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May 17, 2013 - Derby - Went Crappie fishing in Derby, but this is all I caught.
May 13, 2013 - El Dorado - Submitted by Shane Eustice of Hook'Em Guide Service - Fishing has picked up on El Dorado Lake this week as the weather is getting better. Upper end of the lake is producing nice male and female crappie. Water temp in the upper end is around 61 degrees. Look for spawning crappie on rock or in shallow coves. Cork and jig or minnows are producing very well. Walleye on the main lake are now on the flats and they are feeding. Pulling spinners with night crawlers or slow death are producing nice fish with speeds around .8 – 1.2 mph. Crank baits are also catching fish but not as many as the water temp is still around 58 degrees. Flats in the 6-12 FOW are the most active areas at this time. The carps are working the shallow but muddy creeks that have small amount of inflows. Casting corn and letting it drift on top of the moving water is an excellent way to produce catch.
Get your gear ready and take a kid fishing. Now is one of the best times in Kansas to catch fish.
April 30, 2013 - Answer to "Where is this cat catching the crappie?" - To the guy that asked where I’m catching these Crappie.
There are small ponds all over the Wichita area that have Crappie and big ones at that, but when it’s been this cold or your fishing heavily pressured water you need to slow down, light line and small jigs. Fish as if you're ice fishing. But if you don’t have the patience to wait you won’t catch Crapp…..ie.
May 3, 2013 -Derby - Derby. Stinking cold, but with patience it paid off.
May 2, 2013 -Butler County SFL - Went out to Butler County fishing lake for a look Monday.
The recent rains have filled to normal levels. Lots of flooded
Vegetation. Looks like it should be good fishing conditions.
April 30, 2013 - Where is this cat catching the crappie? - To the gentleman catching those crappie email me email@example.com
April 29, 2013 - Marion - April 29, 2013. Had a good day walking the dam with my son. Both of us combined caught 20. Some Wipers some White bass. Both females and males. Wipers up to 19". A.M. fishing. Water very clear. We were the only one's bank fishing. Many boats out fishing. Just a beautiful day to be at the lake.
April 27, 2013 - Derby - Derby, cloudy, just before the last cold front. Mark
April 22, 2013 - Cheney - Cheney April 22, 2013. Trolled the dam in the morning and caught 2 like photo shown. Both were female full of eggs. Quite a few fish showing up on the fish finder at the dam. Was able to launch at Eastside boat ramp. 2.2 feet of water for about 150 yards then it gets deeper. I have a Tracker Targa Deep-V boat that does not set in water very deep. Mark.
April 16, 2013 - Milford Blue Cat 2013 - I would like to respond to the large Bluecat caught at Milford last week due to some thoughts about size. First of all I would like to report that since Mar 7th I’ve caught more large fish than any year before. There seems to be many fish between 25 and 35 lbs. There has been some early mornings that I’ve caught 5 to 10 fish over 25 lbs. Fresh shad is a must!. The weather has made it tough fishing this year but has keep water temp down, todays surface water 52 degrees. In 2005 I caught many fish that was over 50 lbs. Seven years later that fish should weigh between 80 and 85 lbs. In 2010 I caught 3 fish over 65 lbs. Three years later that fish should weigh 80 to 85 lbs. In 2012 I caught 2 fish 73 and 78 and those fish should weigh over 80 lbs. My guess is that the upper weight for these fish should be 80 to 90 lbs. You still have to be LUCKY to catch a fish that size. Plus when you get lucky you better be ready to land it. All other poles reeled in, motor up and anchors up and keep him away from the bottom of the boat. Myself I fish to catch big fish! Even with water temp at 40 degrees I use # 6 hooks and tennis ball size bait
April 5, 2013 - Wichita Area Pond - Wichita pond. 65, sunny and windy. Muddy water pitched a. 1/32oz orange tube. Thought I had a snag. Mark
March 31, 2013 - Wichita Area Pond - 14-inch crappie - Sunny, 75, muddy water pitched a .32 oz Orange tube
March 21, 2013 - Wichita Area Pond - 5lb Bass. Local pond. White Roster tail spinner
February 7, 2013 - Wichita Private Lake - Went out bass fishing for a little while this afternoon fishing a bubblegum Senko weightless in five to six foot deep water.
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December 3, 2012 - West and North of Wichita - Sunday December 2nd, 70 degrees, 40 minutes west and north of Wichita. You just don't pass up days like this to get to any lake that still has water in it to dip a line and enjoy the sun. The challenge is to find water with the past drought. But once there an hour of sun, peace and quite, time to reflect, gather your thoughts and 5 bass later your able to tolerate the next few weeks of cold. Smallest was 8 inches, mightiest was 14. Nothing to write home about but I will tell you. Magic bait is the usual 3/8 silver Cicada in knee deep water at a slow rythmic thump thump thump.
Also had a nice visit with the areas management force that I always enjoy and appreciate the work they do to protect and enforce the laws.
November 7, 2012 - Equipment towing shared by a visitor - November 07, 2012. I recently was in the market to replace my older Ford F-150. It had the 5.4 V-8 and did a excellent job pulling my 3000 lb. Walleye boat easily down the interstate at 75 mph. on trips up to 2 hours from home. I spent a 1/2 day or so with the Ford dealer on a 2011 F-150 but could not decide on keeping with the V-8, (5.0) or going with the V-6 EcoBoost, (3.5). I was positive at first staying with the V-8 but i viewed a video at the dealership on the smaller V-6 EcoBoost, (twin turbo) and was sold on this engine able to do the job on horse power and torque pulling my boat. I did no research on this engine just don't have the time prior to by decision. So, i paid the extra $900 Ford charges for this engine and kept my fingers crossed I'd be happy. I've had the pickup for two fishing seasons now. Several trips to Milford Lake, Wilson lake and others which is a distance from my home and it is a awesome truck on what they advertise it to be on performance on towing. Every bit the power of my older V-8 i had. And passing vehicles when needed is no problem with the boat. And the room in the back seat of the Supercrew is huge. Mileage on hi way with boat is a terrible 11 mph. Hi way with no boat a nice 21 mph. I just hope the longevity is there for another 10 years.
October 16, 2012 - General comment - October 16, 2012. As the summer is wrapped up thought I'd share a few tips. This late summer I concentrated on a lake for a few days that I used to fish back in the mid-1990s and kind of stopped going to or just visited a time or two a year. I spent several hours just driving around on a calm morning with my electronics and gps to see what I could find new that I've never came across in past years. I told myself to be patient and it paid off. I located and marked several way points with extreme drop offs or nice ledges that were prime areas to hold bait fish and fish. I did extremely well on catches these two days I was there. This lake in coming years could possibly be my prime lake to fish in years to come. I suppose I'm bringing this up to show that for me anyway it can takes years on a lake to figure it out on the areas that hold or at least prime areas that can hold fish on a lake. Nope, sorry I'm not going to mention which lake for now.
Keep your eye out on the newest model's of Lowrance's HDS units coming out in the next few months. Touch screen units with structure scan built into the unit. Some HDS units are now for sale at some places. These will be in screen sizes of 7", 9", and 12". They're awesome. Yeah, $$$$ pricey.
September 28, 2012 -Ellis City Lake - My friend and I caught 10 little catfish in Ellis City lake on 10/27/12 and threw them back. It was fun but no keepers.
September 8, 2012 -Marion - Saturday. The weather was perfect and had not been able to get to the lake for over a month. Launched and started fishing about 12:30pm. Kind of slow at first, picked 1 or 2 up now and then. Found the fish on Cottonwood point north of the swimming area. For the most part fished the north side of cottonwood and the next point north. It was odd to be fishing with a north wind but, once we found the fish, it worked like normal. (The fish were just on the other side of the points then normal) We left at 6:00 pm with 74 keepers. We had two 19" wipers, one 18 1/2" walleye and the rest were Whites. We threw back two smaller walleye, one was 17 3/4". It was an interesting day, many times we were fighting 3 or 4 fish at a time and the weather was superb. It was not uncommon to have two fish on a pole.
September 3, 2012 -Herington City Lake - September 3, 2012, Herington Reservoir-8:30am we were trolling in the middle of the reservoir I was using an Ugly Stik Ultra Light using 6lb test line and stink bait. I hooked a 40lb, 38" long flathead. It took me 45 minutes to land it and it pulled us halfway across the lake.
August 25, 2012 -Emery Park Wichita - Went to Emery Park on 8/23/12 and took my girlfriend around 8:00a.m. and finished the day with 11 largemouth bass total. I usually like to try to show up an hour or two earlier but the top water was still good me. All were arounda pound or two but healthy and a blast to catch. A texas-rigged worm(3"-6") was great also. I like this place and is close to my home and feel this page needs more largemouth reports. Wichita needs more largemouth bass period! LETS PRACTICE CATCH-AND-RELEASE TOO, IT WON'T KILL YOU, PLEASE!!! Ended the day around 12:00p.m., was decent and fun, then again it always is! WHAT'S WITH ALL THE TRASH!? Makes me sick,but plan to try to help alittle and spend a few hours out there with some large trash bags and pick it up some, mainly by the shore and the south end. Name is Xzavier B.
