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June 22, 2007 - Cheney - June 21, 2007 Thursday. Did some p.m. fishing. Got to the lake at 5:15 p.m. It's been 6 weeks or so since I've been to Cheney. Lake level looks good water muddy. Headed to the Westside with the downriggers and within 5 mins. had our first 22" walleye. Not much longer another 22" walleye. Not bad me and my son thought. Then nothing for another hour and a half. Tried a few other areas and nothing. So, we new were the Walleye were and went back and concentrated in that area. Had one huge fish on. Son fighting it with all his might. Pole bending like a good Striper or Wiper. Fought him for 15 seconds and line went limp. I tried to calm my son down but you know how that goes. He was pissed. But that's ok. Within 15 mins. Another huge, huge fish on. My boy fought that one for a good min. or two and again, line limp. He started reeling it in and about 20' from the boat the fight was on again. The fish had swam towards the boat and my boy did not know that. Netted it and it was a very nice 17 lb. Blue Cat.  That was it on the catches. Went to the fish cleaning station to clean our catch. Had a family come over to view our catch. The wife of this family was more excited then my son that caught the fish. I'm going gee's lady it only a big fish. Then she made this statement that was funny as hell. "Is that catfish suffocating?"  I'm laughing my butt off and told her. "Lady, in a few mins. This fish is going to be dead when I start cutting on it". She looked at me like you no good S.O.B. and walk away. It was funny. I think within a good week or so. Let the water clear up some. The bite will be on nicely at Cheney. Blue Cat was full of eggs.  Mark.

June 20, 2007 - Marion - Marion, June 20 Fished wed. morning from 7:00 am to about 1:00 pm. Fishing was very hit and miss. Seemed to be no real pattern for anything except the drum. They seem to be everywhere. Caught about 15 of them of varying sizes while trying to find walleye. I did catch 1 wiper and 1 very large bluegill while dragging nightcrawlers. Switched to trolling crankbaits, and caught another wiper, 3 white bass and 2 short walleye on different points. Fishing has been like this for me for the last week. Hopefully others have done better. Gary

June 18, 2007 - Creek in Wabaunsee County - June 16 Sunday --

I have a great fish story from Sunday--went out to my favorite creek and started out fishing from a low-water bridge. The bridge only has a short cement curb on either side, no railings, so after my first cast, I just laid my pole down on the ground while I set up my other one. Generally, I can hear it scrape around on the cement if I get a decent bite. While I was rigging the second pole, heard a scraping sound, then a louder noise, and turned around just in time to see my pole about to go over the side--the reel was hung up on the curb, but barely hanging in there. I ran to grab it but was too late--it went over the side. First time I had ever lost a pole to a fish. The water isn't more than 4-5 feet deep there and I was tempted to go in after it, but there are logs and probably a lot of broken glass and fish hooks in there--decided a 10-year old rig wasn't worth it, even if it was an old favorite.

About 3 hours later, after a busy but generally dull morning of bait fishing & practicing fly fishing all over the creek & getting nothing but tiny channel cats and one pumpkinseed, I ran out of bait. Went back into town for more worms and came back to fish some more. I cast in about 60 yards below the bridge---got a bite on the first cast--again, while I was rigging the second pole. Reeled it in and was confused--there was something obviously on the line, but it wasn't feeling right. Finally realized I had hooked into another fishing line. Reeled in so I could get untangled--and up popped my fishing pole that I had lost earlier! Reeled it in, but it was really hard going--I figured the line was probably caught up in some brush or something. Finally got hold of the pole and realized the fish that had taken it off the bridge was still on the line! It was a tuckered-out 3 or 4 pound channel cat, hooked hard through the lower lip. It came in pretty easy though the rig is an ultralight and the reel was full of grit and hard to crank. The reel needs to be rinsed out and oiled up--but the rod and reel both survived the ride.

Before I left for the day, I threw in the next-to-last worm and caught another cat about the same size as the one that took my pole. So I know there are at least 2 decent-sized cats in there. I'm going to try some night fishing soon & see how it goes.

June 18, 2007 - Turkey Creek south of Abilene, KS - 18 June 2007 - Weather conditions @ Salina, KS @ 1518 hrs CDT:
Sky: mostly cloudly (scattered showers)
Temp: 77 degrees - Humidity: 78% - Dewpoint: 70 degrees
Barometric Pressure: 29.78 dropping - Wind Direction / Speed: South / 6 MPH

Solunar table: Average

Fished creek for about 4 hours & ended up w/ 1 2 lb channel catfish.
Turtles were helping themselves to nightcrawlers. Missed couple of strikes due to own mistakes....duh. Oh well, is close to home so was not that big of a deal :-)

June 18, 2007 - Cheney - Went to Cheney Friday night and decided to camp out and set a few lines to try our luck at "ole' Mr. Whiskers" That was a mistake. They must be on the nest or just weren't biting because they are letting out so much water. So we tried our luck trolling Saturday morning and just like Marion was turning over and no wind at all in the morning. Once the wind picked up we ended up catching two keeper walleye and two keeper Wipers and one that didn't quite make the mark. We also caught about 15 white perch and a 5lb drum.

The lake dropped a foot from Friday to Saturday night

Chad Maness

June 18, 2007 - Leavenworth SFL - LEAVENWORTH STATE FISHING LAKE 6/15/07

Walleye: Fair Up to 21 .5 in Jig/Nightcrawler Main Lake points/ rock walls dam 20-25 feet water.

Mark G. Babcock

June 17, 2007 - Butler SFL - Fished Butler SFL this morning. Got there a bit after six twenty. I would have been there earlier, but as I was getting close to the Lowes on K15 I realized I forgot something very important.... my fishing poles... I grabbed a kudos bar instead... I went back home and got my poles. At the lake is was very calm and I thought I should have brought my boat, but I read the forecast and new the wind was coming. The wind did end up coming and most boaters ended up leaving. The back area of the lake is still lacking much of the vegetation to give you some good bass numbers, but they are in there. I caught eight bass. The heaviest at about two pounds and the smallest about a half a pound. I caught two right where the creek splits from the main lake. I caught three in the actual creek, then I caught two right where the creek flows in where you drive over. I tossed them to the creek side that goes into the lake. And then my final one was caught in the reeds. In other words all my bass were very close to cover. My biggest one was in the creek and I was about three feet up and I caught it casting parallel to the shore. I caught them all on a chatterbait frog that I was field testing for NAFC. If I stayed I would have switched to a little slower approach, but I didn't want to battle the dirty water and finesse fishing.

Happy fishing all.


June 17, 2007 - Marion - June 16, 2007 Saturday. Since Cheney Lake been decribed as "the dead sea" and it's flooded decided to head to Marion. Got there at 6:30am. Little foggy with no wind. Caught some here and there. No certain area. Wind came up around 10am. and started catching them a little faster. Water is turning over with green algie. Could not tell when the wind came up. Clear water then. Total catch was 2, Walleye 20". 4, Wipers, kind of small. 1, White Bass. Clean all of our catch. Tried to take digital picture but my partener hit the movie button. Did not want to send that. Surface temp. at noon 76 degrees. Mark.

June 13, 2007 - Big Hill - Submitted by Curt Graves - June 9, ABA Tournament, Big Hill
I was only able to be on Big Hill for a few hours. It was fun to take my 2-year old son for a boat ride and let him spend some time discovering all the new things about fishing and boats. On Saturday, I started with a spook on points looking for a couple of big smallmouth. I only had a 2-pounder attack my spook but not hook up. I managed a good 16.75" on a football jig and a couple of shorts on a jig-head worm after spending most of the day flipping deep trees looking for the summer bite.

Rumor is that the winner as well as my dad fished senko-style baits around laydowns for their fish. Some fish were caught up the river on jigs and plastics; a few on c-rigs. I fished too deep concentrating on 8-20' water. Most fish were still 2-8' deep. I think it needs to get hot and warm the water into the 80's before I can start catching them in the deeper trees suspended.

No tournaments planned for me until July which is okay as I need some time on the water to relax and get some confidence back after these past 2 weekends. If anyone is interested in a demo ride or wants to check out the Quantum PT series of rods and reels, send me an email or call. I'd be happy to meet you at the lake.

Good fishing!

June 10, 2007 - Marion Comment - Mon. and tue. April 30 and may 1. Fished at Marion res. Monday the wipers were really biting along the dam in the morning. Caught about 15 or 20 on brown jigs. Size was not great, about 2-3 pounds, but very fun to catch. Also caught 13 white bass. They were all males of about 1 lb. each. These were a lot closer to the bank than the wipers. Tuesday was much slower. Caught a few whites,9, and had to work much harder for them. I did catch 5 crappie, about 9 to 10 inches long. On a more disappointing note, I saw on fellow leaving with a stringer full of wipers on Monday, and 3 short walleyes that had been cleaned and dumped in the water at the cottonwood point boat ramp. Unfortunately I think both of these senerios are pretty common at this lake. Just my opinion.


