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November 20, 2008 - Note from Jimmy to Mark on Cheney - Thanks. It's nice to be catching a couple here and there as I didn't really catch that much this summer. I did make it out Monday afternoon and man what I nice day it was. I picked one up early again and that was it for the rest of the day. I don't know if they have moved out to deeper water or what but I did see some busting the surface.

November 19, 2008 - Note to Jimmy on Cheney - Congrates to your success on the Wipers at Cheney your posting. Me and my Buddy's were split on witch lake to go to last Sunday. Wilson or Cheney. I kept seeing your success and wanted to head that way, but we all chose Wilson Lake. Gas is now over 1/2 price compaired to this summer and is was a cheep trip to Wilson with three of us. I must have counted 30 boat out Sunday at Wilson. It was awesome day last Sunday to be there. We must have seen over 100 wind farms East of Wilson on I-70 that i did not know excised. It was an awesome site. Much of them are not more than 100 yards off I-70. The drive alone was exciting.


November 18, 2008 - Cheney - Picked this one up early Sunday then didn't catch another one the rest of the day.



November 17, 2008 - Wilson - November 16, 2008 Sunday. First time I've been back to Wilson Lake in 5 years. Three of us went. Used the two downriggers and two more poles off to the side. Caught a total of 8 Stripers. All real small as shown. Used the same set up as i do at Cheney Lake. They only took the Rapals Husky jerks on the downriggers and didn't touch the Sassy Shads or the other two poles off to the sides. Very enjoyable trip. Not everyday you visit such a wonderful Cristal blue water lake. Deer all over the place driving up and back from the lake both dead and alive.


November 10, 2008 - Cheney - Here is a nice wiper my father-in-law picked up Sunday it was over 10LBS. Total for the day were 4 wipers and 2 white bass all on crank baits and rattle traps.



November 7, 2008 - Answer from Jimmy - We were fishing crank baits and rattle traps in 4 to 5 foot of water around stumps. Also picked one up in about 2 foot of water around walleye island.

October 30, 2008 - Question for Jimmy

Jimmy - NICE wipers!!! Were you using live bait or lures? Seems like
in years past, this time of year they really like live bait. Just
wanting to verify.


October 21, 2008 - Question on Geary County State Lake - Hi there.

I am writing to you on behalf of my son who will be fishing in the Junior Bassmaster World Championships scheduled for Geary County State Lake November 8. Would you be willing to talk with him by phone regarding this lake?

If so, please send me your name and phone number and I will have him call you (or you could email any information you wanted to share.)



October 20, 2008 - Cheney - Some more wipers caught at Cheney.





October 18, 2008 - Cheney - Found some nice wipers during the middle of the day and surprisingly one white bass.


October 15, 2008 - Harvey County East - The weather was miserable but the bite was on, caught a 4lb & 3lb Saugeye 4 White bass and 2 Cannel cat all on a pearl white "Gulp Alive" twisters.


October 12, 2008 - Pratt County Lake - went to pratt co lake and caught 15 walleye on rattletraps most were released except for the 2 that were over 20 in. also caught some 18in. wiper and bass caught all off jetties...jer

October 9, 2008 - Lake Shawnee Trout Season - Perhaps other anglers are as confused as I was about Lake Shawnee trout season. In the past Lake Shawnee ran their own trout program. They are not listed on the KDWP trout stocking schedule, however according to the Shawnee County Parks & Rec. who I called, the State is supplying the trout. Lake Shawnee trout season does not coincide with the State season, but starts Saturday, November 1st at 6:00am. You will need a State license and trout stamp rather than a Lake Shawnee trout permit. Here is the Lake Shawnee website for more info.:


September 29, 2008 - Cheney - Fished dusk both days (9/27-28).......found schooling wipers during the last hour
of light both days. Saturday, wound up with a 4, 5 and 8 lb wiper. Sunday, only managed to catch one, and missed 3. It was kinda odd because Saturday they hit a silver spoon immediately upon its entry into the water. Sunday, saw the fish busting the surface 4-5 times in one area, but tried spoons (silver and green) with no luck, a swim bait with no luck, and finally put on a zara spook which grabbed their attention but I was too anxious and missed 3 out of 4 tries. BTW - the topwater was fun, usually got 4-5 good twitches, but had to continuously reel in quickly to keep the lure barely submerged to keep the birds from diving at the lure.

Must have been a good karma day....the chiefs even won a game.

September 29, 2008 - Milford Walleye Fishing - Looking to get some info on fall walleye fishing at Milford. Any locations better than others in the fall?????