July 31, 2012 -Cheney - July 29, 2012. Thought i'd post a short report. Went out at noon and the bite was awesome on Wipers. Doubles on each pole many times at once. Can't believe the bite was such at 111 degrees on the lake. In the boat was terrible on heat. Surface water temp. at 87. No wind and we jigged a bit for Perch and that also was awesome. Came up with one 22" Walleye jigging. Two guys with me could not believe the catches with all this heat. I don't think i'll be doing that again in the afternoon. When I was in my late twenties I could handle the heat. Not now at 49. We only stayed out 1.5 hour. But it was a blast while we could stand the heat. Mark.
July 28, 2012 -Marion - July 28, 2012, Saturday Morning. Got to the lake about 6:30am. Hit 4 nice white bass just out of Marion cove. Fish do not seem to be schooled real tight. Would troll for 10 minutes without a hit and then have three rods go down at a time. Would troll back through the area and pickup 4 or 5 more and then shut off completely. Trolled a large part of the East side of the lake. Found pockets of fish on most points but no concentrated schools. Left the lake at 12:00 noon with 46 keeper White bass and Wipers and one 20" Walleye.
July 18, 2012
- Fished Marion over night, caught 6 channels 4-10 pounds and a bunch of 20-24in whipers. Around 3:30 am caught a nice flat didn't have a scale on me but i guess in between 30-35. Then at 4:15 caught a big one. Didn't have a scale on me so i waited for some boats to show up some nice guy from the Northshore let me borrow his read 49 even on his 50 pound scale the fish was 48 inches long. Flatheads should still be spawning. Fish rear rocks 4-11 feet.
July 17, 2012 - Cheney - July 17, 2012 Tues. morning. Walleye was caught in good numbers in 3 to 4 foot of water trolling with Bombers. Caught around 20 and 4 of those at or above 21". Wipers caught once again and the size this time was a bit larger. 20 of those caught and 1/4 of those at or above 21". Wind was from the South at 10 to 15 mph and I'm sure that triggered the Walleye bite today. Too much wind to set on top of any schools of perch and jig. All Walleye caught in one area and no other species caught. Wipers caught in one area and no other species caught. Things looking like it was several years ago before the dirty water showed up and stayed for several years. Mark.
July 14, 2012 - Cheney - I hope I'm wrong about this,but these 100 degree days with no wind to oxygenate the water makes me very worried that we will see a big fish kill at Cheney before the summer is over. It happened a few years ago and conditions are ripe for it to happen again. Lets hope we get a break in the weather soon.
July 13, 2012 - Cheney - Friday July 13, 2012. Fishing has been excellent last two days out. Been hitting the lake at 6am. till 11am. Thurs. caught around 30. Friday was much more productive on quality and quality. Many many times both poles with two fish on each at once drown rigging. Shad are abundantly schooled up and the fish were easy pickens. Friday the wind was up about 10 mph. and the bit was on big time. Then the wind got calm and the bite stopped. By then I had 40 or so caught. Most were Wiper 15- 18". Few right at 21". Two Walleye at 21" caught. Since the wind died down went to another area and found a good size school of Small Wipers and Peach feeding on a large school of shad. Got the Minn Kota Trolling motor out and jigged and the action was non stop. I used ultra light gear with 8 lb. test and it was a blast.
Water is clearing up nicely. BIG improvement from the last two years. Wiper size down from two years ago but an abundant number in the 15-18" range. I thought the Perch population was going down but Friday showed that in error. The school of perch was HUGE. Very enjoyable catching the Perch when everything else had stopped.
Three items from the great success I've had last two days. One, top of the line electronics (a must). Two, precision performance from a G.P.S. Three, Location, location, location. Good luck to all. Mark.
July 7, 2012 - Cottonwood River - these are fish that mike and larry flores caught in june 2012 the biggest weighing 52lbs...
June 14, 2012 -Marion - June 14, 2012 Thrus. morning. Found schools of 11 to 13" Wipers in 2 to 3' of water. Trolling for them with Bombers. I'd put the pole out and it would not take but mins. and I'd have fish on. I must have caught 50 of them then the wind got too strong. It was constant action. But, they were all kind of on the small size. Caught 4 small 15" Walleye also. Water is extremely clear. Had a good day of fishing. But nothing big enough to take home. Mark.
June 12, 2012 - Cheney - I've been out to cheney 6 times without much luck let alone a keeper ! I think cheney is going downhill fast. Outta drain it and make a 4x4 racing pit.
June 8, 2012 - Cheney - June 08, 2012 Friday. Walleye were biting so so. Caught one keeper at 23". Tried to clean at the fish cleaning station. No electricity so back into the lake. Caught 6 more those were short. Caught one 23" wiper and many short ones. Pearch were caught in good sizes not not numbers. Traveled to many area's of the lake but only one area produced fish. Many boats out on lake fishing for a Friday. Water clarity seams to be improving "a little bit". That's good news.
I really think the water clarity, lack of, is a big issue on my lack of great success past two to three years.
I'm deck out with several Lowrance HDS units. One if them with a 10" screen. I've been working on getting used to my built in G.P.S. and have struggled having success with trying to go back to my way point acutely with precision to my spots. I've gotten with Lowrance Teck support and everything seams to be working per manufactory specifications. It just does not work as well as i would like it to. Before my HDS units I had a Garmin map source gps 162 chart plotter receiver with a built in antenna with a 5.5" screen and just LOVE it on precision performance. I lost that unit in a fire with ALL my way points logged in it. So, i bided on a used on e-bay and got one. This unit is probably 10 to 12 years old and I used this one Friday and worked GREAT on my boat with what i needed. I can see all ready this OLD gps has helped me out on "getting on the spots" with precision. Strange as it sounds with all this high teck and expensive units this older Garmin has got me back into my seat with gps performance i need.
Just a note: These Garmin 162 gps receiver have been discontinued for many years. There are a few on e-bay and they are going for premium prices for being 10 to 12 years old. You think the buyers know something and how well they work? YEAH.
May 22, 2012 -Supper caught at Lake Fegan - They were all 10- 15 lbs. each. Z.Miller (2) Fish D Morris (2) Fish mine were bigger........ Zac !
May 17, 2012 - Hargis Lake - Drove down to Wellington to Hargis Lake yesterday eve, May l6th. Started fishing at 5:00 p.m. Using gold minnows. Was there till 8:20 p.m., and caught one crappie, one flathead (small) and several black bass, largest probably weighed a pound; none of the bass were anywhere near legal size. Fished from the bank in the general area the game warden told me last year where the crappie were usually caught.
May 17, 2012 -Harvey County East - On Monday, May 14th, drove over to Harvey Co East. Started fishing from the bank at 12:00 noon using minnows for bait. Caught nothing until moving to a different spot where I caught one crappie about 3:30 p.m. Later, probably 4:00 p.m. hooked a channel cat . Only fish I saw any sign of.
Not many fishermen around
May 11, 2012 - Cheney - May 10, 2012 Thrus. morning. Fishing was not so good. Cool temps. in the evenings might have slowed it down some. Maybe spawn might be coming to a close. Caught only 6 and they were very small Wipers on the face of the dam trolling. Lowrance HDS/StructureScan showed fewer fish than last week. Tried a few areas on the flats could not get anything to bite. I'd like to get out to Marion and try that a few times this spring. Have heard the bite is on there now. Just cant be in two place at once. Sure wish i was retired to make the best out of fishing. I truly enjoy talking to anglers that are retired and share there stories of fishing. Time is on there side. Mark.
May 7, 2012 -Kanopolis - Went to Kanopolis Lake Sunday and Thursday, had 8 legals Thursday (biggest being 18), and 9 legals Sunday (biggest being 17 1/2). I am a late arriver, so we showed up around 2, caught maybe 1-2 legals, lots of sub-legals, and a few wiper/white bass/drum/catfish from 2-1 hour before dusk, around dusk the bigger fish started showing up, and would fill our live well in the next hour, then put up at dark (though I am sure the fishing continues). Thursday we were slowly trolling with the trolling motor, and Sunday the wind was 23 mph, so it was a drift (could have used a drift sock but don't have one). Both days using berkley grub tells (gulp I believe), with the color combinations of Green, White, Green and White, and White and orange, with orange or green jig heads, tipped with worms. (though last night we caught some big ones just going to one pole and using the jigs only. The white or white/orange combo's worked best, didn't seem to matter on the jig heads. I would caught the bigger fish both times working with only one ultra light 4lb test fluorocarbon so I could really feel the big ones bite. Personally, I would work just one rod like that, because there were several missed fish because we were dealing with other fish, and some bites were missed from working two poles... bigger fish, bite softer too... harder to miss. Hope this helps, still wanting to hear some good reports on Cheney and El Dorado... Email them in and help the crowd. There are plenty of fish to catch.
