Northwest Region Fishing Reports

Fishing reports provide general angling information from KDWPT staff. The department cannot update the reports on a regular, frequent basis. Many factors determine angling success, and fishing conditions and individual fishing success may vary from the report. Anglers are responsible for deciding what species to fish for, what methods to use, and where and when to fish. You can help fellow anglers by sharing successful fishing notes at http://www.facebook.com/kdwpt.

OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/20/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Slow 1-4 pounds Winter bass fishing is fairly slow, but fish can still be caught.  Fishing around the flooded cattails, jetties, and lily pads are good places to try.  Soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits are good lures to try this time of year.
Bluegill Slow 4 to 6 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bet.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.  Some anglers prefer to fly fish with small nymphys or dry flies fished on the surface.
Channel Catfish Slow 12-25 inches If there is any inflow, catfish will normally congregate there to feed.  Shad sides, shad gizzards, shrimp, and chicken livers are all good baits to try for catfish.  Fishing in the evening and after dark may yield the best results. There are normally a lot of catfish around the outlet area near the dam throughout the year.
Saugeye Slow 12-24 inches

Saugeye can be found along the creek channel in 8 to 10 feet of water this time of year.  The lower half of the lake is probably holding the best numbers.  Many of the saugeye in the lake are of legal size and anglers should be able to have some success if targeting saugeye.  Jig and crawler, minnows, crankbaits, and swim baits are all good options to use for catching saugeye now.

The minimum length limit for saugeye will drop from 18 inches to 15 inches in 2019.  Anglers should immediately realize the benefits of harvesting more saugeye with the lower length limit.  The daily creel limit will remain at 5 fish per day.

Crappie Fair to Good Most 8-13 inches Some very nice crappie up to 13 inches can be caught now using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  Also, casting road runners and Panther Martins along the jetties and brush near shore may also yield some nice crappie this time of year as they are feeding on shad now.  Anglers  might also target the brush piles which are marked with fish attractor buoys.
General Comments

This is a generic winter fishing report.  It will only be changed when there are new reports or conditions change.  Check back for updates on open boat ramps, ice conditions, fishing reports, etc.

Water temperature: 35ºF

CAUTION: LONGER BOAT TRAILERS MAY FALL OFF EDGE OF BOAT RAMP WHEN WATER IS LOW

The cabin can now be rented - call the Hays Regional Office - 785-628-8614 - for reservations or more information.



CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/11/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie No Report Up to 15 inches Vertically fishing minnows or jigs around the fish attractors has been the best bet.  Anglers report catching some real nice fish in the 12 to 14 inch range.  Remember, a 10 inch minimum length limit is in effect on black and white crappie.
Walleye No Report Up to 28 inches Vertically fishing slab spoons over deeper drop-offs.  Remember a 21 inch minimum length limit went into effect January 1, 2018 and the creel limit remains 5 fish/day.
White Bass/Wipers No Report

Whites up to 17 inches

Wipers up to 13 lbs.

Vertically fishing slab spoons near drop offs or around the edges of the fish attractors. 

White bass anglers are catching a few wipers here and there fishing vertically.

ICE REPORT-The reservoir is approximately 20% ice covered with most of the ice existing in coves and at the upper end of the reservoir.  Any existing ice is too thin and weak to support ice fishing activities.  The Overland and Muley boat ramps are iced in.

WATER TEMPERATURE-33 degrees F

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2122.81-21.19' below conservation pool

NEW FOR 2018:

Effective January 1, 2018 changes to fish harvest regulations are as follows;

Walleye-21" minimum length limit, 5 fish/day creel limit

Crappie-10" minimum length limit, 50 fish/day creel limit

ATTENTION: An established zebra mussel population has been documented at this water making Cedar Bluff an ANS designated water.  With this designation, regulations are in effect primarily aimed at discouraging water containing microscopic zebra mussel larvae from leaving the property and establishing in new waters.  Any time one leaves the reservoir it is best to clean mud, vegetation, or attached zebra mussel adults off of boats and other equipment, drain any thing on a boat or other equipment that holds water, and allow boats and other equipment to dry completely before using them at another body of water.  It is now illegal to use wild-caught bait from Cedar Bluff at any other water.  Live fish are not to be taken off the property.  And all livewells and bilges must be drained prior to leaving the property.

