Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Region 5 Fishing Reports (Southeastern KS) 2011


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140 comments:

catman said...

Spent a couple of hours fishing a farm pond this afternoon. I landed one bass, maybe 1.5-2 lbs. Between my wife and I, we lost 6 other bass. Fish seemed to be extremly shallow, maybe 1 foot deep. We just stuck with 5 inch plastic worms, in various colors. Water was muddy with the recent high winds, nice day to be out. Any word on the fishin' on the Neosho or Spring Rivers?

Anonymous said...

Went to Big Hill today and fished a suspending rouge along damn for about a hour this afternoon. Caught one 12 in smallmouth lost another.

Anonymous said...

any spoons make it to chetopa yet, water temp? gonna make a trip down there, just waitin for the water to warm a bit and get some good flow

Baxter Bait said...

Catman & Anonymous,

Steve Hamm (bait shop owner in chetopa) stopped by the store today. He reports river is still low and no spoonbill at chetopa. they did catch some a few days back before the river dropped.

Customers tell me there are no spoonbills being caught at Miami. They are reportedly still catching them at conners bridge on the neosho.

White bass has been slow at the dam in baxter. Did have some customers reporting that they have started catching them today along with some crappie. channels are being caught using sonnys dip bait at the boat ramp and turn around.

blackdog40 said...

Hey anyone have any current info on crappie fishing at Toronto or Fall river??

Anonymous said...

Toronto- I was at Toronto Friday. I took the water temp. from the bank at 3 different locations - Tor, Pt. 45, Mann's C. 50, and Woodson C. 47 degrees. Water dingy and low.

catman said...

Crappie fished the pits this afternoon. Had temp reading from 56-61 degrees. Used minnows and tube jigs at various depths around brush. No luck. My wife caught 1 nice crappie, and one small bass. How is it, everyime I hook up the boat, the wind decides to pick up. Anyhow, vary nice day to be out.

Anonymous said...

maribou, maribou, and maribou. Jigs is what I'm mentioning here and present them about 6 ft. deep under a small bobber and let them drift with the wind current.

JD said...

Any reports from Chetopa regarding spoonbill yet?

Anonymous said...

Chetopa- I was at the dam this morning and also Miami's dam. No one fishing!

JD said...

Has anyone tried any flathead fishing in the river yet?

Baxter Bait said...

JD, I can not speak for chetopa but here at baxter the shad have not even showed up in any numbers yet. I belive the normal progression here at baxter is the shad come up then the blues then the flat heads. It has been a little strange so far this year so would hate to hazard a guess as to when they might move in.

Anonymous said...

Toronto & Fall R. - Fished both places Friday and caught crappie on the bank. Water temp. was 49 degrees.tanestmi

Anonymous said...

correction on water temp. for Tor. and Fall R., that should be 59 degees.

catman said...

Fished the pits tonight. Water temp was 69.5. I tried tube jigs, various colors, only 1 small bass. Wife and daughters were using minnow set about 2 feet deep. They managed 2 small crappie, and 5 bass just under the slot limit. I cleaned those 5, and 4 had eggs not quite ready. Fun night out with the family.

Anonymous said...

fished for white bass at john redmond today, I caught one about every other cast! my biggest one was a little over 2 pounds. They were hitting my twister tail jigs like crazy! I just got done filleting our limit... I love fried white bass.

catman said...

Fished a farm pond this evening for bass. Not real productive. Had 4-5 bites. Landed one small one, lost one maybe 4 or 5 pounds. Sure was nice watchin him tailwalk on the water. We were using plastic worms. Wife tried a crankbait, my oldest girl used everything in her tackle box I think. Doesn't bother me, at least she likes fishing. Water was muddy due to all the wind.

huntnfish said...

Hey Anonymous, Were you in the spillway at Redmond or on the dam? Also Baxter Bait, Any Whites on the Spring River?

Baxter Bait said...

huntnfish.

heard of few white bass being cuaght nothing like a couple weeks ago and most were still small males. talked to a customer who had been down in oklahoma on spring river. they caught lots of white bass and he stated the females he cleaned still had eggs and looked to be a little ways away from spawning yet.

I got down to the river saturday night and had some luck with team catfish sudden impact bait. caught one channel that would go around 6 to 6.5 lbs. had lots of bites but just a little to rusty to land them all.

