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Elam's Bassmaster Open win sends Iaconelli to Bassmaster Classic
Three Kansans in the money on final day

Oct. 7, 2017 - GROVE, Okla. — Bassmaster Elite Series pro James Elam captured his second victory on Oklahoma waters by winning the season-ending Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.

Casey Scanlon of Lenexa, Kansas won second place honors on the boater side while Beau Branine of Haysville, Kansas placed sixth. Aubrey Herlocker of Winfield, Kansas ended the three day event with a tenth place finish on the non-boater side. Read Story

Ever think about being a game warden? Here's your chance
Applying To Become A Kansas Game Warden04 Oct 2017 - PRATT – If you’ve dreamt of working as a game warden for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) the first step is completing testing and assessment, which will occur on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Crisis City Training Complex, 8 miles southwest of Salina.  Read Story


Ortega Takes Over Lead At Bassmaster Open On Grand Lake
Casey Scanlon (Lenexa) top Kansan boater in fifth
Aubrey Herlocker (Winfield) top Kansannon-boater in sixth

Oct. 6, 2017 - GROVE, Okla. — Two months ago Andy Ortega was competing in a high school world finals championship. Today, he is leading the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open finale at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.

The 18-year-old Odessa, Texas, angler weighed in a five-bass limit of 12 pounds, 7 ounces to take over the lead in the pro division with 28-6. “I had a little bit less today, but yesterday I had more than I was expecting,” he said. “I was expecting to have 12 pounds and I ended up getting 15, which was a bonus and an awesome head start.” Read Story

Toby Hartsell heads the pack in Bassmaster Open at Grand Lake
Beau Branine (Haysville) top Kansan boater in 9th
Aubrey Herlocker (Winfield) top Kansan non-boater in 3rd

Oct. 5, 2017 - GROVE, Okla. — Toby Hartsell relied on his home-waters advantage at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees to take the lead in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open finale.

The 46-year-old Afton, Okla., angler caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 5 ounces despite struggling recently to catch bass on his home lake. “The fishing has been really bad," said Hartsell, the co-owner of an automated boat cover business. “It had gotten to the point where I couldn’t even catch five keepers. I could go out tomorrow and not catch a limit.” Read Story

Big Bass Challenge sponsored by Hays Bass Anglers Association
is ready for the 17th edition September 9 at Wilson Lake

Hays Bass Anglers Association is encouraging anglers to send in their entries ASAP---Reminder that entry forms post-marked by Sept 3rd are $130/boat; afterwards, entries are $150/boat--cash only on day of event. Read Story

Cheney to host upcoming Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meeting

Cheney To Host Upcoming Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission Meeting26 Jul 2017 - PRATT – The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Commission will conduct their next public meeting on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the Ninnescah Sailing Club in Cheney State Park. The afternoon session will begin at 1 p.m. and recess at 5 p.m. The evening session will convene at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend both sessions and time will be set aside for public comment at the beginning of each for discussion of non-agenda items. Read Story

Bassmaster Magazine names Mille Lacs best lake in nation

June 29, 2017 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Minnesota’s state motto is “Star of the North,” which seems appropriate seeing Bassmaster Magazine has crowned the state’s second largest lake as the best bass fishery in the nation based on the recent release of the publication’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings.

Mille Lacs Lake, a 132,516-acre natural lake located 100 miles north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, soared to the No. 1 spot after months of research unveiled its unbelievable production of smallmouth bass. Mille Lacs was ranked No. 6 in the nation last year. Read Story

Kansas Bullfrog season starts July 1
Bullfrog Season Opener July 1June 21, 2017 - PRATT – Bullfrogs: big, green, bellowing creatures of the pond. They’re a common sight in Kansas, and more so a common sound at night. A bullfrog’s call seems to say “summer is here,” and what better way to celebrate the season than to catch these water-loving acrobats with friends and family. The Kansas bullfrog season will be open from July 1-October 31. The daily limit of bullfrogs is eight and the possession limit is 24. Read Story

Handfishing requires nerves of steel
Handfishing Requires Nerves of SteelJune 7, 2017 - PRATT – Do you have what it takes to go handfishing? You can find out June 15-Aug. 15 during the Kansas handfishing season. Other than a strong grip, handfishing permit and a fishing license, all you really need is nerves of steel because you’ll be reaching into dark crevices and undercut banks to feel around for a hiding flathead catfish, which by the way, might weigh more than a 10-year-old little league shortstop. Read Story

