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New product lets anglers convert hand auger to power auger

Mike Cook
Four Lake Guides

There is a new product out that some of you ice fishermen just have to have. I was lucky enough to try one when we had ice on Cheney that one Saturday the first part of December. I had my most enjoyable ice trip ever, even though the fishing was tough. OK, OK enough with the suspence. The product is called the easy auger and you can only get it from Zeiner's Bass Shop. I was skeptic at first to tell you the truth. But this product is the coolest thing since the carolina rig. It is an adapter that connects your hand auger to your cordless drill motor. I drilled 20 holes through 4 inches of ice and zipped right through it like it was butter. I noticed no drain in my drill motor battery even after the last hole. Read Complete Story


Chase for the $1 million Stren Series Championship, $2 million Forrest Wood Cup set to begin

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2005) - The $6 million Stren Series is
headed to Lake Okeechobee Jan. 4-7 for the season-opening event, a $262,125
Southeast Division tournament launching from Okee-Tantie Marina in
Okeechobee. Read Complete Story

Inside BASS:
Kennedy Finally Reaches His Goal

Dec. 20, 2005 - Steve Kennedy has enjoyed much success on a national tournament circuit, winning an event and qualifying for its championship this season. But his career goal always has been to compete in the big leagues of the CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail. Read Complete Story

Seven Coveted Spots To be Decided in January 2006

Dec. 19, 2005 - CELEBRATION, Fla. - Although professional bass fishing underwent a dramatic restructuring with the announcement of the groundbreaking CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series and more lucrative opportunities with the three Bassmaster Majors, some things will never change. The prestige of qualifying for the CITGO Bassmaster Classic, the sport's most major event, is one of them. Read Complete Story

Agency adds three new lakes to Community Fisheries Assistance Program
Dec. 15, 2005 - PRATT
-- In the spring of 2005, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) launched the Community Fisheries Assistance Program (CFAP). Using matching funds from federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and motor boat fuel, the department began offering leases for fishing rights to the state's 221 community lakes. Most municipalities with community lakes signed on immediately, enabling them to eliminate fees formerly charged for angler access. The result was that fees for anglers on nearly 14,000 acres of water were removed. Read Complete Story

Inside BASS:
Omori Will Be Missed at 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Classic

Dec. 13, 2005 - Somewhat lost in the excitement of the final five pros qualifying for the upcoming CITGO Bassmaster Classic through the CITGO Bassmaster Open Championship was the elimination of a former Classic champion. Read Complete Story

Data collected for fishing forecast, future fisheries management decisions

Dec 8, 2005 - PRATT -- For most outdoorsmen and women, fall is the
time to hang up the fishing rod and dust off the rifle, shotgun, or
bow. For the fisheries biologist, however, it's one of the busiest
times of the year, time to sample lakes to determine the health of
fisheries. Fall is the best time to sample fish because it's the end
of the growing season. Read Complete Story

Kansas angler being sought to help promote new tournament trail

Kansas "Jayhawk" division has been added to ESPN Outdoors Bassmaster Series for 2006

December 6, 2005 - Editor's note: If you are interested in helping promote the new Bassmaster Jayhawk division and fish all four tournaments, email Jim Zeiner or by calling him at 316-265-5551 to get contact information for the director for the new division. He wants someone to distribute brochures on the circuit and promises to make it worthwhile, but he needs someone who plans to fish all four events. For those of you that haven't heard about it yet, here is more information. Read Complete Story

Kansas anglers reap benefits of license and equipment purchases

November 10, 2005 - PRATT -
- The year 2005 is winding down, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has completed its yearly stocking of fish raised in state hatcheries at Farlington, Meade, Milford, and Pratt. The results are impressive. Approximately 64.5 million predaceous fish -- including intermediate (5-8 inches), fingerling (1 1/2 inches), and fry (newly-hatched) -- were stocked in the state's waters. Almost 3 million channel catfish fry, 361,000 intermediates, 720,000 fingerlings, and 1,600 adult channel catfish were stocked. In addition, 1.1 million bluegill and 1.2 million redear sunfish were stocked. Read Complete Story

Staying alert, using bright lights, and slowing down is key to
avoiding accidents

Nov. 4, 2005 - PRATT -- In Kansas, the number of deer-vehicle accidents
increases in fall, with most accidents occurring in mid-November.
This is the time when motorists should be their most alert,
especially at dusk, dawn, and throughout the night because deer are
at the peak of their mating season, called "rut." Read Complete Story

Jim Davidson of Arma highest Kansan Pro
Jared Wigger of Chetopa highest Kansan Amateur

Weisinger Dominates at Lake of the Ozarks

Sallis Wins Amateur Division Title

Story by John Neporadny

October 1-2, 2005 - Osage Beach, MO: Despite having two fish break his line and another pull off, Jerry Weisinger rebounded from adversity to win the Pro Division title of the Fall Pro-Am Spectacular today at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Wyandotte, OK, angler went wire-to-wire to win his second Pro Division title and collect $7,250. Read Complete Story

Heartland ProAm championship set for Oct. 21-22 on Lake of the Ozarks.