September 27, 2008 - Cheney - Congratulations BB on your (3) 10+ lb. Walleyes. My personal best is only 7.8 lbs. and that was back in Aug. of 2001 at Cheney. That one is on the wall as i speak. I have not come close to anything close to 10 lbs. on Walleyes. I tried only one other lake this early summer and that was Fall River. The rest of the year that lake was flooded AGAIN. This year does top as my personal best to date for my biggest Wipers. Lots of them at Cheney. Must add my trip when the Wichita Eagle came out with me for the Outdoor section Wiper article in July. I have NEVER fished in fog like we did that day. Could only see maybe 100'. No wind. The fog was so heavy you could see mist coming down into the boat. But, we caught a lot of Wipers that day for the article. Lots of positive things I'm seeing at Cheney this season. White pearch on the downside. White bass starting to show up. Smaller Stripers being caught. This fall i was not able to get into any schooling of shad and Wipers. I just was not in the right place. One other short note. I've never seen Cheney so clear, (Cheney standards) all summer long into spring. Must be the Zebra Mussels. Mark.

September 21, 2008 - Cheney - Sunday am, 9/21/08: fished dawn until 11am.....only caught one fish, the third walleye this year over 10lbs. This one was just over 30 inches long and fat as can be. My goal for this year was to land a 15+ lb wiper, which has not happened yet. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would catch 3 personal best walleyes this year, each over 10 lbs.

Overall, a tough year for me in terms of putting numbers of fish into the boat at any time of the year. The average catch for me was less than 2 fish per outing, many times completely skunked. The fish caught were very nice fish, but not the wiper size I was hoping for. Fishing success has picked up a little in the past month or so, since the water temp started going down and the birds started feeding on shad. Hope it lasts a while longer, still have a goal to achieve.

Thanks to the many anglers on this website who continue to post good, accurate information on the where's and how's of fishing for the big ones at Cheney. With Mike's huge wipers and Marks continued success on large fish, my 3 walleyes at 10+, and countless other anglers with better success than I have had, I would think that Cheney has set itself up for breaking a state record or two in the near future. Really cool to have true trophy potential so close to home.

I would like to pose a question at this point regarding creel sizes/limits: does it make sense to keep 2 wipers over 24 inches (big fish) or does it make more sense to have a slot length of a little smaller wipers (16-20 inches) and let the big ones survive? Similar to Canadian rules where preservation of the trophy sized fish are maximized. Same for walleyes....slot limit vs 2 over 21 inches.

Personally, I love to eat walleyes, but have not kept any walleye over 24 inches due to belief that the truly big ones either go back or go on the wall (cant afford $ to put one on the wall, therefore utilize CPR....Catch, Photo, Release as much as possible). I think creel quantities for wipers and walleyes are ok as they are, just perhaps a slot to better preserve the potential trophy fish population. The lake seems to be able to support the larger fish with food....have not caught a "skinny" fish for several years now. Look forward to reading about different perspectives regarding this subject.


September 18, 2008 - Cheney - September 17, 2008 Wednesday afternoon. Had a good afternoon fishing. Found fish in Mr. "D" cove in a "rocky" area in shallow water. It was a Way point i had filed years ago and tried it out, and it was holding fish. These fish were not busting the water after shad. We looked for them busting but just was not in the right place at the right time. Caught 4 Walleye in the 5-6 lb. range. 8 to 10 Wipers in the 5-6 lb. range. And for the first time this season caught 6-8 White Pearch. Tried M & M point till dark but no fish busting the water. The Zebra Mussels are showing up big time on my hooks hitting those submerged rocks in Mr. "D" cove. All fish caught were caught not using downriggers, but holding poles off the boat trolling. Keep at it. The fish are busting the surface somewere on the lake in the evenings.


September 17, 2008 - Cheney - 65 pound flathead trolling 3 way.





September 10, 2008 - Cheney - Sept. 10, 2008 Wednesday. Fished 1:30pm. to 4:30pm. Would have liked to start at 5pm. till dark but could not do it. Windy. Caught 2 Flatheads 19.5 and 12 lbs. One, I think Blue cat. It was blue, 10 lbs. One 23" Wiper. Too windy to see if any Wipers were busting the water.


September 4, 2008 - Milford blues Question - What depth of water and what bait did you use to catch these blues on?


September 3, 2008 - Tuttle Creek and Rocky Ford info wanted - Can anyone provide a report on the Crappie and Saugeye at Tuttle Creek and Rocky Ford. I am deployed to Iraq and check the reports daily since I can't go fishing.


COB Speicher, Iraq.

September 3, 2008 - Milford - Last Tuesday Dad (Martin Merrill of Waterville) took me out to Milford to fish. It had been 2 yrs since I'd gone out with him; before I got busy painting houses he took me out every week. The biggest I had caught up until then was an 8 lb channel cat at Tuttle Creek. The weather changed continuously throughout the day but we hung in there. It was well worth the wait!! The first Blue Cat weighed 24.5 lbs and the other 36 lbs. We got photos and released them. I lost another that had to have been big.

This is nothing compared to what Dad and his friend caught last Friday, though. They caught 10 BIG ONES!!! They ranged from 32 lb to more than 50 since that's all Dad's scale goes to. They were trying to get them recorded and weighed on certifiable scales but didn't know who to contact. His friend took one to the Blue Rapids Co-op that weighed right at 50 lbs.

Dad said I'd earned my bragging rites so I'm making the most of it.
Kim Anderson

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