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December 27, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP -

Regions 1, 2 & 4

No new reports

Region 3
At 12/26/2006 3:45 PM, Anonymous said...Trout fishing has picked up a bit at the Pratt Centennial Pond. Been catching them on wolly buggers.

Region 5

At 12/23/2006 11:08 AM, Anonymous said...Melvern- 12-22-06 We believe we are fishing the wrong end of the lake. The keepers we are catching are nice fish(11-13") but we are finding no large groups of shad. We are catching our fish 19-26' deep. Wind was out of NW 9-16mph, water temp. 42 degrees. We kept 24 crappie.

December 17, 2006 - Tuttle Creek Tuttle Creek: For the week of Dec 11th (mon thru sat) the Channel Cat fishing at Tuttle Creek was extremely good for this time of year. I found large fish off of the river channel drop off's above Stockdale. All fish were between 3 and 12 lbs. They seem to find large bait quicker so you had to fish open bail. Feed them some line, waters cold and fish are not agressive. They have been eating good, there fat!! Fresh shad is the best and the hardest to come by. I was fishing by boat but there are a few spots you can bank fish and hit the old river channel. If the lake doesn't freeze over, you should be able to catch these fish all winter long. As I've said before the lake is full of 5 to 13 lb fish. If the water temp stays 36 to 40 these fish will move around looking for food. Usually when you get one bite the other pole gets one also, there moving around in schools this time of year. If you pick the good weather days, you can still enjoy a days fishing. RKH

December 17, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP -

Region 1

At 12/15/2006 11:23 AM, Anonymous said...Cedar Bluff
Bert's Corner reports fishing has picked up some due to the good weather! They have been catching white bass that are pretty good size and wipers that are small along with a few walleye.

Region 2

At 12/15/2006 11:58 AM, Anonymous said...Hillsdale
Reports of good fishing and they are taking their limit on crappie when you get out on a boat. Have also heard of a few white bass being caught as well.

Tuttle Creek
Fishing has been pretty good catching walleye, white bass, and crappie.

Clinton
Clinton Marina reports that fishing has been fair.

At 12/15/2006 5:01 PM, Anonymous said...Perry
CatDaddy reports that there has been some nice channel cat in the old town park area.

Tuttle Creek
CatDaddy reports nice bluecat has been stocked and biting!

Region 3

No new reports

Region 4

At 12/14/2006 8:19 PM, Anonymous said...Has anyone fished Chase SFL recently?

Region 5

At 12/15/2006 5:02 PM, Anonymous said...John Redmond
CatDaddy reports nice bluecat and it has been stocked lately.

Melvern
CatDaddy reports that the fishing is always good there and taht they ahve been catching bluecat from 10-15 pounds!

At 12/15/2006 11:59 AM, Anonymous said...Melvern
Reports of lots of little crappie are being caught out on the lake.

December 14, 2006 - Old Yates Center reservoir - THE OLD RESEVOIR AT YATES CENTER HAS HAD A FEW GOOD CRAPPIES COMING OUT OF IT, IF YOU CAN FIND THEM. WE CAUGHT ARE LIMIT OFF BRUSHPILES IN ABOUT 9 FOOT OF WATER. MOST CRAPPIE ARE 10 TO 12 INCHES. HAVENT TRIED ANY CHANNEL CAT BUT THEY USUALLY ARE PRETTY GOOD. ALL THREE FEEDERS ARE SHUT OFF FOR THE YEAR. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYBODY. CLAYTON

December 13, 2006 - Pheasant Reports? - Does anyone have any pheasant reports? I'm planning a last season trip to the Kiowa county area. Thanks. SAH

December 13, 2006 - Chanute City Lake - CHANUTE CITY LAKE HAS BEEN SLOW ON CHANNEL CATFISH. A FEW SMALL ONES HAVE BEEN CAUGHT ON CHICKEN LIVER. CRAPPIE FISHING IS ALRIGHT A LOT OF LITTLE ONES WITH A FEW DECENT SIZED MIXED IN. TRY THR ROCKS ON THE DIVIDING ROAD AND ALONG THE EAST SIDE.

December 13, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP -

Regions 1 - 4

No new reports.

Region 5

At 12/13/2006 3:19 PM, Anonymous said...

Water temp. 42 degrees. Beautifull day but slower fishing. Fished 18 -29 foot of water and caught fish 10 -23 foot deep. We kept 23 nice crappie. Melvern Lake

At 12/12/2006 3:40 PM, Anonymous said...

Melvern- Water temp.42 degrees. We fished 20-27 foot of water and caught crappie13-21 foot deep. We used Fin Thins and soft plastics. We couldn't find large schools of fish. We kept 32 real nice crappie,11-13 inches long.

December 6, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP -

Region 1

At 12/04/2006 10:19 AM, Anonymous said...

Jeremy,

As of 11/15/06 the Sherman County State Fishing Lake and the Rooks County State Fishing Lake are both dry and not open at this time. Thanks!

At 12/04/2006 9:36 AM, Anonymous said...

Lake Wilson Marina
The lake is starting to freeze over in the coves. Others have reported fishing is very poor.

Region 2

At 12/04/2006 11:26 AM, Anonymous said...

Saw some boats headed to Perry today, best fihsing for crappie around the channel edges.

At 12/04/2006 9:50 AM, Anonymous said...

Milford
Thunderbird Marina reports that the water is low still and there is not much fishing going on.

At 12/04/2006 9:49 AM, Anonymous said...

Tuttle Creek
Derick's Bait n Tackle reports crappie, walleye & white bass are being caught and the lake water is still low.

Clinton
Clinton Marina reports that the crappie are doing fairly well running about 13' long using coop jigs. There are a few walleye caught, but 99% are crappie.

At 12/04/2006 9:46 AM, Anonymous said...

Hillsdale
Not much fishing going on, but there are a few around the heated dock area. Rand's Bait Dealer reported about 10 inches of snow received from last week.

Region 3

At 12/04/2006 10:38 AM, Anonymous said...

Andrea,

Chances are that Kiowa State Fishing Lake & Goodman State Fishing Lake are either frozen or on the verge of being frozen as they are smaller bodies of water. Scott State Lake stocks Rainbow Trout and probably isn't frozen as it is a little larger. Thanks!

Region 4

At 12/05/2006 10:49 PM, Anonymous said...

I didn't know about the spring and haven't really discovered it myself. The max depth I pretty much have found throughout the lake is about five feet. Some six feet around the rock piers. One spot did find nine feet at one time. Also remember the lake is two feet low. I caught my fish mostly on the far end of the lake where you have to go in at the first entrance. Caught two small pike in that area. Fun lake, but sometimes can be challenging.
At 12/03/2006 8:49 PM, Anonymous said...

Go to http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/fishing/where_to_fish_in_kansas/fishing_locations_public_waters/region_4/kingman_state_fishing_lake for info on Kingman County Lake.

