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Kansas Fishing Report - Jan - Mar 2009

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March 31, 2009 - El Dorado Walleye? - anyone out there know where the walleye go after the spawn at Eldorado. Are there any flats to drift after they spawn.


March 29, 2009 - Comment on Local Wichita lake (3/26) - First, sounds like fun time was had! More importantly you took a youth fishing. Thank you! Takes that extra willingness to put our pole down for the day and to help a young one with theirs for the trip!

March 29, 2009 - Kanopolis

Hey Angler,
The saugeye was caught at Kanopolis Lake on 3/13/09. Calvin Gustus of Geneseo
holds this 8.9lb, 27.75"+ beauty, it was one of 14 that Jeff Ensz, Tim Banniger and Calvin kept this night with the smallest being just over 5lbs. Nice average!!!

March 29, 2009 - Answer to looking for shad - I would say most of your problem is the water has not got warm enough and the shad are still deeper.They come and go. Depends on the hatch. Still alot of shad in the riverpond. Find a point on a real windy day at Milford or Tuttle, with the wind blowing into the point, a few good cast and you will have some shad. The shallow back coves of the riverpond hold shad as well, but the water will need to warm up. KW

March 28, 2009 - Answer to looking for shad - The tube area at Tuttle Ck no longer has the shad that it had just a few years ago. Neither does the river pond area. We had plenty of shad last Oct after the spawn but for whatever reasons they are not surviving, winter kill or something else. I've been in the river pond 4 times in the past month and thrown my net 200 times with not one shad. You can get a few at Rocky Ford once in a while but not consistant. Milford has plenty of shad but you need a boat and the best time is right before daylight. Everyone is having a ruff time getting shad around Manhattan. RKH

March 26, 2009 - Looking for shad - I was wondering if someone could help me out on finding a good spot for catching Shad with a throw net in the Manhattan area. Used to go to the tubes at Tuttle Creek years ago with my father and I can't remember what time of year we did that. Any information would be helpful, I would also be interested in trading some frozen bags of shad for some good information if I catch some. When and where should I go? I am decent with a throw net so throwing around or over obstacles is not really an issue, but I would like to avoid a rocky bottom if I could

Manhattan KS

March 26, 2009 - local Wichita lake - Took the nephew to a local private lake for our first outing of the season. It didn't take long (3 hours) for him to show me the proper tecnique. bobbers and 2 inch minnows set 12 inches deep did the trick. We alternated between catching 6-8 inch crappie and these monsters. I think they were trying to get the crappie just like us. the biggest one is 24 inches long.She had a 7 inch crappie in her belly when i filleted her. If you want to catch fish and have fun, always take a kid fishing!


March 26, 2009 - White Bass - (Editor's Note-This is from a Kansas Angler that slipped out of state for a couple days)

Hey guys, i got the bug really bad the first week of march, and got the boat out for a couple of days.. These white bass were huge! Have you ever heard of yellow bass? here is a pic with a few very large female white bass and a pic of a white and a yellow bass. just want to share the pics with you, as i personally have never heard of yellow bass till now. they are plentiful in the south, and are fun to catch.
Mike E.

March 25, 2009 - Wilson County Farm Pond - The water is still a little cool yet but things are picking up. The better fish were caught slow-rolling a large spinerbait and jig and pig combination. Late in the afternoon the best concentration of fish were on a north windblown bank.


March 21, 2009 - Milford and Tuttle Creek: I have been fishing both of these lakes for the past month. Two weeks ago at Milford when the water temp hit 45 the blues moved in the shallows where today the water temp is over 50. The fish have been there in great numbers. ( 20 to 35 each morning) Most of the fish run between 3 and 8 lbs with a few over 30lbs. I have been catching crappie and thats what I 've been using for bait. On blues you can use large bait and # 3 hooks even when the water is cold. There not like channels there aggresive with eating year around. They will find the larger bait quicker when the water is cold. I don't agree with limit now at 5 but they make the rules. I think they should of left it at 10 with a slot size of 3 to 8 lbs. I think more large fish will be taken now with the limit being 5. Tuttle Creek has fewer blues than Milford but it has some nice size blues. On Saturday I caught 6 over 20 lbs and they were thick good looking fish. You have to look hard to find them on Tuttle since the numbers are less. Now with the water still cold from winter you should use large bait, baseball size. When the water gets warm the larger the bait the easier the gar will find so now is the time on both lakes. With this wind today the water will get warm fast. They should remain in the shallows up to 57 degrees. I have been catch crappie at Tuttle and if we get lucky and the lake stays clear and don't rise 10' we will catch some big crappie during the spawn. RKH

March 21, 2009 - Wellington Lake - Went there on 3/19/09 to try out new spinner. I hit most areas around the lake where I usually catch and only caught 2 little cats or else I caught the same one twice. Maybe it will get better in a few days.