May 4, 2012 - Cheney - May 04, 2012 Fri. morning. Came up with around 25 today. Most all Wipers all under 21". All were 18 to 20". Caught 2 huge Crappie one small walleye. All pre-spawn Wipers at the face of the dam trolling. Downriggers at exact depth a must in 13 to 16' of water. All fish look very healthy. Sure wish the water would clear up. Mark
April 28, 2012 - Cheney - Went out at 8:30am. Started by drifting a multitude of different jig head/jig/grub assortments with worms. Drifted MM, Wichita, Between the two of them, the refuge, and down across the not so sunken islands. Had 5 combos in the water at any time, tried multitudes of differents depths, caught 3 white bass, 2 white perch, 1 22 inch walleye, 1 sublegal walleye. Also, used many different trolling bates, across many different areas of the lake, proved unsuccessful... I don't know if the change in the weather drove the fish to not bite or what... If anyone has any information let the group know!
April 26, 2012 - Hillsdale - Two back to back weekend trips to Hillsdale yielded 6 Flaties for 230 lbs.
April 25, 2012 - Cheney - Weds. April 25, 2012. Fishing been good. Hit the lake at sunrise but the Wipers did''t start biting till 10am. Trolling face of the dam in 15' of water. Caught 15 Wipers. Half were over 21". One Walleye at 22". Mark.
April 15, 2012 - Burlington - Weds. April 25, 2012. Fishing been good. Hit the lake at sunrise but the Wipers did''t start biting till 10am. Trolling face of the dam in 15' of water. Caught 15 Wipers. Half were over 21". One Walleye at 22". Mark.
April 13, 2012 -Winfield City Lake- 11.3 pound wiper, trolling Winfield Dam with a rattletrap.
Girth was 18.5 inches, 28 inches long.
April 7, 2012 - Burlington - Recently fished up by Burlington st dam and got these nice walleye and a few wipers also. The walleyes really like the white jigs !
April 3, 2012 - Cheney Question - If a person wanted to try and pick up a bunch of white perch at Cheney, where should they go? KB
March 30, 2012 - Cheney - 7.5 lps 27.5" On Mar 9 trolling along the dam face at Cheney. Around 9 PM
March 19, 2012 - Cheney - Went out yesterday in the evening, some anglers attempting but not much doing. Saw 1 caught, healthy fish but short. Talked to one guy he said he had caught 1 in the morning, but nothing after. I think they are there just not biting yet. I will keep you posted. Good luck!
March 14, 2012 - Cheney - Well I have gone out to Cheney 2 more times looking for the walleye off the dam. Nothing yet... I did have a nice fish on that felt like a walleye but in handing the rod off the one of my little girls the line went slack and it was gone. I will be going later this week/weekend and will continue to keep you all posted. There have been several others out there that looked like they knew what they were doing and nobody was catching anything.
On a side note. What's with all the trash being left out there guys? I mean really it's not that hard to leave with what you came. Better yet pick up a little and leave with more than you came with. Have a little respect for others and the lake would ya. Thanks!
Greg in Derby
March 13, 2012 - Cheney - Tried Cheney (3/10) before dawn towards west end and not one bite or splash. Didn’t see anyone and was only vehicle in west parking lot. MH
March 7, 2012 - Cheney - Went to Cheney a couple more times after my last post looking for the walleye spawn around the dam. No walleye so far... I expect them to be there soon so I will be going every couple days. I will let you guys know when they get going. Greg in Derby
March 6, 2012 -Harvey County East - Drove over to Harvey Co East yesterday and found not much going on. Used worms and minnows and caught one small perch on a worm. Saw only 3-4 others on the lake.
March 1, 2012 - Cheney - I went out to Cheney on 2/29 and it seems the walleye are not around the dam yet. I was there for about 2 hours in the morning and didn't see a thing. I will keep going and let you guys know what I find. Thanks! Greg in Derby
February 28, 2012 -Bass fishing in Ellsworth area - I am mainly a walleye fisherman in south central ks, but I do know that mcpherson and butler are good lakes for largemouth. And If you are looking for smallies then Hillsdale may be a good bet for you. Hope this helps.
February 26, 2012 -Bass fishing in Ellsworth area - hi my names jeff carroll i just moved here from arizone i just moved to ellsworth kansas and i want to get into the bass seen out here so if could help me i would thank you
February 25, 2012 - Answer on Wilson Striper - I'm not the best source of information on Wilson Lake but have been there a few times in the spring to fish for Stripers. I can only fwd. my experience there. May was a good month for me. I'm sure April is a prime month also. We used downriggers in 20-30 feet and did well. Live bait is the best method if you can figure it out. Google fishing guides at this lake and try your luck with them. Don't forget. A new state record Striper in 2011 taken out of this lake. I fish many lakes in South central Kansas. Wilson Lake in North Central Kansas is the most beautiful lake I've every experienced in Kansas both water clarity and overall beauty with the Smoky Hill's surrounding the lake. Watch the wind forecast before a day before you head out. Lodging is available on or next to the lake. Good Luck.
February 22, 2012 -Cheney - 1st Nice Day, fished 2-5pm , no walleye on dam, still early I guess. sse
February 19, 2012 - Dillon's Pond Wichta - Fished Dillons pond(Central & Maize,Wichita)on Saturday. Caught 3 small channels and a bluegill on worms. Had alot of good bites from 1:30pm to 3:15pm. (Courtesy KDWP Public Fishing Reports)
February 19, 2012 - Melvern - We found a lot of schools of shad BUT we just couldn't catch fish around them. We did end up with our limit today but it took six hard hours to catch them. A beautiful day to be on the lake. (Courtesy KDWP Public Fishing Reports)
February 17, 2012 - Melvern - water temp. 37 - Fishing for crapppie is still good - 13 -24 feet deep. Another limit before noon! (Courtesy KDWP Public Fishing Reports)
February 15, 2012 - Question on Wilson Striper - I found this address on the internet and was hoping for some information.
I am interested it going striper fishing at Wilson Lake this spring. I have never fished for stripers.
What is the most productive time? April? May? I was thinking mid-late May since walleye should be good then.
My boat is set up for walleye, lake trout, etc including downriggers. What works well? Crank baits (type), spoons? I assume the fish stay deep and rise morning and evening to feed? What speed range works well for trolling?
Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.
January 18, 2012 - Crappie, walleye and wipers - Hey Angler,
Got a good, solid report for you. They are catching good numbers of crappie and whites/wipers as reported in the Eagle. However, the walleyes are fantastic with limits daily and fish up to 10# being caught. Sure hope you can get this one up so everybody can participate. A boat is also required.
November 8, 2011 - 2011 Bass -
October 3, 2011 - Cheney - October 03, 2011 Morning. What a great day of fishing. Windy, kept on the West side. Had my best day at Cheney today for this year. Caught around 50. You needed no $32K fishing boat. No high dollar fish finder. Hundreds of Sea Gull busting the water chasing shad. It was easy picken. First I trolled thru the gulls and many, many times two fish on each pole at once. Could not see the shad due to the wind. Then I shut off the Verado, (Mercury) and used the Mincoda tolling motor. Did it get a workout due to the wind. I kept following the sea gulls South jigging catching many. It was so cool. Hundreds of sea gulls on a feeding frenzy just 25' above my boat. I followed the gulls for about a mile till i hit the dam. The fish were full of shad. When i took them off the hook my boat got coat of decomposed shad. Two other boats enjoying the same with me. It got to the point were my arms were hurting. Could have kept at it but called it quits at noon. Only thing all the fish were 11 to 16" long. Allmost all were Wipers. Were are all the big fish? Mark.
September 24, 2011 - Cheney - September 23, 2011 Friday morning. Hit the lake at 7am. A nice day for fishing. Caught around 20 fish. Nothing big. Most were Wipers 12" long. A few white bass a few white peach. Never seen any huge schools of shad. Really never seen too many fish on the fish finder. All caught on the West side close to the swimming beach and close to sailboat cove. Just a very nice day of fishing. Wind was light and temps. perfit. Mark.
September 21, 2011 - Walleye event in Meade - Not a report, but wanting to make anglers away of a free event we’re hosting in Meade on Saturday, the 24th:
For you walleye enthusiasts, Ranger Pro Bryan Garrison will be in Meade this Saturday giving demonstrations, talking fall fishing and giving away tickets to the Bart Crow Band show in November. If you're close to Meade this Saturday, be sure and stop by.
More info: http://smokehoss.com/index.php/9-walleyes-bart-crow-a-bbq
Thanks for your time and appreciate the post!
