Submitted by Anglers Like You
July - September 2003
BASSMASTER'S 40 page 2003 Tackle Guide is available free at Zeiner's
December 11, 2003 - Striper News
- Tonight on the Outdoor Channel Striper Fishing USA
at 9 PM NSBA will broadcast the first of 2 parts of this years
Lake Quachita Region III championship. I haven't seen the footage
but there were 4 Kansas teams there and you are bound to see
someone you know. The winning fish of 43 # was video taped being
caught so I am sure there will be some exciting action. The second
half will be broadcast next week. Here is the show schedule for
this week. Mon Dec. 22, 2003 9:00 PM Wed Dec. 24, 2003 10:00
AM Sat Dec. 27, 2003 8:30 AM The next weeks schedule will be
at the same day and time. Merry Christmas to All, Jack Hoskinson
December 10, 2003 - El Dorado - I
saw a rumor on a Texas fishing bulletin board that said El Dorado
Reservoir was going to be drained way down to try and eradicate
some of the Zebra mussels. Anyone know if there is any truth
to this? Thanks,
December 9, 2003 - National Striped Bass Championship Lake Lanier, Georgia Dec 3-6, 2003 Gina and I have just returned from Lake Lanier and despite the fact we didn't place in the money we are both happy and had a fantastic time. Traveling 1100 miles to the southeast we had expected warm weather but of course we took clothing for any conditions and it is good that we did, the high temperature on the warmest day was only in the 40's, but we still felt lucky with that as a blizzard was rolling to the north of us! The first day prefishing we caught lots of stripers with the biggest weighing 17# we also got into a school of bass that kept us busy for a short time until we moved off of them. Prefish day 2 I woke up to freezing rain and ice covering the boat and all, with the numbers and size of fish we caught on day 1 I decided to stay in where it was warm and rest up for the tournament.
Tournament day one, It was cold and raining headed to the area in the Little River where we caught the 17# , caught a few fish 8# biggest first few hours, moved back towards the main lake, birds and loons working. Stopped and fished this area and boy did we have a blast several fish on at the same time, broke one off, put our big fish for day one in the tube 13.5 #.
Day 2 went back to the area we caught the 13.5 and fished it for several hours, no luck, the weather had change from cloudy to sunny but the temperature were still in the 40's fished hard all morning without a bite. Moved back to the area we caught the 17# lots of fish but no bites, decided to wait them out, finally caught a 7# which was the only fish we put in the boat on day 2.
We ended up in 47th place out of 91 teams and 312 of the top striper fisherman in the USA, not as good as I expected but that's fishing for you. If you didn't try and qualify to fish this tournament all I can say is that you are missing out on a class act! National Striped Bass Assoc. President Warren Turner and his crew went the extra mile on every occasion to make sure all was in place for this event. Warren has some great plans for next year for all regions and is giving his all to promote and make region 3 bigger and better.
This is my first year fishing this circuit and I have already learned allot and made a bunch of new friends which is what its all about anyway. Even if you don't want to fish tournaments the NSBA magazine is full of info. that even the veteran striper fisherman can use! So join NSBA www.fishnsba.com if you want to know more about striper fishing it is well worth every cent! FISHON, Capt. Madd Jack Hoskinson
November 30, 2003 - Cheney - OUR
ANTICIPATION WAS HIGH ALONG WITH THE WIND. BUT THE FISH WON THIS
DAY. TROLLED ALL OVER THE LAKE. FOUND LOTS OF FISH. NONE SCHOOLED
UP. IN DEEP WATER 25' +. MANY IN FRONT OF M & M. AND THE
DAM. ME AND MY FISHING PARTNER FISHED 10AM TO 2PM. NO FISH.
November 29, 2003 - Marion Reservoir- The fishing on Broken Bridge is getting good. Went out last night and caught 20 white Bass, but small. I was using a Blue and Silver Castmaster 1/16 oz and a 1/32 oz Orange and Silver Swedish Pimple. There has been some really nice crappie being caught on small blue and white Tube Jigs. Saturday morning went out and caught 5 Crappie and about a dozen White Bass, on small Spoons. There is alot of small White Bass in the River and the Crappie Fishing should be picking up.
November 21, 2003 - Respond to Mike
E. - WHAT A STORY MIKE. I'M REALLY PUMPED NOW. HAVE
NOT BEEN OUT SINCE OCT. 19. BUT THAT'S GOING TO CHANGE. HEADING
TO BEAVER LAKE SAT. AND SUN. CAN'T WAIT. REPORTS ARE OVERWHELMING
NUMBERS OF STRIPERS 20-25 LBS. LIMITS BEING CAUGHT DAILY. MIGHT
HAVE TO FIGHT THE SNOW COMING HOME SUNDAY NIGHT. HOPE THAT FORD
DON'T BREAK DOWN.