Region 5

No new reports

November 30, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP -

Region 1

At 11/30/2006 1:21 PM, Jeremy said...

Does anybody have any reports for Sherman County State Fishing Lake in Goodland? Does anybody know if Rooks County State Fishing Lake is open yet? Just curious. Thanks.

Region 2

No New Reports

Region 3

At 11/30/2006 1:28 PM, Andrea said...

Does anybody have a report for Kiowa State Fishing Lake, Goodman State Fishing Lake, or Scott Lake. Ready to go fishing, and looking for a place to do exactly that. Would like your responses. Thanks.

At 11/30/2006 1:12 PM, Jeremy said...

Has anybody fished Ford County Lake, Coldwater, or Clark State Fishing Lake lately. I have to go to Dodge next week, and I am thinking about fishing at one of the three places for a couple of hours. Just trying to decide which one to go to. Never been to Ford County Lake, or Clark State Fishing Lake. I have been to Coldwater lake about 8 years ago. Didn't catch much then though, but it is a nice lake for a community lake. Good for boating too. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

At 11/29/2006 6:19 PM, Anonymous said...

Has anybody fished Meade or Cimmaron Grassland pits lately? Thinking about going to to the pits and doing some trout fishing. Does anybody know if you have to have a trout permit to fish at the pits even if your not fishing for trout. Just wondering because if thats the fact I am going to wait until Jan to trout fish. Any input would be great. Thanks.

At 11/26/2006 7:05 PM, Anonymous said...

Trout have been good at Pratt Centenial Pond. Wolly buggers seems best but I've been fishing with a second fly tied on the hook bend, 18" below the bugger. That is usually a #16 b ead-head nymph.

Region 4

At 11/30/2006 1:06 PM, Jeremy said...

Thanks for the input. About how big and deep is the lake? Do you know. Good fishing to you!

At 11/29/2006 10:52 PM, Anonymous said...

Kingman has a spring that comes up under the surface. It attracts the pike in the heat of summer (cooler water)and in winter (warmer water). The spring is in the northeast corner of the lake. If you have a temperature gauge on your boat, you can tell in summer by the cooler surface temp and the clearer water. I would guess that in winter, the temperature gauge should show warmer water. At any rate, that's where the pike will likely be hanging out.

At 11/29/2006 6:21 PM, Anonymous said...

Does anybody have a report for Kingman State Fishing Lake? Thinking about going there and doing some pike fishing. Anybody got any tips for me. Never piked fish before. Never even been to the lake before either. Any input would be apprecaited. Thanks.

Region 5

No New Reports

November 28, 2006 - Ice Fishing Question - Does anyone know of a good place to take a kid ice fishing in Kansas. Cheney fishing was generally good for whites, stripers or wipers. But the last few years have been horrible at best. I'm looking for another lake that I can find walleyes, crappie, whites, wipers or stripers. Would consider farm ponds. I've been to Kanopolis, Marion and Glen Elder last year. They were also slow. Any help would be appreciated.

Good luck fishing,

Jeff

November 28, 2006 - Big Hill - Submitted by Curt Graves

Air temp: hi's 68-70.
Water temp: 50-52 below bridge; 47-50 above bridge.
Water clarity: 2-3' below bridge; 1-2' above bridge.
Wind: S at 5-15 mph.

Both days, the smallmouth bit best for me. I was catching them on a home-made football jig on rocky points in the lower end of the lake. My Quantum PT rod and Accurist PT reel spooled with fluorocarbon line allowed me to feel the sensitive bites. Sometimes I set the hook on a fish because I simply wasn't feeling the jig bounce against the rocks.

I did catch a couple of short largemouth on the jig and a small crankbait above the bridge as well. As well, I caught 2 small largemouth spooning. I was able to watch my spoon as well as changes in cover & schools of bait on my Lowrance electronics.

If you would like to test ride the new 2007 ProCraft, give me a call. This is quite a ride and Albers does a good job of working with their clients.

*THE DISTRICT #58 ABA ON BIG HILL FOR DECEMBER 4, 2006 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!

Good fishing,
Curt

November 26, 2006 - Kingman SFL - 11-26-06 Decided to give Kingman a third try for the year. Also wanted to get the boat out with the nice weather. I knew it would be windy, but only way to get better at dealing with the wind is fishing in the wind. Boating went really well. No problems this time... well forgot about the drain plug and got my shirt a little wet, but I actually had a spare in the car. Didn't get much on the main body... okay all I got was snagging a shad. So I put my boat on the trailer since I wanted to get out of the wind since the clouds completely came in. Lily pads are just stems now. I went to my usual area of past the rock pier where the far end of the lake is really shallow and just put on my waders. I went to a strike king 3x zero and caught one bass. Snagged and went back and put on a bass pro stick bait and I chose bubble gum since the water was a little murky. I ended up pulling five more bass in that back area. Went to the river and just wanted to give it a try. And I ended up catching about five more bass from the river where the water was pretty calm. One was a decent size to. Probably about 1.5lb. Biggest was around 2lb. And I just kept with the bubble gum stick bait even in the clear water it worked wonders. My last trip out there for the year went well. Also saw four deer grouped togther. One male and three female. Had fun and tomorrow will be clean up and make sure the boat is ready for the winter since coming up soon we might have some snow. But fish can always be caught so never give up.

Dominic

November 26, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP -

Region 1

At 11/26/2006 1:29 PM, Anonymous said...

ATTENTION CERTAIN ANGLERS FISHING WEBSTER STILLING BASIN: By all means have fun and enjoy the outdoors, say hello to your buddies, ask how they and their families are doing, make new buddies, compare fishing success, and in general enjoy the comradery of relationships both old and newly established, but please PLEASE limit your conversations to a few words followed by LOTS AND LOTS--SAY, AT LEAST THREE HOURS WORTH?--of SILENCE! No one else wants to listen to your entire life's stories, hear what you did the night before, listen to how you limited out in just ten minutes the day before (and you didn't even use any bait!), etc.. As well--and this goes for everyone--in addition to packing out all of your trash when you leave, please take a few moments to pick up at least one item of trash of some idiot's who left before you. Thank you.

Region 2

At 11/25/2006 9:47 AM, Anonymous said...

Perry Lake on Friday after Thanksgiving. Went to Slough Creek Bridge Area. Several boats out (5 to 8 any given time). Others caught a few crappie in the morning, said they were small. Most boats fishing around the bridge. Afternoon, 2 to 5 we caught 15-20 crappie and sunfish with small tubes, jigs with gold dust crappie nibbles about 2-3 foot under floats. Most fish 5-15 feet from shore on north side under the bridge. All small, only 2 were even 9 inches, which I'm guess is a year away from the legal limit of 10 inches.

Region 3

No new reports.

Region 4

At 11/25/2006 7:20 AM, Anonymous said...

sorry i forgot to mention the lake. i was fishing cheney that afternoon. didnt mean to get you bent out of shape 11/24/06.

