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KP Kirkpatrick Takes First Place at Big Hill Resevoir

November 15, 2009 - From Kansas Division 58 on November 14, 2009, KP Kirkpatrick, active duty airman stationed at McConnell AFB is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a 1st Place win and $484 in the American Fishing Tour bass tournament held on Big Hill Reservoir this past weekend. Kirkpatrick’s five bass limit weighed in at 11.88lbs, anchored with Big Bass of the tournament, a 4.88lb largemouth. Second place went to Coffeyville, KS angler, Jim Milburn with a weight of 11.69lbs; third place was Bryan Fahler of Independence, KS with a weight of 10.63lbs. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman will compete again
2010 Bassmaster Classic Field Set

November 14, 2009 - More than three months away from the 2010 Bassmaster Classic, the full field of 51 anglers was finalized Saturday with Darrell West of Drasco , Ark. , winning the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series Championship Operated by American Bass Anglers and scoring the final Classic berth.  Also determined Saturday were two Classic berths from the Bassmaster Central Open circuit. James Niggemeyer of Van, Texas , and Cliff Crochet of Pierre Part, La. , earned those.  Read Story

Evers Excels in Overtime to Take Bassmaster Central Open Event

November 8, 2009 - MORGAN CITY , La. – Mark Smith of West Monroe , La. , worried about putting together a limit Sunday after learning he would be fishing an extra day against Bassmaster Elite Series pro Edwin Evers.  The two anglers weighed in identical weights of 35 pounds, 9 ounces and to settle the competition, both moved on to the additional day of fishing at the Bassmaster Central Open finale on the Atchafalaya Basin . Read Story

Evers and Smith Tie Up; Bassmaster Classic and Elite Series Spots Determined

November 7, 2009 - MORGAN CITY , La. – Fish-offs are a rare thing in Bassmaster events. However, for the second time in a single season, two Bassmaster Central Open anglers will face off against each other after tying for the final-day lead at the Open season finale. Read Story

Louisiana’s Mark Smith Maintains Lead after Day 2 at Bassmaster Central Open

November 6, 2009 - MORGAN CITY, La. – The first day of competition at the final 2009 Bassmaster Central Open was easy for Mark Smith of West Monroe, La., as the pro easily culled up on one stretch of water Thursday on Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. While the bite was a lot more difficult in Friday, the tournament front-runner managed 11 pounds, 11 ounces to maintain his lead heading into Saturday, the final day of the event. Read Story

Louisiana’s Mark Smith Takes Day 1 Lead at Bassmaster Central Open

November 5, 2009 - MORGAN CITY, La. – Mark Smith grew up fishing rivers in North Louisiana, so the high, muddy waters of the Atchafalaya Basin didn’t intimidate him this week when he arrived at the fishery for the final 2009 Bassmaster Central Open. Read Story

Massachusetts’s Randy Phillips Wins Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship; Six Anglers Earn Berths in 2010 Bassmaster Classic

October 30, 2009 - TAVARES, Fla. – Randy Phillips of Oxford , Mass. , closed strong Friday, securing a berth in the 2010 Bassmaster Classic and the overall win in the 2009 Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship on the Harris Chain of Lakes with a three-day total of 31 pounds, 1 ounce. Read Story

Washington’s Don Hogue Jumps Into Lead at Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship; Six Anglers to Earn Berths in 2010 Bassmaster Classic

October 29, 2009 - TAVARES, Fla. – Don Hogue of Pasco, Wash., was consistent enough to barely edge out Randy Phillips of Oxford, Mass., by just seven ounces for the Day 2 lead at the Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship presented by Yamaha Outboards and Skeeter Boats on the Harris Chain of Lakes.  Hogue took the lead on the strength of Thursday’s 13-pound, 11-ounce limit building his two-day total to 24-9. Hogue says the bite has been slow but persistence paid off Thursday. Read Story

Mark Warner of Overland Park , Kan. tied for ninth
Colorado’s Matt Massey Takes Lead at Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship; Six Anglers to Earn Berths in 2010 Bassmaster Classic

October 28, 2009 - TAVARES, Fla. – Matt Massey of Lakewood, Co., only registered four fish during the first day of competition at the 2009 Bassmaster Federation Nation Championship presented by Yamaha Outboards and Skeeter Boats on the Harris Chain of Lakes out of Tavares, Fla., but he made them count, totaling 14 pounds, 12 ounces, good enough to take a modest lead in the world’s premier amateur championship. Read Story

Take advantage of fall fishing
Good fishing throughout state in Indian summer, but techniques may need modifying
Oct. 14, 2009 - PRATT —
Although most outdoorsmen and women have already hunted deer, ducks, or doves, and others are looking forward upland game seasons, die-hard anglers take advantage of fishing opportunities on mild autumn days. This time of year, fish may be a little less active, but they are still hungry and filling their bellies in preparation for a long winter, making this a great time to tackle your favorite fish. But a few tips are in order. Read Story

Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin Delays Trout Stocking
First stocking scheduled for Oct. 19, four days after season opener

Oct. 14, 2009 - PRATT —
The Kansas trout season begins Oct. 15 and runs through April 15. Most trout waters will be stocked on that date, but Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin, originally scheduled for stocking on the opening day of trout season, won't be stocking until Monday, Oct. 19, provided water turnover is complete and water quality is suitable. Other waters with delayed stocking plans include Smoky Gardens south of Goodland, which is dry, and Sand Sage Bison Range Pond in Garden City, which is presently too low for stocking. The South Solomon River above Webster Reservoir won't be stocked until sometime after the first of the year. Read Story

Wilson Reservoir latest Zebra Mussel victim
Farthest west spread of destructive species to date

