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: 4/8/2014

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

Target blue catfish on shallow, windblown shorelines using fresh cut shad.

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 Slow up to 26-inch

The occasional wiper is being picked up on channel edges on jigs and spoons.  As the water continues to warm, the wipers will move up on to shallow flats and the backs of coves where abundant forage is found.

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

White bass are being caught in creek channels and along breaks. 

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

Nearly any live bait, especially night crawlers, is quickly eaten by white perch. Small hooks baited with a piece of worm and drifted over flats or fished on old roads will produce catches of white perch. 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 Fair to Good up to 14-inch Fishing jigs along river channels is producing.  A lot of smaller 8 to 9-inch are being caught with the occasional fish up to 14 to 15-inches.
Channel Catfish     Few recent reports
Walleye  Fair up to 26 1/2 inch

Walleye are on the spawning areas.  Look for walleye on the dam, rocky shorelines, and rip rapped causeways.  Fishing at night is your best bet.  Jerkbaits, shallow running crank baits, and jigs are good choices during the spawn.


Rainbow Trout Good up to 16-inch

Trout Season opened November 1, 2013.

Anglers are doing very good on variety of baits including power bait, small minnows, spoons, hair jigs, and cheese.

Trout were last stocked on Thursday March 20, 2014

For details on the Kansas trout program, click HERE.

General Comments

0.7 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.