Submitted by Anglers Like You
July - September 2003
BASSMASTER'S 40 page 2003 Tackle Guide is available free at Zeiner's
August 26, 2003 - Kingman SFL - One
of my days off and wanted to get on the water and not just wading....
So I borrowed my dads van and loaded up. Unfortunately I had
many troubles when I got to the lake... Couldn't figure out how
to get the keys out of the van. They wouldn't leave the inition
until you lock it and I didn't know about some button to push...
So that took forever. Then I pull out the boat... get all ready....
and I forgot to bring a tool to install my trolling motor on.
So I got a work out since I had to use one oar to get me across
the lake and back.. Then I didn't have an anchor with me... Luckily
I was able to rig one up with a rock. Caught three bass all at
the one feeder that is on the side of the lake with the river
access. I don't think there is much in the lines of catfish near
that feeder since it's rather shallow. About two feet deep. Caught
the bass on a small red eye spinnerbait and one lake fork craw.
But in honesty if you are going to fish at Kingman to take some
chest waders. I couldn't even find water depth lower than three
feet... But I know it's a little deeper near the rock piers.
Lots and lots of vegetation, which is my guess why the lake survives
August 26, 2003 - Republican River
-Weather conditions @ Salina @ 0618 hrs:
August 25, 2003 - Cheney - AUGUST
25, 2003. BEEN ON A MUCH NEEDED VACATION FOR A WEEK. LEFT EVERYTHING
AT WORK INCLUDING THE INTERNET. LOTS TO REPORT. HAD MY BEST STRIPER
DAY ON TUES. 08-19-03 EARLY IN THE AM. 10 STRIPERS, 7-13 LBS.
TWO WIPERS. ALL ON THE WESTSIDE. WEDS.PM. FISHING CAME UP WITH
2 STRIPERS 7-11 LBS. 5.7 LBS. WALLEYE AND MISSED 4 BIG FISH.
THEY JUST CAME OFF. THURS. AM. FISHING, THREE WIPERS, 6.7 LB.
WALLEYE AND MISSED TWO BIG FISH. THE AM. FISHING HAS BEEN VERY
ENJOYABLE. SIMI COOL TEMPS. BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE AND THE BITE WAS
ON. TOOK A TRIP TO CABELA'S IN K.C. FRI. WAS GOING TO TAKE THE
WIFE BUT SHE HAD TO WORK. YOU KNOW IT'S NICE TO GET OUT BY YOURSELF
ONCE IN A WHILE WITHOUT ANYONE TRAILING ALONG AND ENJOY A DAY.
TALKED TO SEVERAL CABELA'S ASSOCIATES THROUGHOUT THE STORE. THERE
VERY KNOWLEIBLE AND THERE SUGGESTION TO EAT UPSTAIRS IN THE RESTRAINT
PROVED THAT AS WELL. HAD A ONE TIME THRU THE LINE DEEP FRIED
SHRIMP, POTATOES, CORN BREAD, SALAD, CORN ON THE COB, SODA, AND
ICE CREAM ALL FOR $8. I WON'T BE OUT FOR A WHILE. GOT TO GET
BACK TO WORK AND MAKE THE $$$$$. MARK.
August 24, 2003 - Cheney - Sunday 8/24 I got my first chance to take out my step grandkids for a little fishing. Of course we went after the White Perch so they could have some excitement. I did not even get my pole out of the rod locker before my grandson was reeling in his first fish. After a few fish, they got less interested in fishing and jumped in to cool off. This of course scared off our school so I decided to hook their dad up with a little bigger fight. We brought out Mike's famous 3-way rig and headed for the humps off Wichita point. I got him connected to a 22 inch wiper and most likely a second one also because when I got it netted the bottom lure was snapped off! We got a couple more short Wipers and over 50 White Perch, of which about 30 went into the fridge for a fish fry. The kids kept me so busy that I did not get much fishing done myself but is that not a part of our responsibility to this sport. TAKE A KID FISHING!
August 24, 2003 - Cheney - Sunday 8-24 What a day. We decided to go early today. Actually its the first time I got up before dawn to go fishing this year! With all the heat going on during the middle of the day, it just seemed like the thing to do. I spose I should have stayed in bed for another hour, cause the fish were completely lock jawed until 9pm. But when they decided to open up, they really did it in a big way. We sat out on the refuge on what looked like a very large mirror. GLASS! thats the best way to describe the lake this morning. No wind, not even a breeze. Complete stillness. we threw spoons and were catching a few perch, having a grand old time. I looked up and saw the surface moving. The shad were moving in. They swam just under the surface and were making small wakes. Large massive schools of them were cruising along enjoying the wave free waters.. then WHAM! Right in the middle of the school, the chaos hit. A huge school of wipers and white bass began knocking the shad out of the water, we sat in the middle of a hundred yard circle of boiling water. wherever we threw our little white mouse spoons, we hooked fish. We caught White Perch, White bass, Wipers, small stripers, and 5 very large channel cats. It was a blast! Those fish stayed there till noon, and we caught lots! I have no idea just how many. We didnt keep any just had great fun catching nice fish on ultralite tackle. I was using a very light pole and reel with 6lb test, and believe me, it was definately a workout. I landed an 11 lb Wiper with it, and several 2 to 8 lbers as well. 2 fish broke my line and took my only two white mouse spoons. Left at 1:oo pm, went home during the hot hours and returned about 5:30 and caught several more. I saw something a little disturbing, out in the mid lake, we counted 11 large dead fish floating. Mostly stripers and Walleye. One was the biggest Walleye I have ever seen! It was huge. I hope we're not having another fish kill. Come on cooler weather! Mike E.
