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March 28, 2006 - Answer
to Milford Walleye question - If you are interested
in coming to milford to fish for walleye, you would do best to
come starting about the fisrt week of may when the spawn is over.
Fishing for them now, while they are on the damn is just a big
crap shoot. They are not there to bite although you can occansionaly
catch them. Come in may and fish the nearest flats adjacent to
the damn. Hope this helps save you a wasted trip.
28, 2006 - SE Kansas pit - Caught
March 27, 2006 - Perry
- caught 10-12inch crappie with live minnows about
15 foot, slow going early sat 03/25/06, pick up dramatically
from 4:00-6:00p,m, 2 persons landed 23 nice crappie in that 2hr
window. total of 29 (keepers) caught betwwn 11:30am-6:30pm, we
probably released at least that many. perry has a 10 inch length
March 21, 2006 - Milford
Walleye question - Some buddies and I are trying to
set up a trip to Milford to try for some walleye. We live in
extreme se kansas and would appreciate any info we could get
before making the trip. We heard that the walleye fishing can
be great below the spillway during spawn.Is this true? Has anybody
have any reports? When is the best time?Any info would be greatly
March 20, 2006 - Milford
question - Question about Milford.I will be going
there this weekend and need Bass pointers smallies or largemouth
where to fish what to use etc.I have never been there before.If
any one can help me I would really appreciate it.Thank you in
March 20, 2006 - Answer
to Florida Bass question - I've fished for Florida
strain bass in Texas lakes most of my life, and have found that
when the big girls are on the nests, down sizing to a small 4in
lizard with an 1/8 oz. weight is hard to beat. Watermelon seed
or watermelon with red flake is dynamite on east Texas lakes,
especially Fork (cotton candy if the water is unusually clear).
Pitch the lizard in there and just leave it. This takes an extreme
amount of patience, but the subtle movements created by the water
look most natural and will eventually drive them nuts. And remember,
if you can see them they'll likely see you first. So if the fish
are leaving the nest when you make your presentation, mark the
spot, leave, and come back. Sneak up with a push pole and stay
off the trolling motor. Stay far enough away not to spook the
fish (tie up if necessary but don't use the trolling motor);
then, make your presentation. If the water is stained to murky,
and your casting for spawning bass instead of site fishing, a
6in lizard with gold flake in it can be good. Zoom's mossy pumpkin
color will get you tore up on Fork. If you're not having any
luck getting the bedding bass to bite, leave 'em alone. Move
out to 8ft deep in the mouths of spawning coves or secondary
points up the creeks. Tie on a Gene Larew Hawg Craw (the big
one) in black w/ blue claws, fish the trees, and hold on to your
rod. Shorter trees with some broken-off limbs (laydowns) or horizontal
limbs just beneath the surface in 8ft of water are best. This
pattern put a 13.86 in the boat for my partner one early spring.
One last comment- please do not use shiners or other live bait
for bass, especially for trophy bass in the spring, as fish mortality
is higher with live bait rigs. Best of luck.
March 18, 2006 - Marion
- Read the fishing forecast for 2006 and looks like
Marion Lake is ranked number one on Wipers with Cheney way down
the list. Last spring while fishing the dam for pre spawn Wipers
my catches also showed good numbers at Marion Lake. Small fish,
but lots of them. I'm going hit Marion Lake this summer many
times for these Monster Wipers but really don't know the lake
all that well. Going to use my downriggers with the three way
swivel. Still going to go to Cheney, but my hunch is that Marion
is the place to be this summer and years to come. Anyone that
might have area's with humps close to drop offs that would share
those locations I would appreciate it. Would not mind a partner
very familiar with lake on big Wipers. (G.P.S.) locations would
be nice. Mark. Please mail info to email@example.com
March 17, 2006 - Questions
on LaCygne - Hey all, I will be making a trip down
to LaCygne next week to do some fishing....Primarily Bass, but
will go after Crappie or Whites as well. I have never been there,
but everything I read says to stay near the Power Plant. Does
anyone have any suggestions on location related to the power
plant, or techniques that work well there? Any help would be
appreciated. Thanks, Chad firstname.lastname@example.org
March 16, 2006 - Answer
to Florida Bass question - My answer will stay simple
since each body of water is different as well as each day and
down to each hour fishing can be different, but there is one
method of fishing that can offer up excellent bass fishing
The secret is to simply fish at night. You only
need to try a few lures to make night fishing a success. One
is the buzzbait, the next will be a single big cupped bladed
spinnerbait, and then you can stick with a big black juicy worm.
