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December 19, 2004 - Kanopolis Seep Stream - Arrived Outlet parking lot approx 11:30 AM w/ 1 other vehicle in the parking lot (8 vehicles w/ trailers visible @ the launching site on the lake), whose occupants were fishing the outlet area. 2 other folks showed up and tried their hand for about 45 minutes with no results.
Realizing that supply of stock trout has been reduced (website says stocking
Monday), figured it was nice enough day to sit out there and see what would
happen. Water was gin clear and low (nothing unexpected.) Used rainbow
power bait & Rapala # 5 floater in firetiger. Had 6 strikes total & managed
to land 2 of them which is much better than I expected.
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CHECK & CLEAR 6
73
"Per Mare, Per Terras"
walt
38-54-14.601N / 097-14-09.074W

December 16, 2004 - El Dorado - Mike Cook - Four Lake Guides - Can't seem to get the writing juices flowing. Sorry. I fishing E.D. thursday and couldn't get the walleye to bite. The crappie were real slow also but there was a great bite on big white bass. Look for them in 15-25 feet of water in the upper end of the lake. Slab spoon with a jig tied a foot or so above it has been doing the trick for me.
Mike Cook

December 13, 2004 - El Dorado - Mike Cook - Four Lake Guides - The fishing is really hot right now for big walleye. Lots of white bass and the crappie fishing is starting to pick up.

December 11, 2004 - Wilson - DECEMBER 11, 2004. WOKE UP TO 26 DEGREES OUTSIDE WITH NO WIND. GOT THE BOAT READ. WHAT A CRISP MORNING. HEAVY FROST ON THE GRASS. THE SMELL OF CEDAR COMING OUT OF MY CHIMMY STOVE ON TOP OF THE HOUSE. NOTHING BUT STARS ABOVE. CAN'T WAIT TO HIT THE LAKE. MY BUDDY SHOWED UP AND WE HEADED OUT.

GOT TO THE LAKE AT 10 AM. AFTER SEEING SOME LEFT OVER SNOW STILL IN THE DITCHES ALONG I-70. THE LAKE LOOKED GOOD WITH VERY LITTLE WIND. TEMP. UP TO 34 DEGREES. TALKED TO ANOTHER FISHERMAN PUTTING HIS BOAT IN ASKING OURSELFS WHAT THE HECK ARE WE DOING HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF DEC. SURPRISLING AROUND 15 BOATS WERE ON THE LAKE MOST ALL JIG FISHING OFF THE SIDE OF THERE BOATS. WE PUT THE DOWNRIGGER OUT AND TRIED OUR LUCK. WE DRANK OUR COFFEE AND ATE OUR LUNCH AND HAD THE MOST WONDERFULL DAY FISHING.

THE WEATHER WAS REALY NICE. ENDED UP GETTING UP TO 58 DEGREES WHEN WE GOT OFF THE LAKE. WE HAD ONE 5 LB. STRIPER AND A 15.5 INCH WALLEYE TO OUR CATCH. THE WALLEYE HAD EGGS IN HER. TALKED TO ANOTHER FISHERMAN HE HAD THREE NICE WALLEYE TO HIS CATCH. WE CLEANED OUR FISH ON THE DOCK WITH SEA GULLS FLYING ABOUT YELLING AT US LOOKING FOR A BITE TO EAT. I HAD SOME CORN CHIPS LEFT FROM OUR LUNCH SO I THREW THEM INTO THE WATER AND HERE THEY CAME EATING ALL. MUST HAVE BEEN 50 OF THEM. WHEN WE LEFT THE LAKE AT 4PM. I LOOKED BACK AT THE LAKE AND TOLD MYSELF. I FEEL LIKE THE MOST LUCKY PERSON TO BE ABLE TO SPEND A DAY AT THE LAKE THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. MARK.

December 4, 2004 - Answer to Dec. 3 Question - i use this method of fishing right now before and after there is ice . using 2lb line makes a big difference jer

December 3, 2004 - Marion - Went fishing at broken at Marion Resivour and the fishing is getting good. Caught about 20 nice white bass and 5 small crappie on a 1/4 oz white and red tube jig. The whites were about 1/2 pound and bigger. Two weeks ago went wiper fishing at Marion and caught some really nice wipers up to 6 pounds. We caught them in 23 foot of water close to the dam. We ended up with 17 wipers and 7 white bass in a hour and half. We caught them on a 1/2 oz white bucktail jig and 1/2 oz whte and pink road runners. TB

December 3, 2004 - Question - Noted brief post by "jer" touting 2 lb line/waxworms for crappie. Is this in anticipation of ice fishing, or a method he uses right now.I'd like to hear more specifics. Jer?? Tim S

November 29, 2004 - Tip - time to get 2lb line with ultralite rod and use waxworms and spikes to catch big bluegill and crappie fishin pal jer

November 26, 2004 - Cheney - Haven't been to the lake for a few weeks, but was wondering if anyone has been catching any perch? I know most people will wrinkle their nose at this, but the last few years, perch are about all I fish for anymore. A blast to catch on light tackle and probably the best eating fish in the lake. Thanks.