August 21, 2003 - Marion County Lake - Went to the heated dock to try and catch some channels on 8/20/03. Me and my fishin' partner C.B. caught 3 nice channels, a couple bass and a couple bluegill. Wasn't a bad day. To bad the "heated dock" isn't a air conditioned dock though!! You all should try this place in the winter though. It is great and it will give you a chance to catch crappie all winter long!! travis
August 19, 2003 - Butler SFL - Spent
the day fixing up my boat. Got the trolling motor bracket on
and now it's ready to go. I didn't have much time left in the
day, but I wanted to do some fishing since I planned it. I got
to the lake about 3:30 or so and I went to my spot... the weeds!
The time was also the hottest part of the day, but I have a philosophy.
If I have caught fish in the place and I know there are fish
there then I can catch fish, but each day is just different tactics
August 15, 2003 - Cheney - SUCCESS
WAS VERY GOOD. FISHED EARLY AM. TILL 12:30PM. AS USUAL IT WAS
SLOW AT FIRST. AROUND 9AM. THEY TURNED ON. AS USUAL SAME SPOT.
SOUTH OF SAILBOAT COVE TO THE HANDY CAP JETTY. REALLY IT WAS
A NICE DAY. FINALLY GOT SOME SOUTH WIND I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR
FOR A WEEK. THAT SEEMED TO HELP. HAD TWO FRIENDS WITH BOATS OUT
FISHING IN SAME AREA AND KEPT IN CONTACT WITH OUR MARINE RADIOS.
I CAME UP WITH FOUR STRIPERS, 7 TO 12 LBS. FIVE WIPERS, 4 TO
8 LBS. MY FRIENDS WERE USING LIVE BAIT AND SEEM TO HAVE A HARD
TIME COMING UP WITH FISH.
August 15, 2003 - Cheney - Fished
Cheney last evening, Thursday 8-14. first day of a south wind,
and I was skeptical to say the least, and my sceptasism was right
on the mark! I didnt even get a bite. I was to meed a buddy about
5:45 pm, he didnt show till I was leaving at 7:30. He told me
today they fished till 11pm, on the refuge for perch. They caught
quite a few Nice sized perch. He also told me he went with someone
else a week earlier, and they used a drop light down in the water
and caught SEVERAL perch with this technique. He put it in an
earlier report. I am wondering if anyone has fished for Walleye
at night this year? I have never done it, and I have heard that
the vast majority of Large Walleye feed at night. Is this true?
Please report if you have or havent had any success doing some
August 14, 2003 - Cheney - I've made it out a couple of times over the last two weeks and have very little to show for it. I hope things will change when we get a little rain. Next time out I think I will try for the perch since I have a fish fry coming up and need something to "stink" the skillet.
In reference to the law enforcement problem how many of you want speeders, in the park, when your kids are out playing around the campgrounds. As for the night vision goggles, when was the last time any of you saw a meth lab. As far as for Mike E. the laws are made for everybody not just for everyone but you. If you had any idea how many excuses are giving, every time there is a violation, you would understand why your complaints fell on deaf ears. And if you think these officers are greedy and self (rightcheaus) why aren't you out doing the job instead of one of them. These guys don't make a lot of money protecting you and our wildlife and they don't get one penny of your fine to PAD THEIR POCKETS. MAC
August 14, 2003 - Kingman SFL - Another
day of fun fishing. Just got a nice handy little boat, but I
didn't have a way to get it to some water, but I still wanted
to get out and fish. Went to Kingman and noticed that it was
down a bit. Probably would have had much better luck if I had
my happy little boat. But I targeted just what is covering half
the place.... lily pads! Two bass I caught with the new lucky
craft lure. Then one on a black spinnerbait, but it was for night
so I thought that it might scare the bass if it was going in
the water. Switched to a smaller spinnerbait with two willow
blades. Caught three more bass off that. Caught the smallest
and largest from it. I would cast right into the lily pads and
hop it across them. I think next time I will try some worms or
grubs to hop along the lily pads. You can hear the bass attacking
under those lily pads. Saw many other fisherman bass and catfish..
noticed one catfish caught at the feeder that is on the far end
of the lake. If you decide to bass fish at Kingman stick with
the lily pads. And I use fireline and suggest that or spiderwire
since you need something to tear out the lily pads when you get
a snag here and there.
August 13, 2003 - Republican River -Decided to try the river again this morning. Arrived about 1100 hrs and departed about 1440 hrs. Only caught 2 keeper channels and one throw-back (dip tube as big as it was.) Probably would have done better if had not gotten hung up in the brush pile and messed it up (twice ;-( Both keepers were 21 inches long and weighted about 3 lbs. Using a mixture of blood dip bait, blood dough bait & "Little Stinky" Blood bait w/ anise extract mixed together. Water level in the river seems to have dropped 4 to 6 inches in the past couple of days. Bad news is that Corps of Engineers wants to again drain water from Milford to put water in the Missouri River for barge traffic. Guess they do not comprehend that what water is in Milford belongs to the PEOPLE vice the barge owners on the Missouri and that Kansas is in a drought. Anyone ever used the "yellow" meat from the fillets for cut bait? walt
August 12, 2003 - Milford - milford lake 8-6-03 walleye fished from 7am to 3 pm tried drifting crawlers tried spooning in all parts of the lake, not even a short walleye. We even tried trolling planner boards ,nothing. 8-9-03 went bass fishing from 9am till 5pm lots of shorts around the bluff areas , none measured, tried tubes jigs , grubs caught most of the shorts. if your a shad fisherman milfords your lake.( wait for fall )chuck
August 12, 2003 - Republican River - (8/11) Fished river north of Wakefield from about 0900 to 1445 hrs. Slow was the word for it, but the weather was BEAUTIFUL to include some water still in the river. Fished for channel cats and threw a jig for whatever else wanted to "play." Only caught two channels using dip bait but just being able to sit outside and enjoy the weather was great. walt
August 11, 2003 - Reply to Mike E's posting - I'm sorry to hear about your encounter. even though almost all of my encounters with CO's over the past 27 years have been always pleasant if not enjoyable and I know they are doing their job, your situation sounds a little bit like B.S. to me. keep in mind several of the CO's @ Cheney are equipped with radar guns in their vehicles and I've also been told they're going around campsites at night with night vision goggles. seems a little excessive to me. I have always supported KDWP and I know money is tight, and none of this should affect any of us law abiding, permit buying citizens. BUT ?
