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!!

Video on Kansas Walleye Stocking     The KDWPT Fisheries Division is producing walleye exceeding 8-inches for stocking in Kansas walleye waters. Walleye enter the 3 Phase rearing program as tiny fry and leave the hatchery at over 8-inches in roughly 180 days.  Click HERE to watch the video. 
Wiper Fair to Good up to 24 inch

Trolling or casting crank baits along windy shorelines.

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 inch

Main lake points and windy shorelines on curly tailed grubs or inline spinners.

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 10 inch

Small hooks with half a worm fished on rocky breaks and along old roads.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

Crappie Fair up to 14 inch

20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Crappie are being found in flooded timber and brushpiles and are being caught on minnows and jigs. 

Catfish Fair up to 40 inch

Both blue cats and channel catfish are being caught on flats and windy shorelines on worms or fresh cut bait.

Stilling basin action has been good for flatheads and blues on live bait.

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.

Walleye Fair up tp 25 inch


Drifting jig and crawler combos or pulling worm harnesses on main lake points and flats.  A few also being picked up on larger crankbaits.

General Comments

4.5 feet above Normal Pool, releasing 524 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

Ramp Update 7/15/2019.  Bluestem Number 1 boat ramp and Sailboat Cove boat ramp are now open.  The Shady Creek Marina Boat Ramp has been reopened.  There are now four open boat ramps within El Dorado State Park including Shady Creek Marina ramp, Shady Creek Area 1 ramp, Bluestem Number 1 ramp, and Sailboat Cove ramp.  Please be mindful of where the edges of the ramps are!  Walkways to the courtesy docks are still partially underwater.  Boaters have been launching from El Dorado Wildlife Area boat ramps.  Both the Chelsea Boat Ramp and Jumping Bridge Boat Ramps are being used.  Again USE CAUTION while launching.

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.