El Dorado Reservoir Fishing Information

Counties:
GPS:
N37 50.037 W96 47.084
Surface Acres:
8,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
60 feet
Normal Lake Level:
1339 Conservation Pool
Current Lake Level:
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Blue Catfish Tagging Project Underway at El Dorado

Blue catfish – native to major river basins in eastern Kansas – can reach massive sizes. Kansas’ current state record was caught from the Missouri River, weighing in at more than 100 pounds. As blue catfish populations become established in Kansas’ largest reservoirs, popularity of this species among anglers also continues to grow. One such growing fishery can be found in El Dorado Reservoir.

While many anglers might associate El Dorado Reservoir with monster walleye, hard-fighting wipers, or slab crappie, blue catfish are developing a following in the 8,000-acre impoundment. Blue catfish were introduced into El Dorado Reservoir in 2004 to establish an additional predatory fish population and to provide anglers with a new sport fishing opportunity. Annual stockings occurred for six years, creating a population that first exhibited natural recruitment in 2009. As the population grew, it became apparent that the fishery would benefit from harvest of smaller fish. In 2016, KDWPT implemented a 25- to 35-inch protected slot length limit, five fish daily creel limit, and a maximum of two fish over 35 inches.

As with any new regulation, data is needed to gauge effectiveness. To collect this data, KDWPT Fisheries biologists are tagging up to 2,000 blue catfish in El Dorado Reservoir. Tags will appear as a small yellow vinyl tube beneath the fish’s dorsal fin. Each tag will display an ID number unique to that fish and a phone number to call to report the catch, (620) 342-0658. Biologists hope to gain information about the area’s blue catfish population size, entrainment through the dam, and the fish’s susceptibility to harvest.

Success of this project is dependent on anglers reporting the tagged fish they capture. Information needed during the call will be the length of the fish, date, tag number, and whether the fish was kept or released. Anglers who report their tagged catch will receive an award as compensation for their participation.

Anglers should note that tagged blue catfish that are not legal for harvest must be returned to the water immediately after recording the tag information. If the tagged catfish is legal for harvest, anglers may keep or release the fish. Because part of this study is to evaluate harvest patterns, biologists encourage anglers not to let the presence of a tag influence their decision to keept or release the fish.

If you find a tagged blue catfish on the end of your line this summer, please take the time to call it in. Data collected from these fish are invaluable to fisheries biologists and will only improve angling success in the future.

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Creel limits for similar species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass; or walleye, saugeye, and sauger; or wiper and striped bass 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.

Fishing Forecast Information

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+Largemouth Bass Forecast

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>12”) (>15”) (>20”) (LBS.)   (>12”)
KIRWIN 52.94 3.53 0.00 4.00 E 18.27
LACYGNE 48.00 30.86 2.86 6.70 E 62.56
SEBELIUS 45.88 12.94 0.00 4.45 E 50.13
WEBSTER 41.18 7.19 0.00 3.60 E 16.23
WILSON 32.85 15.71 0.29 5.90 E 21.79
BIG HILL 28.37 10.73 0.00 4.08 E 22.57
GLEN ELDER 10.38 7.96 0.00 3.65 G 15.98
CEDAR BLUFF 2.72 2.17 0.00 2.39 F 11.42
MILFORD* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 12.64
EL DORADO* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 9.26
HILLSDALE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 8.96
PERRY* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 7.72
CLINTON* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 6.64
MELVERN* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 4.38

* Not sampled in 2019 due to high water levels. Rating is based on biologist's current opinion of the fishery and the three-year average provides density data from past year's sampling results.

+Walleye Forecast

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>15”) (>20”) (>25”) (LBS.)   (>15”)
WILSON 5.90 4.80 0.33 7.23 G 5.42
GLEN ELDER 4.33 0.94 0.06 6.59 G 4.47
KIRWIN 3.80 0.53 0.00 5.60 G 2.89
WEBSTER 2.08 0.58 0.00 5.92 G 2.50
MARION 2.00 0.13 0.07 6.09 F 2.24
CHENEY 1.80 1.25 0.05 6.62 F 1.35
EL DORADO 1.60 0.87 0.00 5.02 G 3.07
CEDAR BLUFF 1.58 0.04 0.00 4.00 G 4.48
MELVERN 1.19 0.38 0.00 5.16 F 0.65
LOVEWELL 0.83 0.25 0.00 4.40 F 0.96
HILLSDALE 0.75 0.17 0.08 5.89 G 0.67
WOLF CREEK 0.39 0.11 0.06 6.06 F 0.44
COUNCIL GROVE 0.27 0.13 0.00 3.19 P 0.63
CLINTON 0.19 0.00 0.00 2.69 F 0.19
MILFORD* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 2.50

* Not sampled in 2019. Rating is based on biologist's current opinion of the fishery and the three-year average provides density data from past year's sampling results.

