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Kansan Brent Chapman will be fishing his tenth Classic
2011 Bassmaster Classic Field Set

November 7, 2010 - More than three months away from the 2011 Bassmaster Classic, the full field of 51 anglers was finalized Saturday with Ryan McMurtury or Abbeville, South Carolina, winning the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series Championship Operated by American Bass Anglers and scoring the final Classic berth. Read Story

Motorists beware: Deer on the move in November
Kansas deer-vehicle collisions peak in November

Nov. 3, 2010 - TOPEKA —
Leaves are turning, and fall is in the air — and deer are crossing highways. The peak of the deer breeding season, which occurs the first three weeks in November, is when deer-vehicle collisions are highest. That’s why the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) are working together to increase awareness and help drivers avoid collisions with deer. Read Story

Brandon Palaniuk of Idaho Circles Back to Win 2010 BASS Federation Nation Championship;
Amateur Anglers from Six States Land Berths
in the 2011 Bassmaster Classic

October 29, 2010 - SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. — Camping for three weeks out of the back of his truck while he prefished the Red River paid off for 22-year-old Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum , Idaho , in the BASS Federation Nation Championship presented by Skeeter and Yamaha. Read Story

Kansan Travis Tunnell advances to ninth,
five central division anglers remain in top 10
Delaware’s Brian LaClair Leads by 6 Ounces
in BASS Federation Nation Championship;
Anglers Line Up for Friday’s Final Battle
for Bassmaster Classic Seats

October 28, 2010 - SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. —  The heaviest bag of the day catapulted Brian LaClair of Denton , Del. , on Thursday from 9th place to the top of the leaderboard in the 2010 BASS Federation Nation Championship on the Red River. Read Story

Kansan Travis Tunnell in 10th, Five from central region in top ten
Id
aho’s Palaniuk leads BASS Federation Nation Championship on Red River; Six Classic Berths Up for Grabs

October 27, 2010 - SHREVEPORT-BOSSER CITY, La. – With limits hard to come by at the 2010 BASS Federation Nation Championship presented by Yamaha and Skeeter Boats, Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum, Id., was one of the few competitors in the 55-angler field to dredge up a five-fish limit on Louisiana's Red River. Read Story

Mark Kirkpatrick of Wichita highest Kansas angler in season points - 83rd of 233
Louisiana’s Pharr Takes Bassmaster Central Open; Combs, Reehm Snag Classic Berths

October 23, 2010 - DENISON, Texas – Mike Pharr of Shreveport , La. , capitalized on some key slip-ups at the top of the leaderboard to claim his first BASS win at the final stop of the 2010 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Opens on Lake Texoma . He added 10 pounds, 13 ounces, Saturday to build his three-day total to 27 pounds, 4 ounces. Read Story

Texan Combs Climbs to Top,
in Position for Classic Berth at Bassmaster Central Open

October 22, 2010 - DENISON, Texas – Keith Combs consistency carried him to the top of the leaderboard on the second day of the final 2010 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Lake Texoma . Combs of Del Rio , Texas , registered one of only five limits Friday- up from three on Thursday – which weighed 11 pounds, 10 ounces, upgrading his two-day total of 20-6. Read Story

Florida’s Sisson Sacks 'Em on Lake Texoma
at Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open

October 21, 2010 - DENISON, Texas – It's a good thing Lee Sisson knows quite a few folks. One of his many friends came to his aid as he was struggling through a less-than-stellar practice and the advice paid off in spades for Sisson, who took control after the first day of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Lake Texoma . Read Story

KANSAS WILDLIFE AND PARKS COMMISSION APPROVES REGULATIONS

Commission public hearing held in Goodland
October 21, 2010 - GOODLAND—
At the public hearing portion of the October 14 meeting in Goodland, Kansas Wildlife and Parks commissioners approved a variety of proposed regulation changes. Read Story

Fall fishing complements hunting seasons
Fall angling techniques make autumn time for both rod and gun
October 20, 2010 - PRATT —
Although many outdoorsmen and women have already hunted some game by late October, and others are thinking of nothing but upland game seasons, avid anglers bide their time and enjoy fishing on mild autumn days. This time of year, fish are hungry and feeding continually in preparation for a long winter, making it a great time to tackle game fish. Still, techniques must be altered some to take advantage of this feeding frenzy. Read Story

Trout season opens October 15
Some stockings delayed because of warm temperatures