August 11, 2003 - Cheney - Sat
aug 9th, fished from 2:30 to 7pm, caught several small wipers,
a few white bass and lots of White Perch. Wasnt really a spectacular
day by any means, but still a great way to spend the day. It
was HOT, and the water was a balmy 89 degrees in the upper end,
and 84 towards the dam. I havent been seeing many fish schooling
this year, but anticipating it when it does happen. Sunday, we
started a little earlier, about 9:30, went up on the refuge and
anchored over a huge perch bed. These perch were HUGE! alot of
them a lb & a half, one was almost 2 lbs! I could have filled
the live well, but didnt want to mess with cleaning them. About
halfway through the morning the fish and game patrol boat pulled
up along side of me to check us out. Yeah, I had my Life vests
out, a throw cushion, Fishing licenses a horn, and yeah even
the fire extinguisher. However, unknown to me, my extinguisher
was on empty! I had checked it the week before and it was full!
now, the pin was out and the canister read in the RED. I explained
that I have another one, I had in the boat, but I took it out
when I cleaned my boat out a few days earlier. Actually I thought
someone else had taken it out for me... but I remembered I had
done it. SO>>>>> guess what??? YEAH I GOT A TICKET!!!
A Nice hefty TIcket! GUYS!!! JUST how much do you think having
an empty fire extinguisher will cost you ??? Any Idea?? Well
let me be the first to let you know.. It is a whopping $110.00
!! Just for having a useless piece of equipment designed for
putting out a fire in my own boat. You know, something that has
absolutely NOTHING else to do with anyone else on the water,
Its not putting anyone else at harm, Just my poor boat! THIS
REALLY SUCKS THE BIG ONE!!!! There is something terrible wrong
with our Law enforcement!! They have bocome a bunch of GREEDY
SELF RIGHTCHEOUS people who Like to PAD THEIR OWN POCKETS!!!
Yeah, maybe I should have checked my extinguisher. I mean I just
did a week ago, and it was fine! So send me to the marina to
buy another one... I mean Im not putting anyone in danger, Im
not out running over jet skiiers, Im not drinking and driving,
I have life vests, in case my boat sinks, at lease all on my
boat will float! The fine for the CRIME, is $50... but the court
costs??? Yeah they are a whopping $60!! Just for some woman to
go and cash my check! Am I wrong here? Am I missing something????
(Editor's Note) You proably figured out when you read this that the writer was less than happy when he wrote it. He said we could run it or not. We ran it because it serves as a reminder to always do a boat check before leaving the ramp. The obivious thing to check is to be sure the drain plug is in. Been there, didn't do that. It's always a bit stressful getting the boat back on the trailer. My wife Deb was less than patient with me as I was putting the trailer back in the lake one day while she stressed out about the water coming in the boat.
We also received a ticket for not being up to snuff on our equipment. We were at Eureka City Lake and had been fishing that morning. An out-of-town friend came by and we took her out a little ways along the bank. You guessed it, we were followed in to our dock for a check by a visiting officer on his jet ski. Everything was alright except we were short one life jacket. It was an expensive oversight. Especially when we could have grabbed one from the cabin before getting in the boat.
My dad had an oversight worse than that. In the mid-70s he put his new Ranger in an Oklahoma lake. He pulled it up to the dock, tied it up, parked his truck and headed for the cabin. A little later he heard a knock on the door. The knock was to tell him his boat was about to sink. He headed for the dock and as he was reaching down he his false teeth fell out of the top pocket in his bib overalls. As far as I know they are still there.
Bottom line - Take a few seconds to do that check before setting off in your boat. It not only saves money, it might save a life or let you eat without having to stick to soft food until you get new teeth.
August 11, 2003 - Butler County State
Lake - Got to the lake at after five. Wanted to try
out the new lucky craft lure so that was my lure choice for the
evening. I haven't fished much in the main lake area, but I'm
sure there are some nice fish there. From shore though I didn't
give it too much of a try. I just wanted to catch some fish.
So I went to where bass love to hide.... weeds.. and there are
plenty of weeds. I went to the first land outlet that you can
walk across and fished the area of the weeds and the fishing
was really nice. I caught just about all my bass there walking
up and down the shoreline. Caught about fifteen to twenty bass.
Lost many as well. Many times they would hit right when the lure
landed. The next lure I am going to try is a weightless senko
or other plastic and will cast on the matte of vegetation and
let it fall off. Left the lake a bit after nine.
August 11, 2003 - Cheney - Went out Friday after work with Mike H. We could barely get the White Perch to bite until it got dark and we dropped a light into the water. It was only a few min before the bite was fast and furious! We had to fish close to the light but it was not long before we had a mess of fish to clean. Chris
August 11, 2003 - Cheney - AUGUST 02, 2003. EARLY IN THE AM. SOUTH OF SAILBOAT COVE. VERY SLOW. ENDED UP WITH TWO LARGE WIPERS, ONE LARGE STRIPER. TWO BIG ONES GOT OFF AT EDGE OF BOAT. MARK.
August 7, 2003 - Cheney - It was going to be a hot day indeed on the lake but, My son and I went anyway. We got on the water about 9am and left at noon. You see I had to get pictures taken and then clean a 26" 6# walleye and His little sister a 22" er. before my nap and work. We caught them troling a #5 jointed shad colored shad rap and a smithwick roque deep-diver. They were west of the tower. the 22 incher hooked onto a line my son was watching and he thought it was a snag. I said no it ain't took the rod and reeled her in. the 26" clobbered that #5. i do have pics but they are not down-loaded. you can see them at bud's bait shop until i do get them loaded. question to mikee did you do any good over the weekend on the catfish?