+Bluegill Forecast

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>6”) (>8”) (>10”) (LBS.)   (>6”)
SEBELIUS 25.00 1.20 0.00 0.62 G 12.73
GLEN ELDER 7.50 0.15 0.00 0.45 F 2.98
WEBSTER 7.19 0.13 0.00 0.48 F 11.08
KIRWIN 6.25 0.00 0.00 0.38 F 3.67
MARION 4.91 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 7.05
WILSON 3.73 0.00 0.00 0.33 F 2.24
KANOPOLIS 3.50 0.00 0.00 0.35 F 1.68
HILLSDALE 3.38 0.13 0.00 0.44 F 3.63
CEDAR BLUFF 2.94 0.06 0.00 0.42 F 1.55
BIG HILL 2.80 0.10 0.00 0.31 F 2.93
EL DORADO 2.13 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 0.91
LOVEWELL 1.63 0.00 0.00 0.31 F 3.23
POMONA 1.44 0.00 0.00 0.30 F 0.65
LACYGNE 1.25 0.06 0.06 0.26 F 1.92
PERRY 1.24 0.00 0.00 0.34 P 0.77
WOLF CREEK 1.06 0.00 0.00 0.27 P 0.72
ELK CITY 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.27 P 0.52
MELVERN 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.26 P 0.32
JOHN REDMOND 0.13 0.00 0.00 0.19 P 0.06
COUNCIL GROVE* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.09 P 0.03
TORONTO* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.09 P 0.02
CLINTON* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.90

* Not sampled in 2019. Rating is based on biologist's current opinion of the fishery and the three-year average provides density data from past year's sampling results.

+Black Crappie Forecast

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
BLACK CRAPPIE            
  (>8”) (>10”) (>12”) (LBS.)   (>8”)
  RES          
SEBELIUS 25.50 14.70 1.40 1.58 G 12.50
GLEN ELDER 16.85 3.65 0.05 1.30 G 5.68
KIRWIN 14.75 13.13 0.75 1.75 G 16.79
KANOPOLIS 11.75 1.83 0.17 1.12 G 4.26
WEBSTER 7.25 2.56 0.38 1.45 G 5.38
LOVEWELL 5.38 2.88 0.25 1.23 F 3.09
MARION 3.82 3.18 1.36 1.43 F 2.71
WILSON 2.47 1.87 0.47 1.68 F 0.93
CEDAR BLUFF 1.56 0.94 0.50 1.15 F 2.48
JOHN REDMOND 1.38 1.13 0.19 1.57 P 1.38
WOLF CREEK 0.75 0.63 0.63 1.46 P 0.52
HILLSDALE 0.44 0.19 0.06 1.59 P 0.67
BIG HILL 0.40 0.00 0.00 0.41 P 0.63
EL DORADO 0.19 0.06 0.00 0.85 P 0.31
ELK CITY 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.53 P 0.06
LACYGNE 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.28 P 0.09
PERRY 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.25 P 0.06
CLINTON* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 P 0.33

* Not sampled in 2019. Rating is based on biologist's current opinion of the fishery and the three-year average provides density data from past year's sampling results.

+White Bass Forecast

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>9”) (>12”) (>15”) (LBS.)   (>9”)
KANOPOLIS 25.24 19.06 3.35 3.66 E 13.60
GLEN ELDER 18.11 16.72 4.67 3.06 E 18.01
MARION 13.13 10.93 0.27 1.98 G 8.33
ELK CITY 10.50 8.25 1.42 2.91 E 7.29
MELVERN 9.88 8.75 2.31 2.42 G 5.19
WEBSTER 9.33 8.08 0.00 1.50 G 5.58
JOHN REDMOND 8.65 2.75 0.35 2.82 G 6.44
LOVEWELL 7.58 4.58 0.08 1.73 G 5.58
CLINTON 4.94 4.31 0.88 2.76 G 6.13
LACYGNE 4.88 2.06 0.25 1.83 G 3.40
CEDAR BLUFF 4.25 3.71 0.21 1.50 F 11.29
EL DORADO 3.07 2.27 0.73 2.56 F 3.04
BIG HILL 3.00 2.70 0.70 2.27 F 2.20
KIRWIN 2.20 2.20 0.13 2.52 G 2.94
CHENEY 2.15 2.05 0.40 2.20 F 2.13
WILSON 2.07 1.97 1.27 3.75 F 2.33
PERRY 1.48 1.00 0.10 1.57 F 2.33
HILLSDALE 1.33 1.08 0.17 1.78 F 1.69
WOLF CREEK 1.28 1.11 0.39 1.93 F 2.23
COUNCIL GROVE 1.13 0.80 0.00 1.38 F 1.62
POMONA 0.56 0.13 0.00 1.61 F 1.74
TORONTO 0.50 0.20 0.20 2.23 F 4.47
MILFORD* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 2.12