Oct. 13, 2010 - PRATT
— From Oct. 15 through April 15, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) stocks rainbow trout in selected waters across the state. During this time, 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

Two new Kingman County State Fishing Lake cabins open for reservation year-round, offer comfortable accommodations for anglers and hunters

September 4, 2010 - Pratt - The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced the opening of two new fee cabins at Kingman State Fishing Lake, 7 miles west of Kingman on U.S. Highway 54. The two modern fee cabins overlook the lake, and the area charges no entry fees. Read Story

Lovewell Reservoir closure lifted
Lake open to all activities; blue-green algae bloom subsided

August 27, 2010 - MANKATO — On Aug. 26, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Secretary Mike Hayden rescinded all previous orders restricting water use at Lovewell Reservoir. The lake is now open to full recreational activities, including fishing, boating, skiing, personal watercraft use, swimming, and wading. Read Story

NEW  TRAILER ANTI-THEFT DEVICE PROVIDES FOUR LAYERS OF PROTECTION

Protecting Your Property Has Never Been Easier

August 20, 2010 - With a marked increase in the theft of boat trailers, often with the boats attached, the Trailer Trap is a totally new concept of stationary anti-theft device that quickly and easily provides up to four layers of protection. Read Story

CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO LOWER TORONTO RESERVOIR
Drawdown to repair dam will effect Cross Timbers State Park visitors
August 6, 2010 - TORONTO
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) staff at Cross Timbers State Park have alerted the public that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) plans to begin lowering Toronto Reservoir on Friday, Aug. 6. The drawdown will continue through Aug. 13, when the lake will be 2 feet below conservation pool. The drawdown will allow work to repair damage to the dam, and the project could take a year or more, according to park ranger Josh DeHoux. Read Story

ESPN Reaches Agreement in Principle to Sell BASS

August 3, 2010 - ESPN Inc., announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement in principle to sell BASS, LLC to a group of investors led by Don Logan, Jerry McKinnis and Jim Copeland. Read Story

Lane Closes Victory on Lake Jordan ; Reese Clings to Disappearing AOY Lead

July 25, 2010 - Heading into this week, Russ Lane of Prattville , Ala. , just wanted to win a few boats.  He didn’t see any plausible scenario where he could overtake Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings.  So, he fished void of worries and the carefree attitude helped him win the Ramada Trophy Chase on Lake Jordan , virtually Lane’s home waters. Read Story

Zebra Mussels found in Council Grove City Lake
Could affect Council Grove Reservoir, Emporia Water Supply

July 1, 2010 - PRATT — In late June, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) research biologists received a report that a zebra mussel had been found in Council Grove City Lake. On June 28, aquatic nuisance species (ANS) specialist Jason Goeckler, fisheries biologist Craig Johnson, and a fisheries aide spent the day searching for zebra mussels in the lake and found two near the location of the initial report. In addition, plankton samples yielded one veliger, zebra mussel in larval form. Mussels were not found around the boat ramp or dam but adjacent to privately-leased property without direct public access. Read Story

New Kansas State Record Striped Bass Confirmed
Ellsworth man breaks 22-year-old record

June 30, 2010 - PRATT — The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has certified a new Kansas state record striped bass that was caught in Wilson Reservoir on May 14, breaking a record that had stood for 22 years. Paul Bahr, Ellsworth, hauled the monster 44-inch, 44-pounder from the lake about 7 p.m. using live shad for bait. After Bahr's fish was weighed on a certified scale, witnessed, and the species confirmed by KDWP fisheries biologist Tommie Berger, Bahr waited the required 30 days before the fish was officially certified a new state record. Read Story

Oklahoma’s Tommy Biffle Takes Fifth BASS Victory on Hometown Fishery

June 20, 2010 - While the AutoZone Sooner Run was the official name of the Bassmaster Elite Series regular-season finale, it could, and perhaps should, have been titled the Tommy Biffle Invitational.  The Wagoner, Okla. , veteran dominated the event -- not to mention the conversations surrounding it – with a four-day total of 73 pounds, 11 ounces. Read Story

Biffle’s Lead Shrinks at Bassmaster Elite Series Finale on Fort Gibson Lake

June 19, 2010 - With the final day of the AutoZone Sooner Run looming, Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla. , is finally ready to dig deep into his bag of tricks and unlock his much-discussed secret spots on Fort Gibson Lake .  The four-time Bassmaster winner has played the risky game of saving his best for last but it’s paid off thus far as Biffle has been able to maintain the lead – albeit by a precarious 12 ounces – while working his B areas. Read Story

