from Kansas Anglers
January - June 2004
I am threw, I am getting off my soap box now for a while.
June 28, 2004 - Cheney Reservoir
Fisheries Management -As the Wildlife and Parks fisheries
biologist at Cheney Reservoir, I read this site to keep up with
what's going on for the fishing reports I post on the department's
web site. I don't read it to get ideas on how to manage the fishery.
Sorry, but there are better places to go for that kind of information.
I wonder at the way you guys rave about the fishing, and then
suggest I do something different. I also notice that somebody
wakes up about every week or so and discovers that white perch
are a nuisance and need to be dealt with. Duh! What does it mean
when someone worries about Kansas anglers going out of state,
and then in the same paragraph mentions a Texan coming here to
June 24, 2004 - Stocking Question - I'm wondering why the stocking dates at Urban Fishing sites is updated post stocking..Its a great asset to those who fish the neighborhood stocked lakes..Please tell us if this a new policy...
June 23, 2004 - Question on Cheney
White Perch - Is there nothing more the KDWP can do
to rid Cheney of the White Perch infestation. One of my buddies
and I went fishing last Sunday from the bank off of refuge point.
We started out using jigs and crankbaits looking for some wiper
or walleye. My buddy kept saying he was getting little bumps,
about 5 or 6 per cast but was not catching anything. After only
catching a couple of small white perch and drum we starting trying
to catch the little bastards. We use tiny trout hooks and little
pieces of worm. As soon as the worm hit the water you had one,
about a 3 to 4 inch white perch fingerling and they were thick.
We also caught a few small wiper 8 inches long or so along with
the perch. My question is, if these things are so distructive
why won't the KDWP open the lake up to commercial fishing like
they do Kanopolis for the Rough Fish, or why don't they do some
electro shock fishing for the damn things. They are out of control.
June 21, 2004 - Catch and Release - Is it just me or do some anglers not have a clue about releasing larger fish. An 8 pound smallmouth and you ate it? What are you thinking? Take a picture, measure it, at the very least do everything within reason to keep it alive, weigh it on a certified scale, release it, and have a replica made. Same goes for the 50+ flatheads and 25+ catfish and other trophy fish. These are the fish that maintain the quality fishing in KS now and if we keep culling them fishing in KS will be poor at best. Eat smaller fish that in all likelihood are much better to eat anyway. William Miller
June 18, 2004 - Question on Cheney Walleye - What is going on with the walleye at Cheney. I have heard very few reports of anyone catching anything out there all year, including the spawn periods. Sure you hear of a few here and there but nothing like the action we have had before. Ryan
June 18, 2004 - Cheney - I just wanted to say, since the KDWP isn't going to stock striper's in Cheney anymore, I wish you fish hogs would throw back them 10+lb stripers and wipers. A smaller fish is much better to eat and these fish would eat a lot of pesky white perch, which would benefit the reservoir. Alan
June 18, 2004 - Response to Bass
Stocking at El Dorado - In 2003, the KDWP stocked
a total of 644,735 largemouth bass fry and 85,257 fingerling
largemouth in to El Dorado Reservoir along with 28,710 smallmouth
bass fry. The largemouth were chemically marked with OTC so individuals
that recruit to the adult population can be identified. This
is useful as it provides a means by which the contribution of
the stocking can be followed. Samples were collected at the end
of May and results are not yet available.
June 16, 2004 - Question about Boat
Registration - Not exactly a fish question but important
non-the-less. Recently my grandfather past away. I purchased
his older boat from the estate. We have found the original title,
(Missouri), however, the boat had been registered in Kansas,
but cannot find the actual registration card or any paper work
from Kansas. It is placarded with KS #'s with a 2006 expiration.
What will I need to tranfer the boat into my name? Can I get
a temporary permit to use the boat until the matter is cleared?
14, 2004 - Milford Certified Scales? -
Do you know the nearest certified scales to Milford
State park main entrance?
