This has been a year of firsts for me as an angler, and this week provided another milestone as I headed out to Lake Shawnee for some after-dark fishing at the heated dock.
A total of 34 teams competed during the July 28 Catfish Chasers tournament at John Redmond Reservoir, but it was Jesse Neufeld and Greg Postier who took the top prize with a five-fish weight of 64.05 pounds thanks to a nearly 17-pounder.
After getting mostly skunked last week while trout fishing at Lake Shawnee, I was determined to come back this week and get a nice one.
As I made my way out to Lake Shawnee for the second rainbow trout opener of the season last Saturday, I knew fishing would be a lot tougher this time around.
During the early season before the spawn, crappie and panfish bites can be difficult to detect at times with traditional methods.
Last week, I wrote about my experiences using an Aqua-Vu Micro Plus DVR underwater camera to locate a huge group of crappie while fishing at the heated dock at Lake Shawnee.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.