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!!

Blue catfish Fair Up to 36 inches

Anglers are finding blues on the edges of the river channels in the upper half of the lake.  Fresh cut bait has been best.  Fish are also being found on timbered flats.

25 inch to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish.  Daily creel limit is 5 per day with no more than 2 35 inches and longer.

Take time to properly identify your catfish catch. Click HERE for information on how to properly identify your catch.

Wiper Good 18 to 23 inch

Casting shad imitating baits to surfacing fish has produced some nice wiper recently.  Trolling crankbaits and vertical fishing spoons along the dam has also resulted in fish over the 21 inch length limit.

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.. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White bass Fair up to 14 inches

Windy shorelines and main lake points on twister tails and crankbaits.

Wipers can be caught along with white bass so it is important to properly identify your catch before putting it on a stringer. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

White Perch Fair up to 12 inch

Worms on humps and ledges in 8 to 12 feet of water.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair up to 15+ inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Crappie catches have slowed a bit recently.  Most reports are coming from standing timber along channels or old roads dipping jigs 4 to 7 feet deep.

Channel Catfish Fair up to 25 inch Drifting fresh shad on the flats is a good tactic this time of year.  Liver and stink baits fished on the bottom on windy points or shorelines is also producing.
Walleye Fair up to 28 inch


Jig and crawler, spinners, and smaller sized trolled crankbaits are all producing walleye.  Starting to pick up some fish on slab spoons also.    Mainlake points and windy flats have been best.

General Comments

New crappie creel limit of 20/day effective January 1, 2018.

4.25 feet low, 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 Zebra Mussels click Here.

Attention Boaters:  Use caution launching boats at the wildlife area boat ramps in the upper ends of the lake.  The Jumping Bridge and Hackler boat ramps continue to suffer from low water. Larger boats with longer trailers requiring deeper water may have difficulty launching with current low water conditions.  Also use caution launching at the Area 1 boat ramp within the state park.