The Heartland Pro Am 2005 Championship Tournament, to be held at Lake of the Ozarks on October 21st & 22,nd is the culmination of 7 pro am tournaments. The top 40 point leaders in the pro division have been invited to this prestigious event. Read Story

Department of Wildlife and Parks to start stocking soon

PRATT -- The Kansas trout season begins Oct. 15 and runs through April 15. During this cool period of the year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) stocks rainbow trout in designated waters throughout the state. Read Story

Kansas trout stocking schedule for 2005-2006

October 6, 2005 - Get your trout fishing equipment and supplies rounded up. The state will soon be stocking trout for the next serveral months and anglers will have a chance for some fun fishing and good eating. Read Story and see stocking schedules.


Spirit Lake, Iowa, fishing-tackle company to become long-term title sponsor of former EverStart Series

MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 21, 2005) - FLW Outdoors announced today that Pure Fishing(r) - with its leading portfolio of fishing brands including Berkley(r), Abu Garcia(r), Stren(r), Spiderwire(r), Fenwick(r), Sevenstrand(r), Mitchell(r) and Johnson(r) - has signed the largest, most comprehensive endemic sponsorship agreement in FLW Outdoors history. Read Story

Day 1 Leader Mize Falls to 6th, Federation Qualifier Cowen Takes 2nd

Sept. 17, 2005 - RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Brent Chapman was getting ready to make the 45-mile run to the marina at Big Cedar Lodge Saturday morning when he decided to make a few casts at a spot he originally had ignored. Read Story

35-pound channel catfish breaks state record

September 15, 2005 - Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation - A routine fishing trip turned into a record-breaking day for one Muskogee man. Gary Doak Jr. caught a 35-pound, 15-ounce channel catfish while bass fishing Sept. 11 at Taft Lake west of Muskogee. Read Story

World Series of Walleye Fishing comes to Kansas
August 27, 2005 - JUNCTION CITY --
After 15 years of successful walleye tournaments throughout the United States, the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) has announced a Kansas tournament. The world's top walleye anglers will come to Milford Reservoir, near Junction City, on Sept. 16-18. Read Story

Kansas' Chapman Wins Inaugural
Cabela's Top Gun Championship
- Beats Japan's Namiki By Less Than a Pound -

August 14, 2005 - FT. WORTH, Texas -- Kansas' Brent Chapman won his first major title in bass fishing today by winning the inaugural Cabela's Top Gun Championship. Held here on Eagle Mountain Lake, the tournament fielded the top 25 professional bass fishermen in the world according to the State Farm World Rankings. Read Coverage

Drought has exposed hazards on many reservoirs
PRATT -August 4, 2005-
While reservoirs in eastern portions of Kansas
are currently holding water at normal levels, drought conditions
across much of the rest of the state require that boaters be
especially cautious. Large reservoirs in northcentral and
northwestern Kansas range from 5 to 25 feet low, and continued
irrigation and dry conditions will worsen without substantial
rainfall. As a result, hazards such as tree stumps, old bridge
frames, road beds, buildings, or rock ledges are now closer to the
surface. Read More

Tagged fish offer angler rewards, help biologists manage flathead catfish
MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, is conducting a research project on the biology of flathead catfish in the Kansas River. Researchers at Kansas State University are currently tagging flathead catfish throughout the Kansas River with individually-numbered yellow tags inserted near the dorsal fin. Read More


MINNEAPOLIS (June 8, 2005) - Tune in Sunday, June 12, to "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the conclusion of the $900,000 Wal-Mart FLW Tour event on Wheeler Lake. Watch as co-hosts Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz take viewers through the final weigh-in and award the winning pro angler $100,000. Read Story

IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame to enshrine five men

Seventh annual Rolex sponsored event honors contributions to the sport of fishing

June 8, 2005 - DANIA BEACH, Fla. --- Five men will be inducted into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame, this fall. The class of 2005 includes Stuart "Stu" C. Apte, John L. Morris, George Parker, Donald J. Tyson and Edward vom Hofe. Read Story