June 9, 2007 - Republican River - Milford Lake - Turkey Creek

River Conditions @ Clay Center, KS: 0800 hrs
Discharge, cubic feet per second (cfs): 590 - Gage height, feet: 7.95 dropping - Water clarity: muddy

Weather Conditions @ Salina, KS @ 0841 hrs CDT: - Sky conditions: clear
Temp: 72 degrees - Dew Point: 55 degrees - Barometric Pressure: 29.41 & rising later in the day
Wind Direction / Speed: WSW / 8 MPH (later in day temp reached 90 degrees & wind were SW / 20 w/ gusts 25 - 30 MPH before front hit)

Solunar table: Fair

Republican continues to drop & still muddy (Milford Dam Discharge @ 0800 hrs was 4,060 cfs.) No joy either place tried on the river. Went down to Milford, 1st place checked someone was there so went back up the lake. Caught 18 inch walleye & 15 inch channel catfish & partner caught 3 - 4 lb channel catfish + 1 drum. All caught on nightcrawlers.

Left Milford due to high winds + lack of activity and went home for a short time. Then went to try luck on TURKEY CREEK south of Abilene which had dropped about 2 feet since Sunday. Caught a 3 lb channel catfish & a 10 inch channel catfish on nightcrawler while partner caught couple of 15 - 18 inch channel catfish on shrimp. Front hit w/ winds switching to the north, while fishing TURKEY CREEK so that was the termination of the day's activities.


June 8, 2007 - Cheney -
I found an fishing item washed up on shore last week at Cheney. If anyone lost some sort of fishing equipment, call 529-8828 with discription. MH

June 7, 2007 - Cheney - Have had some luck on the river below the dam a couple of miles when water has been released. Several channels on chicken liver and shrimp all 2 pounds or better, one 7 pounds and yet another larger that got tangled in trees.

Bryce Matteson

June 6, 2007 - Courtesy of KWP -

Region 1

At 5/31/2007 12:24 PM, IaGuy said... Did some trot lines over the weekend with a redneck buddy of mine, pretty good time and caught about 10 cats, one smaller flathead and the rest channels. Also caught about 4 turtles on the line closest to the bank. Lookingto do some walleye fishing this Sat, reports look good. Anyone out there having any luck?

At 5/30/2007 2:12 PM, Sean said... Scott Lake - May 25(pm)/26(am) - Weather: 72 degrees, some sprinkles

My first trip to Scott Lake, so I was less effective than I should have been. Fished primarily in the creek above the lake from the low water crossing just past Elm Grove campground from the East bank.

Caught about 8 small bass (8-12") and two small crappie on 1/16 oz yellow jigs. Caught several nice bluegill on a white inline spinnerbait.

Just shy of dark I moved up to Elm Grove and did decently well on channel catfish. Caught 6 fish from 1# to 3# on liver in an hour.

Great experience, beautiful campsite... I'm looking forward to my next trip.

(Oh, but watch out for the poison ivy, it is absolutely choking the creek!!)

Region 2

At 5/29/2007 6:36 PM, Anonymous said... Toronto- We have been fishing for catfish the last few outings. We have caught small yellows and some nice channel below the dam. Today was real SLOW, we kept to small channel for supper. By the end of the week we might try crappie again.

At 5/28/2007 10:01 PM, Ed said... Bass & Crappie fishing at Levenworth County lake slow and lots of moss around bank comming to surface now that the water has heated up. makes it difficult to fish , except in deeper water lake is up about 16" some catfish at feeders need boat..

At 5/24/2007 8:43 AM, Anonymous said... Bass fishing at Leavenworth is excellent for numbers. However, they are not very big. catching 100 is easy most days.

Region 3

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Region 4

At 6/05/2007 8:17 PM, Anonymous said... For you folks trying to fish without much luck (I"m assuming you're going after catfish?)- try going first thing in the morning! I went to Clearwater as soon as it was light enough to see, about 5 am- the catfish were biting like mad and I very easily caught my limit. I'd suggest hitting your favorite fishing lake from 5am to about 8am, using chicken liver preserved with garlic salt; you shouldn't have any trouble catching your limit. But be sure to bring bug spray, as the 'skeeters are really awful that time of day...

Good luck! :-)

At 6/05/2007 11:48 PM, Anonymous said... Bit by a copperhead huh? Are you sure it was a copperhead? They are usually a little further east, like in the flint hills, than lake afton.

At 6/05/2007 11:54 PM, Anonymous said... Mosquitoes at Cheney are relentless! Covered myself in bug spray with something like a DEET 90 and the bugs laughed at me as they drank my blood!

At 6/04/2007 10:58 PM, Anonymous said...Lake Afton- fishing was lousy on the west side near the boat ramp, but we saw a real big catfish near the shore (I thought it was a log resting against the bank). Don't know how big it really was, but from the tip of its head to its dorsal fin it was easily 18"...

On the east side fishing was somewhat better, mostly huge carp but some small catfish (2 lb max, most too dinky to keep).

THERE ARE TONS OF SNAKES- WATCH OUT!! My son in law got bitten by a copperhead over on the north side (thankfully not very serious). Be careful, the lake has a huuuge number of snakes!

At 6/02/2007 8:48 AM, Anonymous said...If someone sees the fishing limits being broken at any lake then they need to report it! These poachers will continue to steal from all of us unless we as fishermen keep an eye on our resource and help protect it. Game warden numbers are listed by county in the KDWP fishing rules book or call the sheriff. I always have a cell phone and I don't hesitate to call to report this criminal activity.

At 6/01/2007 3:02 PM, Anonymous said...Two friends and I decided to hit up Clearwater- we only caught 1 puny channel cat between the three of us over several hours.

It's a small pond and is getting a ton of heavy fishing pressure. Plus, someone said that people are taking way more than the creel limit of 5 and cleaning the place out within hours of it being stocked; KDWP might wanna start creel limit enforcement out there.

At 5/31/2007 5:00 AM, Anonymous said... Cheney is a mess for camping and fishing. The grounds seem like a city dump and the lake has been called the "Dead Sea" by regular anglers. Suggest other locations when considering a fishing and/or camping trip.

At 5/30/2007 3:28 AM, Anonymous said... Clearwater Chisholm Ridge: Fishing was absolutely lousy, to put it nicely. The only thing biting were the blackflies and mosquitoes, which were absolutely awful. Catish were supposedly stocked on 5/25; I tried over the entire holiday weekend at various times using a wide assortment of baits and techniques, but only got one halfhearted nibble. Went home empty-handed, very disappointing. Don't think I'll be going back out there anytime soon.

Region 5

At 5/30/2007 8:39 AM, columbus catman said... fished with setlines above Chetopa dam from 5-25 to 5-28. Caught 9 fish (only 2 flatheads), biggest weighed 11 lbs. total stringer weaghed 46 lbs. River is up with some current, but could be fished.Planning on going back if the weather forcast doesn't bring river up anymore

At 6/05/2007 3:01 AM, Anonymous said... Toronto- Two of us fished for yellows and channel cats below the dam. We caught 7 channel, kept 6 and threw back the largest- 6.75 lbs.. Noluck on yellows, pipe opened 25%.

At 6/04/2007 9:11 AM, Dan said... Big Hill Reservoir - 6/2/07
Put in at Mound Valley boat ramp around Noon. Fished all afternoon until around 7:00pm. Got one small LMB and a 15 lb Drum. Tough, tough bite all day.

I noted hundreds of dead white bass floating all over the Lake and on the shoreline. Turkey Buzzards were circling overhead.

Not that I'm complaining but, what in the world killed the White Bass?
Is this something that could also effect the Black Bass?

At 6/02/2007 10:37 AM, columbus catman said... Took wife and kids to farm pond on 5-31. Kids and I just dinked around. Wife caught one bass on plastic worm, had couple other bites.

Took wife to strip pits NW of columbus on 6-1. Lighting storm kept boat off water,we fished from bank.(not the smartest thing to do in a lighting storm) Wife caught one bass on a jitterbug, had couple other bites. I threw plastic worm, hula popper...nothing.

June 5, 2007 - Cheney - Tried river area Monday evening. Some big channel were spawning but to far into the timber to get to them. Troll for wipers with no luck. Lake is way up with east marina lot about 60% flooded so be prepare to wade to launch your boat. MH

June 4, 2007 - Republican River Btwn Wakefield, KS & Clay Center, KS

River Conditions @ Clay Center, KS: Discharge, cubic feet per second: 820 @ 16:00 hrs
Gage height, feet: 8.43 @ 16:00 hrs & dropping muddy

Weather Conditions @ Manhattan, KS @ 1253 hrs CDT:
Sky conditions: a few clouds - Temp: 81 degrees
Dew Point: 56 degrees - Barometric Pressure: 29.85 & falling
Wind Direction / Speed: North / 10 MPH w/ gusts to 20 MPH

Solunar table: Poor (claims worse day of month)

Arrived @ river approx 1300 hrs. Checked several locations before finding a spot one could fish (either back flow from the lake caused inaccessability to areas or mud prevented one from walking to the river bank). Caught a "huge" flathead catfish on nightcrawlers (all fish were either caught on nightcrawlers or dip bait) all of maybe 8 inches long - practiced catch & release! But t'was 1st flathead I can recall catching. We also got 5 drum (partner got 2); 9 channel catfish (partner got 4) & partner caught 1 blue catfish. Channels average an estimated 2.5 lbs & the blue probably went 6 lbs.

Oh, did meet the Creel Census Taker & politely provided him with all the information he requested to include partner catching his biggest channel catfish w/ him standing there :-)


June 3, 2007 - Milford Lake At 2:00 pm fished the upper end at the mouth of the Republican River. Lots of water at the upper end. Lots of flooded land. Stayed on the edge of the river channel and fished both the river channel and flooded grass areas. Caught 1 blue and 1 channel cat in the flooded grass with night crawlers. Each weighed 4 pounds. Caught 1 Channel Cat weighing 5 pounds in the river channel on crawdad. Also caught 4 drum in weeds on night cralwers. This was within the first hour and a half of fishing. Small thunder storm started forming to the south west and the fishing went dead. Not one bite for the next 3 hours with several types of bait. Decided to pack up and headed for the dock.