November 21, 2004 - Marion County Lake - caught 40 big bluegill nov.8 at marion co heated dock on grasshoppers and worms good eating jer

November 19, 2004 - Smithville
Cappie excellent around the docks just under the surface in 10' to 20' of water. Small black and Chartruse jigs working best. Caught a limit of 10' to 11" crappie. Largemouth Bass good in the coves on spinner baits 3 to 10 feet of water. Rick

November 19, 2004 - Kanopolis Seep Stream & Outlet - Weather Channel conditions 1008 hrs for Salina:
cloudy
Temp: 50 F
Humidity: 80%
Dewpoint: 44 F
Barometer: 30.00 S
wnw 10 MPH
Arrived approx 1130 hrs. 2 gentlemen fishing Seep Stream, 2 fishing the
spillway & 2 down in the outlet area.
Used Berkley rainbow power bait nuggets & # 5 Rapala in firetiger (4 for the
power bait & 1 for the rapala - all 11 to 12 inches.) Moved down to the
Outlet area. Tried Square A (silver w/ blue back) by Bomber w/ no luck.
Switched to rod w/ Bomber Ultra Lite Fat A (bass) and it was catch & release
(over dozen largemouth bass from 4 inches to 12 inches); 2 more rainbows
(?swept over dam from last 2 stockings?) & 1 2lb white bass. If the
largemouth get half a chance, Smoky River would have excellent largemouth
fishery in this area of the river.
One thing have noticed is that people need to pick up their garbage before
they leave. True, the land belongs to all of us so why leave it a mess?
Would you throw garbage all over your home? Bad enough all the broken-off
line (danger to wildlife) laying around but the lure packings, various
beverage containers & plain trash ruins the area.
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73
"Per Mare, Per Terras"
walt
38-54-14.601N / 097-14-09.074W


November 16, 2004 - Kanopolis Seep Stream & Outlet -
Departed home approx 1050 hrs; weather station Abilene reported conditions @
1000 hrs as:
Temp: 38 degrees F
Barometric Pressure: 30.42 rising
Dewpoint: 27 degrees F
Humidity: 64%
Wind: 3 MPH & variable
Arrived approx 1200 hrs & there was only 1 other car in the Outlet parking
lot. Could see one person fishing down in the river and no sign of anyone
fishing the Seep Stream. Water in the Seep Stream is down considerable from
last year and there is a log right in the middle of the pool at the dam that
was not there last year. Caught my limit of rainbows using a # 5 Rapala in
firetiger (4 of them) and the 5th was caught on Rainbow Power Bait.
Moved down to the river outlet to try my luck using a BOMBER Ultra-light Fat
A and 1/4 oz road runner w/ white jig. Plan was to fish until I either lost
both lures or had a mess of fish (wishful dreaming.) Hung up the road
runner on about the 4th or 5th cast in the rocks. Switched over to the
crankbait and caught 2 small crappie (less than 8 inches) before losing it
to the rocks. Departed about 1315 hrs for home.
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15 Nov 04 - Milford Outlet:
Left house approx 1430 hrs. Weather Channel report for Salina at 1418 hrs:
Cloudy
Temp: 52 degrees F
Humidity: 86 %
Dewpoint: 48 degrees F
Barometric Pressure: 30.41 ?steady?
Winds: South 9 MPH
Arrived approx 1515 hrs at the Outlet Parking lot. Corps was only releasing
300 cubic feet per second per their Internet site. Only one other vehicle
in the area and he was fishing up by the chute. Asked how he was doing and
he had 1 keeper Walleye and 1 smallmouth bass of 6 inches using minnows.
Fished downstream from him on the east bank, caught 1 keeper-size white bass
using a red lipless crankbait. Caught 2 channel catfish which together
might have made 10 inches using tube dip bait. 2 soldiers from Ft. Riley
back from Iraq came by using minnows w/ no luck. Left about 1745 hrs for
home in the drizzle & light fog. tight lines & sharp hooks
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CHECK & CLEAR 6
73
"Per Mare, Per Terras"
walt
38-54-14.601N / 097-14-09.074W

November 14, 2004 - Webster Stilling Basin - 11/14/04
Caught limit of Rainbow Trout on power bait. Again trout were biting very lightly. Caught a yellow rainbow trout.