PRATT —
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Wilson Reservoir, 55 miles west of Salina in Russell County. The owner of Marine Specialty in Wilson was working on a boat from Wilson Reservoir when he noticed zebra mussels on the boat hull. He quickly notified KDWP and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) officials about his discovery. KDWP fisheries biologist Tommie Berger soon discovered live zebra mussels in Wilson Reservoir, and marina staff found them attached to other boats at the lake. Read Story

Wildlife and Parks Commission to meet Oct. 15 in Sedan
Fishing regulations, spring turkey seasons top agenda
PRATT —
On Oct. 15, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will conduct a public meeting and hearing at the VFW, 610 Walnut in Sedan. The meeting's afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and recess at 5 p.m. The evening public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend all sessions of the meeting. Read Story

Anglers set to tackle trout Oct. 15
Anglers look forward to cool water species but encouraged to check KDWP website for stocking updates
PRATT — The Kansas trout season begins Oct. 15 and runs through April 15. During this season, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) stocks rainbow trout in designated waters throughout the state. Some waters stocked with trout require a $12.50 trout permit for all anglers 16 or older, whether they are fishing for trout or not (Type 1 Waters). Other waters require a trout permit only for anglers fishing for or possessing trout (Type 2 Waters). Read Story

BASS Announces Schedule for 2010 Bassmaster Opens

Three Divisions Provide Direct Avenues to Bassmaster Classic, Bassmaster Elite Series

September 30, 2009 - The 2010 Bassmaster Opens, comprised of three qualifying series in a Southern, Central and Northern division, each with three events, will conduct nine events in eight states, which include Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, New York, Michigan, Maryland, Texas and Georgia. Read Story

Michigan’s Kevin VanDam Takes Fifth Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Title

September 18, 2009 - MONTGOMERY , Ala. . –  Living up to his storied reputation, Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo , Mich. , closed strong on the Alabama River at the Bassmaster Elite Series Postseason, scoring victory at the Evan Williams Bourbon Trophy Triumph, which earned him enough points in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings to overtake California ’s Skeet Reese. Read Story

Johnston Clinches Bassmaster Central Open Win at Sam Rayburn

September 5, 2009 - JASPER, Texas – Texas’ Stephen Johnston had to abandon his preferred pattern during the second day of the Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn Reservoir after thick clouds moved in, but he was excited when he awoke for the last day of competition to see the cloud cover breaking. Read Story

Johnston expands lead on Day 2 to Lead at Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn Reservoir

September 4, 2009 - JASPER, Texas – Texas’ Stephen Johnston expanded his lead to more than 8 pounds today on the strength of a 19-pound, 6-ounce stringer, but he had to adjust as thick clouds rolled in for the second day of the Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Read Story

Johnston Junk Fishes to Day 1 Lead at Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn Reservoir

September 3, 2009 - JASPER, Texas – Stephen Johnston of Hemphill , Texas , put his experience as a guide on Sam Rayburn Reservoir to good use Thursday, putting 22 pounds of bass on the scales to claim the Day 1 in the Bassmaster Central Open on spacious Rayburn. Read Story

National Hunting and Fishing Day set for September 26

Events celebrate the contributions of hunters and anglers to conservation
Sept. 2, 2009 - PRATT —
The 38th Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) — designated by Congressional decree and Presidential Proclamation — will be held Sept. 26. The event is a nationwide celebration of hunters and anglers and their contributions to conservation. Read Story

Boaters needed for 30th Annual Sunshine Kids Fishing Derby on September 12 at Quivira Scout Ranch

For the 30th year, members of Air Capital Bassmasters will be sponsoring the Sunshine Kids Fishing Derby. This event, held at the Quivira Scout Ranch near Sedan, brings bass anglers and kids together for a day of fishing and fun. The kids in the event have either physical, hearing or vision problems or have cancer or have had cancer. Read Story

Gale Brown Takes first place at El Dorado

August 16, 2009 - From Division 66 in central Kansas August 16, 2009 Gale Brown is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a 1st place win and $390 in the American Fishing Tour bass tournament held on El Dorado Lake this past weekend. Gale’s 4 bass limit weighed in at 8.25 pounds. Second place went to Larry Gawith with a weight of 7.66 pounds, and third place was Jim Vaught with a weight of 4.00 pounds. Big bass and $75 was awarded to Gale Brown for catching a 3.18 pound large mouth. Read Story

Texas’ Chad Griffin , Elite Series Rookie, Dominates to Land First BASS Victory

August 16, 2009 - SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Thirty-two-year-old Chad Griffin caught his first bass at 22 years old and instantly became addicted. Ten years later, the Cresson, Texas , resident who grew up in Alaska – a state reportedly with no largemouth bass population – cashed in on a dream, to the tune of $100,000, at the regular-season finale, the Ramada Champion’s Choice on Oneida Lake . Griffin , an Elite Series rookie, worked Oneida for both relevant species – largemouth and smallmouth – and tallied 65 pounds, 10 ounces, enough to hold off hard-charging Jeff Kriet of Ardmore , Okla. , by more than 2 pounds. Read Story

Arkansas’ Billy McCaghren Seizes Day, Claims Bassmaster Elite Series 2009 Rookie of the Year

August 15, 2009 - SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After a slow and steady season of progression through the ranks of nine first-year BASS pros, Billy McCaghren of Mayflower, Ark., was officially named Bassmaster Elites Series Rookie of the Year after Day 3 of the Ramada Champion’s Choice, the regular-season finale at Oneida Lake. Read Story

Texas Rookie Chad Griffin Beefs up Lead at Elite Series Event on Oneida Lake

August 15, 2009 - SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Elite Series rookie Chad Griffin has run out of superlatives to describe his week on Oneida Lake. He started the tournament as “tremendous” and “incredible,” but on Saturday the Cresson, Texas, pro didn’t know what to say. Instead he let his performance do the talking – Griffin built his three-day total to 50 pounds, 0 ounces, which was good enough for a more than 4-pound margin over Louisiana’s Greg Hackney at the Ramada Champion’s Choice. Read Story