Kansan Chapman slips to 22nd
Biffle Extends Lead at Bassmaster Elite Series Finale in Backyard

June 18, 2010 - If this is how Tommy Biffle performs when the Wagoner, Okla. , veteran is just “goofing around”, the other 46 Bassmaster Elite Series anglers that qualified for the weekend at the AutoZone Sooner Run should beware.  Biffle smoked 18 pounds, 9 ounces, on Fort Gibson Lake to build his two-day total to 38 pounds, 4 ounces, enough for a healthy 2-plus pound advantage. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in 14th
Biffle Uses Homefield Advantage to Lead at Bassmaster Elite Series Finale on Fort Gibson Lake

June 17, 2010 - On Wednesday, 92 Bassmaster Elite Series anglers scoured Fort Gibson Lake , looking to glean any bit of knowledge from the Oklahoma fishery during the truncated one-day practice period. The 93rd, Tommy Biffle, mowed his lawn.  After all, the Wagoner, Okla. , has been fishing Fort Gibson for 40-plus years so an extra day of practice could only reveal key spots to the rest of the field. Read Story

VanDam Scores 17th BASS Victory at Kentucky Lake Bassmaster Elite Series Event

June 12, 2010 - PARIS, Tenn. – Kevin VanDam has set the bar so high that when the Kalamazoo , Mich. , veteran goes a few tournaments without a victory, bass fishing fans are left to ponder if he has lost the magic.  But VanDam is undoubtedly on top of his game and Saturday, he laid waste to rumors of a struggle, extending his Kentucky Lake domination at the Tennessee Triumph with a four-day total of 92 pounds, 5 ounces. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman misses cut, but wins $10,000
VanDam Keeps Things Interesting; Holds Lead at Kentucky Lake Bassmaster Elite Series Event

June 11, 2010 - PARIS, Tenn. – Just when it seemed Kevin VanDam had a virtual stranglehold on the Tennessee Triumph, the five-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year uncharacteristically loosened his grip heading into the final day of competition.  Despite weighing 21 pounds, 11 ounces, Friday, the Kalamazoo , Mich. , veteran lost nearly half of his 6-pound advantage as Kelly Jordon smashed 24 pounds, 0 ounces, to close the gap. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman gets on bigger fish to move up to ninth on day two
VanDam Does it Again: Dominates on Kentucky Lake for 6-Pound Lead at Bassmaster Elite Series Elite Event

June 10, 2010 - PARIS, Tenn. – Kevin VanDam’s Kentucky Lake domination is beginning to get a bit ridiculous.  Despite a rough start – VanDam failed to connect on consecutive 5-pounders on his first two bites – the five-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year opened up a 6-pound lead at the Tennessee Triumph Friday. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in 21st place
No Surprise: VanDam Takes Early Lead on Kentucky Lake at Bassmaster Elite Series Event

June 9, 2010 - It was more a question of when, not if, five-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam was going to make a late-season charge.  Heading into the Tennessee Triumph this week, the planet’s best angler was in 26th in the Angler of the Year standings.  Respectable for mere mortals, yes, but for VanDam, it wasn’t good enough. Read Story

Kansan Kirkpatrick finishes in the money
Missouri’s Chad Brauer Takes Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open in Dominating Performance on Red River

June 6, 2010 - SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY , La. – Chad Brauer’s mastery of the Red River continued Saturday and left even local anglers shaking their heads in disbelief.  Boating the week’s heaviest catch, 21 pounds, 3 ounces, to the scales as the last angler to weigh in, the Osage Beach, Mo., pro totally blew away the competition in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open here.  His three-day total of 56-14 easily bested runner-up Craig Schuff by more than 16 pounds; Schuff weighed in 40-12. Read Story

Kansan Mark Kirkpatrick makes cut to advance to day three
Missouri’s Chad Brauer Smashes More than 18 Pounds; Takes Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Red River

June 4, 2010 - SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. – Using as many as four different lures and techniques and describing his strategy as “covering as much water as I can,” Chad Brauer of Osage Beach, Mo., brought a whopping 18 pounds, 12 ounces, to the scales Friday to take a commanding lead in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on the Red River. Read Story

Kansan Mark Kirkpatrick fifth on boater side
Texan Russell Parrish Grabs Day 1 Lead at Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Stingy Red River

June 3, 2010 - SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. – Fishing conditions on the Red River improved just slightly with wind and cloud cover Thursday, and that was all Waco , Texas , angler Russell Parrish needed to grab the Day 1 lead in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open.  His 18-pound, 10-ounce haul included the day’s heaviest bass, a 6-14 lunker. Read Story

Free family fishing clinics slated throughout summer

 “Give a kid a fish and feed him for a day.”