It is illegal to release fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. So please discard any leftover bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related prospects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/3/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair to Good 8-13 inches

Anglers have been reporting improved crappie catch rates from deep drops along the river channel and in the marina slips.  Small jigs and minnows are working best.  The bite is often best early in the morning and late in the afternoon.  There have also been some fish caught off the brush piles around the state park area.

Beginning in January 2019 there will be a 10 inch minimum length limit on crappie at Glen Elder!

Walleye Fair 14-22 inches Anglers do not catch many walleye during the winter out here.  Best bets to catch some now would be to target deeper water along the river channel in the lower half of the reservoir.  During the day, fish can be found as deep as 40 feet, but they will move shallower at night.
Trout Good 10-15 inches

The latest trout stocking occurred on December 31st and the fish looked very good.  The pond is currently covered with a thin layer of ice so it will be difficult for anglers to fish until the ice thickens or clears off.  Once anglers are able to fish, the best baits to try include Powerbait, minnows, and worms.

Don't forget to purchase a trout permit!!!

White Bass Good 11-18 inches White bass can be caught in good numbers out here throughout the winter in a variety of locations.  Check around the outlet area with the high outflows occurring right now.  Also, fish can be found off main lake points along the north shore and near the south bluffs.  Fish will also be stacking up west of the causeway and anglers should be able to find some along the river channels in that area.

All of the boat ramps are iced in.  The reservoir is 30% ice covered, but the ice is not safe for ice fishing!!!  Anglers can try fishing off the docks or fish in the outlet below the dam.

This is a generic winter fishing report.  It will only be changed when there are new reports or conditions change.  Check back for updates on open boat ramps, ice conditions, fishing reports, etc.

Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.

Current Water Temperature: 32°F        Current Water Level: 1.0 feet above conservation

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



JEWELL STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/4/2019

Species
Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Fair 8-11 inches Anglers should target fish around the brush piles and Georgia cubes.  The fish may still be caught in shallow water on occasion, but will be in 10-20 feet of water for the most part.  Anglers should fish with minnows and jigs tipped with minnows for best results.
Largemouth Bass Slow 13-22 inches

Winter fishing for bass can be slow, but fish can still be caught.  Bass can be found lakewide, but islands of phragmites and cattails just off the bank seem to hold the best numbers with open pockets in the middle of tall vegetation also being key locations to target bass.  Soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Ned rigs are all good options to try for bass this time of year.

There is now an 18 inch minimum length limit on all bass in Jewell

Channel Catfish Slow 11-25 inches

The catfish numbers look very good right now based on fall netting and anglers should be pleased with the numbers of cats in the lake.  Many of these fish are in the 3-5 pound range, but there are also a handful of larger fish between 7 and 10 pounds.  

Traditional baits like stink bait, shad sides, and chicken liver should all work for catching some catfish now.  Anglers have been catching them off the jetties and the boat dock.

Remember there is a 15 inch minimum length limit on channel catfish

Bluegill

Green Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Fair 6-9 inches

Bluegill numbers appear to be stable right now with fish between 4 and 7 inches dominating the catch, but fish up to 8 inches were collected this fall.

Redear sunfish are thriving very well right now with fish up to 10 inches collected this fall.  There are two size groups with good numbers of 6-8 inch fish and fair numbers of 9 to 10 inch fish.

For now, traditional fishing with a worm and bobber around the jetties and other cover may be the best way to catch some of these guys.  Fly fishing with a variety of nymphs and wet flies should also be productive.

General Comments

The lake is full and running over on January 4th and is 100% ice covered, but the ice is not safe for ice fishing.

This is a generic winter fishing report.  It will only be changed when there are new reports or conditions change.  Check back for updates on open boat ramps, ice conditions, fishing reports, etc.

ATTENTION ANGLERS!  There will be a new regulation for all sunfish species beginning in January 2019.  Fish between 6 and 9 inches must be immediately released.  There is no limit on the number of fish less than 6 inches, but anglers are limited to only 5 fish greater than 9 inches per day.  This applies to bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish, and their hybrids.

Water temperature: 100% Ice Covered

Water level: FULL



KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/8/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Channel Catfish Good 16 - 21" Fair. No winter reports.
Crappie Fair 10 to 14 inches Fair. Try jigs on fish attractors.
Trout     The third stocking of Rainbow Trout occurred on 1/7/2019. Most pools, including the lower pool, were stocked. We stocked 1,300 trout.
Walleye/Saugeye Fair 14 - 22" Fair. Try trolling or jigging in 12-20' of water near the river channel, along the dam, and deeper areas off of points.
White Bass Fair All sizes - up to 17 inches Fair. Try jigging small spoons and road runners near the river channel in the middle and lower portions of the reservoir.
Wiper Fair All sizes Slow. No reports for this species.
General Comment

Elevation: Water level is 3.8 feet above conservation pool and dropping.