November 20, 2003 - Fall River - I went crappie fishing on a bridge over Fall river 11/20/03. I was fishing next to a big brush pile with minnow and a jig. I was catching a hand sized crappie about every 10-15 minutes or so, no keepers all day, and a few 12"-15" large mouth bass and a few white bass. While I was pulling a small crappie out of the water I saw a shadow under him. A few small crappie later when I am pulling one out of the water I see this giant bass coming after my crappie!!! By the time I could react the crappie is out of the water and the bass went back down. I asked the guy next to me if he saw it and he didn't. So I got my bass pole and worked the brush pile with a jig and pig with no luck. A few crappie later, and the guy fishing next to me was watching this time, I am pulling a small crappie up from the 10' or so bottom with a small bend to the pole and then it really bent over, he had my crappie in his mouth!!!! With my pole bent over and me pulling he let go and the crappie shot up out of the water and that big bass came out of the water after it. he came completely out of the water. I couldn't get him to take a jig and pig so I decide to try a big plastic worm so I rig my bass pole up for it and about that time I catch another small crappie and a light bulb goes on in my head, If it is crappie he wants... I used the worm rig I had ready, hooked the crappie through the mouth and dropped him next to the brush. It wasn't more than 5 seconds and BAM the fight was on. I have no idea how long it took to land him but I did. He weighed 5lb 15oz. Not my biggest but no question about it he was the most exciting. After I got that crappie eating monster out of the water I caught one small crappie after another for an hour or so. They were liberated from the beast. Before, one would sneak out every now and then and grab my minnow, after the beast was gone they were in a frenzy. A little after dark they just shut off completely and I went home. What a trip. About half way home I started wondering what made those small crappie just shut off like that. 40lb flat head maybe? Well, tomorrow is my day off, any guess where I will be? I think I will keep a pole baited with a small crappie under a big bobber. BTW yes it is legal to use crappie for bait, any fish you legally catch can be used for bait. Danny C
November 20, 2003 - Cheney - Today was another day to remember! I fished from daylight to dark and had myself a wonderful time! Gorgeous weather, and warm waters made for a fantastic trip. I started fishing off M&M point, on my favorite hump, and caught probably 49 Stripers and about as many LARGE Wipers. These fish were HUGE!!!! I caught a 93 lb Channel cat, and lots of Walleye from 20 to 30 lbs! When my arm got really tired from all the reeling, I found myself on the cover of Bass Masters Magazine, and I really dont know why, since I could care less about Bass Fishing!, Everywhere I went, people would say arent you that guy who catches all those World Record fish? I would just say yep! Thats me!, after signing 100's of autographs, I decided to go home, and when I pulled My Rather Large Bluewater yacht off Lake Powell, and Headed off to the airport to my learjet...to take me to my beautiful mountain Home in Oklahoma.... I WOKE UP! Doggone it! I hate dreams like that! Hope somebody out there is catching fish, cause Im sure NOT!!! MIKE E.
November 20, 2003 - Kanopolis Spillway
and Seep Stream -
November 20, 2003 - Winfield - Bless
that Kansas wind! It makes for some of the best winter fishing.
Waded Winfield Lake this afternoon and caught 34 fat and sassy
white bass and wipers. All fish were 1 to 2 pounds. I threw a
1/4 oz. silver rattletrap and a 1/4 oz roadrunner with a 3 inch
white twister tail. Any time the wind blows hard for a couple
of days or more in a row, head for the windblown shorelines and
points. The bait is trapped by the high waves and the whites
and wipers are usually there picking them off.
November 20, 2003 - Question on Water Treatment on Cheney - question on the new water treatment cheney lake is going to install. i read the article in the wichita eagle a few weeks ago of the equipment there going to install to prevent the water from smelling and tasting funny. can any biologist (cheney) explain how the process will be done? any effects to the water inside the lake before it leaves the dam? any effects to the fish? also, what's the request for stocking for 2004 for walleye, wipers? any fall (2003) report of netting results of said fish?
November 20, 2003 - Respond to Tax Bill - Without divulging completely of any recourse. ask a owner of a boat that has OKLAHOMA registration. in certain situation it is not against the law. check it out carefully before you do it. you will save on that 1993 ranger about $150.00 a year. i understand completely your feelings.