Elite Series Rookie Chad Griffin Grabs Lead at Oneida Lake Event

August 14, 2009 - SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Consumed with some positive mojo, Chad Griffin of Cresson, Texas, a Bassmaster Elite Series rookie, capitalized on consistency Friday on a New York fishery that he had never seen until this week, jumping 12 places to the lead with a two-day total of 33 pounds, 11 ounces, good enough for a little more than a 1-pound advantage over Elite veteran Bernie Schultz of Gainesville, Fla. The positive vibes started early in the week, when Griffin started practice and quickly realized that Oneida is similar to the Texas waters he has worked throughout his career. Read Story

Howell Leads Tight Leaderboard at Bassmaster Elite Series Regular-Season Finale on Oneida Lake

August 13, 2009 - Randy Howell has treated Oneida Lake much like a complex puzzle. After four consecutive years of working the spacious fishery and building his knowledge base, the Springville, Ala., Elite pro inched one step closer to completing the puzzle with the Day 1 lead Thursday at the Ramada Champion’s Choice. His 17-pound, 9-ounce limit, a mix of smallmouth and largemouth, was nearly a pound better than that of Texas’ Takihiro Omori, who was second with 16-11. Read Story

White Perch confirmed at El Dorado Reservoir
Invasive species likely moved to lake by angler
July 24, 2009 - EL DORADO -- White perch, a non-native invasive species, have been found in El Dorado Reservoir. District fisheries biologist Craig Johnson set nets this week to confirm an angler report of catching white perch. His fears were confirmed. White perch have been introduced into El Dorado Reservoir. Read Story

Kansan Steve Ortiz places second in Central Pro-Am on Truman Lake,
his co-angler wins first on amateur side

July 12, 2009

Saturday's Central Pro-Am on Truman Lake was won by Matt Jones, of Spokane Missouri.  His five fish weighed 17.88 pounds.   Matt once again showed that no matter what lake or what time of the year, he is a threat to win.  Kenny Williams provided Matt with a Skeeter ZX 225 to fish with, since Matt’s boat is broke.  Second place was won by Steve Ortiz, of Lawrence Kansas.  Read Story

Seventy-six-pound flathead catfish sets new Oklahoma state record

July 1, 2009 - When Tommy Couch of Howe was reeling in his 76-lb. state record flathead catfish from the Poteau River June 13, he just knew it was going to be a carp. Read Story

FALL RIVER STATE PARK ADDS NEW CABIN
State park now offers two cabins as low as $65 per night

June 27. 2009 - FALL RIVER STATE PARK -- Fall River State Park staff have announced the completion of a new cabin in the park, Heron's Cove Cabin, which is now ready to reserve. The cabin comes with bathroom/shower, microwave, refrigerator, four-burner cook stove with oven, full bed, Murphy twin bed, futon, table and chairs, air conditioning and heating, outside hydrant, shelter, picnic table, fire ring with grill, service for eight set with silverware and glasses, toaster, coffee pot, and other limited cookware. Read Story

Kansas’ Richard Risewick Rises to Occasion to Clinch BASS Federation Nation Central Divisional

GREERS FERRY, Ark. —Staying with a topwater pattern for three days of competition made a champion out of Kansas angler Richard Risewick at Greers Ferry Lake in the BASS Federation Nation Central Divisional presented by Yamaha Outboards and Skeeter Boats. Read Story

Bullfrog season time to pursue nature's tubas
Season runs July 1-Oct. 31; fishing license required

June 24, 2009 - PRATT - Bullfrogs have been bellowing from farm ponds, streams, and lakes since the Kansas weather warmed up, and many campers and anglers are anxious to target a few of these amphibious "tubas" and put some fine eating on the table. They'll get their chance on July 1, when the bullfrog season begins. Read Story

Kansas' first floatline fishing season begins July 15
Eight reservoirs targeted for pilot program; special permit required

June 24, 2009 - PRATT -- Last October, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission approved a pilot project to allow floatline fishing at eight reservoirs beginning this summer. Anglers will be allowed to use floatlines only during daylight hours from July 15 through Sept. 15 at eight Kansas reservoirs: Hillsdale, Council Grove, Tuttle Creek, Kanopolis, John Redmond, Toronto, Wilson, and Pomona. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks staff recommended the addition of this fishing method to provide more angling opportunities on reservoirs with untapped channel catfish populations. Read Story

Schiffelbein-Knudson win Kansas Best of Bass Team Trail tournament at Big Hill

June 13th, Big Hill Lake - 14 teams made the trip to Big Hill lake and Chris Schiffelbein of Tecumseh, Ks and Kevin Knudson of Topeka, Ks finish in front of the rest. Bringing 13.05 pounds on four fish to the scales they finish first and with a 4.05 Big Bass they take home $815. They also take home 2 custom painted DD22's with 1st place and our logo and 1 with Big Bass. Read Story

Rookie McCaghren Takes Elite Lead on Mississippi River; Contingent of Veterans Right Behind

June 13, 2009 - FORT MADISON, Iowa –  As expected in a tough, grind-it-out Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, the top of the leaderboard is rife with BASS veterans with sterling credentials. Save for one.  Elite rookie Billy McCaghren of Mayflower, Ark . , has capitalized on an area he has largely to himself to cobble together a three-day total of 36 pounds, 5 ounces, at the Genuity™ River Rumble on the Mississippi River and holds a near 3-pound advantage over four-time BASS winner Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla., heading into the final day of competition. Read Story

Texas’ Alton Jones, in Position to Threaten AOY Leaders, Masters Mississippi for Elite Lead