Baxter Bait said...

talked to the bait shop owner in chetopa. He reports that they are catching lots of channels and white bass. also getting reports of good size wipers being caught. The bait shop owner also said there was one 22lb bluecat weighed in. I dont know where the blue was caught might have been down below conners bridge. Water level is still low at chetopa

Spike said...

Fished a couple strip pits in the middle of the day and did ok on Crappie. My brother used a minnow while I used a jig. He caught 7 or 8 fishing only about 18" down and 5' to 15' out from bank. I only caught 3 but I made up for it with size. 2-10' fish and 1 that went 13 1/2". My biggest in a long time. Going to try Elk city today I'll let ya know if they are biting.

Spike said...

A lot of people fishing at elk city. Crappie were not hitting hard so I missed a few. Only caught 6 did see a few others caught. I fished for 4 hours to catch my 6 so it was slow. I heard it had been slow, but you can't catch them while your at home or work.

Anonymous said...

is the river too low at chetopa for spoons? if it is anyone know anything bout miami? thinkin oh headin down tomorrow

catman said...

If you're going to Miami, check regs. closely. I hear there are lots of little things you have to do.

Anonymous said...

anyone try stateline or tradeing post. for spoonbill.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - Fished Tues.,Wed., and today. I caught my limit each day fishing from the bank. Most of the crappie were males.

huntnfish said...

Any news from anyone on White Bass or spoonies?

Spike said...

Has elk city state park flooded at all? I was wondering how things are after all the rain they got. Crappie still being caught?

Anonymous said...

i snagged at chetopa yesterday before the river dropped, started at 6 am had my 2 by 730, nothing of size, both mid 20's, both males then went to miami, lot of snaggers, fish being caught everywhere, i ended up with a 53 pound female

catman. said...

Tried crappie fishing the pits this morning. No luck. I battled the wind for maybe 1.5 hrs, and called it quits. Left the deptfinder in the truck, so I don't know what the water temp was. Think I'm ready to start catfishin'.

Anonymous said...

Melvern -Tough day! Fish didn't seem to be catchable from the bank. Caught 13 male crappie fishing 18 to 36 inches deep.

huntnfish said...

Anyone catching any whites or spoonies?

JD said...

What pound line are you guys using for spoonbill? Mono and thread. Do you guys prefer thread over mono? thanks

catman said...

JD- when I used to snag, I used 40 Big Game mono. I tried 50 #, but is didn't spool on my reel very good. I really like the 40# Big Game.

huntnfish said...

I heard yesterday that the crappie are hitting good in Otter Creek in Fall River. Anyone else out there doing any good?

Anonymous said...

Melvern - Another tough day Weds., I tried another part of the lake from the bank. I had a mix bag ( drum, channel, smallmouth and crappie). I kept 8 malecrappie. Water temp. off the bank was 56.5 degrees.

Anonymous said...

Where is Stateline on Neosho and is it Legal to fish for Spoonbill there?

burnsy said...

youll hafta fish chetopa city dam, for spoons, river too low now, thats the closest youll get to the state line, the way the forecast is lookin i may be goin back down there next weekend 5 of 6 days rain, john redmond oughtta be realeasin good then, hopefully theyll get the river over 6000 cfs by next weekend, if not, goin to miami

burnsy said...

btw, i was catchin spoons at a flow of just under 4000 cfs at chetopa last weekend (i was the anonymous guy a few posts up), i think that was luck anything under 5000 cfs goin to oklahoma is your best bet in my opinion

JD said...

Where can I get the current river flow, cfs, at chetopa? I found a place online to get parsons, Oswego, etc...., but not chEtopa. Thanks

catman said...

As far as I know, they don't have a stream gauge at Chetopa. The one be Oswego will be pretty close to the flow at Chetopa. They've only had the stream gauge at Oswego maybe a year, so maybe Chetopa will be this year. I used to go off the Parsons readings. When it was above 5000 cfs at Parsons, I didn't put my boat on it, that's a pretty good flow.

burnsy said...

i agree i go off the flow from parsons and the flow from the first guage in oklahoma, i find chetopa is usually right in between the 2 flow wise (a bit higher than parsons)

catman said...

I was able to slip away yesterday and fish down river from Baxter. Man, I had several bites, but was only able to hook one fish. A nice channel, about 5 lbs. Was using dip bait, fishin' brush piles. Sure felt good to be on the river, I'd really like to be down there today with the rising water.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone tryed the stateline bridge ks./mo. Up in Linn Co. for spoonbill? It is posted by the state. to be fished.

