Thursday, February 02, 2012

Region 5 Fishing Reports (Southeastern KS) 2012


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105 comments:

Anonymous said...

Melvern Lake - 2-1-12 === 2-2-12 We fished both days and had our limit by noon. We are still catching them between 11 to 23 feet deep in 15 to 27 feet of water. It was a little more difficult today. Using 2" plastic bodies (char./black-blue/white and hair gigs).

Anonymous said...

been catching channel cats in five foot of water the last few days at pomona lake on shad sides.

one to four pounds.

Anonymous said...

Melvern Lake - water temp. 37 - Fishing for crapppie is still good - 13 -24 feet deep. Another limit before noon!

Anonymous said...

Melvern - Fished with a different partner today. We found a lot of schools of shad BUT we just couldn't catch fish around them. We did end up with our limit today but it took six hard hours to catch them. A beautiful day to be on the lake.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me what shape St Paul wildlife refuge is in.I used to catch some good crappie there but haven't been there in years.Hope it didnt go dry last year.

Anonymous said...

Melvern lake - We were concern today because of the NE wind. We decided to try a couple of new places and it paid off. Some of our limit was caught only 9 feet deep (nice fish). Water temp. 39-42 degrees.

Anonymous said...

Melvern Lake - Went back to the lake today, we chosed a very windy day! The fishing was tougher. We found good size groups of shad but our limit was made up of smaller crappie. Water temp. 41-42 degrees.

Anonymous said...

Melvern lake fisherman, you retired?

Anonymous said...

Melvern Lake fisherman - Yes, I have been retired since 1995 and have enjoyed the outdoors since. I don't hunt any more but do fish for channels,yellows,walleye and of course crappie.

Anonymous said...

Melvern Lake - Catching is slowing down! Wind early was good ( 5 to 7) but did picked by 10 am (15 to 22 ). We caught most of our crappie by10 a.m. down about 19 to 24 feet deep. Water temp. 42. We did see a group of bucks, two were in full rack,one had one antler and the other two had clean heads. We kept 22 crappie.

Anonymous said...

Have caught better than 100 crappie in the last 2 weeks on Spring River only problem is they've all been small males. Did finally find a couple of big sows tonight. Water temperature is running in the mid 50's and in the right areas it's between 58 and 59 so the fun is about to begin. The fish had been in 17 to 24 feet of water found them tonight at about 10.

Anonymous said...

Melvern Lake - A beautiful day! Fished for crappie the first part of the morning in our usual spots, not many fish anywhere. We kept 19 fair fish. The rest of the morning we put in spawning brush. The water temp.48 -50 degrees.

CATMAN said...

Fished the dam at Baxter Springs for a while this evening. Four bites, no crappie or white bass. Water very low. Maybe the forcast will bring relief. Looks like it'll take a good rain to bring Spring River back up to normal. Four other anglers fishing, didn't see any fish caught. Two of the anglers were catfishing.

BASSassin said...

Fished Bone Creek yesterday morning, water temp was 52 but all the fish had lock jaw. Heard other anglers complaining about it as well so it wasnt just me. I got fed up and headed to the strip pits by big brutus, used minnows and slayed the white crappie. Caught over 50 in a little over an hour in about 10 feet of water fishing 6 feet deep. My hands were wrinkled from reaching into the minnow bucket ever 20 seconds.

KC Steve said...

Heading to Melvern tomorrow with the boat and the girlfriend. 80 degrees with low of 60 and south winds of ONLY 10 to 20 so I am anticipating a lot of good fishing. Pretty certain I can find the crappie but anyone catching smallmouth or walleye? DO love that lake!

KC Steve said...

Heading to Melvern tomorrow to fish, camp over, and do it again on Wednesday. 80f and relatively calm winds so anticipating some great fishing. Pretty certain I can find the crappie, never a huge problem there.. but any word on the smallies and walleye?

Anonymous said...

Toronto Lake - Fished for crappies off the bank,no bites. I had no bites for channels either. The water temp. was 53-54 about noon. Lake up about a half foot.

KC Steve said...