And night fishing can be done at the shore. Only thing is it
will be dark, but fishing can be very successful. Bass move to
the shallows to eat, there are very few if any other fisherman
out on the water as well.
Just scope out a good spot that has plenty of weeds
or other cover and fish there. If you don't get a fish in ten
minutes then move on. But once you get a good spot you can catch
fish after fish.
March 16, 2006 - Cheney
- Walleye action is heating up by the dam at Cheney.
I've heard reports that during the day large shiners are working
good. Also during the day jerkbaits- rougues, husky jerks, and
bombers. In colors firetiger, anything chartruse, and anything
with red in it. At night(action has been good all hours of the
night) same jerkbaits but in black/chrome, blue/chrome, anything
that glows like a bright yellow or chartruse or orange. We went
out the other night 03/14/2006 and everybody I was with limited
Eric Armfield - Gander Mountain, Wichita, KS -
March 14, 2006 - Answer
to Florida Bass question - If you are primarily sight
fishing in clear water you need to be able to make repeated 100%
accurate casts. When I sight fish i like to be able to cast to
where the bass can't see the lure comming until it comes in front
of the fishes face getting a reaction strike. you will have to
experiment to know what to use whether it be crankbait, worm,
jig. From my experience, i can usually find a jig that will work
in any condition. you just have to modify weight and trailer
size for balance and drop speed.
March 11, 2006 - Question
on Topo Maps for NE KS smaller lakes - Hello
I am newly into bass and crappie fishing in Kansas
and am hooked on it big time! I love your website and was
wondering if I could get your help.
I recently read a book called "Watermark Guide
to Fishing in Kansas" by George Stanley. It explained to
me in a matter of pages what those commercial magazines, websites,
and TV shows have never done about structure and creek channels
especially as it applies to Kansas waters. Most importantly
(as least for me), it gave visual examples of roadbeds, creek
channels, points, etc. These examples allowed me to really visualize
what everyone was talking about.
As part of the examples, the book showed where
the original river and creek channels ran for a lot of the large
waters in Kansas. Unfortunately, the book only showed the large
impoundments and not the smaller state fishing lakes (that I
can trust my little boat on).
Is there a place or website where I can find where
and how the creek channels run in these smaller waters? I've
checked topographic websites, but everything I've found show
land topography until it hits the surface of the water or topo
companies have only maps for larger waters.
I love fishing but don't have a lot of time to
scout using my boat and depth finder to see where all the structure/creek
turns & bends may be in these lakes. Specifically, I live
in the Kansas City area and would love to see what is available
at places like Leavenworth SFL, Gardner City Lake, Wyandotte
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance and happy fishing!
Duc Pham / Shawnee, KS
March 10, 2006 - Answer to Florida Bass
question - try to use a big shiner on lite line and
a bobber if you are in thick vegitation use fire line 15-25 lbs
test also try plastics with a lot of salt jiging for them if
they are agressive and not much vegitation try a rattlie trap
March 8, 2006 - Answer
to Florida Bass question - what about water clarity?
If it is very clear maybe they are getting to good of a look
at your bait. if this is the case i would probably use a mostly
clear bait and fish a little faster possibly getting more reaction
March 5, 2006 - Winfield
City Dam - It was a perfect day on Sat the 4th, it
was cloudy a little bit rain and the water was "45"
walleyes should be running getting ready to spawn. Got to the
dam at 0600 (wow the waters low) and was able to claim the best
spot before 6 other fisherman arrived. We caught nothing ????
Nobody got bit!. I tried everything jig and minnow, power bait
grubs, minnow and bobber and minnow crank baits nothing. Because
I was not the only loser it made me wonder (this is unusual for
this time of year) if the lack of snow melt and rain has cause
the this? Because the river is so low and with no lakes releasing
water the walleye cant move up river and if you do catch one
it's been trapped below the dam all winter. We need a couple
of weeks of rain to flush the lakes and rivers and if not it's
going to bee a long boring spring fishing season=^(
4, 2006 - Fall River - Left
work at noon Wednesday, Nice and warm 76 deg, had to go fishing!!!
