Monday, January 25, 2010

Region 2 Fishing Reports (Northeastern KS) 2010

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Anonymous said...

has anyone been fishing at hilsdale heated docks for crappie and if so are they biting and also how much do they charge to fish there.

Anonymous said...

They were biting pretty good yesterday but i think that i pretty much caught them all..

Anonymous said...

you are so full of "crappie" !
LOL

Anonymous said...

well full of crappie i think there are planty of crappie there to catch and hope there are still good sportsman who dont mind shering some useful info have agood day

Anonymous said...

well good sportsman i hope there are still anglers who can appreciate a joke! -RB

Anonymous said...

have a crappie day!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Anyone fishing the docks at Clinton and if so are you doing any good?

Fishin Kansas said...

I have some friends that have been fishing Clinton Heated Docks and have been catching some nice ones.

debpells said...

Can anyone tell me how to contact the Melvern Lake heated dock? Or tell me if they are open now? Also, are there many steps or is there wheelchair accessablity? How about Clinton?? Same question.

Anonymous said...

Melvern-To reach the dock call 620-256--6566 .They can answer your questions relating to a wheelchair ramp

Anonymous said...

Clinton lake marina was closed Friday the 5th at 4 PM due to "A" ,Eastern, docks being struck by an ice float blown up against it knocking it loose and blown into the marina.
As of 4 PM Friday the marina was closed until damage and safety concerns where determined.

Anonymous said...

Anyone tried the spillway at clinton lake yet?

Anonymous said...

Anyone fishing at Banner Creek yet? Is the ice off the lake?

Anonymous said...

Fished milford upper end Monday with no bites fished about 2 hours with shad sides and had no luck, watched another guy fishing with no luck.

Anonymous said...

Anyone Walleye fishing at Hillsdale yet?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where exactly the blue cats are being caught at Milford Lake? The reports say the upper end but can anyone give me some more specific info?

Dillon said...

Has anybody tried fishing at Tuttle Creek for catfish yet? I've been out all this week and have only had luck in places were ground water is running into the lake. Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

Fished the dam at Hillsdale on bot March 5th and March 12th, but still no walleyes.

Anonymous said...

Caught a 3 LBS crappie at Ottawa state fishing lake today. Yea!!!!!!!!!!!! the biggest one ever . 25 slabs, all one pound a piece total in one hour. putting in wippers was the smartest thing KDWP did to that lake to get rid of all the little ones . Good job. All my big fish came off of brush piles that were 10 ft deep .

Anonymous said...

Leavenworth State Fishing Lake Walleye bite is a little slow yet. Picked up a few 19 inchers fishing both jigging spoons and running small crankbaits on leadcore down to 27-32 foot of water. Mostly off points and structure. Water temp as of 18 March is 42 degrees.

Anonymous said...

ANY BODY KNOW THE WATER TEMP TODAY AT PERRY LAKE TODAY FISHING REPORT DONT SAY THANKS

RyanP said...

So are you referring to the Ottawa state fishing lake that is near Bennington was just curious because it is in region 1 I think. Anyway was just wondering if the brushpiles are marked there and what you were using was thinking about trying it tomorrow.

Kansas Bass Reports said...

I have just reviewed Perry Reservoir bass fishing in depth on www.kansasbass.blogspot.com if anyone wants some good information on the lake's bass fishery.

Anonymous said...

I am looking for some good fishing areas around the Leavenworth/Wyndotte area in region 2. Mostly for bluegill and redear. Anyone know of some good hot spots the would produce lots of fish?????

Ryanp said...

Has anyone got any info on the upper end of Milford for Blue Cat? Also if there is any signs of whites spwning on the north end.

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Anonymous said...

Does Milford have any good spring walleye fishing????

Brad Kilpatrick said...

Blue Cats are biting on the upper end of Milford in shallow water. What could have been a new lake record was caught and released yesterday (03/26/11) this blue tipped the scales at 60 lbs. big chunks of cut shad will yield fish well into the 40 lb range, with several smaller fish in the teens.

Anonymous said...

walleye should be on the damside n ow or soon an the blue cats are hitting shad sides at school creek on milford

Fishin Kansas said...

Walleye are biting at Milford Dam in the evening/night.

Anonymous said...

The Hillsdale spring run of walleye has been pretty non existent. That's not stopping the fishermen though... there must have been 50 guys there Monday night. There's way more people then fish being caught.

Anonymous said...

could anybody tell me when the spoonbill snaging starts below osawatomie dam? i have been trying to find any info on it, but there is no info. tks

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know about the spoonbill at Osawatomie as well. Seems to be a highly guarded secret. Guess one should just go there and check it all out.

Anonymous said...

Spoonbill aren't really running up in Oz yet. 5 or 6, 30-40#'s caught, and several too small to even tag. Majority were caught when the water was up. All males. Water temp is good-just need some rain, or Pomona to let some water out. There the big secret is out. Ha ha.

Anonymous said...

Ok... if your going to give up the spponbill secrets you need to be a little more informative. Where and how... what's the technique???

Anonymous said...

As far as “when, how, and technique” -that’s a pretty vague category. I’m assuming you’re not familiar with the area and are starting from square one. I’ll try my best to answer for you though. Snaggin in Oz go to the Dam at 8th Street Bridge (Get on Main str. and head north on 8th street, can’t miss it). You can snag between the dam and the bridge.
Get a good stiff rod, or one with a lot of backbone. 7-10 ft long. Get a tough baitcasting, or spinning reel. Some strong line, I would say 50 lb test or stronger. Although I’ve seen 80#s pulled out on 30 lb test. Use your own preference on mono, braided, etc.. Next you need bank sinkers 2-6 oz. 3-4 oz is probably what you’ll use the most. All depends on how fast/high the water is. Hooks, majority use 6/0-10/0 Treble hooks. Seen a couple of guys use 6/0 Single hooks and pull in some giants. Again the majority uses 2 hooks with the sinker at the bottom of the line. Space them all apart between 12-18 in. Cast it out there; snag and reel, over and over and over! Technique is much easier to understand by watching someone.
As far as where to stand on the bank and where to cast to. There’s no secret! I’ve seen fish caught under the roll back (right below the dam), in the main current, near the walls, in the eddies, and 15-20ft from the bank. They can be can be anywhere. Pay attention to where others are catching them. Sometimes it appears that there are “hot spots” where the fish are stacked up on one another. It’s all about having your hook in the right place at the right time. You can be in the same spot for hours and hit nothing. Then as soon as you leave; someone else, using the same set-up comes along, cast to the same spot, and their first cast out they’ll snag one. That’s how it goes though. There is no set way to snag. There are a lot of varieties of when, what, how, and techniques to use---You just got to figure out which ones work best for you.
Remember practice proper fishing etiquette. If someone on the same side of the bank as you snags one; be sure to reel your line in. So you can avoid getting your line tangled up in theirs, and allow them room to run with the fish while reeling it in. Also, PICK UP YOUR TRASH! Hope this answers your questions. Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

Now that's informative... Thanks! I'm not to far from Oz but not all that familiar with it either. Been wanting to try chasing the spoonbill for quite some time... just never got around to it. Maybe this spring I'll time it right. I assume there is a bait store in town where I can buy the tag... and maybe some snagging specific terminal tackle.

