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: 4/13/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location

New Video

Underwater in Kansas: An Angler's Dream


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 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.

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.


General Comments

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.