EL DORADO RESERVOIR – Last Updated: 1/8/2015

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Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
New VideoSpring Bass Sampling KDWPT Fisheries Biologists annually sample largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass populations to gather valuable data which is used in formulating fisheries management plans. This video shows a summary of a typical day in the electrofishing boat while sampling is being conducted.See the video at http://youtu.be/R1jK9YZJYuI .
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 15 to 30 inch A video showing electrofishing for blue catfish at El Dorado Reservoir can be seen HERE.No reports due to ice coverMinimum 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 Few recent reports available.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 up to 14-inch Few recent reports available.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 15 to 18 feet deep in brush piles on jigs.  Also along river channels and ledges.
Channel Catfish up to 4 lbs Few recent reports available
Rainbow Trout Trout stream 100% ice covered.  Some ice fishing is occurring.  Use extreme caution on the ice! up to 14 inch with some large fish reported. 1,000 trout were stocked this morning, 1/8/2015.  Ice is limiting access to the fish.  Some ice fishing is going on, but few reports of success are currently available.Trout were also stocked December 23, 2014.  1,000 fish were released at approximately 3:15pm.Fish to 6.75 lbs have been reported this year.
General Comments
2.0 feet low, releasing 5 CFS. Click Here for the most up to date lake level information.Lake is 99% ice covered as of noon on 1/8/2015.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.


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