Thanks again!!!

tankerdog said...

That is what i was wondering about also. I have snagged from boats many times and seen people on the bank casting below the bridge at Warsaw, but have never done it. I have the equipment but not the knowledge. I live in overland park, and can probably get the tags at the department of wild life in shawnee. thank you for the info. My biggest snagging from a boat is 90 lb. do any get that large at osawatomei?
also, thanks

Anonymous said...

Any walleye being caught at Milford? Never had any luck early there, looking for some info for this weekend.
Thanks

Anonymous said...

all this talkin bout snaggin is a makin my back hurt!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you liked the snaggin info. Ya, the spoonies caught in Osawatomie can get pretty big. Last year I saw three caught that were above 80 lbs. Also I should have mentioned Snaggin season ends May 15th. Yes there's a store "Locker Room" on Main str. that sells a few poles, reels, hooks & sinkers. They sell out of the hooks and sinkers pretty fast when the spoonies start running. You can get your fishing license and Snaggin Permit ($12.50) from Locker Room or Oz-Mart Gas Station in town. Ha, ya you might also want to add some Aleve or something to your list-your back is gonna get sore.

Anonymous said...

Thanks again for the spoonbill info... I'm going to give it a try.

As for the guy asking about walleye at Milford. I haven't been out there lately but I know that the walleye spawn just finished up at most the Kansas core lakes. Walleye likely will be in a transition pattern and may prove tough to catch. You might see if there are still males hanging around the dam where the spawning activity takes place.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the info for Milford, will be looking for more help this year, last year was the worse year I have had there since we started camping there.

Anonymous said...

Was on Perry with the boat 4-14-10. Extremely windy and worked our butts off and not a fish one. Tried dam and all major points and even our favorite spots that usually produce some fish. Did NOT go up the river. Good luck to you all. ALso the few people we did talk to were nto having any luck either.

Anonymous said...

Atchison SFL: Anyone had any luck with Crappies? Thinking about heading out and giving it a try but didnt know if it was too early. Its hard to tell with all this warm weather we've been having.

Anonymous said...

the place to be at perry during mid april will be the delaware. whites are running or resting, crappie follow, and a walleye or two might show up while fishing for white bass. A mile south of arrington for starters, then head north towards muscotah.

Anonymous said...

Fished perry Sat. 4-17 in the afernoon. No crappie.
Lake is down. You can see mussels all over the banks. No boats on the lake.

Fished Clinton Sunday 4-18 in the afernoon. Caught crappie in 2-10 feet of water. Males were in 2 foot of water.

huntnfish said...

Wow! Is anybody out there in Region 2 fishing? I was hoping to find out what is going on at Hillsdale.

Anonymous said...

tried fishing near the marina at tuttle for crappie the other night... didnt have a single bite

Anonymous said...

Any walleye being caught at Milford? No luck last week.

huntnfish said...

I heard Hillsdale is not biting well either.

Anonymous said...

Went to Hillsdale Tuesday May 4 and got no bites. The lady at the marina said the crappies were slow and were in 9 ft of water. Spoke to a Parks policeman who said the fishing had been hot on the weekend along the dam.

Anonymous said...

heard that the "white cats" are starting to run in the Marais des cygne. just wanted to pass that along. Tales of several 20#ers so far... (c/o the barber shop in OZ.)

tankerdog said...

have there been any spoonbill caught at oz? just wondering.

Anonymous said...

fishing for bass at Lone Star Lake last weekend. catching crappie instead.

Anonymous said...

The dock at leavenworth state lake is in bad need or repair
their is several sharp places around the edge od the dock to cut you or your child and damage your boat.. the post are lose and dammaged
A simple 2 X 14 around the dock will protect youself and the boats that need to use this dock this situation is extreamly bad for the public
needs to be corrected before someone is injured ..

Anonymous said...

OK needs some info. Gonna have a "DAD" day at perry on Wensday the 19th of may. Anyone caught anything or heard of anyone catching anything. I will take carp LOL JK

Anonymous said...

If perry is still 5 ft high, I'd get 3 dozen shiners and try big slough bridge area first. go over to the other sideof the bridge. my second option would be the west side of the pump house at the dam. park at the spillway and walk to the top and over. if it's raining, stay home.

fisherman bob said...

Thinking of fishing either Brown SFL or Atchison SFL. Anybody having any luck at either lake?

Anonymous said...

How is Milford Res. doing this year? I'm headed to Milford toward the end of this week and would like a heads up. Plan on doing some Walleye fishing and White bass if everything else fails.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on Perry. I am taking the boat and would love to find some whites, or even walleye/saugeye. Any guess where to go for them? And lake is still high (just checked) and not realeaseing much. What is a preferred bait for whites right about now. this would be the earliest I have tried for them. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I would try devils gap point. Right by the low water buoy. White bass generally hold around that area. Cast a 1/16 road runner and 2inch twister. Or, staight line troll with 2- 1/8 oz crappie jigs around the drop offs around the point. Look for bait fish on depth finder.

Anonymous said...

and the more windier the weather, the bigger the fish-good luckbrabict

Anonymous said...

Looking at a perry topo map, there are three places i,d try for walleye/saugeye. Using 6# line fully spooled, tie on a 1/8-3/16 flourescent leadhead with plastic or half of a nightcrawler. Start at 5:20-5:30 a.m.. Keep casting and moving until you find em. After awhile ,change to yellow-chartreus?.Devil's gap ,old hwy 92, and the upper reaches (timber) of big slough creek. Find someone at the marina's or fish biologist who might have a better idea of what to do. One thing I learned about walleye is that they love nightcrawlers. Hook crawler one time close to it's mouth, cast and let it sink all the way to the bottom. Close bail and crank 5-6 turns and open bail. Keep index finger under the line and let it go to the bottom again. Repeat procedure until you get a hit. Hit will feel like a little tick on the fingertip. Move finger and let the fish run- 5 to 15ft most of the time, close bail and slowly tighten and set hook. 3-5 dozen nightcrawlers should be enough when they are hitting. Good for 7 to 15 fish per outing. Eighty percent more often or not are walleye. I walked the point at devil's gap when the water was low and I found 20-30 dollars worth of rattletrap type baits. They get caught in the bedrock fissures, so run the baits a little higher. I still have them somewheres. Good luck

Anonymous said...

Anything happening at Milford walleye wise... going to be there this weekend.