Pulled into Melvern at Arrow Rock Tuesday afternoon about one thirty to launch the boat. There was a guy there fileting crappie, a good sign right. He warned me though, very slow fishing, and sure enough me and the gf got skunked. Still, a good time, and I'll be back soon. For pictures of us (on the lake, and of our tent being blown down) look here.

http://open.salon.com/blog/trig_palin/2012/03/14/people_of_the_south_wind

Brad said...

Anyone fish the Mined Land Area? If so which of the lakes have been your favorites for bass?

CATMAN said...

Fished Toronto yesterday. Lot's of wind. Caught one crappie, ALL DAY LONG. Although it was a good one. We tried every color of jig. We saw lot's of people walking the banks, with minnow buckets. I like the looks of the lake though, the only other time I was there, the water wass really high. Will be back this summer to chase flatheads.

hunt n fish said...

Went to farm pond Sat. the bass were biting mostly males. Looks like they are getting ready to spawn.

CATMAN said...

Went catfishing late Tuesday night in the park at Chetopa. We had a couple small ones using worms. At that point, the river was still rising. Earlier that morning, I saw 3 young men that had one heck of a stringer of channels and blues. They were using worms. Went to Miami Oklahome late last night snagging spoonbill. We put the boat in the park to tie up out close to the main channel. Caught one 25-30 pounder, but I could only fish couple of hours. LOTS of brush and debris still coming down. Talked to someone with GRDA, he said river still rising there. Water temp was reading 55 degress.

CATMAN said...

Went crappie fishin in the pits yesterday afternoon. Slow. We brought home 6 keepers, all running around 4-5 foot deep. All on minnows, no bites on jigs. water was muddy, 69-70 degrees.

Anonymous said...

Had a awesome day of shite bass fishing, is it possible to catch so many fish that you just are done fishing for the day, well yes it is, have a good week everyone

small town kid said...

I live about 45 minutes from Chetopa, and was wondering if anyone had been catching spoonbill at the Neosho River park? Just wanted to try to find out before I made the trip with gas prices as high as they are. I heard last weekend the river was up too high, making it tough to snag. Anyone have any input?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Can anyone tell me what shape St Paul wildlife refuge is in.I used to catch some good crappie there but haven't been there in years.Hope it didnt go dry last year.

The main pool at the St. Paul refuge didn't go dry last year. Where do you catch crappie (if you don't mind my asking) on the St. Paul Refuge?

Anonymous said...

hey small town kid snagging has been slow at chetopa, definetly not worth the drive but with john redmond dumping water now it should get better in a few days

Anonymous said...

no bills at chetopa yet, did catch more white bass though

small town kid said...

Thanks for the info on Chetopa, I appreciate your help. Too bad about the snagging, I was hoping to get down there this weekend.

CATMAN said...

My wife just called while eating her lunch at the riverview park in Miami OK. Said the last 3 days it's been shoulder to shoulder with snaggers, lots of fish. Said today she saw 2 guide boats heading UP RIVER, so Chetopa may pick up later tonight or tomorrow. Said the river is actually up from yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Miami -Chetopa--- I just got back from snagging spoonbill at Miami and I caught two over a three and half hour try. There were 8 fish caught on the west side all morning! Stopped at Chetopa and in a span of 30 min. we saw 4 spoonbill hooked!

Anonymous said...

i snagged bills at chetopa this morning, alot of bills are thereso go have a good time and be safe!!

CATMAN said...

Went catfishing below Chetopa. Slow. We were using dip bait, fishing brush piles. Only caught one small channel. Saw a couple of others caught. Water 70 degrees. Saw lot's of snaggers, and a couple of spoonies caught. Lot's of people out.

KC Steve said...

http://open.salon.com/blog/trig_palin/2012/04/01/six_cough_swinging_dicks-_too_much_fun_etc

my Melvern fishing report from last week, Monday to Wednesday. Going back this weekend for the female crappie. Love them smallmouth bass too.

CATMAN said...

Fished below Baxter Springs on the Spring River yesterday evening. Had several bites on dip bait and shad. Caught one dink. Some friends was running limb lines on down river and were catching some eater size channels, using shrimp. Water temp was right around 67-69 degrees.

CATMAN said...