August 5, 2003 - Woodson -
Monday 4th: Decided to venture to some new places. I first went
to Fall River Reservoir, but just didn't look too appealing to
fish from shore. Then I went to Toronto and hit a bit of the
same. I never did like the big bodies of water. Toronto though
did start look promising when I was driving around. It had areas
with timber sticking out of the water, but I wanted to make it
to one more place and that was Woodson.
I ended up leaving at around one thirty am since I couldn't
judge the storm clouds.
August 5, 2003 - Marion -Was fishing in front of the dam by the spillway last Thursday, Friday & Saturday Went from 5:30 to 9:00 Am most days. Was having good luck using shad we caught for bait at that same spot the best day was Thursday morning before a rain. My friends and I caught 4 nice wipers and 3 Channel Cat we would have had more fish but they kept dragging are line across the rocks as we were reeling them in .Had a Great time and kept the electric knife busy .
August 4, 2003 - Answer on Cheney
and Kastmasters - Kast Masters can be used several
ways. I love to find schooling fish, and Stay about 50' away
and throw the spoon into the middle of the fish and jerk it along.
It usually takes about 1 second for the hit. If you find deeper
schooled fish, use your trolling motor and hover above the school
and vertical jig the spoon. Jerk it about 2' off the bottom and
let it fall. If they are hungry it won't hit bottom more than
once! If I am fishing a large flat or shallow area aprox 9 or
10' deep, I will throw as far as i can, and let it hit bottom
and jerk it up and let it fall all the way back to the boat.
This is the technique i was using when I caught my largest Wiper
last year, and Have caught up to 10lbs this year. Spooning is
a blast! Personally I like 3/8oz silver with white feather on
the hook. I have had tremendous success with this spoon. If you
want perch, use 1/4 oz or smaller. I catch plenty of perch on
the larger spoon, but lose most of them reeling them in.
August 4, 2003 - Question on GPS - After hearing several of you talk about GPS, I have been looking for some information about them. Does anyone use a handheld unit? If so how accurate are they? What about the GPS/depthfinder combos? Of course they are more money but just for a Kansas lake would you need all that? Finally where to buy? I know all the catalogs have them but is there anywhere in town to get one? I really appreciate any help that you can give. Thanks, Randy. email@example.com
August 4, 2003 - Cheney - Hi, from the previous post from Mike E., he mentioned that he used the Kastmaster to catch white perches, white bass, and wipers. Would you please ask him to explain a little bit more regarding the size and color of the spoon? And how to work it on the humps? Any detail info will be appreciated. Thanks, Eric.
August 4, 2003 - Milford -
Fished Milford this weekend for the first time since mid-June.
Looks like a tremendous shad hatch there. White bass that were
rail-thin in June are filling out nicely--and the wipers that
we caught had round tummies!
August 4, 2003 - Cheney - Fished Sat 8/02 all along the west side trolling the 3-way and a rattle trap and got skunked! I did not try for some white perch untill the next afternoon. I had heard the catfish were biting along the dam on shad so that was my plan on Sun. I did not find any kittys but did catch a 19 inch Walleye on a whole shad in 25 ft infront of the dam. QWe also found some schools of perch but they was slow to bite. We cleaned 14 pearch which will make a meal for my son's family. Chris
July 31, 2003 - Cheney - Cheney: 7-30-03 Fished from 6am-10am cought a TON of white perch and a couple small wipers but didnt find any stripers or walleye. I think its going to be hard fishing for the bigger ones till the water temp starts to go down. Cought 4 white perch at the same time using a 3 way rig with an extra sassy shad, so i guess its a 4 way rig.... 2 were on the shad rap and they were the bigger ones i had for lunch that day. They are pretty good you know. Dont let any of those things go! I think there are more white perch than there is water in Cheney right now. firstname.lastname@example.org
July 31, 2003 - Cheney - Tues
7-29 - Started fishing around 6pm, trolled for a little while
with not so much as a bite. The barometer was steady again, and
when its not moving, I just cant seem to catch big fish. I only
trolled for 30 min, and decided to go out on Wichita point and
use the trolling motor and spoon some Perch. And of course Perch
always bite. We caught many many perch in an hour or so, and
I was getting pretty bored with it. I dont eat fish, so the attraction
wears off quite quickly for me. 5 other boats moved in and were
fishing all around us so I decided to let them have this particular
hump and went on over to the refuge. I put out my marker bouy
on a 9' hump, and started tossing the Kast Master. I noticed
on my screen, no perch! I moved around and around and didnt see
anything! So i pitched the spoon out as far as I could to the
point of the hump I was fishing, and sure enough WHAM! I caught
a very nice White Bass. Then another, and another. I was using
my spinning rod med action, having a pretty good time. I caught
several White bass, and was reeling in the spoon, and just as
I started to pull it out of the water, WHAM! A Wiper hit it right
under the surface, with such force my rod went straight down
instantly against the edge of the boat rail and broke in two!
The fish was ripping line off the reel, and all I could do was
just hang on. after a few minutes I managed to land the pole
breaker. A very nice 8lb Wiper. I swiched poles and caught 4
more from 4 to 9 lbs. Man that was fun! I figured if the perch
werent around, BIG FISH WERE! I was right. A little patience
payed off. I hooked 3 other fish that I lost, that Im pretty
sure were nice Wipers as well. A windless day, a nice evening,
and a Kast Master spoon can prove to be an exciting combination!