Anonymous said...

how is the crappie fishing at hilsdale does anyone know thanks.

Anonymous said...

spawn is over at clinton from what i can tell

jason said...

agreed...was out at clinton off the damn both sat. morning and evening and not one walleye....just a white bass and a nice channel....anyone have ideas for fishing for walleye's from shore @ clinton?

Anonymous said...

Never fished Banner Creek need largemouth bass info: is spawn over? bass haughts? best banner lures? etc.
thanks, sprint

Anonymous said...

Fished Hilssdale twice this weekend> Crappie are pretty much done spawning and are scattered between the flats and spawning banks. Keepers were scarce. Tried the flats for walleyes with very little luck but it was very windy and hard to control baits

Anonymous said...

Fished Milford last weekend. Mixed conditions. No wind Friday made the walleye finding tough... STRONG winds Sat made just being out there tough. That is one big open lake... be careful when those winds pick up. We caught a bunch of white bass and some wipers trolling crank baits... also picked up some SM bass and some short walleye. Good time and not bad fishing considering we haven't been out there since this time last year.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone fished Browning Oxbow lake for catfish?

Collin said...

Fished milford outlet on Sunday afternoon. Not much being caught which is not to surprising. Flow out of the outlet is low which is keeping the fish from moving much.

Sean & Christine Weixelman said...

Went swimming in the Tuttle Creek River Pond area today and there was a school of some type of fish that were about 10-15 feet from the bank, looked to have a dark tail fin, fairly light body, almost pink appearing in the water. Anyone able to tell me what kind of fish they might be? Aprox 15-16 inches long.

zedamelia said...

anyone going fishing to shawnee Mission Park lake this weekend

Anonymous said...

those are shad that are probably spawning and if you stay there long enough, they will swim down your swimming suit or trunks. shouldn't do any damage,but be careful

Anonymous said...

went to perry yesterday to waist time catchin channels and tried my crappie out and couldnt keep two poles in the water a lot of shorts but whats new at perry but did have 12 good keepers 4 foot of water on the rocky shoreline females still had eggs believe it or not caught me by surprise did catch 4 channels too released them though.

Anonymous said...

if theres a biologist on this site please enlighten me why the crappie at perry never seem to grow there.I fish mostly winter months over my brush piles but have tried the post spawn and still catch tiny fish i fish about twice a week and catch a lot of fish but my average is about 16 to 1 on small to keeper size fish the last four years. at clinton i have found that the size is better its just that lake is so fickle your on em one day and there gone the next. i fish mostly rock creek and thompsonville at perry do i need to be fishin the main lake more for better size fish? would much appreciate a response.thank you

Anonymous said...

Not a biologist report here, but I agree with the 16 to 1 ratio and I do my fishing on the east side of Perry. Can't think of a better small crappie predator than the walleye. Obviously, the flathead aren't getting the job done. But using a brown maribou crappie jig with a yellow collar lowers that ratio for me some days. give it a good snap and watch carefully.

Anonymous said...

If you want to weed out the smaller crappie, you might try up-sizing your bait slightly. I like a 3" twister tail rather than the standard 2" for crappies. It eliminates the bites from little ones. I also agree with the previous comment regarding an aggressive snap of the rod tip. Aggressive jigging often triggers the larger crappies.

Anonymous said...

Fished this past weekend near Russel Crites camp ground. Caught a ton of crappie and alot of keepers 10.5-12.5 inch in 40 feet of water tied up to the farthest trees out. Used only minnows fishing 15-20 feet deep. The key is find a spot with 35-40 feet of water near crites between beach and the crites boat ramp and find a tree to hook up to. Night fishing was unbelievable. Caught walleye, white Bass and huge crappie all night. Best Fishing trip in years.

Anonymous said...

You can use Jigs and catch the Crappie and Whites as well at night and dont get as many gut hooks in the small crappie..Shad works well in that same area if you can net them later in the season usually.

Anonymous said...

Was woderin if theres any walleye or crappie up at banner creek lake?I'm goin up there tonight or tommorow.

Anonymous said...

Banner creek, caught 3 little black crappie they were too small to keep. At the fishing pier with worms sittin there.any advice?

Anonymous said...

get there earlier and be extra quiet.

Anonymous said...

Hillsdale- had no problem catching half a limit in few hours on the Antioch side 2 weeks ago. All the sudden though can't find the numbers I'd like. Fish have moved from all my holes and brush piles, any advice on where the school's have gone?

Anonymous said...

something to try at hillsdale- get a topo map and figure where the tire piles are in the little bull arm causeway area. use a bobber and live sunfish and drift over the top of tire pile for flathead catfish. You'll know right away if they are there or not. This is just a hunch, but has worked at other waters before.

Anonymous said...

6 or 7 extra feet of water will move the fish into the jungle..Good luck...What species were you catching a half of a limit?

Anonymous said...

Headed to Milford with wife and 3 little kids on July 18th. Need to know where to go for some fast action with and without the lake being 14foot high. Know so good spots with lake at normal level. We will be taking the boat so shore acess is not an issue. WOuld love to get into some whites, wipers, or maybe even walley. ANy help would be great. Thanks and have a safe and happy Fourth of July.

Anonymous said...

Milford info: There is a great hump and small island in the center of the lake and another hump further south towards the dam...both are marked with bouys and on the map of milford...Use magnum green light over side of boat and anchor just off the dropoff of the hump on the East side and you can catch whites, wipers at night all night long until your arm falls off...whites are usually close to bottom and wipers you can cast out with lighted bobber..Walleyes can be caught drifting that same hump flat area..Smallmouth bass fishing is excellent in the south end of lake near the dam...Good luck..For bait you can bring dip net or casting net for shad after you leave light in the water for a couple of hours...or buy minnows at bait shop...

Anonymous said...

Fished Brown State Lake on 6/30. Bass were very active on plastic worms in the brush. Pulled 9 out of one brushpile with 2 of them 16 1/2 inches.

Anonymous said...

Heading to Melvern for the weekend for the first time ever. Camping at the Outlet. Any recommendations for fishing the spillway? What about the outlet pond, is that a good spot for the kids to get into some perch, bluegills, channel--something to keep them busy?

Anonymous said...

One recommendation for camping there is to bring your mosquito repellant.

Anonymous said...

I agree...Camp on the federal side south side and you can sleep next to the water and still not get bit by misquitos...however camp below the dam and your toast...might as well camp below John Redman and you wont survive one night...

Anonymous said...

Redmond isn't any better. We got bit so many times (mosquitos),that we wouldn't even scratch because after ten minutes the itch would go away. They bite all nite long till the break of day. A decent stringer of fish or one big fish makes it worthwile, I guess.

Anonymous said...

The catfishing up around Wakefield
is smoking hot. We're fishing big
"greenies", 5"-9"shad, and whatever
else we can manage. Catching 40+/-
in extremely high numbers. All C&R

Anonymous said...