New Cheney Marina to Open This Weekend

New Cheney Marina To Open This WeekendMay 26, 2017 - PRATT – The Cheney Marina will be open for business over Memorial Day weekend, thanks to a quick response from Congressman Ron Estes’ office in Washington. The marina building, which sits in Cheney State Park on Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) land, has been renovated and was poised to open. Read Story


Kansas Free Fishing Weekend set for June 3-4
Free Fishing Weekend June 3-4May 17, 2017 - PRATT – Grab your fishing poles and load up the family, and leave your cash at home. Come the first weekend in June the only thing you’ll need for a great time is your lure and line. No fishing licenses are required because June 3 and 4 is Free Fishing Weekend in Kansas. Read Story

May is Master Angler Month in Kansas

May, 3, 2017 - PRATT – Dedicated anglers fish for the love of fishing. Whether they take some fish home to eat or practice catch and release, all anglers enjoy preserving the memories of special moments on the water. Just mention fishing to a dedicated angler and you’re sure to see a smartphone appear with photos from a recent trip. And there’s another way to remember your biggest catches: a Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Master Angler Award. Read Story

Kansas’ Kickback High School Bass Teams Sweep Top Spots
In Bassmaster High School Open

April 2, 2017 - OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — With less than two hours of competition remaining, Trevor Whisenant and Brett Lasley had only one keeper bass in the live-well.

It wasn’t exactly how they expected to fare in the Costa Bassmaster High School Midwest Open presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods held Sunday on Lake of the Ozarks. Read Story

Lee Wins The Bassmaster Classic

March 26, 2017 - HOUSTON — In 2013, Jordan Lee was a member of the Auburn University fishing team.
Today, he’s on top of the professional bass fishing world.
The 25-year-old pro from Guntersville, Ala., stayed within striking distance all week at the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. Then during Sunday’s final round at Minute Maid Park, he caught five bass from Lake Conroe that weighed 27 pounds, 4 ounces, pushing his three-day total to a tournament-best 56-10.
Lee earned $300,000 and the most coveted trophy in the sport, while Steve Kennedy — a resident of Auburn, Ala. — finished second with 55-1. Read Story

Ehrler will lead the field into final round of Bassmaster Classic
March 25, 2017 - HOUSTON — Brent Ehrler is trying his best to stay grounded.
He’s saying all the right things.
But after two big days, there’s just no denying that he’s one step away from the biggest accomplishment of his professional bass fishing career.
The 40-year-old California angler caught five bass Saturday that weighed 20 pounds, 1 ounce and pushed his two-day total to 43-4 in front of a giant crowd at Minute Maid Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros. That was good enough to lead the 47th annual GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods on Lake Conroe by more than 2 pounds going into Sunday’s final round. Read Story

Giant largemouth thrusts Ehrler into lead at Bassmaster Classic

March 24, 2017 - HOUSTON — After finishing 29th or lower in 10 of his last 12 tournaments with B.A.S.S., Brent Ehrler has been open about his recent frustrations.
“It’s really been bugging me that I haven’t been able to put myself in position to win,” Ehrler said. “To me, that’s the thrill of tournament fishing — just being in position as the tournament is coming to an end — and I have not experienced it at all on the Elite Series.”
On Friday, Ehrler put himself in that position — and he did it on the biggest stage professional bass fishing has to offer. Read Story

Biologists' newsletters are anglers' multitools
Biologists’ Newsletters Are Anglers’ Multitools
15 Mar 2017 - PRATT
­– Just about everyone can attest to the value of a Swiss army knife – they’re compact, reliable, and useful in a variety of situations. The same can be said for Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s district fisheries newsletters. Crafted by the men and women who know area waters best, these free, online newsletters are produced by fisheries staff for anyone who signs up to receive them. It’s like having your very own fisheries multitool in your pocket, only each newsletter is tailored specifically for the district where you fish. Read Story

Paddlefish Season Opens March 15

Paddlefish Season Opens March 15Mar. 1, 2017 - PRATT – Anglers are eager for warm weather and time on the water, and one of the hallmarks of spring fishing is the opening of the paddlefish snagging season. But hold on, it’s not as easy as showing up on opening day. While there are several rivers in southeast Kansas where paddlefish snagging is allowed, conditions must be right for paddlefish to be present. Read Story

No license sales will available Feb. 18 (9:45 pm) thru Feb. 22 (8am)
Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Gets New Licensing System

Kansas Wildlife, Parks And Tourism Gets New Licensing System15 Feb 2017 - PRATT – In late February, the computer license sales and reservation system the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has used for many years will be no more. A new and improved system, provided by Active Network, will go into full operation. Active Network has provided the software and point-of-sale hardware for 11 years that allowed KDWPT to accept campsite and cabin reservations and sell licenses online, maintaining all license records electronically. That contract expired and a new contract, with some changes, is now in place.