Anonymous said...

I hooked a 47lb. female last year and rolled a few. about this time of the year. just wanted to know if anyone got any spoonies this year from tradeing post or the stateline. I've been there twice this year. NOTHING!!!.

huntnfish said...

I drove by there last year and it looked hard to fish from bank. Do you have to have a boat to do well there? The bank looked very steep unless there is an easier access somewhere that was not viewable from the road.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - We caught our limit of crappie from the bank. We had more females today and their eggs were runny. A good day! Water temp. 55.

Anonymous said...

[huntnfish] kansas side of bridge has lots of space to fish. when the water is down to some what norm. great choke point. river narrows to about 15 to 20 feet across. not very deep. you can see spoonies swimming by if their running. Great for catfish. I fish from the bank. Water got to be high to get a boat from tradeing post down to the stateline. I've been down when water was normal. not to fun. 16' flat bottom. hard to get back up stream. motor hit bottom to much.

huntnfish said...

The banks seem to be real steep and difficult to get down to the water or am I missing something?

Anonymous said...

slick when muddy, but we don't have to much trouble on the kansas side. rocks a little steep.
We go to the left. once we get down to the water. out to the rocky points.

Dave said...

Some friends and I are going to the Mined Land WLA next weekend to stay in the cabins for a few days. I see that the cabin is on the trout pond....any advice on other good pits for bass or crappie close by? We are mostly catch and release fisherman looking to have a good weekend.

Thanks

catman said...

IF the weather is nice this week, pretty much any of the pits are good this time of year. The trout pit has an abundance of big bass if you are willing to purchace a permit. I've only caught a few crappie out of it over the years though. Good luck.

Dave said...

Thanks catman for your reponse. You are a true fisherman who makes this blog what it is.....a place for ethical fisherman to share their success and time spent in the outdoors. We will be on the trout pit 5/13 & 5/14, come by and see us if you have time.

Spike said...

Anybody know if they are catching any crappie at the state park in elk city? I was there last week and it was dead.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - I caught my limit in 2 hours today fishing about 2 feet deep,fishing from the bank. All the crappie were males.

Spike said...

Went to Elk city Wed. night. not many people fishing and not very many fish caught. My wife and I caught 5 between us for the evening and they were all under a pound. I heard they were catching some but wasn't Wed. night. They are biting well at Bonecreek but the limit is 10 and the one's I catch are small.

JD said...

Set some lines on the rIver. Are starting to catch some flatheads. 30-40 pound and a couple in the 10 pound range. Anyone else catching any?

catman said...

What river? I'm planning on heading to Chetopa on the Neosho this weekend.

JD said...

Re: catman.

Neosho river between chanute and Erie. The biggest was in at least 8 feet of water (in brush) and in the current. The weird thing about it was that I forgot to bring the weights, so the perch was just free floating. It was even breaking the surface when I left.

JD said...

Ran lines today. Caught a 12 1/2 pound flat and a 13 pound blue this morn. Their was some leftover bait from this morn and when I rebaited this afternoon there was a 33 pounder. Even though the rivers dropping, they still seem to be biting.

catman said...

Fished Spring River below Baxter this evening. Water still up a bit, temp running 61 degrees. Only had a couple of bites, using dip bait. Thinking tomorrow maybe heading over to Chetopa, and going down river. Looks like they are doing good on the upper Neosho.

catman said...

Went down river from Chetopa last night-water's LOW, GO SLOW!!! Had to use the shallow drive on my motor most of the way. Fish wasn't biting like I figured. Water temp. running around 68 degrees. My wife caught 2 small channel on dip bait, I caught a big drum on night crawlers. There was some people wading up river, not many. River definately needs a little water.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - First time back to the lake in a week,STILL GOOD. Two of us caught 38 nice females and males from the bank fishing 18 to 30 inches deep. It has been a good spring so far!

burnsy said...

well this year seems like a bad spoonbill season all around. where was the rain,, i may try to head to state line bridge on saturday for the end of the season, still never caught a fish there fished it bout 4 times this year, only filled 2 tags this year at chetopa, not fun, if all else fails, ill try for some flat cats this weekend

JD said...

Someone hauled in a 72 ound flat out of the neosho on lines. It's in at Good Luck Bait Shop in Parsons. It should be in the Parson's Sun today.

catman said...