Made a quick attempt to go crappie fishing last night in the pits up by Mineral last night. Spent a lot of time untangling lines, but had a fun anyways with the kids. Only got to be out about two hours. Water temp got kicked back to 65 degrees.

Anonymous said...

Melvern - Fished from the bank on the south side of the lake. VERY slow, I quit at 10:30 and had 10 keepers. All the fish were males.

CATMAN said...

Fished Crawford SFL this weekend. Kinda slow. We cleaned 37 crappie, nothing to write home about. Lots of males and small females. Judging the eggs, spawn there still a few weeks away. Catfishin was slow. We caught a few on dip bait. Crappie came on minnows, jigs, and hooks just tipped with crappie nibblets. All best color seemed to be black/chart..

small town kid said...

Has anyone been chasing the big flatheads yet? I'm going this weekend, although I don't have ideal bait. Hopefully they're hungry!

Anonymous said...

I seen a few people this morning where I fish here in region 2. Why they try during daylight hours I don't know. Rivers I'm not sure about but in lakes in Kansas you can start catching flatheads in late March.

CATMAN said...

I'm hearing awsome reports from Neosho River. Heard of a 71, and 55 pounders and sever 30-40 fish to boot. I'm planning on doing some setlining Saturday night. Oh, I can't wait.

CATMAN said...

Ran setlines on a river last night. Great success. Had an eleven pound channel cat, a 39 pound flathead, and a 49 pound flathead. Was was starting to rise when we ran/pulled our lines this morning. Caught the two big fish in 12-14 holes.

CATMAN said...

Did a little pole fishin on the river last night. Pretty slow with falling water. Caught one channel cat on shrimp. Also tried worms and dip baits. Water was still up just a bit, but falling.

Anonymous said...

fished hard at melvern this weekend few crappie shallow had already spawned out channel cat very active in shallows as well eating gar eggs females where full of eggs looked like they could spawn any time as well ended up with 4 crappie and 9 channel cat in our boat sunday morning not bad

Anonymous said...

If you are looking for the big crappie at Melvern put on a walleye spinner and a crawler and go over the tops of the trees in 15-20'. We caught probably 15 crappie that were 12-15" during the walleye tournament. All were in deep brush. I'm sure if you set up over the brush with a jig & minnow you could do pretty well. Most of the crappie we caught came from the Turkey Creek area. As for the walleye...scattered. Lots of shorts and really a pretty good weekend of fishing, I was impressed with the lake.

Anonymous said...

Toronto Lake - I fished below the dam, they had the pipe opened. My first 3 baits caught 3 nice size leatherback turtles. I moved my bait (chicken livers) to a new location and in 20 min. caught 3 nice channels,largest 7 pounds.

Anonymous said...

fished melvern last friday after work caught six walleye only one keeper 21 incher 14 inch crappie 2 lb whitebass and pound and a half channel cat all on the flats at eisenhower good evening fishin peaceful by myself lol

Anonymous said...

had a pretty good run of Neosho River this weekend. Had about 25 hooks in the water and ended up with 10 fish total. Biggest fish was 45 pounds

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small town kid said...

Hey CATMAN, or anyone that knows for that matter, is there anywhere around the SEK area that you can get circle hooks for catfish? I haven't been able to find them except at Bass Pro, Cabelas, or online. Thanks

sinker said...

What size circle hook you looking for? Heavy wire or light? I'm pretty sure I've seen them at Wal-Mart? Light wire that is.

CATMAN said...

You can get some "light wire" 5/o circles at Wal-Mart.These work really good for channel cats, but I had some straightened by bigger fish. You might try John's in Pittsburg, or Outback Archery and Tackle here in Columbus. I used to get my 16/O cicles at Southtown Sporting Goods in Joplin, but they went out of business after the tornado. I have the number to Outback if you'd like to call. The 16/0 circles sound big, but they're not that bad. I've never had one straightened, and have caught fish as little as 2 pounds on them. I'd recommend 3-4 inch and bigger baits.

Anonymous said...

good luck bait n parsons has alot of hooks

small town kid said...

Yeah the ones I have now are 14/0 and that's the smallest I would want. I called Good Luck Bait, Outback, and John's. Among all of them, the biggest size they had was 10/0. Looks like online is going to be where you have to get them.