J. R. Doney
August 28, 2011-Dillon's Lake Wichita - My name is Tabitha Moore I'm writing to tell you about the fish my husband Clarence Moore caught at the Dillon's lake or pond at Central & Maize. He caught 1.5-2.5 lbs. channel catfish. We noticed you didn't have anything listed under the Dillon's lake so I thought I would send you a quick message. You have a great website, so full of great info...keep up the great work. You will definitely hear from us again. We learned a lot about fishing spots around Wichita that we didn't even know were there. Thanks again.
August 24, 2011 - Cheney - Aug. 23, 2011 Tuesday morning. Found large amout of shad schooled up. Tons of them. Spent a lot time on this area and my success was so so. The Wipers I caught were not fat nor were they huge. They appear to be not feeding much or better yet having difficulty finding shad due to the poor water clarity. Catfish, Wipers, Walleyee were caught in low numbers. Numerous Wipers were snagged. That indicates to me fish not on a feeding frenzy at all. More like the fish just hanging around and not active. Mark.
August 13, 2011 -Cheney - Aug. 12, 2011 Fri. morning. Came up with one 20 lb. Catfish, one 3 lb. Wiper and many 16-18" Wallyee. The water seems to be clearing up just a little.
I upgraged all my fish finders and G.P.S. Boy is it going to take me awhile to get use to using them.
Had a garage/ house fire back in March. Completely melted my boat and ALL of my fishing equipment in garage. Just now getting around to replacing all. Boat owners? Keep up on your boat insurance. I learned a very inportant and valuible lesson from my fire. Mark.
August 11, 2011 - Mined Land Area SEK (Missed these when they were submitted earlier - Caught April 17, Mined Lined Area, Southeast Kansas.
August 8, 2011 - Cheney - Shelly Hopp of Wichita, caught this 221/2 inch walleye while trolling along the Cheney dam August 7th, 2011. It was caught on a Metalic Rainbow Hot-N-Tot.
Mark C. Hopp Sr.
August 8, 2011 - Cheney - Sunday Aug 6th, Lake is finally clearing up nicely. The algae scare has kept the lake very ghostly. I loved it. Fished for a couple of hours in the morning before the Oven Temperature roasted me out.. caught several small to mid sized wipers and some large Perch. It was fun. On the way back to the marina, noticed several dead fish floating.. I investigated and they were all Wipers and Walleye. I counted 22 that had been dead quite awhile. Hot weather makes for stagnant water, low oxygen, and algae kills fish. Sad story. Anyhow, the fish that lived are hungry.
August 3, 2011 -Wellington Lake Questions - Is there anywhere to find lake level at Wellington city lake online? Has anyone been out there recently?
June 24, 2011 - Great article on the Eagle's website about an 80-pound flathead caught and released at El Dorado Reseroir. You can see it by clicking here.
June 24, 2011 - Ninnescah River -
Caught this 15LB Flat head in mid March on the Ninnescah River near Belle Plaine. Was using 3 inch live shad.
June 24, 2011 - Lake Afton -
Caught this 35LB flat head out of Lake Afton near Wichita on April 2 2011 at 10:45AM on 6inch Crappie caught earlier in the morning.
June 3, 2011 - Something to share - Last year was real slow and my fishing activities in the last few years have been few and far between. I caught 1 decent sized cat last year in the Ark down by Oxford. This year I took a family vacation to the Lakes up in Minnesota (Gull lake near Brainerd). I hired a guide and had a great half day of fishing. The pics are (left to right) of me with my first northern, my son and our guide. I caught a very solid 28” walleye and a couple (my 1st ever) 35” Northerns. What a thrill. I’m from n.e. iowa originally and in all my fishing trips with dad on the Mississippi and other waters including Leach lake in Minnesota in the early 70’s I’d never come close except for once to even hooking a Northern. That close one ended with a splash of water in the face.
I know this is for fishing in Kansas but I just had to share the story.
May 18, 2011 - Walnut River near Winfield - My son Caiden age 7 cought this striper on may 3rd in the walnut river in Winfield Ks. This was his first catch for 2011 and his biggest catch ever. He faught the fish for roughly 10+ minutes with a zebco combo using 10lb berkley trilene. So far he is ahead of me this year and says he plans on staying that way but needs a better rod and reel to do it with since he is so big now. I enjoy to see kids getting out and showing their pictures of there catches on kansasangler.com good to see our future is in good angler hands! Sincerely.
May 15, 2011 - Crappie Pictures -
2011 kansas crappie pics. Strange year, seemed to be a few days early or a few days late but still caught a few good ones.
April 18, 2011 - Kanapolis - April 15th, 2011 – Kanopolis Res. Went out in the wind Friday around 11am and waded Loders Point. Wind out of the northwest so pretty much protected from the waves. 2nd cast had fish on. 14.5” walleye. Caught a few white bass before catching any more walleye/saugeye. Preceded to fish the east side of the point more than the west side. Found a spot where I eventually caught about 14 more walleye/saugeye. Most were right around the 15” mark I have on my pole, if they were not past the mark I didn’t keep them. Ended up with my limit all over the 15” anywhere from 16” to 19.5” and caught around 15 white bass all caught on 1/4oz. orange head with either chartreuse twister or sassy shad. A buddy came down and he ended up with 3 walleye and 8 white bass. Only saw one other brave soul out fishing the north corner of the dam.
April 17, 2011 - Cheney- Took Madison and Tristan to Cheney on 4/13/11 and let them try to catch a Crappie or anything that would bite on a minnow. Tristan caught this 16+ inch Crappie 5 minutes after we started fishing. we fished for 2 more hours and never got another bite, but catching this one on his homemade cane pole pretty much made his night.
REPORT FROM CATFISH HUNTER
WEST OF WICHITA IN FARM POND.
MY SON BASSMASTER CAUGHT THIS BIG HOG.
HE CAUGHT IT ON A FAT FREE SALAMANDER.
IT WAS A GREAT DAY FOR HOG HUNTING.
WE CAUGHT MORE THAN JUST ONE BUT A 16" BASS DONT LOOK THAT BIG AGAINST THIS MONSTER.
April 11, 2011 - El Dorado - April 9, 2011 - El Dorado April 8 - Eldorado - COLLECTING REVENUE AGAIN STAY CLEAR THE S.S. ARE OUT IN FORCE . . . Fishing is expensive without being harassed on top of it..
April 11, 2011 - Cheney - As I posted a few days ago I have been fishing off the dam at Cheney. I went again on saturday 4/9. Got there about 7:45am after work. I was using yellow and also white twisty tail jigs. I caught between 15-20 walleye and 1 crappie till I left about noon. Seemed like there were going to bite all day but I was starting to get into trouble with the wife so I had to go haha. Anyway, no keepers but close... They were all from 16 - 20 1/2 inches. There was some splashing going on finally but not much. I think i'll have to go back a couple times this week! Good luck!
Greg in Derby
April 10, 2011 - Answer to Looking for cabin rentals near Toronto - Call Hilltop Bait & Café, located on West side of Toronto Dam 620-637-2700. Ask for Jodi. Tell her Steve Steele clued you in
April 9, 2011 - El Dorado - Eldorado – April 8
Nothing on Friday, tried up creeks and along dam.
What has happened to this lake?
Cheney seems to be a much better fishery.
Also Law Enforcement in parks out in full force. Got a $168 ticket for rolling thru a stop sign I didn’t see.
Expensive fishing, Ruined the trip, And seemed very unnecessary for a simple man just fishing.
Won’t go back to Eldorado for a while.
April 8, 2011 - Mined Lane #30 - We caught two nice rainbow trout at the Mined Land #30 in SE Kansas on Saturday, April 2, 2011. We were drifting down the middle of the lake and used a black and white rooster tail. Here are the photos.
Jill and Richard Longstaff
April 7, 2011 - Cheney - Have fished several times in the evening over the last couple of weeks off the dam for walleye. We caught fish each time we went but with no keepers. Most were around 18 inches or so. Have only seen a couple people with keepers but have seen a ton of short males released. Finally on the morning of 4/5 I was able to get a 21 inch male on a jig. Haven't seen any splashing around and that makes me think the spawn hasn't really kicked in yet? Not sure but that's what it seems like to me. Anyway, most the fish we caught were taken on jigs. Good luck!
Greg in Derby
April 4, 2011 - Milford On 4/2/11, caught a master angler gold eye trolling a worm and a 19" wiper trolling a Rapala. Both caught in a bay 15' to 20' water. Fished all day. . . . . Dave Lepan
April 2, 2011 - Cheney - Went out to Cheney today from 1pm to 6pm. Caught a 27inch Walleye and 2 5lb channels using carp cut bait also caught 2 carp both over 5lbs. Was fishing a wind blown bank on the north side.
