US Army Corps of Engineers 785-658-2551
GPS Location: N38 54.715 W98 30.066
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: 5.8 feet below conservation, releasing 7 cfs
Lake Temperature: 34 degrees, still some ice left around the shoreline and in the coves
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
Fishing Report - Last Update: 2/24/2014
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method, & Location|
|Crappie||Fair||10-14 inches||Anglers should start looking for crappie around the Marina docks, Elm Creek brush pile, and Minooka brush piles. They will tend to concentrate in these areas as the water temperatures cool.|
|Stripers||Fair||3-8 pounds||Fall is a good time to find the stripers emerge from the deep water and start feeding up on the main lake points. Gizzard shad and white perch move onto these points throughout October and the stripers can be found there chasing them. As the water continues to cool, stripers, like other species, will migrate to the west end and can be found around Duval and Elm Creek.|
|Walleye||Fair||11-23 inches||Walleye are another species which can be located by fishing the main lake points in the fall. We typically find good numbers along the north shore between Lucas Point and the dam while netting, but the Minooka area can also produces some 'eyes. The old Lucas-Wilson roadbed as a great spot to find some walleye in October as the fish will move up and down it depending on the forage fish.|
|Channel Catfish||Good||2-10 pounds||
Catfish can be caught about lakewide throughout the fall. Stinkbaits, shrimp, shad gizzards, and shad sides all work well this time of year.
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||If you can find them schooled, the white bass should be chasing shad schools all over the main lake and you have to be lucky to find them and stay with them. They can offer some exciting angling and most of these whites are good sized fish. Casting slab spoons, twistertails, and road runners can yield some of these nice whites. As water temperatures cool, we begin to see good numbers of large white bass in the Hell Creek area as well as up toward Elm Creek.|
|Black Bass||Good||10-18 inches||Smallmouth bass tend to really concentrate on the points throughout the fall feeding on shad, white perch, and crawdads. We also see good numbers of them in the coves near Rock Town and around the marina. The largemouth bass will continue to be found in the brushy coves as well as around the main lake points.|
|White Perch||Fair||9 to 13 inches||Like most other species, white perch will tend to emerge from the deep water and show up on the main lake points. They can also be found on the steep rocky banks of Hell Creek and the brush piles at Minooka.- 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!!!!!|
ICE REPORT: There is just a little bit of ice left in the coves and around the shoreline, but most of the lake is open. The Hell Creek and Otoe boat ramps are open now and there have been some boats on the water over the past week or so.
BOAT RAMP UPDATE: Due to low water and/or sand loading the following ramps are closed: Cedar Creek. Several ramps are accessible, but are being affected by sand loading and low water levels. The following ramps should only be used for launching small boats and are not advised for larger boats: Elm Creek, Minnoka West, and Minooka Middle. All other boat ramps are open and boaters can expect to use them as normal.
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!!!!!!