License buyers and campers won’t notice a big difference; however, the current license sales system will shut down at 9:45 p.m. on Feb. 18, and the new system will be online at 8 a.m. on Feb. 22. No license or permit sales will be available through the system for roughly three days. The campsite and cabin reservation system will shut down at 12:01 a.m., Feb. 20 and go back online at 6 p.m., Feb. 21. Read Story

Fishing forecast for 2017 online now

2017 Fishing Forecast Online Now

January 25, 2017 - PRATT – Most anglers will keep good fishing spots close to their vests, but unfortunately for them, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism doesn’t. The 2017 Kansas Fishing Forecast is now available online, just in time for anglers to begin planning fishing trips for this spring. Read Story


New 2017 Kansas fishing regulations summary available online
2017 Fishing Regulations Summary Available OnlineJan. 4, 2017 - PRATT – With just the flick of a lure, you could land your best catch yet this spring, and with just the click of a mouse, you can access Kansas’ best fishing resource online. The electronic edition of the 2017 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary is now available online at ksoutdoors.com and that means information on this year’s new regulations, special seasons, creel and length limits, license fees and legal fishing methods is at your fingertips. Read Story

More habitat sites added to Beaver Lake

Biologists add more brush piles for fish habitat to Beaver Lake.Oct. 26, 2016 - Anglers from the Bear Creek Bass Club rolled up their sleeves and joined staff from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to break ground on a new weigh-in facility to be housed at the Prairie Creek Access on Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas. They even managed to add a little extra habitat to the water while clearing the area making up the footprint of the new facility. Read Story


Missouri winter trout fishing kicks off in early November

rainbowMDC staff will stock 73,000 of the cold-water-loving fish in 32 urban-area lakes throughout the state.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is stocking 73,000 rainbow trout in 32 urban-area lakes around the state for winter trout fishing beginning in early November. Many of these areas allow anglers to harvest trout as soon as they are stocked, while other areas are catch-and-release until Feb. 1. Read Story


bNorthern Oklahoma game wardens invite folks for coffee

Oct. 26, 2016 - Residents in north-central and northwestern Oklahoma who are not acquainted with their local game wardens will have a chance to change that in the coming days.
    Game wardens will host informal gatherings in six counties where area residents can visit with the officers and each other over a cup of coffee. Read Story

Trout Stocking Discontinued at Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin

Trout Stocking Discontinued at Cedar Bluff Stilling Basin12 Oct 2016 - CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR – For more than 40 years, trout have provided winter fishing fun in select Kansas waters, and the Cedar Bluff stilling basin has been a part of that program from the beginning. However, the stilling basin below Cedar Bluff Dam won’t be stocked with trout in 2016. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Fisheries Division staff considered several factors before making the decision to discontinue stocking trout at the Cedar Bluff location. Read Story

B.A.S.S. approves longer maximum rod length increase to 10 feet

bassThe 8-foot length limit on Bassmaster tournament competitors' fishing rods will be changed for 2017, allowing anglers to use rods as long as 10 feet. Elite Series pro Skeet Reese was one of the main proponents of the change.
Photo by James Overstreet/

Sept. 26, 2016 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The 40-year-old rule that has limited Bassmaster tournament competitors to rods that were 8 feet or shorter will be changed for 2017, allowing competitors to use rods as long as 10 feet. Read Story

National Hunting and Fishing Day set for September 24

Posted: 14 Sep 2016 03:18 PM PDT
National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebrates Hunters and AnglersPRATT – National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) is Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, to recognize the amazing contributions hunters and anglers have made to wildlife conservation over the past 100 years. Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a proclamation officially dedicating Sept. 24 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Kansas, crediting Kansas hunters and anglers for their positive impact on wildlife conservation and the state’s economy. Read Story