June 8, 2004 - Reply to Stripers
at Cheney - LAST SUNDAY WHEN I CAUGHT 15 STRIPER I
ONLY KEPT 2. THE REST WENT BACK TO BE WHITE PERCH EATING MACHINES.
ACTUALLY I DON'T LIKE EATING STRIPERS/WIPERS. LAST YEAR I RELEASED
95 TO 98 PERCENT OF THE STRIPERS/WIPERS I CAUGHT. ROUGHLY 30
- 40 FISH BACK IN THE WATER. SO I PRACTICE CATCH A RELEASE. I
USUALLY KEEP ENOUGH FOR A FISH FRY AND THROW ALL BACK. EVEN THE
HUGE WALLEYE I CAUGHT LAST YEAR. I THREW MANY 6 LBS. BACK. COULD
HAVE CLEANED THEM BUT I PUT THEM BACK. GOOD QUESTION TO ASK.
I HOPE MORE PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE. MARK.
June 7, 2004 - Trolling Question - I'm just getting into trolling and wondering if there was an average speed that you troll at. I'm going to try this three way rig on your page.
June 7, 2004 - Stripers in Cheney - Perhaps I'm missing something, but it sounds like the white perch-eating machines in Cheney are going in the livewells when caught by some of your reporting anglers.
Can someone explain why one of Cheney's best hopes for controlling white perch (stripers) are being removed from the lake by fishermen?
June 4, 2004 - Fishing for wipers with liver? - I still don't understand why you don't make it possible for people to post a comment or report without having to send an email to you. This is the worst system of any website I have ever been on, so with that said please post this question to your soundoff page.
I have heard some people catching wipers on liver. How much liver do you place on your hook and what size hook do you use. Do you fish it on the bottom or drifting or what? Any tips for catching wipers with liver is appreciated.
May 22, 2004 - Wilson, Cheney and
Not Fishing for Wipers - JUST FINISHED UP A REALLY
NICE WEEKEND FISHING TRIP TO WILSON LAKE IN THE SMOKY HILLS.
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL LAKE. WENT WITH ONE OF A VERY FEW FISHING FRIENDS
I GO OUT WITH . DURING OUR TWO DAY STAY. THERE WAS TWO FISHING
TOURNAMENTS GOING ON WITH THE KANSAS STRIPER AND WALLEYE ASS.
WHAT A CROWD. NOT ONE PARKING STALL AT THE BOAT RAMP. ANYWAY,
DURING OUR TRIP I BROUGHT UP THE WIPER FISHING AT CHENEY. I TRIED
TO GET HIM TO GO OUT WITH ME THIS SUMMER AND RIP SOME LINE ON
THE BIG FISH. EACH TIME I TALKED ABOUT IT HE WOULD NOT GET INVOLVED
IN THE CONVERSATION. FOR YEARS I HAVE TALKED TO HIM ON THIS ISSUE
OF BIG WIPERS AT CHENEY. NOW MY FRIEND HAS A NEW DEEP-V ALUM.
BOAT AND LOVES TO STRIPER AND WALLEYE FISH. I FINALLY ASKED HIM
WHY HE IS NOT INTERESTED IN WIPER FISHING. BEFORE I GIVE YOU
HIS ANSWER LET ME TELL YOU THIS. HE IS 60 YEARS OLD. HAS NO ANSWERING
MACHINE. NO CELL PHONE. NO CABLE/SATELLITE. NO INTERNET. HAS
A NEW F-150 AND NEVER USES THE KEYLESS ENTRY. HIS IS A PRACTICING
CHRISTIAN. HIS ANSWER WAS "WIPERS ARE MAN MADE AND I DON'T
FISH FOR THOSE". I KEPT MY MOUTH SHUT. I NEVER HEAR OF SUCH.
CRAZY. JUST FLAT CRAZY. ANYWAY, DID CATCH MANY 15" WALLEYE
AND THE GUY IS GREAT TO BE WITH AND WE HAD A GREAT TIME. MARK.