Region 5

At 11/25/2006 12:24 PM, Anonymous said...

Melvern

Picked up 35 Crappie over brushpiles on the south end of the lake on jig and minnows (shiners). 33% were 10-15 inches. Also picked up 15 white bass, ranging 8-17 inches, trolling along the dam with deep diving lures. All picked up between 15 and 17 feet.

November 26, 2006 - Trout at Manhattan Went to Willow Pond near Manhattan for some trout fishing caught my 5 in an hour missed many more one was gold that made it exciting seen about 5 other people fishing with 2-3 fish apiece. I want to thank Kevin for telling what he used because it's the same thing i caught all my fish on a black and gold speckled roostertail with a gold plate.

Matt

November 24, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP -

Region 1

At 11/20/2006 7:20 PM, Anonymous said...

We fished at wilson last weekend and caught fish both days striper's eye's & perch,fish were tight to the breaks and on the deep edge.they also seemed to be on the move. we would find perch catch a bunch then they would disapear. Waleye's are tough to find but we caught some,slow down and fish a spot thoroughly. Stripers are active and there are lots of them, after we would catch a bunch we would move to get away from them. spoons and jigs are catching everything the fish don't seem to be to picky. Goodluck and Go to Cheney!

At 11/20/2006 4:34 PM, Anonymous said...

Cedar Bluff
Bert's Corner at Cedar Bluff reports large wipers on the north side of the cabins along with good sized white bass using slab with red sparkle spoons.

Wilson Lake
Knotheads Bait Shop reports at 30 foot of water you can catchsome stripers between 4-14 pounds, white perch about 1/2 to 1 1/2 pounds, and white bass from 2-3 pounds using spoons.

Region 2

At 11/22/2006 2:32 AM, E.Herken said...

Perry Lake. Caught another limit of crappies by myself on Tuesday morning. Got to windy to stay out all day but also caught quite a few whites on the same baits as I listed in the article above on 11-18-06. Also I am starting to catch a few walleyes early early in the morning, just at daybreak. Troll those shad colored crankbaits on the windy side of rocky rip rap banks. They are up chasing shad in the mornings. Get up, quit wishin and go fishin. Good luck see yah out there on 11-22-06.

At 11/21/2006 9:03 AM, Anonymous said...

Hillsdale
Reports from Rand's bait shop reports things have been pretty steady and they have been catching white bass using jigs. K & M Lake N Dale reports crappie is good with white jigs as well.

Clinton
Cat Daddy reports nice channel cats in flats around the shallow areas from 10-15" using cut shad.

Milford
Cat Daddy reports nice blues 30-35' of water using cut shad.

Perry
Cat Daddy reports that the best place to fish is under the K-92 bridge.

Shawnee
Blue gills have been popular here about hand size (7" long) using nightcrawlers.

Tuttle Creek
Cat Daddy reports the water is pretty low but there have been reports of flatheads in holes along the riverway.

At 11/19/2006 1:45 AM, E. Herken said...

Perry Lake. Fish those piers under the slough creek bridge and the Rock creek marina bridge by the sailboats. Caught two limits of crappies with a buddy on friday and saturday mornings. Going back on sunday morning. On top of brush and around the structure around 15 to 20 ft. Use tube jigs and sassy shad. The fish are full of shad. White bass on every point windy or not. Tiger shad crankbaits, Mr. Twisters and rattle traps.Also some on a black topped smoke bottomed sassy shad on a 1/4 oz jig head. They are big so hold on! Caught three walleyes on the east side of the dam on those sassy shad, and the tiger shad crank baits. Good luck and I'll see u out there on sunday morning. 11-19-06

At 11/20/2006 1:20 PM, Anonymous said...

Channel Cat "fiesty" at Hillsdale after dark on Shad. Hitting harder than they have since Sept.

At 11/18/2006 3:13 PM, Anonymous said...

Get to Crappie fishing at Clinton! Limited out for two days with nice fish on Thursday and Friday (11/16/06), 15' on top of the brush. Good Luck!

Region 3

At 11/22/2006 8:54 PM, Anonymous said...

Pratt County Lake catching good numbers of 10" to 14" Crappie

At 11/20/2006 4:36 PM, Anonymous said...

Meade State Fishing Lake reports big crappie from 13-15" plus using minnows over the brush piles on a boat.

Region 4

At 11/24/2006 12:21 PM, Anonymous said...

Those who post like that of 11/21/2006 without giving specifics serve no purpose and should be disregarded as useless rubbish.

At 11/22/2006 3:35 AM, Anonymous said...

What is Kansas' best wiper lake?

At 11/21/2006 8:16 PM, Anonymous said...

had a couple hours to fish kansas's best wiper lake,caught half a dozen within 2 hrs. kept two 24" & 25". fish were up pretty shallow on this warm afternoon. chasing shad all over like crazy! see you soon!

At 11/20/2006 4:38 PM, Anonymous said...

Marion Lake
Reports of wipers have been caught at Marion.

Region 5

At 11/21/2006 9:09 AM, Anonymous said...

John Redmond
Cat Daddy reports that the fishing here is usually good all year round.

Melvern
Fishing has picked up and they are catching white bass & largemouth bass. Other reports of catfishing using liver has been good. Crappie fishing has picked up using jigs with smoke sparkles running from 10 1/2" to 12".

At 11/20/2006 3:21 PM, Anonymous said...

Melvern-11-20-06 Water temp. 49 degrees, light winds. We fished 19 to 29 ft. of water. We kept 23 nice crappie but we also caught many small ones. We used shad color Stubby Butt Bodies 11 to 21 ft. deep.

November 19, 2006 - Glen Elder Glenn Elder Nov. 18 another great day, white bass and 3 stripers 26", 271/2" and 30" . 17'-27' of water what a blast. With more nice weather on the way for Thanksgiving can't wait to come back.

Matt.

November 11, 2006 - Milford Lake - On wed morning 11/8/06 at 5:30 am and a water temp of 49 I caught a blue cat that weighed 56.2 lbs. I was using a 10" dead shad with the skin pulled off of the sides. On thur morning I caught another blue cat that weighted 53.3 lbs. on a large chunk of golden eye. Both fish were caught in 2 feet of water around Madison and both fish were released. I couldn't get a bite in deep water. That make's 5 big blues over 50 lbs in 2006, 51,52,53,55 and 56. The lake is getting so low that you can't use the boat ramp now. 2007 should produce a fish over 60 lbs. I think there gaining at least 5 lbs per year. We do need some rain to get these lakes back to normal.

