Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Region 1 Fishing Reports (Northwestern KS) 2011

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42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anybody been to cedar bluff yet?

Anonymous said...

Went to Ottawa State fishing lake, it was very crowded. Everybody was catching crappie, some of them were really big.

Wayne said...

Caught some nice smallies at Wilson last evening. My buddy went back this morning and caught another 24. Looks like the bite is on.

Andy said...

ARRGGG!!! I'm hoping I can get out this week sometime. Thanks for the info. Any info on locations/lures?

Andy said...

Well, I was able to burn a vacation day, and sneak away from the wife and drive up from Wichita today.

And I bagged my first Smallmouth!!! Landed 2 today, missed 3. And I had one slab take a swipoe at my lure at boatside. He had to be every bit 17 inches.

Got them on a 3/8oz Kastmasters spoon. Thanks for the tip Wayne. Now I need to remember to not let them jump and throw the hooks.

Wayne said...

Way to go Andy, I love to catch those smallies.
They do tend to throw the hook a lot, but hey, it's worth it to see those spectacular jumps.
Kastmasters work great but they are a bit heavy and throw easy, Little cleos won't cast as far, but they don't throw so easy.
There is a submerged point just north of the boat ramp up there, you can't really tell it's there by looking, if you've a depthfinder you can find it. Bout 50 yards from the shore, it parallels the channel. It seems to hold more fish than the point on your left as you go out.

Anonymous said...

How's the fishing in Lovewell

Andy said...

I got a couple Little Cleos, but I was having success on the Kastmater at the time and wanted to stick with that. But I will be ready next time with the Cleos.

I fish out of a kayak, and didn't want to battle the wind out on the deep water, so I stayed and pounded the coves and shallows. That's prolly why I skunked the rest of the day. I did see a boat out there in that area though. I won't be back to Wilson for a while. It takes a tank of gas, and 2 hours each way. But I was determined to catch a smallmouth and I did just that. Thanks Wayne.

Anonymous said...

Andy,
Try the marina cove with a 1/8 crappie jig, they are stacked in there waiting to spawn, and it's very protected.

Anonymous said...

The fishing's terrible because of the POOR quality of boating ethics. SHAME comes to mind.

Bryan said...

I love reading theses reports...


Bryan Shipp
Tampa Bay Fishing Charters

Tampa Bay Fishing

Anonymous said...

Isn't it tarpon time yet?

Anonymous said...

Anybody know how the walleye tournament went at Wilson last weekend?

Anonymous said...

Went to Cedar Bluff the other day. White bass fishing was hot. Went later into a large mudflat and drifted jig and worm and caught some walleye. People were complaining about not catching walleye. They were in shallow muddy water like usual this time of year. Don't think that 2-6 ft. of water is too shallow if it is murky.

daniel said...

Ok, i was reading on this page that meade hatchery is one of the best in the whole state, they send all kinds of species of fish all over the state. But what about their own lake??? on this hatchery they have channel catfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye and grass carp but they dont stock lake meade but with catfish, we will like to have some action too, im serious if someone catches a largemouth bass feels like they won the kansas lottery, for real is that bad i mean check their fishing report, i think the best i have read on it is fair, we never have good on almost anything. I think that this lake deserve it, its always people trying to fish there, and i say trying because they never catch anything or something small. I was talking to one of the guys that works there and he said they havent stock with largemouth bass there for YEARS that got me desapointed bad i mean what do we need to do in order to get some fish on this lake???? If you want us to buy it, i know there is plenty of people that will, including me. I dont think that if you stock at least one LMB per acre at least twice a year (and im not asking for big fish, even just fingerling size) this lake will be great just like it used to be many years ago, plus i dont think it whould hurt your hatchery at all, so please people from the KDWP think and talk about it i mean that will bring more money to this park wich is really pretty, all we need and ask for is just FISH. What the rest of the people think about what i just said???? and the arkalon park i just dont even want to think about it every year looks worst, looks more like drainage water well to make it easier for you the seward county landfill looks way better then arkalon park and im not making fun of it this is serious i think the KDWP needs to put more attention on lake meade and arkalon park too no just on the bigger lakes please people make comments about it so we can get a good solution for this big problems.

Anonymous said...

I'm just wondering if anyone from the KDWP reads this. If so, why are they not stocking Wilson Lake with Walleye????? I know they think it's going to be 'self sustaining' but I don't have to be a fisheries biologist to know that with all of the stripers and white perch, it's going to be awful hard to keep that lake self sustaining. They're dumping millions of eyes in other smaller lakes every year and they're letting a beautiful lake like Wilson go to crap. I wish they would worry more about the walleye than stripers. Go out any spring day and the walleye boats will be 50-1 to striper fisherman. Funny thing about attracting people to the lake, it attracts $$ to the lake. I recently moved to Wichita and I will start fishing the muddy -not as nice - lakes down here when there are no walleye to be caught at Wilson.

I had to get my 2 cents in as we haven't done for crap on eyes at Wilson but 1 weekend, and haven't caught a handful of short fish in the last 2 years!