KDWP "trial offer": free fishing for two days
May 27, 2005 - PRATT --
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will open Free Fishing Days on the weekend of June 4-5. This weekend is one of the greatest outdoor entertainment bargains in the state. Learn More

June offers free entrance events;
Crawford State Park to host Civilian Conservation Corps reunion
May 27, 2005 - PRATT -
- Each year, Kansas State Parks conduct free park entrance days during which visitors may enter parks free. (Camping permits are still required.) In the past, these days have been the same at each park. In 2005, however, park policy changed so that each park could conduct free park entrance days tailored to the park's facilities, seasonal events, and patron usage, as well as to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the state park system. Learn More

Kansas BASS Federation members accept national award during annual awards presentation
May 22, 2005
- Kansas BASS Federation members Kent Craft and Eric Stong accepted award for state project during the national BASS Federation awards ceremony. See Photo

Kansan Brent Chapman slips to 13th from 10th
State Farm 2005 World Rankings
Hackney Back at the Top

May 15, 2005

After last week's FLW Tour event on Alabama's Wheeler Lake, Greg Hackney once again takes over as the No. 1-ranked angler in the world.

In the last edition of the State Farm World Rankings, Hackney had only been a little over 2 World Rankings points behind former No. 1 angler Marty Stone. But a 4th at Wheeler Hackney's third Top 5 in four events and his fourth Top 20 in five events puts him almost 7 points ahead of Stone, who is now 2nd in the world.Read full story

May offers free entrance events
April 29, 2005 - PRATT --
Each year, Kansas State Parks conduct free park entrance days during which visitors may enter the park free. (Camping permits are still required.) In the past, these days have been the same at each park. In 2005, however, park policy changed so that each park could conduct free park entrance days tailored to the park's facilities, seasonal events, and patron usage, as well as to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the state park system. Read Story

1.5 million toy fishing poles recalled because of lead hazard
April 14, 2005 - WASHINGTON - The Associated Press has reported that about 1.5 million toy fishing poles featuring the cartoon characters SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Tigger and the cast of "Rocket Power" are being recalled because their paint contains lead, the government said Wednesday. Read Story

Activity just beginning for this spring fishing favorite
        PRATT - April 15, 2005
- White bass are common in almost all Kansas reservoirs today, and many anglers look forward to the spring spawning run up rivers that feed these lakes. Lately, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) staff have been getting calls from anglers worried that they might have missed this year's run, but nothing could be further from the truth. Read Story

Oklahoma's Brown Trout Record Shattered

April 13, 2005 - Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation - It has been said that records are made to be broken, but on April 10, 2005, Oklahoma's state record for brown trout of 9 pounds, 12 ounces, was not only broken, it was shattered. Read Story

Cabela's and BassFan team up to create the
test of the world's best bass fishermen:
the Top Gun Championship

SIDNEY, Neb. April 9, 2005­ Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, and BassFan, the world's largest daily news source on professional fishing, have joined forces to create the Cabela's Top Gun Championship, which will crown the first undisputed world champion in professional bass fishing. Read Story

Kansas Angler website server network server back up

Sunday, April 10, 2005 - The network of servers for the Kansas Angler,, and Swim Tail are back up after going down for over 17 hours starting Saturday, April 9. Read Story

Kansas Angler website server network went down early Saturday, April 9

Saturday, April 9, 2005 - The network of servers for the Kansas Angler,, and Swim Tail went down early Saturday, April 9. Technicians are working on the problem and hope to have service restored as soon as possible. Read complete story

Hugo Lake number one - two years running
March 24, 2005 - Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -
For the second year in a row, Hugo Lake can claim the title as the best bass fishery in the state according to a survey of bass tournaments. The southeast Oklahoma lake ranked Number One in the recently released 2004 Oklahoma Bass Tournaments Report. Read full story

KDWP biologists now taking eggs for hatcheries
PRATT -March 23, 2005-
One of Kansas' most popular angling opportunities is just around the corner as walleye move into shallow, rocky areas - usually along the face of dams - to spawn. As waters warm and days grow longer, walleyes abandon deep water and migrate to these spawning beds. This can be one of the best times to catch this tasty fish. Read full story

Low river flow expected to delay spawning migration
March 17, 2005 - PRATT -
The Kansas paddlefish season began March 15 and runs through May 15, but snaggers may not have much success until eastern Kansas receives spring rains and rivers rise. Once rivers rise, paddlefish enter the state in search of spawning areas, usually when water temperatures approach 60 degrees. Read full story