November 20, 2003 - Complaint on Tax Bill for Boat Continued- Well, as it turns out, that bill was for more than it should have been. There was a penalty for over $100 for not acknowledging that I still owned the boat earlier in the year. OUCH! That hurts right in the wallet. Kelly
November 20, 2003 - Complaint on Tax Bill for Boat - Unfortunately, this is a complaint, not a fishing report. I just received my tax bill for my 18' 1993 Ranger bass boat. Over $400 for a boat that is 10 years old!!! Granted, the boat is in great shape to be this old. But, doesn't that sound a little excessive? Both of the cars I own don't equal this. If my boat was brand new, I would have an easier job understanding this... but over $400 for a 10 year old boat? Anyone know if there is any recourse action I can take? Thanks, Kelly
November 7, 2003 - Kanopolis Seep
November 5, 2003 - Items for sale
- hi, dont know if you remember me but i emailed several
fishing reports to you over the summer.....anyway, i have to
sell my boat and everything in it and was wondering if you could
help me. the boat is sold but i have lots of extras that need
selling. all these items are in near new condition and were only
used last summer a few times:
I am lucky to have ended up in Southern Olathe KS not even 5 blocks form Herritage Park,(159th & Blackbob) & less than 3 miles from Olathe Lake & Cedar Lake.
Didnt see Herritage Park on the report, thought someone should know, most people go here for Pan-Fish, & the lake is crawling with nice size Cat Fish.
Dont mean to let the Cat-out-of-the-bag, But I have Caught over a dozen 4 to 8 pound Cahnnel Cats off of the Island in the main part of the lake.
This Island extends into the middle of the lake creating a "Narrow" or "Channel" between the 2 main bodies of water & there is always a Catfish rolling thru there on almost any day I have gone out.Cast out to the middle of the channel if possible.
With the weather temps gettin lower in October, The fish are feeding even harder, I caught 5 of em Oct 30th, 2003. It was only a high of 50 degrees.
The lake is full of Blue Gill & Crappie as well, all panfish
are mostly caught off the docks & the bike path
Lake was stocked Oct 22 thru 24th. rumor has it they dumped in over 700 pounds of trout.
I seen alot of guys fishin salmon eggs off the shore line
all around the lake.
October 29, 2003 - Fishing Tackle
- I was just reading through, and noticed a lot of
talk about fishing tackle, and how rods make such a big difference.
I want to voice my opinion- No rods are the same. You don't have
to spend $235.00 on just a G.Loomis rod in order to catch fish.
A G.Loomis is not necessarily going to out fish a falcon.(both
are Great Rods), but a G.Loomis will be more comfortable to fish
with during an 8-9 hour tournament, because they are a lighter
rod. I have heard a lot of great things about the falcon, but
i have never used or owned one. I own 4 G Loomis rods, and they
are all IMX,and one is a GLX. They do have a lifetime warranty,
but if you break one, go to KC, and take it to cabelas, and you
will get it replaced for FREE. I just turned 20 yrs old, and
am pretty serious about bass fishing, and a lot of people think
i am stupid for having the kind of rods that i do, but they fail
to realize that i am 20 yrs, and that these rods are an investment
that is GARANTEED to last the rest of my life!! You can't beat
it. I know a lot of people who use a berkley or shimano rods
from wal- mart who catch just as many fish as anyone. Yeah a
loomis, st. croix, falcon, allstar, lamiglass etc, are mor sensitive,
you do not HAVE to have one. Good luck to all. RJ
October 27, 2003 - Hunting question
- I was wondering if anyone would be interested in
posting bow hunting reports on this site as well. Alot of us
are all around outdoorsman and It would be nice to hear how others
are doing. We could post stuff such as any rutting activity that
has been seen, rubs, scrapes etc....... Jim could you post this
or are you willing to have hunting stories on the site as well?
Editor's Note: If there is interest in this, we would create
separate pages for the hunting reports so they are not mixed
in with the fishing reports. We would appreciate input from any
and all of the readers of these reports.
October 27, 2003 - Kanopolis Seep
Stream - Took off this afternoon in search of rainbows
at Kanopolis. Managed to catch 2 largemouth bass fingerlings
(both may have been 4 inches long) on crankbait. Only managed
to land 3 rainbows - one on Strike King Pond Minnow and the others
on powerbait (missed a couple of others). Others were using power
bait ( guy using it caught 2) and minnows (guy using them caught
4.) tight lines walt
October 23, 2003 - Marion - After
2 very slow weekends at Cheney I had to try something else. I
got to Marion about 8 and was going to start down by the dam
on the East side. Right away I started marking fish and in no
time at all I was in the white bass and wipers. I was using the
3-way set up. With one pole a risto rap going deep and 1 pole
a hot ant tot going about 12 feet. Its been a long time since
I marked that many fish. I ended up with 41 whites and wipers.