May 29 - June 2, 2007 - Republican River btwn Clifton, KS and Clay Center , KS Smaller Channel Cat biting on dip bait and night crawlers during the afternoon. Caught and released several 12 and smaller. Evening, average 4-6 Channel and Blues each night between 3 and 5 pounds using stew meat with garlic salt fishing in about 4 feet of water.


May 30, 2007 - Hillsdale -
Monday 5-28-07. fished the North end of the lake for about 3 hours or so. Was drifting with the wind through the trees about 50 ft out from the bank. caught 2x 10" Crappie 4x shorts (crappie), 1 white bass, 1 largemouth and a perch. not a great day. at least we caught something though. Also seen a boat tied to a tree catching a few small crappie. (maybe 5 in 30 minutes)

May 29, 2007 - Lake Afton - Fished Lake Afton on the afternoon of the of May 29. I arrived at approx. 400pm. I was fishing from the shore near the largest fishing dock on the east side of the lake between the dock and the swimming area. Caught 2 small channel catfish and 2 small drum in 2 1/2 hours. Catfish were both caught on dipbait and drum were caught on worms, one under a bobber and one on the bottom.


May 29, 2007 - Wabaunsee County Creek - Saturday May 26 8 am - 3:30 pm a rock-bottom creek in Wabaunsee County

Creek level was down from previous weeks and starting to run pretty clear. Saturday the fishing was just lousy, though. It sprinkled much of the morning, which didn't stop the bites, but most were just tiny nibblers. Got no bites whatsoever on anything but worms....I tried lures of all sorts, even a couple of small live frogs, a tadpole, some cut-up sunfish and a juicy-looking centipede: not a nibble on any of it but worms. I caught one decent channel cat out of a hole--maybe a pound, pound and a half--then a couple of other pan-size cats and then it was downhill from there. The rest were the tiniest assortment of baby fish you can imagine... 3- and 4-inch channel cats, a 3- inch bluegill in full spawning colors (gorgeous!), a couple of teeny tiny sunfish and a largemouth bass that was maybe 3 inches long, tops. I had never seen a bass that small except at the hatchery in Pratt! Most were on the hook when I pulled in to check my worm--I didn't even know they were on there. I'd say that the two dozen nightcrawlers probably outweighed the sum total weight of the last 7 or 8 fish I brought in.

The only reason why I stayed out so long is that I love fishing Flint Hills streams: catching is secondary to clearing out your head of all cares while wading a pretty little rock-bottom stream....fattening up those 3-inch babies on a couple dozen nightcrawlers is a small price to pay.

Two observations about conditions since all the rains. On the particular creek I fish, the water has been up, down, up like a seesaw in recent weeks, and now that the water is finally down, the rocks are reappearing, but the banks above the rocky streambed are very mucky. The whole landscape of the stream has altered drastically in the last month because of one huge rain that took 50-foot long deadfallen trees that had been laying in the riverbed up about 20 feet higher into the woods, and deposited a new set of deadfallen logs & uprooted live trees in new places along the creek....as a result, many holes and channels have shifted, moved around and in some cases, disappeared or have been supplanted with new deep holes and scours. I quickly discovered that I could not assume that I could safely wade where I waded a few weeks ago without taking a good look first....the water may be down, but the whole topography of the stream bed has changed.

More significantly, the outside banks on curves have been scoured deeply & are undercut but good, leaving lots of new raw banks and tempting deep channels and holes....but the banks above them are VERY soggy & unstable--about as stable as jello. Although I recognize a new raw-cut bank when I see it, for the first time in my life I witnessed at close hand a huge chunk of bank collapse just from the added weight of a morning's light rain. The noise when it started to give way was different than I would have imagined. I heard a quiet little squeak I couldn't identify, then a sucking sound like your boot makes when you pull it out of the mud as I realized the bank was giving way. Then there was almost total silence until the several tons of debris hit the water in a big "whoosh!". I was glad I was on the other side of the stream as several tons of soil & small bushes & rotten logs crashed into the waterrfight in front of me. It was even more amazing to me that 15 or 20 minutes later, most of the traces of the collapse had disappeared downstream and the water was running clear again.

I'd avoid fishing near or off of the high cut banks until they dry out a little bit!

May 28, 2007 - Lake Afton - Fished Lake Afton on the evening of May 28th. Arrived at lake about 515pm. I fished off of one of the jettys on the north side of MacArthur Rd. near the observatory. Caught one small channel cat on a dead minnow. I also tried shad sides and nightcrawlers with no luck on either. Fish was caught fishing into the wind, when I turned around to have the wind at my back, I couldn't even get a bite. Saw lots of what appeared to be shad ar maybe minnows breaking the surface of the water all around. Left lake at approx. 9pm.


May 28, 2007 - Tuttle Creek and Milford - Memorial Weekend Tuttle Creek and Milford: Fished both lakes over the past 4 days. Tuttle Creek is 25 ' high and the only place to catch fish was in the creeks. Caught nice channels 5 to 10 lbs and white bass in the clear water. Cut bait worked well for the channels. Tuttle starts dumping water this week so fishing will be tough for the next couple weeks. If we get some rain and the creeks rise there will be some excellent catfish in the creeks because they still have plenty of depth. Use cut bait, worms will only catch you the ruff fish. When the lake level gets down to 1085 you will be able to catch good numbers of channels in the river above the bridge when the water starts draining out of the fields the river channel will be the place to fish. If the lake drops a foot a days the white bass will probably leave the creeks. Water temp is cold for this time of year. Channels will probably not spawn for 3 to 4 weeks. 67 is cool for this this time of year.
Milford is also full of water and I only fished for catfish over the weekend. I used cut bait and caught nice blues 3 to 18 lbs. River run strong for a couple days and lots of trash. Found the fish at the edge of the trash line. Also caught some nice channels at the edge of the weeds fishing with leeches and bobber. Due to the high water fishing was more work this weekend but if you pursued you could catch some nice fish.

May 28, 2007 - Cheney - Caught a couple of nice channel cats on the lake side of the jetty protecting the marina this past week. Was using shrimp on a lighted bobber about 18" deep about 8' offshore. Caught a four and seven pounders.


Bryce Matteson


May 27, 2007 - Milford - Submitted by Curt Graves -May 26 Milford ABA Tournament (finish=1st)
Water Temp=64-67/ Overcast with slight rain / 7' Above Conservation Pool and rising
Creeks and upper lake muddy with 1-3" visibility; lower 1/3 of lake stained with 10-18" visibility.

Walleye, whites, channel cats, drum, wiper, and short smallmouth were all active and eating my crankbait around rocky points. After 2 1/2 hours of cranking and flipping the flooded bushes, I moved out and fished the original shoreline between 5-8' deep. I finally connected with 15.5" smallmouth on the crankbait which was thrown on a 7' med-light Quantum PT rod and then a 15.25" largemouth fishing my homemade black-blue-purple jig with a craw trailer on a 6'10 Heavy PT rod. Flourocarbon line helped me feel the exceptionally subtle bites. Probably caught 8-10 shorts as well on the jig. The 2 keepers weighed just 3.62# but was enough for the win on this tough day. I would like to have had begun the morning fishing the same depth with a football jig on the points in the 5-10' water...hindsight is 20-20. My 200 Super Pro ProCraft ran well and handled the waves from all the boat traffic (give me a call if you want a test ride).

My guess is the fish will begin to move into the newly flooded cover as the weather and water warm as well as stabilizes. Lots of carp and whites in the flooded bushes already. The next couple of weeks could be great for flipping if they water isn't pulled down. If they open the gates, some great strings could be caught from the points on cranks and c-rigs.

A big thank you to Michael Schulte and those that fished. The friendship and hospitality showed was awesome! Their next tournament is June 9, the day before the Weekend Series.

May 26, 2007 - Republican River Btwn Wakefield, KS & Clay Center, KS

River Conditions @ Clay Center, KS: Muddy
Gage height, feet @ 0400 hrs: 13.13 & dropping
Discharge, cubic feet per second @ 0400 hrs: 4,390 & decreasing

Weather Conditions @ Manhattan, KS as of 0852 hrs:
Sky Conditions: Cloudy / Temp: 68 degrees / Dewpoint: 63 degrees
Barometric Pressure: 30.08 & dropping / Wind Direction / Speed: SW @ 9 MPH

Solunar Table recommendation: POOR (understatement!)

When arrived at the river, there was nobody but pelicans, Blue Heron & geese in the area. Baited one rod w/ nightcrawlers & the other w/ blood dip bait while companion baited up w/ nightcrawlers on 1 & shrimp on the other. He managed to catch 1 Blue Catfish, 1 Channel Catfish & 1 Drum while all I got was 3 strikes aside from getting hung up in the roots that have washed out of the bank. Pelicans did almost as well as they slurped down a couple of fish.