The second half of that saying goes something like, “Teach a kid to fish and feed him for life.” The old adage explains in just a few words what so many anglers already know — that fishing is a lifelong hobby and practical skill, but also that fishing can become a foundation for both memories and appreciation for the natural world. Read Story

Handling live fish with care ensures safe release to swim again
            
Black bass are often released quickly after being caught by anglers, sometimes only out of the water long enough for a moment of admiration and a photograph.
           
 Releasing black bass back into the water to continue growing and reproducing can be a smart choice, but there are a few steps that can help ensure black bass and other sport fish are released unscathed by the few minutes it spends in an angler’s possession. Read Story

South Carolina’s Williamson Edges Crochet by 2 Ounces; Scores Second Elite Victory in Front of Hometown Crowd

 May 23, 2010 - EVANS, Ga. – The stars were perfectly aligned for Jason Williamson heading into the final day of the Pride of Georgia on Clarks Hill Lake .  His sisters performed the National Anthem prior to the weigh-in and the crowd was filled with family, friends and fishing buddies who he had smoked in years past at local tournaments.  But the Wagener, S.C., rising pro couldn’t get the fish to bite.  Read Story

New Kansas state smallmouth bass record confirmed
Salina man hauls fish from Milford Reservoir

May 12, 2010 - PRATT —
A new Kansas state record largemouth bass was caught in Milford Reservoir on April 4 and has been certified by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). Frank Evans Jr., of Salina, took the trophy fish on a jerk bait about 1 p.m. Evans' catch continues a Salina-Milford connection for large smallmouth bass. The previous state record of 6.68 pounds was also taken from Milford by a Salina resident, Jason Heis, in August of 2004. Read Story

Skeet Can’t Be Stopped; Continues Magical Run with Victory at Lake Guntersville

May 9, 2010 - Skeet Reese exuded calm Sunday morning heading into the final day of the Synergy Southern Challenge.  Perhaps it’s easy to be carefree when you are sitting on a pile of momentum – Reese had already notched one Elite victory this year and four consecutive top-5 finishes – but the Auburn , Calif. , figured he had no shot of winning this tournament.  Reese’s best areas had diminished on Lake Guntersville and Davy Hite moved into the catbird seat Saturday with his second 27-plus pound limit and appeared poised to capture his seventh elusive BASS victory. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in money second time in as many weeks
Hite Takes Over Lead at Bassmaster Elite Series Event on Lake Guntersville

May 8, 2010 - Davy Hite knows what it’s like to be in the zone.  There was a time when Hite, a two-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, was rewriting the BASS record books and consistently contending at tournaments.  But the Prosperity, S.C., veteran has had a tough go of it the past year, failing to notch a top-10 finish. Read Story

Still on Top: California ’s Reese Maintains Lead at Bassmaster Elite Series Event on Lake Guntersville

May 7, 2010 - Just about the time when Skeet Reese was sharpening his skills on California fisheries as a youngster, the Talking Heads penned the memorable phrase, “same as it ever was.”  The iconic band’s lyric has become the theme song for Reese’s 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series season.  As he has essentially all year, Reese was looking down at the rest of the competition Friday after extending his lead at the Synergy Southern Challenge.  The five-time BASS winner is threatening to score his fifth consecutive top-5 finish -- unprecedented territory -- and second Elite win of the season through five events. Read Story

Same Old Story: California’s Reese Holds Opening Day Lead at Bassmaster Elite Series Event on Lake Guntersville

May 6, 2010 - Working through more than 200 bass and burning nearly 10,000 calories, Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., was looking for a frosty beverage and some empty calories to rejuvenate the senses after a scorching Thursday on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville .  And the 2007 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year certainly deserves a mild celebration after toting 29 pounds, 3 ounces, to the scales, at the Synergy Southern Challenge, which put him in the familiar position at the top of the leaderboard. Read Story