RKH

November 10, 2006 - Trout in Manhattan - Willow Pond at Tuttle Creek Spillway Park, Manhattan KS- Nice overcast and blustery day for fishing! My brother and I hooked our limit in about 15 minutes using a gold and black speckled Rooster Tail with a gold plate. They were all rainbow trout (and a couple albinos!) Most were 12-14 inches, but one was at least 24 inches!
-Kevin

November 10, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP -

Region 1

At 11/10/2006 12:46 PM, Anonymous said... Wilson: - Learned some etiquette from wade fishers. Give them their space! In the clear water-fish spook easy so DO NOT come in with the big motor! These fellas work hard-so GIVE THEM SPACE! Talk to them in the parking lots. Most of them seem to being doing well on the white bass on kastmasters and doll flies of Minoka.

At 11/08/2006 11:23 PM, Anonymous said... ·WILSON: Knothead's reports: smallmouth bass fair on crawdad-colored crankbaits off points and in rocky areas; stripers fair on jigging spoons, jigs where fish are surfacing; white perch good on white twisters from the lower end to Lucas Point.

Region 2

At 11/07/2006 7:47 AM, Anonymous said... Milford - Jim's Corner Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair on minnows in Cemetery Cove; smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, minnows along the face of the dam; white bass fair on spinners, jigging spoons, jigs at dusk in Cemetery Cove and Farnum Creek; walleyes fair on night crawlers in Madison Creek and Milford Point; catfish good on night crawlers, stink bait, crawdads in Cemetery Cove; wipers fair on Shad Slabs in Farnum Creek.

Region 4

At 11/09/2006 11:52 PM, Anonymous said... Marion: - Wednesday Nov 8. Water temp ranged from 48 to 53 degrees. Wind 0-5 knots, no gust. Fished the dam in morning with spoons and sassy shads. Trolled shad raps in afternoon. Shutout all day. Friend caught two small c-cats using shad.

Thursday Nov 9. Water temp same but winds gusted up to 15 knots. Caught a few white bass and a small striper. Better than day before but still disappointing results.

At 11/07/2006 7:48 AM, Anonymous said... Cheney - channel catfish fair on cut bait off main-lake points; wipers poor to fair (a few are being caught on slab spoons).

Region 5

At 11/09/2006 1:28 PM, Anonymous said... Melvern - 11-07-06 WE caught mostly small crappie, two of us kept 18 legal fish-14-20 ft. of water on jigs,9-16 ft.deep. Water temp.53 deg.

At 11/07/2006 7:46 AM, Anonymous said... Pomona - crappies fair on jigs, minnows in the deep brush; white bass, wipers fair on jigs, spoons on the main lake; channel catfish good on worms, prepared baits off windy points.

At 11/07/2006 7:44 AM, Anonymous said... Coffey County - smallmouth bass good on grubs, crankbaits in rocky areas; catfish good on cut bait.

November 6, 2006 - Free Snake Booklet - The Great Plains Nature Center now has a free booklet titled "A Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes". I'm sure that I'm not the only angler who has encountered snakes while fishing and would like to know better whether they are venemous or not. I'm not always ready to give up my fishing spot to a reptile. The guide is also available for viewing online with large color photographs: http://www.gpnc.org/snakes.htm

Dean B.

November 6, 2006 - Osage State Lake -Starting to catch alot of Crappie in 10ft water over brush piles on jigs. Around 10" -11" water temp on 11-3-06 was 50

scott

November 6, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP - Region 1
At 11/02/2006 9:39 AM, Anonymous said... Cedar Bluff - Bert's Corner reports not a lot of fishing has been going on due to the cold weather and the wind. However, what have been caught were7-8 pound catfish using trot lines, white bass from 12-18 inches, and some walleye with a few keepers. Most have been using white slab "sparkle spoons".

Kanopolis- Venango Korner Mart reports the boat dock is still unusable due to low water level and fishing has been pretty slow. Despite the conditions, some catfish using shad have been caught.

Wilson - Lake Wilson Marina reports that fishing has been decent with some keepers! What has been caught is walleye, stripers, & white bass using spoons.

At 11/02/2006 1:44 PM, Anonymous said... Kanapolis - Fished on 10/28/06 due to report saying whites/wipers were stacked up near dam. Tried spoons and jigs. Caught 1 white bass. Seen shad surfacing with no fish under them.

Region 2

At 11/05/2006 1:50 PM, getfished said... 11/4-06 windy day resulted in decision to fish the wakarusa instead of Melvern. Crappie fishing was poor fo me but my partner and I probably caught 100 whites between 1/2 lb. and 1& 1/2 lbs. throwing chartruese, white roadrunners.

At 11/04/2006 5:33 AM, Anonymous said... Hunter wanting to fish this winter. At perry a good place to start is around the rock creek bridge.

At 11/02/2006 11:01 AM, Anonymous said... Clinton - Clinton Marina reports that fishing has been pretty good this week. Around the marina they were catching 10-13 inch crappie using jigs. Off of the dock there was a 7 pound walleye using jigs and small white bass with a few wipers as well.

Hillsdale - Rand's Bait dealer reports there is pretty good crappie using minnows and jigs and it has been cold & windy this past week.

Tuttle Creek - Derick's Bait-n-Tackle reports that the crappie is picking up and some walleye have been caught using minnows, jigs & plastic lures.

Region 3

At 11/02/2006 10:04 AM, Anonymous said... Coldwater - K & B's reports that it has been pretty slow this week due to the wind and the cold weather.

Region 4

At 11/03/2006 8:50 AM, Anonymous said... El Dorado trout stream. Fished for trout last night and used powerbait and caught a limit. Saw others catching trout on small spoons and spinners silver seemed best.

At 11/02/2006 9:11 PM, Anonymous said... Vics Lake - Had day off and fished perfect day on Thursday. Tried power bait, super-duper and panther-martin lures. Not one bite! The regulars at this lake, there are many, tell equally poor fishing stories. Lake seems low and more polluted than last year. I suggest other lakes if you want a good trout-fishing day.

At 11/02/2006 11:07 AM, Anonymous said... Cheney - Snyder's Marina reports a few crappie have been caught but it's slow due to the cold and windy weather.

Region 5

At 11/02/2006 11:09 AM, Anonymous said... Melvern - Melvern Lake Marina reports that it has been slow but there have been some good sized white bass between 1-2 pounds and the crappie are slow.

October 30, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP - At 10/30/2006 3:00 PM, Anonymous said...Fisherman the crappies are heating up at Perry.With the warmer weather this past week alot of fish have moved shallow again.Look for them in tight to the rocks and cover in 5-12' of water.Caught 30 keepers in 3hrs today.Still catching lots of short fish mixed in.We caught crappies up to 14"....and lots of BIG whites there mixed in as well.

At 10/30/2006 8:35 PM, Anonymous said... HILLSDALE crappie were biting hard all day....jigs in about 12-20 ft around rocks.

October 29, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP - At 10/29/2006 8:11 AM, Anonymous said...Trout fishing has been fast and furious at ELdorado trout stream.

October 28, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP - At 10/28/2006 10:04 PM, Anonymous said... CHENEY: 57 degrees, clear, low. Outlook: Wildlife and Parks reports: channel catfish fair on cut bait off main-lake points; wipers poor to fair (a few are being caught on slab spoons).

