is resolved.

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:  73°F         Current water level: 0.2 feet low

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: 9/13/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Fair 6-18 inches Stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 06-08-2018.
Bluegill Fair 3-9 inches Would try use worms under a bobber around the jetty and along the Dam.
Catfish Fair 10-25 inches Would try using worms, stinkbait and shrimp on the bottom.  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.
Black Crappie Good 4-6 inches Catching them lake wide using jigs, jigs with worms and jigs with minnows. 
General Comments

Water Temp. 71 Degrees

Lake is currently full.  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.

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: 9/13/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Slow Up to 13 inches Drifting or trolling small crankbaits, minnows, or jigs over deeper water or vertically fishing minnows around deep fish attractors.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5 lbs. Casting spinnerbaits, swimbaits, and soft plastics around shoreline brushpiles, along the dam, or around the fishing pier.
Saugeye Slow Up to 3 lbs. No recent reports.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber along rocky shorelines and around deeper brush.
Channel Catfish Fair/Good Up to 19 lbs. Worms, cut bait, and shrimp fished lake-wide mainly at night.
Wiper Fair Up to 2 lbs. Casting small, shad imitating topwater lures at fish busting shad on the surface early and late in the day.
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: 9/13/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 9 to 17 inches Would try fishing around the north and south shore breakwater's, along the Dam and outlet areas and around the fish attractor's using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Recently added cedar trees to all 4 fish attractors.
Walleye Fair 14 to 28 inches Did have reports of fish being caught off the Old Swim Beach and Old Marina Cove point, and also west of the Methodist Camp point. Would also try fishing off the dam and drop offs trolling diving lures or using jigs with night crawlers.  Remember the 15-inch length limit.  Stocked 1.2 million fry in on 4-17-18. 
White Bass/Wiper Good 10 to 30 inches Did have reports of some nice wipers being caught.  Would try fishing around the north & south shore breakwaters, Old Marina Point, along the Dam and along Rock Point cove using jigs, jigs tipped with minnows and/or worms.  Starting Jan. 1, 2018 Wiper creel limit will be going up to 5/Day instead of 2/Day. 
Catfish Fair 20 to 36 inches Would try fishing the windward side of the Reservoir up in the shallows and up west using worms, liver, shrimp, shad and stink bait on the bottom.  Trot lines and set lines could also be productive. 
Largemouth Bass Good 6 to 15 inches Would try fishing along the north and south shore breakwater's, up in the coves and along the Dam and Bluff's using crankbait's and soft plastics.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 73°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1892.69 ---- 0.24' above conservation pool

Currently, the water level is 2.71 feet higher than it was one year ago at this time. All high-water boat ramps are usable (Old Marina, Rock Point and Goose Flats)

Started releasing water to maintain lake elevation on 2-22-2018 and irrigation/flood releases on 6-18-2018 and are currently releasing 0 cfs.  Irrigation releases were shut off on August 30th.  

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: 9/17/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Poor 10-14 inches Poor. No reports. Few crappie occur in Wilson Reservoir.
Striped Bass Fair 2-25 pounds Fair. Reports are that stripers have become difficult to locate. They are likely moving shallow throughout the middle and upper sections of the reservoir chasing shad. Try spoons and large jigs in less than 6' of water. If you find the shad, you might find some stripers.
 Walleye Fair 16-25 inches Fair. The walleye bite is still slow. Try nearshore habitat along the reed grass towards the upper and middle portions of the lake. Try deeper points and ledges during the day. For bait, try jigs, spoons, and trolling crankbaits.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

Channel Catfish) Some are having success chumming throughout the lower reservoir (Otoe, Hell Creek, etc.). Try using worms, liver, and dough bait this time of year.

Blue Catfish) Blue catfish are being caught throughout the reservoir but upper end seems to have the most fish. Areas closer to the mouths of creeks and the main river channel seem to hold the most fish. Try cut bait (shad, carp, bluegill) for blue catfish.

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. White bass are scattered. Try jigging deep shoreline near the bluffs and throughout horseshoe bend.
Black Bass Fair 12-19 inches Fair. Bass fishing has improved. The water temps have dropped just a bit. Try gizzard shad imitation baits near vegetation and rocky shorelines (jerk baits, spinner baits, etc.). Try topwater baits near the reed grass in the early morning and late evening.
White Perch Good 9 to 13 inches

Good. White perch can be caught throughout the lake but conditions are best in the upper reservoir as the shallow part of the lake warms up quicker. A lot of white perch were observed in Indian Creek Cove.

- 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 = 0.7' ABOVE conservation pool.

Surface Temperature = 74 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!!!!!!