April 2, 2011 - Wipers in Arkansas River near Ark City - catchin a few nice wipers in the arkansas river here. Jimbo w/ sum nice hogs:)
March 28, 2011 - Looking for cabin rentals near Toronto - Is there anywhere near Toronto reservoir to rent a cabin. I can't find anything on the internet and the KDWP cabins are booked on every weekend I am looking at. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
March 28, 2011 - Cheney - (3/26) Put the boat in at Mr.D’s, wind was chopping up the lake pretty good so I couldn’t troll the dam, I hit a few points trolling deep saw very few fish on the depth finder, the few I saw were directly on the points at about 8 feet. Tried some crappie fishing on some jetties also, but came up empty handed.
March 27, 2011 - Milford -
Milford Dam report 3/26 :
Fish are plentiful at the dam currently many anglers only fishing for 1 hr or less and getting limits. Nets were getting put out in the water this weekend. Good luck..
March 24, 2011 - Hillsdale - New report: 3/24
Fish have finally arrived on the dam. Get out and catch a few...Good luck..
March 22, 2011 - Hillsdale -
Very few fish witnessed being caught. Nets are out in the water to collect eggs and sperm for future eye harvests.
Just some males and very few females being caught currently. Warm weather did not bring fish up like everyone has been hoping. Still good fishing to be had real soon. Fishing early doesnt seem to be good at all.
March 22, 2011 - Hargis Lake Wellington - Went to Hargis Lake yesterday. Fished from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. with minnows. Had no bites. Saw two gentlemen in a boat who said they had caught one crappie and one bass on minnows. There were a number of fishermen around the lake.
March 21, 2011 - Cheney - I fished the dam this morning 3/21 from 5am-8am. Couple other fisherman there. Not much going on still. One 17" male. Hopefully pick up soon if at all.
March 21, 2011 - Cheney - Went out to Cheney lake this (Sunday) evening, I arrived around 6:30. I threw a Black and silver rapala all night, I did a little walking and casted most of the time. Right around sundown the walleye started to hit the surface, one guy next to me caught one right after we showed up (small male) a little after sundown I caught an 18 inch male, I wish I could have shown you the one I was hooked into but it rolled and got off, I hooked that one about 5 minutes after the male, I casted for another 2 hours after that with several different hard lures to no avail. They even stopped hitting the surface like the were originally about one hour after sundown. A few other males were being caught, but not much luck as a whole.
Game wardens were out in full, which I don't mind seeing, but just incentive to throw those sub 21" fish back. They said no one really had caught anything, I figure they all showed up and decided it wasn't right and left. I left a long while after the majority that were there when I got there did. One gentlemen who brought a radio, which allowed me to listen to the KU game, Appreciate that whoever you were. He said that friday night he was out most of the night and while he was packing up he walk trawled the face of the dam back to the parking lot and caught a 7 1/2 female full of eggs. He had on a gold and orange rapala tonight, didn't ask what he had on when he caught that fish.
There was also reports of people catching a mess of nice sized crappie off the fishing jetties on the south side of the dam, Christmas tree cove is what someone told me. I am going to go try that out tomorrow afternoon, then hit the dam again later that night.
Good lucky out there everyone! Leave one huge fish for me please.
March 20, 2011 - Wichita South Lake - Went fishing their mar 19 and 20 caught a total of 3 channel cat a one,three and a five lb all off worms was on north end of lake saw people up at the front of the lake catch some small cat fish as well david middleton
March 16, 2011 - Cheney - The spawn IS NOT on tonight or last night for that matter. 40 or so people out there, only one or two pulled out, sublegal males. I was using rapala's, jigs, rattle traps, and live med shiners. To no avail.... Walk trolled the entire face of the dam and pulled nothing out but moss. There was a gentlemen who was leaving as we pulled up at 7:30. He said he caught two 19 inch males and a white bass wading out on the flats north of the dam. I didn't try it though. IF you all are catching walleye in the next couple days LET IT BE KNOWN PLEASE! :)
March 10, 2011 - Cheney Question - Has the stained water cleared up at Cheney?
March 3, 2011 - Cheney - Hit the dam at about 6:30. Slight west wind and 50 degrees . Probably 15 people on the dam. Castes cranks, rattles, jigs and bombers til 8:45 no bites nor did I see anyone else having any luck. Jiggin was futile due to zebra muscles. You would lose about every other cast. Any deeper diving lure would come up snagged with muscles but never lost a hard lure. I guess a few days early is better then a few days late.
February 22, 2011 -Fall River - My family and I went out to Fall River this past Sunday 02/20/2011 for some crappies on the main lake using good old’ pink’s on the bobber. Due to some gusty south winds caught nothing on the North Rivers and main lake. We moved down to under the bridge in the south dam campsite and ran into some nice size slab crappies. Only fished for about two hours before it got to dark but we caught only a total of 12 crappies 10” – 12” and 4 catfish 2lbs – 5lbs using minnows on a bobber. Good luck and please share your fishing reports.
January 18, 2011 - Ice fishing at Cheney -Have never been Ice fishing, thought it would be fun to try at Cheney. Any help would be appreciated.
December 6, 2010 - Fort Scott Pond - Garret Murphy with his four pound Largemouth Bass caught from a Fort Scott, KS pond December 4, 2010 using a Black and yellow Beetle Spin lure.
December 3, 2010 - Cheney White Perch - I just looked on this site for the first time in a couple of months and read Marks posts about the white perch at Cheney. I also love to eat them and would like nothing better than finding a way to catch them consistently. With (hopefully) ice fishing season coming up, has anyone had any success catching large numbers of them through the ice? I used to catch lots of whites through the ice at Cheney but the Perch have eluded me so far. They either don't hang out in the usual winter locations or they are just not very active in the cold water. Any ideas?-----Bob
November 23, 2010 - Cheney White Perch - Enjoyed your reply. I think it was very early summer when i got into the huge schools of Perch at Cheney, (summer of 2010). Key for me at Cheney is "calm" mornings and of course knowing were the schools are. Very difficult to fish for them on windy days. Hard to keep on top of them using the elel. trolling motor. I remember very well one early summer day. The hard rains had already fell and the lake was rising FAST due to the floods. I think at that time the lake was only 1.5 to 2' high. I located the school of perch on a calm morning and it was a blast. One perch after another. Using two poles in hands, keeping an eye on the fish finder. Caught 50 or so and kept the big ones, (40). Remember cleaning them at the East side fish cleaning station with water up to my knees due to the flood water. It was a very promising spring, early summer at Cheney until that darn flood waters hit and it was pretty much over for the rest of the summer. After that one fishing trip i just described i went back a few days later when Cheney was up 3' and nothing. The schools were GONE. I could not locate them the rest of the summer. Late August fishing picked up some for me but still slow.
Did get a reliable report a few weeks ago the fall netting report at Cheney was VERY good. Just have to wait till that report is released soon. Also, might get a report on why the water was so dirty all summer long at Cheney. Yes, it was dirty. Should have cleared up by August. Mark.
November 22, 2010 - Cheney White Perch - I saw Mark's report on the white perch at the fish fry and I just thought that I would add my $0.02. I am originally from New York and we have lots of white perch in some of our estuaries, including the Hudson River and its tributaries. White perch are a great eating fish! In the Northeast, the perch have natural predators and they grow to a decent size when there is something to keep their population in check. I realize that they were accidentally introduced here and they have become a pest, as non-native species often do. However, they should be really good eating fish in Kansas. I would urge anyone who catches these fish to try them - you wll probably like them. I haven't eaten perch from Kansas lakes, but the fish caught in the Northeast are good.
P.S. I live in NE Kansas, but I made a trip to Cheney a few years ago. I was actually disappointed that I did not catch any perch!
November 19, 2010 - Cheney White Perch - Thought I'd share a story on frying up a bunch of White Perch i caught this past summer. First time frying any up. I had a fish fry at chruch last week and served up some Wiper, Walleye, and White Perch. Everybody enjoyed the taste of the Perch. They could tell the difference due to the fillets were lots smaller on the Perch. Think i fried up about 40 of the Perch along with the other fish. Mark.
October 27, 2010 -Lone Star Lake Question - I recently caught two small flathead catfish (~1/2 lb. and ¾ lb.) while fishing at Lone Star Lake in Douglas County. I have been fishing that lake for years and have never caught a flat head there. Has the lake recently been stocked with them? If not, does anyone know how they got in there? Just curious. Here is what the fish looked like.
October 24, 2010 - Farm Pond - This is Clayce Roland Dow of Shawnee Ks and his "keeper" large mouth caught on a farm pond on 10/22/2010. Submitted by John V. Dow of Leawood, Ks(grandfather)
October 8, 2010 -Walnut River - Cale
Cheney (age 9) of Wichita, KS
with the catfish him and his dad both caught in the Walnut River
in Winfield Kansas. They forgot to weigh it but we are sure it weighed at least 35 pounds.
