Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Region 3 Fishing Reports (Southwestern KS) 2011

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KDWP Region 3 Fishing Reports can be found HERE.

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28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have tried fishing stone lake in Great Bend nothing but 6-8 inch channel and a bullhead. Have tried fishing this lake off and on for 5 years and have never caught a channel over 2 punds are there bigger fish in this lake or is it just a waste of my time.

Anonymous said...

what do you use for bait for your catfishing at stone lake?

Anonymous said...

KDWP, region 3, horsethief is spelled wrong. just thought i would point it out. thanks!

hooah7962 said...

At stones I use stink bait and chickin liver on my small pole and live or cut bait on my big pole.

Anonymous said...

We have a lake where we are at that has the same type of catfishing going on that you are experiencing at Stone lake. But there used to be one fisherman I knew of who could average a 5 pounder almost every time out. He'd fish from 9 pm to midnite and use a live bluegill and/or a big ball of catfish doughbait. Make the ball bigger than the size of a golf ball for bigger fish. I know of a 17 pound channel caught on a racketball sized ball of doughbait. It was enough bait to cover 10 regular sized treble hooks. I'd try live bluegills (4 inchers work real well)

hooah7962 said...

Thanks for the info i will have to try that. The other day out of there someone caught a 40lb flat. Maybe i should try live bait.

Anonymous said...

Try areas that are sun warmed all day and are shaded during late afternoon hours but have your rigs ready and in the water for flathead before/at twilight and keep the lantern light low or don't use at all. Live shad works the best but a decent sized green sunfish or a small crappie can work too.

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.

don said...

Daniel, lake meade has gone downhill over the past 5 years in a big big way. the fishing is BAD, the lake has constant algae blooms because they will not install any aerators or drill a water well, the artesian well has been completely removed and has a sign stating something about irrigation-which is funny because before they put the sign up the people in the office lied to me on 4 different occasions as to the reason ad it was never irrigation- there are padlocks on every single water spickett near the hunting area and the picnic areas near the artesian well wich is right by the caretakers house. KDWP Meade:Are you guys really that innept over there with 5 rangers that you cant unlock those water spicketts so that thirsty hunters can snag a drink without walking to the lake? i mean come on guys this is all public land and tose things should not be locked in 100+ degree weather!



P.S. Daniel, i know its a bit further but just go to Clark Lake. There is no water but there is a rest stop outside of minneola before the lake turnoff that you can fill water jugs up at. (bring pair of pliers, spickett is underneath water fountains.) Clark is WAAAYYY bigger/nicer with much better fishing and less people to boot!

Anonymous said...

Hey you high tech fishermen. Want to try a new technique that requires a steady hand. Be the first on your block to master this. Work up a foam from spit on your palm. Next dip a hook in it carefully! Lower it slowly down over a bridge and have TOP WATER CARP ACTION! You have your built in bait. (NOT STINK BAIT) Lowell, I doubt you will put this in your fishing report... but if you do I will tell you who I am.

Anonymous said...

This is not a new technique and was done I'd say in the mid part of the last century by some folks.

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...

WHO LIKES TO WASTE THEIR TIME CATCHING CARP, I RATHER CATCH ONE WALLEYE THEN TEN CARP ANY DAY OF THE WEEK. KEEP YOUR SPIT.

Anonymous said...

Obviously you haven't slugged it out with a school of 15 pounders. The rods and line will be put to the test but using spit for bait seems boring to me too.

Anonymous said...

Walleye drift fishing is just too slow for me. I just need more action. To each his own style. Most of the people drifting for them must have more patience. I like surface fishing like white bass or wipers on top. When I fry walleye in finger nuggets and breading I can't honestly tell much of a difference in taste between them and white bass and crappie, so... I go for fish that fight harder and get into a feeding frenzy.

Anonymous said...

My brother and I caught some bullheads and channel catfish out of our family pond north of Dodge City. We had a family meal. I noticed the bullheads tasted better to me but didn't say anything. Then my little brother said that the bullheads tasted better than the channel cats. 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...