June 12, 2009 - FORT MADISON, Iowa – Perhaps it was too soon to declare the battle for the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year a two-horse race.  Alton Jones, in a distant third in the AOY standings heading into this week’s Elite event, reminded fishing fans of his versatility by grabbing the lead with a two-day total of 24 pounds, 1 ounce, at the Genuity River Rumble on the Mississippi River . Read Story

FLATHEAD HANDFISHING SEASON RUNS JUNE 15 THROUGH AUGUST 31

Limited season open on portions of Kansas and Arkansas rivers

June 12, 2009 - Now in its third year, the Kansas handfishing season runs June 15-Aug. 31, and adventurous river anglers are looking forward to the opportunity to take flathead catfish using this unconventional method. Although such anglers may be few, the season offers a special opportunity for outdoorsmen looking for a challenge. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in seventh
Alabama’s Randy Howell Grinds Out Lead on Bassmaster Elite Event on Mighty Mississippi

 June 11, 2009 - FORT MADISON, Iowa – It has never been more apparent that the Bassmaster Elite Series is a game of adjustments than it was Thursday at the Genuity River Rumble. Spoiled by the big-bass factories of Lake Guntersville and Kentucky Lake in the previous two tournaments, Elite anglers were hit with a dose of reality Thursday on the Mississippi River as many were forced to dig deep in their tackle boxes to grind out a limit. And many were unable to manage a limit on Day 1. Read Story

Oklahoma lake records piling up this spring

June 1, 2009 - The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Lake Record Fish Program continues to grow, with several new lake records - and lakes - added throughout this spring. Read Story

10th Annual Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza Fishing Tournament Set for June 26-28

$100,000 Grand Prize Guaranteed for Top Catch!

May 28, 2009 - LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- The Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, the country's largest amateur big bass tournament, will return to the Natural State for a 10th consecutive year on June 26, 27, and 28, 2009. Read Story

FREE FISHING DAYS AHEAD FOR EVERYONE ON JUNE 6-7

May 20, 2009 - The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that 2009 Free Fishing Days will be June 6-7, in coordination with National Fishing Week. On these days, anglers of all ages may fish without a fishing license. Ordinarily, nonresidents 16 or older and residents age 16 through 64 must have a fishing license to fish in Kansas, but on June 6-7, everyone gets to fish for free, making this the ideal time to introduce youngsters to a healthy, challenging pastime that offers a lifetime of pleasure. Read Story

Lane and Norton win Best of Kansas Bass Team Trail tournament on Perry May 16

Again rain overnight and a cold front dropping the take-off temperature to the mid-forties with wind gusting to 30 mph, Jeff Lane of Mayetta, Ks and Randy Norton of Meriden, Ks finish in 1st place. With a 5 fish limit, Lane and Norton brought 16.65 pounds to the scales. Anchored by the 2nd big bass of the day at 4.47 pounds they won by nearly 2 pounds. Finishing in the money for the second straight tournament they took home $885 and 2 custom painted DD22's with 1st place and our logo for their efforts. Jeff is sponsored by PTMN INC. of Topeka and Randy is sponsored by R&S Maintenance of Topeka. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in 14th place in Angler of the Year standings, VanDam leads
Alabama's Aaron Martens Holds on For Fifth BASS Victory at Bassmaster Elite Series Slugfest on Guntersville

May 10, 2009 - GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. ­ Despite nearly relinquishing a 6-pound plus margin, Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala., held on Sunday to score his fifth BASS victory ­ his first outside of the state of the California ­ at the Marine Formula STA-BIL Southern Challenge on Lake Guntersville. The 36-year-old West Coast product, who totaled 107 pounds, 8 ounces, nearly let victory slip away to hard-charging Skeet Reese, but in the end, his versatility brought home the $100,000 top prize. Read Story

Gale Brown Takes first place at Milford in AFT Division 66 in central Kansas

May 9, 2009 Gale Brown from Cassoday, KS is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a 1st place win and $500 in the American Fishing Tour bass tournament held on Milford Lake this past weekend. Gale's 5 bass limit weighed in at 12.33 pounds. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman climbs to 26th
Alabama's Aaron Martens Inches Closer to Fifth BASS Victory at Lake Guntersville Elite Series Event

May 9, 2009GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. ­ They say redemption is a dish best served cold but things have been getting frigid for Aaron Martens. Consumed with a missed opportunity at a 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series event on Texas' Lake Falcon, Martens of Leeds, Ala., took one giant step towards exercising some demons Saturday as he built his three-day total to 87 pounds, 9 ounces, enough for a commanding 6-plus pound lead at the Marine Formula STA-BIL Southern Challenge on fish-factory Lake Guntersville. Read Story

NEW STATE RECORD TROUT SAILS OVER THE RAINBOW
Gardner man breaks 27-year-old Kansas rainbow trout record

30 Apr 2009 - It wasn't a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but the rainbow on the end of Ken Phelps' line was golden. The Gardner man was fishing with Power Bait in Shawnee Mission Park Lake on March 3 when he hooked a new state record rainbow trout. Read Story

VanDam Sews up 15th Victory at Bassmaster Elite Event on Smith Mountain Lake

April 26, 2009 - MONETA, Va. ­ Harkening back to his Michigan roots, four-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam picked apart a clear, deep fishery ­ just like he used to do years ago as a kid in Kalamazoo ­ on Smith Mountain Lake, to the tune of 61 pounds, 13 ounces, enough to hold off Matt Herren of Trussville, Ala., for a victory by more than 2 pounds Sunday at the Advance Auto Parts Blue Ridge Brawl. Read Story

Michigan's Kevin VanDam Maintains Lead at Bassmaster Elite Event on Smith Mountain Lake