September 25, 2010 -Wilson BSA Tournament Scheduled for Oct 2. - Thank you very much for those that are attending and support this event. The weather forecast is sunny and 75F, let's cross our fingers that the notorious Wilson wind stays in somewhat check.
I know that many of you consider the number of boats before entering an event. The latest number I have is 7 boats registered for the Bass Division. The mailing just went out two weeks ago so response is just starting to kick in.
When: Saturday, October 2nd 7am - 3pm
Where: Wilson Lake Hell Creek Area (State Park Side) This is the name I have been told it is called although I have heard over versions so if you are unsure which ramp please call me, but I will have signs up starting at hwy. 232
How Much: $125 per team with optional additional $25 per team for the Big Bass side pot. (Individuals welcome as well)
5-fish limit black bass event. Big bass will determine tie breaks as well as Big Bass side pot winner.
Email for ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) brochure for more info. I look forward to seeing you at this event and thank you once again.
Coronado Area Council, BSA
Wheatland District Executive
1705 Volga Dr. Apt. C
Hays, KS 67601
September 17, 2010 -Cheney - Sept. 17, 2010 Fri. morning. Only caught one today but it was a big one. 33 lb. Flathead. Took 20 mins. to net it. Barely fit in net. Back into the lake after the picture. Mark.
September 9, 2010 -Milford - My brother and I fished Milford reservoir (with a boat) for the first time on September 7th and 8th. Fishing was excellent for Catfish, White Bass and especially Wipers. Optimum time was early morning and towards evening until dark. We caught nice Blues and Channels on crank baits while fishing for Wipers and talking with other people that were loading on the ramps, they had limits of Catfish as well! The white bass were very active taking live bait as well as artificial bait, (Kastmasters) but it took 20-25 small fish to land a keeper. The Wipers were excellent along the South West shores in 6' to 30' of water and we caught several very nice 3-6 lb. fish on crank baits resembling shad. Very impressed with the lake and all the ramps, bathrooms, fish cleaning stations, Wardens and yes, State Patrolmen! Thanks Kansas!
September 9, 2010 - Sonar Question - Anyone experience this? I have a Lowrance LCX 19 sonar, (fish finder). Its 6 years old or so. Been experiencing when I turn it on the unit, (Cristal's) are upside down. All the readings, water temp. depth are upside down. Then after a few Min's. the problem corrects itself and functions fine. I know I can call Lowrance and be put on hold for awhile and ask them if I can get home in time before they close but just thought I'd put this out there for remarks. I'm afraid one day it's not going to correct itself.
September 1, 2010 - Answer to Fall River Question - At Fall River I fish two ways. Start out trolling in known areas and normally do well. Use Deep diver Bombers, ( 7-9' deep) and put an 1/8 oz. Yellow crappie jig 20-25" above that. At times doubles are caught. When that slows down and if I'm still seeing fish on the sonor i stop trolling and get out the ele. trolling motor and start jigging in same area I troll using twister tails. I tried using kastmasters and they just don't work well jigging.
One year, (10 years ago) trolling i was catching three White Bass at once all most constantly on one pole sometimes two poles at once. One on the Crappie jig and two on the Bomber. In the last 3-4 years that lake, like many in Southcentral,Southeast Ks. have been flooding constantly year after year, yes Cheney too. That has a huge impact on successfully fishing seasons.
The area I'm catching them are mainly up by the face of the dam on two points. One on the East and one on the West side. You just have to go from there and find them. They're rocky bottoms. Have a few other areas marked on the g.p.s. further North and East of the dam were there is a rocky bottom. Most of the time when i catch them as noted in other reports I've posted these are the biggest White Bass I've ever caught in Kansas. 16-17" i don't think they get much bigger than that in Kansas. Numbers are down for me the last 3-4 years. Years passed I've went out and easily caught 30-40 White's in 3 hrs. Almost always at dawn till 11am. Having access to a nice lake view cabin, (parents) is a plus to wake up and on the lake within mins. Not to mention a very relaxing and enjoyable time away from work. Mark.
August 31, 2010 - Fall River Question - Mark, - I’ve only fished for Catfish and Crappie on Fall River Lake. What part of the lake are you catching the whites and with what gear?
August 17, 2010 - Cheney & Fall River - August 26, 2010 Thursday. Been out several times last few weeks at Cheney. Each time 4-6 Wipers most right at 21 up to 23". Hate to say it but this year is probley the worst year ever. All due to the High waters this summer along with water release. Water is still stained due to all this rain this summer. Have not experenced any big schools of Wipers like years past. Went out to Fall River for two days. Around 10 Whites each day. Whites were really big in the 16-17" area. Out of all the lakes I've fished in Kansas Fall River has produced the biggest Whites I've ever seen. Might be one of the best kept secrects for huge White's. Even this lake this year has not produced numbers like years passed. Mark.
August 17, 2010 - Cheney White Perch Question - I was reading Mark post about a "known perch spot" and was wondering of someone could help me out. I have 4 small kids and my buddy has 2. We are wanting to take them to Cheney and let them catch white perch till their little arms fall off. I have fished Cheney a lot so I know the lake but can't usually find the fish. I can only see the depth and noting else so exact spots and methods would be great to know. Thanks for any help!
Greg in Derby
August 16, 2010 - Cheney - August 16, 2010 Monday afternoon. Did kind of good. Came up with one 14 lb. Striper. 6 Wipers all right at 21-22". Three short Walleye. Forgot my ice. Called Marina. There closed on Mondays so threw all back. Had to work at it. Been like this all summer. Went on a Crusie last week. Great weather in the Gulf. 15 degrees cooler than Kansas when i got back. Todays temps. were nice. Mark
July 30, 2010 - Cheney - July 30, 2010 Friday morning. Have not been to the lake for three weeks due to the floods. Started my morning with breakfast at Cracker Barrel with the wife. To work she goes after and to the lake for me. Real slow in the morning. Did come up with two very nice 6 lb. Walleye. Getting ready to leave at noon then the bite got going. The shad started showing up in two of my hot spots. They were not there in the morning. At times each pass fish on. It lasted till 1:30pm. then that was it. Total catch was two 8 lb. catfish. Two 6 lb. Walleye, (nice). Six Wipers, (8.7 lb. biggest). One 6 lb. Striper. One 20 lb. Carp. Don't normally stay out that late. Too hot. Glad i did but man was it hot. Cleaned my legal limit. Stopped into the Marina for a Diet Soda and chat with the gal at the counter then home. Sorry no photo's by myself. This is not a "normal" July/Aug. fishing pattern for me. But, an encouraging trip to what's in store in a few more weeks I hope. Mark.
July 14, 2010 - Response to boat cleaning tip - I have a fiberglass boat and the best thing I have found to get rid of hard water stains and other stains is CLR. My boat is white and I get the brown stains after long periods of use and have used CLR for a few years now and all you need to do is soak the outside of the boat and within an hour all the stains are completely gone and the boat looks like new. Works great and I have seen no problems with the gel coat.
July 11, 2010 - Boat cleaning tip - Thought I'd share a product Ii just used to clean hulls of boats. My boat is 11 years old made out of Alum. and has years of stubborn water stains. It's called "Ahead" and I bought it at Crestview Marine in Wichita. It contains Hydrochloric Acid. I used full strength on a dry towel using rubber gloves. Then you spray it off. It took 'ALL" of my water stains off my hull and used it on my motor and had same results. My boat and motor looks almost brand new. I've been looking for a product for years to get these results. Seems to be safe on my paint and the finish. 1 Quart bottle. Mark.
July 8, 2010 - Cheney - Your report on Cheney shows the latest date Jul 7, 2010 but then it also shows a date of Jul l, 2010 and says the lake is back to normal. However, the Cheney Lake website show for Jul 8th the lake is over 5 feet above normal which means any one going there to boat or fish will find most of the places to be under water. Editor's note - We updated the report Wednesday before the state updated theirs which is what we have on our website. The Cheney report on our website is now the latest. Thanks for alerting us to this.
July 6, 2010 - Cheney - July 06, 2010 Tuesday. Very few boats on the lake at 6:45am. Lake is flooded and dirty. I'd use the Westside boat ramp only to launch anything. Figured big fish would not be biting. I was right. Calm morning. Located Perch area and just fished there for several hours. Jigging with two poles in hand and action was furious. All difference sizes. I kept all the big ones and cleaned them. About 40 of them. Caught total of 50-60. Have not tryed them but herd they are great tasting to eat. Who knows when the lake will be back to normal and the BIG fish back to biting. Several, several weeks. Did catch one 8 lb. catfish and one short Walleye jigging. My wrist is hurting. Very fun to catch. No complaints. Mark.