11/13/04
Caught limit of Rainbow Trout on power bait. Used very light weight as the trout were biting lightly.

November 4, 2004 - Cold weather fishing - Years ago, we use to drift spoons and jigs. Now, I don't fish Cheney that much. I do spend a lot of time out there on the ice. Last year, was by far the worst year for ice fishing. The very first day I went ice fishing, I caught 2 stripers close to 20lbs each within 15 minutes of each other. The next 7 or 8 days I went ice fishing resulted in no fish. Little discouraging, however, I don't think much was going on as I visited Marion and Kanopolis and observed same results. This year I plan on spending some time at Wilson and trying for one of them monsters. Don't get me wrong, I still plan on going to Cheney (because it's only 30 minutes away), as I'm hoping last year was a fluke. Jeff

November 2, 2004 - Cheney - I have always wondered about November, December fishing at Cheney. One time I tried it I think around thanksgiving three years ago. I checked the forecast and headed out with a buddy. The forecast was light winds and very cold. Got out to Cheney and it was windy. 20+ m.h.p. we tried to troll with the downriggers and it was so windy the lake water got on our poles and froze them up. A terrible trip. So, I have tried with no luck. With the report of very poor ice fishing last winter at Cheney I dough I will even ice fish anymore. Back in 2000-2001, (winter), ice fishing was excellent at Cheney. For the last three years in November and early December I head out to Wilson lake for stripers. Try to make 2 to 3 trips during this time. I have not had much luck even at Wilson. Might come up with 2 to 3 stripers in the 9 lbs. range. I have even been out to Wilson were it was so cold my windshield would ice up till noon with lake water. Even though our catches are small at Wilson if you can catch a day in winter with the high in the lower 60 with light winds it can be a very enjoyable day at the lake. Sorry I don't have any productive winter fishing reports. If you don't mind the distance hire a guide at Beaver Lake. They have great catches in the winter. Wilson Lake has a guide that fishes in the winter. Might try him. Mark.

November 1, 2004 - Kingman County - anyone try pike fishing at kingman state lake there are 40"+ pike in the lake and is the best in the state, live minnows seem to work well on warm fall afternoons, any more info is greatly appreciated jer

October 30, 2004 - Milford Lake Outlet - Hello there! Milford lake outlet. Caught an eleven-pound channel cat on minnow in the evening. (pic attached) The next day a buddy went to the same spot and caught two five pond channel cats on shrimp and worm. It was around about four or five pm when he went there. Carl

October 29, 2004 - Pratt County - caught 20" saugeye and 18 1/2 in saugeye on jighead worm 10-24 in the stream below pratt co lake fish got cleaned before i got a photo fishin pal jer

October 29, 2004 - Marion Count Lake - caught these 31 fish at marion co lake 28 big bluegill and 3 crappie on 10-22 good eating caught on worms and may flies jer

 

October 29, 2004 - Dillons Nature Center Hutchinson - These Trout were caught at Dillions Nature Center in Hutchinson Kansas. 10-21-04 . My friend Brian caught them and my kuz Chris . Great Nature scene as well! The fish range from 1-3lb jer


October 29, 2004 - Dillons Nature Center Hutchinson - been limiting out on trout at dillons nature center in hutchinson on salmon eggs north end of pond jer

 

 

 

October 28, 2004 - Cold weather fishing at Cheney - We know Cheney is full of white bass/wipers/stripers. We also know that these species bite very well through the ice. Has anyone figured out the cold water (non-ice, open water) pattern for catching these fish? Seems like there should be great fishing out there in December before it actually ices up. Anybody have successes/failures to report? Tim S.

October 26, 2004 - Milford Outlet - Missed the prime time per the solunar table & the barometric pressure was dropping but I went anyway to see if I could catch some of the white bass & channel catfish that the KDWP were reporting active due to the increased release.
Only had three strikes resulting in:
1 small (1 lb) channel catfish on blood dip bait &
1 3.5 lb smallmouth bass (other one threw the hook :-( using white
sassy-shad.
Saw several sub-legal smallmouths caught by others & returned to the water
as well as 1 gentleman catching decent size (2 lb + I would estimate) drum
on jigs.
tight lines & sharp hooks
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CHECK & CLEAR 6
73
"Per Mare, Per Terras"
walt
38-54-14.601N / 097-14-09.074W