Fished on the Spring River this afternoon. Had a lot more bites than I figured. I think mostly fiddlers though. Wife caught two channel worth keeping, then each released 1 small channel apiece. She was using dip bait in about 5 feet of water fishing rocks, while I ended up switching to a fiber bait fishing same depth around wood and rock. Had a few bites on fresh shad. Lot's of shad popping, and a whole lot of gar too. Judging by the scraps at the boat ramp, someone had some luck, and good ones at that. River slowly dropping. Water temp back down around 62 degrees.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - The bite was slow! Fished from the bank again 18 to 30 inches deep. Caught about 12 shorts and kept 7 male crappie.

catman said...

Been throughout the pits in Cherokee County this weekend, really didn't see that many people out and about. Snakes, lots and lots of snakes out. Guess maybe do the rain. I don't know.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - Fishing from the bank is slowing up. I caught only 13 crappie but was only able to keep nine. One male was turning back to his pre-spawn colors. Had fun catching channels (two to two-half pound fish).

catman said...

Fished the Neosho river above Chetopa this past weekend. Using perch, bullheads, and cut shad. Only mustarded 3 blues, biggest about 6 lbs. Ran setlines around drop offs and brush piles. Rod and reel fished below the dam with dip bait and cut shad, just a few bites. Heard spotty reports of success.

Anonymous said...

SPANKED the blues and flatheads up to 25lbs at Chetopa this past weekend!!

catman said...

Fished over at the dam at Baxter last night from 2:30- 5:00 am. Using nightcrawlers. Caught one flathead just over 12 lbs. Had another fish get me in the rocks and cut the line. Water still up, just below the walkway on the west side.

catman said...

Running lines on the Neosho River. Baiting with black person. Not doing bad. Had a 41 pounder and two in the 7-8 lbs range this morning. Water is still up a little bit, but holding steady. Water temp running in the lower 80's.

catman said...

Just in from running our lines on the Neosho. Nothing caught. Only one bait left on the hooks also. River did drop a couple of inches over night and lost current. Think the gate changes up river has reached the area. Once water stablizes a few days, look out. I think it'll be on fire then. We ended up With 3 flatheads and one big fat channel cat. Anyone have any reports from the dam at Baxter?

catman said...

Just in from running our lines on the Neosho. Nothing caught. Only one bait left on the hooks also. River did drop a couple of inches over night and lost current. Think the gate changes up river has reached the area. Once water stablizes a few days, look out. I think it'll be on fire then. We ended up With 3 flatheads and one big fat channel cat. Anyone have any reports from the dam at Baxter?

Baxter Bait said...

Catman, have not had any reports today. Had quite a few minnow sales yesterday to people catching crappie at the dam and below. been some nice channels caught the last week at the damn and some small flats.

Anonymous said...

Anyone ever had a fishing hangover from fishing to much,LOL? Been spanking the blues and flats on rod and reel for last 2 weeks, i need a break...

Anonymous said...

If the fish are more or less the same size day in and day out then you can quit for a bit. If the fish are gradually increasing in size daily keep going. It's a good lesson to learn now that may last you for the next 25 years or so.

catman said...

Went wading over at Chetopa last night, 2:30-5:30. River pretty low. Bite was slower than I expected. Drifting liver. Caught 5, brought home 4, that were maybe 2 lbs a piece. Mine were all channels, buddy that was with me kept 2, one of them was a fat blue, maybe3-4 lbs. Thinkin maybe I should have been up at the dam trying for flatheads. Oh well, gives me an excuse maybe to try again later this week.

Anonymous said...

I didnt need a lesson i am more than aware how to fish LOL, since i have been flathead fishing for 25yrs or so now LOL

sinker said...

catman---that earlier post about baiting with a black person? You cut up a black person for bait??? or did you mean black perch? LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

You missed my point- If after 2 weeks of catching catfish that are more or less the same size day after day, that story could get old. But if after each day of fishing the average size of fish is getting bigger and bigger then I would keep going until I've got them figured. It's sounds like your post was an advertisement for somebody who needs someone to offer massage therapy or something. 25 years is a lot of experience for your river fishing. Good luck.

catman said...

Oh crap sinker. You are correct, I meant black perch, all bloggers please excuse me. Hope I didn't offend anybody. I apoligize.---Catman.

catman said...

