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Walleye Anglers to Enjoy "A Day With the Legends"

Springfield, MO, December 27, 2006 -- Anglers in the Springfield area may soon enjoy a unique opportunity to learn more in one day about catching walleyes than they could discover on their own in the next 10 years! Read Story

2007 KANSAS STATE PARK RESERVATIONS BEGIN JAN. 3
Jan. 2 declared state holiday in honor of President Gerald Ford

December 31, 2006 - PRATT --
At the beginning of each new year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) begins taking reservations for state park campsites, cabins, and special event facilities. Normally, this begins the first working day of the year, Jan. 2, because New Year's Day is a state holiday every year. This year, however, KDWP will not begin accepting reservations until Wednesday, Jan. 3, because Governor Kathleen Sebelius has declared Tuesday, Jan. 2, a state holiday in memory of President Gerald Ford's death on Dec. 26. Read Story

2007 FISHING REGULATIONS FEATURE SEVERAL CHANGES
Changes affect handfishing, bass tournaments, and paddlefish and trout anglers

Dec. 26, 2006 - PRATT -- Hard copies of the 2007 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary booklet will be available in early January, and anglers should be aware of several new regulations that take effect Jan. 1, 2007. Two new regulations deal with handfishing in certain parts of the state and a Bass Pass for bass tournaments. Other changes affect paddlefish and trout anglers. Read Story

ZEBRA MUSSELS FOUND IN WINFIELD CITY LAKE
Wildlife and Parks working with city to contain infestation; lake-user help essential

December 22, 2006 - WINFIELD -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has confirmed that zebra mussels have been found in Winfield City Lake. The agency was informed of the possibility of zebra mussels in the lake after a local angler brought what he thought were zebra mussels to lake manager John Crow's office the week of Dec. 18. Crow called district fisheries biologist Craig Johnson who in turn notified KDWP aquatic nuisance species specialist Jason Goeckler. KDWP investigated and found zebra mussels throughout the lake. Read Story

California angler develops product to be used with Power Bait and other dough baits

December 15, 2006 - Dave Thompson, an avid angler since he was just a small boy has invented a new tool anglers using Power Bait for trout and crappie will be anxious to use. In his over 40 years of fishing he has become quite skilled at fishing and have caught nearly every specie of game fish available to him in Northern California. Read Story

FINAL WAL-MART FLW SERIES EVENT TO AIR DEC. 17 ON FSN

30 pros and 25 co-anglers to receive berths to 2007 Forrest Wood Cup

MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 15, 2006) -
Tune in Sunday, Dec. 17 to "FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the $900,000 Wal-Mart FLW Series event held on Lewis Smith Lake in Jasper, Ala. The fifth and final tournament of the $6.5 million FLW Series season concludes with the winning pro claiming a cash prize of $100,000. The stories evolve and the suspense grows throughout the one-hour show until the final weigh-in results are announced. Complete Story

NEW STATE RECORD COMMON SNAPPING TURTLE CAUGHT
45-pound monster breaks old record by 13 pounds

December 14, 2006 - PRATT -- On Oct. 6, two Haven men caught a new Kansas state record snapping turtle on the Arkansas river near their home town. The monster weighed 45 pounds and was 16 inches long. The previous largest Kansas common snapper was caught by Ian and John Bork on April 23, 1992, in Barton County. That specimen weighed 32 pounds. The world record for this species (Chelydra serpentina) is 86 pounds, 19 _ inches. Story and Photos

Anglers now have a chance to give sponsors more exposure and share tournament succcess with others

November 30, 2006 - Cottonwood Falls, KS - Kansas Angler Online has introduced a new program that will give tournament anglers a chance to publicize their successes and give their sponsors more exposure. For a small investment, anglers can have their own website to showcase their tournament fishing success, their resume and other activities they do to promote the sport and their sponsors. Read Complete Story

BASS TO LICENSE BASSMASTER WEEKEND SERIES
TO AMERICAN BASS ANGLERS, INC.

Nov. 14, 2006 - CELEBRATION, Fla. Beginning in 2007, BASS will license its Bassmaster Weekend Series circuit to American Bass Anglers, Inc., an Athens, Ala.,-based group originally formed in 1975 for anglers in the military but now open to all bass enthusiasts across the nation. Complete Story

WILDLIFE FEDERATION WANTS AWARD NOMINEES
Conservation Achievement Award deadline Dec. 1

Nov. 10, 2006 - PRATT -- The Kansas Wildlife Federation's (KWF) Conservation Achievement Awards (CAP) program gives recognition to Kansans who have devoted themselves to conserving the state's natural resources. Whether through education, communication, or on-ground habitat work, such dedicated people are eligible for CAP awards. KWF is asking conservation-minded citizens to consider those they work with or know who have done such work to nominate them for their contributions to wildlife. Complete Story

FARLINGTON HATCHERY BOOSTS BLUE CATFISH PRODUCTION
Large fish eat zebra mussels, provide excellent angling opportunity

Nov. 10, 2006 - FARLINGTON -- In recent years, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has embarked on a project to stock blue catfish in many of the state's lakes. Blue catfish grow very large (the state record is 94 pounds), provide excellent table fare, and have the added benefit of browsing on zebra mussels, an aquatic nuisance species that is present in El Dorado Reservoir. Complete Story

Trout return to the Panhandle - winter trout season begins Nov. 1 at seven Department trout areas

Oct. 27, 2006 - After a year's absence, trout are returning to the Oklahoma Panhandle. Summer rains provided about 30 acres of water to the once dry Lake Carl Etling near Boise City. Complete Story

KANSAS DEER-VEHICLE COLLISIONS PEAK IN NOVEMBER
2005 stats reveal lowest number since 1995
October 26, 2006 - PRATT -
- In Kansas, deer-vehicle accidents are common in November. Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) statistics show that November is the month when the highest number of deer-vehicle collisions occur. Motorists are encouraged to be on particularly high alert about Nov. 17 -- historically the day deer-vehicle collisions peak. One of the main reasons there is a greater potential for deer-vehicle accidents in November is the deer mating season. Deer are particularly active in the fall, with the peak mating season, called "rut," occurring in mid-November. Complete Story

Update on Zebra mussels problem at El Dorado Reservoir

October 26, 2006 - As many people are now aware, zebra mussels are established in El Dorado Reservoir and the Walnut River below the dam. Zebra mussels cause a whole host of problems for surface water users including boat hull fouling, fish habitat degradation, zooplankton removal, odors, plugged intake pipes, have sharp shells that can cut the unprotected skin of humans and pets, and their general aesthetically unpleasing nature"to name a few.