October 25, 2004 - Cold weather fishing - Well I have been fishing a smaller body of water, but many lakes will follow the same rule. Right now the temps are perfect for bass going into a feeding mood, but they are not roaming for the most part. I have been finding about five to ten bass holding in structure mainly trees for me. I have been killing them on tubes that I have a darter jig head on. I'm using a green four inch tube and ran out and started using the lake fork tube claw and that has been working even better. They are killing them on the fall. I have even caught crappie on the tube and the crappie have been holding shallow.
I hope to be able to fish some lakes near by, but times are not too well at the moment for much spare time. Have a baby

October 22, 2004 - Cold Weather fishing - During the cold weather season, I would recommend taking advantage of the trout stocking program by the KDWP. In Wichita, try Vic's Lake or Slough Creek in Sedgwick County Park or KDOT East Lake. See the following website for more locations and schedule: http://www.zeiners.com/4fishingnews/041020troutstock2004.html

Absolutely anyone fishing for trout in these waters during season must have a valid trout stamp. Slough Creek is flies only, read the postings along the creek for a definition. I fished all three locations on opening day and caught 2 sizeable largemouth bass, 4 baby bass, 1 bluegill and 0 rainbow trout using ultra light tackle with Mepps spin flies and thunderbug. Don't give up on these spinners though, I have limited out in past years using the same. If anyone has any trout fishing tips, please post. Dean B.

October 22, 2004 - Lakeview Park Lake Salina - 21 Oct 04
Arrived approx 0730 hrs. Again weather is not the best in the world (southern-eastern wind again when it blows -- foggy, drizzle) Caught 1 - 10 inch channel catfish on dip bait fishing near the dock on the north side.. Again NO TROUT -- used Power Bait, Power Eggs, small spinners, small crankbaits --not even a nibble Departed approx 1200 hrs. Saw 5 others fishing on the south side and could not tell if they had any luck or not.

19 Oct 04 Arrived approx 0730 hrs in the "patchy" fog thick enough to cut with a filet knife. Caught 1 - 7 inch crappie using firetiger rapala fishing near the dock on
the north side. Departed approx 1230 hrs. NO TROUT - was using Power Eggs, Power Bait & various spinners/ lures - nothing. Saw 6 others fishing & ZERO trout

CHECK & CLEAR 6
73
"Per Mare, Per Terras"
walt
38-54-14.601N / 097-14-09.074W

October 20, 2004 - Marion County Lake - anyone try fishing for bluegill at marion co. lake when it gets cold thry r the best eating use 2lb test line w ultra light rod and use spikes or wax worms for bait marion co.lake has lots of big bluegill at the heated dock some near 1lb. there fun to catch with ultralight rod since the crappie seem not to bite as well there. i started going after big bluegill when it gets colder . there the best tasting fish anglers please share more info jer

October 19, 2004 - Pratt County Lake - caught these walleye fish at pratt co. lake on 10-8, big one was 20in. 2 smaller ones were 18 & 19in. they were caught on red walleye diver in 5 ft or less water bigger walleye was caught on jig/worm they are along the bank were it drops off the rock jetties there r lots of walleye in the lake. jer


October 15, 2004 - Winfield -
Fished below the dam in Winfield and caught several nice White bass 12 + on white and yellow 16 oz jigs. Remember White bass and walleye make fall runs on rivers to gorge them self's before winter it should start picking up. Mark E.

October 14, 2004 - Request for info for cold weather season -
anglers please post more reports for cold weather season this is a good site to share info fellow angler jer

September 25, 2004 - Thanks from in Iraq - I just wanted to write in and say thanks to all of you who give your reports to this site. I am in the military and currently stationed in Iraq. Being able to read about your successes is a welcome distraction from everything that is going on here. Trust me it has meant a lot to me. So thanks to all, and don't stop writing in. MR

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October 20, 2004 - Marion County Lake - anyone try fishing for bluegill at marion co. lake when it gets cold thry r the best eating use 2lb test line w ultra light rod and use spikes or wax worms for bait marion co.lake has lots of big bluegill at the heated dock some near 1lb. there fun to catch with ultralight rod since the crappie seem not to bite as well there. i started going after big bluegill when it gets colder . there the best tasting fish anglers please share more info jer

October 19, 2004 - Pratt County Lake - caught these walleye fish at pratt co. lake on 10-8, big one was 20in. 2 smaller ones were 18 & 19in. they were caught on red walleye diver in 5 ft or less water bigger walleye was caught on jig/worm they are along the bank were it drops off the rock jetties there r lots of walleye in the lake. jer


October 15, 2004 - Winfield -
Fished below the dam in Winfield and caught several nice White bass 12 + on white and yellow 16 oz jigs. Remember White bass and walleye make fall runs on rivers to gorge them self's before winter it should start picking up. Mark E.