Tight Lines & Sharp Hooks

May 21, 2007 - Republican River Btwn Wakefield, KS & Clay Center, KS

River Conditions: Murky w/ 1 - 2 ft swells (due to wind)
Discharge, cubic feet per second @ Clay Center, KS: 769 @ 08:00
Gage height, feet @ Clay Center, KS: 8.33 05-21-2007 08:00

Weather Conditions @ Salina, KS as of 1058 hrs
Sky conditions: Clear - Temp: 75 degrees - Humidity: 59% - Dewpoint: 57 degrees
Barometric Pressure: 29:88 & falling
Wind direction / Speed: South / 20 MPH gusting to 25 (increased to gusts of 39 MPH later during day)

Got to the river and partner attempted to find some green worms w/ no joy. According to solunar table, today was to be a "POOR" day for fishing. Partner caught 2 small channel catfish & 12 drum. I only managed to catch 2 keeper channel catfish & threw a 12 incher back to grow up. Cut bait = no luck; blood dip bait = all 3 of my fish & nightcrawlers were responsible for all 14 fish partner caught.


May 23, 2007 - Courtesy of KWP -

Region 1

At 5/20/2007 6:44 AM, Anonymous said...Fished Cedar Bluff the 16th and 17th. Only 13 crappie, but they were BIG. Took them anywhere from 5 to 20 feet of water. 38 white bass all in really nice shape too. Caught them trolling the tree rows. Lake is 67 degrees and low. Eric

Region 2

No new reports

Region 3


At 5/16/2007 5:43 PM, Anonymous said...-Has anybody fished Clark Lake lately? How has the catfish and bass been? I was told not to fish the damn cause it's all cement under there and no cats are over there? Is this true?

Region 4

At 5/20/2007 8:34 PM, Anonymous said... All I caught at watson park were plastic bags.

At 5/19/2007 7:58 AM, Anonymous said... Fished El Dorado lake last night May 18, 2007 for flatheads and caught one good walleye on a 4 inche bluegill. The walleye was 26 inches long. Any one have know any good places to catch flatheads at el dorado lake with out a boat would appreciate some ideas. thanks.

At 5/17/2007 10:00 PM, Anonymous said... CHENEY ,,,,,Fish at the feeders with shad gizzards about 3 of them with the entrails tied around the hook while the water is up at red bluffs cast on left side from jetty to feederabout 10 feet from it or right at it. When feeder goes off be ready for the BITE. Use kahle hooks are best number 1/0 is best. Make sure you have catfish poles my three piece got broke and lost one in the lake. So when you GO TO CHENEY.Stay near your pole. tHAT IS BEST BAIT RIGHT NOW I HAVE CAUGHT NOTHING BUT 5LBS AND OVER UP TO 24LB CHANNEL. Good luck ,,,,,signed liquidscaler.

At 5/17/2007 1:23 PM, Anonymous said... Fished El Dorado lake last evening with my girlfriends oldest daughter (11) for walleyes. She caught 2 keepers on a jig and worm. The largest one was 25 1/2" and weighed 4 lbs 12 oz. Fished off of the old highway 77 road bed in 10' to 15' of water.

At 5/16/2007 5:46 PM, Anonymous said... Has anyone fished Cheney lately for catfish? Just wondering what to use and where. With all this rain and flooding there I don't know where to go. Just went last week for the first time and didn't catch a thing. I was fishing on the jetty on the west side. By the cabins. Any help?

Region 5

At 5/19/2007 9:50 PM, Anonymous said... fished Melvern 5/18 for 6 hours. did not get a bite. Lake is very muddy and the wind didnt help.

At 5/19/2007 5:15 PM, columbus catman said... Fished in the strip pitts northwest of columbus eartly on 5-19 for bass. Caught lots of short fish( I mean LOTS).Caught four or five long slot limit fish. Plastic worms!! Higher the sun got, slower the bite..

At 5/18/2007 10:45 AM, Anonymous said... I fished at Melvern on Monday (5/14) and the lake was 11 ft high. The water was very muddy and there was a lot of debris floating on the surface. We drifted several of the flats on the north side of the lake for about 3 hours and didn't have a bite. I only saw one other boat on the lake and they hadn't caught anything either. The water might be down a little now but I'll bet it is still muddy. I'm going somewhere else this weekend. Hope that helps.

May 19, 2007 - Cheney - May 18, 2007 Friday. Got to the lake at 5pm. Water very muddy. Hit many spots and no fish. So, deceided to troll the face of the dam and came up with one 5.8 lb. Walleye. Very poor fishing for me. Cleaned our only fish and headed home at 8:30pm.




May 19, 2007 - Where have the green worms gone? - Used to have 1/2 dozen places along the Republican River to dig green worms.
Now it seems that they have "disappeared" from their "normal" haunts as have been hard pressed to find even a 1/2 dozen of them after digging in multiple places along the river. Any suggestions as where they have "moved" or has the drought had an adverse effect upon them?



May 18, 2007 - Republican River btwn Wakefield & Clay Center -

River Conditions: Muddy Discharge, cubic feet per second as of 2000 hrs: 2,020 & decreasing Gage height, feet as of 2000 hrs: 10.30 ft & falling

Weather Conditions @ Salina, KS @ 1453 hrs:
Sky conditions: Clear - Temp: 72 degrees - Humidity: 41% - Dew Point: 48 degrees
Barometeric Pressure: 30.29 & dropping - Wind direction / Speed: South / 3 MPH, changed to South East / 9 -12 MPH

Checked couple of sites before started fishing about 1530 hrs.
SKEETERS & TICKS swarming some areas. Caught 1 Blue Catfish & 5 channel catfish using nightcrawlers & dip bait. Blue Cat went about 3 lbs and the 3 channels I kept were between 1.5 lbs & 2.25 lbs. Released 2 channels as they were under my size limit of 15 inches before leaving @ 1900 hrs.


May 17, 2007 - Marais de Cygnes -
wed may 16 07

Dan & I caught 5 blues & 1 channel ranging from2 to 10 lbs on green worms

on the marais de cygnes river at ottawa, we fished close to shore in the slower water, the water is running pretty fast because they are releasing

quite a bit of water from pomona & melvern reservoirs, it was a good day.

thanks Ed Henley May 16, 07

May 16, 2007 - Answer to Wichita Sand Pit Question from May 14 - I fish a pit and noticed the same thing.
Probably not much you can do if its high noon, but towards evening, throw a shallow lip crankbait even closer to shore, parrallel to the bank.

Worked for me. These fish were waiting for an easy meal shallow. I could see a wake form behind my lure as I reeled it in then got em.

May 16, 2007 - Cheney - I decided to fish cheney for the first time this year last Sunday, I arrived at my boat slip at aprox 4:30 pm, loaded my gear and headed out on the lake. It was a little breezy, nice southerly wind, water surface temp 76 deg, I coudn't believe how clear it was since the lake was up a few feet, I guess the muddy water hadn't made it to the lower end of the lake yet. This time of year is a little squirrely when trying to find Stipers and Wipers, some of them spawning, others all over the place.. so I tied up the 3 way rig and cruised out by M&M and started trolling.. I honestly didn't care if I caught a fish or not, I was just enjoying the day. I trolled here and there, the waves sprayed my face in the wind, and it really felt good.

After about half an hour or so, My pole bent in half. Line screamed off my reel. I was totally unprepared. I was heading west, the wind was from the south.. I had my pole in the holder between a strap and a bar holding up the bimini top. I pulled the throttle back to what I thought was neutral, grabbed my pole, and hung on! The fish kept pulling line, I was trying to maneuver my pole around the front strap, I had actually hit reverse on the motor, the wind blew the front of the boat to the right, things weren't going well, I looked up at my net, ( I have an extended handle net that the handle pulls out for it to work right, usually takes 2 hands) the handle was not pulled, IT WAS CHAOS!! Then a huge wave broke over the side of the boat and completely drenched me. Buttt... I hung onto my fish! I reeled THEY pulled.. finally I saw the first one, it was a large Wiper, It was on top rolling in the waves, then something pulled it down! I finally got it to the boat and saw the Striper. I had the wiper on the sassy shad, and the Striper on the crankbait.

I was just a bit out of shape actually ALOT out of shape from the winter, gained about 10 lbs. I was breathin hard! My heart was pounding, and my arms were tired. I used my right arm to hold the rod, tried my best to keep a tight line, and used my left arm to pull the net handle out.I felt like a total ROOKIE!! but I finally did it. landed both fish. what a netful that was.. Wiper weighed just over 10 lbs, Striper just over 12lbs. I was exhausted.. I sat back in my chair, caught my breath for about 10 minutes and thought.. I better join a gym. I put the boat in forward and went to the dock.
Mike E.

May 16, 2007 - Republican River btwn Wakefield & Clay Center - Weather Conditions @ Salina, KS @ 0808 hrs CDT:
Sky - cloudy w/ rain (became partly cloudy)
Temp: 55 degress
Humidity: 88 %
Dewpoint: 52 degrees
Barometric Pressure: 30.11
Wind direction / Speed: North / 18 MPH gusting to 26 MPH

Got to the river about 1100 hrs CDT & departed approx 1530 hrs CDT. River
was clearing & rising slowly.
Water Temp: 70.6 degrees
Two of us ended up w/ 4 channel catfish, 4 blue catfish & 4 drum. Nothing
over 4 lbs in any of the
Used nightcrawlers, shad sides & tried blood dip bait (got hits but no

"Would have been a perfect day except for the smell of hog logs coming from
the north"


May 16, 2007 - Courtesy of KWP -

Region 1

5/15/2007 12:26 PM, Anonymous said...Caught some nice crappies @ Cedar Bluff. Looks like they are in full spawning mode. Most had eggs and a few were ready to release. Most were caught using minnows and some on jigs. GL

Region 2

At 5/13/2007 9:27 PM, Anonymous said...hillsdale-Put the boat in at the wade boatramp in thr park, temp was 81+ degrees and experienced very slow crappie fishing. I met a good sameritan who gave me his extra minnows, told me the spawn was basicly over and directed me to some good walleye fishing on the flats of the north side of the wade branch. Still bent on finding crappie, I sped to the north side of little bull (tuggle branch) and found the tempuratures in the 77 degree range. Took home 9 keepers, only one with eggs. Let me know how you all have done and where. thanks

At 5/12/2007 1:34 PM, Anonymous said...Milford 5-11-07 Hit 17 Walleye last night 2 guys fishing 1 to 4 lbs. Kept 6 legal ones. And 2 Brown spotted bass 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. And 6 Catfish 2-lbs to 7 lbs.