April 25, 2009 - MONETA, Va. ­ Bassmaster Elite Series anglers beware. If there was a technique Kevin VanDam hasn't quite mastered, most would agree that sight-fishing would be it. VanDam, the current and four-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year, is closer to dispelling that notion as he successfully sight-fished his way Saturday to a three-day total of 47 pounds, 15 ounces ­ enough to take the lead heading into the final day of competition at the Advance Auto Parts Blue Ridge Brawl. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman brings in limit, has trouble with finding the big ones
Texas' Kelly Jordon Jumps to Day One Advantage
at Bassmaster Elite Series Event on Smith Mountain Lake

April 23, 2009 - MONETA, Va. ­ Looking to turn around a mediocre season, Kelly Jordon of Mineola, Texas, stuck to what he knows best and sight-fished his way to the Day One lead at the Advance Auto Parts Blue Ridge Brawl on picturesque Smith Mountain Lake. Jordon, a four-time BASS winner, amassed 20 pounds, 9 ounces -- enough to hold off another sight-fishing specialist, Dean Rojas of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., by more than 2 pounds. Read Story

Wittman & Walker win Kansas Best of Bass Team Trail Melvern Tournament

April 19, 2009 -
With rain overnight Friday and most of the morning Saturday, Wayne Wittman of Topeka, Ks and John Walker of McFarland, Ks take off last but come in firstst. Bringing in 5 fish at 13.20 pounds they took home $775 and $60 for 2nd big bass. They also took home 2 custom painted DD22's with the place and logo. Wayne is sponsored by Tightwad Bait and Tackle. John is sponsored by America's Express Co., Tightwad Bait and Tackle, and Tightlines Lure Co. Read Story

Oklahoma Paddlefish angling is red hot; free permit available online

April 13, 2009 - Hundreds of paddlefish have been caught and processed this spring as anglers take advantage of services provided by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Paddlefish Research and Processing Center (RPC). Read Story

Marty Hole Takes first place at El Dorado in ABA Division 66

April 5, 2009 - Marty Hole from Derby, KS is one step closer to the ABA National Championship with a 1st place win and $365 in the American Fishing Tour bass tournament held on El Dorado Lake this past weekend. Marty's 2 bass limit weighed in at 5.87 pounds. Second place went to Ryan Tauer with a weight of 3.71 pounds, and third place was Gale Brown with a weight of 3.19 pounds. Big bass and $70 was awarded to Marty Hole for catching a 4.77 pound large mouth. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman jumps to fourth from 14th, 8th in Angler of the Year standings
Oklahoma's Tommy Biffle Captures Fourth BASS Title at Bassmaster Elite Event on Wheeler Lake

April 5, 2009 - DECATUR, Ala. ­ Through a series of flipping and pitching casts from a hidden cove, Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla., accumulated 50 pounds, 13 ounces on his way to victory at the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel on Wheeler Lake. Biffle edged Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., who amassed 46-4 for second place during the third stop of the 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series. Read Story

Multi-Species fishing tournament set for June 5-7, 2009

What do you call a fishing tournament where everyone's a winner, even people that don't fish in the tournament? You call it the First Annual Multi-Species Fishing Benefit. Scheduled for June 5 - 7, it's a tournament with a twist. The event is modeled after an annual hunting contest sponsored by Hunt4Hunger. People that enter the tournament have a chance at prize money and they will be helping feed those less fortunate. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in 14th
Oklahoma's Tommy Biffle Surges to Lead at Bassmaster Elite Event on Wheeler Lake

April 4, 2009 - DECATUR, Ala. ­ Three-time BASS event winner Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla., fishing in a remote cove on Wheeler Lake catapulted to the lead of the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel with a two-day total of 36 pounds. Biffle has more than a 2-pound advantage over Takahiro Omori of Emory, Texas, who remains in second with 33-9. Read Story

Day Two of Bassmaster Elite Series Event on Wheeler Lake Canceled Due to Unsafe River Conditions

April 3, 2009 - DECATUR, Ala. ­ BASS announced the cancellation of the Friday's Day Two of competition at the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel on Wheeler Lake because of unsafe river conditions. Tournament officials delayed Friday's launch for more than two hours before making a final decision. The full field of 100 anglers will compete Saturday. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in 22nd
2008 Bassmaster Classic Champ Alton Jones on Roll, Leads Bassmaster Elite Event on Lake Wheeler

April 2, 2009 - DECATUR, Ala. ­ Three previous Bassmaster Classic champions are separated by 11 ounces of each other after the opening day of the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel on Wheeler Lake. 2008 Classic champ Alton Jones of Waco, Texas, bagged 17 pounds, 12 ounces, to lead the field of 100 anglers on the third stop of the 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series. Read Story

Kentucky's Mark Menendez Scores Third BASS Victory with Old School Approach at Bassmaster Elite Series Event on Lake Dardanelle

March 29, 2009 - RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. ­ Old-school fishing fans are rejoicing as Mark Menendez of Paducah, Ky., laughed in the face of modernization, simplifying his approach by using an aluminum boat-rig with minimal trappings to accumulate 55 pounds, 7 ounces on his way to victory at the Toyota Trucks Diamond Drive on Lake Dardanelle. Read Story

Georgia's Pam Martin-Wells Claims Fourth Women's Bassmaster Tour Win at Neely Henry Lake

March 28, 2009 - GADSDEN, Ala. - Fighting a relentless current cast after cast, Pam Martin-Wells of Bainbridge, Ga., landed her fourth BASS win - her second on Neely Henry - Saturday by just 7 ounces in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Women's Bassmaster Tour season opener on Neely Henry Lake. Read Story

Amateur bass anglers have chance to make a single big bass
win big money in series of three tournaments in 2009

