Thursday, February 02, 2012

Region 3 Fishing Reports (Southwestern KS) 2012

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50 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just woundering if anyone is going to update the fishing reports for region 3

Joe said...

I am going to be making a trip to Clark in the next week or two to scout for turkeys so i know where there at when bow season opens. I plan on fishing so ill post a report. I am very curious how this lake is doing since i was over there late last summer and the lake was the lowest i had seen since the late 80's. To be honest i was quite worried but at the same time a bit joyfull of it. Large water drops in lakes that are this large and deep tend to trigger the "Big fish eat little fish and get bigger" instinct in just about any fish in that lake but i am almost 100% certain the walleye will need to be re-stocked this spring, there is no way the walleye that were left from last stock (quite a while ago) survived that. no way. i took the temp at the deepest point in the lake when i was there and it was about 3 degrees away at 45' depth from algeal bloom conditions. hotter the water body gets, the weaker the deep circulating (cool) currents become, therefore it adds to excess nutrients, less oxygen yadda yadda. anyways, im done, ill post a report in the coming weeks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Joe and I hope that you find some turkeys.

Anonymous said...

I Drove up to goodman the other day to see what was happening and the water level was very low so low that you can't put a boat on it from a trailer pray for lots of rain!!! Going out to jetmore city lake tomorrow and fishing will post a report with water temp sometime tomorrow afternoon. Pray for lots of rain!!!

Anonymous said...

Same for Milford, open the cleaning stations. Should be a great weekend for fishing.

Anonymous said...

Fished Clark the past two weekends. Seems no one wants to post any reports. Either they aren't catching anything or want to keep it secret. Yes lake is low but recent rains have brought it up some. Been catching plenty of short walleye and largemouth with a few whites here and there. Caught and released several 3 lb walleye and 4 lb bass. Thanks to KDWP for the spillway and ramp work. Can't wait to get back after this weeks rains!

Anonymous said...

Any catfish reports for Clark? Also how are the boat ramps looking with the water being low?

Anonymous said...

Moving to the area for about 6 months (Dodge City)
I am a big walleye chaser from wisconsin.
Can anyone point me to 2 or 3 good lakes? should i start with clark state lake?
I dont need secrets just want to hit a lake with decent walleye population.
Any help would be great.

Anonymous said...

what I would do if Clark was my only choice would be to fish for crappie now in the evening hours using minnows and see if any walleye show up and hit while you are crappie fishing. Place a slip bobber rig where the light source you'll be using diminishes to darkness. If there's success with that while crappie fishing, that would be a relief knowing that there's actually walleye there at Clark to catch. I have not fished there before but that's how I'd go about it at this time of year.

Anonymous said...

I just want to know what lakes in the area of Dodge city have decent walleye/sauger fishing.

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Anonymous said...

Clark-
I am catching alot of walleye,croppie, strippers, and cats on floating jig and minnow. The last 5 times Ive been out Eyes seem to like an orange color. I am switchig lakes becuse everything is small. one 22 inch walleye the rest are 14 1/2 inches. Biggest cat was about 5 pounds. Small strippers 40 or more a day none have any size. this lake is scrap

Curp Fishing said...

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Carp Fishing said...

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Anonymous said...

so are you catching the "strippers" on dollar bills? haha

couldn't resist

Anonymous said...

Clark
Never caught any carp on CLark.
Went back again this Sunday to Clark. Used small silver or orange rapala on a 3 way. Seemed to keep the cats and smaller strippers of my hook. Caught one 17" eye, 7 under 15" adn a few croppie around 12".
I will fish Horse thief today and let you know about all the small fish in that lake also.

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Anonymous said...

There are no stripers in Clark. You are catching white bass.

Anonymous said...

went to Clark SFL Wed and Thurs. evenings... Did well on White bass off the point by the east boat ramp. Shad are schooling and whites are hitting them... wind changed directions so not as much luck thurs. evening. fishing from shore. Saw lots of people in boats catching white bass!! Lake is really low

Anonymous said...

someone know what are they doing at lake meade? there is a few traps in the water besides from the floating plants that they put there

NoWaterJustCorn said...

Fished Scott Lake Wednesday and Thursday. It was the lowest I've ever seen it. Caught lots of crappie and bass, but they were all tiny. Most were caught with either a gold-bladed Rooster-tail, or a chartreuse Roadrunner w/blue and white tube tail. Tried minnows, worms, grasshoppers, but only got bluegill (bigger than the crappie)!

Anonymous said...

Fishing Sunday afternoon on the Barber County Lake. Fishing from my boat over brush piles. Caught 5 crappie 9-10" on small gold Kastmaster. Jigging vertically with small ice fishing rod.

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Anonymous said...

Just currious if anyone has fished Clark this year.

dlbcraftsman said...

Haven't heard any reports from Clark yet this year. The water was 7 foot low in Dec. so it may be to low to launch a boat, might be bank fishing only or canoe! I would like to know if the SE ramp is useable for a large boat??

ofishljh said...

