El Dorado Reservoir
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 Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
Fishing Report - Last Update: 3/5/2014
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
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!!
Anglers fishing cut shad along channel breaks are having some success on blue catfish. Most fish are 14 to 20-inch but some larger fish have been caught. Reports of legal length (>35-inch) bluecats have been received this year. 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!
Few successful reports recently.
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.
Few successful reports recently.
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 6-inch||
Anglers are reporting catching white perch all around the lake. Nearly any live bait, especially night crawlers, are quickly being eaten by the white perch. Small hooks baited with a piece of worm and drifted over flats are fished on old roads will produce catches of white perch. The perch are also taking artificial baits including crank baits, spinners, and spoons. Unfortunately the majority of the white perch are around 5-inches long and of little interest to anglers. Remember to kill all white perch that you catch.
Click HERE for info on properly identifying white perch.
|White crappie||Few recent reports|
|Channel Catfish||Few recent reports|
Few recent reports
Anglers are reporting catching a lot of 19 to 20-inch walleye. Please quickly return these fish to the lake. Today's shorts are tomorrow's keepers!
THE WALLEYE LENGTH LIMIT IS 21-INCHES WITH A 2/day CREEL LIMIT.
|Rainbow Trout||Ice cover limiting access||up to 16-inch||
Trout Season opened November 1st.
Trout area is 100% ice covered as of March 5, 2014
Fishing is slow due to limited access with the ice cover. Anglers were doing very good on variety of baits including power bait, small minnows, spoons, hair jigs, and cheese.
Trout were last stocked on Thursday February 20, 2014
For details on the Kansas trout program, click HERE.
Few reports from anglers recently as ice cover has been too thin for ice fishing and too thick for boat access. Lake is 100% ice covered and no open boat ramps as of March 5, 2014.
0.5 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.