EL DORADO: 60 degrees, fairly clear, 3 feet low. Outlook: Maynard's Bait Shop reports: all species poor.

At 10/28/2006 10:03 PM, Anonymous said... MELVERN: 60 degrees, clear, three-quarter foot low. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: catfish good on liver in 25 feet of water near boat ramps.

·POMONA: 60 degrees, fairly clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Lighthouse Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 3 to 6 feet of water off the marina docks and in 8 to 12 feet of water off points and along channel edges.

At 10/28/2006 10:06 PM, Anonymous said... COFFEY COUNTY: 65 degrees midlake, clear, 6 feet low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: smallmouth bass fair on grubs, minnows; catfish poor to fair.

·LA CYGNE: 70 degrees on the main lake, clear, low. Outlook: Linn County Parks reports: all species poor.

October 27, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP - At 10/27/2006 9:21 AM, Anonymous said... Kanopolis It has been pretty slow this week not much to report. It was reported that about 14 inch of rain fell last night.

Wilson Reports from Knotheads Bait Shop indicate that earlier in the week all species were biting from stripers, white perch, walleye, and channel cat to the west on slab spoons.

Lovewell It has been slow and not much is being caught here.

Norton There have been a few crappie caught by Leoti Cove up to 8-11 inches both black and white. On the north shore wipers from 18-20 inches are being caught.

Cedar Bluff Reports have been received that white bass, wipers, & walleye have been caught that are pretty nice size with white slab with red tags.

At 10/27/2006 4:09 PM, MUDCAT69 said... Perry: the fish are jumping in the boat. Fish the sunny side of wind blown points early morning and evening best.Bottom bounce live bait for all species, 3 inch shad or big fat head minnows.

At 10/27/2006 10:35 AM, Anonymous said... Coldwater It has been pretty slow this week and there haven't been much fishing reported.

At 10/27/2006 2:14 PM, Anonymous said... big cats are biting barber state lake in the channel in the miidle dough bait

At 10/27/2006 10:47 AM, Anonymous said... Melvern Reservoir Not much fishing going on. There has been small size crappie caught, but not any keepers.

Pomona Reservoir North Shore Marina reports that there has been a walleye about 20 inches long caught, but other than that fishing is pretty slow.

October 25, 2006 - Courtesy of KWP - At 10/27/2006 8:40 PM, Anonymous said... Fished Sheridan Co. Lake 10-25-06. SLOW

October 25, 2006 - Rainbows at Kanopolis Seep Stream
24 Oct 06 Weather conditions @ Salina, KS @ 0828 hrs:
Sky conditions: fair
Temp: 37
Humidity: 70
Dew Point: 28
Barometric Pressure: 30.11 dropping
Wind Chill: 31
Wind Direction / Speed: SSE @ 8 MPH

Caught my 5th one on that tiny # 18 or 20 nymph about 1430 hrs after arriving about 1000 hrs. Three on nightcrawlers & two on the nymph. Did try # 12 Black Woolly Bugger... had several strikes on it but could not connect. Ran into same problem w/ larger nymph, fish hit and let go. Another gentleman was using cheese & getting strikes. Tried multiple items today but the only things they seemed to want were the nymphs, crawlers & cheese. 2nd gentleman caught 3 before he left and another had 2 when I left about 1730 hrs.

Only thing constant in the whole deal was I did manage to catch my limit each day but weather conditions and such influenced the activity of the fish.

Oh well if it was all cut & dried then it would not be called FISHING

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19 Oct 06 Weather Conditions @ Salina, KS @ 0830 hrs
Clear
Temp: 28 degrees
Humidity: 77%
Dewpoint: 23 degrees
Barometric Pressure: 30.06 dropping
Winds: Calm

Arrived approx 0945 hrs and there were only two other vehicles in the parking lot plus a large bird w/ white head soaring @ the north end of the dam over the water. One of those left with 0 fish and the other caught 3 using Berkley Orange Powerbait. Finally ended up w/ my limit of 5 (10 - 14 inches) + 1 largemouth bass (6 inch) & departed approx 1330 hrs (much better day than Monday.) Caught the bass on 2 inch rainbow trout sassy shad on 1/6th oz roadrunner jig. Rainbows were caught on Berkley PowerEggs (chartruese) and 2-tone Kastmaster spoon

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16 Oct 06 Weather Conditions @ Salina, KS 0730 hrs:
Cloudy (drizzle rain)
Temp: 56 degrees
Humidity: 87%
Dewpoint: 52 degrees
Barometric Pressure: 29.60 falling
Winds: SE 8 MPH

Arrived about 0900 hrs; two people fishing area by the dam. One left and went upstream. Max # of people at any one time during the day was 7. Only saw 3 total limits taken out today. No rhyme or reason to the method of catching them today. One time Black Wooly Bug; then Panther Martin gold spinner, then orange powerbait or a nymph, Sunrise Power Eggs or Dick Nite Wee Spoon or rainbow powerbait or cheddar cheese or Bisty Pond Crankbait. Bottom line, fish are in there to include Largemouth Bass (caught on pink & white jig) and Bluegills (caught on Sunrise Power Eggs)
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TIGHT LINES & SHARP HOOKS
walt

October 19, 2006 - Tuttle Creek and Milford -
With both lakes 5 to 6 feet below pool level now is the time for spotting new locations to fish. Look for new cuts that the current makes when the lake is extremely low. The current will eat out the silt and make new cuts down to hard bottom. Mark all the rock piles, even if there small. Look for gravel bars and there's many on both lakes. Catfish will follow the current lines and they like a hard bottom. The gar and channels will spawn in the rock piles and the white bass will be spawning first after winter on the gravel bars. With Tuttle Creek not backing up in the creeks like it did for many years they now spawn in the gravel bars. Tuttle has many 3 to 4 pound white bass. If you have a GPS, mark as many as you can find. All fish like some sort of cover and they look for food in any spot that might hold bait. I 've caught more fish this year than any other year. Tuttle Creek will offer some excellent fishing next year ,especially channel cat and blue cat. The lake is full of 5 to 13 pound fish. Milford is always good but the largest blue cat should exceed 60 pounds next year. I caught a 51, 52, and 55 pounder this year so you could get lucky and catch that 60 pounder in 2007. If the lakes stay low all winter and fill up in the spring, fish your mud flats. Vegetation and worms and other forms of food will be living on the flats. Just a few suggestions that might help you catch more fish.

RKH

October 19, 2006 - Glen Elder - Oct. 13th & 14th great success on white bass 33' of water. Took awhile to find the fish but was worth it.