Anyone having any luck for whites, or wipers on Milford? Not even gonna ask about walleye. LOL Hopefully with the release of water things will pick up and clean up.

Anonymous said...

with that type of turbitity-color of water, use something that gives off a lot of vibration. The best lure I ever used for that type of water was a acme tackle lure called the super duper. 28 to 30 inch hybrids will find that lure with no problem. Our problem is that they don't make that size lure anymore. Dimensions approx. 1 1/4" L x 1/2-5/8" W. Hybrids have a pretty good lateral line system, better than most, if not all, freshwater fish.

Anonymous said...

Anyone been up at brown county lake recently? Just wanting to know if the catfish and bass are bitting.

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Collin said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

about brown county Find a baitshop that sells those tan colored crickets. Go fish for those big bluegills and redear, fillet them and heat up the deep fryer. They turn out like potato chips and there's not much fishy taste.

jason said...

i know that osage SFL and carbondale are in the region 5 area but since they are so close to topeka, would love to know where to go on Osage SFL or Carbondale to fish for Walleye's and Crappie....

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been to Milford recently? The whites and wipers schooling up chasing shad yet? Are the gulls there yet? I was there about 3 wks ago and we caught a few wipers but the whites weren't going yet and there were no gulls. The lake was 15 feet high at the time.

Anonymous said...

the outlet is releasing water. Keep lures/bait right against the wall or down aways in the middle of the channel. 1/2 oz. jig with curlytail on a 3 way rig should do it.

Postman said...

I realize Im early but Im moving from Wichita to Olathe. I've spent the last 25 years ice fishing Cheney, Marion Kanopolis and Glen Elder. Are there good places to go ice fishing around Olathe? It appears I'll live close to Hillsdale lake so does this lake have any ice fishing worth talking about? Thanks for the help.

Anonymous said...

Postman,

Fish before the ICE comes on at Hillsdale...Its much easier to find the fish...even in the coldest winters we have had in the area the ICE at hillsdale never seems real safe for very long periods of time. Walleye, Whites and Crappies are extremely plentiful prior to ICE...NOV - DEC best months period end of story.

Anonymous said...

Safest ice that I know of would be at Perry. Go up to Ozawkie. There should be a following there that should welcome you. Either with fishing tips or a life preserver because it ain't fun falling through. I think Perry freezes after Elder and the rest out west, but is the best bet around here. If you have a boat and time, Table Rock and Bull Shoals have open water winter time fishing. I hit the outlets in Kansas that have sun on them in the winter months for walleye, saugeye and sauger. It's snail's pace fishing but it does cure cabin fever.

Anonymous said...

Just got back form 5 days at Milford. Whites were starting to school and chase some shad at dusk and dawn. Look for the windiest points you can stay on. Lake is still aprox. 9 foot high. Watch for hidden dangers. Did pretty good on 1/2 ounce slab spoons casting. Seen alot of small schools of shad but not much gull action yet. water felt like bath water. Best fish in size were caught near state park points. Didnt make it out to the humps but talked to some who did and they were catching some nice wipers at dusk drifting with slab spoons.

Postman said...

Thanks for the heads up on the ice fishing. I guess I'll need to plan on longer trips for ice fishing in the future. I'll definitely try Hillsdale in November and December especially since it will be close.

Thanks again,

Anonymous said...

I haven't done it myself but my neighbor ice fishes at Middle Creek just south of Louisburg KS. It's about 30 minutes or so from Olathe. Middle Creek is a KDWP lake. Because of its smaller size it has a better chance of getting safe ice. Might be worth a look.

Anonymous said...

Middle Creek seemed good a few years back for saugeye or Walleye but last two years nothing...The lake basically just flows right out the spillway...without extensive stocking each year it will be empty of fish other than cats or crappie...Crappie isnt bad at middlecreek if you like small fish mostly. It has wipers but they arent very plentiful either..just a hit and miss lake at best..very nice lake though and doesnt seem to get much pressure.

Anonymous said...

I bet you could ice fish Olathe lake at the spillway/overflow area, assuming they allow ice fishing. Just make sure the sun doesn't heat the concrete causing unsafe ice.

Anonymous said...

Anybody tried night fishing at Hillsdale in the last few days? Trying to figure out if the Whites can be caught off the face of the dam this time of year? I ran into a small school off to the east of hillsdale point last friday night but it was so windy they just were too hard to figure out exact position and most were small..no walleyes at all for first time this year..sad..Any info for night whites would be appreciated, thanks...

Anonymous said...

You could catch whites off the dam if there is something there to keep them there, like food. A strong north wind will do that, but at this time of the year, ain't happening. Come late sept. to mid oct., one could catch 50-60 per day from the dam area, but I'd settle for 10 to 15 two pounders. An old lake Perry fishing brochure tells me that white bass are nomadic looking for the best feeding opportunities. Next time it's windy like that, follow the wind to where it's smashing the rocks somewhere. If you are wading with those 2 ft. waves hitting you, hold the lure in front of you for say 5-6 seconds to give any following fish a chance to find it. It will get your attention when they hit. I think the boat will lead you to more and bigger whites, but I've landed 3 pounders from shore. I've caught walleye from 38-40 ft. using cut bait/slip bobbers this time of year, but it was slow going. For night whites, drive to Perry outlet. I don't know how they see, but they do.

Anonymous said...

Tried the Hump out in front of the west end of the dam friday night...nothing but small crappie...Only ONE other boat night fishing..period. Bass and Eyes are finally moving shallow to gobble...Only one other boat fishing flats...Has anyone started to do good on Wipers at clinton in the last few days?

Anonymous said...

Friday 0600-1130 caught 43 crappie and a couple bass at my favorite secret honey hole (Public). Caught them in both 15 FOW on brush and in 8 FOW in weeds on jigs and minnows.

Anonymous said...

Brown State Fishing lake is still producing good catfish. Went out sat. night with the boat. Anchored off the feeders and casted into them. ANY type of prepaired skinky stuff was working great. Had some cut bait and caught 2 8+lb channel cat. Seems like they do the best about 20 minutes before dark til about 15 minutes after dark.

Anonymous said...

Milford is nothing but small whites & wipers, yes? A very occasional wiper of any size. Are we just missing them or is something wrong?

Anonymous said...

i would just wait for the fall months. find the right place and you'll lose count of the fish you catch.

Anonymous said...

If anyone has fished Clinton in the last few days - Is the water clear or muddy ? Is the drawdown causing the fish to clam up or is anyone catching anything notable?

Anonymous said...

At tha dam it was really clear. Was fishing there caught nothing another person on the dam caught nothing either.

Anonymous said...

