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 to Good Up to 24 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.. Click HERE for tips on identifying wipers.

Wiper can be found on rocky, windblown points and shorelines.  White curly tailed grubs, crank baits, inline spinners, and spoons are all good bets this time of year.  

White bass Fair to Good up to 14 inch

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.

Windy points on grubs and spinners.  Keep an eye out for surface feeding activity as whites and wipers chase shad.

White Perch Fair up to 6 inch

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

Small hooks with live bait offerings are usually hard for white perch to pass up.  

Crappie Fair Up to 15+ inches

20/day creel limit

Crappie have returned to deeper water and can be found on brushpiles, standing timber, channel edges, and breaks.  Jigs are popular during the summer months, but minnows will also produce fish.

Blue Catfish Good 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.

The majority of blue catfish are in or very near the river channels, especially the timbered portions of the lower Walnut and Durechen.  There are not many blue cats hanging on flats, points, or coves.  Fresh cut bait is hard to beat.  

A blue catfish tagging project in underway at El Dorado.  Please see the information below in the General Comments section for all the details.

Please harvest the blue catfish that are under the 25 inch slot length limit (while following the 5/day creel limit).  El Dorado has an abundance of fish under the slot.  The El Dorado blue catfish population will benefit from the harvest of these "short" fish as growth rate of the remaining fish will improve.

Walleye Fair to Good Up to 26 inches


Walleye are on the flats and are being caught on jig and crawler combo, crawler and spinner, and crank baits.  Productive depths have ranged from 2 ft to 18 ft depending on time of day with fish being shallower during low light periods.  Fish are also being caught on trolled crankbaits around mainlake structure including old roads, dams, and ledges.

General Comments

5.6 ft below Normal Pool, releasing 10 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.

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 keep 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.