April 13, 2004 - Coffey Co. - Watched the weather for Monday and decided it would be best to head east. Heard reports that Coffey Co. was really hot so I checked the local conditions at Burlington and seen the wind was 5-10 mph for at least an hour, so I thought it would be safe to venture east for the 2 hour drive. Arrived at the lake around 1:00, and after seeing no trailers at the ramp, I knew I was in trouble. Looked at the water and didn't even see a whitecap, but I knew they had the lake shut down. Went in the office to verify my worst fears, and yes, to them, it was way too windy. All I could do is look at them and know they obviously have never stepped foot in a boat. All I could remember about the lake is that they have two time periods for which they impose wind restrictions. From Oct. 15 to Apr. 15 differs from Apr. 15 to Oct. 15 due to water temps. I looked at their wind meter and for nearly two hours, the wind speed was well below the limit, so here I am wondering why in the hell I am not out on the lake catching fish after fish. But they told me it was to their individual discretion whether to allow anyone on the lake, period! One guy told me that is was way too rough to have a boat on the lake, so be happy and either go to Melvern or fish from shore. It was hard to understand his reasoning, adding to the fact that the wind was out of the east! So being upset about traveling 2 hours with high expectations and not being able to fish like I would, I told him to buy his own boat and venture out there and explain to me why it is too rough to fish! Then I graciously went down to the dock area and decided to fish and wait for dead calm conditions. I noticed the guy who would not let me go was done with his shift and left. Minutes later, the next guy in line came down and told me to get a pager and go out and fish. With about 2 hours to fish, I figured I could at least catch a few. Made it out towards the dam, and caught 10 walleye from 16-20 inches, 1 15" crappie, 1 nice blue cat, and a white. Fish were biting really well with water temps close to 58. Went to check in and thanked to man for letting me venture out over the 5-6" waves. He told me it would be a very good idea to call ahead next time. He said regardless of weather conditions, each person in charge of the check-in station has different views on if the lake is fishable or not. So the main point of this article is for those who have fished Coffey Co. before, the rules have apparently changed. It seemed before they used to go strictly on wind speed and direction, but that is not the case anymore. So for future reference to everyone, please call their office before you leave to avoid the problems I ran in to. Lucky for me, I still caught what I was after, but who knows how many more I would have caught given a couple more hours. Stauf
April 12, 2004 - Looking for donations
to help with kids' fishing tournament
April 8, 2004 - Looking Forward to Kansas Slabs - A recent visit to alabama, Iwent crappie fishing with my brother and cousin on an oxbow lake off the tom bigbee river only caught about a dozen, However they were quality fish. Lookin forward for kansas slabs
April 6, 2004 - Question on electrofishing sample on private water - I'm part-owner of an 8-9 acre pond that appears to be heavily populated by bass under 12 inches in length. I've talked with my area fisheries biologist and he gave me some good info. about how to improve this situation, and I then asked him if he could do an electrofishing sample to truly test to see if there are little or no larger bass. He said he just doesn't have enough time to do this so I was wondering if you know of any private individuals who offer this kind of service?
Thanks for any info. you can provide.
April 6, 2004 - Trash and Suggestion
for Cheney - This isn't really a fishing report, but
just a couple of things I had on my mind. First of all, would
everyone please stop leaving their bait containers, food wrappers,
uneaten food, and other assorted pieces of trash on the ground
near the lakes. There are usually places provided for these items
- they are called TRASH CANS.
April 1, 2004 - Place to Crappie
Fish - My dad has been wanting to do some crappie
fishing lately so I'm wanting to know if anyone has any good
places they know for Crappie. I wouldn't say more of a few giant
crappie, but where we could go out and just catch a bunch of
crappie. The drive doesn't matter too much, but the closer the
better though. My dad said Cheney thirty years ago was good for
crappie, but I haven't read any reports about crappie there before.