* Not sampled in 2019. Rating is based on biologist's current opinion of the fishery and the three-year average provides density data from past year's sampling results.

+Channel Catfish Forecast

WATERBODY Density Preferred Lunker Big Fish Rating 3 yr avg
  (>16”) (>24”) (>28”) (LBS.)   (>16”)
LOVEWELL 9.75 1.17 0.25 10.03 G 5.68
BIG HILL 8.40 0.50 0.10 7.43 G 6.03
KANOPOLIS 7.06 0.24 0.00 6.96 G 4.03
MELVERN 3.94 0.19 0.06 9.00 G 3.90
HILLSDALE 3.50 0.33 0.00 9.92 G 4.22
MARION 3.07 0.53 0.40 19.88 G 3.62
TORONTO 2.90 1.70 0.70 11.90 G 2.11
POMONA 2.88 0.13 0.00 5.69 G 2.65
WILSON 2.87 0.47 0.03 9.27 G 2.83
GLEN ELDER 2.22 0.61 0.06 13.41 G 1.99
CLINTON 1.56 0.19 0.00 4.93 G 4.04
CHENEY 1.30 0.20 0.00 7.65 G 1.00
COUNCIL GROVE 1.27 0.13 0.00 8.77 G 1.38
ELK CITY 1.25 0.25 0.00 6.03 G 2.94
LACYGNE 1.25 0.13 0.00 4.52 G 1.39
JOHN REDMOND 1.05 0.40 0.25 14.02 G 1.02
PERRY 1.05 0.14 0.10 8.82 G 1.65
WEBSTER 0.92 0.17 0.00 6.15 G 1.22
KIRWIN 0.73 0.27 0.07 8.75 G 0.82
WOLF CREEK 0.72 0.00 0.00 2.48 F 0.99
EL DORADO 0.27 0.00 0.00 2.46 F 0.31
CEDAR BLUFF 0.21 0.00 0.00 4.87 F 0.27
SEBELIUS 0.10 0.00 0.00 3.23 F 0.20
CLINTON* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 G 5.48
MILFORD* 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 F 0.80

* Not sampled in 2019. Rating is based on biologist's current opinion of the fishery and the three-year average provides density data from past year's sampling results.

+Black Bass Combined Forecast

Waterbody Density Preferred Lunker 3 yr avg Size Rating
Kirwin Reservoir 52.94 3.53 0.00 18.27 Reservoir Excellent
Glen Elder Reservoir 52.25 34.60 4.15 43.38 Reservoir Good
Sebelius Reservoir 51.76 17.65 0.00 59.22 Reservoir Excellent
Lacygne Reservoir 48.00 30.86 2.86 62.56 Reservoir Excellent
Webster Reservoir 41.18 7.19 0.00 16.23 Reservoir Excellent
Wilson Reservoir 36.60 18.44 1.30 30.47 Reservoir Excellent
Wolf Creek Reservoir 31.39 22.63 2.92 40.26 Reservoir Fair
Big Hill Reservoir 29.41 11.07 0.00 23.63 Reservoir Excellent
Horsethief Reservoir 15.32 5.65 0.00 23.47 Reservoir Fair
Cedar Bluff Reservoir 8.02 3.40 0.00 14.85 Reservoir Fair
Clinton Reservoir       8.07 Reservoir Fair
El Dorado Reservoir       31.68 Reservoir Fair
Hillsdale Reservoir       9.00 Reservoir Fair
Melvern Reservoir       21.20 Reservoir Fair
Milford Reservoir       22.36 Reservoir Good
Perry Reservoir       12.81 Reservoir Fair