July 31, 2003 - Cheney - My wife and I got out on the lake about 4:30 and headed for Wichita Point. Just only got a couple of whites so we headed to the West side. Trolled around the toadstools and in that general area. We ended up with 2 23 inch walleye. We got them both using the 3-way set up. We never did find any wipers. Very calm. I think a little wind might have helped. Due to working OT early in the morning we were off the lake by 8. Randy and Martha
July 31, 2003 - Cheney - (July
30) - When to the lake about 5 pm with my son, we trolled a bit
catching one wiper. We decided to go try for some of these white
perch I've been hearing about. We fished on a hump for about
2 hours catching about 50. We had a great time, this is perfect
for kids. Also I did clean about 25 of the larger ones, took
them home and cooked them in the fry daddy. They were delicious!!!
I don't know what we are going to do about these guys, they are
July 31, 2003 - Cheney - JULY
30, 2003 WEDS. LATE AFTERNOON TILL SUNSET. CAME UP WITH 2 STRIPERS,
AROUND 6 LBS. SIX GOOD SIZED WIPERS. MANY WHITE BASS. THE FISH
WERE REAL SPOOKY. COME UP ON A HOT SPOT FULL OF FISH ON THE FISH
FINDER. I COULD ONLY GO THRU IT TWO TO THREE TIMES AND COME UP
WITH FISH THEN THE FISH FINDER SHOWED NOTHING. MIGHT HAVE HAD
SOMETHING TO DO WITH NO WIND? LOTS OF FISHERMAN OUT ON THE HOT
SPOTS LAST NIGHT. MARK.
July 27, 2003 - Cheney - Thanks
guys for the info! I appreciate it. I have received several emails
describing numerous places to catch fish on the west side. Not
much luck for channel cat info, but My boat is all better, and
Ive fished the last 2 days with a steady barometer and caught
nothing but white perch and white bass, and 4 Wipers in the SMALL
category. I kid you not, when i say WHITE PERCH are everywhere!
You can go straight out to the middle of the lake and stop, and
put a slab spoon down, and yup, catch white perch. My friend
Chris has been doing some white perch fishing, and having super
success. Just catch your first one, and filet it out, cut the
filets into 1/4ths, and put a piece on a #1 hook with a small
slip sinker and a barrel swivel and catch a hundred in no time
at all. We went over to the refuge this morning, and Everywhere
I stopped were Massive schools of Perch. Its unreal. I really
can believe they could take over the lake. Man, they will soon
be eating all our Stripers and Wipers and CHannels too! cant
you just picture them surfacing after Walleye? hahaha ok, sorry.
Anyhow, It is alot of fun on a nice day when its a bit cooler
than today, ( 105 degrees) to anchor up and catch perch. Chris
says they taste just like Walleye. He loves them! We have to
have another white perch tournament.
July 26, 2003 - Cheney - JULY
25, 2003 FRI. LATE AFTERNOON. I WAS ABLE TO MAKE IT ON THE LAKE.
WINDS WERE STRONG BUT THE WESTSIDE KEPT THE WIND DOWN ENOUGH
TO FISH. FISHED TILL 8:45PM. IT WAS REAL SLOW AT FIRST. THEN
AROUND 7PM OR SO WE WERE ABLE TO COME UP WITH A 13.1, 13.4 LB.
STRIPERS, TWO WALLEYE 5.5, 5.0 LB. NO WIPERS. MIKE HAS BEEN MORE
THE FRIENDLY ON LETTING ALL KNOW OF DETAILS OF HIS FISHING WHICH
IS GREATLY APPRECIATED BY MOST INCLUDING ME AND I'M SURE THE
CHENEY BIOLOGIST. KEEP IN MIND WITH OUT THE FISH HATCHERY THE
KANSAS FISH AND GAME PROVIDE WE WOULD NOT BE ENJOYING CATCHING
THESE MONSTER WIPERS,WALLEYE, STRIPERS. AND I WOULD PROBABLY
NOT HAVE MY $18.000.00 BOAT.I'M NOT A BASS FISHERMAN. ANYWAY
ME AND MY 10 YEAR OLD SON ENJOYED BOTH LANDING THOSE STRIPERS,
ONE EACH BETWEEN BOTH OF US LAST NIGHT. I'M USING THE THREE WAY
SWIVEL MIKE USES AND ON THE BOTTOM IS A 4 3/4" BLUE AND
GOLD RAPAL HUSKY JERK SUSPENDED. THIS BAIT IS NOT DESIGNED TO
BE USED ON DOWNRIGGERS. THERE FOR LARGEMOUTH BASS. AND UP 8'
IS MY SWIVEL WITH A 4" SASSY SHAD JUST LIKE MIKE USES. I
GOT THIS GIS-MO IDEA FROM A OLD FISHING GUIDE OUT AT WILSON LAKE,
HE HAS SENSE PASSED, 6 YEARS AGO AND LANDED MY PERSONAL RECORD
OF A 22 LB. STRIPER. FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE WESTSIDE. IN FRONT
OF THE HANDICAP JETTY ABOUT 1/4 MILE OUT LITTLE SOUTH. FIND THAT
12-13' OF WATER AND I'M SURE YOU WILL BE RIPPING LINE. THERE'S
NO DOUBT MIKE'S THREE-WAY SWIVEL SET UP AND HIS SPEED HE TROLLS
YOU DON'T NEED DOWNRIGGERS. THERE'S TWO OTHER HUMPS NORTH OF
THE JETTY THAT'S JUST TO DIFFICULT TO GIVE LOCATIONS ON BUT WHEN
YOU FIND THEM HANG ON. MARK.