Started at Fall River at l:30 pm, and what a great time the next
2and a half hours proved to be. Ended up with these 22
White Bass that were from 1 3/4 lbs to 2 1/2 lbs. Majority were
2 lbs. each. All full of Eggs, of course it wont be long
till the spawn will be on! Like last Sunday, they bit the
chartreuse twister tail grub on 1/4 oz lead head jig. What
a great Winter day!!
March 4, 2006 - Clinton
- I am a Lawrence local and would like to point out
the fact that the walleye are running at the outlet. I went out
Tuesday night to meet several individuals leaving the area. They
were using Regular medium minnows. They showed me a nice flathead
they had hooked into and told me they had caught a few small
walleye on the minnows.
So, hearing that they were catching walleye I went
for a 1/4 shartrouse with pink, neon green, black and white,
orange, and plain white 2" grubs. I would cast out around
the edges of the Outlet walls right where I assume was a very
steep incline. *kept getting snags*. I fished until about 30
minutes after sunset, until it was good and dark. Then after
three snags in a row I called it a night. Wednesday I went out
and used the same combo's DIDN'T CATCH A THING 5 hrs. I tried
to think of what conditions had changed from the day before.
Then I remembered that those guys on tuesday had been using minnows
all day in that area.
So, using my deductive reasoning skills I assumed
that it was the minnows they were hitting on. So, Today *friday*
I went to Hack's bait the local lawrence bait shop, and picked
up a dozen regular mediums and a dozen red shiners. I got to
the lake probably 30 minutes before sun down. No longer then
I had put my line in the water I had a bite. We caught about
6 small 13-16" walleye. About 30 minutes after sun down
we didn't get another bite, the lantern went out and we called
it a night. We plan on returning Tommarow with the same set up.
Hopefully the rain doesn't throw things off that we are sposed
to get tonight.
I will return with a report in the morning hopefully
it's good. Tuesday I caught a 22" 3lb walleye and an 18"
1 1/2 lber. Made for very good eating. So like I say lot's of
medium size fish, but with a little patience one could get into
a few keepers. BRING LOTS OF BAIT. It doesn't take long for them
to go through a dozen. Will send another tomm. if luck persists.
March 2, 2006 - Tuttle
Creek - I decided to switch from Milford to Tuttle Creek this
week to see if I could fine the channels in shallow
water due to the warm sunny days. I couldn't find them
in the shallows but did find them on a 6' to 16' drop and
they were hungry. I caught 24 on tues and 27 on wed. Cleaned
10 on tues and released all on wed. They ranged 3 to 7 lbs
and the ones I cleaned were full of small winter kill shad.
I was using fresh shad guts and they were aggressive. All
good looking fish with mud on the belly due to laying around
this winter. I've found through the years that when the
water temp is below 48 most all the fish you catch are 3 to 15
lbs and no small ones. Great fishing for this time of year!
If we could get a good rain at 60 degrees that would really get
the bite goin. The lake level is at 1074 now and you should be
marking all the small rock piles that are visible along the shore
line. When the lake raises in the spring your rock pile
will be 2 to 4' under water. When the channels spawn they'll
be in the rock piles and you can catch 40 in a few hours with
a bobber fishing 18" deep. Fishing at its best during
March 1, 2006 - Bass
clubs in KS area? -Myself and a buddy are looking
for a small bass club.....We are just looking to get into tournament
fishing.....Is there anyone out there who has any suggestions
for the KC area? Is there anything out there that like
a weekly evening tournament? (I did hear there may be something
at Hillsdale on Wednesday evenings?) Or something will smaller
entry fees that will allow us to learn a little before jumping
in with all you big boys? Any suggestions would be a help!
February 28, 2006 - Louisburg
State and Miami County Lakes - Well we couldn't pass
Tuesday up,, Me and a buddy hit Louisburg State and Miami Co.