Water Temperature: 43 degrees.

Current lake elevation and water temperature is available on the location page linked to this fishing report. It is updated daily by the Corps of Engineers.

 



KEITH SEBELIUS RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/18/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 16 inches Crappies have migrated to their winter haunts concentrating around deeper brush, the artificial brushpiles under private boat slips, and the fish attractor structures close to the public fishing dock near the mouth of Leota Cove.  Just a few reports received, but the anglers able to access these locations have been successful using jigs, small slab spoons, and minnows.  
Saugeye/Walleye no reports   Due to the iced-up conditions, boat access to traditional saugeye hideouts has been limited.  If the ice becomes sufficient to allow foot access to these locations, anglers should seek underwater breaks and the outside edges of brush structure to tempt saugeyes and/or walleyes.  Slab spoons, jigs, or jigs tipped with live baits would work best.  An 18" minimum length limit is in effect.
Wiper no reports   Again, ice has been the limiting factor regarding access to wiper locations.  However, if ice fishing activity commences, wipers would be found in areas of more dense forage (shad) concentrations: towards the upper end of the reservoir over underwater flats.  Slab spoons and bucktail jigs mimicking the shad are the better baits to use. Five (5) fish daily creel limit.
Catfish no reports   If a warming trend would happen and ice would thaw, channel catfish would go on a feeding spree foraging on shad and other fish having succumbed to the effects of cold temps and ice.  Shad undergo a degree of mortality each winter with many embedded in the ice. As ice melts, the dead shad sink or wash up on wind-blown shores making for an easy meal for catfish.  This is a great time for catfish anglers! 
Largemouth/Spotted Bass Fair 10 to 20 inches A few black bass are reported by crappie anglers from time to time when fishing the underwater brush and the shade provided by boat slips and docks.  Live bait, namely minnows, help out this scenario.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 33°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 2294.28 ---- 10.02' below conservation

Currently, the water level is 2.61 feet higher than it was one year ago, at this time.  All boat ramps are iced in at this time.  Ice conditions however, are not safe enough to allow foot access and angling throughout most of the lake.  Use extreme caution when venturing out on any ice and never traverse the ice alone! 

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water.  Please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that includes fisheries related information about Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoirs is available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list.  

http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



KIRWIN RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/18/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Fair 7 to 17 inches Access to crappie concentration spots is limited due to iced-up ramps, and walking across the ice at Kirwin is strongly discouraged!  If cold air would create suitable ice thickness, crappies will be willing using jigs and slab spoons when fishing the deeper brushpiles. 
Walleye no reports   No boat access due to ramps being frozen in have kept anglers from the traditional winter walleye areas.
White Bass/ Wiper no reports   As above, boat access has prevented anglers from being able to get out to deeper water where white bass and wipers are spending the colder months.
Catfish no reports   If ice would thaw, look for catfish to concentrate in slightly shallower water near wind-swept shores as they scavenge on dead shad that dislodge from ice as it melts.  Catfish angling opportunities usually improve under these conditions.    
Largemouth Bass no reports   About the only winter-time black bass angling that takes place is reported from crappie anglers while fishing the submerged brush.  An occasional small largemouth is caught when minnows are employed to entice crappies.
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 33°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1730.37 ---- 1.07' above conservation pool

Currently, the water level is 1.93' higher than it was one year ago, at this time.  All boat ramps are currently iced in, and ice conditions throughout the reservoir are unstable and not of sufficient thickness to safely allow walking on.  Use extreme caution if venturing out on the ice in frozen coves, and never traverse across the ice alone!

A current release rate of 90 cfs from Kirwin Reservoir is being conducted to stabilize the lake's level.

Fish cleaning station is NO LONGER on the NE corner of the square in Kirwin. The USFWS, BOR and KDWPT constructed a new facility just West of the water tower.  The fish cleaning station is now CLOSED for the winter. 

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is in effect at Kirwin.   If you have any questions regarding Kirwin Reservoir and the surrounding public lands, contact the USFWS at 785-543-6673 or stop by their office at 702 Xavier Road.  

