Wilson Reservoir

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This Location does have Boat Access Fishing Forecast Region 1 Public Fishing Reports State Park Wildlife Area

US Army Corps of Engineers 785-658-2551

GPS Location: N38 54.715 W98 30.066

Location/Address:
Sylvan Grove, KS

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 9,040 acres

Maximum Depth: 65 feet

Normal Lake Level: 1516 msl. This lake generally has a fairly stable water level.

Current Lake Level: 6.1 feet below conservation, releasing 15 cfs

Lake Temperature: 53 degrees

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Bluegill
Channel Catfish 10
Crappie 50
Flathead Catfish 5
Largemouth Bass 5 15"
Smallmouth Bass 5 15"
Spotted Bass 5 15"
Striped Bass 2
Walleye 5 15"
White Bass
White Perch
Blue Catfish 5 35"
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/11/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
 Crappie Fair 10-14 inches Crappie angling can be very tough through March and early April as the fish seem to scatter from their large winter schools and prep for the spawn to begin later this month.  Anglers should follow the river and creek channels as the fish often hang out here before moving into the coves and creek arms for the annual spawn.  They will begin to move shallow into coves and protected areas toward the end of the month.
Stripers Fair 3-8 pounds Stripers can be found up the river to some extent, but many of them will begin feeding again on the main lake.  They tend to stack up on the windy points and the areas along the dam this time of year.
 Walleye Fair 11-20 inches The spawn is really winding down now and most of the fish will begin to move away from the dam.  They can be very difficult to locate for the next 2-3 weeks so fishing may be tough until May arrives.
Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

If you can find some dead shad you will likely find channel catfish right now.  They are often found in the shallows 2-6 feet where shad have blown into the bank.  Creek arms and the upper ends of coves are great places to find channel catfish this time of year.  Dead shad and shad gizzards make the best baits.

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 White bass can still be caught in Hell Creek and anglers have been reporting some nice sized fish up to 3 pounds.  They can also be caught up the lake as they are staging for the spring spawning running very soon.  Trolling small shad crankbaits in these areas seems to be the best way to catch some nice whites.
Black Bass Good 10-18 inches The smallmouth and largemouth really get up on the structure this time of year--any rocks, logs, or shoreline brush that draws heat will invite bass in.  If there are still any beaver piles in the water, there will be largemouth bass hanging out around them.  The larger smallies are thinking about spawning late in the month and will stack up on the steep rock bluff areas.  Suspending jerk baits are excellent this time of year and this is the best time to harvest the biggest bass of the year.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches Like most other species, white perch will tend to emerge from the deep water and show up on the main lake points. They can also be found on the steep rocky banks of Hell Creek and the brush piles at Minooka. The will also be spawning along the dam so start there for best results over the next few weeks. - 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!!!!!
General Comments

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31chIla9Tk . 

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 6 feet low anglers need to be aware of the following boat ramp conditions and limitations.  In addition, the boat docks are high and dry for the most part and will likely stay that way until a water level rise floods them again.  Anglers are asked to use caution when launching and loading and unloading persons into boats with most of the docks unusable at this time.  The ramp conditions are as follows:

Cedar Point: Closed

Elm Creek: The north ramp of Elm Creek boat ramp is usable, but use at your own risk.  The south ramp ends before it reaches the water and is barricaded "Closed Due to Low Water."

Minooka: West Ramp:  Unadvised access.  Dock is high/dry, Middle Ramp:  Unadvised access. Dock is high/dry, East Ramp:  Ramp has adequate depth for most average fishing boats. Dock is high/dry.

Lucas: Ramp has adequate depth for most avg fishing boats.  Dock is high/dry.

Spillway:  Poured 20 yards to the low water lane on April 1st. The dock is still accessible and moored on the shoreline.  This low water lane has deep water and good access.  This may be the primary ramp for many anglers to use this year.

Hell Creek: Hell Creek is still usable as far as a boat ramp but the courtesy docks are on dry ground.

Otoe: This ramp is very shallow at the time, but still open.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

The current lake elevation and water temperature are posted on the location page daily by the Corp of Engineers - it is linked to this fishing report page for your convenience.

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!!!!!!