ANGLERS INVITED TO CONTRIBUTE ONLINE FISHING REPORTS
Anglers can post their own fishing reports to complement KDWP's

October 25, 2006 - The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has provided fishing reports to anglers for more than 25 years. What started as a weekly mailing has evolved into electronic reports posted on the agency's website. While this technology makes it possible for agency staff to update reports at any time, it has also led to greater public expectations. Complete Story.

COOL AUTUMN BRINGS HOT FISHING
Cool water brings fish up from the deep

Oct. 19, 2006 - PRATT -- Hot summer temperatures push fish into deep water and make them sluggish, but as fall cools the air and the water, fish are back on the move. This can be one of the best times to dust off the fishing gear and head to the lake. Complete Story

WILDLIFE AND PARKS COMMISSION MEETING OCT. 26 IN CHANUTE
2007 spring turkey hunting, fishing regulations to be set

Oct. 19, 2006 - PRATT -- The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will conduct a public meeting and hearing at Neosho Community College Auditorium, Sanders Hall, on Thursday, Oct. 26. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. The evening public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Complete Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in 32nd
After Ozarks: Some Move, But Not At Top

October 18, 2006- There isn't much movement at the top of the rankings because most of the top anglers in the world don't fish the FLW Series and because those anglers have fished more events this year than most FLW Series anglers.

MONROE TAKES BUSCH SHOOTOUT

California Pro Finishes Season with Two Wins in Texas

Oct. 14, 2006 - GRAPEVINE, Texas There's a reason Ish Monroe is building a house in the Lone Star State.

The Hughson, Calif., pro won his first Bassmaster title at the season-opening CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series tournament- the Battle on the Border- on Lake Amistad in Del Rio, Texas, in March. Complete Story

BRAUER DOMINATES BUSCH SHOOTOUT FIELD

Brauer, Monroe, Roumbanis and Wirth Advance to Saturday,s Finale

October - 14, 2006 - GRAPEVINE, Texas Denny Brauer had the best overall day Friday on the first day of the BUSCH Shootout at Grapevine Lake.

The 57-year-old needs two good half-days Saturday to claim the $100,000 first prize. Complete Story

Kanans take 3rd in the All Seasons Buddy Bass Championship

October 13, 2006 - Steve and Dominic Ortiz from Lawrence captured third in the All Seasons Buddy Bass Championship. Story and Photo

TEXAS' GRAPEVINE LAKE ANNOUNCED AS SITE OF 2006 BUSCH SHOOTOUT

13 Anglers, including Denny Brauer and Mike Iaconelli, Vie for $100,000 Grand Prize

Oct. 12, 2006 - GRAPEVINE, Texas ­ Thirteen anglers arrived at airports Thursday morning with no idea where they would find themselves this afternoon. Unlike other tournaments, packing tackle for the BUSCH Shootout was a guessing game. But once they landed at the Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport, they would learn the Shootout's location: Grapevine Lake. Complete Story

TROUT SEASON OPENS OCT. 15
Lakes statewide to be stocked with trout through April 15, 2007

October 6, 2006 - PRATT -- The Kansas trout season begins Oct. 15 and runs through April 15, 2007. During this cool period of the year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) stocks rainbow trout in designated waters throughout the state. Anyone fishing for trout in these waters must purchase a $12.15 trout permit, whether they are required to have a fishing license or not. Trout permits are valid for the calendar year, so permits purchased last January are valid through Dec. 31. All residents 16-64 years old, and all non-residents 16 and older must also have a valid fishing license. Complete story and stocking dates

The United States wins its third Eurobass Cup

Danny Correia re-takes the title as individual champion and the Frenchman Ampaud catches the biggest fish

Level of the European anglers rises while facing the best anglers of the American circuit

-September 27, 2006- The team from the United States has won the Eurobass Cup once again.  Three years, three victories, but the feeling passed on by the European anglers is that of having stepped it up in their form of fishing.  They have faced a group of professionals who are the best on the American circuit, all having careers full of world championships, Angler of the Year titles, Rookie of the Year, victories in hundreds of tournaments and earnings of more than eight million dollars.  In other words, the best in the world have won by only four points, 14 - 10. Complete story

AMERICANS SUPPORT HUNTING AND FISHING
New survey reveals continuing trend

September 22, 2006 - HARRISONBURG, Va. -- As the 35th annual National Hunting and Fishing Day approaches on Sept. 23, a new nationwide survey of Americans 18 years old and older shows that a strong majority of Americans support hunting and fishing. The nationwide survey, conducted by Responsive Management of Harrisonburg, Va., found that support for hunting and fishing has remained strong over the past decade with approximately three out of four Americans approving of legal hunting and more than nine out of 10 approving of recreational fishing. Complete Story

Kansan Brent Chapman ends season in 22nd
KVD in top spot at season end

September 20, 2006 - Following are the BassFan.com World Rankings as updated after last week's Table Rock, Mo. Bassmaster Elite Series event. Notable movement:

> Kevin VanDam finishes his season ranked No. 1 in the world. This is the fifth time in six years he has achieved this, an incredible achievement in any sport let alone one so variable as bass fishing. Read More

FAIRCLOTH BREAKS THROUGH FOR FIRST BASS VICTORY
Texan Collects $100,000 for Elite Series Win on Table Rock
Kansan Ron Chapman finishes in 24th on Co-Angler side (see story following this one)

Sept. 17, 2006 - KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, parlayed a deep-water, drop-shot pattern into his first BASS victory on Sunday at Table Rock Lake. Faircloth won The Rock presented by TheraSeed, the final event of the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series season, with 50 pounds, 9 ounces and took home $100,000. Complete Story

Kansas Team places second in Superbass Truman event
Another Kansan on third place team

September 17, 2006 - 09/10/06 Truman Division Results - SUPERBASS Pro Staffers John Bennett, Joplin MO and Adam Bennett, Osceola MO take 1st Place with 5 fish weighing 17.21 lbs. John reports not having a keeper at noon. Last 2 hours were reported as very exciting. A Picasso spinnerbait was credited for their success. Sponsors include Albers Marine in Arma KS, ProCraft Boats, Mercury, Pitt State Bass Club and SUPERBASS. Complete Story

Kansan Ron Chapman finishes in 24th on Co-Angler side
FAIRCLOTH LEADS TABLE ROCK ELITE SERIES FINALE
Texas Angler Targets Deep-Water Spotted Bass

Sept. 16, 2006 - KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, had an "unbelievable day Saturday, grabbing hold of a 4-pound lead in The Rock presented by TheraSeed at Table Rock Lake, the final event of the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series season. Faircloth will try to hold off a host of accomplished Elite anglers on Sunday for the $100,000 top prize. Complete Story

BRAUER TAKES TOYOTA HORIZON AWARD
CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series Win on Lake Champlain Propels '98 Bassmaster Classic Champ to Award

Sept. 16, 2006 - KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. "A veteran angler from Camdenton, Mo., Denny Brauer knows how to bounce back from a disappointing season. Brauer, who faired poorly in his 2005 Bassmaster campaign, returned to form in 2006 and earned the Toyota Horizon award - which rewards the most improved angler of the year. Complete Story

Kansan Ron Chapman in 15th on Co-Angler side
ROOKIE LOWEN FISHES SHALLOW TO LEAD AT ELITE SERIES FINALE ON TABLE ROCK

Ohio Angler Defies Deep-Fishing Trend in Pursuit of First BASS Win

September 15, 2006 - KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. While most of his competitors were fishing deep, Elite rookie Bill Lowen of Cincinnati, Ohio, defied the trend Friday by fishing in shallow river water at Table Rock Lake. The move gave him a narrow yet important lead after Day 2 of The Rock presented by TheraSeed, the final event of the 11-tournament CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series season. Complete Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in 54th after day one
Reese leads early on 'The Rock'
Elite Series stop #11: The Rock presented by TheraSeed

September 14, 2006 - KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. While the Elite anglers waited out a 1 hour, 40-minute fog delay Thursday morning, Skeet Reese bemoaned the lost time, saying it would make what he expected to be a tough tournament even tougher. Complete Story

Two Hybrid (wiper) Tournaments
announced by Kansas Striper Association

September 12, 2006 - The Kansas Striper Association is having a Hybrid (wiper) tournament on Sept. 16 on Marion Resevoir. Registration at Canada Bait Shop Sept. 15 and at Cottonwood Point boat ramp prior to boat release at 6:00. Complete Story

JAMES NIGGEMEYER, BOYD DUCKETT AND TOM HAMLIN EARN FIRST 3 SPOTS IN  2007 CITGO BASSMASTER CLASSIC

Pros Qualified Through the CITGO Bassmaster Southern Tour; 5 Anglers Qualify for '07 Elite Series

Sept. 10, 2006 - GAINESVILLE, Ga. After a grueling, five-event 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Southern Tour schedule, three pros emerged with what most bass anglers consider to be the ultimate prize: a chance to become the next CITGO Bassmaster Classic champion. Complete Story

Kansan Brent Chapman advances to 21st
Not Much Change After Major
Rook moves up

August 29, 2006 - Following are the BassFan World Rankings as updated after last week's Bassmaster "Legends" Major tournament on the Arkansas River. Highlights:

> Not much movement overall because BASS pros have fished many events this year (the season is nearly over), and because the Majors' small field size affects points allocated to finishes. Read More

Kansan Brent Chapman ends in 18th
SCOTT ROOK BECOMES A LEGEND

Little Rock Angler Takes $250,000 Top Prize in Final Major of Season

August 27, 2006 - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. With Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee watching, Little Rock resident Scott Rook came from behind Sunday to win the third and final Bassmaster Major, the Bassmaster Legends presented by Goodyear on the Arkansas River. Rook, 45, who had previously finished second three times in BASS events, scored his first BASS win in his 97th career tournament and received $250,000. Complete Coverage

Kansan Brent Chapman slips back to 22nd from 19th
VanDam Still 1st, Ike Now No. 2

August 17, 2006 - Following are the BassFan.com World Rankings as updated after last week's Bassmaster Elite Series event on the Potomac River in Maryland. Highlights:
 
> Overall, as expected this late in the season, there isn't much significant movement ­ meaning moves up or down by four, five or more places.
 