Tried Hillsdale again..during the morning hours...Nothing biting that I could tell...even crappie fishing was poor...Not seeing any whites hitting surface at all..tough fishing right now..Even tried night fishing and that wasnt any good either..Must be the extreme heat and billions of pounds of shad per square inch..

Anonymous said...

This probably won't do any good but here goes for Hillsdale.- If using boat find the suspended fish. Look for the medium/bigger fish. It will look like they are stacked loosely on top of each other. The only way I could get them to hit was to put a piece of cut green sunfish on a 1/8 oz. chartreuse leadhead and lower it to their level. (Red/black might be better) Turned out they were 2 1/2-3 pound largemouth. I think they bit just so they could be brought up to see if up above the surface was any cooler than where they were at. That would be the last species I thought that would hit that presentation.

Anonymous said...

Thats interesting method..The BASS on the flats at Hillsdale seem to be disappearing at alarming rates...Only one nice BASS this summer fishing flats...Probably the location of the fish is changing with the water levels etc...But after the lake was stable still no fish...It was very common to catch at least one 5lb BASS or larger with every trip out in the last 3 or 4 years...Last summer was a bust as well...However 2 yrs ago there were plenty of BASS in the 2 pound range and seemed like the lake was recovering nicely only to have the next 2 yrs a bust...Im guessing the fish are staying in the back waters more than usual. Or folks are keeping bass just not sure..

Anonymous said...

yeah, when I found those fish that day I didn't know what they were. When that first on came up, I said to myself that these guys will eat anything. First thing you have to do is find the bass. I remember a while back hearing something about the bass at Clinton lake being down in the submerged osage orange trees. 30# line and pool cue thick rods were in order then. Probably individual fish then but they were big. If you have a topo of Hillsdale study it religiously. Those 2 pound bass are 4 pound bass now.

Anonymous said...

Missouri River from Nebraska line south. Not much luck. Ran a few lines and only caught 2 small flathead. River still above flood stage but dropping. Had best luck around flooded trees with small asain carp we throw netted out of river itself. Good Luck if you are going to try the river anytime soon. It was SLOW

Anonymous said...

All the fish are probably downtown by Kemper arena/ west bottoms area.

Collin said...

Heads-up to the guy talking about catfishing the missouri river... The possesion of live aisian carp or silver carp for bait is stricktly prohibited. Even having a live one in the boat can get you serious fines. These are an invasive species and need to be erradicated. So make sure if you are using them for bait you kill them the second you get them in the boat.

Anonymous said...

Collin- acquire a compound bow set-up. I use a Zebco 808 but a 33 might work. I know from fishing the Kaw that asian carp have been in there for at least 15 years. Whichever species I was observing then looked like they would grow to about 12-15#. During high water I see them floating on top dead. It would be one dead fish (asian carp) floating on top with the current every 1/8 mile or so during the May/June high water flows downstream from Lawrence. Can't say if they were from up above the dam at Lawrence or from below. We would do the fishing downstream from the dam.

Anonymous said...

I wil take you leftover fish we like the carps, drum wiper and buffaloes also we take white bass and catdish only small ones not bigger than you feet. Bring to Milfords dam we fish there.

Collin said...

My cousin bow fishes, mainly grass carp though. I haven't felt the need to go to that. I live by milford though and I haven't seen them up here just yet. With the way things are going with the asain carp though I would like to see KDWP open up a carp snagging season in those areas with large populations. Maybe this could help in those areas. Heck they allow it for spoonbill, a species that arguably is nearly endagered in some areas. Why not give it a shot. What you guys think?

Anonymous said...

The carp limit is 500 per day- good luck

Collin said...

Actually I just did some googling and apparently last month the governor of Illinois signed a deal with China to export 30 million pounds of asian carp a year. This of course creating jobs for the catching and processing of the fish. I know that population levels here are no where near what they are in Illinois, but maybe something to think about in the future. I think its a brilliant idea.

Anonymous said...

Our governor probably doesn't know what an asian carp is. I hope I'm wrong.

Anonymous said...

They're coming in full force, they are building troops up in the East to invade the west. Waiting for someone to scoop them up for bait and haul them to their new home. The state shouldn't rely on the public on this one. Theres to many people who can't even read or write still, but they can catch bait and buy a fishing license. Ban the bait.

Anonymous said...

We used the asian carp for bait in the same area we caught them. HEADS ONLY. They should open a season for firearms LOL JK That would be bad but I agree something has to be done ASAP!!! These are a terrible thing and are just getting worse.

Anonymous said...

I believe in SELF DEFENSE..If a 30# carp is coming towards me in a volital river situation why would a person be stripped off right to defend himself against a ASIAN Illegal ALIEN CARP ??? I dont think in court in the land would fight you against this...SHOOT them all above water and below..Organize huge saining operations and pay to have them removed so the folks who use them for bait can go home empty handed.

Collin said...

While the idea of sitting on a boat an picking off asian carp sounds fun, I don't like the idea of having people I don't know shooting around me. Not to mention the lead in the water issue. Maybe spear fishing, snagging, clubing? Heck how about chucking fruit cakes at them? After all there is always a need to get rid of fruit cakes, and they have some mass to them. LOL. But kudos to those who know the rules about these fish and only use them as bait responisibly. Every dead aisian carp is a step in the right direction, just make sure you know the regulations.

Anonymous said...

thing is what do you feed a fish (asian silver) that doesn't have a stomach and filters crap 25 hours a day? you figure that and then we'll start catching them.

Anonymous said...

Shooting with lead is a bad idea for the carp problem. Our waters have enough lead in them already.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to get into a big debate, but lead isn't a culprit here. Once lead oxidizes it's no longer toxic unless ingested. The "non-toxics" are really hype, because poisoning by heavy metals is poisoning period. They're all toxic, you can't get a little pregnant. More waterfowl die from discarded or lost nets and cholera than hunters harvest in many years combined.

Anonymous said...

What I'm saying is why make a bad situation worse by adding more lead to lead laden waters. Once lead enters the water it sinks deeper than the rest of the materials. If it makes it to bedrock water table areas, that is ground water running over lead towards your drinking supply assuming your drinking supply isn't beer. The less lead the better.

Anonymous said...

another reason for no bullets is the ricochet scenaria. They could come right back at you.

Anonymous said...

Why does lead sink deeper? An interesting thing here, Tuttle Creek is the most polluted lake in the state and it's last water quality check showed 0.0ppm lead. You can check water qualities on the COE and USGS websites. Lead is probably the least toxic thing in your tackle box. Your tackle box or bag are petroleum based. The hooks produce Mercury in the smeltering of the steel for the wire to form them. And your "plastic" worms or tubes are also petroleum based, as well as the worm oil which is generally anise oil which is extremely toxic. Shall I go on, you can check on these things, but I can assure you lead in your drinking water from fishing or hunting is highly unlikely. Normal blood levels are 10ug/ml I believe and your OK to 50ug/ml, but places that smelt lead will say 70ug/ml.
For most people ingestion is the intoxicator. Even guys who pour their own tackle are generally safe because lead doesn't produce enough vapors till it gets over 1000*, most hobbyists melt lead around 750*. Don't buy the bull about lead. I pour and paint about 3000 jigheads a week and my blood values are 12ug/ml. Check me out, but don't call me bias. Ive got nothing to gain from it.