2005 big game seasons highlight public hearing agenda
March 17, 2005 - BELOIT -
The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will conduct a public meeting and hearing in Beloit March 24. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Beloit Municipal Building, 119 N. Hersey. The public hearing portion of the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the same location. All sessions are open to the public. Read full story

Catfish Guide Mike Cook
to be at Zeiner's Saturday, March 19
March 16, 2005
- Catfish anglers will have a chance to talk to professional catfish guide Mike Cook, owner of Four Lake Guides, on Saturday, March 19 at Zeiner's Bass Shop from 9 am until 5 pm. Read full story

Compass Cayak introduces four new models

March 16, 2005 - Compass Cayak™ ("pronounced "kayak") has recently introduced four new
Cayaks™ for the fast growing sport of kayak fishing. "We married the speed, stability, and ease of paddling a kayak with the gear carrying capacity, openness, and comfort of a canoe thus creating a Cayak™. The Compass Cayak™ has a rounded hull shape with no rocker for speed and is quicker than kayaks the same length," said Joel Flather, Owner of Compass Cayak. Read full story

Smallmouth bass action heating up
- and that's not all
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
March 11, 2005 - Start thinking of excuses now, because you are going to want to get out of work soon to take advantage of the great fishing across the state. Read full story

Third Annual STABOR® National Open Buddy Crappie Tournament May 6-7, 2005  at Truman Lake, Bucksaw Point Resort & Marina and National Kids Fishing Derby Read full story

Kansas B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation wins national award for Fishin' for Wishes
March 10, 2005 -
What do you do when you're stuck at home recovering from knee surgery? Kent Craft decided to use the time for something close to his heart. Read full story

Kansan Brent Chapman slips to 11th from 9th
State Farm 2005 World Rankings
Skeet Reese still leads, VanDam back in top 10
March 8, 2005 -
Skeet Reese is still No. 1 in the world, but Greg Hackney has closed the gap. Reese finished 65th at Clarks Hill, his worst finish of the season by about 30 places. Hackney finished 23rd, and is now within 2 points of being No. 1 in the world. Read full story

Expanded camping areas, swim beach, shelter house among improvements
March 4, 2005 - CHENEY
- Visitors to Cheney State Park will find several changes on their first visit in 2005. Park staff have been evaluating park usage, shoreline changes, and recreational needs and have opted to make some adjustments in several areas. Read full story

Oklahoma Wildlife Department tells bass anglers not to procrastinate on spring fishing
March 4, 2005 -
Forget spring cleaning, now is the time for spring fishing - especially if you want to catch a lunker largemouth bass. With the warming water temperatures and lengthening days, the next few weeks offer anglers a prime chance at fish worth bragging about. Read full story

Kansan Brent Chapman drops to 9th from 8th
State Farm 2004 World Rankings
VanDam falls out of top 10, Skeet Reese leads

March 3, 2005 - For the first time in the history of the State Farm World Rankings, Kevin VanDam has fallen out of the Top 10 in the world. Two tournaments ago, VanDam fell to the lowest he'd ever been - 3rd in the world. But after a 74th at last week's Guntersville Bassmaster, on the heels of an 98th at the Harris Chain Bassmaster, VanDam falls nine spots to a shocking (for him) 12th in the world. Kansan Brent Chapman continues to stay in top ten by moving to 7th from 8th. Read full story

Zeiner's Bass Shop launches ZIP Club
March 1, 2005 -
Zeiner's Bass Shop customers will now receive extra value from Wichita's leading independent tackle dealer when they join Zeiner's ZIP Club. Read full story

Innovative KDWP fish culture project producing home-grown hybrids
Feb. 24, 2005 - PRATT -
One might call it Frankenfish. The striped bass/white bass hybrid - more commonly called the "wiper" - is the undisputed terror of Kansas fishing waters. No fish, pound-for-pound, fights as hard as a wiper, and this tenacity has made it an increasingly popular quarry for the state's anglers. Complete Story

Pioneer lure developer and bass angler dies
Feb. 23, 2005 - Jim Zeiner, Jr. -
Tom Mann, one of the pioneers in bass fishing as it's known today died Friday, Feb. 11 at the age of 72. The well know angler and lure maker of Eufaula, Alabama developed products years ago that are still among the mainstay of anglers today. Complete Story

Guides Needed for Kansas Wildscape Governor's Fishing Classic

Feb. 15, 2005 - The KS Wildlscape Governor's Golf and Fishing Classic, Milford Lake, June 16 and 17, 2005, is currently looking for a few Kansas anglers that know how to fish and want to be involved. Complete Story