October 14, 2004 - Request for info for cold weather season -
anglers please post more reports for cold weather season this is a good site to share info fellow angler jer

October 9, 2004 - Cheney - Here is a picture I just got back, of the 25lb Striper I had mounted this year caught at Cheney in July. It really is a beautiful mount. We caught several close to this size in the 20+ range, and (1) 28 lb fish, I wish I would have had done.

Mike E.

 

October 6, 2004 - Cheney - I finally took the time to visit Kansas and fish for the wipers you guys talk about all the time. I've been dreaming about it for a couple of years....Arrived at Thunderbird Marina Sun noon (9/30), met my cousin and got settled in, made it on the water by 4. The gulls weren't doin' anything so we trolled 15-20' with no luck. We cast some rock points and had some fun with smallmouth on ultralites. Mon. eve we saw some boats on the west side of the main lake southwest of the south hump and joined them. My graph
showed lots of fish and bait...we caught 16 whites and 4 wipers in the last 1 1/2 hr. of light. 1 wiper-19".. (trolling 3-way rig 15-20') We figured to do the same thing Tues., but rain and wind made it difficult. (my old Tracker doesn't provide a "dry ride.") Anyway,...I enjoyed my trip to Kansas and I will be back!
DEN

October 2, 2004 - Cheney - Caught these Saturday, including a 23 inch wiper, a 17 inch white bass, and a bunch of smaller wipers and white bass trolling a thunder stick and a shad rap. Weather was perfect and the fishing was excellent.

September 30, 2004 - Cheney - went out in the afternoon. way too windy. Should have went weds. when there was very little wind. No fish. Did talk to one person catching lots of catfish north of sailboat cove. Also, was told weds. was excellent at thorny point all day on wipers. Like I said I was a day late. Mark.

September 28, 2004 - Marion City Lake - 9-28, had to get out after a rough day in the office. Picked up my wife on the way and fished Marion City Lake for a couple of hours. Another gorgeous evening to be out. Only boat on the water! We caught and released more than a dozen bass, Kentucky and LM. A few hit a buzzbait but most came on either a green-pmkn tube or 4" worm around the brush piles and rock jetties. This is one of my favorite times to fish. Don't give up on fishing
yet...the deer won't be in rut for another month or so.

September 25, 2004 - Coffey County Lake - 9-25, fished for smallmouth at Coffey County lake. Beautiful day, little to no wind. Caught a number of smallmouth on shallow to medium diving crankbait early. Then found some success with a craw colored football jig with a smoke-red trailer. Water on south end of lake was 75 - 80 degrees.

September 28, 2004 - Cheney - THOUGHT I WOULD ADD THIS FOR ANGLERS CAN DO A COMPAIRISON FROM 2001 TO 2004 ON CATCHES. WHAT AFFECT THE WHITE PEARCH HAS ON THE LAKE FOR ME. I'M NOT A FISH BIOLOGIST BUT HERE IS MY FACTS ON MY CATCHES. BACK IN 2001 WHEN THE WALLEYE AT CHENEY LAKE COULD HAVE BEEN RATED THE BEST IN THE NATION ON CATCHES. I CAME UP WITH 197 WALLEYE, 42 WIPERS, 10 STRIPERS. COMPAIRED TO 2004, 107 WIPERS, 47 STRIPERS, 13 WALLEYE. HOPE YOU FIND THIS INTERSTING. SOME OF THE FACTS ARE GOOD AND BAD. I PERSONLY ENJOY THE WIPER/STRIPER CATCHES OVER THE WALLEYE. BUT THE WALLEYE ARE MUCH MORE TASTER ON THE DINNER TABLE FOR ME THAN THE BASS. FROM WHAT I'M EXPERENCING. THE WIPER PROGRAM FISH AND GAME HAVE IN PLACE TO COMBAT THE PEARCH PROBLEM I'M HAVING GREAT SUCCESS CATCHING LOTS OF WIPERS EACH YEAR. THE POPULATION OF PEARCH? I'LL LEAVE THAT UP TO DEBATE. I'M NOT COMPLANING. SO, IT SOUNDS LIKE WALLEYE AND MAYBE WHITE BASS ARE BEING DEVISTATED AT THE LAKE DO TO THE PEARCH FOR REPRODUCTION. IS ANYONE SEENG THE SAME TREND? MARK.