March 28, 2009 - Tournaments on two Missouri lakes and one in Oklahoma have been scheduled for the Big Bass Bash, a series for amateurs only. Its unique format allows the weekend angler a chance to win like the professionals. Unlike most fishing tournaments which have a team arrangement where prizes are based on total weight, the Big Bass Bash format is distinctive in that it only takes one angler just one big bass to win! Not only do they pay the top three overall awards, but they also award additional cash prizes for the top 12 largest bass caught during semi-hourly weigh-ins for a total of 96 guaranteed places for a total of $79,000. Read Story

Day three of Bassmaster Elite Series Event on Lake Dardanelle Canceled by Unsafe Weather Conditions

March 28, 2009 - RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. ­ BASS announced the cancelation of the third day of competition, scheduled for Saturday, March 28, for the Toyota Trucks Diamond Drive on Lake Dardanelle because of unsafe weather conditions. The final day of competition, set for Sunday, March 29, will feature the top 12 anglers and remain as previously scheduled. Read Story

Ouch, Kansan Brent Chapman slips to 27th from first
Kentucky's Menendez Rides Unique Approach to Lead at Bassmaster Elite Series Event on Arkansas' Lake Dardanelle

March 27, 2009 - RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. ­ After narrowly missing out on qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic in the past two years, Mark Menendez of Paducah, Ky., recognized that this season he would have to change things up and take more risks. So, this week at the Toyota Trucks Diamond Drive, Menendez gambled and dusted off his aluminum boat ­ one of only four anglers in the field of 100 to do so ­ in order to fish an extremely productive but difficult-to-access area of Lake Dardanelle. Read Story

Emporians Shane Wilson and Chuck Gardner win over $10,000 with second place finish in Louisiana. Fishers of Men National Championship

March 25,26,27 Red River Louisiana. - Shane Wilson and Chuck Gardner earned more than $10,000.00 and a second place finish with 46.86 lbs. in the Fishers of Men National Championship. They were competing in a field of 140 Teams. Read Story

Kansas' Brent Chapman Makes Most of Short Day, Takes Lead to Open Bassmaster Elite Series Event on Lake Dardanelle

March 26, 2009 - RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - With Lake Dardanelle tightening up and anglers facing weather challenges on the opening day of the Toyota Trucks Diamond Drive, Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kan., was able to take advantage by focusing on a few spots and turning a less-than-stellar practice into the Day One lead with 19 pounds, 7 ounces, Thursday at the second event of the 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series season. Read Story

Lawrence, Kansas anglers Steve and Dominic Ortiz finish fourth in Joe Bass on Stockton Lake with 18.97, weight tied third place

March 23, 2008 - 2008 JOE BASS Pomme/Stockton champions, Brandon Rummel, of Everton, MO and Jesse Tate, of Willard, MO, were boat #1 at take off and remained in the #1 spot after the scales closed. The team had a huge bass of 8.84lbs to kick the 5 fish limit up over 25 lbs with a total weight of 25.45 lbs to take home $1024 1st place money and $204 for 1st Big Bass. The team was using stick baits on the main lake. They were happy to be catching fish all day long. They concentrated on channel swings and points to find their fish. Congrats to both of them on a GREAT sack of fish. Read Story

BASS Returns to Lake Dardanelle with Second Stop on 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series Trail

March 20, 2009 - The 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series brings BASS back to an old friend in Arkansas' Lake Dardanelle for the March 26-29 Diamond Drive out of Russellville. The last BASS tournament held there was a 2007 Bassmaster Major won by Boyd Duckett of Demopolis, Ala., not long after his 2007 Bassmaster Classic victory. Duckett's four-day total weight for the event was 55 pounds, 9 ounces. Read Story

Kansan releases video on how to fish the top ten bass lures
after doing extensive research with over 50 pro anglers

March 16, 2009 - Kansan Troy Showalter, is an avid recreational bass angler with a great desire to improve his knowledge level and skills, but doesn't have a lot of free time to bury himself in books, magazines or the Internet in an attempt to hash out the techniques and equipment that will make him more successful on the water. Read Story

 

South Carolina's Jason Williamson Takes First BASS Victory with Magical Final Two Days at Bassmaster Elite Series Season Opener

Photo - BASS Communications / Gary Tramontina

March 15, 2009 - DEL RIO, Texas ­ As the weekend progressed, the temperatures on Lake Amistad warmed up and so did Jason Williamson. The third-year BASS pro from Aiken, S.C., shoved aside consistency and posted a backbreaking total of more than 68 pounds through the final two days, which was enough to advance from 38th position to third heading into Day 3, then secure his first BASS victory and the accompanying $100,000 top prize Sunday at the 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series season opener, the OPTIMA Batteries Battle on the Border. Read Story

 

 

Kansan Brent Chapman finishes in 30th
Consistent Texan Jones Looks for Homestate Victory on Amistad at Bassmaster Elite Series Season-Opener

March 14, 2009 - DEL RIO, Texas ­ While the rest of the leaderboard has shuffled around him, 2008 Bassmaster Classic champion Alton Jones of Waco, Texas, has rode a consistent bite to the top position Saturday at the OPTIMA Batteries Battle on the Border on Lake Amistad with a three-day total of 68 pounds, 11 ounces. Friday leader Gary Klein of Weatherford, Texas, struggled but remained in contention and is Jones' closest competitor with 66-13. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman slips to 24th
Texas' Gary Klein Rides Familiar Pattern to Lead at Bassmaster Elite Series Season Opener on Lake Amistad

March 13, 2009 - DEL RIO, Texas ­ Sticking to what he knows best, BASS veteran Gary Klein of Weatherford, Texas, a two-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year, persevered through windy, rainy conditions Friday on Lake Amistad to vault into the lead at the OPTIMA Batteries Battle on the Border with a two-day total of 54 pounds, 7 ounces. Read Story