July 24, 2003 - It's your turn on
Cheney - Hi all,
July 23, 2003 - Cheney - I fished cheney 7-20-03 from 6pm-dark. We boated several nice white bass, many many white perch, and a 20inch walleye. All were caught on the three way rig with shad-raps and 3 inch sassy shads. I had been going in the early am but tried the afternoon and it didn't seem as good. Another boater was fishing the same time and area I was and they had a 27, 24, and a 21 inch walleye along with several white bass. I was just not as lucky as them. We were both fishing the area of M&M point. email@example.com
July 22, 2003 - Banner Creek - Banner
creek, Holton Ks. July 15 2003
July 22, 2003 - Cheney - I need to make a correction to my last e-mail. I was on the lake Sunday the 20th, not Saturday. Also, Mark I saw your green and tan Sylvan and you were not the one I was talking about. This boat was definitely blue and tan. I have been trying the afternoons off and on but haven't did much good the last couple of weeks. MAC
July 22, 2003 - Bone Creek - Southwinds had their club tournament July 19-20/03 at Bone Creek. It took almost 22lbs. to win the tournament. Most guys caught 20-40 fish a day. Lake is clear and water temp. is in the mid 80's. Small fish are in 4-15 foot and Big girls are in 20-35 foot. We are a paper club with 15 inch limit. Aaron Brown Southwinds Bass Club
July 22, 2003 - Milford - Milford Lake, Friday two of us caught around 50 white bass in the morning from about 7:00 till noon, surface action was great. Sat. three of us caught about 25 before the wind picked up at 9:30 and on Monday they were going when we got on the lake at 7:15 but skattered as we got to them and by 8:30 they were done. They were surfacing between the dam and the south island in 45 to 60 feet of water. Vance Stirn, Tescott
July 21, 2003 - Cheney - JULY
18 AND 19, 2003. BOTH DAYS EARLY IN THE MORNING. FRI. WAS QUITE
GOOD. FISHED TILL NOON. CAME UP WITH 10 WIPERS. THREE WALLEYE,
ONE WAS 7.1 LBS. THEY DID NOT TURN ON TILL 10AM. SAT. WAS A DIFFERENT
STORY. EXTREMELY HOT AND HUMID AND VERY LITTLE WIND. ONE WIPER
AND THREE WALLEYE AND SEVERAL WHITES. FRI. FOUND THEM SOUTH OF
SAILBOAT COVE. SAT. FOUND THEN NORTH OF SAILBOAT COVE. THE HEAT
AND HUMIDITY WAS SO GREAT AND THE LACK OF WIND MADE IT UNBEARABLE.
I LEFT THE LAKE VERY EARLY IN THE AM. IS ANYONE DOING WELL FROM
4PM. TO SUNSET? I KNOW IT'S EXTREMELY HOT AT THIS TIME OF DAY
BUT LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR EVENING FISHING WAS EXCELLENT
TILL SUNSET. I'M THINKING ABOUT CHANGING TO PM. FISHING. MARK.
July 20, 2003 - Cheney - Got to the lake early about 6:30am, as I needed to catch some catfish for an upcoming fish fry I headed to the red bluffs feeder. Stayed there till about 8:15 with no luck. I decided to troll firetigers and a smithwick rogue up to the Island. On the southside of refuge point I hooked into a 22.5" Walleye. I was going 3-4 mph and slower at times. We retraced the troll and My son caught a bigger one but, with my misuse of the net He got away. We then continued up to the island and around a little hump to the south of the island, My son caught a smallish perch. I stopped the engine on the boat while he brought in his fish when a 7 pound 26 inch channel hit my crank bait. (jointed #5 fire tiger.). He was fun and He also tasted real good. (If you guys need any good recipes email me and I'll send you some. firstname.lastname@example.org) We had one other Walleye trolling on west side of island He was 20". Left Cheney about 1pm. We'd never taken the boat to Kingman so we went there with no luck either. I didn't know that lake was so shallow. deepest i found was 4ft.
Question for Fish and Game: What is the criteria for checking boats? This was 2nd time you've been checking boats where I've been fishing and both times You've gone on to someone else and seem not to pay any attention to me. Just curious you can reply to same email as above if you like.
Ron and Mike
July 20, 2003 - Cheney - 7-19
Cheney - What a day! A beautiful morning, light winds and biting
fish made this an exceptional day! No sooner than the lure hit
the bottom, My friend Scott had a fish on! 28" Walleye!
What a beauty. And it just got better and better. We started
trolling the 3 way, and caught lots of Wipers, White bass and
White perch, only 2 Walleye. I m sure we caught 100 fish. Spooned
for awhile, over massive schools of White Perch, they hit as
soon as the Kast Master hit the bottom. All sizes. Of course
the sun was shining bright, and the thermometer rose quickly.
Left the lake 3pm, went home rested awhile and picked up another
friend and hit the water 6pm. The wind was up to around 15 mph
from the S.E., and the fish were still biting hard. Wiper after
Wiper were landed. Several times we had 4 fish on between the
two of us. Most of them were 4 to 8 lbs with a couple pushing
the 10 lb mark. I was exhausted as sun dissappeared behind some
distant clouds. Its hard on a fat guy, reeling in so many powerful
fish! But Lots of fun as well. Only caught one 11 pound Striper,
I think the 85 degree water has them cruising out in the river
July 20, 2003 - Milford - Went fishing sat night at Milford had 30 big whites bass that we keep. let a lot of small ones go, Started at 9:00 PM and left at midnight. Put in at rolling hill and fish right around the bluff. Bob Moore - Salina Kansas
July 17, 2003 - Answer to question
below - 80,000 wiper fingerlings were stocked at El
Dorado this spring. Ron Marteney, our fisheries biologist there
for many years, just transferred to the Emporia research office
so the striper idea would have to be answered by his replacement,
whenever that happens.