October 18, 2006 - Glen Elder Response - In regards to all the reteric about current fishing reports, it's allways been my expeience that by the time you read about a hot bite on any body of water, it's usually to late to get in on any of the action. Therefore I try to pay closer attention to the current trends for a particular body of water to use only as a starting point when I'm actually going to fish it. Take into account all the variables that dictate the location and mood of the fish you're after. Has the weather, water conditions, or baitfish loation changed ? Adjust your strategy accourdingly. After all, most reports come from anglers who have spent enough time on the water to figure out what the best pattern is. Not by someone who read about how someone else caught fish. Reports are a good tool to get us started but adjusting your stradegy and achieving success is what makes us all better anglers ! Don't be afraid to experiment or vary from the normal aproach, I catch most of my fish by giving them a look at something different than what everyone else is giving them.

Kanopolis - As for my current report - if you're just looking to get your rod bent, the white bass bite has been on fire at Kanopolis for several weeks. I have found them pretty much all over the lake, but a good starting point would be the Marina Cove. They have literally been stacked in there since late summer. Vertical fishing over or around the brush has been working well as long as you're on or near a break in bottom depth. Good Luck !

Tight Lines,
Ks. Fisher

October 16, 2006 - Glen Elder Response - I guess I will put my input in. I have fished a same body of water in two days and one day the fishing action would not stop and then the next day I couldn't even catch a bluegill. The only thing I have to say is when you control numerous counties just think of it as a regional manager. They can visit the store in say butler one day and everything is going perfect. Maybe the day the KDWP was there the fishing was on. I have talked to two officers and they seemed rather on the money with what they say. One officer I confirmed his report with other anglers.

I don't have the chance to plan a big trip any where either so yeah it's just a risk, but the other thing is you fish a body of water enough you can catch fish no matter what the scenario is. Otherwise the fishing guides won't be doing too well if they can't find the fish.

My philosophy on fishing is this. You want to catch fish with the most ease... go to farm ponds... That area has tons of ponds in the Fishing atlas up for grabs and I would love to get in that area to fish them. The farm pond I have been going to for 20 years can always give me a bass or two to dozens if you fish it long enough.

When I don't land a single fish I still make my day worthwhile. What else would I be doing? Sitting at home... on the computer or watching a movie. But I just enjoyed a full day outdoors floating in the cool air or wading. Just getting away from city life. That alone is a worthwhile trip.
I have checked other states for reports and some of their wildlife and parks sites don't even have reports posted and usually have to go to landbigfish or other sites to find them.

I do agree though it would be nice to know how often they visit a body of water. I know when it says last updated it just means thats when they typed the reports not when they got the report.

Well enough from me... I think tomorrow I will go do some shore fishing in my waders.

Dominic

October 14, 2006 - Butler County Watershed - 10-13-06Went bass fishing Friday evening to enjoy the beautiful weather. Fall is my favorite time of the year to fish and this trip did not disappoint. I was excited to use my new crankbait rod and my first two casts I landed an 18 and a 16 inch bigmouth . Couldn't have asked for a better start. The water was glass smooth and the temperature was perfect. The water temp was a steady 62 degrees but very muddy. Had 5 rods rigged but ended up only using my crankin' stick. Fished till dark and ended up with 8 bass and the biggest being a 22 inch hawg with big ol' fat belly on a Bandit 100 Series crankbait. She absolutely engulfed the crankbait! All the fish struck in shallow water (foot to 4 foot deep). Nothin' beats a nice Fall evening for bass fishing. Good luck to all the Kansas Fisherman!

Moose

October 14, 2006 - Glen Elder Response - I couldn't agree with you more Jordan. I do believe it's more than sitting back looking for reports then trying to plan your fishing trip around them. I simply put this on there to let fellow fishermen know to be cautious about reading such reports. I was already out there fishing and I made my rounds to the bait store, local fishermen and the KDWP before I went out into the water. Not one of these places had a clue about the fishing (the main theme was they were slow and they thought it had to do with the water being down.) This didn't stop us from going fishing and we did manage to catch a few whites when we spotted sea gulls diving at shad. I would rather KDWP just not update their lake location rather than post something that was way off.

Unlike you Jordan, some of us don't have all the time in the world to go fishing and when we have that small window of opportunity, I try to hit the lake where I think we can do the most damage. If in fact KDWP was doing their job, don't you think they would offer the same information they posted on the web site, when I asked them about the fishing in person? Again, I wasn't complaining about the fishing, because we did in fact catch a few whites but to actually see the report displayed on the website was disheartening especially after visiting with all the locals and KDWP themselves.

Good luck fishing,

Jeff

October 11, 2006 - Glen Elder Response - 10-11-06- You cant just look at this webpage, go out to a place like Glen Elder or anywhere else for that matter, and expect to catch fish just because Joe Shmoe said he caught a catfish on a hotdog...my point is that's not fishing. Guys need to get out there and learn some things.And just because you weren't catchin fish doesn't mean this report isn't kept up, or KDWP isn't doin their thing, it's because you need to learn how to fish..............I think KDWP offers a fishing clinic for people like that.....thanks to anglers like you MY belly's been full of fish all year!........Jordan Beard

October 7, 2006 - Cheney - October 07, 2006 Saturday. "Walleye". Hit the lake at 3:00pm till 6:30pm. Very Breezy. All that was biting was Walleye and they were big and fat. Many while in the boat shad came out of there mouths. Could not get any Wipers to bite. Action was not real fast one here and there. Total catch was 4, all over 21". Had four more on the poles but they came off. Real nice afternoon with my boys. Released all back into the lake. Mark.

October 5, 2006 - Fall Fishing - Mike Cook - Four Lake Guides - Fall fishing is back. For the past 6 weeks, limits of channels have come easy and big fish are showing up more and more. I did have one slow trip to Kaw a couple of weeks ago. Fish are shallow now and I can't stress that enough. I caught a channel over ten pounds last week out of water less than a foot. It mildly surprised even me. You have to remember that shallow water heats and cools quicker than the main lake water. I like the secondary points and the main lake points over the coves this time of year. Especially right now with the lake levels as low as they are now.

Yes, I'm still using the Cattracker line of dip baits. Any bait will work though. I've used shrimp, worms, grasshoppers and the list goes on and on. The cheesebaits just seem to produce a lot faster than anything else does. Think about this. A catfish is basically a big sensory organ. And like it or not, their job is clean the bottom of the lake. When you hit that fish with a big cloud of cheese smell it can't help but react. Now not all fish are the same just as not all people or dogs are the same. What I mean is that some cats may have more of a taste for shad or white perch or this or that. But I've caught 20 pound channels with their stomachs packed with white perch and they still hit that little cheese bait worm. I've caught 40 pound blues packed with shad and did the same. Unless those fish are in a totally negative mood they will react to the dipbait.

Well get out there and enjoy some beautiful fall weather and chase some channel cats. Remember to fish shallow and you will put more cats in your boat right now.