5/11/2007 11:32 PM, Anonymous said...Hillsdale -Got my 7-year old out tonight in our canoe and dragged it down the bank on the North-East end of the dam and fished in 10' of water at that corner of the dam. He caught a 19" 2lb 7oz Walleye on a Nightcrawler (with Bobber). Great fun on a great evening!

Region 3

5/11/2007 2:30 PM, Anonymous said...went to cimmaron grasslands last weekend. couldnt get the trout to bite. caught a few decent size channel cats, 2" bull heads wouldnt leave any of our bait alone

Region 4

5/14/2007 11:35 AM, Anonymous said...Last Tuesday, at Marion Resevoir on May 8th, caught 4 catfish and 2 Wipers in 3 hours in Frenches Cove using Worms.
Went to the Spillway on Saturday May 12. Everybody was catching Wipers and Channel Cat. Baits used were minnows, goldfish, and worms.

Region 5

At 5/13/2007 1:38 PM, columbus catman said...Fished below Chetopa late on 5-12---slow. River was dropping, we had one bite on greensunfish, no bites on various other baits.

May 14, 2007 - Wichita Sand Pit - May 12 - Wichita - Sand pit lake, calm, fairly clear water. Fishing from shore, caught two small largemouths on nightcrawlers; got some bites but no takers on spinners. Anglers in boats were taking quite a few bass & crappie; anglers on shore not taking much.

QUESTION: The sandy-bottom lake was clear enough that I spotted a few small largemouth bass hugging the shoreline dropoffs in about a foot or two of water. Nothing, absolutely nothing, tempted them: they moved away from all bait, lures, etc. and wouldn't take anything. Are these spawning bass, or female bass protecting eggs, or what? I was able to approach them with lures & bait from several angles without them being able to spot me, so I don't think the reason was that they saw me: they scooted off when they did see me, but were soon back near the same spot. They were alone, just sitting there, not interested in eating even when I just dropped a nightcrawler on their noses, without a hook. What gives?

May 13, 2007 - Milford - Water conditions: murky (maybe see 6 inches down) -
Daily Lake information can normally be found @
but this has not been updated since the 11th & information for release data
normally found @
is also unavailable.

Weather conditions @ Salina, KS @ 0853 hrs CDT:
sky conditions: Fair
Temp: 71 degrees
Dew Point: 61degrees
Barometric Pressure: 30.14 & dropping
Wind direction / speed: South / 5 MPH & increased to 20 MPH w/ 28 MPH gusts

Arrived lake estimate 0945 hrs CDT. Slow is the best description for
fishing but a beautiful day to sit on the bank and drown some nightcrawlers.
The three of us caught 2 Blue cats (largest 4 lbs) & 4 channel cats (largest
3.5 lbs). Mixture of dip baits & nightcrawlers put them in the basket along
w/ 1 keeper walleye on nightcrawler.

tight lines & sharp hooks :-)

May 11, 2007 - Northern Shawnee County Farm Pond -
(Sorry this is late, but I've been busy all week. It was such a great day of fishing, had to write.)

Saturday May 5, "FISH" site, farm pond, Northern Shawnee County.

My first experience fishing a farm pond in the KWP's FISH program (private fishing ponds & stream access opened to the public March through October) was wonderful. On a cloudy early morning after Friday evening's showers and before the deluge of rain that began Saturday night, I caught and released about 10 nice-sized channel cats, most ranging from about 14" to 20". Most caught on worm and bobber, about 10 to 15 feet off the bank, with the worm danging about 3 or 4 feet under the bobber. Putting the bait on the weedy bottom wasn't attracting many bites, but dangling it just above the weeds did the trick.

A father and his two young sons were also catching and releasing cats left and right, giving those boys a great morning of fishing. Also pulled in two of the bigger cats of the day on a "three-for-a dollar" silver and blue slab spoon my daughter gave me for my birthday about 10 years ago. (A note to tackle snobs: that three-piece for $1 set of lures has brought in more trout and smallmouth for me than all the other $500+ worth of lures in my tackle box!) Saw no signs of bass or crappie, but spent much of the morning & the contents of my tackle box trying to lure bass out of the weeds: no luck there. It might have been a little too cool.

I'd give it an "A" for a great place to take kids--the walk to the pond is short & much of the bank is level & relatively clear of brush, a real plus if you don't like spending half your day untangling your kids' lines from the rocks & bushes--and nice-size channel cats that will give them a fight. (Don't let them wear their good tennis shoes: horse apples & cow pies are everywhere!)

May 9, 2007 - Milford - Fishing is pretty good at Milford compared to other nearby lakes. It just had a substantial runoff last night and this a.m ., but the river has now has settled down. Walleye biting on the flats on jig and a bit of worm..best time is when you get there. Also caught channels in flooded cattails. Work, Work, and more work.

Sharp Hook from LAppel

May 9, 2007 - Kingman SFL - Took my dad and brother to Kingman Tues may 8th. I knew we had lots of rain, but we were bringing bait with us incase the water was muddy. The water is definately up. About three feet up. The water is only a foot away from the rock piers, but the surprising factor was the water was very clear. The bass were holding tight to the rocks. My dad caught a nice crappie on a minnow and then the rest of the time was lots of little bass here and there. I caught my fish on a gulp minnow with a pretty heavy jig head and I would do a quick yo yo motion. They do look and flash like real minnows. I think I caught a white perch as well, but it flipped the hook out and made it back into the water. I didn't see much action on the other side of the lake, but we caught a good number of small sized fish. If any one is looking for a lake that isn't all muddy and hard to fish then head out to kingman. The river next to it on the other hand is very muddy and fast flowing.


May 8, 2007 - Republican River btwn Clay Center & Wakefield, KS

River conditions:
As of 071600 hrs May 07: Discharge, cubic feet per second: 14,300
Gage height, feet: 19.02
Muddy w/ debris (trees and brush)

Weather Conditions @ Salina, KS @ 071253 hrs May 07:
sky conditions: light rain / mist
Temp: 63 degrees
Dew Point: 61 degress
Barometric Pressure: 30.08
Wind direction / speed: West / 7 MPH

Arrived river approx 070930 hrs May, needless to say water flowing and
muddy. 1st spot tried no joy, checked couple of other spots (did not even
bother to throw in water was so fast) arrived final spot about 071100 hrs
May. Caught 5 channel catfish (all less than 2 lbs) on nightcrawlers.
Went back on the 08 May. River "falling" and "slowing" down:
Weather Conditions @ Salina, KS @ 080753 hrs May 07 when departed house:
Sky conditions: Fair
Temp: 54 degrees - Dew Point: 51 degrees - Barometric Pressure: 30.18 -Wind direction / speed: Calm

Only 2 strikes w/ no results. Noticed that all day until almost 1700 hrs that barometric pressure was about 30.10. Makes one wonder if the high barometric pressure did not have something to do with the paucity of strikes. Know low barometric pressure causes fishing to get worse but what of too high of barometric pressure in conjunction w/ falling river conditions? Something to consider....

tight lines & sharp hooks

May 7, 2007 - Fall River - Had a family reunion at Fall River this weekend. We always stay below the dam. Below the dam, I caught 2 small Flatheads, about 4lbs, 1 White Bass and 1 Channel Cat all on White and Chartuse Road Runners. We went up by White Hall Bay Saturday at the low water crossing and caught about 30 White Bass and 5 Large Mouth over 15 inches, the largest about 41/2 lbs. The entire family caught about 50 Whites, 2 Flat Head, 3 Channel, 10 Large Mouth, and 50 Crappie. Some of the Crappie were big, 3 were 1 1/2+. We had a great weekend, family, friends, and a big fish fry Saturday night. There is nothing better.

Good Luck to all


May 4, 2007 - Crawford State Park - I just spent 8 days camped at Crawford State Park and fished each day when it wasn't raining. I used my boat and I caught lots of small crappie (8 to 10 inch) around the brush piles all over the lake. On May 2nd, I noticed lots of small male crappie up in the shallows. I caught the crappie on white and chartreuse, 1/16 oz. marabou jigs. During the 8 days fishing I caught 12 or 14 nice big crappie all between 10 and 13 inches long. They were mixed in with the smaller fish.

The feeders are on and the channel cat fish are just starting to come up to the top. Channel cat fishing should be fairly good by the middle of May.

May 4, 2007 - Question on Milford - Does anybody know if the White Bass are hitting on the Dam at Milford yet?  Thanks!