July 15, 2003 - Cheney - Hi
all, havent been fishin alot the last few days, just a little
windy for my little boat. However, I and my friend Chris, went
last saturday 7-12. I didnt think the wipes and Stripes would
bite due to the wind change, so we went out to the tip of Wichita
point and anchored up to try our luck for Channel cat and White
perch. I had ran into a guy cleaning fish at the cleaning station
and he had landed 10 exremely nice channels that morning. He
was drifting shrimp right outside of marina cove all the way
to mid lake. He said they were biting great! So i went and bought
some shrimp and we tried that with no luck. ( NO, Im not a catfisherman,
but love to catch them just the same!) I decided to anchor on
the tip of wichita point, and of course the white perch were
plentiful as always. I also caught a 4 lb channel on a piece
of shrimp. We caught several perch, from the usual small 3 inchers
to some nicer pounders. It was fun! We caught our first few perch
and filet the side out of a few and used them for bait. WHITE
PERCH LOVE TO EAT FILET OF WHITE PERCH! we did good for a few
hours till the wind changed and the bite was off. I have noticed
out in the deeper water from 20 to 35' massive schools of perch.
They are litteraly EVERYWHERE! If some of you have kids that
like to fish, just head out off a point to some 25' water and
watch your depth finder till you find fish. use worms for smaller
perch and when you catch some just cut out the sides, put it
on a hook and toss it! You will be amazed at how many perch you
can catch this way! ITs a blast on ultralite tackle. NOW I HAVE
July 14, 2003 - Harvey County Lake
- Sat July 14 we went to Harvey County lake. Got on
the water about 7pm. Started out trolling Mikes 3 way rig and
boy was that a mess. Our lines kept getting VERY tangled and
snags, needless to say we caught nothing trolling. We are kinda
new to boat fishing. So we moved on to fishing along the banks
for bass. I caught one bass on a green tube about 15". We
should/could have done better but nothing seemed to be going
right. Anyway, we moved on to catfish at dark and that is when
the fun started. The bites started right away. We ended up catching
about 10 maybe 15 channel cat in about 2hrs with the biggest
being 6 pounds also caught a 4 a few 3 the rest were 1-2 lbs.
We were fishing water from 5-8' deep. For bait we were chicken
breast scraps (from trimming whole boneless chicken breast) there
is a strip of meat/gristle/fat/skin/slime between the two halves.
I mix the chicken scrap with chicken liver and let it spoil some
and soak up the liver smell. This stuff stays on the hook real
well, my buddy caught 6 catfish on one chunk one night. btw have
you used the "GAMAKATSU Octopus Circle" hooks? I will
never use any other hooks for cats. Every one we caught on the
octopus hook were hooked in the corner of the mouth, every one
of them. I believe that every fish that gets this hook in his
mouth is caught, unless he breaks your line of course. The trick
is not to jerk. Wait until he is swimming away with it in his
mouth just raise your rod tip and start fight the fish. The hook
just slides through the mouth until it starts coming out the
corner of the mouth and that odd looking point of the hook catches
in the corner of the mouth and digs in and it holds, they are
hard to get out by hand. Thanks to all of you who are sending
in these fishing reports, I have learned a lot from them. Good
fishing all. Danny
July 14, 2003 - Cheney
- Fished Cheney last Saturday and Sunday with my old man. We
trolled damn near the entire lake. There were fish stacked up
on the depth finder from 5 to 30 feet in places, but we could
not get a bite. We trolled Wichita and M&M points the most
with a run down the dam and another troll clear back to walley
island. We caught one small wiper each evening. All that I can
July 14, 2003 - Cheney - JULY 13, 2003 SUNDAY. FISHED EARLY IN THE MORNING TILL NOON. FISHING WAS EXCELLENT TROLLING. FROM SAILBOAT COVE SOUTH TO THE HANDY CAP JETTY. 10 WIPERS, LARGEST WAS 10 LBS. FOUR WALLEYE, TWO STRIPERS. CAUGHT ONE GOOD WIPER IN FRONT OF WICHITA POINT. BE CAREFUL WHEN THOSE WIPERS HIT. ABOUT LOST MY $100.00 ROD AND REAL WHEN I WAS TURNING AND THE QUICK RELEASE ROD HOLDER RELEASED WITHOUT ME RELEASING IT DO TO THE TURN AND THE 10LB. WIPER HITTING. ALMOST TOOK IT ALL WITH HIM BEFORE I COULD GRAB IT. IT HIT LIKE A 20LB. STRIPER. TALK ABOUT MY HEART TAKING A DOUBLE BEAT. I'D SEND PHOTO'S BUT I HAVE NO DIGITAL CAMERA OR INTERNET AT HOME. MARK.
July 13, 2003 - Cheney - Got on the water about 7am. Started drifting M and M, nothing but Perch. Started trolling the 3-way rig and moved toward Wichita Point. Hooked a 4 pound wiper in about 22 feet on the sassy shad. Worked all around Wichita Point but only got that 1 wiper. I then moved over to the West side. Was trolling around the toad stools but no action in deep water. I put on a couple of Hot an Tots to see if that would make a difference. I was in about 12 feet when I went over a small hump that seemed to be holding some fish. I guess it was because right about then I hooked up with what turned out to be a 7 pound wiper. That is the biggest one I have ever got into the boat. What a great fight that fish put up. Randy.
