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. 

Few reports available since the flood.

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    

Few reports available since the flood.

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    

Few reports available since the flood.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.


20/day creel limit effective January 1, 2018.

Few reports available since the flood.

Catfish Fair to Good up to 40 inch

Both blue cats and channel catfish are being caught in the creeks and other areas with current.  Worms have been productive as well as fresh cut bait for blues.

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.



Few reports available since the flood.

General Comments

6.5 feet above Normal Pool, releasing 4148 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.

Ramp Update 5/17/2019.  Due to high water all but one of the lake's boat ramps are unusable.  The Shady Creek Area 1 Boat Ramp is the only functioning ramp.  The courtesy dock is flooded.  Use extreme caution and be on the lookout for floating debris if you take a boat out on the water.

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.