May 1, 2007 - Marion - April 30, 2007 Monday afternoon. Got the the face of the dam at 5:30pm. Real nice afternoon. Only caught 10. We would be fishing and not 10' from us on the bank in 2 to 4" of water 10 or 15 whites or wipers were bunched up spawning. Some would even come out of the water a few inches then flop back into the water. It was neat. We witness hundreds spawning.


April 30, 2007 - Jeffrey Energy Center Potawatomie County - Late Saturday afternoon, April 28. Fished the west side of the #2 Auxiliary lake at Jeffrey Energy Center (the large one) from the dock and a nearby shallow cove out of the wind, which was pretty strong. Caught and released a 12" smallmouth and lost another one, using a Storm Wild-Eyed rubber shad in bluegill colors. Got a few hits on worm & bobber, but no takers; I'm assuming they were tiny. No luck with top-water lures, jig n pigs, or fishing on the bottom.

April 30, 2007 - Marion Comment - If anyone seen the Wichita Eagle Sports on Sunday on the Marion Lake write up and pictures. Photo showed 30+ (white bass all under 21"?). That might be the case. I sure hope so. I've fished same spot. Several days later. None of my catches contained "any" white bass. They were all Wipers. And a ton of them

April 29, 2007 - Niece's First Fish - Today was a very important day. My niece, Lia, caught her first fish. Lia is 4 1/2 years old, very opinionated about what is icky and what isn't. When we got to the pond, she wanted no part of baiting her hook with big squirmy nightcrawlers. That changed when her bobber dipped and she reeled in a fat sunfish. And then another. By the end of the trip she was picking crawlers out of the box, handing them to uncle Russ (who put them on her hook), and casting them expertly. And she touched the fish, gave them names, and said goodbye when I released them. So Lia caught fish, and I hooked a fisherman. Pretty big stuff.

Oh, for those who wonder, it was at Camp Hawk in Harvey County. Perfect place for kid fishing.


April 29, 2007 - Toronto - Went to Toronto on 4-29. First time there and found out to simply be careful any where you go even if you have a map. Half of the reservoir was too shallow to even boat in. We finally got into a cove and found the money spot. Water was pretty murky and my brother started doing the catching. He caught a nice two pound white bass. In about a fifty yard spot we caught largemouth, white, and one wiper. They were all caught on mepps spinner baits. It did warm up a bit and decided to try out Woodson. I forgot just how deep that lake gets. It was very windy and I think I have a bad battery since my trolling motor couldn't manage the wind. I had two misses. I was using a blue rapala jointed and the first fish was right at the boat... looked long, skinny, and white. The second one I missed looked like a wiper. Nothing afterwards... too much hassle of the wind and the sun was up and bright. That lake was very clear. It was fun though and I got to pull out a lure I don't use too often as well. At Toronto I didn't see any crappie being caught, but many fishing for it.


April 28, 2007 - Saline River - Went to the Saline River April 21, 3 of us caught 20 between 3:00 pm & 6:00, a little slow. Went up again Sunday between 2:30 & 3:30, 9 were caught. Monday nothing.

Tuesday went to the back around 2:00 pm again and nothing, another guy caught 6 in the afternoon. I went on to the Smokey and got in the water around 4:50 pm and caught 11 in the next 15 minutes. The storm was coming so I cleaned fish and left. I will be heading up today to try Walleye @ Kanopolis and more whites also. This is my first time emailing so I will update later for the weekend.


April 28, 2007 - Woodson State Lake - April 27th night fishing we caught a 23lb channel and an 13lb channel also two at 3lbs using chicken livers. this was at about 11pm

Ben Forman

April 27, 2007 - Marion - April 27, 2007 Friday. Took 5 boys, all 14 years old. My son for his birthday wanted to go fishing. Hit the face of the Dam at 5:30pm. North wind at 15 mph. Did not think we would do well at all. Wrong. Used small twister tails and all of us combined caught 30 Wipers around the 2-3 lb range. Fish and Game, (law enforcement) checked me out, good job but where are they on the weekends at Cheney. He told me if the wind was from the South we would double our catches.


April 27, 2007 - Hillsdale - White bass seem to be spawning at Hillsdale. Caught this nice one Tuesday, April 24th near the Antioch Road Boat Dock. Seem to be biting around dusk along those rocky points. Good luck.


April 24, 2007 - Barber County Lake - I fished Barber County Lake on Friday, April 20th, 2007 and thought I would send a report. I caught 20-25 bass in about 45 minutes throwing a white spinner bait along the dam. Most were between 12-18 inches. Bass were very aggressive. Walleye from 13-15 inches were caught using a walking weight and floating jig head and leech. Walleye were caught in 15-18 feet of water. Crappie bite was slow. Crappie fishing would be rated at poor. Bass would be excellent. Walleye would be good. Also the North or Upper Lake went completely dry during the summer of 2006 and you should not waste your time fishing it. Thanks

April 23, 2007 - Clinton - Well, the whites and wipers are STILL going strong by the marina at Clinton!! Every cast was productive!!!! Caught several in the 3 to 4 pound range, but most were about 1 1/2 pounds or so. Several other boats were anchored and fishing with minnows, but we had a lot more luck trolling with suspending baby bass Rapalas and spoons. We caught so many fish!!!!! Gotta love the action!!!

Good luck!

April 22, 2007 - Hillsdale - On Saturday April, 21st my father and I were at Hillsdale and caught 25 crappie fishing about 20 feet from shore 3ft down from the bobber. The following day I returned with my friend Nick, and we caught about 15 crappie about 2ft down from the bobber in slightly shollower water. Most were white crappie females full of eggs around 9" in length. Many small crappie being caught in shallow water - very few keepers (mainly black crappie males) were being caught on the north end of the lake. Within the next week the larger crappie should start moving in.


April 20, 2007 - Cheney - April, 20, 2007. Friday, headed to the lake with huge lighting coming from a small storm a few miles from the lake. Thought i was going to get rained out. Nope, got to lake at 6:45am. and it was clear. Water Simi clear. and lake level looks good. Boat dirty as hell. Have not had time to clean. But the fish could not tell. Hit the face of the dam. Trolled 20' or so from the bank and has a Semi fair day. Guy fishing from the bank all by himself catching them left and right. I did fair. Came up with 4 very nice Wipers in the 7-8lb. range full of eggs. It only lasted for 1.5 hours and then nothing. When i showed up the fish finder had millions of fish on it. By 8:30am. nothing. So, at 8:45am. i headed back home. Threw all back. Not too bad of a trip for my first time on the lake this year. Water temp. 10 degree's cooler then this time last year. It's only going to get better. Mark.

April 20, 2007 - Butler SFL - Weather was nice and I felt like fishing. 25mph wind wasn't going to stop me. Went to a farm pond first, but didn't stay long. Went to Butler and it was a very good choice. Slow at first, but caught a nice one shortly. The lures of choice were rattle traps. I knew the water was going to be murky any where we went and I thought they would work great and they did.

My brother hasn't had any success this year, but was changed today. He finally started catching some bass. The real story comes from me. I was wading in the water and made a long cast. The lure hits and suddenly goes straight left. No reeling in was possible. It just darted full force like I caught a vehicle. I couldn't tell what it was or if I even snagged it. Yep I lost it and that's why I think I might have snagged it since it didn't turn or anything. It ran to the left. But I would say it was around ten pounds for the force it had. And my adventure only got better. Went to the very back of the lake and did some wading there.

Caught a few more in that area and we were getting to where it branches off to the creek channels. I decided I wanted to try one last spot before we headed back.... Sure enough it was on the money. Same thing again. The lure hit the water and within a few seconds it flied off to the left. I wasn't going to slip up again... and that's what I did in more ways than one. The bass went right for some fallen trees. I didn't know how deep it would get and I was trying to get over some fallen trees myself... and sure enough... I fall back into the water. I pull out my cell phone and give it to my brother. I knew I probably lost the fish by now since I was pretty much pulling up the fallen tree... I see my rattle trap and I see it on the branch... And sure enough... the bass was just right below it, but by time I dipped my hands in the water it was gone. In other words the fish are ready and they are shallow. The second one would have topped around five pounds judging it's profile and force. I would say get out when you can. The rain has finally brought the lake above normal pool so I can only hope that the larger lakes have filled up as well.


April 14, 2007 - More on Milford -
The walleye on the dam is just getting over. Most are done spawning by now.  The cold front set the water temp back 10 degrees from a few weeks ago. It did change the fishing!  The spawn will be effected by the drop.  It all depends on the weather over the next few weeks on the spawn time, probably won't have any spawning going on for the next few weeks except for shad. Whitebass will be next and that all depends on the weather.  The cold rains over the past few days will keep the temp down.  Starting tonight (Sat) there will be some rain water coming in Milford from upstream probably at 40 degrees. It going to take some warm days and nights to get it going again.


April 13, 2007 - Cheney Walleye? - Anyone having any luck at Cheney after this cold weather?????

April 13, 2007 - More on Milford Question - At Milford: Are the Walley hitting on the dam right now? Or has that come and gone? If they are, or are getting ready to, does that happen at night like the White Bass or is that an all day kind of thing? And finally...what is the lure/bait of choice when they are hitting on the dam?