> Kevin VanDam remains No. 1 in the world, though he finished 30th at the Potomac, his worst finish in the last seven tournaments and his third-worst finish all year. He drops a point, and his 16-point lead over the No. 2-ranked angler is now down to 9 points. Read More

LOW LAKE LEVELS PLAGUE WESTERN, NORTHERN KANSAS
Impaired stream flows deplete many reservoirs;
boating safety, waterfowl seasons may be affected
August 17, 2006 - PRATT --
The past year has not been good to the reservoirs of northern Kansas. Drought and heavy water use have plagued the region, and the resulting lack of stream flow into these reservoirs has fishermen wringing their hands and boaters cautiously motoring waters so shallow that underwater hazards -- such as rocky outcroppings and barely submerged tree stumps -- present a risk. Complete Story

Ninth annual Fishin' for Wishes big bass tournament set for September 16 at Milford Reservoir - $5,000 top prize on the line

August 13, 2006 - The Kansas Bass Chapter Federation will sponsor their ninth annual Fishin' for Wishes tournament at Milford on Sept. 16. Based on a minimum field of 150 paid entries, the top prize will be $5,000 with hourly prizes of $500 for the biggest bass, $250 for the second biggest bass and $125 for the third biggest bass. Everyone that enters will also have a chance to win during a raffle for prizes. Find out more

Kansan Brent Chapman will be part of the field of competitors
BASSMASTER LEGENDS PRESENTED BY GOODYEAR FIELD IS SET

Final Bassmaster Major of the Season Features 6 Home State Anglers

Aug. 13, 2006 - CELEBRATION, Fla.  Pro anglers have just wrapped up this week,s Capitol Clash on the Potomac River presented by BUSCH Beer and with that, BASS has finalized the 55-angler field for the third and final Bassmaster Major, the Bassmaster Legends presented by Goodyear, on the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 24-27.   Kansan Brent Chapman will be among the anglers competing. Read Story

JORDON FLIPS TO VICTORY ON POTOMAC
Reese a Close Second; Angler of the Year Race Tightens Up

Auust 13, 2006 - CHARLES COUNTY, Md. Kelly Jordon had caught a limit of small fish Sunday morning and was ready to make a run to a spot with bigger bass when he made just a few more flips. Read Story

Kansan Ron Chapman in 10th on Co-angler side, up from 23rd on day 2
Virginia Angler Morris Seeking First BASS Win
Top Two in Angler on the Year Standings Right Behind

Aug. 12, 2006 - CHARLES COUNTY, Md. Rick Morris has always done well in Bassmaster tournaments on the Potomac River.

After catching yet another solid limit Saturday on the third day of the Capitol Clash presented by BUSCH Beer, Morris is poised for his best finish ever. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman climbs to 59th from 81st
CALIFORNIA'S REESE VAULTS INTO POTOMAC LEAD

Two Elite Winners in Top Five

August 11, 2006 - CHARLES COUNTY, Md. Patience paid off for Skeet Reese Friday as the California pro waited for the tide to "get right and took the lead on the second day of the Capitol Clash presented by BUSCH Beer on the Potomac River. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman moves up to 19th from 22nd
After FLWTC, Lots Of Moving Around

August 8, 2006 - VanDam still has comfortable lead

With the exception of Steve Kennedy, who moves four spots to 7th in the world, there isn't much movement in the Top 10 though because of the rolling 2 calendar years, Greg Hackney does creep by Mike Iaconelli (by less than half a point) to regain the No. 2 spot. Complete Story

Pro angler Chad Morgenthaler teams
with Special Olympics to host bass tournament
Rend Lake Tournament to Benefit Athletes in Illinois

August 8, 2006 - NORMAL, Ill. ­
Professional bass fisherman Chad Morgenthaler of Coulterville, Ill., is hooked on Special Olympics. He is teaming up with Special Olympics Illinois and the Law Enforcement Torch Run to host the Chad Morgenthaler Bass Tournament presented by Jasper Engines & Transmissions and the Franklin County Tourism Bureau on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at Rend Lake in southern Illinois. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman currently in 22nd
VanDam continues to hold lead

August 2, 2006 - VanDam Still On Top, Ike And Hack Close

Kevin VanDam remains No. 1 in the world, and extends his World Rankings points lead to 15 points (from 8) thanks in part to finishing 2nd at Wylie. The way VanDam has been fishing, it looks like no one will be able to overtake him at the top spot by the end of the year. He has finished in the Top 10 64% of the time this year. That's a pretty shocking statistic. Complete Story

LACROSSE RESIDENT WINS STEVE HARPER SCHOLARSHIP
Award honors longtime Wichita Eagle outdoor writer, photographer

August 3, 2006 - PRATT ­ Mitchell Keeley, a 2006 graduate of LaCrosse High School, was named this year's recipient of the Steve Harper Scholarship. Keeley plans to pursue a degree in wildlife biology at Fort Hays State University and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Complete Story

WOLAK TAKES HOME BASSMASTER AMERICAN

July 30, 2006 - CHARLOTTE, N.C. Toyota angler Dave Wolak of Warrior Run, Pa., became the second Bassmaster Major winner in the history of BASS when he efficiently outpaced five other anglers at the Bassmaster American presented by Advance Auto Parts on Lake Wylie. Wolak who qualified for the American because he was the 2005 Toyota Rookie of the Year took the $250,000 win with a two-day total of 25 pounds, 14 ounces, after he weighed in five fish for 10-8 on Sunday. Complete Story

Wolak takes commanding lead in Bassmaster American
Same-Day Television Coverage to air Sunday on ESPN2 at 7:00 pm Eastern

July 28, 2006 - CHARLOTTE, N.C. Dave Wolak has had a hectic - but memorable - week. On Tuesday, the 29-year-old celebrated the birth of his first child - a healthy baby boy named Jacob. Now, just four days later, the Warrior Run, Pa., angler is on the verge of creating a $250,000 nest egg for his growing family. Complete Story

LOVEWELL "FUN DAY" TO LIVE UP TO ITS NAME
Archery, fishing, log races, Frisbees: event offers something for everyone

July 28, 2006 - MANKATO -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), Lovewell Lake Association, and Lovewell Marina at Lovewell State Park are sponsoring the annual Lovewell Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 5. Events begin with registration for the 3-D archery shoot from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Classes for the archery shoot include finger and mechanical release and divisions for men, women, and youth. A $5 entry fee is required. Complete Story