Walleye moving into shallow water
As water warms, walleye fishing heats up

May 5, 2010 - 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 feed a family. (The state record walleye is more than 13 pounds.) As spring weather warms both water and air, walleye fishing heats up, too. 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. Read Story

Arkansas’ Short Takes Second Bassmaster Elite Series Victory on Pickwick Lake

May 2, 2010 - Saving his best for last, Kevin Short of Mayflower, Ark. , registered the biggest limit of the tournament Sunday – a 23-pound, 5-ounce, haul despite a reduced competition day – and trounced the rest of the field on way to his second Bassmaster Elite Series victory at the Alabama Charge on Pickwick Lake .  Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss. , finished a distant second, more than 4 pounds behind.   Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman finishes in 14th
California’s Reese Comes out of Nowhere; Leads Bassmaster Elite Series Event on Pickwick Lake

May 1, 2010 - Skeet Reese came into this week’s Bassmaster Elite Series event on Pickwick Lake expecting nothing and hoping for everything.  After Saturday, he’s closing in on his second straight victory, continuing his red-hot run at the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year trophy.  The Auburn , Calif. , pro vaulted into first place with a 20-pound, 4-ounce limit building his three-day total to 52 pounds, 3 ounces, at the Alabama Charge. Read Story

May is Crappie Time in Kansas

April 28, 2010 - PRATT — The Kansas crappie spawn is one of the most exciting times of the year for many Kansas outdoorsmen, but it's been a cool spring in Kansas, and nature has been slow to respond. Late April has brought warmer weather, however, and anglers are already catching crappie as they move close to shore, where they spawn in shallow water. This concentrates the fish and makes great fishing for boaters and shore anglers. Read Story

Swimbait Bite Takes Schuff to Bassmaster Central Open Victory on Amistad

April 10, 2010 - DEL RIO, Tex. – Some will call Craig Schuff a fast learner.  After all, the Watauga, Texas, angler had never thrown a swimbait before coming to Lake Amistad for the Bassmaster Central Open this week, but Saturday his 24-pound limit with one of the big swimming lures propelled him to his first Open win with a three day total of 68 pounds, 9 ounces. Read Story

Winds Pound Amistad as Alexander Takes Bassmaster Open Lead

April 9, 2010 - DEL RIO, Tex. – As predicted, winds gusting more than 30 miles per hour pounded Lake Amistad Friday, and as expected, the Bassmaster Central Open leaderboard changed, too.  Texas angler Dean Alexander, in 8th after Thursday’s opening round, took over the lead with a two-day total of 45 pounds, 11 ounces. Read Story

BASSMASTER OPEN/DAY 1 - NANIA, REEHM TIE FOR OPEN LEAD AT AMISTAD

Several Kansans fishing tournament - (find them in bold type)
 
April 8, 2010 - DEL RIO, Tex. – Three anglers with youth, experience, and a pony tail grabbed top honors at Lake Amistad, as the Bassmaster Central Open Division opened its 2010 season to bright skies and surprisingly calm water on a lake known for rough conditions. Read Story

Iowa Angler Tops Peacock Bass World Record

Guide for world record peacock bassBill Gassmann with world record peacock bassMANAUS, Brazil – The strike barely dimpled the water, but it sent waves hurtling throughout the freshwater fishing world by shattering a coveted world record that stood for 16 years. Read Story

 

Velvick Clears Rest of Field for First Bassmaster Elite Series Victory

March 21, 2010 - Considered a pioneer of the swimbait craze, Byron Velvick, a West Coast transplant, furthered his legacy with the bait Sunday at Clear Lake , taking the Golden State Shootout, the second event of the 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series, on the shoulders of the revolutionary lure. Read Story

Velvick Extends Lead, Searching for first Bassmaster Elite Series Victory at California’s Clear Lake

March 20, 2010 - Clear Lake continues to be kind to Byron Velvick as the West Coast transplant, who now resides in Del Rio , Texas , inched closer to his first Bassmaster Elite Series victory Saturday on the big-bass factory.  Velvick held the throttle down at the Golden State Shootout, building his three-day total to 75 pounds, 8 ounces, enough to open up a near 6-plus pound margin. Read Story

Oklahoma angler lands 13 lb. 4 oz. largemouth for lake record and “Top 20 Bass” list spot
            A Maysville angler put a new fish on Oklahoma’s list of Top 20 largemouth bass when he caught a 13 lb. 4 oz. lunker from Longmire Lake March 14.