September 28, 2004 - Cheney - WOW! WHat a gorgeous weekend! I had to go to the lake last Sat Morn. I called some of my pards, and no one could seem to go fishing! THAT WAS A FIRST!!! I ended up hookin up the boat and going to the lake all by my lonesome! ( TRULY I DIDNT MIND!!) I arrived at 9:30 am, the lake was like glass. I couldnt wait! I went to the back of the boat and hit the power trim switch to release the motor toter, and click. click. click.! IT WOULDNT RAISE!!! My power trim motor was fried. So, I went back to Wichita, called another buddy, and YEAH! He wanted to go! He came by picked me up and we started fishing around 4pm. He advised me that his gps almanac thingey, sys the fish wouldnt even start biting till 5:30. I just laughed. We fished for an hour, and didnt catch anything! Guess what happened next??? about 5:35 I suggested going back to M&M and we did. Put our lines down and within 10 seconds, both poles bent double and line ripped off our reels! A few minutes later, we landed 4 very nice Wipers! 2 each. all over 21 inches! our limits. We put em in the well, and kept fishing. from 5:35 to dark, we caught over 40 very large Wipers. It was awesome! ( I think I may start reading the farmers almanac!!) We decided since we knew exactly where the fish were at dark, that we would get up early sunday morning and repeat our last evening success. We started fishing 7:45 am, and Yup! Immediately hooked up with 3 more nice Wipers. We trolled the 3 way across the ridge, and back again. They werent quite as aggressive as the previous evening, but we ended up with several nice fish.
About 10:30 am, we went over to Wichita Point, and were trolling when I Heard a very loud splash behind us. I turned and saw a huge place in the water where a large fish had surfaced, Then about 4 feet from it a very large Striper came completely out of the water after a White perch. THen they seemed to be everywhere! Huge Stripers were chasing perch all around us! I am not even exaggerating when I tell you some of these fish looked to be 30+ lbs. They were HOGS! I threw every spoon and lure I had, but couldnt catch any! I guess it was one of those mornings live bait would have helped. Anyhow, the fish are still biting!
MIKE E

September 26, 2004 - Kanapolis -
Fished Kanapolis Sunday from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Caught 6 walleye, all were 14", 4 channel catfish-one was 2#, and two wipers-one was 5#. All were caught in 10' or less of water. All were caught trolling with shad colored crank baits and silver/black and silver/yellow colored hot-n tots. Caught some by the tower along the dam, Loaders Point, Buzzard Bay, and on the west flats. Saw a lot of shad on the surface. Neal

September 22, 2004 - Answer to Mark's Question - In answer to Marks question How Many fish did I catch this year? I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA! haha. I totally agree with you about things being totally different at Cheney this year! Last year I caught Stipers WAY more that Wipers! Probably 10 Stripers to every 2 Wipers. This year its been pretty even. June and July I know we caught close to 100 Stripers and I know even more Wipers. Largest Striper was 28 lbs. Largest Wiper was 16 lbs. Many Wipers in the 10 to 12 lb range. and Most Stripers around 14 to 17 lbs, with several to 24 lbs.
( I Just picked up a 25 lb fish from my taxidermist that I had done for a friend of my Brothers that came in july with him from Colorado. It was the first Striper he caught, and believe me, it is an AWESOME mount! My Taxidermist is Tom Kinder in El Dorado. He was my High School Biology teacher, and also taught Taxidermy. I wish I would have taken the class!! He only charges $5. an inch, and his is the best work I have personally ever seen!)
The walleye have been extremely scarse for me this year! I think Totally I have caught under 10 Walleye, but they were extremely large fish. The White bass were extremely numerous! Most averaging 2 lbs. It was a nice cool summer. The last few weekends we havent done too well. I too have SNAGGED lots of Wipers in the last 2 weeks. Trolling the 3 way the lure catches them in the side, and man what a fight! I havent kept accurate numbers like mark, but I did catch many nice fish. There were some days when I couldnt get a bite from a big fish, so we anchored and simply caught White Perch. Litteraly 100's of them!! That is also some great fun!! Cant wait for next season! MIKE E.

September 21, 2004 - Cheney -
CAUGHT ONE CATFISH. CONDTIONS POOR. PRETTY MUCH DONE FOR THE YEAR. THIS YEAR WAS DIFFERENT TO A POINT COMPAIRED TO LAST SEASON. I BROKE LINES MORE THIS YEAR. SNAGGED MORE FISH THIS YEAR. CAUGHT A LOT MORE SMALLER FISH THIS YEAR. CAUGHT FEWER FISH THIS YEAR, WIPERS/STRIPERS/ WALLEYE. ONE THING STAYED THE SAME. THE SIZE OF THE WIPERS AND STRIPERS. BUT OVERALL A GOOD SEASON OUT OF MY BOAT. THE COOLER JULY/AUGUST MADE IT A LITTLE SLOWER THOSE MONTHS. HERE IS MY CATCH OUT OF MY BOAT FOR THE YEAR. WIPERS, 107. STRIPERS, 47. WALLEYE, 13. (90% RELEASED). BIG FISH, WIPER, 8 LBS. STRIPER, 15.2 LBS. WALLEYE 7 LBS. NEXT YEAR I WILL KEEP TRACK OF THE WEIGHT OF FISH OUT OF MY BOAT, (TOTAL). THANKS AGAIN TO FISH AND GAME ON THERE STOCKING PROGRAM AT CHENEY. MY NUMBERS WOULD BE ZERO IF NOT FOR THERE EFFORT ON STOCKING. ONE OTHER THING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR WAS MY COMSUMPTION OF FUEL AND THE COST OF FISHING WAS WAY UP. MARK.