PADDLEFISH SNAGGING SEASON MARCH 15 THROUGH MAY 15

Permit good for six paddlefish; reduced fee for youth 15 and younger

March 13, 2009 - PRATT -- The Kansas paddlefish season begins March 15 and runs through May 15. Once rivers rise, paddlefish enter the state in search of spawning areas, when water temperatures approach 60 degrees. This usually occurs shortly before or after the March 15 opener, when paddlefish may be taken on the Neosho River below the Chetopa and Burlington city dams, on the Marais des Cygnes River below Osawatomie Dam to Old KC Road, and on the Browning Oxbow Lake of the Missouri River. Other areas may be posted by KDWP. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in 17th
New Jersey's Iaconelli Lands Behemoth,
Takes Lead at Bassmaster Elite Series Season Opener on Amistad

March 12, 2009 - DEL RIO, Texas ­ Sometimes it's just practice. Mike Iaconelli of Runnemede, N.J., was able to shake off what he said was a terrible practice and catch the biggest fish he has ever boated in competition, a 12-pound, 13-ounce behemoth, on his way to the top position Thursday with a 27-pound, 9-ounce total at the 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series season opener, the OPTIMA Batteries Battle on the Border on Lake Amistad. Read Story

Two Kansans fish event, Preston Frazell of Kincaid places 53rd
Texas' James Niggemeyer claims third BASS victory in fish-off at Bassmaster Central Open

March 8, 2009 - MANY, La. ­ When James Niggemeyer of Van, Texas, left the dock Sunday morning for a 3 12-hour fish-off against fellow Texan Jerrel Pringle, the Bassmaster Elite Series pro worried that heavy cloud cover would kill his sight-fishing bite and the victory would slip away at the Bassmaster Central Open on Toledo Bend Reservoir. Read Story

KWP bass spawning facility has video of progress online
March 5, 2009 - Here's a short video that gives you a look inside the new bass spawning facility. The brooders have been in the building for a week now and in another three weeks, spawning will beginning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxNYO7WMHjs

2009 KANSAS FISHING ATLAS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Atlas includes maps of all public-access fishing areas

Feb. 26, 2009 - Anglers looking forward to warmer weather will find welcome news in the 2009 Kansas Fishing Atlas, available for viewing and download from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) website. Printed copies will be available soon at most KDWP offices and license vendors or by emailing teris@wp.state.ks.us. Read Story

SHAWNEE STATE FISHING LAKE DAM RENOVATION TO BEGIN MARCH 1

Lake will be partially drained; summer vegetative growth in lake bed should improve fish habitat

February 26, 2009 - During the summer of 2009, visitors to Shawnee State Fishing Lake (8 miles north and 4 miles west of Topeka) will notice a big change. Beginning March 1, local contractors will begin renovating the dam, which is approximately 50 years old and has recently begun to show deterioration. Although the dam is not in imminent risk of failure, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is rehabilitating the dam to provide many more years of outdoor recreation opportunity. Read Story

GRAND LAKE TO HOST WALMART BASS FISHING LEAGUE OKIE DIVISION TOURNAMENT

GROVE, Okla. (Feb. 25, 2009) ­ The Okie Division of the $8 million Walmart Bass Fishing League® will visit Grand Lake in Grove, Okla., March 7 for the first of five regular-season events. As many as 200 boaters and 200 co-anglers are expected to compete in the tournament, which will award as much as $45,000 in cash, including a top award of $6,000 in the Boater Division. Read Story

Mid-South Walleyes to send qualifying team to Angler's Insight Marketing (AIM) International Walleye Championship in northern Minnesota

Feb. 27, 2009 - Mid-South Walleyes has been invited to send a qualifying team to participate in the Angler's Insight Marketing (AIM) International Walleye Championship scheduled for September 2 ­ 4, 2009 located on Lake Winnibigoshish in northern Minnesota. Read Story

California's Skeet Reese Edges New Jersey's Mike Iaconelli by 11 Ounces to Win 2009 Bassmaster Classic

Skeet Reese from Auburn, California celebrates winning the 2009 Bassmaster Classic. Photo by Kathy Barker

February 22, 2009 - SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. ­ After Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., realized his first career goal in 2007 of winning the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year award in the Bassmaster Elite Series, he set his sights on winning bass fishing's ultimate event.

Just 1 12 years later, Reese fulfilled the dream, winning the 2009 Bassmaster Classic Sunday on the Red River with 54 pounds, 13 ounces, barely beating 2003 Bassmaster Classic winner Mike Iaconelli of Runnemede, N.J., who had 54 pounds, 2 ounces after a Day Three haul of 20 pounds, 3 ounces. Read Story

South Dakota's Jami Fralick Remains Steady, Takes Lead on Tough, Rainy Day Two at 2009 Bassmaster Classic

February 21, 2009 - SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. ­ With rain falling mid-afternoon and temperatures dropping Saturday, Jami Fralick of Martin, S.D., stayed as cool as the water around him to move up from second place into the lead on Day Two of the 39th Bassmaster Classic on the Red River. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in 23rd
Alabama's Boyd Duckett Rides Lucky Charm to Day One Lead at 2009 Bassmaster Classic

Feb. 20, 2009 - SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. ­ After a jolt of frost at Friday morning's launch for Day One of the 39th Bassmaster Classic, 51 competitors settled into their strategies for big bass on the Red River, but only one of them came back with 20-plus pounds. Boyd Duckett of Demopolis, Ala., the 2007 Bassmaster Classic champion, racked up a five-fish limit of 20 pounds, 3 ounces to take the lead on Day One in the three-day Super Bowl of bass fishing. Read Story

Competitors find Surprises, Cramped Quarters on Red River for 2009 Bassmaster Classic Practice

Feb. 19, 2009 - SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY , La. ­ Low water levels again challenged the 51 Bassmaster Classic competitors Wednesday as the full field participated in one day of official practice for the big event, set for Feb. 20-22 on the Red River .