Become a Certified Fishing Instructor in Salina

Become A Certified Fishing Instructor In SalinaAug. 10, 2016 SALINA – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and Fishing's Future will host an Angler Education Instructor Certification Course on Saturday, August 20. Class starts at 9 a.m. and concludes at 12 p.m. at the Lakewood Discovery Center, 250 Lakewood Dr., in Salina. It is free to any angler aspiring to teach fishing techniques to youth and families. Read Story

Tuttle Creek Blue Catfish tagged for research

Tuttle Creek Blue Catfish Tagged For ResearchAug. 10, 2016 - MANHATTAN – If you catch a blue catfish from Tuttle Creek Reservoir this summer, be sure to check for a little yellow tag just below its dorsal spine. A blue catfish tagging project is underway to help biologists learn more about blue cats in Tuttle Creek. Biologists are collecting blue cats with an electrofishing boat, weighing and measuring all of them. Any blue catfish longer than 14 inches will receive a yellow tag with a unique number so it can be identified. Read Story

How to land summer fish

July 13, 2016 - PRATT – It’s hard to think about fishing on a sweltering summer day, but when the sun sinks toward the western horizon, everything changes. Warm water and direct sun make the bass sluggish during the day, but as evening temperatures cool, the fishing can get hot. Now it’s time to grab your bass rods and find the nearest farm pond, state fishing lake or community lake. Read Story

May is great month to earn Kansas Master Angler Awards

Master Angler Awards Go To Lucky Anglers

May 11, 2016 - PRATT ­– So, you caught a big fish; was it luck or was it skill? There’s no doubt a little luck never hurts, but good anglers make their own luck by refining their skills, paying attention to environmental conditions and being persistent. And for that, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) wants to recognize them when they catch trophy-class fish. Read Story

Biologists Take Tissue Samples To Evaluate Bass Stocking Program

Biologists Take Tissue Samples To Evaluate Bass Stocking Program

May 4, 2016 - EMPORIA – Fisheries biologists at the Meade Fish Hatchery have been fooling Mother Nature to get largemouth bass to spawn earlier than normal. By controlling water temperature and photo-period (day length), along with other biological factors, hatchery staff are able to create an environment where largemouth bass spawn up to two months earlier than they would in the wild. Read Story

Kansas adds new five year licenses

January 13, 2016 - PRATT – Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism license and permit fee increases took effect Jan. 1, 2016 and with those fee changes, some new licenses are being offered. Five-year hunting, fishing and hunt/fish combination licenses are now available and offer significant savings compared to purchasing licenses individually each year. Read Story

More fish attractors hitting Kansas lakes

More Fish Attractors to Hit Kansas Lakes

September 2, 2015 - PRATT – Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Fisheries Section staff recently launched a new program designed to increase the amount of fish-attracting structure in Kansas public waters. As part of the program, staff will sink approximately 300 “PVC cubes,” to attract fish. The 3-foot by 4-foot by 4-foot cubes are cost-effective and proven in other states, and not only do they last more than three times (10-plus years) longer than natural brush piles, they have been shown to hold as many fish as the natural counterpart without effecting water quality. Read Story

Angler Instructor Course set for August 19 in Dodge City

Angler Instructor Course at Dodge City August 19

Aug 5,2015 - PRATT – If you’re passionate about fishing and you believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience it, consider becoming one of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) volunteer angler education instructors. Read Story



HBAA's 2015 Big Bass Challenge drawing nearer

LAKE WILSON, Kan. — The Hays Bass Anglers Association set thedate for the 2015 Big Bass Challenge for Sept. 19, 2015, at Lake Wilson. Event registration has been confirmed with KDWP&T.  Read Story

Flathead handfishing season open to adventure-seekers

Flathead Handfishing Season Open to Adventure-seekers

June 10, 2015 - PRATT – Do you enjoy watching the handfishing for flatheads program on TV? Now you have a chance to do it legally in Kansas. Luckily, Kansas is one of a handful of states that offer this special season. With a special permit, anglers can handfish for flathead catfish in select waters from sunrise to sunset June 15-Aug. 31. Read Story


KDWPT announces furlough contingency plans
Anglers should not notice much change

June 5, 2015 - TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) plans to continue providing important public services in the event that state employees are furloughed. Read Story

Helping Heroes Heal Bass Fishing Tournament
to be held at Council Grove City Lake