Pretty slow,, the water is still very cold, around 44 degrees,,
We did, with alot of patience, catch 2 really nice channel cat
at miami co. We are heading to Lake Fork Tx. next week and I
will have a report from there. See Ya
may your jig never get caught on the tree stumps
in life !!! tight lines boys
28, 2006 - Kingman County - Beautiful
weather again. Pablo and I went to Kingman Lake for some early
Water still a little cool but it will warm up quickly if this
weather holds. Caught a total of 3 bass on a 5/16 ounce blue
and black jig&pig. We had to work for them but sure was fun.
Tried spinnerbaits, plastic lizards, worms, crawdad cranks but
they wouldn't hit them. Jig & pig is hard to beat in these
cool water conditions. Looking forward to getting out again.
February 26, 2006 - Fall
River - Sunday, Feb 26th, a pretty nice day... Decided
to do a little Winter time fishing.. I have been ... like
3 times this winter.. all at Fall River. Today was the 4th.
Each time was actually pretty eventful, and a good time. each
time air temp was between 50 and 60 degrees, and nice and sunny.
Today I kept 5 very large White Bass, one Nine Pound Channel
cat, and a big 32 lb., BUFFALO. I know an asian family
that was VERY APPRECIATIVE!!! I used a 4" swim tail
chartreuse twister tail grub on a 1/4oz leadheaded 2ot aberdeen
jig hook. 6lb test on ultralite. What a ball. This
coming week, weatherforcast says 70's I think Sooner lake in
Oklahoma sounds pretty enticing... I will let you all know
I sure wish every winter would be this summerlike!
February 26, 2006 - Cheney - Fished
for 8 hours today using worms and minnows and boated 0 fish.
The ramp at Sailboat cove have yellow perch boiling the water
maybe a spawn of sort in 3 feet of water at 10 a.m. that morning
scooped a net full but returned them to the water. It we an incredible
site watching those perch there were millions. Water temperature
was 39 degree
February 26, 2006 - Question
from Florida on catching bass - Can you help my brothers
and I catch bass? Heres the problem, we see a lot of bass here
in central Florida, but they just wont bite our bait! They just
sniff it and swim away, and our hands dont have anything like
oil or anything that will repel the bass! Can you please help
us by giving us some tips and telling us what tackle to use on
bass? Thank You so much. Send
us and answer and we will post it.
February 23, 2006 - Boat
for Sale 1989 Champion Tournament Bass Fishing Boat,
150HP Mariner Engine, with trailer, 2 fish finders, trolling
motor, 2 mounted seats and two swivel seats front and back, 3
batteries, two live wells, runs excellent! Don'tlet the year
fool you, this boat is in great condition, was well maintained
every year. $5,500 email me (Scott) at email@example.com
February 22, 2006 - Looking
for a boat - Hey everyone. Does anyone know
of a used Lowe or Tracker Aluminum Bass Boat that is for sale.
I dont have a huge budget so I am looking for something in the
$4-5k range.....Anyone who knows of anything feel free to email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org
February 15, 2006 - Question on
Pits by Pittsburg - Was just wondering if anyone
had visited (fished) the Pitts in Pittsburg KS in the last few
weeks---OR can fill me in on previous spring fishing times.
A little background,,,,,,,,,, I am a avid bass fisherman
located in KC MO. I was told about the great "undiscovered"
strip pitts in Southern KS. Shortly after I visited, and LOVED
the area and the lake after lake of fishermanless (is that a
word?) beautiful water. The fishing can be really great or not
so good. Either way you can go 2 or 3 days without seeing another
person fishing! To me thats the best thing about the area.
MY problem (see questions above)
1.Every year I miss the spring spawning time,,,,twice I have
been too late ,,once to early... (HELP)
2.The water levels,,,Not only is it diffrent then my local area
BUT the launch areas in the Pitts can be HORRIBLE,,if the water
level is down you can destroy your boat or trailor.
I WRECKED my trailer putting my boat in the water,,,from 3 ft
to 20ft off the loading ramp.
Thanks in advance for any info
February 7, 2006 - Question
on Lake Wilson - I would like to here some recommendations
on striper fishing for lake Wilson. I have never fished
for striper or fished lake Wilson. When is the best time
of year to fish for stripers in Wilson?
Where do you find them on the lake?
What is the most productive fishing method?
