Clinton Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location

Zebra Mussels are present at Clinton Reservoir

Be sure to CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY all equipment that comes in contact with the water to keep from spreading them to another lake.

Current Fishing Conditions
Blue Catfish     35 inch minimum length limit and 5 daily creel limit went into effect January 1, 2016.  This regulation was implemented to protect brood fish, so that the population could have a chance to improve.
Smallmouth Bass     18 inch minimum length limit went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.  This regulation change makes smallmouth bass regulations the same as those for largemouth bass.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair-Good 1-2 lbs Walleye bite has been decent on the mud flats.  Bottom bouncers with nightcrawler, jigs, and crankbaits are producing bites.  
Crappie Fair-Good 0.5-1.5 lbs Crappie bite has varied from day to day.  Search brush piles and standing timber in 12-16ft to find active fish. 
Channel Catfish Good 0.5-5 lbs Channel catfish are spawning and can be found on rocky shorelines with rip rap.  
White bass Fair - Good 0.5-2 lbs White Bass have finished spawning and are feeding.  Target wind-blown points or along the dam.
Wiper Fair - Good 4-8 lbs Reports of large Wipers being caught on the dam and in the spillway using white flukes or large swim baits.
Black Bass Fair - Good 1-5 lbs Largemouth Bass can be found in coves with flood vegetation.  Smallmouth can be found on rocky shorelines near the dam.
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General Comments

Recent high discharge has spurred several good reports of multi-species action along the dam and in the spillway.

Water Level: As of June 22nd, Clinton Reservoir was 2 ft above normal pool level with low discharge of 21 cfs.  Most recent water level conditions can be found at the following website:


Invasive Species: Be sure to Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat when you leave, to keep from spreading Zebra mussels to other lakes. 

12 Georgia cubes were placed near N 38.953 W 95.38779, along with 6 other cubes placed near N 38.93852 W 95.39023. These locations should provide good opportunities for bank anglers in the near future.