June 3, 2015 - COUNCIL GROVE – Patriot Outdoors Adventures is proud to host the “Helping Heroes Heal” Bass Fishing Tournament June 14 at Council Grove City Lake, located 3.5 miles northwest of Council Grove. This unique event will pair veterans with members of local bass fishing clubs to compete in a fishing tournament. The event will include official weigh-ins and a presentation of awards. Members of the public and media are invited to watch. Although all spots are filled for the tournament, Patriot Outdoors Adventures invites any veteran who has been affected by time spent in service to be a part of future events by contacting Nathan McClure at (785) 375-1327. Read Story

No fishing licenses required June 6 and 7, 2015

No Fishing Licenses Required June 6 and 7, 2015

May 27, 2015 - PRATT – Free Fishing Weekend, hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, is the perfect opportunity to introduce someone to the joys of angling. Typically held the first full weekend in June each year, free fishing weekends are two-day periods when fishing licenses are not required to fish Kansas lakes and reservoirs. Free Fishing Weekend for 2015 is June 6 and 7. Although license requirements are waived for the weekend, anglers must still abide by all other regulations such as length and creel limits, equipment requirements, etc. Read Story

Tuttle Creek Lake Association to hold Kids Fishing Clinic for 21st year

Tuttle Creek Lake Association To Hold Kids Fishing Clinic for 21st Year

May 20, 2015 - MANHATTAN – For the past 20 years, the Tuttle Creek Lake Association (TCLA) has sponsored an event that teaches fishing skills to about 100 kids each year. This year’s Annual Youth Fishing Clinic, to be held May 29-30, marks the 21st year for this outstanding event, which is open to youth ages 8-12. Read Story


Kids Fishing Clinic at Lovewell State Park June 7

Kids Fishing Clinic at Lovewell State Park June 7

May 20, 2015 - WEBBER – Whether your child has yet to be introduced to fishing, or is already proficient at baiting a hook and casting, consider treating them to a free Kid’s Fishing Clinic at Lovewell State Park on June 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic is open to youth ages 7-16 and will cover fish identification, knot tying, casting, lure selection, and fishing hot spots. Participants will also watch a demonstration on fish cleaning. Preregistration is required by June 1 and space is limited to 50 anglers. Parents can preregister their youth in person at the Lovewell State Park office, or by calling (785) 753-4971. Read Story


Crappie days are here again

Crappie Days Are Here AgainApril 29, 2015 PRATT – If someone wishes you a “crappie day” this time of year and you’re an angler, you accept that wish with a smile. It’s a good thing. Crappie anglers wait all year for late April and early May when water temperatures in Kansas lakes warm to the high 50s and low 60s. That brings one of our most popular sport fish to shallow water to spawn, making them available to anglers of all ages and skill levels. And crappie are popular because they may be the tastiest fish in our waters. Read Story

Free Entrance at Kansas State Parks April 25

Free Entrance At Kansas State Parks April 25

15 Apr 2015 - PRATT – In today’s world when we hear the word “free,” we sometimes associate it with something that is low quality or that comes with a catch. However, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is offering something free that bucks both of these notions. If you’re looking for a quality family activity that doesn’t cost money and doesn’t come with strings attached, take advantage of the Kansas State Parks Free Park Entrance events April 25. Read Story

Anglers have chance to participate in Milford walleye study


March 25, 2015 - PRATT – Walleye will be tagged this spring at Milford Reservoir and tags returned by anglers will provide fisheries biologists with valuable information needed to manage the fishery. On April 1, biologists will begin tagging 500 walleye with numbered, blue plastic tags that will be inserted into fish near the dorsal fin. Read Story


Vote for Kansas in national fishing and boating sweepstakes

VOTE FOR KANSAS IN NATIONAL FISHING AND BOATING SWEEPSTAKESMarch 18, 2015 - PRATT ­– Take Me Fishing is currently trying to identify the best places to fish and boat in the U.S. through the America’s Top Family Fishing and Boating Spots Sweepstakes. Six Kansas state parks have made the 2015 Top 100 List, but more votes are needed to bring Kansas to the top. Read Story


March Madness Hits Ross Barnett

Central Open WinnerGene Bishop of Ridgeland, Miss., wins the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open #1 presented by Allstate held on Ross Barnett Reservoir, Miss. Bishop brought 21 pounds to Saturday's weigh-in giving him a three-day total weight of 55 pounds, 14 ounces.