Any info would be appreciated. Feel free to email me at Huskyhush@hotmail.com
April 1, 2004 - Question on Rod -
I would like to get someone's opinion on what action
and length of rod works best for trolling a three way rig? I
also have heard that spider wire of fire line will cut throught
the water and allow bait to work deeper. Can anyone confirm this.
I am curious as to what action rod would people recommend for
trolling a three way rig? and why? Also what line to use for
main line from pole? Curious about the use of Spider wire. thanks.
March 22, 2004 - Walleye Tactics - I have been Walleye fishing for 25 years in Kansas. I remember my Dad taking me early evening to get a good spot. I remember losing lure after lure after lure. I guess times have changed. I been going to Cheney a lot over the last ten days, and had been doing pretty good. Last Friday was my last time I will go back there too! It takes me an hour to get there, and an hour to get home but usually it was worth it. Friday night, the 20th my brother and I got there about 5pm to "get a good spot." We set up about 40 yards apart from one another and kept working our lures. As it got darker, more and more people showed up. Then as the fish moved up from deeper water to the edge, we started working our other lures close to the damn. We had guys get in between us, tangle up there lures with ours. We had idiots walking along the damn, pulling there stick baits. Rudely getting in between traditional fisherman. Thanks for stepping on my Fenwick rod my Dad left me and breaking it. I had someone pick up my net, and walk away while I wasn't looking at my gear 15 yards away from me next to my bucket. I heard drunks yelling at one another, less than a hundred yards away. So much for being quiet, as I was taught. The damn is big enough for everyone, and they are all over it. But I guess the only good place to fish is by me, 10 feet away from me or my brother. Thanks for ruining a great tradition, and experience I was going to share with my boys. I will not go back. Usually people I have ran into fishing us common courtesy, and have good ethics, but not at Cheney. I know it gets dark and you cant see were people are, but if you listen, you can hear a guy casting his lures. You can walk down alittle bit to see where other's might be. When you hear, "Oh yeah, he is long enough" makes ya wonder if they even know what the legal length limit is there. And one more thing you might want to consider at Cheney, you can go later, like midnight, and no matter what time you leave, you will almost always see more coming. Concerned fisherman.
March 19, 2004 - Cheney - anyone wishing to respond. mr. "D" cove. north of wichita point. i have never herd of any reports of fish in that area. it has deep water in it. anyone ever do any good fishing in that area? any humps adjacent to deep water? i have never fished there.
March 19, 2004 - More on Walleye Spawn - This is in response to the one who disagreed with my earlier Marion report. I hope you did not misunderstand my article. What I was trying to say is that I believe the best time to target these fish at this time would be when the fish are staging. From what I've read, walleye feed heavily in preparation for the spawn. I believe this includes the period from ice-out to the spawn. Also, I completely understand that not all walleye spawn at the same time. I believe they generally spawn from anywhere between 45 and 58 degrees. So much depends on the weather, such as rapidly warming air temps as well as heavy rains which can also warm the water quickly. But my whole point is that when certain fish are "spawning", catching them in a feeding mode is very rare. If they do hit a lure, it is usually strickly out of reaction, not due to hunger. I believe it is the sole reason the fish stage before the spawn. Walleye need to feed aggressively in order to build enough reserves to carry out their respective duties which the spawing process requires. But from what you said, I agree you can definitely catch walleye while they are spawning, but it doesn't mean they are "feeding". I guess I would much rather fish for walleye when they want to eat, not when they are mating. Believe me, when you hit it at the right time, the fishing before the spawn can be as active as when it is in May and June when the fish are once again feeding aggresively to restore what they lost during the spawn.
March 17, 2004 - Farm Pond - This fishing season isn't off to a grand start. Took a trip last week down to Texas to take my mom to the hospital. Will try and stay short with my stories... Rented a boat to fish lake fork. About to launch... my dad has to do something so we had to drive to a gas station... on the way there my three poles in a bass pro carry bag fell out of the boat... tried to find them, but were gone... Bought a new pole and a kinda junky reel, but can't be picky. A front hit that morning as well and turned off bass fishing. We ended up landing five bass, but nothing big like that lake is known for... My dad uses crappie jigs and catches bass all the time with them. I caught my two bass on a Kalins five inch grub.