Wondering if anyone has fished Pratt County Lake. Thinking about going on Sunday or Monday.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been to horsethief yet or any lakes in southwest ks? And as far as Clark goes I was told u could launch a boat just probably wouldn't it get it bk on the trailer it is 8ft low is what my game warden told me

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't attempt launching a large boat at Clark, you could slip it off and paddle out to drop your motor, but getting back on the trailer will be a problem. I heard a rumor that there are plans to dredge out the SE ramp to give us access, anyone know if it is true? It is sad to see it so low, it's my favorite lake! I wonder how much rainfall it would take to get it back up? We were out there two weeks ago, couldn't find access from shore anywhere deep enough to fish :(

Don Small said...

Unless you are planning on launching an inflatable boat i would not even think of attempting to launch a boat and as of now, there really is no need too. I was there about a week back and i am so sad for Clark! My god, i mean i have been goign there since i was a little kid and have never, EVER seen it anywhere CLOSE to being like it is now. In fact i remember not too long ago, maybe 3-4 years that it would not stop raining everytime we went and it turned the lake muddy and got the spillway flowing. Now it's the complete opposite. Everybody, pray to your god, do a rain dance, do whatever you have to do for more snow/rain! if we have another 106 degree summer with no rain, this lake is drying up. as far as how much will it take to fill back up? that is a very good question. It is very possible with the right storm in the right place for a long enough period of time it could fill back up overnight or 5 years from now. I have see some truly massive flash floods roar through Bloom (or is it bluff i cant remember) creek and straight into the lake, one of those is what wiped out the bridge for the trail THAT THEY NEVER RE-BUILT OR RE-MARKED (UGH, ITS BEEN 15 YEARS ALMOST GUYS!!!)!!

don small said...

oh ya i forgot to mention that they did a bunch of spillway work on lark as well. Looks nice, heard them over there for an entire season working on it but i must ask, why?? The reason i ask "why" is because i see no good reason for all that work on the spillway, it looked fine, and what you guys put in is fairly high-end. Please, maybe im missing something here so give me a reason why you guys spent all that money on it. What should have been re-done is At the far northeast corner of the lake is the Jay R. Wood Memorial Nature Trail (link to picture here:http://www.naturalkansas.org/clark.htm ) that had its bridge washed out about 15-20 years ago and has never been re-built or the trail re-cut. I noticed a small access road and a shiny new green gate near the trail head but thats it and that was almost 3 years ago. Come on guys, Jay wood be rolling over in his grave if he knew this trail had completely and utterly dissapeared. It is so overgrown the only thing marking it is the pink ribbons i tied to the trees while hunting as a kid, if it werent for those, even I would not know where it was. I'm sure there is a pack of kids willing to grab the sheers and a weed whipper and re cut this thing, or better yet let county corrections go out there with the troubled youth and make them do it for community service or a reduced punishment or something. just get it done, you worked on a spillway that for all intensive purposes was just fine, i think you can find a way to cut that trail and rebuild the footbridge over the creek, the hunters would be greatful, that crossing is awfully deep when its full of water.

Anonymous said...

Fished horse thief this past weekend lake is extremely low with sand barges showing up in the middle of the lake but did catch a few decent catfish on shrimp...game warden need to be around this saw a group of 3 Chinese fishermen carry out about 50 channel cat

John said...

Camped/fished at Clark Thurs/Friday. The lake is getting a small flow from the inlet stream but as far as levels they are about the same as they were last month but atleast its getting something. Amazingly someone was on the lake with a boat. I dunno what he had to do to get it in but id like to know! I fished from a small canoe and caught quite a few walleye most pretty small but i did walk away with 3 keepers. I also caught a few bass and 1 crappie. Also, i saw what Don above was posting about as far as like the trail and everything. I remember walking that trail when i was like 5 or 6, even found a few pictures and wow! It's totally not even there anymore. There is a small piece of the bridge left and thats it, you can tell whatever washed that out was big. The spillway also looks nice but i hope they get in there and do the roads behind the damn soon.




One last thing: I know its cold at night and if you use your head you can have a responsible fire but when you leave in the morning you had better put that damn thing out! Im getting tired of everytime i go over there there is always some jackass that didnt put out his fire correctly, or not at all and always in a dumb spot or before a windy morning. There is an entire lake full of water, use it and make sure you can set your hands in that pit before you leave, to make sure!

Anonymous said...

John, over what depth of water were you fishing and how deep? Were you on the north end? Both Meade and Kingsdown bait shops have minnows now, I am dying to catch some crappie and walleye! No way to launch our small pontoon boat, so we will have to cast out from shore. It is terribly sad to see the lake in this condition, the creek didn't seem to be moving much :( I may have to invest in tube waders to be able to cast to where there is any depth. And I agree about the fires! My gosh it would be devastating if the slightest spark got carried on the wind! And I wish I didn't have to pick up everyones beer bottles everytime I go! Thanks for the report John!