Photo by James Overstreet/Bassmaster
March 13, 2015 - RIDGELAND, Miss. — Anglers competing in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open presented by Allstate at Ross Barnett were hit with a strong dose of March’s temperamental weather Friday. Read Story

Wind and rain add challenges to Bassmaster Central Open
Kansan Brent Chapman jumps to fifth from 31st after day two

Day two leaderGene Bishop of Ridgeland, Miss., lead on Day 2 of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open #1 presented by Allstate held on Ross Barnett Reservoir out of Ridgeland, Miss. Bishop brought 26 pounds, 1 ounce to the scales at Friday's weigh-in for a two-day total of 34-14.

Photo by James Overstreet/Bassmaster

March 13, 2015 - RIDGELAND, Miss. — Anglers competing in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open presented by Allstate at Ross Barnett were hit with a strong dose of March’s temperamental weather Friday.

The morning broke calm with light rain. By midday, 20-mph wind gusts were kicking up brutal waves with whitecaps. Read Story

McClelland leads after day 1
in Bassmaster Central Open on Ross Barnett
Chapman highest placing Kansan in 31st

Day one leader

Mike McClelland of Bella Vista, Ark., takes the lead on Day 1 of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open #1 presented by Allstate held on Ross Barnett Reservoir out of Ridgeland, Miss. McClelland brought 23 pounds, 5 ounces to the scales at Thursday's weigh-in. Photo by James Overstreet/Bassmaster

March 12, 2015 - RIDGELAND, Miss. — Previous Bassmaster tournaments at Mississippi’s Ross Barnett Reservoir have been on the stingy side. However, none of those events was held in the spring. On the first day of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open #1 presented by Allstate, Ross Barnett is strutting like a springtime gobbler. Read Story

Fly Fishing Film Tour at Great Plains Nature Center March 28


Twelve independent fly fishing films to be shown

March 12, 2015 - PRATT – The Flatland Flyfishers and the Great Plains Nature Center (GPNC) will host the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour March 28 at the nature center, 6232 E. 29th St. N, Wichita, in an effort to raise money for local youth education and conservation projects. Read Story

Grand Lake will be site of 2016 Bassmaster Classic in March

March 9, 2015 - TULSA, Okla. - The world championship of bass fishing the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro will return to one of its most popular destinations in 2016, B.A.S.S. and the event’s Oklahoma hosts announced today. And for the first time, the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” will be conducted in early March instead of February. Read Story

Kansas paddlefish season opens March 15


March 4 - PRATT – Have you ever considered paddlefish snagging? Whether you answered yes or no, consider this a “sign” that this is your year to try it. Hooking one of these pre-historic-looking giants on the end of your line is one of the most unique fishing opportunities Kansas has to offer, and if you’ve yet to give it a go, it’s time to change that. Here are some things you need to know to get started. Read Story

Oklahoma's Paddlefish Research Center to Open Sunday

February 27, 2015 - Oklahoma's Paddlefish Research Center in the northeastern part of the state will open for the spring fishing season this Sunday, March 1.

"The Paddlefish Research Center is a great resource for all the paddlefish anglers in the area," said Brandon Brown, paddlefish research supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "Anglers who bring their paddlefish to the center don't have to bother with cleaning their fish; we do that for them. All they have to do is take home the processed fillets from their fish and enjoy it on their dinner tables. Read Story

Kansas has over 30 public trout fishing opportunities


Kansas offers trout fishing at more than 30 public fishing lakes

Feb. 26, 2015 - PRATT – Winter weather may not be synonymous with fishing for most people, but the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism offers anglers winter trout fishing opportunities that make putting up with the cold worth it. Read Story

KDWPT looking for volunteer angling education instructors

Feb. 26, 2015 - PRATT – What better way to enjoy your passion than to share it with others? The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is looking for anglers interested in sharing their passion for fishing by teaching fishing techniques in Kansas. Through a one-day Angler Education Instructor Certification Course, KDWPT and Fishing’s Future will provide anglers with the tools necessary to work with children and host classes and clinics. The course will be held March 21 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the KDWPT Pratt Operations Office, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt. There is no cost to attend. Read Story

Hometown Favorite Casey Ashley Wins Bassmaster Classic Title

Feb. 22, 2015 - GREENVILLE, S.C. — On Sunday evening at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Casey Ashley completed a journey that began more than three decades ago and seemed to drag on forever these past few weeks.