CATMAN said...

Catfish Connection has the broadest selection of hooks I've ever seen. Catfishconnection.com



Well it's happened thanks to the state of Kansas. Going into the first holiday weekend, and bait shops are gonna be running low on bait. One shop said suppliers are raising prices because of the demand, they can't keep up. He also said the suppliers aren't selling black perch right now because they are spawning. Who the heck wants to drive all over the country to buy bait. Thanks KDWPT. Oop, so ticked off, just realized this is on the report section and not the dock squawk section. Oh well.

sinker said...

To the river I go, without my boat in tow. It is already there, chained up, awaiting our go. I have my perch with me, and as I see no KDWP Wildlife officer around, {do we ever see them much?}, I hop into the boat and go. If stopped, what's to keep from saying, "sure officer,,I caught all my bait from this river"! Ya know? I'm not runnin' lines anymore, but if I was, it'd be business as usual for me! These new bait regs are just dumb! These ANS will be EVERYWHERE before long and we are made to suffer along with burdensome laws and regs that will just create another "black market"! Wake up Pratt!

CATMAN said...

Left the river early. Lots of fishing pressure and no water. If we don't get any water flowing, come July, the river will be in bad shape.

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CATMAN said...

A buddy and I were able to obtain a few big baits to hang a few lines in the Neosho River Friday evening. Water temp high 80's and very low. Not much flow of coarse. We mangaged to catch one blue cat, weighing 21 pounds.

No keeper yet said...

Catman, living in Wichita Ive been watching your posts, had a few line breakers last year on rod and real below the dam at chetopa and was planning to try again this weekend. It sounds like the water flow is not good enough to be worth the trip....any thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Not worth the trip at al

CATMAN said...

I wouldn't waste the expenses. Water is terribly low.

No keeper yet said...

Thanks to you both for the heads up. I'm not giving up but will wait for a better conditions.

CATMAN said...

Fished the upper Neosho River last few days. Managed one 23 pound blue cat, 2 channel cat, and a gar.

Fished the strip pits last night... no luck. Good evening to be out.

Carp Fishing said...

I love fishing and I am very interested in knowing any information on them. and your blog really very informative. My question is how to move a fish tank from one place to another without lost of fish? And why we lost fishes while moving fish tank from one place to another?

CATMAN said...

Lot's of air. Good clean(chemical free)water. Keep it cool.

Anonymous said...

Toronto Lake - First time since March that I had the boat out. We had a hard time finding shad. Nice size shad, we fished down by the dam but had trouble drifting because of lack of wind. Six channels, 3to 7 pounds. Water temp. 82

Anonymous said...

I rarely catfish and is love to go tm night at the pits in west mineral . Does anyone know which ones are any good and what bait and presentation should I use ? I'm primarily a bass fisherman so this is new to me

Anonymous said...

me and a buddy caught 7 nice flathead last night on rod and reel.never stop fishing they can always be caught!!

CATMAN said...

My understanding is at the Oct. commission meeting they are going to vote on "clean up" regulations on the bait regulation changes. Possibly allowing catch and transport of 3 wild species. Call or email people at the upper level of the dept., your commissioner, even your local department workers.

Anonymous said...

I heard from a couple kdwp employees that regulations may get stricter on bait

CATMAN said...

I don't really know how they could get much stricter. I've been contact with some of the higher ups. They said IF anything is done, it'll be a small compromise. Possibly allowing catch and transport of a couple of species. At this point it's a long shot. Here's hoping.

Anonymous said...

Surely somebody catfishes the pits near Columbus. Are any of them any good ? I tried 44 last week . Caught several small cats but it was tough .

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Anonymous said...

my wife and i were at osage state fishing lake sunday night caught are limit of channel cat with in two hours useing chicken liver around the feeders

Mr Khurram said...
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Tag Bait Co. said...