Stopped by bass pro on the way up to at least replace one of my poles.. Met Jimmy Houston and my dad also bought a boat. So I am planning on selling my little john boat as well as my wristwatch hummingbird fish finder... Might even sell of some lures I don't plan on using. I plan to get it all on the web... anyone interested can email me at Huskyhush@hotmail.com
Okay my stories doesn't end there... My brother and his friend went to a farm pond to go fishing... I get a call at home... to bring the tow chain... I should have known better. I don't have four wheel drive on my trailblazer, but it does have a strong engine in it. Well their truck is in the mud very bad.... no room to even move the tires... I try to keep my distance because there is water all around where he drove through... Don't think a four wheel drive truck can handle anything. Well all the ground was too wet so my tires just started to spin... I somehow kept on inching back and sure enough I got stuck. Not too bad, but bad enough to know I can't get out. Called my dad and he brought his dodge sprinter van to maybe tow me out.. but the truck was nearly 100 feet in the muddy area... I knew best bet was to get a winch... So I finally took charge and called Arrow towing... And they came and saved the day... Very nice company. The farm pond was still chocolate milk and chilly. I did catch one bass on a colorado blade spinnerbait with crawfish scent. The friend caught two bass on a shallow diving crankbait.
This is the year of fishing mishaps for us... but my dad did win the lottery to start off the year. So there is no room to complain, but only room to enjoy the mishap that happens.
Good fishing to everyone.
March 16, 2004 - Walleye commentary -Sorry, but I have to disagree with the statement that walleye don't strike a lure during the spawn.
I catch lots of walleye -- male walleye -- when they are spawning on the rocks. Don't know whether they hit a lure because they are hungry or because they are trying to chase it away, but if you cast a Rapala into a pod of spawning walleye, there's a really good chance that a male will smack it.
Also, even during the height of the spawn, when there's lots of splashing along the dam, there will be male walleye feeding around the rocks later that same night. I've stood in the moonlight and watched them swim right around my feet, nosing into the rocks. I've always assumed that they were hunting for baitfish, because they LOOK like they're hunting for baitfish. And they're easy to catch on a Rapala or Rebel cranked shallow through the rocks.
March 15, 2004 - Walleye question - Who can I ask about how walleye spawn on the lakes. Is it the males come up first, then the females? Or females come up and then the males? Kerrytrebbe@aol.com or Chelim@bfsnapa.com
March 15, 2004 - Cheney - Well,
I have been getting antsy so I thought I would try to fish the
damn out at Cheney on Friday night. We arrive out there about
9:30p.m. or so. We stayed out there until about 1:00 a.m. There
were a few fish splashing
This really irritates me. We can't fish the spillway and are
not supposed to fish around the spillway structures, signs say
to keep out. Honestly, it would take a blast bigger than the
Oklahoma City Bombing to blow up that dam. The sign should say
if you see someone driving a Rider Truck into the spillway call
911. I don't think it right to keep us out of the best fishing
spot on the dam, BUT if the are going to restrict the area, that
means the area is off limits to everybody. I sit out there and
Sunday we went out to Cheney again to fish in the river. We
How big do white perch get? Some that I caught were big enough
March 13, 2004 - Marion - in response to the marion story. your absolutely right when the 'eyes are on the spawn they will not eat, however not all 'eyes spawn at the same time. you could probably find post & pre spawn eyes in areas adjacent to spawning areas. best method would be slip bobber or still fishing as even these fish will be in a negative mood. and you'd have to tease them into saying ok you've been there for 5 minutes i'm gonna eat you. good luck. i'd have been at kanopolis saturday if it hadn't been for the wind and rain.
on another note kdwp says the spawn is on @ cheney and they have their nets out. i went after midnight till about 5am friday morning and didn't hear a single fish wallow in the shallows. water temp was 45. with no wind. still might be able to get some pre-spawners @ cheney as well.
and finally one other note.... kdwp has finally posted 2004
fish forecast. take a look at scott state park for walleye action.
the report from there sure surprised me.