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water.  Please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that includes fisheries related information about Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoirs is available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list.  

http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District

 



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/4/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Walleye Slow 18-27 inches Anglers do not catch many walleye during the winter out here.  Best bets to catch some now would be to target deeper water along the river channel in the lower half of the reservoir.  During the day, fish can be found as deep as 25 feet, but they will move shallower at night.
White Bass/Wipers Fair

7-13 inches

12-25 inches

The best concentrations of white bass and wipers can be found in 20-25 feet of water off Walleye Point, off the dam in 10-15 feet of water, and in the John's Creek area in 8 to 10 feet.  Slabbing on the deeper schools of fish should work very well, but trolling along main lake points and casting a variety of small crankbaits and road runners will also work.

There is a big year class of wipers between 12 and 14 inches.  They look very similar to white bass so make sure and carefully identify your catch.  The daily creel limit on wipers is 2!

Crappie Fair 7-13 inches Anglers should be able to find very good numbers of crappie around the marina, close to the outlet area, off Cabin Point, and near Cedar Point.  Traditional methods include fishing with jigs and minnows or minnows only.  The fish can be found in 15-20 feet of water near brush during the day, but will move in shallow in the evening to feed.  There are a lot of smaller crappie to go along with fish over 10 inches and anglers are encouraged to release these young fish.  We also found decent numbers in some of the creeks including Windmill and John's Creek.
Comments

The reservoir is 100% ice covered, but the ice is not safe for ice fishing at this time.

This is a generic winter fishing report.  It will only be changed when there are new reports or conditions change.  Check back for updates on open boat ramps, ice conditions, fishing reports, etc.

ATTENTION ANGLERS: The crappie regulations at Lovewell will change in January 2019.  There will be a new creel limit of 20 fish per day and a minimum length limit of 10 inches for all crappie.  These regulations are intended to improve the quality and quantity of crappie in Lovewell and will be strictly enforced.

Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell. Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information.

Current water temperature:  100% Ice Covered         Current water level: 0.7 feet high

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!



ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 1/4/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
      CURRENT FISHING
Largemouth Bass Fair 6-18 inches Stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 06-08-2018.
Bluegill Fair 3-9 inches Would try use worms under a bobber around the jetty and along the Dam.
Catfish Fair 10-25 inches Would try using worms, stinkbait and shrimp on the bottom.  Stocked 140 channel catfish that averaged 7 pound a piece on 08-15-2017.  Stocked in another 6,700 channel catfish that averaged 4 fish/pound on 09-19-2017.
Black Crappie Good 4-6 inches Catching them lake wide using jigs, jigs with worms and jigs with minnows. 
General Comments

Water Temp. 32 Degrees

Lake is currently full.  Have stocked channel catfish and bluegill and stocked in 6,700 largemouth bass fingerlings on 05-16-2017. Also, stocked 140 channel catfish that averaged 7 pounds a piece on 08-15-2017.  Stocked another 6,700 channel catfish that averaged 4 fish/pound on 09-19-2017.  Stocked 28,750 bluegill (mix of adult, intermediate and fingerling) on 09-27-17.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter that will include Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoir's will be coming out soon. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE - Last Updated: 12/21/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie Slow/Fair Up to 13 inches Drifting or trolling small crank baits and jigs over deeper water or vertically fishing jigs around deep fish attractors.
Largemouth Bass Fair/Good Up to 5 lbs. Casting swim baits and soft plastics around shoreline brushpiles, along the dam, or around the fishing pier.
Saugeye Good Up to 3 lbs. Casting or trolling crankbaits along the dam and over shelves adjacent to creek channel drop-offs.
Bluegill Fair Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber around deeper brush.
Channel Catfish Fair Up to 19 lbs. Cut bait fished off the bottom on warmer days.
Wiper Fair/Good Up to 2 lbs. Casting small, shad imitating baits like white road runners.
Comments

ATTENTION: This is a generic winter fishing report and will be updated as notable changes warrant.  Weekly updated fishing reports will resume around March 2019.

It is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water, so please discard any unused bait in a trash can.

