El Dorado Reservoir

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El Dorado Reservoir Map
This Location does have Boat Access Trout Lake Fishing Forecast 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: 3/20/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location


Spring Bass Sampling


KDWPT Fisheries Biologists annually sample largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass populations to gather valuable data which is used in formulating fisheries management plans. This video shows a summary of a typical day in the electrofishing boat while sampling is being conducted.

See the video at http://youtu.be/R1jK9YZJYuI .

New Video

Fall Test Netting Fish Sampling


Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism Fisheries 
Biologists take to the water during October to sample fish 
populations. For five to six weeks each year the biologists 
utilize trap nets and gill nets to sample fish and collect data 
for use in formulating fisheries management plans in 
their assigned waters. The goal is to provide the best fishing 
opportunities possible for anglers in Kansas waters.
This video summarizes a day on the water with a KDWPT 
Fisheries Biologist during the fall test netting season.

See the video at  http://youtu.be/oJzT5z-0t2Y .

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   15 to 30 inch

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

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

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.

Wiper Fair Up to 25-inch

Wipers are beginning to show up on shallow flats during days with warmer temperatures.  They can be caught on jigs, crankbaits, or spinners.  Look for areas where the wind is coming in to the shore in shallow water.

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 to Good up to 14-inch

White bass action has been fair to good over the last several weeks when weather allows boats on the lake.  Fish are being found along creek channels and ledges

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   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 to Good up to 13 inches 15 to 18 feet deep in brush piles on jigs.  Also along river channels and ledges.  Creeks are beginning to produce good catches of crappie with the warmer weather.
Channel Catfish Fair up to 4 lbs Windy shorelines using shad sides.
Walleye  Fair up to 26-inch

Walleye are in the prespawn/spawn mode now.  Fish will be coming in to rocky shallow shorelines to spawn.  Working jigs, crank baits, or jerk baits are good spawn techniques.  Night time is often best, but fish can be caught all day.  The dam is very popular during the spawn, but don't overlook the numerous mainlake rocky points that are also attractive to spawning walleye.


Rainbow Trout Good to Excellent up to 14 inch with some large fish reported. 

The last 10th and final trout stocking occurred March 19th 2015.  There were some very nice fish in this stocking so get out there and give them a shot!

Fishing has been good recently with a variety of baits producing fish.  PowerBait, worms, cheese, and minnows have all produced fish.  Creel limit is 5 trout per angler per day.  Trout permit required for anglers 16 and older.  Those 15 and under can fish for trout without a trout permit but their daily creel limit is 2 trout per day.

Fish to 6.75 lbs have been reported this year.

For more information on the trout program click HERE.

General Comments

2.6 feet low, releasing 5 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.