I had action all morning till the wind let up. There were about
6 or 7 other boats and every one was catching fish. The wipers
were not big but in the 3 to 4 pound range and they hit like
they wanted to take the pole out of the boat. All of the whites
were nice size and all over the 3-way set up. The highlight of
the day was getting 2 whites at the same time on one pole and
a wiper on the other. I guess if anyone was watching me try and
handle 3 fish at once they got a good laugh out of that. I never
got out of that East corner of the dam. Randy
October 16, 2003 - Cheney - WINDY.
FISHED 4 - 7 PM. MUST HAVE TROLLED 6 MILES. COULD NOT FIND ANY
SCHOOLS OF FISH. TROLLED M & M HEAVILY FROM 4 ' UP TO 25'
WITH NO LUCK. WENT TO WESTSIDE WERE IT WAS NOT WINDY. CAUGHT
ONE 6.1 LB. WALLEYE AND THAT'S IT. THE SMALLEST WALLEYE I HAVE
CAUGHT THIS YEAR WAS 4 LBS. I WONDER IF THERE'S ANY YOUNG WALLEYE
IN THE LAKE? MARK.
October 13, 2003 - Reply to Mike E. - I would like to suggest to Mike E and everyone else out there about another rod that is as good as a Loomis and BETTER then St. Croix in my opion. It is a Falcon rod. I own five of them and they are wonderful!!!! They run between about $65 and $125 depending on the style you are looking for. Zeiners also carry a good selection of these rods. They are made in Broken Arrow Oklahoma so they are made in the good ol' midwest. They are becoming very popular on the BASS circuit. Pro's like Clark Wendlet and Mark Davis have used them for years. They are probably the second best selling rod in Texas next to allstar rods. I have heard that stuff for along time about how the rod doesn't make a difference. Believe me it makes a BIG difference (that and the person using it) Expensive tackle is well worth the money. Would you rather drive a YUGO or a Z71 pickup? Theres that big of difference in tackle. Reels are the same way as rods (I live and breath shimano's paired with falcon rods) but that's a whole nother story. Mike E is right on the money!! Try a falcon, you will love it. bossman
October 12, 2003 - Tackle Comments
- I learned something this year. My friend Chris,
told me at the beginning of the season this year, that tackle
does make a huge difference in catching fish. I just chuckled
at this because I have almost always had no problem in the fish
catching dept. When I say tackle, I am talking Fishing Rods.
You see, Chris is absolutely positively SOLD on the idea that
the better the rod, the more fish you can catch! I firmly disagreed
with him, and he suggested I take the test. Chris loves his Rod
and Reel collection. He used only the very best money can buy!
I mean Rods that cost over $200! Well, I honestly had never even
imagined using any fishing pole that cost more than $39.95, my
whole 42 years of life! I just couldnt see spending anymore money
than that for something I would probably break and soon have
to replace! ( and yeah I managed to break one of his $200 loomis!
but he managed to break 3 or 4 himself! The company does replace
them!!) One fine day last spring Chris and I went to El Dorado
lake Walleye fishing. He handed me his ultralite St croix 2-6
lb 4' Rod equipped with a deadbolt reel. He said try this. I
put on a jig tipped with a Large Night crawler and lowered it
to the bottom of the lake. Shortly thereafter the tip went down,
and I grabbed it. WOW! the feel of that fish on the other end
was exciting! Nice walleye after Nice Walleye I caught using
it. I also had my 6' Walmart Rod with 8 lb test and a big Center
drag reel right beside the ultra lite. I caught like..2 fish
on my tackle, and SEVERAL on his. Yeah there is a big difference.
Next trip he handed me his Loomis Rod. WOW that thing made me
a believer. I could feel every little tap on the other end. During
the summer he let me use several of his Loomis and St Croix rods.
Each time, it was harder and harder to hand them back to him.
Especially spooning on cheney for Wipers and White Bass. and
Perch. We definately caught our share, and I honestly have to
say THANKS CHRIS for an experience I would NEVER have had if
it werent for you!, and I have to say YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!!
TACKLE MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE!!! Now its just the patience to
save up to pay for the high priced tackle, but.. I truly do believe
they are worth every penny! Or every HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL! haha.
Go to Zeiners and buy a St Croix rod. He is a dealer here in
the city, and has a nice selection. If you have never used a
Loomis or St. Croix, you're in for a real treat! MIKE E.