June 28, 2010 - Cheney - June 28, 2010 Monday. Fishing has been very good. They have been hard to get to bite. These fish I'm catching are just below ledges not on top which for me are harder to catch trolling. My trolls have to be precise to get them to bite. I think as time goes they will be easier to catch latter part of summer. G.P.S. is a must right now to be precise along with high quality sonor. Caught today 4 Walleye 1 was 28". 4 nice Wipers, all way over 21" and a ton of White Perch. I got tired trying for BIG fish so i went to a know Perch area and they were STACKED. No wind today so it was EASY picken with my Ele. trolling motor. Perch are real nice sized. Used Kastmaters jigging. There were Huge fish on top of them but no takers. Cleaned my catch and seen this fella with two young kids on board getting ready to hit the lake. BOY i wish i could have took those young kids to the Perch spot. Gave him the location of it and wished him the best of luck. These perch if you can find them schooled up would be great for kids. One of my boys is in summer school, (W.S.U.) and the other weights at high school. They were not happy when i told them of my catch today. One of my pictures was from last week. Mark.
June 21, 2010 - Cheney - June 21, 2010 Monday morning. Got the lake very early due to the forecast of high wind in the late afternoon. Wipers are now biting for me and there nice sized one's all over 21". Caught around 6 of those. Caught one nice 12 lb. Striper, (first one at Cheney in a long time). Caught around 8 Walleye all short except for one that was 25". Another Huge blue cat or Catfish could not tell. It weighed in at 28 lbs. I've been hitting this one area each time i go out and allways land one or two huge Catfish. Lake is high but seams to be clear till mid-lake area. Shad starting to show up in schools. Mark.
June 21, 2010 - Glen Elder Reply - KDWP has found out about this issue and are very upset over it. 200 some fish have had their tales cut off and tossed back. Best thing to do is if anyone notices this activity to call wildlife and parks immediately. Everyone needs to realize that us fisherman are the best eyes since KDWP employees have up to 70 ponds and lakes to manage so it's near impossible to simply stake out a body of water all day every day. It's out responsible as ethical outdoorsman wanting a future for the outdoors to report any behavior even if it's simply finding any kind of destruction.
June 12, 2010 - Glen Elder Reply - Sound like Glen Elder Like Cheney has a management problem also with State Park issues. As stated in my earlier report at Cheney no State Park boat docks intalled as of June 4 on two of there MAIN boat ramps. Still an issure with me. I'm sure by NOW there installed. Mark.
June 11, 2010 -Glen Elder - Please obey the "18" length limit at Glen Elder on the walleye population! This applies to everyone and the boneheads cutting the short fish up will be the first to complain on the shortage of fish in the years to follow. Where's our creel clerk and warden while the people are cleaning the shorties in the state park and the public cleaning station as well!!!!!!!!
June 4, 2010 -Cheney - June 04, 2010 Friday. Had a good day. Weather was great. Light South winds. Downrigged all morning. Hit many spots. Walleye population looks real good. Caught around 10. All under 21". Most in the area of 15-18". Once caught two on one pole using the three way swivel. Mother of all catches this morning was one 30 lb. Flathead. One 15 lb. Catfish.
Cannot believe both Eastside and Westside public docks are NOT installed. Here it is June 04. Thank goodness the Cheney Lake Ass. built one years ago and donated it to the park on the Eastside. About the only excellent dept. of fish and game that does a wonderfull job is the fish hatcherys. Just think if anyone from out of state came to launch a boat what they would think. Mark.
June 1, 2010 -Marion - May 31, 2010 - Got to the lake about 3:30pm and fished till dusk, caught a bunch of small white bass in the shallows. Caught three short Walleye out in the deeper water and one 21” Wiper. Had the kids along so let them catch small whites for a while. Ended up catching 41 total but only 15 were worth keeping.
May 28, 2010 -Marion - May 28, 2010 Friday. A.M. fishing. Used worm and jig. Caught 4 Walleye all around 15". Few Small Wipers. Seen one boat on top of them. They did real good. Water real clear. Caught one Walleye trolling. Went to take Huskey Jerk off and some how one of the hooks got me REAL deep in my hand. Thank goodness my son was with me. He held the Walleye while i TRIED to get hook out with Needle nose. Would not come out. Ended up clipping tip of hook and then it came out. Man it hurt. Marion is really a nice lake. Dont make it our there too much. Mark.
May 27, 2010 - El Dorado - The water is about 2 ft high. Muddy /stained most places. No fish caught in reservoir.
They are releasing water. Saw one small flathead caught (3lbs).
Water is lapping up on the sidewalks beneath the dam.
May 17, 2010 - Lyon County SFL - I'm Edward and this is what my first email/fishing report to you. Ill cut to the chase. Fishing at lyon county state fishing lake is amazing so far. Crappie from shore around brush piles are good. Minnows on a bobber work great and small jigs. Bass fishiing is good there as well. Worms , small bluegill fished live, jiggs, spinners all catch bass well. Catfish are just as good, fishing at the feeder with worms brings in 5-15 lb channel catfish. Melvern lake is preety good fishing as well. Drum are plentiful caught at the spillway on live crawdads on the bottom. Walleye are good on road runner, jiggs, and minnows. Catfish are still a little shy, but they will bite on worms at the bottom. All the fish at melvern were caught at the spillway. hope this helps.
May 11, 2010 -Wichita -........fishing in a local river, caught a 21 lb flat head on perch while tornado sirens were going off....hit bout ten feet off bank with a big black perch, good luck to all.hope to see more catfish reports as the weather warms........Jordan Beard
May 10, 2010 - Cheney Question - Is the 3 way rig still the hot set up on Cheney?
May 6, 2010 - Cheney Catfish from April - 4/5/10 cheney lake. Cut bait on bottom at about 8 feet of water, after sunset. 13.5lbs
May 6, 2010 - Walleye at Milford? - Any new info on Walleye at Milford, had no luck last weekend????
May 5, 2010 - Answer to Glen Elder Question - Anyplace you can find, it's been very crowded, the state
park boat ramps parking lots have been full. The KDWP
website lists fish attractors, fishing adjacent to these should put you in the neighborhood Good luck!!
May 2, 2010 - Melvern - Walleye slow to fair on drop-offs, coves packed like sardines full of boats.
April 30, 2010 - Melvern - Very little fishing going on since last Thursday's rainstorm. Melvern Lake is up 4.5 feet, they opened the gates at the dam to 1500 cfs to bring it down. Mad run on crappie before the rain, but nothing since. Once it starts back up I will shoot you some reports...hopefully.
We opened the bait shop in March and so far things have been going well...minus the rain storms. ha
Sundance Bait & Tackle
8145 W 325th St.
Lebo, Kansas 66856
April 29, 2010 - Glen Elder Question - coming to glen elder this weekend. any advice on where to catch some crappies? best techniques? baits?
any white bass/wiper/walleye being caught? any info helpful
April 27, 2010 -North Central - Here's the scoop from Jeff Ensz Smoky Hills Guide Service
Salina,KS Milford:Crappie- fair, creek arm coves 5'-15';
Walleye: moving to the flats, don't be afraid to fish
SHALLOW (less than 5') Whites & Wipers: the dam area
has been the best, but mouths of coves good also.The best
fishing for all species is the outlet.
Glen Elder: Crappie are good in the coves: Wally fair-good
flats and in the coves. North end of the dam is producing
everything and in good numbers. Go out & get it on!! It's
been hard for me to fish anywhere except the Glen
April 19, 2010 -Marion - Marion 4/16/10 - Got to Marion about 3pm. Pretty breezy but we started trolling right out of the ramp headed south and before we knew it the first wiper was on. We trolled the dam, the south side, and pretty much the middle of the lake around the river channel. The channel turned out to be the best. Most of the 7 fish we caught were wipers right around 4lbs. We did get one white bass. The were all caught on trolled rattle traps. Pretty good day!
April 16, 2010 - Cheney Walleye reply to Mark - In reply to Mark about the 9+ lb walleye, no I will not be mounting that one. I don't know if i'll ever catch one again that big but I just don't think I want to spend that much $ on it. I have the pictures and that's good enough for me for now.