KDWP ANNOUNCES AUGUST STATE PARK EVENTS
Celebrations continue through late summer

July 28, 2006 - PRATT -- Each month, Kansas state parks conduct special events, some in conjunction with Free Park Entrance Days, some to celebrate a special historical event or geological attribute of an individual park, and others just for entertainment. Each park sets its own dates for these events, including Free Park Entrance Days. Complete Story

POND OWNERS: BE ALERT FOR SUMMER FISH KILLS
Low oxygen content in water can be a prescription for disaster

July 28, 2006 - PRATT -- Everyone who has a recreational farm pond enjoys the opportunity to step outside and catch fish. However, nothing can be more disheartening than to carefully nurture a pond only to discover a fish kill on a hot summer morning. The July/August 2006 issue of Kansas Wildlife & Parks magazine features an article by Pratt Fish Hatchery manager Mark Kumberg addressing this issue. Complete Story

Kansan Brent Chapman slips to 27th from 13th
Timmy Horton Grabs Bassmaster American Lead

$250,000 Top Prize; Same-Day Television Coverage Highlight 2nd Major

July 28, 2006 - CHARLOTTE Surging from 13th place, Alabama,s Timmy Horton seized the Day 2 lead of the Bassmaster American presented by Advance Auto Parts with a limit of 15 pounds, 12 ounces on Friday.   Complete Story

Tommy Dillon of Manhattan places second for $2,343
BERHORST WINS WAL-MART BASS FISHING LEAGUE EVENT ON LAKE TRUMAN

CLINTON, Mo. (July 24, 2006) - Boater Dennis Berhorst of Holts Summit, Mo., earned $4,686 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Ozark Division event on Lake Truman. The tournament was the fourth of five regular-season Ozark Division events and earned Berhorst 200 points in the Boater Division. Complete Story

STAGE SET FOR BASS FISHING'S BIGGEST WEEK

$500,000 on the line in Birmingham during $1.5 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 19, 2006) - They've driven thousands of miles, spent weeks studying lake maps and water conditions, and made countless casts in preparation for this moment. Now 48 of the world's top professional anglers are headed to Birmingham where they will square off in head-to-head competition on Login Martin Lake Aug. 2-5 for a shot at winning $500,000 in their sport's crowning event - the $1.5 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship and Outdoor Show presented by Castrol. Complete Story

Konawa Lake number one Oklahoma Lake - eight years running

July 20, 2006 - For the eighth year in a row Konawa Lake ranked number one in the number of bass caught per hour in reservoirs over 1,000 acres according to the 2006 spring electrofishing data recently released by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Read Story

PROPOSED FISHING BAIT REGULATIONS AIM AT INVASIVE SPECIES
Blog comments invited on bait recommendations

July 20, 2006 - PRATT -- Controlling the spread of non-native wildlife and plants in Kansas depends on the assistance of the state's citizens. Precautions taken by anglers and boaters, for example, help prevent the spread of troublesome aquatic species such as zebra mussels and white perch. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman jumps seven spots to 19th
VanDam in lead again

July 17, 2006 -> Kevin VanDam posted his third Top 10 finish in a row at Champlain (9th) and regains the No. 1 spot, a rank he has not held since March. Will he finish the season No. 1 in the world? If so, that would be an incredible five of six years (Greg Hackney was No. 1 last year). Complete Story

Kansan Brent Chapman weighs in nearly 18 pounds on last day to finish second
DENNY BRAUER IS THE VICTOR OF THE CHAMPION'S CHOICE
With the Win, He Reclaims the Title of All-Time BASS Money Winner

July 16, 2006 - PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. Denny Brauer handily outfished three-day leader Chris Lane on Sunday to take the $100,000 win in the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series, Champion,s Choice on Lake Champlain and become the all-time BASS money winner. Complete Story

ZEBRA MUSSELS NOT PRESENT IN CHENEY RESERVOIR
Previous findings not supported by long-term monitoring

July 13, 2006 - PRATT -- Cheney Reservoir is free of zebra mussels, according to Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) aquatic nuisance species specialist Jason Goeckler. This determination comes following several years of intense monitoring after an independent laboratory in Oklahoma reported finding zebra mussel larvae in the lake. Complete Story

Kansan Brent Chapman slips to 26th
Ike New Leader for first time

July 12, 2006 - > Mike Iaconelli is the No. 1 angler in the world for the first time in his career. He finished tied for 6th at Oneida Complete Story

BULLFROG SEASON RUNS JULY 1-OCT. 31
State's largest frog a favorite summertime quarry
July 6, 2006 - PRATT
-- Every Kansan is familiar with the bellowing song of the bullfrog. The largest of all Kansas frogs, this amphibian is also a favorite quarry of outdoorsmen and women, and pursuing them is a great way to beat the summer heat. The season for bullfrog hunting began July 1 and runs through Oct. 31. Complete Story

Kansan Brent Chapman now in 24th after being in 16th for short period
Hackney still in lead

Not Much Change After Final FLW Event

June 29, 2006 - Following are the BassFan World Rankings as updated after last week's final regular-season FLW Tour event of 2006, at Vermont's/New York's Lake Champlain. Highlights: Complete Story

WILDLIFE & PARKS COMMISSION TO MEET IN SCOTT CITY JUNE 29
Early migratory bird seasons top evening public hearing agenda
June 22, 2006 - SCOTT CITY --
The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission Thursday, June 29, at the William Carpenter 4-H Building in Scott City. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m.; the evening public hearing begins at 7 p.m. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman jumps to 16th from 21st
Hackney maintains lead

Tighter Top 3

June 19, 2006 Following are the BassFan World Rankings as updated after last week's Kentucky Lake Bassmaster Elite Series event. Complete Story

