El Dorado Reservoir Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
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 & 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!!

Wiper Fair 17-22 inch

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.

See white bass report.

White bass Fair 9-14 inch Jig and plastics on points during the windy days.  Also being found on flats and near breaks in 8 to 14 feet of water, shallower early and late in the day.  
White Perch     No recent reports.  White perch can usually be found on mainlake breaks and rocky areas.  Small hooks and worms are always productive.
Crappie Fair Up to 15+ inches

20/day creel limit

Most crappie this week have been caught in depths of 8-16 ft near brush or river channels.  Minnows and jigs are always a good bait selection for crappie.

Blue Catfish Fair up to 40 inches, with a lot of 18 to 24 inch "eater" sized fish.

There is a 25 to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish and a 5/day creel with no more than 2 blue catfish over 35 inches.

Blue catfish reports have become few and far between with anglers focusing on crappie and walleye.  Blue catfish can be caught year around and fresh cut bait is the bait of choice.  Blues are moving out to the river channels.  Cut bait fished on the bottom or suspended several feet above bottom is a simple but productive method.  Please harvest all legal fish under the slot length limit.  In order for a slot to work, fish need to be harvested below the slot.

Walleye Fair to Good up to 26 inch


Walleye bite has been Fair to Good this week with fish being found on flats, points, and old roads.  The traditional jig and crawler combo is working well, but anglers running bottom bouncers with spinners and crawlers are also catching fish.  Depth has been varying widely from 4ft to 20ft depending on time of day and water clarity, generally shallower early and later in the day or with turbid water and deeper during mid-day or with clearer water.

General Comments

1.3 ft below Normal Pool, releasing 12 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information. 

ZEBRA MUSSEL & 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 Aquatic Nuisance Species click Here.