What is the most productive bait?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
February 4, 2006 - El
Dorado and Marion - Mike
Cook - Four Lake Guides - El Dorado and Marion have been
giving up some really nice crappie to me lately. Not so good
on the numbers, but 8 to 14 inch fish.I have had a couple of
fishless days over the past month, but that is fishing.And if
you are fishing Marion and can come across a bunch of shad, rig
up a sassy shad and hold on for some wipers. I've been catching
5 to 8 pound fish on 8 foot fly rods with 6 pound line. Talk
about fun.El Dorado is about a foot and half low and Marion is
around a foot low maybe. The water is in great shape and you
can't beat the weather. The wind has been a bit strong most times
but it usually is. Good luck.
Four Lake Guides
January 29, 2006 - Butler County
Watershed - Went out for a couple of hours Sunday
to throw a few casts and to enjoy the beautiful day. Gotta
break from working on the house and decided to do a little bass
fishing. It was fairly breezy with the wind blowing from
the NW. My depth finder shown the water temp around
35-36 degrees. Started throwing a Lucky Craft Pointer
and caught a little crappie around some submerged
brush. No bass on the pointer so I decided to try
a Lucky Craft CB12 for the last few casts of the day to
see if I could get some reaction strikes from some deep
bass. Fishing painfully slow, I caught two nice fish off
of some shallow points that came out into deeper water. The first
bass weighed just a little over a pound. Not real big but he
was a chunk! Both fish hit after I had stopped the bait when
it hit bottom. The second fish was a real nice winter time
bass, measured 17 inches and weighed 2.5 lbs! A pretty healthy
looking hawg! What a nice day for fishing, can't believe
this weather. Not to often a guy can enjoy bass
fishing during a Kansas January! Good luck to
all of the anglers out there! MOOSE
January 24, 2006 - Kanopolis Seep
Stream - Weather Conditions @ Salina, KS: Clear skies
- Temp: 50 - Dewpoint: 25
Barometric Pressure: 30.31 falling - Wind Speed / Direction:
NW / 10 MPH - Water conditions: clear
Arrived Kanopolis Outlet Park @ 1100 hrs CST. 4
others there when I arrived (they also departed w/ their limits.)
Used Rebel crawdad, Strike King Bisty Pond Minnow crank baits,
Rapala # 5 Original floater in firetiger and Berkley Power Eggs
in both chartruese & sunrise. Largest was 14 inches, followed
by 2 @ 12 inches & 2 @ 10 inches. Saw 1/2 dozen turkeys &
1 bald eagle on the way home <G><G> Beautiful day
all in all
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January 23, 2006 - Milford
answer - Marty, I've been fishing the drop offs
sitting in 8' casting out and bringing it back to the edge of
18'. I tried everything over the past few weeks.
I 've been trying some new methods on blues. I really have been
after the 25lb and larger bluecat. I found a spot two years
ago that has everything that a hot spot should have. A
SHARP drop off, straight down, a rock pile and 2 nice rises.
Some deep water close by and some sandy bottom and all hard bottom.
For what I know and have expenenced through the years, this makes
for some excellent fishing. The channels and blues want
the fresh shade. I have caught the channels on frozen shade
from my freezer but you will have three times as many hits if its
today's shade and as we know its hard to come by fresh shade
in the winter. They are not in shallow water where I'm fishing.
I've tried that everyday I go out and have yet to find any in
shallow water. I can go to the north end of Tuttle creek
and find the fish in 2 feet after the sun gets on the water
but not a Milford. I don't know why. I've caught
at least 10 fish everyday I've had the bait. I 've been fishing
big bait because I'm looking for big blues so the channels finding
it quicker but you miss some because of using too big of
bait. I would try everything, if you don't get a bite in
20 minutes, move! There not there! I haven't fished
in January with water temp at 38 through the years because
usually we are iced in so this is different for me. I caught
me first fish last year at Milford on Mar 1st. I love to catfish
but I really love catching those big blues. My largest
was 52 lbs in Oct 2005. It will be hard be beat that.
I think most of the catfish at 38 water temp are in deep water
but I don't know everything. This week should offer some good
fishing, 50's all week.