Fished over at Baxter at the damn last night. Caught 1 flathead and 1 channel cat before I ran out of bait. Been taking the kids fishing this week and didn't realize how many worms we'd used, oh well. I was using worms. River still had a good current to it.

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.

catman said...

Went to Chetopa last night. Got chased off the water by storm with lots of lighting. My wife managed to catch 2 nice eatin sized channel before it got to bad. We were using dip bait and night crawlers. River is really low. We put boat in and went down river lookin for a hole deeper than 2 feet. Motor drug a couple of times. If headin over there with a boat, be careful.

catman said...

Fished the Spring River below Baxter this evening. We caught several channel cats in the 12-14 inch range, just not what we were looking for. My wife did catch one that we'd have kept, probably close to 18 inches. We were using dip bait, night crawlers, and cut shad. Fishing in 3-4 feet of water.Lots of gar still surfacing, that's what was mainly hitting the shad.Kids really got a kick out of it when a gar would pick it up and the bait clicker would start talking to us. I had one take off about 100yds of line in a blink of an eye. Hearing that clicker really gets your adrenalin going, just really wished they would have been flatheads. Oh well, fun none the less, only been better if I'd gotten one hooked.

Anonymous said...

Is there a boat ramp on the Neosho in Chetopa?

catman said...

Yes. There is a pitiful one right below the dam. Then there is a little better one on the east end of that park (right at the county line) that is better to launch on. Tis is the one everyone uses. There is also one maybe a mile above the dam at Elmore park. Turn and go North at the Conoco station and fallow this road North, you can't miss Elmore park. The ramp here is on the SE corner of the park by the onld railroad bridge. If launching below the dam be careful, water is really low right now.

catman said...

Fished the Dam at Chetopa last night. Four of us from 3:00 am to about 6:30. Using liver, shad guts, and night crawlers. Buddies caught 10 channel, 1 blue, and 2 flatheads. Anywhere from about 3 lbs to 10 lbs. Pretty good outing.

catman said...

Fished below the dam at Chetopa Monday night after work. Fished 1.5 hours using worms, never had a bite. Water was up that night. Think I'll head to Crawford SFL this weekend and give it a try.

catman said...

We camped at Crawford SFL this weekend. Caught a ton of channel cats 12-15 inches on dip bait. We ended up cleaning a dozen that were 15-17 inches. They were hungry, caught them deep and shallow.

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...

Toronto Lake - We fished for channel Tuesday A.M.. We found a nice supply of 2 inch shad, very little wind ( calm to 5 mph). We caught 19 nice channel and turned loose the 4 largest channel (5 to 6pounds and males). We quit at 10a.m.. A good morning!

Baxter Bait said...

Been hearing about some flat heads being caught in the low teens at baxter dam. Today my eldest son ran down to the dam about 2:00 PM. He called to let me know he had caught a couple small channels and flat heads. He came back to the shop with a story and straightend out 5/0 circle hook for proof. Seems he got the flathead up to the bank before it made one last run and got off. Not 10 minutes after he told me that story another customer came in with a picture on his phone of a nice flathead that had just been caught at the dam(not by him). river is low but sounds like the fish are biting. one word of caution if you do go there is a ton of snakes out this summer so be alert.

Anonymous said...

Toronto Lake - We fished for channels from 7 to 11 am using shad. Fishing was slow. We landed only 4 nice channels. Water temp. 84 degrees.

Anonymous said...

Critzer Lake - This lake is in Linn Co.. If you want to take your kids or grand kids fishing over Labor Day weekend to catch many fish, this is the place. The channels are small but one pole is all you need to stay busy. Any bait would work, we used chicken livers (small chunks) and crappie guts. Best not to lock in your bail. Have a great weekend!!

Jo-el said...

Good afternoon everyone,

me and some friends are going camping at Fall River at the end of this month. i was wondering if I could get some camp sites that would be good for not only camping, but also if there was any with good shore fishing, since we do not have a boat. Any input would be greatly appreciatted!

Anonymous said...

Melvern - Went to the lake for crappie - a Super Day! We fished from 9 to19 feet of water and caught fish at all of these depths . We used a varity of color jigs. We quit at 11 am and kept 39 nice crappie.

catman said...

Went out to the strip pits west of Columbus last night to do a little catfishin'. Didn't have a bite. We just grabbed the dip bait and a couple of rods and went. Nice evening out. Mainly just trying to get used to the new boat. Still trying to figure out a functional layout for our style of fishing. It was a nice evening to be out.