October 10, 2003 - Cheney - FRIDAY. HAD TO TRY IT OUT DUE TO MIKE E. RIPPING LINE REPORT. FISHED 4PM. TO 7PM. WENT STRAIGHT TO M & M AND FOR THE FIRST TIME TRIED MIKE'S RISTO RAP. NOW ZEINERS'S ONLY HAD THE NEXT SIZE SMALLER LEFT OF THE RISTO RAP AND I TRIED ONE WITH A SASSY SAD WITH IT. I GOT REAL LUCKY AND TROLLED RIGHT TO A SCHOOL OF FISH ON THE BOTTOM ADJACENT TO A DROP OFF. AND WHAM. GOT A DOUBLE WHITE BASS. I HAD ONE PROBLEM. MY RISTO RAP WOULD NOT GET DOWN TO THE 19' DEPTH I WANTED. EVEN AT 5 MPH. SO I PUT THE DOWNRIGGERS DOWN TO GET MY OTHER TYPE OF BAIT DOWN THERE AND WHAM MORE WHITE BASS. IT SLOWED DOWN SO WENT TO THE WESTSIDE AND NO FISH. WENT BACK TO M & M AND WHAM. MORE WHITE BASS. ENDED UP WITH NO BIG WIPER OR STRIPERS. DID COME UP WITH 3LB. STRIPERS AND A FEW SMALL WIPERS. FINAL CATCH WAS 12 BIG WHITE BASS. ONE 6.1 LB. WALLEYE. THANKS MIKE FOR THE INFO. I NEED BIGGER RISTO RAPS. WERE CAN I GET THEM? I MIGHT CALL CABLEA'S. OR I'M I WASTING MY TIME? MARK.
October 9, 2003 - Cheney - I only managed an hour this evening, but it was an hour I will not soon forget. I was on the water @ 6pm, and it was GLASS. I was expecting High water because of yesterdays 14 hours of rain, but the lake hasnt risen much. Anyhow not yet. Amongst the MILLIONS of Gulls, and still water, This evening was beautiful. I caught 4 fish, with my perch colored Kast master. 3 very large White Bass, and one spectacular 10 lb Wiper. Of course it was on 6 lb test and Ultra lite Rod & Reel. I had to follow her a bit with the trolling motor, but I managed to land her and she was a beauty. It was one of the most beautiful evenings I have seen on the lake this year! AND>>> once again, Thanks everyone for STAYING HOME during the week and letting me have the whole lake to myself! MIKE E.
October 5, 2003 - Respond to Outdoor
Channel - HEY, THANKS
FOR THE HEADS UP ON THE STRIPER FISHING USA SHOW ON MONDAY NIGHT
FISHING ON THE OUTDOOR CHANNEL (SATELLITE). JUST GOT MY SATELLITE
AND REALLY ENJOY MONDAY NIGHT FISHING. DID NOT KNOW STRIPER FISHING
USA WAS ON. THAT'S MY KIND OF FISHING SHOW. LOT'S BETTER THAN
THAT SHELLY & COURTNEY FISHING SHOW IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.
GAG ME. WHAT A BUNCH OF WANT TO BE FISHER LADIES. ONE SHOW SHELLY
WAS WEARING A MOSQUITO BONNET WHILE FISHING IN ALASKA. WHAT A
JOKE. GOT TO GET OUT TO CHENEY AND TRY FOR THOSE STRIPERS MIKE
E. BEEN RIPPING LINE ON. MARK.
October 5, 2003 - Cheney - Little late in posting this report.
Was on the lake by 12:45pm with a good friend and his 11 year
old daughter with hopes of hooking up with schooling whites and
wipers. Sky was mostly cloudy with occasional sunshine and wind
was about 10mph from the west creating a good walleye chop on
the water. Did not spot any activity on M&M point so we opted
to start at Wichita Point. We were casting Storm Blue and Silver
3" Holographic Wild Eye Swim Shad and occasionally a 3/8
oz Kastmaster spoon. Encountered a school of whites/wipers (1
- 2lb) at about 1:30pm. Action lasted about 30 minutes and we
landed several fish. Friend's daughter landed couple of nice
wipers on her own which in my books, justified the expedition.
Requires no special talent. Just cast and reel. School moved
on and action slowed with just an occasional white or wiper but
we exercised patience and perserverence and continued to fish.
Finally, the schools moved up on Wichita Point about 6:00pm and
the action was non stop. Friend's daughter landed more nice whites
& wipers plus a bonus fish. Her bonus fish was a 22"
Walleye which inhaled her 3" Blue and Silver Wildeye shad.
Alas, the fun came to a close as the sun was quickly setting
and we had to leave.