January 22, 2006 - Cheney and question
on underwater camera - Drug the boat up to the garage
yesterday and started to work on it before spring gets here.
Let some fiberglass problems go too long, so now I have to do
some patching. Should have been on the water the last couple
of weeks, but I guess I can wait a little longer. I do
know there has been some nice catches in the southern part of
the lake off some of the river channel breaks. Has anyone
here ever used a camera at cheney? I was curious what kind
of luck they had in the stained water. I have a feeling
they would work rather well at some of the clearer lakes in the
state, but wondered about Cheney. I don't intend to run
out and buy one, but I think in certain situations, they'd be
useful. Thanks, Eric
January 20, 2006 - Milford - In
reference to the 1-17-2006 Milford report by "RKH"
could he please give a few more hints? I love chasing channels
at Milford throughout the year but don't know where to try in
these cold months. Are they deep on drop-off's? Shallow
on the flats? On the islands? I assume you're
using shad, that's what I normally use. Are you fishing
vertical for them, just a crank off the bottom?
Surely you can give up a few details there aren't too many of
us nutty enough to get after them in January anyway.
I'd really appreciate it.
January 19, 2006 - Kite Fishing
Question - Hi, all - Not a report, but a question.
I've read about salt water fishing using a kite to hold a live
bait right on the surface and tantalize fish into striking. Usually
done from a boat, but I think this could work on our Kansas lakes
from the shore as well. On the salt, it's used for lots of species
that attack a struggling baitfish.
Anybody tried this? Could be effective when wipers,
stripers, or whites are chasing schools of shad.
January 17, 2006 - Rocky
Ford - Prior to the low flow that the Rocky Ford has
suffered these past few weeks, I had been taking plenty of 3-5
pound wipers on white and chartruese crappie jigs (1/8 oz. when
the water is at 300-400 cfs). My advice is to cast into the channel
streams and let the water take the jig to where the fish are.
With the dam only at 100 cfs these days, a 1/4 oz pink jig off
the bottom always produces at least one or two saugeye for the
January 17, 2006 - Looking
for a small boat bass club - Does anyone know of any
bass clubs that use small boats (2-man boats, Bass Raiders,
Canoes, etc.) to compete in tournaments on local lakes? I
would like to get involved in tournament fishing but have
only an electric powered two man boat to use and would really
like to get involved in a bass club. If anyone knows of
any bass clubs that use small boats, please let me know.
January 17, 2006 - Milford - Over
the past 30 years I don't remember any Januarys that you could
get the boat on the lake and do some serious fishing for as many
days that we've had since Christmas. The only days you couldn't
fish was because the wind was blowing 15 mph. I've been catching
channels and bluecat at Milford Lake and a wiper here and there.
I find that the channels are just as aggressive as they are in
April. Water temp is at 38! If you have the right bait
you can bend a poll. The right bait is very hard to come buy
in wintertime. On the days I have the right bait I can
have some fun with some big bluecat. I can't get them to
bite on old or frozen bait. If its fresh I'm guaranteed a couple
in the 30 lb range. You can catch twice as many channels if the
bait is fresh. You have to be a die hard fishermen to get out
there when its 20 degrees at 7:15 am. As long as the wind
is calm I can handle it. The big blues seem to quit by
9:00 am. I hope that the mild winter doesn't ruin the early
fishing that we had last year. I started loaded the boat
March 1st 2005 with big bluecat but concerned that if we don't
have some sort of shad kill will there be the numbers of fish
that we usually have.
January 11, 2006 - Kanopolis Seep
Stream - Weather conditions @ Salina, KS @ 1053 hrs
clear skies / Temp: 45 degrees & rising / Dewpoint: 29 degrees
Barometric Pressure: 29.82 & slowly dropping / Wind direction
& Speed: South @ 12 MPH
Arrived Kanopolis Outlet Park approx 1100 hrs --
EMPTY -- nobody at all around. Missed 1st couple of hits (duh
:-) Used Berkley Chartruese Power Eggs & Mike's Nitro dough
bait to catch my limit by 1300 hrs. Tried Rapalas (original #
5 floater & broken back), rooster-tail spinners & Strike
King Bisty Pond Minnows with no results Fish were not aggressive.