March 12, 2004 - Marion - Went to Marion last night and had two walleye up to the rocks, but they managed to make the release fairly easy. My starting point for fishing the rip-rap has always been around 42 degrees. And from that point on, I'll fish the rocks with rogues and Jr. thudersticks and have great success until they are in full-fledged spawning mode. I've been walleye fishing for 12 years now, and every year seems to be the same. When I start hearing the fish splash in inches of water, its pretty much time to wait another few weeks and get the boat out. If I have ever caught them past that point, they are usually snagged by accident. It makes sense to me that the best time is when the fish are FEEDING, not SPAWNING. When these fish are in the spawning mood, they generally have no intention on eating until they are done with there job. So in retrospect, the best time to go for me is now, not next week when there is 42,000 people standing side by side watching these magnificent fish swim back and forth through their legs and around their baits and splash all night long. Don't get me wrong, you can still get an occasional male to hit off of reaction, but it may take 200 casts to do so. Also, for me the best times are just befor sunset to a couple of hours after, and then the same around sunrise. Keep in mind, a friend of mine was fishing at Wilson the night the state record was caught. He said the fish were in full spawn mode and hardly anyone had caught a fish all night. All anyone heard was the spashing of males and females. Then, all of the sudden, a lot of splashing and yelling occured just down from him. He swears to this day that the fish was snagged in the back. I sure hope that was not the case, but I would'nt doubt it. GOOD LUCK!
March 10, 2004 - Commentary - "DID YOU KNOW"? I RECENTLY PURCHASED A LOWRANCE X-19 COLORED FISH FINDER. A VERY EXPENSIVE, STATE OF THE ART, SONAR UNIT. I'VE USED LOWRANCE PRODUCTS FOR 15 YEARS AND HAVE BEEN HAPPY WITH THERE PRODUCTS. I INSTALLED THE X-19 AND THE UNIT IS BROKE. NO PROBLEM. I SHIPPED THE UNIT TO TULSA, OK. AND THERE GOING TO SEND A NEW ONE TO ME. AFTER TALKING TO THE SERVICE TECH. I HAD A FEW QUESTIONS FOR HIM. ONE QUESTION WAS. WERE IS THE MANUFACTURING AREA AT FOR LOWARANCE? MEXICO. ALL THEY DO IN THE U.S.A. IS DEVELOP, SOME SERVICE, TECH. HELP, WAREHOUSE. ABU GARCIA/RAPALA IS MANUFACTURED OUTSIDE THE USA. DON'T KNOW A BOUGHT GARMIN. I'M SURE I WOULD BE AMAZED WITH ALL THE PRODUCTS I HAVE IN MY BOAT TO FIND OUT MOST ARE MADE OUTSIDE THE U.S.A. I RECENTLY WENT SHOPPING FOR BEDROOM FURNITURE. FOUND OUT THAT MOST OF THE FURNITURE WAS MANUFACTURED IN CHINA. THERE WERE A FEW AMERICAN MADE. I WORK IN A MANUFACTURING PLANT WERE 400 - 600 JOB ARE MOVING TO MEXICO WITHIN ONE YEAR. MY WIFE HAS ALREADY BEEN LAID OFF DUE TO THIS HAPPENING. I ASK? IS THIS GOOD FOR AMERICA? IS THIS GOOD FOR MEXICO/CHINA? I LEAVE THAT UP FOR DEBATE. I HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND I'M ALREADY ENCOURAGING THEM TO NOT SEEK MANUFACTURING JOBS AFTER COLLEGE. I WILL QUOTE ONE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE ON AMERICAN COMPANIES SEEKING OTHER NATIONS TO MANUFACTURE THERE PRODUCTS. "HOW UNPATRIOTIC YOU ARE ON DOING THIS". (RALPH NADER).