10, 2003 - Cheney - Cheney 7-10-03
fished from 6am-7pm and cought loads of fish. In the pic is the
days biggest wiper. Not huge but it was about 22 inches. You
can see the 20 inch mark on the seat in the pic. The other pic
is my best striper caught in California (34lbs). The biggest
walleye I got was a 24.5 incher and sure
July 8, 2003 - Cheney - JULY 08, 2003 TUESDAY. HAD MY VERY BEST DAY YET THIS YEAR BESIDES MY BEAVER LAKE TRIP LAST WEEK WITH OUR LIMIT OF STRIPERS IN THE 18 LB. RANGE. HIT THE LAKE AT 7:30AM. ALMOST DID NOT GO DUE TO THE FORECAST OF WINDY CONDITIONS. THE WESTSIDE DID KEEP THE WIND DOWN A BIT. I USED STRICTLY DOWNRIGGERS AND FISHING WAS EXCELLENT. ONE OF MY FAVORITE AREA'S, (MARKED ON MY G.P.S.) NEXT TO A DROP OFF WAS HOLDING FISH ALL DAY. AND TONS OF BAIT FISH. I HAD TO KEEP WITHIN A CERTAIN AREA (THE SIZE OF TWO LARGE HOUSES) OR I WOULD BE OFF THE FISH. NOTHING HUGE BUT MY CATCH WAS 10 WALLEYE, 4 WERE OVER 21" THE REST 18-20". 15 WIPERS BIGGEST 8.5 LBS. THREE STRIPERS, 5LB RANGE. FEW WHITE BASS. AND MY PERSONAL RECORD OF A 12" WHAT I THINK WAS A SHAD. I SNAGGED IT. FIVE DAYS AGO SAME PLACE PRODUCED NO FISH. HAD SEVERAL TWO FISH ON ONE POLE. TWICE BROKE ONE OF THE LINES HOLDING THE YELLOW SASSY SHAD USING 20 LB. TEST. DID NOT KEEP A ONE THREW ALL BACK. I HAVE NO ROOM IN THE FREEZER. THE FISH AT BEAVER FILLED 5 LARGE FREEZER BAGS. MARK.
July 8, 2003 - Perry - I caught a 5 lbs 5 oz Channel cat last night. Measured 25 inches. Lake Perry Thanks, Jonna
July 8, 2003 - Cheney
- (July 4) Got on the lake at 6:30 am. Started out off of M&M
point. Had no trouble locating fish, but could not get them to
bite. We decided to troll towards Refuge and when we got there
we headed across to the river channel. Went back and forth on
the river channel without success. Decided to try going parallel
to the dam, but still no success. All that seemed to be on the
lake at this point were jet skis, ski boats, and sail boats.
Very few fisherman. The wind picked up quite a bit so we decided
to troll our way back in. Got to Refuge and were in 2-3 feet
of water when my pole bent straight back. Thought I was snagged,
but when I pulled back on the poll whatever was on the other
end moved my way. Thought for sure I had caught a log or something,
but when I got it to the boat it turned out to be a 24"
5lb walleye. We decided to circle around and go over the spot
again. My friend caught an 18.5" short as soon as he got
his line out. At this point we were fighting some pretty big
waves, but there was no way we were going in. After a couple
more passes I hooked into a 21.5" 3.5 lb walleye. Made several
more passes without any luck and decided to call it a day. Was
kind of surprised to find the fish in such shallow water??? CG
July 4, 2003 - Cheney - Here is one I caught the other day on Cheney..Anyone want to guess what this one weighed?? Definately over 20lbs.... She was a line ripper, and took a while to land! And Gordon dont think there are any more big stripers in the lake! I beg to differ! Cheney has plenty of hogs left! MIKE E.
July 4, 2003 - Cheney
- Cheney 7-4-03 6am-10am Caught 3 keeper walleyes (21 inch, 22,
23+) and 2 smaller walleyes. Also caught 1 large crappie, 3 white
bass, and several white perch. All the fish were caught on trolled
shad-raps in about 15 feet of water off M&M point. I also
had a really big walleye on just long enough
4, 2003 - Cheney - Here are
a couple of pics from 2 weeks ago when the 3 of us had the lake
to ourselves on a fabulous Thursday evening. I so appreciate
it when you all stay home on weekdays!! haha MIKE E.
July 2, 2003 - Milford - Milford lake is my usual haunt. The wind was steady at 4 MPH from the SE, and the water level was up almost 3 feet from the rain. Fishing in view of the Farnim Creek Campground using nightcrawlers and bouncing them off the bottom I pilled in 1 small wt. bass, 1 22 in walleye, and my very first WIPER! I know it was dumb luck, but my light tackle managed to bring in my very first WIPER measuring 55CM (the inches on my ice chest are rubbed off, sorry). This is the last time I go fishing without my camera (no photo, again sorry). Jay Quicksall Junction City, Kansas 66441 email@example.com
July 2, 2003 - Cheney - Vacation time! Yeah!!! and this year my relatives came to me. Of course I had to take them to the lake for a try at our illusive Stripers. We used 2 boats, for 9 people, and Trolled from Saturday to today Weds. Each day has been very very slow! Yeah we caught Walleye, and wipers, and white bass, but no Stripers till today. Today I took my brother Floyd and his son Travis. They live in Grand Junction Colorado, where it can be 100+ in town and only 30 minutes away it can be 60 degrees. They chose to come here cause my 13 year old nephew Travis had his mind set on catching one of our BIG stripers! And of course my brother did too! So we have fished hard every single day till sunset with out any luck..... BUT TODAY... well lets say the fish were still pretty tight lipped but a couple of rather large stripers opened up and inhaled the lure! My bro caught a rather hefty 22 lb Female unspawned Striper. and my Nephew caught an 18 lb spawned female Striper. YEAH THEY WERE HAAAPPPYYY!!!! Me too. I was thrilled for their success.. But wanna hear a weird one? We were trolling along when my bro hollered I have one!!! and SNAP! his line broke. He reeled in and the line had broken where it had been tied to the 3 way swivel. For those of you who dont know, I use a 3 way swivel rig with a #9 Rist O Rap rapala and a 4" pearl Sassy Shad. Well, darn the luck!! We kept trolling for a while, and he hollered again! I have one!!! I hit reverse, and finally he drug his catch to the surface... I watched in AMAZEMENT at what I saw.... up came his Rapala, with one of the hooks going right through the 3 way swivel he had lost a few minutes earlier, and on his broken line were 2 NICE Wipers, one on the Rapala and one on the sassy shad! 2 lures, 2 sassy shads, 2 3 way swivels, and 2 large wipers. Now.. I truly wouldnt have believed it If I hadnt seen it for myself. Wish i would have had a video camera! Dumb luck I suppose.. But reality just the same! What a day!!! See ya, MIKE E.
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