Anonymous said...

I checked my tackle bags and boxes and guess what. Lead is the most toxic thing in my fishing arsenal. I can buy anise oil for fishing at the spices section of any reputable grocery store. It appears to be an alcohol meaning it turns to sugar when cooked, I think. I don't believe mercury is a by product of fishing hook manufacturing. It occurs on it's own. It is more toxic than lead. If you are pouring that much lead per week, do it outside. If you're pouring all that lead indoors you are a big idiot. Any females living with you will suffer more than the males for reasons unknown to me. Once in the bloodstream lead poisoning is serious stuff. Over the years Kansas has had alot of batteries from autos, trucks, tractors and aircraft. Long story short- most batteries were dumped by the forefathers in this state in creeks and rivers. It is a known fact. Right at 50 years of battery dumping because recycling wasn't around yet. I could go out to the country side right now and probably find a battery in the creekbeds somewhere. There are places I can fill a 5 gal. bucket with 4 gal. sand and sift with various size mesh and get a least 1 once of lead NOT including bird shot or fishing lead per bucket. As soon as lead is up to about 350 degrees F. fumes are produced so breath them if you want but I wouldn't.

Anonymous said...

I get burned out after pouring 100 leadheads. Couldn't imagine 3000 a week.

Anonymous said...

First off, I'm NOT going to spoon feed you! Go sift your soils and drag your creeks, listen to yourself, nothing to substanciate your claims. If what your saying is even remotely true then we'de all be suffering from lead toxicity It's not showing up in our water qualities anywhere, maybe it's a govt. conspiracy to cover it up. They're keeping it in area 51. Granted some of the things you pointed out are the result of over-exposure. But it's not common unless someone works in an industry related or that uses lead. And the name calling further demises your half-cocked ideals. Your more likely to suffer heavy metal poisoning from lead using your computer than you are using fishing tackle. Sav-wa-fare is everywhere.

Anonymous said...

You can't help those who can't help themselves.

Collin said...

I think the best way to sum all this stuff up is this...... Most of what we take out on the water for our fishing trips is potentially hazardous to either wildlife or humans. So please ensure that you take out what you bring in. Don't be so quick to break off those snags, try to free them up. One thing I would definately suggest is to use only as heavy lbs test line as needed. There have been many problems across the country with swimmers and divers getting caught up in heavy pound test and drowning because they couldn't free themselves. I make it a habit to clean up discarded line whenever I come across it. I treat my fishing spots like I treat my home.

Collin said...

On a lighter note... Took the canoe out to the lake Saturday. Was fishing on westside of peninsula across from boat dock. Caught quite a few channel cats and white bass on shrimp. Largest was a 6 lb channel cat. Wind was blowing right into the shore so I would guess they were up there feeding on bait blown into the shoreline.

Anonymous said...

Spent last weekend at Perry (8-28-10) and caught some really nice white bass. They ae starting to school up and chase shad. 1 question though. Is Perry Lake EVER dead calm flat without being covered in ice??? LOL I am staying out of the lead debate above me. I belive to leave as small of a footprint as you can. Leave it cleaner than you found it. and BE NICE TO EVERYONE. Just my theories on life.

Anonymous said...

If you figure out Perry, let us all know. How many 2 pounders did you get? Was the wind there a bad thing or a good thing? I've always done best with rolling waves pounding the banks. That noise covers alot of human error while fishing.

Anonymous said...

I finally drove down to Hillsdale yesterday to see how long the drive is from the boat ramp to driveway. Only 25 minutes!! This looks like an awesome lake. Cant wait to fish it and share some stories. Any snumbers or size to the crappie whites or walleye?

Postman

Anonymous said...

Hillsdale used to be a crappie factory. It still may be. That was the first Kansas reservoir to have the 10 inch min.- 20 per day limit for crappies implemented. Before that the crappie population was decimated by over fishing. It was easy pickins then. Over 3 million walleye fry were stocked in 2009 along with over 30,000 fingerlings. Seems like you picked a good time to try Hillsdale. You'll have to wait a little bit though. 2011-2012 should be real good for walleye in these parts. Clinton received a healthy dose of walleye too and Pomona may of as well.

Anonymous said...

make that 4 million walleye fry. I found another million hiding at the bottom of the 2009 stocking list.

Anonymous said...

Cool. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Size limits in Hillsdale have done nothing for the lake...you could put a thousand boats on that lake daily and have no effect on the fishing...I have fished the lake for 17 years now and I have noticed nothing in the crappie population that changed anything...the only difference is that most of those smaller crappie that used to fry up in the pan are just dead floating towards the bank...75% of fish caught deep in the winter do not make it back down...75% caught night fishing with being guthooked just die...In reality a 9 inch limit would of probably sent 95% of fisherman home prior to killing another 50% of those 9 1/2 inch fish...With fishing pressure down 50% or more each winter the fishing is really good...The best thing that could happen to hillsdale is to actually put big brushpiles in places that hold fish like the flats on hillsdale point area and creek bends off major points...Without new brush the lake will eventually be downgraded....BASS fishing for myself at least has been less than poor in the last two years. If your fishing hillsdale for walleye you will not be disappointed...Whites are finally starting to hit shallow..good luck..

Anonymous said...

I checked out Hillsdale largemouth bass density, prefered rating, and lunker records from biologist testing. Those numbers aren't good at all. The lake may be going through now what Perry did for 25 years or so until recently. I don't think anybody knew what a bass was in that lake then. Things have changed there these days. I can't say if it was from supplemental stockings over the years or the fish (largemouth) finally found their niche in that lake that turned things around, but they sure are there now. Other than La Cygne, Perry might be the best shot to get a 10# bass or better. Hillsdale is not as old as Perry, but could be following in Perry's footsteps. I can agree with you about this though, and that is the largemouth bass used to be there in Hillsdale.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information. I'm quite interested in the Walleye We usually hit it pretty hard in the spring and a little bit in the fall at Kanopolis. I'll be purchasing a Topo soon and start the exploring I think for starters, I'll take the boys fishing off the dock to catch perch and crappie if they are in the mood.

Anonymous said...

Everything you learn about walleye up north does not apply to hillsdale..Last fish in 1 - 2 ft of water 90 degrees..24 inch 6 lb..windy points...Spring is easy to locate...Just find the line of trucks and lures floating down the bank and then youll know your in the zone. Fall fishing is very good for eyes if you understand where they are...with the lake levels stable its all good..