Anonymous said...

Toronto Lake - Drifted fish for channels. Slow day! We found many shad about 2 inches long. We fished manydepths (5 to 22 feet of water). Water temp. 71 degrees. We kept 6 nice channels.

Clay said...

Where were you fishing at Duck Island? We went out and set lines in the mouth of Manns Cove on Saturday night and never caught a fish. There were lots of shad and and we even pole fished a bit with those shad and perch. Shouldve crappie fished lake so low saw lots of stumps that looked inviting.

Anonymous said...

Toronto - Clay, we caught all our fish in the south east corner of the dam,just outside the mouth of Woodson cove - drifting to the North - North West (southeast wind). The best depth was about 14 feet deep.

Clay said...

Thanks I have caught them there before. Never thought bout that tho. My Uncle kinda stuck in his ways He don't like hearing that " I think we'd do better at a differant spot" I tried to get him over to the North side of Duck Island to The wind had been blowing on that for a few days. I knew there were some fish over there. I am going on my own this weekend I just think he doesn't want to be outfished.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - We decided to try for crappie today after fishing TORONTO Monday. The wind wasmore than we bargain for. We picked up 27 fair crappie but we did see much wildlife (buck,does and fawns, eagle, turkeys). We fished for channels for a short time and caught 3(largest 9 and a half). We counted 14 zebra mussels under one rock. A good day!

Anonymous said...

Melvern Lake - We went to fish for channels (drift fish) but we couldn't locate the shad. We fished for crappie and had the slowest day we have had in 3 weeks, we kept 5. Water temp. 69.

Anonymous said...

Check the shallow weedbed line in the northern coves (melvern) using cut-bait presented 4 - 6 ft. under a bobber for channels. Can't help with the crappie but my understanding is they'll be at their spawning locations but living deeper. If it's windy try real shallow.

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Clay said...

Wow this blog is pretty quiet considering what the upcoming changes to fishing regs are going into effect on the 1st of Jan...All fish must be dead before you leave a lake that is designated an aquatic nuisance body of water.That means all your crappie walleye catfish or whatever you decide to keep must be dead before you head home. Also they did pass the law that you are not allowed to catch your perch or bullheads from your favorite little cow pond or stream and use them wherever you decide to fish. I think they are calling us fisherman stupid for not knowing what kinds of fish we are catching. I would like some opinions on this

Anonymous said...

Yeah,,,,I'm not stupid and I feel like what the law don't know ain't gonna hurt em'. Katchmeifyacan!

Clay said...

Well I guess if you feel the way you do on this matter Its people like you that have caused these issues to be enforced.

Anonymous said...

You said yourself "they", are calling fishermen "stupid", for NOT knowing what kinds of fish we are catching and using for bait. I'm simply implying that I am NOT stupid when it comes to my fishing. I've been fishing Kansas waters for over 48 years. I can properly identify white perch, asian and bighead carp, and zebra mussells, asian water milfoil, and a host of other nuisance species. I follow dept regs when ever I go fishing for the most part, however, there are times when I will deviate somewhat from "their" interpertation of the law. For example, there are bodies of water I fish where it is next to impossible to catch any kind of perch in enough numbers to bait for flathead out of that lake. So, I am obviously going to catch my black perch from somewhere to bait up! Sorry, but I do know the dif between a black perch and a white perch! And no, I do not introduce any nuisance specie to any body of water period and I better not catch you doing it either! You seem to be the one with problems with the new regs-that's why yer posting on here! Obey the law and go fish! I myself don't really have any issue with the new regs. I feel that people like you are the ones that have caused these issues to have to be enforced. Get yerself educated young man!

Anonymous said...

Here is the difference between black perch and white perch. Since you don't know the difference. Here you go- black perch are a marine species from the eastern pacific seaboard towards central baja. White perch are a bass species and not a perch at all. But it is a good name for them. (whites) If you understand so far this means Kansas has no black perch for you to catch because they can't live here. White perch may work for flatheads but you can't use them unless they are dead. I have an answer to that too- use crayfish. That will keep you out of trouble. Now to why you call these fish black perch instead of their proper/givin' name? Are you just ignorant or are you trying to start something by being different? I and a few others would like to hear/read a reply.

Clay said...

