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: 8.1 feet below conservation, releasing 7 cfs

Lake Temperature: 36 degrees, 10% 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: 11/19/2014

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 We found most of the stripers on the lower half of the reservoir and most of them were between 4 and 8 pounds with a few over 10 collected as well.  While some are in good shape, there are also some very skinny stripers due to a lack of forage.  The best areas to find them right now include Lucas Point, Rock Town, Hell Creek, and Nelson Cove.  There were also a few located around Duvall Cove.
 Walleye Fair to Good 10-25 inches

The adult walleye numbers are looking very similar to last year with most of the fish less than 20 inches, but we did collect adults up to 25 inches or 6 pounds so there are some larger fish in the reservoir.  We also collected one of the best year classes of walleye in quite some time with many of those 10-12 inch cigars present in the sample.  In addition, the 2013 year class was represented illustrating two young up and coming year classes that will give the walleye population a big boost in the next couple of years.

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.  These guys will continue to bite through November so don't give up on them too early.

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 is excellent throughout the month of October and even into early November.  Both species will be feeding throughout the day and are very aggressive this time of year.  Smallmouth can be found anywhere from 4 to 20 feet deep around the rocky shorelines of Rock Town, Marshall Cove, Hell Creek, and Lucas Point.  Largemouth tend to hang out in the coves and can usually be found around brush or other submerged structure.
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 CONDITIONS:  There is ice on the west end from Elm Creek west, but it is not safe yet for ice fishing.  The warmer weather forecasted will probably open most of that up this weekend.  If there are any changes or additional reports, I will be sure to include it on this page.

BOAT RAMP UPDATE: With the reservoir 8.1 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 south lane only has adequate depth for most average fishing boats. Dock is high/dry and the north lane is silted in.

Lucas: Ramp has adequate depth for most average fishing boats.  Dock is high/dry.

Spillway:  Poured 20 yards to the low water lane on April 1st. The dock is still accessible and moored on the shoreline.  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.

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!!!!!!