September 30, 2006 - Kinglman SFL - Went out there Tuesday I believe and should have gone there Thursday when it was cooler. I got my three poles all ready before I left... Thought I could just start casting once I hit the lake. Well the water level was looking better, but it was pretty muddy and sure enough... I had more clear water lures on all three poles. Well lots of topwater activity.. small pops so not much bass activity. Could not get anything. I think the bass were holding tight to the lily pads. I spooked a decent size when I hit the pad... but like the Clark report I think there is abundant shad. I even saw one swimming its last few strokes and it was huge. About five to six inches. I think it was it's max size. Might also mean that plenty to eat calls for harder time to catch.

I was about to call it a day when I was near the ramp and I thought I snagged and I didn't... but was too late. The fish jumped and was off. But it too looked like a big shad and if not then it was a crappie. So Kingman for me is 0 for 2. I didn't want to leave right yet and loaded my boat up and went to the other side of the lake where you need a little boat to venture due to the shallowness and vegetation. I put on a senko type bait and finally... caught a tiny bass... I at least caught something.

So I might just hit up kingman in the cooler times when there are less pads. I think it was earlier this year when the lily pads were about to start growing and I caught crappie, bass, and two pike. That time was fun. Oh yeah the lake when I got on it was flat... I could pretty much walk across it. No wind, no waves, and no clouds. I was on a time limit so I couldn't venture too far from home. Butler I have hit up most this year so giving it a break.

I hope to get out more during the cooler months and get some better success.

Dominic

September 30, 2006 - Clark SFL -
Fished Clark on 9-28 caught only on white bass. Had lots of bites but not lots of fish. I tried everything from jigging live bait to trolling. I even casted for bass out there in some of the coves. The bass weren't even biting. Which is odd, you can usually hammer the bass out there. The lake is full of shad. Everywhere I went there were shad as far as you could see on the surface of the water. Its been that way since the middle of August. Its the craziest thing I have ever seen. I' ve also been fishing Cheney here and there lately. Fishing is starting to pick up, haven't had any great days, but I've had more success there lately. Keep on bringing in your reports, I love reading them. Lets start putting some heat on the KDWP for getting us some better fishing reports.

Mike

September 29, 2006 - Glen Elder Response - I also agree with a few of you who are disgusted with the "fish reporting" in Kansas! Clinton Lake, in Lawrence was giving excellent reports on catfish, at the feeders! We rushed down there for 3 days ­ and caught nothing! It is very frustrating ­ to think we can trust what these reports say! With the price of gas, the price of fishing license, parking, camping fees, taxes on boats and campers ­ in Kansas ­ you would think we could at least get a good fishing report, up to date and accurate! For years, we drove to Missouri to fish. We caught more, because the reports were accurate! We decided to try Kansas this year, due to the price of gas ­ but it's the same ol' tired stories that aren't true! It's to bad. I think KDWP needs to do more to make it accurate! Kren

September 28, 2006 - Topeka Area - Cat Daddy's Catfishin' Adventures - THE FLAT HEADS ARE ON THE MOVE IN THE RIVERS FOR THEIR WINTER FEED SACK, NOW IS THE TIME TO HOOK THE BIG BOYS , USING FRESH CUT BAIT OR NICE HAND SIZE PERCH. AROUND THE SHARP BENDS AND ON THE INSIDE CORNERS OF ALL THE WING DYKES, FISHING IS ON THE GO SO GET OUT THERE AND GET YA SOME

GOOD FISHIN CATDADDY THE KANSAS CATMAN.

September 26, 2006 - Cheney - September 26, 2006 Tuesday. Been a month or so since I've been out. Had a excellent day. Really nice day with very little wind. Temp in the upper 80. Hit the lake at 2pm till 7pm. Had poles out on the Westside for less then 5 mins. and wham. Nice 21" Wiper. Then this speedboat came right were i caught my fish at 80 m.p.h. pissed me off. So, i left and went to Wichita point and caught 4 more Wipers 18". Went back to the Westside and on and off kept catching one here one there. Not really fast but enough to keep me busy. Nothing like summer time action but nice fish here and there. My final fish was a 24 lb. Catfish. Boy did it take me a while to get him in. Snagged him. He did not want to come up. Total catch around 12. Talked to several live bait fisherman. They were having no luck. Trolling seemed to be the key today. Not sure, this might be my last trip for the season. Mark.

September 24, 2006 - Looking for ponds with snapping turtles - I know this is a little off for a fishing report but, I would like to know of some ponds that have been taken over by any kinds of turtles.....snappers are what I'm after, and I'm tryin to help out any local ponds I can...I know how most anglers feel about turtles eating their trophy fish's food, so posting your comment could definitly help out your chances for that angler award!......Thanks for all the reports over the summer...it really helps a guy out when he can look at the report and get somewhat of a head start...you'll be hearin from me.....................Jordan Beard

September 23, 2006 - Glen Elder Response - Concerning the posts about the KDWP fishing reports, I share your frustrations. I called them this spring and talked to the head of the fisheries division. I complained about the way the fishing reports are done. Some reports are the same information fora couple of months with only the dates changing. Others just give some general seasonal info, such as this time of year the crappie are usually here etc. A few lakes like Cedar Bluff, give a good report and update it regularly. The answer I got was that The biologists are supposed to send in a report at least once a week. He said some were better at it than others. He was very friendly and told me I might try calling some of the biologists directly. I have noticed that the reports have been the same as always. With the price of gas, it would be nice to have some good, timely info to plan your trips with.

Gary

September 22, 2006 - Glen Elder Response - Hey everyone, I kind of agree about the last comment posted. There are so many variables that play into it that I quit following the KDWP report a long time ago. A guy just has to get out and fish to know. The KDWP report reminds me of a guy I work with who brags about catching stringers of 20lb. catfish every weekend. For what I pay to camp, fish, and tax my boat in this state, it's a huge dissapointment. Missouri and Oklahoma offer so much more for a fraction of the price. I know KDWP does the best they can, it just seems like the system is broke. If anyone has been having luck at cheney, could you let us know. Eric

September 22, 2006 - Glen Elder - I just noticed the fishing report for Glen Elder that is posted on the KDWP web-site dated 9-20-06. Do not believe everything you read. The white bass story is so far off. I just spent 3 days on the lake and we caught a few small whites. Nobody in the area had a clue about the fishing conditions including KDWP themselves. When I asked questions about the fishing, they didn't think much was going on or they haven't heard any reports of anything. I talked to several locals and they too said not much going on because of the water conditions. I've requested the contact info that KDWP uses for Glen Elder, but I doubt they'll send it my way. I was going to Glen Elder anyways to take my Dad fishing but it's very frustrating to see this report come from KDWP, especially since none of them at their office at Glen Elder had nothing to say about the fishing.
 