Get myself educated? WOW! What the man said after you pretty much sums up that maybe you need to be educated sir! The Black Perch you are speaking of is a green sunfish.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - We fished for crappie. Our best success was at the dam fishing in 15-25 feet of water. All the colors we used worked. We kept 11 nice crappies. Water temp. 65.

Anonymous said...

Clay the green sunfish is also called a black perch in these parts, just like a flathead is called a yellow cat or mudcat or like some poeple call blues whities or mississppi whites a fish can have more than one name for the area so maybe u need to educate yourself on local traditions and quit being a dick

Clay said...

This "DICK" knows how to fish and follow rules

Anonymous said...

I think that this blog should be used for USEFULL fishing topics and not for a gripe session. Lets get back on track about fishing topics that matter. PLEASE

Anonymous said...

i know how to fish and follow rules too

Anonymous said...

Then you won't be ticketed for bringing sunfish from elsewhere for fishing in Kansas waters where it is mentioned that says you can't use them while fishing.

Anonymous said...

fishing it? You can write back on here or email me at levisnow@hotmail.com if intrested.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

I am looking into starting some fishing tournaments in the strip pits here in southeast, kansas. I was wandering if anyone would be intrested in fishing them? If intrested and are wanting more information you can email me at levisnow@hotmail.com


Thanks and Tight Line,
Levi

Anonymous said...

Fall River Lake - Nice day to be on the lake,light winds. Water temp.44 degrees. NOT A SINGLE BITE TO BE FOUND!!!!!

Anonymous said...

If you are looking for fishing tackle in the Pittsburg, KS area Traders Outlet Flea Market on the north side of the Pittsburg. They have Bass jigs, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, crankbaits, some reels, fishing line and more fishing tackle.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - Fished for crappie yesterday. The wind was SW 5-10 mph, water temp. 45. We caught fish most everwhere, different sizes. Our largest was 14 inches. We kept 26 nice crappie.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - We went back to Melvern today to try some new brush piles, they all produced. Beautiful day- NO wind! Water temp. 45. We kept 25 nice crappie.

Anonymous said...

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Thanks

catman said...

All I got to say, is the new regulations on baitfish SUCK. My "Dock Squawk" tells my opinion!

Anonymous said...

Melvern - We had a GOOD day yesterday at the lake. We found the fish 13 to 23 feet deep.Very good quality fish. We had our limit by 11 am - water temp was 40 degrees.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - Went back to Melvern today and had a more difficult time catching crappie. The fish were of average size (10 1/2 ") and caught 16 feet deep. It took 4 hrs. to get our limit.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - Fishing is still very good for crappie. We fished 20 to 27 feet of water 13 to 22 feet deep using orange/chart. 2" jig bodies. We had our limit in a couple of hours, NICE fish. We are disappointed not seeing the eagles yet.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - Another good day for crappie - we found them in the same place as last Thursday. Beautiful day!

Anonymous said...

Woodson SFL - I fished for channels on the north end of the lake yesterday. I used crappie guts and had good success - caught 10 in an hour and turned them all loose,

Today we went crappie fishing at Melvern, we caught our limit - real nice fish.

Anonymous said...

when is the white bass and striper run??? and what lake ane were on the lake...

Joe Lemke said...

Went out to pomona last monday and tuesday caught some nice crappie at the lighthouse marina

Anonymous said...

pacu caught at thayer lake ..there a picture and write up about it at momma c,s in thayer....

Yotie said...

I will be camping at Fall river in 2 weeks. I do not own a boat. Are there any good shore line areas to catch fish?

Unknown said...

Went to Carbondale yesterday, put in and chased every last damn fish in that lake to hell and back. Caught nothing, short of one big aggressive wiper. Fished every cove, the dam, the power lines, every brush pile, there was still some ice over by the houses the finder blew up there saying they were all 3 to 5 feet down next to the ice break but couldn't get a one to bite. There was also a massive shad die off there in the last three days. Saw a couple hundred dead the seagulls were the only ones having any luck. Everyone at the lake left, only one spot was anyone pulling anything in and that was the high rock wall cove. It was calm there with the wind coming from that bank whichever direction that was. But they wouldn't give up there spot so I couldn't say what they were pulling out from there.

Anonymous said...

Where can I fish for Paddlefish here? Just below the dam?

Thanks!
Out of Town Fisherman

Anonymous said...

I meant to ask, At the John Redmond Reservoir, just below the dam for Paddlefish?

Thanks!
Out of Town Fisherman