Anonymous said...

was that last fish a 24 inch 6 lb. carp? How would you go about catching walleye at Hillsdale?

Anonymous said...

No, but I do read the northerners way of catching walleyes. Some things are different here when it's time to catch them. When it's mid April and I'm night trolling around these parts, I can see that up north that they are still thawing out. We do have a temperature advantage for early spring fishing. Methods of fishing that I adopted from the northern states are the bottom bouncer/spinner, slip bobbers, planer boards, jig/crawler and jig minnow techniques. I probably left out a few but walleye fishing also made me a better bass fisherman. Our walleye are different from others. That's why they're called "Kansas walleyes".

Anonymous said...

Yes, 24 inch Yellow carp..dont lip them though..

Anonymous said...

to above thanks for info ..i catch alot of my kansas walleye usin the jig/nightcrawler or jig/minnows tactic..also trollin produces walleye for me april-october ,but all kansas lakes are different one lake i will catch walleye in spring and not summer , and anotherlake like kanopolis there will be a summer bite especially in spillway, and other lakes like pratt co lake has the fall bite for walleye p.s have u caught any sauger out of melvern....fishin pal jer

Anonymous said...

To tell you the truth I can't remember if I caught sauger at Melvern. I know that around the perimeter of the lake there is a submerged weedline about 25 ft. or so from the bank. It's about 7-8 ft. deep water give or take a foot. It's perfect for all fish wanting to live shallow all season long. Using bobber/cutbait or jigs, one could spend a considerable amount of time figuring that pattern. I have not seen that type of weed structure on any other Ks reservoirs yet. I know saugeye are there in the weeds unless I was catching sauger instead. It's been about 15 years since I've fished it. During some years the releases at the spillway at Melvern will attract the mother lode of walleye from the Marias de Cygnes. Timing is everything when that happens.

Anonymous said...

ok ..thanks for commenting back ..melvern hold state record for sauger not saugeye

tim said...

I am heading out to Milford for the first time, can anyone give me a good place to start for catching some decent catfish from the bank? Will be driveing up from wichita.

tim said...

I am heading out to Milford for the first time, can anyone give me a good place to start for catching some decent catfish from the bank? Will be driveing up from wichita.

Anonymous said...

Wakefield area has/was been good I've heard. Just about any of the creek arms esp the N side. That lake is plain full of little channels and blues, you'll do well just about everywhere. Try a spot if not, move.

Anonymous said...

Tim- I remember my first time seeing Milford. I had the notion that I was going to do some fishing too. All I did was spend all day driving around. As soon as you get to the Wakefield causeway area, stop and unload everything over the guardrail and go park up on the hill somewhere. If you don't do that you may be driving around like I did. If you can park on the causeway area good, but don't count on that. Bring tackle to fish ponds with because the Fort Riley ponds are right there on the east side of where the Wakefeild area is. There are close to 30 stocked ponds there but you have to call to see which ones are accessible to fish. Phone # for that is 785-239-6669. Look at region 2 fishing areas to get an idea of what the ponds are about or hit the main channel current at the Milford-Wakefield causeway area to draw in the catfish.

Tim said...

Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it! Can you get plenty of shad close to the causeway or just hit the creek?

Anonymous said...

The thing about shad now that the water is cooling off is that now you might cast a net 10 times (for example) for shad and get nothing and then on cast #11 you might hit a 200 fish pod of shad.

Collin said...

Probably too late for the post'er going to Milford, but......

The spots I know are Farnum Creek, outlet, and a small creek arm just east of Fort Riley boat docks. At FC it all depends on what time of day and boat traffic at the dock, but there is a hole out around the wake bouy. Cast towards it with some worm, or shrimp (best I have found) then sit back with rod in hand as they tend to bite pretty quick. Outlet: you have to deal with about 20 yay-whos at any givin time, and only 1/4 of those know what they are doing. The rest are taking up valuable space, so wouldn't be my first suggestion. Spot up by Ft. Riley boat docks is pretty nice, usually not alot of people there. I caught a 5 pounder up there by fluke when I was fishing for white bass.

Anonymous said...

Tim did you find the fish?

Anonymous said...

Maybe you guys out there who make Milford their home fishing hole could petition the Army Corps to widen the spillway area there similar or greater than the width of Perry lake outlet. Make space for ample parking too. As long as fish are caught there on a regular basis, you will continue to have the conflicts that you guys have been having. Maybe the wardon's don't patrol it because it isn't attractive enough for them to care about it.

Anonymous said...

Now that the wipers have thinned so have the fisherman. Seems like the wipers cause a lot of problems, whether its bait, bank, or boat someones always gripping about them. The original stocking plans allowed for less fish with more trophys being caught. Look at Perry 2 state records.

Collin said...

The only problem I see with that is the state wouldn't be able to come up with the money to do it for atleast 5 years after we come out of this recession. So even to mention it now would be a moot point. Most of us who fish at the outlet regularly know that if we want to do some good fishing down there that we have to go durning non-peak hours. This means during the week, and "off-season" days. October through April there typically aren't many souls willing to brave the elements, yet some of the best fishing can be had at this time. I know that there are 7lbs + walleye caught throughout the winter on a fairly regular basis. As far as the rest of the regular season goes I tend to switch over to other spots on the lake as I would rather catch half the fish with none of the headache of people crossing my lines, both physically and morally. Some may say that that is backing down, but with a temper that can get flared up pretty quickly it saves me the hassel of losing fishing time to arguments.

Anonymous said...

I'll 2nd that!! However it's COE
park and their moneys still going to Nor-leans with some on infrastructure. My neighbor saw a fist-fight down there 2-3 weeks ago. I myself had a physical confrontation there a couple years back. Another thing, people run all over stepping on your rods and think nothing of it. When you look at their rods you wonder what garage sale did you get that at.

Anonymous said...

All they need is 2 surveyors. Or 1 good one. Then bring in 2 D-9 bulldozers and several truckloads of limestone boulders and it's done. Catching 7 pound walleye in present conditions could mean 13-14 pounders if Milford outlet is widened in the future. The 11 1/2 pounders caught from Perry (walleyes) both hit during daylight hours. I know one of them did. At night they're probably bigger. Out there where you guys are at, I think it's safe to say there are more walleye in the rivers than there is towards the east. You can get anything done if you don't ask/try. I just read the last posted post- this is what needs to be done there (outlet widening).

Anonymous said...

Milfords outlet is closed, drained, cleaned, and repaired every 5 years. I've seen the last 3and the last time there were very few game fish. There were a lot of drum, alot. I think it's COE's policy for all there lakes. They won't widen it anymore because of the drain fields. The current status is due to the 93 flood, which they learned valuable lessons. The whole channel was dropped 11' with the north side being regraded and grouted, and the south side down-stream was relined and upstream regrouted.
It looks like they will have to regrout both sides again. I watched in 93 at Milford and Tuttle and the force of water is only "manageable". Your projects will occur with the next flood. Just remember they are 100 year projects and many are on the downslope, their primary purpose is flood control.