Golden Redhorse record broken

February 10, 2005 - The Illinois River in northeast Oklahoma recently yielded a new state record golden redhorse. Complete Story

Free Lucky Craft bait for card carrying Kansas bass club members Feb 11-13 in Topeka
Hello Anglers,
This Friday thru Sunday (February, 11-13, 2005) at the Topeka Boat and Outdoors Show (Kansas Expo Center), a booth organized by Bass World West of Santa Ana, California, will feature a wide variety of bass fishing tackle that's not readily available to Kansas anglers. Complete Story

Kansan Brent Chapman moves up to 7th from 8th
State Farm 2004 World Rankings
Mark Davis moves to first place rating

The big story at last week's Okeechobee FLW Tour event was Kelly Jordon's win. It was sweet for Jordon for several reasons. It was his first FLW Tour win, and it came after his terrible finish to last year,s FLW Tour season, when he finished 162th, 195th and 73rd in the last three events. Kansan Brent Chapman continues to stay in top ten by moving to 7th from 8th. Read full story

Southeast Kansas anglers have chance to participate in 1st Annual Tackle/Used Boat Show
Jan. 25, 2005 - Final preparations are being made for the 1st Annual Fishing Tackle/Used Boat Show in Parsons, KS, Jan 29 9:00-5:00. Booth area is completely full and there is a waiting list for hopeful exhibitors. Read full story

Chevrolet Tahoe tops long list of unique items for IGFA's 21st Annual International Auction and Banquet

On-line auction is underway now for January 28th fundraiser

DANIA BEACH, Fla. Jan. 15 --- A 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 SUV is the featured item up for bid in the International Game Fish Association's 21st Annual International Auction and Banquet at The Breakers, in Palm Beach, Fla., on January 28. Read full story

Wildlife & Parks Commission plans Jan. 20 meeting
Public invited to attend both afternoon meeting and evening public hearing
TOPEKA -Jan. 14, 2005-
All interested persons are welcome to attend a public meeting and hearing of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission Jan. 20 in Topeka. The meeting will be conducted at Memorial Hall Auditorium, 120 SW 10th, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The evening public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Read full story

Kansas Sports, Boat and Travel Show will run from Wednesday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 20
Jan. 7, 2005 - After fighting ice storms in early January, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts will be ready to dream about warmer weather and outdoor fun. They will have their chance as the annual Kansas Sports, Boat & Travel Show starts on Wednesday, Feb. 16 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 20. Read full story

State record Blue Cat caught at Lake Texoma
November 19, 2004 - A Madill man caught a 98-pound blue catfish Nov. 11 on Lake Texoma, breaking the previous state record by more than 10 pounds. Read full story

Trout Stocking Schedule
October 15, 2004 -
Trout season in Kansas is open. See what's being stocked near to you.

Plenty of fun and awards for participants
in two tournaments at Bronson City Lake
Bronson, Kansas
Saturday, July 3, 2004
July 12, 2004 -
The Bronson Free Kids Fishing Derby, hosted by Chris Woods, was a huge success. Thirty-seven kids from 3 to 15 years old showed up at the Bronson City Lake to take part in the fun sport of fishing. Read full story

Catfish tournament set
for Cheney Reservoir on July 16-18
July 7, 2004 -
The first annual Fishers of Men Catfish Tournament has be set for Cheney Reservoir on July 16-18. Read full story

Kids and adult tournament set
for Bonson City Lake - Saturday, July 3, 2004
June 25, 2004 -
A kids tournament and an adult tournament have been scheduled for Bronson City Lake. Read full story

After Elite 50s, Seven Anglers Find classic Dreams Fulfilled
Kansan Brent Chapman earns spot again

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - After three months of pins-and-needles anticipation,
the final 10 anglers have clinched their berths in the 2004 CITGO
Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer, set for July 30-Aug. 1 in
Charlotte, N.C. Kansan Brent Chapman won his spot earlier in the year with his success in the CITGO Bassmaster Tour. Read full story

Kansan Brent Chapman stands in 12th for season points
Mark Davis takes second win
of inaugural Elite 50 season
June 5, 2004 - PRATTVILLE, Ala.
­ Mark Davis does things in threes. The Arkansas pro has three CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year titles. He has three children. And on Saturday night at the Bassmaster Elite 50 tournament, he won his third event in the 2004 season of the CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer. Read full story