+Percids Combined Forecast

Waterbody Density Preferred Lunker 3 yr avg Size Rating
Sebelius Reservoir 6.50 1.30 0.20 6.30 Reservoir Good
Wilson Reservoir 5.90 4.80 0.33 5.42 Reservoir Good
Glen Elder Reservoir 4.33 0.94 0.06 4.47 Reservoir Good
Kirwin Reservoir 3.80 0.53 0.00 2.89 Reservoir Good
Kanopolis Reservoir 2.12 1.94 0.18 4.86 Reservoir Good
Webster Reservoir 2.08 0.58 0.00 2.50 Reservoir Good
Council Grove Reservoir 2.07 0.73 0.00 2.19 Reservoir Fair
Marion Reservoir 2.00 0.13 0.07 2.24 Reservoir Fair
Cheney Reservoir 1.80 1.25 0.05 1.35 Reservoir Fair
Horsethief Reservoir 1.63 0.13 0.00 1.08 Reservoir Fair
El Dorado Reservoir 1.60 0.87 0.00 3.07 Reservoir Good
Cedar Bluff Reservoir 1.58 0.04 0.00 4.48 Reservoir Good
Melvern Reservoir 1.31 0.50 0.00 0.77 Reservoir Fair
Clinton Reservoir 1.19 0.94 0.56 1.35 Reservoir Fair
Perry Reservoir 1.10 1.05 0.43 1.87 Reservoir Good
Lovewell Reservoir 0.83 0.25 0.00 0.96 Reservoir Fair
Hillsdale Reservoir 0.75 0.17 0.08 0.67 Reservoir Good
Wolf Creek Reservoir 0.39 0.11 0.06 0.44 Reservoir Fair
Milford Reservoir       2.50 Reservoir Good

+Crappie Combined Forecast

Waterbody Density Preferred Lunker 3 yr avg Size Rating
Lovewell Reservoir 69.88 29.63 12.13 35.56 Reservoir Good
Pomona Reservoir 28.56 18.56 3.38 15.81 Reservoir Excellent
Sebelius Reservoir 26.50 15.10 1.60 13.13 Reservoir Good
Glen Elder Reservoir 19.85 5.45 0.45 8.07 Reservoir Good
Perry Reservoir 17.59 9.00 1.00 20.32 Reservoir Excellent
Kirwin Reservoir 15.50 13.56 1.00 21.33 Reservoir Good
Webster Reservoir 15.19 3.44 0.56 8.90 Reservoir Good
Hillsdale Reservoir 14.81 8.81 0.63 26.13 Reservoir Good
Kanopolis Reservoir 12.67 2.75 0.17 9.43 Reservoir Good
Melvern Reservoir 10.06 6.31 0.13 8.97 Reservoir Good
Marion Reservoir 8.55 6.73 2.00 13.87 Reservoir Fair
El Dorado Reservoir 8.19 5.19 1.06 8.33 Reservoir Good
John Redmond Reservoir 6.81 5.44 0.38 7.81 Reservoir Fair
Council Grove Reservoir 6.75 4.92 1.50 4.57 Reservoir Good
Big Hill Reservoir 5.70 3.70 0.30 4.27 Reservoir Good
Lacygne Reservoir 5.56 1.94 0.13 4.58 Reservoir Good
Wolf Creek Reservoir 5.13 1.31 1.13 7.20 Reservoir Fair
Elk City Reservoir 3.75 3.63 0.94 10.47 Reservoir Good
Wilson Reservoir 2.53 1.93 0.47 0.96 Reservoir Fair
Cedar Bluff Reservoir 1.83 1.11 0.61 3.07 Reservoir Fair
Toronto Reservoir 1.50 0.67 0.17 9.08 Reservoir Good
Horsethief Reservoir 1.00 0.38 0.00 7.21 Reservoir Fair
Clinton Reservoir       24.67 Reservoir Good