Friday will be the first day of competition for the 51-angler field and BASS will kick off the fishing season when BASS founder Ray Scott will ceremoniously throw out the first cast from reigning Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam's boat kicking off the fishing season and the Classic. Read Story

FISH INFORMATION NIGHTS PREP ANGLERS FOR SPRING

Fishing prospects, techniques, and locations revealed to anglers who attend

Feb. 11, 2009 - To learn how to catch more fish, attend one of several events hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) in late February. Called "Fishing Information Nights," the events will feature experts on fishing and focus on fishing prospects, techniques, and locations. The events will also have presentations on how anglers can best manage their time on the water. Read Story

WRAPPED AND READY:
Kansan Brent Chapman carries new wrap to Classic

February 5, 2009 - Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira , Kan. , will hit Louisiana for his eighth Bassmaster Classic with a new, non-endemic wrap sponsor, Ultra-Tech Inc., a precision machine shop in Kansas City , Kan.

As Chapman drives into Shreveport-Bossier City for the Feb. 20-22 Bassmaster Classic on the Red River, everyone he passes will get two looks at the graphics: Chapman's tow vehicle has the same eye-catching red-and-black wrap as his 21-foot Triton-Mercury boat rig. Read Story

STATE-FISH ART CONTEST FEATURES CHANNEL CAT, DEADLINE MARCH 31

National and state prizes awarded for students grades 4 through 12

Feb. 4, 2009 - BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- Wildlife Forever has announced that the deadline for entry in its 11th Annual State-Fish Art Contest is March 31. Through the contest, students across Kansas and the United States have the opportunity to win national recognition and prizes while learning about their local state fish and the conservation of aquatic habitats. The contest is open to all students in grades 4 through 12. Read Story

FISHING FORECAST LOCATES LUNKER LAKES FOR SPRING ANGLERS

2009 statewide summary helps anglers find best spots to fish

Feb. 4, 2009 - PRATT -- Each year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) prepares a tool that answers every angler's most pressing question: "Where can I find the best fishing?" Called the Kansas Fishing Forecast, this indispensable tool forecasts fishing prospects in public waters throughout the state. Read Story

The 2009 BASS Fantasy Fishing Season Kicks Off Feb. 3

February 3, 2009 - With less than three weeks remaining until the start of the 2009 Bassmaster Classic, fans can gear up for the most visible tournament in bass fishing by registering for the 2009 BASS Fantasy Fishing game. Read Story

BIGGER BASS BREWING AT KDWP'S MEADE FISH HATCHERY

Experimental spawning procedure could produce young bass earlier in the year

Jan. 28 , 2009 - A new project at Meade Fish Hatchery, near Meade State Park, holds the promise of bass that may start growing earlier and get larger in their first year than bass hatched with traditional hatchery methods, or those hatched in the wild. Typically, bass in hatchery ponds or in the wild spawn in mid-June, too late to take advantage of young gizzard shad, a primary prey species for bass. This results in slower growth rates and smaller year-class bass that are more vulnerable to winter die-off when the growing season ends in fall. Read Story

Kim Bain-Moore is Fast Approaching Her Biggest Challenge Yet, the 2009 Bassmaster Classic

Jan 28, 2009 - Professional angler Kim Bain-Moore of Alabaster, Ala. , hasn't slowed down since Oct. 25, the day she qualified for the Bassmaster Classic and became the first woman to do so in the prestigious tournament's 38-year history. Read Story

BASS Announces Field for 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series

Jan. 28, 2009 - BASS announced today the full field for the 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series, the most visible and prestigious tournament trail in fishing. The field of 101 of the world's top anglers will visit 8 fisheries during the Elite Series regular season and will compete to advance to the Bassmaster Elite Series postseason. Read Story

Fifty-One Competitors, 51 Potential Victors:
The 2009 Bassmaster Classic Shapes Up as Anyone's Game

With a field of 51 of the world's most accomplished anglers, the Feb. 20-22 Bassmaster Classic out of Shreveport-Bossier City, La., comes with only one guarantee: three days of drama as the competitors battle for the coveted Classic crown and $500,000 first-place prize. Read Story

FISHING INFORMATION NIGHT SET FOR FEBRUARY 6 AT OVERLAND PARK

Learn to find and catch the big fish

Jan. 21, 2009 - Think you know where the really big fish are? Do you have that burning question about your favorite lake? Maybe even a question about a fishing regulation that doesn't make sense. Then the place for you to be is the "Third Annual Fish Night" at the Johnson County Community College, Carlsen Center Room 211, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210, on Friday Feb. 6. Read Story

ATCHISON STATE FISHING LAKE CABIN OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Reservations for this and other cabins can be made online

Jan. 15, 2009 - The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced the opening of a new rental cabin at Atchison State Fishing Lake (3 12 miles north and 2 miles west of Atchison). The cabin is available year-round. With a double bed, a double fold out futon, a single futon, and a Murphy bed, the air conditioned and heated cabin will sleep six. Renters must provide their own bedding, pillows, towels, and toiletries. A hot shower, complete kitchen, refrigerator, stovetop, and microwave will make a stay as comfortable as home. Read Story

KDWP TO STOCK TROUT IN RIVER ABOVE WEBSTER RESERVOIR

After five dry years, river flow returns to levels that support stocking

Jan. 14, 2009 - In 2000, above average river flows allowed the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) to experiment with seasonal rainbow trout stocking in the South Fork of the Solomon River above Webster Reservoir. Habitat was enhanced in three zones between the upper end of the reservoir and the Damar Blacktop (2 Road) to help hold trout in place, and fish were released in these locations in February and March of that year. Fort Hays State University Biology Department staff and students assisted with an environmental assessment of this pilot project. Results were favorable, and trout were again stocked in the river in the winter and spring of 2001 and 2002. Read Story

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