Wilson Reservoir

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Wilson Reservoir Map
This Location does have Boat Access Fishing Forecast State Park Wildlife Area

US Army Corps of Engineers 785-658-2551

GPS Location: N38 54.715 W98 30.066

Location/Address:
Sylvan Grove, KS

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 9,040 acres

Maximum Depth: 65 feet

Normal Lake Level: 1516 msl. This lake generally has a fairly stable water level.

Current Lake Level: 8.2 feet below conservation, releasing 4 cfs

Lake Temperature: Partially Ice Covered

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Bluegill
Channel Catfish 10
Crappie 50
Flathead Catfish 5
Largemouth Bass 5 15"
Smallmouth Bass 5 15"
Spotted Bass 5 15"
Striped Bass 2
Walleye 5 15"
White Bass
White Perch
Blue Catfish 5 35"
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 3/5/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Crappie Slow 10-14 inches The crappie numbers are still very low in Wilson, but some quality fish can be found.  We collected the best numbers around the marina and  Elm Creek while sampling last month.  Numbers may be low, but the quality is excellent with 14 inch white crappie and 13 inch black crappie available to anglers willing to look for them.
Stripers Fair to Good 3-8 pounds Anglers have been catching some stripers on the west side of Lucas Point using slabs and swim baits.  There have also been recent reports of fish caught around Hell Creek.
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-25 inches

No change here.  Anglers have been catching walleye off the west side of Lucas Point using slabs and swim baits.  There have also been some walleye caught around Hell Creek in the last week.

Due to the big 2014 year class of walleye resulting from natural reproduction, KDWPT will not need to stock walleye again in 2015.

Channel Catfish Good 2-10 pounds

We found catfish all over the reservoir and the numbers and sizes look to be very good right now.  Best numbers came from the west end around Elm Creek, Minooka, and Lou's Point.

Be on the lookout for blue catfish which are also in the reservoir. They are not legal size yet so make sure and take care to return them to the water. There is a 35 inch minimum length limit on blue catfish at Wilson Reservoir!

White Bass Fair 12-18 inches, up to 3 pounds White bass continue to hang in there at relatively low numbers, but trophy size.  Fish up to 18 inches were collected again this fall.  Best areas to catch white bass now include Hell Creek, the north end of the dam, and Duvall Cove.
Black Bass Good 10-18 inches Bass fishing will be slow with the cold water, but warm sunny days may trigger some to bite in shallow water near rocky shorelines.
White Perch Fair 9 to 13 inches

We found good numbers of white perch around the upper end of the reservoir as well as closer to the dam and Hell Creek.  The middle of the reservoir didn't have nearly as many.  The fish we collected seemed to be targeting the river channel and moving up and down it while feeding.  The west end had the biggest white perch I've seen in some time with 12-13 inch fish common. - IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR OTHER FISH!!!!!

The white perch numbers are down in Wilson right now which is the goal of managing aquatic nuisance species.  While this species will continue to thrive and reproduce in Wilson, they are still an ANS species and KDWPT has manged the predator base in such a way to limit their numbers.  The hope is that the white bass will be able to make a comeback at the expense of the white perch numbers declining.

General Comments

ICE UPDATE: There is ice from Minoooka to the west end of the reservoir, but for the most part, the area from Minooka to the dam is open.

The Spillway and Hell Creek boat ramps are open and safe for all boats to launch from.  The other boats ramps including Lucas Point and East Minooka are very shallow now and are not recommended for launching boats.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 8.2 feet low anglers need to be aware of the following boat ramp conditions and limitations.  In addition, the boat docks are high and dry for the most part and will likely stay that way until a water level rise floods them again.  Anglers are asked to use caution when launching and loading and unloading persons into boats with most of the docks unusable at this time.  The ramp conditions are as follows:

Cedar Point: Closed

Elm Creek: Both ramps at Elm Creek are high and dry.  Launching boats is not recommended.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

Minooka: West Ramp:  Unadvised access.  Dock is high/dry, Middle Ramp:  Unadvised access. Dock is high/dry, East Ramp:  The ramp is unusable until water levels come back up a couple of feet.

Lucas: This boat ramp is very shallow now and is not usable at this time.  Dock is high/dry.

Spillway:  Poured 20 yards to the low water lane on April 1st, 2014. A new dock was installed in October 2014 and there is still adequate depth for mooring boats.  This low water lane has deep water and good access.  This may be the primary ramp for many anglers to use this year.

Hell Creek: Hell Creek boat ramp is still usable and there is a courtesy dock in the water.  The dock is in only 4 feet of water, but most boats should be able to use it.

Otoe: This ramp is very shallow at the time, but still open.  The courtesy dock is high and dry.

The current lake elevation and water temperature are posted on the location page daily by the Corp of Engineers - it is linked to this fishing report page for your convenience.

We have two Aquatic Nuisance Species - white perch and zebra mussels and have joined Cheney and El Dorado as lakes with both species. The law now says that if anyone leaves the lake with water in your livewell or boat, you are subject to a ticket for transporting Zebra Mussels since they will spawn and the microscopic little mussels will probably be in every drop of water in the lake. Make sure you drain all water from the boat before you leave the boat ramp area!!! We have been taking veliger samples and the samples were high so be sure to drain and dry everything!!!!!!