El Dorado Reservoir

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El Dorado Reservoir Map
This Location does have Boat Access Trout Lake Fishing Forecast Region 4 Public Fishing Reports State Park Wildlife Area

GPS Location: N37 50.037 W96 47.084

El Dorado, KS

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 8,000 acres

Maximum Depth: 60 feet

Normal Lake Level: 1339 Conservation Pool

Current Lake Level: See link

Creel limits for similar species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass; or walleye, saugeye, and sauger; or wiper and striped bass; or blue and channel catfish apply to single species or in combination. For example, at El Dorado Reservoir, an angler may keep five largemouth bass OR three largemouth bass and two smallmouth bass OR two largemouth bass, two smallmouth bass, and one spotted bass or any other combination of the three.

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Blue Catfish 5 35
Channel Catfish 10
Crappie 50
Flathead Catfish 5
Largemouth Bass 5 18
Smallmouth Bass 5 18
Spotted Bass 5 18
Walleye 2 21
Wiper 2 21
Trout 5
Green Sunfish
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 9/12/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

New Video from KDWPT

Fisheries Management in Kansas

    The video "Fisheries Management in Kansas" is now available on YouTube.  This 24-minute video details fisheries management practices in Kansas that are used by Department biologists to create good fishing for Kansas anglers.  See the video at http://youtu.be/J31chIla9Tk .
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!!

Blue catfish Fair 15 to 30 inch

A video showing electrofishing for blue catfish at El Dorado Reservoir can be seen HERE.

Blues are being caught out of the the river channels on fresh shad or cut baits.  Most are 15 to 21 inches in length with the occasional bigger fish caught.  Spoons, crank baits, and jigs are also producing some blues.

Minimum length limit of 35-inches in effect.  Fish less than 35-inches must be immediately released.

Reports of legal length (>35-inch) bluecats have been received. These fish are getting BIGGER!

Most of the blue catfish in the lake are below the 35-inch minimum length limit and must be released immediately. Take time to properly identify your catfish catch. Click HERE for information on how to properly identify your catch.

During July 2005, the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks stocked 600 tagged blue catfish in to El Dorado Reservoir. The stocked fish ranged in length from 10 to 23 inches. The minimum length limit for blue catfish at El Dorado is 35 inches so nearly all tagged fish will need to be released. The tag is located at the base of the dorsal fin and is yellow in color. If you catch a tagged fish at El Dorado Reservoir record the 5-digit number on the tag, measure the length of the fish, promptly release the fish with the tag intact, note the location the fish was caught, and contact the fisheries biologist at 316-322-7513. Information received from anglers regarding tagged blue catfish will provide useful information to the biologists and will assist in the tracking of the population. Thank you for your assistance!

Wiper Fair up to 26-inch

Keep and eye out for surface feeding activity during morning and evening.  Trolling crankbaits is a good way to locate active fish.  Casting shad imitating lures or jigs in to actively feeding fish is a good early fall pattern.

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

Some white bass are being caught but most catches have consisted of wipers recently.  See report for wiper.

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 Good Up to 8-inch

White perch can be found on old roads, humps, and river channels.  Live bait is deadly on white perch but they can also be caught on small spoons, jigs, and small crankbaits.  Fishing is fast and furious when you get on a school of white perch.

Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.

White crappie Fair up to 12-inch Crappie are being caught 20 to 30 feet deep in the main lake area.  In the upper ends with timber, the crappie are being caught 3 to 5 feet down next to trees.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Liver fished on the bottom in old Bluestem Lake.
Walleye  Fair up to 26 inch

Walleye continue to be caught in a wide range of depths from 2 feet to 20 feet deep.  Jig and crawler, jigs, spoons, and spinners with crawlers have been productive. Anglers are also catching 'eyes trolling crankbaits.


General Comments

1.0 feet low, releasing 12 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.