Oklahoma State Record Flathead Catfish Caught at El Reno Lake
May 27, 2004 -
Admittedly, state record fish are sometimes caught by accident. Occasionally fortune smiles on some lucky angler, like the fisherman who recently caught a state record walleye while catfishing or the state record smallmouth buffalo that was caught while the angler was fishing for walleye last year. Read full story

Kansan Brent Chapman slips back to 11th
Two other Kansans, Kingsley and Sprague advance
State Farm 2004 World Rankings
Mark Davis jumps to first place rating

May 18, 2004 - For the first time in the rankings' history, Mark Davis is the No. 1 angler in the world. His jump was aided by dropping a 128th-place finish from 2 years ago. Read full story

Kansas Striper Association Tournament
May 23, 2004 - $1000 First Place Guaranteed on June 12-13 2004 at Lake Wilson, KS Full Information

Texas record gar landed
April 24, 2004 - Falcon - Submitted by Larry Bridgeman - Click on photo for larger view Jorge Gutierrez from Arrowhead Ranch, Zapata shot the new lake record alligator gar weighing 213 lbs on April 21, 2004 in the Veleno Arm of Falcon. He was accompanied by Lupe Gutierrez. The record gar has been submitted to Texas Parks and Wildlife for certification. George provides guided Gar hunts as part of his Arrowhead Ranch outfitting services and he can be reached at (956) 744-6470. Read Complete Story and see photographs


Secrets from the Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby

April 12, 2004 - KETCHUM, Okla. Young, beginning anglers have been heard to ask, "Don,t we need to fish from a boat to catch fish?

Parents and guardians, take note. The correct answer is, of course, "no.

The proof? Tell your young fishing partners about the fish-catching
success of the Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby, the national
program that hosts more than 300,000 bank anglers at fun fishing events
held in every state. By the way, they,re free and all kids from 6 to 16 are
invited. Read Complete Story

Former Kansan, Gary Carrier, places third
HEAD wins season opener on Broken Bow BROKEN BOW, Okla. (March 1, 2004)
The 2004 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Okie Division season kicked off Saturday on Broken Bow Lake near Broken Bow, and Allen Head of Pryor claimed the win thanks to a five-bass catch weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces. He bested 163 Boater Division competitors to earn $4,291 and 200 points. Details

Pure Fishing Announces the Purchase
of Stren Fishing Lines
Spirit lake, Iowa, Feb. 10, 2004 -
Pure Fishing announced that it has purchased the fishing related assets of Remington Arms Company, Inc., including the popular Stren brand, effective Feb. 10, 2004. Details

Zebra Mussels have invaded Kansas
and need to be stopped
Jan. 12, 2004 - El Dorado Reservoir -
By now most anglers and boaters are aware of the discovery of the dreaded Zebra Mussels at El Dorado Reservoir. Details

Second Annual Open
Rogue Only Bass Tournament
Saturday, March 6, 2004
Dec 29, 2003
- If you like fishing Rogues in the spring, here's the tournament for you. Details

"Eight in One" Benefit Big Bass Tournament
Grand Lake - March 6, 2004

Dec 9, 2003 - $240,000 Total Cash Payback Plus the Chance to Win a H2 Hummer* Details


300,000 young anglers participated
in the Wal-Mart Kids All American Fishing Derby

DEC. 1, 2003 - KETCHUM, Okla. Producers of the Wal-Mart Kids All American Fishing Derby announced that Riley Horgan, 12, of Minnetrista, MN, and Rio Kadake, 10, Kake, AK, have been named freshwater and saltwater national grand prize winners of the Fujifilm "Big Fish" Contest. Details

Trout tournament
will benefit Operation Home Run
Nov. 16, 2003 -
Trout anglers have a chance to have fun, win prizes and help Operation Home Run efforts. Details

Tulsa To Host 2004 CITGO
BASS Federation Championship
Oct. 29, 2003 - TULSA, OK.
Bass anglers from 53 Federations will battle for their sport's amateur world championship title on Oklahoma's Keystone Lake next spring, officials announced today.
BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, and representatives of the local host committee gathered at the Oklahoma Aquarium to announce that the CITGO BASS Federation Championship presented by Busch Beer will be April 19-24, 2004. Details

Trout stocking has started
October 15, 2003 -
Check out the trout stocking schedule for 2003-2004 and compare it to last year's. Details

Catfish tournament to be held in Nowata, Oklahoma September 27, 2003
Catfish anglers have a chance at prize money in late September. Details

Grand prize of $5,000 and hourly prizes
in annual Make-A-Wish tournament
Kansas B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation once agains sponsors big bass tournament to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation. Details