 David Kinard caught the fish using soft plastic bait in the North Creek area of Longmire, located east of Paul’s Valley. The fish measured 26 inches in length and 23.25 inches in girth and was released. Taking the No. 17 spot on the state’s list of Top 20 Largemouth Bass from Randy Faddis’s 13 lb. 2 oz. fish caught in 1995, Kinard’s fish also stands as a new lake record for Longmire. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in 19th
Versatile Velvick Maintains Lead at Bassmaster Elite Series Event on Clear Lake

March 19, 2010 - Just as Clear Lake is starting to warm up, so is Byron Velvick.  Velvick, a West Coast transplant who now resides in Del Rio , Texas , wasn’t able to land a monster bass, like Thursday, but the two-time BASS winner managed 22 pounds Friday, building his two-day total to 51 pounds.  Randy Howell of Springville , Ala., upgraded his total to 46-10, enough to keep Velvick honest heading into the weekend. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in 13th
Velvick Comfortable in California , Takes Opening Day Lead at Bassmaster Elite Series Event on Clear Lake

March 18, 2010 - Feeling right at home, Byron Velvick toted 29 pounds of Clear Lake bass to the scales Thursday and took the opening-round lead at the Golden State Shootout, the second event of the 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series season.  Nearing the ten-year anniversary of when Velvick established the three-day BASS’ record for tournament weight here, Velvick – once a West Coast resident – raided Clear Lake in a similar manner, boating the first double-digit bass of the Elite season, a 10-11 beauty. Read Story

Virginia’s Crews Bests Reese by Ounce in Bassmaster Elite Series Opener on California Delta

 March 14, 2010 - The equivalent, for an angler, to Lebron James swishing a last-second three-pointer is to land a 5-pounder on the last cast.  John Crews of Salem, Va., executed that feat on the California Delta in the grandest of fashions Sunday to score victory at the Duel in the Delta, the Bassmaster Elite Series season-opener. Read Story

Louisiana’s Hackney Storms to Lead on California Delta at Bassmaster Elite Series Season Opener

 March 13, 2010 - The only thing that has been predictable at the Trokar Duel in the Delta, the Bassmaster Elite Series season-opener, has been the unpredictability.  Leaders nearly zero while others zip from the middle of the pack with little explanation.  Greg Hackney of Gonzales , La. , was the hero Saturday, advancing from eighth to first with a 25-plus pound day, bringing his three-day total to 57 pounds, 5 ounces, enough for a 2-plus pound lead. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapment in 63rd after two days
Arkansas
’ Browning Extends Lead at Bassmaster Elite Series Season-Opener on California Delta

 March 12, 2010 - After an underwhelming first day of competition, it took some ugly, frigid weather for the California Delta to come alive.  But Friday, the fishery showed its true colors at the Trokar Duel in the Delta.  Despite the polar-opposite conditions from Thursday, Stephen Browning of Hot Springs , Ark., was able to duplicate his first-day success, landing 20-plus pounds and building his two-day total to 45 pounds, 4 ounces. Read Story

Arkansas’ Stephen Browning Right at Home on California Delta at Bassmaster Elite Series Season-Opener

March 11, 2010 - Applying thirty-plus years of Arkansas River pedigree, Stephen Browning of Hot Springs , Ark. , mastered the tougher-than-typical California Delta Thursday at the Trokar Duel in the Delta, the Bassmaster Elite Series season-opener. Read Story

Kansas paddlefish snagging season opens March 15, runs through May 15

Anglers should be aware of new rules, areas open
Mar. 10, 2010 - PRATT — The Kansas paddlefish season begins March 15 and runs through May 15. Paddlefish begin the annual spawning run when water temperatures reach 60 degrees, and some snagging areas, such as Chetopa, require a rise in the river level for paddlefish to be present. This usually occurs shortly before or after the March 15 opener. This year, some new areas are open, and new rules apply to certain areas. Read Story

KANSAS FISHING PROGRAM HONORED NATIONALLY

Community Fisheries Assistance Program recognized by American Fisheries Society
March 4, 2010 - PRATT —
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is one of five state fish and wildlife agencies recently honored by the American Fisheries Society (AFS). KDWP received the AFS 2009 Outstanding Sport Fish Restoration Program Projects of the Year award, along with agencies in Alaska, Florida, Michigan, and North Carolina, Read Story

Oklahoma youth create fish habitat and contribute to better angling

spider-treesFebruary 26, 2010 - (Photo) Students from Valliant Schools recently teamed up with the Wildlife Department to construct 200 fish attractors called spider blocks, and members of the Pushmataha County Sportsmens Club helped place the bush-like structures into Pine Creek Lake.

