Wilson Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Striped Bass Fair 2-25 pounds Fair. Stripers have been hit and miss but most reports are now coming from deeper depths (20 - 35 feet) and relating to the river channel. More stripers are being caught near Hell Creek, Marshall Cove, and towards the river channel along Lucas Point. Try large bucktail jigs and swimbaits with slow presentations. Several 8 - 15 lb. fish have been reported.
 Walleye Fair 18-25 inches Fair. The walleye bite has picked back up. Walleye greater than 21 inches have been reported off deeper areas along the river channel and along the Minooka campground. Several 3 - 7 lb. fish are being caught. Night fishing and early mornings have been the best. Try 1/8 oz. jigs with pink or lime green trailers. Also, small swimbaits work well.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

Channel Catfish) Channel cats are biting very well. Try cut bait, stinkbait, or live minnows along shallow, wind-blown shorelines. Otoe, Hell Creek, and State Park Cove have been good.

Blue Catfish) Some blue catfish are being caught throughout the upper end of the reservoir and hell creek. Try cut shad or bluegill. Most are being caught in 8 to 20' of water but try shallower at night.

NEW REGULATION FOR 2020: Release all Blue Catfish between 32 - 40 inches. Two can be kept outside this range but only one can be kept over 40 inches.

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds Fair. Try 1/16 oz. jigs on windblown points and breaks with structure. Try areas towards the middle of the reservoir. If you can find shad, you'll likely find a few white bass.
Black Bass Fair 12-20 inches Fair. Largemouth are being caught on rock and reed grass in shallow areas and near the mouths of coves. Try white spinnerbaits and topwater. Smallmouth are being caught along rocky areas with access to deeper water, but also in bushes and dead, flooded reed grass in the lower end of the lake. Try spinnerbaits and vibrating jigs in windy conditions. Try tubes, NED rigs, and other finesse techniques off of rocky areas.
White Perch Poor 4 to 12 inches

White Perch are still deep but some are moving into the upper end of the reservoir as temperatures slowly rise. Several were being caught at Minooka. Try 1/16 oz. colorful jigs with small plastic grubs.

- 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!!!!!

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 0.3 feet below conservation pool.

Surface Temperature = 67-69 degrees.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: All boat ramps except Lucas Park are open. 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!!!!!!