Read the latest from BASS
August 27, 2003 - Inside BASS by BASS Communications/ BASS keeps you posted on interesting stories about the pros. Alton Jones talks with President Bush. Lonnie Stanley undergoes surgery. Read it All

Crappie Angler Sportsman Tour Announces Fall 2003 Schedule - Three close to Kansas
August 15, 2003 - Overland Park, KS ­ The Crappie Angler Sportsman Tour announced Friday they will host 3 fall qualifying events to kick off the 2004 tournament season. All C.A.S.T. qualifying events will again offer a $1,500 guaranteed minimum payout and the opportunity to qualify to compete at the 2004 Classic for a guaranteed $10,000 first place prize. Read Complete Story

White Perch Frenzy fishing tournament
to be held August 30 - Win prizes

In an effort to thin the White Perch numbers at Cheney, a White Perch fishing tournament will be held Saturday, May 25. Plenty of prizes to win. Read Complete Details

BASS, Bass Pro Shops to Launch Line
of Bassmaster Merchandise

by BASS Communications/ BASS and the Kansas Angler
(Aug. 01, 2003 - NEW ORLEANS, LA)... BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, has signed a multi-year agreement with Bass Pro Shops, the world's leading supplier of outdoor gear, to be the official outdoor retailer for BASS and to expand the Bassmaster brand into a line of high-quality fishing products designed for and by BASS anglers. Read Complete Story

Classic Day 3
New Jersey pro takes top honors in Classic
Iaconelli scores narrow victory in the Big Easy
August 3, 2003 - NEW ORLEANS, La. -
Confidence has never been a problem for Michael Iaconelli. And on Sunday, in the giant marshland known as the Louisiana Delta, he lived up to the old Dizzy Dean adage that, "It ain't bragging if you can back it up." Read Complete Story

BassMaster Classic Day 2
Kansan Brent Chapman finishes in 27th with limit
New Jersey Pro Assumes Lead In CITGO Bassmaster Classic
Iaconelli Holds 2-Plus-Pound Cushion
Entering Sunday's Final Round

Michael Iaconelli leads round 2 after a challenging day,
or engine trouble and Mother Nature.
(Aug. 02, 2003 - NEW ORLEANS, LA)...
Thirty-three-year-old New Jersey pro Michael Iaconelli on Saturday morning recovered from mechanical problems that left him temporarily adrift in the Gulf of Mexico to take the lead in the $700,000 CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer entering Sunday's final round. Read Complete Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in 28th with limit of smaller fish
Menendez And Four-Legged Friend Take Classic Lead
Kentucky Pro and His Yellow Lab
Team Up to Best America's Top Anglers
by BASS Communications/ BASS

(Aug. 01, 2003 - NEW ORLEANS, LA)... Kentucky pro Mark Menendez, joined in his boat by a yellow Lab named Barkley, posted a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 10 ounces on Friday to take the first-round lead in the $700,000 CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer. Read Complete Story

Sixty-one get their dance card
BASS announces field for 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Classic
Kansan Brent Chapman earns spot again

MONTGOMERY, Ala. BASS, the world's largest fishing organization has announced the official field of competitors for the 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer, scheduled Aug. 1-3 in New Orleans, La. Read Complete Story

Zeiner's and radio 1070-AM join
for revival of fishing reports
Years ago, anglers tuned to 1070-AM to find out the latest in fishing reports and news. For years, those reports were sponsored by Jim Zeiner, Sr and his bait and tackle business. Read Complete Story

Jason Baird wins BASS Federation Central Div HAYS, Kan. After Jason Baird brought in more than 25 pounds of fish on day two of the BASS Federation Central Divisional at Cedar Bluff reservoir, everyone thought he had locked up the winner's spot everyone, that is, except Baird, himself. Friday's final round proved him wrong. Read Complete Story

Tips for taking kids fishing
KETCHUM, Okla. -
Psst. Mom, Dad. If you're ready to take the little person
in your house on his or her first fishing trip, here are three words of

Just have fun. Read Complete Story

White Perch Frenzy fishing tournament
to be held May 25 - Win prizes

In an effort to thin the White Perch numbers at Cheney, a White Perch fishing tournament will be held Saturday, May 25. Plenty of prizes to win. Read Complete Details

Everybody's a Winner at the World's Largest Fishing Event for Kids.
And Some Win Twice.