For the individual fishing in the strip pits on 7/23. I catfish those pits regularly. They all have some decent sized fish, some more than others. The ones that I have had most luck with has been WLA #30 (trout pit). If you didnt want to purchase a trout stamp to fish it, i would recomend wildlife area 22. The pit that is the best for cats is the very first one with a boat ramp on the south side of the area. Head west on Scammon Road, turn south (left) on 70th. Go 4 miles to Lawton Rd and head back west again (right). You will go about 1 1/2 miles until the turn in on the right side of the road. It will be the first pit you come to with a boat ramp. Fish on the side with the boat ramp, sit all the way to the left of it, there should be a couple burn spots where ive had fires before. Throw livers about 15 feet off of the bank from the very end. It sounds confusing but when you get there you will know what i mean. I have had elderly people want me to take them fishing for catfish, most of them wont go at night and this is one of the better places i know in the area. One lady caught a 12 pound channel at 10 in the morning so its worth checking out. There is a bait shop in west mineral it use to be PR's but a friend of mine bought it now its called Herrons Sporting Goods. He knows the place im talking about, stop in there and ask him. Tell him Jeff sent you and if he cant explain it to you, I will.

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Strictly Flathead* said...

Anyone got any info on flathead this year? Only luck I've had is on the walnut river close to where I live, but with the recent rain my usual fishing holes are not accessible right now. plus havent had much luck with flathead on rod and reel.

Anonymous said...

I have had some luck fishng transition areas using green sunfish in region 2. That will be where the rock stops and mud/sand bottoms begin. The flathead I caught were small. Keep leaders short and throw into the snaggy areas. Or where you thnk they will be feeding. From past experiences with rising water one should move up stream until levels start falling.

Joe Lemke said...

Has anyone been catching catfish / flatheads at osage state fishing lake lately ?

Anonymous said...

Melvern Lake - I thought we would try our luck with crappie since the weather cooled off some. Beautiful Day! We caught many dinks down 5 - 9 feet deep. We did locate some nicer crappie 13 - 19 feet deep. We kept 26 fair crappie in 4 hours of fishing - a good day!water temp.73 degrees

Joe Lemke said...

We were at shawnee state fishing lake last sunday afternoon and caught some nice cats around the feeders they were form 5 to 2 pounds

Anonymous said...

Toronto - Fished from the bank for channels using livers - had only one good bite, caught a channel 2 pounds, this was Monday of this week.--Melvern - took the boat, lake down about 3 feet, water temp. 60 degrees. SLOW day! -we only caught 6 nice crappie - a beautiful day to be on the lake!

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small town kid said...

Has anyone tried trout fishing at the Mined Land Wildlife Area trout pit near West Mineral? Also, is it one of the pits along Belleview Road between 80th and 70th, on the south side of Belleview Rd? Was thinking about going this weekend and would appreciate any input.

Thanks

Bristol Angling Centre said...

The fishing looks brilliant, very different to the UK

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Anonymous said...

fished pomona saturday the 19th lots of people catching crappie from the bank just south of sail-a-way boat ramp i was in a boat and finally found fish on brush in 15 to 20 foot of water about 10 oclock and caught over 100 fish by 130 alot of 9 inch fish went back in the water had 50 ranging from 10 to 13 inches fun day on the lake.

Anonymous said...

Fagan Lake - Had a lot of fun catching channel cats on the north end of the lake(small fish - a person should probably use barbless hooks).Yates Center Lakes are now open to fisherman without paying the extra fee!

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Anonymous said...

Fagan and Yates Center Lakes - No bites at Y.C.. I tried livers only. Some fishermen were useing shad sides. Fagan Lake was fast but mostly small channels. Biggest weighed around 3 pounds.

Anonymous said...

Anybody getting any crappie action at Big Hll yet?

Fishing Redneck Girl said...

Anybody been to chetopa dam? Any white bass yet?

Huntnfish said...

It is to early for whites to run. Water temp to low.

Anonymous said...

KDWPT, When you going to update the blog to 2013?

Fishing Redneck Girl said...

Some white bass at Baxter in boat trolling but not alot.. Hoping chetopa will get some rain so white bass will come up there. Spoonbill running good over by twin bridges in Oklahoma right now. Not much happening in Kansas at the moment :(

Anonymous said...

The fishing season has started off rather frustrating, hopefully just due to the low temps. The crappie should begin to spawn soon. So far, a few bass and wiper over brush

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