With March Madness in full swing, I decided I’d try to revive something I did at my college paper, the Washburn Review — a fishing-themed bracket.
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.
Review: Aqua-Vu fishing cameras great for locating, identifying groups of suspending fish near structure
When anglers sit out on the water, they tend to do a lot of guesswork about what’s going on below.
Sonar equipment takes a lot of that guesswork out of the equation, but if you’re not on a bass boat then you’re probably not using it unless you buy a handheld fish finder like the iBobber or Deeper, which have received somewhat mixed reviews from anglers for their accuracy.
With the Super Bowl making its grand return to the Great North on Sunday, Minnesota-based lure company Rapala has been offering a pretty cool activity this week for those in Minneapolis for the big game.
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If it seems like the lineup for the 2018 Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show is all over the map, it’s because it is — by design.
“Yes, there is something at the show for all those that love Kansas outdoors,” said Phil Taunton, organizer and host of the What’s in Outdoors radio program on KVOE-AM (1400) in Emporia.
This week, I received an email from Elmer Hedrick, 82, of Shawnee.
Elmer says he gets The Topeka Capital-Journal from his sister-in-law in Emporia and read a recent column of mine on ice fishing and heated docks. He enjoys crappie fishing but didn’t much like the idea of ice fishing in the cold. However, he wanted to know if I had any tips on heated docks he could hit this winter in Kansas, preferably ones close to home.
After a successful first showing in 2017, Crappie University will return to northeast Kansas in 2018 to help teach anglers the newest techniques for targeting big slabs.
Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Mo., was recently named America’s Best New Attraction after it was voted on by readers from a list of nominees by USA Today.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.