Don, as a bioligist i agree with you that Lake Meade absolutely needs to have at least Two aerators in the lake and much more water flowing in/out of it, if they want to create some jobs and help the lake they could dig a trecnh flowing from their hatchery ponds and into the lake, the ponds already have a fair ammount of water flowing into them already so it can be done.


now, my report:

Lake:Clark State Fishing Lake

Date:9-3-11 to 9-6-11

The last time i visited this lake was back in 4-2011 for 2 weeks while turkey season was open. when i was their at that time the lake was at maximum capacity and the stream leading into the lake was also flooded for several miles but not flowing (had to use a small canoe to cross when hunting.). Upon my return i brought with me my boat thinking that the lake had not suffered from the drought. I was wrong. No open fires (they even removed ALL pits and grills), and the lake was so low that every single boat ramp in the lake was now sitting on dry land and the only ramp i was able to use was the ramp on the paved side of the lake. the north ramp is now a dropoff and the west ramp is just iffy (i do not know the full length of that ramp).

the fishing is alright though i must admit. for the 3 days i was there and after over 2 hours drying to put my boat in the water i was able to reel in about 7 channel cat, 3 bullhead, 1 very large grass carp and 5 white bass, oh and a baby black bass that unfortunately commited suicide by attacking my lure. most of the fish with the exception of the grass carp were about normal size. catfish ranging from 8-12 inches and bass about the same at 7-14 inches. all were catch and release.

somebody pray this lake gets a massive torrent of water this fall because if not i fear what next summer could bring to this place :(

Anonymous said...

At 300 something acres of water at Clark you'll have big fish eating little fish with the lower water. If I had 24 hr. access to that lake I would be at the dam early in the morning for bigger channel cat and a flathead or two if they show up. If the lake hasn't been renovated yet there's some big ones to be caught. 8 to 12" channel cat doesn't sound that appealing to me- what's the deal with those little catfish. Are they stockers or naturally occuring? From pictures I've seen of the lake it is a very nice you have to fish.

Anonymous said...

im not sure what was with the small catfish but i know they used to stock Clark with a little bit of everything every other year or so, more if the lake has caught a good flushing of water over the dam.

i caught the grass carp (36 inches!*!*!!) off of the damn with a large muscle i found still alive on the shoreline and the catfish off of commercial walmart stinkbait(hog wild blood dough).

as far as renovations, this lake is slow to change on just about anything. the only reason they replaced the boat docks is becuase most of them were borderline dangerous even for adults. but i have noticed alot more things here and there at random points. they did cut a new access road down to the stream and old bridge for the nature trail. *HINT HINT*: PLEASE REBUILD THAT DARN BRIDGE SO I WONT HAVE TO CROSS IN A CANOE OR OVER A LOG WITH A LOADED FIREARM!***

Anonymous said...

I really like Clark but i wish they would stock more winter fish in the lake besides walleye. i like fishing for walleye in the winter there because i dont do well in the heat of summer on a boat with my medication, lol its just not happening.

some trout would be great as well as much much more walleye in the winter would be great!

Anonymous said...

To the purson fore posts back I wunder if you are realy a beiologist. You dont even capitalisee the letter I. These guys have to pass freshmen Englesh to take fore too six years of hard math and sceince.

Anonymous said...

stocking these lakes with silver carp, that should keep these guys busy, cause im tired of going fishing and not catching much!

what do you guys think?

Anonymous said...

If you have a lake near you that is stocked with smallmouth bass and the lake has ample rocky-bluff areas now is the time to start catching them. Stocking carp will help nobody in Kansas. The lake I've been trying was stocked with smallmouth 14 - 15 years ago and somehow they held on and made it spawning and survival wise. Right now they are chasing fingerling largemouth with reckless abandonment to the waters edge. Where there's one, there are others close by. Don't show up to a gun battle with a knife like I did yesterday with the smallmouth- they'll more than likely win.

Anonymous said...

Anyone been to the Grassland Pits yet? wanting to make the trip but i heard about the fire over there in may. did that big weather system a few weeks back help to atleast green things back up?


and to the guy 3 posts above me, grammar means absolutely diddly unless your writing an official report or thesis. besides, it's not how the guy writes, its the message that counts. i went through 6 years of college for my HR degree, yes i took english, but guess what? this isn't english class and it sure isn't work and you can understand my message clearly. please dont pick on grammar. he is right, that lake needs some aerators or a trench from the ponds.

Anonymous said...

According to the KDWP website Hain lake is dry but it is not dry but getting very close to becoming dry. A buddy and I went out their on 3/17/12 and caught 46 bullheads and one channel in an hour and a half but got very mudding. Its sad seeing everything going dry out here in SWK

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