You may not believe it when looking outside at the white layer of snow covering the ground, but spring is nearly upon us.
A local lake will once again be filled with a fresh crop of rainbows.
No, not Lucky Charms — rainbow trout.
For those who would rather fish than hunt, there’s still plenty of action to be had.
The white bass bite is still going strong, as I found out last Thursday when I visited my favorite winter spot, the heated dock at Lake Shawnee.
I’ve done a lot of fishing in my lifetime, but I’d never caught a true trophy-class fish.
Until this week, that is.
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.
Well, I didn’t have any luck during the trout opener Nov. 3 at Lake Shawnee.
At least not for trout.
Bluebird skies and abundant sun helped heat the waters of Lake Shawnee to 59 degrees Saturday, a warm welcome to the approximately 7,000 pounds of rainbow trout stocked by Crystal Lake Fisheries, of Ava, Mo.
When water temperatures drop, appetites increase and a variety of fish species come in shallow to feed.
A crankbait or bass jig fished during the right conditions can wreak havoc on a variety of feeding species during this time, as walleye, catfish, drum and other deeper-water fish move into sometimes a couple of feet of water or less to fuel up for winter.
The pristine waters of the Canadian wilderness, tucked away from civilization, are known to house some of the most ample fisheries in the world.
Illinois-based GS Media and Events announced this week it has purchased eight outdoors consumer shows from Missouri-based RJ Promotions, Inc., including the Topeka RV and Sport Show and the Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show, both of which take place annually at the Kansas Expocentre.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.