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: 4/13/2015
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
Large natural concentrations of black crappie, white crappie, and bluegill with channel catfish and walleye captured on video in a Kansas reservoir.
See the video at https://youtu.be/2GMXXdcsj3g .
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.
Blue catfish can be caught on shallow windblown flats on fresh cut shad.
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||
Trolling crankbaits or casting jigs to windswept shorelines and points. Areas with rip rap are also good this time of the year.
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 14 inches||Crappie are beginning to head to shallow water as shoreline anglers are beginning to pick up a few fish. Anglers are not reporting high catch rates but those fish that have been caught have been quality sized fish. 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||
The walleye spawn is winding down for the year but there are still some fish hanging around the dam and other spawning areas. Working a jig and crawler on breaks, humps or ledges will produce fish but the better fishing is still a few weeks out. Casting crankbaits, jigs, or stick baits to shallow, rocky, windblown points is also a good technique during this transition period.
THE WALLEYE LENGTH LIMIT IS 21-INCHES WITH A 2/day CREEL LIMIT.
2.5 feet low, releasing 7 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.