The 31-year-old South Carolina native, who has lived just a few miles from Lake Hartwell all his life, caught five bass that weighed 20 pounds, 3 ounces to cap a moving victory in the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on his home waters with a three-day total of 50-1. Read Story

Takahiro Omori Takes Lead On Day 2 Of The Bassmaster Classic

Feb. 21, 2015 - GREENVILLE, S.C. — The final day of the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on Lake Hartwell is shaping up to be a free-for-all with a handful of former Classic champions sitting atop the standings with the coveted trophy and $300,000 first-place prize well within their grasp. Read Story

Takahiro Omori, an Elite Series pro from Japan who now makes his home in Emory, Texas, caught five fish that weighed 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday and claimed the lead going into Sunday’s final round with a two-day total of 31-11.

Rojas tames cold for Bassmaster Classic lead

Feb. 20, 2015 - GREENVILLE, S.C. — Doesn’t it just figure that after the coldest day in the history of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, four anglers from warm, sunny climates are sitting atop the standings?

Elite Series pro Dean Rojas of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., wowed the crowd at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C., with five Lake Hartwell bass that weighed 21 pounds, 2 ounces despite frigid temperatures that were in the neighborhood of 10 degrees just before takeoff at Green Pond Landing in Anderson, S.C. Read Story

Three must-have tools for Kansas anglers this season



Fishing is one part luck, two parts preparation


Feb. 12, 2015 - PRATT – Fishing is an art, and although it requires a little bit of luck, most great fishing experiences are a result of prior planning and research. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has three must-have angling tools this season that will help you determine what fish are out there, where to catch them, and how to do so lawfully. Read Story

Kansas lakes to be home to new fish attractors


Synthetic structures are forty-eight cubic feet and can last more than 10 years 


Jan. 29, 2015 - PRATT ­– Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) fisheries staff will be launching a new program to increase the amount of fish-attracting structures in Kansas lakes. Traditionally, biologists have used cut trees to create brush piles to attract and hold fish, providing angling hotspots. Read Story

Massive Lake Hartwell presents challenges, opportunities
for Classic anglers

Jan. 22, 2015 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – When talking with one of the 56 anglers taking part in the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, Feb. 20-22 on Lake Hartwell, you can expect to hear the words “big” and “everything” a lot.

Serving as a border between Georgia and South Carolina, the lake has 56,000 surface acres and 962 miles of shoreline. That makes it one of the Southeast’s largest and most popular fishing destinations. Read Story

Kansas anglers encouraged to use caution on ice-covered lakes

ANGLERS ENCOURAGED TO USE CAUTION ON ICE-COVERED LAKESWarmer temperatures will begin causing weak spots on frozen waters



Jan. 15, 2015 - PRATT – A recent cold-spell had many Kansas lakes covered in thick ice, creating ideal conditions for ice fishing, but even with very cold temperatures, ice anglers must be vigilant. Now that temperatures are warming, extreme caution must be used in avoiding weak spots on lakes and reservoirs. Read Story

Production problems lead to fewer stocked trout than usual
in Oklahoma's designated trout fishing area for past several weeks

January 8, 2015 - Twice in December, Cedar Springs Trout Farm of Broadwater, Neb., reported that it suffered power supply interruptions that curtailed the supplier's ability to deliver the number of fish needed to continue normal stockings on schedule. Read Story

Steve Harper Memorial Scholarsip Available


Kansas college students in wildlife-based or outdoor journalism curriculums eligible

Jan. 8, 2015 - PRATT – Kansas high school seniors enrolled in a Kansas college and current Kansas college students pursuing wildlife/nature-based or outdoor journalism degrees are eligible to apply for the Steve Harper Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 grant is available in memory of Harper who was a well-known Kansan with a colorful career in photojournalism. Read Story

Summary of Kansas fishing regulations for 2015 now online


Anglers can download the 2015 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary at ksoutdoors.com


Jan. 1, 2015 PRATT – It’s never too early to begin planning your next fishing trip – that’s why an online version of the 2015 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary has been made available to anglers at ksoutdoors.com. Simply visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Fishing / Fishing Regulations” to download your copy of the free, easy-to-use, full-color pamphlet. Printed copies will be available wherever licenses are sold by mid-January. Read Story


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