 

HEY MIKE E. HOW DID YOU DO THIS SEASON?

September 19, 2004 - Winfield - After pretty much getting skunked at sunshine fishing derby and green bay not on the tv, I decided to try my luck at winfield city lake on sunday. so i packed up my son and boat and started trolling crankbaits along the dam and north side of the lake. switched to a spinner type of lure and quickly caught a 19 inch walleye. switched the 2 other poles to the same bait and made another pass thru the area and landed a 25 inch 7 pound walleye. after that they were finished. we caught 4 species, a couple of small cats, a small crappie and a medium sized white bass besides the 2 walleye. not bad for a 1st visit to the lake. and the nice thing was there was hardly anyone out there.
happy fishing everyone
ron k

September 16, 2004 - Farm Pond near Wellsville - Farm Pond near Wellsville, KS Tuesday night - Bass very active and hitting plastic worms.

Lance Irby

 

 

September 16, 2004 - Farm Pond - This is my Bait Crew , My Girls Lexie , Linzie and Lacie all Love to help me catch Perch. They have become quite the Anglers, catching Perch, Bullheads and an occasional Bass from our favorite bait pond. Owe a lot to them for keeping the bait well full so I can pursue Monster Catfish this summer.
Doug Huber, Concordia , KS

September 14, 2004 - Ottawa - Decided to give Ottawa a try being that Republican River is once more becoming non-existant. Fished the 1st pier into the lake just north of the dam near the empty feeder. North side of pier, caught 2 largemouth bass using Strike King Pond Minnow, but neither were close to keepable size, but
were fun on ultra-light tackle & 4lb test line. Fishing the south side of
the pier, between the boat dock and the empty feeder, managed to hook into
half-dozen channel catfish using blood dip bait. Largest of these might
have 12 inches & maybe 1/2 lb in weight. Needless to say, it was a catch &
release day all the way around. Aside from the heat (95 degrees) & wind (30
MPH from the south) was a "decent" day (yea worse day fishing is better than
best day you will have working :-)
Tight lines & Sharp HOOKS
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CHECK & CLEAR 6
73
walt

September 11, 2004 - Farm Pond -
I caught this Channel catfish on September,
11, 2004. I caught it in a farm pond on minnows.







September 9, 2004 - Cheney - HAD ANOTHER EXCELLENT DAY. TOOK A WHILE TO GET THEM TO BITE. FOUND A SMALL SCHOOL OF SHAD THE SIZE OF A TRUCK. THAT'S WERE I FOUND THEM. IF I WAS OFF SEVEAL FEET I MISSED THEM. HAD TO GO RIGHT THRU THE SCHOOL TO GET THEM TO BITE. ENDED UP WITH ONE 15.2 LB. STRIPER, 5 WIPERS AROUND 7-8 LBS. ONE 7 LB. WALLEYE. FISHED 1:45 PM TILL 6PM. I HAVE NOTICE THIS YEAR OUT OF MY BOAT THE WIPERS ARE NOT ANY BIGGER IN SIZE COMPARED TO LAST YEAR. HOPE THAT CHANGES NEXT SEASON. CAUGHT ON WESTSIDE NEXT TO DROP OFF. MARK.

September 7, 2004 - Kirwin - This is my largest Channel to date , Weighed 30 lbs on the nose. Caught and released on Rod n Reel using live Perch. Between my Brother and I , this makes 3 - 30 lb plus Channels caught out of Kirwin this year.
Doug Huber , Concordia , KS

 



September 7, 2004 - McPherson SFL - Fished there on Monday the 6th. It's small, but nice. Me and my fiance ended up catching seven bass. We caught them on the lake fork eight inch worms. All were caught near the shore in the weeds and cattails. It was windy and around eighty degrees. We found a bunch of fish holding deep near the dam. I expect that it was crappie, but we didn't have any minnows to give it a try. Many other people out there fishing for catfish, but I only saw a few being caught and were about six inches. To add to my boat problems since I always have some problem, I bought the wrong prop for the trolling motor. I got it to fit, but it's not nice and snug. It will work for now until I find the right one.
Dominic