Mike Edrington of Olathe will represent Kansas at Nationals
Kansas team fisnishes in sixth
OKLAHOMA DOMINATES BASS FEDERATION NATION CENTRAL DIVISIONAL

June 16, 2006 - WAGONER, Okla. - An expired fish penalty decided the winner of the BASS Federation Nation Central Divisional on Friday at Fort Gibson Lake. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman lands big bass on day one, in 12th overall
HE'S BACK: VANDAM TAKES DAY 1 LEAD OF BLUEGRASS BRAWL

Slow Fishing, Offshore Ledges Key on Kentucky Lake

Juine 15, 2006 - GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. It was a deep-water struggle for the 102 CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series anglers on Kentucky Lake, but in the end, a proven angler and two-time CITGO Bassmaster Classic champion came out on top. Read Story

Mike Edrington of Olathe is highest Kansan in the standings
Kansas team climbs to sixth from eighth
OKLAHOMA'S DENNINGTON TAKES OVER LEAD AT FEDERATION NATION CENTRAL DIVISIONAL

June 15, 2006 - WAGONER, Okla. - School's out for the summer, but Oklahoma school teacher Royce Dennington appears to still be giving some lessons at the BASS Federation Nation's Central Divisional at Fort Gibson Lake. Read Story

Zebra mussels continue to spread in Oklahoma
June 16, 2006 - odwc -
Fisheries biologists from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation made an all-too-familiar discovery recently. While conducting research on striped bass in the Arkansas River, zebra mussels were found below Zink Dam in Tulsa. With the recent discovery of zebra mussels in Sooner and Skiatook lakes, this makes the third new location for zebra mussels this summer. Read Story

Kevin Miller of Augusta is highest Kansan in the standings
LURE COMPANY OWNER LEADS FEDERATION NATION CENTRAL DIVISIONAL

June 14, 2006 - WAGONER, Okla. - Owning a lure company sure was beneficial for George Toalson on the first day of the BASS Federation Nation Central Divisional at Fort Gibson Lake. Read Story

Kansas sweeps top three amateur spots in Heartland Trails
tournament at Table Rock Lake

June 12, 2006

Heartland Trails Bass Tournament Results Table Rock Lake, Kimberling City, Missouri

Heartland Trails Pro Am

Amateur Division

1st Thomas Johnston, Coffeyville, KS 3 10.52 lbs. $1025

2nd Terry Wallace, Wichita, KS 4 10.14 $745

3rd Steve White, Wichita, KS 3 8.93 $550

Complete Results

ARKANSAS' MIKE MCCLELLAND REELS IN WIRE-TO-WIRE WIN ON GRAND LAKE

CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series, Sooner Run Marks Biggest Win of Angler's Career

June 4, 2006 - GROVE, Okla. In the biggest win of his career, 38-year-old Mike McClelland of Bella Vista, Ark., outpaced the entire field of CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series anglers, taking a wire-to-wire win on Grand Lake. McClelland,s four-day total of 79 pounds, 7 ounces earned him $100,000 and boosted his total BASS career earnings to nearly $500,000. Full Story

KDWP ANNOUNCES JUNE STATE PARK EVENTS
Free Park Entrance Days, other events highlight month
June 1, 2006 - PRATT --
Each month, Kansas state parks conduct special events, some in conjunction with Free Park Entrance Days, some to celebrate a special historical event or geological attribute of an individual park, and others just for entertainment. Each park sets its own dates for these events, including Free Park Entrance Days. In addition, statewide Free Fishing Days are June 3-4. Full Story

"SMOKIN' IN HELL CREEK" BBQ AT WILSON STATE PARK
Champion cooks from across the central U.S. will display their culinary talents
June 1, 2006 - SYLVAN GROVE
-- June 16-17 will feature the first annual Smokin' in Hell Creek Barbecue (BBQ) competition. The event kicks off on Friday with a cooks' meeting for competitors, then grills fire up Friday through early Saturday morning. Judging of the event occurs on Saturday morning and afternoon, with a special Taster's Choice held at lunchtime. Full Story

STATE PARKS DEVELOP NEW TRAILS
Trails add new dimension to park experience
June 1, 2006 - PRATT --
Across the state, Kansas state parks are developing more trails each year. At Tuttle Creek State Park, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has purchased 50 acres of ground adjacent to Rocky Ford Fishing Area along the Big Blue River from the Barnes/Dyer Bridge to the south side of River Pond. The new acquisition will allow anglers access to nearly one mile of shoreline fishing and connect Tuttle Creek State Park to city of Manhattan water service. Full Story

FOUR NEW ACCESS POINTS ADDED TO KANSAS RIVER
Kansas River is public, but most adjoining land is not
June 1, 2006 - PRATT --
Four new access points with boat ramps have been added to the Kansas River, one of three public rivers in Kansas (in addition to the Arkansas and the Missouri), according the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). While the Kansas River is open to the public for fishing and boating, permission must be obtained to cross private ground to gain access to the river. Therefore, access points are usually on public land or on private land opened to the public through programs such as KDWP's Fishing Impoundments and Stream Habitats (FISH) program. Full Story

STREAM SURVEY CREWS MONITOR KANSAS WATERS
KDWP staff collect data on aquatic wildlife; info available to public
June 1, 2006 - PRATT --
One of the lesser-known activities of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is the work of its stream survey crews. The crews, part of KDWP's Environmental Services Section (ESS), were created in the mid-1990s to monitor aquatic life in streams throughout the state. In the ensuing 11 years, more than one million fish have been surveyed or collected. The crews have also created an extensive data base on the quality of habitat and density of insects, fish, mussels, and basic water chemistry in Kansas streams. Full Story