Gene L. Littlejohn

March 16, 2009 - Webster - Well we went to Webster Lake on Sunday. The wind was blowing around 16 to 18 mph out of the southwest but that didn't stop us from putting the boat on the water. The warmest water temperature that we found on the lake was about 39.3 degrees. only about 3 boats on the water. We drifted along the dam for several hours using various types of baits but with no success. We did chart some fish up close to the dam but could not get any hits what so ever. We were using jigs and also drifting with walleye rigs and worms. We also tried to fish the brush piles for crappie, but once again with no success. I think several more days of warm weather will help get these fish to bite. we talked to several others on the boats how they did and they told us also that they had no luck catching anything either.


March 12, 2009 - Farm Pond near Dephos - This was a 9 pound 1 ounce large mouth 24 inches long caught out of a small farm pond caught it on a inline spinner this year on march 8th near delphos kansas



March 11, 2009 - Answer to questions - Best answer is to get out there and try yourself. Learn how to finish any weather and you won't have to rely on reports. Almost feels like once someone say oh this type of fish is awesome right now then everyone gets out and fishes. Fishing for me is about getting out, and tackling a challenge. I will be going sunday to a farm pond as a test since water there warms faster then next week I am going to plan two or three trips to different lakes and I will report where I go. I know water temps will maybe be 40 degrees and that will not stop me. I fish mainly for bass and that is a rough temp for bass fishing... or is it? Plenty of large bass are caught in very cold water. Just have to be up for the challenge.

Kingman and Pratt - My recent report... I did hit up kingman a few weeks back and my usual cold spots didn't produce. I just had my waders so I didn't stay too long... did go to pratt since there is a bigger variety of fish to try for and I forgot to renew my license online so I went ahead and did that there. I had no takers there either. I just wasn't patient enough and really just wanted to try a cutsom painted crank I just got in not too long ago and see how it looked. And it looks great!

Expect a few reports coming up.


March 11, 2009 - Wilson/Webster Looking for a report - Any updated fishing reports from last weekend for Wilson and/or Webster lake would be appreciated. especially for crappie/ walleye. but also any other species.

March 10, 2009 - Melvern Question - Has anyone been out to Melvern lately, was going to go next weekend and want to know where the hot spots are.

March 5, 2009 - Milford Walleye - Looking for some info on Milford walleye or wiper at this time of year??? Going down next week and going to give it a try.

February 28, 2009 - Webster Walleye - anybody been catching any walleye yet at webster lake, a report would be very nice.

February 19, 2009 - Cheney Walleye - well with the warm weather spells lately a few big males have been caught in the corner of the dam at night with some wind some males have been around 25 in. this is the earliest in the year i have caught walleye on the dam there are only a few making it up there to the dam at night but that should only increase in the next month ..good fishin ......bill

February 8, 2009 - Willow Creek - 7th Feb - Willow Creek next to Tuttle trout fishing was excellent. Landed 7 trout using Cast Masters and Orange Roster Tails. Power Eggs and dough worked great. Tube Jigs were slow but did have some luck mid afternoon. Willow is no longer iced over and have plenty of room to get to a good area around the lake. I hope this helps

February 3, 2009 - Question on Santa Fe Lake - I would like some information on Santa Fe Lake, near Augusta KS. I found the lake's website, but how is the fishing? Looking at mostly bass, crappie, white bass, and catfish, but what else does the lake offer? How is the crowd of anglers vs boaters? Any info is appreciated. Thanks.

January 17, 2009 - Question on Milford Walleye Spawn -Looking for info on the Walleye spawn at Milford and when they start to bite there.


January 14, 2009 - Answer to question on Cheney Walleye Spawn - If I remember right it happens around March or whenever the water temp gets up around 40 degrees.

January 9, 2009 - Question on Cheney Walleye Spawn - In that Cheney lake has had ice on it for quite a while, I am wondering if that will effect the Walleye spawn time. I was unable last year to fish the spawn and really hope that I don't miss this one. When do you expect the Spawn to take place this year?

Richard Masters, an old fisherman.

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