Any answers KDWP???

Anonymous said...

What method do you use at Wilson while attempting to catch walleye? Do you have a topo map of Wilson? Just wondering what might be the problem(s) out there trying to catch walleye on a regular basis when there's supposedly some to be had. Channel cat are fun to catch too. A few times I've baited up with live bluegills/sunfish for catfish and walleye would show up instead. That's confuses things a little bit when that happens, go figure.

Anonymous said...

I know a man who is very sucessful with walleye in Wilson. He ONLY bottom bounces. He'll put a jig above the bottom bouncer, and below he uses a spinner with a worm. He might even use two ounce sinkers to get down. Some years are better than others. He is NO STRANGER to big walleye or stripers. I've seen plenty of pictures of these fish.

Anonymous said...

If you go to Wilson for walleye and pull bottom bouncers in the July and August summer weather and somehow still get them to hit I would say the walleye population is doing fine. If they won't hit bouncers until Sept. it's just another average lake for walleye. Having a walleye boat with a top to cover the occupants while fishing/trolling is the way to stay on them through out the season.

Anonymous said...

This post confirms the striper report for Wilson. They are up early till 10:00-10:30am. We caught them on topwater and bucktails in the Hell Creek area, Thanks Tommy

Anonymous said...

More on the man who botttom bounces. He lives three hours from Wilson so when he goes he stays for atleast several days. I don't know if he bottom bounces Wilson for walleye in July or August. I did see pictures two years ago in which he bottom bounced at Cedar Bluff in late July. He had two twenty-seven inchers plus a twenty-one incher that day. He fishes all day when he goes and doesn't usually come to shore until dark.

Anonymous said...

Hey you high tech fishermen. Just try this for a change! It works but you need a steady hand. Want to catch carp off of a bridge? Work up a ball of foam in you palm from spit. Carefully put it on a hook. Lower it down slowly and you have top water carp fishing. Now this is an ART to MASTER!

Anonymous said...

Now that's what I call master baiting!

Kevin B. Koonce said...

I would like to send you some pictures of litter I took this morning at Cheney State Park. I need an e-mail address rather than this form, though.

Anonymous said...

I always heard bullhead don't taste as good as channel cat. Well, I ate them both side by side at the family dinner table and the bullheads were a little tastier to me. I didn't say anything then my little brother said the bullheads tasted a little better. Do bullheads get a bad rap?

Anonymous said...

Maybe instead of an "apple a day keeps the doctor away - should be "a bullhead a day keeps the doctor away".

Anonymous said...

The flatheads seem to like them too. Tried carp yet, or drum? Serve up some drum, nobody will know any different unless you tell them.

Anonymous said...

You know, I married a woman who was not into fishing. When taking her fishing and catching some carp and drum along with other fish, she couldn't understand why we fishermen had a bad attitude towards those species. She liked the pearl like color on the drum. She thought the carp were a pretty gold color. I really couldn't defend myself here as carp are very popular in the eastern hemispere and maybe we are biased. It's probably too late for me to change though.

Anonymous said...

Carp really aren't very good, but buffaloe are excellent, and they all make good coon bait.

Anonymous said...

I am taking the wife to Wilson this weekend(July23-24). She is wanting to catch some smallies. It will be our first time on the lake. Any information on Wilson to help me put her on some smallies this time of year would be GREATLY appreciated!!

Anonymous said...

If you have to go this weekend go early. With this high pressure system staying put and hot temperatures real late in the evening or real early in the morning is when I would try. The thing is would smallmouth be the fish to target? One thing I noticed this past weekend were some big fish pushing crappie and bass over the top of a mainlake point. These were 10" crappie and bass almost ending up as another fishes breakfast. If I had to try for smallmouth I would try the cuts off of the mainlake that have submerged wood and use crickets, grasshoppers or minnows.

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Check out the posts above for smallies, it's their neighborhoods.

Anonymous said...

I heard there's going to be a bunch of crappie experts at Glen Elder this weekend. Might have to go check out some techniques.

Anonymous said...

What, slow trolling jigs with a rod in each hand sitting up front in a boat with foot controls? Don't knock it- it's deadly.

Anonymous said...

Oh, is that how you do it? What if there's 2-3 guys in a boat do they all go up front. Nobodies knocking anything! It's the how to of the sport that interests many of us. I heard some of them even give seminars. But if insecurity abounds I'll stay home!!!

Anonymous said...

Slow trolling jigs has been popular in the Ozark areas for decades.

Anonymous said...

The weathers right, the fish are biting, and everythings 50% higher than last year. But the fish don't care, we have it pretty good here in KS.

Anonymous said...

You can run but you can't hide from all the white bass at Kanopolis. They will take anything that sinks.

Anonymous said...

Region 1
Fisheries Biologists

Excellent job you guys! Once again your up to date reports and the fall sampling numbers. It's much appreciated, and a valuable tool.

Thank You
Jeff Ensz

Carp Fishing said...

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Jordan Whitcomb said...

Anyone Been To Glen Elder Yet Are The Walleye Spawning Yet?