October 2, 2003 - Kingman SFL - Went there Wed the 2nd. Got to the lake at about 5:30. Fall fishing is in gear and the bass are ready for you. I was on shore so I couldn't get to where I wanted. But the bass are jumping. Saw some very nice bass jumping in the lily pads farther from shore. Some of the bass would probably be in the range of 2-3 pounds. If you can get a boat or some waders I would suggest getting out in the lily pads. I had three, but lost them all due to the lily pad stems out of the water. Saw one guy land one bass and I believe he was using a plastic frog. Left at around 7:30. Dominic
October 1, 2003 - Cheney - Have a question on sea gulls and big pelicans at cheney. why during summer do we not see these birds around the lake in kansas? then when autumn and fall sets in they show up? is this a migration issue? also, are both of these birds have off spring in the same area in kansas during this season? thanks.
September 30, 2003 - Cheney-
September 28, 2003 - Cheney - on
cheney it was a beautiful day on the lake. in the morning anyway.
the sunrise was awesome and the light highlited a flock of gulls
on the west side as they took wing. fishing was a tad slow for
what we were doing. 1 white bass. 1 gull (yes, the kind that
flies) and a lure I lost on thursday was boated. all were released
except for the lure. caught the gull on a rogue deep diver. had
just one hook in beak and the bird was able to release itself
once he was able to relax. first bird i ever caught. as for large
fish for the summer the biggest was a 26" walleye caught
off the dam in early august at cheney. also landed a 7# channel
cat. and some 21" wipers.
September 27, 2003 - Cheney - RESPONDS
TO FALL/WINTER FISHING AT CHENEY. I PERSONALLY HAVE BEEN A BIG
"ZERO". AT THIS TIME OF THE SEASON. NEVER REALLY SPENT
TIME OUT ON THE LAKE TO FIGURE OUT THE FALL FISHING PATTERN.
I REALLY TAKE UP N.F.L. WITH MY CHIEF'S AND CUT/SPLIT FIREWOOD
FOR MY WOOD BURNING STOVE. KIND OF LIKE A BEAR HIBERNATING. ANY
SUGGESTION I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR ABOUT IT. GET A NICE LATE NOVEMBER
DAY WITH THE WEATHER SUCH WOULD NOT MIND HITTING THE LAKE.
September 26, 2003 - Cheney - I
fished Thursday evening, started around 6pm, there was a little
chop on the water as the southerly breezes blew across the lake.
I instantly noticed the huge flocks of Sea Gulls flocking off
M&M and Northward to Wichita points. I think I was just a
little too late. I could see some fish boiling under the birds
in the distance, but by the time I got there it was over. I piched
a spoon, but nothing. I went on to Wichita and once again, I
was too late. SO... Trolling it was, and Trolling proved to give
me plenty of late evening action. I stopped by Zeiners over my
Lunch hour and bought some of his $3.99 Risto Raps... THANKS!!
I was so glad you guys found some!!! The shad color is the one
I have had most success with for the last 3 years, and I was
completely out! So.. I started trolling, and Wham! 2 fish almost
instantly! one nice 5 lb Wiper and a 2 lb White Bass. This action
continued for an hour and a half, till the sun dipped under the
clouds and over the trees. I caught several nice Wipers and Huge
White bass! almost each run i pulled in 2 at a time. THey were
in shallow water over a 7' hump off M&M. Once again thank
you everyone for staying home during the week! It was nice to
have the whole lake to myself!
September 26, 2003 - Cheney - I have been keeping an eye on the striper/wiper fishing at Cheney. I am going to try to get down there this fall. How far into the fall does the fishing last? I was wondering if it was any good in late October and November?
BTW, I have used Mike E's three way rig to catch crappie and
white bass in NE
September 24, 2003 - Cheney - Hey everyone, Mark listed his big fish for the year, and I am really interested in how everyone else has done this year on Cheney. My Largest Wiper a big 15 lb Female, also in my boat the largest Striper was caught by Terry, it was 26lbs, My largest was a close 25 lber. I landed a 49 lb Buffalo, I weighed what I think was my biggest White Bass, it was 3 lbs. Channel cat was 19 lbs All these fish were caught Trolling with the 3 way rig. I took pictures of 48 Stripers, and I caught several more that I couldnt take pics of cause I didnt have any film. The Wipers were not quite as numerous this year for me, as last year, but still caught many of them up to 10 lbs. Most being 3 to 8 lbs. My biggest Walleye was 8 lbs., and I did not catch very many of them at all! Maybe 10 or so all summer. Please respond, There are plenty of us who would like to know how everyone did. Thanks. MIKE E.