Size ranged from 10 inches to 13 inches on all 5 of them. Still
seems to be plenty of them in the stream, but most are now probably
the smaller ones (12 inches & below) due to culling.
TIGHT LINES & SHARPER HOOKS
"Per Mare, Per Terras"
January 11, 2006 - Answer
for needing information on Hillsdale - April
Early April could be excellent for all species.
You could start of the early morning hours 4-6 a.m. walleye fishing
on the dam casting rapalas or mister twisters, then could go
turkey hunting for a few hours until the sun warms things up
a bit, then Hit some Crappies just starting to move up into the
coves and riprap, then you could finish off the afternoon fishing
for pre-spawn Bass staging near spawning areas. Don't fish
for crappie or BASS if a cold front is upon you or you will likely
be disappointed. If the weather has been warm a few days
this can be the best time of year for everything. Crappie
will pull out of the coves when the weather goes down hill.
You can still catch nice Walleyes shallow early
in the day and late on the shallow flats. Look for all
the boats drifting or scaring walleyes with their supped up trolling
motors on the flats. This is a great time of year for BASS.
Fish early in the morning next to the cliffs or dropoffs into
the creek channels. Crappie this time of year can
also be excellent if they are stacked in the trees on the flats.
Depending on the water level High water means great fishing
in the trees on the flats. Lower water levels means you
must fish deeper tree piles.
January 6, 2006 - Kanopolis
Seep Stream - conditions @ Salina @ 0858 hrs CST:
- clear below 12,000 ft
Temp: 25 degrees - Wind Chill: 25 degrees - Humidity: 77 % -
Dew Point 20 degrees
Barometric Pressure: 30.30 steady - Wind Direction / Speed: WNW
@ 5 MPH
Arrived approx 1100 hrs CST & was the ONLY
person there for almost an
hour. Caught 14 inch (1.75 lb) & 2 smaller rainbows (which
made it into the net :-) using Berkley chartruese Power Eggs
Lost one on Strike King Bitsy Pond Minnow, lost one on chartruese
Berkley power eggs & released one that might have been all
of 6 inches long. 6 strikes all day long.....saw a really nice
one about 22 or 24 inches long that gentleman caught in beaver
pond upstream on broken-back minnow. 2 other gentlemen using
1/100th oz jigs on fly rod managed to land 7 or 8 fish. No bald
eagles today just red-tailed hawks, B-2 & B-52 bombers. Fish
are still in there, you just have to "work" harder
for them. The 14 inch one I landed had someone else's broken
line in his mouth.
Check your hooks & tighten those lines
"Per Mare, Per Terras"
5, 2006 - Segwick County Park -
Ross and Michael Lowry (son) show a couple trout.
Michael is holding the first fish he ever caught.
January 5, 2006 - Needing
information on Hillsdale - If you have suggestions, email
us and we will post answer - Greetings.
My brothers-in-law are looking for an excellent
multi-species destination for our annual fishing trip. I'm very
interested in Hillsdale, particularly the crappie fishing, but
we also like to target bass and walleye. I'm trying to get some
seasonal fishing information and lodging information on or around
the lake. Can you point me in the right direction, and/or share
what you know?
Due to scheduling limitations, we won't likely
be able to fish in May. We're looking at sometime in April of
June at this point.
Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
January 4, 2006 - Kanopolis
Seep Stream - Conditions @ Salina:@ 0922 hrs CST:
- clear below 12000 ft
Temp: 40 degrees - Wind Chill: 30 degrees - Humidity: 73% - Dewpoint:
Barometric Pressure: 30.14 rising - Wind Direction / Speed: NW@
Hooked more trout than I landed today (I know there
is at least another limit of 5 still swimming around.) Ended
up with 4 in the basket (lost # 5 4 times <G><G>)
Largest was 14.5 inches. Other three between 10 & 13 inches.
All caught on Berkely Power Eggs (sunrise & chartruese.)
Several hook-ups on Rapala # 5 Firetiger Floater (Original Minnow)
but failed to get them into the net. Baked trout for supper.
Saw two limits taken and two others depart w/ 0. According to
the solunar tables, today was to be one of the worst days to
fish, think did pretty good.
TIGHT LINES & SHARPER HOOKS
"Per Mare, Per Terras"
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