WALLEYE WARMING UP
As water warms, walleye fishing heats up
May 25, 2006 -PRATT -
- As table fare, walleye are at the top of most anglers' lists. They are not only tasty, but they grow large enough that a few fish can provide a family meal. (The state record walleye is more than 13 pounds.) And right now, as the water -- and the air -- warms up, is the best time to catch them. Walleye move over shallow points, flats, and underwater roadbeds to feed in May and early June. While fishing from a boat is the preferred method, walleye can be caught at this time by wading. Look for fish in water 3 to 15 feet deep. Breezy days are better than calm ones. Full Story

Kansan Brent Chapman hold on to 20th
Hackney widens lead, Ike right behind KVD

May 24, 2006 - Following are the BassFan.com World Rankings as updated after last week's Bassmaster Memorial Major event. Highlights:

> Greg Hackney widens his World Rankings points lead over Kevin VanDam, from 6 points to now 15 points. Hackney finished 6th at the Memorial and VanDam finished about halfway down, at 26th. Complete Story

Free fishing days set for June 3 and 4
No license required for family time, time to explore a great sport
May 18, 2006 - PRATT --
To coincide with National Boating and Fishing Week, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has announced that June 3-4 will be 2006 Free Fishing Days. One of the best outdoor entertainment bargains in the state, these two days give both novice and seasoned anglers a chance to get started on the fishing season without having to buy a license. The weekend is geared toward families, but anyone can participate. Complete Story

Kansan Brent Chapman slips to 20th
Slight tightening at the top, Hackney still in first

May 11, 2006 - Following are the BassFan World Rankings as updated after last week's Lake Cumberland (Ky.) FLW Series event and Clarks Hill (Ga.) Bassmaster Elite Series event. Complete Story

Inside BASS:
Iaconelli Assumes Angler of the Year Lead

May 9, 2006 - Don't look now, but Michael Iaconelli has quietly assumed the lead in the CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year race as the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series nears this season's midway point. Complete Story

Only Three Remain -
MEETINGS PLANNED ON PROPOSED FISHING REGULATION CHANGES
KDWP sets eight meeting locations set for public discussion of proposals

May 4, 2006 - PRATT ­ Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks staff will conduct a series of public meetings around the state this spring to describe and hear comments on several fishing regulation changes under consideration. The meetings will also include discussion of several fishing-related issues that have been proposed by the public but are not yet assembled in draft recommendation.

Public participation is encouraged because it will help refine recommendations and guide development of future regulations. Draft recommendations to be discussed include changes in regulations governing fishing tournaments, trout permitting, paddlefish snagging, and bait fish. Read complete story

Kansan Brent Chapman slips to 18th
Hackney's Lead Falls, Ike Moves Into Third

April 28, 2006 - Greg Hackney remains No. 1 in the world, but his 16-point lead over Kevin VanDam is now down to 7 points. Hackney finished a respectable 24th at Guntersville, but VanDam finished 4th. Complete Story

CRAPPIE SPAWNING SEASON NEARS
Good crappie fishing found in most of Kansas
April 27, 2006 - PRATT --
When it come to freshwater fish that make the best table fare, white crappie are near the top of everyone's list. The best time to catch crappie is during the spawning season, usually late April through May. For many anglers, this is their favorite time of year, when crappie move into shallow water to spawn and may be caught from a boat or by wading. Complete Story

KDWP ANNOUNCES MAY STATE PARK EVENTS
Free Park Entrance Days, other events highlight month
April 27, 2006 - PRATT
-- Each month, Kansas state parks conduct special events, some in conjunction with Free Park Entrance Days, some to celebrate a special historical event or geological attribute of an individual park, and others just for entertainment. Each park sets its own dates for these events, including Free Park Entrance Days. Compete Story

MEETINGS PLANNED ON PROPOSED FISHING REGULATION CHANGES
KDWP sets eight meeting locations set for public discussion of proposals

April 14, 2006 - PRATT ­ Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks staff will conduct a series of public meetings around the state this spring to describe and hear comments on several fishing regulation changes under consideration. The meetings will also include discussion of several fishing-related issues that have been proposed by the public but are not yet assembled in draft recommendation.

Public participation is encouraged because it will help refine recommendations and guide development of future regulations. Draft recommendations to be discussed include changes in regulations governing fishing tournaments, trout permitting, paddlefish snagging, and bait fish. Read complete story

Kansan Brent Chapman slips to 14th from 9th
Hackney back in first spot after win at Rayburn

March 22, 2006

> Greg Hackney's win at Rayburn means he wrests the No. 1 world rank away from Kevin VanDam, but just barely: Hackney is No. 1 in the world by just over half a point.

> So far the race for No. 1 in the world is neck-and-neck: VanDam finished 3rd at Rayburn, and he and Hackney also finished two spots apart 6th and 4th, respectively at the previous Elite Series event at Texas' Lake Amistad. Complete Story

Possible world record bass won't be submitted

March 22, 2006 - Most anglers have heard about the possible world record bass recently caught in California. It was caught, weighed on uncertified scales, photographed and then released. The angler that caught it has decided not to try to register it as a record catch "because of the controversy" surrounding the catch. If you haven't been following the coverage on this, you can see a photograph and read the complete story from the local newspaper by clicking here.