Youth involved in FFA and agricultural classes at Valiant Schools recently teamed up with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Pushmataha County Sportsmens Club to give a southeast Oklahoma fishery a boost. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman finishes in fifth
Unflappable VanDam wins third Classic
Michigan pro outlasts steady Kriet and surging Lane

Feb. 21, 2010 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- If several hundred spectators hadn't been there to witness it firsthand, both from the water and from the bank, it would be hard to believe how easily Kevin VanDam won his third Bassmaster Classic crown this week at Alabama's Lay Lake. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman climbs to ninth
Oklahoma’s Jeff Kriet Surges to Lead at Bassmaster Classic with Day 2’s Biggest Bag

February 20, 2010 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A familiar trio danced around one another again at the top of the Bassmaster Classic leaderboard Saturday, but with a slight shuffle in the lineup. Jeff Kriet of Ardmore, Okla., who was in third place heading into Day 2, jumped to the top spot with the day’s biggest bag from Lay Lake: 15 pounds, 10 ounces for a two-day total of 32 pounds, 1 ounce. Read Story

Kansan Brent Chapman in 11th place
VanDam Takes Firm Grip on Day 1 Lead at 2010 Bassmaster Classic on Alabama’s Lay Lake

 
February 19, 2010 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A warming trend was the boost the 51 competitors needed for a productive Day 1 at the 40th Bassmaster Classic, and sunny skies Friday afternoon were accommodating for most as several limits of more than 16 pounds were brought to the scales at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex arena. Read Story

Kansas Fishing Atlas 2010 now online
Atlas includes maps of all public-access fishing areas; printed copies available late February

Feb. 18, 2010 - PRATT ­­
Anglers looking forward to warmer weather will find welcome news in the 2010 Kansas Fishing Atlas, now available for viewing and download from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us. Printed copies are being shipped this week (week of Feb. 15) and should be available at most KDWP offices and license vendors by the last week in February. Read Story

Bites Hard to Come by in Final Practice Day for 2010 Bassmaster Classic
 
February 17, 2010 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The best anglers in the world were shaking their heads Wednesday over the shortage of bites on ice-cold Lay Lake on the final practice day for the Bassmaster Classic, which begins Friday. Read Story

Feb. 24 meeting will discuss Wilson Lake Reallocation Study - Anglers encouraged to attend

Feb. 17, 2010 (from email sent to Kansas Angler Online) - An important meeting that may have ramifications on the current and future fishing located at Wilson Lake in North Central Kansas is scheduled for February 24. Read Story

Mother Nature Toys with Competitors’ Bassmaster Classic Strategies

February 11, 2010 - “If” -- that’s a key word right now for the 51 Bassmaster Classic competitors as they arrive at Alabama ’s Lay Lake to begin their practice Friday, Feb. 12, for the Feb. 19-21 world championship. Read Story

Cold weather and muddy water figure into tough Classic fishing

February 10, 2010 - Situated southeast of Birmingham, Ala., Lay Lake is decidedly in the Deep South. But lately it's been more like the Deep Freeze.

The 2010 Bassmaster Classic is setting up to be one of the coldest Classics in the event's 40-year history. Fold recent rainfall into the mix — and the muddy mess it has created on Lay Lake — and you have a stiff challenge for the 51 anglers hoping to ascend to the throne of Classic champion. Read Story

KDWP FISH INFORMATION NIGHTS PREPARE ANGLERS FOR SPRING

Fishing prospects, crappie techniques, and best locations presented
February 4, 2010 -PRATT — Want to know where and how to catch fish in Kansas reservoirs? Attend one of several events hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) in late winter. 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 proven angling tactics for crappie. Read Story

Alligator found at Coffey County Lake
Large reptile thought to have been released

January 28, 2010 - BURLINGTON —
On Jan. 27, a group of anglers were fishing near the warm-water discharge in Coffey County Lake when they spotted an unexpected wildlife specimen — a 5-foot, 4-inch alligator. Fortunately, the grizzled reptile was dead, so the anglers netted the critter and notified lake authorities, who called Jason Goeckler, aquatic nuisance species specialist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). Read Story

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