KETCHUM, Okla. The people who organize the world's largest fishing
program for young anglers proudly brag that "everybody's a winner." And
this year, they will also tell you, some young people will win twice. Read Complete Information

Oklahoma Crappie moving shallow
Check out this week's fishing report from lakes across Oklahoma and you
will soon detect a recurring theme. Read Complete Story

Big fish striper tournament scheduled
The Kansas Striper Association is sponsoring a nationally sanctioned big fish striper tournament at Lake Wilson in May. Read Complete Story

87-pound blue catfish breaks state record
Some would argue that catching a record fish is all skill and others would say it is all luck, but maybe it has a whole lot more to do with just getting out and going fishing. Read Complete Story

Young Breed of Pros Invade National Scene

Inside BASS - week 3-10-03
by BASS Communications/ BASS

(Mar. 11, 2003 - Montgomery, AL)... You see them at every CITGO Bassmaster tournament, the young, flat-bellied troops of eager, aggressive pros invading a sport that was once dominated by the most seasoned of anglers. Read Complete Story

Add a Pencil to Your Vest
(Or TAG-You're It)
by Judy Boston, MSFF Conservation Director

Feb. 28, 2003 - You have an opportunity to assist the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC) trout biologists gather important data over time concerning the effectiveness of catch-&-release (C&R) areas on Arkansas trout waters. Read Complete Story

Kansan Brent Chapman still in 12th
Two other Kansans, Kingsley and Sprague in top 200
2003 World Rankings
Feb. 27, 2003 -
Three Kansans are now in the top 200 in world rankings. See the top 200 pros.

Angler reels in the third largest
largemouth bass in the state

One more meal, perhaps a shad or a few crayfish, and the smile on Dave
Masters, face would be even brighter. Not that Masters was hungry, but if
the huge, 14-pound, 8.5-ounce largemouth bass he caught recently was just three ounces heavier, it would have broken the state record. Read Complete Story


U.S. Military Bases
Take Kids Fishing Program to New Level

Feb 16, 2003 KETCHUM, Okla. This year the Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby program will take its fishing events beyond the lakes and rivers of the United States. Casting across the world's two biggest ponds, the Atlantic and Pacific, organizers have scheduled derbies for 2003 at U.S. military bases in Japan, Korea, Germany and England. Read Complete Story

Statistics tell the story of the 2002 Wal-Mart Kids All American Fishing Derbies

December 26, 2002 - KETCHUM, Okla. Who ever said that statistics were dry didn't know about the world's largest kids fishing program, the Wal-Mart Kids All American Fishing Derbies. Godon Holland shares the 2002 stats from the ponds of play for 250,000 young anglers ages 5 to 16 participating in the over 1,500 individual events held nationwide. Read Complete Story

BASSMASTER'S 2003 Tackle Guide
is available free at Zeiner's
December 23, 2002 -
December 2002's issue of BASSMASTER Magazine featured a 40 page tackle guide for 2003. The guide features lures, terminal tackle, line, rods, reels, tackle boxes and more. Read Complete Story

Top four teams use Swim Tail® lures in tournament
Cross and Simmons win 2002 Summer Crappie Classics Tournament June 23 at Milford Lake
June 23, 2002 -
The team of Steve Cross of Carbondale and Terry Simmons of Overbrook had ten fish for a total weight of 9.26 lbs to win the 2002 Stabor Summer Crappie classics tournament at Milford Lake on June 23. The two won a total of $1,310 in prizes. Helping them with their win were yellow, white and green (chartreuse) Swim Tail® lures. The pair also won second big fish of the tournament. The pair finished second last year in the Stabor Classic. Read Complete Story

Trout stocking schedule for Kansas
October 15 marked the beginning of the 2002-2003 trout season. Trout were stocked in many areas during the two weeks prior to that. Check the stocking schedule that runs from October 2002 to January 2003.


Fishing's biggest week returns to the Big Easy July 28-Aug. 3, 2003

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Sept. 12, 2002 - B.A.S.S. officials joined with Louisiana Lt. Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to announce that New Orleans will be the host city for the CITGO BASSMASTERS Classic presented by Busch Beer, July 28 through Aug. 3. Read complete story

Largemouth Bass Virus (LMBV) Fact Sheet

1. What is Largemouth Bass Virus?
It is one of more than 100 naturally occurring viruses that affect fish but not warm-blooded animals. Origin is unknown, but it is related to a virus found in frogs and other amphibians and nearly identical to a virus isolated in fish imported to the U.S. for the aquarium trade. Although the virus is carried by other fish species, to date, it has produced disease only in largemouth bass. Scientists do not know how the virus is transmitted or how it is activated into disease. In addition, they know of no cure or preventative, as is commonly the case with viruses. Read Complete Story

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