Oklahoma state record established for black bass hybrid
 
March 17, 2006 -
What do you get when you cross a smallmouth bass with a spotted bass? You get a black bass hybrid - and Sean McAllister got a new state record, and pending world record, fish. Complete Story

Lack of moisture hampers paddlefish season
Biologists say rain is needed to start migration; season opened March 15
 
March 16, 2006 - PRATT
-- The Kansas paddlefish season begins March 15 and runs through May 15, but anglers may not have much success unless eastern Kansas receives spring rains and rivers rise. If the dry spell breaks, and rivers rise, paddlefish enter Kansas in search of spawning areas, usually when the water temperature approaches 60 degrees. Complete Story

Third Oklahoma record to fall in past few weeks
New smallmouth record set, third time in four years
 
March 10, 2006 -
Steve McLarty now holds the record with an 8-pound, 3-ounce smallmouth bass he caught on March 4 on Lake Eufaula in east central Oklahoma. See full story and photograph

Oklahoma saugeye record hits double digits
Curt Wilkerson of Lawton sets new record with 10-pound catch
 
March 4, 2006 -
A Lawton man caught a 10-pound saugeye Feb. 24 on Fort Cobb Lake in Caddo County, establishing a new state record. See full story and photograph

New record alligator gar for Oklahoma, 184 pounds
Sean Chatham of Ardmore set record in Red River
 
March 4, 2006 -
Sean Chatham, of Ardmore, pulled in a 184-pound, 3-ounce alligator gar Feb. 25 from the Red River in Love County, establishing a new state record. See full story and photograph

CLAUSEN FINISHES OFF WIRE-TO-WIRE BASSMASTER CLASSIC WIN
Washington State Pro Scores 5- Pound Plus Victory on Lake Kissimmee

 
Feb. 26, 2006 - ISSIMMEE, Fla. - On a day when weather wreaked havoc on his closest pursuers, Luke Clausen of Washington state put the finishing touches on a rare wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the 36th annual CITGO Bassmaster Classic on Lake Tohopekaliga. See full story

2006 Topeka Boat Show Seminar Schedule

February 5, 2005 - Show opens Friday, Feb. 10. See full seminar schedule.

BassFan Reformulates World Rankings
To Accommodate Evolving Event Landscape

February 2, 2006 - PORTLAND, Ore. BassFan LLC announced today that it has reformulated the BassFan World Rankings, the official world rankings of the sport, to accommodate the quickly-evolving face of the top level of professional bass fishing. See full story.

Kansan Brent Chapman less than .3 points out of top ten
Kevin VanDam back in first

February 2, 2006 - This is the first edition of the reformulated BassFan World Rankings, and is also the first edition of the World Rankings in 2006. It incorporates the results of the recent Okeechobee FLW Tour event. Notable movement: See full story.

Kansan Kevin Miller climbs back to 21st in overall standings
SOUTH AFRICA'S ANRÉ DE VILLIERS CROWNED FIRST INTERNATIONAL BASS FEDERATION CHAMPION
Six Anglers Advance to the 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Classic

Jan. 13, 2006 - LEESBURG, Fla. ­ Tension, excitement and big bass led the way Friday in the 33rd BASS Federation Championship as six anglers advanced to bass fishing's biggest dance, the CITGO Bassmaster Classic on Lake Tohopekaliga, Feb. 24-26, in Kissimmee, Fla. South Africa's Anré De Villiers led the way, sweeping both the Championship and Southern division by more than 6 pounds. Kevin Miller of Augusta had four fish today. Those fish let him climb to 21st place in overall rankings from 31st after yesterday's weighin. He finished third in the Central Divion results. Read Complete Story

Kansan Kevin Miller slips to second in Central Region
Lowen takes lead of Championship 2006 B.A.S.S. National Federation Championship
Lowen, of Cincinnati and competing in the Southern division, didn't have a long way to go to reach the top

Jan. 12, 2006 - LEESBURG, Fla. Though international anglers commandeered Day One of the BASS Federation Championship, it was stateside anglers who overpowered the field Thursday, including tournament leader and 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series angler Bill Lowen of Ohio. Kevin Miller of Augusta, Kansas had a tougher day than yesterday when he boated five fish and had the lead in Central Division. He weighen in one fish and slipped to second place in the region and 31st overall. Read Complete Story

Kansan Kevin Miller leads Central Region anglers
INTERNATIONAL ANGLERS DOMINATE DAY 1 OF BASS FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIP
South Africa, Canada, Italy Lead 3 of the 6 Competitive Divisions

Jan. 11, 2006 - LEESBURG, Fla. ­ International anglers took the field by storm on Day 1 of the BASS Federation Championship on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Fla. Kevin Miller of Augusta leads Central Region anglers with his five fish weigh-in and ranks 16th overall after the first day of fishing. Read Complete Story

BASS UNVEILS NEW FEDERATION NATION PROGRAM
Committed to Growing the BASS Legacy, Federation Nation Features More Funding, New BASS Club World Championship, Rewarding Experiences

 
Jan. 10, 2006 - CELEBRATION, Fla. -  Taking a bold step into the next generation of BASS State Federation chapters, BASS introduced today its plan for the Federation Nation, a group that will focus on community, fraternity and stewardship. Read Complete Story

WARMING TREND LIKELY TO BOOST WEIGHTS AT THE BASSMASTER FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIP
Weather, Location Key Components of Strategy on the Water
 
January 10, 2006 - What's at stake: 
$53,000 total in prize money, plus six berths into the 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Classic. Read Complete Story
 

Kevin Miller of Augusta will represent Kansas
ANGLERS PREPARE FOR BASS FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIP ON HARRIS CHAIN
Amateur Title Event in Florida Will Send 6 Anglers to CITGO Bassmaster Classic

 
Jan. 3, 2006 - CELEBRATION, Fla. - The 54 anglers contending for the biggest title in amateur tournament bass fishing - the BASS Federation National Championship, Jan. 11-13 - should find the fishing on Florida's Harris Chain well worthy of such a prestigious event.
 
Kevin Miller of Augusta, Kansas and other contenders in the annual Federation Championship endured a grueling, year-long elimination process to reach the pivotal event. The contenders include representatives from Federation chapters in 47 states, Japan, South Africa, Italy, Zimbabwe and Canada. The championship field is rounded out by Doug Moore of Van Buren, Ark., winner of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Grand National Championship, along with defending champion Ed Cowan of Greeley, Pa. Read Complete Story

New product lets anglers convert hand auger to power auger

Mike Cook
Four Lake Guides

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

 

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