September 22, 2003 - Cheney - Sept. 20 Very windy day on the Lake and very few boats out. Fished the west side around Handi-cap Jetty to the Sail boat Cove (trolling and drifting) Nothing hitting the 3 way or the firetiger shad raps so tried drifting with crawlers. White perch were pesky and we took over 20 small ones out of the Lake. My brother Gary did catch a Walleye close to 4# on a 1/4 oz. pink lead head with a crawler while drifting.. No sign of Wipers or stripers in that strong wind on the west side. Ken from Dodge City
September 20 and 21, 2003 - Cheney -WOW! Thats what I have to say about last weekend on the lake! Saturday Chris & I fished from 1pm to dusk, and we had a ball! We just spooned, and it proved to be an exciting day for ultralite spooning action. We would find large schools of fish, and anchor over them and catch them till they moved out, then do it all over again. Sunday I went alone, and caught up with Chris & Mike and we did it all over again. THis time, about an hour or so before dark, the water EXPLODED! Fish were boiling everywere! all around us. Very large White bass and Wipers had the shad up to the surface and they were pounding them! So were we! In an hour I caught 23 fish from 1 1/2 lb whites to 9 lb Wipers. If you have never caught a big Wiper on ultralite, I truly suggest you try it. You may never want to troll again. We stayed out at the edge of the school and threw our spoons out to the middle of them, let it sink to the bottom, jerk it up twice and had a fish everytime. It was awesome. chris said he had never seen fish school like that before, and now he cant wait till the weekend to do it again! TRY IT YOU WILL DEFINATELY LIKE IT!! MIKE E.
September 20, 2003 - Cheney - (Sept.
19) What beautiful weather to be on the lake! Where are all the
fishermen and fisherwomen?
September 17, 2003 - Reply to Mike
E's posting - CHENEY LAKE, RESPONSE TO MIKE E. REPORT.
HAVE NOT FISHED FOR ANY WHITE PERCH AT CHENEY. I CONTINUALLY
READ REPORTS ON FOLKS CATCHING HUGE BUCKETS FULL OF THESE FISH
THAT KANSAS FISH AND GAME ARE TRYING TO CONTROL OR EXTERMINATE.
I'M HAPPY FOR ALL THAT ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE EXCITEMENT
OF THIS ACTION. THIS SUMMER FOR ME HAS BEEN THE BEST TO DATE
ON SUCCESS ON BIG STRIPERS AND WIPERS. THE PROMISE OF HEAVY STOCKING
OF WIPERS THIS YEAR AND UPCOMING YEARS TO CONTROL, EXTERMINATE
THE WHITE PERCH POPULATION WILL PROVE THAT WIPER FISHING AT CHENEY
WILL BE VERY GOOD IN THE FUTURE. I DO HOPE FISH AND GAME CONSIDER
STOCKING BACK INTO THE LAKE STRIPERS. 95-98 PERCENT OF ALL THE
FISH I CAUGHT THIS YEAR WERE RELEASED BACK TO THE LAKE INCLUDING
THE BIG WALLEYE'S I WAS LUCKY TO CATCH. MIGHT GO OUT A FEW MORE
TIMES THIS FALL/WINTER. GOOD LUCK TO ALL ON FALL FISHING AND
MANY THANKS TO FISH AND GAME ON THERE STOCKING PROGRAM AT CHENEY.
September 16, 2003 - Wilson - With the rains of last week and the cooler temperatures the fishing should be picking up faster than it has but those fish do what they want and patience has never been one of my virtues. We are still catching 4 to 6 lb. stripers while surfacing early and late in the day on bucktails and topwater plugs. The down rigger people are doing fair in the lucas park area running bucktails also. This coming weekend will be the first National Striped Bass Assoc.& Kansas Striper Assoc. tournament on Lake Milford. with Thunderbird Marina as our host, we are hoping for a great turnout and have several teams coming from as far away as the Carolinas, and Virginia. This will be a hybrid/wiper event and a qualification tournament for NSBA for more info. go to www.fishnsba.com http://www.fishnsba.com or for Milford info. go to http://www.maddjackstriperguide.com/nsba.html I have been getting good reports from Milford on the Wiper fishing with Wipers up to 14# being taken and lots of 4 to 7# wipers also being caught. I for one am looking forward to this tournament as it will finish out the year for us Kansas qualifiers. Some good ole boys from back east beat me on my own lake last May and I am hoping I can return the favor! No matter what I plan on having a great time. When you get that many good fisherman on one lake you wouldn't believe the fish stories, It's a blast.