John said...

To be honest im not sure of the depth, i was just using my drift sock and drifting all over, as far as bait i was using minnows and crawfish from kingsdown. I dont think you will have too much trouble. There is ALOT of activity on that water for as early in the season it is. At-least the creek had a small flow, last time i was over the creek was bone dry.

As far as the fires....If you USE YOUR HEAD you can have a safe fire big enough to keep you warm at night. Im in the military and have been trained in things like this and have also been hunting/fishing/camping Clark my entire life and treat it and the land aroudn it with the utmost respect. But like i said, there is always some jackass/asses that come over in the middle of the night, build a huge bon fire, pour a gallon of water on it and leave. That's not the right way, especially nto with it being this dry. The only reason i have a fire over there is becaus ei am military trained, it never gets bigger than a foot, and i have a full 7.5 gallons of water on standby JUST FOR an emergency or if i find someones still burning fire.

John said...

Where is the water in the creek at clark coming from? Im just curious because it seems to flow at the oddest of times. I was there a couple years back in the middle of summer and it was still flowing but for the life of me i couldnt figure out where it was coming from. Is there a private well pumping into it now?

Terri said...

I wondered too, I looked on the streams and rivers map and it seems it could be coming from rains/run off as far away as north of pratt. Thanks for answering my Q! Might run out there and see what happens!

BJG said...

John?
I have a 17ft lowe deep-v. Do you think I can get it on CLARK?

Anonymous said...

In fishing western Kansas lakes and reservoirs the last thirty-five years, I would like to share some insights/opinions. Cedar Bluff usually gets an inflow of 5-12 feet of water every 5 or 6 years. There are exceptions, and we hope something big will come.
Concerning Clark, back in the 70s and 80s Bluff Creek ran a lot more.
Clark is too deep in my opinion to be lost. Every several years there is a good inflow. You could float tube it or use a smaller boat? Meade lost her springs so they have an irrigation contract with it. She should keep pretty full. Scott Lake's springs run around 400 gpm because they are from the bottom of the aquifer (according to a gov't report I read). More and more irrigation is being shut off up there. An engineer from Garden City said Horsethief (according to his research on runoff in that area) will usually average around 100-150acres, but is deep enough that we probably won't lose it. We gotta travel farther and make the best with what we've got here too.

Don said...

Hey guys, just got back from Clark before this winter storm really hit out there, it was pretty nasty when i left. There is an awesome flow of water from the creek especially right before i left. I looked at the radar on my phone and it was raining heavy right over bluff creek. no telling how much we'll get into the lake but what i saw was promissing!

As a side note, I am working on a time lapse photo collage of the lake levels starting from mid Feb through late Aug. taken at least once per month, hopefully more. so it will be available then for free.

Also i would like to see what we here on the blog spot cant (or can lol) do about getting the Jay Wood nature trail re-vamped at Clark. I really miss having an honest to goodness nature trail at Clark. the trail was nice when it was there, and can be again!

Anonymous said...

Fished horsethief yesterday and caught around 35 cats all around 3lbs took awhile to get started but when it did it was a feeding frenzy caught most on shrimp liver and a few on sum stink bait water still in lower 50s

Anonymous said...

Went fishing at horsetheif caught some smaller cats and some crappie....also just an fyi if you are only fishing at horsetheif you don't have to buy a vehicle permit.

Anonymous said...

What did you catch the crappie on?

Anonymous said...

Minnows

Anonymous said...

Is horsethief getting low

Anonymous said...

Its low but along ways from dry.

Anonymous said...

Were the crappie you caught big enough to keep?

Anonymous said...

Notice to anyone using the Liberal Arkalon Area. Even though it has been raining for the last 3 days as well as some the previous week, you are still NOT ALLOWED to have fires in the burn rings. I was written a ticket for it about 30 minutes ago. There are no signs posted so be warned!

Anonymous said...

Question for the KDWPT why don't we limit the amount of fish a non licensed fisher can keep we have seen this problem out in western kansas alot where you have ethnic groups coming out with there whole family 2-15 and claiming them all toward there possesion limit and the pole count seen a man at the lake by jetmore who had out 12 fishing poles and with him and his wife and 3 small kids claiming some of the poles are his kids...the poles were 12 feet long no little kid is using that. all I'm saying is can we impose some regulations to keep people like this from fishing out our lakes. Any thoughts comments lts get people talking so they take action.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the regulations concerning Taking a fish and transporting it back home to put in a personal fish aquarium?

I've lucked out and found a 250 gallon tank for like 100 bucks off craigslist and am wanting to create a "wild Kansas" tank. I want to make sure im not doing anything illegal by doing this.

anyone know?

Anonymous said...

I was once told it is illegal to take a wild animal out of its natural habitat...but the best bet would be to talk to the kdwpt themselves.