I'm sure things were moving along smothly as far as good fishing goes...untill this ugly weather came in!! Thoughts on this? Does it shut whatever spawning action that was happening down? Thanks...pstein

April 13, 2007 - Answer to Milford Question - Every year is different like all Lakes. Water temp will vary due to rain fall and temperatures. My records show that over the past few years Milford's water temp will start Sept between 75 - 80 and end the month 70 - 75. Daytime temp 80 - 90, nighttime low's 50 - 60. No one knows about the wind. Calm midnight to noon, wind will blow most afternoon's. Whitebass, wipers and blue cat are hot in Sept. Lots of bait fish everywhere, all fish all feeding before winter. Look for bait fish and birds eating shad. Sept is one of the best months for fishing Milford. My choice would be Sept 12 - 25. RKH

April 12, 2007 - Milford Question - I have been trying to find out the average lake temperature for the month of september. please help. We are planning a week long fishing trip on Milford this September, and water temperature will determine what type of fishing we do as well as the gear we will need to bring along. Does the wind ALWAYS blow on Milford?

April 12, 2007 - Courtesy of KWP -

Region 1

At 4/07/2007 11:11 AM, Anonymous said...THE RUMORS ARE TRUE!!!! THEY ARE BITING ON FROZEN SAND TOADS ON THE DAM AT KIRWIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Region 2

At 4/11/2007 9:29 PM, Anonymous said...Does anyone know how this cold snap has affected the walleye spawn at hillsdale? Will there still be any post-spawn action at the damn?

At 4/10/2007 5:46 PM, Sean said...April 9, 2007 Wakarusa River above Clinton, Partly cloudy, 48 degrees

Water is still high, but it seems like it's slowed down considerably. There is still a ton of debris in the water, but its fishable now. I picked up 15 whites and one nice crappie in about 3 hours.

Never really found a pattern. Picked up several fish tight to cover, several right along the bank and several out in the middle of nowhere. Some of them were really deep (15'?) and several were in less than 3'. Some wanted a really slow delivery and I caught 2 just burning it back in on what I thought were 'wasted' casts. Odd day, but not overly frustrating. Heckuva lot better than being at work.

At 4/03/2007 6:48 PM, Anonymous said...Hillsdale: Give it two more days, walleye are just starting on the dam with cranks. Please throw the shorts back as it looks to be turning into a good fishery.

At 4/03/2007 4:07 PM, Sean said...Wakarusa River is way, WAY up. Tons of debris, very muddy water, very frustrating. Guess it'll take a little time to clear up.

Region 3

At 4/12/2007 6:46 PM, Anonymous said...Fished Clark on 4-12. Very cold day. Fishing was slow. Caught one white bass. Nice fish, it was a 13 incher. I have caught some really nice big white bass out of that lake. Also, saw KDWP dumping in walleye fingerlings.

Region 4

At 4/12/2007 11:59 AM, Mike said...Has anyone been out at Council Grove City Lake? I'm coming out there in about 2 weeks for some fishing. Wondering if anyone has any decent luck. Trying to get into a mess of walleyes. Guess we'll see.

At 4/10/2007 7:00 AM, Kevin said...Does anyone know what the cold temps did to the walleye or white bass spawns?

Region 5

At 4/12/2007 5:34 PM, Anonymous said...does' anyone know how much FPS of dishcarge at the gates on JHON REDMAN , IS SAFE TO WADE live in topeka and don't know how much water being let out, is safe to wade the spillway.don't want to waste a trip down there if the gates are open to high thanks

At 4/10/2007 12:13 PM, Anonymous said...Osage State Lake, Catfishing has been pretty good this month3/07 some big ones up in the shallows!!!!

April 6, 2007 - Yates Center Reservoirs I just wanted to let people know that at BOTH Yates center reservoirs you can now be checked for licenses by some city employees. We got checked last Sunday and I contacted wildlife and parks who then contacte4d the city of Yates center police. I was told that there are a few people who have been deputized to check licenses by the city. On another note caught some nice crappie and one bass. Pretty productive day. Thanks



April 4, 2007 - Hillsdale - Friend and i fished hillsdale on 4-2-07 from 830 pm till almost 1130, a few bites no catches though at crappie cove. severral walleye fishermen along the dam, most were gone by 10. water temp was 55 degrees

April 3, 2007 - Shawnee State Fishing Lake - Shawnee state fishing lake went to the Shawnee state fishing lake this morning armed with night crawlers with no luck. must have been the bait since the guy 50 yards away caught at least 3 within the hour i was there.

April 3, 2007 - Tuttle Creek - April 1st Tuttle Creek: Last weeks rain arrive on Saturday with an inflow of 3500 cf and a water temp 7 degrees colder than the lake water. Caught large numbers of channels 3 to 9 lbs and some good numbers of bluecat. Tried 5 different baits and if you didn't have green worms you would of caught 70% less fish. They only wanted green worms! Shad would even work! The lake took a 2 foot rise but the water is very muddy. Won't hurt the catfish but could slow down the crappie in a few weeks. Some channels are not far from spawning, 4 weeks if the weather stays warm. The bluecat look healthy, there short and thick and seem to be eating good. There seems to be good numbers of 6 to 9 pound fish. Hopefully this weather change will just last this week and things will open up again next week. RKH

April 3, 2007 - Courtesy of KWP -

Region 1

At 4/02/2007 9:18 AM, Anonymous said...Antelope Lake/Graham County-Creel Clerk reports that there are not much biting and that the water temperature is 55 degrees.

At 3/24/2007 8:55 PM, Anonymous said...Kirwin- Caught a few Channels off the Dam using Frozen Sand Toads , Starting to Bite

At 3/30/2007 10:02 AM, Anonymous said...Cedar Bluff-The Cedar Bluff State Park reports fishing is pretty good - they are catching white bass, walleye and wipers. Bert's corner reports they are catching the wipers in the middle and white bass & wipers along the dam.

Glen Elder-Glen Elder State Park reports the walleye are picking up and they are now spawning. Crappie are in the marina cove area.

Kanopolis-Kanopolis State Park reports they are catching 17-18" walleye off of the face of the dam. Saugeye and channel cat are biting are biting along with a few crappie. The water level has come up about 2 feet at this time as well.

Kirwin-Creel Clerk reports that people are out there fishing but not anything to measure just yet. Will look for a better report next week.

Lovewell-Lovewell State Park reports there are some catfish off of the dam and walleye and white bass off of Cedar point. Lovewell Marina reports that there are also some channel cat being caught at this time.

Webster-Webster State Park reports that the trout are excellent, channel cat, walleye and wipers are pretty good now too.

Wilson-Knotheads Bait Shop reports walleye are good and large stripers are going around the cove area - they did receive a few inches of rain this past week as well. Wilson State Park reports that along the dam and points are the better fishing areas and that the water level has raised some.

At 3/23/2007 9:44 AM, Anonymous said..Cedar Bluff-Bert's Corner reports people are out there trying with minnows, but walleye and crappie haven't shown any great successes yet. Cedar Bluff State Park reports testing of the walleye have shown there are some nice size walleye out there.

Glen Elder-Glen Elder State Park reports that there is not alot of fishing going on at the time but they have heard there are some small mouth bass and white bass being caught. At this time the walleye are on the verge of spawning.

Kanopolis-Kanopolis State Park reports that walleye are being caught at Loader Point and white bass are being caught up by the dam. The water level is slowly coming up and that main boat ramp is open but please be careful of the sandbars still.

Kirwin-Creel Clerk reports not alot of people out there fishing yet, but the water level is coming up a little.

Wilson-Wilson State Park reports people are out there trying but haven't heard of any successes yet. Knotheads bait shop reports they are catching stripers on the west end ranging from 25, 15, 12, & 10 pounds! Walleyes are up by the dam.

Region 2

At 4/03/2007 4:07 PM, Sean said...Wakarusa River is way, WAY up. Tons of debris, very muddy water, very frustrating. Guess it'll take a little time to clear up.

At 4/03/2007 6:48 PM, Anonymous said...Hillsdale: Give it two more days, walleye are just starting on the dam with cranks. Please throw the shorts back as it looks to be turning into a good fishery.

At 4/01/2007 1:15 PM, Anonymous said...Leavenworth SFL - 200 in 4 trips last week.

At 4/01/2007 10:28 AM, Anonymous said...Was that a misprint about Leavenworth SFL? Was it 200 or maybe 20. If it was 200, all I can say is WOW.

At 3/31/2007 8:51 AM, Anonymous said...Had over 200 lm bass at Leavenworth SFL last week

At 3/30/2007 10:43 PM, Anonymous said...Hillsdale-Fished along the dam 3/30/07 with a jig/minnow. No walleyes, but nailed the crappies in about 19 feet of water all along the dam.

At 3/29/2007 9:09 AM, Anonymous said...Clinton Lake-Fished north end of dam on the evening of March 28th. Wind was out of the south/southwest. No luck on walleye but between 2 boats and 6 people we caught 75+ wipers and white bass! Numerous wipers over 18". It was crazy. Caught on white twister-tail jigs, plain or tipped with a minnow. Even caught a few wipers with a topwater Chug Bug.
Picked up a couple crappie but only one over 10".
Fishing activity seemed to quit after the wind died down and it got dark. Fished for walleye for awhile after dark along the dam but no luck.

At 3/30/2007 10:39 AM, Anonymous said... Clinton-Hack's Outfitting reports that the walleye are biting and the crappie are still deep in the water. White Bass and Channel cat are catching at this time.

Hillsdale-K & M Lake N Dale reports there are some crappie on the banks using jigs & minnows. The walleye are biting on the dam at night and the water level has come up.

Milford-Milford State Park reports that walleye are up by the dam along with the channel cat.