September 15, 2003 - Cheney - Hi all, Havent been doin alot of "BIG FISH" fishing lately, I have really been into the Ultra lite action. I have been on the lake 4 times in the last 3 weeks, and I think I have enjoyed my Lite action fishing even more than when I trolled for the BIG Stripers. It has really been a totally different pattern this year. Spring through mid july proved awesome for HUGE Stripers, and August to now has been fantastic for ultralite spooning over massive White perch and White Bass beds. I have caught HUNDREDS of Perch thisyear, and Yeah, I really have enjoyed catching every one of them. Sure, I still enjoy the Line ripping action of a nice Wiper or Striper, but Sitting over a huge bed of fish yanking them out one after the other just as fast as you can pull them out has something to say also! ITS A BLAST!!! and... with the price of GAS, Its also extremely ECONOMICAL! Just takes a little battery juice and a trolling motor for a day of extreme pleasure. I got on the web last week and looked up White Perch data... I found they completely double their population in a 3 year period, and they LOVE MUD FLATS.. does Cheney have Mud flats??? HA HA the whole dang lake is a mud flat. So... say theres 10 million perch now... 3 more years 20 million. they grow about the same as White Bass.. up to 5 lbs or so. And they fight as good as a large White Bass too. I fished Sunday from 3 to 7pm and caught a Hundred or so out on the Refuge. I spooned everyone of them, and had a great time. Try it youll Like it.. I hate doing it, but I kill everyone I catch. I have a nice flat nose on my boat, and they land extremely hard on it and fall lifeless in the water. Sounds cruel, but I think the birds appreciate it as well as other predatory fish. Probably wont dent the population, but it cant hurt! Take care, MIKE E.
September 13-14, 2003 - Milford - Had our local group catfish tourney last weekend at Milford. Great year! First place was 25lbs., 2nd was 22lbs,and 3rd was 10.5lbs. Caught a few white bass defore the tourney and some nice wipers, one by another boat of 13lbs. Vance Stirn,Tescott
September, 2003 - Shawnee State -me and the wife and kids been out camping off and on all summer at the shawnee state fishing lake this year and i guess better late than never to report my catchings. i have found on the lake thatthe fishing is better on the east side of the lake. since i primarily fish for channel cat and flathead catfish then that's what i will report on. Using chicken liver i have caught fish in the 1 - 2 pound range. now using blue gill i have caught cats and flathead in the 5 to 20 pound range. just a thought and note..... is there anything we can do about the idiots out there who race there atv's around the lake and spinning there tires to throw gravel on peoples campsites at all hours of the night? there is also another group of people that go around the lake throwing packs of firecrackers in camps. i realize the shawnee state fishing lake is open to the public at no charge however it is a fishing and camping lake and not the place for stupidity. hello people can get seriously injured. take the "party" elsewhere. thank you. Jason Porter firstname.lastname@example.org
September 7, 2003 - Cheney - Sunday 9/7 David and Pat along with Pat's grandson Scott caught a few White Perch. The grand total was 346 so maybe it was quite a few. Several of them were big enough to become supper. I would say that makes for a good day on the lake! Chris
September 6, 2003 - Cheney -Weather was great at Cheney for drifting Saturday afternoon. Throw net provided plenty of shad for bait. Drifted between Wichita Point and Refuge for a couple of hours. Wife caught a 7.5lb channel cat and a two pounder. I caught a 4lb channel. (she always catches the biggest fish!) Anyway--beautiful day and had a good time. Tom and Michelle
September 5, 2003 - Cheney - 7:30AM TO 1PM. HAD A CHILLY MORNING. 60 OUTDOOR TEMP. BUT A GOOD DAY. FISHED ALL OVER THE LAKE. CAUGHT ALL FISH ON WESTSIDE. CAME UP WITH A 9.9 LB. STRIPER, ONE 6 LB. WIPER AND SEVEN WHITE BASS. NOT A BAD DAY. LOTS OF ANGLERS OUT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A BEAUTIFULLY DAY. MARK.
September 1, 2003 - Butler SFL -
Took the boat out again for a spin... made sure I
had my tools and an actual anchor... That sounded good enough
to me! Well it wasn't! I get on the water put on the trolling
motor and it didn't start up.... I tried the second battery and
still didn't work! When I got to my dads we took apart the motor
and found out that the switch was messed up. It was a tiny little
box that had two metal prongs in it and they wouldn't make contact
to complete the circuit. Luckily, I got it fixed.
September 1, 2003 - Cheney White
Perch Frenzy - Sat 8/30 was a MISERABLE day to be
out on the lake, but the fishing was good for Pat Sackett. He
took first place with about 180 fish. The fish were caught out
in the refuge area in 13 foot of water. The team of Pat and two
of his friends took a grand total of 501 fish.
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