Cedar Bluff District Newsletter: A biannual newsletter detailing fishing related projects and activities in the Cedar Bluff District, which includes such waters as Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Sheridan and Scott State Fishing Lakes, Antelope Lake, and other public fishing waters in northwest Kansas are available. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list. The link is: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Cedar-Bluff-Fishing-District



WEBSTER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/18/2019

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, and Location
Crappie no reports 7 to 17 inches Ice has been problematic relative to accessing typical winter time crappie hangouts.  If cold air creates thick enough ice to get out on, the fish attractor brushpiles would be target locations to fish.  Jigs, small slab spoons, or minnows fish deep in or near the submerged cedar trees should produce.
Walleye no reports   It won't be long before pre-spawn female walleye will begin cruising the dam and adjacent shallow underwater breaks.  We still have six weeks of winter and cold water temps to endure, but the walleye spawn will be here before you know it. 
White Bass/Wiper no reports   With no boating due to iced-up launching facilities, access to white bass and wipers has been non-existent.
Catfish     Catfish are concentrated in deeper regions of the lake for the winter.  If ice thaws, the dinner bell rings and catfish become slightly more active seeking dead shad that become dislodged from the ice.  Shallow areas near wind blown shores where the shad will pile up are good places to fish.  This scenario can be short-lived so anglers are encouraged to keep abreast of melting/thawing conditions. 
Largemouth Bass no reports   If crappie action commences with improved ice thickness, a few smaller black bass are normally creeled when fishing live bait such as fathead minnows.  However, the better, consistent bass fishing is still several months away.  
Rainbow Trout Good 8 to 18 inches The past two stockings of trout have barely been pressured due to the limitations imposed by the weather and associated ice (it's not been thick enough to get out on, yet too thick to easily break to create open areas to fish).  The best trout baits are assorted powerbaits, salmon eggs, and small spinners. The next stocking is slated for the later half of January. The stilling basin currently has approx. 1-3 inches of ice cover.  Stay tuned for conditions, if warm air arrives, trout success could be excellent as the ice melts, or conversely, if cold air creates good, thick ice, ice fishing would be good!
General Comments

WATER TEMPERATURE- 33°

SURFACE ELEVATION- 1893.05 ---- 0.60' above conservation pool

The water level is 0.24' lower than it was one year ago at this time. All high-water boat ramps are usable (Old Marina, Rock Point and Goose Flats) at this level.  However, they are all currently iced in and ice thickness throughout the lake ranges from variable in thickness, to open out over the deeper reaches.  Ice cover in frozen coves is not suitable for foot traversing and is highly discouraged!  Use extreme caution if venturing out on any ice in any area of the reservoir, and never travel across the ice alone!  

A current release rate of 180 cfs from the irrigation canal is being conducted to maintain the lake level.  

Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water. Please discard leftover bait in a trash can.

Now Available: A Webster District newsletter which includes informative fisheries information about Webster, Kirwin and Keith Sebelius Reservoirs is currently available. If you would like to subscribe to this spring and fall newsletter you can go to the following link to get on the mailing list.  

http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/News/Newsletter-Request-Forms/Request-a-Newsletter-for-the-Webster-Reservoir-Fishing-District



WILSON RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/19/2018

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Crappie Poor 10-14 inches Poor. No reports. Few crappie occur in Wilson Reservoir.
Striped Bass Fair 2-25 pounds Fair. Reports are that stripers have moved near deeper points but remain close to the river channel in the upper and middle portions of the reservoir. Try jigging spoons and smaller swimbaits.
 Walleye Fair 16-25 inches Fair. The walleye bite is still slow. Most walleye have likely moved deeper. Try jigging near offshore ledges.
Blue/Channel Catfish Good 2-20 pounds

Channel Catfish) There have been no reports for catfish. The bite is slow but you can try cutbait this time of year.

Blue Catfish) Blue catfish are being caught throughout the reservoir but upper end seems to have the most fish. Areas closer to the mouths of creeks and the main river channel seem to hold the most fish. Try cut bait (shad, carp, bluegill) for blue catfish.

Be on the lookout for blue catfish which are also in the reservoir. They are not legal size yet so make sure and take care to return them to the water. There is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Wilson Reservoir!

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds Fair. White bass are scattered. Try jigging deep shoreline near the bluffs and throughout horseshoe bend.
Black Bass Fair 12-19 inches Fair. Bass fishing has become very tough with the cold water temperatures.
White Perch Good 9 to 13 inches

Good. White perch have moved, mostly, to deeper areas of the lake.

- 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!!!!!

The white perch numbers are down in Wilson right now which is the goal of managing aquatic nuisance species.  While this species will continue to thrive and reproduce in Wilson, they are still an ANS species and KDWPT has managed the predator base in such a way to limit their numbers.  The hope is that the white bass will be able to make a comeback at the expense of the white perch numbers declining.

General Comments

Lake Elevation = 0.5' ABOVE conservation pool & rising.

Surface Temperature = 44 degrees.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: All boat ramps are useable. 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!!!!!!