February 26, 2004 - Home for sale at Wilson - Home for sale by owner. Cozy 2 bedroom cottage with CH/A only 8 miles from beautiful Lake Wilson, Kansas between Hays and Salina. Great summer weekend home or full time home for small family. Enjoy the small town atmosphere with all the lake activities nearby. The City of Wilson is a great place to live or visit. Oversized detached garage for your boat or car. Back yard with alley access for your camper. Asking $24,500 at this price it won't last long. Call Jack at 620-727-3383 or email email@example.com for info. or photos. Thanks for looking.
January 21, 2004 - Fees for 2004
- Made my annual stop by the Great Plains Nature Center
for all my licenses for this year. all fees are up from last
year. $54.50 for fish a annual park permit/license. thank goodness
I don't need a annual camping permit. on top of that fuels going
up. all equipment needed, replacement batteries for boat, boat
registration/property tax that are outranges in Kansas. don't
blame owners going to OLK.. to register there boat. Cheney lake
association fee, (club). I'll still do it. just keep putting
those fish in the lake from the hatchery. I love to fish. mark.
January 12, 2004 - Cheney - WOULD
LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF THE ELDERLY MEN
THAT LOST THEIR LIVES LAST SAT. WHILE ATTEMPTING TO ICE FISH
AT CHENEY LAKE AND FELL THRU THE ICE AND DROWNED. I TOO HAVE
BEEN OUT THERE ICE FISHING BACK IN 2000-2001 AND CAUGHT A TREMENDOUS
AMOUNT OF FISH AND REMEMBER THE GOOD MEMORIES OF THOSE TRIPS.
I'M NOT A EXPERT ICE FISHERMAN BUT A MIN. OF 4 TO 5" OF
ICE IS REQUIRED BEFORE I VENTURE OUT ON IT AND DON'T GO OUT ON
THE ICE UNLESS I SEE MANY ALREADY OUT ON IT. LIKE I SAID ICE
FISHING IS VERY ENJOYABLE IF THERE'S NOT A LOT OF WIND. YOU CAN
CATCH A TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF FISH AT THE RIGHT TIME AND LOCATION.
ONE LOCATION I LIKE BEST IS NORTHWEST OF THE ISLAND 1/8 A MILE
OR SO IN 16 - 18' OF WATER FISHING OFF THE BOTTOM A FOOT OR SO.
YOU HAVE TO WALK OUT ON THE ICE 1/2 MILE OR SO TO GET THERE.
IT GETS COLD OUT THERE.
January 9, 2004 - Response to question on water treatment at Cheney - I'm no water treatment specialist, but I read that they are adding ozone treatment. This basically oxidizes and breaks down organic particles. It is done in the water treatment facility and will have no effect on the lake or the fish.
I requested (in round numbers) 30 million walleye fry, 100,000 wiper fingerlings, and 10,000 wiper intermediates (about 7 inches).
It's only been a year since we started the white perch management plan, but there has been very little change in the white perch population. If anything, it may be even more entrenched. We have good numbers of large walleye, with almost no small walleye to replace them. The bright spot is that there are good numbers of wipers 12 to 15" coming on. If anything is going to put a dent in white perch numbers, it will have to be the wipers.
Gordon Schneider, Fisheries Biologist, Kansas Dept.of Wildlife and Parks
January 8, 2004 - Question on Water Treatment on Cheney - question on the new water treatment cheney lake is going to install. i read the article in the wichita eagle a few weeks ago of the equipment they're going to install to prevent the water from smelling and tasting funny. can any biologist (cheney) explain how the process will be done? any effects to the water inside the lake before it leaves the dam? any effects to the fish? also, what's the request for stocking for 2004 for walleye, wipers? any fall (2003) report of netting results of said fish?
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