April 16, 2010 - Cheney
- April 15, 2010 Thursday. Been out twice last two weeks with the boat. No fish. Today finally got them to bite. Found them Southwest corner of dam in front of the boat ramp. Total of 5 Wipers from 8am. to 10am. All were nice 7 lbs. one top at 8.4 lbs. Caught them on humps some in 22' of water. Caught some with the downriggers others with my side pole. All were females full of eggs and real fat. Dragged the bottom a few times and came up with thousands of Zebra Mussels
. They're attached to everything. Snagged a 1 oz. sinker and it was loaded with Zebra Mussels. It's terrible. Mark
April 14, 2010 -Cheney - heard of any white bass in the river at cheney yet
April 14, 2010 - Sedgwick County Park - My son and I have been making fishing a favorite past time since he was 3yrs of age. His first pole was a scoobydoo start kit. His first catch was a little sun perch out of a little creek right down the street from where we used to live. My son is now 16yrs old, and fishing is still one of his greatest passions. Who would of known that just a casual thing could turn out to be something he loves to do so much. This past weekend (As we have been doing now for the past 2 weekends) we went to Sedgwick County Lake and he caught the biggest fish he has ever caught yet. I can tell you that when he was reeling it in, I was sitting on the bank enjoying the cool breeze and the fact that he was shouting MOM, MOM wasn't quite registering, until I took a look at the tip of his pole bent in half. I dropped everything and went running. At first I thought he had a turtle on the line, until I saw the back fin of this huge fish....he was so excited when he was able to see what was on the end of his line. It tooks us a good 5 to 10 minutes to reel him in to the shore. My son couldn't really pick the fish up good so he took off his shirt while I held the pole. Once he had a good grip of the fish, I took this picture of his big catch.....we were going to take the fish up to the local bait shop but they were closed, so we showed his big catch off to a couple of people that were there at the lake and then we released it back into the water, so that some other lucky fisherman could have the joy of having this beauty on the end of their line. I have to tell you, that as a mother who has been taking her son fishing for all of these years, I am so glad that I got the opportunity to be there for his biggest catch yet. I hope and pray that I get to experience the joy and excitement of his next big catch. This would make his day, to see this picture posted on Kansas Anglers Website. I also included his first catch of the season 2010 and the first fish he caught of the day, before the whopper that is featured here. Thanks, and Happy Fishing!!!!!
April 12, 2010 -Toronto - I got a picture sent from Lizard Lips Deli and Cafe at Toronto of a 9.71 white bass. the Fish and Game boys are supposed to check it out today. I think it may be a wiper, it has broken lines on the side of the picture I saw. It it truly a white bass, it will beat the world record by about 3 lbs! You may be able to contact the local F & G guys and see it they've heard anything. smiling steve
April 7, 2010 - In Wichita city limits and eastern Kansas pond - Having a pretty good year on early pre-spawn bass. Here's 2 bass, one caught in the city limits on a black & blue wedgetail lizard in ony about 2 1/2 feet of water about 2 wks ago, and the most recent from eastern ks pond on 4/3 on a spinnerbait. Hope this streak keeps up! Both released!
April 5, 2010 - Toronto - watched 3 guys cleaning a 5 gal bucket full of 12-14 in crappie on the boat ramp in Mann's Cove Toronto. They said the wind was tough but the fishing was good! Other guys I taked to, said the crappie are moving close into rocks along the bank. smiling steve
March 28, 2010 -Marion, Kanopolis, Council Grove - Jeff Ensz Smoky Hills Guide Service
I sure like those pictures from Cheney, helps me better accept those restrictive creel limits, how many white perch were in their bellies. The WORD: Marion- TOUGH!! Haven't been yet but its what I'm hearing.Kanopolis- Saugeye-fair to good, some wade fisherman doing good Loders. I've been getting em on points SHALLOW!!! They're on the dam to, have not needed to stay and fish in the dark. Whites are good west and in the river. Crappie-Slow. Council Grove: Saugeye and Crappie on the dam, more saugeye.SHALLOW!!!
March 23, 2010 -Wichita Area - Posted by www.kansasbass.blogspot.com - The bass have officially woken up (at least in the Wichita are). I was cranking all week and was catching them pretty good on my neighborhood pond until the front came through. This year, I am reviewing Kansas bass lakes and the many factors that effect bass on the lakes (cover, vegetation, nuisance species, lake history, etc.) in depth. I draw on my own experiences fishing many different tournaments and the experiences of the many veteran kansas bass anglers i have met along the way. My most recent reviews have been on Perry, Big Hill, and El Dorado lake. Enjoy!!
March 21, 2010 - Cheney - March 18, 2010 Thursday. Trolling face of dam from 8am. till 10:30am. 20' from dam. Nothing. Nice Walleye posted at Cheney guys. That 9lber. is HUGE. That beats my biggest of 7.9 lbs. thats on the wall. Are you mounting that one? Mark.
March 19, 2010 -Cheney - We got to the dam at Cheney about 7pm on 3/18/10. Started throwing rattle traps, jigs, and shad raps. Didn't get a thing till after dark, maybe about 9pm. First got a 22 inch walleye followed by a 20 inch walleye. A few casts later BAM! This 9lb 29 inch walleye just slammed my rapala stick bait. Was a lot of fun! Tons of people on the dam.
March 14, 2010 -Cheney - Decided to go out to cheney and try the dam. Nothing till around 7:30 Pm Then BAM ! Got this momma on a kastmaster ! Caught 2 others under 20". Went ahead and put her back ! Want to catch her again !!!
March 7, 2010 - Marion County - caught limit of cats at marion co. on gizzards they are hard to find and are 12 bucks a jar , but they work ,all were nice ones biggest was 12lbs all others 2 -5lbs ...good eatin .....fishin pal jer
March 4, 2010 - Boat question - We have a new boat ramp in Wamego Kansas. I am looking to buy a boat to put on the Kansas River to do some fishing and hunting. Could you recommend a type of boat and size of motor you think would be the best for the river.
February 25, 2010 - Shawnee Mission Lake - Submitted by Southern Streams Fishing Guide Service
Shawnee Mission lake in Lenexa, Ks is open this weekend for trout but over half the lake is still frozen over and the ice is on the best side to fish. With little or no trees.
February 14, 2010 -LaCygne - We caught 2 dozen largemouth in the coves near banks, and points down from the hot water discharge. Nothing over 3 pounds but, plenty to catch. Non-weighted Senkos with a jerkbait presentation. White Bass caught on shallow crankbaits in the same areas. Water temp north of the discharge 55-57 deg.
February 13, 2010 -Ice Fishing - Spend the next few weekends with the family, ice is unsafe and deteriorating fast. It's not worth a dip in the lake.
February 9, 2010 -Ice Fishing - no one is talking about the ice anymore, do we know how much is out there?
February 4, 2010 -Ice Fishing - looks like cold weather is coming back for a week or so, may be able to get some more ice fishing in,does anyone no ice thickness on the lakes , anglers please post your reports here ...thanks good fishin
January 11, 2010 -KDOT East (Wichita) - Fished KDOT East on Saturday morning. We caught 7 good trout and a couple of small perch and crappie. Even pulled a small channel cat out. Ice was about 7 inches thick. Used small jigs and flies. Brought minnows but only caught one trout with them.
January 6, 2010 - Info on Fall River or Toronto? - Does anyone have a report on Fall River or Toronto? It seems like it has been colder there than at Cheney. Should be some excellent Crappie fishing there. I have never heard of anyone ice fishing at either one of these lakes.
6 wipers went 42 pounds, and one whitey.
January 5, 2010 - North Central Kansas - Here's some up to date info.from Jeff Ensz Smoky Hills Guide Service
News from N.Central Ks. Kanopolis: The marina cove has 8"+ and the fishing on the attractors is poor. Yankee Run 10"+ is sporadic for whites, this area has numerous gas holes in the ice, be careful. The main lake is 4-5" and should be fishable. Crappie fishing has been fair with fish avg 10". The mainlake whites are good with some fish up to 3# and a 1.5#avg. Wilson: I've fished from Minooka west to the bend. No real patterns on stripers or wallys, pretty hit or miss. The bend has 12"+ with white perch dominating the catch, some large whites, and some stripers up to 10#. Hell Creek is similar only fewer fish, so far. The stripers should be lined up from Elm Creek to Lou's point via the river channel,however nobody has been out there fishing. The ice is 9"+.
Glen Elder: West of the causeway, crappie and whites are good with some crappie up to 3# and a few whites 4#+ you can't miss the large groups of guys. The main lake should be tight enough now to fish the attractors, this lakes a gold mine for large crappies
January 3, 2010 - Cheney - Jan. 2, Fishing in river channel near mouth of the river in the p.m.. Large wipers were caught on spoons, blue & silver, gold, white, rainbow spoons, it really didn't seem liked it mattered when they came through. One was under 21" and had to be put back in the lake. one white was taken in our group. Probably 15 guys out there fishing. Ice 6"-7". GET OUT THERE NOW!!!!!!
January 3, 2010 - Request for Ice Fishing Reports - anglers post ice fishing reports here ,looks like we will get good ice this year...fishin pal jer
January 1, 2010 - Kanopolis - Jan. 1 we were fishing by the tower around the brush piles, and the point. Ice is 6-8" very safe. Nobody was out their in the p.m.. No catches wind switched out of the north. For the report of the lake of "FULL" of white bass, which is reported Kansas fish and game, they sure are hard to find, and the lake is down probably 10ft. Loader pt. open water. Sure need more fisherman out their to help find these whities.
January 1, 2010 - Cheney Ice Conditions - 01/01/10 Need info on ice at Cheney.
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