Good luck fishing,
 
Jeff

September 16, 2006 - Answer to Florida Bass question - Hello. I read your question about how to catch those bass you are seeing. I am a florida native and have been fishing central florida for over 30 years and i can tell you that if you put a live golden shiner in front of those fish you will indeed connect with them. If you need more information on how to fish with this kind of bait let me know and i will send to you a link to all the info you need. I have a few places where i catch my own golden shiners and keep them in a tank to use when i want to go fishing. This is another complete subject i know but once you start catching bass with shiners you won't want to stop. If you buy them they run from $16.00 to $20.00 a dozen, this is to much for me to pay so i catch my own. Catching the bait is almost as much fun as catching the bass! Jeff Morrow, Sarasota, Fla

September 15, 2006 - Pete's Puddle and Harvey County West - Well originally was planning on just checking out Pete's puddle. From what I read it sounded pretty good... stocked lakes and all. The map didn't really tell me what I needed. It looked like you could toss a rock across the ponds and well you pretty much can. I won't give the place any bad comments because most of the problems is the dry seasons we get. It looks like their lakes are about three feet down. Only a few are holding up really well, but they were rather murky. I did not catch anything. I thought I might have had a big bass at their main lake, but I realized it wasn't since it wasn't a strike like one. I believe I caught one of the huge koi or carp. One of their ponds had some huge carp in it, but the snag I felt was much bigger and I was on the little bridge and sure enough see about two and a half foot gold monster. I think I snagged that fish and it ran. But it was bigger than the koi at the zoo. Some of the lakes were almost empty from the dry seasons we have. When you have the stocking pipes nearly at your shoulders when you fish the ponds you know the water levels are low.

When I first arrived no one was around so I went to harvey county west since it was just around the corner, which I did not know. I just don't like fishing a place that I don't have permission to fish at. Well harvey county west was a nice looking place, but the lake... wasn't too promising either. Shallow in most parts and murky. I fished for a little bit and then went back to Petes to do all that I commented above. Does worry me that if we don't get some good rainy seasons then bass fishing might be struggling in years to come. Guess I will have to learn how to fish for something else... I'm just not a fan of trolling. Sunday might be taking my brother fishing. Depending on the weather. Hopefully we will have some better success... I don't mind though catching some sunfish while my brother gets the chance at the big bass. I'm sure most others would agree that if you take someone else fishing with you that it's nice when they catch fish.
Dominic

September 13, 2006 - Clark State Fishing Lake -
Went to Clark State Fishing Lake on the 12th and pretty much got skunked. Does anyone know what the deal is? Everyone i've talked to lately has had the same story.

September 11, 2006 - Greenwood County Watershed - Perfect overcast day. Wind was still out of the south with a few light showers. Shown are the largest of over 50 fish caught between Pablo and I. Most came on Tiki Man wave worms in the sweet potatoe pie color and black and blue jig and pig.

September 8, 2006 - Answer to question about Pond Fishing Dove Reference - We hunted in a Barton County sunflower field. Friday the 1st was great, but a cold front that came in Friday night must have moved them out and shut the fishing off as well.

September 8, 2006 - Question on Clinton Lake Catfishing - HI-I noticed on your web-site that you review Clinton Lake and claim that Channel Cat fishing is excellent in baited areas. I was wondering what you mean by baited areas and how to find out where they are?

Thanks,
Matt Davis

September 7, 2006 - Question about Pond Fishing Dove Reference - I realize this should probably go on the hunting reports, but I was curious what part of the state Denny G. was hunting in. I've heard nothing but poor reports so far for southcentral Ks.

J.D.

September 6, 2006 - Response to Farm Pond Fishing I look forward to responses to Dominic,s question about local private fishing opportunities with or without a fee. I too, am interested in those opportunities that would capture the attention of my daughters. One such experience I can relay is a day we spent at Pete,s Puddle Resort last summer. We were guests, part of a group picnic at this otherwise member,s-only resort. The resort is 135 acres, 85 of which are stocked lakes/ponds. The resort is owned and operated by Culver,s Fish Farm.

We fished several of their ponds, but the most fun was the kid,s fishing pond aptly named Bluegill Haven. The bluegill and hybrid bluegill kept my five and seven year old busy, not to mention my wife, father-in-law and I who were baiting hooks nonstop. We finally took a break after catching and releasing at least 50 fish. I even had opportunities while the girls were occupied to catch some bass, including my first wiper. It was an enjoyable experience for us all.

Dean B.

September 6, 2006 - Pond Fishing - 9-1-06 - After an exceptional day of dove hunting, we wound up the day by some catfishing. Frogs usually are the ticket on this pond but they just couldn't resist the Sonny's dip bait.Caught 2 in just 10 minutes! Something they hadn't had before I suspect. This was my son's favorite part of the trip!
Denny G.

September 3, 2006 - Farm Pond Fishing - Kansas needs rain! I believe we are hitting a six year drought from my readings. And it's starting to show. The farm pond I have been fishing for twenty years is about three feet low now. Still holding some good fish, but too much fishing pressure and some more evaporation can destroy it. Any ways I took my brother with me and I wanted him to fish in the good spots so I stayed in the less active spots... the shallower areas. I knew where the bass where, but even in the less likely spots some can be caught, but they did not like me today. I caught one bass that was staged at a twig in the water. I saw it attack the top so I wacky wormed a 3x zero and got him. After some time I felt like doing some topwater and having some fun. I knew the fish jumping at top were tiny. So I took out my clear bobber that you fill with water and it can be twisted inside to stay put and tied on two flies and casted to the middle of the pond. And here came the panfish. A few times I caught two at once. So I had fun catching fish the size of my hand. I always thought... panfish why bother, but when the other fish are not interested they can be fun to catch. And they can put up a fair fight for how little they are.

I do want to try and look around for some private places to fish whether need to pay for a season pass or not. I like taking my family places where they can catch something and well farm ponds can be the best for that, but the next would be private places to fish. So if anyone has had any experience with any certain place it would be great to let me know.

Thanks,
Dominic

September 1, 2006 - Butler SFL Did not want to get up as early as I wanted to, but decided to go there any ways. Of course the clouds always leave when you get there and come back when you are not fishing and taking a break. It's a little higher than last time I was there in July, but still pretty low. Very windy so I did not fish the main body that much... I never do though. I can always seem to get something beyond the first rock pier and I did. I pulled out my lure I always have success with there and that was a white square billed crank that dives only a few feet down. Caught one legal sized and then went back to shore and just waded the rest of the time and caught many small sized in the same area. Hopefully we get some rain like forecasted tomorrow and a little in the morning saturday since we really need it. Kansas could use some good bass fisheries and be bad if drought destroys the ones we have that are close to home.

Going to try and go out sunday... but going to a farm pond since I'm sure it will be busy any where public, although one year I did go to kingman and caught a few bass and had a few onlookers watching me. When a place gets busy it's just getting spots that no one goes to... like thick in the lily pads.

I also might start looking into some guides on the reservoirs so I can learn about fishing bigger bodies of water since I don't get much time to disect lakes with detail.
Happy fishing.

Dominic

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