+Temperate Basses Combined Forecast

Waterbody Density Preferred Lunker 3 yr avg Size Rating
Kanopolis Reservoir 25.82 19.65 3.41 14.22 Reservoir Excellent
Glen Elder Reservoir 19.67 18.22 5.00 20.04 Reservoir Excellent
Marion Reservoir 13.73 11.13 0.27 12.13 Reservoir Good
Webster Reservoir 12.33 8.50 0.08 7.86 Reservoir Good
Elk City Reservoir 10.50 8.25 1.42 7.29 Reservoir Excellent
Lovewell Reservoir 10.17 4.58 0.08 6.59 Reservoir Good
Melvern Reservoir 9.88 8.75 2.31 5.19 Reservoir Good
John Redmond Reservoir 8.65 2.75 0.35 6.47 Reservoir Good
Cheney Reservoir 6.55 3.75 0.45 7.20 Reservoir Good
Clinton Reservoir 6.19 4.81 0.88 7.29 Reservoir Good
Kirwin Reservoir 6.00 2.47 0.20 5.73 Reservoir Good
Lacygne Reservoir 5.50 2.31 0.25 4.06 Reservoir Good
Cedar Bluff Reservoir 5.17 3.92 0.25 12.60 Reservoir Fair
El Dorado Reservoir 3.73 2.93 0.73 6.47 Reservoir Good
Big Hill Reservoir 3.00 2.70 0.70 2.20 Reservoir Fair
Pomona Reservoir 2.44 0.44 0.00 3.09 Reservoir Fair
Sebelius Reservoir 2.30 0.70 0.00 7.63 Reservoir Good
Wilson Reservoir 2.07 1.97 1.27 2.34 Reservoir Good
Council Grove Reservoir 1.53 1.20 0.20 1.96 Reservoir Fair
Perry Reservoir 1.48 1.00 0.10 2.33 Reservoir Fair
Wolf Creek Reservoir 1.39 1.22 0.39 2.34 Reservoir Fair
Hillsdale Reservoir 1.33 1.08 0.17 1.69 Reservoir Fair
Toronto Reservoir 0.60 0.30 0.20 4.51 Reservoir Poor
Milford Reservoir       8.17 Reservoir Good
Stocking Records Information

+Walleye Stocking

Water Water type Stocking date Number stocked
Wilson Reservoir RESV 6/7/2019 9212
Wilson Reservoir RESV 6/11/2019 12091
Wilson Reservoir RESV 6/11/2019 31929
Kirwin Reservoir RESV 6/4/2019 42837
Kirwin Reservoir RESV 6/4/2019 36778
Cheney Reservoir RESV 6/4/2019 3937
Cheney Reservoir RESV 6/4/2019 22100
Cheney Reservoir RESV 6/4/2019 6043
Cheney Reservoir RESV 6/6/2019 11799
Cheney Reservoir RESV 6/6/2019 22728
Cheney Reservoir RESV 6/6/2019 29053
El Dorado Reservoir RESV 5/28/2019 39861
El Dorado Reservoir RESV 5/28/2019 43065
El Dorado Reservoir RESV 5/28/2019 34892
El Dorado Reservoir RESV 5/29/2019 13168
El Dorado Reservoir RESV 5/29/2019 10400
El Dorado Reservoir RESV 6/6/2019 12386
      382279
Trout Stocking Information

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+Stocking Schedule Stocking

Department-owned Waters -  Trout stockings by KDWPT

Southeast Region Mined Land WA - Unit #30
1st Stocking October 29 extra fish stocked here due to El dorado not being ready yet.
2nd Stocking November 13
3rd Stocking Deccember 5
4th Stocking December 18
5th Stocking February 6
6th Stocking February 19
7th Stocking March 4
8th Stocking  
   
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2019-20 Season 10,000

Community Lake Stockings - Please contact local/city offices for dates of stockings if not listed below

Southeast Region Garnett Crystal Lake Cherryvale, Tanko Coffeyville, LeClere Lake Fort Scott, Fern Lake
1st Stocking October  31 November 7 October 28  
2nd Stocking February 18                     January 7 February 18
         
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2019-20 Season 4900 1600 650  

+Stocking Schedule Stocking

Department-owned Waters - Trout Stocking by KDWPT 

South Central Region El Dorado St Park
River Area
Wichita
KDOT – East Lake
1st  Stocking

Due to high release rates this summer, trout may not be stocked for the opening of the 2019 season.  

December 5

October 29
2nd Stocking December 19 November 13
3rd Stocking   December 19
4th Stocking   February 7
5th Stocking No Stocking due to COE construction on Dam February 19
6th Stocking    March 5
     
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for 2019-2020 Season 5,800 5,800

 

Community Lake Stockings - Please contact local city/county offices for dates of stockings if not listed below

South Central Region Sedgwick County Park
Vic’s Lake
316-660-1780
Sedgwick County
Slough Creek
316-660-1780
Hutchinson
Dillon Nature Center
620-663-7411
1st  Stocking  October 29 October 29 October 29
2nd Stocking November 13 November 13 November 13
3rd Stocking December 19 December 19  
4th Stocking      
5th Stocking February 7  February 7 February 7 
6th Stocking February 19 February 19  
Total Estimated Trout Stocked to date  March 5 March 5  March 5
Total Estimated Trout Stocked for
2019-20 Season
9,000 7,400 3,900
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