Anonymous said...

My opinion here- I seen what they did. The man running the show back then lacks vision for the future. The first time I saw Milford's outlet area, I was thinking this is kinda lame. It could be better. If they manage it, they can make it better. Just my opinion though. You guys did good on the fishing there this year.

Anonymous said...

It's much bigger than most though

Anonymous said...

About Perry's 2 states records. I just betcha those two were stocked in Milford. According to stocking records, Perry hasn't had wiper in the lake for a long time. The one's flushed from Clinton couldn't possibly clear the dam at Lawrence. Perry's outlet is above Lawrence. That leaves Milford, Jeffrey Energy, or Tuttle as the wiper donors. Once those fish are in the Kaw, there will be no more easy living in the lakes. It's current, muddy water, and shallow water the rest of their lives. In due time that new hybrid record will fall too. It could happen at Milford outlet if they will widen it.

Anonymous said...

It used to be very similar in size to Council Grove. I remember that one rock that was about the size of a VW Beetle at the end of the pool where the downstream river picked up. After the flood I never saw it again, it's probably what caused the south side erosion.

Anonymous said...

Those lakes did their job back in 93. If you travel to downtown Kansas City in the future, look down to the river (downtown area). The water at it's highest flow in 1993 was 1 FOOT below the top of that concrete wall. It didn't leak either. Tuttle creek did real good back then asides from the trees getting jammed in the locks. I did see 70 pound common carp swimming in flooded grasses back then. Powerful looking creatures when they're that size.

Anonymous said...

The FLOOD pictures when Tuttle opened up are awesome looking. Those big cottonwood trees by the River pond with just their crowns sticking out is almost unbelievable. When I'm there now it almost seems like a dream. It can happen even easier now, with the COE's protection of birds that nest downstream. When I read about the indians stories of "Big Water" I think of Tuttle the most. Just think what it would be like today, with the western lakes being full.

Anonymous said...

if I remember right, Tuttle creek was 53 ft. above normal pool then.

Anonymous said...

I can tell you something about the "big water" there. Drive north of Oldsburg until you get to the public hunting area where the bend in the river swings next to the corn/milo field hunting area. It's close to the end of the road before you turn right or left. I fished there one day when the water was 6 inches from the top. It may of been only 4 inches from the top. It was a slow/medium moving current with the sun out in late afternoon. Paul Bunyon would of been in awe. It was made for a bigger man than myself when it's those conditions. It's a view I'll never get to see again, so I guess I should feel fortunate I got that chance. Using zebco 33's and pieces from 3 creek chubs, I caught a 4 ft. gar, then two 15 pound buffalo within minutes of each other and then the kicker. I hooked a fish that fought good for a bit. When he/she finally surfaced, it had this curious look with a big mouth and eyes to match. It was a longnose gar to big for me to handle alone and being on his turf I said to myself there's no way you're coming on the bank with me. I shook the rod (12# line) until the knot broke. About a 6 footer. That was a good day. Note: the water will have to be up to the edge to experience the big water feel and view. Don't fall in.

Anonymous said...

Out at Glen when driving to Downs on Hwy 24 if you look on the S side of the road the trees are broke off at the same height. Thats where the water level was and its a long ways from the lake now. Ah the memories, the price, and the benefits. It all is just like a dream now.

Fishin Kansas said...

Just a side note for the Guy that said "That leaves Milford Jeffery and Tuttle as Wiper donors". There are no Wipers in Tuttle.OK Back to the discussion, During the 93 Flood when they relased all the water it actually moved a whole Island at Rocky Ford.It had huge cotton wood trees on it. Now they are gone!Heck when we were kids we used to swim out to it and spend all day there. To be a kid again!

Anonymous said...

It'll never the same when you lose the big cottonwood trees. After looking at a map of Ks, I need to reiterate something. Those wiper could of come from anywhere, even Perry, even farther west than Milford. If a biologist stocks wiper throughout his district on his own accord, whose else is going to know? Even if it is only 4 or 5 fish. About being a kid again- After looking at my 4 nephews over the last 5 years or so, I'm glad I was a kid when I was. It was nothing to go from K.C. to John Redmond outlet and back on $10.00 fuel and a $7.00 Ks fishing license. There are more/better opportunities for kids these days, but fishing in Kansas isn't one of them.

Anonymous said...

You can thank our corporations for that. Cheap junk from Pure Fish 2000, overpriced fuel from greedy big oil, outfitters for capitalizing on mother nature, the media for dramatization of what used to be a pastime for every day survival, and man for trying to recapture a trait that he's lost. The real ironic thing is politicians who divide themselves into groups of conservatives/liberals, now thats the most redundent thing I've ever heard. They are paper-pushing parasites who capitalize on the common person to steer them through what they perceive is their new heritage. Your right and this is what we'll pass on to our children.

Anonymous said...

I'm heading to Milford this weekend, going to try for walleye and smallie's and possibly wipers if we see them busting the surface. Has anyone had any luck on Milford lately? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I heard the waters realyy dirty and stinks like rotten eggs with the fishing being fair at best.

Anonymous said...

If it were me I would do some evening/night time trolling relatively shallow and/or find some structured/rocky points for casting shallow running minnow baits that dive no more than a foot deep. Start at 9:00 p.m. When the walleye see the sillouette from the crankbait between them and the moonlight, it's automatic. Bring your hook pliers- you'll need them. Clouds at night will hinder this type of fishing so you'll have to show some patience assuming you're nightfishing. This goes for any lake- If you let them all go they will return every year for you. Don't give away where you catching them just enlighten everyone here to what you are catching. Tip- You might want to park the boat away from the points and walk to them.

tim said...

Sorry I didn't get back on sooner with my results from Milford. We caught some small catfish mostly channels but I did get one small blue. I also caught one small white bass. We used mostly cut shad and also some secret seven dip bait. Best spot we fished was around school creek but it was deffinately hard to fish from the bank, we lost alot of tackle in the rocks. Fished down by the causeway on the small island that reaches out on the west side but didnt have any luck. After the sun went down the wind picked up and got very cold so we called it a night.

Anonymous said...

Fished Hillsdale 9/19. Caught some white bass trolling Shad Raps. Then we tried walleye on some flats. Drifted and slow trolled Lindy type rigs with night crawlers. Managed two short (and really skinny) walleye and a couple little channel cats. Not great fishing but it was great to be out. There is a TON of small shad moving around. Had some yahoo in a ski boat that decided he wanted the marker we put out... that made for an interesting exchange!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update on Hillsdale. We caught approximately 60 crappie 2 Fridays ago but I didnt post because none of them were the 10" minimum.

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