Tuttle Creek-Tuttle Creek State Park reports are not real great and they are starting to pick up white bass. Derick's Bait-N-Tackle reports crappie are really picking up at the outlet and at University Prak in the Girl Scout Cove area. The walleye are at Rocky Ford.

At 3/28/2007 11:49 PM, Sean said...Clinton Lake/Wakarusa River-March 28, 2007-70 degrees, 2pm-7:30 pm-White bass are starting to move up the river. We caught 10 nice fish out off the main river channel (30-40 feet from the bank) relatively deep on white and/or chartreuse jigs and spinnerbaits.

Also picked up a few 11-13" crappie and a random sampling of small black bass.

We also fished west of Shadden Road and the fish are NOT up that far yet.

At 3/27/2007 12:20 PM, Anonymous said...Hillsdale-Spoke with a biologist and he said Walleye #'s aren't on the dam yet spawning. Said he will be putting the nets out coming up this weekend.

At 3/27/2007 12:58 AM, Anonymous said...Hillsdale-Tried Hillsdale again on Sunday afternoon 3/25/07. Slow-trolled live bait rigs along the dam and got one bite, but no fish. Wind made it hard to control the boat, so that may have been a factor in several bites going undetected. The walleyes are few and far between right now, but it will pickup when they finish spawning.

At 3/26/2007 11:02 AM, BOB BURNHAM said...I was on the Clinton dam sunday after lunch; wind was bvlowing in hard. First cast I caught a 3 pound ? white bass on a plastic minnow with spinner; then a few casts later caught the biggest Walleye I have ever caught in KS. ( I grew up outside mIldrod Lake ) This fish was atleast 30 inches long, huge belly probably full of eggs. Took me two hands to hold it up, and was so excited forgot to take a picture. I put her back in the lake, fished for another hour and not another bite.

At 3/23/2007 10:40 AM, Anonymous said...Clinton-Clinton State Park reports that they are catching crappie in about 15-30 feet of water on jigs by the channel and they are catching walleye on the face of the dam by trolling crankbait.

Hillsdale-Hillsdale State Park reports people are trying to catch walleye but no successes. The weather is nice and the water is being released but the rain will bring it back up. To get daily updated lake details from the US Army Corp of Engineers visit: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil./cgi-bin/daily.pl?site_name=hillsdale

Milford-Milford State Park reports fishing is going fairly well and the the channel cat are farily decent sized. The bass are ranging from 4-5 pound both small mouth and white bass.

Perry-Perry State Park reports channel cat fishing is going great!

Tuttle Creek-Tuttle Creek State Park reports good trout fishing using mepps spinners; crappie using jigs are being caught at the tubes along with some channel cat using bobber and worms (cats are about 3 pounds).

At 3/22/2007 11:03 PM, Anonymous said...Hillsdale-Thurs. Mar. 22-walleyes are spawning on the dam. They should start biting during post-spawn in about a week or two.

At 3/22/2007 5:33 AM, Anonymous said...Leavenworth State Lake-Tried several times last week for walleye during evening hours and nighttime, but haven't seen any yet.

Hillsdale-Tried below the outlet for walleyes on Saturday the 17th, but didn't even get a bite. Tried jerkbaits and a jig/minnow. Witnessed one of the other fishermen catch a drum on a jig/minnow.

Region 3

At 4/01/2007 9:19 AM, Anonymous said...Could anyone give me some input on Barber County Lake, i am thinking of trying it next weekend, any input is good, thank

At 3/30/2007 10:55 AM, Anonymous said...Coldwater-Coldwater Feed & Seed reports that due to the storms the lake is full and that the small wiper & channel cats were biting but were all under normal size.

Meade-Meade State Park and The Bait Shop report that fishing has been slow and cold due to the storms the other night.

At 3/23/2007 11:08 AM, Anonymous said...Coldwater City Lake-K & B's reports catching small channels on shrimp, wipers on top of the warer. Coldwater Feed & Seed reports wipers are in spotted areas and small channel cat - the lake level is full at this time.

Meade State Fishing Lake-The Bait Shop reports crappie are pretty good size, bass are under size yet and some channel cat are decent. The lake level is the same. Meade State Park reports the water temp is 55 degrees.

Scott-Scott State Park reports that people are catching their limit on trout; crappie are samll; and channel cat just started biting.

Region 4

At 4/02/2007 8:32 PM, Anonymous said...Caught a couple of nice fish Friday the 30th. 2 largemouth bass around 3.5 lbs and a blue cat in the 14-15 lb range. and those were the only bites

At 4/02/2007 7:46 AM, G-catfisher said...went to dillons pond (central & maize) on sat night. i took home 3 nice size channels. anybody else having good luck around wichita?

At 4/02/2007 7:35 AM, Anonymous said...my son and I spent a weekend at Kingman last summer and myself and a buddy have been there several times. It's a great place to camp and hike. very nice and quite for the most part. It's not a deltination place if you want to catch fish though. I've never caught anuthing oner 1 1/2 lbs. Usually come home with only made up stories. ha ha

At 4/01/2007 9:23 AM, Anonymous said...Im looking for info on Kingman county lake i am thinking of trying it next weekend any info would be nice, thanks

At 3/30/2007 10:56 AM, Anonymous said...Cheney-Snyder's Marina reports that fishing is really good! Walleye, crappie and trot lines are your best bets.

El Dorado-El Dorado State Park reports white bass and walleye are biting and they are about average size.

At 3/26/2007 9:35 PM, Anonymous said...Kingman - went out in the wind Sunday trying for Pike with Mepps Spinners and had no bites in the north end. Only had 1 hr to spare and in a canoe, had limited areas I could go without getting blown away.

At 3/25/2007 12:21 PM, Anonymous said...Emery Park- I went there two days ago and caught 8 vey nice (2-5 lb) catfish. Went there again yesterday, caught three (1-3 lb). Other person fishing nearby caught his limit of very nice 2-5 lb catfish (he was using stinkbait).

Tons of weeds so bottomfishing is a royal pain in the butt- I was using a worm on a bobber with a circle hook about 4' deep, right off the end of the point. Many of the larger females were jampacked full of roe and looked like they were pretty close to spawning.

Clearwater- Murky, full of weeds. Caught 2 dinky catfish (1 lb at best) in 5 hours.

At 3/24/2007 6:22 PM, Anonymous said...Wichita Northwest Water Reclamation Ponds- went here, had fun catching tons of bluegils, small 0-1/2 pound.. thats about it for now, however several ponds to explore so hope to get more into it soon, and get the bass and catfish. no restroom facilities out there. windy and merky waters..

Derby Stone Creek- No Luck Yet, tried worm, plastics, livers, shrimp,several fishing tho. Merky Waters.

Haysville- riggs Park- Worms No Luck Yet. Windy day

Wichita South Lake- Nice Pond, A few crappiecaught on Jigs, released, no big enough to keep. no other luck yet, using worms, Shrimp, stink baits, and artificial baits,

At 3/23/2007 11:09 AM, Anonymous said...Cheney-Snyder's Marina is open at this time and reports that fishing is going very well! Be sure to check out their website for a picture of a 29" walleye that was caught recently. Visit: http://www.snydersmarina.com/ - Also crappie and wipers are biting.

El Dorado-Shady Creek Marina will open either the weekend of the 14-15 of APril or the weekend of the 21st and 22nd - they report that the walleye are spawning at this time.

At 3/22/2007 7:32 PM, Anonymous said...me and a buddy decided to go and fish the trout stream in el dorado on saturday and caught our limit in about 2 hours the big one was 16 inch and the smallest was 12 inch

Region 5

At 3/30/2007 11:13 AM, Anonymous said...Toronto-Cross Timbers State Park reports crappie are biting really well on minnows and jigs.

Melvern-Melvern Lake Marina reports that crappie are biting and some saugeye and walleye are biting on the the flats (but not on the dam).

Pomona-North Shore Marina reports that they are catching crappie betwene 6-7 inches in cove areas around the docks using minnows and lures.

At 3/27/2007 12:17 PM, Anonymous said... La Cygne Sat 3/24/07 Fished from the bank at the outlet. Caught 12 or 13 keeper white bass. Water is high, so plan on standing in the water if you want to cast for white bass. Several boats were trying their luck. Only saw one boat catching a white bass about every 10 min. They were anchored throwing weighted spoons.

At 3/23/2007 11:23 AM, Anonymous said..Toronto/Cross Timbers-Cross Timbers State Park reports that the crappie are beginning to bite.

Melvern- Melvern Lake Marina reports that fishing is fair around the docks; crappie and some channel cat are catching on cut bait and the walleye are catching on the flats.

Pomona-North Shore Marina reports that it has rained alot but not alot of fishing.

At 3/22/2007 2:53 PM, Anonymous said...Toronto-Fished for channel, had 3 bites, caught one keeper channel. Fished for a short time for crappie on the bank, caught 1 keeper with a jig and bobber (18" deep). Other fisherman did better early, lake water is in good shape.coa

At 3/22/2007 1:01 PM, Anonymous said...Neosho has some water, but the levels arent steady spoonbill is iffy need more rain this weekend, went yesterday and no such luck.

April 2, 2007 - Black Kettle - March 31 to April 1 - Boy, were the crappie on! Took home 32 all together 8-13" long threw about half that many back.Using minnows under bobbers at depths from .5-3'. All were staged to the influx of water at the low water bridge. Also saw several nice bass caught 14", 19" & a 12", all on minnows off the reeds.


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