September 5, 2004 - Milford -
Went to Milford last Monday the 27th and three of us caught our limit of 6 wipers in about 2 hrs. over the south island. Weighted between 3 and 6.5 lbs. All on large shad. Vance Stirn

September 2, 2004 - Response to question on deep lake fishing -
It is hard to say what might be showing up on your sonar, but I have a couple of ideas. Sauger are a deep water fish and love to loaf in the depths of rivers and lakes, and as a general rule, steer away from current. Another thing to think about, in the heat of summer, which has been unusally cool this summer, if one finds fish at the deepest parts of our lakes, they are generally very inactive. These are probably very large fish that are nocturnal or would rather feed during low-light hours only. I did fish Kanopolis on Monday and marked a large cluster of arches in 28' of water at the tip of a point during the middle of the day. I stayed over them with a jig and crawler and caught all the catfish, drum and white bass I could handle, but nothing of much size, but it was nice to at least catch what you were looking at. Another thing I have been contemplating, is maybe purchasing an underwater camera. I have never had the interest in one since it feels like cheating, but using it to learn about situations like yours, I feel they would be worth their weight in gold. Hey, you can only trust you sonar so much, why not know exactly what you are seeing, it will save you a lot of time and money in the long run, plus more fish in the boat. Hope this helps.

Brian from Mac

September 2, 2004 - Cheney - SEPTEMBER 01, 2004.  HIT THE LAKE AT 3:30PM. TILL 8PM.  FISHING WAS EXCELLENT. THE LAST THREE WEEKS I'M ONLY FINDING THEM IN ONE AREA, OUT OF 5 HOT SPOTS, NEXT TO A DROP OFF ON THE WESTSIDE. THE AREA IS ONLY THE SIZE OF A SMALL HOUSE. CAUGHT 10 WIPERS ALL SIZES UP TO 8 LBS. THREE STRIPERS 3-6 LBS. CAME UP WITH ONE HUGE 7 LB. WALLEYE EAST OF REFUGE POINT ABOUT  MILE. THERE IS A HUMP OUT THERE. TRIED TO REMOVE A HUSKEY JERK FROM A WIPERS MOUTH AND HE TOOK TO SHAKING AND ONE OF THE TREBLE HOOKS GOT ME IN THE THUMB. ALL THE WAY IN. TALK ABOUT PAIN. TRIED TO REMOVE IT AND IT WOULD NOT COME OUT. 1 HR. TO A EMERGENCY ROOM. NO WAY. SO I GRABED THE HOOK AND GAVE IT HECK. STILL WOULD NOT COME OUT. TOOK SOME NEDDLE NOSE PLIERS AND GRAB IT AND IT CAME OUT. SO DID THE BLOOD. REALY PAINFULL. PUT A BAND AID ON IT.  ANYWAY, WENT BACK FISHING AND AFTER THAT NEXT WIPER THE PAIN WENT AWAY. DID HAVE SEVEAL DOUBLES ON ONE POLE AND ONCE BOTH DOWNRIGGERS WENT DOWN AT ONCE. WATER TEMP. IS BACK UP TO 80 DEGREES. AND THE WEATHER LAST NIGHT WAS PERFECT. LIGHT SOUTH WINDS AND NOT TOO HOT.  DID CLEAN MY CATCH. BEFORE I LEFT THE LAKE AT DARK I GRABED A DR. PEPPER OUT OF THE COOLER TO DRINK AND I FELT THIS SPRAY ON MY FACE. THE CAN HAD A PIN HOLE IN IT AND WAS SPRAYING ALL OVER MY FACE. WHAT A NIGHT. HOOK IN THE THUMB. DR. PEPPER SPRAYING IN MY FACE. I'LL GRILL THE FISH TONIGHT. ONE HUGE WIPER WILL ALMOST FEED MY FAMILY OF FIVE. WON'T BE LONG AND THE COOL/COLD FRONTS WILL BE COMING IN TWO THREE TIMES A WEEK. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. THIS YEAR I HAVE FOUND FOUR BRAND NEW BUOYS FLOATING WITH NO ONE IN EYE SITE. I'V PICKED THEM UP AND I LEAVE THEM ON THE DOCK WHEN I LEAVE THE PARK. THEY HAVE ALL BEEN IN MY WAY TROLLING.   MARK.

September 1, 2004 - More info on Goldeye - See the following link for a photo, description and information about the goldeye's habitat in Kansas.
http://www.kansasfishes.com/Pages/goldeye.htm

I could not find mention of the mooneye at this same website.

Dean

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